Notices & Circulars

2020

October

10 | World Mental Health Day Lecture Series - “Importance of Counselling”

The faculty of psychology under the Humanities department of ST PAULS COLLEGE organised an online lecture on the topic, “Importance of Counselling” with Mrs Usha Ravi, the college counselor, as the resource person. The event was moderated by Ms. Saranya Francis and the speaker was introduced by Sister Joyce.

The session began with understanding the basic definition of counselling and the difference between professional counselling and advice from informal sources like our friends and family. The fundamental benefits of counselling are to get clarity to learn about not only ourselves but also understanding others in a better way to have better relationships and to find potential solutions to problems so one could feel less stuck or overwhelmed in their life.

Counselling provides a warm and comfortable environment which facilitates self-exploration and help in setting goals and ways of reaching them. A third person i.e. a counsellor can provide help in structuring an objective, positive, non-judgemental approach as there is no emotional involvement that helps in neutrally understanding a problem which causes turbulence in the person’s mental health while equally respecting their confidentiality.

Myths about counselling were briefly discussed and appropriate corrective inputs were explained to the students. Some false beliefs like counselling provides solutions or it is only required in cases of career-oriented guidance or substance abuse were debunked and the need of counseling as a well-being measure was emphasised. The speaker also explained about the difference between counselling psychologist and a psychiatrist and few alarming statistics by World Health Organisation which stated India as the most depressed country in the world were also studied.

The event was concluded by a very simple and motivating thought that no problem is too small to be discussed and a very informative Question & Answer session done with the students. It ended with a warm thanks to the resource person by the moderator. A total of 182 students benefited from the session.

09 | Guest Lecture during World Mental Health Week

Topic: Suicide Prevention
Resource Person: Dr Avinash De Sousa
Time: 10 am to 11 am, 8 October 2020

The Faculty of Psychology under the Department of Humanities organized a guest lecture online on the topic ‘Suicide Prevention’ on 8 October 2020 at 10 am. The event took place as part of the World Mental Health Week, and Dr. Avinash De Sousa, a well-known psychiatrist and psychotherapist was the resource person of the day. Fr Thomas MJ, principal welcomed the resource person and Mr. Jenin introduced him to the participants.

The speaker began the session by briefing the participants some harsh realities and statistics related to suicide in India. For example, the highest number of suicide attempts and cases on an average is seen between the ages of 15 to 30. Every four minutes someone in India takes his/her life, making suicide the nation’s leading causes of death. Old age suicides are highly ignored and rarely talked about.

The speaker underlined the requisite to ‘reinvent’ the present suicide prevention methods because of its ineffectiveness and how suicides are an endemic, and epidemic as well as a pandemic.” He challenged the common suicide myth, stating that ‘those people who talk about suicide probably don’t have the guts to pull it off, it is only the silent ones who succumb’ should be changed. Suicidal thoughts can occur to anyone, and what is required is to talk it out and get help because every suicide is avertible with due assistance and care. There is no shame in seeking mental help. Taking help does not make you weak and thus every suicide is preventable,” noted Dr. De Sousa.

The talk highlighted the need to surround oneself with positive vibes to keep oneself mentally fit and healthy. In addition, we are to learn different coping mechanisms in order to avoid succumbing to negative feelings when they occur. It is also our responsibility to spend time talking and listening to people who are distressed and are in need of psychological assistance.

Talking about the educational pressure on students, Dr. De Sousa shared a moving incident of his friend who channelized her educational ambition and pressures productively. The narrative proved to be an eye-opener for the participants so as not to get disheartened at the face of strains and obstacles. The speaker also discussed the resilience needed for survival. According to him, humour is of paramount importance, and the choices we make should never be done under pressure. The availability of suicide helplines, organizations and online consultants, etc., were some of the points touched upon as well.

At the end of the session, the floor was open to the participants’ questions. Dr. Avinash left no question unanswered and explained everything with much clarity and utmost patience.

The session ended with the emcee Ms. Anitha HS proposing the vote of thanks.

