The Department of Science is one of the finest departments of St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur. It strongly advocates science education in the state of Rajasthan. It also has a robust foundation developed under the pioneering guidance of renowned and experienced Jesuit Fathers, who firmly believe in creating an environment of excellence in academics & research aptitude focusing on the holistic growth of young minds. Since 2015, the Department has been following curriculum prescribed by the University of Rajasthan (UOR) at the undergraduate level. It offers pass courses in subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Geography, Economics, Botany and Zoology. The teaching faculty is dedicated towards imparting quality education to the students, supplemented with innovative methods of teaching and guided by laboratory experiments. Scientific temper and research innovations are the main strengths of the Department. Xavier’s Scientific Eye (XSI) – the Science Club kindles the spirit of inquiring and research among the students. The students also reach out to the society through their outreach programs. In the current academic session 2023-2024 the Department aspires to come up with its Journal “XSI -Tech”.
Sr Dr Ligimol Louis joined the college in 2021. She has completed her MPhil and PhD in Chemistry from Loyola College, Chennai, University of Madras. Her research area was Supramolecular Chemistry. Other fields of Interest are Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry and Metal Complexes, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Host Guest Chemistry, Crystallization, and Macromolecular Chemistry. She has published papers in Scopus-indexed Journals. She has attended several National and International conferences. She has experience in operating UV- Visible Spectrophotometer, Flash Chromatography, Bruker tensor II FT-IR with ATR accessories, EG&GPARK 273A Potentiostat, and expert in software such as Chem Draw Professional 15, Origin 8.5, Mercury 3.8, Crystal Explorer 17.5, etc.
Prof. S. Xavier SJ, is the Principal of St. Xavier’s College Jaipur.
He has spent a quarter century in the fields of scientific research and teaching in the Jesuit higher education institutions. His doctoral research was people centric, participated in the Fogarty Program of UNIVERSITY OF CALFORNIA, Berkley, USA, “on Arsenic Poisoning in drinking water and it’s outcome on the people of West Bengal, India.
He has been invited to deliver lectures across the globe - Stockholm (Sweden), Manila (Philippines), UN Climate summits at Paris (France), Bonn(Germany), and at the prestigious University of Oxford, (UK).
He has taught at Santa Clara University, California, and Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, where he held the endowed MacLean Jesuit Chair.
As a prolific writer, He has published research papers in journals of international repute.
He has contributed a Cambridge University Press text book for UG, PG and Engineering curricula titled, “Fundamentals of Environmental studies”.
His latest book is “Go Green for Sustainability” by CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group in Florida, USA and Oxford, UK.
Fr. Xavier’s recollections, retreat points and sermons are very thought provoking as they reflect real life situations, and are replete with relevant scriptural references.
He was the Vice-Principal and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
He has been the research director, Central Library Director and Professor of Environmental Science at St. Jospeh’s Arts and Science College, Bengaluru.
Prof. Fr. Xavier is a great orator. He leaves a mark on his audience while interacting with them as his talks are dotted with numerous humourous anecdotes, original thoughts and sparkling wit.
Dr Shiv Pratap Choudhary obtained his master and PhD degree from University of Rajasthan and MS University Baroda. Dr Choudhary has worked in ICAR as a research fellow in various divisions and departments. He has published several research papers in reputed journals and has also contributed a chapter in a book. His expertise in molecular plant pathology, tissue culture, cryopreservation.
Dr Mishra obtained his PhD degree from IIT (BHU) Varanasi in 2013. He has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience. He has delivered many invited talks in FDPs, Conferences, Lecture series etc. He completed 01 research project funded by NPIU, MOE, Govt of India. He holds Life membership of OSI, IAPT and ICSS (Prayagraj). He was a visiting researcher at IIT Indore where he worked on manipulations of dispersion properties of optical wire. His research interests includes Fiber Optics, Photonics and Plasmonics.
Dr Mahak Bhatia has an experience of 5 years in academics. She served as an Assistant Professor (Mathematics) at Nirwan University Jaipur and as a Teaching Assistant at Bhartiya Skill Development University. She completed her PhD in Operations Research from Bhartiya Skill Development University. Her research interests lie in the field of operations research, numerical analysis, and application of MCDM tools and techniques. She published several papers in international journals and attended webinars, seminars and conferences. She is a reviewer of several reputed journals too.
Dr. Juniet Maria Jose completed her Bachelor's degree in Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology at Stella Maris College in Chennai, followed by a Master's degree in Zoology from Loyola College, also in Chennai. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Madras and was a recipient of the Maulana Azad National Fellowship from the UGC during her doctoral studies. Dr. Jose also possesses a Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Lab Technology. After receiving her Ph.D., she served as guest faculty in the PG Department of Zoology at Kuriakose Gregorios College, affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, in Kottayam, Kerala. She has presented her research at various national and international conferences and specializes in the environmental risk assessment of MSW/STP effluents on wetlands. In 2023, Dr. Jose joined the Department of Sciences at St. Xavier's College in Jaipur.
Dr Antony Nitin Raja has earned his master and PhD degree from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. His research area was electrochemical sensor fabrication with emphasis on Nano science and nanotechnology. He has published many research papers in Scopus Indexed Journals and book chapters in reputed publications. He has worked with Pharmaceutical industries like Lupin Ltd, Vadodara and Medilux Laboratories, Indore. He has expertise in handling many sophisticated instruments like Potentiostat, XRD, FTIR, UV visible spectrophotometer, GC, HPLC, LCMS, etc. He is familiar with softwares like Empower, Chromeleon, Autolab Nova and Open lab. He has delivered lectures for M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry students as guest lecturer in Jiwaji University, Gwalior. He has also served as reviewer in several reputed journals. Dr Antony Nitin Raja has joined the institute in September 2023 in the department of science.