Thursday, June 4, 2015

Playing Football in a Basketball Court

I Feel Fulfilled
But still feel
I am playing Football in a Basketball Court
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One of my research paper on Ethiopia (2008) was used as a foundation and base  for a Doctoral dissertation by a student Yishak Degefu Mushere from University of South Africa. He has quoted my study extensively in his 318 page Doctoral research on 

INDIGENIZING THE BASIC EDUCATION CURRICULA FOR THE GAMO ETHNIC GROUP IN ETHIOPIAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

I am excited, happy and feel fulfilled that my research inspired someone to go further in his search for knowledge. This recognition and appreciation boost my self-esteem and make me think that I have contributed something to the field of education in Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general.

The following are some of the excerpts from his Doctoral Dissertation.





 there is a saying in Malayalam... മുറ്റത്തെ മുല്ലക്കു മണമില്ല....


so often I feel "I am playing football in a basketball court" 
   

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BSc Psychology - Unique and Innovative

BSc Psychology at STC Pollachi now completes one year. 

Admissions are open for the second batch  now.

what makes BSc Psychology @ STC unique, creative and innovative?

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Come, Join, Taste & See
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Abyssinia in the New Millennium


Prologue

Ethiopia is a vast highland of rugged mountains and dissected plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley. Traversing through those highlands and mountain folds, one encounters communities so vibrant that captures the attention of any person. It further develops and turns into a fanatic curiosity of our psyche to explore and understand more. This inquisitiveness turns into a deep regard and appreciation for the culture as one realizes that it has impacted so much on the lives of people for centuries. This was my first impression as I visited Ethiopia few years ago.
Abyssinia, Habesha, Ethiopia or Ithiopia and, in many more names these people and country are known to the outside world and historians. Often clouded by the repeated famines and the related poverty, the dignified history that dates back to the time of Biblical Old Testament and King Solomon is not known to the non-elite population of the world.
Learning the worldview of this unique people demands a discovery as well as deeper understanding of the manifold culture and diverse customs. Only then, a valid, substantial and reasonable description can be put forward. In this book, as the readers would observe, Dr. Janetius and his colleagues analyze their experiential cultural encounters as well as the unique cultural impact on the life and living of the Ethiopian people themselves in a panoramic view and scholarly analysis. And, delving into the folds of Ethiopian culture is no easy task as it demands the authors to go through almost all facets of life in Ethiopia. It is only through practical living in the society that one can understand and appreciate the vibrancy of this ancient yet advancing to be a modern society and the authors prove that.
The book traverses through diverse topics, from lighter to deeper, from generic to serious specific concerns: takeoff from the local culture and customary practices and trek through aspects of higher education today and plunges into indigenizing knowledge base and psychology. The authors approach these topics with a psychosocial as well as diagnostic way. As the title of the book tells the tale, the editors have done a magnificent job of stitching together the various bits and pieces of research knowledge in to a wonderful compilation.             
Prof. Sathyabhama Varma
Chazhoor Kovilakam, Thrissur

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

World wildlife Day - March 3

BSc Psychology students at Topslip Tiger Reserve celebrating World Wildlife Day as a part of field~based learning in Environmental Psychology. With Mr Mohammed R Saleem President Environment Conservation Group.
Environment Conservation Group, a city-based non-governmental organisation, is conducting a two-day awareness camp on wildlife trade from Monday to mark the World Wildlife Day, observed annually on March 3.
The camp is being conducted for Saraswathi Thyagaraja College students at Topslip in Anamalai Tiger Reserve.

Certificates were issued to all the participants by ECG


Bsc Psychology Team
 


Certificates Issued by Environment Conservation Group Mr Saleem







Environmental psychology is a field of study that examines the interrelationship between environments and human affect, cognition and behaviour.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Quo Vadis College Campus

Quo Vadis College Campus - Higher Education in India

This is  the collection of papers on college education presented by me at various national and international  conferences.
Though I started the work before one year, I am in a hurry to publish it before this academic year.





