Extra Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities
- INDEPENDENCE DAY 2019 - REPORT
No.2 Coy 9 Kar Bn NCC
School of Business Studies and Social Sciences CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2019 - REPORT
“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom”.
Today, to mark the 73rd Independence Day of India, we had Independence Day celebrations in School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) The NCC cadets of 2/9 Coy, BGR Campus reported for the event at 6.45 am. There were a total of 22 cadets and everyone was entrusted with some responsibilities and duties. The final rehearsal was conducted at 7.30 am.
- CSP play: Awareness on Child Sponsorship Program 2019
CSP play: Awareness on Child Sponsorship Program.
On the 26th of July 2019, the CSA from School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University performed a street play to raise awareness for the Child sponsorship program ( CSP) so that more students on campus would contribute for the cause.
Performed to great effect, the team worked very well together to drive home the message with conviction!
- WWF collaboration: Madiwala Lake 2019
WWF collaboration: Madiwala Lake
On the 8th of June 2019, The CSA of School of Business Studies and Social Sciences in collaboration with the main campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University staged a play.
The play was the start of a fruitful collaboration with an esteemed organisation - WWF. The performance was on environmental conservation - and so the broad theme of pollution was covered, as well as water scarcity.
The play really struck a chord with the audience at Madiwala Lake, who engaged with the performance.The volunteers enjoyed performing the play at Madiwala lake which was a new and exciting location.Few people from audience also approached the team after the play and appreciated the performance and the cause.
- Story Hunt : CSA, Media and Communication 2019
Story Hunt : CSA, Media and Communication
Date : 16th June 2019
The first Sunday after the CSA Inauguration, the volunteers of CSA, School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST(Deemed to be) University,headed for their first story hunt of the year, where they visit a spot in Bangalore and unravel its story through the course of the day.
The volunteers visited the serene Mahabodhi Society, nestled away in the quiet Gandhinagar. After touring the premises and learning about the Buddhist culture through a meditation session, the volunteers had a hearty lunch. Following which, they were taken to the nearby Freedom Park, also an area deeply imbued with history. The volunteers were absolutely speechless after their first event, which would certainly set the stage for many more.
- Online Campaigns and Competitions 2019
Online Campaigns and Competitions
In May 2019, M&C of CSA from School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, held its first ever social media campaign - #BeBirdBrained, to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day- which included 5 days of interesting factoids, interviews and insights into the issues faced by Migratory Birds.
Later in June 2019, to celebrate World Pride Month, #DankPride was held. This social media competition asked participants to send in memes that would highlight the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Besides, various small campaigns have been conducted to celebrate occasions like World Environment Day, World Day Against Child Labour etc..Promotional campaigns have been held for CSA Activities too - #MeetTheDrishtiFam to promote the Drishti Auditions, and #HumansOfAC to promote the Child Sponsorship Program.
- NGO Exposure : CSA 2019
NGO Exposure : CSA
Date: 19th July
The volunteers of CSA , School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University,were taken to Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, HSR Layout for their first NGO Exposure of the year. Samarthanam does a whole host of work in education, vocation, quality of life etc. for People With Disabilities.
After a tour of the facilities, including the audiobook recording studio, vocational training centre, and school for the intellectually disabled, two representatives from Samarthanam spoke to the volunteers about the NGO and its purpose.
After this fruitful discussion the students got a chance to interact with some of the children from the school for underprivileged children - they played fun games, and taught them the CSA classics - Banana Dance, and Fruit Salad. After this enriching experience, our volunteers were moved by just how different some people can be, and yet how special those same people can be made with the right resources.
- Nature Walk : Prayatna of CSA 2019
Nature Walk : Prayatna of CSA
Date: 30th June, 2019
The volunteers of CSA, School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, were taken to a surprise location - Ramnagar. There were around 50 volunteers, and they were all excited for their very first Nature Walk!
Once arrived at Ramnagar, the volunteers were briefed about the place by Prayatna volunteers, and were given a few rules which were to be adhered. There were many activities conducted for volunteer bonding, some of which were - Clicking pictures of Depiction of where Man meets Nature, pictures of inimitable places, story behind the places, and one of the easiest being - Taking Group selfies! All the volunteers enjoyed all the activities and participated with a lot of interest. Overall, the volunteers had a lot of fun, and the most essential part was, the volunteers were sensitized towards nature, and were made aware of how Man interferes with Nature.
- Photo Exhibition : Media and Communication, CSA 2019
Photo Exhibition : Media and Communication, CSA.
