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REPORT ON PARENT’S ORIENTATION PROGRAMME - 2018

Parent’s orientation is organized every year by the Parent’s Council of St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), headed by Dr. Ronald Mascarenhas to welcome aboard the parents and guardians of newly joined students. The enthusiastic participation of parents every year is the main driving force behind this event.


The Parents’ Council is an important forum where the staff, management and parents come together to work as a team for the benefit of the student community at large. Involvement of family in the education of their wards can lead to benefits such as increased attendance, higher academic performance, and right and positive attitude towards learning. This is an effort by the college to reach out to parents to involve them in the education process of their ward.


This year SJC welcomed the parents on 8th and 9th June 2018. A half day orientation programme was held on 8th June 2018 for the parents of students studying in first year B.Sc courses, BCA, M.Sc and M.A courses. On 9th June 2018 the same was held for the parents of the students enrolled to first year B.A, BSW, BVoc and B.Com courses.

Both the days began with registration of invited parents at the entrance of the auditorium building. Each parent was handed a folder with required stationary and a booklet highlighting important information regarding college and its working and guidelines to be followed by their wards. Following registration, the parents were welcomed and escorted to the auditorium, the venue for the programme. We welcomed around 900 parents on Day 1 whereas Day 2, being a Saturday, saw an enthralling crowd of around 1400 parents and/or guardians.

The programme commenced with a short welcome by the emcee followed by the college choir rendering the college anthem. Ms. Ria Saha and Ms. Latha Paul were the emcees for Day 1 and Day 2, respectively. The day and this endeavor begun by invoking the blessings of God Almighty as Fr. Clarence D’Souza, Administrator of Magis Block led us into prayer. Following the prayer, Fr. Dr. Victor Lobo SJ warmly welcomed the gathering and invited parents to be a part of the Josephite family. He highlighted the importance of parents’ involvement in their children’s education and how an active partnership between parents and the institute is beneficial in a child’s development. The parents were then taken through the journey of St. Joseph’s College since its inception till date in the form of an elaborate video presentation. This gave the parents a clear understanding of the rich heritage of the institution and an understanding of the facilities available and opportunities provided to the students in the current day. A PowerPoint presentation titled “How the system works” was made to enable the parents to clearly understand the rules, regulations and working of the college. The presentation was delivered by Ms. Mamatha S. on Day 1 and by Ms. Ria Saha on Day 2. Ms Neeta Pereira, Counsellor and HOD of Psychology department then addressed the parents on the transition that their children were going through and hoe they should be supportive. She also emphasized on the importance of counselling and the facilities and counsellors available at SJC.

The next segment focused on enlightening the audience on the facets of autonomy and address queries from the parents regarding the same. A panel consisting of 4 distinguished staff members discussed about autonomy. The 4 panelists were Dr Cheriyan, Mr Ananth Padmanabha Rao, Dr Arul Mani and Dr. Jacob Paul. Dr. Cheriyan, Mr Ananth Padmanabha Rao and Dr Arul Mani spoke on Concept of Autonomy, Opportunities in Autonomy and Challenges in Autonomy respectively. All the panelists took questions from the audience. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Shalmali on Day 1 and Ms. Amita on Day 2. The audience participated enthusiastically in the panel discussion.

After a short refreshing tea break, it was time to get enthralled by our guest speaker, Dr. Shaibya Saldanha. Dr. Shaibya is an obstetrician-gynecologist but is steadily evolving into a sexuality activist with a strong focus on child rights. While continuing her clinical practice of 25 years, she trains stakeholders (medicos, counsellors, police, lawyers and judges, and the community at large) in setting up child protection systems in the state. She cofounded an NGO, Enfold Trust, which works in the area of sexuality education for children as well as their parents and teachers.

She spoke about parenting as an art and used her own life experiences with her adolescents so that the audience could relate. She connected to the audience well and touched everyone’s heart with her beautiful portrayal of real life issues that parents face. She guided the parents as to how they might deal with such situations.

Following the beautiful talk, our rector, Fr. Dr. Melwyn D’ Cunha enlightened the parents about the principles of Jesuit education and the milestones that we have achieved. He also spoke about the future plans that the institution has and appealed to the parents to become collaborators in in whichever way they find suitable to make SJC a better place.

After an engaging cascade of events, a dance performance by our college dance team allowed the parents to unwind and relax. The college Indian Dance Team, Mrityunjaya performed on Day 1 and the Western Dance Team, Jay Street performed on Day 2.

The programmed neared its end as the Vote of Thanks was proposed by Ms. Vidisha and Mr. Cyril on Day 1 and 2 respectively. The formal programme ended with the National Anthem.

The parents were invited to join for lunch as they interacted with staff and management. Many parents joined the parents’ council and responded enthusiastically to Fr. Melwyn’s appeal as well. The two days were very successful and fruitful and we welcomed a new set of enthusiastic parents on board and started a new journey with them working towards moulding their wards’ life.


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