Knowledge Sharing Sessions

Date:17-06-2020

The session began with a live session on “Mindful Breathing Technique” conducted by Mrs. Neelanjana Bose, HoD and Faculty of BA Journalism Studies, as a preface to the concept of MINDFULNESS.

Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.

The concept of Mindfulness was explained by Mrs. Rose Vase, faculty of English, followed Ms. Swathy Nandkumar, faculty of Psychology. Ms. Swathy explained the need to be mindful and how to cope with negative thoughts and be observant about people around us and be empathetic. Considering the increasing number of suicide rates in India per year, she stressed on the importance of giving more importance on oneself and being aware of the emotions of the fellow mates as well. Mindfulness can be an integral process to cap the same.

Whereas Mrs. Rose, shared the research example of a Lion being the ferocious animal; when a lion hunts its prey for 10 times, though he misses it for 9 times and succeeds only one time, we never heard of stories being told that lion is depressed. We only heard the heroic stories of how a lion hunts its prey. Do not be depressed rather be mindful. There have been number of researches about being mindful in regard to mental health struggle.

Being mindful :

  • Strengthens our immune systems, decreases stress, and helps us to sleep better.
  • We can overcome anxiety, depression, panic disorders, eating disorders, and low self-esteem issue.
  • We become strong mentally, physically, and emotionally

She gave two examples of Selena Gomez, popular singer and Nivetha Thomas, an Indian actress who were mindful and how they have overcome their challenges, anxiety, and depression. Hence to summarize, mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques. It’s a way of living. The topic was concluded by Mrs. Shaila Davis, faculty of Malayalam with a pledge towards Positive affirmations of being mindful.

The next presenter was Dr. Geetha Bhat, faculty of English Language, who presented on “Pygmalion Approach towards English Language Teaching” This approach to ELT shows how teachers expectations leads to an increase in the performance of the students. Focusing on creating the right climate and input pattern for teaching English, it explores the psychology of interpersonal expectations. That is higher the expectations from the teacher more satisfying are the results of the students and their overall performance too. It adds new dimensions in the interaction between teachers and students and their expectations. Which need to be a pure transaction without distortion and disruption, being mindful and aware of the outcome of learning.

Mrs. Jayashree, Faculty of Kannada presented the concept of Management of Physical and Mental Health: “Daihika Mattu Manasika Arogya Nirvahane”

How to take care and preserve our mental well-being was explained through various well proven methods. The session was very inter-active and many faculties had so many queries regarding mental health issues. All the questions were cleared by the presenter. 

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Mr. Alphons faculty of Malayalam, ended the session by presenting on “SARS COVID -2: Changes, Challenges and New Policies”

In the session Alphons Sir tried to point out the major changes Covid-19 virus brought to the world such as climate change, living style, health system etc. He discussed about the negative impacts Covid-19 caused to the world, such as globalization, recession, unemployment, capitalism and Communism etc. Under polices he discussed about the negative and positive policies taken by WHO, and various governments with regards to Covid-19 and the impacts it brought to the world, like hereditary immune, mitigation method, nationalising health sector, countries where women rules etc.

The session was informative as it covered various aspects of our present situation and was appreciated by the audience and faculties of TJC.