Sociology Department Activities

RENDEZVOUS – 2k18

We are proud to announce ‘Rendezvous 2018’, an intercollegiate fest that is oriented to generate social consciousness and accountability among the youth. The competitions are intended to facilitate critical and analytical thinking among the students. The fest will be followed by a campaign ‘Save a Life’, wherein our students will be giving Basic Life Support Programme to selected communities in Kochi.

Rendezvous 2k18- Intercollegiate Fest

The Department of Sociology organized an intercollegiate fest, Rendezvous 2k18, on February 3rd, 2018. It was a venture aimed at unleashing the social world through confluence and interactions. The fest was initiated to underline the social cause of creating awareness regarding eye donation.

In order to bring the ambience of celebration, a flash mob was added to the inaugural ceremony.

The fest was oriented to generate awareness regarding eye donation to not only our students but also for students from other colleges. The inauguration was done by handing over 150 eye donor cards by the students of department of sociology. The chief guests handed over the consent forms to the Cornea Surgeon Dr Prashob Mohan (Giridhar Eye Institute) and Sri Riyasudheen A K (Grief counselor Swarnam eye bank) and later Dr Prashob Mohan has appreciated our students for their social commitment. Dr Sajimol Augustine felicitated the gathering and raised us for our enormous efforts. The formal ceremony was concluded by the vote of thanks of Ms Sheethal V S (Joint Secretary Sociology Association)

The fest showcased various competitions with socially relevant themes. The theme for the powerpoint competition, Focal Point, was ‘Media and Narcissism’. The winners were Nidhi V and Neetha Ann Joseph of Sacred Heart College Thevara and Second prize was for Devi Prasad M and Manju G Nair of CMS College Kottayam. The topic for debate competition , Cross Swords, was ‘Should caste based reservation be banned in India’. First prize was bagged by Tony George Thomas and Mohammed Haseeb (Govt Law College) and Second prize was won by Najad P Ashin (Govt Law College) . The theme for photography competition, Optex, was oriented towards socially relevant issues, and the first prize was won by Athul Babu of Zamorins Guruvayoorappan College and Second prize went to Sunaid V.S from S N College Cherthala. A general quiz competition named Catechize was conducted and the first prize was won by Arjun and team (Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady) and the Second prize was won by Sidharth P.K and team (SH College Thevara). Music band competition called Feel the Rhythm was conducted, and the winners were Chinmaya College of Arts, Science and Commerce.

The fest highlighted several socially relevant themes and was a grand success.

Project Proposal Presentation by the students of the Department

The Proposal of the Project to be done as part of the curriculum was presented by the students on 5th July 2018.

Sustainable Development: Economic, Social and Historical Aspects

St.Teresa’s College conducted an interdisciplinary International seminar on Sustainable Development based on aspects. And the seminar was based on economic, social and historical aspects. It was conducted on 15th November 2018. And the seminar was organized by the Economics, History and Sociology departments.  There were two sessions and the first session was taken by Dr Thankom Arun. She is the professor of Global development and accountability, University of Essex, Uk. And she had made a talk on the topic “Finance and Sustainable Development”. It was really helpful for most of the audience present over there.

The second session was taken by Dr Shoba Arun. She is the Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her session was based on how to set gender inequalities and sustainable development goals using the gender capital approach in contemporary Kerala. Actually, both the sessions were actually beneficial and useful for students.

03.03.2018

Discussion on “ Life of Transgenders” in association with Chavara Cultural Center, Ernakulam

Six students ( Sheethal, Krishnaja, Lakshmi, Aleesha, Sona and Catherine) along with Georgia Ann Benny,  faculty member of the Department .Members of the Transgender community-  Sreekutty, Faizal, Tripti and Ayush participated in the discussion on “ Life of Transgenders” in association with Chavara Cultural Center and Moolyashruthy Magazine. The discussion threw light on the various issues faced by the transgender community and pointed out the need for spreading awareness about the plight of the transgender community.

May 2018

One month Internship (1.05.18- 31.05.2018)

7 students of I BA and II BA Sociology successfully completed one month Internship from 1st May 2018 to 31st May 2018, with the Sahrudaya – Welfare Services,Ernakulam.

The internship included active participation in Survey, Data entry, Case Studies, Group Work Sessions, Community Organization and SHG formation of Community Based Rehabilitation Programmes of the differently abled(CBR), interactions with old people, Medical Camps, Data Consolidation, Filling and Documentation and other office and field programmes.

During the intership , the students also participated in cleaning of the KSRTC Bus Stand and Sahrudaya premises and involved in the mobilization of people for Environmental Day.

20.06.2018

Fresher’s Day

Newcomers were welcomed to the Department by the Senior students. The day witnessed various entertaining programs and games which made it a memorable one.

04.07.2018

ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION

On 4th July 2018 the Sociology Association was inaugurated by Professor MonammaKokkad, Director of Minority development, Finance Corporation and previous member, Kerala Women’sCommission.She gave an inspiring speech on Women Empowerment by sharing her experiences while she was a member of the women’s commission. The students also had an effective communication with her on Women Empowerment and Gender Issues. The executive members of the Department took charge officially.

1.08.2018

Book Review

As part of the association activities the department conducted a book review of two books on 1st August 2018 by the First Year Post Graduate students. The first book which was reviewed and discussed was “ One Part Woman” by the celebrated Tamil author PerumalMurugan. The book had been a controversial one on its publication due to the explicit mention of a ritual in the Ardhanareeshwara temple in Tamil Nadu. The book was a relevant choice for review due to the curbs on freedom of expression that the writers faces in the current society. The presenters for the same were Anjitha V.S, Kalyani and Vidya and Aparna G

Book Review on “ One Part Woman”

The second piece of literature was the first three episodes of the controversial novel“Meesha” written by the renowned Malayalam Short Story writer, S. Hareesh, as it deals with the socio-cultural background of the pre-independence Kerala and it portrays the system of Caste and Gender in detail along with the questioning of the inequalities which is existing in contemporary Kerala Society, it was a natural choice for the review.The presenter was Sumimol. M.S

Book Review on “Meesha”

The participants were the Post Graduate students of the department.

 

 3.08.2018

Discussion on “ Protection of the Western Ghats”

The Association organized a discussion and presentation on the “Protection of the Western Ghats” at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam.

The final Year Post Graduate students presented and discussed about the Madav Gadgil and Kasturirangan Report in terms of protecting the Western Ghats.

“ Presentation on Protection of Western Ghats”

 

 

 Flood Relief Camp

On August 17th to 27th 2018

The gates of St Teresa’s College was opened to the flood victims .Faculty members, students and association members from the Department of Sociology gave an active participation and support for the survivors at the camp. The department also provided relief kits and financial support to the people.

18.09.2018

DISASTER IMPACT SURVEY

As part of flood disaster management, students from 1st B.A Sociology did a Disaster impact Survey  with the help of Panchayath officials in Cheranalloor Panchayath. The outcome of the survey is proposed to be used to plan programmes for Gender Sensitive Disaster Management and also to provide relief measures for the flood affected people.

