Activities – English Department

Activities 2019-2020

  1. The Department of English, marked the death of Girish Karnad on 11 June 2019 by organizing a meeting in his remembrance.
  2. The Department also observed Reading Month beginning June 19 by observing Reading Day calling it “Kithabi Days” where faculty members of the department as well as the Department of Oriental Languages and the Librarian introduced various books to the students. A quiz was also organized that day as part of the celebrations.
  3. On 5 July 2019 to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Vaikom Mohammed Basheer the Malayalam Dept. conducted a quiz competition and the English Department had a premalekhanam competition. In addition, A book exhibition of Kesav Dev and Basheer was organized in this regard.
  4. Fresher’s Day and all the associations’ inauguration was held on 26 July 2019.
  5. A Costume day competition was conducted by the English Dept on 3 September 2019.
  6. Interactive Session on Science & Religion: Dr. Stephen Fawcett (Faculty, St. Mary’s Seminary, Birmingham, U K) on 6 November 2019.
  7. Drama Workshop for final year students on 18-11-2019 by Shri. Jimmy James.
  8. November 26-December 1; Study tour and industrial visit of 2017-20 batch.
  9. On 1 January 2020 the Campus Radio Talent-Hub under the aegis of the English Dept. was revived.
  10. Visit by Alumni group (2014-17 Batch) on 1 January 2020
  11. Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan poet and activist, conducted an Interactive session with the students and inaugurated Ignatia on 6th Feb 2020.
  12. 7th February 2020, the English Dept. hosted the inter-collegiate fest “Ignatia 2020” with more than 100 participants from various colleges.

Career orientation Programmes:

  1. Harry C Joseph, Online English Tutor, conducted a programme on Online Courses on 22-08-2019.
  2. Rashmi Nair MSW, Faculty BCM College, conducted a class for students on Social Work Professions on 22-08-2019.
  3. Career orientation programme by Mr. Shaji M. George (Career Launcher) for final year students on 16-01-2020.

Activities 2018-19

As education is incomplete with only textual knowledge, Pegasus, the English Association, takes care of the cultural activities of the students giving them exposure and guidance. 21st June, 2018 heralded the formation of the new Association of the Dept. of English for the academic year 2018-19. A meeting was held on the same day with the agenda of electing the office bearers. The following students were elected:

  • Secretary – Jyothis (2nd main)
  • Joint Secretary – Anila Joby (2nd Voc)
  • Treasurer –
  • Magazine Editor –

With an aim to celebrate the National Reading Day and thereby improve the reading mentality of the students, the English Association conducted a Reading Day Quiz on 18th June, 2018. Declaration of the winners was done on 19th June, 2018 by the Principal Dr. Shiny Baby.

The official inauguration of the Association as well as the Fresher’s Day was conducted at Chazhikattu Hall on 29st November, 2018. The Association was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Augustine Pullukalayil, Head of the Dept. of Communicative English, Devamatha College Kuravilangad. The day ended with cultural programs by the students.

A one day workshop on Research Methodology was held on 23rd June, 2018 for the final year students of our department. Dr. Jaison P. Jacob, Head of the Department of English, Devamatha College, Kuravilangad engaged the students and introduced the them to the subject.

In order to brush up the spellings of our students, an Inter-Departmental Spell Bee contest was held on 20th January, 2019 at 2:30 P.M, Seminar Hall. Students actively participated and the first, second and third prizes were bagged by Shibi Joseph of Mathematics Dept., Meldin Babu of Economics Dept. and Maria James of Chemistry Dept. respectively.

Even in the last lap of the academic year the association still has events in queue. The Annual Inter-Collegiate Literary Fest is to be conducted in March, 2019. Also as a means to inspire and encourage students into real art, the Association is organizing a one day study tour to Kochi Muziris Binnale.

