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WEST BENGAL STATE AICUF REPORT 2014-2015

 STATE COUNCIL REPORT.

The State Council was organized on 22nd March 2014.The moderators for the day were Nixon Peter and Anshula Medha Murmu, the State Part-timers. Some outgoing State team members were asked to relate their experiences and they were asked about how AICUF has contributed to their growth and how they in turn have contributed to the growth of AICUF. The next session was conducted by Cheryl Francis, the NSS Director where she organized an interactive session on LEADERSHIP . She emphasized on leadership, responsibilities since we were the newly elected office bearers. Then with Rev. Dr. J. Felix Raj, S. J. the State Advisor, State Team elections were held. The following are the State Team members for 2014-2015:

 

State Advisor                                      Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix j Raj

State Co-Advisor                                Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Savio              

State Animator                                    Rev. Fr. M. S. Arockiasamy

State Co-ordinator                              Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas

State Convenor                                   Maria Varghese          

State Co-Convenor                             Alex Naveen Thakur      

State Part-timer                                   Nixon Peter                  

State Part-timer                                   Anshula Medha Murmu      

National team member                        Sudhir Kisku                

National council member                    Alexander Das        

Xia unit                                               Maria Varghese

English unit                                         Alexander Das

Santhali unit                                        Sudhir Kisku

Hindi unit                                            Akshay Paul

Bengali unit                                         Anthony Thena                                             

Loreto unit                                          Merline Gomes     

 AYCM Convenor                              Richa Kujur        

 SWC Convenor                                  Tracy Reid                     

 

WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION 2014

Women’s day was celebrated on 16th march 2014 with the women in Ghostomat. The office bearers reached Ghostomat at 9:45am. Tracy Reid, the SWC Convenor along with Hindi unit members decorated the chapel. The event started with prayer by Pesi, followed by speech of Ritwika Bajrey, Sneha D’Cruze and Fiona Mondal on the present status of women in India. A Bengali song was presented by the Bengali and Santhali unit members. The games section was conducted by Aishwarya Ann Jomy, the SWC Co-Convenor and Pritna Pasko, the SWC secretary with the help of English and XIA unit office bearers. Manoshi Mondal, the SWC treasurer along with the AYCM office bearers presented a dance. Gifts were distributed to all the ladies. The event ended with a vote of thanks to Pesi and the women of Ghostomat by Manoshi Mondal.

ORIENTATION-20th JULY 2014

The AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, held an Orientation Programme on the 20th of July 2014 to welcome approximately four hundred new members to its family. The AICUF is a students movement and it has a social dimension.  It aims to subvert structures of injustice in the society through non-violent action.  Each member is taught how to develop leadership skills and to live by the AICUF motto- “we are born in an unjust society and we are determined not to leave it as we have found it.” West Bengal AICUF started its journey under the charismatic leadership of Rev.Fr. G. Beckers, SJ in 1959.  It continues to do commendable work under the able guidance and visionary leadership of Rev.Fr. Dr. J. Felix Raj, SJ, the State Advisor of West Bengal State AICUF and is assisted by Rev.Fr. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ, the State Co-Advisor.

The Orientation Programme began with a Eucharistic celebration by Rev. Fr. Dr. Mathew Jayant, SJ, the main celebrant and Rev.Fr. M.S. Arockiasamy, SJ, who is also the new State Animator for West Bengal AICUF. After the Eucharistic celebration Maria Varghese, the State Convenor for West Bengal AICUF delivered a welcome speech following which Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas, the State Coordinator for West Bengal AICUF, motivated the students by her inspirational words on leadership and how AICUF plays an integral and positive role in personality development and character formation. Thereafter, Rev. Fr. M.S. Arockiasamy, SJ delivered a speech followed by a short introduction of the State Team, National Team and National Council members elected from amongst the students.

Rev. Fr. M.S. Arockiasamy, SJ, Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas and the new members were then escorted to the ‘green bench area’ inside the college campus by the office bearers. Refreshments were served.  The new members were then sent to their respective units. AICUF has five units and two commissions namely – the English, XIA (Xaverians in Action), Bengali, Hindi and Santhali units as well as the SWC (State Women’s Commission) and AYCM (Adiwasi Yuva Chetna Manch). Orientations were conducted in allotted classrooms by the office bearers of each unit. The orientations included powerpoint presentations and videos on AICUF as a movement.  The presentations described the aims and objectives of AICUF and the various events it organizes throughout the year.

This was followed by interactive sessions with Rev. Fr. M.S. Arockiasamy, SJ, the State Animator and Dr. Charlotte Simpson Veigas, the State Coordinator. They were accompanied by Maria Varghese, the State Convenor, Alex Thakur, the State Co-Convenor and Nixon Peter and Anshula Medha Murmu, the State Part-Timers along with the SWC and AYCM office bearers as they moved on from unit to unit. During the interactive sessions, students were encouraged to participate enthusiastically in all the activities organized by AICUF.  This wholehearted participation would definitely enhance their academic and scholastic performance.  As St. Francis of Assisi had said, ‘For it is in giving that we receive’. 

The orientation ended with fun activities organized by the office bearers.  This was followed by short sessions and experience sharing of ex-AICUFers and ex-office bearers.  This further provided a motivational boost to the new AICUFers.

AICUF is proud to welcome a large number of new members to its family.  It is committed to its legacy to pass on the AICUF values and traditions to its students and to motivate them to work for societal change and progress. The marginalized and the downtrodden are at the centre of AICUF’s action plan. 

AICUF also wishes to congratulate the new State Team, National Team and National Council Members along with the new office bearers for the year 2014-15. They have been elected from the senior, second and third year students of the college.  Rev. Fr. M.S. Arockiasamy, SJ and Dr. Charlotte Simpson Veigas shared many plans which will be put into action through collective efforts.  AICUF, as it proceeds along this enriching journey, is committed to the empowerment of the marginalized and deprived sections of the society.

FEAST OF ST. IGNATIUS

On July 31st the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF), celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

The program commenced with a Eucharistic celebration in the college chapel. Fr. Dominic Savio, the Co-Advisor of AICUF was the main celebrant along with fifteen priests. An entrance hymn accompanied by a dance welcomed the celebrants to the altar. Hymns were sung in English, Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam by the choir members of AICUF.  Fr. Felix Raj, the AICUF Advisor and the guiding light of AICUF introduced and welcomed the “high-powered AICUF State Team”- Fr. Arockiasamy (the State Animator), Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas (the State Co-ordinator) and the other members.

After the Holy Mass, light refreshments were served. This was followed by a cultural program on the college grounds.  It included an Adivasi tribal dance and a street play on the early life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, performed by the students. The day’s celebration ended on an inspirational and joyous note.

