Summer Research Programme 2013
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi organized the 10th consecutive Summer Schoolundertaken as the flagship programme under the auspices of UGC Resource Network. This programme was held at the School of Life Schences from 27 May to 28 June, 2013, under the supervision of Dean, SLS – Professor B.N. Mallick and Faculty of the School – Dr. Ashwani Pareek and Dr. Niti Puri. The main purpose of this program was to expose young minds who gathered here from remote corners of the country to latest developments in the field of biological sciences, and to let them get firsthand experience in research as well to bring them up to date with the state of the art information in contemporary areas of life sciences. The summer school included talks from experts from the arena of modern biology. A total of 30 students from varied field of biology were selected across the nation and each of them was assigned to a mentor and his/her laboratory in the school for pursuing research. Besides this practical training, participants attended one research oriented lecture every day. These lectures were themed in such a way that they covered a vast range of biological research. The program was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Professor S.K. Sopory, who himself is known for his ground-breaking contribution to scientific training and research. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr. Swapan Kumar Dutta, Deputy Director-General Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi. His lecture enlightened the audiences on research work on genetically improving rice to be resistant to disease and provide better nutrition. He also made us aware about the current scenario of Indian agriculture. The school was successful in giving a sound knowledge to the participants for pursing their career in science in future. On completion of the course, candidates were given certificates of their performance and learning.
With this note we would like to say that as knowledge is power, this SLS promises to keep this summer research program going on every year, rekindling young minds and inculcating new innovations.
Dean, School of Life Sciences
Annual Advanced Workshop, conducted by the JNU Badminton Club 2013-14
It has been the tradition in JNU Badminton Club to conduct training camp for students in the beginning of every academic year. This year also the Club organized an advanced camp for the men's and women's team of JNU from 16 to 26 September, 2013 followed by the Fresher's Tournament. The camp was attended by 9 men and 4 women members of the team.
Such activities are essential to sports and help build character, team spirit, leadership qualities and camaraderie among the participants.
The 10 day camp focused on advanced skill and rigorous fitness training exercises for the participants. Different training methods were adopted and discussed during the period both for developing fitness as well as racket skills and court movements.
The Club must thank assistant Director Dr. Vikram Singh who took time out of his busy schedule to take a few fitness training classes. The camp itself was conducted by the conveners of JNU Badminton Club Sumeet Tsering and Koyel Sarkar with help from senior players.
The training imparted was well received by the participants who benefitted immensely from the camp. JNU badminton Club intends to conduct more such camps in the future, especially for new students and beginners to encourage them to take up this enjoyable and fitness oriented sport.
Research Scholar, Centre for the Study of
Regional Development /SSS
Talk on Gender Sensitization at Kaveri Hostel
On the occasion of Freshers' Welcome on 6 October, 2013, a talk on Gender Sensitization was organized in Kaveri Hostel along with the freshers' welcome. The topic of the talk “Love Plus – Ekdum Fresh(er)”! A fun session on love, romance and all that! Professor Nivedita Menon (JNU) and Manak (Must Bol Campaign) participated in the programme and played a key role to make it a grand success.
A post dinner documentary show was arranged on gender sensitization. The documentary 'When Four Friends Meet' which was introduced by Mr. S. Anandha Krishna Raj (Hostel Committee Member) followed by discussions by Vasudha Katju and Divya Padmanaban (JNU). Mr. Mohammad Ahmad, the Hostel President, chaired the talk. This initiative was appreciated by all.
President, Kaveri Hostel
Blood Donation Camp at JNU
The National Service Scheme, NSS JNU, in collaboration with Safdarjung Hospital organized a voluntary Blood Donation Camp on 24 October, 2013 in the Teflas Complex from 10am-4pm.
Prof. Abhijit Karkun, Coordinator NSS JNU and Dr. KB Usha inaugurated the camp and appreciated the efforts of the donors and volunteers in this noble cause. Prof. Karjun said that blood donation was the best service to the human kind. By donating the blood, you help the needy and may save a precious life. To the young and healthy it's no loss. To the sick it is hope of life.
There was a great deal of enthusiasm among the students during the camp. A large number turned up to donate their blood.
