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Cover Story
Chair for maritime studiesA Pioneering Venture
While wishing our readers a happy
and prosperous New Year, we mourn
the death of thousands of innocent
people in the recent Tsunami tragedy
and share the pain of the victims and
the agony of the bereaved.
CU News
Maritime traditions of India
Indian Communities
in the littoral states of the Indian Ocean
Campus awakes to the
Rhythm of Colours
Sevens Soccer,
the Celebration of Malabar
editorial board
Sri. V.S. Sasibhooshanan Nair
Prof. Sankaran Ravindran
Prof. Syed Amjed Ahmed
Prof. D. Prabhakaran Nair
Prof. T.B. Venugopala Panicker
Prof. Krishna Kumar
Dr. P.M. Mubarak Pasha
Sri. Valsarajan P.V.
Sri. T.P. Rajeevan
published by
Dr. P.P. Mohammed,
Registrar, University of Calicut
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Committed to society
VC’s Column
Campus roundup
Varsity in brief
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VC’s column
We have centuries old and time tested tradition of health
care, and a well- developed medical system that has its
own philosophical and sociological bases. What
distinguishes the Indian medical system is its plurality; its
heterogeneity in character.
t’s widely known that, despite the annual spending of more than Rs. 2520 billion globally on
health researches, a huge majority of the world populace, especially in the developing countries,
does not have adequate access to basic health facilities. The result is shocking. Malaria alone claims two
lives every minute. Globally, the number of people living with HIV has risen to 40 million. Of those, five
million are in India. This single epidemic apart, regions and countries are experiencing diverse health
menaces. And, often, women and children are more vulnerable to them.
The younger generation, especially the student community must be aware of this dismaying and
frightening situation that call for concerted and committed actions at various levels, from awareness
campaign to remedial measures. They need also disseminate this awareness to the common public.
And, universities as knowledge and awareness generating institutions have a major role to play in this
From the Indian point of view, this is not a new development. We have centuries old and time
tested tradition of health care, and a well- developed medical system that has its own philosophical and
sociological bases. What distinguishes the Indian medical system is its plurality; its heterogeneity in
Though the modern medicine is the most popular, systems like Aurveda, Unani, and Naturopathy are
prominently present. Moreover, we have a well-developed tribal medicine that is unique. A noteworthy
aspect the Indian system is the adherence to professional morality and integrity. Than just a profession,
it is more a social commitment. This is part of our culture.
Making people aware of their rights to healthy life and living environment is as essential as providing
them healthcare amenities. In India, there are rules and regulations to ensure quality of medicines and
medical services. But, they are often neglected, even violated for monetary benefits. More often, this is
the reason for the proliferation of spurious drugs posing serious health hazards.
This could be set right only if the judiciary and other law enforcing agencies keep vigil to ensure that
the laws are duly implemented. The general public also must be aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The developed countries, like the US maintain and guarantee the quality of their health care system
through such collective vigil.
Dr. Syed Iqbal Hasnain
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Cover story
Chair for maritime studies
A Pioneering Venture
India had always been a “maritime nation”, though
this fact might not have penetrated the lay minds in
parts of India. With the global security environment
now focused on the Asia-Pacific, the Indian Ocean
region has become critically important to many
major powers.
long cherished dream of those involved in
maritime studies and research became real
with Admiral Arun Prakash, Chief of the Naval
Staff, inaugurating the Chair for Maritime Studies and
Research in Calicut University on October 16. Instituted
with the financial assistance of the Integrated Head
Quarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy), this is the
first chair to be set up in any Indian university for
maritime studies, a hitherto neglected area in Indian
universities. And, the choice of the University of Calicut
for this venture is the recognition of the pioneering role
that Kerala and other coastal states in South India have
played in India’s maritime history. Admiral Arun Prakash congratulated the authorities of
the University for their “vision” and added that the
Indian Navy “was only too glad to support such a
venture”. The partnership between the University and
the Indian Navy would help in “both raising maritime
awareness within the country and in the study of
maritime issues. The University would also be involved in
framing “capsule courses in maritime history” for the
Admiral Arun Prakash, Chief of Naval Staff
inaugurating the Chair for Maritime Studies. ViceChancellor Syed Iqbal Hasnain on his right.
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Indian Navy’s new Naval Academy to
be commissioned next year at
Ezhimala in Kannur, not far from
Calicut, he said.
The Chief of Naval Staff said Calicut
University was the “natural choice”
for the establishment of the
Maritime Chair, for Calicut is “indelibly
linked” to the maritime history of
India’s national objectives
lie in ensuring a secure
and stable environment,
which will permit the
social uplift of the masses,
so that the country can
ultimately take its rightful
place in the international
comity of nations.
India. Due to its long coastline,
natural harbours and rich hinterland,
Kerala has had a vibrant maritime
past. Its strategic location astride
the shipping lanes from the Middle
East to the Malacca Straits made it
an entrepot for the advent of new
religions and cultures into India.
Today, Asia-Pacific contains almost
four billion of the world’s over six
Furthermore, Vasco de Gama’s “epic
voyage to discover a sea route to
billion people and accounts for 60
per cent of the world’s GDP. By
India” brought him to Calicut in
2020, seven of the ten largest
economies of the world will be in
The Admiral pointed out that India
this region, making the 21st century
truly “Asia-Pacific century”, he said.
had always been a “maritime
nation”, though this fact might not
While the region holds great
have penetrated the lay minds in
parts of India. With the global
economic potential, it also contains
the seeds of conflict in several
security environment now focused
on the Asia-Pacific, the Indian
areas, and has lately become prey
to scourge of religious
Ocean region has become critically
important to many major powers.
fundamentalism. For India, AsiaPacific region holds immense promise
for political, economic and military
co-operation, and the significant role
that maritime forces can play, makes
the Indian Navy a key component of
any national strategy designed for
this region.
The 16th century Ottoman Admiral
Khaireddin is reported to have said,
“He who rules on the Sea will
shortly rule on the land also”. The
history of no country illustrates this
principle better than that of India.
In fact, it may be truly said that
India never lost her independence
till she lost the command of the
seas. This fact should form the
Governing Body meeting of the Chair for Maritime Studies.
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foundation and underpinning for our
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maritime vision.
The Indian Maritime Doctrine, he
said, brings out the unique features
of the maritime environment, as
they directly influence the nature,
attributes and exploitation of
maritime power. The oceans remain
the “common heritage” of mankind
and freedom of navigation on the
high seas is a fundamental principle
of maritime law. A very large
proportion of the world’s economic,
industrial and political activity is
carried out in the swath of land and
sea extending about 300nm. This is
maritime thought, the Naval Chief
The United States succeeded Britain
as the world’s pre-eminent maritime
power in the mid-20th century and
remains so to this day. As a direct
consequence of this, the US is also
the pre-eminent power in the world
today. What is more, an analysis of
the historical developments during
the last few centuries clearly proves
that continental powers have
historically fared poorly against
maritime powers. The reason is
simple. The seas offer unrestricted
space for movement and access,
which, if exploited, can lead to
often referred to as the littoral, and
that is where the navies of the
major maritime powers are focusing
today. It is noteworthy that in all
While the region holds
great economic potential,
it also contains the seeds
of conflict in several
areas, and has lately
become prey to scourge
of religious
the recent major conflicts – Kosovo,
Afghanistan and Iraq – the major
intervention by the Coalition Forces
has not been overland, but from
the littoral. The intervention came
through naval aviation, through
launch of cruise missiles by ship or
submarine or by landing of marine
expeditionary units.
India’s national objectives lie in
ensuring a secure and stable
environment, which will permit the
immense economic gains. This, in
turn gives a country the ability to
finance a large military, including a
powerful navy, and thus the cycle
goes on, the Admiral said.
The promulgation of the Indian
Maritime Doctrine in April 2004,
according to Admiral Prakash, was a
landmark for India and the Indian
Navy. Apart from the fact that the
Navy needs to speak a common
language and have an
understanding of maritime concepts,
the dynamic nature of the maritime
domain also dictates the need for a
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and ensure peace. Also, it can act
as a strong deterrent to conflict, or
to respond, should it become
“The order of battle of the Indian
Navy is not configured on the basis
of perceived threats to our security,
but on the basis of capabilities
existing in our neighbourhood and
the likelihood of emergent
challenges. This is true both for our
adversaries, as well as for countries
which do not have an adversary
economic development and social uplift of the masses, so that
the country can ultimately take its rightful place in the
international comity of nations. Within this overall objective, our
prime maritime interest is to ensure national security and
provide insulation from external interference, so that the vital
tasks of fostering economic growth, and undertaking
developmental activities, can take place in a secure
environment. Our expanding maritime trade, the need for
continuous and assured supply of energy resources, the
exploitation of living and non-living resources in the sea and the
necessity to provide security to our ports and expanding
merchant navy – all underline the significance of a stable
maritime environment, the Admiral said.