13-14 October, 2018

International workshop on Trauma Management,organized by the Department of Sociology in collaboration with Therapia Consultancy and TITHE, United Kingdom.

Keralites across the globe is taking their stake and contributing their best towards the rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the worst disaster in living memory that has struck us during the monsoon season of 2018.

As an extension of such ongoing support offered to their fellow citizens, a few professionalKeralites working in UK, has envisaged and proposed a programme to provide motivational and therapeutic intervention to improve the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and young people who are affected by the trauma of the disaster, they experienced and perhaps still living in it .The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Therapia Consultancy and TITHE, UK to give a basic level training for “ Trauma Management”

30 participants which included advocates, social workers, psychologists,teachers etc from different parts of Kerala and India participated in the workshop.

The Resource Persons were:-

Dr. ShibuKaripai and Theresa Karipai – Consultant Psychologists, Therapia Consultancy, London

Mr. BineshKappan–Leaving Care and Asylum Seeking Young People’s Team, Southend England

 

International Workshop on “ Trauma Management”

31.10.2018

Presentation on  “ Psycho- Social Impact of flood on women and Children”- for SOPHIA UNIVERSITY, JAPAN

Smt. Georgia Ann Benny, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology did a presentation on the “Psycho- Social Impact of Flood on Women and Children” with the professors of Sophia University , Japan. The presentation was done as part of a project proposal of the Department of Sociology to collaborate with the Sophia University, Japan for Gender Sensitive Disaster Management.

Presentation on “Psycho- Social Impact of Flood on women and Children”- for SOPHIA UNIVERSITY, JAPAN

 

09.11.2018

Seminar on “ Right to Information Act- Hopes and Challenges”

In association with Chavara Cultural Center, RTI Kerala Federation, Anti- Corruption People’s Movement, and Consumer Vigilance Centre.

 

07 .11. 2018

Launch of  Manuscript Magazine ‘ RUPANTHARATHI’

09.11.2018 – 11.11.2018

Paper Presentations and Participation in 45th Annual National Conference(Kerala Sociological Society)  on  “ Sociology, Society and Social Engagements”

25 students of the Sociology Department, along with two faculty members attended a three day National conference  at Department of Sociology, Sree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.

Paper presentations were done by-

Aparna G (I MA Sociology) on “ Attitude of College Students in Kochi towards Police”

Renji George (III BA Sociology) on  “Women’s Participation in Politics with special reference to Kochi Corporation.

Smt. Linda Luiz was a Resource person of the Symposium held during the conference.

 

 

 

12.01.2019

TITHE – Second stage International Training Programme on “Dealing with Trauma and Resilience”

Resource Person – Dr. Shibu Karippai, Chartered Counselling Psychologist & Director, Therapia Consultancy, London.

The Department of Sociology in collaboration with TITHE an NGO based in UK and Therapia Counselling Center organized Second Stage Trainer’s Training Programme for professionals, students and people who attended the Stage 1 programme in 2018.

27 participants (7 males and 20 females) joined the programme.

                    Training Programme on “Dealing with Trauma and Resilience”

 

25.01.2019

Speech Competition and Essay writting Competition

 

A Speech Competition was held for the students of the Department on the topic “ Article 377- Is it applicable in India?

An Essay writing competition was also held on the same day on the topic “ Religion and Constitution”

Ms. Belinda Jones and Ms. Remya John judged the competition.

Krishnapriya M. Menon(II BA Sociology) was selected as the Best Speaker.

Chaithanya AC(II MA Sociology) got the Second Prize and Sanjana Anil (I BA Sociology) got the Third Prize

 

 

 

 

 

06.02.2019

Talk on Career Prospectives in Sociology

Resource Person :- Zera Bai Rajan, Social Worker, Cyriac Elias Voluntary Association, Former Volunteer , Nutley Hall, East Sussex, UK

09.02.2019

NOSTALGIA 2019 – Alumni Meet

The Alumni Meet(2018-19) of the Department of Sociology  was conducted on 09.02.19, at Gym Plaza, Science Block, St. Teresas College. The program started at 11 am. It was a memorable experience with 25 ex- teresians as participants,which included professionals and retired teachers too. The old students of the department shared their experiences and memories of the college.Various games were organized by the present students to entertain the old students .Cultural Programmes by the UG and PG students of the department added to the program.

ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION, 2019-2020 

21st JUNE  2019

The association inauguration of the department of sociology of the year 2019-20 was held on 21st June 2019. All the executive members of association were elected on 14th June 2019. The activities of the association was inaugurated by chief guest of the day Dr. Sunil Babu , Assistant professor , Department of Sociology , Delhi School of Economics. He was accompanied by Nimil.M.N,Student in MSc. Anthropology in Delhi University. The function was presided over by HOD Ms. Elizabeth Abraham  and was co-ordinated by staff advisor of the year  Ms. Dora Dominic.

The function started with a prayer song by Ms.AbheeshmaBabu. Master of the Ceremony was Ms.Ciana Catherine. The newly appointed magazine editor Shihana V.M of 3rd DC welcomed the gathering. General Secretary, Krishnaja M Menon read the report about the activities.Ms. Elizabeth Abraham in her presidential address inspired the students to take part in various activities of the association and to utilise the opportunities wisely to take up the spirit of the discipline on their daily lives. Afterwards, Ms.LindaLuiz, assistant professor of the department, introduced the works of Dr. Sunil Babu. In the inaugural address Dr.SunilBabu discussed about how anthropology shapes our thoughts to understand and analyze each element in society, emphasized the uniqueness or culture and importance of subjectivity. He analyzed social issues by giving examples of different movies which creatively presented culture of indigenous society. Followed by him, Nimil spoke about acquiring an anthropological sensitivity and importance of ethnographic studies in Indian context. Following the sessions there was interaction with students and all actively participated in discussions. The vote of thanks was given by Ms. AthiraShekar            .

The two hour long program was really an enriching experience for all the students and faculties. They felt privileged to hear someone highly knowledgeable and accomplished in an adjacent discipline. Interactive session with the resource persons was highly inspiring. All the teachers and students of the Sociology department actively participated in the association inauguration followed by fresher’s day in the afternoon.

Fresher’s day was organized by the students of II B.A Sociology. It was an opportunity for effective interaction and students presented their skills and talents. Miss Fresher was crowned from I B.A and M.A and prizes were given to the winners.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING ‘PERIOD- END OF SENTENCE’

4 th JULY , 2019

 

As the part of Association activities students of III B.A Sociology organized documentary screening on 4th July 2019 at 2.30pm. The Oscar winning documentary titled ‘PERIOD- ENDOF SENTENCE’ was screened. Period-End of Sentence is a 2018 documentary short film directed by RaykaZehtabchi about Indian women leading a quiet sexual revolution. The film stars ArunachalamMuruganantham, Shabana Khan, GouriChoudari, Ajeya, and Anita. The documentary short follows a group of local women in Hapur, India, as they learn how to operate a machine that makes low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads, which they sell to other women at affordable prices. This not only helps to improve feminine hygiene by providing access to basic products , but also supports and empowers the women to shed the taboos in India surrounding menstruation – all while contributing to the economic future of their community.The documentary is inspired from the life of ArunachalamMuruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu, India.

