Malabar Christian College was the venue for an interactive session with Prof: Richard Hay, Member of Parliament on Wednesday, 8th June 2016 from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Audio Visual Theatre of the college. This particular event, co-hosted by the Management and the Dept: of English was conducted in order to organize an interactive session in which the students and the faculties could put forward their queries and issues regarding various challenges faced by the youth and the professor being a Parliamentarian and Academission could effectively put forward the issues before the parliament
The event began with the College prayer sung by the students of MCC, A word of prayer followed by Rev. Dr. T.I. James, former Manager. Principal-in-charge, Dr. Susannah Seth welcomed the gathering and also spoke about the glorious heritage of the college. Prof. Gladys P E Issaac, former Principal shared some of the glorious achievements of the college. Towards the end of her speech she made certain suggestions in expanding the College vertically due to lack of space. The Manager of the college, Mr. Jayapal Samuel Zachai gave the audience information about the Chief Guest and Member of Parliament, Prof. Richard Hay.
The coordinator of the programme, Prof. Dr. Premanand M E introduced the topic and the information that Prof. Hay had formerly worked as professor at Brennan College and become Principals of some Govt. college as well as private colleges. Then he welcomed Prof. Hay to give his introductory speech. Prof. Hay was very much excited to see the young audience and he wanted an interactive session with them. He reminded the students about the problems they have to face in their educational institutions and in the society. He wanted them to come forward and put forward their issues in front of the audience so that he can have a discussion on that and come out with solutions.
Pranad of was the first person who posed a question to Prof. Richard Hay. His question was “Today’s mobile phones and its uses are available worldwide but why mobile phones are prohibited in educational institutions.
Prof. Richard Hay answered that it’s a very relevant question and said nowadays the smart phones have become part an integral part of our life but the most important part is how they use it. There are many advantages in smartphones usage but at the same time there are many disadvantages too. Prof. Hay mentioned that very soon students will be able to see videos by distinguished Professors. The Dept of English and Dr. Premanand have also pioneered podcasts that can be viewed by the mobile phones. http://www.ewsrl.com/podcasts.html
Next question was asked by Noopura of III BSc Chemistry….
She mentioned that the major problem faced by the seniors were missing of answer papers and delaying of results. Because of this they are not able to apply for higher studies. Prof Hay replied that is the sole responsibility of the university. The students have paid the requisite fees for each and every procedure by the university and these are the mistakes on their part.
Aswathymol, student of 3rd B. A. English asked about the problems faced by the women in society and the actions taken by the government towards the culprits.Prof Hay answered that it was an awesome question and a burning and relevant issue faced by women. But the first reaction must be taken by each and every woman itself. They need to protest against this and come forward.
The next question was asked by Sreya, 3rd B. A. English. She asked about the interaction between the students and teachers and the classes taken about the valuation. Prof. Hay replied that is the real fact happening all around and the teachers must have special classes offer this.The Dept of English conducts regular enhancement classes in English under the auspices of SSP programme and EWSRL Major Project, www.ewsrl.com
Next Question was asked by Angela 3rd B. A. English she asked that many of the students get scholarships for merit and on minority basis. But these scholarships are given only in the first year and what are the solutions for that…
Prof. Hay replied that students need to visit the site minorityaffairs.gov.in. All minority students can get with the help of the principal. Despite the fact that the college is situated in city most of the students around 80% students are from remote areas and backward classes. What are the circumstances to be taken for them. Prof. Hay replied that the best way of travelling is by train, so that they get time to read and many facilities for the poor background students. Prof. Gladys mentioned the fact that there were noon meals which were available for them in college canteen.
The interactive session concluded with valuable responses from the guest of honor Prof. Richard Hay .He is a representative of Anglo-Indian community and he is a member of parliament. He gave good responses to the students and solutions to their problems. He was a part of many social service activities. The honorable Member of Parliament read a letter of Hon MinisterSmrithi Irani which was all about new bills passed for minority developments, scholarships and infrastructure facilities. By offering all the help and support for the college. He concluded the interactive session successfully.