"Gems of Karnataka Series II: Dewan K Seshadri Iyer"
“The Department of History organized the second edition of ‘Gems of Karnataka Series II: Dewan K Seshadri Iyer’ to commemorate the contributions of various figures in Karnataka. Prof Dr. B Narasingaraja Naidu, spoke about Dewan K Seshadri Iyer and his contributions to the development of Karnataka. He shared with the students how Seshadri Iyer joined the services of the Mysore kingdom in 1868 and served as a district magistrate and later as Personal Secretary to the Diwan, Rungacharlu before being appointed Diwan himself. He also focused on the fact that Seshadri Iyer was the longest serving Diwan of Mysore kingdom and served from 1883 to 1901.
He also highlighted his contributions which came in the form of establishing the Kolar gold fields and the Victoria Hospital in Bangalore. The speaker also pointed to how Diwan Iyer was responsible for the commissioning of the Shivanasamudra hydel-electric power project. Seshadri Iyer had to deal with a devastating plague which afflicted Bangalore in 1898 and was responsible for the decongestion of streets and reconstructing the city in the aftermath of the plague, tagging his as one of the many ‘Makers of Modern Bangalore’. He also spoke about the contributions of the missionaries to the education sector in India as well as helping the recovering of the Bangalore city during the plague.”
International Lecture Series on Global Reporting
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Kristu Jayanti college organised an international lecture series on 16 January 2019. Prof. Chike Frankie Edozien, journalist, author and a faculty member of New York University addressed the students about global reporting.
He explained how developing nations of Asia and Africa are covered in global media. He said that in the age of technology, the idea of what is local has changed. “ All journalism is local; but today, local is world.” He defined how the traditional western media look at developing nations and listed five criteria with regard to developing countries that make news – Death, Diseases, Disaster, Despair, and Corruption. He explained that this one-sided portrayal and whitewashing news, is leading to widespread misrepresentation and misconceptions about the countries. This has led to misleading ideas about the countries of Africa and the continent itself.
He elucidated on the need to change this and put the prerogative on the budding journalists to change this perception. This he believes can be done by laying down the importance of story-telling and changing the narrative of the developing nations. “The powerful has a dominant narrative. It is imperative to create one’s own narratives as journalists, so as to give a clear and truthful picture.” He values above all, honest journalism, having compassion, giving the context and historical importance of matters of concern, looking into the nuances, the finer details which will make one’s work stand out and avoiding generalizations that lead to stereotypes.
Alumni Talk Series with Anuragh Thomson
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Kristu Jayanti College organized the Alumni Talk Series- Session II for first-year MA MCJ students on 21 December 2018. Mr Anuragh Thomson, Creative Analyst at Yahoo India interacted with the students about various scopes of journalism in employability.
Mr Thomson gave an interactive session on the broad and important aspects of digital marketing. He explained how storytelling and crafting a message is an integral part of marketing and advertisement online. He put forth the various massive opportunities present in the field of the digital marketing world and elaborated the advantage of journalistic skills to excel in this field.
Mr Thomson shot a few pointers that one should follow as an individual. He emphasized how communication skills are one of the most important and acquired skills that one should possess in ones work field. He also insisted one to form good networks and contacts with others. He concluded saying that one should be open to criticisms and take them in a constructive manner as it would shape one to be a better person.
Guest Lecture on Magazine Journalism
Department of Journalism of Kristu Jayanti College organized a guest lecture on ‘Magazine Journalism on 31 October 2018. Mr T R. Gopalakrishnan, former Editor of The Week magazine was the resource person.
Mr Gopalakrishnan shared his experiences during his three decades of work in the print media industry. He gave insights about how to choose topics for the magazine and shared tips to write an impact story. “Matter published in the Magazines should be endured for minimum seven days. Before selecting a subject matter to write on one must check for the periodicity, geography, city oriented, the shelf life of a magazine. The new trend in journalism demands from a reporter three types of news writing, one for magazines, website and even for mobile platforms,” said Mr Gopalakrishnnan.
