Periodic Lecture Series 2019-20 August, 22nd 2019

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Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, organized "Lecture Series 2019-20" which was inaugurated by the lectures by Mr. Ravi Kalra (Founder of Earth Saviour Foundation) and Dr. Kheya Bhattacharya (Former IFS officer and ambassador).
The first Lecture was delivered by Mr. Ravi Kalra. He is the founder of a NGO known as the Earth Saviour's Foundation. It helps people who are mentally disabled; they also provide accommodation to homeless and old people. His foundation cremates unidentified dead bodies. He had an interesting interactive session with the students wherein he highlighted the career options which one could explore within selfless service towards the nation. He was talking about the importance of taking care of dispossessed and abandoned people and how it is the responsibility of every citizen to do their part in achieving the same.


 

Invited Lecture by Mr. Ravi Kalra on August 22nd, 2019

The second Lecture was delivered by Dr. Kheya Bhattacharya, a retired IFS Officer and ambassador. She shared with the students an interesting account on International Institutes of migration. Her point was whatever we do in domestic context has an international ramification. She explained to the audience that even though democracy is a slow process it is robust and we have the freedom to express ourselves with fearless minds.


 

Invited Lecture by Dr. Kheya Bhattacharya on August 22nd, 2019

Both the lectures touched upon important cornerstones of life and their importance emphasizing the relationships existing amongst them in a socio-political context grounded on ethical norms.


 

Periodic Lecture Series Inaugural Event on August 22nd, 2019



 

Fresher's Welcome 2019 Department of Philosophy Janki Devi Memorial College University of Delhi

Department of Philosophy welcomed the current Philosophy (Hons.) batch (2019-22) on August 21st, 2019. Students from the 2nd and 3rd years organized a grand welcoming event themed upon the 90's Bollywood era. The students showcased their talents ranging from poetry recitals to singing, dancing and drama. It was a fun filled event which gave the fresher's a novel way of beginning their three years of academic endeavor.


Fresher's Welcome, Department of Philosophy, 2019-20



 

Farewell 2019- Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College (JDM College), University of Delhi had its "farewell ceremony"celebrated on 29th of April, 2019, this year.

The event began with a sumptuous buffet lunch.It was followedby numerous mesmerising song and dance performances by the students of both second year and first year of the department, dedicated to their seniors of third year.

Students of third year too gave some stunning performances on the farewell programme after a humorous question-answer session with the hosts. The third year students poured their heart out on what they felt having graduated from this prestigious institution and as students of the department of Philosophy, JDMC.

The event later had a lighthearted mimicry sketch delivered by the third year students who impersonated the professors of the department. This was followed by refreshments. A number of games were played with the third year students and gifts, along with titles given to them were announced. The professors then addressed the third year students and hilariously impersonated them as well.

The event concluded with giving away of the graduation hats by the professors to the third year students and an energetic DJ session.







Report on Rise Bystander Intervention Programme-March 2019

Rise-Bystander Intervention Program was conducted for the students of the Philosophy Department at Janki Devi memorial College by University of Münster.The program consisted of two interactive sessions by Ms.Christina. The first session began with with the introduction of the students.The students were briefed about the aims and objective of the program.Ms.Christina conducted a survey in which the students had to answer the questionnaire about their awareness of sexual violence and bystander intervention. This was followed by an interactive session where the students did fun activities which helped to identify a healthy relationship and different ways of communication. The second session began with students sharing experiences sexual violence. Ms. Christina educated the students about the bystander intervention and how to prevent sexual violence from taking place. The students learned how to use verbal strategies to intervene directly or indirectly as a bystander to prevent sexual violence.This activity helped the students empower and equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to intervene in an incident of sexual violence. The program ended with a take home message where the students shared what they had learned from the sessions.



Revelation 2019

Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College (JDM College), University of Delhi had its annual fest “Revelation” celebrated on 1st of April, 2019.The theme of the event was "Cultural Syncretism - The Blending of Cultures".

