The NSS units of Don Bosco Arts & Science College observed the international Yoga day with awareness campaign on the benefits of Yoga and also conducted a yoga class in which the NSS volunteers took part. The class included various breathing techniques like 'pranayama' and many 'asanas'. The Physical Education trainer and yoga practitioner Mr. Bibin Antony handled the class. NSS program officers Mr. Sarath Krishnan and Mrs. Rajisha C.K. also took part.
A variety of electrifying dance sequences and melodious songs made the opening cultural programme of the new academic year at the Amphi Theatre on 23rd June 2016 special and amazing. The dancers and singers from different batches enthralled the largely crowded audience, with their scintillating performances at 3.30 pm after the class hours, breaking the monotony of their rigorous intellectual pursuit, and making the campus life ever more thrilling. Once in two weeks a batch will perform on Amphi Theatre, after adequate practice and rehearsal. Sojimon C.C., Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism is the Staff Coordinator of Amphi Theatre Programme. The duration of the performance is restricted to 40 minutes. The students from the Department of Mathematics will showcase their talents in the Amphi Theatre next.
Spearheading a systematic campaign to make the campus a home-away-home for the freshers going to join the college after a week, and to shape a well-groomed generation without getting trapped by the menace of drugs, College Union organized a timely conscientization programme on Friday, July 01, 2016, with the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DYSP), K. Sudersan presenting an in-depth analysis of the current precarious trends, alluring deals from drug traffickers and rackets, the consequences of imprudent decisions from legal, criminal and penal points of view, and the preventive measures to be adopted for personal safety and security. DYSP Sudersan warned the students about being involved in even slight indications of mental embarrassment on freshers as it could be a criminal case if the victim complained to Principal. The accused when convicted will be imprisoned for seven years, he added. Those addicted to drugs have a frozen conscience. Killing another will not prick their conscience. Guilt feeling does not exist in a drug addict, Sudersan said. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat welcomed the gathering. Manager Fr. Dr. K.O. Thomas presented memento to the DYSP Sudersan. College Union Chairman Seby Anson proposed vote of thanks.
Iritty Deputy Superintendent of Police Sudersan formally inaugurated the week-long Vana Mahotsav, with the launch of ‘Afforestation Drive’ planting trees in the campus. Saplings of rare species of trees were collected from various quarters under the leadership of Gokul Gopinanthan, the Third Semester BSW student. The saplings will be planted in the upcoming week in the most suited areas to make the campus more eco-tuned.
College Union honoured and felicitated the University and the College toppers, and those students in the outgoing batches securing ‘A’ Grade in various undergraduate programmes, with the Chief Guest Fr. Joyce Thonikuzhiyil SDB, Provincial Superior of the Province of Bangalore, presenting mementos to the high fliers at a colourful function here on Friday, July 08, 2016. The centre of attraction was Greeshma Johny, the University topper in BA English Literature with ‘A’ Grade securing 91 percent, adding another feather to Don Bosco Arts & Science College’s cap, with its credibility for academic excellence right on top. Ann Treesa Benny, the second rank holder in the University for BA English Literature, and Aiswarya Ravi who bagged ‘A’ grade in fifth and sixth semesters were also honoured. The outgoing batch in the department of Mathematics (BSc) left a great legacy, with five of its students getting ‘A’ grade: Roselin P Jose (94%), Ann Maria John (93%), Rosena Baby (92%), Nimisha Babu (90%) and Leenu Joy (88%). Akhila Tomy who bagged ‘A’ grade in the fifth and sixth semesters with A grade was also honoured. Suzenna Babu, the college topper for BCom Computer Application, obtaining ‘A’ grade in the fifth and sixth semesters with 84 %, Anisha Charles, the college topper for BCom Co-operation securing 84%, Agnes Kurien, the college topper for BCA with 83%, and Harsha Babu, the college topper for BBA with 81% were also offered special accolade. “The top scorers should inspire students currently pursuing their studies at Don Bosco, bringing proper prioritization in life. Those who came out in flying colours in the university examinations were those with great determination, perseverance, and assiduous work“, Fr. Joyce said. “The toppers inspired us with their outstanding academic performance. Only those who perspire and sweat with hard work sacrificing sleep and fleeting allurements can inspire. The example set by the outgoing batch of students in the academic arena should be a model for all”, said Fr. Dr. K. O. Thomas, College Manager and Rector “Emerging as one among the best three colleges in Kannur University for academic proficiency within a short span of ten years, today Don Bosco Arts & Science College is recognized and esteemed as an Institute of Higher Education with quality and excellence. The ball is now left to the students still studying to shoot goals and make the college more renowned”, said Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat, Principal. Neyons Saji, College Union General Captain welcomed the gathering. Gresshma Johny, Ann Treesa Benny and Roselin P Jose shared their campus experience. Juvel Kuriakose, College Union Arts Secretary proposed vote of thanks.