The gathering was welcomed by MeghaN.Nairof 3rdBASociology. The screening of the movie ended with discussion about the taboos and stigma associated with menstruation in Kerala context.  Students actively participated in discussions, PreethySoney and SheetalMadhu of III B.A shared their opinions regarding the documentary. The screening of the documentary was a good experience and it threw light on the issues faced by women from North India. The screening ended with the Vote of Thanks by PreethySoney, III B.A Sociology.

TREE PLANTING, ST.JOSEPH’S SCHOOL  KALAMASSERY

6th JULY  2019

To enhance the need for environmental conservation, tree planting was organized at St. Joseph’s School Kalamassery, on July 6th Saturday.The tree planting was organized in collaboration with BMC of St.Teresa’s College and Justice Brigade an association of advocates which is formed to promote social and environmental welfare. Students of II B.A Sociology and III B.A Sociology actively participated in tree planting and planted 30 fruit bearing saplings in the school campus. A care committee was formed in the school to preserve planted trees. Smt. Dora Dominic, Association staff advisor, co-ordinated and participated in the event.

‘KAI KORKKAM’ : PANEL DISCUSSION ON GENDER AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT

24th JULY 2019

On 24th July 2019, a Panel Discussion Kai Korkkam” on Gender and Disaster management was organized by the U.S Consulate General in Chennai and Centre for Public Policy Research in Association with the Department of Sociology and Centre for Research, St. Teresa’s College.

The seminar was headed by Mr. Maulik Berkana, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S Consulate General, Chennai.The discussion on the topic, ‘Gender and Disaster Management’ was led by Adv. Raaga.R, member, Raising our voices foundation, Ms. Nina Nayar, Project Coordinator, Raising our voices Foundation and Dr. Thara Sebastian, Assistant Professor and HOD, Faculty of Home Science, St.Teresa’s College. The discussions were moderated by Dr. Priya.K.Nair, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St.Teresa’s College.

The panel started out the discussion by appreciating the works of Self Help Groups like Kudumbashree during the Kerala floods. The discussions revolved around the thought that gender shouldn’t restrict anyone from achieving what they desire in their life. The panel discussed how disaster affected both men and women and the financial, psychological and legal aspects behind disaster management.  The panel also discussed the necessity of restructuring our existing curriculum into a skill based one, efficient enough to handle the risks of a disaster. They also discussed about the need of breaking our shells into the realities of life. This was later followed by an interactive session where the students were given the chance to ask questions.

“Ten Rupee Revolution”
Fund Collection Drive for Assam

01.08.19

Assam witnessed one of the drastic floods in the monsoon season. It took a toll of over 69 people and 204 animals. More than 20,000 people are rehabilitated in 836 relief camps. This was a call for action for the socially responsible students of our department to stand for Assam.

‘10 Rupee Revolution’ was a fund collection drive organised by Sociology Association for donating it to the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund, Assam. It was a 2-day collection drive from 25/07/19, Thursday and 26/07/19, Friday wherein students can donate minimum of 10 rupees. Collection boxes were kept in front of each blocks and the students of 3rd year, 2nd year and 1st year went to each class of the Arts, Central and Science blocks respectively. Students were made aware of the disaster in Assam through both Online and Offline campaigning. Posters and Flyers were made by the students for the same. The students successfully gathered an amount of Rs. 24,285/- in-spite of many indifferences. The amount was handed over to Sr. Vinitha CSST, Director of College and Dr. Sajimol Augustine, Principal on 1/08/19 by Association Members in the presence of Elizabeth Abraham, HOD Department of Sociology, Ms. Dora Dominic and Ms. Georgia Ann Binoy. The amount was directly deposited to CM’s Relief Fund Assam( SBI- 35969660230) on 2/08/19.

Report On Quiz Competition Held By Sociology Association

A quiz competition on Gandhi’s life and freedom struggle was conducted on 1st of August by 2nd MA Sociology students of the Department of Sociology and Research in which two teams of each class took part. The competition was conducted in three rounds followed by a rapid fire session. The Quiz masters were Kalyani Vidya and Sumi mol. The winners of the competition are;

First Prize

Abhirami K K

} 3rd  BA Sociology

Ciana Catherine

Second Prize

Merin Tomy

}1st MA Sociology

Agnes C T

Third Prize

Elizabeth B C

}2nd BA Sociology Roveen Samuel

Interactive session With Prof. Susan Visvanathan

 Topic: The Territorialisation Of Water In South India

08 August 2019

The department of Sociology, St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam organised an interactive session with Susan Visvanathan, Professor at Centre for the study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 8th August 2019 at 10.00am. The session was on the topic ‘The Territorialisation Of Water In South India’. The students of Sociology, English and History Departments participated in the session. Susan Visvanathan, Indian Sociologist, Social Anthropologist and a fiction writer, is an author of many books including The Christians Of Kerala and Something Barely Remembered(fiction).

The program was welcomed by Dr. Leela P U, Faculty of Sociology Department, St. Teresa’s College. The program was presided by Dr. Sr. Vineetha CSST, Director of college. The Dr. Sajimol Augustine, Principal addressed the gathering.

Prof. Visvanathan started on how water crisis has became an alarming issue of today and near future. Though people are divided with ethnographic and cultural borders, everyone become equal in their need for survival ie, through their access to water. She commented that the problem cannot be studied in isolation. Industrial pollution and sand mining is normalised. Along with this, Water theft, damaged pipelines and unattended garbage collection points increase the severity of scarcity of potable water. The forest dwellers who are accused to be the consumers of forest products are really the protectors of forest by keeping a healthy balance. She talked on the importance of collecting data in order to oppose or support a major policy change. Substantial data are the core of making changes in society. She also insisted on encouraging organic farming as its an effective measure to overcome the plight of water scarcity. She also remarked how profit motived government policies are paid off with degradation of nature and its resources, the local people being the victims of its effected.

The talk was followed by questions from audience.  Ms. Elizabeth Abraham, HOD Department of Sociology proposed Vote Of Thanks.  Around 180 students participated in the same.

AARAVAM 2019: Onam Celebration of Department of Sociology

An Onam celebration was conducted by the Sociology Association of St.Teresas College, Ernakulam on 6th September 2019.The programme took place at the Mirror Room around 10 am. It was attended by the studentsand teachers of the Sociology Department. An ‘Onapookalam’ was also set up by the studentsof the Sociology Department.The celebration started off with a Thiruvathira Kali by the students of ll B.A Sociology. This wasfollowed by an ‘Onapattu’ by the students of l B.A Sociology and a group song by the studentsof lll B.A Sociology.Several games like musical chairs, lemon and spoon race etc. were also conducted for the U.Gand P.G students of the department. The students enthusiastically participated in all the games.Later on, Payasam was served to all the students and faculty.

