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Great show by JNU Taekwondo club, bags many medals

The 5th South West District Taekwondo Championship 2012 was organized by the South West District Taekwondo Association on 28 & 29 July 2012, at Shiv Mandir Dharamshala, Naraina, New Delhi. This event witnessed spirited participation from various clubs in South West Delhi.

The JNU Taekwondo Club fielded 34 participants, including students, staff and dependents, at the event. Our team put a great show, bagging 7 gold, 8 sliver, and 8 bronze medals at the event.

Four JNU students, Himanshu Shekhar, Kunnath Basil Philip, Poulasti Pradhan, and Santosh Kumar participated in the event. Kunnath Basil Philip secured the Bronze medal in the Senior Feather Weight category, while Poulasti Pradhan secured Gold and Santosh Kumar bagged Bronze in the Senior Fresher's category.

The JNU Taekwondo Club looks forward to building up positively from the experience of this event and aims to perform better at the upcoming district and state level competitions in the year ahead.

K. Basil Phillip Convenor,
JNU Taekwondo Club

Black Belt Felicitation Ceremony

The JNU Taekwondo Club, under the aegis of the Sports Office, conducted a felicitation ceremony on the 8th of August, 2012 at the Indoor Badminton Stadium of the Students' Activity Center for members from the club who had successfully passed their black belt examination conducted recently by the Taekwondo Federation of India. Five students from JNU, Vishwamitra Negi, Himanshu Shekhar, Krishnendu Roy, Abhijit Dihidar and Kunnath Basil Philip, were among those felicitated at the event.

The event commenced with the convenor of the Taekwondo Club welcoming the dignitaries for the day, Dr. Shankari Sundararaman, Chairperson of the University Sports Committee and honorable chief guest of the event, Ms. Damayanti Tambay, Dy. Director PE, Dr. Vikram Singh, Assistant Director, PE, and Shri. D.S. Bisht, instructor of the JNU Taekwondo Club. Following this, Dr. Sundararaman addressed the gathering, congratulating the successful black belt candidates for their hard work and achievement, and encouraging more students to take up the practice of Taekwondo.

The black belts from the club then put up a short demonstration of their skills, displaying sparring, poomse (forms), self defence and advanced kicking techniques. After this, certificates for the successful candidates were awarded by Dr. Sundararaman. The certificates for the black belts had been issued from Kukkiwon in South Korea, which is the headquarters of the World Taekwondo Federation.

Following this, Ms. Tambay addressed the gathering, appreciating the club for its many achievements down the years. She reserved special words of praise for the instructor of the club, Shri. D.S. Bisht, who, for a period of over 20 years has been producing black belts of high caliber in JNU and diligently steering the club toward ever greater heights. A vote of thanks was then proposed by Dr. Vikram Singh.

In conclusion, the JNU Taekwondo Club would like to reiterate its commitment to instilling a dedication towards Taekwondo as a martial art among students, thus producing responsible and respectable individuals for the wider society.

K. Basil Philli
Convenor, JNU Taekwondo Club


NSS, JNU Unit along with JNU Eco-Club & Unnoticed Group organized JNU ECO WEEK to celebrate the 65th Independence Day of India in an eco-friendly way. The main purpose of the entire event was to spread awareness about degrading environmental and hygienic conditions in JNU Campus.

The event started on 15 August 2012 with tree plantation by the Vice-Chancellor of JNU- Prof. S.K. Sopory, the Rector of JNU – Ms. Sudha Pai, Youth Officer, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports – Smt. Harinder Kaur and the Registrar of JNU – Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee. Later, during the entire day, the plantation drive continued around the hostels of Mahi-Mandavi, Koyna and Shipra. After the tree plantation near Mahi-Mandavi hostel, students presented a handmade poster to Smt. Harinder Kaur, showcasing the current environmental issue around the globe.

During the evening at around 5 PM, a Rally was organized from Chandrabhaga Hostel to Ganga Dhaba. The organizers baptized it the GREEN INDEPENDENCE RALLY. It started with a speech by the Vice-Chancellor, Rector, Senior Warden of Chandrabhaga – Dr. K.B. Usha and Coordinator, JNU NSS Unit- Dr. Abhijit Karkun.

In the words of Prof. S.K. Sopory "We waste a lot of electricity and water out of ignorance. These days, these resources weigh heavy on our pocket as well. So, the JNU community should come together and learn the best ways to stop the wastage of our resources and degradation of our environment." Addressing the kids, he asked if they knew the importance of trees in our lives. "Trees give us life," he said "they give us all the necessary things we need to survive, so we must plant more and more trees."

The Rally was supported by almost everyone in the campus. Faculty members, students, different clubs (notably JNU Mount-aineering Club and Visually Challenged Group) joined the Rally and marched together. But the stars of the event, apart from JNU students and faculty members, were small children of construction workers and JNU employees. They showed an extraordinary interest and exuberated great energy during the rally.

The rally ended with a power point presentation on JNU – THEN AND NOW, prepared by an alumnus of JNU, Md. Phakruddin Ansari, highlighting a comparison between campus' environmental conditions in 2005 and 2012. It also highlighted the ecological loss that JNU has suffered in the course of these seven years. Dr. Karkun, Coordinator, NSS JNU Unit stressed on the fact that the entire JNU Community needs to work together, to overcome the ecological and environmental degradation that as occurred in JNU during recent years.