The attendants of the celebration took back with them the very inspiring and motivational words from Fr. Dominic Savio’s sermon enlightening them on the guiding principles of St. Ignatius.  All present were reminded of the meaningful words of St. Ignatius, “what profits a man if he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his own soul”. This very principle is also a guiding light for the Jesuits and they urge everyone to be inspired by the unconditional love St. Ignatius had for Jesus and wish that each one of us imbibe it as well. AICUF wishes to spread this message and encourages everyone to take a leaf out of St. Ignatius’s spiritual life.

26TH AICUF NATIONAL COUNCIL REPORT

 

The 26th AICUF National Council was held from July 13 to July 15, 2014.  

Day 1

 

The first day of the National Council started with a gathering at the entrance of the House where the council members were welcomed by Nikhil Manuel, the National Convenor of AICUF. This was then followed by a procession from the entrance of the AICUF House to the conference hall by singing the song ‘Itni Shakti Hume Dena Data’.  In the seminar hall we had a short prayer service led by Fr. Emanuel. We ended the service by singing the traditional AICUF hymn ‘We shall overcome’.

Fr. Emanuel then welcomed the council members. This was followed by the lighting of the Lamp as a symbolic and traditional gesture to declare the National Council open. The lighting of the lamp was done by Fr. Henry, the National Advisor, Nikhil Manuel, the National Convenor, Larissa Vas, the National Women’s Commission Convenor, Professor John, the National Animator, Ashwin the NT of Gujarat and Fr. Paul the State Advisor of Tamil Nadu.

The NT then conducted the Ice-Breaking session. As per AICUF tradition, we all played the game ‘As we walk to the right’. After the tea break we had the Keynote Address by Fr. Dr. Lazar. He spoke on the ‘emerging socio-economic realities: AICUF in the 21st Century’. He started by speaking about the AICUF heritage and then asked a few questions to make us think about AICUF in relation to the 21st Century. He spoke of the myth of the concept of ‘Superpower’ and how it was a mere propaganda by the industrialists, the political elite and the media. He gave the case study of how the BJP used the idea of ‘Development’ to campaign for their general elections due to the same myth of the ‘economic superpower.’ He also spoke of the concept of neo-liberalism. He ended with how AICUF should learn to critically question and look at things with a different perspective rather than just buying into a theory propagated by the elite class for their vested interests.  Fr. Henry Jerome then felicitated Fr. Lazar with a shawl.

After lunch, we had a panel discussion on Women and Tribals. Sr. Valarmathi was the speaker for the session on women. She started with a video on the problems that women face. She spoke to us in relation to the Fundamental Rights and how the women were not even allowed to enjoy these basic rights.  She then spoke of the women’s Right to Protection and the Right to Have Food. Sr. Valarmathi was then felicitated with a shawl by Rajan the NT of Bihar. Fr. Arokiasamy then conducted a session on Tribal Rights. He told us who the tribal people were as mentioned in Article 324 of the Indian Constitution. He emphasized on the fact that even though they have rich culture and heritage they are considered backward. He mentioned that the ways in which the tribal people were marginalized were through the political class, the accession of their land, poor quality of education and the ignorant attitude of the administration.

Next we had a session on AICUF History by Fr. Henry Jerome who conducted this session with the book, ‘Paradigm Growth’. He spoke of the entire journey of AICUF from 1924 as CYMG to the present day AICUF. He spoke of how the NSS was inspired from the Work Camps conducted by AICUF and the Documentation Centre which has more than 1000 files and is one of its kind in the whole of Asia. The session was dynamic and his passion for the movement also inspired the council members. Fr. Emmanuel felicitated Fr. Henry with a shawl.

We then had a session on the AICUF Constitution by Prof. John and Prof. Vimal. They started with a Quiz to see how we were placed with regard to the knowledge of the Constitution. They then started the session and told us about the importance of the National Council and its powers. They also told us how ‘the spirit of the word is more important than the letter of the word.’ They further explained about the intricacies and the technicalities of the Constitution.

This was followed by the ‘Transition of Memories’ where Fr. Henry officially handed over the AICUF constitution as a symbolic gesture of handing over the post of the National Advisor to Fr. Emmanuel. Fr. Henry the out-going National Advisor was then felicitated with a shawl by Fr. Brian. Fr. Emmanuel then addressed the gathering and spoke of creating leaders. After supper, a documentary on globalization was shown to all the participants and this was followed by discussion on this issue.

Day 2

 

Day 2 of the 26th National Council held at AICUF House started with a mass celebrated by Fr. Babu, the State Advisor of Kerala. After breakfast, Rose presented the previous day’s report. After this session, the suggestion put forward by Prof. John was that the report of each day could be a little more elaborate and could include more names of people involved during the sessions. He also gave a positive comment on the same.

 Prof. John and Prof. Vimal then continued the session on the AICUF Constitution- its vision and mission. Apart from the technicalities of the constitution they brought out important aspects like gender equality, the significance and the meaning of the logo, the flexibility and rigidity of the constitution. They gave us an overall understanding of how to use the constitution as the guiding principle.

Next we started with the Report Presentation of 8 states. The first report was presented by the Bihar team and the session was moderated by Fr. Brian. Each session was followed by interaction with the house so as to clarify points or question the team. After the first report reading, Fr. Brian suggested that the seating arrangement could be changed to facilitate better interaction and getting a limited time frame of 12 +5 minutes due to the time constraint. Fr. Paul suggested that we could stop the practice of printing and distributing the reports to the members in the council and instead give a CD to the councillors. Fr. Shailendra suggested mailing the material beforehand.

We then broke for tea and gave 15 minutes to the states to sit with their respective State Advisors and form a concise report to be presented in the next session. After the break, the Gujarat Team presented their report and this session was moderated by Fr. Sabu. During the interaction questions were asked by Fr. Emmanuel and Fr. Babu which was answered positively by the team.

The Kerala State made the next presentation and this session was moderated by Fr. Babu. The major clarification after the presentation was the exclusion of the higher secondary students as members of AICUF. Instead the team clarified that these students were being trained for the future to be AICUFers. Fr. Shailendra suggested on the style of presenting the report and emphasized on the need to come up with a report that focused on the outcome and the contributions made by the state through its activities.

Fr. Shailendra then put forward his point on the situation of AICUF in Andhra. He voiced his concern about the lack of interest in the Jesuit Colleges and how we need to change the modus operandi to get AICUF into the institutions. He raised his concerns about the effectiveness of the national secretariat. It was then suggested that though this was a serious concern, this topic could be more effectively discussed in another forum. John sir then asked the advisors, animators and the national team to give serious thought to the issue but then continue to go ahead with the report sharing.

Karnataka then presented their report and this session was moderated by Fr. Paul. They presented their report in a quick and effective manner with proper clarity. They then ended the session with a dance performance from the entire team on the Karnataka AICUF song.

The Jaipur team from the Delhi province presented their report next and this session was moderated by Prof. Vimal. This is a new unit which has been recently revived and the house complimented and encouraged them to start new units in Rajasthan and Delhi. Fr. Paul suggested that they could focus more on the parishes and the university students there to become a part of AICUF.