The freshers who joined Don Bosco Arts & Science College (DBASC), Angadikadavu for undergraduate programmes this year, had a unique experience of being welcomed genially by their elder brothers and sisters with a scintillating FLASH MOB immediately after the Morning Assembly before they were about to step into their classrooms for lectures.. A team of 10 dancers led by Siljy Mathew from BA English Literature and Jacob Anto from BCom Computer Application danced to the tunes of trendy melodies in the college auditorium for 14 minutes, reinforcing the Unique Selling Proposition of DBASC, “Kannur University’s Unparalleled Institute of Higher Education.” .Being a quality surprise item, all staff and students were in high spirits. The College Union led by the Chairman Seby Anson made the day special for all newcomers. Two-Day Orientation Programme Orientation Programme was offered for freshers by Manager Fr. Dr. K.O. Thomas, Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat, Former HoD Journalism Department Fr. Boby Kannezhath, and two Faculty Members from the Department of Social Work, Dr. Anoop Antony and Xavierkutty Francis. The themes covered by them in the orientation programme include Don Bosco and His System of Education, Don Bosco Arts & Science College’s Values Charter, Multiple Intelligences, Tips to Become Smart Students and Strategies for Time Management. Welcome programme was organized for the newcomers by the second and the third year students course-wise in the afternoon from 1.40 to 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
As part of the curriculum, the BSW students who joined this year went for a two-day exposure programme in Bangalore on 5th and 6th August 2016, accompanied by Dr. Anoop Antony, Faculty In-Charge of BSW, and Rose Mary George, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. Initiating the students into professional practice in the field of social work, they visited several social service organizations, developmental NGOs and Professional Social Work Institutions including BREADS, BOSCO, Shehadan, CRY, SOS Children’s Village and DBTECH. “We are now sure of what we are to be. We are now properly motivated to shape our career. It was very wonderful experience being together with the marginalized and the deprived,” said Sanath Assena, one of the BSW students.
BODMAS, the Association of students in the Department of Mathematics, was formally inaugurated on Friday, 12th August, 2016, with a seminar on ‘Fuzzy Sets’ by Dr. Sabu Sebastian, Head, Department of Mathematics, Nirmalagiri College, Koothuparamba. In Mathematics, fuzzy sets are sets whose elements have degrees of membership. Fuzzy sets were introduced by Lotfi A. Zadeh and Dieter Klaua in 1965 as an extension of the classical notion of set. BODMAS Association President Alex John welcomed the gathering. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat delivered the presidential address. Chief Guest Dr. Sabu Sebastian officially launched the Association lighting the lamp and widening the mathematical horizons of students with his enlightening keynote address. The faculty In-Charge of the Department of Mathematics Jimi Joseph and former Association Arts Secretary Rintu Thomas offered felicitations. Dona Sajeev punctuated the inaugural ceremony with her melodious song. Association secretary Anusha Mathew proposed vote of thanks.
DC Books, the largest publisher in Kerala, the leading publisher of books in Malayalam, and one of the ten biggest publishers in India, organized a two-day book fair in the campus making available must-read books falling in the categories of academia, novels, collections of short stories, poems, biographies, personality development, inspirational literature, and competitive examinations, at a discount rate.
The Teachers’ Day celebrations on September 5th Monday 2016 were treasured moments for the staff with the two-hour variety entertainment hosted by the College Union leaving an indelible mark clearly manifesting expressions of a rare blend of friendship and firmness in their relationship with the students. Roshini P.K., Faculty In-Charge of B.Com Computer Application, Deepa Divakar, Assistant Professor in the Postgraduate Department of English, Amrutha M.V., Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Awati Monali, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Jainy George, Assistant Professor in the Department of Hindi, Hebin Layola, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Application enthralled the gathering with their melodious songs. Students from various batches made the cultural extravaganza glitzy with their spellbinding dances and riveting melodies. Mementos were presented to all the teachers. Specially designed cloaks were given for each staff room in every department. The programme had its climax with a sumptuous lunch. Congratulations to College Union Chairman, Seby Anson and his team.
