Distinguished Speaker Series

Topic: Global Impact of India

Speaker: Dr.Kheya Bhattacharya

Date & Time: March 4th, 2020, 10 a.m.

Venue: Seminar Room, JDMC

A public lecture was organized by the Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College on 4th March, 2020 in college premises on 'Global Impact of India'. Dr.Kheya Bhattacharya, a retired Indian Ambassador to Morocco was the key speaker.

She spoke of India's growing influence in the globalized world, as well as India's challenges in the field of economy, health, infrastructure and education. She elaborated upon the global reach of India in terms of humanitarian interventions, disaster relief efforts, support in various conventions on climate change and its position in global economy strengthened by cooperation in forums like G20 and IBSA while tackling domestic issues.The lecture was well attended.


The Department of Sociology organised a Distinguished Speaker Series lecture on the 'Relevance of Sociology as a Discipline' on 20th February 2020. The speaker was Prof AvijitPathak, Centre for the Study of Social System, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof Pathak explained the disciplinary aims of Sociology and how its internalisation through education results in the creation of an individual who is conscious as well as critical of himself and society. He stressed on the importance of translating theory and classroom learning into a deeper and critical understanding of contemporary reality and social processes.


Distinguished Speaker Series
Organised by
Music Department
Lecture Demonstration By
Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri
(Renowned Sitar Maestro –Senia Gharana)

Date -19th Feb, 2020
Time 11.30 am
Venue – Auditorium

Celebrating the 60th year of the Institution, the Department of Janki Devi Memorial College organised a lecture-demonstration under the Distinguished Speaker Series on 19th

February 2020 at 11.30 am .The renowned Sitar maestro Pt. Prateek Chaudhuri of Senia Gharana delivered a Scintillating Lecture –Demostration and a classical Performance in the after noon melody- Raga Shudh Sarang as well as a presentation on the various aspects of Hindustani Music. He brought forth not only the musical adaptation of Indian Ragas to film music but also the distinctive aspects of mastering classical techniques for successful interpretation of an expression in a chosen genre. He reiterated upon the need of inculcating and understanding the ethnic classical and traditional culture before turning westwards. He had an adroit accompaniment on the Tabla by Ustad Rashid Zafar Khan of Delhi Gharana. The duo created a mystical aura with their magical fingers, transporting the listeners to sublimity.


Public Lecture
" Education for Development and Human Excellence"
By Prof. P. B. Sharma

The Department of Mathematics, Janki Devi Memorial College organised a public lecture on 23rd January, 2020 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the college. The speaker of the lecture was Professor P. B.Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Amity University. The title of his lecture was "Education for Development and Human Excellence". The objective of the lecture was to enlighten the students on how education plays an important role in the development of a country.

The event began with Teacher In-charge, Dr. RituArora, Prof. Sharma and other faculty members, lighting the lamp to commence the day.Prof. Sharma also planted a sapling as part of the college'sgreen campaign, followed by felicitating the honorable speaker with a memento by Dr. RituArora as token of appreciation. His lecture included mentions of Dr. Kalam'svision 2020, analysis of challenges, opportunity and current world standing of the country in different fields. Throughout the lecture, students were captivated by the insights shared by Prof. Sharma. In conclusion, he gave a short speech on how Mathematics is related to Indian Mythology. It was an extremely informative and learning experience as the students got the opportunity to learn from such an eminent speaker and a pioneer in the technical field.

Title of the Lecture: "Shakespeare in Germany and the Invention of Politics", and "Re-inventing Shakespeare's Magic, Music and Media in The Reception of A Midsummer's Night's Dream"
Department of English
12 September 2019

On 12 September 2019, Professor Peter W. Marx and Dr. T. Sofie Taubert, from the University of Cologne Germany, visited Janki Devi Memorial College to deliver a public lecture organized by the college's Department of English. The title of their lecture was "Shakespeare in Germany and the Invention of Politics", and "Re-inventing Shakespeare's Magic, Music and Media in The Reception of A Midsummer's Night's Dream" respectively. Both the speakers before their lecture planted a sapling in the college; as part of the college's greenery drive. Dr. Swati Pal, the principal of the college exchanged a few words and gifts of appreciation before the commencement of the session. Dr. Indu Jain introduced the speakers to the attending scholars comprising of literature students and faculty.