June and July 2019
In the 2nd week of June 2019, a photo exhibition was set up in the quadrangle of School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRISt (Deemed to be) University,to highlight CSA Activities, and the various wings of CSA, to attract the new Christites to register for CSA.
The stepped structure certainly did the trick.
Later, in the month of July, a similar photo exhibition was set up which put on display some of the best shots captured by the M&C volunteers of our beloved AC kids - to promote the ongoing Child Sponsorship Program! The quirky artwork really attracted a lot of attention from the Christites.
- Parivarthana Unit Visit : Prayatna of CSA
Parivarthana Unit Visit : Prayatna of CSA
Date: 29th June, 2019
The volunteers of School of Business Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, visited the Parivarthana Unit which was located in the Hosur Road Campus. Once they reached, they were briefed by the Prayatna Heads from Hosur Road Campus and the volunteers were then split into 2 groups.
The first group visited the Biomethanation plant and the second group were taken to the Handmade paper Unit. Then, the first group to the second unit and the second to the first. The volunteers were explained as to how handmade paper products were made from scratch. The volunteers understood the importance of waste segregation by visiting the Parivarthana Unit.
- Parivarthana Stall: Prayatna of CSA 2019
Parivarthana Stall: Prayatna of CSA
Date: 10th June, 2019 till 12th June, 2019
The Parivarthana Stall was set up on the 10th of June with multiple items which were handcrafted by the Parivarthana unit located in the Hosur Road Campus. Most of the items were sold to many students who were present in college and were also sensitized on how the products are made - by recycling them.
- DRISHTI – CSA 2019
DRISHTI – CSA
On the 5th of June 2019, The CSA of School of Business Studies and Social Sciences in collaboration with the main campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University conducted a play at Lalbagh.
This play covered the topic of environmental degradation and plastic pollution.The volunteers enjoyed performing the play at Lalbagh.The Volunteers really learnt how people tend to be careless with their plastic.
People were made aware about how this waste is harmful for them and our society.
- Clean-up Drive (Doddanekundi) : Prayatna of CSA 2019
Clean-up Drive (Doddanekundi) : Prayatna of CSA
2nd June, 2019
Doddanekundi was a lake clean-up drive of CSA, School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, in collaboration with Save Green. The number of volunteers were 37.
The volunteers were given various tools and equipment to remove all the weeds which were grown around the plants which were previously planted by the volunteers of Save Green, and the volunteers also had to plant a few saplings which was necessary for the lake. This Lake Clean-up was a new and fresh experience for the volunteers! They got to experience a new type of clean-up which previously never happened with our CSA volunteers.
- Clean-up and Graffiti: Prayatna of CSA 2019
Clean-up and Graffiti: Prayatna of CSA
Date: 23rd June, 2019
The clean-up happened in BTM layout, near Madiwala lake. The volunteers of CSA, School of Business Studies and Social Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, reached the spot and were provided with gloves and masks to maintain hygiene. There were around 50 volunteers who came to clean up an entire place. The volunteers started cleaning the place and started separating wet and dry waste.
They further separated waste by removing glass and plastic waste separately to avoid any form of injuries. Immediately after the cleaning, the volunteers were enthusiastic about painting the walls which surrounded the spot. They finished it as soon as possible and the locals loved the graffiti made by the volunteers.
- Tilak Nagar: CSA, DRISHTI 2019
Tilak Nagar: CSA, DRISHTI
On the 6th of July 2019, the CSA of CHRIST (Deemed to be) University staged a play at Tilak Nagar.
It was the first Drishti play of the academic year for the new volunteers, and that many of the actors were performing a street play for the first time, the success of the play was phenomenal.
The topic was education and it was well conveyed to the audience, through hard-hitting dialogues and superb formations. Children, especially, poured out of their houses to watch the play. The new volunteers indeed enjoyed performing for a cause on the streets of Bangalore.
- Reflections : CSA, Media and Communication 2019
Reflections : CSA, Media and Communication.
Date: 21st July 2019
Reflections is a unique M&C-specific event where volunteers of CSA, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, explore a slice of Bangalore and reflect on their observations based on a theme, in any creative format - be it prose, poetry, photos or more.
The first Reflections of the year saw the volunteers head to Basavanagudi - one of Bangalore’s first ever neighbourhood, to explore the oxymoronic theme that best encapsulates Bangalore’s culture - New Age Heritage. They visited many different parts - including Kempambuddhi Kere, Bugle Rock, Big Bull Temple and finally Gandhi Bazaar.