Rotract formation September 4th at 2 30 pm

The rotract club of Ernakulam-Milan conducted an orientation session on September 4th at 2 30 pm in arts block auditorium. The bcom and sociology departments jointly coordinated the program. 50 students from both departments participated in that program. Rotarian Chitra Ashok, past president of rotary cochin milan coordinated the program along with the president Rotarian khadija Sali and youth service chair rotarian Lakshmi Menon.

Rtn. Balagopal was the speaker.Supriya of 3rd dc sociology give away the welcome speech. Rtn. Balagopal gave an overall picture of rotract. Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 10,904 clubs spread around the world and 250,792 members in 184 countries. It is a service, leadership, professional and community service organization (often miscommunicated as a Social Service Club) for young men and women between the ages 18–30 (membership will end upon reaching 31 years of age).He shared his experiences as a Rotarian. After his class there was an interactive session with students.

After the session , we decided to start a rotract club in our college. The program concluded at 3 30 pm. Neha ms of 3rd dc give away the vote of thanks.

Swachhata Hi Seva 2019-Plastic Waste Free Campaign

The BhoomithraSena Club of St. Teresa’s College inaugurated a ‘Swachhta Hi Seva 2019  Plastic Waste Free Campaignon the 16th of September at 1:30 pm in the Arts Auditorium, which is an initiative of  Central Government for creating awareness and mobilization campaign on Swachhata with special focus on ‘plastic waste awareness and management’. The programme started with Welcome address by Ms. Devika S. Nair, Student Co-ordinator of BhoomithraSena Club. Rev.Dr.Sr.Vinitha, The Director of the College, presided over the function encouraged students to be the agents of the Plastic Free Campaign. The chief guest of the function was Shri. S. Suhas IAS, the District Collector of Ernakulam. He inaugurated the function and in his message appreciated the green initiatives taken by St. Teresa’s. The District Collector also offered support of the district administration in this venture. Shri. P.S. Shine, the director of Shuchitwa Mission, appreciated the eco-friendly steps undertaken by the Teresians and he shared his ideas regarding the same. The function ended at 2.30pm with the Vote of thanks of Ms Sheena Elizabeth Varghese.

Panel Discussion

Genders: Explorative Discourses and Reflections.

Department of Sociology and Department of English jointly organised a Panel discussion on

‘The Politics of Body’ on 26/09/2019, Thursday at 10.30am in Arts Block Auditorium. The panel included Vijayarajamallika, Transgender Poet and Social worker; Prijith P R, Founder and President of Queerythm; Dr. S Girishkumar, Asst. Professor, Department of Malayalam, Sree Keralavarma College. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Priya K Nair, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Teresa’s College. In her opening remarks Dr. Priya K Nair underlined the importance of addressing the politics of multiple sexuality and gender identities in the campus  to bring radical change in the conventional heteronormative society.

Dr. S Girishkumar

Initiating the discussion Girishkumar congratulated St. Teresa’s College for opening a platform for gender discussion. According to him, gender is a mental construct- a part of unconscious psych. This unconscious is formed by social and cultural realities, thus it becomes a political subject. He then talked about his book ‘ Alingam’ which portrays the gender as a performative role through a performer. The protagonist is Ochira Velukutty, who started first professional drama troop in Kerala,  becomes the victim of the curiosity of public when he is not conformed to a stereotypical gender image. More than gender, the novel also discuss the politics of caste which sweep into the unconscious realm of Indian life. This novel was set in the era of modernism, from 1904 to 1954.

Prijith P R

He thanked the college for inviting the LGBTIQ community including himself to this college for wider academic discussion. Gender is not identified at birth nor its a choice. People continue to live as trans genders in spite of all the indifference they face is only because its not their choice. Gender is identified by an individual in course of his life- from birth to death. So, some finds it difficult to understand their gender and remains gender- non nonconforming. The society is set up in a binary form which is encouraged and penetrated to all our institutions and media where non- binary is not addressed even in a queue or in an application form. All except binary is called ‘otherness’ which is considered unnatural and different. We ascribe gender from birth but never gives space for the child to identify their gender themselves.

Trans genders and homosexuals become visible from past 10 years. LGBTIQ community reflects the same issues of mainstream society- it can be caste, religion or class. They are not exempted from the racism or casteism.

Vijayarajamallika

She is the first transgender poet in Malayalam. She identified herself as intersex at the age of 32 while undergoing treatment for hypersexuality. Intersex individuals faces many life threatening challenges from doing unhealthy treatments and genital corrections. Parents correct their child’s sexual organ on prospect of confirming to binary without understanding their true gender identity. The movies and literature here fails to identify this gender diversity. Woman never articulate about their sex organs or sexual feelings which led to vulgarizing these sexual parts in Malayalam and they never explore themselves. She termed this practices of thinking in binary as ‘hetero normal fascism’ which either makes homosexuals invisible or mock at them. The doctors and the medical institution have no provision or knowledge in treating the transgender issues or even nymphomaniac. She underwent testosterone treatment from childhood until coming out as a transgender which resulted in numerous health issues from diabetics to kidney failure. She also talked about ‘Corrective Rape’ prevailing in Kerala to ‘cure’ women from being lesbian or becoming transmen.

The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer session from students and teachers. The session was concluded by Vijayarajamallika reciting her 3 poems on request from the audience. Aishwarya of 3rd English Literature welcomed the gathering and Anantha from 3rd English proposed the vote of Thanks.

REPORT ON THE SMART CITY WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Centre for Public Policy Research in collaboration with the Heidelberg University of Germany conducted a workshop on the theme of the sustainable development of smart cities. It was held on 20th September, 2019 at Marriott Hotel, Kochi. The event was attended by Shihana VM, Meghna N Nair, Krishnaja M Menon and PreethySoney of third year degree class and Aparna G of the second year PG class. Eminent personalities like Dr M Ramachandran and Dr Rumi Ajaz were in attendance. Discussions were held on the topics Smart Governance, Built Environment, Mobility and Natural Resource Management. The sessions were rather fruitful with special emphasis being given on the smart city development in the context of Kochi.

Report on World Bamboo Day Celebrations

18/09/2019

On September 18 , 2019 the Department of Sociology of St. Teresa’s college celebrated World bamboo day along with Rotary club of Kochin uptown and International bamboo festival of Western Ghats. The inauguration of the program held at Kochi Metro Muttom depot yard at 10 am. Students of sociology department planted bamboo trees at yard. After that there was an awareness class on bamboo planting at St. Teresa’s college auditorium at 1pm. There was also a bamboo symphony organised by Krishna Packanar. The program ended by 6pm.