Dr. Taubert took the initiative to start the session by her insightful lecture on the fairies of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The highlights of her lecture revolved around challenging the notions of fairy magic on stage. Her research was diverse and it spanned from the sound, movement, entomology and dance of the fairies on stage to other media adaptations. She added that the fairy magic in Shakespeare's play allowed aesthetic experimentation in later adaptation which transcended to actual physics and laws of nature. Her concluding remarks were of self-reflection on theatre, as well as on media technology in general.

Professor Marx's lecture was inclined towards Shakespeare's History plays, in particular Richard III. His research was oriented towards the quest of a heroic ideal in Shakespeare's works, which he called "the Shakespeare Cycle". Through Richard II, he delivered a discourse on the rise of the hero in a fascist world. His lecture gradually transitioned from the will power of a hero to contemporary idealism of a hero, especially in the post WWII scenario. Professor Marx's examples were diverse and contemporary including the popular TV show Game of Thrones to the poster of Donald Trump.

Both the speakers sat for a joint Q&A session after the lecture. A diverse set of questions were asked by various faculty members and the attending students. The answers of the speakers were insightful and it gave a new perspective to attending scholars about the Shakespearean studies.


Title of the Lecture: "What has History Ever Done for Us"
Department of English
17 October 2019

Under its Distinguished Lecture Series, on 17th October 2019, the department of English of Janki Devi Memorial College invited the prolific historian Dr. Benjamin Zachariah. The title of the public lecture that Dr. Zachariah delivered was "What has History Ever Done for Us". Dr. Swati Pal received the guest and offered the distinguished speaker a set of gifts as a token of appreciation before the commencement of his lecture. Together Dr. Pal and Dr. Zachariah planted a sapling in the college as part of the college's greenery initiative. Dr. Sanjukta Naskar introduced Dr. Zachariah to the audience enlisting his various research works and ongoing projects to the attending teachers and students from various disciplines.

Dr. Benjamin Zachariah started his lecture by throwing light on the problematic aspect of Interdisciplinarity and the notion of historical studies. To put forth his arguments he cited diverse examples such as Monty Python's Life of Brian, the history of Jews, and his fellow contemporary historians. A particular highlight of his lecture, especially for the English department, was his argument where he compared historians to the literary critics. Towards the latter half of his lecture he discussed the profession of a historian and how it worries him. Some of his concerns were regarding the linguistic aspect of historical discourses in contemporary times. He ended his lecture by relating his own research in the contemporary and turbulent times, and what does it mean for him to be a historian.

After the lecture, the floor was opened for a Q&A session which was chaired by Ms. Indu Jain from the English department. The attending academicians including teachers and students asked a diverse set of questions to which Dr. Zachariah replied insightfully. The overall event was enriching and insightful.


Title of the Lecture: Using RTI- Exercising The Right to Question
Department of English,
4 September 2019

Anjali Bhardwaj, founder of the Satark Nagrik Sangathan, a citizen's forum committed to transparency in governance, met with students and faculty of JDMC on 4th September 2019, as a part of the college's Distinguished Speaker Series. The title of her session was "Using RTI- Exercising the Right to Question". As part of the college's tradition, Mrs. Bhardwaj planted a sapling in the college with the principal Dr. Swati Pal. Dr. Sanjukta Naskar introduced Mrs. Bhardwaj to the attendants before the commencement of her interactive session.

During the session Mrs. Bhardwaj spoke extensively on the RTI Act, and its several facets. Beginning with defining the RTI, and contextualising it's implications and meaning. She extensively focused on the people's movement behind its implementation. She shed light on its significance, especially for those citizens whose accessibility to information is continually denied on the basis of social exclusion. She elaborated on the struggles of two exemplary women, who were the pioneers to exercise the RTI, for ration information. Towards the latter half of her session she spoke on the need for systematic accountability vis-a-vis modes of governance, and took the discussion forward by addressing several questions that the students raised.

After the end of her lecture the formal Q&A session with the speaker took place. Mrs. Bhardwaj responses were critical and enlightening. She seamlessly translated technicalities of the RTI to be understood in simple terms through examples and discussion. It was enriching for both the attending faculty and students.