The Indian Maritime Doctrine attempts to convey that the
Indian Navy can be the catalyst for peace, tranquility and
stability in the Indian Ocean region, across a wide range of
conditions and circumstances that one can envisage
posture towards us. The underlying
premise is that if a capability is
available or being developed by a
India’s national objectives
lie in ensuring a secure
and stable environment,
which will permit the
social uplift of the
masses, so that the
country can ultimately
take its rightful place in
the international comity
of nations.
in peacetime. The imaginative use of the Navy can
achieve this in more ways than one. Though the
Navy, we extend our hand of friendship and
cooperation. Its robust presence in a particular
area or region could contribute to stability
country with which we share
boundaries or interests, it could
have a bearing on our security,
should circumstances or intentions
change over time”, the Naval Chief
Admiral Arun Prakash welcomed
Prof. V. Suryanarayan’s appointment
as the Professor of the Chair and
expressed the hope that his tenure
“will provide the right impetus” to
the development of maritime
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Cover story
Maritime traditions of India
Prof. Satish Chandra, the well-known historian, former Chairman, UGC, and currently
Secretary, Society for Indian Ocean Studies delivered the first Special Lecture of the Chair for
Maritime Studies and Research, on October 18. The topic of the lecture was Maritime Traditions
of India.
Prof. MGS Narayanan, former Chairman, ICHR who presided was also the moderator in the
discussion that followed.
(Excerpts from the lecture)
n talking of India’s maritime
traditions, it should be kept clearly
in mind that India on account of
its size and diversity did not have a
single maritime tradition or mindset.
Northern India, which had been the
hub of many empires, necessarily had
a continental mindset, on account of
the continuous incursion of raiders and
conquerors from the northwest.
were a series of maritime traditions.
Sindh-Kathiawar-Gujarat formed one
block, Malabar a second one, and the
Coromandel coast up to Orissa, a third
These divisions were, of course, not
rigid. The Kathiwar-Gujarat tradition
could extend up to Konkan, and the
Coromandel tradition up to Sonargaon
These empires came into contact with
or even to Chittagong. These
traditions interacted not only with one
the sea and India’s coastal traditions,
when they extended their empires to
another, but also with the people of
the neighbouring countries, who had
Sindh or Gujarat or Bengal-Orissa. On
the long coastal line of India, there
their own traditions – Persians, Arabs,
Omanese, and Ethiopian, in the West
India’s maritime traditions
consisted not only of
knowledge of winds,
currents and approaches
to sea-ports, but was also
based on a scientific study
of ocean routes and
currents, observations and
astronomical knowledge.
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and Sri Lanka and the countries of
Chinese junks, which were the
Southeast Asia, generally called the
Suvarnadvip. Even the Philippines and
biggest ships in the oceanic trade at
that time, with four storeys and
South China were not out of the
ambit of this tradition.
Many powerful states and petty
kingdoms rose across the coastal
zones. Some of them, such as the
Pallavas, Cheras and the Cholas had
powerful navies, which enabled them
to conquer Sri Lanka, and even to
send naval expeditions to JavaSumatra.
Many powerful states and
petty kingdoms rose across
the coastal zones. Some of
them, such as the Pallavas,
Cheras and the Cholas had
powerful navies, which
enabled them to conquer Sri
Lanka, and even to send
naval expeditions to JavaSumatra.
Many of these states had strong
maritime traditions, as reflected in
shipbuilding, coastal and far distance
carrying up to 1000 persons, came up
to Malabar. The Chinese had a number
of books on navigation, giving details
of the routes and voyages from Java
Sea to China. Some Chinese nautical
charts were drawn in association with
Indian mariners.
There was a time when it was believed
that there was no worthwhile ship
building tradition in India. We have
come a long way since then; it is
universally recognised that India had
developed a ship building tradition.
trade, including organization of trade
guilds or the Sanghas. Some of the
Two inter-related points deserve
mention. First, Malabar was the focal
smaller states, such as the states of
Calicut or Cochin, were much more
point between Middle East and
Southeast Asia. Second, trans-oceanic
dependant on sea-trade than on
inland revenue, and had large
voyages first began in the Bay of
Bengal. The annual Beth or Bali Yatra
communities, whose livelihood
depended on the sea. Unfortunately
commencing on Kartik Purnima,
celebrated in grand style in the coastal
many of these traditions have been
India’s maritime traditions consisted
not only of knowledge of winds,
currents and approaches to sea-ports,
but was also based on a scientific study
of ocean routes and currents,
observations and astronomical
knowledge. This is testified by the
existence of the shilpa-shastra,
supposed to have been written in
South India in the early centuries of
the Christian era.
Recent studies show that India was
never isolated. It interacted with the
the geographers’ accounts were
those of Ibn Khurdasbah written in
846, al Fakih in 902, al Masudi in 947
and in the 10 th century al Balkhi,
Istakhari and Ibn Hawnal, who
illustrated their books with maps.
According to Prof. Anwar Alee of the
University of Alexandria, Egypt, these
maps show an advance over ancient
Greek maps to such a degree that
“they include a round earth… and
show more accurately the location of
different regions”. A systematic study
of these valuable works is yet to be
undertaken in India.
regions of Orissa, testifies to this.
India has developed the necessary
technological skill and industrial capacity
for building a credible Navy, which can
defend its shores and the sea-lanes
vital for its commerce. We also need
the merchant ships and shipyards for
carrying our products to different parts
of the world and the necessary
trained manpower for all these
This is a challenge our country has to
address. In the globalized world, a
From the tenth century, there was
country needs both a continental and
a maritime mind-set. For this, we have
civilizations, both over land and
active trade and diplomatic relations
between China and the coastal
to understand our traditions in a
broader perspective and get rid of our
overseas. This resulted in many
travelers such as Marco Polo visiting
regions of India, especially Malabar,
Coromandel as also Orissa and Bengal.
attitude of “self-introspection”.
Understanding and reviving our
India and leaving accounts. From the
9th century, many Arab travelers and
Colonies of Chinese traders had settled
down in Malabar. The Pallavas and the
maritime traditions also mean rising
above the constraints so that India
geographers visited India, and have
left valuable accounts. Chief among
Cholas too had active trade and
diplomatic relations with China. The
can play its due role as an emerging
regional and world power.
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Cover story
Indian Communities
In the littoral states of the
Indian Ocean
Prof. V. Suryanarayan, Professor for Maritime Studies and Research, delivered the
second Special Lecture organized by the Chair for Maritime Studies, on November 18.
(Excerpts from the lecture )
he movement of Indians
abroad took place in four
sequential phases. The first
phase, which began in the first
century AD, with the migration of
Indian princes, priests, poets and
artistes triggered off cultural
efflorescence in Southeast Asian
countries. The second phase began
with the growth of the maritime trade,
when merchants from Gujarat, Bengal,
Kerala and Tamil Nadu settled down
in the great port cites like Malacca,
The post-independent era witnessed
another pattern of Indian migration.
The economic expansion of Britain,
coupled with the establishment of a
opportunities for qualified Indians in
services, industry, and in professions.
The technological breakthrough in the
United States and Washington’s policy
of attracting the best talents led to
an exodus of highly qualified people
to the United States. Similarly, the
economic boom in West Asia in the
Dual citizenship means
dual loyalty and if this
provision were introduced
at a later date in the
countries of the
developing world, it
would make the task of
integration of the PIOs in
the host countries
extremely difficult.
Acheh, Ternate and Tidor. They
gradually got assimilated into the local
people. Many of these merchants
were Muslims by faith and they played
an important role in the Islamisation
of South-east Asia.
The third phase began with the
imperialist domination of India; when
India became the pivot of the British
Empire and was exploited to serve the
colonial interests. It wad during this
period that a large army of labourers,
clerks, soldiers and traders migrated
to different parts of the British Empire
to serve the politico-economic
interests of Britain.
Prof. V. Suryanarayan
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1980’s led to the
migration of large
number of Indians
to West Asia.
These countries
lacked manpower
and skills and since
India was willing
to provide both
at competitive
turned to India.
countries to demand dual citizenship.
To many of them, the idea of dual
citizenship means an affirmation of
Indian nationality and identity. They
also feel that dual citizenship would
facilitate free movement to India and
without the clearance of the Reserve
Bank of India and further promote
regions: 2.5 million in United States
and Canada; 2.5 million in the Gulf
their participation in trade,
investment, industry and philanthropy.
region; 4.5 million in Southeast Asia;
2.0 million in Britain and countries of
In March 1999, the Government of
and economic status, the size of the
community, their educational status
and the majority-minority syndrome in
the countries in which they have
India introduced the PIO card that
gave the people of Indian origin parity
with the Non Resident Indians in
economic, financial and educational
fields. This turned out to be a failure.