Following the event, the volunteers produced their creatives as interpretations of the theme based on their observations.
- Pulse 10 km run: CSA, School of Business Studies and Social Sciences 2019
On the 21st of July 2019, Drishti from the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, performed a play on account of the “Pulse” 10 Km run organised by the NCC and SWO campaigning around college.
The theme of the play was Water Conservation.
Considering Bangalore’s acute water crisis, the Pulse 10 Km run was a great initiative, and the Drishti Play helped drive home the catastrophic issue of water scarcity and certainly tried to enlighten the audience and perhaps even change the way they think and act.
- Chat-Over-Coffee : CSA, Media and Communication 2019
Chat-Over-Coffee : CSA, Media and Communication
Date: 27th June 2019
To commemorate Waste Segregation Week, M&C held its first Chat-over-Coffee at School of Business studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, on the topic - “How can we incentivise people to care about Waste Segregation?”.
A few volunteers very vehemently voiced their issues - talking about how to appeal to different demographic groups, and how we as students, and volunteers of CSA, could make Social Action “cool” for the Gen Z. The chat was concluded with a fun activity - where the participants were divided in teams and asked to make jingles on Waste Segregation. Overall, a very lively discussion and certainly a very valuable one too.
- Art Exhibition : Media and communication, CSA 2019
Art Exhibition : Media and communication, CSA.
As part of the promotions for the Child Sponsorship Program, the children of our Activity Centre in Tilak Nagar were asked to explore their artistic skills on paper, and attempt to draw or sketch. The best ones were displayed in the quadrangle of School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University,, to show the students the talent and ambition of these students, to incentivise them to donate towards CSP.
- Animal Welfare Visit : Prayatna of CSA 2019
Animal Welfare Visit : Prayatna of CSA
Date: 28th July, 2019
The volunteers of CSA, School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST ( Deemed to be) University, visited People for Animals Hospital. The number of volunteers were around 40. The session continued by the volunteers attending a Human Animal Conflict Presentation.
Col. Navaz, a Retired Army Officer, briefed the volunteers regarding the same. After the session, the volunteers were split into many groups to make ladders, hammocks and were made to paint. Overall, the volunteers had a fun session, and even incurred a lot of information which they wouldn’t be aware of, if they didn’t attend the program.
- Collaboration with Vimochana: CSA 2019
On the16th of July 2019, the CSA, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University School of Business Studies and Social Sciences staged a play at St. Joseph’s college.
The topic of this play was mob lynching and the purpose of this play was to make people understand how mob lynching and honour killing are big issues these days.
The volunteers learnt a lot about the topic, after performing in front of social change makers and thought leaders at St. Joseph’s. The team worked well together.
- Waste Segregation Week: Prayatna of CSA
Waste Segregation Week: Prayatna of CSA
Date: 27th June, 2019
It began with 6 activities which aimed at promoting Waste Segregation and were also on the aspects of Psychological and Physiological aspects of the participants. The names of few activities were - Fish the Bottle, Pictionary, Foot bowling and many more fun events. There was a workshop which was conducted to further sensitize the volunteers.
The number of volunteers increased after the activities conducted in the quadrangle of School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, Christ (Deemed to be) University.
The main target audience were the first years who enjoyed the exposure that they received from their senior volunteers.
- Report on Promo play:CSA
On the 13th of June 2019, the CSA team DRISHTI of School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, staged a play in the quadrangle of the Bannerghetta Road campus, with the aim of announcing their call for auditions for those who would like to join the team. The play consisted of numerous Drishti volunteers who put up an energetic performance in their usual stunning manner.
The play focused on several social issues. Ending of the play called for the volunteers to announce their auditions which were to occur on the 18th, 19th and 20th June and urged the students to try their hand at Drishti.
- Report on Plogging : Prayatna of CSA
Plogging : Prayatna of CSA
Date : 5th June, 2019
This event, an initiative of CSA, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, took place with the collaboration of The Robin Hood Army.
The event took place in VV Puram, near a local temple, which stood opposite a park in the vicinity. The streets around the park were cleaned up by volunteers and the park was also cleaned. There were over 105 volunteers to make this event a success. The volunteers were both from the Hosur Road Campus and the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences.
The volunteers were also provided with gloves and masks to maintain hygiene. Media reporters from different places like Times Now, Doordarshan and ET NOW, were present during the event and also took brief interviews with the volunteers regarding the event.
- Report on Photo Walk :CSA, Media and Communication 2019
Photo Walk ; CSA, Media and Communication.
