St. Joseph's College for Women, Alappuzha


The department of History forms an integral part of the social sciences stream of the College. The department of history bears oldest traditions of higher education in the state of Kerala. It was started in 1956 as a UG programme with an enrolment of 6 students under the guidance of Rev. Mother Fernanda, the first Principal and HOD of History. Now there are 210 students for the course. It has had on its faculty veteran professors, some of whom who had excelled as efficient principals.

Besides Rev. Mother Fernanda, other members of the faculty were Sr. Zinha, Prof. Eunice George, Prof. Rosamma Joseph and Prof. Juliet Stephen. Prof. Daisy Soman, Prof. Mariamma Francis and Dr. Sr. Annette joined the department during the 1960s. Mrs. Geetha, Mrs. Vimala Menon, Mrs. Padma Sankar, Mrs. Clara Simon, Mrs. Jolly Raju, Mrs. Agnes Christy and Mrs. Indu Rajasekhar joined the department later. Mrs Sandya A K is the present head of the department and Dr.Santhi Jose ,miss Meenu Tresa Joseph and Miss Sreekutty selvaraj are the guest faculties

The department encourages its students to actively participate in community activities and tries to utilize its student strength for developmental programs.Organizing seminars for the students,arranging educational tours to places of historical importance,celebrating days of national and international importance have become regular features.Every year the department organizes exhibitions,intercollegiate elocution and quiz competitions

The Department Museum has a good collection of stamps, coins, paper-cuttings and models which constitute the source of information for the study.

Historia, the Association of the students of History, is vibrant acting as a catalytic agent in bringing out the latent talents of our students. It functions with the motto - 'Build the future with action and vision'.

Study Tour to Hill Palace, Tripunnithura 2017

The Department undertook a study tour to Tripunnithura Hill Palace on 23 September 2017

Heritage walk 2016

Department undertook a heritage walk to the local historic sites like Jain temple, Light House and CSI Church, Alappuzha on 27 October 2016.

Field Trip to Tripoonithura Hill Palace 2016

Fouth semester students visited Thripoonithara Hill Palace and temple on 8th October 2016 as the part of their Project.

Heritage tour to Muziris-2016

The department undertook a heritage tour to Muziris on 3rd September 2016. The monuments such as Cheraman Mosque, Pallipuram Fort, Paliyam Kovilakom, Thiruvanchikulam Temple, Jewish Synagogue, Chennamngalam and Vypeekotta Seminary were visited.

Field visit to heritage sites&monuments in Alappuzha 2015

Third BA History students of St Josephs visited the monuments in Alappuzha which are protected under the State Archaeology Department on August 1, 2015. 

The visited sites follows

  • The statue of Karumadikuttan at Karumadi
  • Thakazhi Smrithi Mandapam
  • Itty Achyuthan Smarakam at Kadakkarappaly
  • Sail Boat Excavations site at Thykkal
  • Kokkamangalam Church near Thaneermukkom
  • House of Irayiman Thampi
  • Kayamkulam Palace
Field Visit to local historic sites 2014

Students of III DC history made a field visit to local histric sites like Kayamkulam Palace, Kumaran Asan Smarakam at Pallana, Purakkad Church, Karumadi, Thakazhi Smrithi mandapam etc on August 23, 2014. The students were guided by Dr Divvya and Tia Treasa Mathew

Field Visit to Jain Temple, Alappuzha 2013


Conducted rally on Hiroshima day,August 2015

Students and teachers visited St.Sebastian L P School for observing Hiroshima day.Department organized a rally of the school children for saying no to war .Ho D gave a talk regarding the significance of the day and its present relevance


Commemorating the the birth day of A P J Abdul Kalam,teachers and students visited St.Sebastian L PSchool and give a talk onA P J Abdul Kalam andSapplings were planted in the school compound

Christmas celebration at St.Sebastian L P School

Our students celebrated Christmas with the children of St.Sebastian L P School every year .Teachers and students visited school and conducted various programmes like Carol song, group dance etc for the children.Teachers delivered  Christmas message and sweets and christmas gifts were also distibuted to the children

Reading Week Celebration

Reading week was observed on 20th June 2017, at St.Sebastian L.P School adopted by the department of History since 2003. Teachers and students from the

department visited the school and organized various programmes for the children such as story reading, dictation etc. Miss Sandya A K, HOD,  interacted with the children

by talking about the relevance of reading and the use of library. It was a pleasant experience to the school children.

