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Special Lecture on "Tracing Cultural Transfers between the Tibetan Buddhist Traditions and India"

At the outset Prof. C. Upender Rao introduced Mr. Rolf Scheuermann from the University of Vienna who is working on the project of "Cultural Transfers and Cross Contacts in the Himalayan Borderlands".

Having graduated from the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi, Mr. Rolf Scheuermann further received a Magistra in Philosophy (Masters) with distinction in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Then, Prof. Rao spoke on Buddhist Schools in Tibet and on the importance of Tibetan Buddhism.

Mr. Rolf spoke on the theme "Tracing Cultural Transfers between the Tibetan Buddhist Traditions and India". He explained sGam po pa bSod nams rin chen (1079 – 1153) was an important system during the second spread of Buddhism in Tibet. This talk introduced his very influential, though so far relatively neglected, Four Dharma (chos bzhi) doctrine and explored the flux of thought between the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Examining commonalities with related doctrines, a hypothesis for their resemblance was offered, portraying the Four Dharma doctrine as both, a successor of Indian thought and a Tibetan recreation.

C. Upender Rao
Professor
Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies



Antarchakshu

Antarchakshu – The Eye WithinTM New Delhi 2012 was an engaging event hosted by the Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE), National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Dehra Dun, Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, Saksham Trust, New Delhi and Sightsavers. It was a one of a kind sensitization process to provide an opportunity to the larger community to not just experience and explore the world of the disabled, but understand it; a world which is not that different.

Antarchakshu was held on the 4, 5 and 6 of October 2012 at the Convention Centre with the following objectives:

  1. To sensitize participants to the world of the differently-abled. To develop insights regarding the 'HOW' of their world and hence, demystify the myths and prejudices that exist.
  2. Through the experience, participants to give valuable insights of personal strength, ability to work around situations, power of imagination and the inherent human capacity to overcome odds through innovation and determination.
  3. To showcase the abilities of people with visual impairment, in specific, and to create awareness about their life among the general public.
  4. To facilitate in providing an interface between PWDs on one hand and the service providers, employers etc. for the empowerment of PWDs.
  5. To targeted different stakeholders linked to the government, the educational system, the corporate world, the legal fraternity, and the financial and banking community as well as the public at large so as to appropriately sensitize them to the lives of PWDs, in order to ensure an inclusive society.
  6. To also targeted key persons located in the government and corporates, so as to widen their understanding of the requirements of PwDs and ensure that equitable rules and policies are implemented within the mainstream administration.

On the first day, the event commenced at 12:00 noon and went on till 8:00 p.m. while on the second and third day, the event began at 10:30 a.m. and ended at 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively.

The event began with the participants registering themselves at the registration desk where they were given a bookmark with their name written on it in Braille and in standard print, along with a scorecard for the number of activities that were lined up. Shri Mukul Wasnik, Hon'ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India inaugurated the event on the 4 of October at 12 noon and went on to be the event's first participant. Prof S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi was the final participant of the event on the 6 of October 2012 at 5:00p.m. His participation was followed by a valedictory function where he congratulated all the partner organizations and volunteers who helped to make the event a grand success.

The various activities included the blindfolding of participants who were oriented to the use of the white cane. They were then instructed by the volunteers to walk up and down a slope following a tactile marking on the floor that could be detected with the help of the cane and walk along an obstacle-ridden course.

In the games and activity zone, the participants were instructed about the various tasks one after the other. They were scored depending on their performance in each of the tasks. The total score was out of 70, and a score above 60 in the activities was considered a good score. The activities included calculating an amount of money from bowls containing old and new coins, using accessible talking calculator, locating 2 metropolitan cities on tactile map, using a basic computer to type their name, to play football and eat, all while being blindfolded.

For the next section, the participants had to remove their blindfolds as exhibits/information which included an accessible ATM in banking section, educational reform information and employment section along with other devices, were presented to them in sighted format. At this juncture, the participants displayed varying emotions on being asked to remove the blindfold.

