MINISTERIAL STAFF ENRICHMENT

 

The Department of English conducted the Ministerial Staff Enrichment Programme in the Month of June, July and January. The programme was divided into three sessions for an hour and a half each. The objective of the programme was to enrich the ministerial staff members with various life and soft skills. A total of 9 women were selected from the ministerial staff in which 8 of them were regular attendees. This year the module was designed by Ms. Nikitha Noronha and Ms. Blessy Issac and other members of the department helped in the execution of the same. Teachers were also allotted one student each so that individual attention could also be given when required. The six classes included an ice breaker session, writing alphabets/numerals, various forms applicable to the staff in college/bank, days of the week, months of the year, greeting, directing, responding to basic enquiry, answering and asking time, month, week etc. Each of the session included activities and worksheets which the staff member could use for future reference. The ministerial staff appreciated the department’s efforts in conducting these sessions and were also enthusiastic to have such sessions in the coming years.

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Professional Writing

 

The Department of English organized a session on, ‘Right way to Write’, in order to enhance  the professional writing skills of the staff. This session was conducted on 1 February 2020 in the Seminar Hall from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and was attended by 90 members of the various departments of Christ Junior and Christ PU College. Ms. Anamika Viswanathan and Ms. Lizil Johnson, from the Centre for Academic and Professional Support of Christ Deemed to be University, conducted the two hour session. Ms. Anamika covered topics like letter of recommendation, principle of branding, writing style, tone and so on while Ms. Lizil Johnson emphasized on professional email writing. The session was enriching to many of the faculty members who provided positive feedback.

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Annadana – Soil and Seed Savers

Annadana began in 2001, their main objective has been to safeguard the interest of Indian farmers by promoting the use of traditional agricultural methods that are efficient and innovative. This was to empower the farmers towards self-sufficiency. In Annadana they create awareness on indigenous seed varieties which breaks the farmers dependency on hybrid or genetically modified seed stock. They own two agro-ecology farms in Bangalore and in Sharavathi Wildlife sanctuary in the Western Ghats. They mainly focus on 3 main core areas that are farmers welfare, seed conservation, training and sustainability. Annadana ‘s work has also helped post tsunami and agricultural relief to create seed banks and to training farmers and horticulturalists in Bhutan. Annadana is steered by a corporate flyer Sangita Sharma. As a campaigner Annadana had proudly played a significant role in bringing about India ‘s 2009 prohibition on genetically modified seeds.

It is a unique insulated seed bank which conserves over 500 variety of seed, a self-contained farm from fruits and vegetables to milk and dairy products. They produce their own bio chemicals, bio pest repellents and biogas and plant boosters. They use various methods to harvest like extraction- wet and dry seeds, shade drying, identification of healthy plants and fruits and harvest the seeds at the right season and time. They follow rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation and so on. They also create awareness on the genetically modified seeds and the future difficulties after consuming those vegetables and fruits on regular basis. Annadana also runs its own campaign ‘MyRighttoSafeFood’.

For over a decade Annadana has been researching and documenting their journey on sustainable organic farming along side seed conservation through seed banks. Annadana helps farmers by giving them knowledge teaching them on seed conservation and organic farming. How it can be done in small space of land to large areas in a whole. Farmers teach farmers. They have their own publications. Based in Southern India Annadana ‘s mission is to sow seeds of sustainable thinking and seeds of hope for farmers all over the world.

S. Varunika Rajan

II HESP M

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Intra- Collegiate Page to Stage

Page to stage, an intra collegiate competition that took place on the 28th of October was organised by the English Department of Christ Junior College. This is a competition where in students of 1st and 2nd PUC are allotted lessons from the English course book and are required to enact it in the form of a play. This not only acts as a platform where students portray their theatrical skills but also tests their understanding and interpretation skills.

From the 1st as well as the 2nd PUC, we had the genres ranging from comedy and humour and to emotional and drama.

