The Botany Association for the academic year 2016-17 was formally inaugurated on 23-06-2016. The chief guest was Smt. N.C. Marykkutty, Retd. Professor and Head of the Botany Dept. In her inaugural address, the chief guest enlightened the students on Teresian values and gave them an insight about focusing their studies on the right path. Dr. Lizzy Mathew, HOD of the Botany Dept. welcomed the I DC students into the Botany Family. The formal function was followed by variety entertainment.
On 08-12-2016, an Exhibition cum Seminar was conducted in connection with the International Year of Pulses. The seminar topic was “Pulses- Nutritional seeds for a sustainable future”. The resource person was Dr.P.S. John, Professor (Agronomy), Retd., Kerala Agriculture University, Mannuthy.
In the afternoon session, a talk on terrace gardening was conducted for the home makers. Dr. A.R.S. Vadhyar, Managing Trustee, Yasoram Charitable Society, a renowned entrepreneur and architect, was the resource person. It was attended by the mothers of III DC and Sc. Botany students.
In the exhibition, the students exhibited a vast array of products and curios made using various types of pulses . The salad dressing competition Kosambari and Jewellery making competition using pulses were conducted in the afternoon in which the students participated vey enthusiastically.
The following are the winners:
Exhibition- I prize- II M.Sc. Botany, II prize- II DC Botany, III prize- I M.Sc. Botany and III DC Botany.
Kosambari- I prize- Christy Paul- M.Sc. Food And Nutrition, II prize- Mahima – I M.Sc. Botany, III prize- Anju Rani George- II M.Sc. Botany
Jewellery making- I prize- Theresa Thankachan- IDC Botany and Meera V.M.- II DC Botany, II prize- Glaxy Ezekel V.-II M.Sc. Botany, III prize- Aiswarya P.P.- I M.Sc. Botany
On 21-2-2015, on the occasion of Christmas, X’Mas card making competition and Carol competition were organized. Winners are: Carol- I prize-II and I M.Sc. Botany, II prize- III B.Sc. Botany, III prize- I B.Sc. Botany
X’ Mas Card making- I prize- Anju Rani George- II M.Sc. Botany and Komal Malik- II B.Sc. Botany, II prize- Elizabeth Lesny Jacob- II M.Sc. Botany and Lakshmi T.A.- II B.Sc. Botany, II prize- Meera V.M.- II B.Sc. Botany.
The following students were elected as office bearers of the Botany association for the year 2015-16:-
Dr. Sheela D.is the staff advisor of the association
The Botany association for the academic year 2015-16 was inaugurated by Dr. J. Jameson, Associate Professor,Dept.of Botany,St.Albert’s College ,Ernakulam on 01-07-2015 by lighting the traditional lamp. Dr. Lizzy Mathew , Head of the Department delivered the presidential address. Dr. Jameson in his inaugural address , enlightened the students on the importance of becoming the brand ambassados of the subject they love and learn ie. Botany. By sharing his own life experiences he proved his view points. The official meeting was over by 12:15 PM. Sr. Mary Nisha delivered the vote of thanks. It was followed by variety entertainment programme. The I st year M.Sc. and B.Sc. students were given a warm welcome during the function. Various games and talent shows were also organized.
On 20/08/15, the Department organized Onam celebration. Competitions like “Nadan Pattu” , “Onakkali “ and Malayali Manga etc.were organised. Aswini Murali of Ist DC Botany was selected as the Malayalee Manga.
An Orientation programme was arranged for the M.Sc. studentson 03-09-’15 to help them in the preparation for various competitive examinations like NET. Mr. Kiran Kumar, Director, Research World, Ernakulam was the resource person.
On September 5, the students of Botany Department gathered to celebrate the Teachers’ Day, commemorating the Birthday of the former President of India and a Great Teacher Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. The staff and students shared the experiences, distributed sweets and made the occasion memorable.