In the course of the Pravasi Bharatiya
Divas conference last year, the
Government announced its decision
to confer dual citizenship on PIO s in
United States, United Kingdom,
In countries like South Africa and
Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Singapore and some countries in the
Southern Rhodesia, until very recently
they were subjected to varying forms
European Union. The legislation is yet
to be made.
of discrimination; in Mauritius, Guyana,
Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and
The move to confer dual citizenship
Trinidad, they share political power;
in Fiji, though they were the majority
community, have been in effect
deprived of political power; in the
United States, they are one of the
most affluent minority groups and an
object of envy and admiration; and
nearer home in Sri Lanka, the people
of Indian origin were converted into
a “merchandise” to be divided
between the two countries in the
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origin have given encouragement to
the sections living in Western
origin are scattered in 136 countries,
they are concentrated in a few
groups face are intertwined with the
nature of their migration, their social
Government of India to attract
investments from the people of Indian
back, enable them to acquire movable
and immovable property in India
The problems that the Indian minority
The liberalization of the Indian
economy and the efforts made by the
people of Indian
the European Union; 2.0 million in
Africa and 1.5 million in the Caribbean.
The best way to assist the
people of Indian origin is
liberalising regulations
relating to visa and travel,
financial remittances,
investment opportunities,
educational facilities,
cultural interaction etc; not
dual citizenship.
name of good neighbourly relations.
has to be cautious. First, the countries
identified by the Government are all
parts of the developed world and the
large-scale migration to these
countries (except to Singapore) took
place after independence. The
overwhelming majority of the PIOs live
in South Asia, Southeast Asia, West
Asia, and African countries and in the
Caribbean. All of them are excluded
from this scheme. Second, citizenship
confers both rights and duties. Those
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who are conferred dual citizenship
would have certain rights, but what
cultural interaction etc; not dual
citizenship. Then the PIOs can have
are their duties towards India? The
Government of India hasn’t defined
all facilities enjoyed by the nonresident Indians.
Dual citizenship means dual loyalty and
(Currently the Professor for Maritime
Studies, University of Calicut, Prof. V.
if this provision were introduced at a
later date in the countries of the
Suryanarayan is one of India’s leading
specialists in South and Southeast
developing world, it would make the
task of integration of the PIOs in the
Asian Studies. He was associated with
the Centre for South and Southeast
host countries extremely difficult. The
Indian minority groups are in the
Asian Studies, University of Madras,
first as the founding Director and later
painful process of integration with the
indigenous peoples and any hasty
as Senior Professor. He was Visiting
Professor, Department of History,
decision would endanger their safety
and security in moments of crisis in
University of California, Los Angeles;
Columbus College, University System
bilateral relations.
of Georgia; School of International
Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
The Government has not given due
attention to the security dimension
as well. Anti-Indian forces could
misuse this provision if not proper
safeguards are taken. Under these
circumstances, the best way to assist
the people of Indian origin is liberalising
regulations relating to visa and travel,
financial remittances, investment
opportunities, educational facilities,
New Delhi and Peradeniya University,
Sri Lanka. A regular contributor to The
Suryanarayan’s major publications are:
Singapore: Path to Independence; Sri
Lankan Crisis and India’s Response;
South and Southeast Asia in the
1990’s: Indian and American
Perspectives; Indian Ocean and Its
The liberalization of the
Indian economy and the
efforts made by the
Government of India to
attract investments from the
people of Indian origin have
sections living in Western
countries to demand dual
Islands: Strategic, Historical and
Scientific Perspectives; Andaman and
Nicobar Islands: Challenges of
Development; Kachchativu and
Problems of Indian Fishermen in the
Palk Bay Region and Between Fear
and Hope: Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil
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Campus awakes to the
Rhythm of Colours
Kalams are symbolic, colourful representations
of various deities like Bhadrakali or Bhagavathi
and of geometrical figures on a purified
ground. A Kalam is drawn to soothe and please
the particular deity and also for the well being
of land,children and fertility of women.
ome of our ritual art forms brought back to
life by a group of artists rendered a direct
perspective of our history and tradition. It
was an attempt to revive the past glory of our
performing arts.The Kalam workshop, organised by
the Centre for Folklore Studies,along with South
Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur at the University
of Calicut from 2 to 8 November depicted the
prominence such art forms used to enjoy in a
bygone era.
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Nanthunipattu is performed by artists belonging to Velan
community of Palakkad and Thrissur districts. During early years
these rituals were performed for forty one days, but now it
has been reduced to three or four days.Kaliyoottu is an art
form currently in practice among the Nair community. It is
commonly performed in Thiruvananthapuram and its suburbs.
Balikkala and Theyyattu are performed by the Munnoottanmar
of the Velan community,commonly practised in Vadakara and
Payyoli of Kozhikode district.Sarpam Thullal is performed by
Pulluva community for fertility and well being of the land. It is
accompanied by Thiriuzhichal to please the God Agni. Parayas
Kalams are symbolic, colourful representations of
various deities like Bhadrakali or Bhagavathi and of
geometrical figures on a purified ground. A Kalam
is drawn to soothe and please the particular deity
and also for the well being of land,children and
fertility of women. It is also meant to protect people
from evil spirits as well as mental and physical
of Valluvanad are the performers of Sanniyattu kalam. It is the
only art form in Kerala in which Sani is worshipped. Mudiyettu
performed by Kurup and Marar communities make use of most
of the techniques of a drama as well as Kathakali. It is a folk
drama which has a scope for self improvisation by the
performers.A variety of musical insruments are used in all these
disorders.The colours used for Kalams are extracted
from rice, turmeric, green leaves etc., all natural
and indigenous.
Some of the art forms, which are almost extinct
now, like Malayankettu, Kaliyoottu, Sarpam thullal,
Saniyattu and Mudiyettu, were performed and also
an exhibition of about forty Kalams related to these
was held. These include Magical Kalams such as
Veerabhadra Kalam,Malayan Kettu gandharvan,
Kaliyoottu, Bhadrakali etc. and Tantric Kalams such
as Bhadrakalam, Pavithra Kalam and Sakthidanda.
Malayan Kettu is a ritual performed by Malayans, had
been in practice till more than thirty years ago. The
Malayans retain some amount of secrecy during their
performance.Kalitheyyattu is performed by
Theyyadiunnikal, an expelled Brahmin community.
It is carried out to get protection from diseases like
small pox. It is in practice mainly in the southern
parts of Kerala.
All Kalams share some common features. They
exhibit different expressions of Goddess Kali. All of
them beautifully visualize the fear element.Yet
another important feature of this ritual is its practice
by all communities. Hence it reflects the Hindu ritual
trends of Kerala as a whole.
The workshop also highlighted the socio cultural
significance of Kalam as a native art form of our
Asha, Praveen,Vinoy
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Sevens Soccer
The celebration of Malabar
Though it is only just more than a century now since Sevens Soccer has reached Kerala,
the Malabar mind has already accepted it as its game inherited from time immemorial,
says N Muhammadali.
For all the interest and
achievements, it is observed
that football is gradually
exiting from the Malabar
mind. Migration of the
youth to the Gulf is the
major reason for it. A large
number of next generation
stars has already migrated
from Malabar to the Gulf
countries in search of jobs.
If you want to see what Mao Tsetung meant by ‘the real celebration
of the masses’, come to Malabar
and watch a sevens football match
being held in one of its villages during
the soccer season from January to May
each year. During this festive time,
freshly harvested paddy fields in the
region turn out to be floodlit
playgrounds walled with makeshift
galleries made of arecanut planks,
hoardings adorning waysides. And the
local superstars enthral the gallery with
their hair-raising ball magic.
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Sevens football is the most popular
game of Malabar, especially the
Malappuram region. When the New
Year heralds the arrival of the season
and multi-colour vinyl billboards
announcing the tournaments are
erected in the waysides in towns and
villages, young and old alike dedicate
their evenings to the matches in their
locality. They think, talk and feel
soccer only, till the season ends in May.
Though it is only just more than a
century now since this popular game
reached Kerala, the Malabar mind has
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already accepted soccer as its game
inherited from time immemorial. That
is why we call Malabar ‘Kerala’s soccer
According to sport historians, it was
Bishop Boyle, a British Chemistry
Professor of the Maharaja’s College,
Thiruvananthapuram, who introduced
football in Kerala in 1890. Boyle
imparted first lessons in football to the
youngsters playing the country ball
game at the Puthenkachery Stadium
in Thiruvananthapuram, now named
as Trivandrum Central Stadium.