Next, the Tamil Nadu state report was presented and this session was moderated by Fr. Arock. Fr. Brian complimented and encouraged the team for effectively using cultural means and dances and for promoting social causes. Vimal Sir then asked the council for the ratification of including only the 2nd year students as part of the state EXCO which was accepted by the house.

The West Bengal report was presented next and this session was moderated by Fr. Brian. They also presented their annual magazine to the house.

Fr. Brian put forward an important point where he suggested that we could use celebration as a means to reach out to the youth.

We then had a fun action song taught to us by AICUF Karnataka. This rejuvenated the entire house after the report reading session.

The next session was the presentation of various other reports. Firstly, the national team was invited to sit before the house and Nikhil Manuel, the national Convenor of AICUF presented the NT report.  Vimal Sir suggested that effective communication and coordination should be taken into consideration and the number of meetings and the number of people attending the meetings should be recorded. Dr. John, the National Animator clarified that in the past year a proper structure did not exist and they could not hold those meetings because there was a lot of instability owing to finding the National Advisor. He also assured us that this would not occur again. He mentioned that he would take quick measures to rectify the situation by trying to arrange a meeting once every two months and electing the new commission members as soon as possible so that the national team is complete. Fr. Brian observed the love for AICUF that existed in the house and that even though the past year experienced some drawbacks, they were minor stepping stones to success.  Vimal Sir stressed on having a good relationship between the Advisors, the Animators and the team.

After the tea break, the House Report was presented by Sylvia ma’am. She spoke about the Office Unit, the Training Unit, the Documentation Unit, the Publication Unit, house meetings and Solidarity and Networking.

The National Documentation Centre report was presented by Mr. Eddison. Sir spoke about the history, the objectives, the need and the purpose of the DC, the services and the future plans. Fr. Louis also spoke about the digitalization of the DC.

The Publication Department report was presented by Julia ma’am who is the New Managing Editor of The Rally. She spoke of the history, their work, their expectations from the National Team and what they look forward to. Fr. Emmanuel suggested making it an e-journal. Anshula suggested that getting a few coloured pages would make it more attractive for the youth. Vimal Sir suggested to start a new project where a few students could be employed to scan the old documents and journals. He also suggested starting a digital library and putting it on the website. Fr. Paul promised a subscription to all the units in Tamil Nadu.

After the tea break, we then had a session by Prof. G John on the Dalit community and the problems faced by them. He spoke of the recent problem of activist Sheetal Sathe that occurred in St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Fr. Emmanuel then conducted an analysis of Globalization so that he could provide a link to the council members. He spoke about Industrialization, displacement of the local community, english becoming the market language, commercialization of the media and the alienation of the people.

Fr. Emmanuel then made us play a short game before we could proceed into the next session. John Sir then gave a summary of the reports through the concept of ‘Spaces’. He spoke of spaces that AICUF provides us with, such as;

·         Space for spirituality

·         Space for multiculturalism

·         Space for Cultivating Values and Values Clarification

·         Space for innovation

·         Space for inclusiveness

·         Space for using and nurturing one’s talent

·         Space for listening and learning

·         Space for churning out leaders

·         Space for experiencing ‘Student-Centrality’

·         Space for dissent and questioning

·         Space for Pen, Print and Media

·         Space for Add Mad people

After dinner, the documentary on Kandhamal which was made by Fr. Shailendra was screened. After the screening, we had an interactive session with the house where the students were encouraged to put forward their opinions on the violence against the dalit christians they saw in the film.

The MC’s for the day were Ashwin the NT of Gujarat and Rajan the NT of Bihar.

Day 3

 

We started the day with the hoisting of the National Flag done by Nikhil the National Convenor which was followed by the National Anthem and then a Patriotic speech was given by Naresh. This was followed by a photo session of the Advisors, Animators, Old and New National Team members, Commission members and the respective states. We then assembled in the hall after which the report of the previous day was read. Then Fr. Henry Jerome SJ, read the letter of “RATIFICATION” for the Appointment of Fr.Emmanuel SJ as the New National Advisor after which a sheet was circulated around and all the members of the 26th National Council were asked to sign.

 John Sir then spoke about the Rally Magazine and asked three simple questions to the council members…. Do you Read? Do you Write? and Do you subscribe? We then spent some time to deliberate on this. Fr. Shailendra suggested that each member present in the council could take initiative and subscribe to The Rally. Fr. Emmanuel stressed on the need to inculcate the habit of reading and asked the members to suggest ways to increase the reach of The Rally among the AICUFers. The suggestions put forth were that there should be better publicity of The Rally amongst the AICUFers of all states; the cover page of The Rally should be publicized. Fr. Arock suggested that there should be a state unit wise correspondent who will work for The Rally and who will be selected by the State Advisor. Alexander suggested that the subscription forms should be made available online for quick and easy access. Nixon suggested that each state should  send a minimum of  at least 2 articles each. Sudhir mentioned that there should be a competition amongst the writers which would inculcate a competitive spirit and provide an  incentive to  the students to give their best. Fr. Paul suggested that articles relating to job opportunities, skill orientation and career guidance should be included. Crislin suggested that the NC’s could also identify other writers for the same. Fr. Ema suggested conducting a national level journalism competition and workshop where they would be trained. Ranjith also suggested that along with writing, emphasis should also be given to  photography.

Next, Vimal Sir conducted a session on the Dalit Community. He started off with a game called ‘Constitution Says’. He then explained in detail who the dalits were and what kind of oppression they faced. This was supported by many personal experiences or sharing of incidents by the council members. He brought out the fact  that the biggest challenge that they faced was Identity Crisis. Sir spoke of the political, economic and social problems faced by them. He emphasized on the need for every unit to have a dalit coordinator and to get a strong dalit commission. He also spoke about how we need to orient non-dalit students into the same and follow the principle of inclusiveness.

The next session was a session on Women conducted by Julia Ma’am. She started off with showing a small video on The Story of Circles. She then asked the male members what they felt when they thought of a woman. Through that she continued to speak of women’s oppression and why the women’s commission was important to the movement. She stressed on the fact that the spiritual acceptance that men and women are equal needs to be brought about. She ended the talk with another video that was an Inspiration story for the women. Ma’am stressed on the need of Awareness and Action i.e. making others aware through our action as AICUF ers.

We then had roll-wise meetings for the National Team, the National Council members and the State Advisors. After lunch we had a session on AICUF into Tomorrow by Fr. Emmanuel. This was basically a brainstorming session for the activities for the state and national level. After the suggestions , Fr. Brian spoke about the importance of finances to organize an event. Fr. Paul suggested that the number of state programs should be increased and more programs should be conducted at the zone and region level. We also spoke of the Sheetal Sathe controversy that occurred in Xavier’s Mumbai and Fr. Emmanuel asked each one what they would do if they were the Principal of the college. This provoked us to think not just as administrators but as AICUF leaders.