The classes of both 1st and 2nd PUC displayed creative interpretation of the text. Furthermore, they tackled social issues and opinions like climate change, cultural diversity, importance of water, superstitious beliefs, money Madness, racism and more

 Carrying an emotionally and mind evoking message the winner from the six classes in 2nd PUC emerged to be 2 PPES O who spoke strongly and wholly On Children.

Runners up from 2nd PUC was the class of 2CAMS K who had through their humorously emotional play, carried the message of the most important resource, water.

Budding Talent from the 1st PUC classes presented plays with titles like “The world Is on fire and holy things” which spoke about the superstitious beliefs and the river goddess’ story.

The winner from the 1st PUC classes was “Beyond Colour” which tackled racism and spoke about the life , struggles and achievements of Frederick Douglass.

The Page to Stage competition was judged by experienced and well known Miss Bhanumathi and other faculty from the Christ Family. The Winners were decided based on a Judging Criteria which covered areas like stage usage volume, expressions, acting skills, etc.

This competition gives an opportunity to aspiring actors as well as future scriptwriters and directors by helping them birth and give life to their characters.

I’d like to quote ” The theatre is a weapon and for that reason, it must be fought for”. And Christ Junior College helps us understand and use such weapons in the most effective and innovative way.

Shloka B

II CAMS J

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ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಬದುಕು ಹಾಗು ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ

ದಿನಾಂಕ ೧೮/೧೦/೨೦೧೯ ರಂದು ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಷಾ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಪ್ರಧ್ಯಾಪಕರು ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ರಸ ಋಷಿ ಕುವೆಂಪುರವರ ಹಿರಿಯ ಪುತ್ರ, ಲೇಖಕ, ಶಾಲಾಗ್ರಾಹಕ ಪರಿಸರಪ್ರೇಮಿ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಬದುಕು ಹಾಗು ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಕುರಿತು ಪರಿಚಯಿಸಿಕೊಡಲು ಅದ್ಭುತ ಮಾತುಗಾರರಾದ ಡಾ।। ಹೆಚ್. ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣರವರನ್ನು ಕರೆಸಿದ್ದರು. ಡಾ।। ಹೆಚ್. ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣರವರು ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರನ್ನು ಹತ್ತಿರದಿಂದ ಕಂಡವರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದ ನಿರೂಪಣೆಯನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ  ಕನ್ನಡ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸಕರಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ವನಿತ ಅವರು ವಹಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು. ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ತಯಾರಿಸಿದ್ದ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಕುರಿತು ಸಣ್ಣ ಚಿತ್ರಣವನ್ನು ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ತೋರಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ನಂತರ ಭಾಷಾ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥರಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ನಾಗರತ್ನ ಅವರು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಸ್ವಾಗತವನ್ನು ಕೋರಿದರು. ಅನಂತರ ಡಾ।। ಹೆಚ್. ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣರವರು ಮಾತನಾಡಲು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಿದರು.

ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣರವರು ಪೂ.ಚಂ.ತೇ ಅವರು ಬರೆದಿರುವ “ಅಣ್ಣನ ನೆನಪು” ಎಂಬ ಆತ್ಮಕಥನವನ್ನು ಆಧರಿಸಿ ಅವರ ಕುರಿತು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು. ಅವರ ಮಾತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಹುಟ್ಟಿನಿಂದ ಕುವೆಂಪುರವರಿಗೆ ಆದ ಆನಂದ, ಸಂತಸ ಅವರು ರಚಿಸಿದ ಪದ್ಯಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶೇಷ ಚಿತ್ರಣ ಮೂಡಿತು. ನಂತರ ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯವೇನೆಂದರೆ ಮಹಾಕವಿಯ ಮಗನಾಗಿದ್ದರು ಅವರು ಅತಿ ತುಂಟರಾಗಿದ್ದರು ಎಂಬುವುದು. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಿ “ಪೆಂಡ್ಯುಲಮ್ ಬಾಲದ” ನಾಯಿಯ ಕಥೆ, ಮನೆಗೆ ತಂದ ಹೊಸ ನಾಯಿ ತುಂಟನಾದ ಕಥೆ ಹಾಗು ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಶಾಲೆಯಿಂದ ಅರ್ಧದಲ್ಲೆ ಓಡಿ ಬಂಡ ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿದರು. ನಂತರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಜೀವನ, ಓದಿನ ನಂತರ ಅವರು ಮೂಡಿಗೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದ ಕಾರಣ, ಅವರ ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ವಿವರಿಸಿದರು.

