- Celebrating 50 years of the Department of Sociology
With a keen focus on social empowerment, and deep-rooted passion towards enriching the ecosystems, the Department of Sociology was inaugurated in 1971 with the aim of building social leaders who carry a vision towards contributing for the development, structure, and functioning of human society. The Sociology Department has a rich alumni strength of over 5000 who create a mark in the field. The Department is proudly stepping into its 50th year and the Golden Jubilee celebrations are commencing from 19 August 2021.
On this landmark celebration, Thiru K Ponmudi, Honourable Minister for Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu addressed an august gathering of educationists, teachers, former students, industry leaders and current students with a blend of hybrid participation. In his address, Honourable Minister highlighted the importance of empowering and educating young women which runs in the ethos of Stella Maris College vision and mission statement. He also added that Stella Maris College sets an exemplary model to other institutions for all round development of women in academics and NSS, NCC and YRC units. He also mentioned about employment based education and the importance of having an interdisciplinary approach in higher education.
During this significant celebration, Dr. Sr. Rosy Joseph fmm, Principal, Stella Maris College stated, “Sociology, the youngest of the social sciences, has special significance in a diverse, multicultural society such as India. It is said that because it has such a strong bearing on the problems of the world, Sociology is considered to be the best approach to all the social sciences. It was indeed provident that the study of the subject was instituted half a century ago, and is today one of the foremost disciplines in the social sciences and humanities for study and research.”
Dr. J. Maria Sasitha, Head, Department of Sociology, Stella Maris College stated, “The 50th Year Celebrations sets the tone for strengthening the mission of the Department of creating socially sensitive citizens who enrich our society and world. Rich legacy, great heritage, our Sociology Department has grown form strength over 50 years enabling students build a world that truly values nature, people, culture, diversity and the eco-system. The Golden Jubilee year marks an important milestone that will see our Department set higher benchmarks, raising the bar by enabling newer learning methodologies demanded by the 4th Revolution.”
Dr. Sasitha further added, “This Department is one of the most promising and dynamic verticals that is a preferred choice amongst the young generation. There a variety of career opportunities available post completion of the under-graduate study of sociology. With humble beginnings in 1947, Stella Maris has been a forerunner in delivering highest standards of education giving the students an edge. Many leading personalities from the Corporate, Social and Political are proud alumni of our College and the Sociology Department is committed to giving our country, responsible citizens and change makers with academic excellence and inclusive development.”
Dr. R. Ravanan, Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Tamil Nadu Government also graced the occasion.
The two-day event is curated in a specially designed “Made in India” virtual platform that will connect our virtual participants with real time simulation enabling meeting up Leaders from the World of Sociology. Many eminent academicians will be speaking to us in the virtual mode.
Prof. R. Indira, Department of Sociology, University of Mysore, the moderator for the first technical session, Dr. Sari Hanafi, Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut, who will be delivering the Presidential Address, Professor Kamala Ganesh, University of Mumbai, who will give us the Keynote Address.
Professor Sujata, JNU, Professor Harish Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, Raichur University and Professor Paramjit Singh, President, Indian Sociological Society will address us during the second session of the conference.
This inauguration is the flag off for a year round celebration with Industry summits, panel discussions, career symposiums and intellectually enriched articulate events which will raise the bar and set bigger benchmarks in creating a rich value proposition.
Standard operating procedures will be adhered at all times during on campus events.