Topic:Forms and Dynamics of Religious Transformations Across Times, Contexts and Locations

Speakers: Prof. Christopher Key Chapple & Prof. Rakesh Chandra

Date & Time: October 23rd , 2019 , 3:00 pm

Venue: Seminar room, JDMC

An international seminar was organized by the Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College on 23rd October, 2019 in college premises on 'Forms and Dynamics of Religious Transformations Across Time, Contexts and Locations'. Prof. Christopher Key Chapple is an Indologist and scholar of international repute working on areas of religion. He is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He spoke on religious pluralistic practices in Los Angeles, and emphasized that the study of religion requires an understanding of various other disciplines such as Geography, Theology, History and Sociology and how they help in understanding each other. He said that it is important to master the techniques of understanding the meanings of life minus consumerism and concluded by saying that religion should be seen as a part of life and not just an abstract belief and it is imperative for everything to change including religion. Prof. Rakesh Chandra is associated with the Department of Philosophy, University of Lucknow and is a member of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. He focussed on the significant roles of rational scrutiny in religious practices. He began with numerous thought provoking questions that re-examined the existing notion of religion in the minds of people thereby opening grounds for re-assessing its role and meaning in each life.


'Gandhi in His Times and Ours', 4th October, 2019

'Gandhi in His Times and Ours', organized on 4th of October, 2019 was a daylong seminar under Janki Devi Memorial College's Distinguished Speaker Series. The seminar was organized by the History Department as well as the Gandhi Study Circle of Janki Devi Memorial College.

The seminar consisted of four panelists from a variety of academic disciplines. Professor Alok Rai, Professor Shahid Amin, Dr. Nishikant Kolge and Dr. Rinku. The keynote speaker for the seminar was Prof. Sudhir Chandra a renowned historian and scholar.

Students inaugurated the seminar which commenced with planting of saplings by Professor Sudhir Chandra, Alok Rai and Shahid Amin. Thereafter, Dr. Saumya Gupta addressed the gathering on behalf of the Gandhi Study Circle. Dr. Saumya gave a prolific start to the seminar by giving an introduction on the importance of Gandhi in present times. She spoke about how Gandhi needs to be remembered and debated and most importantly how the present solicits a need to engage with Gandhi and his philosophy of truth in days of fake news. Dr. Swati pal, principal Janki Devi Memorial College also addressed the gathering and spoke about the close of association of Gandhian philosophy in the foundation of Janki Devi Memorial college. The Teachers In charge Natasha Nongbri than addressed the gathering on behalf of the History Department and introduced the keynote speaker.

Professor Sudhir Chandra gave an enthralling keynote speech at the occasion where he spoke about the importance of mother tongue and the importance of Gandhi in the present times, whether it be with reference to the crisis of non- violence or the crisis of environment. The keynote speaker was so well received that the jam packed hall echoed with a long round of applause in response to the address by Prof. Chandra.

After a break for tea, the session opened with the talk of Professor Alok Rai, who spoke about the idea of Hindustan and how it became a Hindi land. He referred to Gandhi with reference to his propagation of Hindustani over Hindi Language. The next in line of the distinguished speakers was Professor Shahid Amin who spoke of Gandhi in the context of his close relations with the peasants. He touched upon interesting anecdotes and testimonies of peasants from Champaran etc.

The post lunch session was chaired by Dr. Saumya Gupta who introduced the last two distinguished speakers, Dr. Nishikant Kolge and Dr. Rinku Lamba. Dr. Nishikant Kolge delivered his talk on an important aspect of Gandhi that is 'his practical consideration is as important as his moral and philosophical considerations'. He made his point through Gandhi's idea of non violence and how it was used as a strategy by him many times. Dr. Rinku Lamba spoke on a rather interesting and new aspect of Gandhi's understanding of religion and politics through the prism of Kabir and the Bhakti movement. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Sandhya Garg, member of the Distinguished Lecture Series Committe and Dr. Manisha Agnihotri on behalf History Department, JDMC.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Topic: From Fraternity to Maitri—Buddhism and Public Conscience in Dr. Ambedkar's Thought

Speaker:Dr. Aakash Singh Rathore

Date & Time: October 1st, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Venue: Seminar room, JDMC

A lecture by Dr. Aakash Singh Rathore was organized on 'From Fraternity to Maitri—Buddhism and Public Conscience in Dr. Ambedkar's thought' by the Department of Philosophy, Janki Devi Memorial College on 1st October 2019 in college premises.

The session began with an introduction by Dr. Ruplekha Khullar and welcome address by Dr. Swati Pal, Principal, JDMC, followed by the sapling plantation ceremony marking the new beginning for the students as well as the faculty.

