Over the years students of the department of sociology have actively participated in the association activities and have benefitted from it. The department improves each year with the development of its students. With an aim to increase solidarity among the students, all association activities were conducting by recognizing each of the under graduate and postgraduate classes as a distinct group and it was made mandatory that all the groups must have a captain and vice captain from the respective class itself. This was done with an aim to give equal representation to all students and also to instill leadership qualities among the students from the first year itself.
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Kavya C R
Rajasree R Nair
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The year wise competitions facilitated in the fostering of healthy competition between students of different classes. Students from each class got an opportunity to take the lead and all students strived to bring out their best in academic, artistic and literary creations.
The notice board of the department was always kept up-to-date with the activities of the department. It became a showcase of the events and achievements of the department. The purpose of the notice board was to keep the students informed of the progress of the department.
WOMEN AND SOCIETY
The tradition of St. Teresa's college has always been towards the upliftment and enlightenment of women by providing them qualitative education. But in light of the increased crimes on women and the narrow outlook towards the role of women in society the association organized an inter-department essay writing competition on the topic 'THE PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN MEDIA' on 22 August, 2012. Students were encouraged to express their opinions freely on the topic. And the best essay was awarded.
VISUAL MEDIA- A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
A study was conducted on the impact of contemporary visual media on college students on 12 September, 2012. The session was flagged off by Mr. Mcartin from the famous director duo Rafi-Mcartin who emphasized the need for good visual media as they tend to play a vital role on the younger generation's outlook towards society and culture.
As part of the study all the students of the sociology department were shown four contemporary movies- CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, I AM, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and KERALA CAFĂ‰- all portraying varied facets of social life. It was followed by a detailed discussion and debate among the college students. The post graduate students also presented a detailed and analytic review of the movies and how they relate to our own immediate environment.
ON EMERGING KERALA
Emerging Kerala conference was a widely debated issue in the month of September. In order to spread awareness among students on the social, cultural and economic effect of 'emerging Kerala' an inter department poster making competition was organized by the association on the topic 'emerging Kerala in 20 years' on 24 September 2012. Prizes were awarded to the best poster.
BLOOD DONATION CAMP
Students of the department were active participants in the blood donation camp on 1 October 2012. They also attended an awareness program on blood donation. Our students came back enlightened on the process of blood donation, how the blood reaches the patients, on how to tackle anemia and also the awareness camp helped dispel the myth regarding women being poor blood donators.
The association's aim has always been to motivate the students to be free thinkers, explore options, and instead of focusing only on academics, encourage them to fine tune their literary and creative skills-But with a sociological orientation.
2011-12 was indeed a great year for the association as it hosted its very own inter-collegiate fest for the first time on 3 October, 2012. The students and teachers showed great co operation and mutual support during the entire event. Almost 10 colleges within Cochin participated in this event. The chief guest for the inauguration ceremony was the founder of the NGO Theruvoram Mr. Murugan. The fest included various competitions as follows.
1. Photography competition on the topic 'gone, but not forgotten'
This competition harvested the most enthusiastic response as most number of teams were registered for this event.
2. Debate competition on the topic 'women in politics- a necessity or a hype'
This competition enabled a platform for students to express their opinions. Fiery debates, challenging rebuttals and the rush to make your point.
3. Student journalism on any relevant social issue.
This was the most anticipated event of the fest. It brought together students from various streams together. It brought out the inquisitive nature of the students as they strived to bring an issue to light, sensitize the audience on the urgency to takle the problem. The prize winning entries were on Female Foeticide, Exploitation of women and a better and greener Cochin
4. Caption writing competition.
Prize money was awarded to all the winning teams. The enthusiastic response to the fest indeed marked an important milestone in the history of our department.
The fest saw the coming together of students to discuss various socially relevant topics. It fostered a healthy competition among students. It also brought out the organizational and leadership skills of the students of the association. The mutual support extended throughout the fest also strengthened the student-faculty relationship of the department.
SOCIAL EXPOSURE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
The main aim of the association activities this year was to make the students active participants in the society. Rather than providing in-class teaching, we sought to encourage the students to explore the field.
It was mandatory for every class/group to undertake an outdoor activity to widen their experience and increase interaction and communication with the society.
The second year students undertook a survey on September 21 2012. The students visited the rural village of valappu in vypin and conducted a study on the problems faced by the residents of the area. Problems like lack of hospitals, transportation, lack of quality education etc came into light.
The first year degree students undertook an orphanage visit. They went to Ashwas Bhavan in Fort Kochi, an orphanage housing 55 children on 20th October. The main aim of this visit was to develop communication between the students and the children at the orphanage. A joint effort was made to collect dresses and other essentials for the children which was distributed by our students. The first year students also organized a variety of entertainment activities-games, songs and dance programs for the children. The children at the orphanage were very enthusiastic about our visit. This visit was mutually beneficial. And our students pledged to support the education of at least one child at the orphanage.
The third year students extended a helping hand to a nongovernmental organization that aimed at giving protection to abandoned children and elders. The students made a concrete effort to provide the required aids and help for the organization. The students still continue to remain in contact with the NGO.
To develop a practical approach in Urban Sociology the students of the post graduate classes went on an educational field visit to Mattancherry on October 15, 2012. The objectives of the visit were to compare between the old and new cities. Another aim was to study the spatial segregation of communities or different ethnic groups. They presented a report on how Mattancherry becomes a meeting point of all cultures with its diversity of population and 38 varied communities.
Students of all classes were taken to watch the socially relevant movie "ENTE" directed by Rajesh Touchriver.
