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Covid 19 Challenge: St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

August 5, 2020

Dr Rajendra Shinde“Keeping with our patron’s (St. Ignatius of Loyola) belief ‘Love is shown more in deeds that in words’, the St Xavier’s community has been demonstrating its commitment to social welfare time and again. The Covid-19 crisis provided an opportunity to our students to be sensitised for social responsibilities and tested their empathy for the less privileged communicaties. I believe this is the best way to mould our future citizens.”

Dr Rajendra D. Shinde, principal, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

The 151-year-old St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (SXM) is a private autonomous college founded by German Jesuit Fathers in 1869 and nurtured thereafter by their Spanish counterparts. Ranked #1 countrywide in the inaugural EducationWorld India Private Autonomous Colleges 2020-21 league table, the college has been a frontrunner in pedagogy innovations and faculty welfare and development.

With the Covid-19 induced mass shutdown of educational institutions, the SXM management has been introducing innovative online teaching-learning solutions to provide a seamless virtual learning experience to students.

  • Flip classroom, blended learning, group discussions, assignments, self-study and project-based learning are largely being used to support learning continuity of students.
  • Guest speakers are invited regularly to speak on relevant research and industry focused topics.
  • Students are encouraged to continuously expand their mental horizons through home-based research projects, online skill development programmes and experts-hosted webinars, among others. Thus far, the college has conducted over 50 webinars and training programmes for students.
  • Online entrance test to be conducted for new admissions proctored by SXM faculty members.
  • Interview and counselling for shortlisted candidates to be conducted on Zoom and MS Team video conferencing platforms.

Students Voices

“A heartfelt note of appreciation from me for all my lovely teachers who are toiling hard every single day to impart us knowledge.  reach out to us in the best way possible and impart knowledge to us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and the SXM faculty team for arranging a well planned and engaging virtual learning programme for us in such a short time. Lots of love and power to you all.”

Alisha Fernandes (Science A), SXJC.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for taking the initiative to introduce online classes. The process of transitioning from in-person lectures to an online forum must have been undoubtedly challenging and fraught with potholes. On a personal note, the resumption of lectures has provided me with some semblance of hope for the future and has nudged me back into a disciplined routine. Funnily enough, I find myself paying more attention whilst attending online classes than in-person lectures! ”

Shalini, student of SXM.

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