The next element was the introduction of audio description while watching television and movies. After having seen the exhibition, the participants finally stepped into the last section of the event wherein they had to fill in a feedback form. Also, based on the points they scored in each of the games played, they were given a gift pack and a folder with facts about the XRCVC, the field of disability as well as some Braille stationery. This was followed by a de-briefing session wherein each of the participants sat with our visually challenged volunteers and discussed their personal experience of the entire event and how they could use their experience at Antarchakshu, in their personal and professional life and help in creating further awareness.

Antarchakshu helped a lot of people think about inclusion. The feedback received from the participants at the event was warm and encouraging. Of the total responses, it was found that 97.31% of the participants found Antarchakshu 2012 to be a wonderful sensitization and awareness generation event. The feedback also stated that after going through the experiences the event had to offer, around 91.27% of the participants had a change in their perceptions and how they view or think about the lives of people with disabilities and visual impairments in specific. A lot of the participants also went through the exhibition and found it to be informative with 94.03% stating that they gained more knowledge on the assistive aids and devices that are available for people with disabilities. In all the feedback that the participants gave helped the organizers know that event, Antarchakshu – The Eye Within, Delhi 2012 was a wonderful experience for the former and that a lot of myths were broken. This year, the total footfall for the three-day event was 1540 participants.

JNU Antarchakshu Team



Ninth H.L. Parvana Memorial Lecture

The Centre for Political Studies (CPS), School of Social Sciences, JNU in association with the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) organized the Ninth H. L. Parvana Memorial Lecture on 29 October 2012 at the Auditorium of JNU Convention Centre. The Lecture titled "Nailing a Crisis Lacking a Name: Cognition, Politics, Policy, C. 2007-2012" was delivered by Professor Gopalan Balachandran of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Comrade H. L. Parvana (1923-1975) was a selfless trade unionist. He led various national campaigns for the cause of bank employees. This lecture is organized annually by the H. L. Parvana Endowment, which was created in JNU in 2001 out of donation made by the AIBEA. Professor Pralay Kanungo of Centre for Political Studies introduced legacy of the H. L. Parvana Endowment. This Endowment is fitting tribute to H. L. Parvana and his commitments. Professor Sudha Pai, Rector of JNU, chaired the Lecture session. She introduced the speaker as one the bright alumni of JNU. Professor G. Balachandran started by speaking of his close association with Indian trade union movement during 1970s, when H. L. Parvana was actively engaged in trade union movements for employees of bank and insurance companies and other social movements including campaign for bank nationalization.

The speaker first introduced global financial crisis in 2007-2008 with the threat of total collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock markets around the world. Then he discussed different phases of global financial crisis till 2012, which had ripple effect of 2008 crisis. During this period many European countries and others fell into global recession and debt crisis. In this lecture, he also discussed how big retailers (retail chains) adopted skewed employment strategies during this period bypassing many labour laws and forcing their employees to accept their employment terms in order to retain jobs. This kind of employment strategies are still continuing, which pose a considerable threat to global trade union movement.

The speaker of this lecture framed three sets of connected reflections on the politics of knowledge in the current crisis. The speaker first addressed the elusiveness of this crisis, as a totality, to conventional scientific imagination. Then he explored political and other conflicts over the crisis's nature, timeline, causes, and possible solutions to understand why some elements of the crisis appear to be better understood than others, while efforts to tackle the crisis as a whole have been beset by long periods of deadlock and paralysis. Finally he discussed the implications of this for our understanding of the politics of social knowledge, generally, as well as of representation and public policy.

The Lecture concluded with Chair's remarks and vote of thanks by Shri S.P. Sharma, Secretary of the Delhi State Bank Employees Federation (an affiliate to AIBEA). He also paid tribute to Shri H. L. Parvana as a pioneer and architect of a trade movement for bank employees, which Shri Parvana started along with legendary Shri Prabhat Kar during pre-independence period.

Anup Kumar Das
Documentation Officer
Centre for Studies in Science Policy, SSS


Third Students' Seminar

Students of the West Asian Studies organized the Third Annual Seminar on Society and Politics in West Asia and North Africa. The previous seminars in this Series were held on 7 April 2010 and 19 September 2011 with Abdul Rahman Ansari and Md. Muddassir Quamar acting as Seminar Coordinators, respectively. Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, a doctoral candidate in the Centre for West Asian Studies, functioned as the Coordinator of the Third Students' Seminar.

