Loyola college’s aim is not limited to produce students who are successful in academic arena alone, instead we do aim to produce people who are blessed with a good character and do possess certain values in life. It is with this aim, we organize value education classes each Wednesday of the week. The sessions are not limited to mere speeches or theory parts. The sessions incorporate small practices/exercises etc that can be practiced in the day to day life of the incumbants. These practices do help to create a deep impression of the different values which are introduced or addressed during the sessions and there by contributing to the holistic development of the students.
The greatest strength of our college is that we have a strong, committed, loyal and passionate alumni network. They constantly get involved in the activities, planning, execution of the activities of the college. Golden Jubilee celebrations, HR conference are the recent examples of their wholehearted involvement, leadership and initiative.
KSS Loyola Unit is affiliated to the Kerala Sociological Society, the official body of Sociologist within and outside Kerala. The activities of the unit are visualized under six segments and accordingly the members are divided into six clubs. The overall purpose of organizing the activities under the six pronged wings of the unit was to facilitate an intense culture of sociological learning and practice. The different clubs of the KSS unit of the college include the following: 1) Film club: to organize periodical viewing and reviewing of standard films, 2) Exhibition club: to organize various exhibitions and posters on national and international days of significance, 3) Exposure visit club: to organize exposure programmes and visits, and thereby ensure the interface of class room learning with the life-world. 4) Bulletin club: to organize periodic release of the Wall Papers as a forum for sociological gaze and reflection on some of the crucial issues haunting society from time to time. 5) Debate club: to organize debates on issues of social significance. 6) Seminar club: to conduct talks, seminars and quiz on topics of sociological relevance. The members were assigned to each of these clubs as teams in order to carry out the functions of the clubs.
This modus operandi and execution of the activities of the Sociological Association of the college also enable the students to improve their leadership and organizational capabilities and instilled a team spirit in them. In carrying out each activity of the Association, the department employed a PIME approach – Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation – which in itself is a learning experience for all the students.
Some major activities of the KSS unit in the recent years
1. Seminars and workshops
Gender sensitization, Workshop on Sociological Skills, Soft Skill Imparting and Learning for capacity building, Suicide in Kerala society, Street Theatre, Ageing in India
2. Inter-departmental Programmes
Contemporary Socio-political issues of India, The media today, Gender Justice and Indian Society, Trends in Culture, Widows, Adivasi Issues, Land Issues, Waste Management, Human Right Activism, Secularism
3. International Seminar
West meeting East – Methodologies and Practices in Social Research, by Prof. Murali Nair, Cleveland State University, “Anthropological Methods in Community Development” by Dr. Vintila Miheliscu, Head, Dept. of Sociology, National School of Political Studies and Administration, Rumania.
4. Gender Times & ASK – House Journals
House Journal organised and managed by the students of the department of Sociology. ‘Gender Times’ and ASK (Analytical Sociological Kaleidoscope) was born out of the classroom discussions and debates on the contemporary socio-political developments and issues in general and the predicaments and issues of women in India respectively. Those lively sessions in the class pointed to the need for a common platform wherein the whole students of the college get an open and free space to raise questions and issues on Social reality in general and Women’s Reality in particular.
5. Field and Community Training & Services (FaCTS)
This part of the community and field engagements of the students the Department of Sociology which is designed as an integral activity of engaged knowledge building. The programme is conducted as a Post graduate certificate course particularly because the university syllabus of the PG programme does not contain this component in the curriculum. The curriculum is developed in consultation with the Community Development wing of the Loyola Extension Services. The students are initially oriented to a field view and the dynamics of field involvement, and are equipped with skills in fieldwork and community organization and finally they apply it in the community where they are sent for fieldwork and community organization. The major objectives of the programme include the following:
1. To provide an opportunity for the students to get exposed to the contemporary social reality
2. To sensitize students to the multifaceted issues and problems confronting society in general and marginalized sections in particular
3. To introduce the students to the pedagogical process of sociological reflection and analysis based on empirical observation
4. To develop the skills of integrating theory and practice in students
5. To train the students in the basics of community organization and animation
6. To improve organizational and leadership skills of the students
6. Work-book on Kerala Society published by third semester students of the department. This was a novel attempt to collate the entire syllabus of the course into a work book form for an easy reference for the students of the coming years.