Though both football and cricket
were brought to Kerala by the British
as games to be played at military
camps, soccer became more popular
and struck deeper roots than cricket.
It was due to its easily understandable
rules and less costly nature.
When Kerala people embraced soccer
wholeheartedly, they dared to give it
a regional version too: sevens football.
It might be owing to the availability
of talented stars and spacious grounds
in its early period that this version of
soccer evolved in Kerala, opines the
University soccer coach Victor Manjila.
Eventually, ‘sevens’ became a craze
in the rural Kerala especially in Malabar.
Apart form Kerala, this version of
soccer is played only in central areas
of Tamil Nadu.
The Malabar region, especially
Malappuram got its first sparks of
football from the military camps in
Malappuram set up by the British after
the Malabar Rebellion of 1921. The
British soldiers in the military camps at
Areacode, Malappuram and Klary who
used to play football in their spare time
imparted first lessons in soccer to the
interested local youngsters who
visited campgrounds to watch the
play of the White.
In the thirties, several football clubs
Areacode, Mampad, Perintalmanna
were formed in Travancore and
Malabar, which were under the British
and Manjeri comprise of a number of
striking players who have well proved
rule then. The ‘Sevens’ football was
the contribution of that era. Two
their competence in the ‘sevens’
decades later, with the birth of the
unified state, Kerala became one of
the teams to reckon with at national
level, with its striking stars who were
ferret out from the club tournaments
held at different parts of the state.
In 1957 the state team began to play
as Kerala team at national matches.
In 1973, with its historic victory in the
Santosh Trophy, Kerala became a
stalwart in the national soccer scene.
This remarkable triumph was a
milestone in the Kerala football history.
After this victory, Kerala witnessed the
boom of mass interest in football.
Way back in the seventies and
eighties, each district in Kerala had
national level football tournament. S.N
Trophy of Kannur, Sait Nagji of
Kozhikode, Chackola Cup of Thrissur
were some of them in Malabar. Apart
from these, were the Nehru Trophy
of Kochi, the GV Raja Trophy of
Thiruvananthapuram and so on. These
playoffs contributed the ever-shining
stars like I M Vijayan, Sharaf Ali, Jo Paul
Ancheri, Satyan et al to the
international team of India.
Interestingly, these stars first rose at
‘sevens’ football matches held locally.
In other sense, this lofty contribution
of Kerala to the Indian football would
not have been possible without the
intensive training and extensive
experience the players got at their
local sevens tournaments.
Sevens football of Malabar has a series
of such national and international
talents to its credit. Majority of players
of this year’s Santosh Trophy winning
team belong to the sevens stream of
For all the interest and achievements,
it is observed that football is gradually
exiting from the Malabar mind.
Migration of the youth to the Gulf is
the major reason for it. A large number
of next generation stars had already
migrated from Malabar to the Gulf
countries in search of jobs. Losing of
a member leaves the team crippled.
According to sport historians, it
was Bishop Boyle, a British
Chemistry Professor of the
Maharaja’s College,
Thiruvananthapuram, who
introduced football in Kerala in
1890. Boyle imparted first
lessons in football to the
youngsters playing the country
ball game at the Puthenkachery
Stadium in
Thiruvananthapuram, now
named as Trivandrum Central
The new life style of Malayalee is also
a reason for this decline of interest.
Now, people generally tend to watch
international matches on T V rather
than play the local ones. Decreasing
of paddy fields due to a variety of
reasons also hits the local
tournaments badly. Till recently, there
were a lot of open spaces for the public
to play matches. But, now there is
hardly any. Moreover, the new
generation, especially the tiny tots,
has no time to play, as they are busy
with one or other engagement or
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Department of English:
Legacy of excellence
Department working for their doctoral
degrees under different supervising
teachers. English Literature the world
over, literary theories, women’s
writing, English Language teaching,
Comparative Literature and Linguistics
– the areas from which the research
topics are drawn amply illustrate the
department’s strength in diverse and
emerging trends. In the last two
epartment of English on the
main campus is undoubtedly
one of the coveted
destinations for those who aspire to
do higher studies in English Language
and literature. Established in 1970 with
prof. C T Thomas as the head, the
Department made significant strides
in English teaching and research during
the three decades of its existence.
Established in 1970 with
Prof. C T Thomas as the
head, the Department made
significant strides in English
teaching and research during
the three decades of its
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decades thirty six scholars earned
doctoral degrees through this
prestigious institution. An excellent
library of 20,000 volumes and a good
collection of research journals
contribute substantially to the
academic pursuits of both the
students and teachers.
Centre for Women’s Studies
To ensure greater participation of
The University had another centre for
English studies at Thalassery in Kannur
women in higher education a centre
for women’s studies is going to be set
District. But that centre was turned
over to Kannur University in 1996 as
up in the university under the
supervision of the Department of
Thalassery fell under its jurisdiction.
English. The major objectives of the
centre are, establishment of a research
Thanks to the persistent effort of
the highly qualified and talented
faculty. The M. A and M. Phil.
Programmes offered by the
Department have become the most
sought after English Post graduation
courses in the Malabar region. There
are quite a few research scholars, both
regular and part time, attached to the
centre to facilitate research on issues
related to gender and society,
intervention through local and national
media in vital gender issues,
empowerment through personality
development and skill development,
publication of a journal on women and
society, consultancy service on issues
related to gender and society at the
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level of Panchayat bodies, local
the Department of English at Kannur
associations and so on. The centre
proposes to conduct MA course in
University and Prof. R Viswananthan,
who won the Kerala Sahitya Academy
Women Studies, short-term courses
and research on relevant areas of
Award for his work ‘Anwayam’.
women’s studies.
Centre for Canadian Studies
The department of English has
under its wings a centre for Canadian
studies. The centre with the help of
Shastri Indo Canadian Foundation,
New Delhi, conducted an International
conference on Canadian Studies in
January 2001. More than four hundred
delegates from all over the world
attended the Conference and
presented papers on Canadian
literature. The department had a
number of eminent Canadian
Literature specialists like Dr. N
Ramachandran Nair, the former head
and director of the Centre for
Canadian Studies, Dr. M Dasan,
presently the professor and head of
The other prominent teachers
who contributed substantially to the
development of the department into
a centre of excellence are late Prof. S
Velayudhan, former director of Indian
Institute of English, Bangalore and
Prof. Muhammed Elias. The present
faculties that carries on the good work
done by those illustrious professors
includes Dr. T K Ramachandran, Prof.
Sankaran Raveendran, Prof. Sreedevi,
who is currently the Head of the
department, Mr. Jaleel and Dr. Janaki.
Dr. Janaki contributes articles to
popular journals and has a column
‘Dooradarshanam’ in Samakalika
Malayalam Weekly. The department
has a research journal named
‘Interventions’ to its credit.
To ensure greater
participation of women
in higher education a
centre for women’s
studies is going to be set
up in the university under
the supervision of the
Department of English.
visited US
The vice-chancellor, Prof Syed Iqbal
Hasnain, visited the University of
Washington, Seattle and the
University of Nebraska at Omaha, in
November for discussions about the
scientists’ conference to be held in
New Delhi in October this year. The
conference is aimed at forming a
common platform for the Indian, the
US and Pakistani scientists who are
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain at the GCOS Regional
Workshop for South and South-West Asia held at New Delhi.
working on the Himalaya. The visit
lasted for two weeks from
November 22.
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Government Arts and Science College –
Committed to society
The college has a
programme to equip the
students ‘earn while
they learn’, to this end,
a workshop has been
set up to give training
in making smokeless
Owens and soaps and
cultivations and
ovt. Arts and Science College,
the only Govt. college within
curricular and co curricular activities as
amply demonstrated by the ranks
the Kozhikode Corporation
area was established in 1964. This was
earned by the students in both
academic and co curricular pursuits.
the realization of the aspirations of the
people of Kozhkode to have an
Three NSS units, Nature Club, Career
Gguidance Cell, Grievance Redressal
institution accessible to all segments
of the society. Situated at
Forum, Parent Teacher Association,
Alumini Association, Co-operative
Meenchanda, two kilometers to the
South of Kozhkode city, the college
Store, Compulsory Social Service
Scheme, Kazhcha Film Club, Cricket
has a relatively big campus of 20.15
acres with a rich diversity of plant life.