All together 63 students voluntarily donated their blood during this six hours camp. Recent spurt of dengue cases in Delhi has led to an increased demand of blood. Refreshments, Certificates & blood-donor cards were given to all the donors.
We should donate blood on regular basis to give back life to someone', said Yoshita,one of the donors.
The event was graced by Prof. Sudhir Kumar Sopory, VC, Prof. Sudha Pai, Rector, Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee, Registrar, and Dr. Saurabh, Medical Officer, JNU. They all appreciated the students who donated their blood and congratulated the NSS JNU for coming forward to organize an event of social benefit and also assured their support for similar events in the days to come.
Md. Farhan Zeb Khan,
1st Year B.A. French (Hons.)
Convener, Blood Donation Camp
Sanskrit Cultural Evening
A year back, on 18 February, 2012, some of the students from the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, got together with the intention of spreading the reach of Sanskrit language in the campus. That was how JNU Vàgvardhinã Pariùad was formed. It began its journey with the support and enthusiasm of the student and teaching community of the University, including the Vice Chancellor, who inaugurated the forum. Since then, the forum has been actively involved in academic activities such as conducting Sanskrit teaching sessions on every Saturday. Apart from these classes, the forum also arranges many other activities like celebrating the Sanskrit week, organizing Sanskrit Cultural Evenings and other such programmes. The forum celebrated its first Sanskrit week through various activities like movie screenings, quiz competitions and encouraging people to learn and speak in Sanskrit. The Pariùad also celebrates Sa§skçti, its annual cultural programme, the only such event to be conducted in the University exclusively in Sanskrit.
This year, as the forum turned two, the vision just got bigger and better. Sa§skçti was organized on a grander scale on the 5th of October. It began with a formal inaugural session, where the Rector Professor Sudha Pai was invited to light the lamp. Professor Sashi Prabha Kumar, Chairperson of the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, chanted Vedic mantras and hoped that the forum would grow from strength to strength. Honourable guests like the secretary of Delhi Sanskrit Academy and the secretary of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan, Ujjain were present, who extended their support and shared their enthusiasm through their kind words. Other members of the faculty like Dr. Girish Nath Jha and Dr. Sudhir Kumar Arya also graced the occasion with their presence.
The cultural evening saw wide participation by students. There was Vedic chanting, Gaõe÷a Vandanà, Group Song, Sattriya Dance, Carnatic Vocal, Stotra Recital, and we also witnessed Mohiniyattam performances. The evening ended with a Sanskrit Play – Madhyamavyàyoga, performed by the students of the Centre. Directed by Gourab Ghosh, a PhD Research Scholar from the Centre for English Studies, the play was the high point of the cultural programme with a perfect blend of a classical aesthetic sensibility with well choreographed action and accompanying music. Based on the play ascribed to Bhàsa, one of the earliest and most celebrated Indian playwrights in Sanskrit, the story was that of Bhima's confrontation with Ghañotkach, his son from Hióimbà.
Ph.D. Research Scholar
Centre for English Studies, SLL&CS
JNU Cricket Team (Men) participates in the North Zone Inter-University Tournament
JNU Men's cricket team participated in the NZ Inter-University Tournament organized by the Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak from 6 October, 2013 the Vaish Institute of Technology grounds, Rohtak. The University of Delhi won the toss and chose to bat first and scored 246 runs in 30 overs. JNU team lost the match by scoring 51 runs in 18 over against their strong opponents was a knockout round.
Team Manager, JNU Cricket Team
The CRS Library has got more than 2000 books on various fields such as: Russian language, literature, culture, history and translation and it has got M.A. Term Papers, M.Phil Dissertations and Ph.D. Thesis submitted by CRS students. The Library also provides huge number of Russian Dictionaries for references and all other academic research and studies. The Library has received more than 200 New Russian Textbooks and audio-video books from Russian Culture Centre, New Delhi.
The CRS Library aims to provide a comprehensive access to all its users to the world of Russian Studies.
Location: Room no. 206, School of language, literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110067.
The CRS Library remains open from Monday to Friday, timings are: 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the morning and 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. in the afternoon. The Research Scholars of the Centre are there to assist the users in order to make the library function smoothly.
Sonu Saini, Assistant Professor
Centre of Russian Studies, SLL&CS