Mangrove Implantation as part of Environment Day Celebrations

Department of History Celebrated Environment Day by implanting Mangrove saplings at Malikamukku which is a coastal area in Alappuzha district.

Miss Sheena, honourable principal of our college inaugurated the programme by implanting the first sapling.

We had a rich audience with the presence of Ward Councellor, local inhabitants, students and college faculty.

It was on 06/06/2017 and we are happy to be a part of Environment Protection

Talk on Freedom Movement (20 august 2017)

Department organized a talk on Freedom Movement by Professor Padmakumari P S,former H o D of History.The talk conveys the message that the free air that we breath in this country is the gift we brought from the past few generations who martyred themselves.Students sung patriotic song in the occasion

Two day National Seminar on Secular Democracy and Its Significance in Contemporary Society,2017

A two day seminar on Secular Democracy and Its Significance In Contemporary Society was organized by the history department and Human rights forum of the collage in collaboration with Kerala state parliamentary affairs on 20th and 21th January 2017.The seminar presented a plathora of insightful and interesting papers variying from international to regional perspectives on secular democracy.Principal Dr.Sr.Janet Augustine inaugurated the seminar. Scholars like Dr.E N Sivadasan ,Sri E D Davis,Dr.J.Prabhash,Sri Thomas Vargheese Pullikal and Gouri dasan presented papers

Two day seminar on History and Heritage (25-26 Feb 2016)

A national seminar on History and Heritage was organized in collaboration with State Archaeology department on 25th and 26th February 2016.The seminar aimed at providing a general awareness to the history students about the relevance of Archaeology,heritage and need for historic preservation and conservation.The seminar was inaugurated by Mr.Regikumar,Director of state archives.Eminent scholars took classes and interacted with the students

UGC sponsored National Seminar on Social formations of Vijayanagara Empire-2015

A two day national seminar on Social formations of Vijayanagara Empire was organized on 6th and 7th of February 2015.The seminar inaugurated by professor Abraham Arackal,Formal principal of Maharajas College Ernakulam.Eminent scholars like Rakhava Varrier,Professor K N Ganesh,Dr.Sr.Anila Vargheese presented the papers.

Value Oriented talk by Dr.Sr.Annette Thottakara-2013

Department organized a value orientation class for the students by the Ex.Principal Dr Sr.Annette Thottakara on 27th August 2013

Talk on Life Budgeting on 23 August 2013

As a part of financial literacy programmes for history students the department organized an orientation by Dr.Suleena V S of commerce departmnet on Life Budjetting.She gave an efficeient talk on money management and budgetting which was a novel experience to the students

