UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINARS
Department Of Malayalam
“Dalit Sahithya Vicharangalum Adhikarathinte Prathivayanakalum”(Dalit Literary Thoughts and the Counter Readings of Power)
Held on: 27th and 28th of July 2015 at Yuhanon Mar Thoma Hall
The Post Graduate Department of Malayalam organized a two day National seminar on the topic with the aid and sponsorship of the University Grants Commission and in collaboration with Student Christian Movement (SCM). The seminar was attended by faculty members, students and academicians from various colleges and universities. Famous dalit activists and writers led various sessions as resource persons. Discussions and debates on the topic gave way to new perspectives and outlook on dalit literature and its contemporary value in research and academics. Papers were presented by the delegates in the seminar and the discussion forums gave new insights into the subject. The programme served as a platform for all those who study and work in the field to come together and share each one’s thought. The seminar was inaugurated by the celebrated film director Dr.Biju. He emphasized the need to make use of all the media including the visual media to bring into light the issue relating to dalit empowerment and enlightenment. Dr.O.K.Santhosh (Asst. Professor of Malayalam, Madras University) delivered a lecture on “Cultural Studies and Dalit Discourse”. Dr.K.S.Madhavan, Dr.M.B.Manoj, Dr.S.Joseph, Sri.K.K.Das and K.K.Kochu ( eminent academicians and writers) spoke on different topics in the two day seminar.
UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINARS
The Postgraduate Department of English organized a two-day UGC sponsored National Seminar on the cuttingedge topic Event, Memory and Literature: Trauma Narratives of the Indian Subcontinent from 5 to 6 September 2013 at the college. The inaugural ceremony was held on 5 September 2013. Dr. Pramod K. Nayar of the University of Hyderabad inaugurated the seminar and delivered the keynote address on the topic ‘Trauma, Surveillance and the New Public Sphere’. He spoke about the approach of media towards trauma and trauma narratives in the context of globalization and how the contemporary society turns into adopting an introverted culture. By instigating a heightened sense of security the media and government disturbs the privacy of individual life. Prof. Capt. Roys P. David, Principal presided over the function and expressed his happiness that the Department has organized a seminar at a time when it is sanctioned as a Research Department by Mahatma Gandhi University. Dr. Anne Susan Koshy, Head of the Department of English delivered the welcome speech. Dr. K.M. Krishnan, Associate Professor, School of Letters (collaborator of the seminar), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and Smt. Saraswathy Rajagopalan, Executive Editor, DC Books delivered felicitations. Prof. Annie George extended the vote of thanks.
Dr. Meena T. Pillai, Associate Professor, Institute of English, University of Kerala delivered a talk on ‘Mullaperiyar and Media’ on 5th afternoon. Dr.Rita Kothari, Associate Professor, Bhupen and Smriti Shah Chair, IIT,Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad,Gujarat spoke about ‘Amnesia and Memory: Partition in Western India’ on 6th morning. The panel discussion on the topic ‘Trauma and Literary Studies’ was moderated by Prof. Josy Joseph, Associate Professor, SB College, Changanacherry. Participants avidly took part in this highly interactive session with the keynote speakers of the seminar. Dr. Saji Mathew, Assistant Professor, School of Letters, Dr. Siby James, Associate Professor, St. Thomas College, Pala and Dr. Lata Marina Varghese, Associate Professor, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta moderated various paper presentation sessions. There were almost 50 paper presenters from all over India, besides almost 100 participants. Notable among the participants from the national/international fraternity was Khan Touseef Osman, Lecturer, Metropolitan University, Bangladesh and presently research scholar at Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar. The seminar brew discussions on unresolved event-based traumatic experiences of the Indian Subcontinent claimed back through various narratives: narratives on Partition, Bhopal Gas Disaster of 1984, Tibetan Experience, Gujarat riots, recent Uttarakhand calamities and a plethora of other known and lesser known traumatic events in the Indian subcontinent.
Prof. Febu George Mathai Kurichiyath served as the Convenor and Prof. Annie George as the Co-convenor of the National Seminar.
'Vedere . . . Ecrits . . .Kasityo . . . Kino’A two-day event-packed Diamond Jubilee programme which functioned in a signature style was conducted as part of the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Trauma Narratives of the Indian Subcontinent by the Department of English. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Meena T. Pillai, Associate Professor, Institute of English, University of Kerala. Arranged under four eye-catching heads, the stalls attracted the entire campus. Vedere (Italian for ‘see/ feel/understand/decide’) displayed exhibits on trauma of the subcontinent; Ecrits (French for ‘writings’) was an exhibition cum sale of books on trauma, trauma narratives and theory by DC Books, Kottayam; Kasityo (Finnish for ‘handicraft’), organized by Christian Agency for Rural Development (CARD), put on display cum sale handicrafts and agriproducts, Kino (German for ‘cinema’) screened films, short films and documentaries on trauma narratives. Prof. Tom Thomas coordinated the programme
Department of CommerceA Department of Commerce UGC sponsored National Seminar on Maximising Corporate Social Responsibility in the Indian Perspective was conducted by the Postgraduate and Research Department of Commerce on 13 and 14 March 2014 at the Dr. Juhanon Mar Thoma Hall.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is basically a concept whereby companies decide voluntarily to contribute to a better society and a cleaner environment. It is represented by the contributions undertaken by companies to society through business activities and its social investment. This also aims to connect the concept of sustainable development to the company’s level. Over the last few years an increasing number of companies worldwide started promoting their Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies as the customers, the public and the investors expect them to act responsibly. In most cases CSR is the result of a variety of social, environmental and economic pressures.
