Date: 18 & 19.08.2015 | Time: 09:00 am – 5:30 pm
Life skills equip students to thrive in the classroom and in the world beyond. The 21st century life skills are flexibility, initiative, social skills, productivity, and leadership. Giving students such training at the very beginning of the academic year, is a remarkable effort taken by the Kristu Jayanti College. Filling the minds of the students with positive energy, and enthusiasm, right before the mark the beginning of their three year long journey in this great institute.
'Capacity Building Training on Life Skills for IT Professionals’ started-off with inaugural ceremony on the pleasant morning of 18th august, 2015. The program was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Augustine George. During his inaugural address, he mentioned, how important it is to be mentally strong along with being strong in the professional front.
"Even if the whole stadium is there to support and pray for you, in the end it’s you who have save the penalty." - He emphasized, while explaining about it is to know one-self, and grow.
Dr. Jonas Richard, Director of Center for Life Skills Education (CLSE), gave a prelude about the two-day training program, while Prof. Sen B Mathews introduced the fresh batch of 1st year MCA, to the ten Life skills, which were to be taught, in the following sessions. Formal inaugural function was concluded with the college anthem, by the department choir.
Following the inaugural function, Prof. Sen B Mathews, took over the session and made the ten life-skills a bit more acquainted, through bit-sized life-experiences and interactive games. He brought a slight smile to all the students, who were tensed and nervous about their new beginning.
Dr. Jonas Richard, in the very next session, took everybody through a self-introspecting journey, exploring one-self, in and out. He made it very clear that, self-awareness, is the key to understanding and learning all the other life-skills. Analyzing of one’s Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats made the process easier.
Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking
Prof. Muruganantham and Prof. Velmurugan handled the crucial topics, with utmost perfection and in-depth, respectively. While one session taught how important, the need for thinking in the right sense is, the other emphasized on the importance of being creative and thinking out of the box. Activities like the Human-Knot, made the students work in groups, helping them not only ease the tension, also think critically to untangle the knot.
Empathy and Interpersonal Relationships
While Prof. Aruna Devi, helped the students understand the difference between sympathy and empathy, Prof. Jyothi Manoj, leaked out the secrets of making and maintaining the interpersonal relationships. Importance of feeling the pain with some is more important than, feeling for someone. Man is a social animal, who needs to interact in the society and make new relations every day, maintaining the existing ones and break few which may cause harm to him/her. Session on interpersonal relationships, carefully with subtleness, taught the 1st year MCA students to accept-appreciate-adjust, the golden rule to a successful relationship.
A problem is defined as "a difficult question proposed for solution". But Prof. Ambika Ram, made the question as well the method to getting to that question easier for the students. She examined the steps to problem solving:
- Establish Goals
- Possible Solutions
- Implementation & review
During the 50 minute session not only did the students get to learn this, but also apply them in practice, during the activity, that was conducted, in a group of 5-6 members.
One may be able find solutions to a problem, swiftly, but it is difficult to choose the optimal one among them. Here we need to master the art of decision making. Prof. Aruna Devi, beyond doubt explained the process of decision making, the factors involved in it and the technique to make a solid decision: the POWER Model.
P – Problem
O – Options
W – Weigh
E – Evaluate
R – Review
During, the session, students were made to visualize and simulate a survivor situation, where one gets lost in a snowy mountain, and make life-excruciating decisions, helping them understand the seriousness of making decisions.
A session filled with joy, laughter and amazement. Prof. Susan Sanny, of Department of English, pointed out some of the common mistakes one makes, during the day-to-day conversations and also the importance of being Effective in communication. She elaborated about the Goals, Elements, Levels of Communication. Passing on the knowledge of how to be a good communicator, she also brushed upon the barriers to communication. A good communicator must be clear, concise, correct, credible and enthusiastic.
Coping with Emotions and Stress
Emotion is, in everyday speech, a person's state of feeling in the sense of an affect. But we all know, that it has more to it, as aptly hypothesized by Prof. Sevuga Pandian. It may also be explained as a complex condition with underlying emotions. He helped the students understand various emotion, their effects, if not dealt with properly. He disclosed the magic-mantra to transform negative emotions to positives waves of energy along with throwing light on the fact that, how important it is to express our emotions in the appropriate manner.
Prof. Kumar, Head of Department of Computer Science [ PG ], with his ever so young, enthusiasm taught the techniques to channel stress, get relief.
The term ‘Life Skills’ refers to the skills you need to make the most out of life. Life skills are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life. They help us to accomplish our ambitions and live to our full potential. Any skill that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill. Tying your shoe laces, swimming, driving a car and using a computer are, for most people, useful life skills.
The two-day training program came to an end on the evening of 19th august, 2015. In the concluding session, students were handed over the certificates, and Dr. Jonas Richard, inspired students to keep the spirits alive and use the life-skills that they have learned to excel in life.
No of Beneficiaries: 30