Club, Tourism Club, Human Resource
Forum and NCC Units make the campus
Like other colleges in this part of the
State, Meenchanda college has a
a hub of many meaningful activities.
quota for Lakshadweep students and
since its inception many from the
islands have graduated from it. The
college maintains an atmosphere
Under the banner of ‘Kazcha Film
Club’, the students have made two
campus films with the whole hearted
cooperation of teaching and nonteaching staff. Barring a few
technicians hired from outside the
campus most of the work connected
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with the film production were done
Kozhikode to give adivasis and fisher
by the students themselves.
folk basic education in health and
hygiene and in simple savings
Besides the departmental libraries,
the college has a central library of
85,000 volumes. Botany department
with the help of NCC cadets maintains
a herbarium and a botanical garden.
This college has made remarkable
achievements in the field of Physical
Education as well. Players of National
and International repute like N.
Sandhya and K. Ratnakaran are alumni
of this institution. Students regularly
participate and win prizes in wait lifting
and Chess championships and soft ball
schemes. They have a continuous
programme of collecting and
distributing clothes to Adivasis and
needy fishermen. Teachers in the
department of English have adopted
the Government VHSC, Meenchanda
and help the students and teachers
to cope up with the difficulties arising
out of the up gradation of syllabus and
introduction of new grading system.
The department of Chemistry has a
project to help the communities in the
neighborrhood to keep their water
sources clean.
Prof. K Nanu, Principal
Under the dynamic leadership of
the present principal, Prof. K Nanu,
the staff and students zestfully
undertake quite a few extension
activities. As a joint venture of the
college and the Social Forestry
Department, a garden of rare medicinal
plants is being set up. The students
closely associate with the ‘Prasanthi
School’ for special children run by Dr.
Ramakrishnan Palat, retired professor
of Zoology.
Students, under the leadership of
some teachers visit tribal hamlets in
Wayanad and coastal villages in
Under the banner of Kazcha Film Club, the students have
made two campus films with the whole hearted cooperation of
teaching and no teaching staff. Barring a few technicians hired
from outside the campus most of the work connected with the
film production were done by the students themselves.
An educational CD library is being
set up with contributions from
teachers. The college has a
programme to equip the students
‘earn while they learn’, to this end, a
workshop has been set up to give
training in making smokeless Owens
and soaps and in mushroom cultivations
and vermiculture.
In recognition of the good work
done by Prof. Nanu and his colleagues,
NAAC has awarded the Meenchanda
College a B+ + Grade. Everything is
done, the Principal said, to fulfil the
sacred duty of leading the students
from the darkness of ignorance to the
light of knowledge in accordance with
Sruthi & Radhika
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Campus roundup
Philosophy is the way of thinking
U.R. Anathamurthy
ment and Prof. E I Warrier Endowment
awards were given away to the top
scorers in Philosophy from all the
Universities in Kerala.
Rev. Dr. Rossetta, Chair for Christian
Studies received the first copy of the
bulletin of
Dr. PV Unnikrishnan, President, KPA
presided over the function and Dr. S.
Radha, Head, Dept. of Philosophy,
Prof. U R Ananthamurthy addressing the Fifth State Conference of
Kerala Philosophy Association. Sri. M.P. Veerendrakumar, Registrar,
Dr. P.P Mohamed and Dr. P.V. Unnikrishnan are also seen.
“Philosophy is not just a
department in the universities for
moral education but it is a way of
thinking and a method of drawing
oneself to the question of ‘who are
we’, “ said Prof. U R Ananthamurthy,
noted Kannada writer and former
Secretary, Central Sahitya Academy.
He was inaugurating the Fifth State
Conference of Kerala Philosophy
Association (KPA) on November 25
at Seminar Complex, University of
“The greatest minds in Europe
are from the field of philosophy. In
India, the importance of philosophy
has been systematically belittled. The
only way to revive its lost significance
is to integrate it with all other courses
in the Universities.
departments should be a service
Man can tackle his dilemma
through the application of Philosophy.
It can be seen in Bhagavat Gita, so is
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in Derrida. We should assimilate the
ancient scriptures as well as the
modern philosophers.
“We transform everything into the
history of a subject, not into the
subject itself. Gandhiji could make a
deep philosophical statement just by
changing “God is Truth” to “Truth is
God”. If we achieve that kind of
sensibility, we will get the capacity to
suffer. What we want to say, we do
not say clearly, we talk a lot about
things we do not know,” he said.
Delivering the keynote address,
MP Veerendra- Kumar. MP said,
“Hinduism is not a religion, it is a way
of thought. But, we have reduced it
into caste system. We are unified by
the undercurrents of humanity and
culture, not by military power.” People
like Bush can achieve nothing. Bush
is a bigger terrorist compared to Bin
Laden, he added.
Prof. U..Vijayaraghavan Endow-
University of Calicut, welcomed the
gathering. Dr. P P Moha med, Registrar,
University of Calicut, felicitated
election of new office-
bearers of KPA was held and it was
followed by cultural programmes.
Philosophy, Science
and Culture
“Philosophy should aim at
integrating various branches of
knowledge, and science and
technology should contribute to it in
a constructive way”, said Dr. G
Vedaparayana, Associate Professor,
Department of Philosophy S. V.
University, Tirupati. He was delivering
the keynote address on Interrelationship between Philosophy,
Science and Culture at the one-day
seminar organized by the Department
of Philosophy on November 18, the
International Philosophy Day. Dr. S.
Radha, Head of the Department the
presided and Dr. P. V. Unnikrishnan
welcomed the gathering. The seminar
was sponsored by the ICPR, New
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Research Circle
The Research Circle, Department of
Malayalam held four weekly
meetings in which teachers,
researchers and students actively
participated. In the first meeting,
Dr. G. Balasubramanian, Reader in
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“Harness modern
technology for teaching
Linguistics, talked on how ‘archaic
Tamil vocabulary and affected
archaism are ingeniously made use
of for the so-called ‘Nadi’ astrology
from Tamil Nadu’. Mr. Lineesh, Mr.
Jayesh, both researchers in
Malayalam and Dr. R. Surendran,
Prof, Dept of Hindi were the
speakers in the other meetings. And
the topics were: ‘The Space and
Economy of Changampuzha’s
Ramanan’, Critical Appreciation of
Marakkavile Teyyangal and ‘Culture
in Translation respectively’.
Malayalam Day
Kriya, a cultural organization of the
Kutiyattam performance by Padmasree Mani Madhava Chakyar
Smaraka Gurukulam, Killikurissi-mangalam
students of the Department of
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Syed Iqbal
Dr. N. V. P. Unithiri presided over the
Malayalam Day. Dr. P. P. Mohamed,
Hasnain, called upon Sanskrit scholars
to make use of modern technology
function. Dr. C. Rajendren, Head of
the Department, Dr. T. B. Venugopala
programme. Dr. K. N. Ganesh,
reader, Department of History and
for developing user-friendly software
for easy learning of Sanskrit.
Panicker, Dr. S. Nirmala, Dr. B. Sridevi
and Dr. K.M. Mohammed offered
Mr. M. M. Sachidran, poet and
former member of the Senate
Inaugurating the Sanskrit Day
celebrations of the Department of
spoke on ‘the challenges the
minority languages face in
Sanskrit, Dr. Hasnain said Sanskrit had
become indispensable even in science,
especially in areas such as taxonomy
and environmental sciences for
Quiz competition based on the
language, literature and culture of
Kerala, folk dances, visual
Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan’s
renowned poem, directed by Dr. L
Thomas Kutty were also held.
decoding ancient texts. The growing
popularity of the systems of medicine
like Ayrveda is a pointer to the
increasing relevance of Sanskrit. The
traditional teaching methods need to
be supplemented with modern
Traditional Sastra discourses in Sanskrit
by eminent scholars, a slide show of
Yakshagana by Dr. G. S. Hegde and
demonstration-lecture and performance of Kutiyattam by Padmasree
Mani Madhava Chakyar Smaraka
Gurukulam, Killikurissi-mangalam,
sponsored by the UNESCO were the
other highlights of the programme.
methods, he said.
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Campus roundup
Dept of Student Welfare
Samskarika Yathra
To felicitate this year’s Vayolar Award winning writer,
Prof. Sara Joseph, the University Union also organized
Aksharasadessu. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Syed Iqbal
Hasnain inaugurated the Programme held at Little
Flower College, Guruvayoor. V. Rajagopalan, Dean of
Students Welfare, the well-known writer, Vaisakhan,
and the poet, Ravunni spoke. The inaugural function
was followed by a discussion on the award-winning
novel Alahayude Penmakkal.
Dr. Sukumar Azhikode inaugurating the Samskarika
Yathra, organized by the Calicut University Union. Sri.