We then had the Business session and the house was asked to put forth ideas about the themes of the rally which would then be discussed and finalized by the NTs. A few resolutions were passed which was approved by the house. They were:

1.      Selection of the National Full Timer

2.      Appointing a new Dalit Commission Coordinator from Fr. Sabu to Fr. Paul

3.      The NDC and NWC leadership camps should be held before the National Council

4.      Resolution was passed thanking Fr. Sabu for the work he did as the Dalit Commission Coordinator

5.      Resolution was passed thanking Fr. Henry for the work he did as he National Advisor of AICUF.

Fr. Arok suggested including the 11th and 12h standard students under AICUF. John sir said that this could be seriously considered but technically we would have to amend the constitution for the inclusion of this provision and we would have to wait for the national convention. Fr. Paul then suggested that instead of waiting till the convention, we could just start an association with another name that could be similar to AICUF, so that they could get oriented into the movement. The NCs also declared their commitment to working for The Rally. We then had a discussion on democracy in the election process of the convener and the aspect of student centrality in the movement.

Mass for the Independence Day and the feast of Assumption of Mother Mary was celebrated by Fr. Samuel and Fr.Emmanuel. The handing over ceremony was conducted at the end where Nikhil Manuel handed over the post of the National Convenor to Crislin Rozario. Rahul Pais took over as the National Co-Convenor. The old NT then initiated the new NT by handing over a notepad and the AICUF Constitution as a symbolic gesture. With the mass we officially concluded the 26th National Council for 2014.

After dinner, we had the cultural night as is the tradition of the council. Different states and Individuals came ahead and sang folk songs, tribal songs and social awareness songs. Fr. Emmanual and Fr. Babu also joined in the celebration by dancing and playing musical instruments. We had performances by the states, individuals, groups, the old NTs and we finally ended with a dance on the Karnataka AICUF song and taking the oath of the AICUF Motto.

STATE PUJA CAMP REPORT

 

The AICUF State Puja Camp was held in North Bengal St. Xavier’s College Campus, Rajganj from 30Th September to 5th October 2014. There were three AICUF units which included AICUF of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, North Bengal Xavier’s College Rajganj and St. Joseph College, Darjeeling. The theme was “ I am, I can, I will: Catalyst for change”

The following was the day-to-day schedule of the camp:

30th September

6pm- Students from St Xavier’s College Kolkata arrived in groups. The remaining groups arrived on 1st October. The Darjeeling unit also arrived on the same day

1st November

9am- Welcome dance by the students of North Bengal St Xavier’s College

9:30am- Inauguration session by lighting of the lamp

10:30am- Ice Breaking Session by Atman

1pm-Session by Joseph Rosario, celebrity chef who was 1st runner up on Master Chef India

2 pm-Sessions on the ACIUF history

4 pm-Sessions by Atman on “Leadership”

5pm-The students were divided into groups with particular leaders assigned for them

2nd November

7am-The day started with morning Mass

8am-The first session was taken by Fr. Pauolose Ezhakunmen SJ, who spoke about the conditions of the people living in the tea plantations

10am- A debate was organized between various groups on the topic “Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender”

2pm- Action songs were performed by Tracy Reid, Sylvian and other senior members of the AICUF

3 pm-Sessions by Prof. Aprajita Hembrom, the Santali Unit Co-coordinator

3rd November

9 am-The group was told to visit a particular village and inquire about their problems. Its purpose was to give them an exposure to the problems of people of the tea plantations

3 pm-There was a report sharing by each group about their experiences, observations and analysis of the various problems that people face

4th November

7am-The day started with meditation which was supervised by Manoshi

8am-Action Songs were performed by students

9am-The students were told to make charts which depicted whatever they had seen during the village exposure. They also had to explain their charts

1pm-Sessions on Women empowerment taken by Manoshi, Tracy and other SWC leaders

2 pm-Sessions taken by Fr. M.S Arockiaswamy on “Ignation Principles”

7 pm-There was a camp fire in which the campers enjoyed themselves with song and dance.

5th November

7 pm- Meditation

9 pm- Sessions by Nixon Peter, State Part-timer on “Addiction.”

10 pm-Sessions taken by Sudhir Kisku on “Bullying and Harassment.”

The camp was a very enriching experience for all.  Each one of the AICUFers went back to their destinations after having benefitted tremendously from the exposure.

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

The West Bengal AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) took initiative in organizing and celebrating the Feast Day Mass of Saint Francis Xavier on the 3rd of December, 2014. The day, which marked the 462nd death anniversary of the patron saint of St. Xavier's College commenced with Holy Mass at 8:30 am in the College Chapel. The main celebrant for this Eucharistic Celebration was Rev. Fr. M.S. Arockiaswamy SJ. The other co-celebrants were Rev. Fr. Dr. J Felix Raj SJ, Rev. Fr. Dominic Savio SJ and Rev. Fr. Benny Thomas SJ.

AICUF members of St. Xavier's College took active part in the choir and liturgy under the mentorship of Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas, State Coordinator and Prof. Aparajita Hembrom, Professor-in-charge of the Santali Unit of WB-AICUF. Introductory speech and welcome address was given by Aiswarya Ann Jomy. (Co-Convener, State Women’s Commission). The First Reading and Prayers of the Faithful were read by Samantha Raspin (Secretary, English Unit) & Atman Tete respectively.

Rev. Fr. Dr. J. Felix Raj SJ, State Advisor for WB-AICUF also extended his welcome to all who had gathered there on this auspicious occasion.

The day also marked the unveiling of a full sized marble statue of Saint Francis Xavier in the courtyard of the college. Among those who attended the program were students and faculty of both St. Xavier's College and St. Xavier's Collegiate School.

The celebrations came to an end after refreshments were provided to everyone who had gathered

 

Retreat

 

West Bengal AICUF conducted a one-day spiritual retreat for the students of St. Xavier’s College on Sunday, the 8th of February, 2015. Around 150 students from various departments of the college came together for a day of prayer and reflection. The retreat commenced with a hymn and short prayer by Rev. Fr. Gregory Monteiro, Regional Director of ICYM (Indian Catholic Youth Movement) and also the preacher for the sessions during the course of the retreat. Fr. Gregory, through his talks made the students understand the value of being a follower of Christ and the importance of embracing the uniqueness God has blessed each individual with. Other activities included various action songs enthusiastically organized by the office bearers of AICUF and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance. The students spent the second half of the day prepping up for Confession and taking part in the Eucharistic Celebration.  The retreat proved to be an enriching experience for all who had gathered as it embodied one of the primary objectives of AICUF: To help the students evolve spirituality rooted in God which flourishes in a rich humanization through the praxis: Involvement-Reflection-Involvement.