The business climate has been improving over the years, foreign investors are increasingly establishing business across India and Indian companies are beginning to increase their participation in the international markets. It is thus necessary for Indian companies to compete on all parameters in the global market place. CSR, i.e. the individual business incorporating social and environmental considerations into its strategy, which features prominently on the development agenda including Human Rights, Labour Standards, Environment, Anti- Corruption, Education, Occupational health and safety and Work- life balance concerns, has in recent years become a key parameter for any Company competing in the national or international markets. Companies can no longer ignore CSR .They can only accept it as an opportunity to embrace a challenge tosurmount.
In India CSR as a business strategy has begun to gain momentum and companies are gradually realizing that CSR is more than a charitable function.
The seminar on Maximising Corporate Social Responsibility in the Indian Perspective was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. P. K. Velayudhan, Director of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala. Eminent speakers, namely Prof. Dr. Francis Cherunilam, Director, Kochi Business School, Cochin, Dr. George Alexander Muthoot, MD, Muthoot Finance, Prof. Dr. G. Ganeshan, Director, Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Sri. V.E. Josekutty ICLS, Deputy Registrar of Companies, Kerala, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India and Dr. P.J. Philip, former Minority Commission Member, Govt. of Kerala made the sessions informative and interesting. Research papers presented by the delegates will shortly be published in the Conference Compendium with ISBN registration.
Dr. Philip Varughese Porattoor served as the Convenor and Prof. Rejy K. Thariyan as the Co- convenor of the National Seminar.
Centre for Women’s Studies
The Centre for Women’s Studies of the college in collaboration with that of the University of Calicut hosted a two-day UGC sponsored National Seminar on Women and Stress in the 21st Century on 11 and 12 March 2014. Smt. Padma Ramachandran, former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala inaugurated the seminar and spoke about the need for women to foreground themselves with renewed strength in key decision making positions. Dr. Roys P. David, Principal of the college presided over the inaugural session. Dr. Sheena Eapen, Coordinator of CWS and Convenor of the seminar, welcomed the gathering and Dr. Jinsu Varghese, Co-convenor of the seminar proposed the vote of thanks.
The various sessions were handled by eminent personalities who have made their mark in the field of Women’s Studies --Dr. N. Manimekalai, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, Bharati Dasan University, Thiruchirapally, Dr.Raji V. Sukumar, Head of the PG Department of Home Science, Govt. College for Women, Puducherry, Dr. Razeena Padmam, Director, School of Behavioural Sciences, MG University and Dr. Moly Kuruvilla, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Calicut. The various topics focused on gender and stress, women’s health and wellness, stress management strategies etc. Research scholars, students, teachers from various universities and members of the YWCA participated and presented papers on relevant topics which elicited lively discussions. The valedictory message was given by Dr. Shirly Annie Oommen, former Head of the Department of Zoology of the college. In spite of time constraints the seminar was highly informative and fruitful for the stakeholders.
A five-day Sensitivity-Awareness-Motivation (SAM) Workshop which commenced on 25 February 2013, was organised by St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry under ‘Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education’, a unique scheme formulated by the UGC to enhance the participation of senior and middle level women academicians at the higher levels of decision-making in both academic and administrative sections in the higher education system. The Workshop was inaugurated by the Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa, the Manager of the college. His Grace stressed on the need for concentrating on the welfare of the community rather than on giving importance to power. Dr. U. Vindhya, Core Group Resource Person, UGC National Consultative Committee, presented a Preview of the Workshop and introduced the key trainers and manual authors. Dr. Moly Kuruvilla, the Regional Coordinator, briefed on the Workshop. Prof. Alexander K. Samuel, the Principal of the college, Dr. Asha Susan Jacob, the Local Coordinator, and Dr. Sheena Eapen spoke on the occasion. The inaugural session was followed by the technical sessions, the contents for which were provided by a set of five manuals. The first manual on ‘Women’s Studies Perspective’ transacted by Dr. U. Vindhya, Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad emphasized the importance of gender sensitization, its relevance, and interaction of knowledge-emotion–action in gender sensitisation. The manual ‘Women and Governance in Higher Education’ was transacted on the second day by Dr. Asha Susan Jacob, St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry. The manual analysed the socio-psycho-cultural factors that lead to gender inequity in university governance and suggested strategies to operate effectively within university structure. Dr. Jubily Navaprabha, S.D College, Alappuzha, and Dr. Sarita G. Bhat,CUSAT dealt with the next manual, ‘Women and Academic Leadership’. The manual discussed low participation of women in leadership positions presenting the statistics of women representation in Indian universities. The fourth manual ‘Managing Personal and Professional Roles’ was handled by Dr. Sobhana Kurien and Prof. Susy Joseph of CMS College, Kottayam. The last module ‘Women and Research’, aimed at motivating towards research, was transacted by Dr. Sheena Eapen, St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry. Role plays, group discussions and narration of experiences helped in disseminating and internalizing the content of the manuals.
The two open sessions on ‘Stress Management’ led by Dr. Razeena Padmam of the School of Behavioural Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and ‘Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment’ led by Adv. Sindhu Gopalakrishnan, Kottayam respectively, generated vibrant response to the issues of contemporary relevance. The website session registered the participants in the Networking Information Dissemination Cell of UGC Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education. Thirty selected senior and middle level women academicians from the affiliated colleges across Kerala participated in the programme. The Workshop indeed sensitized the participants to the chilly climate in the higher education scenario and motivated them to individual as well as networking strategies to enhance the percentage of women representation in decision-making bodies.
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