Alumnae activities
Executive meeting of Alumnae was held at room no 216 from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm.President Naseema,executive members Jessy and Deepa attended the meeting and disscussed the programmes for annual meet to be held on the second saturday in November.On the 10th November alumnae meet was organised.52 former students along with their children participated.The occasion was blessed by the pressence of the manager,principal the Rtd teachers Miss Mariamma,miss jolly.miss Clara and miss Padma.Alumnae executives honoured miss Clara by presenting a watch for her successful completion of PHD.We staff members after disscussion with alumnae executives named the history alumnaeCLIOMNAE.We coined it from two words,Clio Alumnae.Clio is the name of Goddess of history.
Ottayal nadakamela
On September 22,in collaboration with Mlayalam department,an ottayal nadakamela was organised
Holly Mass and Association inauguration
On 12th of September,Holly mass was conducted and in the afternoon the history association Historia was inaugurated byAbraham Arakkal,the former principal of Maharajas college
Onam celebration
Our students actively participated in various competetions and they won the ever rolling trophy for Athapookalam
Independence day celebration was conducted on 14th August.Miss Newby Joseph department of Botony delivered a speech.History students presented a colourful patriotic dance on this occasion,which was highlighted in the Mathrubhumi news paper.A patriotic song competetion was also conducted
On August 6th,we conducted a programme in order to honour and pray for aLL demised souls of Hiroshima.The teachers and students of the department lit the candles and prayed for them.Miss Divya deliverd a speach on Hiroshima day.oN The same day miss Sandya A K joined the department
Felicitation to rank holder
On July 23 felicitation was given to the first rank holder Naziya.N.The former HOD Miss Padma Sankar was the chief guest
Department handed over a steel alamirah to our adopted school St Sebastian L.P School on June9th.ON 27th Miss Agnes and Miss INdu visited the houses of two students .Vi sem students conducted Christmas celebration at St .Sebastian .LP.School.Various games were conducted and gifts were given to the children.
Reading week celebration
Reading week celebration was held from june18th to 23.Function was inagurated by our principal Dr Sr Janet Augustin
Gurupoornima day and st Thomas day was celebrated on June3.Manager Sr Leela Mappilachery was the chiefe guest.Miss Reji,department of Malayalam deliverd a aspeech on St Thomas and the importane of gurupoornima was highlightend by librarian miss Chithra.
NCC Activities
Capt. Agnes Rodrigues took the NCC cadets for the inauguration ceremony at Alappuzha Collectorate, for the Ex-service men flag day on 7th December 2011.

In connection with St.Raphaels High school Centenary Celebrations and also during the national seminar conducted by the Department of English, Guard of Honor was given to Mr K.C Venugopal, Honble minister for State- Energy and Power, by the NCC cadets of St.Josephs trained under Capt.Agnes Rodrigues.

Student Achievements- Sports
Students of History department have played a very important role in bringing fame to the college by participating and winning various competitions. There is a total of 15 sports students who belong to the department of History. Following are their achievements in this academic year.

Bincy Mol B of II D C History secured Gold medal in the Senior Asian Championship held at Hungary in October 2011

Nithya Joseph and Honey C Joseph secured silver medal in the Junior Asian Rowing Championship at Korea in Oct 2011.

Nithya Joseph, Honey C Joseph and Aswany C of I DC History got Gold Medal in the Junior Rowing Championship in Nov 2011.

In the Inter-University Kayakin Championship held at Punjab, Monisha K.M, Shyalu Prakash, Praseetha P and Sheeba Mol A.T won Gold and Silver medals.

In the Senior Kayakin Championship at Bangalore in Dec 2011 Shyalu Prakash, Bincy Mol B and Sheeba Mol A.T secured gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

In the recently held National Inter University Championship at Chennai, Kerala University were the Champions and among them Nithya C Joseph, Honey, Neethu Mol G.S, and Aswany S of History Department were medal winners.

Rony Mol Joseph of III D C History secured gold in the Boat race championship at Mumbai in February, 2012.

Alphonsa P Yesudas of III History won second prize in the Inter Collegiate chess championship at Trivandrum, in Jan 2012.

I History students won II Prize in news paper cutting exhibition conducted by the library committee on the topic “Women and Society” in Feb 2012.

