As part of the general quiz cycle of the Quiz club, Vrittanta, the famed sports and entertainment quiz was organized on 2nd, March 2018, Friday. A total of 12 teams participated from across the department and indeed was an intellectually stimulative event alongside the knowledge rigor reflected by all the participants.
The event started off by the acknowledgement of the new participating teams along with their fellow members and the repetitive teams who had been participating in the previous quiz cycle were expected to stick to their respective team name as the prior used one.
The quiz was spread across 21 questions scheme, where each question was framed distinctly along the lines of the contemporary events and developments in the broad realm of sports and entertainment. Furthermore, the nature of questions as set by the quiz master of the day, was framed aesthetically where the following question would be more challenging than the previous one. Nonetheless, each challenging question was dealt with great pragmatism by the participants which further exemplified the essence of the quiz event.
This venture undertaken by Kayal- The HeART Club was a CSA project situated in Jankiram Layout. The aim was to revamp and paint the classrooms for the underprivileged children at Bright Stars Pre English School, which is the activity Centre for CSA. This venture took place on the 24th and 25th of February 2018. The team set out to complete it on 24th February at 7:30a.m. From Christ University with 54 volunteers full of energy and enthusiasm, the task was accomplished on 25th February at 6:30 p.m. Two days of this great cause would have been impractical without the dedicated artists from Kayal- The Heart Club and the volunteers of the department of International Studies and History.
Extensive work was undertaken over the two days which included painting of classrooms, the school building and repairing the benches and the furniture. In each classroom, a wall was allocated for creative work and remaining walls were whitewashed and painted in teal green, as the colour is known for emitting good vibes.
The classrooms were painted with a theme each of solar system, city life, zoo and animals, park ,nature and the English and the Kannada Alphabets. The outer walls of the school were painted in enamel yellow and doodled with motivational quotes and colourful art of animals, mandalas and cartoons. The blackboards were repainted for the smooth learning of the children. The doors and the windows of the clasrooms were scrubed well to evacuate the rust and painted. The desks and benches were scrubed to remove rust, painted and repaired. The aim of this pure undertaking was to provide a colouful, joyful and respectable education environment for the underpriveleged kids. The creative, colourful and diligent work of the students was well appreciated by the students and faculty staff present during the process of colourful redesigning. On Sunday four International students from Holland joined us for helping us in our cause.
We would like to thank CSA for providing us with the opportunity to fill the lives of the underprivileged kids with colours and hues. We hope that this pure and unadulterated work of Kayal helps the students in receiving a positive learning environment. We would like to thank the CSA Activity Centre for providing the volunteers and artists with delicious lunch on both the days and for providing us with refreshments throughout the working period to keep us going. We would wholeheartedly like to thank Dr. Father Jose CC for making it possible for Kayal to achieve and undertake this pure cause and for his constant guiding and encouragement. We would also like to thank Dr. Anurag Tripathi and the heads of Vrittanta, Hanish Immanuel and Harsimran Sondhi for helping us carry out the entire process with no obstacles and for constantly backing and supporting us.
Last but not the least, the most important is the heartfelt gratitude towards the volunteers and artists who took out time over the weekend and worked hard even in the challenging conditions just to spread smiles across the face of innocent children.
The Kayal Team
Students of Bright Stars Pre English School striking a pose with the newly done artwork
On 19 February, the Department of International Studies and History, Christ University organized it’s inaugural Model United Nations known as the ‘Young Indian Diplomats’ Summit’. With the ambitious goal of shaping future leaders and would be diplomats in the complex art of diplomacy, the summit was held with delegates from over 30 countries who participated in three committees: the United Nations Historic Crisis Committee which was faced with one of the world’s foremost crisis after the second world war: The Suez Canal Crisis in Egypt, the United Nations General Assembly (Disarmament and International Security) which deliberated on the very pertinent issue of preventing non-state actors from acquiring nuclear weapons, and lastly the United Nations Human Rights Council which dealt with the ongoing issue of rights that refugees and asylum seekers ought to possess.