ಪರಿಸರ ಪ್ರೇಮಿಯಾದ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರು ಹಲವಾರು ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಲೇಖನಗಳು, ಪರಿಸರದ ಕುರಿತು ಕೃತಿಗಳನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕೃತಿಗಳು ಅಬಚೂರಿನ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಆಫೀಸು, ಕಾರ್ವಾಲ, ಕಿರಗೂರಿನ ಗಯ್ಯಾಳಿಗಳು ಮೊದಲಾದವು. ಇವುಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಲು ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿನಂತಿಸಿದರು. ಹೀಗೆ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಬದುಕು ಹಾಗು ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಸಂಕ್ಷಿಪ್ತ ವಿವರವನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದರು. ಇಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೋತ್ತರದ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಗೆ ನಡೆಸಬೇಕಾದ ತಯಾರಿ, ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇರಬೇಕಾದ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಒಲವು ಹಾಗು ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಸುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಇವರಿಗೆ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಹೃತ್ಪೂರ್ವಕವಾಗಿ ವಂದಿಸಿದರು. ಈ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇರೆ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರು ಸಹ ಬಂದಿದ್ದರು. ಇವರೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ನಮ್ಮ ನೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ ಭಾಸ್ಕರ್ ರವರು ವಂದನಾರ್ಪಣೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದರು.

– ಸ್ನೇಹ ಎ

1 HEPP ‘N’

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We don’t just act. We impact

The wide spread popularisation of street play is no less than a “Transformational Social Movement”. Street plays are not just used as tools of political awareness but it is used for fighting social injustice as well. When small kids, whose eyes were filled with curiosity and dreams that reach the sky, sat in circles hearing the loud voices from the center of circle  was not merely an act but an impact it was drishti!!
On the 12th of September, a team of 30 students and 3 teachers made their way to Kolar, an exciting rural visit in a mission to enlighten the students there about RTE law. The “Right to education” law which encourages and makes it compulsory to all the parents and guardians of India to educate their children as schooling for kids up to the age of 16 is free. Not only till 16 but even after that students are given the privilege to apply for study loans on lesser interest rates to pursue their higher education. It was really enchanting to see those eager eyes and the cutest smiles the kids had after seeing the street play. The kids surely got inspired by the play and asked many questions. It was so en-thrilling to talk with the children there. They have the potential to change this world and as a part of drishti we felt as if we showed them exactly how to do it.

~Anusha. G

1 CAME L

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PARIVARTHANA VISIT

Christ university is really a dream come true. The students studying here have the best facilities and the most beautiful and comfortable campus environment. Ever wondered how Christ manages to keep a campus filled with nearly 19,000 students so clean. The college has well managed waste segregation system, not only waste even the water here gets reused. The management is proud to say that the only waste that goes out of the campus is plastic and everything else is recycled or reused here. Isn’t that simply wonderful. But how? That’s where Parivarthana unit, a wing of the Center for Social Action, does it’s magic. The Parivarthana units set up in the campus has helped in achieving this. Parivarthana hasn’t done magic only by clearing waste in a excellent way but has also changed the lives of many rural women. The rural women who are economically weak work here . They recycle the waste to make papers, they use waste for bio gas, manure and even water treatment to reuse water. Isn’t it amazing to know to how Parivarthana, a small unit on Christ, has brought up such a big change not only by making our campus clean and beautiful, but also by bringing light and hope into the lives of rural women.

~ Anusha G

1 CAME L

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