D. Vinayachandran and K.I. Shabeer are also seen.
Dr. Sukumar Azhikode inaugurated the Cultural Tour, Samskarika
Yathra, organized by the Calicut University Union on August
23 at Sree Krishna College, Guruvayoor. Thirty students
selected from various colleges participated in the tour and
programme. Mr. K. I. Shebeer, Secretary, Calicut University
Union was the captain. The Yathra concluded at a public
function held at Calicut on September 8.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain
inaugurating the Aksharasadessu. Smt. Sara
Joseph and Sri. V. Rajagopalan are also seen.
Physical Education
New Saga for University Campus in Athletics
One more feather to the golden cap
of the Centre for Physical Education
(CPE). The Centre created new
history in the Malappuram District
Amateur Athletic Championship, held
at M.S.P Ground from November 23
to 25, by scoring 442 points.
The CPE bagged under 18 Girls
championship with 65 points, under
20 Boys and Girls category with 105
and 45 points respectively. They also
won Men and Women championship
with 109 and 120 points and thereby
they kissed the Overall championship.
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The CPE athletic contingent consisting
of 40 men and 26 women bagged all
the titles they participated in. “It was
a dream success since the inception
of the Centre in 1995, and we realized
it with determination and collective
effort of all the athletes”, says Mr. Biju
Lona, the coach.
Dr. K. P. Manoj, Assistant Director, DPE
gave away the prizes at a function
presided over by S. K. Unni, President,
Malappuram District Ameteur Athletic
UGC assistance
for research
The UGC has given approval for a
Rs. 7 lahk research project
submitted by Dr. K.P. Manoj,
Assistant Director, Department of
Physical Education. The period of
the project entitled ‘Vice
Chancellors Fitness Award:
Construction of Health Related
Physical Fitness Test, Norms and
Award System for University
students is two years.
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Biotech Students
prove their worth
Campus roundup
National Book Exhibition
The students of the Department of
Biotechnology have proven their
Chancellor Prof. Syed
excellence once again at national level.
Six students of the Department were
exhibition. Dr. P.P.
Mohammed, Registrar,
qualified for the Junior Research
fellowship in the CSIR-UGC-NET
Mr. N. Sivadasan,
Finance Officer, Prof.
examinations held in last December.
One among them, Mr. Arindam
P. K. Sasi, Controller
of Examinations and
Chaudary is also a recipient of predoctoral fellowship from the
Massachusetts University, U.S.A.
heads of various
teaching departments
In the previous years also, the biotech
students of the University had
inaugural function.
performed well in national level
examinations. Website of the students
The C.H.Mohammed Koya Library
organized a national books exhibition
is www.calict.biotech.tripod.com.
in the Seminar Complex from
November 16 to 20. The Vice
Many well-known publishers and
booksellers participated in the
Sheji Wins Red Ribbon Media Award
on the
plight of Bincy and Benson when they were
ostracized for being HIV positive. Therambil
Ramakrishnan, Speaker, Kerala Assembly at a function
held in Thiruvananthapuram on November 30,
presented the award that carries Rs. 10,000/- cash,
a trophy and citation.
AVRC to produce syllabus
based programmes
Therambil Ramakrishnan, Speaker, Kerala Assembly
presenting Red Ribbon Media award to Sri. Sheji R
Sheji. R., Producer, Audio Visual Research center (AVRC),
has bagged this year’s Red Ribbon Media Award instituted
by Kerala State AIDS Control Society for his documentary,
No School for Bincy and Benson.
This documentary, videographed by Banniesh. M and Harish
Balakrishnan and edited by Sathyaraj. R, portrays the issues
relating to schooling of HIV afflicted children by focusing
The UGC has selected the Calicut Universitys Audio
Visual Research Centre (AVRC) for producing five
syllabus-based programmes for graduate courses. The
subjects allotted are Biotechnology, Mass
communication, Oceanography, Paramedical and
The production of the programme will be completed
by December. It will be telecast through Vyas-24 hour
higher education channel launched by Consortium for
Educational Communication (CEC): an inter university
center of UGC from January 26.
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Campus roundup
Adult and
School of Drama and Fine Arts
The Department of Adult and
Continuing Education organized an
The School of Drama has begun rehearsal of Jean Anouih’s famous play
Antigone using translation of the play by Premkumar. The play, a student
extension lecture on November 5 at
Tirurangadi. Dr. K. Soman, former
production, will be ready for staging by the first week of January. Prof. M.
Ramasami, Tanjavur University is the director.
Dean, Faculty of Education University
of Calicut, delivered the lecture on
‘Value Based Continuing Education’.
Another extension activity by the
Department was the 15- day skill and
job oriented training on plastic/cane
net weaving for rural women.
The Department published pamphlets
entitled ‘Continuing Education as a
programme for Total Development
Based on Assimilation of Values’
Readers’ Forum
The Calicut University Readers’ Forum
(CURF), a platform for writers and
booklovers of the Campus and the
neighbouring area to meet and
discuss literature was launched on
September 8. The forum formed
under the auspices of the Department
of Adult and Continuing Education will
have monthly meeting every second
Sharing the joy of celebration:
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Syed
Iqbal Hasnain inaugurating
X’mas and New Year programme
organised by the Chair for
Christian Studies.
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Mr. Gopinath Kozhikode, Technical Teaching Coordinator of the School of
Drama and Fine Arts has been awarded the Natyabhushan by the Utkal Yuva
Sanskrutik Sangh, Cuttack, Orissa at the All India Multi-Lingual Drama
Competition and Dance Festival-2004.
Dr. C. Naseema attended the
international conference on ‘Human
Rights in the Age of Globalization’ held
at Amritsar in November. Dr. P. Kelu
presented papers on language
teaching in a seminar at the CIIL Mysore
in September. He also made a
presentation on ‘New Dimensions in
Teacher Education’ at Madurai
Kamaraj University, Madurai.
Research Forum
Hindi Research Forum was
inaugurated by Dr. Krishna Murali
Mishra, Head, Dept. of Hindi, Aligarh
University,on 26 November 2004. Dr.
K. Muhammed, Reader, Department
of Hindi, Mr T. A. Anand and M. Mr.
Ranjith spoke.
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Wall magazine
literature released a wall magazine
‘Golos’ on November 18.
Campus roundup
Kesava Menon Memorial Endowment
Lectures held
Prof. Rajat Tandon, Dean, School of Mathematics
and Computer/Information Sciences, University of
Hyderbad delivered the 22nd ‘ Dr. P. Kesava Menon
Memorial Lecture’ on November 23 and 24. The
Dr. P. C. Subrahmaniam, Asst. Professor,
Engineering, NIT, Calicut, gave a talk
on ‘Principles of Quantum Mechanics’
on November 29. This was the sixth
talk organized by the department in
the series of ‘Continuing Chemistry
Education Programme’.
topic of this year’s lecture was “ The Local Langlands
Correspondence- An Introduction”.
Dr. Tandan also gave preliminary lectures on
November 22 on (1) ‘Are the P-adic fields as
important completions of ~ as R.’ (11) ‘The theory
of GL(2)- summary’.
M.M. Ghani Award for best College
This year ’s ‘Kanakam Tampuran
Memorial’ prize was given away at the
function. The prize was instituted by
Dr. K. T. Rama Varma, former head,
Dept of Chemistry, for the top scorers
in the final MSc examination every
year. Prof. Geetha Parameswaren
Endowment award for the candidate
with highest marks for the year 200103 was also presented.
Dr. A.S Girija
Professor and Head
Dept. of Neurology
Medical College, Calicut
Dr. Inasu N.D
Reader Dept. of Zoology
Christ College Irinjalakuda
Sharing the joy of celebration:
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Syed
Iqbal Hasnain inaugurating
X’mas and New Year programme
organised by the Chair for
Christian Studies.
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Psychology Conference with a
Marking a new turn in its academic
explorations, the Department of
Psychology hosted a National
Conference of the Community
Psychology Association of India
(CPAI) on November 22.
150 delegates including students and
scholars, from India and abroad,
participated in the conference the
theme of which was Imporving
Individual and Social Life through
Interventions in Industry, Education,
Health and Aesthetics. Papers on
different topics like behavior,
education, clinical psychology,
qualitative psychology, socioenvironmental problems and women’s
issues were presented. In addition
to these traditional Indian practices
such as Ayurveda and Manthra-vadam
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain inaugurating the Skill
Training Residential Camp for Psychologists. Dr. John Baby and Dr.
Sasidharan are also seen.
said Ahamad H Pahlaian and Sattar
Kaikhavani, delegates from Iran.
were also discussed.
Dr. S. Subramony, Defence Institute
of Psychological Research (DIPR), New
Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain, Vice
Delhi talked on ‘how to make a good
presentation’, and ‘the advantage of
Chancellor inaugurated the Skill
Training Residential Camp for
Psychologists, organized as part of the
pre-conference from November 15 to
24. Resource persons conducted
training sessions on transactional
analysis, public speaking, natural
healing, the Yoga and meditation.