05 | Guest Talk & Workshop - Desktop Publishing Software

ST PAULS COLLEGE, Bengaluru, conducted a “Desktop Publishing Software Workshop” on 5th October 2020 organized by the Post Graduate Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The guest lecture was given by Mr. Suhas S Kashyap an alumnus of ST PAULS COLLEGE. Over 70 students from PG and UG participated in the guest lecture under the supervision of Mr. Jenin Raj, Head, Post Graduate Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Aditi R Ural of IInd BA introduced the guest speaker and read the profile.

The workshop started off with the introduction of the new software, Scribus; it’s tools, new features and different properties. The students keenly listened and learned more about the print media. The participants were taught shortcuts and methods to make a layout design and editing of newspapers. Mr. Suhas made the session interactive and easy to understand for the students by explaining the layout design with the example of an article. The question and answer session at the end helped the students to clarify all their doubts. The workshop ended with the vote of thanks by Sushmitha S Kalyani, IInd year PG student. The participants were highly appreciative of the workshop on the new software.

03 | Talk on Social Media & Mental Health

The Department of Humanities, Psychology organized the World Mental Health Week from 6-10 October 2020. On 3rd October Mr. Vijeth Veerappa, an alumni of ST PAULS COLLEGE and the Social Media Incharge for Kerala in the youth wing of the Congress Party and Head of Political Communications and an ad agency called Axis Vantage was the Guest Speaker for the day.

His interactive session focused on the pros and cons of Social Media on our Mental Health. The youth of today are prone to Social Media addictions which lead to different mental disorders.  Using selected video clippings and images, the speaker highlighted how media feeds are connected to make us want to see videos relating to the topic of our interest. He also spoke of several research findings which have a cause and effect relationship between increased involvement in social media leading to depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm and even suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts.

Speaking about the positive aspects of social media, the speaker discussed how it can be a platform to showcase our creativity and technological talents. It can also increase self-confidence by empowering introverts to discuss their ideas, enables people to create life-long friends, and strengthens social awareness and empathy.

The participants opined that the session made them introspect about the time they spend on social media and the fact that it can be detrimental if they get addicted to it.

02 | Leadership Skills Program organized by MCC

The Management and the HODs of ST PAULS COLLEGE participated in the Leaderships Skills Program organized by Mount Carmel College for its mentee Institutions on 29 September 2020 at 4 pm. This programme was an initiative by the MCC to enhance the competencies of the heads of the Institutions and Departments for holistic development. Dr Kavitha Singh, the IQAC Coordinator of MCC welcomed the participants and introduced the Resource Person Dr Suma Singh, Dean, Department of Humanities, MCC.

Dr Suma started the session with the Beautiful Quote “Being a Leader you have to make the difference”. She took the examples of Mr. Varghese Kurian, Founder of Amul and the Father of Milk Revolution; Savithribai Phule, the first female teacher of India, etc., who set out to make a difference in the society. She discussed the leadership qualities in higher education and emphasized the power of education in the present scenario. She enhanced the knowledge of the participants on the changing nature of the education sector. She focused on four important factors of Leadership in Higher Education: Administration – Authority, Academic – Build on Knowledge, Research – Involving in Research activities and Engagement – Building a network with the faculty and students to strengthen the curriculum

Further, Dr Suma explained about the roles and responsibilities of all the key designated people in the institution like Principal, Vice Principal, Deans and Heads of the Departments, Controller of Examinations and Members of the Faculty. She highlighted the characteristics of a great academic leader. She also spoke about the derailers who spoil the smooth functioning and the growth of the institution. This was followed by a Q&A session the participants appreciating MCC and the resource person for the enriching session on Leadership Skills in the Academic Sector today.

The programme ended with Ms Renju K Proposed from MCC proposing gratitude to all for their active participation.

September

28 | Kannada Guest Lecture

Department of language in ST PAULS College organized a guest lecture titled ‘Vachana Sahityadalli — Jeevana Koushalya’ on 25 September 2020. Dr Sheeladevi S Malimat, Associate Professor and Research Scholar of BMS Mahila Vidyalaya Basavnagudi, Bengaluru was the resource person. The event began with the welcome address by Ms Savithri C, Assistant Professor of the College, followed by a prayer led by Varshitha of II B.Com. The talk aimed at creating awareness among the students the importance and necessity of cultivating various life skills. The speaker highlighted some of the pertinent issues of student life and how they are to be addressed through adequate life skills, especially communication skills. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Ms Savithri.

