Socius (Applied Sociology Students Collective) and the Department of Sociology and Social Work Association of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized an Online Annual Lectures series starting from the 18th of March to 9th April. Some of the top sociologists, academicians, and researchers in the country joined the event. Dr Avijith Pathak addressed the topic ‘Sociology and the Ways of Seeing the World: When the Art of Learning Becomes a Celebration’ on the 9th of April from 4 P.M to 5:30 P.M.
Mr Pathak began the session with how students should understand the word “celebration” in relation to academics. Sometimes it doesn’t excite the students as education is viewed as an ultimate compulsion and learning is more celebrated. According to Mr Pathak, through our own educational experiences, we can see how the entire education system has faults. Later he addressed questions on how there arises an understanding education system such as what it means to pursue humanities or sociology in a world of commerce, economics and other superior subjects. Unlike techno-science, subjects like the social sciences, humanities and related subjects produce emancipation over domination. Mr Pathak spoke extensively on how sociology is seen as a subject of science but by not being technical, we are able to understand subjectivity which brings empathy, unlike techno-science subjects.
Mr Pathak concluded the session by talking about how we can keep the windows of consciousness open. The session was ended with interactive questions and answers.