In the pre-conference, fruits replaced
the regular food; a unique treat for
the participants, and an invitation to
join the fruitarian’s club. Each day
ended with a music session. ‘This was
a totally different experience for us.
Yoga, Meditation, eating raw food, all
helped in rejuvenating our mind. And
it is the first time we are in Kerala’,
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qualitative methodology in analysis’.
He also evaluated the papers
presented in the conference.
‘Most of the papers focused on
relevant issues’, said Dr. R. S Sing,
Reewa University, Madhya Pradesh
while presiding over the valedictory
function. He stressed the need for
more community oriented studies,
which can contribute to social good.
P.K.Sasi, Controller of examinations
delivered the valedictory speech and
distributed certificates to the
delegates. Pankaj Kumar Singh,
V.B.S.Purvanchal University, U.P
bagged the Young Psychologist
Award, instituted by CPAI.
‘The benefits of Psychology must
reach the poor; it should never be the
privilege of the elite. And this
realization prompted us to conduct this
conference’, said Dr.John Baby, Head,
Department of Psychology, University
of Calicut who has been elected as
the President of CPAI.
Dr.M.A Faroqi, founder Head,
inaugurated the Psychological
association with Kerala Manasasthra
Parishath and University Grants
Consultancy Unit and Psychology
Alumni Association was formally
launched by K. Kunhikrishnan, Director,
School of Distance Education.
Manesh Madhavan
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International Seminar at
Guruvayurappan College
Theatre’, the seminar drew attention
to limitations and possibilities of the
traditional and the modern theatrical
forms in the Post-Independence
Indian context. Prof. Indira
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National Workshop
on Policy, Politics
& Nursing
Parthasartahy, the renowned theatre
critic delivered the keynote address
on Theatre as Art and Education. She
stressed on the need for evolving a
modern theatre by creatively adapting
the traditional into the modern.
The Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan
College, Calicut in association with the
Kerala Society for Theatre Research
organized on November 9 and 10 an
International Seminar on ‘PostIndependence
Theatre’. The
patron Zamorin Raja of
Calicut inaugurated the
Prof. C. Vasudevan Unni delivered the
introductory speech on Post
Independence Indian Theatre and Dr.
M.G.S Narayanan, former Chairman,
Indian Council for Historical Research
delivered the valedictory
address on Observations
on Kerala Theatre.
300 delegates including
Focused mainly on ‘Shifting
theatre activists and
experts from abroad
attended the seminar.
Palliative Care Seminar
Initiation of palliative care programmes
to college campuses will help inculcate
compassion and commitment in young
minds at a time when they are becoming
more self-centered and insensitive to
social realities, said the Cultural Minister
A.P. Anil Kumar. He was inaugurating a
three-day university level seminar on
‘Self Realization through Palliative Care’,
j o i n t l y
conducted by
the NSS unit
c o l l e g e ,
Mampad, and
‘ Palliative Care
On Campus’,
A National Workshop on Policy, Politics
& Nursing Research Perspectives was
organized by College of Nursing,
Kozhikode on behalf of the Nursing
Research Society of India from
November 8 to 10.
Prof. Tapti Bhattacharya, Principal,
delivered the key- note address. The
workshop gave shape to a framework
for further activities and guidelines for
finalizing National Nursing Policy.
an NGO focusing on palliative care.
Dr. K.V Mohanan, Programme Coordinator of the University NSS
delivered the keynote address. Prof.
David Clark (Lancashire University, U.K),
Mr. Santo Pamplona ( Italy), Dr. Mathews
Nampelli, Mr. A. Muhammad, Mr.E.P.
Moyinkutty, Mr. Usmanali, Mr. Jamshad.
P, Dr. Sureshkumar, Mr. K.M.Bashir spoke
and Mr.O.P. Abdul Rahman, College
Principal presided. Mr. Isamil Zacharia
welcomed the gathering and Mr.
Muhammad Aslam proposed the vote
of thanks. About 100 students from
different campuses attended the
Teacher Training
As part of the Extension
Programmes, St.Joseph’s College,
Irinjalakuda, in association with the
Government of Kerala, organized
training programmes for school
Teachers in Mathematics, Chemistry,
Physics and Zoology.
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Issues and Challenges of Govt. Colleges
M.L.A; Prof. Haridas, former Deputy
Director , Collegiate Education and
Prof. Abraham Arackal, former Principal
of Govt., Victoria College, Prof.
Mr..Sanjeev Kaushik spoke.
P.K.Raveendran, I.R.T.C Palakkad and
Prof. C. Mohankumar, Principal,
Dr. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice
Chairman, U.G.C, delivered the keynote
address and Dr. Mahadevan Pillai,
Department of Civil Engineering, N.S.S.
Prof. N. Rajasekharan Pillai,
delivering the keynote address.
The Govterment Victoria College,
Palakkad, in association with the
University’s College Development
Council organized a two-day national
seminar on “Issues and Challenges of
Govt.College: Victoria’s Drive towards
Excellence”. Mr T. N. Seshan, former
inaugurated the seminar at a function
presided over by N.N.Krishna Das, M..P.
Mr. O. Rajagopal, M.P and former
Central Minister; Mr. K. Sankara
Narayanan, M.L.A and former Finance
Minister, Kerala; Mr. B.S. Mavoji,
Director, Collegiate Education, Kerala;
Prof. Meenakshi Thampan, former
Govt.College, Thrissur and Dr.
R.V.G.Menon, IRTC, Palakkad, were
the speakers.
Engineering College, Palakkad, spoke
on ‘Quality Challenges in Higher
Mr. Madhava Menon, former Pro-Vice
Chancellor, Calicut University, presided
over the valedictory function.
Mrs..M.Geetha Nayar, Convenor,
The focus of the forenoon session was
on ‘teacher-student relationship’. Mrs.
C.V.Brinda, Principal, Govt. Victoria
College welcomed the gathering. It
Reception Committee and Mrs.
C.V.Brinda, Principal, spoke.
was followed by a
panel discussion. The
teachers from various
Government Colleges
participated in the
panel discussion
examined in detail the
technical, administrative and fiscal
hamper the progress
of the College.
This was followed by
a Technical sessions.
Mr T. N. Seshan, former Chief Election Commissioner inaugurating the seminar on Issues and
Chancellenges of Govt. Colleges.
Talk-show on film ‘Freedom’
“The consistent decrease in the number of spectators for films had caused a
real crisis in the film industry”, said Mr. Thampi Kannanthanam, one of the hitmakers in the Malayalam film industry. He was addressing the students at a
‘Talk-show’ organized by St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri on October 8.
He said that unless the youth gets involved actively in promoting films by
seeing them in theatres, the entire film industry that gives employment to
thousands would perish. Mr. Thomas agreed with the students observation
that industry people were to be blamed for not producing good films nowadays
and added that video piracy was the main villain.
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National Seminar
St.Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda
conducted a three-day national
seminar on ‘Topology, Category
Theory and their Application to
Computer Science’ sponsored by
UGC on March November 11. 120
participants attended the seminar.
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Prof. T.K. Oommen, former Professor, Jawaharlal
Nehru University, New Delhi, delivered the keynote
address. Rev. Sr. Rose Dheera, Principal, Vimala
College and Mr. R. K. Varghese, Secretary, K.S.S,
and Prof. Elizabeth Mathew, Vice-President, K.S.S,
The Inaugural function was followed by cultural
competition in which Loyola college, Trivandrum
came first. The Governor also inaugurated the
His Excellency Sri. R. L. Bhatia, the Governor of Kerala
inaugurating the conference.
The 31st All Kerala Sociological Annual Conference was held on
November 19 and 21 at Vimala College, Thrissur. Mr. R. L. Bhatia,
the Governor of Kerala inaugurated the conference at a function
presided over by Dr. Celine Augustine, the president, K.S.S. “In
the contemporary globalized society, social sciences have more
importance as tools for analyzing growing social inequalities and
finding solutions for them as well”, the Governor said.
website of the Kerala Sociological Society
(www.kerala sociology.com) and presented
mementoes to the retiring teachers.
278 delegates from various universities participated
in the conference that was themed ‘Social distress
and Inequalities in a Globalized Society’. There were
six sessions.
Dr. Alexander Jacob, IPS, Director, Polic Academy,
Thrissur was the chief guest at the valedictory
function held on November 21.
Journalism Club of MCC inaugurated
and other aspects of Journalism are
being conducted. Mr. A. Sajeevan
inaugurated this year activities.
