The study of languages is an essential part of the education system. Each student should be competent enough in the use of fluent and correct language and should get the opportunity to go through outstanding literary works. Since St.Joseph’s College started functioning in 1954 with 142 students, Malayalam remains to be one of the additional languages. Smt.Earnestine Jose was appointed as Lecturer in Malayalam and she served as the Head of the Department of Malayalam for eighteen years. As the college was upgraded in 1956 and the workload increased, Smt. Rosey M.A. was also appointed as a Lecturer in Malayalam. In 1965 Smt. Rosey resigned from her post and left the college due to personal inconvenience. Smt.Molly Kunjacko and Smt.Alice served in the department for short periods.
In 1968 Smt. Mollykutty Joseph was appointed and she served the college for long 34 years. In 1971 Prof. Earnestine Jose retired and Smt. Mollykutty Joseph took up the charge of the head of the department. In 1974 Miss. Lilamma Abraham was appointed as Junior Lecturer. At that time there were two batches each for first-year and second-year degree courses and two batches for Pre-Degree. In the academic year 1979-80 the shift system was introduced in the colleges of Kerala. The strength of the students increased highly and many new teachers were appointed in all subjects. Smt.Pushpavally N (1979) and Smt. R. Indira Bai (1980) were the newly appointed members in the Department of Malayalam. During that period there were five batches each in first and second-year degree courses.
As the shift system was withdrawn, there was a slight decrease in the workload. In the year 2000 Pre-Degree course was completely de-linked. At present, there are three batches each for first and second-year B.A / B.Sc and one batch for the first year B.Com. In 2000 Smt. Mollykutty Joseph retired and Smt. Lilamma Abraham took up the charge of the head of the department. She continued in that position till 2005. After the retirement of Smt. Lilamma Abraham, Smt. Rejimol and Smt. Sophia served as Guest lecturer. In 2005 September fresh appointment was done. Dr.P.S Jothilekshmi (Head of the Department) and Smt.Rejimol Jose took charge as lecturer. In 2009 Smt. Rejimol Jose started her research under FIP scheme and was relieved of her duties as lecturer. Smt. Maria Paul was appointed as FIP substitute in 2009. After completing her Ph.D. Smt. Rejimol Jose rejoined the department on June 2012. In 2016 July, Smt. Rejimol Jose was awarded Ph.D. Dr.P.S.Jothilekshmi (HoD) and Dr. Rejimol Jose are the present faculty members in the department.
Department of Malayalam has the number of Alumnae. Some of them are got their higher degree in Malayalam Language and Literature. Some of the alumnae occupy as University/ College Asst/Associate Professors, journalists and other literary field. Known personalities like Sudhakutty (Writer and Director, Rtd, Public Relations Department), Saranya Mohan (Dancer, Cine artist), Bichu X.Malayil (Campus Director, SSSU, Thuravoor), Sisy Jacob (Journalist), Adila Kabeer(Poet), Keerthy Raju (Thaicondo Trainer) are few of noted alumnae.
Every year Department of Malayalam conducts Cultural activities, Literary activities, Socially committed activities, etc. Under the banner of Sargavedi, the Malayalam Association, the Department of Malayalam conducts several activities like Day Observations - Reading Week, Keralappiravi, Malayala Dinaghosham, Bharana Bhasha Varaghosham, Mathrubhashadinam, etc. Commemorations – Vayalar, Thakazhy, Basheer, Uroob, Madhavikutty, etc. Seminars, Workshops, Demonstration Classes for introducing art forms Classical as well as Folk Arts, Drama Fest, Film Fest, etc. Our prestigious activities are the Folklore Club, the club for promoting Folk arts & Culture affiliated to Kerala Folklore Academy and Aksharasthree Unit, under the initiative of Aksharasthree, Kottayam, a women's initiative for promoting creativity and writings of women. Jail visit and the formation of the library, donation of books for the village library, visit to the orphanage, special school, etc are our social activities.
* FOLKLORE CLUB
* AKSHARASTHREE UNIT
* NATANPATTU TEAM
* STUDENT'S PROJECTS - Our students took part in the project Kuttanadu Heritage Survey by the Centre for Heritage Studies, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Kerala.
* DOCUMENTARY - Two documentaries were produced by the Students.
Department has a reference and reading library of around 700 books and some periodicals. We also have an audiovisual library including several art and commercial films and documentaries.
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