The third year U.G. students at Don Bosco Arts & Science College staying at Savio Home made a bund across Vaniyapara stream flowing though the campus on 11th December, 2016 as a precautionary measure countering the drought likely to occur due to shortage of rain this year. “It was primarily done to let more water seep into the soil which will eventually result in the increase of groundwater. The water level in the nearby wells also can be kept at a steady pace with this bund (Thadayana),” said Fr. Abhilash P., Savio Home Warden.
Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu was the venue for the Grama Sabha convened by Ayyankunnu Panchayat at 2 p.m. on Monday, 5th December, 2016. People from all the 16 wards in the Panchayat participated in the meeting presided over by the Panchayat President Adv. Sheeja Sebastian.
Christmas Celebrations in the campus, the maiden programme organized by the newly elected College Union Leaders on Friday, December 23, 2016 kept the students and staff enthralled. The Christmas Crib brilliantly designed and fashioned by a team of committed artists led by Jomin doing BCom Computer Application in the Final Semester, was formally blessed and inaugurated by the College Manager, Fr. Dr. K.O. Thomas. The opening dance by Derik and his team put the whole campus in Christmas vibes. The lively presence of Santa Claus made Christmas gala sparkling. The cultural programmes performed by students from various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the interdepartmental competition mode were of quality, despite their constraints of time and university examinations. Manager, Fr. Dr. K.O. Thomas declared the winners of Christmas Lucky Bumper, an innovative item introduced by the College Union this year to identify the two luckiest persons in the campus. College Union Chairman Sabio Baby Joseph proposed vote of thanks. After the common programme in the auditorium, celebrations were held in the classrooms, cutting cakes and exchanging gifts.
The members of the Management along with both the teaching and the non-teaching staff celebrated Christmas on Friday, 23rd December presenting a gift to the friend chosen by lot. Roshini P.K. from the Department of Commerce, Dona Thomas from the Department of Mathematics and Bijo Joseph from the Department of Social Work sweetened the celebrations with their melodious songs. Manager Fr. Dr. Thomas K.O. cut the Christmas cake and delivered the message for Christmas. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat addressed the gathering.
In the General Body Meeting of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu, Shanu Salman (MCJ 2012-2014 Batch), the Faculty In-Charge, Department of Journalism (MCJ) at Pazhassi Raja College, Pulpally in Wayanad affiliated to the University of Calicut was unanimously chosen as the President of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association will be officially registered under the Societies of Registration Act, 1860 with Memorandum of Understanding and Bylaws for legal recognition and NAAC accreditation. Suzenna Babu (BCom Computer Application 2012-2015 Batch) is the Vice-President. Ann Treessa Benny (BA English 2012-2015 Batch) is the Secretary. Muhammad Abdul Basith (BBA 2012-2015 Batch) is the Treasurer and Akhila Tomy (BSc Mathematics 2012-2015 Batch) is the Joint Secretary. Angle Mary Mathew (BA English 2012-2015 Batch), Athira K. Louis (BSC Mathematics 2012-2015 Batch), Dayana (BCom Computer Application 2012-2015 Batch) Abbas P.M 2012-2015 Batch), Neena Thomas (BCA 2012-2015 Batch), Harsha C.J. (MSW 2011-2013 Batch), and Jince John (MCJ 2013-2015 Batch) are the members of the Executive Committee. In the open forum, it was suggested that the annual gathering could be held during Christmas holidays and the date should be communicated to all ahead of time. The decision on integrating cultural programme into the annual gathering and on the introduction of scholarship for deserving students was left to the executive committee. There was also a proposal to launch an online newsletter for the alumni. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat inaugurated the Alumni Meet. Staff co-ordinator Biju John T welcomed the gathering. Alumni Association President Shanu Salman proposed vote of thanks. The programme was concluded with fellowship meal in the auditorium.
The 7-day residential camp conducted for National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers at St. Thomas Higher Secondary School in Manikkadavu from Monday December 16, 2016 to Sunday January 1, 2017 was a treasured experience for the second year undergraduate students, widening and deepening their circle of relationship, nurturing their social intelligence, strengthening their leadership qualities, mastering the art of adjustment to inconveniences, refurbishing their smartness , and enhancing their personality. The prime focus of the NSS camp was on making bunds in Ulikkal Panchayath to conserve water against the impending drought because of shortage of rainfall last year. The bunds were made in close collaboration with the Panchayath authorities and the local people. Phoenix Thaliparambu handled a session on personality development and success in life. Saji Varghese, a cancer survivor, shared his inspiring experiences of his successful battle with cancer. There was a session on safety measures to be adopted for driving by experts from the motor vehicles department. The music troupe from Mattannur made one of the evenings sweet and melodious. The psycho-reality show by JCI trainers JC Abbobakker P.P. and JC Ramachandran K.T. was a soothing experience for all. The action-packed session on social conscience and social intelligence by Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat made the students more vibrant. The debate competition on Cashless Kerala animated by Nisha Sajan, Faculty from the Department of Commerce broadened their mental horizons. Documentaries were also screened to get attuned to the beauties of nature. The trekking to Kanjirakolli and Sasippara was a thrilling and adventurous spree. The cultural extravaganza every night, the grand new year midnight celebrations, the cooking creativity, the newspaper work, the swim in the river, the fun, frolics and the light moments with the staff and the friends made ‘Opparam 2016’ an incredible gala of friendship. Credit goes to all especially the NSS programme officers Sarath Krishnan Sir and Rajisha CK Miss and the two student leaders Emily Maria Jose (BBA) and Vipin Joseph (BCom Computer).
