Reports of Recent Activities

National Seminar on Role of literature - March 22-23, 2013

A two day National seminar on “SAMAJIK SANSKRITIK MULYON KA SANKAT AUR SAHITYA KA DAYITV “ was organised by the college under the aegis of UGC on 22-23 March, 2013. The conference hall of Delhi University Geology Department in the North Campus was the venue.

Eminent scholars who made keynote presentations at the seminar included Dr. Prabhakar Shrotriye, Mr. Vishwa Mohan, Dr. Narendra Kohli, Dr. Puran Chand Tandon, Prof. Surya Prakash Dixit, Prof. Hari Mohan, Prof. Dharam Pal Maini, Mrs. Chitra Mudgal, Prof. Jai Prakash, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Prof. Ramesh Kumar Pandey, Prof. Avdhesh Kumar singh, Dr. Kirishan Chand Gupt and Prof. J. M. Khurana. The speakers not only highlighted the relevance and role of Hindi literature in contemporary society but also urged the need for creating and promoting responsible literature. Their expert views formed the basis for interactive discussion in which the audience participated enthusiastically.

More than 20 teachers of various universities also made paper presentations in the different sessions of the seminar. Around 140 participants including teachers and students from Bhagini Nivedita College attended the seminar. Primary funding support for the event was provided by the University Grants Commission. HUDCO and REC also supported the event by becoming co-sponsors.

Dr Mamta Singla coordinated the event with encouragement and guidance from Principal, Dr. Purabi Saikia and support from Mr. Arnold James, Chairman of the College Governing Body. Members of the organising committee included Dr. Rachna Mohan, Dr. Manisha Bhutani, Dr. Taruna Tomar, Dr. Rani Shanker Mishra, Dr. Poonam Rathi, Dr. Rajesh, Ms. Anuradha Yadav, Mr.Neeraj, Mr. Zubin, Ms. Niti Dwivedi, Ms. Anita, Ms. Reena, Mr. Hridesh, Mr. Labh Singh and Mr. Alok.

National Seminar on Regional Parties - March 18 - 19, 2013

The Department of political science of Bhagini Nivedita College, University of Delhi organised a National Seminar on Regional Parties in the changing environment of Indian politics on 18 - 19 March, 2013. It was held at Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and was sponsored by the University Grants Commission.

The seminar commenced with Dr. Alokka Dutta, Seminar Coordinator introducing the theme in the context of the changing significance of regional parties in Indian Politics. The two day seminar had different sessions, which were chaired by renowned professors and eminent scholars from various universities and institutions. The two day seminar proved to be instrumental in creating a deeper understanding of the role of regional parties in the Indian politics today.

The inaugural session began with the welcome address by principal Dr. Purabi Saikia. Mr. Anjan Mukherjee, an eminent journalist, who was the chief guest drew attention to the role played by some regional parties during the independence struggle and how these parties had gone in to oblivion over time. Prof. Bidyut Chakravarty, former Head of Department, Political Science , University of Delhi, who delivered the keynote address was of the view that regional parties have become part of the strategy to enhance the bargaining power of parties in seat sharing arrangements, since no national party could now form governments on their own. In his remarks Dr. Jain, Principal of SRCC congratulated the college for organizing the seminar. Shri Arnold James, Chairman of the Governing Body of Bhagini Nevedita College who chaired the inaugural session highlighted the significance of the theme of the seminar in the present context

In the first session on regional parties and coalition politics, some of paper presenters were of the view that there were too many regional parties in the fray. To some nationalism represented unity, oneness and unselfish interests while regionalism stood for divisiveness, fragmentation and parochial interests. Reasons for the rise of regional parties and coalition politics were discussed against the backdrop of the inability of national parties to form governments on their own. The presenters also felt that the role of regional parties will be doubly reinforced in 2014 elections.

In the second session on impact of regionalism on Indian politics, the presenters discussed how regionalism had become an instrument for expedient political gains. Regional parties, despite their roots in regionalistic movements, are now integral part of national politics and have come to represent regional identities and aspirations. Examples of regional parties like DMK, AIADMK, AGP and Shiv Sena were discussed. They also pointed out their negative impacts in the form of vote bank politics, demand for local language based job reservations and rising levels of corruption

The third session focused on ethnicity, language and role of regional parties with special reference to the plural character of India’s North East, with diverse socio-cultural communities. Presenters felt that such diversities are often not taken into consideration and the region is treated as one homogenous administrative, political and geographical entity. In reality however, the differences in religion, language, political opinions and geographical features made each state unique. An interesting manifestation of ethnic politics in this region is in the division of the country into administrative units.