The Seminar was divided into four sessions on Society and Politics in West Asia, Role of Media and Women and Society and Politics in North Africa and the last session was the Round Table discussion. Close to 70 students and teachers actively participated in the daylong Seminar and a significant number of them were from other centres of the School. During the Seminar, eleven young researchers presented thought provoking papers, which were actively discussed and deliberated by a panel of discussants.

Since the blossoming of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia in early 2011, the West Asian and North African region has witnessed popular uprising and turmoil. Grass roots social movements have strengthened the political dynamism of the region, reflecting the rising demands for political rights, good governance, accountability and social progress. With the active participation of young researchers, the Seminar functioned as a platform for the exchange of ideas and perceptions.

Each session ended with a round of questions from the audience and the final session was dedicated to a Round Table discussion where a number of important issues were flagged. The participants discussed the possibilities of organizing such all-student seminars in each semester. The issue of publishing papers presented during the Student Seminar was also highlighted. As in previous two occasions, the daylong seminar, which also included a formal lunch, was organized through voluntary contributions from students and teachers of the West Asian Studies. As in 2011, certificates were issued to research scholars were who presented papers or functioned as Chairs or Discussants.

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam
Ph.D Scholar, CWAS/SIS

Lecture on Exploring the Neighbourhood System of Innovation

The Centre for Studies in Science Policy organized a lecture titled "Regional Poles in Their Neighbourhood: Exploring the Neighbourhood System of Innovation" on 15 November 2012 as part of CSSP Special Lecture Series. The Lecture was delivered by Professor Mammo Muchie, who is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. The session Chair, Professor V.V. Krishna of CSSP introduced the speaker as one of the strong voices for innovation systems in the global South. Professor Muchie is closely associated with Globelics and other innovation networks in the Global South including Africa.

The speaker first introduced the concept of regional integration through neighbourhood interactions. He opines if neighbourhood interactions take place on the basis of static comparative advantage where the economies in the region transact what they already produce, then the relationship is likely to be non-dynamic and non-transformative. And, if the interactions take place with economic linkages where the interactions promote knowledge, learning, innovation, and competence building (KLICs), and facilitate value added manufactures and service exchanges, then the relationship is likely to be transformative and is more likely to include developmental features.

The speaker then introduced a conceptual framework of neighbourhood system of innovation. He proposed that the interaction between economies within the respective regions can be studied by employing systems of innovation perspective. This may provide a fertile space for furthering the theoretical framework of systems of innovation. More importantly, the application of the systems of innovation perspective will provide a window on the quality of interactions in economic, education, productive activities and institutions. This ambition to create knowledge on how regional integration evolve by using the systems of innovation perspective will help policymakers to pursue the regional integration approach to development or find ways to address weaknesses and build on strengths. Regional poles have geographical proximity with their neighbours and they are also within the world economy. They can work together better by integrating with their neighbours to improve their capabilities to deal with the challenges of the world economy.

Then he gave an overview of African regional integration. The African countries have agreed on a minimum integration programme (MIP). The MIP comprises those activities, projects and programmes that the Africa's Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have selected to accelerate and bring to completion as part of the regional and continental integration process. He feels that there is a strong need of comprehensive integration through innovation system approach. Nighbourhood system of innovation can strengthen South Africa's regional integration with the rest of Africa in particular to the Southern Africa region.

He also explored the possibilities of neighbourhood systems of innovation in South Asian and other Asian sub-regions, where growth engines and global players in innovation are situated. Countries, such as India, China, South Korea, and Japan can help in developing neighbourhood systems of innovation and help their respective neighbourhood innovation ecosystem.

The Lecture concluded with Chair's remarks and a vibrant interaction with the researchers of the Centre. The audience was particularly keen to know the present scenario in neighbourhood systems of innovation in different African countries, which the speaker explained very eloquently.