Sunday, February 1, 2015

Colour Psychology and Fashion Trends




Dr. Janetius, Ms. Shenbagam, Department of Psychology & Ms. Shilpa Ayu, ST., Department of Management Studies. Paper presented at the National Conference Harmony 2015 on Fashion and home textiles, Coimbatore

Colour PsychologyIndia today is becoming a fertile hub for budding fashion designers as youngsters are becoming increasingly fashion conscious, owing to exposure to media influence. Preference for particular colour or dress is a deeply rooted emotional response which may not offer any apparent rational answer. Psychologists down through the centuries maintain that colour preference is related to human personality and colours have an impact on our moods, feelings and behaviour. Colour or colour preference is a silent vibration giving specific meaning and message to the person who uses and, it sends a strong message to people who see (Mahnke, 1996).
Colour PsychologyTraditionally colours are identified from rainbow and the seven colours of the spectrum. The International Commission on Illumination (CIE - Commission internationale de l'éclairage) suggests that the human eye can detect approximately 2.38 million colours. The ability of human eye to distinguish meaningful difference in colour tone and shade is limited by visual capability of the individual. The powerful influence of colour regulates our choices from selection of phone we use, bike we ride, car we drive, food we eat, clothes we wear and house we dwell.
Today the three predominant colours identified for computer and modern day technology related display are primary colours RGB or Red, Green and Blue. By varying the amount of each of these colours, the human eye can be tricked to see a spectrum of colours, including white and black. Because these primary colours occur frequently in nature, they have corresponding psychological properties that can change our behaviour and emotions. Psychologists in the field of colour and personality or colour psychology bring out the following description for various colours.
Dr Janetius Talk on Colour PsychologyScientific studies in the field of colour psychology have found that different colours can provoke very different reactions in people. Faber Birren (1997), pioneer in the field of colour study, argues that colours affect our personality and mood and, it is possible to make precise judgments about the meaning of colour preferences and their revelations of personality traits. Although individual differences are emphatically pronounced in perception and preference of colours, psychologists figure out some personality attributes behind this differences and also commonality among choices (Ritberger, 2005). 
There are days a person prefers warm shades and s/he prefers cold and pale shades on certain other occasions. Added to that, people prefer some colours appropriate to certain occasions even if they do not like the colours and shades altogether. While some people hate certain colours, there are people who prefer such colours in their day to day dressing.  For example, people are biased against black colour in the society, often it is associated with death, mourning and sadness. However, there are people who find it classy, fashionable, and professional and even attractive. A study on Carl Jung’s (1962) ancestral inheritance, collective unconscious and its role on social labelling of colours is far from the scope of this study, however, the unconscious motives behind colour preference is easy for comprehension. A good judgment of the way colour and personality interact can help us choosing appropriate clothing, and making our daily interactions pleasant and pleasing to others.


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dress colour and dressing style preference of rural adolescents. 
Dr.Janetius TalkThe study suggests that there are considerable gender differences in fashion consciousness, colour preference and choice of dress on different occasions. College boys prefer white shades more than anything else where as girls prefer white and pink coloured costumes. Boys tend to favour trendy and modern outfit where as girls choose casual and relaxed costumes. Boys take freedom to choose their dressing materials where as a girl’s choices are limited by the interference of parents. Further studies could be done in broader avenues like demographic variables, urban – rural differences and place of education for detailed understanding of dress and fashion consciousness. 



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman


I enjoyed reading a lot of Sandilyan’s historical fictions when I was a little boy, way back in 1970’s. Kadal Pura, Raja muthrai, Raja Perigai  etc.. etc are my favourites. The prince travelling in horse, meeting a beautiful girl in a fountain, or taking a long voyage, meeting his lady love in secret are real fest to my reading pleasure. During my college days I became Leo Tolstoy’s fan and loved Resurrection, War and Peace, Anna Karenina and Father Sergius. Leo Tolstoy was very cruel with the Monk Sergius!!!
Then stopped reading novels and immersed in Philosophy, Psychology and Religion.
The novel I read after a long gap (last year) was Thoopukari; That too because I know the author personally. I was curious to know whether anything that I know about the author is reflected in her novel!!!
The saffron clad moral police & modern day cultural guardians of India made me read Perumal Murugan’s English translation One Part Woman. I did not see any controversy in the novel. Slightly dull novel, moving very slowly, repeating the same agony that the couple had no children... blah..blah ..blah...
The positive thing I see in the novel is: ‘the author tells what he wants to tell’- the plight of a childless couple – probably an ancient cultural solution...an orthodox praxis now sounds unorthodox.
Sati is a funeral ritual practiced in India. Nobody approves such practice today. Can we oppose someone who writes a novel based on that? Devadasi system is a religious practice in parts of southern India; no sensible person will approve such practice today. Does that mean, if someone writes a novel based on that s/he degrades our culture??