ST JOSEPH’S OLD-AGE  HOME VISIT

 

With the motto of bringing a social change in the unjust society that we live in, we the AICUFers of West Bengal unit took up the initiative of serving the society by helping the old people. We decided upon St. Joseph old age home visit as it had a large no of senior citizens in it. We started with our visit on 16th february2014 by introducing to the residents and sisters of the home in the form of a small orientation. Our visits were then officially declared by the lighting of the lamp by Sr. Anne and two of the senior members of the house. We had a couple of actions songs by the entire  group of office bearers. This was followed by a session where we interacted with the residents in which they participated in the form of dance, songs and sharing. We now go for regular visits at least twice a week and nearly 15 students participate in each visit.

GHOSTOMATH REPORT-CUM RECORD

Ghostomath is a small village near Kabardanga in Keorapukur which has been adopted by AICUF in 2006. It has a small Christian population with a ‘girja ghar’ where every Sunday AICUF volunteers are taken from college to teach and interact with the local village children and to get an idea about how those people struggle to get proper education and how their parents take care of their needs and necessities. Ghostomath is AICUF’s main artery. Through this program AICUF tries to instill in its members a sense of social commitment towards the weaker sections of our society, especially the children who are the future of the nation. It gives an opportunity to the students of our college to go in the midst of those village children and experience the difficulties they have to face in order to continue with their education.

 

 

 

 

West Bengal State Annual Report

2013-2014

Our year commenced with an Orientation for the First Years which took place on 21st July, 2013. The day began with Holy Mass at 8:30 a.m. The main celebrant for the Mass was Fr. Dominic Savio, S.J., our State Co-advisor. After the mass, Rev. Fr. Dr. J. Felix Raj, S.J., Advisor of West Bengal AICUF welcomed the First Years to AICUF with an extremely motivational speech in which he enlightened them about the importance and privileges of being a part of AICUF. After the speech, Sam Jacob, the Convenor of AICUF gave his redressal speech to the First Years. After the speech, Stacey Xavier, the full timer of AICUF gave instructions to the freshers about the proceedings of the rest of the day.

After the mass, the freshers were directed to the green benches where they were given refreshments. They also got to know their allotted units. When the freshers had finished their refreshments, they proceeded to there respective rooms, where the unit office bearers took the unit orientation. The day ended with an interactive session by Sam Jacob the Convenor of AICUF.

Indigenous Day

Indigenous Day, an event of the Hindi unit, was held on 19th August, 2013 in the main parlour of the College. The theme for the Indigenous Day 2013 was: Tribals- Strive to thrive with Dignity. This time, apart from holding an exhibition on the tribal people, essay writing competition and painting competition were also included. It was held on 16th and 17th August  2013 respectively. The topic for the essay writing competition was “Westernisation and Urbanisation leads to decline of Tribal Art and Culture or “Struggle of Indian Tribals for recognition”. The topic for the Painting competition was based on the theme. The response for both the competitions was very good.

 The exhibition was organised on 19th August 2013.  It was inaugurated by Fr. Dominic Savio, S.J. the Vice Principal of B.Com (M) and B.B.A Departments and the Co-advisor of West Bengal AICUF and Swapan Banerjee, Dean of B.Com (M). The exhibition included charts made by the AICUFers which displayed the myriad cultures of the tribes who live across the whole of India. It was colorful and informative. The students also made Art and Craft items and brought with them antiques which displayed the varied cultures of their tribes. The exhibition ended at 7:00 p.m. Approximately 200 people commented on the event and there was a total footfall of approximately 500 people.

Adivasi Diwas

 Adivasi Diwas 2013, the main event of AYCM was held on 29th September, 2013. The theme was “Hamari Pehchaan Hi Hamara Gaurav”. The day commenced with Holy Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the St Xavier’s College Chapel. The main celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Roshan Tirkey accompanied by Fr Pandab, S.J and Fr. Syllus. The guests present at the Mass were welcomed by Swati Soren. After the mass, everyone proceeded towards St. Xavier’s Primary School where the main programme was going to be held. The dancers escorted the dignitaries Mr William Kiro, Fr. Roshan Tirkey and Fr. Pandab Hansda to their seats. After breakfast, the Chief Guest Mr. William Kiro gave a short speech. It was followed by a debate, the theme of which was: “Sanskriti Hamara Gaurav Ya Sankoch.” After the debate, there was a lunch break which was followed by a fashion show and cultural dance. A vote of appreciation was given by the AYCM Convenor Anshula Murmu.  This was followed by the prize distribution ceremony. The event concluded at 4:30 p.m.

Spotlight

Spotlight’13, the main event of the English and XIA units was held on 6th October, 2013. The theme for the event was “Come forth, the stage awaits”. A talent show was organized. It showcased a plethora of talents of students from various colleges. The day commenced with the inauguration programme at 9:00 a.m.  Frs. Dominic Savio and Pandab Hansda inaugurated the event.

After the Inauguration Ceremony, Fr. Pandab Hansda, S.J. distributed the scholarships which AICUF provides every year.

Solo and duet singing competitions were organized after the inauguration programme.  This was succeeded by an event entitled 30 seconds to fame. This was followed by two guest performances. After this there was a lunch break. After the break, there was a musical extravaganza and a western dance competition.  The day concluded with a closing ceremony where the organizing committee members of spotlight’13 were awarded with mementos. The winners of the different competitions were given awards too.

State Puja Camp

AICUF West Bengal, organized a State Puja Camp on “Rights are my pride, speak up, make a difference!” from 10th to 14th October, 2013, at the Holy Trinity Church, Old Jhargram, Paschim Mednipore, West Bengal. A total of 69 AICUFers including 15 office bearers participated in the AICUF State Puja Camp 2013. The AICUFers were accompanied by Fr Pandab Hansda, State Animator AICUF West Bengal and Ms. Cheryl Francis, NSS Director, St. Xaviers College  Kolkata.

The camp was inaugurated by Fr. Dr. Felix Raj, S.J. State Advisor and he briefed the AICUFers about the importance of having the AICUF camp in Jhargram. The camp commenced with Holy Mass which was served by Fr. Simon Murmu, Parish Priest of the Holy Trinity Church and Fr. Pandab Hansda S.J. Animator of AICUF West Bengal. The AICUFers were welcomed by children of the Holy Trinity Church. Atman Tete, Co-convener of AYCM and Sam Jacob Convener of AICUF West Bengal gave a talk on AICUF history, its motto and its structure. This was followed by an ice breaking session conducted by Dr. Gladston Xavier, Loyola College, Chennai. This was followed by a screening of a documentary film entitled, “India Untouched”.

The camp came to an end with a speech delivered by Fr. Pandab Hansda. The State Full Timer Stacey Xavier took the initiative to conduct an activity, where all the campers shared their experiences. They held candles, and left hand prints on a white cloth.

St. Joseph’s Old-Age Home Visit

AICUF adheres to the motto of bringing a social change in the unjust society that we live in.

The AICUFers of the West Bengal unit took up the initiative of serving the society by helping the old people. They decided to visit St Joseph Old Age Home on February 16, 2014. They introduced themselves to the inmates and conducted a small orientation about the purpose of their visit. The visit of the AICUFers was officially declared by lighting of the lamp by Sr. Anne and two of the senior inmates. A couple of actions songs were sung by the AICUF office bearers. This was followed by a session where the AICUFers interacted with the inmates and organized dance, songs and shared their experiences. The AICUFers go for regular visits at least twice a week and nearly 15 students participate each time.

