Personal Growth Oriented Programme(PGOP)
At Xavier’s we believe in ‘wholeness’ and ‘wellness’. Many programmes are offered to realize this dream. However, the desired result is achieved only when students acquire the capacity to integrate and apply the learning in life. The personal growth oriented programme helps each student to discover self, others, and God. This discovery helps them to broaden their view of life: add meaning and develop healthy relationships. This helps each student to recognize oneself as gift to self, to others and to God. It is with this goal, the PGOP is offered to all students of SXC.
PGOP is a three year programme. It focuses the process ? the impact on life, rather than product. In the first year, the theme is, I AM A GIFT. So, I want to know myself (shadows and strengths), cherish myself and become the gift God wants to be.
The theme of the second year programme is, YOU ARE A GIFT: I want to grow in trusting the other, respecting and forgiving the other. Above all, love the other. It is in relationship (self, other, universe), I BECOME.
The third year programme focuses on relationship. Relationship which promotes HARMONY, DISCIPLINE, RESPECT, SELF-ESTEEM. It is in a relationship one is broken and healed. Hence through various activities and group work, students are invited to look into the values that foster relationship such as TRUST, OPENNESS, ACCEPTANCE, FORGIVENESS etc.
Sr Mary James and Fr Roland D’Souza SJ are two fulltime trained Management appointed counsellors of SXC. Several students, ex-students, and faculty make use of the facility and expertise of the counsellors. The counsellors also offer a course in Personal Growth Oriented Programme (PGOP) to the entire College where students go through a process on how to deal with personal life and relationship with friends, family, and society. Students are encouraged to make use of this facility on SXC campus.
Jagrat is our way of bringing about equal opportunity for all. Jagrat means – “SELF-RESPECT”, “EXPRESSION”, “SELF-CONFIDENCE”. It was started by Fr. Vincent Saldanha in 1986-87.
AIM OF JAGRAT: To help Dalit and Adivasi students
- To grow in self-confidence.
- To develop leadership qualities.
- To progress in academic and extra- curricular activities.
- To become leaders of their communities.
Coordinators & Staff Members:
- Fr. Lancelot D,Cruz SJ
- Fr.Vincent Saldanha SJ
- Fr.Roland D’Souza SJ
- Sr. Mary James
- Dr.Ishwar Mehra
JAGRAT activities include:
- Awareness camps
- Leadership camps
- Motivation workshops
- English courses
- Computer classes
- Cultural events
- Exposure programmes
A glimpse of these activities follows:
- Enhancing Academic Performance
- Time-management programmes for the 2nd and 3rd year students.
- Remedial classes of English for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students.
- Computer training classes for the MA Jagrat students.
- Career Guidance & Personality Development
- Career Guidance and orientation workshops for Jagrat students have been held with the focus being the GPSC / UPSC examinations, M.S.W and M.L.W.
- Jagrat students participated in 15-day summer training for GPSC/UPSC.
- An elocution competition held for the Students of Jagrat in 2006
- Financial Assistance
- Educational subsidies have been provided to needy students of Jagrat from FAEA.
- The Poor Students Fund and the Special Fund of the College Society.
- Nine Jagrat students are currently the recipients of FAEA scholarships.
- Skills Enhancement
- Computer Hardware maintenance training was held in summer vacation for 4 students.
- 4 ST students were also trained in Plant Tissue Culture at the Xavier Research Foundation.
- Students of Jagrat have excelled in athletics, volleyball, basketball and hockey.
- They represent the College, University and even Gujarat State and have been helped with sports gear and nutritional supplements.
- Gamit Prinkal, Vasava Gulab, Gamit Yogesh, Vasava Sandip reached the Nationals
What is Utkarsh?
Utcarsh is a special cell for the physically and visually challenged students of the College. St. Xavier’s has the tradition of caring and giving opportunities for the differently able students. Besides offering various programmes for their personal growth and integration, the presence of these special students enhances the other students and staff in a unique way.
Utcarsh reaches out to others by involving themselves in the activities of the college like Culfest and PGOP programmes. Utcarsh also organizes seminars for member students on study techniques, reading habits, stress management, time management, growing together, celebrate all Ahmadabad Utcarsh day every year etc
We believe that admitting them in the college is just a first step, sitting in the lecture room, a second step, helping them to perform well in their studies, a third step towards inclusive education.The real inclusive education takes place when they mingle with each other and the others freely mingle with them. It’s happening but will take time.