The UGC has awarded FIP to 22
The club has instituted two awards
teachers of the affiliated colleges in
addition to the 156 given earlier in
for journalists. This year’s Odyssey
award for the best ‘Little Magazine’
was presented to Mr. Nooranad
Mohan, the Editor ‘Unma’ , a magazine
This year’s activities of the Journalism
Club of M.C.C intended to be a
gateway to the fourth estate. Classes
on editing, reporting, proof reading
FIP Award and
published from Allepey..The second
award instituted in the memory of Late
Prof. Sreedahran, was given to Mr.
Raveendradas, Sports Journalist of
Deshabhimani daily.
the current plan period.
Four more colleges affiliated to the
University were accredited by the
NACC. Govt.College, Madappally,
M.E.S Asmabi College, P.Vemballur,
St.Mary’s College Thrissur & S H
College Chalakkudy are the colleges
newly added to the NACC list.
Academia Syria, 2004
The University Grants Commission in association with FICCI, India sent a delegation of members from seven institutions
to the ACADEMIA SYRIA, 2004, held in Aleppo, from 21 to 23 November. The University of Calicut was identified by
the UGC as one of the member institution in the delegation. Dr. Mubarak Pasha represented Calicut University. P.M.,
Director, College Development Council. The academia Syria 2004 is an international academic fair for universities and
similar institutions to come together for networking, training and recruitment in Higher Education.
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The National Service
Scheme units of
inaugurated the seminar
and the NSS A.P.O Mr
Malabar Christian
College, Kozhikode
.K. Rajendran delivered
the keynote address.
organized a threeday university level
Eminent writer Mr. Isaac
Eapen, Prof. Hafis
residential seminar –
‘DRISHTI – 2004’ on
Mohammed, Dr. Jacob
Varghese, Adv. Benny
‘Life Skill Development Programme’
Joseph and Mr. Ismael
from Novemeber 5-8.
The objective of the
during the seminar. 100
NSS volunteers from
seminar was to
inculcate in the students self-confidence and create an
various affiliated colleges
of the University participated in the seminar co-ordinated
awareness of different employment avenues and skills
required for facing interviews.
by the college Principal, Prof. Gladys P.E. Isaac, NSS
programme officers Dr. N.M.Sunny, Dr. E.M. ANN Salley
The Kerala Sahithya Academy Chairman Mr. U.K. Kumaran
and Dr. K.V. Sudhakaran.
Prof. K N Raj honoured
Students and well-wishers of Prof K N Raj, the
distinguished economist organized a national conference
on ‘ Planning and Development: Institutions and Market’
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said in his message
that Prof Raj was instrumental in drafting the first Five Year
Plan and he believed economics was about understanding
on October 2 and 3 at the St. Thomas College Thrissur.
and changing the real world. Mr. K. R Narayanan, the former
President, in his message reminisced his long-standing
The Conference was marked for the participation of a
friendship with Prof Raj.
number of well-known academics and intellectuals who
have had association with Prof Raj during his illustrious
Mr I G Patel, Mr Ashok Mitra, Mr Sudipto Mundle, Mr A V
career that spans more than five decades. And, those
who were not able to attend graced the occasion
through messages.
Forthcoming title
Jose, Mr K S Krishnaswamy, ,Mr S L Shetty, Mr Mihir Rakshit,
Mr. C H Hanumantha Roa, M R C P Chandrasekharan, and R
Nagaraj were presented papers in various sessions.
Calicut Remembered
by M.G.S Narayanan
Comprehensive history of the city of Calicut, once,
the seat of erstwhile Zamorins and headquarters
of world spices trade in Malabar. This book
contains rare illustrations by Artist Namboodiri.
Publication Division, University of Calicut, Calicut University P.O., Kerala. Pin 673 635.
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Film, Fiction and Society – Seminar
Farook College
begins publishing
renowned filmmaker, inaugurated the
seminar. Eminent personalities from the
film field, writers and critics, like Mr.
Sunny Joseph, cameraman, Mr. Neelan,
Dr. Janaki and P Geetha were among
those who presented papers in the
seminar. The interface in which the
well-known cine artists and directors
A National Seminar on Film, Fiction and
Society was organized jointly by the
Department of English, Prajyoti
Niketan College, Pudukad, Thrissur
and the Department of English, Calicut
University on October 12, 13 and 14
at Prajyoti Niketan College.
like Mr .Lohitadas, Mr. Satyan
Anthikad, Ms .Kukku Parameswaran,
Ms. . Sangeetha Mohan, and Ms .
Gayathri Asokan answered the
questions from the audience and the
solo presentation, Koonan, staged by
winning actor Mr. Manjulan, based on
a Philippine folktale were the other
highlights of the programme.
Publication Division of Farook College,
the latest index of its propensity to
grow, was launched with release of
three books by the teachers. Media
Scan written by Yasin Ashraf is a
collection of analytical reflections on
media projections. Smasanangalkku
Smarakangalode Parayanavathatu
NAAC Workshop
(Essays) of K.E.N Kunhahamed is a
thought provoking expression of the
contradictions in culture and its
sociology. Cherya cheriya meenugalum
Valiya Mathsyangalum of N.P.Hafis
Muhammed is a collection of stories.
M.T.Vasudevan Nair, the eminent
novelist, inaugurated the division on
October 27, 2004.
Mr. Pukazhenthi, D.F.O, Nilambur said,
“the concern for quality will generate
the space for creating excellent
output in higher education and the
process of accreditation should be
viewed from this angle”. He was
inaugurating the workshop on ‘NAAC
Accreditation- Theory & Practice’
jointly organized by MES Mampad
College and the College Development
Council, Calicut
December 4.
Dr. O. P Abdurahiman, Principal MES
Mampad College presided over the
function. Dr. P. Mohamed and Dr.
Thomas spoke.
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Ph.D Awarded from 02-10-2004 to 14-12-2004
1. Francis. N.J.
Buddhist Art, Religion and Society at Amaravati and other allied centers, BC 300-AD 300
2. P.S. Jayapradeepa
Economics of Lemon-grass cultivation in Kerala.
3. Mohanan. C.K.
Udayavarma charita of King Ravivarma – A critical study
4. Sheeba M. Kurian
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5. Sahadevan. M.
Ideological bases of Modernity in Kerala
6. Abdul Waheeda. K.
The Influence of Islamic Philosophy on the theory and practice of Education
7. Abdul Bari. N.
Khalil Mthran and Chengampuzha Krishna Pillai – A Comparative study with special
reference to their romanticism
8. Abdul Rasheed. K.
Studies on the changes in the pattern of proteins and Lipoproteins during different
physiological conditions in Iphifa Limbafa
9. Binoy J. Paul
Clinical and Bio-chemical effects of Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in
active Rheumatoid Arthritis
10. Krishna kumar. K.
Taxonomic and ecological studies on the Shola forests of Kerala
11. Nasirudheen. T.P.O.
Library &
Impact of Kerala Granthasala Sanghom on the formulation of Kerala Public Libraries
Information Science Act, 1989
12. Jancy Davy
Role of financial institutions in the industrialization of Kerala
13. Peter. T.C.
Improving useful life of Engineering components by coating and other techniques
14. Alphonsa Xavier
Bioprocessing of organic residues through oriculture technology
15. Githesh. T.
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16. Rosa. K.D.
17. Antony. A.M.
Physical Education Construction of Health Related Physical fitness norms for collegemen in in Kerala
18. Padmini. P.
19. Sivaramakrishnan M.P. Mathematics
Empowerment of Women through employment.
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Error correcting quantum codes and generalized entropic
uncertainity relations
20. Dineshan Koovakkai
Library &
Information requirements of career seeker’s in Kerala in relation to information
Information Science resources and services in Libraries.
21. Muhammedali. T.
Social life in South Malabar (1921-47) Relief, Reform and Nationalism
22. Diby Paul.
Physiological, Biochemical and molecular studies on the Roof rof (caused by
Phytophthora Capsici) suppression in Black Pepper (Piper nigrum Linn) by
Rhisophore Bacteria
23. Asokan Mundon
Renaissance and Social change in Malabar – A study with special reference to Ananda
Samajam, Sidha Samajam and Atma Vidya Sangham
24. Sooryanarayanan. O.
The Role of the Non-aligned Nations in the United Nations Organisation for Peace
and Disarmament
25. Ajith. T.A.
Studies on the Antioxidant and Anticarcinogenic activities of a wood inhabiting
Macro fungus, Phellines, Rhimosus (Bark) pilat
26. C. Bindu
Donald Davidson on truth, meaning and interpretation
27. Sukumaran Nair. V.P. Engineering
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Analysis of Elasto-hydrodynamic circular and non circular journal bearings with
micropolar lubricants
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