The session was inaugurated by lighting of the lamp by Dr. Swati Pal, the Principal of JDM College. The guest speaker for the event was Mr. Quinn Clark, a research scholar at Columbia University, New York City. Mr Clark delivered a captivating lecture to an attentive crowd on the topic “Cultural Syncretism with reference to Sufism”. The lecture was followed by adelightful question-answer session and a buffet lunch, respectively.

The second half of the event began with a poetry slam on the topic "One Love" in which participated a host of students from the host college, JDMC and other colleges as well. It was followed by the fashion show, “Andaaz” with the theme being “Ethnic Fusion”.

The event later had a bewitching classical dance performance by Kathak dancers, Gaurashree and Damini, followed by a performance by Euphonie, the Western Music Society of JDMC. The event came to an end with an energetic Qawali music performance by Singer Satender Verma and his group.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Jayanti P. Sahoo


Faculty member, Prof. Rahul Maurya (left) with the guest, Mr. Quinn Clark (right)

Second year students of the Department of Philosophy, JDMC, caught in a candid moment.

The classical dance performance.

Models walk the Ramp for "Andaaz"


Educational Workshop at Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD)

On 9thof April, 2019 the philosophy department went on an educational tour to Indian Institute of art and design. There was a total count of 50 which included 2 teachers. The bus started at 10.30 am sharp and the ride was for about one hour considering the traffic.IIAD welcomed all,led to the auditoriumandpointed out important historical developments of the institution. Students were been divided into two teams,enphasizing upon fashion business and fashion designing. Both the groups attended the seminar followed by which they were been given a team taskin which they had tobrand their product on one side and drape the clothes on the mannequin on the other side. After the completion of that activity, thestudents were sent on a tour of the campus followedby a presentation regarding the institution and been told how the post graduate students could apply for further studies. The students were been given certificates and trophies based on their performances. The trip was educational as wellas entertainingand the sessions were interactive. One thing that amused the students was the fact that there were no classrooms in the campus; all their teaching methods were application based.

 


Sports Day



Report- Screening of "The Trial of Socrates"

Department of Philosophy had screened "The Trial of Socrates" on February 8, 2019, in the seminar room followed by insightful teacher- student interactive session.




Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate, January, 2019

The Department of Philosophy organized Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate competition on 8th January, 2019 as part of SYMPHONY at Seminar Room, JDMC. The topic for the debate was "Films have No Impact on the Regressive Social Practices". There were more than 12 teams of participants and registrations had to be restricted because of time constraint. Each participant was given 2+1 minutes time limit.

The jury members consisted of Dr Sudarsan Dash, Head, Fulbright Fellowship for Indians, United States - Indian Educational Foundation, Fulbright Commission India and Mr. Dheeraj Sarthak, Well-known Filmmaker, Documentary Writer and Senior Journalist. It was a successful event comprising of lively presentations. The teams which secured the winning positions are as follows:



First Prize - Poorvi Sharma and Diksha, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College
Second Prize - Laiba and Dhruv, Daulat Ram College and Swami Shradhanand College, respectively
Third Prize - Aditya Jha and Shubhreet, Aurobindo College
Best Interjectors - Noor-A-Nabi and Kritika, Shivaji College and Institute Of Home Economics, respectively
Best Individual Speaker- Laiba, Daulat Ram College




FRESHER'S WELCOME 2018 and COUNSELLING SESSION BYMAYA ACADEMY OF ADVANCES CINEMATICS

Fresher's Welcome Programme had been succesfully conducted by the students and faculties of the Philosophy Departmenton the 31st August 2018.

The department of philosophy , JDMC , du organized a career counseling session on 4th September 2018, Tuesday by Maya academy of advanced cinematics [MAAC]. MAAC is the high-end 3D animation and VFX education. They have prepared thousands of students for careers in animation , VFX, filmmaking, gaming , and graphics designing and they are one of the best institutes all over India .