The formal inauguration of the College Union Activities-cum-swear-in ceremony of the College Union Leaders was raised to a glittering episode on Monday January 16, 2017 here, with the gleaming and inspiring presence of Vishnu Unnikrishnan, a noted film actor in Malayalam who along with the dance troupe of the college danced to the tunes of popular song in his own latest movie ‘Kattapanayile Hrithik Roshan.’ Addressing the campus, Vishnu urged the students to focus more on roses, and less on thorns. “The rose plant carries more thorns than rose flowers. But we call it a ‘rose’ plant, and not a ‘thorn’ plant. Similarly, life also has to be perceived always from a rosy perspective,” he said. Vishnu together with the script writer Bipin George mesmerized the students mimicking some of the film stars in Mollywood and Kollywood very alluringly. Vishnu made his debut in the film industry at the age of 16 in the Malayalam movie ‘Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum’ directed by Sibi Malayil in 2003. Vishnu collaborated with Nadirshah in 2015 for his debut film ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, which was a Box Office blockbuster. He also acted in’ Vanyam’ and ‘Palunku.’ In 2016, ‘Kattapanayile Hrithik Roshan’ was released with him playing the lead character. Charlie Jose who came to the limelight as a comedian with his extraordinary performance in the Vodaphone Comedy Star Reality Show inaugurated the Fine Arts Association and enthralled the audience with his 45-minute charming comedy show. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat administered the oath to the college union leaders. Script writer Bipin George launched the online magazine www.dollmagz.com College Manager Fr. Dr. K.O. Thomas released the NSS Magazine ’Opparam.’ Don Bosco College Principal Fr. Dr. Johny Jose released the Sports Meet Logo, ‘ZEST 2017’ and Vice-Principal, Fr. Bastin Nellisery, the Arts Fest Logo, ‘Scintilla 2017’. Union Staff Advisor, Sri. Biju John welcomed the gathering. College Union Chairman Sabio Baby John presided over the function. Bro. Robin from MA English Literature, Neenu Varghese and Mathews Joseph from BA English Literature, and Dona Thomas Miss from the Department of Mathematics entranced the audience with their melodious songs. The western group song and dances added colour to the celebrations. Arts Secretary Rasik K.V. proposed vote of thanks.
The Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Riyas N.P. took an infotainment session for National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers on Tuesday 11th January 2017, offering them practical tips to be safe on the road while driving. The programme was organized as part of Road Safety Week Celebrations observed by the Motor Vehicles Department. The tiny state of Kerala stands third in India in terms of road accidents with 4,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries every year. Though Kerala accounted for only around three per cent of the Indian population, it contributed ten per cent of road accidents. Kerala was only behind large states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu when it comes to road crashes and casualities. Road accident was the third major cause of death and disability in Kerala. 84 per cent of those killed and 82 per cent of those who suffer injuries in road accident are males. Every day in Kerala around eleven people die and 150 get injured in road accidents. Pedestrians and bike users account for around 80 per cent of road accident deaths in Kerala.
Scintilla-17, the Arts Fest held on Friday and Saturday 20th and 21st January 2017, formally inaugurated by Asianet Munch Star Junior singer Aashima Manoj, was a big gala showcasing the lushness of talents in the campus, with the singers, musicians, dancers, actors, orators, writers, artists, painters, and all other extraordinary performers in all the departments on a thrill mode making it a carnival of cultural extravaganza, a feast to the eyes and ears. In the interdepartmental competitions performed simultaneously on stages, BA English Literature students bagged the overall championship scoring 501 points. The runner-up was for MCJ-MSW, with a score of 399. The third place was for BCom Computer Application (279). The fourth place was for BSc- BCA (215). BCom Cooperation secured 198 points, BBA 97 and BSW 95. MA English and MCom Finance students could not participate in the competitions because of their university semester examinations. “It was the best arts fest in the history of Don Bosco Arts & Science College in terms of quality of organization, professionalism, performance of students, practice and preparation, we-feeling and team spirit in all the departments, and discipline and decorum of audience, “said Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat, the Principal who has been serving this college in different capacities for 12 years. “The credit for its amazing success should go primarily to the Fest Staff Coordinator, Rajisha C.K., Union Staff Advisors, Bibin Antony and Biju John, to the College Union Arts Secretary Rasik K.V., to the Union Chairman Sabio Baby Joseph, to the Vice-Chairperson, Sandra Johnson, to the General Secretary Sebin V.S., and to all the other Union Leaders,” he added.
