The induction programme for the first year undergraduate students “Deeksharambh” as per the directions of MHRD was conducted on 4th October 2021. The speaker for the session was Dr. Devadhasan K V, former Head of the Department of Physics, Mahatma Gandhi College, Iritty. The session was attended by nearly 30 students and five teachers. It was quite an energising session and truly an inspirational one for the students as well as teachers
WOMEN IN SCIENCE (WoS):Lecture Series
A session by Dr. Jayeeta Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras as part of Women in Science (WoS):Lecture Series organized by the Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery. The session was attended by around 100 participants from all over the country. The speaker started from the basics of quantum confinement in semiconductors and about how optical properties can be tailored. The session was received quite well by the audience who interacted with the speaker on various aspects related to the topic.
REPORT OF SIGNATURE TALKS ORGANIZED ON 30-07-2021
Signature Talks are the confluence of the past, present and future of the Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery. This is homecoming for our alumni and an opportunity for the present generation to listen to the success stories of those who have already travelled long distances. We are proud to have our alumni member as mentors to our students!
The speaker Mr. Nithin Thomas, an alumnus of 2012-15 batch spoke about his experiences at and also about his relation with various teachers in our college. The session was quite motivating for the students. There were around 58 participants where we had students, faculty members, alumni members of 2012-15 batch and former faculty members in the meeting. Alumni students as well as all former and present faculty members spoke on the occasion and the experience on the whole was an enriching one.
World Environment Day 2021- Webinar 0n Ecosystem Restoration
On June 5 every year the nature empaths around the globe celebrate World Environment Day to encourage awareness and observe its protection. This year the theme of World Environment Day was “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore “.To highlight the importance of ecosystem restoration the Department of Physics of St. Pauls college Kalamassery organised a webinar on the topic “Ecosystem Restoration” on 8th June 2021 at 10:00 am via Google platform as a part of World Environment Day. Mr Benoy Thomas M. P, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany of Govt. Victoria College Palakkad served as the resource person. The program was commenced by the welcome note from Dr. Rajeshmon V.G,Department of Physics, St Pauls College Kalamassery. Mr Benoy talked about how to repair our fractured relationship with nature and the importance of ecosystem restoration. The program received a huge positive response from the students and at the end of the webinar the students asked their doubts to which the speaker answered in detail. Dr. Poornima N delivered the vote of thanks.
PEP TALKS SEASON -1
The Department of Physics concluded its webinar series ‘Pep Talks- Season 1’ with a talk by Dr Rajesh Menon M.R., from Portugal. The webinar series consisted of six sessions from 09-05-2020 to 14-05-2020. Due to some health issues our last speaker withdrew and we had to wind up the series with Session 6. We had speakers from the USA, Japan, Germany, Mexico, England and Portugal. Sessions timings varied depending on the time zone of the countries from where the speakers joined. In spite of the different timings we could maintain an average participation of above140 from Day 1 to Day 6. We had representation from 70 institutions including foreign universities and institutions like CUSAT, Central University of Kerala, Amity University and VIT etc. The programme was a grand success as far as participant satisfaction is concerned.
Fight the Fear Campaign
As part of the Women’s Day Celebrations, Department of Physics, St.Paul’s College,Kalamassery in association with the Women Empowerment Cell organised ‘Fight the Fear Campaign’.The programme was conducted on 9th March 2021 in the Seminar Hall.Students got the golden opportunity to study self defense moves under the guidance of Renshi Suma S, Chief Coach,Hind Shito Ryu Karate, Kakkanad.80 girls of the college actively participated in the programme. Self defense classes boost our confidence and prepares us to face situations that may bring harm to us.In the present scenario where women face various kinds of threats from the society, it has become the need of the hour to guide them with proper self defense skills.Through this programme students got an opportunity for the same and they have become more confident to deal with such situations
International Webinar- Career Opportunities in Astroparticle Physics
Office of the Dean of International Affair in association with Department of Physics,St Paul’s College,Kalamassery organised an International webinar on “Career Opportunities in Astroparticle Physics”.The programme was conducted on 27th February through google meet platform. The session was handled by Dr Arun Babu K P, HWAC collaboration,Associated with Instituto de Geofisica, Unam, Mexico City.75 students attended the programme and got the opportunity to interact with the speaker.
International Day for women and girls in Science E-Quiz
The United Nations has declared February 11, as International Day for Women and Girls in Science. This quiz is an initiative by the Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College Kalamassery, to acknowledge contributions made by Women to Science. Hats off to all those unsung heroines who have carved a niche of their own in various Science disciplines.Total 152 students participated.