Three spectacular speakers –Ms. Neetu Sikka [director] ,Ms. Sakshi Babbar [academic counsellor] , Mr. Gurvinder Singh [senior faculty member] delivered lectures on the various branches of animation and visuals. They Informed the students with necessary details regarding career opportunities, which would guide themin finding new future avenues.

Ms. Neetu Sikka said about how the team plans the detailed course outline customised on the basis of individual requirement. She pointed towards the unique features of the institution like the customized course content , the job opportunities it does lead one towards.

Ms. Sakshi Babbar discussed the dynamics of animation world and the various opportunities in graphic designing which is linked up directly with various sectors of job . Mr. Gurvinder Singh has an expertise in the VFX and 3D animation area which helped the students to know in a detailed way about it,who were amazed to learn how the virtual world seems realistic to our naked eyes .

The session ended with an energetic interactive session whereboth students and faculty members interacted with the speakers.



Following are some glimpses from the student's mentoring session, conducted by the Philosophy Department on the October 12th 2018 in the seminar room.

   

Philosophy Department of Janki Devi Memorial College launched the initiative of helping the people of Kerala whose lives have been ravaged by the floods. The initiative saw the wholehearted participation by the entire Janki Devi Memorial College Community. The students, staff and employees of the college went out of their way to contribute generously towards this cause. The details of the stuff donated is- 300 kilos of rice, 500 packets of sanitary pads, 1000 packets of biscuits, 200 candles and matchsticks, 16 cartons of bottled water, 50 kilos of pulses, medicines, flour, slippers, new clothes, sugar, salt, Tea, soaps, plates, and many other edible items.11053/- INR cash donation have also been made.

 


Symposium
October 29-30, 2018

The Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College (JDM College), University of Delhi, in collaboration with Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, Bhubaneshwar, partnered by Novamantic, New Delhihosted a two-day Symposium on 29th and 30th October 2018 at Janki Devi Memorial College, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.

The overall theme of the event was, 'Teaching Film Appreciation: with special focus on cinema as a medium of disseminating values.' The event received massive participation from both students of JDM College and of other colleges under University of Delhi.

Day 1: 29th October, 2018:

Prof. Sanil V, IIT Delhi, graced the first day of the event as the Keynote Speaker along with Principal of JDM College- Dr. Swati Pal, Documentary Film Maker and Feminist Activist- Ms. Vani Subramanian, Dr. Vebhuti Duggal of The School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University and Assistant Professor of the Department of Philosophy, JDM College- Dr. Jayanti P. Sahoo as the distinguished Speakers.

Prof. V Sanil delivered an excellent Keynote Address following which Ms. Vani Subramanian spoke on 'Gender and the Cinematic Space'. Dr. Swati Pal delivered a presentation on 'The Making of Villains in Bollywood Cinema.' Dr. Vebhuti Duggal spoke on 'Ubiquitous ListeningTrends in North India. Lastly, it was Dr. Jayanti P. Sahoo who spoke on 'Post Modern Analysis of Continuity and Change in Indian Cinema'. The day ended with an interactive question and answer session among the audience and the esteemed Speakers.

Day 2: 30th October, 2018:

The Speakers of the second day of the Symposium were Ms. Anandana Kapur (Film and Art Director, Communication Paradigms and Film Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia), Mr. Sudipto Sen (Independent Film Maker and Cinema Academic), Dr. Soumyabrat Choudhary, Associate Professor, Artnd Aesthetics,JNU) and Ms. Mahiema Anand who screened a short film at the event. The day commenced with Ms Anandana Kapur speaking on the topic "Cinema Today: Interactivity, Immersion and Impact" followd by Mr. Sudipto Sen throwing light on the role of art forms in Indian Cinema and Indian Cinema's contribution in teaching Hollywood, the usage of narration, music and camera in cinematography. Ms. Mahiema Anand spoke on 'Creative Arts: a responsibility and a catalyst for change.' The session came to an end with the speech of Dr. Soumyabrat Choudhary on "The Passion and Performance of Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam: Sexual Difference and Birth of the Actress."; followed by an enlightening presentation by the students of JDM College on "Reviewing Films on Gandhi".