28 | Hindi Guest Lecture

‘मन वक्त सता रहा है मगर कैसे जीना है वो भी तोह बता रहा है’ was a good reason for the department of language to organize a timely guest lecture on 25 September 2020, as the pandemic is still in effect. Dr Chetna Upadhyay was the resource person of the day.

Mrs. Trapty Sharma, the head of the department welcomed the gathering, and Sweta Choubey of II BA introduced the speaker.

Dr Chetna began her session by reciting ‘Om Santi’ which induced the participants to maintain composure and positivity during the talk.  She continued to explain how our thoughts influence our daily life.  If one wants to change one’s life, one should begin to think positively.

In reference to the prevailing pandemic, Dr Chetna said, “The pandemic paved the way for us to spend more time at home and to relate with our family members. It enabled us to explore and bring out the talents and hobbies hidden in us.” She also added many other positive changes brought about by Covid 19 despite its negative effects.

Dr. Chetna, further explicated that easy things always bring us down whereas difficult things take us up. Approaching every problem/issue with a positive mind can be productive. It is upto us to decide and live happy, after all ‘happiness is an inside job,’ she highlighted.

The session was an interactive one, and it ended with a vote of thanks by Rohith Aradhya of II BA.

Faculty Name: Mrs Trapty Sharma
In charge of the language department: Mrs.  Trapty Sharma

28 | Report - Participation of SPC - Webinar on Environment and Development

Hosted by -Centre For Sustainable Development, Indian Institute of Public Administration (Karnataka Regional Branch) and UGC-PARAMARSH, Mount Carmel College – Autonomous

Sustainable development and environmental concern have been an area of careful consideration for ST PAULS COLLEGE. To ensure that we are well aligned and well informed regarding the facts associated with the above subject, the principal along with other faculty members participated in a workshop organized by the Centre For Sustainable Development,

Indian Institute of Public Administration (Karnataka Regional Branch) and UGC-PARAMARSH, Mount Carmel College –Autonomous. The session was highly insightful with presenters speaking about varied concerns surrounding the environment and sustainability.

The speakers were: Dr. M. K Ramesh (Professor of Law, National Law School of India University, Bangalore) he spoke on Environmental Law with special reference to draft EIA Notification, 2020. Followed by a dynamic discussion on gender index and sustainability by Dr. Priyanca Mathur (Associate Professor, Centre for Research in Social Sciences, (CERSSE), JAIN (Deemed-to-be University) under the title of Sustainable Development Goals in the Indian Context followed by a first person account of experiences pertaining to pollution and sustainability by Dr. R. Srinivas (Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development) under the topic: Environmental Governance.

The sessions were interactive and all staff members participated with keen interest and gusto, they raised pertinent questions and received relevant responses from the resource persons to the same and resolved to transfer the information received to the student community.

22 | Bridge Course

ST PAULS COLLEGE regularly organizes and conducts Bridge Course, an orientation programme for new students in the following disciplines such as Commerce, Accountancy, Optional English, Journalism and Political Science and prepares them for Higher Education.  The one-week bridge course comprises of students from other disciplines and those who have done poorly in their previous classes. They are mentored and groomed by the faculty through a well-designed syllabus programme that equips them with academic enhancement and a broader understanding of the subject and ensures a seamless transition from PU/12th Std to College life.

The objective of this course is to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of subjects that relate to their particular course. It also aims to bridge the gap that would possibly exist between the academia of what they have studied and their graduate academic environ and partly eliminate the fear factor that might cripple their understanding into becoming qualitative graduates.

22 | Participation of SPC Rural Entrepreneurship Development Cell in Workshop

Report – Participation of SPC Rural Entrepreneurship Development Cell in Workshop

Organised by – Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE)
Date – 21.09.2020

ST PAULS COLLEGE has been at the forefront of Creating Professionals for A Better Tomorrow ever since its inception aims to promote an entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen in our students and to this end, the college has established a Rural Entrepreneurship Development Cell. To ensure that the faculty members, leading the cell from ST PAULS COLLEGE, are well informed regarding the available opportunities and knowledge bank on the above subject, Fr. Thomas M. J., Dr. Babu. V., Mr. Jenin. S., Mr. Gowtham G and Ms. Saranya Francis participated in a workshop organized by the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE) on 21.09.2020. The presenter Dr. Neetha Mahadev shared several insights on creation, packaging, innovation and scalability of products created by student entrepreneurs and Mr. Divakar from MGNCRE shared details of the various support systems and schemes available in this regard. The faculty members interacted with the resource persons and resolved to transfer the information received to the students back in college and implement the ideas in the service of the student community. It was a worthwhile experience participating in the workshop.

