Report on 6th International Yog Day

Physical Education Department, Janki Devi Memorial College organised anonline webinar, a lecture-cum-demonstration session on the theme "Overall Health in COVID-19 Times and Beyond" - to celebrate 6th International Yog Day' on June 21, 2020 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

The invited speaker for the session was Dr.Pravesh Vyas, Assistant Professor in Vastushastra, a renowned faculty member in Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University, New Delhi. He was ably supported by two key resource persons, Sh. Tasvir Singh, an accomplished Yog and Malkhamb expert and Ms. Divya Chaudhary, a Yog teacher.

The programme began by Dr.Abha Jain, Teacher-In-charge, Physical Education Department, with the welcome note for all the guests and participants. Dr Swati Pal, the college principal addressed the audience by highlighting the need and importance ofYog in present challenging times and expressed hope that the session would prove to be a beneficial one for all. After the introduction of the guests by Dr. Jain, Dr Pravesh Vyas started the programme with the inauguration prayer and the yog routine. The routine included the 'SukshmVyaayam', 'yogaasans' in standing, sitting and lying positions, followed by 'pranaayam', 'dhyaan' and 'meditation'. He explained each aasan and pranayamKriya with its benefits and contraindications, while the two experts performed for the participants, who followed them simultaneously. Thereafter, Dr. Vyas explained the philosophy of Yog with it's importance and benefits in daily life, specifically with reference to the present tough and stressful tines of COVID -19. He also explained that yog should be performed at the right time for the right purpose under the guidance of yog experts and one must enjoy the practice and the process of performing any aasan or kriya or meditation to realise it's full potential.

Dr. Pal then took the queries from the participants and Dr. Vyas answered. She also thanked the all the resources persons for conducting a very synchronised session, that's totally enriching and beneficial for one and all.

Dr Jain emphasized on the need to adopt yog on a daily basis to truly harness it's unlimited benefits to ensure a healthy and happy living under all circumstances and concluded the programme by thanking all the guests and participants for joining the '6th international Yog', which was attended by nearly 150 participants including teachers, students & non reaching staff of JDM College, other colleges of University of Delhi and universities all across India.

Dr Abha Jain

(TIC, Physical Education)

JDM College, University of Delhi

New Delhi

Celebrating the Environment: Initiatives by Janki Devi Memorial College

Caring for the environment cannot be a one day affair. It has to be sustained. Now, more than ever, it is clear that Nature has been abused for so long that the consequences are severe to say the least. Whether it is the Corona virus that has affected millions the world over and which has forced us to reconsider the whole aspect of sanitisation and pollution; the earthquakes; the cyclonic storms; the locust swarms; there appears to be a response from Nature that is Biblical in its proportions. Images of migrant workers dying abject deaths have triggered the human conscience and forced an introspection about our greed and inability to build an egalitarian society based on an equitable distribution of wealth. Horrifying tales of humans physically suffocated due to racial discrimination or animals such as a pregnant elephant fed with pineapples stuffed with crackers and thus dying a gruesome death- all of these fill one with despair and shame at human callousness.

Endeavoring to always do something constructive for the environment has been the constant mission of Janki Devi Memorial College. This year, the lockdown did not affect the commitment of the college in its environmental initiatives.

The college IQAC and Political Science Department organized an international webinar on World Order and Non Traditional Security Challenges on the 4th of June where four academic experts, Cleo Pascal from the United States , Ashutosh Mishra from Australia, Asanga Abeyagoonasekara from Sri Lanka and Uttam Kumar Sinha from India , deliberated on environmental security issues and how the world order is affected by these. More than 300 people attended this thought provoking webinar that made everyone reflect upon their individual and collective responsibility in creating a safe and healthy environment.

On World Environment Day, 5th June, the college garden committee organized a sapling plantation in college where air purifying plants were planted by the staff, faculty members and Principal of the college, ensuring of course that all precautionary measures were taken while doing so. That aside, the students of Avani, the Environment Club of the college along with others who were hostel residents as well as students of EVS, made environment videos which they posted on social media, as well as posters that underlined the urgent need to deal with environmental issues. The students also planted saplings in their residential area.

Finally, on 6th June, the college held its annual Inter College Environmental debate competition, online, on the topic 'Human Suffering will worsen unless environmental exploitation ends'. The event saw enthusiastic participation from the colleges of Delhi University and students made very relevant presentations of their viewpoints. The prize winners were Srishti Singh (IP College), Anandita Mishra (ARSD College) and Subia Noor(Laxmibai College).

The positive and meaningful ways in which environmental issues were taken up by Janki Devi Memorial College, even at a time when there is a lockdown spells hope in these dark times and shows the way forward.