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JNU signs MoU for disaster management centre

The Jawaharlal Nehru University has signed a MoU with the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) for establishing a Centre for Excellence in Disaster Research and Resilience Building at the varsity. The memorandum of understanding was signed on Thursday between Santosh Kumar, NIDM Executive Director, and Prof. S.K. Sopory, JNU, Vice-Chancellor, in the presence of the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju.

According to the MoU, the NIDM will provide financial assistance of Rs. 4.14 crore to JNU over a three year period to start M.Phil and Ph.D programmes in disaster management a first in the country.
"The objective is to initiate research, teaching, capacity and manpower development within a trans-disciplinary framework, which brings science to communities in a manner that it is made usable and understandable to communities in fragile eco-systems."

The MoU will look to build community resilience through better preparedness, legal and governance reforms, enhanced capacity for early detection and warning systems, absorption of indigenous wisdom in administrative systems, resonating vulnerabilities of various kinds, remote sensing and GIS (Geographical Information System) based mitigation efforts and environmental capacity enhancement of local governance.

"Academically, the collaborative nature of this programme would bring the focus to local communities and resource conservation at the grassroot level. The NIDM will move a step forward towards its goal of becoming a deemed university with this collaboration."

The Hindu

Report on Digital India Week for JNU News

Communication & Information Services (CIS), JNU organized the Digital India Week programme on 3 – 4 July, 2015. The objective of this programme was to disseminate the information & promotion of Digital Strength, ICT initiatives of the university and knowledge sharing of digital resources.

The session was inaugurated by Prof. Prasenjit Sen, JNU Rector followed by the welcome address by the Director, CIS. Director-CIS delivered a lecture on Digital Strength and ICT initiatives of JNU where he highlighted theICT Key Focus Areas at JNU a part of Digital Strength. Digital technologies are being increasingly used by us in everyday lives. It helps us to connect with each other and also share information on issues and concerns faced by us.

A dedicated website (http://www.jnu.ac.in/digitalstrength/) was developed for the Digital India Week.

Shri Rajesh Awasthi, Head-Professional Services, NetIP gave a lecture on "Information & Literacy with Cloud Services". He explained about cloud. What is private, public and hybrid cloud? He also highlighted the points regarding challenges in using Cloud. Shri Rajesh Hasija, Country Head, Quantum, talked about "Big Data Analytics Research and Innovations". He talked about how to store data like text, picture, audio, video, genome, oil etc.

Dr. Muktesh Chander, IPS, Special Commissioner of Police, Delhi talked about "Cyber Security". His talk was very innovative and informative. He showed how hackers hack the machine through email attachments. He talked about cyber vulnerability and spear phishing.

Day2 was technical and interactive sessions, which focussed on: "Cloud Computing Framework and Demo of the university's applications running on Public and Private Cloud", "showcase of e-Thesis Tracing Software", "Mobile Apps Design and Development", "Online Courses with Moodle MOOC Platform"and showcase of eOffice applications implemented at JNU. Programme for the dayended with a demo session for "Hindi on use of ICT". Shri Vikram Singh, Central Hindi Training Institute gave the demo session which was very useful for the participants to use Hindi using ICT in their regular work. He showed how to use Hindi easily in Microsoft word.

The programme was very well attended by the staff, students and academicians of the JNU. Rector, Registrar, and Librarian wereamong others who attended all the sessions.

Ritu Nidhi
Communication and Information Services

Report of the Aerobics camp held from 4 to 12 August, 2015

Sports Office organized Aerobics camp at the sports office foyer from 4 to 12 August, 2015. There were 69 participants in all who took part in the camp and found the camp very useful and improved their fitness level to a great extent. Variety of techniques were used for classes held in Aerobics, Boxercise, Zumba fitness, Pilates and yoga cum Pilate (high and low impact) on slow and fast music followed by core muscle strengthening and stretching and relaxation in cooling down session.