10 | Paularamba 2020

Dear Students,

Welcome to ST PAULS COLLEGE and the New Academic Year!

We begin our New Academic Year (2020-21) with the Online Inauguration of PAULARAMBA ’20 at 9.30 am on Monday, 14 September 2020. I request all the students and the parents to be present the Inaugural session and for the orientation thereafter. The link for the virtual participation will be shared with you shortly.

You will be informed of the time-table and other details during the orientation session.

Good wishes,

Fr Thomas M J
Principal

05 | Teachers Day Celebration at ST PAULS

Dear Teachers,

Today, on the birthday of Dr S. Radhkrishnan, former President of India, our nation celebrates Teachers’ Day, a day to recognize the services rendered by all the teachers. I salute all you teachers for the vital role you play in shaping the minds of our students and thus the future of our nation. Your tireless work and wholehearted contribution ensure that the students under your care reach their fullest potential, not only in academics but also in all the extracurricular activities. We remember with love and appreciation all our teachers, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the teachers of ST PAULS COLLEGE for the excellent work you generously and joyfully carry out.

Wish you all a HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY!

Fr Thomas M J
Principal

04 | Online Classes

Dear Paulites,

Welcome to the New Academic Year 2020-21

  • Online classes for I Semester UG commence from 14 September 2020.
  • Online classes for III and V Semester UG commence from 1 September 2020.
  • Online class for III Semester PG commence from 2 September 2020.

The time-table and other details will be shared with you by the respective departments shortly.

Warm regards,

Fr Thomas M J
Principal

03 | Offline Classes

Dear Paulites,

Welcome to the New Academic Year 2020-21

  • Offline classes for I, III and V Semester UG commence from 12 October 2020.
  • Offline classes for III Semester PG commence from 12 October 2020.

The time-table and other details will be shared with you by the respective departments shortly.

Warm regards,

Fr Thomas M J
Principal

August

16 | Independance Day Celebration

In the new normal of online classes during the Covid-19 pandemic, ST PAULS COLLEGE celebrated the 74th Independence Day on 15 August 2020 adhering to the norms set by the Government, with social distancing and without students in the campus.

Owing to the pandemic, the college had a “low-key” affair, with fewer dignitaries in attendance. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Rev Br Jesusdas Amirtham, Founder of the Peace Club-India, who also hoisted the National Flag. Fr Sebastian, Chairman; Fr Thomas MJ, Principal; Fr Arockia Swamy, Administrator of ST PAULS COLLEGE were also present during the occasion along with other members of the management and a few faculty members. In his Independence Day address, the Principal highlighted the struggle our nation underwent to get Independence and how we should work effectively and how we are together fighting this pandemic during these dreadful days.

The programme concluded with the National Anthem.

15 | Independance Day Message

“So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.” – B.R. Ambedkar

God created us to be free in this world. Freedom is something that we are born with, something that no one can take away or should take away. It’s a day of celebration for all of us because it’s the commemoration of our victory over the colonial rule, violence, hatred and division, a victory that our forefathers bought with their hard work and sacrifice, a victory hard-earned.

Unlike in the past years, we have restrictions to come together and celebrate as a family or as an institution due to the pandemic. However, we made it a point to celebrate the occasion with a limited number of members of the management and faculty by hoisting the flag, singing the national anthem and remembering with gratitude our great freedom fighters. We remind ourselves of our duty to pray for this nation that goes through much struggle and division and help it celebrate the diversity that’s unique to us.

As Paulites and as responsible citizens of this country, it’s our duty to work hard to create a better nation for the generations that follow, a nation that does not judge on the basis of caste, colour, region or religion but as one people and one nation striving towards truth, justice and liberty. There are enough hate and violence in this world, but as a united nation, we can build a better future, full of love, care, support and understanding.

Wish you all a Happy Independence Day!

Fr Thomas M J
Principal
ST PAULS COLLEGE
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