Parliament visit with the 3rd year Philosophy students- September 7th 2018

A pronounced rendezvous without our phones

Name: Komal Thakkar 5th Semester                            5th Semester
Roll No : 269 3rd Year                                                3rd Year
Philosophy Honours’ Date:10th September 2018           Date:10th September 2018

7th September 2018,another beautiful day when we woke up with our lazy dreams and were hovering over the idea of leading to college or not when suddenly the excitement of our scheduled visit to Parliament House made us reach the institution earlier then usual. The visit although was rousing but hardly had we the idea of the thrill that awaited our arrival.

We started our journey with cabs and metros followed by a hearty snacks to make the gathering a jamboree and we finally reached our destination. The eagerness although started fading away with the apathy of delay that we went through while getting the permission for the visit as well with the woe of getting separated with our beloved phones but this short interval proved worth when finally we availed our self with the opportunity to acquaint us with the working of houses and how the impertinent decisions about the lives of millions of masses are taken as well the way the very idea of our constitution came into being became clear to us with the zealous assistance of our beloved teachers Mrs. Jyanti Sahoo,Mr. Rahul Maurya,Ms Sulagna Pal,Mr Vel Murugan and the titan of the place Mr Ramesh Singh; who all played a pivotal role in making this learning experience of ours fun filled. Further the stalwart attitude that the guide hold towards explaining about the history of our land as well about the working of both houses and the effort that the gentleman hold towards keeping up with the protocol of the chair that the place associates itself with; put forth the example of his dedication towards serving the nation and his sheer commitment towards his job whereby he even gave us the lesson ‘to work for the sake of working’.

The enchanting day finally folded its wings with us capturing some moments at the flash of our cameras and lots of memories at the pages of our heart as a lifelong souvenir.


 



Exploring Avenues for a Future Career

Philosophy Department organized a series of lectures for the students of philosophy on the 21st of August, 2018 under the title:
 “Exploring Avenues for a Future Career”
The aim was to provide them with some much needed guidance ongenerally available employment options after acquiring a graduation degree in Philosophy with Honours.
The speakers were as follows:

  • Ms. Kala Anjan Datta, former Director, American Resource and Information Center, Delhi, who spoke at length on the avenues open to graduate students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree in library science.

Ms. Datta with her considerable expertise in the field of Library Science spoke on the changing scenario of publication patterns in a knowledge economy, especially relating to digital information, use of data bases, reference linking and preservation of texts in digital format.
She offered valuable information on when and where to apply for a diploma/master’s degree in Library science and the possible routes to take thereafter while applying for a job in the field. Most importantly Ms. Datta stressed on the absolute necessity of inculcating the right habits of mind and the right attitudes that are required in order to succeed in the Services Sector:

  • To be well informed
  • To be proactive
  • To do ones best
  • To render service with a smile &
  • Never to say no
  • Mr. Dinesh Kandpal, anchor, reporter, announcer and Senior Producer at India TV, who spoke on a career in Media and Television. He engaged the audience with a string of anecdotes through which he communicated the importance of keeping abreast of news in every possible field, making new technologies and social media ones tools, being perceptive, watchful and vigilant at all times, and learning “from everything and everywhere”.
  • Dr. Bharti Sharma, assistant Professor in the department of TT (Teacher Training) & NFE (Non Formal Education) - Department of Education, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi, spoke on employment prospects in the field of both Secondary and Higher Education. She shared details of her extensive researchinto a host of specializations especially relating to inclusive education (education for people with special needs) offered at Universities and other governmental and non-governmental institutions, all of which havewide-ranging job opportunities for students who opt for them.

The Department of Philosophy has plans to make this a regular feature for its students. It also aims to bring out short booklets of essential information that will guide students and encourage them to explore these avenues of future employment.



