One Year Diploma Course in Human Rights Studies…….. few more days for the admission

August 17, 2011


Diploma course session with Mr Henri Tiphagne

July 19, 2010

Mr Henri Tiphagne came to talk to the students of the Graduate Diploma in Human Rights on Saturday 17th July. The course is run by Sichrem in partnership with St Joseph’s Evening College.

He spoke about human rights in the Indian context. He cited the 4 inalienable rights that constitute human rights as being the rights to life, liberty, equality and dignity. Within each one of those umbrella terms are numerous other rights. For example, the right to equality includes both the rights to status and opportunity.

He also noted that the development of human rights in India has partly been due to international pressure. For example the seminal Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 came about, because the demands of international markets dictated that such an act was necessary.

Mr Tiphagne spoke passionately about the virtues of human rights education. For example, in the context of reservations for ST/SC’s it seems that education is paramount to quell any potential resentment from those who do not benefit from them. We must understand the history of caste subjugation in order to understand the need for reservations. The value of Mr Tiphagne’s talk was that he explained human rights within the context of Indian society and history.

The session provided an invaluable insight into human rights in India and we thank Mr Tiphagne for coming. 


Diploma awarding ceremony: the event

June 24, 2010

The awards ceremony was held on the 18th of June 2010. A slight drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of the excited graduating students. The diploma course in Human Rights jointly organized by St Joseph’s Evening College and South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM).

The program began with an invocation by the 2009-2010 graduating students, who melodiously sang ‘The Name of the Lord’. Mr. R. Manohar, Head of Programs- SICHREM, very graciously welcomed the special guests who were each presented with a bouquet of flowers by the students. Mr. Manohar went on to acknowledge the presence of Mr. Hassan Manzoor, a prominent human rights activist, and his wife. Finally, Mr Manohar read a letter by a Bangladeshi graduating student, Sidney, who was unfortunately unable to attend the function, thanking Mr Manohar for imparting his knowledge and experience on human rights as Sidney, now a teacher, was able to use in his own career.

Dr Christopher Hoskins, head of the Political Science Department, gave a brief but informative introduction about the course. He stressed the importance of human rights saying that they are universal rights and not a gift of any government therefore cannot be removed. He also stated that “India is a land of contrasts – aware & ignorant, rich & poor, harassed & harasser.”

Honorable Justice A.J Sadashiva (former judge of High Court, Karnataka) awarded the diplomas to each of the successful students, appreciating each of the 27 students with a firm handshake and a word of encouragement.

The lamp was lighted by all the special guests present and a new student in the 2010-2011 course.

Justice A.J Sadashiva then addressed the gathering, highlighting the importance of studying human rights as it is a increasingly complex situation not only around the world but also in India, due to the citizens and law enforcement agencies. He forcefully stated that “human rights are not to be subjected to the whims and fancies of any government”. There is no right without a duty; though there was no declaration of human rights prior to 1948 does not mean that that human rights did not exist. Human rights are natural rights acquired by all on account of birth. Justice A.J Sadashiva also stated that “people must be made aware of their rights and responsibilities , only then when performing our duties while enforcing our rights are we rendering a great service to society”. He mentioned that it was due to these reasons that such a diploma is “very material and relevant at a time like this.”

Mr. Matthews Philip, Director of SICHREM, gave the felicitation. He spoke about the need to inculcate the qualities of forgiveness and tolerance. He went on to narrate a very moving incident of an 18 year old who was shot and whose parents said that they would love the guilty man as much as they had loved their own son.

Prof Graclet Stanley, Principal S.T Joseph’s Evening College, said that “all legal rights are not moral rights, but moral rights cannot be based solely on legal rights. If every law was based on moral rights, then there would not be violations of human rights.

Rev Fr Sunith Prabhu S.J, Administrator S.T Joseph’s Evening College, said that the “day when everyone follows these rights, that day will be a heavenly day. We must work for the enlistment of these rights and work towards the protection of these rights and that everyone receives these rights. Hope that all students leave today imbued with this zeal for human rights.”

The grand function was brought to a close by a vote of thanks by Mr. Albert Joseph Smith, Lecturer department of Political Science.

The audience listen attentively to the message delivered

The students and speakers


Convocation of students in the diploma course in Human Rights Studies

June 21, 2010

On Friday 18th June at St Josephs College we saw the graduation of 27 students who took part in the diploma course on Human Rights Studies. This diploma course was initiated by SICHREM and works in association with St Josephs Evening College. The course now enters its 3rd year and goes fom strength to strength. Its inception came after an idea by R. Manohar, head of programmes at SICHREM.

We were treated to some excellent speeches by Justice A.J Sadashiva, a former Judge in the High Court of Karnataka, Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM, Prof. Gracelet Stanley the Principal at St Josephs Evening College and by the Rev. Fr. Sunith Prabhu, administrator St Josephs College.

All the speeches extolled the importance of human rights and the need for the recent graduates to put into practice what they have learnt during the diploma course.

We hope that next years studentswill enjoy the course as much as the recent graduates clearly did.

From left to right: Dr Chrisopher Hoskins, Prof Gracelet Stanley, Justice A. Sadashiva, Rev Fr. Sunith Prabhu, Mathews Philip, Albert Joseph Smith

The Rev Fr Prabhu receives flowers from a graduate

The graduates pose with the dignitaries


2008-2009 Human Rights Diploma Course – Results Announced!

March 23, 2010


St Joseph’s Evening College & SICHREM’s Human Rights Diploma

March 20, 2010

The Department of Political Science of St Joseph’s Evening College, in association with SICHREM, has been offering a one year diploma course in human rights studies since 2008 and is offering the course again in 2010, beginning late March 2010.

Here is some previously published information about the past human rights diplomas.

Course duration: 1 year.

Course commences: March 2010 (date TBC).

Timings: 2 hours each Saturday (3pm-5pm).

Venue: St Joseph’s Evening College Campus, No. 35, Museum Road, Bangalore – 560025.

For more information regarding admission, course fees and the course prospectus, please contact the college office between 3pm and 8pm on: phone: 22211911, 22291669 and 22297274/email: mai@sjec.edu.in/coordinator: Dr Christopher Hoskins, 9739630759.

SICHREM office: Mr R Manohar, Head of Programmes and Coordinator of Diploma Course, 9535037596, phone: 25473922, fax: 25492856, email: contact@sichrem.org.


One year diploma course in Human Rights Studies

March 2, 2010

The Department of Political Science of St Joseph’s Evening College, in association with SICHREM, is offering a one year diploma course in human rights studies, starting in March 2010.

The course aims to expose students to human rights concepts and values and to draw parallels and relate the same to real life situations.  Topics will include: major human rights treaties, international human rights laws, child rights, women’s rights, the rights of tribal and indigenous people and many more.  Field trips to affected communities will be included in the course and students will be able to meet individuals and organisations working on various human rights issues.

Course duration: 1 year.

Course commences: March 2010 (date TBC).

Timings: 2 hours each Saturday (3pm-5pm).

Venue: St Joseph’s Evening College Campus, No. 35, Museum Road, Bangalore – 560025.

For more information regarding admission, course fees and the course prospectus, please contact the college office between 3pm and 8pm on: phone: 22211911, 22291669 and 22297274/email: mai@sjec.edu.in/coordinator: Dr Christopher Hoskins, 9739630759.

SICHREM office:

Mr R Manohar, Head of Programmes and Coordinator of Diploma Course, 9535037596, phone: 25473922, fax: 25492856, email: contact@sichrem.org.