These committees were initially dominated by countries that were or are among the upper echelons of international politics. For the Historic Crisis Committee this included powerful states like the State of Israel, Republic of Egypt, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Through their ability to wield considerable power and influence these nations were able to aggressively sideline the influence of smaller states and state clearly to the Chairman of the Committee their stance on the matter at hand (i.e The Suez Canal Crisis). The delegate of the Republic of Egypt began by accusing the ‘Zionist regime’ of the State of Israel as trying to assert it’s colonial ambitions in the region by invading the Suez Canal, which the delegate firmly believed lies strictly within the sovereign territory of the Republic of Egypt, without the approval of the United Nations Security Council. The delegate of the United States of America affirmed a neutral stance with regard to the crisis and pressed for the immediate evacuation of French and British troops in the region and the deployment of United Nations Peace Keeping Forces. The delegates from the Republic of France and the United Kingdom on the other hand, bitterly opposed Egypt’s nationalization of the canal and believed that that they were justified in taking action in the crisis. Lastly the delegate from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics like the delegate from the United States of America made a clear of it’s desire not to directly intervene in favor of any party involved in the crisis, though it acknowledged supplying arms to the Republic of Egypt and that it would continue to do so.
As the committee progressed, smaller states began playing a far more important role in determining the solutions to the crisis. Smaller nations could make their stance clear and play an important role in the agenda of the comittee by invoking their historical experience of exploitation which they asserted Egypt was now facing with the Suez Canal. In the Human Rights Council, the historical experiences did not feature prominently in the arguments put forth by them, but rather the focus was on either reaffirming or opposing solutions or ideas put forth in the General Speakers List and moderated caucuses.
In the end, though no suitable resolutions were reached in some committees albeit in a very short span of time, the summit proved to be a very fruitful and insightful experience for the participants as pertinent issues were discussed and deliberated at length despite the short space of time in which the summit toke place.
Kayal- The Heart club, Vrittanta, Department of International Studies and History had the last exhibition of the semester organised on 12th February and 14th February. Valentine’s day being around the corner and with love in the air, the theme of this exhibition was along these lines, being, LOVE IS IN THE AIR.
The welcome speech was given by Arushi Ganguly of 4HEP explaining the theme of the exhibition and the importance of expression through art. The exhibition was inagurated by Mrs. Abhaya, Head of Department: English in the presence of Father Joseph CC and Mrs. Vageshwari. She exceedingly valued the work done and talked about history and love. This was trailed by the keen interest of the display by the chief guest and the faculty members. They appreciated the work done by the students and congratulated the artists and the volunteers.
The heads of the club Nivedita Dhawan and Mehak Sarda handed over a token of gratitude to the chief guest. The vote of thanks was given by Hanish Emmanuel, convenor, Vrittanta. The artists and volunteers were congratulated and appreciated for setting up an awesome show. They played with colours, smeared the white canvasses with a spectrum of colours and gave vent to their imagination. The exhibition was completely organized on the theme of love. The attractions of this exhibition were dreamcatchers, pop-up boxes, wall hangings and valentine boxes. The exhibition also incuded the constant greeting card and bookmarks along the theme of love. The posters for this exhibition were specially designed by the artists for the special time of love. The response to the exhibition was overwhelming and the funds raised in the exhibition would be proceeded for charity like the previous exhibitions.
TOPIC: GEOGRAPHIC COMFORT ZONES GUEST: DR. TAMAS NOVAK, BUDAPEST SCHOOL OF BUSINESS HUNGARY HOST: MR.LON APPLEBY, DURHAM COLLEGE CANADA
“Globalization makes it impossible for modern societies to collapse in isolation, as did Easter Island and the Greenland Norse in the past. Any society in turmoil today no matter how remote can cause trouble for prosperous societies on other continents and is also subject to their influence. For the first time in history, we face the risk of a global decline. But we also are the first to enjoy the opportunity of learning quickly from developments in societies anywhere else in the world today, and from what has unfolded in societies at any time in the past.
The 1980s to 1990s saw the world being smothered by the globalization reforms, liberalization being the motto and private players the key to economic success. One often hears about how globalization has made everything possible – indeed, it is impossible for the present generation to imagine the lack of a global market redundant with the flow of goods and services from various countries. In such an open society however, one may tend to overlook the widespread effects of globalization on different aspects – social, economic and political – of our daily life.