Celebration of Feast Days

AICUF West Bengal takes charge of celebrating the Feast Day Mass of the Patron Saints of St. Xavier’s College.  They take active part in the choir and the liturgy on July 31 for the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola and 3rd December  for the feast of St. Francis Xavier.

For the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the day began with Holy Mass in the College Chapel at 8:30am. The celebrants were Rev.Fr. George Ponodath, S.J.,  Rev Fr Dr J Felix Raj S.J and Rev Fr. Dr. Domnic Savio, S.J.,

The AICUFers organized an exhibition on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the main parlour.  A skit was performed on the same theme. 

For the feast of St Francis Xavier the AICUFers organized Holy Mass which started at 8:30am. The celebrants for the mass were Rev Fr Dr. J. Felix Raj,S.J. Rev Fr Domnic Savio S.J., and Rev Fr Sebastian.

Women’s Day Celebration 2014

Women’s Day was celebrated on 16th March 2014 with the ladies from Ghostomat. The office bearers reached Ghostomat at 9:45am. Tracy Reid, the SWC Convenor along with the members of the Hindi unit took responsibility of decorating the chapel. The event started with prayer by Pesi, followed by speeches by Ritwika Bajrey, Sneha D’cruze and Fiona Mondal.  They spoke about the present status of women in India. A Bengali song was presented by the Bengali and Santhali unit members. Games were conducted by Aishwarya Ann Jomy, the SWC Co-convenor and Pritna Pasko, the SWC Secretary with the help of English and XIA unit office bearers. Manoshi Mondal, the SWC Treasurer along with the AYCM office bearers presented a dance. Gifts were distributed to all the ladies. The event ended with a vote of thanks to Pesi and the ladies by Manoshi Mondal.

 AICUF Day 2014

AICUF Day 2014 was celebrate on 9th March.  The theme was “Let the spark within us ignite a social change”. The day began with Holy Mass at 8:30am. Fr. Joseph Kulundai Sj and Fr. Peter Arock were the main celebrants of the mass. The mass was followed by breakfast and registration. During the Inauguration Ceremony the lamp was light by Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Raj, SJ, the State Advisor, the main celebrants, Sam Jacob, the then State Covenor, Atman Tete, the then state Co convenor, State Part Timers Anshula Medha Murmu and Nixon Peter. This was followed by a motivational speech by Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, SJ. The children of Ghostomat performed a very colourful dance. Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Raj, SJ distributed gifts to the children. A debate was organized and the the topic was “Is rally a solution to social injustice?”. AICUFers from different units expressed their ideas for and against the motion. The moderator was Prof. Shivaji from the BCom Morning Department. This was followed by a skit by the Ghostomat chidren. The afternoon section of the AICUF day celebrations started with a band performance by XIA unit followed by a special performance by Michael and his group. This was followed by a cultural programme.  The Santhali, Bengali, Hindi, XIA,and the English unit performed during the programme. Last but not the least was the much awaited ethnic fashion show which beautifully portrayed the different costumes of the different parts of India. The day concluded with a Vote Of Thanks by Sam Jacob, the then convenor who congratulated the AICUFers on organizing a successful AICUF day.

 


 

AICUF ANNUAL REPORT (WB) :2005-06

With victory at the past year makes one feel like returning from a battlefield. Though there is still much more to achieve yet there is a satisfaction within which always pushes us forward with the motto-''keep it up''. So with this spirit we are definitely going to work in our future days . The success story of last year has to be glanced back again in order to inculcate within us the same thriving spirit for the forthcoming year.

17th NATIONAL COUNCIL, Aug. '05 : The 17th national council was held at AICUF House Chennai, from 10th-14th Aug, 2005. AICUF representatives from various states took part in it including the West Bengal comprising Mathew Jacob (NT), Prakash Thomas(NC),Yamini Gojjala(ft) and fr.felix Raj (state advisor).It was 5 days of thorough programme and discussion. On the 3rd day reports of each state was presented where doubts were systematically clarified.apart from these there were dalit commission,women commission and tribal commission reports.The West Bengal state representatives were alert and active in all the discussions that took place.

AYCM (Adivasi Yuva Chetna Manch), Aug.'05 : 7th august was celebrated as an indigenous day based on the theme : "Adivasi ---- Kal Aaj Aur Kal"

Tribal students from different colleges, schools, parishes, hostels took part which was organised by the off shoots of AICUF, the AYCM members of St. Xavier's College. Resource persons from tribal backgrounds gave relevant talks, which helped the students to enrich their minds as well as spirit. The latter part was pretty interesting when cultured programs were preformed by the students and finally concluded with the traditional tribal stance pulling in almost 200 students on the dance floor.

STATE TEAM ORIENTATION, AUGUST 2005 : From 27th -28th august, 2005, Fr. Felix Raj , S.J. ( state advisor) organised a 2 days orientation programme for the state team in order to prepare them for the challenges and to build team spirit which would enable them to work together and thus fulfill the aims and objectives of AICUF. Sessions were taken by Prof. Lobwo on SWAT analysis to understand our strength and weakness in order to face challenges of life. Ms. Cheryl Francis spoke on social analysis and responsibilities of the individual. Prof. S.M. Gomes provided with the functioning of AICUF and activities that needed to be done. Finally Fr. Felix Raj guidelined the history and contribution of AICUF which are the very roots of the entire proceeds, ending off by giving due importance to the motto "we are born in an unjust society and we are determined not to leave it as we have found it"

MID STATE COUNCIL MEETING, SEPTEMBER 2005 : On 11th September , the state team members organised a pre puja meeting where the different units office bearers ( president, vice presidents . and treasurers ) were present. The meeting focused on plans for unit visits as will as the soon to be held puja camp. This council meeting was presided by Mr. kiro (AYCM), VINAY EKKA (chattisgarh ex - full timer) , Frampton and Ujjwal Dev who enlightened on leadership and motivation. It concluded with on open discussion on the various plans.

SCHOLARSHIP CEREMONY, OCTOBER 2005: The AICUF educational scholarship programme was held on 4th Oct. , 2005, Fr. George Pattery , the provincial of Kolkata province, was the chief guest .and distributed the scholarships. Fr. Felix Raj welcomed the guests, recipients and the gathering by explaining the origin of this scholarship. The AICUF scholarship carries an award of Rs. 2000/- each. Twenty students received the award. Seven received memorial scholarship while others receive AICUF scholarship award. The programme ended with tea.

WEST BENGAL STATE PUJA CAMP, OCT. 2005 : "Lets be the voice of the silenced ".