Report of Awareness Class On Suicide Prevention

27/09/2019 Friday

The sociology association conducted a suicide prevention class on 27th October 2019 at the Arts Block Auditorium from 2.00 to 3.15 pm as part of observing World Suicide Prevention Month. Abhirami of 2nd BA Sociology welcomed the gathering. The session was started with introductory remarks by Adv. Rajesh R Pillai,  Former Director Of Maithri and President of Befrienders India. He talked about how suicide still remains unaddressed in college campuses where it is considered a taboo. He congratulated the department for opening space for talking and discussing about suicide. Adv. Litto Palathinkal began his session by citing various anecdotes of suicides and its hidden reasons. As former director of Maithiri, he talked on how seemingly trifle reasons can lead to life ending decisions. Suicide is a cry for help- where people are asking for ears to listen to them without judgements. This practise of listening to suicide prone individuals are helping hands for them to return to daily life routines. He urged the youth to spend time for their loved ones to hear them, understand them and give affirmations that we love them. This simple act of consideration has a wider impact on the total mental health of people around us. Suicide is not an act on impulse of a second, rather people plan or start to think about it long before the actual execution. Adv. Litto stressed on observing and understanding this volatile situations of our near ones to avoid them from taking the path of self destruction. Adv. Rajesh R Pillai and Adv. Litto Palathungal are suicide prevention activists for past 25 years.

Inauguration Of Film Forum

Ship Of Theseus

Revelations through reel

4 October 2019

The film forum of Sociology Association ‘Ship Of Theseus’ was inaugurated by P. R Arun, Director and Script Writer on October 4th 2019 at 1.15 pm in the Audio-Visual Room near Sociology Department. The forum ‘ Ship Of Theseus’ was a result of joint effort and interest by many movie enthusiasts of our department which was later taken as the collective aspiration of our association. The forum aims at providing an open platform for screening and discussing world movies- movies which addresses social issues and politics. Movies reinvent the new social standards and general trends in the current socio-political scenario. Thus it becomes the need of the hour to discuss movie in order to bring out changes in the thought process of students. This idea flared the concept of a film forum open for the whole college, once in two weeks on Fridays at 2.15pm in the Audio- Visual Room.

Ship Of Theseus is a Greek philosophical puzzle put forward by Plutarch. Indian Film Maker Anand Gandhi’s National Award Winning movie ‘Ship Of Theseus’(2013) absorbs this very ideology by spectacularly picturising life of 3 different people. This magnificent philosophy and beautiful film inspired the association to name its film forum the same.

The programme was welcomed by Association Executive, Mary Sony. Head Of The Department Ms. Elizabeth Abraham delivered the presidential address. Sociology Association Secretary, Krishnaja briefed about the motif behind the club, the name selection and its upcoming activities. P R Arun who made his debut into Malayalam movie industry recently through his movie ‘Finals’ inaugurated the forum. He delivered his insightful inaugural address on the politics of movie. He asked the room full of women to understand the political incorrectness promoted by movies and to bring about a radical paradigm shift. He rebuked on some popular movies citing their major fallacies regarding gender, class and caste. The unrealistic portrayals by many well acclaimed film makers were criticized. He appreciated the effort of starting a forum inside campus. He was also strongly impressed by the name of the forum as it conveys a  wider and deeper meaning. His speech was an eye opener for anyone seeking the inner dynamics of Indian Filmography. The function was concluded with Vote Of Thanks by Arunima Ajay of 2nd BA Sociology.

The official function was followed by Screening of movie ‘Pariyerum Perumal’ – a 2018  Tamil film directed by Mari Selvaraj. It is one of the finest, genuine and intense movie which addresses the harsh realities of caste system in our society. The movie effectively portrays the inequalities of oppressed people and the suppression they continue to face from authorities.  Without any Megastar casting, hero build ups, lengthy dialogues, blame games, revenge taking, the movie is portrayed in a subtle way, carefully balanced from all aspects. The screening was ended by 5.15pm. The ship of Theseus has began his journey with movies and deliberations beyond the superficial aspects of stardom and unrealistic portrayals

22/11/19- 24/11/19

46th NATIONAL CONFERENCE KSS CONFERENCE

22 Students from P.G and U.G of the department participated and presented papers in the National Conference organized by Kerala Sociological Society at CMS College Kottayam held from 22-24 November 2014.

Students presented a skit titled ‘ BhoomiyudeKolapathakam’ at the Cultural event held during KSS. Aparna G of II M.A Sociology presented paper titled  A Case Study of SanthuvanamEnviornmental protest at the conference. DrSajithaKurup, Smt. Elizabeth Abraham and Miss Emmily Pinky chaired various sessions. Dora Dominic and Linda Therese attended public meeting of executive members.

28 NOVEMBER 2019, THURSDAY

TALK ON ‘SUICIDE IS NOT A SOLUTION: HOW TO PHASE THE CHALLENGES AS A VICTIM?’

Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the life span. Close to 8 lakh people die due to suicide every year which is one person every 40 seconds, according WHO. Students mainly girls are the victims of this social phenomena. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. As a part of this, an initiative was taken by the department of sociology of St. Teresa’s college in association with anti-human trafficking club, kochi organising a talk on ‘Suicide is Not a Solution: How to Face the Challenges as a Victim?’. It was conducted on 28 November 2019, Thursday in the seminar hall, St. Teresa’s college.

Smt. Elizabeth Abraham, HOD of the department welcomed the gathering highlighting the need for developing Emotional Quotient among the students. Inaugurating the function Smt. Saleena Viji Nair, secretary of District Legal service authority Ernakulam answered the most relevant in the context that, who are the victims? A power point presentation on ‘Exploitation and Multiple Solutions’ on suicide was presented to the students by Akhil Soman, Member of AHTC. He introduced the rainbow of exploitations humans faces that ultimately becomes the reason for most suicides. Mr. Muhammad Ashraf, representative of Anti-Human Trafficking Wing, Kerala Police, shared experiences of his career filled with the fearful incidents of human trafficking. He also gave awareness about various measures and possibilities of legal protection, regarding human trafficking. The gathering was acquainted with meaning, dimensions, prospects and every detail of the POCSO act by the VT George, Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The programme a motivating and encouraged the students to seek expert help in case of any instance of suicide in or around them.it gave a great insight that suicide is not an individual problem but a societal one.

30/11/2019, Saturday

Panel Discussion and Documentry Screening on ‘Break the Silence on Domestic Violence’

Orange the world is a 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign across the world observed from 25th November, the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 10th Dec, Human Rights Day. This year UNESCO marks this through a series of events under the overall theme: “UNESCO says No to violence against women.”Break the Silence on Domestic Violence is one such event organised by Raise Our Voice Foundation at Kerala Museum on 30th November. ROV is a volunteered organisation working for maintaining gender equity and to address violence based on gender. They try to spread awareness on the topic and to sensitise this on society. This program comprised of the screening of the documentary: Notes on Marital Violence directed by Bindu Nair followed by a panel discussion on ‘Combating Violence in our Families’ with S.Sreejith IPS, Inspector General, Crime Branch, Kerala Police, Dr.Neena Joseph, Retd. Professor, Institute of Management of Government and Bindu Nair.

