The Student Development Council (SDC) of BALM takes on the responsibility of representing BALM’s student body. The BALM SDC voices the needs, wants and concerns of the student body to the administration. It is also responsible for inculcating the spirit and values of the college by initiating events, competitions, seminars, workshops and other developmental programmes.
Student Development Council Officers:
- Vice President
- Deputy Treasurer
- Deputy Secretary
The SDC also encourages and supports various student clubs mentioned below. All students are welcome to voluntarily join these clubs. Each club is led by two first and second year representatives who are elected democratically. A student cannot head more than one club. However, students are welcome to be members of multiple clubs as per their interests.
The Ramabai Ambedkar- Dayamani Barla Group
The Ramabai Ambedkar and Dayamani Barla SC/ST Student Group, named after the long-suffering wife of B. R. Ambedkar and the fiery Adivasi activist Barla from Jharkhand, which aims to help SC/ST students work together on scholarship issues, help incoming SC/ST students and generate political awareness among SC/ST students on campus.
The BALM Gender Studies Group
Inspired by the March 8 Women’s Day event on campus, some students have come together to start the BALM Gender Studies Group which will do readings, events and activism around gender issues.
Dalit/ Adivasi Reading Group
The Savitribai Phule- Soni Sori Reading Group focuses on issues of Dalit and Adivasi communities by foregrounding the importance of knowing histories. The Reading Group chooses one text per week and debates personal and political opinions pertaining to structures of oppression perpetuated through the prisms of caste and tribes. This group is named after two strong and courageous women activists who spent/is spending their lives fighting systemic oppression. They began with C. R. Bijoy’s article “The Adivasis of India: A History of Discrimination, Conflict and Resistance” and are currently reading Arundhati Roy’s “Walking With the Comrades.”
Foucault Reading Group
The Foucault Reading Group meets every week to read texts of Michel Foucault, the noted political philosopher and to discuss their relevance in present contexts. They were reading one of Foucault’s earliest works with respect to mental health Mental Illness and Psychology the previous semester. They will begin reading his monumental The History of Madness in the next semester.
Poetry Reading Group
The poetry reading group offers students a forum to read, write and discuss poetry. It is currently reading Peter MacDonald’s essay “The Learning of Poetry” from The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, University of Belfast’s journal The Yellow Nib.
The Enlightenment Club
The Enlightenment Club gives students a platform to discuss and share their thoughts, views and concerns related to academics, current affairs and philosophy. This club organises movie screenings, guest lectures, book discussions, debates and so on. This space provides students with an opportunity to share reflections, insights and engage in learning, as students with diverse academic, cultural and geographical backgrounds come together and share their views and perspectives.
The aim of this club is to strengthen theoretical base, broaden perspective and deepen knowledge through reflections and insights.
The purpose of the Media Club is to give students the opportunity to creatively use their talents through digital media. The students may use different types of media as per their needs and interests. They may engage in activities such as blogging, contributing to the common newsletter, making documentary on an issue of concern that requires attention, photography, keeping the BALM social media active and alive. Apart from organising events, the club organises workshops for documentary making, creative writing and other as per the needs and interest.
The Cultural club organises and promotes extra-curricular activities such as Dance, Theatre and Music among the students. This club aims to promote cultural festivals, participate in inter university competitions and organise events and fests in campus. Organising and / or participating in events is to be approved by the HoD or the Dean. The cultural club will also be responsible for preparing and performing dance, plays and music related events during seminars, symposium and other events organised in the college. They are expected to include the residents in the various activities which they do. The club can organise workshops and interactions with professionals in the field. The club is also responsible for organising festivals from various parts of India, representing regional cultures.
For students active in sports and games, the Sports Club arranges events and competitions in and off campus with the support of the Students Development Cell. An Annual Sports Day is organised in campus for students, residents of The Banyan and faculty by the sports club. The Sports club organises well-being workshops, Yoga/Meditation sessions etc. The indoor games that are available include Carom and Table Tennis. The members can explore and participate in the activities of other clubs such as “Chennai Adventure Clubs” as well as facilitate others in doing so. Events in the community can be organised with the assistance of the surfing school “Social Serving Point” on the Kovalam beach. He has been closely associated with “The Banyan”, he was a volunteer here too.