Prof.Sunny Luke Academic Director, IISAC, NJ, USA is an accomplished American Scientist, Professor and International Educationist is proud to call both USA and India as his homes. Being one of the founders of IISAC, he has been guiding American study abroad students and professors through South India for over 15 years, has more than 70 scientific publications in International Journals of Repute in the areas of Medical Genetics, Molecular Pathology, Human Evolution, Stem Cell Technology and Tissue Engineering. Prof.Sunny Luke delivered the lecture on Stem cell Technology and Tissue Engineering. The students of the Departments of Botany, Zoology and Home science along with researchers and faculty attended the talk. It was an enlightening discourse and students were motivated to pursue the fields of science and engineering through summer research internships, seminars, and other speaking engagements. Dr.Romilly Margaret Mendez was the Co Ordinator of the programme.
III DC Botany students visited Thekkady,Vagamon and Parunthupara as part of their Taxonomy field study on 14/09/15. Dr.D.Sheela, and two non teaching staff, Smt. Seena Treasa and Sri. Ani Varghese accompanied the students.
The final year UG students were taken for an ecotourism field trip to Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary . The Range Officer detailed the students on the ecological importance of the sanctuary which is the green lung of Kochi city. The students enjoyed the biodiversity of the area. They could observe various mangrove species and their associates. The trip was educational and informative. Dr. Liza Jacob and Smt.Umadevi P.S accompanied the students.
BOTANY ASSOCIATION- VALEDICTORY FUNCTION 2015-2016
The valedictory function of the association was held on 01-03-2016. The chief guest was Dr. Sr. Avita, Former Faculty and Research Guide of the Department. During the programme the final year UG and PG students were given send off. The association felicitated Dr.Sr.Avita on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year of her teaching career. Dr.Lizzy Mathew, Head of the Dept. adorned her with Ponnada. Sr.Avita addressed the gathering and enlightened the students about the real values which will turn to be light of their path. The prizes of the competitions conducted by the association were distributed during the function. Variety entertainment programme and a sumptuous lunch followed.
REPORT OF THE TROP ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST, 2015
TROP CENTRE: ST. TERESA’S ORPHANAGE FOR GIRLS, ERNAKULAM
The activities for the academic year, 2015-2016, was planned with the consultation of the warden of St. Teresa’s Orphanage for Girls. The activities were planned in accordance with a need identification exercise based on discussions with the care takers of the orphanage.
The theme for the month of August, 2015 was “Personality Development”. The students of the II B. Sc. Botany visited the orphanage on the 19th of August, 2015. The students interacted with the students and stressed on the importance of self-confidence and self-esteem. They encouraged the inmates to display their talents. The inmates danced to music, sang songs, recited poetry and acted mimicry and monoact. They were given gifts for displaying their talents as a mark of encouragement. The inmates were very active and responded positively to the motivation of the students. Onam was also celebrated by distributing chips and payasam. The day was a memorable one for both the students and the inmates.
The Department organised a Science Exhibition as part of the Navathy celebrations of the College for Highschool students on 19-07-2014. The exhibits included 220 medicinal plants, 180 preserved specimens depicting the lower plant diversity, herbarium with rare plant specimens, fresh and dry flower arrangement, vegetable carvings, charts, models and research equipments and instruments.Nearly 1500 students from 13 schools visited the exhibition
On 14th July, the department organized a Seminar on ‘Molecular Techniques in Genetic Engineering’. Dr. Elsam Joseph, Head of the Department welcomed the gathering. In the Keynote Address on DNA Bar coding Dr. Divya P.R.Scientist, NBFGR (ICAR) CMFRI, Kochi, gave an inspiring talk on Fish Barcode of Life Initiative (FISH-BOL), a standardised DNA barcode library for all fish species for taxonomic identifications, the benefits of barcoding , role of FISH-BOL complements enhancing the existing information resources, including the Catalog of Fishes, Fish Base and various genomics databases. In the second session the Invited Talk on the Marine microbial diversity and trends in bioprospecting of marine genetic resources was delivered by Dr. Toms C. Joseph Scientist , CIFT, Kochi. The talk included Marine microorganisms as fascinating resources due to their production of novel natural products with antimicrobial activities, Increase in both the number of new chemical entities found and the substantiation of indigenous marine actinobacteria , on the taxonomic-based construction of a highly diversified and low redundant marine microbial natural product. Dr. Sunny Luke, Program Director, International Education and Research, IISAC, USA delivered a lecture on ‘Current Status of Fluorescence in Situ. Hybridization (FISH) in Diagnostic Medicine’. The session covered important aspects of extensive studies of the genetic aberrations related to human diseases conducted over the last two decades, identifying recurrent genomic abnormalities as potential driving factors underlying a variety of cancers. Nearly 150 students of undergraduate and post graduate classes, research scholars and faculty members participated in the seminar and it was a grand success.