The interdepartmental neck-and-neck competitions, ranging from exquisite flower carpet, witty arm-wrestling, and innovative cultural programmes, to the hilarious pot-breaking and tug-of-war events, made the Onam celebrations held in the campus on September 9th Friday, 2016, an exciting experience for all. The Department of MCA bagged the first prize for flower carpet competition. The second prize was for MCom Department. In the tug-of-war, students from the Department of BA English Literature among boys and students from the Department of BSW among girls emerged as winners. The best cultural performance was done by the students from the Department of BSW. The songs, dance and fashion show by the staff made the celebrations merrier. The message programme by the students from Journalism (MCJ) Department was an extraordinary burlesque. Ayankunnu Panchayat President, Advocate Sheeja Sebastian formally inaugurated “Onaaravam 2016”. The royal reception offered to Maveli in his legendary attire added pomp to the Onam gala. “It was the best Onam programme so far in our campus. There was quality in every programme. The cultural extravaganza was excellent,” said Previn P.F., one of the Faculty Members in the Department of Journalism.
In the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) General Body Meeting held on September 21, 2016, Mr. Nandanan P.K, father of Aiswarya Nandanan doing her First Semester BA English Literature was elected as the Vice-President of PTA. Mr. Nandanan, a School Teacher with over 25 years of experience, hails from Edoor, three kilometers from the college. Annamma P.V., mother of Anju Michael doing her Fifth Semester BA English Literature was re-elected as the Joint Vice-Chairperson for a second term. Mrs. Annamma is from Madathil, five kilometers from Angadikadavu. About 790 parents participated in the General Body Meeting. College Manager Fr. Dr. K.O. Thomas welcomed the gathering. PTA President Vijayan M. gave the initial talk. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat delivered the presidential address and presented the official policy of the college on all matters, for ensuring quality, integral formation and discipline in the college.
The second edition of SLATE, the South Indian Literary Fest, is on full swing despite the Hartal in the State and the unprecedented incidents of political violence in Kannur district in the last few days. Shri. K.A. Francis, the Editor-in-Charge of Malayala Manorama Weekly, the largest circulated weekly in India and former Chairman of Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy, inaugurated SLATE on Friday 14th October 2016, urging the students to make the best of the years in the campus to be fully equipped for making a difference in the society. “Life is thrilling for those who take up challenges and risks. Life will be dull for those who are calculative and passive. The years in the college are the most productive period of one’s life. The vast storehouse of energy that the young people have should be positively channelized,” Francis said. Delivering the keynote address, Fr. Joyce Thonikuzhiyil, the Provincial Superior of the Salesian Province of Bangalore, said, “Leadership is synergization. The efficacy of leadership depends on accompaniment. An effective leader is a companion, accompanying those being led, identifying with them, both in ups and downs.” Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat presided over the function. Staff co-ordinator Anila Thomas welcomed the gathering. Student co-ordinator Sayooj proposed vote of thanks.
Sabio Baby George doing his third semester B.Com Computer Application is the new College Union Chairman, elected in the Presidential mode, with all the students in the campus exercising their franchise. With the campaign carried out under proper supervision and stringent enforcement of rules not to mix politics and political organizations in the election process, the results clearly indicated that the leaders were elected purely on merit and not on the criterion of their allegiance to any political ideology. The majority secured by each of the winners ranged from 18 to 438. College Union Chairman Sabio Baby George won by a margin of 30 votes, defeating Unais Parakandy. Sandra Johnson from Third Semester BA English Literature, the vice-chairperson won by 336 votes against Alida Srendran. Sebin V.S. from from Third Semester BCom Computer Application is the General Secretary. He won by a margin of 132 votes against Kevin George. Hridya P from Third Semester BA English Literature was elected Joint Secretary, with a majority of 222 votes. She defeated Siljy Mathew. Martin T. S. Third Semester BCom Computer Application and Stemil Devasia from Third Semester BCom Co-operation are the University Union Councilors. Martin T.S was ahead of Alvin P. Shaji with 232 votes. Stemil won by lot against Anandu A. Vijay as both the candidates had equal number of votes. Rasik K.V. from Third Semester BBA had the highest margin being elected as Fine Arts Secretary. He defeated Mariya Tom with a majority of 438 votes. Adarsh Mathew from Third Semester BCom Computer Application was elected as the College Magazine Editor. Ashwin Joseph lost by 154 votes. Albin Joseph from Third Semester BCom Computer Application was elected General Captain with a slender margin of 18 votes against Don Thomas. Derin K.T. from BCom Computer Application is the First Year UG Representative. Aneesh C.D. from BCA is the Second Year UG Representative. Jilson Chacko from BBA is the Third Year UG Representative. Libin Baby George from MCom is the First Year PG Representative. Shino Thomas from MA English Literature is the Second Year PG Representative. All the candidates were given the chance to address the students during a ‘Meet the candidate’ program conducted in the college auditorium on the previous day of the college union elections. “The management and the staff retained equal distance from all political parties and ideologies. Hence, the best students are elected as leaders,” said Dr. Fr. Francis Karackat, Principal.
