Events @ 2023-2024

November 7- Session on “International Perspectives on Social Work”

Organized by the ESWA

September 27- Enrichment Session on CV Preparation

Emerging Social Workers Association of Department of Social Work, BVM Holy Cross College organised an Enrichment session on CV preparation for second year MSW Students on 27th September 2023 at 12.00 PM at MSW Batch B Classroom. Ms. Deepa Babu, Head Dept. of Social Work addressed the students by stating the importance of the CV for internship and job hunt. Mr. Janson Varghese, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Social Work was the resource person for the session and he explained the components of CV in detail with appropriate examples. The session closed by the vote of thanks of Mr. Ashish Emmanuel, President ESWA. 

September 20- Awareness Session on Developmental Disorders in Children

ESWA in association with Vianney Centre for Child Development conducted an awareness session on the topic “Developmental Disorders in Children” on 20/09/2023 at 11 PM at the Seminar hall of BVM Holy Cross College. Mr. Ashish Emmanuel, President of ESWA delivered the welcome address. Ms. Binjumol Jose, Founder Director and Rehabilitation Coordinator of Vianney Centre for Child Development, Cherpunkal led the session on Developmental Disorders in Children and shared her experiences in the field. Mr. Ashwin Kurian, BSW student of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal gave the vote of thanks for the program. 55 students participated in the programme.

September 16- Film screening The Hope’

Emerging Social Workers Association of Department of Social Work organised the screening of the film ‘The Hope’ on 16/09/2023 at 6 PM onwards in the Education Theatre of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal. Mr. Ashish Emmanuel, Secretary of ESWA delivered the welcome address and the keynote address was given by Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhy, Principal BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal. The 2-hour film engaged the audience with new positive thoughts. Mr. Joy Kallukaran, Director of the film addressed the gathering and the interactive session was remarkable as the audience presented their comments and other feedbacks on the film. There were 195 participants for the program and it was a grand success as the ESWA managed to mobilise the local community people to watch the film show.

Activity Update -1st July 2023 – 31th July 2023
July 27 – Embrace & Empower (Student Induction Programme)

The Department of Social Work organized a Student Induction Programme (SIP) for first year
BSW students( Batch 2023-26). It was held on 27 th July 2023 at College Open Auditorium. The
purpose of Student Induction Programme was to help new students adjust and feel comfortable in
the new environment, inculcate in them the culture of the institution, help them build bonds with
other students and faculty members, and expose them to a sense of larger purpose and self
The programme started with an ice breaking session . It was handled by HR Manager, Mr. Anit
Jose. The fun and interactive activities were beneficial to foster connections among students and
build a supportive network. The college principal, Rev. Dr. Sebastian Thonikuzhy addressed the
students. He explained about the college, campus, placement, exam and so on. Later the faculties
of Social Work Department, Mr. Sajo Joy and Mr. Bristo Mathew engaged the sessions. There
was a cultural session too, where the students performed various programmes such as group
songs, dance, folk songs etc. During the last session, the students presented their feedbacks about
the programme.
Overall, the student induction programme enabled the students to create a we feeling among
them. It also helped to create a positive and supportive environment for incoming students.

July 20 – Reading Week Observation “Your Voice Matters”

The Department of Social Work of BVM HCC Cherpunkal conducted outreach program at
Government Blind School Olassa on 20th July 2023 as part of Your Voice Matters Campaign in
connection with the reading week observation of 2023
The mission of the campaign was to promote reading habit in visually challenged students by
donating recorded audios short stories, novels, poems, articles etc. Mr. Prashant V Kaimal, the
president of ‘Sahithya Samajam’ club welcomed the participants. Mr. E J Kurain (HM, GBS,
Olassa) delivered the presidential address for the program. Mr Sajo Joy, Faculty of BVM Holy
Cross College inaugurated the Sahithya Samajam – Cultural Forum of the School. The recorded
audio was handed over to the Government Blind School Audio library. Mr Bristo Mathew, Faculty
of BVM Holy Cross College delivered a motivational session to the students there. The students
and teachers performed various cultural programs, Tabala by Sreejith, song by Sreelatha &
Krishendhu, Mappila song by Abdul Razzaq were the highlights of the day. The recorded message
by Mr. Gokul S IAS (Assistant Collector – Thirunelveli) inspired audience by his cherished words.
Ms. Deepa Babu, Head, Social Work Department and Mr Bilahari S & Jacob Sam (Faculty, Media
Dept.) graced us with their inestimable words. The program concluded by 5 pm.

July 19- Inauguration of ESWA

Department of Social Work BVM, Holy Cross College Cherpunkal, Pala conducted the Inauguration of ESWA (Emerging Social Workers Association) on 19th July, 2023. The Chief Guest of the day was Ms. Dwitheeya Pathiramanna, Early Interventionist, CDC, Mar Sleeva Medicity Palai. Ms Deepa Babu, Head of the Department of Social Work, gave a warm welcome to the Chief guest and the dignitaries. Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian, Principal of the College delivered the Presidential Address. A small section was taken by Ms. Dwitheeya Pathiramanna about social work interventions with children. After the section a melodious song was sung by Nibu Benny of 2nd year MSW. ESWA coordinator Mr. Bristo Mathew and Association Secretary Ashish Emmanuel facilitated after the session. Nearly 200 social work trainees participated in the programme. The entire programme took place in the Academic theatre of the College. Ms. Ashmi Saji, the Social Work trainee gave the Vote of thanks at the end of the programme. The program ended with prayers for the people who were suffering due to riots in Manipur.

Activity Update – 1st June 2023 – 30th June 2023