Date: 14th July 2019
The first of many collaborative events between M&C and Prayatna,of the CSA ,School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, the Photo Walk was an event combining the beauty of nature with the simplicity of artistic expression through photos. The volunteers were taken to Turahalli Mini Forest, and were divided into teams - with the aim of making a story using just pictures to convey a message.
They explored the vast expanse of the forest to come up with captivating narratives, following which they engaged in a small icebreaker activity. Finally, they engaged in a quick photo hunt - where they had to recreate some photographs set to them by the organisers. This was the first such event, and the next one promises to be bigger and better!
- Report on SAS
Centre for Social Action (CSA), a student voluntary body of Christ (Deemed to be University) organized the second edition of Social Action Summit (SAS). This event brought in various speakers from across the country focusing on the theme of Rebuilding India through Social Action, by sensitizing the youth and empowering the spirits in them to work towards social actions.
The chief guest of the day, Mr. Anand Malligavad, is a notable activist and environmentalist in Karnataka. He first lit the lamp to inaugurate the event and then proceeded to address the gathering. His witty speech which aimed at emphasizing the phrase, “A thought for an action” struck a cord with the audience and made them think about how they can contribute to the society.
The speakers or the show-stealers of the day had their diverse bunch of stories that they shared with the audience. Anshu Gupta – The clothing man of India, and the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay award, gave an intriguing and thought-provoking speech putting forward statements like “why should people change the world? Why not improve it?”. His contributions and achievements were also highlighted in his talk.
Maneesha Ramakrishnan, who tragically lost her voice in the Carlton Towers fire, won the hearts of the gathering with her inspiring story. From being afraid about the world’s perception of her to just listening to a little more of a child’s laughter, she fulfilled her dream of being a proud mother. Undoubtedly, she stunned the crowd loading them with immense positivity.
Shifa Anjum, a young speaker who is also one of the greatest success stories of Activity Centre, the child education wing of CSA contributed her part on this day talking about instances where religion and caste system still play a role in our society and how she wants to change it.
Harish Iyer, an Equal Rights activist, left the entire auditorium teary-eyed with his speech. From experiencing sexual harassment at a very young age, to being confused and bullied about his sexuality, he narrated his hard journey of wanting to scream but losing his voice. Representing the LGBTQA+ community, he stated, “My sexuality is the essence of my being and not the consequence of my life”. He also rightly said that, “The world has many tellers but not enough listeners”. He gave many people the courage to open up about their issues right there.
Poonam Bagai, a cancer crusader and the founder of CanKids…KidsCan, told the audience how she started her journey by questioning herself on what she gave back to society by surviving. She highlighted the fact that there is service beyond self by calling the audience to action with mottos like “Look within and beyond by finding the hero in you” and “Pick a cause and make it yours”.
Towards the end, when the audience was filled with emotions and motivation came the Digital Gandhi, Onkar K Khullar who brought in lightning bolts of energy to the auditorium, by engaging the audience in many activities. He primarily spoke about how the emotions of love and fear affect a person and how one should not regret anything. Through games, he made a point on how the world will be left with nothing if every individual starts to take everything for themselves.
This impeccably organized event was loved by the gathering which included Christites from different campuses, students from other schools and colleges and also activists from NGOs. It has definitely become one of the most anticipated events for the years to come.
- Report on Bob the Builder 2019
- Book Talk 2019
BOOK TALK: The Spy
School of Business Studies and Social Sciences
July 19, 2019
Tanya Sinha 1833296
Ananya Manoj Nair 1833286
G. Sai Siddharth 1833210
Sriram Nair 1833225
Radhika Rastogi 1833280
Ellipsis: The English and History Forum organised its monthly event, the BookTalk in the library on July 19, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The objective of the booktalk is to nurture and create a culture of reading among all. This booktalk was presented by the students of 3rd year Psychology honours. The gathering was welcomed by speaker one who briefly introduced the book, author and the protagonist, Mata Hari. Her points about Mata Hari were elaborated by speaker two who explored the effects that the protagonist’s childhood had on her adulthood.
In his 2016 published novel The Spy, Paulo Coelho, well-known for his best-selling novel The Alchemist, explores the life of Mata Hari, the glorious dancer of the 1900’s, who was executed by the French firing squad for being a double spy. His book is written as a series of letters in voice of Mata Hari herself.
The talk shifted to the second topic of whether Mata Hari was actually free. While she herself feels free, the other soldiers think of her as a caged bird. One of the speakers made a distinction between being caged and being shackled. While being shackled is truly a loss of freedom, being caged gives some sense of liberation. He noted that caged birds cannot survive in the outside world, and perhaps that was the fate of Mata Hari; she was not meant to roam around freely in the outside world.