7. Debates, Privatization of Education, Dowry and Domestic Violence Act, Women Empowerment – Myth or Reality, Positive Discrimination and Affirmative Policy, Quotation Sub-culture
8. Review of Films
9. Workshop for Teenage Boys and Girls
10. Workshop on Participatory Rural Appraisal
11. Regional Conferences
12. Exposure visits: Visiting Chengara Land Struggle, Koodamkulam Project site
13. Blood Donation
14. Rain Water Harvesting
15. Session on Rational Emotive Therapy
LiveLab is a recent initiative of the college which is now treated as one of the best practices of the college. it is initiated with a twin purpose: 1) to meaningfully extend its outreach wings through the students to make the younger generation learn to negotiate life in a manner that aids personal growth, personality development and self esteem so that they learn to face the impending perils and stresses in life, 2) make our students effective trainers in life skills through a well-designed and systematically administered ToT (Training of Trainers) in life skills training by adopting the modules proposed by the WHO. The programme was evolved in the light of the experiences, studies and observations at the time of fieldwork and the input by the student counsellors.
“Life through life skills” forms the vision of LiveLab. In realizing this vision, the LiveLab aims at imparting life skills education to children, adolescents, young adults and other needy people by building their capacity through strength based practice and experiential learning.
The curriculum of LiveLab consists of a series of modules for the students on Life Skills proposed by WHO as a ToT (Training of Trainers). Basically LiveLab conducts a series of sessions comprising ten modules on life skills. These sessions are held at two levels. At the first level, it is conceived as a ToT for the MSW students of Loyola with a view to training them as trainers in life skills. At the second level, the trained team of the college reaches out to potential clients of the LiveLab- school children, adolescents, youth and so on – and organizes the sessions so as to impart the life skills to them.
At the outset of the programme, the team leader orients the participants to the whole concept of life skills and its importance in the lives of the adolescents which is followed by the introduction of ten life skills proposed by WHO. They include: 1. Self-awareness, 2.Empathy, 3.Creative thinking, 4.Critical thinking, 5. Coping with stress, 6. Coping with emotions, 7. Effective communication, 8.Interpersonal relationship, 9.Decision making, 10. Problem solving.
In six months of its inception, LiveLab has conducted around 40 training programmes for about 3000 adolescent participants. LiveLab’s foremost intervention area is schools because the life skills help the students to cope with the relationship issues, suicidal ideation, child abuse, substance abuse, pornography, exam fear, stress, emotional outburst, imitation, facebook and Internet abuse, bullying, peer pressure, and many other problems with age-specific situations. The responses to our interventions have been very positive. Schools are approaching us on hearsay. LiveLab also gives life skills training sessions for the parents (alone and/or with the students).
Realizing the pressing need to equip the students for the emerging national and global competitive job market, the IQAC of Loyola College has embarked upon a new initiative for preparing and training the students for the major national competitive exams. This initiative is envisioned as a complimentary academic project of the college under the title “Loyola Academy for Competitive Exams” (LACE). The purpose of the project is to provide an enabling and empowering platform for the students of the college first, and later through them to be extended to the youth of the neighbourhood communities to prepare them to successfully appear for suitable competitive exams in the state and the country.
It has been observed that today’s job market at the national and global levels demand its prospective employees to be proficient in both hard skills pertaining to their respective domain and soft skills which are essential in the making of highly efficient and successful professionals. In other words, the present day job market requires a blend of both technical (subject related) and personal (soft) skills. LACE is an organized and systematic attempt in this direction.
At another level, it is also recognized that any responsible educational endevour needs to integrate both academic skills as well as life skills to make it meaningful for life itself and not just for a career. Thus, the initiative of LACE is also born out of this insight with respect to higher education today that the employable youth in general, and our students in particular be not only equipped to be competent candidates for the job market, but also be formed as creative human beings endowed with humane values and character for life and society at large.
Therefore the general objective of LACE is to enable the students to face competitive exams both at the national and state levels. The specific objectives include:
1. To equip the students to successfully appear for the national and state competitive exams such as Civil Services, UPSC, PSC, JRF-NET, SET etc.