Dr. Rathore is a philosopher of international repute, visiting faculty at Rutger, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Humboldt University berlin, and LUISS University Rome. He is the author of seven books and a regular contributor to The Indian Express and Outlook Magazine with by-lines in The Time of India, Firstpost and Huffington Post.

Dr. Rathore began the lecture by quoting the Preamble of Indian constitution and highlighting the significance of the term 'Fraternity' with reference to various political theorists. He also talked about the hierarchy that still prevails in the society and the inseparable nature of hereditary caste from patriarchy. He presented Dr. Ambedkar's views by tracing the contradictions mentioned by him in his last speech at the Constituent Assembly and the social and political roots of Metta/ Maitri in the Buddhist tradition.Caste, he said, has become the determining standard for an individual's dignity. He closed the lecture by quoting the line- "If you grade dignity, you degrade dignity".

Relevance of the idea of fraternity is equally significant as justice and equality. It has not been directly drawn from the French Revolution, but is in close association with the Buddhist concept of Metta / Maitri. The event was concluded by a questioning session followed by vote of thanks to Dr. Aakash Singh Rathore for taking the time out to enlighten students about the need for social democracy.

Lecture Report

विशिष्ट व्याख्यानमाला
विशिष्ट वक्ता -प्रो. गिरीश चन्द पन्त
विषय - समकालीन विश्व में वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् : धार्मिक, सामाजिक एवं राजनैतिक आयाम
संस्कृत विभाग, जानकी देवी महाविद्यालय, दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय
दिनांकः -24 सितम्बर, 2019
जानकी देवी महाविद्यालय की 60 वीं वर्षगाँठ के उपलक्ष्य में महाविद्यालय की ओर से आयोजित की जा रही विशिष्ट व्याख्यानमाला के अन्तर्गत संस्कृत विभाग द्वारा विशिष्ट वक्ता के रूप में आमन्त्रित जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया विश्वविद्यालय ,संस्कृत विभाग के विभागाध्यक्ष    प्रो. गिरीश चन्द पन्त जी  ने समकालीन विश्व में वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् : धार्मिक, सामाजिक एवं राजनैतिक आयाम विषय पर अपना व्याख्यान प्रस्तुत किया । कार्यक्रम का शुभारंभ दीप प्रज्जवलन के साथ करते हुए महाविद्यालय की प्राचार्या डॉ. स्वाती पाल जी एवं विशिष्ट वक्ता प्रो. गिरीश चन्द पन्त जी  ने पर्यावरण सरंक्षण के प्रति जागरुकता का संदेश देते हुए पौधारोपण किया । इसके साथ ही द्वितीय वर्ष की छात्रा मीनू शर्मा के द्वारा महाविद्यालय की प्रार्थना का  सस्वर गायन किया गया ।
व्याख्यान का प्रारम्भ करते हुए प्रो. गिरीश चन्द पन्त ने सर्वप्रथम वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् की अवधारणा के उद्गम का परिचय देते हुए ‘महोपनिषद्’ के विषय में संक्षेप में अवगत कराया । इसके पश्चात् उन्होंने अपने दैनिक जीवन के अनुभवों को उद्धरण स्वरूप में प्रस्तुत करते हुए वसुधैव-कुटुम्बकम् के धार्मिक, सामाजिक एवं राजनैतिक पहलुओं को अत्यन्त सहज एवं सरल  रूप में दर्शाते हुए, समकालीन विश्व में उसके महत्त्व एवं आवश्यकता को बताया तथा छात्राओं को वसुधैव-कुटुम्बकम् के भाव को अपने व्यवहार में लाने के लिए प्रेरित भी  किया ।

 कार्यक्रम के अन्त में विशिष्ट व्याख्यानमाला समिति की सदस्य एवं अँग्रजी विभाग की प्राध्यापिका डॉ. नमिता सेठी जी ने प्रो. गिरीश चन्द पन्त जी का धन्यवाद ज्ञापन किया । इस प्रकार सफलतापूर्वक व्याख्यान का समापन हुआ ।  

Sarnath Banerjee Media Report

Title of the Lecture: Graphic Fiction
Organized by Department of English, JDMC
25th July 2019

On 25th July the Department of English of Janki Devi Memorial College began the celebration of college's 60th year anniversary by inviting the prolific graphic novelist Mr. Sarnath Banerjee under its itinerary of the distinguished lecture series. Mr. Banerjee is a prolific graphic novelist with 7 renowned graphic novels under his authorship. His public lecture in the college was entitled "Graphic Fiction" where he provided his valuable insights into the sub-genre of graphic fiction in India.