Anup Kumar Das
Documentation Officer
Centre for Studies in Science Policy, SSS

Tenth Conference of the India Association of Social Sciences and Health

The Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, JNU organized the Tenth Conference of the India Association of Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) in collaboration with Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia. The Conference was organized from 21 to 23 November 2012 at the Convention Centre, JNU to address the thematic areas of health, regional disparities and social development. Health has been seen as a goal which drives individuals and governments alike for creating an enabling environment for access and utilization of health care resources with equal opportunity for all individuals, without any regional, social and economic discrimination. Prof S Thorat, Chairman, ICSSR, New Delhi inaugurated the conference and the valedictory address was given by Dr JK Das, Director, NIHFW. Prof Ravi K Verma, Director ICRW delivered a special lecture on this occasion. Prof D Banerji, Prof Emeritus, JNU, Prof PKB Nair and Prof KE Vaidyanathan were honoured for their distinguished contribution in the field of Social Sciences and health.

KR Nayar, President, Organizing Committee
Sanghmitra S Acharya, Organizing Secretary
Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, SSS

International conference to celebrate 40 years of CSSS

The Centre for the Study of Social Systems marked its 40th year by holding a three day international conference on "Sociology Matters: Challenges and Possibilities of Social Science Knowledge in Contemporary India" from December 18-20, 2012. It was a centre that had begun with the basic understanding that social sciences have a critical role in making a just and democratic society. In keeping with the vision that privileged an engaged relationship between critical knowledge and a free society that the centre decided to foreground the relevance of sociology in the context of contemporary challenges of globalization. It may not be irrelevant therefore to dwell on the perspective with which this conference was organized for this theme is relevant to universities across the world and within our own country.

It would not be an exaggeration to claim that there is a paradigm shift in the way higher education is being imagined both globally and in India. There are two central issues that are shaping this new imagination. The first issue pertains to a revised notion of state funding and the social value of higher education. The second issue pertains to the aspirations of a new generation of students for whom employability would be a critical imperative. Both these issues in some ways suggest that the days of critical social sciences and theoretical reflection are over. However the two issues cannot be adequately addressed unless we challenge the perceived dichotomy: of theoretical and empirical research on one hand and critical and useful knowledge on the other. Sociology in general and Indian sociology in particular has had an intellectual history of engaging with these dichotomies. Sociology, as has been practiced at CSSS since its inception, has made a unique contribution to this intellectual engagement with the dichotomies.

In keeping with this vision, specific themes for sessions were fixed and care was taken to ensure representation from universities across India as well as abroad.

Symposium-I Modernity and Globalization.
Sociology's exploration of the two grand themes–Modernity and Globalization– have expanded our understanding of the world we live in. While there is consensus around the salience of 'modernity' and 'globalisation', its substance and value has been a matter of debate. One of the consequences of this continuing conversation in the social sciences is that these concepts are no longer singular teleological points far out in the horizon of aspiration for the rest of us! The terms themselves are now multiple and plural, a reflection of the energetic exchanges within the discipline.
The speakers were:
1. Anand Kumar
2. Tim Scrase
3. Chandrashekhar Bhat
4. Rajni Palriwal
5. Misha Petrovic

Symposium-II: Visions of Modernity: Some Indian perspectives.
The symposium sought to re-engage with visions of some critical Indian thinkers. Gandhi's critique of a satanic civilization and its implicit violence, his plea for Swaraj based on the principles of 'oceanic circles', and man's harmonic engagement with nature; Tagore's poetic universalism and his acute awareness of the discontents of militant nationalism; and Nehru's ambivalence, his romance with India, his 'socialist' urge and his willingness to modernise/ industrialise, and moreover, his project of a secular state promoting 'scientific temper'.
The speakers were:
1. Avijit Pathak
2. Debal Singh Ray
3. Manindra Thakur
4. Priya Naik
5. Roddur De

Symposium-III: Sociology Of India: Then and Now.
The fortieth anniversary of the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) provided a vantage-point to reflect, assess and evaluate Indian Sociology's journey. The past four decades have been a witness to critical events, even as significant new processes were initiated at home and in the world. In the discipline we have had contributions that have nudged us to acknowledge new areas of enquiry, even as sociologists flagged off fresh methodological concerns. Speakers in this symposium have had distinct intellectual trajectories. Their journeys are a witness to the vitality of the discipline.
The speakers were:
1. R.K. Jain
2. Sujata Patel
3. Satish Deshpande
4. Frank Welz
5. Lina Fruzzetti