Counselling Session and Fresher's Welcome 2018



Event Report: Nandita Rajguru Debate January 2018

The Philosophy Department had organised the Annual Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate on 10th Jan, 2018 as part of Symphony. The topic was “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal”. There was a spectacular response from all Delhi University colleges, which got reflected by the engrossing debates, in both Hindi and English medium. There were more than 23 teams who took part in the competition and many more were not allowed to participate due to limitations of time. The External Judge Professor Krishna Jain, Retired JDM Faculty, appraised the Department over their choice of topic and shared her views in this area. Thus, helping the audience develop a better understanding over the sensitivity of the issue. Dr. V. Rajyalaxmi, from the Sociology Department was appointed as the internal judge for the event. Ayush And Manan from Keshav Mahavidyalaya had bagged the 1st prize. Apoorva and Shreya from Ramlal Anand College and Noor and Rahul from Shivaji college came as 2nd and 3rd respectively. Rajesh Jha from Shivaji college was judged Best Speaker.


     


Event- Department of Philosophy February 2018

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Philosophy Department organized a talk in the Library Hall on 22nd of February, 2018, byProf. Rakesh Chandra, Department of Philosophy, University of Lucknow. Prof. Chandra spoke on Reason, Religion and Dharma highlighting a few troubling aspects of practiced religion and explaining how philosophers related reason to religious discourse. The talk was followed by thought provoking questions and discussion engaging both students and faculty members.


Department Talk, March 13th 2018

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Dr. Pragati Sahni,Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi,had been invited to deliver a lecture on Environment, Morality and Values on the March 13th 2018 by the Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College. She spoke on the ethical aspects of relationship humans share with their environment and how any imbalance in this relationship has deleterious effects on generations afterward. She also discussed the vital steps that needed to be taken to stem the degradation of our environnent. The students and faculty members had an engrossing discussion over the issue, following her talk, leading towards more scope for further studies in this direction for all.


     


Sports Day Photos



Philosophy Department, Events,July- October 2017

Department of Philosophy,Janki Devi Memorial College,University of Delhi had organized a number of talks, presentations,documentaries in the period of July-October, 2017. Fresher's Welcome Programme had been succesfully conducted by the students and faculties of the Philosophy Department.

BBC Documentary was screened which is based on Satre's Road to freedom. Also ones based on the dialogues between Satyakam and Nachiketa, with respect to the Chandogya Upanishad and the Katho Upanishad respectively had been screened.

An invited lecture had been delivered by Dr. Chinmayee Satpathy,Full Bright Scholar, on Jaganath Consciousness,emphasizing upon the following:

The importance and ways of synthesizing the tribal cultures and caste systems into our lives.

Harmonizing the multi-cultural dimensions of the world,eesentially pointing towards the importance of Pluralism here.

How feminine and the male aspects have been equally treated in the Jagannath consciousness.

How reconciliation in between monistic and pluralistic approaches can be made.

Suggested ways towards treatment of environment as means of caring for the future.

Revelation 2017, which is the Annual Philosophy Festival, had been conducted by the Department. Dr.Anuradha Needham gave an invited talk on the Role of Department of philosophy 0rganising Philosophy Day on 13 thOctober 2017. The theme for the whole event is "Indian Cinema: Emerging Trends and Philosophical intrpretations."Dr.Anuradha Needham, 2017 Fulbright Nehru Academic and professional excellence fellow,Professor of English and Cinema Studies, Oberlin Coll7has agreed to speak on the topic: "Representation of Women in popular Indian Cinema of the 1950s and 60s"





Philosophy Department, Events,July-September 2017

Department of Philosophy,Janki Devi Memorial College,University of Delhi had organized a number of talks, presentations,documentaries in the period of July-October, 2017. Fresher's Welcome Programme had been succesfully conducted by the students and faculties of the Philosophy Department.

BBC Documentary was screened which is based on Satre's Road to freedom. Also ones based on the dialogues between Satyakam and Nachiketa, with respect to the Chandogya Upanishad and the Katho Upanishad respectively had been screened.