The 3PSYCH students then discussed how The Spy differs from Coelho’s other works. Elements of philosophy and faith are integral parts of Paulo Coelho’s books. The discussion was focused on to what extent The Spy was philosophical. While at first it was agreed that this book was not philosophical as such, the conclusion was that although at first glance the book looks simple, it does have a lot of depth in it. On the other hand, the element of faith is missing in the book. Mata Hari was focused only on herself and her journey to find as well as empower herself.
The highlight for one of the speakers was Mata Hari’s last letter in which she tells her story through the tale of a bird. The story written in the last letter of Mata Hari is about a bird who sacrifices her love for a student who loves someone else but is not serious about that love. The speaker liked how well that story reflected the mental state Mata Hari was in; She believed that she was giving her all while others around her were carefree.
The discussion ended on a positive note; a fun fact was shared by a speaker. Mata Hari’s preserved head was stolen back in 2000. Somewhere in the world, the iconic figure, who was known for her independence and individuality, still enjoys her freedom.
The booktalk was attended by the students of 1Eng (honours) and faculty members of English and History cluster.
- Darpan 2019
Started – 8th July 2019
Ended – 26th July 2019
Darpan is the annual intra-collegiate cultural fest organized by the CHRIST (Deemed to be University) with the sole aim of building and enhancing the creativity in the perpetual contemporary world. The School of Business studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, organized the event of Darpan., having in mind the same vision. This journey of Darpan is certainly a magnificent overview of the eternal talents that came forth and was cultivated.
All of this began with the Inauguration of Darpan that was held on 8th of July’2019 that marked the presence of the fest. Inauguration was a mix of cultural stigma that included various classical dance forms invocating the presence, musicians bestowing their enigma through voices, contemporary Bollywood to propagate the sense of enjoyment and being free. The inauguration of Darpan brought in the message of home-coming to all the students.
Darpan 2019 was blessed with all kinds of events that included broadly three fields: - Art, Stage and Literary. The Art events included the sketching, painting, cartooning, doodling, Rangoli making, etc. These events bestowed the opportunity for the creative minds to think and bring their imagination onto paper. The event can be declared a success because of the marvelous and charismatic vibes that were coming forth of the art works that were created.
The Literary events enhanced the linguistic knowledge in the students and gave them a scope to deliver their messages in better words. These included: - Just-in-A-Minute, Debate, Pot-pourri, etc. that inculcated language in different forms. The stage events provided talented minds with a platform to share their feelings with the audience and spectators. The hard work of students was to be presented on this stage. These included dance events like Indian folk and film dance, Indian Classical Dance Solo, Indian theme dance Group, Indian Non-Theme Dance Group, etc. Singing events were included like Solo Indian Classical, Solo India film and folk, Group Acapella, Group Western Electric, etc. and at last Theatre events marked the presence in Darpan 2019 that included Mime, Street Plays and Proscenium.
Darpan 2019 witnessed its pause on 20th July with its last event Proscenium. The sense of unity and enhancement of creativity would never fail in the fest Darpan.
Darpan 2019 was a great success and to congratulate and appreciate the work of all the participants and the winners the valedictory ceremony for Darpan 2019 was held on 29th July, 2019, in the Mini Auditorium in Christ (Deemed to be University). The honorable dignitaries for the valedictory were the Director Dr. Biju K Chacko and the Dean Dr. Jyothi Kumar. The MCs for the event were Melisa Maiju and Archith Bhaskar. The event started with a singing performance followed by an encouraging speech by the Director and the Dean. Post the initial motivating talks by the dignitaries, there was prize distribution ceremony, the audience were very cheerful and enthusiastic. The prize distribution ceremony encouraged the participants and the winners to perform even better for the upcoming events.
At the end, the after movie of Darpan was played including the participants who showcased the talent, effort and excitement of throughout the fest. The event ended with the University Anthem. The valedictory concluded that Darpan was a huge success and it ended on a happy note.
- Carnival Report 2019
- Session on Transient Advantage Economy
- Reports on AEONS 2019
- Stem cell donation drive at Christ (deemed to be) University, BGR campus
Event name: ANVAYA-DATRI STEM CELL DONATION DRIVE
Held on: 22nd July 2019
Christ deemed to be university, Bannerghetta Road campus, in association with ‘Datri conducted a stem cell donation drive, ‘Anvaya’,for the students of the campus. An awareness regarding diseases such as Thalassemia, Glaucoma, Blood Cancer and other blood-related disorders was given to the students and how a stem-cell therapy helps in the curing of these diseases. The students were enlightened about the importance of donation and social service, and what impact it would create in the society.