Jino Joseph, the seasoned playwright in Malayalam known for creative visual treatment in dramas, street plays and mime fetching several State, National and International awards, offered a three-day residential drama workshop for 48 students from various departments here from Sunday January 29 to Tuesday January 31, 2017. Jayachandran Thakazhi, a known drama actor who had won awards for solo dramas, was also in the team training up the students for drama, skit, street play and mime. The sessions were held from 9 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. The students selected from the drama camp will participate in the University Kalotsav going to be held at LBS Engineering College, Kasargode from February 15 to 19, 2017. The workshop organized by the College Union was formally inaugurated by the College Manager, Fr. Dr. K. O. Thomas. Principal Fr. Dr. Francis Karackat presided over the concluding function. Biju John, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Shanoj Sebastian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication assisted the team in the workshop.
DON BOSCO ARTS & SCIENCE COLLEGE SECURES THIRD PLACE IN UNIVERSITY ARTS FEST (OFF-STAGE EVENTS) NECK AND NECK WITH GOVT. COLLEGE, KASARAGOD
Don Bosco Arts and Science College, Angadikadavu, secured the fourth place in the Kannur University Arts Fest organized at LBS College, Kasargod, from 15 to 20 February. The University has about 140 affiliated colleges and so the fourth position is indeed a remarkable achievement for the college, also being a self-financing college of rather recent origin. No other self-financing college is anywhere close to Don Bosco in the rankings while for the college itself this is best position ever. The college team reached the third position at the end of the off-stage items and with the points added from on-stage items the team acquired a grand total of 113 points. The participants bagged one of the first three positions in about 20 items. The participants in the items such as Western group song, English debate, computer designing, Malayalam story writing and drawing secured first prize with A grade. The Malayalam drama “Sumesh” directed by Mr. Jino Joseph won the second prize and Nebula (MCJ 1st year) was given the award for the best actress. It was the concerted effort from the part of the staff and the students along with the blessings of the Almighty that made this splendid success possible.
Fr. Dr. Jose Thomas Koyickal, the Vice-Provincial of the Sacred Heart Province of Bangalore that covers the two states of Kerala and Karnataka, appreciating the students who made Don Bosco proud with their scintillating performance in the University Arts Fest at LBS College, Kasargode said, “Don Bosco Arts & Science College has always been on a winning track and making a difference in the field of higher education in the University of Kannur. Securing the fourth place in the University Arts Fest is an amazing achievement. Don Bosco is now recognized as a college par excellence and is held in great esteem by the public.” Fr. Jose presented the mementos and certificates to the winners in various competitions.
Kannur University Syndicate Member and former Head, Department of History, Nirmalagiri College, Koothuparamba presented mementos and certificates to the 33 undergraduate students who secured A Grade in the Third and Fifth Semester University examinations. “Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu has within a short span established itself as a quality institute of higher education on par with the reputed Government or aided colleges in the University of Kannur. Don Bosco is likely to be the college with the highest number of A Grade holders in the University,” John Joseph said. “It was by a tender margin 15 students missed A grade. It is a big accomplishment. Don Bosco Arts & Science College is now a model for the other existing colleges in several areas,” he said
The Controller of Examinations Dr. P. Babu Anto who delivered the keynote address and inaugurated the College Day celebrations here on Friday 24th March, 2017 said, in terms of infrastructure, quality of education, discipline, and academic performance, Don Bosco Institutes of Higher Education are on par with or better than the established Government and aided colleges in the University of Kannur. “There are only 26 government and aided colleges in the University of Kannur. But the number of self-financing colleges in the University is threefold, 76 of them functioning in the three districts of Kannur, Kasargode and Wayanad. Among them, Don Bosco is the best. Those in the management are seasoned educators. Parents should feel proud and privileged to have their children at Don Bosco where they are safe and secure,” Dr. Babu said. Dr. Babu Anto presented scholarships and mementos to 125 students at a very colourful function held from 5.30 p.m. The best performing student from every outgoing postgraduate and undergraduate programme was offered a scholarship of Rs.9000 and Rs. 5000 respectively. The top scorers in examinations in every batch, the students with the best leadership proficiency in every outgoing batch and the students who performed best in intercollegiate competitions were also offered scholarship and merit certificates. Dr. J. V. Vilanilam scholarships for the top scorers in university examinations in BA English Literature and MCJ and the student with the best aptitude for journalism in the first year UG batches were also presented. The parents of most of the scholarship winners were present for the function. The programme ended with the cultural extravaganza from the students and staff including mime and Malayalam drama scripted and directed by Jino Joseph, a past pupil who won Sahitya Academy Award this year for his drama ‘Mathi’.
