The Globe is a Centre for Learning, Creating and Experimenting with Arts, Literature, and Performance. It is a non-profit platform initiated by the Department of Languages, to take on like-minded students who lust for creative engagement. The Department offers a helping hand to guide and mentor in areas that suit their tastes and interests so that it will enhance and channel their energy through a positive and fruitful effort, enabling them to choose their paths, and helping them to be competent and capable in what they are interested in.
A two day theatre workshop was conducted on 17,18 November 2018 as the very first activity of The Globe. The chief resource persons for the workshop was Dr. Sujeesh C. K (Associate Professor, Sree Sankara College, Kalady and Shakespearian) and Gokul M Nair (Assistant Professor, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences). Thirty five students were selected across UG and Pg programmes offered by Rajagiri. The students were introduced to the idea of theatre, acting, script writing and performance. As an outcome of the workshop the the drama club presented a street play Men‘Us’ which exposed the double standard and harassment that males in the society have to go through for daily survival. The production was solely student driven, idea germination, development of the script, art and direction.
Drama club is initiated as a creative playground for the students with an orientation in theatre and arts. The student-centric design of the centre helps the students to experiment, explore, create and learn the different aspects of theatre - terminologies, creative writing, acting, makeup and design. The centre welcomes all students to work alongside the mentors to better their creative and critical thinking, which amplifies their academic performance, confidence and personality.
The Film Club serves as a promising platform for students with an interest in the creative, technical and aesthetic aspects of cinema, considering the scope and popularity of the medium in the present society. The club focuses on the intellectual enrichment of its members through various activities like workshops, screenplay-writing, MOOCs on film making, make–up techniques etc. and interactive sessions (such as ‘Meet the Crew/Director’), where the members get exposed to the professional and technical aspects, enlightening them to pursue their interest in the right direction. The club also conducts screening of movies, where the members are offered academic insight and entertainment.
Speakers Forum is a platform for the College community to learn and showcase their public speaking skills. The Forum aims at honing interpersonal and leadership skills by equipping them with necessary speaking skills and providing them a space to voice their opinions. Speakers Forum conducts Debates, Group Discussions, Invited Talks, Just a Minute and Colloquiums for students. Workshops on Speaking Skills and Leadership Skills are an integral part of the programmes of the Forum. Under the auspices of the Speakers Forum, students are trained and sent for competitions within and outside the State. The major focus of the club is improvement of Public Speaking & Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Professional Networking Skills and Leadership Skills
Literary club aims to polish the latent literary skills in the students. During this academic year, the club focuses on poetry. Poetry, the oldest form of literature, must flow out naturally and smoothly from the soul of the poet. In the words of William Wordsworth, “poetry has its origin in emotions recollected in tranquillity.” This club stands as a platform for the students to express their thoughts, ideas and emotions on various themes through the medium of poetry. It also helps them to promote their versification skills and develop their knowledge about the new styles and trends in modern poetry. The club intends to offer various workshops (both in the campus and programmes arranged by authorized poetry groups) handled by famous poets. Being a part of the club, the students get ample opportunities to enhance their creativity through manuscript magazines, blogs, online poetry circles etc.
TheDepartment of Languages along with the Financial club conducted a workshop on Business Report Writing on 30th November and 1st December, 2018. It was attended by all the ACCA students of Rajagiri.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. K. X. Joseph, Head, Department of Commerce. The gathering was addressed by Prof. Thomas Thiruthanathy, Head, Department of Languages. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a session on ‘How to write Business letters?’ by Prof. Rajesh P and Prof. Anand K.
On the second day, the workshop was held in the language lab, were the students took a MOOC test to brush up their English grammar. Certificates were provided upon the completion of the thirty-five-minute online course.
After the MOOC test, students were shown various e-paper platforms where they could read newspapers online. As an exercise, students were asked to write a ‘letter to the editor’ on topics selected from the newspaper. The letter sent by Divya Cherian, S1 B.com Tax, Model 2, was published in the New Indian Express.
In the post-lunch session, Prof. Gokul M. Nair handled sessions on e-mail etiquettes. The learners were then asked to prepare a newsletter based on the two-day workshop, attaching reports of the sessions. Feedback was provided and learner experiences were shared, at the conclusion of the program.