In the fourth session on regional parties and the issue of corruption, the presenters observed that political parties continued to give tickets to people who had corruption cases pending against them. As per available data, 15 candidates with corruption cases against them were given tickets during the last general elections by different political parties. A total of 80 candidates facing corruption charges have been given tickets in elections to state assemblies in the last five years. Twenty-nine of them have won the elections and are currently serving as law makers. The participants wondered whether India's political parties could ever be serious about fighting corruption when they condone it so openly. Some of the questions raised in this session were: When will the parties stop giving tickets to candidates facing criminal or corruption charges? Why corruption cases against MPs and legislators are not being tried in fast track mode? Why the political class is totally silent on these matters?

In the fifth session on regional parties and democracy, the panelists observed that India's success with democracy called for a revision of J S Mill's view which said that democracy is “next to impossible” in multi-ethnic societies and completely impossible in linguistically divided countries. One of the presenters pointed out that “democracy in developing countries tends to be as much a source of, as it is a solution to power conflicts”. Regional politics in India is rooted in an amalgamation of a complex set of factors that shed a light on such power conflicts. Presenters also noted with interest that the ideologies of regional parties have been constantly evolving with time. In this context, examples of the Samajwadi Party, Akali Dhal, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha were discussed. In the discussion it was concluded that in fact, the very triumph of democracy gave voice to a myriad concerns that saw the emergence of a whole new spectrum of political organisations and leaders. The post colonial leaders were no longer the old school nationalists that had put the country together in the first place. The deepening of democracy ensured that new leaders came to power representing a particular community, tribe, caste, religion and region.

In the sixth session on caste, class and regional parties the presenters pointed out that the irony of Indian politics is that its modern secular democracy has actually enhanced, in stead of reducing the political salience of traditional forms of social identity such as caste. India's political parties have found caste-based selection of candidates and appeals to the caste-based interests of the Indian electorate to be effective ways to win popular support. The economic development and social mobility of those groups, which are officially designated as Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes have also played a fundamental role. Accounting for 52 and 15 percent of the population, respectively, the Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes, or Dalits as they prefer to be called, constitute a diverse range of middle, lower, and other groups who have come to wield substantial power in most states. The presenters highlighted that indeed, one of the important aspects of modern Indian politics has been the jettisoning of their political subordination to upper castes the Backward Classes and Dalits and their assertion of their own interests.

The valedictory session was chaired by Dr. Suresh Kumar former head of the department of African Studies who said, ”Regional parties are now an indispensable part of Indian politics”. It was also addressed by prof. Subroto Mukherjee, former Head of the department, Political Science, University of Delhi who concluded that the strong image of regional parties is going to remain as a fundamental feature of Indian politics. Dr Purabi Saikia spoke about her vision of organizing a national level seminars by the college and how she inspired her team to implement this project. College Governing Body Chairman Mr. Arold James congratulated the organizing committee members of Bhagini Nivedita college for successfully organizing the two day seminar. The seminar coordinator, Dr. Alokka Dutta extended her vote of thanks to all and particularly panelists and chairpersons and to SRCC for their cooperation. She also specially thanked the University Grants Commission, New Delhi for its kind sponsorship and hoped that it would support similar events in future also.

International Women's Day Celebrations - March 8, 2013

Women's Day was celebrated by the college on 8th March 2013. A rally was organised from the college to Najafgarh to spread awareness about Women's rights. MCD Commissioner (North Delhi), Mr. Suresh Yadav was the chief guest of this function.

Mehak Theatre Group enacted a play entitled 'Murjhaate phool' which revoloved around the issue of Gender Discrimination. Mr. Pramod Kumar and Ms. Babita Chopra conducted a question answer session to make students aware of their rights, as girls. They also distributed 'Main hoon' caps.

Dr. Purabi Saikia, Principal presented momentoes and bouquets to the guests and addressed the students about women empowerment. Mr. Suresh Yadav recited a poem which he had written in the context of Damini case. Finally, the principal flagged off the rally. The programme was covered by India TV and Local newspapers.

Dr. Sushma Rana coordinated the event.