The staff had a gala time in Goa on Saturday March 4, 2017. The tantalizing time spent together at Old Goa, St. Francis Church, Museum, St. Augustine Tower, Dona Paula, Candolim Fort, Calangute Beach, and Baga Beach made the day special and exciting. The trip to Kannur railway station was by college bus. Being together in the same compartment in the train made the journey very pleasant and memorable.
The NSS unit of DON BOSCO ARTS & SCIENCE COLLEGE has planted around 50 saplings in collaboration with Ayyankunnu Panchayath authorities on Monday, June 5th 2017, making the world environment day celebrations meaningful. Adv. Sheeja Sebastian, the President of Ayyankunnu Panchayath inaugurated the function by planting a sapling. The forest officer in the region, and many office bearers of Ayyankunnu Panchayath also participated in the programme with the Kudumbasree workers. In the academic year, each N.S.S. volunteer will to plant a minimum of 12 saplings.
The Fifth Edition of the biggest Campus Film Festival in Kerala, DISC (Donbosco International Silverscreen Carnival), organized by the postgraduate department of journalism(MCJ) at Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu, the most equipped training centre in Kerala moulding professionals for main stream media, will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 6th and 7th, 2017. Apart from screening world classics in five theaters with authoritative inputs from luminaries in the field, there will also be competitions: campus short film and documentary, Television News Presentation, Television Programme Anchoring, Film Review, Still Photography and film quiz for students from various colleges across South India. The acclaimed script writer John Paul who has penned screenplays for nearly 100 Malayalam movies will be the key resource person initiating the delegates into the movies. There will also be Research Paper Presentation contest on Women and Cinema for postgraduate students and research scholars. The noted actress and film activist Sajitha Madathil, the State Award Winner for Supporting Actress will be the chief guest for the Award Nite on 7th evening. The staff coordinators are Fr. Benny Christudas and Previn P. F., Assistant Professors in the Department of Journalism. Student Coordinators are Fr. Prince and Anjaly from second year MCJ.
The Fourth Edition of the two-day Campus Commerce Fest, COMET, organized by the Department of Commerce at Don Bosco Arts & Science College, Angadikadavu, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, 27th and 28th September, 2017. The events for intercollegiate contests include Best Commerciare, Marketing Game, Banking Game, General Quiz, Stock Game, Event Management, Finance Game, Spot Dance and Treasure Hunt. Sojimol P.J, Roshni P.K. and Jitheshmon Mullool are the staff coordinators of COMET. Alan Vincent (BCom Computer Applications, Nimal Varghese (BCom Computer Applications), and Stemil Devasia (BCom Cooperation) are the student coordinators for COMET.
Muhammed Umair from second year BBA will chair the College Union winning the coveted post by a slender margin of six votes against Jibin Babu from BCom Computer Applications in the college union elections in the Presidential mode held on Wednesday 30th August, 2017. Anju Sebastian from second year BCom Cooperation is elected as the College Union Vice-Chairperson. She had a majority of 146 votes against Asmath Aseena from second year BSW. Evan James from second year BCom Cooperation is the College Union Secretary. He defeated Bestin James from BCom Computer Application by 129 votes. Derik George from second year BCom Cooperation and Gautham Gangadharan from second year BA English Literature are the University Union Councillors. They contested against Adarsh Arjunan from second year BCA and Joseph George from second year BCA. Francis Viyon Vinoy from second year BBA is the Arts Secretary, defeating Arun Shaji from second year BBA by 82 votes. Christo James from second year BA English Literature is the General Captain. He won against Akhil P.P. from send year BSc Mathematics by 88 votes. Prince Sunny from second year BA English Literature is the Magazine Editor, defeating Felix Sunny from second year BCom Computer Applications by a margin of 41 votes. Alna Raj from second year BSW is the Joint Secretary. She won against Nayana P.P. from second year BCom Cooperation by 39 votes. The PG Representative is Vishnu Prasad from second year MA English Literature. He won against Aneetta N Binu from second year MSW by one vote. Christo John T from BBA is the First Year Representative in the College Union. He won by 15 votes against Arun Mathew from BCom Computer Applications. Joel Babu from BCom Cooperation is the Second Year Union Representative. He won by 23 votes against Dalgin George from BCom Computer Applications.