Signature Talks is a confluence of the past, present and future of the Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery. Signature Talks is an orientation session for the newcomers, its a career guidance programme for the present final years and it’s an alumni meeting too. The speakers in this series of talks are alumni members who are in diverse areas of expertise. The first talk in the series was handled by GC Jairam Kaladharan, who is an alumni of 2015- 18 batch and who joined the Indian Army in 2020. The programme received a huge positive response from the students. They were highly motivated by the real life experiences shared by the speaker. Students got an idea about the exams and interview one has to clear to be selected into the Indian Army. The session was open to alumni of the 2015-18 batch and the present students could interact with them too.
Black hole: The Nobel Winner
As a continuation to the Nobel lecture series which is being organized every year, the Department of Physics organized ‘Nobel Lecture 2020’ on 27th November 2020 via Google meet platform from 11 am – 12 pm. The lecture was on the Nobel winning topic ” Blackhole”. Dr. Tharanath R., Asst. Professor, Aquinas College, Edakkochi, served as resource person. The session ranged from “what is a blackhole” to the latest research and discoveries in the field. He explained the Nobel winning research ideas by Roger Penrose and explained the mathematical formulation of the topic. Students asked their doubts at the end of the session to which the speaker answered in detail.
World Ozone Day Celebration- Webinar
The Nature club and department of Physics conducted a talk based on the theme“Ozone for life: 35 years of Ozone layer protection as a part of Ozone day celebrations 2020. Head of the Physics department, Dr. Rajeshmon V G welcomed the gathering. Talk was delivered by Dr. K. Satheesan, Associate Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, CUSAT. About 160 participants including students and teachers of various departments participated in the program. Coordinator of the program, Mary Vijila C V delivered a vote of thanks
Career Opportunities in High Energy Physics
As a continuation to the “Meet the Scientist” Programme which is being organized every year, the Department of Physics organized ‘Career Opportunities in High Energy Physics’ on 11th September 2020 via Google meet platform from 11 am – 12 pm. The lecture was on the topic High Energy physics. Dr. Rijeesh Keloth, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, VUB, Belgium, served as resource person. The session started with introduction to particle physics to the latest research and discoveries in the field. He explained the various particle accelerators. Students asked their doubts at the end of the session to which the
speaker answered in detail.
The Power of Python - an introduction to python programming
The IT Awareness Club & Department of Physics of St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery organized ‘The Power of Python – an introduction to python programming’, a webinar on 24th August 2020. The webinar was conducted from 10 am-11.30 am, through Google meet application. The live session, which was lead by Muhammed Anees V., Technical lead, computer vision was about the programming language PYTHON. He did some basic programmes and the students could gain a basic knowledge about the topic. Students asked their doubts in the question answer session and speaker responded in detail.
“PLATFORM 9 ¾- TALKING PORTRAITS”
This programme was organized mainly for the mental well-being of the students who are facing a tough time during this pandemic. The intention was to channelize their unused energy to productive things. Competitions were planned so that students could exhibit their proficiency in drawing & painting as well as photography. The event TALKING PORTRAITS included competitions like pencil drawing, water colouring, oil painting, cartoon making, collage making, photography and film review.
“PLATFORM 9 ¾- REVELIO”
This programme was organized mainly for the mental well-being of the students who are facing a tough time during this pandemic. The intention was to channelize their unused energy to productive things. Competitions were planned so that students could exhibit their proficiency in writing. The event REVELIO included competitions like essay writings, poem writings and short story writings in English, Malayalam and Hindi.
“PLATFORM 9 ¾- CANTIS”
This programme was organized mainly for the mental well-being of the students who are facing a tough time during this pandemic. The intention was to channelize their unused energy to productive things. Competitions were planned so that students could exhibit their proficiency in singing, recitation as well instrumental music. The event CANTIS included competitions like Light Music, Classical Music, Western Music, Instrumental Music and Recitations in English, Malayalam and Hindi.
Follow Your Passion
Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery in association with IEDC and IQAC organised a motivational talk – “Follow Your Passion” on 20th August 2020 via google meet platform. The programme was commenced by the welcome note by Dr. Rajeshmon V G,HoD, Department of Physics. The two eminent speakers Gopika Ram & Gayathri Ram shared their inspiring life story about how they chased their passion and established their own start up, Live with Art. They talked about how they decided to live their dream life of paintings and art, even being academically excellent and earning decent jobs. The programme ended with an interactive session where the speakers answered queries of students on living the passion and being motivated. Students from various colleges participated actively in the program. Program coordinator Asst Prof. Jixy Joseph delivered a vote of thanks. The programme was meant to motivate the students to follow their passion and to remember them excelling academically is not the ultimate aim of life. The success story of the speakers indeed motivated the students to live their life of passion.
IT and Science graduates: opportunities and skills.
The IT Awareness Club & placement cell of St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery organized ‘IT and Science graduates: opportunities and skills’, a webinar on 20th August 2020. The webinar was conducted from 10 am-11.30 am, through Google meet application. The live session, which was led by Aadish Ajayakumar was very informative for all the students who wish to pursue IT based jobs. He explained about the various job opportunities in IT Sector, and about building up an IT career after completing the courses. Questions were asked by the students in the Q&A session, to which the speaker answered in detail.