Shri.C.M.Stephen Memorial Intercolegiate Elocution Competition 2012
Shri C.M Stephen Memorial Inter-collegiate Elocution competition was held on 7th February 2012 in the college Auditorium. The programme was inaugurated by Shri VM Sudheeran Ex.M.P. 13 students from various colleges under Kerala and M.G Universities participated. B.Arundhathi of University College, Trivandrum won I Prize. Jose Kuriakose of Law College Ernakulam bagged II Prize and Rose Sebastian of Mar Ivanios College Trivandrum secured III Prize.
Republic Day Celebrations
In connection with the Republic day celebrations, our department organised a Poster exhibition on the history of Malabar. It was titled- A Glance at Malabar. The posters were contributed by Prof Vasisht M.C of Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode.
Christmas 2011 22nd December 2011
22nd December 2011 was a day of achievement for history department. The students of history were the stars of the day by winning first prize in the skit competition conducted as part of Xmas celebration in the college. Shahana of III history secured 3rd prize in the Santa competition. The programs of the day started with a carol singing led by Miss.Divya, Miss.Remya (zoology), Miss.Nisha and Miss.Newby (botany). Dr,Sr.Janat Augustine gave away the prizes to the winners.
Visit To ST.Sebastian LP School - 15th December 2011
As part of extension activities, the students of history were taken to St.Sebastian LP school. Miss.Agnes Rodrigues, Miss.Mary Varghese and Miss.Divya.T accompanied them. The team celebrated Xmas with the students there. They were given various gifts. The school children performed various programs and entertained the audience. This school has been adopted by the department of history and their needs are taken care of by the department for the last many years. The team promised Mrs.Mary Margret, HM of the school that all sorts of help will be provided to the under privileged student of the school.
Students of 3rd history were taken on a three day tour to Wayanad and Ooty from 17th to 19th November 2011. A batch of 41 students were accompanied by Miss.Divya and Miss.Jyothilakshmi. They visited pukkodu lake, the Kuruva dweep, Karapuzha dam, the Edackal caves at Wayanad. The team reached Ooty on 18th evening. The next day they had a visit to the tea factory and the botanical gardens. They also had a boating in Ooty lake. The crew returned on 20th morning.
History Alumnae Meet 2011- 12th November 2012
A meeting of the old students was held on 12th November 2011. Those who attended the meeting included Sr.Brijit Zacharia of 1963 batch and the recently passed out batch of 2010-2011. The department conducts alumnae meet every year on the second Saturday of November. Various games were conducted and prizes were distributed. The program was inaguarated by Sr.Janat Augustine, Rev. Principal. The function was presided over by Prof.Indu.M, HOD of history. Mrs.K.S.Seema, Mrs.Mercy Jacob, Smt.Kunjanjamma Andrews retired professor of English, Mrs.Biatrice Ferria, Municipal councilor and Ex-student of the department addressed the gathering. The meeting came to an end at 4.30pm.
Gandhi Jayanthi 2011-12 – 29th September 2011
The Department of History celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi 2011 by conducting various competitions. Dr Sr Janat Augustine inaugurated the function. Quiz and Elocution competitions were conducted on the topic “ Mahathma Gandhi and Indias Freedom Struggle”.
Historia 2011-12 – 29th September 2011
Historia 2011-12 was inaugurated on September 30th , 2011 at 11am by Dr Sr Janat Augustine in the Audio Visual Room. The inaugural function began with a prayer song by Aswathy Asokan of III History. Miss Divya delivered the introductory address. Aswathy Asokan welcomed the gathering. Sr Janat Augustine in her inaugural address talked about the values and virtues of History as a discipline and the talk inspired the students to take more interest in learning the subject. Miss Nimmy and Miss Chithra addressed the students. Ms.Praseetha S of II History proposed the vote of thanks.
The Holy Mass 20th July 2011
Holy mass was conducted on 20th July 2011 under the aegis of History Department. The whole college attended the mass. Fr.Pius Arattukulam enlightened the students with his cermon, offertory was done by the students. The entrance procession was organized by the history students. Rev.Sr.Janat Augustine thanked Fr.Pius for his presence and prayers.
Guruvandanam- 15th July 2011
Another highlight of the year was the Gurupoornima celebrations. The department of history celebrated Gurupoornima which according to Indian tradition is celeberated as the birthday of sage Veda Vyasa, considered as the great Guru of all Indians. History department for the first time in the history of St.Josephs College celebrated this day on 15th July 2011, irrespective of caste and religion. Students of history department honoured the six senior teachers retiring this year, by presenting them with a Ponnada. The function was arranged in the Bakitha Hall and was attended by all senior retiring teachers and teachers of other departments. The students were blessed by them. Miss Chitra and Miss Sophy of Hindi department addressed the students.
Reading Week Celebrations 2011- 17th to 23rd June
The first programme of the year was Reading Week celebrations from 17th June to 23rd June 2011. Department of History celebrates reading week every year in the memory of P.N Panicker the founder of the Library movement. This is celebrated with an intention to make the students aware of the relevance of reading and its necessity in daily life. This year the department conducted various competitions open to all students in the college. The function was inaugurated by Dr Sr Janat Augustine by lighting the lamp. Following competitions were conducted:-

