Stella Maris College, through its various academic and co-curricular initiatives, emphasises ‘Whole Person Education’. In keeping with the objectives of the College and the UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the College has initiated activities that protect and promote our rich cultural heritage. In order to help students be encouraged to preserve the finer aspects of Indian culture and heritage, every effort is made through sensitisation, training, research and practice, to instil in students a sense of pride in their culture and tradition.

With the support of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA), Stella Maris College (Autonomous) is working on a three-year project titled 'Promotion of Folklore, Culture and Heritage of Tamil Nadu for Sustainable Development'. The objective of the project is to create awareness, and ownership by appreciation, among students of the folklore, culture and heritage of Tamil Nadu. This will lead to a greater appreciation for, and documentation of traditions – in art, folklore, folk artistry, culture, heritage, sustainable practices and bio-cultural heritage - that will go a long way in the conservation of traditional knowledge. This initiative is expected to help students develop a connection with their roots and provide opportunities for public service and volunteerism.


                                                     FOLKLORE, CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF TAMIL NADU;

Stella Maris College and its partnership with the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA), emphasises 'Whole Person Education' through its various academic and co-curricular initiatives. In keeping with this objective, the institutional Project on ' Promotion of Folklore, Culture and Heritage of Tamil Nadu for Sustainable Development' has been organising several activities through the various clubs on campus.

In the course of these activities, a book on Folklore, Culture and Heritage of Tamil Nadu- A Glimpse was compiled. This book is a collation of facts on the state of Tamil Nadu, throwing light on art, architecture, culture, folklore and other aspects of the State. By creating awareness of this rich heritage of the State, the team believes it could foster great interest, appreciation, ownership and a desire to conserve tradition and practices especially among students.

Compiled by the Project leaders, Dr. Kalpana Jayaraman of the Dept. of Zoology, Dr. Priya George, of the Dept. Of Social Work and Dr. Dolly Thomas of the Dept. of History, the book has been used as a resource to train students of the Heritage Club. These students, in turn, have coached children across twenty one schools across the city of Chennai.

A copy of the book is on display in the College library. Those interested may contact the Project leaders.