The volunteers managed to bring about 181 students together for the donation. The event started at 8:30am and came to a halt at 3:30pm.Students from all deaneries and years came forward and gave their samples through a cheek swab process.The motive behind this donation was to save lives and all students have taken a big step towards change along with DATRI.
On the whole, the event turned out be a rather successful one and did help in making a positive impact within the minds of our students.
- Inauguration of CUBSA 2019
Christ University Business Studies Social Sciences Association (CUBSA) Inauguration 2019, Social Sciences
CUBSA is the official CHRIST (deemed to be university) students association that organises events for the students of the Business Studies and Social Sciences clusters.
CUBSA saw its formal inauguration for the current academic year on the 18th June for the Social Sciences cluster, and on 19th June for the Business Studies cluster. Mr Vineeth Vincent, the musician and beat-boxer graced the occasion on the 18th of June as the Chief Guest, along with Rev.Dr Fr Biju KC, Director, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), and Dr Jyothi Kumar, Dean, CHRIST (Deemed to be University).
After the welcome address formalities, Mr Vineeth Vincent delivered an engaging and utterly motivating dialogue about his journey and achievements. He also enthralled the audience with his beatboxing skills. The academic calendar for the year for all the Social Sciences clusters was read by Ms Manasvi Nag and Ms Merve Kucukzoroglu, highlighting all the events that the students could expect from their respective clusters for the academic year. Mr Akhil Srinivas delivered the vote of thanks, marking the conclusion for the formal proceedings for the day.
- Darpan Inauguration 2019
With the advent of a new academic session, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) ventured into its mega fest of the year, ‘Darpan 2019’. ‘Darpan 2019’ (Intra university Cultural Fest) is one of the extravagant cultural fests of the university that takes place during the months July-August and comprises of Art, Stage and Literary events which bestow the opportunity for all the students across three campuses to present their skills in a larger platform and be a part of University Cultural Team of 2019.
The inauguration of ‘ Darpan 2019’ was held on 8th of July 2019 at 11.30AM in the Main Auditorium which marked as the curtain-raiser for the fest. The inauguration commenced with the invocation dance by the University Dance team, ‘Natyavriksha’ that showcased different classical forms of India namely Kathak, Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. After the invocation, the lamp lighting ceremony was presided by the Director Rev. Dr. Fr. Biju.K.C., Dean Dr. Jyothi Kumar, academic coordinators Ms. Gaana and Dr. Joby Thomas. After the lighting of the lamp, a video compilation of forthcoming ‘Darpan 2019’events was played to enlighten the gathering.
After the video the Director, Rev. Dr. Fr. Biju.K.C addressed the gathering and officially marked ‘Darpan 2019’ open. Dean Dr. Jyothi Kumar with her inaugural speech expressed the prestigious significance.of ‘Darpan’. This was followed by a mega dance performance by approximately 60-80 students of the campus to celebrate the joy of ‘Darpan.’ A series of illustrious performances by the University Choir, beat boxing team and rendition by the musical band followed to enthrall the audience.
The inauguration of Darpan 2019 ended with the announcement of NCC Pulse 10 K and a vote of thanks delivered by the SWO overall head Mr. Varun Srivasthava. The University Anthem was played to close the ceremony.The Inauguration of ‘Darpan 2019’ initiated the joy of participation for the audience and a great inspiration for a successful beginning.
- “Reading Cityscapes: Bangalore Histories” (IDC 261 A) City Tour: A Report
“Reading Cityscapes: Bangalore Histories” (IDC 261 A)
City Tour: A Report
Date: February 03, 2019
Prof. Devaleena Kundu
As part of “Reading Cityscapes: Bangalore Histories (Subject Code: IDC 261 A), the students were taken on heritage walk on February 03, 2019. The class was divided into two groups, for one group the walk being scheduled in the morning and for the other in the evening.
For those in the morning batch, the walk happened between at 7:30 am to 9:30 am and the walk covered the K. R. Market area, that included the Victoria Hospital, Bangalore Fort and Asia’s largest market, the K. R. Market. The guides of the day were Dr. Geetha and Mr. Sooresh Moona from Destination Heritage.