The documentary, ‘Notes on Marital Violence’ by Bindu Nair is the portrayal of the instances of domestic violence suffered by women around her through the lives of her mother, herself, her friends and servants. The narrative is divided into six parts, depicting the continued cycles of violence. Interviews of lawyer, police officials, social workers, women activists etc. too are captured with their vision on increased violence.26 Students from Sociology Department has participated in the programme.

02/12/2019- 06/12/2019               

International Seminar on ‘Forced Migrants, Refugees, Welfare Policies And the State’

Sumimol M S Of 2nd MA Sociology has presented a paper titled ‘AGONIES OF THE VOICELESS: A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF DEVELOPMENT INDUCED DISPLACEMENT AND MIGRATION WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE VALLARPADAM ICTT AND VEMBANAD RAIL BRIDGE PROJECTS’ in the International seminar on ‘Forced Migrants, Refugees, Welfare Policies And the State’ organised by Department of Sociology, University of Kerala on 2nd to 6th December at Senate Chamber, University of Kerala.

26/12/19- 29/12/19

Indian Sociological Society Conference

 The All India Sociological Society Conference was held at Karyavattom Campus, Kerala University from 26th December to 29th December. 7 students from the Department has participated while 3 including a faculty has presented paper on the Conference. Aparna Giridhar has presented a paper on ‘A Sociological Analysis of Serpentine Worshipping Patterns in Kerala.’ Sumimol M S has presented two papers titled- ‘Suffocating lives: A Sociological study of the development induced Backwater pollution in Kochi’ and ‘THE RED REVOLUTION: A Sociological Analysis of theChanging Phase of Social Movements With SpecialReference to Arpo Arthavam and Happy to Bleed

Speech Competition and Essay writing Competition

 A Speech Competition was held for the students of the Department on the topic “Police Encounter and Issues’ An Essay writing competition was also held on the topic “Citizenship Ammendment Act and Indian Democracy. Ms. Sheerin Sherif and Dr.Leela P.U judged the competition. Ms.Sheethal Madhu was selected as the best speaker.

29/01/2020, Wednesday

Discussion on ‘Does local self government really need party politics?’

Save Kerala Movement has initiated a discussion on above topic at BTH Hall, Ernakulam at 4.30pm on 29th January 2020. P C Cyriac, Rtd IAS Officer and Prof. M. N Karassery guided the discussion. 12 students from 3rd BA Sociology has participated in the same engaging in active conversation about party politics. The opportunity has helped students to get a wider understanding on legislature of local self governments.

29/01/2020, Wednesday

Discussion on ‘Does local self government really need party politics?’

Save Kerala Movement has initiated a discussion on above topic at BTH Hall, Ernakulam at 4.30pm on 29th January 2020. P C Cyriac, Rtd IAS Officer and Prof. M. N Karassery guided the discussion. 12 students from 3rd BA Sociology has participated in the same engaging in active conversation about party politics. The opportunity has helped students to get a wider understanding on legislature of local self governments.

Farewell 2020

25/02/2020

 

 

 

Speech Competition and Essay writing Competition

June 12, 2020

NETIQUETTE-TRAIN THE TRAINER WEBINAR

Netiquette is a combination of the words network and etiquette and is defined as a set of rules for acceptable online behaviour.  It is concerned with the “proper” way to communicate in an online environment.  Netiquettes is an inevitable component in the technology driven postmodern world, where social platforms become a major media for communication. The students and faculty members, who are the major stakeholders in the online teaching-learning environment need to have a  comprehensive idea regarding netiquettes to make the teaching-learning process more effective.

Considering this relevant modality, the Department of Sociology and Centre for Research, organized a ‘Train the Trainer’ webinar on netiquettes on 12th June 2020 at 9.30 am. The session was provided to the final year degree students of the department, along with the faculty members. The agenda of the webinar was to mould trainers from the students to be trainers of netiquettes for their peers; as well as equip the faculty members for practicing netiquettes. The Resource person was Mrs. Rajani Santhosh, General Manager, Spectrum Consultants, and Bangalore.

June 15, 2020

WEBINAR ON POSTMODERN THEORY

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research organized a webinar on “Postmodern theory” on 15th June 2020, as part of the research methodology coursework for the scholars under the centre. All the research scholars doing research in the Sociology stream participated in the webinar. The Resource person for the webinar was Dr.R. Kumaran, Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in Sociology Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.

June 19, 2020

‘AKSHARATMA’ – VIDEO SERIES

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research in association with the Golden Jubilee Memorial Library, St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam organized ‘Aksharatma’- a journey into the soul of books. It is a series of videos which introduces new books, both Malayalam and English, as well as gives information regarding library resources and handy digital tools

In this technology driven world, where we are constantly immersing ourselves into virtual reality, it would be refreshing at times, to remind ourselves of the invincible power only books can provide us. As J.K Rowling says-“I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.” Reading is one of the best constructive habits that anyone can have. It has a huge positive impact in almost every aspect of our life. When you give a person a book you don’t give him or her just pieces of paper and ink and glue – you give him a whole new life. The video series- Aksharatma’- was an endeavour to help people to ignite their passion of reading.

June 20, 2020

WEBINAR ON POSTSTRUCTURALISM

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research organized a webinar on “Poststructuralism” on 20th June 2020, as part of the research methodology coursework for the scholars under the centre. All the research scholars doing research in the Sociology stream participated in the webinar. The Resource person for the webinar was Sri. Shailendra Varma, Assistant Professor, Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode.

June 22, 2020

NETIQUETTE

A session on ‘Netiquettes’- rules for online behavior was organized for the second year sociology students of the department on June 22nd, 2020, from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. 58 students attended the session which was taken by Dr. Sajitha j.Kurup, Assistant Professor and Research Guide, Department of Sociology, St. Teresa’s College.

June 23, 2020

HEGELIAN MARXISM

A session on Hegelian Marxism was organized for the IIIrd year sociology students on 23rd June 2020 from 8.45 am to 10 am. The Resource person for the session was Sri. Shailendra Varma, Assistant Professor, Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode. 65 students attended the session. The session was organized as part of the syllabus on Contemporary Sociological Theories.

July 15, 2020

 LAUNCHING OF ‘PHOENIX PROJECT”_ CREATING THE TECHIES

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research launched the Phoenix project on July 15th 2020, as part of the World Youth Skills Day Celebrations. The project is aimed at creating video tutorials on practical digital tools for academic purposes and online communication. The first tutorial ’Powerpoint in 30 minutes’ was released on July 15th 2020, which can be used by students and faculty members alike for making powerpoint presentations for various purposes. The video content for the tutorial was prepared by Smt. Dhanya R., Dept. of Computer Applications, St. Teresa’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam. The other upcoming tutorials include videos on Google Forms, MS Excel and MS word.