Indian psyche has lost its glorious tolerance and the golden lotus of Buddha is clouded by the present day lotus. The narrow minded fanaticism has become the symbol of Indian Psyche today overshadowing tolerant, open minded past.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Talent-based Futuristic Learning

Talent-based Futuristic Learning:
A model for meaningful college education

Janetius & Mini TC (2014)

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There is a serious concern over the quality of higher education and poor international ranking of educational institutions in India among educationalists, and on the other side of the spectrum educationalists munch on the low employability of graduates from both professional and non-professional streams. The current educational system in India is often blamed for the poor employability of graduates from various streams. Unlike the Western educational system in which students are admitted to specific stream of study based on their intellectual ability, inborn capacity, Indian youth make hasty choice under the influence of parents, friends or get carried away by the glamour of a particular career profile in vogue. Identifying the current dilemma of Indian education and the popular teaching-learning process in the country, the study uses a conceptual framework that students who make a conscious choice of career path based on a balanced judgement of their aptitude, interest and talents along with an unmistaken observation, guidance and feedback from teachers and mentors and other appropriate sources will certainly develop specific skills in their collegiate education. Therefore, the study formulates TFL model (Talent-based Futuristic Learning) which the authors perceive to be meaningful in helping college students for optimal learning outcome as well as in developing specific skills as per their aptitude, interest and future profession and career choice. 


Monday, November 17, 2014

Psychology & Photography - Life thru Lens



August 19 is remembered as World Photography Day. The Department of Psychology together with the Photo club is planning to organise one day workshop on Photography Personality through Lens for selected students of plus2 (3 or 4 students from 10 to 12 schools) in and around Pollachi.
 Students were provided certificate of participation and best 3 photographers were awarded.   It was a wonderful day for many.



9 30 - 10 00 am                          Registration
10 00 - 10 45 am                     Evolution of camera: Display and Description
 Mr. Arumugam  (Amateur Photographer) Pollachi

10 45 - 11 10 am                     Tea Break
11 10 – 12 30 pm                    Multimedia Session: Photography and Human Psychology
                                                Dr. Janetius, Director, CCG

12 30 – 01 30 pm                    Lunch Break
01 30 – 02 20 pm                    Campus Shooting
 Trainer: Mr. Sabarinath, Professional Photographer, Steps   Photography

02 30 – 03 15 pm                    Photo Critique and Review
Trainer: Mr. Sabarinath, Professional Photographer, Steps      Photography

03 15 – 03 35 pm                    Tea Break
03 45 – 04 30 pm                    Valedictory
                                                Presidential Address: Mr. Sethupathi, Chairman, STC
                        `                       Chief Guest: Mr. Saleem, Wild-life Photographer, ECG, Coimbatore

                                                







Sunday, November 16, 2014

UNDERSTANDING INDIAN PSYCHE TODAY

UNDERSTANDING INDIAN PSYCHE TODAY 



Indian psyche today is like fast food and looking for quick fixes for any given problem rather than long term solutions.
Let me illustrate this with few examples:
*                             A girl was raped in a car in Delhi
*       Ideal solution: Women have the right to freedom, independence and respect; educate men to respect women
*       Indian solution: Since the lady is raped in the car which had dark sunscreen in the windows, Indian supreme court orders to remove sun screen stickers in the cars all over India so that we can avoid such incidents in the future  
*       People are hit on the road by speeding cars
*       Ideal solution: Roads are meant for cars and vehicles because they have paid road tax to use it; educate people not to walk on the road obstructing the movement of cars. 
*       Indian solution: Put speed breakers on the roads so that people can walk comfortably  on the roads and no one will be hit by speeding cars. 
      An annoying situation in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu: From Kovaipuder junction in Palakkad – Coimbatore Road to Perur- Siruvani 7 KMS road stretch has 21 speed-breaker humps (many more than what I see in Bhandipur National Park where animals move freely on the road)
*       In a college boys students comment on girl students in the corridors
*       Ideal solution: Educate male students to respect girl students and behave properly
*       Indian solution: Students are not allowed to stand in the corridors during intervals and lunch break; if someone is found standing on the corridors the HOD of the particular student is accountable
*       There is possibility of ragging by senior students inside the college
*       Ideal solution: Educate senior students to respect junior students and behave properly

*       Indian solution: Teachers are appointed all over the college to supervise Students 30 mts before the start of classes, during intervals, during lunch and on the road where students gather for bus
Indian psyche today is very narrow, not for sighted and never look for permanent solutions rather short-sighted and look for instant emotional solutions. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Colloquium - traditional healing around the globe

Department of Psychology and PG department of Social Work jointly organise Colloquium on Traditional Healing around the Globe.

We have four special lectures and the colloquium will focus on Delusive Healers in India , Malayaraiyan Tribal Healers, Ethiopian healing and the healers in the Cordillera Mountains Philippines.


We expect psychology and MSW and other allied student participants with a registration fee of Rs.100.

Hashir & Co (students Bsc Psychology visiting a tribal settlement in Western Ghats