The two units of National Service Scheme (NSS) at Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu, made a difference coordinating the Iritty segments of Manava Karunya Yathra, a Kannur district-wide conscientization programme for creating a society that guarantees safe water, food and environment to the people, initiated by the Kidney Federation of India (KFI) and the NSS units of various colleges affiliated to Kannur University. Cleaning, Planting saplings, health surveys and medical camps were the main events organized. Under the guidance of the Municipal Councilor Smt. Indumathi, 100 NSS volunteers from Don Bosco, along with Kudumbasree workers, conducted a health survey on October 8, 2016 in the Payanchey Vayanasala area. The soil and water samples collected were tested for pollutants by an expert medical team. The medical units of KFI and Al Salama Hospital led the kidney and eye disease detection medical camps on October 15. Mrs. Rajisha C.K, Program Officer, NSS Unit 72, coordinated the event. In yet another initiative, 45 NSS volunteers under the guidance of Mr. Hebin Loyola, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science cleaned the Iritty police station premises. 40 tree saplings were also planted in Iritty in collaboration with Green Leaf, an environmental organization. Fr. Davis Chiramel, Chairman of KFI and organizer of Manava Karunya Yathra, addressed a public gathering in Iritty town. In his keynote address, he urged people from all realms of life to protect the environment by the consciously adopting an eco-tuned life style. At the public function Mr. Chacko C.J was presented award for best organic farmer, Mr. Shyju Payanchery for rain water harvesting and Taluk Hospital Iritty for best eco-tuned government office. Manava Karunya Yathra with the slogan “Healthy Food, Pure Water, and Safe Surrounding” was flagged of from the Payyannur Town Square on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti day. The programme had a ceremonious conclusion in Thalassery town on October 26. “It was a programme that had the desired effect, with people from all walks of life, joining the movement enthusiastically to work for a healthy environment. The credit for its success to a great extent goes to our NSS Programme Officers, Sarath Krishnan and Rajish C.K.,” said Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat, Principal.
58 final year students from various UG and PG programmes including MCJ, MCom, MSW, MA English Literature, BA English Literature, BCom and BSc Mathematics appeared for the test on Tuesday October 25, 2016, conducted as part of campus recruitment by Asianet News Channel, the No. 1 Malayalam 24-hour News Channel in Kerala. A three member HR team from Asianet News Channel coordinated by Smt. Rajalekshmi came from Thiruvananthapuram, the headquarters of Asianet News. “This was a great privilege and a golden opportunity. The test was primarily to check the candidate’s ascendancy over current affairs, aptitude for journalism and writing skill, said Sibil Jose, one of the students doing MCJ.
Defeating the seasoned players of SN College Kannur, the basketball team from Angadikadavu Don Bosco Arts & Science College, won the semifinals in the university level intercollegiate basketball tournament concluded on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. It was a neck-and-neck fight, with a single point lead. The score was 61-60. Two players Vince Vinoy from BBA and Jibin Mathew from BCA are selected for the university team and will represent the University of Kannur in the national level basketball tournaments. All the 12 players in the team will get grace marks in the University examinations.
Don Bosco Arts & Science College will have a fine chapel and a state-of-the-art auditorium soon. The construction is in progress.
In the maiden University Level Intercollegiate Tug-of-War competition held at Pius X College, Rajapuram, the students from Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu secured the third place in Kannur University. Jithu Jacob from BSc Mathematics led the team, with Jilson Chacko (BBA), Mithin Mathew (BCA), Abhijith Bhaskaran (BSc Maths), Adarsh Mathew (BCom Computer Application), Alan Augustine (BCom Co-Operation), Blesson K James (BA English Literature), Mighil G Nair (BA English Literarure), and Ebin Devasia (English Literature), giving a crushing defeat to the team from Government College, Mananthavady in a lucid professional style.
The Department of Social Work at Don Bosco Arts & Science College made the International Day of People with Disability special, bringing together all the physically and mentally challenged citizens from Ayyankunnu Panchayat, with the support of the Panchayat Authorities. About 150 persons along with their family members participated in the programme held in the seminar hall at 3 p.m. on Monday December 5, 2016. The special packages and schemes offered by the Government for the disabled persons were discussed and the grievances of the beneficiaries were given the required hearing. Ayyankunnu Panchayat President Adv. Sheeja Sebastian inaugurated the Disability Day Celebrations. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat delivered the presidential address. Mr. Zhavierkutty Francis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work made a detailed presentation on the significance of the day. The International Day of People with Disability is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural.