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.
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,
India 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,
Traditionally 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
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.
Scientific 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Arumugam (Amateur Photographer) Pollachi
10 45 - 11 10 am Tea
11 10 – 12 30 pm Multimedia Session:
Photography and Human Psychology
Janetius, Director, CCG
12 30 – 01 30 pm Lunch
01 30 – 02 20 pm Campus Shooting
Sabarinath, Professional Photographer, Steps
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
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
solution: Women have the right to freedom,
independence and respect; educate men to respect women
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
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.
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.
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
solution: Educate male students to respect girl
students and behave properly
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
solution: Educate senior students to respect junior
students and behave properly
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.
Field-based learning is a
teaching-learning process in which teaching is extended to a field or site
outside of the classroom or laboratory, exposing students to a real-world setting.
Students learn through direct interaction with an environment, place and people
instead of textbooks or lectures.
Field-based learning serves as a
wonderful alternative method of teaching-learning aimed at students who prefer
visiting places rather than sitting in the classroom and listen to boring
Field-based learning is generally chosen because
·provides an opportunity to present materials,
objects or phenomena that are not accessible otherwise to students in a way
that enables direct contact and interaction
·provides students with an opportunity to practice
skills or techniques that cannot be taught in the classroom
·stimulates higher understanding and reinforcement
of previously learned classroom material
·stimulates an appreciation for, concern or valuing
of the visited environment
What is a Blended Learning?
learning refers to a combination of instructional delivery approaches. Blended
learning integrates traditional face-to-face instruction with various
electronic (Web-based) approaches and other activities (like using tab, wi-fi
and smartphones in the classroom as a tool to learn and acquire knowledge) .
Blended learning includes formal and informal activities that promote learning.
Blended instructional approach is becoming an increasingly common and
desirable today. (http://www.queensu.ca)
Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College (Autonomous) at Pollachi,
Coimbatore is starting BSc Psychology in the academic year 2014-2015.
The department will have 3 faculty members.
Since this is an autonomous college, a syllabus with some
unique courses and special seminar topics are prepared so that the course is
very interesting and exciting for the students as well as for the faculty who
The Psychology department will be closed associated with the
existing vibrant counselling centre with more than 500 peer counsellors and
therefore will have amble opportunities for both staff and students to have
various activities, counselling experience, peer counsellor training together
with other well-being and social outreach activities.
Those who have completed plus2 are welcome to join and have
an unique experience.
As the world cup games went on, I started to
hate the game because often I get the feeling that I am watching WWF. if an
opposite side player touches another one, he falls and cries for help.... Floppingand faking injurious increased
notoriously and it spoiled my desire to watch the game. Except few teams,
majority of the teams use this dirty trick of falling on the ground for a very
causal touch of the opposite team player, howling as though you’ve in the verge
of death until the referee grants a penalty kick or shows a yellow card.
The moment it is granted, the fellow in the death bed jumps up like a horse
and ready to take the penalty kick… weird … and dirty bastards… As a writer in
a website narrates, “It is the mindset behind today's player to fall to the pitch and
roll around in agony as if death itself were surely about to take them at any
moment…… Only to miraculously return to the field moments later
and, once the ball comes their way, running once again like the wind,
forgetting they were so close to death just moments before”.
I am not a hardcore fan of soccer. However I love to watch
the game more than any other sports. I was eagerly waiting for the world cup
and bought a new TV at home and got cable connection in the house where I stay
near my workplace.
My favourite team was Spain and alas they were out soon…
Then started to like Brazil and Argentina. I printed the schedule and kept it
on my table and marked the matches I would like to watch. Days went on… not
days , nights went on (because the first
match time is 930pm in India and the second match is 130 am). I am force to
burn the midnight oil to watch the matches.
Probably, the only person who can solve this problem and
allow the people to watch a good soccer match would be the referees. Ignore a
fellow who falls on the ground or ask the doctors to carry him out of the
pitch… don’t allow a fellow who pretends to be in death agony to play and at
once substitute him with another player… or refer to a third umpire by the help
of technology and if found faking, ban him for couple of forthcoming matches
with a hefty fine.
It is really a shame to watch Netherlands player Robben made
a fake fall and got a penalty kick that eventually gave them a birth in the
next round. The irony is that Robben himself confessed to the press that it was
a fake fall and made the referee a fool. Robben must be kicked out of the
world-cup. In the next match when I saw Robben playing against Costa Rica, I
felt like spitting on that idiot who is a cheat and coward…
Hopefully, in the coming days fifa will come up with some
strong guidelines to safeguard the game against these floppers and fakers so
that simple souls like me can watch the game uninterrupted and also in peace.
Abstract:The current Indian higher education over-emphasizes scholastic as well as intellectual features of development whereas various other areas are often neglected. In the past decades, rural Indian adolescents preferred jobs after completing their secondary schooling; however, digital natives look for college degrees rather than a job. This positive trend in the digital era has paved the way for an adverse situation in which an increased number of unmotivated, unrelenting, unfocused student force entering into institutes of higher education. Added to that, due to globalization, the mushrooming higher education institutions have made the traditional altruistic educational sector in India into a major business arena limiting the quality of input and output. Many educational institutions limit themselves to mere lesson oriented classroom lectures and thus fail to focus on the holistic development of students. The confused and distracted digital natives need guidance and direction in creating their future identity through education.
In view of empowering the rural digital natives for holistic development, well-being and mental health, the authors prepare an Empowerment Program named Three Circle Model (3-C Model). This study gives rationale for this model and evaluates the efficiency of this model.
Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College
(Autonomous) at Pollachi, Coimbatore is starting BSc Psychology in the coming
academic year 2014-2015.
The department will have 3 faculty
Since this is an autonomous college, we have prepared a syllabus with some unique courses and special seminar topics so that the course is very interesting and exciting for the students as well as faculty who teach.
The Psychology department will be closely associated with the existing vibrant counselling centre with more than 500 peer counsellors and therefore will have many opportunities for both staff and students to have various activities, counselling experience, peer counsellor training together with other well-being activities for the students and social outreach activities.Those who have completed plus2 are welcome to join.
Last week I had a chance to visit
the city of Thanjavur, the capital of the Great Chola Kingdom and the glorious Chola Architecture
Rajarajeswaram (Thanjai Periya Kovil), the grandest construction of the Emperor
Rajaraja Cholan (AD 985-1012). I have visited this temple so many times, but this time it was very special. As a mature man, I viewed this Granite Architectural
marvel with owe.
It is a huge complex filled with
many temple, the bigger one in the middle, some sub temples, few halls and a massive wall and few towers. The
whole complex is constructed of granite. It is said that the granite is not
available in the neighbourhood and brought from a distance;
in those days it was a real challenge to have such a huge structure.
The happy thing is there is no entrance
free, and one can without any fee take photography/ videography with handheld
cameras (except the sanctum sanctorum). Even the fee collected for car parking
is very minimal.
The climate is very hot now
(March), probably November- January would be the best time to visit, or else
you may burn your skin, if you visit the temple during the day time.