Many of our students participated in Inter Collegiate Fests and programs arranged by various colleges and brought laurels home. Sariga Sam and Sneha S. of 4th Semester English got first prize in Face Painting competition held at Girideepam College, Kottayam. Unnimaya Raju and Sajitha E.S of 4th Semester bagged the third position in the Literary Quiz held by Al-Azhar College, Thodupuzha. Devika Madhu of 4th Semester English got the 2nd consolation prize for Patriotic Song Competition held at St. Thomas College, Pala.

Johnys P. Stephen and Jewel Raju of 6th Semester English won the 3rd prize in the Debate Competition held at S. H College, Thevara. They also secured the second prize in the regional level Chavara Speech Competition held at K. E College, Mannanam. They again achieved the second prize in the Debate Competition held by the Economic Dept. of our college.

Ahallya Bharathy, Bestie Varghese and Anila Joby participated in the Three-Day residential program called Kavitha Kalari held by Devamatha College Kuravilangad. There the students were introduced to the nuances of poetry and also to the emerging trends and poets. Ahallya Bharathy and Bestie Varghese also participated in the Dakshatha Paper Presentation Competiton held at Alphonsa College, Pala.

Not only in arts but in sports too our students excelled. Jipsa Maria Joy of 6th semester English is selected to the MG University Ball Badminton Team. She also won the first in the Shuttle Badminton Competition held at our college. Jipsa Maria Joy and Krishnendu Lohitadasan won third prize in the Shuttle Badminton Competition held at our college. Krishnendu Lohitadasan and Amitha Paul bagged first in the Basketball Free Throw. The second position was secured by Sona Antony and Karthika of 2nd Semester. In the various tournaments held at our college the English Volleyball Team secured the second prize.

The Association is deeply indebted to the Principal, Dr. Shiny Baby, the HOD, Smt. Bindu Cherian and all the teachers of the Dept. for the successful functioning throughout the academic year.

Activities 2017-18

Reading Day

Reading day was conducted on 19th june 2017. The program was organised by second year vocational students. The interdepartmental reading competition was inaugurated by the principal Dr Shiney Baby. The participants were asked to read an excerpt from the novel AaduJeevitham written by Benyamin.

 Fresher’s day

Fresher’s day of our department was conducted on 25th of august along with the inauguration of our association. The programme started shortly after 9.30am. The event was kicked off by a prayer service by Rosha and Nnisha from S6 Voc. It was followed by a welcome speech by Jhonis of S3 Literature. Chief Guest of the occasion was Prof.Pushpa Joseph the former Head of the Department and was followed by Prof. Bindu Cherian who gave the felicitation. The function was formally inaugurated by lighting the lamp. After the inauguration ceremony, fresher’s were called on to the stage and given tasks to perform. Second year vocational students entertained the audience with a group dance. By 12.30 the programs were over and S3 Literature students distributed tea and snacks.

Onam 2017

Onam Celebrations of St Stephens College was held on September 30th 2017. The event consisted of Inter Department competitions and cultural programs. Celebrations started with Athappookkalam competition at 8.00 Am.  From the Department of English, Students from S1 and S3 took part in the competition. It was followed by the Thiruvona Rally and our procession was rich with students in traditional Kerala dress, singing harvest songs along side art forms like Kalaripayatu, Poorakkali, Mohiniyattam etc. At Chazhikattu hall, there were competitions for Maveli, MalayaliManka and PurushaKesari. Amal Raj from third year Literature was awarded Purushakesari and Anila from 1st year Vocational won second for MalayaliManka. In the outdoor competitions for staff and studens, Arya C.R from 3rd year Lit.secured second prize in water drinking competition and Tanyamol Chacko won 3rd prize. Things were heated up with the tug of war competitions and English department won 1st in both male and female section. The program was concluded after the prize distribution by the principal Dr. Shiney Baby.

 Sports and Arts Week and Christmas Day Celebrations.

In the meeting held on 04/12/2017, teams were formed and captains were given charge of the programs. Students eagerly participated and bagged prizes in Arts and Christmas day celebrations. The following students were given charge of the events for the sports day.