LAUNCHING OF ‘PHOENIX PROJECT”_ CREATING THE TECHIES- PART II

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research launched the Phoenix project on July 15th 2020, as part of the World Youth Skills Day Celebrations. The project was aimed at creating video tutorials on practical digital tools for academic purposes and online communication. The first tutorial ’Powerpoint in 30 minutes’ was released on July 15th 2020, which can be used by students and faculty members alike for making powerpoint presentations for various purposes. The video content for the tutorial was prepared by Smt. Dhanya R., Dept. of Computer Applications, St. Teresa’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam.

Part II of the video tutorial – ‘Google Forms’- was released on July 24, 2020    . The tutorial focused on the creation and use of google forms as a survey tool. The resource person was Mrs. Sara Linu, Dept. of Computer Applications, St. Teresa’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam.

July 26, 2020

WEBINAR ON “Covid 19 prathisandhiyum arogyaparipalanavum” BY DR. JOISON ABRAHAM

The webinar, on the topic Covid 19 prathisandhiyum arogyaparipalanavum was organised by the Department of Sociology and Centre for Research of St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam on 26th July 2020for the non-teaching staff of the college at 7 p.m. highlighting the importance of health care and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. The faculty and the office bearers of the association of the Sociology department also took part in this session.

The meeting was hosted by Dr.Sajitha J Kurup, the staff co- ordinator of the Sociology association of St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam. The webinar commenced with a welcome speech by Kalyani S K, the secretary of the Sociology association. Thereafter, the principal Dr.Lizzy Mathew gave a brief introduction on the topic. The session was then taken over by the resource person Dr. Joison Abraham, consultant in General medicine and Diabetology,Lourdes Hospital Ernakulam.

The resource person reflected his knowledge on the topic and also displayed a detailed presentation on the same. He briefed about the increasing spread of the virus, its symptoms, treatments as well as about the precautions and safety measures. The resource person also gave a detailed description about the social stigma and the psychological impacts of this crisis on children and young adults. After the presentation, the participants were given time to clarify their doubts regarding the topic.

The session was very much informative and useful for the participants. The webinar culminated with a vote of thanks proposed by Ludia Lawrence, the joint secretary of the Sociology association of St.Teresa’s College, Ernakulam.

July 29, 2020

CLASS ON FORMULATION OF HYPOTHESIS

A session on formulation of hypothesis was organized of II DC sociology students on 29th July 2020, as part of their paper on “Principles of Social Research”. 58 students participated in the session.  The guest speaker was Ms.Sreelakshmi C.S, Research Scholar, Department of Sociology and Centre for Research, St. Teresa’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam.

July 30, 2020

DIGITAL HANDOUT FOR TEACHERS

A digital handout for teachers on tips and precautions to be taken during online classes was prepared by Dr. Sajitha J.Kurup, Dept. of Sociology, St.Teresa’s College, on 30th July 2020.The handout was an attempt to compile various points to keep in mind while taking online classes for the student community.

CLASS ON ECOLOGICAL MARXISM

A session on ecological Marxism was organized of III DC sociology students on 30th July 2020, as part of their paper on “Contemporary Sociological theories”. 59 students participated in the session.  The guest speaker was Mrs. Sheela Abraham, Research Scholar, Department of Sociology and Centre for Research, St. Teresa’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam.

September 25, 2020

STAR QUEST- A TALENT EVENT BY THE THIRD UG STUDENTS

The third-year students of the Department of Sociology of St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam organized Star Quest, a talent event on 25th September 2020. The programme commenced at 12 p.m. via Google meet. The undergraduate students along with the faculty of the department took part in this programme.

The programme was hosted by Ranjitha M H and Megha Dhanish of III BA Sociology. The programme embarked with a prayer by Jasmine Grace Mathews (III BA Sociology). The prayer was succeeded with a welcome speech by Magdalene Benil of III BA Sociology. This was followed by the display of the variety of talents possessed by the students of UG final year. A fun and entertaining game session was also organized for the students. The programme culminated with a vote of thanks by Aiswarya Asok of III BA Sociology.

October 19, 2020

LE DEBUT: DEPARTMENT INDUCTION PROGRAMME AND FRESHER’S DAY 2020-21

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research of St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam organised “LE Debut”, a department induction programme and fresher’s day for academic year 2020-21 on 19th October 2020. The programme commenced at 10:30 am through Google meet. The first and second year PG students, the faculty of the department and the office bearers of the association of the Sociology department took part in the session.

The programme was hosted by Olivia Ann Varghese of II BA Sociology. The programme embarked with a prayer by Ann David (II BA Sociology). This was succeeded by a brief address by Smt. Elizabeth Abraham, the head of the Department of Sociology. Later, the department profile was presented by Kalyani SK, the Secretary of the association which briefed about the milestones, faculty profile and the activities of the department. The induction programme culminated with a vote of thanks proposed by Ranjitha MH of III BS Sociology.

This was followed with the fresher’s day programme organized by the II MA Sociology. The event commenced with the introduction of first year PG students followed by events like dance, songs and games by the II PG students. The fresher’s programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Sitara of II MA Sociology.

November 4, 2020

A REPORT ON THE INAUGURATION OF THE SOCIOLOGY ASSOCIATION 2020-21

The Sociology association for the year 2020-21 of St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam was inaugurated on 4th November 2020. The programme commenced at 10 am through Google Meet. The faculty along with the students of the Sociology department attended the session.

The programme was hosted by Olivia Ann Varghese of II BA Sociology. The programme embarked with a prayer by Ann David (II BA Sociology). This was succeeded with a welcome speech by Kalyani SK, the secretary of the Sociology association and a brief addressing by Smt. Elizabeth Abraham, head of the Sociology department.

The session was inaugurated by Dr.  S.S. Lal, the chief guest of the day. Dr. S.S. Lal is an internationally acclaimed public health leader with over twenty-five years of experience in Global health. He is known for his scientific papers, creative writing, health columns and TV health shows. Currently Dr. Lal works as the Professor and Head of Public Health at Global Institute of Public Health, India.

Dr. S.S. Lal delivered the keynote address and shared about his life experiences and reflected upon his knowledge on the spreading of coronavirus as well. The session was very interactive and informative. The participants were given time to clarify their doubts. The programme culminated with a vote of thanks proposed by Ludia Lawrence, the joint secretary of the Sociology association 2020-21.

January 3, 2021

VISITING LECTURE ON ‘GENDERED SPACES’

A visiting lecture on ‘Gendered Spaces’ was organized on 3rd March 2021. The resource person was Dr. Priya K. Nair, Research Officer, Kerala State Higher Education council. The target group included faculty members, research scholars and postgraduate students as well as students from other colleges. The details of the members who attended the lecture is as follows:

Sl.No. Beneficiary No.
1 Faculty members 6
2 Students from the department 45
3 Research scholars 2
4 Students from SH College 10
Total 63

February 18, 2021

MANMET- STC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

The Department of Sociology and Teresian International in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) organised a virtual mobility platform on February 18th. The ManMet- STC partnership programme  was orchestrated by Elizabeth Abraham and Georgia Ann Benny from the Sociology dept., Dr. Jisha John and Sona Mathew from Teresian International, and Prof. Shoba Arun, Prof. Katie Milestone and Prof. Benedicte Brahic from Manchester Metropolitan University.

