Manjeri: Malayala Manorama Chief Editor’s Trophy for best college magazines were presented at a colourful event here. Noted writer and critic Sunil P Ilayidam who spoke at the event observed that the realities that touch people’s lives often do not get space in the main stream media that has become a fertile ground for mere entertainment, controversies and casual information.
He said that college magazines reflect the social conscience. Mr. Ilayidam noted that the magazines often deal with local issues and initiate conversations about myriad subjects. The college magazines in Kerala have a splendid history of more than a century. He added that a serious study about these magazines haven’t happened in Kerala yet.
Meanwhile, poet S Joseph said that the modern era marked the entry of societies that didn’t indulge in literary activities into the remarkable world of literature. He added that these magazines present unique visions and splendid ideas to its readers.
Majeri Medical College Superintendent Dr. KV Nandakumar, Malayala Manorama Chief News Editor Vinod Nair and social media editor K Tony Joseph spoke at the event.
Dr. Anli Antony, the staff editor and Junaid Abdulla, the student editor of Majeri Medical College’s winning magazine ‘The Fifth Chamber’ received the Malayala Manorama Chief Editor’s trophy from Sunil P Ilayidam. The second place was won by ‘Perinte Onnam Chalana Niyamam’ by Wayanad Pookode College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The trophy was received by the staff editor Dr. CG Umesh and student editor Dr. P Anjana. Meanwhile, the staff editor Dr. Sumi Joy Oliyappuram and student editor KS Chandu of Ernakulam Maharajas College accepted the trophy for third place for their magazine ‘Ottadal’. Besides the trophies and certificates for the colleges and the student editors, the award includes a cash prize of Rs 50,001 for the student editor of the first prize winning magazine, Rs 30,001 for the student editor of the second prize winning magazine and Rs 20,001 for the third prize.