Symposium-IV: Modernity, Democracy and Citizenship.
The symposium sought to discuss issues of social exclusions and processes of marginalization in the context of growing acceptance of democracy and values such as equality and human dignity. Further it sought to see how empirical researches by sociologists inform "action" and "policy" of the state and other actors who are working towards building an inclusive India.
The speakers were:
1. Surinder S. Jodhka
2. Dipankar Gupta
3. Boike Rehbein
4. Bimol Akoijam
5. Vivek Kumar
In keeping with the focus on challenges to social sciences it was decided to look at a core issue that lies at the heart of any teaching discipline: the curricula. A Round Table-I on "Sociology of the Curricula" was held on 18th December 2012. The idea that informed it was that the classroom is a vibrant and fertile incubator of concepts yet to come. It is a space that interrogates the legacy of the discipline. Participants in this discussion came from diverse locations not just within the country but across the globe challenging perceived notions of hierarchies and differences in issues that confront higher education in the west and non west.

A Round table –II This round table discussion on 'Disability in Academia' tried to take stock of the marginality of the disability question in Indian scholarship and how slow but steady signs of acknowledgement are becoming visible. This round table also looked at the challenges within the academic world, its linkages with the market and the state, and the need for rights – based approaches. The questions about institutionalizing disability studies in Indian universities thus paving the way for creating space for understanding disability from the southern perspective in the larger global disability discourses was also explored.

Apart from the round tables, there were three short films - "Singing Pictures: Women Painters Of Naya" directed by Lina Fruzzeti, Akos Ostor And Aditinath Sarkar, "Home Is A Distant Land" directed by Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase and "Impermanence' A Journey in the World of H.H. the Dalai Lama" directed by Gautam Ghosh Indrapur Cinematografica Italy.

The inauguration of the seminar was held at the SSS-I Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof. S.K. Sopory, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sudha Pai the Rector and Prof. Mridula Mukherjee, the Dean, School of Social Sciences deliberated on the key theme of the relevance of social sciences in the current context. Professor Emeritus Yogendra Singh's recorded address of the changing contexts of doing sociology was shown. Prof. T.K. Oommen followed with his brief history of the centre and the new challenges in the current context. Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri Chairperson and Convenor introduced the theme of the international conference and reiterated the significance of sociology for the cultivation of a critical and reflexive citizenry apart from its more direct role in the development of social science skills.

In keeping with the tradition of CSSS, speakers were drawn from both well established Indian and western universities as well as from colleges located in diverse and often remote parts of the country. Significantly our alumni were present in large numbers in both locations.

Mention must be made about the incredible enthusiasm of the faculty and students who made this celebration possible and a huge success with participants crossing the 400 mark. To organize the conference both faculty and students of CSSS had an active role to play. The students volunteers were Debabrata Baral, Rimlee Das, Smriti, Sudipta Garai, Kumuda C Panigrahi, Ipsita Mita, Shobhana Sharma, Swati, Abkash, Ravinder Parihar, Suraj Beri, Shankar Bag, Deepika Yadav, Ritika Kar, Devanjan Khuntia, Koyal Verma, Jyoti, Mausumi Mishra, Saurabh Patel, Kurukshetra, Rahul, Suresh, Tashi, Partho, Ishwari Bhattacharya, Dhiren, Sana, Priya Ranjan, Mohan S Meena, Swapnil and many others who helped in different phases in organizing the conferences. An innovative contribution made by the students was the creation of a centre's website to mark it 40th year. More than 4500 individuals located in diverse parts of the world accessed the website giving us an indication of the achievements of JNU as a whole and the centre in particular.

Maitrayee Chaudhuri
Chairperson
Centre for the Study of Social Systems, SSS


Indonesian Education Minister Mohammad NUH visits JNU

Indonesian Education Minister Mohammad NUH who was the chief guest at the international symposium "Empowerment of Students in Nation Building" from 18-21 December 2012, met with the Vice Chancellor Professor S. K. Sopory and discussed a range of subjects on academic collaborations between JNU and universities in Indonesia. The Minister was accompanied by Mohammad Nazib, Member of Parliament of Indonesia, and Education Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy Dr Son Kuswadi. The meeting was attended by the Rector Prof. Sudha Pai, the Dean of the School of International Studies Prof Girijesh Pant, Ms. Dayawanti and Dr. Gautam Kumar Jha from Centre for Chinese & South-Asian Studies, School of Languages, Literature & Culture Studies.

