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Learning Russian through Technology

The Centre of Russian Studies has established a Modern Multimedia Language Lab (MML) in Room no. 126. The MML has been operational for the students of the Centre. This lab is equipped with five desktop computers with latest configuration (Intel i7), which enables to work on the machinea at highest speed. All computers have audio-video material in Russian language, recording facility, web camera with video conference facility, Russian TV, Russian Radio, Russian-English-Russian dictionary, English-Hindi Dictionary, scanners, etc.

The language learning computer software with more than 1000 exercises, texts with audio and video make learning and drilling process easy and interesting. Students can independently practice the aspects that have been taught in the class. A list of suggested website links on Russian Language, Literature, Translation, History, etc. is also displayed in the lab. This suggested list will be a guide to the students who have started to explore the web to develop their language skills as well as for research purpose. The research scholars of the centre are also there to assist the users in order to make the operation of computers smooth and sound.

The Multimedia language lab has been established based on the innovative teaching methodology Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). The objectives of the MML are:
• Enhance spoken skills through various computer programs.
• Communicative fluency through Skype and other interactive programs.
• To develop interactive approach in learning the foreign language.
• To enable effective learning and motivation in learning foreign language.
• Enhance student's/ researcher's knowledge and achievement.
• Access to authentic study material.
• Provide every individual enough time to practice or drilling.
• Base to make a high tech environment for teaching and learning process.
• Experience of exploring the global standards.

The modern Multimedia Language Lab will develop the confidence level of students and motivate them to use their language skills outside the classroom as well. This is one of the best techniques for students who are shy in nature and willing to develop their skills through technical aids. The modern Multimedia Lab would have a positive effect on the achievement levels of Russian language learners in the University.

Sonu Saini, Assistant Professor
Centre of Russian Studies, SLL&CS

Video Conferencing Facility through SMART TV

Video-conferencing (or video teleconferencing) is the synchronous two-way connection of two or more locations through audio and video equipment. There are number of universities nowadays moving ahead in sharing academic experience through video-conferencing facility. It is one of the methods of extending classrooms to students at different locations worldwide. In order to cope up with the need of hour the CRS has obtained a SMART TV recently. This SMART TV is attached with web-camera, microphone and is Skype enabled.

The SMART-TV is not just an ordinary TV but is a smart step towards innovative education by providing the use of new technologies such as video-conferencing, etc. Such a facility has enabled our Centre to organize long distance lectures/consultations/discussions for the benefit of the students. This gadget is also enabled with Russian free to air channels, through which students and faculties can watch live Russian news, cultural and academic programs. The Centre is establishing contacts with the universities abroad to organise academic activities through video conferencing. The students of the centre are highly motivated and inspired by the use of this technology.

Sonu Saini, Assistant Professor
Centre of Russian Studies, SLL&CS

Dance and Music classes in JNU Campus: Initiatives of the JNU Faculty Club

Jawaharlal Nehru University Faculty Club, JNUFC is a social and cultural club. The purpose of having such a club in the campus is to have a platform where the faculty and their family members can interact and participate in myriad and meaningful activities. All round the year JNUFC organizes events, both cultural and sports for faculty, their spouses and children.

Since 2005, EC members of the Faculty Club took initiatives to start music and dance classes for the faculty and their children. Dr. Abhijit Karkun, Dr. K. Mohd. Ekrammudin, Dr. Rizwanur Rahman and myself could invite some of the reputed teachers for various activities like Kuchipudi, Odisi, Kathak classes and also Hindustani vocal music along with painting classes.

Kuchipudi dance is taught by famous couple dancers, Padma Shri Guru Jaya Rama Rao (9868228890) and Smt. Banashri Rao (9868113677). Odissi Dance is taught by Ms. Kalayani Behera (9871834004) Kathak dance and music is taught by Pandit Ghanshamji (9810470160) and painting classes are taken by Ms. Indira (9868637224) in a small room at Faculty Center opposite IHA. One can call the teachers and enroll for these classes.

The dance classes are not only attended by the children of faculty but also students and they have been performing at various places in India like youth festivals, conferences and also have gone abroad.
The campus has more than 100 children of faculty at any given time, they are born and most of the time grow up in this beautiful campus. These kids have got ample opportunities to learn fine arts and hone their creative skills.

Lawn tennis is another activity started by the faculty club, which is running successfully in the tennis lawns, and faculty, their children and students too go for coaching classes and play regularly.

JNUFC regularly organizes football matches for the children and cricket matches for the faculty with some fun games to celebrate the Republic Day and Independence Day. Painting competitions are also organized on these days along with colorful kite flying.

As more and more young and energetic faculty joins the campus, it would be wonderful to come together, make JNU a place to learn fine arts and involve in sports, and cherish beautiful moments.