He emphasized the role of the internet as a primary means of consuming news.
He also highlighted the significance of the cover stories in a magazine. He explained the challenge in identifying a topic of topical, national, public importance and public interest. Mr Gopalakrishnan also shared tips for students to excel in the field. He also made a remark that the main focuses of news today are politics, environment, business, sports, and cinema. Hence it is essential for a journalist to get specialized in one area and be excellent in it.
Guest Lecture on Advanced Digital Photography
A guest lecture on Advanced Digital Photography was organised by Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Kristu Jayanti College for the first year MA MCJ students on 26 October 2018. Mr. Sumesh Senan, professional photographer and director of ClickSmith was the resource person. The lecture aimed to make students understand on the nuances and scope of advanced photography.
Mr Senan explained the basic concepts of photography and camera equipment to the students. The speaker emphasised on the various aspects of advanced photography covering a variety of areas. He simplified the technical areas of photography like ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed to students and explained its importance in capturing a good picture. The session also explored the creative side of photography as an art and the importance of a composition in bringing out the aesthetics of the picture. Lighting techniques and the scopes of photography were also discussed in the session.
Expert Lecture on “Heritage Conservation Management- Role of Youth”.
Expert Lecture on “Heritage Conservation Management- Role of Youth”. Shri. Muhammed K. K., Former Regional Director of Archaeological Survey of India, 9/10/2018
No of Beneficiaries: B.A: 192 students; B.Com Tourism: 313 students
The Department of Tourism and History collaborated and organized Expert Lecture on “Heritage Conservation Management- Role of Youth”. Shri. Muhammed K. K., esteemed Former Regional Director of Archaeological Survey of India, popularly referred as ‘Man of Monuments’ mesmerized the audience about the need and importance of conserving the heritage sites along with eloquent passages from Upanishads, Poet Md. Iqbal’s writing and his field experiences.
The Bateshwar Hindu temples are a group of nearly 200 sandstone Hindu temples in north Madhya Pradesh built in post-Gupta, early Gurjar-Pratihara style of North Indian temple architecture. His dedicated work of conserving the heritage sites of India by reclaiming ruined rubbles to beautiful monuments in eight years left an indelible impression. Shri. Muhammed spoke on the challenges faced by archaeologists in the field including interference of dacoits at the Chambal Valley. His case studies showcased examples of positive engagement of local people, students, youth and others including dacoits resulting in the conservation of cultural heritage monuments.
He quoted "Tough situations never last but tough people always will” and encouraged the students to work for the society with various small acts of kindness. He was given the Citizen Journalist award one among the many other awards he had received for providing education to poor adults and children through an initiative called as ‘education at the monument’.
The session was presided by Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Dr. Gopakumar, Dean of Humanities, Prof. Vijayakumar R, Head, Department of Commerce, Prof. Retheesh P.T, Faculty of Tourism and Prof. Ramya, Faculty of History.
The session motivated everyone to work towards achieving the upanisadic goal of ‘Asatoma Ma Sadgamaya’
Guest Lecture on Cultural Reporting
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Kristu Jayanti Collge organised a guest lecture on Cultural Reporting for the first year MA MCJ students on 5 October 2018. Mr. Ulaganathan Ganesan, former Editor-in-Chief for elite newspapers such as Indian Express and Deccan Herald was the guest speaker.
The veteran journalist enlightened the young minds about the technicalities of cultural reporting and its importance. The session looked into the need of journalists to understand and acknowledge the ethnicity and culture of our nation. Mr. Ganesan talked about the technical aspects of writing, reporting and reviewing the various cultural diversities of India. He remarked that cultural reporting is an emerging platform in journalism and equipping ourselves in this field will increase our job opportunities. "Developing critical thinking is an essential factor to establish ourselves as a cultural reporter", he said. The class was an effective session for the journalism aspirants.
