Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)
CSI College for Legal Studies, Kanakkary, Kottayam.
A Brief Report of the Competition
CSI College for Legal Studies Kanakkary, Kottayam had the unique distinction to host the prestigious India Round Mooting Competition for selection of the National team to represent India at the 21st Common Wealth Law Conference at Zambia in April this year.
Fifty Six graduate level law students from 18 institutions selected from among the 900 odd law institutions in the country participated in the first ever mooting under CLEA in Kerala. The institution can now boast to be the first Self Financing Law College in the country to host the event in India. 50 judges selected among senior faculty and jury participated in the elimination rounds in four segments. The event was organized jointly by the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and Commonwealth Lawyers Association. The winners will attend the Commonwealth Mooting and Law Conference in Zambia represented by students from the UK, North America, Australia, Pacific Africa and Asia.
Justice Antony Dominic, Kerala State Human Rights Commission Chairperson inaugurated the unique event being organized in Kerala for the first time since the inception of the event in 1971. Justice Dominic urged the authorities to rehash the curriculum for legal studies by adding more thrust to practical applications of the laws rather than limiting to theoretical aspects.
CSI Diocesan Treasurer Rev.Thomas Paikad, presided over the inaugural function. Founding Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Bangalore Prof. Dr. N R Madhava Menon, South Asia President of CLEA Prof. Dr. S Sivakumar, Secretary CLEA South Asia and Advocate Supreme Court of India Mr. Vikram Singh Arya, Coordinator Dr. Lisa P Lukose spoke.
The two-day event drew the accolades of the legal educationalists, law practitioners, media and the general public.
Delivering the valedictory address, Justice Muhammed Mustaque, Kerala High Court urged the students of law to "come out of the box" to find niche space for themselves in the ever growing legal services in the wake of the technological explosion, new international law frame works and market oriented economy. Technology is growing exponentially touching all spheres of activity. Legal profession, advocacy and judicial disposals are not insulated from this onslaught. Services of a robot lawyer will come true in the near future. The coming days are for the committed, passionate and hardworking innovators in the legal arena who have to undo the conventional methodologies- Justice told.
In his presidential remarks, Kerala Director General of Police Loknath Behera urged the students to hone up their skill sets to become better advocates by intervening in social issues. The law schools have to offer platform for the students for their overall development.
Shruti Verma, Anisha Shekhawat and Deepak Sing Jadon of Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad won the first prize in the mooting competitions. National Law University, Bhopal became runner up and Lloyd Law College, Noida got the best memorial presentation award.
Organizing Secretary Prof. (Dr). George Joseph, South Asia President of CLEA Prof. (Dr.) S Sivakumar, CSI Diocesan Treasurer Rev.Thomas Paikad, Adv.Vikram Singh Arya, Adv. Ravi Prakash, Manohar Thairani, Kottayam District Judge P. Sanilkumar and Dan Royce spoke.
The event set a new bench mark in the brief history of the institution, honing up its meticulous organizational skills and leadership to undertake similar initiatives in years to come.Back
The CSI East Kerala Diocese Sunday School Junior Missionary Association (JMA) camp was held at Mankompu on 4th and 5th of January, 2019. The main theme was ‘Set apart for Gospel’. The inaugural session was presided over by Rev. K.S. Scaria ( District chairman, Erumapra church district ) and the camp was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. K. G. Daniel, Bishop in CSI East Kerala Diocese. He said to the children that they are set apart for the gospel, and they need to live and walk worthy of the gospel. He added that the ultimate command of God is to spread the gospel across the world. And you are privileged to be Gospel carriers for God.
The CSSM, team of Sri Jose K Scaria, Sri Soj Philip Simon and Mrs Mareena Jose led the class. The sessions equipped the participants to mould themselves for His call. Rev Roymon PJ (camp convenor),Rev K A Lukose, Rev Suneesh P Divakaran, Rev Binoy Mathew, Rev Liju Abraham, Rev A E Eapen, Rev N Vincent, Rev T J Bijoy, Rev K A Jacob, Rev Loveson George, Dr Elizabeth Ann Daniel graced the inaugural session with their prayers and presence.
On the second day, the participants were rededicated for the mission by our Bishop Rt. Rev. K. G. Daniel and an oath was taken by the participants submitting themselves for Christ. Around 80 participants were present from different parts of the Diocese. We thank Mankombu CSI Christ church congregation for hosting this camp.
Rev. Jacob Antony Koodathinkal
EKD, Sunday SchoolBack
New Building Dedicated at Ancharakkandi BEM School in Memorium Jackson Master
A new building for the BEM School in Ancharakkandi was dedicated by Rt. Rev. Royce Manoj Victor in memory of late Mr. Jackson, who was a teacher of the school, on the 6th December 2016. In the inaugural ceremony, the key of the new building was officially handed over to the bishop by Ms. Asheela Teacher, the wife of the late Jackson Master.
Rev. Dr. T. I. Jmaes, the Corporate Manager of the BEM Schools, presided over the meeting. Rev. Jacob Daniel, the Manager of the Christian Muller Women’s College, Chombala, gave the key note address. The ‘Smart Classroom’ was inaugurated by Ms. C. P. Anitha, the President of the Vengod Panchayat. Ms. Baby Sudha (Ward Member), Mr. Vasantharaj Wilson Daniel, Mr. Vinod Tharayil, and Mr. C. V. Kurian Master gave the felicitation speeches. Mr. Justin Jayakumar, the Headmaster of the School, welcomed the gathering and Ms. Sabitha Jerrin proposed the vote of thanks in the function.
Rev. Dr. T. I. James
CSI East Kerala Diocesan pastors' and workers' family get together and Christmas celebrations were held at HRDTC Melukavumattom on 18th December 2018 under the leadership of the Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. KG Daniel. Almost all the pastors and workers attended this occasion of fellowship and celebration. Diocesan officers graced the occasion through their presence.
The meeting started at 10.30 am with the prayer of Bishop K. G. Daniel, and the Pastoral Board Secretary Rev. T. J. Sebastion welcomed everyone to the meeting. Rev. A. T. John led the intercessory prayer. As the East Kerala Diocese is spread out in three revenue districts under the 9 church district, there were different programmes from pastors and families. Each district- team sang songs, and it added flavour for the fellowship.
Diocesan Bishop K. G. Daniel gave the Christmas message. The Bishop and Kochamma together cut the Christmas cake and gave it to everyone.
Bishop released the prayer card of the diocesan convention 2019, the motto calendar of 2019, and the Diary 2019.
At the end of the programme, Bishop distributed Christmas gifts to the pastors and family.
It was really a blessed occasion of love and fellowship.
Rev. Jacob Antony Koodathinkal
Yours in His Service
Rev. Jacob Antony KoodathinkalBack
Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
The Women's Fellowship of the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India organised yet another "Christmas Utsav" (Christmas Festival) at the Baken Memorial Senior Secondary School ground in Kottayam, Kerala from to 2018. Various stalls those sell Christmas decorative and food items were the main attractions of the festival. Various cultural programmes performed during the festival add colour to the event.
Dr. Susan Thomas, the President of the CSI Women's Fellowship informed that the proceedings of the festival will be used to support the 'Shalom Mission' in Mumbai, which focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of the children and women who are trapped in the human trafficking.Back