AICUF puja camp was held at St. Paul's High School, Raghabpur, which is a school set up in the rural area run by the Jesuits Mission. It was held from 9th - 15th October. Resource person included Fr. Henry Jerome, S.J. (national advisor), Prof. Sunder James (national animator), Aaron and Dally (N F T ) and Bipul Gonsalves (IMCS FULL TIMER).State resource persons included Prof. S.M. Gomes (state animator). Prof. S. lobo , Ms Cheryl Francis (N.S.S. Director) and Ex AICUFer, Frampton Martin and Ujjwal Dev. The important idea was to interact and introspect which would be converted into action. Camp war composed of 65-70 students from the various unit of West Bengal. These sessions include "urgency to humanize the world" by Fr. Henry Jerome, "Globalisation" by Prof. Sunder james "Lend your voice for the silenced and social analysis" by Ms Cheryl Francis, "identify the silenced around you" by Prof. S. lobo , "Today's leader" by Dally Ignatius, "groaned valitios and analysis of the exposure" by Fr. Pat Walsh and finally Bipul Gonsalves spoke on the BCSM ( Bangladesh Christian Student's movement). The camp concluded with the evaluation of the camp by the state team. There was a one day village exposure where the entire campers were divided into groups which went to different villages and tried to understand the life of the rural poor and problems that they face in everyday scenario. It was a grand success.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER'S FEAST, DEC, 2005: On 3rd Dec, 2005 AICUFers, celebrated the feast of St. Xavier's with due solemnity, and grandeous. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Lucas Sircar and the priests of the college. Refreshments were served followed by a seminar on W T O and GATTS Fr. Felix Raj and Fr. Dominic Savio spoke of the forthcoming meeting to be held in Hong Kong and enlightened on the on the pros and cons of WTO.

OLD AGE HOME VISIT, DEC 2005: On 11th December 2005 AICUF students of St. Xavier's College visited the Lawrence D'souza home with 20 students altogether. They decorated the place with streamers and balloons and started the day with an ice-breaking session by introducing its climax in the "passing the balloons" game where each student was made to pick a chit and follow the instructions written on then after which each received a gift. Finally music was loud enough to make the oldies forget their knee and back aches. Each and everyone of them was given gift hamper and a snack packet which made them feel very excited as if receiving pre Christmas presents.

CHRISTMAS GATHERING OF DEC, 2005 : On 18th December, 2005, Bengali unit of St. Xavier's college organized the Christmas gathering. Members from various units took part in various items such as dance,skit , songs as well as mimicry. Around 75 students had gathered which brought in the Christmas sprit in each one of them much before Christmas had arrived.



2006

STATE CONVENTION, FEB 2006: It was held on the 3rd of February, 2005. Theme of the convention was "There are numerous strings in his lute, let me add my own among them which was attended by around 150 members from all over the state. Convention began with the eucharistic celebration by Fr. Felix Raj, S.J. (state advisor ). He enlightened the participants on the "golden age"of the AICUF, the motto and aims of the movement. Ms. C. Francis in her session accentuated on the need for higher education, especially among the Christian students. With the help of some stimulatory games, she made us aware of the causes and unfortunate results of unequal distribution of wealth in society Prof. S.M. Gomes conducted an input session, which stressed on one's ability to think and to discover oneself. It gave us an insight to our ' private and public self ' and also the sessions for our success and failure. The first day concluded with the prizes to the two most active AICUFer's of the day.

STATE COUNCIL, FEB 2006: The state council meet on 4th February, 2006. All the office bearers from different parts of the state took part in it. Fr. Felix Raj , S.J. started the day by explaining the structure of AICUF at the national and state level. Ms. C. Francis in her session emphasized on the qualities a potential leader should possess. The office bearers proposed the state plans and strategies for the year 2006-2007. This was followed by the state team election for the same year. The names of the elected members were Patrick Anthony (state convenor), Manik Das (state co-convenor ), Sussana Benjamin, Amit Tete, Biswajit Das, Sudip Ignesious Murmu (state team members), Antonita Madonna Devotta (national council member)

The mid term state council was held on 26th march, 2006, attended by 35 office bearers from different units, at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. The purpose of the council was to enlighten the office bearers on state policy document- their obligations and responsibilities. Fr. Felix Raj explained and clarified all queries on the SPD. During Prof. S.M. Gomes session, recommendations were given for the next orientation along with plans for the next two months. Thus, having planned so the AICUF of with Bengal was 'ready' and "steady" to go..........

STATE TEAM ORIENTATION, Nov 2006.: The first orientation for the new state team was held on the 11th and 12th November, 2006 at Dhyan Ashram. The state advisor, Fr. Felix Raj S.J., state animator, Prof. S.M. Gomes and Mr. Cheryl Francis were the resource persons for the orientation who discussed on the individual's worldview, the motivation a leader should have, and the collective responsibility of a team, respectively, the orientation ended successfully with the evaluation which showed very positive result.

AYCM ELECTIONS : On the 1st of February, 2006, a fresh team of office bearers took change of AYCM - The democratic election of the office bearers have once again put the movement into the hands of responsible people. Elected members were Abraham Minj (convenor), Alok Barla (secretary), Eric Kujur (joint secretary) and W.C. Kujur (Treasurer). The new team net to decide on the new plans on the 23rd of February, 2006 when they, proposed for the celebration of the 'Adivasi Divas' in the month of August, puja camp to be held in N. Bengal and the santhal festival 'SOHRAI' to be celebrated in order to commemorate the 50 years of the santhal population.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, MAR 2006: It was celebrated on the 8th of march, 2006 at St. Xavier's College. A city based NGO thought shop foundation in association. The theme for the day was that takes ovaries based on a collection of short stories by some female american writers the session was conducted by Mrs. Kekkar and Ms. Revathi in which they invited participants to share their struggle. The Indian idol finalist, Monali Thakur began the interactive session with her shocking report in the obstacles that she faced in the journey. Many others who narrated their takes of bravery in times of courageously followed her agony.

EASTER GATHERING, APRIL 2006: Was held on 8th April, 2006, organised by the XIA unit. Compared by the state convenor, Patrick Anthony, the programme began with the re-launching of the AICUF newsletter 'YUVA PRAGATI' BY Fr. Felix Raj S.J. (state animator), Prof. S.M. Gomes (state animator) and Ms. Cheryl Francis. This was followed by an ice breaking session in which all participants were given a list criterion to fill up by getting to know the other participants. Each unit then put up a 5 minute performance. The main attraction of the evening was the searching of an "Easter egg" hidden by organisers. Finally, Ian D'rozario succeeded in finding it. It was represented by all the St. Xavier's units and St. Teresa's and St. Paul's unit. The programme ended with a dance and the distribution of snakes.

UNIT VISIT: The state team visited all the units in the state in the month of September, October and November to motivate them to continue the good work and revitalizing the dormant units in the state. The visit helped us to get to know about their activities and the difficulties faced by them.

