The department of Arts is consistent in improving the academic standard and quality research for its students. It offers a wide range of subjects and the pedagogy is constantly updated to meet the changing requirements of the stakeholders. The department educates its youth keeping in mind global challenges and enable them to excel in the field of their choice and instills in them a sense of responsibility through various research and training programs. The Department of Arts uses various platforms and different activities to ensure a fine balance between theoretical and practical learning. Through effective mentoring strives on professional grooming, co-curricular activities and relevant certificate courses. The department offers ample opportunities to the students to hone their skills. The department’s efforts are directed towards inculcating the traits of critical analysis, creative thinking, problem-solving, inter and intra-personal communication skills among students for producing global leaders, who possess multifaceted personalities, and respect for social ethics, national ideals and humane values.
The department provides an array of opportunities in comparison to other single disciplinary courses. A student of the BA program has the prerogative to cognize their capacities and skills with various career choices. The versatility of the courses offered by the department provides the best platform for the preparation of NET, CDS, UPSC, state services, and various other competitive examinations. The department offers extended learning by organizing workshops, group discussions, extempore, talk shows; expert lectures, field activities, and, cultural-fiestas. The department takes pride in its rich academic legacy with meritorious students who have scored higher in the subjects at the university level examinations and have also qualified NET-JRF and various other competitive exams.
The department of Arts at St. Xavier’s College Jaipur seeks to create and enhance knowledge of various disciplines, fields, and areas of study to translate dreams into reality. The department provides an array of opportunities to help students discover their hidden talents and hone their skills. A student of the BA program has the prerogative to mould these skills towards a plethora of career options to choose from. The versatility of the courses offered by the department provides the best platform for the preparation of NET, CDS, UPSC, state services, and various other competitive examinations. The department edifices on the belief that “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. As the head of this vital department, I am committed to training young minds and producing and sharing knowledge that enables our students to effectively engage with the society as competent global citizens, as well as successful and fulfilled individuals.
Ms. Mrinalini Faujdar is an academician and a passionate teacher of Public Administration. With a strong commitment in the field of education and research she has made significant contributions in the field through her scholarly work and innovative teaching endeavours. Ms Faujdar has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, MPhil. and has cleared UGC-NET. Her interest areas are Financial Inclusion, Financial Literacy, Women Empowerment, Make in India Projects. She has published research papers in many renowned UGC Care journals. She has also published a patent on ‘Impact of Policy Framework On Indian Tourism’. She is the author of the book ‘Make in India: Pragmatism and Realism’. She has a strong commitment to education and has proven as an exceptional educator. She has a teaching experience of more than 13 years and is presently serving as Head, Department of Arts at St Xavier’s College Jaipur.
Fr Dr Arokya Swamy SJ is the Rector and Manager of Xavier Higher Educational Institutions at Nevta. He is a dynamic Jesuit in his vocation and mission and a practical social scientist. Participant observation is his research strength. In a caste-patriarchal hierarchical Indian society, he strongly believes establishing a just social order is the primary mission. After having accomplished his master's in socio-cultural anthropology at Pune University he worked for a decade in the field of rural development in Delhi and Uttarakhand. Empowerment through social change is his Mantra. He is convinced that 50% of the population is comprised of women in any given society and hence their role is inevitable for establishing Eco-just and sustainable society. By transforming ‘Indian Caste-Patriarchal Habitus’ he regards caste and gender discriminations can be drastically reduced if not obliterated. He has a PhD in sociology from Leopold-Franzen’s University Innsbruck, Austria. He loves to teach the students to grasp the concepts clearly and comprehend the ground realities critically.
Mr. Praveen Lakhera teaches History in the Department of Arts at St. Xavier’s College Jaipur. He has over 10 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He has qualified UGC-NET and Uttarakhand SLET. He graduated in History and further obtained master’s degree in History. He has worked with Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, SGRR University, Dehradun and ICFAI University Dehradun. He is pursuing Ph.D. from Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, Uttarakhand. He is a member of Moderation Panel of Uttarakhand Subordinate Staff Selection Commission. He is also associated with IGNOU as an Academic Counsellor. He has also gained wide experience in industry, worked as a Manager Business Partner (MBP) in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and as a Branch Manager at ING Life Insurance. During his association with different Universities, he was actively associated with various committees. He held the position of Member Secretary, Faculty Welfare Committee, and also held the position of the Member of the Board of Study of Law College Dehradun, Uttranchal University. He has profound knowledge of Indian History with the ability to put thoughts before the students critically, effectively and creatively.
Dr Narendra teaches Sociology in the Department of Arts at St. Xavier's College Jaipur. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Kurukshetra University, Haryana and a Master's degree in Sociology from the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. He has also completed his PhD in Sociology from the Central University, Haryana. During his academic journey, he was also bestowed with the esteemed Promotion of Science Education Scholarship (POSE) from the Department of Science and Technology, Haryana, from 2014-2017, and the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India from 2019-2023 which led to his promotion as Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). His teaching expertise includes Theoretical Sociology, Techniques/Methods of Social Research & Research Methodology, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Knowledge, Social Psychology, Sociology of Crime and Delinquency and Gender, Sexuality and Society. Additionally, he has published various books and research articles with renowned publishers. Through his training, he has gained proficiency in conducting fieldwork and analyzing qualitative research with computer software such as NVIVO and MAXQDA.