This is exactly what Dr. Tamas Novak, Professor of Economics & Director of International Relations, Budapest Business School, Hungary attempted to explain during the first global class of our semester held on November 29th, 2017, the topic being ‘Geographic Comfort Zones’. The session was hosted by Mr. Lon Appleby, a charming and cheery professor from the Durham College of Oshawa, Canada. The session was attended to by the students of Durham College Oshawa, Canada, Budapest Business School, Hungary, Seisa University, Japan and our very own Christ University, India. Students from the courses of M.A. International Studies and B.A. (History, Economics, Political Science) and other courses that included International Economics and/or International Relations were privileged to be a part of this enlightening conversation. An option to listen in live and ask questions was also provided. Rev. Fr. Jose CC and our professors, Dr. Venugopal Menon and Dr. Anurag Tripathi were present too, to provide their never-failing guidance and encouragement. Ms. Madhumati Deshpande, our beloved patron, was in charge of this entire show.
Dr. Novak initially presented his viewpoint on the global economy, accompanied by the key players in the influencing of said economy, at both the state and international level. He also presented his opinions on the future of the international arena with the rise of unexpected, yet powerful players (like China). This brief introduction was followed by the intriguing questions and discussions involved in by the students. Queries ranging from the political instability that mostly followed globalization, the negativity of forced liberalization on regions belonging to any monetary unions and the rise of China on the global stage by involving in various types of investments and projects were projected, through which a lively discussion ensued. The increasing influence of China on the global scenario and India’s wariness surprised the audience of the session – the European countries seemed very receptive of China’s role and believed it to be of a purely business nature, a fact that Indians found difficult to adhere to.
The session ended on a cheerful note; Mr. Lon Appleby applauded the participating universities and their enthusiasm, he took careful note of the well-deserving caution that India felt towards China’s global movements, declared himself amused by the fact that US has cropped up a minimum number of times into the discussion, clearly indicating the global power of China and reminded the audience that the reverting of power and influence to countries like China and India in the global scenarios need not be accepted through feelings of surprise and concern – India and China had long been players in the scenario and we the oldest members of the game; it was only right that history showcased the reversal of footprints.
Ms. Madhumati Deshpande cheerfully stated then that she sincerely hoped the phrase ‘India and China’ and not just ‘China’ would continue to be in use.
It was an educative and enlightening session, in all respects.
The Centre for Social Action and the Department of International Studies and History, Christ (Deemed to be University) in collaboration with Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) organized an event based on the theme ‘Youth and Democracy in Everyday Life’ on the 28th of November 2017. The theme for the Round Table Conference was ‘Littering the Environment’ under the umbrella theme of ‘Democracy in Everyday Life’. The event was organized to celebrate The Constitution Day of India, wherein the participants were allotted their respective parties and were seated accordingly during the event. The event started with Dr. Anurag Tripathi, the faculty coordinator delivering the welcoming speech followed by a brief introduction by Miss. Wafa Singh, the event organizer of PRIA, who enlightened the audience about the event as well as the organization. The other members present were Miss Ashwini Biradar, the organizer from CSA along with the student organizers.
The participants were asked to come up with the best and accommodative policy they could, on the given topic in two rounds and were given fifteen minutes to present their topics, during which they showed their excellent skill as speakers and policy makers.
The event ended with the distribution of prizes for the participants as well as winners, with Ms. Wafa encouraging the students to organize such more events which will help them in learning as well as creating awareness.
Daksh is an event organised by the Student Council, wherein all the departments get an opportunity to showcase what they have to offer, the merits and opportunities that the department provides, the programs and courses offered, various activities or in a nutshell what the department is all about. Daksh was organized on the 24th and 25th of November this year.
The Department of International Studies and History had a stall in front of the Christ Pre-University for the Undergraduate programs. The Student Council members headed by the University Member, Vivin Nair worked towards collecting, editing and printing the data to display in the stall on posters and flyers. The handmade posters and other decoration materials were made with the help of Kayal, the Department Art Club. Along with these, student projects were also displayed. The programs offered by the department, student attributes, publications, internship details, achievements by the students, faculty profile and department activities were listed in a booklet for people to read and understand. On both the days, four presenters explained to the people visiting the stall about the department and clarified their queries and doubts.
All the two hundred pamphlets were given away and the overall response was very welcoming. The hard work of the Student Council members and the support from the faculty members was evident in each and every aspect of the stall.