Sunita Reddy, Assistant Professor
Centre of Social Medicine, Community Health, SSS

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan Visit JNU

Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan made an official visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University on 2 December, 2013. They were accorded a warm welcome on their arrival at the Administration Block by the Vice-Chancellor and the Rector. The welcome function organized at Vice-Chancellor's office was attended by the Chancellor, Prof. K. Kasturirangan, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. S.K. Sopory, Rector, Prof. Sudha Pai, Dean of Students and Deans of Schools. After a brief introduction of the dignities and presentation of gifts to Their Majesties, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. S.K. Sopory, made a brief power point presentation on Jawaharlal Nehru University. Their Majesties were greatly delighted to know about JNU's achievements and its contribution to the society as a National University. After the function, Their Majesties made a short visit to the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) in School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies (SLL&CS) and to the main Library. Their Majesties were welcomed by the Centre Chairperson, Prof. Anita Khanna and escorted to the classroom on the second floor of SLL&CS. Their Majesties spent around 12 minutes in the class room watching there the class conducted by Prof. P.A. George for the post graduate students. After the class, Their Majesties interacted with the faculty members of CJS and those students present in the class. Their Majesties were greatly impressed by the high level of language proficiency and confidence level of our students and their active participation in the class, and praised the students before leaving the classroom. Their Majesties also had a look at the text books and teaching materials for undergraduate courses in the Centre. These books were displayed at the entrance of the classrooms. CJS gifted some of its faculty publications to their Majesties. As a token of their kind acknowledgement and appreciation, their Majesties gifted few books authored by Empress Michiko to the Centre.

From SLL&CS, Their Majesties went to the Main Library where they were welcomed by the Librarian, Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur. In the Library, They were shown some books which were displayed at the Journal Section. Thereafter, Their Majesties had an interactive section with JNU students inside the front Lobby of the Library. Their Majesties were seen off by the Librarian and the faculty members of CJS.

Their Majesties visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University would not have been carried out smoothly without full cooperation and support by the staff and officials including Estate Branch and Engineering Branch.

Anita Khanna, Chairperson
Centre for Japanese Studies, SLL&CS

JNU Badminton team's participation in the N.N Inter-University Tournament

After a gap of many years, the JNU Badminton team again participated in the North Zone Inter-University Badminton tournament. This was also only the 2nd time when the women's team participated in the event. The tournament was organized at the well laid out indoor badminton hall of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 13 to 16 December, 2013.

Four boys and four girls comprised the JNU Badminton team. Since it was the first time any of the participating players were playing in a tournament outside JNU, it was valuable learning experience which will help them as well as the Badminton Club in future. Women's team lost to the doubles players from Lucknow University in the women's category. Men's team reached the 2 round of the event in the top 16 teams out of total 37 teams from all over North Zone and lost to Jammu University.

The Badminton Club wants to thank the JNU sports office for ensuring out participation and Assistant Director (PE) Dr. Vikram Singh for accompanying the team on both days and giving valuable tips to the players. At the same time we would also like to thank other members of JNU community who cooperated with and helped us to ensure practice and participation of the team.

The JNU Badminton Club intends to implement the lessons learnt from participating in such tournaments so as to ensure better functioning of the club in the campus as well as for encouraging participation of students in sports in general.

Koyel Sarkar
Convener (JNU Badminton Club)
Sports Office

Post- Dinner Talks in Kaveri Hostel

In keeping with the glorious academic tradition of JNU, Kaveri Hostel mess was booked for more than two dozen programmes in two months for post dinner talks. Eminent speakers from various universities and associations discussed different topics. A large number of Kaveri residents participated in the programmes and placed their views before the audience during the question and answer sessions. Some select programmes (titles) with dates and names of speakers are as follows:

  1. "Atrocities on Dalit women and Indian society"by P. Sivakamion 1 October, 2013.
  2. "Communal riots in India"by Hafiz Manzoor, N.D. Pancholi on 2 October, 2013.
  3. "Dalit women rights" by VimalThorat on 3 October 2013.
  4. "Pasmanda discourse: reality and challenges" by Ashok Yadav, Khalid Anis Ansari, Dr. S. Islahi on 11 October 2013.
  5. "Jazeera struggle against sand and mining mafia in Kerala" by Anup, Elizabath on 14 October 2013.
  6. "PH issues" by PH students on 24 October 2013.
  7. "Hindu Fascism: A Dalit Adivasi Critique" by Anita Bharti, A K Pankar, SushmaAsur on 25 October 2013.
  8. "Debating experience and theory" by Prof. Gopal Guru, Prof. SundarSarukkai on 27 October 2013.
  9. "Remembering OmprakashValmiki" by Prof. Tulsi Ram, Dr. Vivek Kumar, Dr. Umakant on 17 November 2013.
  10. "Debating theory and experience" by Prof. Gopal Guru, Prof. SundarSarukkai, Edward Rodrigues, Mary John on 27 November 2013.
  11. "Communalization of Indian polity" by Harinder Singh, ManishaBangar, AftabAlam on 2 December 2013.
  12. "Caste atrocities in Lakshmipeta and question of land" by SimmyBabu, Dr. G.Srinivas on 5 December 2013.
  13. "Ram kenam (Movie)" by AnandPathwardhan on 6 December 2013.
  14. "Nelson Mandela: The long walk to Freedom" by Anand Kumar, Anwar Pasha, Anuradha Chenoy, A.K. Ghosh, Kamal Chenoy on 7 December 2013.

Mohammad Ahmad
President, Kaveri Hostel


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