At first all the students were taken to the architectural marvel of the 1900s, i.e. The Victoria Hospital. As a tribute to the then Queen of the British Empire, Queen Victoria, the Regent Queen, Kempa Nanjammani, mother of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar, constructed the hospital. The hospital was designed by Captain Telebone, following the Anglo-Roman architecture. The styles present, represent a unique feature. This gives the viewers a sight of the magnificent work of art during the British era. The roofs are not the usual dome shaped covers but a pointed roof as in a hut, covered with red colour. The body of the hospital is made up of granite stones which are found in abundance in this Deccan Zone, which adds to the aesthetic beauty of the historical building. It was mentioned by our guide that the discovery of an accessory artery to the appendix, which supplies blood to the organ, was done by Dr. T Sheshachalam, the Head of the Department of Surgery.
Following Victoria Hospital, the students were introduced to the Bangalore Fort which was 481 years old. Kempegowda, a feudatory of the Viajayanagar Empire, built and fortified the city in 1537 AD and gave it its name. The city was leased to the Mysore King Chikkadevaraya by the Mughals. According to the historical facts, the dungeon of the fort has witnessed the confinement of Sir David Baird and other Englishmen. Out of the entire fort only this part of the fort is left which includes the dungeons and the Ganesha Temple. Another interesting fact that was delivered to the students during the walk was that if someone visits the roof of the fort, they will be able to witness the structure of the fort, although the visit of the roof top has been stopped by the Archaeological Department. The main gate is made of strong wood with spikes over it to protect itself from the enemies.
After visiting the historical monuments and buildings, the guide led the students’ way to the oldest of market K. R. Market. The market was started after witnessing the sudden growth in the city during Krishnaraja Wadiyar’s rule, the then ruler of the Bangalore province. As per local reports, the first street bulb was lighted in K. R. Market in 1906 AD. Just to see the lamp, people used to travel miles, but subsequently it was provided in other parts of the city. The streets in the market was named after the owner of the street, mainly the owners were gifted these streets by the ruler. The streets are known for booksellers, jewellers and silk merchants. Besides, temples of 100-150 years are also present on the lanes. As was mentioned by the guide, when Kempegowda built this, it was known as Dodappete, hence this market was considered as The Commercial Market. By 9:30 am, the walk was completed, from where all the students dispersed to their respective destination, after gaining a wide knowledge regarding the rich and not much heard history of the silicon city of India, Bangalore.
For the second batch of students, the heritage walk began at around 5pm. The students met up in the vicinity of Victoria Hospital and started off on their walk with a brief introduction on the city’s past that was once again delivered by the resource person, Mr. Suresh Moona, after Dr. Geeta gave a glimpse of the city’s cultural richness.
Mr. Moona took us through the timeline of Bangalore’s history, from Kempegowda’s establishment to Hyder Ali’s conquest, from the British annexure to the Mysore Maharajas. Following this he started the walk, with the first heritage site being the Victoria Hospital itself. As we walked towards the beautiful stone building, with its pillars, porch and brick red roof top, we learnt that this particular hospital was constructed upon the orders of the Queen Reagent Vani Vilasa, the mother of Kempegowda, in 1900. The hospital was built as the queen realised that there was no proper health facility for the citizens of the city. The red rooftop, complete with a spire is built in line with the similar tops of the market square, the dispensary that was built in 1927 and the High Court building. After admiring the beautifully constructed hospital, we moved on to the Bangalore Fort. We learnt that what is now left of the fort is only less than quarter of the massive fort it used to be. Though we couldn’t go inside the fort, we walked around the outer walls and came to a stop at a marble plaque that punctuated the massive, stone fort walls. The plaque commemorated the spot that was breached by the British under Lord Cornwallis, in the British capture of the fort in 1791, during the 3rd Anglo- Mysore war. The fort, we learnt, housed the famous dungeon, where Tipu Sultan infamously imprisoned British officials. From the fort, we walked to the Vani Vilas College for women.
This famous college, we were told, was built on the orders of the Queen reagent as well and was named after her by the people, as a tribute. The queen believed that women should be educated as well and realising that safety was a concern regarding women’s education, she set up this women’s college that is still functioning. After walking around the college campus we made our way to Tipu Sultan’s armoury. On the way there, we stopped at the KR Market metro station. Our resource person explained to us that during the metro construction, two huge cannons were unearthed. These cannons are believed to be from Tipu Sultan’s era and is evidence that the fort stretched for a huge distance. We then proceeded to the armoury. The armoury, seeped in history, lies forgotten on an ordinary street. One could walk past it, not knowing it even exists. Hidden among concrete matchboxes, the armoury now lies abandoned and decrepit. A huge monolithic structure that arises from below ground level, this armoury held Tipu Sultan’s weaponry until the British annexure. Now it is sadly condemned to the lost pieces of history, shrinking under the weight of time.