Gandhi Study Circle Competitions

On February 5, 2013, Gandhi Study Circle (GSC) of the college organised competitions to promote Gandhian values among the students. Gandhi Bhawan of University of Delhi provided guidance and financial support for the event. It was coordinated by Dr. Mamta Singla, Convener of GSC with the assistance of  GSC members Dr. Nirmala Rana, Dr. Taruna Tomar and Dr. Anuradha Tyagi. Winners, runners-up and second runners-up were given cash prizes of Rs. 1000, 750, 500 respectively with a consolation prize of Rs. 200 for all events.

In the essay writing competition on 'Samkalin janakrosh ke pariprekshye mei Ahinsa parmo dharma ki sarthakta'. 65 students took part. Dr. Poonam Rathi, Dr. Sushma Rana and Dr. Anuradha Tyagi judged the essays. Ms. Archi (Roll No. 11313), Ms. Preeti (Roll No-10302), Ms. Priyanka Yadav (Roll No 10312) and Ms. Sadhna (Roll No 11338) of BA (Hindi Hons) course won the first, second, third and consolation prizes respectively.

In the competition for preparing a poster on' Satiya Ahinsa Aur Sadbhawna'. 42 students participated. This competition was judged by Dr. Taruna Tomar,Dr. Rajesh and Ms. Anuradha Yadav. Ms. Sanju Dixit (Roll No- 10452 - BSc Year III), Ms. Neha Mishra (Roll No. 122078 - B Com Year I), Ms. Poonam (Roll No. 111410 - BA Programme Year II) and Ms. Aanchal Saxena (Roll No. 102120 - B Com Year III) respectively won the first, second, third and consolation prizes.

The topic of the debate was 'Gandhi Darshan ki Prasangikta Par Adhunik Bhartiya Samaj Mei Prashan Chihan Lag Gaya hai'. 10 teams were in competition, which was judged by Dr. Mamta Singla, Dr. Nirmala Rana and Dr. Anuradha tyagi. Ms. Nisha (Roll No. 102114 - BCom (P) Year III), Ms. Shivani (Roll No. 112041 -BCom (P) Year II) and Ms. Pummi (Roll No. 12483 - BSC Year I) respectively won the first, second and third prizes.

Principal, Dr. Purbi Saikia delivered a brief lecture on the Gandhian values after the conclusion of the competitions.

Quiz Guru - A Quiz contest

'Quiz Guru' was organised by the College Cultural committee on Friday, February 8, 2013 in collaboration with Institute of Technology & Science, Ghaziabad.

Over 120 students participated in the contest, which included both oral and written questions. The competition was held simultaneously in three different rooms. On the spot Prizes were given to the winners of the oral round.

Based on the written round, four students would be short listed for the final round to be conducted on March 1, 2013 in ITS, Ghaziabad.

Besides Mrs. Shashi Gulia, convener of the cultural committee, members of the committee Dr. Anuradha Yadav and Ms. Nikita as well as the Students Union President Ms. Priyanaka and Secretary Ms. Durgesh were part of the organising team for this event. Photographs of the event can be viewed in the picture gallery. in the picture gallery

Let Girls be Born

A Campaign on 'Let Girls be Born' was organised by Dr. Sushma Rana with the help of the Gender Sensitising committee and NSS of the college on January 24, 2013. It included poster making, slogan writing and essay writing competitions. The entire event was funded by Centre for Advocacy & Research (CAR), an NGO.

Mr. Pramod and Ms. Babita Chopra from CAR also showed a film on 'nanni Bitiya ko Jeene ka Var Do' to create awareness among students against female foeticide. They also held an interactive session with the students to learn about the status of girl children in their neighbourhood.

A number of students participated in the poster making, slogan writing and essay writing competitions and winners were given prizes and certificates. Students also took part in a signature campaign against female foeticide. More photographs of the event can viewed in the photo gallery accessible from the home page

Webcast of NKN Lecture by Prof. Sandel

Prof. Sandel of Harvard University delivered the inaugural address of National Knowledge Network (NKN) public lecture series on January 23, 2013. The Public Lecture Series of National Knowledge Network (NKN) was launched by Dr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India along with the Delhi University Vice Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh in the Viceregal Hall, Delhi University on January 23, 2013. It was attended, among others, by the principal, five faculty members and 20 students of Bhagini Nivedita College.

A webcast of the lectures was arranged in the premises of Bhagini Nivedita College by the BNC Computer Centre. It was watched by over 150 students and a number of faculty members. The lecture was followed by question-answer session. Questions from the webcast watchers at the colleges were also forwarded to the speakers through the twitter account of the college: ' bnc-du'

You may watch the webcast online  here

 Click here to view a brief report on this event