Elocution on Rani lakshmi Bai- 17th June 2011

Malayalam recitation- 20th June 2011

English Dictation- 21st June 2011

Quiz Competition- 22nd June 2011

English news reading- 23rd June 2011

Students from various departments participated.

Intercollegiate Competitions Organized
Prof. Geetha Devi Memorial Intercollegiate Competiton (on quiz, debate and elocution) instituted by the staff and PTA.

C.M. Stephen Memorial Intercollegiate Competiton instituted by Sri. V.M. Sudheeran ex-M.P. and Kuwait Cultural Centre.

Historia, the Association of the students of History, is vibrant acting as a catalytic agent in bringing out the latent talents of our students. It functions with the motto - Build the future with action and vision. With the co-operation and involvement of the teachers, students celebrate all events of historical importance. The students get organizational experience during the Association meetings and various celebrations which encompass a wide spectrum of activities. The Department has undertaken diversified activities to promote intellectual, cultural, aesthetic and social interests of the students through the Association.
Activity Details
The students are motivated to excel in academics and in extra-curricular activities and have reaped rich harvests of laurels over the years. The initiation to these activities begins with the Reading Week celebrations, Freshers Talent Day and The Welcome Party. The latter creates a friendly atmosphere and establishes a sense of unity. The Department farewells leave a lingering spirit of the family togetherness built up over the years.

Organizing seminars for the students by eminent historians, arranging educational tours to places of historical importance, celebrating days of national and international importance have become regular features. The PTA meet and the Alumni Meet are occasions to interact with the parents and students personally and to promote a healthy exchange of views amongst us. Every year the department organizes exhibitions, intercollegiate elocution and quiz competitions.

To develop social awareness and commitment, many outreach programmes like visit to old-age homes, juvenile homes, Mahila Mandiram, industrial visits, adoption of St. Sebastians L.P. School on the coastal area, etc. have been undertaken. The students participate enthusiastically in NCC, NSS, Womens Wing programmes, AICUF, etc. Counseling, tutorial system, value-education classes and career-guidance sessions are conducted regularly. Manuscript magazines are published every year.

The faculty has shown keen interests in updating their knowledge by attending regional and national conferences, workshops and refresher courses. Consultancy services are also being provided by the department. As per the college policy of taking students from the economically backward areas, remedial teaching has become necessary and is conducted by the department every year.

The Department Museum has a good collection of stamps, coins, paper-cuttings and models which constitute the source of information for the study. The association has a news-board and the students are encouraged to pin-up articles from newspapers and magazines on topics of current perspective dealing.

Year Students Pass % A B C D E A + B + C + D +
2018 65 58 0 4 13 21 0 0 0 0 0
2017 67 55.00 0 26 0 0 30 0 3 8 0
2016 72 16.00 1 4 0 0 60 0 3 4 0
2015 68 66.00 0 21 2 0 23 0 3 19 0
2014 64 95.31 1 18 1 0 3 0 33 8 0
2013 68 67.64 0 19 1 0 22 0 1 25 0

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