INTER UNIT ACTIVITIES : A drawing competition was held on 18th September, 2005 which was organized by the Hindi unit of st. Xavier's College. Participants from units of Raghabpur, St. Teresa's, St. Paul's, Loreto college, Bengali, Hindi, Santhali and English unit of St. Xavier's College took part. There was "just world". Ishita Chakraborty bagged the 1st prize plus there were two 2nd and 3rd prizes. The AICUF inter unit debate competition was held on 25th September, 2005 on the topic "the world is bad not because of the activities of the bad people but because of the inactivates of the good people." It was conducted participated by various units including 11th A , English, Hindi, Bengali, santhali, loreto, St. Paul's and Raghabur. Fr. P. Jacob S.J. and Prof. S.M. Gomes judged the debate and moderated by Fr. Jimmy James .The award for the best speaker was given to Rianne Selwya of Loreto unit. The 2nd position was divided by Prajsha S. Jacob 11th A and Angelina Nayar (loreto). An essay competition was held on 27th November, 2005 by the English unit of St. Xavier's College. Topics suggested for the competition were 1. Are refugees a liability? 2. Women empowerment 3. Terrorism 4.Globalization. The competition ended successfully after short refreshment

Inter unit quiz competition was organized by the Bengali unit on the 19th of mar, 2006. The quiz was on various topics such as general knowledge, sports, history, geography, literature, current affairs, the gospel of St. Xavier's college , loreto unit and St. Teresa's participated in it. Loreto unit logged the 1st prize followed by St. Teresa's and English unit respectively. The success of the competition was highly encouraging for the office bearers whose hard efforts did not go in vain.

STATE COUNCIL ORIENTATION, 2006 : The orientation was organized for all its present office bearers at Dhyan Ashram from the 29th of April to 1st of may, 2006. Fr. Felix Raj emphasized that the fruit of prayer experiencing divinity. He spoke of changing ourselves in order to change the society. The council was also led into a weather meditation which helped them to communicated a least on the ' lack of motivation and antisition among the Catholics. Prof. Michael Gomes gave the task of identifying two social realities and then presenting the response and reactions to work them. With the help of a stimulating game the animator gave an insight as to how conflicts in a group should be managed and resolved. The session conducted by Prof. Cheryl Francis helped to discover oneself and brought forward the positive trait's. the AICUF editorial board conducted a session In which the members were introduced to the council and were benefited on the forthcoming Issue of the "YUVA PRAGATI" The last session of the orientation was conducted by the state convenor, Patrick Anthony who highlighted the importance of managing group, stressing on cooperation, communication and coordination among the office bearers. This was followed by an evaluation.

NATIONAL CAMPS : National women's commission camp, Mumbai - A national workshop / training programme on 'trafficking of women in India " was held from the 4th - 8th of june , 2006. It was attended by Antonita Devotta, Pooja D'Costa, Victoria N. Bara, Saurabh and Patrick Anthony . resource persons consisted of Mr. Praveen Pathar , Dr. Vibhuti Patel, Mrs. Lorine D'Souza, Ms. Abhilasha Rawat, advocate Ashley Varghese, Ms. Veena Moitra, Vijay Rayhanan, Prof. Sundar James (national animator). the participants were also went for an exposure to a home and to the Kanathipura area which is the largest red light area in Asia. The west Bengal action plan included awareness programs, education of the under privileged, plans to minimize these illegal things and trying with rehabilitation centers.


RE 1 PRAYAS : College to Village and Village to College is an age-old effort by St. Xavier's College, Kolkata to reach out to the rural population. In keeping with this noble tradition, the B. Com. Students have begun a project called PRAYAS meaning effort, in January 2006. This effort was a result of a challenge thrown to the first year students of B. Com,. by their Vice Principal Fr. Felix Raj, SJ. The challenge was whether they could reach out to the hundreds of rural children who are less fortunate.

The response was overwhelming. The class representatives efficiently coordinated the project. Every student contributed Re. 1/- per day. Fr. Raj insisted, "the contribution must come from within and be a sacrifice, a sacrifice of one cigarette, one Pepsi, one tea or one samosa a day. This would be the greatest contribution towards the project." Inspired by the initiative of the B. Com. students, the B. B. A. students also joined in. the collection was sent every month to two villages; Pandua and Gurap, for the educational needs of 50 children in each village.

The prayas didn't stop there. It was felt that this project could become more meaningful if the college students visited the two villages, interacted with the children, their parents and understood their problems. As a response to this, two groups of students spent 10 days each in Pandua and Gurap teaching the children English, Maths, Science etc. besides they also taught them songs, games and drama. The students to Kolkata darshans for the children, which was a worthwhile trip as it was for the first time that these children visited the city.

It took only Re. 1/-, a generous heart and some time to bring smiles on the faces of the less fortunate. This is only the beginning. The genuine effort of the young college students will surely bear much fruit. It is a Prayas of the Xaverians to keep alive the motto of Nihil Ultra - Nothing Beyond. The project is coordinated by the Social Work Department (NSS) of the college and the AICUF.

HUMAN RIGHTS : In the comp organized by the national team on human rights in chennai had seven participants. The camp was largely in a village called Gandhipet. It helped us to know mare about the human rights violation in our country especially the marginalised rights.

TOWARDS AYCM CONVENTION : The National Adivasi Yuva Chetna Manch organized a summer programme at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Bariyatu, Ranchi, Jharkhand from the 10th of June till the 13th of June 2006. The theme for the programme was "Towards AYCM Convention". Representatives from 9 AICUF states attended the camp. Eric Kujur, Youzin Ekka and Anup Xaxa represented the West Bengal. The programme started on the 10th morning with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Sri. Meghanath, a professor of St. Xavier's College, Ranchi, commenced upon the first day with a talk on "History of Adivasis and their rough pre-independence struggle". Each day had been pre-scheduled with the morning gathering before we started for a session with a resource person. The afternoon was for discussion and the evening for evaluation.

Mr. Bahurai Ekka caught our attention on the "Sanskriti of Adivasis". Mr. Jerome Kujur, Mr. Sunil Minz and Mr. Vinay, visited the camp and enlightened us with the struggles of AYCM during their time with examples of their AICUF life. Campers were also showed movie on the various issues threatening the Tea Gardeners in West Bengal and Assam and communalism in Gujrat. The last day was concentrated on the theme of having AYCM convention. Various issues were raised by the campers and insisted on having that AYCM convention for eradication of these issues the camp ended very successfully leaving a strong message in the minds of the campers­-"We must have AYCM Convention"

NATIONAL DALIT CONVENTION : The national dalit convention in secunderabad was attended by 10 Aicufers from our state . It was an enriching experience for all of them as they understood the dalit reality in our country.

YUVA PRGATI: The quarterly magazine of West Bengal YUVA PRAGATI was published in a form of a news letter with the theme of the state convention.

The second quarterly issue was published with the theme "We are determined not to leave society unjust and divided ". We are currently working on the third issue based on the theme "uplifting the marginalised-looking through their perceptive ".
 


 


 
 
 

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