Theruvoram is an NGO working 24x7 for the rehabilitation of abandoned people in Kochi. Theruvoram aims to reach out to the most marginalized children and elder citizens to provide rescue, shelter, rehabilitation, medical aid, emotional support and guidance.
The association in collaboration with the NGO conducted an awareness class on august 7, 2012. The founder of the NGO, Mr.Murugan, addressed the gathering. Documentary videos of the work done by theruvoram were presented to the students to make them more acquainted with the NGO's activities. Murugan sir stressed the need for young members of the society to be active helpers in the society, to help the poor and needy. Many students volunteered to help in the activities of the organization.
VISIT TO MATTANCHERRY.
On the 15th of October, students from 2nd year M.A went on a field visit to Mattancherry. The objectives of the visit are to compare between the old and new cities ie, Mattanchery and Greater kochi. Another aim was to study the spacial segregation of communities or different ethnic groups.
VISIT TO KARUNA SPECIAL SCHOOL
As a part of Sociology Association activities students of I MA Sociology visited Karuna Special School , Nayarambalam on 20th December 2012. 13 students and Smt. Sabeena. M visited the place. Karuna Special School is a school of mentally challenged students, run by CTC sisters. There are about 70 students and 13 teachers. We celebrated Christmas with them. Students continue to help the teachers in their spare time.
VISIT TO KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE
Students of II M.A. along with Dr. Gladis Mary John went to the Biennale and made a critical evaluation of it.
SERIES OF LECTURES
An interactive session on 'Dream/ aspirations: Exploration through stories' was conducted for the II BA and PG students chaired by Ms. Tessy James, corporate facilitator, Infopark, Kochi.
A discourse on 'Youth and planning' was organized under the auspices of planning forum for III BA and PG students. Mr. Joshy Varghese, nodal person, Outreach, Rajagiri collage of social sciences was the resource person.
Advocate A. Jayashanker, President, Indian Lawyers Association and programme producer at IndiaVision News Channel, delivered a talk on 'Civic Responsibility' for III BA and PG students.
TERESIAN RURAL OUTREACH PROGRAMME (TROP)
The department of Sociology under the auspices of the Teresian Rural Outreach programme conducted extension activities at Valapu- Our lady of perpetual help Church. The target group of the activities was women and children. In the first phase of the extension activities the department members visited the Parish priest and interacted with women who are organized in the church through Matirvedi on 19th July. Through the visit we were able to build rapport with the Parish priest and the residents.
A social survey was conducted to know about the Socio- Economic background and social problems faced by the residents at Valappu. With the help of Parish priest and women's organization students went through hundred residents of Ward No 9 of Elankunnapuzha panchayath on September 21st .The survey results and the qualitative data analysis revealed the social problems faced by the residents.
- Most of the men are addicted to alcohol and are not having productive employment
- Women have to do work to look after the needs of family. Most of the women are involved in jobs as house maids, prawn peeling, selling fish , self-employment etc.
- The people are effected by water logging and unhygienic situations related with water logging.
- The educational facility in that area is poor and the students are not able to acquire proficiency in language and mathematics.
- Most of the students are not going for higher education.
Social Survey of Teresian Rural Outreach Programme
On 24/01/2013 students of I M.A. along with Smt. Dora Dominic went to Elamkunnapuzha Grama Panchayath to participate in the grama sabha. The objective of the visit was to instill in the students the idea of participatory planning at the grass root level. Students presented a report of it and discussions were made.
'Socius 2012-13' symbolizes the continuing tradition of team work and solidarity within the department. The magazine is a reflection of the artistic, literary academic and extracurricular achievements of the students in the department. The making of the magazine saw the coming together of creative minds and dedicated attempts by the students to provide articles for the manuscript magazine.
COVER PAGE DESIGNING
No matter how the saying goes, almost always a book is judged by its cover. Inorder to harness the creative skills of the students and also to make a gateway for more notable representation in the department magazine the editorial board conducted a cover page designing competition. The central theme of the magazine was 'revolution NOW'. Our magazine sought to highlight the changes that our students wished to bring out in their life, in society, in any cultural practice. The magazine was intended to be a free platform to bring out the opinion of our students on.
The department conducted a workshop on 'Soft skills and the use of ICT in learning enhancement' for the post graduate students from 10-12 September, 2012.
On 14/01/2013 a poster competition was conducted for III BA Sociology students on the topic crime against women and a cash prize of Rs.500/- was given to the best presentation.
The best speaker from students of sociology was selected for the Fr.George Koilparampil Award by conducting an elecution competition on the topic '65 Years of Indian Democracy'. Dr. Helen K.J. of Hindi Dept. was the judge. This program was conducted on 31/ 01 2013.
Under the leadership of Dr. Gladis Mary john, co-coordinator of the women's cell of the college the department organized the UGC sponsored national seminar on 'Women in Development Process: Role of Local Self Government-Strategies and Policies in the Changing Scenario' from 06.08.2012 to 08.08.2012. The seminar was inaugurated by Smt. Rosakutty K.C, chairperson of Kerala women's commission. The seminar was attended by participants from various states.
Seminars on Women Empowerment and Protection through Nirbhaya, Local Self-Governments: Opportunities for Creative Involvement, Development and Empowerment-a perspective from Kerala, Right to Food Programme through LSG, Women in developmental Process:Role of LSGs-process and programmes, empowering women through social advocacy were conducted. Eminent personalities like Lida Jacob I.A.S, high court advocate Mr. Sherry Thomas etc were the speakers during the event.