For his lecture, Mr. Sarnath Banerjee was received by Dr. Swati Pal and together they started the tradition of this year's greenery drive of college by planting a sapling. After the exchange of hospitality and gifts of appreciation, Mr. Banerjee was introduced to the diverse crowd gathered to attend the public lecture by Dr. Sanjukta Naskar. Ms. Ruchi Kalita chaired the event and engaged Mr. Banerjee to discuss some pressing issues surrounding the genre of graphic narrative.

Mr. Sarnath Banerjee has a distinct canvas of themes for his graphic novels. His works tends to focus on the cityscapes and its cultural values along with his own touch of mythologies to his fictional world. The highlights of his lecture were the insights on the form of graphic novel, the combination of visual with texts and how this hybridity plays out with each other in some of his books. Using the PowerPoint presentation Mr. Banerjee showed the visuals from his graphic novel "All Quiet in Vikaspuri" and explained how he played with the spatial space provided by the medium of graphic narrative. Through his anecdotes, Mr. Banerjee also introduced some of the preliminaries to the attending scholars about the act of writing and organizing the work. The lecture was culminated by Mr. Banerjee with introduction to his latest novel "Doab Dil" and some of his future projects and his methodologies.

Towards the end the floor was opened for Q&A session with the speaker to which both the faculty and the students participated enthusiastically. The lecture ended with both the faculty and the students expressing their humble gratitude to the speaker for taking his time out and providing such an engaging lecture.

Arunava Sinha Media Report

Title of the Lecture: Translation and the world
Organized by Department of English, JDMC
20th August 2019

Followingits suit of its distinguished lecture series, the English Department of Janki Devi Memorial College organized its second public lecture on 20th August, titled "Translation and the World" with Mr. Arunava Sinha, who is a distinguished translator of Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English.

Abiding to the environmental protection principles of the college, Mr. Sinha planted a sapling in the college before the beginning of his lecture.He was received by Dr. Swati Pal, the principal of the college, where they exchanged a few words of gratitude and tokens of appreciation. He was further introduced to the attending scholars by Dr. Sanjukta Naskar who enlisted Mr. Sinha's literary accomplishments and told the audience that by far he has translated more than 50 works and has received multiple national and international awards such as "Muse India Translation Awards".

Mr. Arunava Sinha began his lecture with a story of Mahmoud Darwish,which he gradually transitioned to the role of a translator in contemporary literary domain. He enthusiastically engaged with the audience to made his lecture relatable to the attending scholars from multiple disciplines. The audience interaction involved translating Bengali phrases into English. Some of his highlights into the world of translation included the questions of authorship, the factor of authenticity between the subject matter and linguistics, and the interplay of generic conventions through the act of translation. One of the highlights of Mr. Sinha's lecture was about his critical perspective on authorial intentions versus the translator's interpretation, which was explained in detail through his slideshow presentation.

After the lecture the floor was opened for a Q&A session with the guest, which the audience availed to their maximum benefit, asking a range of questions spanning from classical to contemporary translations. The event culminated with a token of thanks from the faculty members,expressing their gratitude for Mr. Sinha who imparted his invaluable knowledge into this distinct field of literature.

Public Lecture by Benhmin Zachariah

Date- 17th October | Venue-Seminar Room | Time-11:00am

Distinguished Lecture Series

Date- 23rd October

Art & Artist

Date- 5th November | Venue-Seminar Room | Time-02:00pm

Partriarchy & Its Changing Nature by (Kamla Bhasin)

Date- 19th October | Venue-Seminar Room | Time-10:30am

Gandhi His Times nad Ours

Distinguised Speaker Series Public Lecture

Date- 1st October | Venue-Seminar Room | Time-11:00am


Date- 24th September | Venue-Seminar Room | Time-11:00am

The Limits of Intolerance: India's Experiments with Parametric Inclusivism

27th September, 2019 | Venue-Seminar Room, JDMC | Time-03:00pm

Gendering Sociology

Date- 26th September | Venue-Seminar Room | Time-11:00am


Meet The Authors

Distinguished Speaker Series

Heritage: History Association

Translation and the World

Graphic Fiction Public Lecture