Guest Lecture on Relevance of Numismatics in learning History by Mr. Gautam Jantakal
Time: 1.45- 3.30
Classes Attended & Number of beneficiaries:I BA HEP and HTJ- 63 students.
Resource Person: Mr. Gautam Jantakal Numismatic consultant Centre for Numismatic Studies, Bengaluru
Objective: To highlight the role of the coinage as an important agent of reconstructing History
One of the most important part of the Numismatics Exhibition held on the 20th July 2018 and which also became the essence of the day, was an extension lecture organized specifically for the first year HEP and HTJ students . The lecture session was on the topic, “Role of Numismatics in History”. The speaker for this session was Mr. Gautham Jantakal. He is a postgraduate from the University of Mumbai and holds an M.A in Numismatics and Archaeology. He is also an esteemed member of organizations such as Karnataka Numismatic Society, South India Numismatic Society and Oriental Numismatic Society.
The session started with introductory remarks by Mr. Hemango Akshay Hiwale, the class animator for the HEP and HTJ semester I. Nidhil C. Prakash Nair, a student of HEP Sem I introduced the guest. The lecture which revolved around coins and understanding them as an important historical source, incorporated various examples from the past reverberating its significance to the nuanced study of Indian History. Various information that one can attain from such coins and the manner in which it helps to reconstruct one’s past was highlighted The students were provided with few rare coins to learn and understand the usage of coins. Akash Shree, another first year student delivered the Vote of Thanks, which brought the session to a closure.
AN INTERACTION WITH MR. JOHN THOMAS
Date: 23 September 2017
Resource Persons: Mr John Thomas, Former Editor Vijay Times, and Consultant Editor International Business Times
Department of Journalism and Mass communication organized an interaction with Mr John Thomas, Former Editor Vijay Times, and Consultant Editor International Business Times on September 23, 2017 Monday for the first and second year post graduation students. He addressed the students on: Media bashing and Attacks on the credibility of journalists. Is there something we are missing? The session began with the rural and urban divide in India through media’s perspective, and the importance of films in creating an impact for rural aspiration value, he also spoke about the lack of exposure of rural struggles in today’s Indian media and how different news channels cover news stories from diverse perspectives. “Today most of the news stories are gathered by urban thoughts and it is the employed editors who decides on the news stories which has to appear in the front page of the newspapers and further added that major portions in a newspaper is filled with advertisements than news,” opined Mr. Thomas. He also highlighted the difference of a Journalist and an Activist, and also gave a brief idea on how Newspaper organisations were started in Bangalore.
INTERACTION WITH AN INDIAN FILM MAKER
Date: 18 September 2017
Resource Persons: Mr. Kranti Kanade, Indian film Director (Chaitra and CRD)
The department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized an interaction with the Indian film Director Mr. Kranti Kanade on 18 September 2017 at 2:00 PM. “The cinema should not be about the majority viewers, it should consider the common man, it should reflect reality, and go beyond the commercial interest,” opined Mr. Kranti.
Guest Lecture on “Significance of Numismatics in History"
Date: July 13th 2017
Resource Person: Mr. Gautam Jantakal, Numismatic consultant Centre for Numismatic Studies, Bengaluru
Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. Mr. Gautam Jantakal, made an illuminating presentation on the history and significance of coins. The session provided a hands on opportunity to see, handle understand coins as old as 6 Cen BCE . The uniqueness of coins belonging to Early Janapada period, Punch marked coins, and later Gupta coins were stimulating to new generation learners of History.
Guest Lecture on Law of Rules VS Constitution
Department of Political Science organized a guest lecture on ‘Law VS Constitution’ on December 15, 2016. Mr. Raghavendra stated, “Rule of law means that the law is supreme, and we all come below the law, under article 14 of Indian Constitution that speaks about right to equality”. Mr. Raghvendra made the session very interactive and students were keen to respond to him. “Freedom is right to be wrong, and not to do wrong; we can think whatever we want, but what is prohibited here is our action which can be wrong”, he added. The lecture was very effective and learned a lot about the constitution. By citing examples and including controversial issues made the lecture interesting and provided the platform for the students to have a one to one interaction with the guest. The lecture was able to throw light on the subject and provided an in-depth analysis of the subject.