Men’s

Athul K- Football (won 1st prize)

Appu Suresh – Volley ball(Won 2nd prize)

Tojin. P. Tomy – Badminton (Shuttle and Ball)(Won 1st Prize)

Anantha Krishnan S. –Cricket.

Women’s

Suvarna Mary George – Football(Won 1st Prize).

Fathima – Basketball.

Krishnendhu – Badminton (Shuttle)(Won 2nd Prize).

Jipsa – Badminton (Ball).

Athul M Bijufrom Third year vocational was given charge of the march past.

Other prizes that our association Bagged were Relay 200×4 Males 1st, and2nd for girls.

1000m males 1st

2000m Males 1st

400m Males 1st

 Shot put Females 1st

Discus Throw Males 1st

In the competition for teachers,

Shotput female’s1st and 2nd and 100 m females 1st prize.

 Alumni Meeting 1974-77 Batch.

The get together of 1974-77 batch held on 16th December 2017 was inaugurated by the principal Dr.Shiney Baby. Alumni came with their families and organised the event like a family get together. There was session of sharing experiences in which Final year literature students interacted with the Alumni. They were reminiscing the past and walked down the memories with the present faculty. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Jimmy James.

 Film Week.

English association organised a Film Week in the month’s of July-August for the students of Literature as well as common courses. They were shown movies related to the syllabus such as Le Miserables , The fall of the house of Usher, Macbeth, King Arthur, The Old Man and the Seaetc were shown. This was intended to bridge the gap between literature in the higher secondary and degree level. Discussions and film review sessions followed the film sows and students eagerly participated

Lit Fest 2018.

Lit Fest 2018 was held on 19th February. Items were Lit quiz, Lit trolls, Dubsmash, Treasure Hunt and Photography. The fest was inaugurated by the Principal, Dr.Shiney Baby at 10.30. Welcome Speech was delivered by AmithJoice. Vice Principal Dr.BenyKuriakose and Bindu Cherian Head of the Department delivered felicition. Competitions started at 11.00 A.m and was over by 3.15 P.M.

The Prizes were won as follows.

Lit Quiz

St. Thomas B.Ed College Won First Prize

Devamatha College Won Second Prize

Dubsmash

St. Thomas College Pala Won First Prize

St. Thomas B.ed College Pala Won Second Prize

Treasure hunt

St ThomasCollege Pala

Lit Trolls

St ThomasCollege Pala won the first prize.

B.V.M Holy CrossCherpunkal won second prize.

 Photography

B.V.M Holy Cross Cherpunkal won the first prize.

St. Thomas B.ed College Pala won Second Prize.

Activities 2016-17

INAUGURATION

On 8 September 2016 the EnglishAssociation Pegasus’ activities for the year 2016-17 were inaugurated by former HOD and Dronacharya Awardee Prof. Sunny Thomas. Freshers’ day was also held for the first years, the same day.

READING DAY

Reading Day was conducted on 20 June 2016 as part of Vayanadinam celebrations. Books were introduced to the students by the faculty. Faculty member Tina Jose and Arya S. Rethnakaran of S3 English, presented their upcoming books to the gathering. A reading competition was held for the students in both English and Malayalam. The Librarian Jassimuddin S. also informed the audience of the upcoming programme Face-a-book Challenge.

TALKS

On 14 June 2016 entrepreneur Joice Jose held a career-orientation and placement class for S5 open course students. Drama artist Deepak Ravindran conducted a class on Performing Arts in June 2016.

BOOK RELEASE

Faculty member Tina Jose released her debut publication, an anthology of poems, entitled Docile No More on 1 August 2016. The principal Dr. Mercy Philip C. released the book.

ORIENTATION

First year students were provided with an orientation soon after their classes commenced.

TEACHER’S DAY 

Teachers’ Day was celebrated by the students of the department on 5 September 2016, honouring and acknowledging the faculty members.

FACE-A-BOOK CHALLENGE

The department, in conjunction with the Department of Oriental Languages and the Library, conducts Face-a-book Challenge on a periodical basis. In this programme, faculty and students present a book to the audience, which is followed by questions and discussions.