Energy Literacy Quiz
As part of the energy conservation week an online ‘Energy Literacy Quiz’ was held on 11/08/2020. The google form was open to the participants from 11.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m. There was an active participation of students from different colleges. We got 1009 entries and E-Certificates were provided to all participants who scored more than 60%. The Program was coordinated by Mrs. Jixy Joseph, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics.
Energy Conservation Week Celebration
Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery celebrated “Energy Conservation Week” from 10/8/2020 to 16/8/2020.The programme was inaugurated by our respected principal Prof. Valentine D Cruz. During the inaugural function Dr. Rajeshmon V G, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department talked about the judicious use of energy to minimise wastage and to save sources for future. Highlighting the importance and necessity to conserve and preserve our energy resources and to inculcate the spirit of duties and responsibilities as a citizen, the students of 3rd B.Sc. Physics created a video which was released during the inaugural ceremony. As part of the energy conservation week an online ‘Energy Literacy Quiz’ was held on 11/08/2020. Students from various colleges in Kerala actively participated in the quiz. We got around 1009 entries and E-Certificates were issued to all participants who scored more than 60%.On 12/08/2020 the entire faculty and students took pledge to conserve the fuel resources for future generation. An online session was conducted on 16/08/2020 to give training on LED bulb making. The Program was coordinated by Mrs. Jixy Joseph, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics.
Intercollegiate Poster Designing Competition on “COVID-19 Awareness”
Department of Physics, St.Paul’s College, Kalamassery in association with Painting/ Drawing Club organised an Intercollegiate Poster Designing Competition on the topic “Covid-19 Awareness”. The competition was held in between 04-08-2020 and 09-08-2020.Students from various institutions actively participated in the competition. The entries were accepted through google mail. Although every participants came out with excellent creations, Marwa Saji , SCMS College, bagged the 1st position.2nd and 3rd positions were secured by Felix George and Dayana Vincent from St.Paul’s College, Kalamassery. The competition was held under the guidance of Mrs. Jixy Joseph, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics. E-Certificates were issued for all the participants.
A small online get together organized to bid farewell to students of batch 2018-2020. A total of 29 participants joined the meeting. The farewell meetup started with a silent prayer by seeking blessings of God Almighty, then a welcome speech. The session continued with the talk of HOD of Physics department, Dr Rajeshmon V G. He shared his memories with the students. All other teachers of the department also shared their memories. Some of the students and Dr. Poornima N sang during the session for lightening up the occasion. Most of the students of the batch shared their experiences and beautiful moments of their college life. The programme ended up with a thanking speech and a virtual photography session.
Women Friendly Workspace: Do you Belong there
The survey was initiated as part of the gender sensitization initiative of the Department of Physics in collaboration with the IQAC of St. Paul’s College. Gender sensitization is essential to understand the sensitive needs of a particular gender. Educational institutions are the best spaces for initiating such sensitization programmes because they instill thought. Many organizations have initiated baby steps towards making work spaces women- friendly by implementing stronger maternity leave policies, workplace safety etc. Such sensitization programmes are essential to identify and address conscious or unconscious biases that creep in to a workplace and the success of such programmes depend on the extent to which such topics are exposed for discussion and remediation.
We received responses from lady teachers belonging to various age groups from Colleges as well as Schools. From the survey, we were able to understand some of the problems faced by teachers with regard to facilities/working environments in their institutions. Some were hesitant to even participate in the survey. The results are quite interesting and a few interesting details have been incorporated here.
The World Environment Day 2020’s theme is ‘Celebrate Biodiversity’. With the world fighting a pandemic together and most countries in lockdown, the environment seems to have benefited slightly. Nature seems to have been busy reclaiming its spaces.
Nature Club of St. Paul’s College and Department of Physics jointly planted 70 plant saplings in the college campus as a part of the World Environment Day celebration in college. Principal Prof. Valentine D’Cruz inaugurated the activity by planting saplings. All the faculties of the Department of Physics participated in the program. Programme helped to create awareness about importance of environment day among students.
National Science Day 2020
A National Seminar on Materials for Optoelectronic Applications was organized by the Department of Physics on 27th February 2020 as part of National Science Day celebrations. Dr. S. Jayalekshmi, Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, CUSAT was the keynote speaker. Dr. M. K. Jayaraj, Professor and Head, Department of Physics, CUSAT also delivered a lecture in the forenoon session.
Department of Physics, St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery conducted a Physics exhibition for school and college students, Kaleidoscope 2020 on 24 January 2020. More than 250 school students and whole college were benefited from the exhibition.
Nobel Lecture 2020
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 is awarded to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”, a Nobel Lecture about his contributions was organized on 7th January 2020. Dr Charles Jose , Assistant Professor, CUSAT delivered a talk on “Our Place in the Cosmos”, which was quite informative