Gautam Kumar Jha
Assistant Professor

Centre for Chinese & South-Asian Studies, SLL&CS



Empowerment of Students in Nation Building

A Symposium on "Empowerment of Students in Nation Building" was organized by the All Indian Indonesian Students Association and Centre for Chinese & Southeast Asian Studies, SLL&CS, JNU from 19-21 December 2012. There were 80 overseas Indonesian scholars among 150 participants who participated and presented papers in the 3-day event. Among the distinguished guests were the Minster of Education of Indonesia Mohammad NUH, and a Member of Indonesian Parliament, Mohammad Najib. Vice Chancellor Professor S.K Sopory who inaugurated the symposium welcomed the overseas guests in his inaugural speech. His speech highlighted the great cultural links between the two nations which can be leveraged to strengthen our bilateral relations. Welcoming all the delegates he pressed for academic exchanges between JNU and universities in Indonesia.

Gautam Kumar Jha
Assistant Professor
Centre for Chinese & South-Asian Studies, SLL&CS

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Centre for English presents National Young Researchers' Conference

The Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies organised a National Young Researchers' Conference under the UGC Special Assistance Programme (DRS Phase II) on 24 and 25 January 2013. The conference titled "Discursifying 'English': Contemporary Cultures, Contemporary Concerns" was attended by young research scholars from universities across the country and eminent respondents from the city. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. GJV Prasad from CES as he thanked the students of the centre for having organised this conference for the second time successfully. Prof Prasad also highlighted the fact that the conference continuously seeks to bring in young scholars from all over the country to engage in healthy exchange of ideas. SAP fellows Lakshmi Menon and Samana Madhuri gave the opening remarks and vote of thanks respectively.

The first session for the day engaged in addressing issues of English language in a global as well as an Indian context. Dr. Makarand Paranjape was the respondent for the session and the session saw an interesting discussion between the presenters and the audience. The vibrant start was followed by the second session which focussed on revisiting the canon and Prof. GJV Prasad responded to the session. Important questions regarding topographical literature and feminist issues were raised in the session. Dr. Hemachandran of CSDS, JNU and Dr. Angelie Multani of IIT Delhi gave equally thought-provoking responses to the papers of the last two sessions respectively. The entire first day revolved around different issues that the use of English as a language as well as literature raises for us.

The day came to an end with a warm cultural evening at the University Cafeteria. Poetry reading, song and dance performances by the students, faculty and delegates were the highlights of the cultural evening. The debates of the day and other such issues saw themselves being carried to the dinner table.

The sessions of the second day brought out a range of varied papers. Apart from the idea of English, music, dance, film and translation were also brought in Dr. Brinda Bose of Delhi University, Dr. Saumyabrata Chaudury of CSDS, JNU, Dr. Simi Malhotra and Prof. Asaddudin of Jamia Milia Islamia were present as respondents. The commentaries of the respondents to initiate, encourage and open up helped a range of ideas both for the presenters and the audience. Rather than providing easy answers, the conference opened more areas for research and exploration. The attempt to discursify 'English' during the course of the conference definitely has encouraged one to look at English specifically in the Indian discourse and context.

After another successful National Young Researchers' Conference, the centre now seeks to broaden its horizons next year.

Mansi Tikoo
Research Scholar, CES/SLL&CS



Work Shop on JNU-IGNCA Collaboration

A one day workshop on the JNU-IGNCA collaboration programmne was held in JNU 29 January, 2013. The collaboration proposal was sent by IGNCA to JNU.

The IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), one of the largest institutions in the field of arts and culture in the country, decided to have collaboration with JNU in some specific areas such as culture, international relations, arts and aesthetics, anthropology, sociology, history, ethnography, Indology, Pali and Sanskrit. Prof. C. Upendra Rao, from Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies convened this day long workshop on behalf of JNU.