Guest Lecture on Lifestyle and Travel Journalism
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a guest talk which was conducted by Mr. Ulaganathan Ganesan, who served as the Editor-in-Chief for elite newspapers such as Indian Express and Deccan Herald on August 13, 2016. The Veteran Journalist enlightened the minds of the MCJ students of Kristu Jayanti College based on his vast knowledge and experiences. Apart from imparting his vast knowledge, the seasoned veteran also conducted a quiz, an interactive discussion on foreign media and audience measurement techniques, followed by a detailed session on the history of Journalism.
Guest Lecture on ‘Significance of Numismatics in History’
Department of History organized a guest lecture on ‘Significance of Numismatics in History’ on July 13, 2017 for first year BA History students to instill an understanding of Numismatics and its significance in History. Mr. Gautam Jantakal, Numismatic consultant Centre for Numismatic Studies, Bengaluru was the resource person. Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. Mr. Gautam Jantakal, made an illuminating presentation on the history and significance of coins. The session provided a hands on opportunity to see, handle understand coins as old as 6 Cen BCE. The uniqueness of coins belonging to Early Janapada period, Punch marked coins, and later Gupta coins were stimulating to new generation learners of History.
Guest lecture on ‘New Media and its Career Opportunities’
A guest lecture on ‘New Media and its Career Opportunities’ was organized by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication on March 5, 2016. Shri. B.S. Unnikrishnan, Top news page editor, Reuters; delivered the lecture. He focused on the trends of new media over conventional medium as there are many tools to bring out news such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram He also said that New media is interactive and social he illustrated this with an example on how press is declining while new media is flourishing, that a headline in a newspaper emphasized that one of its competitor was killed by new media. He further added that no paper is dependent on circulation alone; people are cutting down on subscription due to latest technology.
Dr Gopakumar A.V, Dean faculty, Humanities Department, Prof Aby Augustine, Prof Abraham, Prof Praveen Abraham were also present.
GUEST LECTURE on ‘Neolithic age Migration from the Indus Valley to Coastal Europe"
Date: February 11th 2016
Resource Person: Prof. William Borsboom, Canadian expert in Philology and archeology
Prof. William Borsboom, made an enlightening presentation and discussion on the latest research findings of late Harappan Phase. Based on language, archaeo-genetic and archaeological data, his theory proposes that over an extended period of time between 9,500 and 3,350 BPE large segments of the river-faring, sea-faring population of the north-western delta of the Indian subcontinent - the Indus Valley or the Sapta Sindhu region left their homeland to look for other shores because of According to Prof. William these multiple group migrations went into three main directions.
1. Migrations overseas to coastal European lands - from Red Sea, Mediterranean and as far as Baltic Sea coastal regions ***,
2. Migrations within India to North, North East, Central and Southern Indian regions where they, over time, merged with the existing populations and cultures ***.
3. Further East overseas, via Sri Lanka, even as far as the Pacific Ocean's archipelagos and the Americas.
Guest Lecture on ‘Information high way, the signposts and navigation’
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a guest lecture on ‘Information high way, the signposts and navigation’ by Sri John Thomas, Former editor Vijay Times, Former Vice- Dean IIJNM; on July 25, 2015. He spoke about how rapidly communications technology is changing and how profoundly the changes will affect all of us. The technological revolution is creating the capacity to put unlimited information at your fingertips
He explained about the process of news coverage. “In covering news, journalists serve these functions - gathering and editing information to help you make sense of the world, while encouraging your involvement in community affairs. Journalism isn't just storing and transmitting data, it's turning data into knowledge, and information into understanding. It generates awareness, stimulates ideas and calls for action. Technology is not a substitute for trust. However you receive information, its value to you will depend on its usefulness and credibility”, he added.
