Exemplar hosted forty-five (45) corporate competitions, held by coveted organisations and MNCs and organised sessions for success in corporate competitions.
As a result,XUB had the second-highest number of national finalists and was listed among the top 10 campuses across the nation by the Aditya Birla Group. The Batch of 19-21 was a part of the launch of several corporate competitions which gave them a good advantage over other campuses in the country. Exemplar also hosted ‘Achievers’ Sessions’ for the batch of 19-21, where the national winners and finalists came to the university to guide students on participation in corporate competitions. Exemplar is proud to announce that XUB was the first and fourth runner up of Kronothon 3.0. In another corporate competition, the university qualified for the national semi-finals. Exemplar has made sure that the batch of 19-21 is ready to carry XUB’s winning streak forward and maintain the legacy that is XUB.
The Literary Society of XUB kick-started 2019-2020 with an online writing contest where all XUBians were encouraged to send in entries in the form of prose and poetry. Our next event was an engaging amalgamation of a quiz and Pictionary named ‘Hieroglyph’, a promotional event building up to ‘Origami‘, the showstopper of all LitSoc XUB’s events. Origami this year was a literary treasure hunt with the final phase being a story building event.
LitSoc compiled and circulated ‘GyanPulp‘, an informative series of write-ups to prepare the senior and the junior batches for placements and SIPs. One of the events of LitSoc was ‘Humans of LitSoc‘, on the lines of Humans of Bombay and Humans of New York. We launched the sixth edition of ‘Literati‘ our annual magazine, which is a compilation of write-ups from the students, alumni and the faculty.
SpeakUp kicked off the academic year with ‘Quora Meet-Up’, inviting Quorans from Bhubaneswar to engage with students on a variety of issues. We then pushed the capabilities of the batch by conducting GD-PI sessions, with the senior students helping the new students prepare for forthcoming internship processes. SpeakUp also conducted a unique knowledge transfer session, ‘Sailing My Internship (SMI)’, where seniors guided juniors about the internship process of different companies.
At Xamboree, SpeakUp conducted ‘XUB MUN 2.0’, with the United Nations Climate Summit as the council, with the agenda of mitigating the effects of climate change. In the winter, we organised ‘Chai Pe Charcha,’ giving a platform for a semi-formal discussion on sustainable living and celebrity activism. The event had participation from visiting international students, who brought in a global perspective.
The committee also conducted ‘Vaani‘, an extempore competition testing on their impromptu speaking skills of students and ‘Prashikshan‘ in which senior students shared their insights on how to make the best of internship programs.
SPIC MACAY XUB conducted Jashn-e-Dawat, an Indian food festival in the month of February, catering to the gastronomic cravings of the on-campus residents. In association with X-Lens, we held ‘Kala Sanchika’ an exhibition of remarkable paintings and photographs by our brilliant participants. We also organised ‘ Ankan‘, a first of a kind intra-XUB painting competition.
Both our events at Xamboree ‘Yoga-Sutra’ and ‘Anukriti’ were appreciated, and our flagship event ‘Dharohar’ witnessed enthralling performances of dance and music. Ms Nazia Alam, a Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma finalist and Mr Rahul Acharya, a highly rated Odissi artist of Doordarshan, judged the competition. We also arranged an insightful museum walk for students at Kala Bhoomi.
It was a golden opportunity for the committee to host an interactive session with Dr Kiran Seth, founder of SPIC MACAY at XUB. This session was followed by an ecstatic Hindustani classical recital evening by Smt. Vidushi Padma Talwalkar. The committee organised a memorable trip to ‘Yamini’ which is the flagship event of the SPICMACAY Odisha Chapter, where many eminent Indian artistes performed.
At the beginning of the academic year, we organised ‘Bootcamp’, in collaboration with StartUp Odisha giving students an insight on how to provide a kickstart to their ideas and carry them forward. Later, ‘Ideathon’ a B-Plan competition was held during the management fest of XUB with the aid of video conference for the ease of all participants. Students from various colleges including SIBM, KJ Somaiya, IBS Hyderabad and other institutions participated.
XLens, The Movie and Design Committee of Xavier University Bhubaneswar is a platform for all the Creative Arts lovers who want to show their Art through talent through their lens. The new year started with team building activities for the incoming batch. There were workshops to familiarise the newcomers with the world of lens and editing.
The senior team coached the students on the basics, and the workshops concluded on a high note with satisfied students. Photowalks conducted where students were taken out into the city wildernesses and encouraged to take creative pictures which were later displayed for all to appreciate.
Our committee’s leading initiatives at Xamboree, in the form of ‘Shristi’ The Shirt Movie Festival and ‘Xpressions‘ the photograph competitions saw us take our interest to the national level. We pursue these competitions with great pomp and joy. We conducted theme-based competitions, ‘FriendFee’ and ‘Express you Gratitude’. We also had an initiative called ‘Perspectives’ through which students took up social initiatives and created awareness around the campus through posters.
XQuizzite XUB, the knowledge and quizzing committee of XUB, organised its flagship event, ‘Qureka’, the annual national-level open quiz competition held during Xamboree’19. The quizmaster was none other than Mr Simanta Mohanty, an author of nine quiz books and an alumnus of Xavier Institute of Management. The event saw an overwhelming turnout with close to one hundred and thirty participants from various prestigious institutions from across the country (IIT Kharagpur, NISER, MDI, IIT Bhubaneswar to name a few) with teams battling it out for the top positions and prizes worth Rs.20,000/-.
Team XQuizzite XUB also conducted a series of quizzes on a wide array of popular topics. Team XQuizzite believes that it succeeded in igniting the spark of curiosity in the minds of students of XUB.
X-Stage, the Cultural Committee of Xavier University Bhubaneswar started the year with ‘X-Capade’, a talent hunt for the incoming freshman batch.
Our movie night ‘Rang De Basanti’ saw a patriotically charged audience. X-Stage also organised five different stage events during Xamboree that included ‘Battle-It-Out’, the first-ever ‘Street Cypher’ which took Xavier University by storm. Xamboree also saw X-Stage events like ‘Dhwani’ (the Musical Extravaganza), ‘Footloose’ (the group dance-off), ‘Tamasha’ (the Nukkad competition), ‘Sonix ‘(the Battle of Bands) and ‘Runway Roll’ (the Fashion Show). Well known faces like singers Rojalin Sahu and Randip Palit, and dance crews like the Full Stop Crew, were present as judges.
Another event that brought X-Stage closer to the students was the ‘Open Mic Night’, which saw a great turnout and exposed hidden talent.X-Stage continues to live up to its legacy of bringing fun and joy into the hearts of the students, with its ever-growing list of exciting events, that break the monotony of academics. This year was living proof of it.
“PRESM” i.e. People Respecting Equality, Sexuality and Mental Health is a newly formed committee which aims to build a community to discuss sensitive issues like LGBTQ initiatives, gender equality (Discrimination against Women and Men) and mental illnesses like Bipolar Disorders, Depression. Some other initiatives that the committee aims to take are:
- Talks/ Webinars on a selected topic by LGBTQ Activist/ Mental Health Expert/ Men or Women Rights Activists, etc
- Awareness Posters like “Guide: How to be Appropriate”
- Screening of Films about the same
- Anonymous Forum to submit any complaints/ problems
- Motivational Talks by Speakers
As an initiation, PRESM brought forth two well-known activists from the related fields in an interactive forum called “Brihannata” and created awareness among the students about prevention of child sexual abuse and LGBTQ initiatives.