2. To develop the personality of the students by enhancing self esteem, self image, positive thinking and confidence
3. To improve the skills such as communication, presentation, social (meeting & interacting), interviews, group discussions, team work, inquisitive, interrogative and imaginative
4. To train the students to become self learners and tutors under close guidance and supervision
Pedagogically, LACE seeks to empower the participating students as self learners and tutors under continuous, systematic and sustained guidance and supervision. It is basically a closely guided and supervised learning enterprise. Students are intimately guided in such way that they are enabled to become self-learners both individually and collectively. To this effect, pedagogical methods such as participative and interactive learning, corporate learning, team/group learning are employed. The facilitating guides help the students as to the ways and means of generating, preparing, presenting and sharing the required information and knowledge. However, there are occasional inputs from visiting faculties on specific areas/topics and interactions with erudite and accomplished personalities from the field. It is also envisaged that skills such as communication, presentation etc., will be incorporated in the modus operandi of the programme in such a way that they are developed as natural outcomes of the course as such and not as artificial and stand alone requirements taught separately.
Contents of the programme
• Social Sciences – History, Geography, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology and Public Administration
• General Sciences
• General Knowledge
• Qualitative Analysis – Arithmetic & Mental Reasoning, Mental Ability, Syllogism, General English – Grammar & Comprehension
• Interviews & GDs
• Personality Development & Soft Skills
Here is a list of programmes conducted by HCDC in the recent years:
• Training Series on Stress Management to Nurses in Cosmopolitan Hospitals Pvt Ltd.
• Personality Development Programme for Teacher Trainees, SN Training College, Neduganda.
• ONGC’s Corporate Rejuvenation Training – “NAV UTSAH” at Cherai Beach Resorts, Cherai Beach, Ernakulam on Team Building & Conflict Resolution – 25th & 26th February 2013,
• Industrial Relations & Labour Legislation Workshop for Asianet Satellite Communications, Leadership for Excellence training workshop, Indian Rare Earths (Ministry of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India). Revenue generated
• Effective Formal and Interpersonal Communication for Executive Results for Indian Rare Earths (Ministry of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India),
• Change Management – Centre for Management Development (Govt. of Kerala)
• Research Methodology Workshop for MSW students of Bishop Vayalil College, Pala, Kottayam.
• Leadership Workshop organized by Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottackkal for their Ayurvedic Doctors and Administration Managers at their premises on 4th & 5th December 2012.
• Individual Effectiveness for Leadership Asst. General Managers’ Training Program organized by State Bank of Travancore (SBT) Training College,
• Thiruvananthapuram for their newly promoted Asst. General Managers at Hotel Keys, Thiruvananthapuram on 5th October 2012.
• Youth orientation and Leadership Training: Personality Development, Social Sensitivity & Consciousness and Spiritual Wellbeing of the youth especially the college students organized by AICUF Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.(Free service)
It is an alternative means of presenting scholarly results for an audience. Medium of ‘film’ as part of early ethnography. Use of visual technologies for collecting raw input for rating or coding – like the note-making in the field. In other words, it is an ensembling of technologies in recording & editing – for presentation. Its advantages over note-making are 1. Audiovisual inscriptions may be reviewed by multiple observers that were not present when the events transpired, 2. The inscriptions may be stored, 3. Thus, event records may be re-analyzed and retrieved by future generations of researchers.
Ethnography is a qualitative method began in early 20th cent., in Social AnthropologyA reaction against positivism. Emphasis on interpretative methodology , in terms of meaning adequacy. Thorough description of a particular stratum of the social world
More specifically, LET seeks to generate Social awareness through short films, conduct Video ethnography workshop, creating socially relevant short films to make a video library.
Some of the suggested themes/issues for the short film are,
• Waste management
• Pre-marital affairs
• Child abuse
• Migrant labour and their problems
• Extra marital affairs
• Exploitation of women in media
• Cyber crime
• Old age
• Child labour
• Commercial sex work
• Influence of media
• Road safety
• Competition among professional students
• Valued degradation
• E- waste
• Organ donation
• Suicidal tendency among adolescence
• Children of separated family
• Sand mining and common man
• Tribal issues.
• Impact of modern gadgets among youth
• Blood donation