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SJC opens despite bandh call, monsoon showers

Despite a state-wide bandh call and the onset of the monsoon, students poured in through the portals of the St Joseph’s College, all set for the beginning of the new academic year. Hundreds of excited new juniors and freshly-appointed staff scrambled to find their assigned classrooms.

Fr Melwyn D’ Cunha S.J. has been appointed as the new Vice-principal of the post-graduate block of SJC. He replaces Dr Beatrice Sequieira who has become the Campus Minister of the PG Block. Speaking to the Beacon, Fr Melwyn said “I want our students to be eligible to get into their field of interest and to achieve this purpose the faculty will do whatever is needed. I want students to use the library as much as possible and be as pro-active as possible.”

A fresh batch of 22 students has become part of the Mass Communication department. These students have been immersed into a week-long workshop on reporting, editing, design and layout of newspapers. Divya S, a newbie, said “Ive worked at CNN-Network and at the Bangalore International Film Festival in the hospitality department prior to joining this course. I want to learn journalism practically and get better at photography and learn more about advertising. This is why I took up Mass Communication.”

Kushagra Kumar, a fresher from Ranchi, Jharkhand, said “I want to become a news anchor through this course and I want to enhance my knowledge in journalism I completed my BA Honours in Political Science prior to this.” Rahul Joseph said, “I have two years of work experience in a start-up called Avagaman which is a distance education company. I have joined this course to learn more about journalism.” Last week, welcoming a cohort of new faculty to the institution SJC Principal Fr Victor Lobo, mentioned that this year (2017-2018), there would be around 5000 students on campus.
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