This hour long program was participated by students from the Sociology and English department of the college with students from ManMet University. It consisted of an introduction to break the ice between the diverse students, followed by two parallel sessions on Gender and Social Media, and Youth and Pandemic, worked behind the scenes by student ambassadors Fatima Ali Mohammad and Ludia Lawrence. The program ended with both groups sharing their outcomes and experiences of the discussion.

Well appreciated and enjoyed, the program was interactive and fun as it was informal. The students bonded with each other as they shared their views and gained sociological insight towards pressing issues of our times.

Gender and Social Media were discussed by Navya C Kappan, Roveen Samuel, Riyan Joseph Raju, Divya M Suresh, Kalyani K.S, Sithara Mohanachandran, Magdalene Benil, Bibian Mariya, Mary Sony K A, and Pavithra P. Youth and Pandemic was worked on by Arunima Satyarajan, Aleena Saji, Lakshmi K S, Snigdha Pradeep, Tara Elizabeth Jose, Salma Saheer, Hesha Yousaf, Aleena Jomon, Aaina Anand, Sarah Maria and Mary Olivia Varghese.

The event was successful as it met the needs to socialise and bond, expose students to new culture as well as increase academic perceptiveness – something we once thought wouldn’t be possible amidst a pandemic.

March 4, 2021

VISITING LECTURE ON ‘THEORY AND RESEARCH’

A visiting lecture on ‘Theory and Research’ was organized on 4th March 2021. The resource person was Dr. Ratheesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social System, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. The target group included faculty members, research scholars and postgraduate students. The details of the members who attended the lecture is as follows:

Sl.No. Beneficiary No.
1 Faculty members 5
2 Research scholars 4
3 Postgraduate students 34
Total 43

March 23, 2021

 

DEPARTMENT FAREWELL

The valedictory function for the final year UG and PG students of the Department of Sociology and Centre for Research was held on 23 March 2021. The programme commenced around 10 A.M in the Elysium. The programme embarked with a prayer which was followed by a brief address by Kalyani SK, the secretary of the Sociology association. The report of the department activities was presented by Nandana S Padmakumar of III BA Sociology. Later, mementos were awarded to the office bearers for the year 2020-21. The valedictory function concluded with a  vote of thanks by Ludia Lawrence, joint secretary of the Sociology Association 2020-21 after which an unofficial farewell- “It’s a Wrap”; was organized by the juniors.

Aksharatma – A Journey into the Soul of Books

Reaching out during Lockdown

Inizio’ –Sociology  Association Inauguration30th September 2021

The Sociology Association for the year 2021- ‘22 was officially inaugurated on the 30th of September 2021.

The chief guest of the day was Dr Sonu Trivedi, who is the Director of the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre at the Indian Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Webinar – ‘Pandemic and the Invisible Environment’4th June 2021

In connection with World Environment Day, a webinar was organized on the 4th of June . The topic for the webinar was “Pandemic and the invisible environment”. The resource person for the webinar was Dr Sebastian Joseph from the PG department and Research Centre for History at UC College, Aluva.

Lezen’ – Online Quiz Competition19th June 2021

An online quiz competition was conducted by the department in accordance with Reading Day on 19th June, named ‘Lezen.’ The quiz was open exclusively for the students of the Sociology department of the college.

‘Human Trafficking: Inclusion of Survivors’30th July 2021

In connection with World Day against Trafficking of Persons, a webinar was organized on the 30th of July by the department in association with Cultural Academy for Peace and the Kochi City Police. The topic for the webinar was ‘Human Trafficking: Inclusion of Survivors- Rescue, Prevention and Rehabilitation.’

The resource persons for the webinar included Ms. Beena Sebastian (Founder and Chairperson of Cultural Academy for Peace), Ms. Aishwarya Dongre IPS (Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kochi City), Mr. Biji George (District Crime Branch Assistant Commissioner of Police, Special in-charge of Anti-Human Trafficking Unit), Adv. Sandhya Raju (Lawyer at the High Court of Kerala and Founder and Managing Director of Centre for Constitutional Rights, Research and Advocacy).

Alankaar’ – Fancy Dress Competition15th August 2021

In connection with Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, ‘ALANKAAR’ a fancy dress competition themed ‘Female Freedom Fighters of India’, was organized by the Department of Sociology and Centre for Research.

The competition aimed to create awareness about the female Freedom fighters of India who are less discussed even in the present day.

Poster Designing Competition – World Suicide Prevention Day10th September 2021

A poster designing competition was organized by the department in connection with World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme of the competition was ‘Creating Hope Through Action.’ The competition was open to all Teresians

Webinar – ‘സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യ സമരവും കേരളത്തിലെ സ്ത്രീ സാന്നിദ്ധ്യവും  24th September 2021

The Department of Sociology and Centre for Research organized a webinar on ‘സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യ സമരവും കേരളത്തിലെ സ്ത്രീ സാന്നിദ്ധ്യവും’ in connection with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on the September 24.

Dr T K Aanandhi was the resource person. Dr T K Aanandhi is well known as an author, and  was former General Advisor to the Government of Kerala.

Pedalathon 2022- 07/06/2022

A cycle rally was organised in connection with the 4th Anniversary celebration of Railway Childline Ernakulam. Titled as Pedalathon 2022, the program aimed at stopping child abuse. The rally was organised by the  Welfare Services Ernakulam with the support of  NSS Unit 41 and Department of Sociology, St.Teresas College (Autonomous), Ernakulam.

The Pedalathon was jointly inaugurated by Dr. Lissy Mathew, principal of St. Teresas College and Fr. Jose Koluthuvelil, Director of Sahrudaya. The program also had the presence of Dr. Sr. Suchita CSST, head of the department Sociology, Smt. Elizabeth Abraham, faculty in Sociology, Dr. Jency Teresa, NSS Programme officer.

The program was coordinated by the Railway Child Line Team. The Pedalathon was flagged off by 11:00 am from JLN Stadium metro station and ended at Ernakulam South Metro Station. About 30 student’s active participation made the program a great event. The officials of the Railway Child line, Ernakulam received the students from Ernakulam South Railway. Ernakulam Railway Child line coordinator Ms. Amrutha Shivan gave a small briefing about the activities and working of the Railway Child line. She had stated that, since 2018 they had rescued about 657 students who were found wandering around the platform or alone. Students raised doubts regarding the same and thus it was very interactive as well as informative. Some among the students showed interest in working with them when she detailed about the very impressing works of the Child line.

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