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.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PsyMHA inauguration (BSc Psychology, Coimbatore)

UG Department of Psychology at Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College inaugurated PsyMHA (Psychology Mental Health Association) on August 8, 2014.
Dr Rabindranath from Aliyar Temple of Consciousness was the Chief Guest. It was a proud moment for all the students enrolled for BSc Psychology.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

BSc Psychology - Coimbatore, Innovative Learning Experience at Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Pollachi

Field Based Learning & Blended Learning 

BSc Psychology


What is Field-Based Learning?
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 lectures.
Field-based learning is generally chosen because the experience:
·        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?
Blended 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.
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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 teach.
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. 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Brazil World-cup 2014 and Fakers



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.... Flopping and 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 hoarse 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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SMS College of Arts & Science, Perur, Coimbatore

SMS College Coimbatore - Perur

Gave a talk on  Life Goal Setting at SMS College of Arts & Science, Perur.
The novel thing about the college is that Blended Learning is being introduced there by the Principal and staff.
It is a small college with committed faculty which will give best personal attention to each student. Former DIG of Prisons Mr.Govindarajan was also a quest.







Friday, April 18, 2014

Three Circle Student Empowerment Model for Rural Indian Colleges in the Digital Era

3-C Model Student Empowerment 



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.


Monday, March 24, 2014

BSc Psychology at STC, Pollachi

 

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 members.

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.





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Great Chola Temple @ Thanjavur

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.
Janetius, Thanjavur Chola temple  

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.
Thanjavur

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. 


Palio Sport, Fiat Car

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pollachi - Bangaluru trip via Dhimbham Ghats

I had a trip to Bangalore IIM. I purposely avoided the regular Salem- Hosur highway due to two reasons. i) plenty of vehicles on the road and I can see only fast moving vehicles and will be stressed , ii) nearly 400+ plus rupees tollgate payment.

I planned for alternative route and it was a correct and perfect choice. From Pollachi I took the Palladam road and around 12Km before Palladam took the right turn to reach Annur and Sathyamangalam – Chamrajnagar – Kollegal route and I thoroughly enjoyed it.









The roads were fine, no potholes, almost all thought the stretch it was good, except very few patched places and rough roads. Few months back I had a similar trip to Mysore in 4 hours in this route.
I really got what I wanted – the empty beautiful roads and natural scenery and driving in 100 + KM/H. Nothing to complain.
Pollachi to IIM Bangalore was 370 KMs and it took 6 ½ hours with a breakfast break and couple of other small breaks. The total travel time was 6 ½ hours and driving time would be 5 ½ hours. Not bad… covering 65KM per hour. Started at 615 am from Pollachi and reached Sathyamangalam at 8 am with a breakfast stop. Sathy – Dhimbham 27 hairpins in a span of 9 KMs was very memorable with fog and mist, reached Bangalore around 1245 pm. Kanagapura-Bangalore road had moderate traffic.


In the return trip started at 545am and reached Chamrajnagar at 830 for breakfast break and couple of other stopovers reached Pollachi before 1230pm. The mileage was good in my Palio sport. Normally I get 12.5 KM/L at an average and this long trip I was able to do above 13 (total cost of Petrol came around Rs.4250).