CLASS PTA

To facilitate the smooth running of the association and to promote a healthy rapport with its family members, meetings with students and their parents were arranged.

WALL MAGAZINE & BLOG

Space has been provided on the department blog and class walls for students of each semester to promote their creative faculty and writing skills.

MOVIE SCREENINGS

Students of our general classes (S3) were treated to a viewing of the classic movie Macbeth on 26 July 2016.  The students of the department are also being shown movies across the semesters, based on their syllabus. These include Things Fall Apart, Mother of 1084, Akele, etc.

REMEDIAL TEACHING

Remedial teaching is being provided as per the needs of students. It is meant not only for the English main students but those who belong to other disciplines as well.

VISIT TO BALBHAVAN

S3 students conduct periodical visits to Balabhavan to help the children learn English speaking and other life skills.

CLASS TOUR

The final year students had their tour from 1-5 December 2016, visiting Mysore and Coorg.

Activities 2015-16

The academic year began on a positive note with meditation classes being conducted by Ms. Tina Jose for S3 students from June 17th. On June 19th reading day was celebrated by the department in association with the Department of Oriental Languages. On this occasion, books were introduced to the students by the faculty, and a reading competition conducted class-wise, with students of S5 English winning the first place.

On July 8th, there was a screening of the movie Life of Pi for the students of S5. On July 16th, with the arrival of the first year students, the S1 batches of the department received an orientation, which was presented by faculty Tina Jose and Reneesh Thomas.

The English association Pegasus was inaugurated on August 7th by Dr. Saji Mathew of the School of Letters. Fresher’s day was also celebrated on the same day. On August 11th the students of S6 received an orientation on IAS preparation. The class was taken by Mr. Thomaskutty K.C. S1 Literature students celebrated Friendship Day with the faculty on August 12th. An Independence Day quiz was conducted by the S4 students for all the classes of the department on August 13th. S6 English emerged the winners. As part of their curriculum, S6 students watched Mother of 1084 on August 20.

On September 4th the students and faculty celebrated Teacher’s Day. Former faculty member Mr. Reneesh Thomas was the chief guest. On September 30th, as part of their curriculum, the students of S5 English enacted in class Mother of 1084.

On October 8th, as part of their curriculum, S6 students watched a screening of The House of Usher. S1 English students were shown Fly Away Home and Children of Heaven on October 28th. On October 30th, the librarian Mr. Jasimuddin S. took a class for S1 students on plagiarism and referencing.

Drama artist Mr. Deepak Raveendran conducted a drama workshop for the S2 students on November 3rd. On November 6th S1 Vocational students watched a screening of Children of Heaven. We were delighted to watch our student Sharoop K.P. appear on television on November 24th as part of a talent programme.

S1 students displayed their varied and multifaceted talents on December 4th with “Talent Day”. On December 5th, as part of the film festival, Blood Diamond was screened for the whole department. On Sports Day held on December 17th, the department had a food stall run by the students.

We began activities in the new year with the first Lit Fest on January 20th. Previously it had been only Lit Hunt, the inter-collegiate quiz competition, but this year 2 new events were added: Soliloquy and e-paper competitions. Several colleges participated in the events. In the afternoon session, music quiz and duet competition was held for the students of the department.

On February 11th and 12th, the college conducted an exhibition Savishkara. The department also participated in the event with 4 rooms: Fairyland, Book exhibition, Shakespearian theatre & poetry corner. The entire department was involved in the event.

On March 10th the department conducted its valedictory, distributing prizes to all the prize winners and bidding farewell to our retiring faculty and H.O.D. Ms. Pushpa Joseph. A screening was held of the short film by S6 students Heart Says, which won prizes at several venues. The farewell for S6 students was also conducted on the same day. The final year students also had their social this month on March 15th.

In addition to the above, many activities were conducted on a regular basis such as peer teaching, satellite group study and visits to Balbhavan. The department also participated in all college functions such as Sports Day, Onam celebrations, Christmas and New Year celebrations, College Day and Arts Club functions.