STATE AICUF REPORT 2014-2015
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
Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix j Raj
State Co-Advisor Rev.
Fr. Dr. Dominic Savio
Rev. Fr. M. S. Arockiasamy
State Co-ordinator Dr.
State Co-Convenor Alex
Anshula Medha Murmu
National team member Sudhir
National council member Alexander
AYCM Convenor Richa
SWC Convenor Tracy
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
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
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
26TH AICUF NATIONAL COUNCIL REPORT
The 26th AICUF National Council was held
from July 13 to July 15, 2014.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
We then had a fun action song taught to us by AICUF
Karnataka. This rejuvenated the entire house after the report
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
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.
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
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:
Selection of the National Full Timer
Appointing a new Dalit Commission Coordinator from
Fr. Sabu to Fr. Paul
The NDC and NWC leadership camps should be held
before the National Council
Resolution was passed thanking Fr. Sabu for the work
he did as the Dalit Commission Coordinator
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
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
9am- Welcome dance by the students of North Bengal St
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
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
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
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
7 pm-There was a camp fire in which the campers
enjoyed themselves with song and dance.
7 pm- Meditation
9 pm- Sessions by Nixon Peter, State Part-timer on
10 pm-Sessions taken by Sudhir Kisku on “Bullying and
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
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
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:
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
GHOSTOMATH REPORT-CUM RECORD
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.
State Annual Report
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
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, 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
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 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’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
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
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
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
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,
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 ".