After learning about the armoury, we proceeded to the Sri Prasanna Venkataramaswamy temple. The temple is said to be the first Vaishnavite temple in Bangalore. Our resource person told us that a pillar in front of the temple was what started his entire journey of retelling history. The pillar in question was cracked and existed as such from 1791 when a cannon ball is presumed to have caused the crack. The pillar has been replaced after an accident in the recent past brought it down. Standing there in front of the temple in the fading daylight, Bangalore suddenly seemed weary of its long tales.
- A National Symposium on Rethinking English Studies in India: The Cultural Studies Turn and Its Possibilities 2019
- Exodus 2017
Colleges and participants from around the country, eight mega events and two-days of gala celebration! Exodus elucidated all the elements which made it an ostentatious carnival. Exodus is the National Level, Inter-Collegiate Travel and Tourism Fest, organized by the students of MBA (Tourism and Travel Management) of the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru.
Like every year, Exodus on February 17 and 18, 2017, showcased fresh talents and set new benchmarks. Being the first National Level, Inter-Collegiate Fest to be organized in the CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bannerghatta Road Campus, the fest marked its inauguration in phenomenal grandeur and beautiful tradition on February 17 by Dr. B Venugopal, Regional Director, Center for Environment Education – South India. Dr. Venugopal shared his valuable experience and motivated the students with his inspiring words. The Inauguration was also graced by the presence of the Honorable Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Rev Fr (Dr) Thomas C Mathew and Dr. Jyothi Kumar, Associate Dean, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) – School of Business Studies and Social Sciences.
Exodus unfurled with the release of the exclusive bi-annual magazines, Travelogue and Frequent Flyer. Months of hard-work, perseverance and research put together by the students of MBA and BBA (Tourism and Travel Management) initiated the inception of Travelogue and Frequent Flyer respectively. Exodus further flaunted a plethora of fascinating events that nurtured the talents of the participants’ multi-fold. Brainstorm, Mastermind, Mutus, Cultural Forum; to name a few were the focal points of the fest. The fest not only challenged the competing proficiency of the participants but also honed their leadership skills. The major highlight of the fest was Travelitez, the Travel and Tourism Quiz organized exclusively for the corporate members of the Travel and Tourism Industry. Travelitez had already earned its place in the Limca Book of Records, for being a one of its kind. The event was hosted by Dr Cheriyan Alexander, Associate Professor and Head – Department of English, St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru on February 18 in the Bannerghatta Road Campus. The winners of Travelitez took home a Two Days / One Night Package at the Castillo de Woods Resort in Munnar, Kerala.
The Overall Winner of Exodus 2017 was Marian College, Kuttikkanam, Kerala. They stood ahead of the other Fourteen Teams in all the events and garnered the Champion’s Trophy to their credit. The Exodus Trophy was presented to the Winners by Mr. Mitesh Narula, General Manager, St Mark’s Hotel, Bengaluru.
Exodus 2017 was a great show put up by the combined efforts of both participants and the hosts in the best possible spirit. Thus, drew the curtains on Exodus 2017, bearing a promise to be back again next year with equal passion and dedication!
- Marathon on 3 September 2016
Metamorphosis held on 3rd September was the first marathon organized by the Bannerghatta Road Campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The event was organised to support the cause of differently-abled community Jeevanabhimanagara-based Welfare Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled Society (WARDS) The marathon was flagged off by Associate Dean Dr Jyothi Kumar at 6.30 am and the runners had to cover distance of 6.9 km and around 850 participants including faculty members took active part in the event.
The marathon ended with former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad gracing the occasion. He delivered a speech where he appreciated the concept of a marathon for a social cause. Winners were Rijan Gaha securing first place and Pradeep Kumar Sharma securing second place in the boys’ section. Swati S secured first place and Shri Nithya secured second place in the girls’ section. And, among the faculty members Mr Appasai from the IT Department and Mrs. Sunita Kumari from the Management Department were the winners.
The committees behind the scenes were instrumental in making this event a success. Student Welfare Office (SWO) volunteers and NCC cadets were incharge of managing the crowd and traffic. There were more than 150 volunteers working over a month in organising the event . And, its important to acknowledge the support extended by the Hulimavu Traffic Police in making the event a grand success.