The activities of TROP (Teresian Rural Outreach Programme) for the year 2014-2015 was carried out at St. Teresa’s Girls’ Home under the leadership of Dr. Alphonsa Vijaya Joseph. The Home hosts 40 students studying in classes from 1st to 12 th standard. The children are from rural areas and many of them come from separated families. From the discussions conducted with Sr. Ansleena CSST., it was identified that the inmates require assistance in their regular classroom learning and also inputs related to life skill development.The students along with the staff coordinator visited the orphanage in September and spent an afternoon with the inmates. The day witnessed both the students and the inmates having fun and enjoyment through various games and cultural activities. This interaction was well appreciated by the inmates as they were able to develop an intense rapport with the students which was evident throughout the programme in terms of involvement and participation by all the inmates. Thereafter the students had frequent informal visits and interactions with the inmates which helped to develop a strong bond between the inmates and the students. The inmates were given training on basic ethical practices, health and hygiene. They were trained in the art of jewellery making, glass painting, quilling and creating wealth from waste materials. The inmates were also given opportunity to display their extracurricular talents and the programmes put up by them were well appreciated. The TROP activities of the department have created a sense of moral commitment and social responsibility in the students which indeed would help them accomplish the vision and mission of the college.
The inauguration of the activities of the Botany Association for the year 2013-2014 was performed by planting the Traditional Medicinal Plant, Coleus aromaticus by Dr. Sr. Avita, former faculty of the Department. With an assortment of entertainment programmes, the first year degree students were extended a warm welcome to the department
An International Educational and Cultural exchange programme was organized by the Department in collaboration with the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration (IISAC) USA on 5th August 2013. A team of twelve Under Graduate students and three professors of IISAC participated in the programme. Distinguished lecture sessions included Prof. Ann Williard’s lecture (Professor of IISAC) on Gymnosperms ‘Solving the Ponderosa Pine Puzzle’, lecture on ‘Research Perspectives in Basic Science’ by Prof. Sunny Luke, Chairman, IISAC, USA and lecture by Rev. Fr. Dr. Jose John (Asst. Prof. S. H. College Thevara) on ‘Algal Biodiversity of Kerala’. Various entertainment programmes were also staged by the students for the distinguished guests.
The students shared the joy of New Year with the inmates of Abhaya Home for the Aged .They presented the inmates with New Year gifts and performed various entertainment programmes. Afterwards all of them together had New Year lunch too.
The Department organised National Environment Awareness Campaign on 8th January, 2014. The programme was sponsored by Centre for Environment and Development (MoEF, Govt. Of India). The theme of the programme was Biodiversity Conservation. As a part of it an outreach programme was conducted on Plant cultivation Techniques for the home makers. A very informative exhibition on plant biodiversity and biodiversity conservation was also conducted.
The members commemorated ‘World Environment Day’ by initiating steps towards a ‘Green Department’ by planting indoor plants in the premises of the Department and their classrooms.