An invited lecture had been delivered by Dr. Chinmayee Satpathy,Full Bright Scholar, on Jaganath Consciousness,emphasizing upon the following:
The importance and ways of synthesizing the tribal cultures and caste systems into our lives.
Harmonizing the multi-cultural dimensions of the world,eesentially pointing towards the importance of Pluralism here.
How feminine and the male aspects have been equally treated in the Jagannath consciousness.
How reconciliation in between monistic and pluralistic approaches can be made.
Suggested ways towards treatment of environment as means of caring for the future.

Revelation 2017, which is the Annual Philosophy Festival, had been conducted by the Department. Dr.Anuradha Needham gave an invited talk on the Role of Department of philosophy 0rganising Philosophy Day on 13 thOctober 2017. The theme for the whole event is "Indian Cinema: Emerging Trends and Philosophical intrpretations."Dr.Anuradha Needham, 2017
Fulbright Nehru Academic and professional excellence fellow,Professor of English and Cinema Studies, Oberlin Coll7has agreed to speak on the topic:
"Representation of Women in popular Indian Cinema of the 1950s and 60s"



Philosophy department talk,
On Jagannath Consciousness, 2017





Dept of Philosophy – Calendar of Events – 2016-2017



Philosophy Day Celebrations

The philosophy department celebrated its first ever one day Philosophy Festival - "Revelation" on 25th October, 2016. The event was flagged off by a talk on 'Sufism: a Binding Force in South East Asia', by Dr. NavinaJafa, a Fulbright scholar at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC.

Sufism developed as a movement with basic doctrines and sects by the end of the 10th century. The contact of Imam Ghazali with North Western India led to the spread of Sufism in Asia around the end of 12th century. Today Sufism remains the most acceptable face of Islam in the world, and its expanding parameters hold out a promise of peace to the world.Dr. Jafa’s talk focused on the role of Sufism in propagating Islam. She drew our attention to the rituals and modes that were adopted by Sufis to make it a grass root form of Islam. She began the lecture by presenting a beautiful rendition of ArdhNarishwar in Kathak. From here she moved to the basic tenets of Sufism wherein she mentioned an interesting link between Sufism and the Hindu view of Karma that everything in temporal life is born again in some or the other form.




3rd Honours student, Sakhsi’sKathak
performance followed to match
Dr. Navina Jafa’s rendition.



The talk by Dr. Navina Jafa was followed by a number of competitions which witnessed enthusiastic participation from students across NCR Colleges. The Competitions included:




The Department also held the Annual Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate on 12th Jan, 2017, as part of Symphony. The topic was "A liberal democratic country has no moral right to restrict immigration".It was an impressive show both in terms of participation and quality of presentation. The external judge Dr. Debata, Associate Professor at JNU commended the department for its choice of topic which pertained to a sensitive and topical issue facing our world today. There was good participation both from Hindi debaters as well as English, with students coming from diverse colleges both from Delhi as well as neighboring Universities



The use of ICT and other methods of Pedagogy
The JDMC Philosophy discussion forum “Curiosity” organized a Movie screening on 4th February 2017 – “Philosophy and the Matrix”

The documentary has primarily focused on the trilogy of The Matrix. The director, writer and leading philosophers from the fields of religion, philosophy of mind, science have all been appreciative of the deep philosophical questions that have been raised in the film. Whether it is Descartes' Cogito, Berkeley's Immaterialism, and the Hindu Concept of Self all at some point wonder about what is Real.

The documentary was an interesting take on set of films which had probably not been analyzed from this perspective





An Environmental Ethics lecture was held in the environs of the majestic Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Students found it extremely fascinating


A highpoint of the year 2016-2017 for JDMC was a three day National Seminar on the Tribes of the North East: Exploring, Identities, Culture, Politics and Philosophy, organized by the Philosophy Department under the aegis of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, (ICPR), on the 9th, 10th and 11th of March, 2017. The seminar was a resounding success with participants from all over India presenting the results of their intensive research and hard work relating to this region to a large gathering of eager recipients ranging from fellow researchers, academicians, independent activists and students.