Prof. Gopakumar AV, Dean, Humanities, Prof. Abraham, Faculty, Department of Journalism, Prof. Aby Augustin, Faculty, Department of Journalism, were present
A Talk on Theatre Arts
A Talk on Theatre Art was conducted in Kristu Jayanti College on 19 June, 2012. Mrs. Pavithra, a gold medalist and first rank holder in M.A Drama, Bangalore University was the speaker of the event. Currently pursuing her Phd in Performing Arts (Drama) has acted and participated in more than fifty plays, a few being ‘Ashadka Ek Din’, ‘Nagamandala’, ‘ A Doll House’etc. She is an active member of the Cornea group, as well as a NGO called Aishwarya Kalanekethan which works for school children and theatre education. Apart from all this, she has directed plays for colleges, schools, judged theatre in college and also trained college students for cultural competitions.
Guest Lecture on Value based Journalism and Interaction
Department of Journalism organized an interactive session for the journalism students on Feb 17, 2012. Prof Reuban David, Associate Professor of Journalism at North Central University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave a lecture on “Value Based Journalist.” The event enabled Jayantians an international exposure in value based Journalism. Prof Reuben David is an academician based in Minnesota, USA and a cultural apologist and a sharp thinker.
He is a specialist in the areas of mass media and public policy related to religion, cross cultural analysis, ethics in the market place, terrorism and religion, and emerging religion conflicts. He worked closely with former US presidential aide and Nixon advisor Chuck Colson at the latter’s Washington DC based think tank The Wilberforce Forum.
Guest lecture on challenges and opportunities in Business Journalism
A Guest lecture on “Challenges and opportunities in Business Journalism” was organized in mini auditorium II on 7 March 2013. Mr. Hritik Kiran Bagade, a Business Journalist, who has been working for Deccan Herald for the past three years, addressed the students. He is a man of varied interests ranging from Science to Archeology and one who has dwelt with past and history. “Economy is everything for a country, it is the most solid thing that keeps the country moving and it takes years to build and years to bring its growth.” He opined.
Guest Lecture on Faith and Globalization
A Guest Lecture on Faith and Globalization by Mr. Reuben David associated to Minnesota University U.S.A was organized on Feb 17, 2012 by the Humanities Department for the benefit of 175 students. The thrust of the topic stressed that we are in a materialistic world where the heart and soul of men are tired than even before in history. We are subject to rapid changes and often stand shaken and mired in disbelief and emptiness. Amidst this unbelief the talk was refreshing and encouraging striking a positive note on stability and certainty.
Seminar on water management - Adequate & reliable of supply of water
To know about water management - Adequate & reliable of supply of water, imminently a part of overall development. Rising trend in competition for water & potential for conflicting demands between various sectors with continuing economic growth, rapid urbanization and improved living standards, integrated water resources development planning, water conservation, the most important aspect, efficient and equitable distribution of water. This theme has suggested by UNWTO 2013. The seminar was organized by the Department of Humanities, on 06 August 2013.
Creating Global Citizen for Sustainable Development (GCSD) : Ericas Strife
The Department of Humanities at Kristu Jayanti College hosted a seminar/documentary screening section on sustainable development on 28 February 2013. The session was put together by the representatives of ‘Global Citizen for Sustainable Development’ (GCST), a registered nonprofit and non-government organization based in Bengaluru, India. Erica Strife, Manager, Education and Media, (GCST) created an interactive platform for the students to initiate awareness on sustainable development through the screening of three documentaries, namely “Gaur in my garden (2012)”, by Rita Banerjee“Timbaktu (2012), by Ritu Thomas and Sushmitha Gosh, and ‘The whistle Blowers (2005)’, by Ummesh Aggarwal;