Vikram Singh
Assistant Director, Physical Education

Sanskrit Week 2015 on Yoga: Theory and Practice

The special centre for Sanskrit studies organized a five-day long Sanskrit week programme on the theme "Yoga - Theory and Practice". The celebrations began on 25 August, 2015, Tuesday at the seminar hall in SCSS with the traditional lightening of the lamp and a svastivaachan, following the auspicious tunes of the Sivasa?kalpasukta sung by the students of the centre. After the felicitation of the guests, the convener of the session introduced the acclaimed guests of the day and Prof. C. Upendra Rao, Chairperson, SCSS delivered his welcome address with a hint of the age old yoga tradition in India and how the word Yoga has added to its meanings over time such as kriya yoga, bhakti yoga, gnana yoga and raja yoga. In the inaugural address Prof. S. K. Sopory, Vice-chancellor, JNU expressed his happiness in being a part of the celebration at the centre along with how gladly he looks forward for the advancing sessions. He further discussed about Kashmir Saivism and Yoga.

Thereafter, Prof. P. N. Shastry, Vice-chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and chief-guest of the session addressed the audience briefly in Sanskrit along with the gist of the main points in English. He basically discussed how yoga has evolved and the change in perspective over the period of time. Ms. Veena Joshi, Joint Secretary, IGNCA, who was the guest of honor, gave a very profound talk on yoga guru BKS Iyengar. The keynote address, given by Swami Anant Bharati, Director, Swami Keshvanand Yoga Sansthan, Delhi included a brief life history beginning from a Gurukul in Ayodhya.

Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director, Tibet House as the main speaker delivered his speech on Buddhist Yoga : Theory and Practice . The guest of honour for the day was Ms. T. Anamika, Advocate, Supreme Court, who gave her beautiful speech on how to practice yoga in real life, another guest Pravrajika Divyanandaprana, Ramakrishna Sharada Mission presided over the session and presented profound speech on yoga.

On the third day of the celebration week the topic was Jain Yoga : Theory and Practice. Dr. Manendra Prasad Singh, Member Secretary, ICPR discussed the relation between theory and therapy and the contribution of India to the world. Following him, the speaker of the day, Samani Malli Prajña ji, Professor, Department of Yoga & Science of Living, Women's College, Ladnun (Rajasthan) gave an elaborate and detailed concept of Jain yoga, its philosophy and practice with few demonstrations which can help every individual in the daily life. In the afternoon session, an inter-university extempore Sanskrit elocution competition was organized. Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee, Registrar, JNU was the chief-guest and Chairperson Prof. Rao delivered welcome address. Students of M.A. (Sanskrit) from different universities spoke on various aspects of Yoga. On the fourth day, Mr. Malay Mishra, Former Indian Ambassador in Hungry spoke on Yoga in Contemporary Times. The session was chaired by Prof. Narayan Prasad, Dept. of Economics, IGNOU. Another guest from the ministry of AYUSH Dr. Rakhi shared her insights and experiences with yoga and Ayurveda.

In the valedictory session, Mr. S. Vasudev Rao, IPS, Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, who was the chief guest, highlighted the need of modification and inter linkages between Sanskrit, yoga and others. Dr. Ashok Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Laboratory Medicines, AIIMS delivered a speech on Yoga: Inward Olympics with the puzzle of consciousness as the main speaker. Swami Padmaprakash Jnana Thapaswi, Santhi Giri Ashram, New Delhi graced the occasion as guest of honour. He shared the importance of guru in life. Thereafter, another guest of honour Dr. Jeet Ram Bhatt, Secretary, Delhi Sanskrit Academy discussed the various aspects of yoga philosophy. Prof. Ramesh Kumar Pandey, Vice-chacellor, SLBS Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi gave his concluding remark as the chair of the session. Then, prizes inter-university extempore Sanskrit elocution competition were distributed. The session and celebration concluded with a vote of thanks followed with Santipa?ha.

Associate Professor
The Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies


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