Another major program during week was "VAN MAHOTSAV", a one week plantation drive, wherein students and faculty members joined hands to plant almost 100 trees across JNU campus.

Trees were planted near all the hostel areas and near PSR one of the most picturesque spots in JNU. The event ended officially on 21st August 2012 with a pledge to continue the plantation of trees inside and outside JNU campus, and to double our efforts against the malpractices that harm our environment. Following ideas were taken into account:

1. More campus cleaning activities have to be organized to create awareness against littering and use of plastic bags inside campus.
2. Waste management has to be improvised.
3. Tree guards stuck around grown up trees, need to be removed.
4. Caves' area has to be cleaned and another site has to be identified for dumping the biowastes.
5. Cycle rallies and marathons need to be organized inside campus, to discourage motor vehicles and encourage the use of cycles.

The NSS Unit, JNU would like to thank Prof. S.K.Sopory, VC, JNU, Prof. Sudha Pai, Rector, JNU, Prof. Abdul Nafey, Dean of Students, Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, Registrar, Smt. Harinder Kaur, Youth Officer, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Mr. Sunil Kumar, Horticulture Officer, JNU, Mr. Keshav Kumar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (West), Govt. of NCT of Delhi and all the students and gardeners involved in this programme.

Abhijit Karkun
Coordinator NSS Unit, JNU
Amit Ojha, President, JNU Eco Club
and NSS Volunteer

Manto Remembered in JNU with his daughters

It was a festive and exciting occasion in JNU when Nighat Patel Manto, Nuzhat Arshad Manto and Nusrat Jalal Manto-all three daughters of Saadat Hasan Manto, now all beyond sixty, came to JNU, where an event was organized to commemorate Manto's birth centenary by the School of Languages, Literatures and Culture Studies (SLL&CS). Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. S.K.Sopory was present to welcome the guests.

Professor Chaman Lal from Centre of Indian Languages, while underlining the importance of Manto, not only as just Urdu writer, but as an internationally renowned author from South Asia, spoke about Manto's early life spent in Punjab, mostly at Amritsar, referring to his story 'Tamasha' on Jallianwalabagh massacre of 1919, written from the eye of a seven years old child, Incidentally Manto himself was just seven years old at the time the massacre of Jalianwalabagh took place in Amritsar and he was studying in Amritsar at that time. The story written much later, had a deep humanist touch, which can be paraphrased by one of his dialogues in a story- it is not to say that a Hindu was killed in communal violence or a Muslim or Sikh was killed-it is to say that it is 'the human being' who is killed in violence. Total corpus of Manto's literature is based on the theme of deep humanism and the tragedy of communal violence, related to partition of India in 1947. Out of 42 years of his life Manto lived for 35 years in undivided India and just seven years in Pakistan, His writings are so much valued and loved in India that almost all Indian languages have his writings translated and particularly in Hindi Urdu and English, there is huge literature available on Manto. One of the Hindi writers known for his writings on Manto, Narender Mohan presented his latest book 'Manto Zinda Hai' to Manto family. National Book Trust of India (NBT) also presented a set of its best Urdu publications to the members of Manto family on the occasion and JNU Vice Chancellor honored them with Mementoes of JNU. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Sopory said that he was impressed by Manto's writings and feel that there should be more close relations between the two neighbors, so that more such literary exchanges should take place.

Welcoming the guests, representative of the Dean of the school and Arabic scholar Prof. Aslam Islahi expressed happiness at Manto's daughters visit to the University and invited them to visit JNU many more times. Earlier, Dr. Khwaja Ekramuddin, Director of National Council for Promotion of Urdu(NCPUL) and Urdu scholar from JNU, expressed the hope that Manto museum and an auditorium in memory of Manto will be built in Punjab at birth place of Manto. He shared with the audience how Manto daughters were welcomed in Punjab with people lining up the three kilometer route to shower them with flowers.

Nighat, Nuzhat and Nusrat, all shared Manto family's inside happenings, though all of them were very small at the time of demise of the celebrated author at relatively young age in 1955, but they remembered their father very fondly and expressed sense of pride as being 'the daughters of Manto'. Many research scholars of JNU interacted with Manto family on Manto's writings. Large number of faculty members from JNU were also present on the occasion. Arvind Gaur, who has staged plays based on Manto's partition stories many times, presented the album of his plays to daughters of Manto. On the whole it became one of the memorable events of JNU.

Chaman Lal
Professor & Former Chairperson
Centre of Indian Languages, SLL&CS

Unnoticed Celebrates Teacher's Day

Teacher's day holds a special significance in any mind that has experienced the nurturing influence of a teacher or a guide any time in his or her life. This year 5th September became all the more meaningful in JNU. Unnoticed, the JNU based student group which works towards the betterment of the children of the constructionworkers living on the campus, celebrated this day with their words in full swing. The occasion doubled with joy as Unnoticed was provided with our own activity room in the student activity centre. In the past few months, we have been given support and acknowledgement by the JNU administration from time to time which has given a boost to our enthusiasm. And to encourage us further, we were joined by Vice Chancellor Prof. S.K. Sopory, NSS Coordinator Prof. Avijit Karkun, Prof Sucharita Sen, Prof. Usha and the JNU student community. The kids were given new Stationery and an interactive session followed. The occasion was marked by high spirits and enthusiasm among all.

You can reach us at our Facebook page (Unnoticed: Unnoticed: Children of JNU Construction Workers) and our blog at unnoticedjnu@wordpress.com Ph: 9999858154, 8826836527, 9811993016

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