The workshop was inaugurated by Ms. Dipali Khanna, member secretary of IGNCA, while Prof. N. B. Sareen chaired the inaugural session. Prof. S. K. Sopory, the Vice Chancellor of JNU welcomed this proposal on behalf of JNU and said that JNU would wait for its results. Initially Prof. Upendra Rao presented explained the academic structure of JNU through power point presentation.

Ms. Dipali Khanna, in her address, requested faculty and students to visit IGNCA to know how much collection they have. She proposed several interesting academic programmes in the field of Art, architecture, history and Indology. Prof. Molly Kaushal of Janapada Sampada, Dr. Jha, Dr. Sudhir and several other faculty members from IGNCA spoke on themes related to the art and culture.

Prof. Ajay Kumar Patnaik from School of International Studies indicated the need for an international conference on Central Asian studies. Prof. Jitendra Uttam emphasized on the study of Korean-Pali relation. Dr. R.K. Mishra proposed Kashmir Shaiva-Studies. Dr. Sunita Reddy from School of Social Sciences emphasized the need for collaboration on social medicine issues. Dr. G. Srinivas proposed the study of folk traditions of Andhra Pradesh.
13 professors from different schools and centres of JNU presented their views. Atleast 30 faculty from JNU and 35 from IGNCA and several research scholars attended the workshop and exchanged the views on various issues. The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Prof. Kaushal.

Prof. Rao said that soon the outputs of this workshop will be sent to JNU Vice Chancellor along with the proposal of M.O.U. from IGNCA.

C. Upendra Rao
Professor
Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies

An international conference by CSLG, JNU & Werner Gephart's Painting Exhibition

The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU organised an international conference titled "Law by Other Means" on 21 and 22 February this year. It was organised in collaboration with Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Recht als Kultur", University of Bonn, Germany. Werner Gephart, the Director of the collaborating institute, who was also a speaker in the conference, had an incredible painting exhibition at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU from 20 to 26 February as a part of the conference. There were sixteen paintings by the artist put up in the exhibition. The two-day conference along with the exhibition was a very successful event.

The chairperson of the centre, Niraja G. Jayal, spoke about the interdisciplinary nature of the conference in her welcome address. Vice Chancellor of JNU Prof. S.K. Sopory congratulated the organiser on this particular interdisciplinary aspect. He appreciated the painting exhibition by Werner Gephart. He expressed personal admiration for the paintings. The exhibition indeed was successful on its own and it received positive responses from the viewers.

The conference had delegates from JNU, other institutes in Delhi, across India and abroad. So, different perspectives came up during the course of the conference apart from the interdisciplinary nature. The title of the first opening session is the title of the conference itself "Law by Other Means" and it focused on the possibilities of looking at law from different approaches. The session was chaired by Prof. Nandini Sundar of the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. Gephart also spoke in this session. After this vibrant start, two other interesting sessions followed on the same day. Prof. Niraja Gopal Jayal and Prof. Pratiksha Baxi from the centre chaired the second and third sessions respectively. Papers on the performative aspect of law and the politics of representation to particular laws on rape and the idea of consent were presented. Even the most recent case of Delhi gang rape found a discursive place in one of the papers. And of course, the fine dinner and discussions over dinner at the university cafeteria on the first day was a treat to everyone who was part of the conference.

The second day was also filled with equally diverse papers and vibrant discussions with the audience. Audience turnout was so good that some had to stand during the course of the sessions. The first session of the day was chaired by Deepak Mehta, Associate Professor in Sociology, Delhi University. One of the papers examined the visualisation of violence and justice in the works of the artists from Mithila, another looked at the idea of persona in association with law and the third talked about the origins and impacts of 'civic anger' and 'media outrage' in India. The second session focused on human rights and its politics while the third was on social aspects of law. C. Raj Kumar, the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and also the Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School and Prof. Roma Chatterji of the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics chaired the sessions respectively.

The conference came to an end after two days of active engagement with ideas between the speaker and the audience. The conference had definitely opened up an interdisciplinary method of studying law and at the same time numerous questions and were raised and answers suggested. The centre showed interest in organising further such conferences in the coming years.

