Young Sociologist Competition 2013: The Annual Young Sociologist Competition has been organised by the Department of Sociology to identify the potential of the budding sociologists at the undergraduate level. It is a paper presentation competition on a given theme and is open for the undergraduate students in the country having Sociology as one of their subjects. The theme was for the current academic year was ‘Social Institutions in India- Transformation and Consequences.’ Out of the total papers received, ten finalists were selected to present their papers.
The final presentation was on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. It was held at C105, Central Block, Christ University. The inaugural ceremony was at 9.30 am. The event started with a minute of silence on the demise of the Maharaja followed by invocation song. In his inaugural address, Prof. John Joseph Kennedy, Dean Humanities and Social Sciences spoke about the importance of social institutions in the changing world. The participants had given clear instruction regarding the format of presentations. The ten finalists presented their papers on various social institutions like religion, education, health and family. It turned out to be a healthy academic exercise where participants fielded questions on methodology and findings asked by both judges and audience.
The presentations were judged by two eminent academicians. Prof. B.K Anitha was from National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore with her specialisation in gender studies and education. Professor B.K. Anita was identified as being a gender expert in NIAS. Prof. Sobin George from Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore is an expert in Urban Sphere and Changing Relations. The prize money for the competition was Rupees ten thousand. The prizes were given away by Dr. Anil Pinto, Registrar, Christ University.
Mr. Mubashir Hameed bagged the first prize for his paper titled ‘Creating Multiple Ties: 'Panapayattu' as Social Agency’. The young Sociologist competition provided a platform for the young students to share their thoughts on pertinent social issues and the suggestions from the judges would help them to sharpen their research and academic skills. It was an academic exercise to boost the interest of students towards linking their subject with contemporary realities.