Kumam Davidson
Centre for the Study of Law and Governance


International Humboldt Kolleg on "Management of Water, Energy and Bio-resources in Changing Climate Regime: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenges"

The International Humboldt Kolleg (IHK) on "Management of Water, Energy and Bio-resources in Changing Climate Regime: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenges" was organised by the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University from 8-9 February 2013 under the joint auspicious of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (main sponsor) with a basic objective to discuss recent research and technological challenges and to gather innovative ideas and information from international reputed scientists, directly and indirectly involved with natural resources and environment. This mega event of International Humboldt Kolleg (IHK2013) was organized for the first time in New Delhi which is sponsored by the AvH Foundation.

The International Humboldt Kolleg began with an encapsulated opening and welcome remarks by Prof. A K Attri, Dean School of Environmental Sciences. Dr. N. Janardhana Raju, convener has explained the importance and introduced the themes of the Kolleg. Dr. Thomas Hesse has highlighted the programmes of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. Delivering his address as Chief Guest on the occasion, the internationally renowned plant biologist and JNU VC Prof. S K Sopory strongly emphasized the importance of environmental challenges and issues. In addition, he also shared his association with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Dr. P. Wycisk, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences III and Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, has delivered the inaugural keynote talk on "3D geological and hydrogeological modeling – integrated approaches in urban groundwater management". Lastly Dr. Dinesh Mohan, Associate Professor has proposed vote of thanks.

The Kolleg gears up to identify new thrust areas of research and collaborations with societal relevance. The International Humboldt Kolleg program comprised of several oral platforms and poster presentations, organized into parallel sessions that will address a variety of science disciplines and technologies as well as environmental contaminants and controls. The sessions chaired by internationally reputed leaders in environmental sciences, water resoures, renewable energy resources, ecosystem assessment and bio-diversity. We have received an enthusiastic response of about 200 participants from different parts of India and overseas such as Germany, USA, Brazil, Crotia, Taiwan, Tajkistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Ethiopia, Nepal and Sri Lanka took part at three parallel session covering about the different topics of: Water resources assessment and management; Ecology, environmental policy and management; Pollution, vulnerability quality control technologies and nanotechnology application; Geospatial analysis, geoinformatics and numerical modeling; Environmental issues, assessment and mitigation of hazards; Biodiversity, bio-accumulation and ecosystem management; Renewable and non-renewable energy sources and clean technologies; Urban hydrology and urban ecosystems; Environmental impact assessment and management; Effect of climate change on natural resources; Human environment interactions and isotope hydrology; Bio-resources and waste recycling for energy generation; Carbon footprint and carbon trading; Multidisciplinary research in the climate and environmental issues. The intense participation of academicians Prof. Dr. P. Wycisk, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences III, Prof. Dr. H. Foth, Director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Prof. Dr. G Bachmann, former Dean of the Natural Sciences, PD Dr. W. Gossel, Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology as well as Jay Krishna Thakur, Research Scholar from the Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany (which has MOU with JNU) at this conference is very much significant. On the 8th evening cultural program comprises of various India dances were performed to entertain the Kolleg participants. There were two special keynote talks delivered by Prof. Rajendra Prasad, Life Sciences, JNU on 'Healthcare: Where Will We Be in 2050' and Prof. D. M. Banerjee, Department of Geology, DU on 'Mechanism of Arsenic Mobilization into the Shallow Aquifers of Bengal Delta' stimulated the participants of the Kolleg.

On the last day of the Kolleg, the valedictory session was chaired by Prof. Attri, Dean SES, JNU. Prof. Rajendra Prasad, SLS, JNU was the Chief Guest of the function. Prof. Ram S Sharma, Emeritus Professor, Jaipur and Dr Thomas Hesse, Deputy General Secretary, AvH Foundation were the Guest of Honors. They have presented two Best Paper Awards for Young Research Scholars and two Best Poster Awards for the selected Awardees of IHK2013. Finally, Dr. N. Janardhana Raju, convener of the International Humboldt Kolleg proposed the vote of thanks.

N. Janardhana Raju
Associate Professor
School of Environmental Sciences





 
             

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