Monday, March 28, 2011

‘Transcending the Obvious: Explorations of Contemporary India’-a bravura set off

The lecture series ‘Transcending the Obvious: Explorations of Contemporary India organized byInstitute of Professional Studies, University ofAllahabad was instigated on 28, March, 2011. The program started with acknowledgment vocalization by Prof. G.K Rai, Director, Institute ofProfessional Studies, University of Allahabad who elucidated about the lecture series. He also said that in one year at least six lectures would be kick off to link the world of knowledge with the moral of the institute. As he sought not to fabricate one dimensional professionals but who is hard skill professional having sociological familiarity. Further Prof. Rai introduced the inaugural lecturer Prof. Anand Kumar of JawaharLal Nehru University. He uttered that he is familiar with Prof. Kumar from more than twenty years. Additional he said that our visitor is not only understanding the society but also serving in altering the world. He is from a family who was having associations with Jai Prakash Narayan. He is backer of Samajwadi philosophy. He supported new courses and worked for advancement of education. He is the only individual who was President of Student Union of Banaras HinduUniversity furthermore Jawahar Lal Universitytoo. He even defeated the prominent communist leader Prakash Karat. Subsequent to this Prof Rai defunct afterward invited Prof. Anand Kumar to commence his inaugural lecture of the series on People, Power and the Paradigm Shift.

After that the plinth was taken in excess by Prof Anand Kumar to begin his lecture. He started by addressing Prof Rai as a gentleman who pioneered novel courses. He also articulated that he is happy to give lecture in a university which from the time of independence movement set the agenda for the nation. In his official lecture he started by expressing that all countries having VETO power are coming towards for collaboration on different structure with our country. By voting our nation showed the potential of our land which is too not there in our neighboring states. The relationship pattern between people and the new paradigm inIndia, the past two decades have been very significant from the point of view of both economic development and political change. For example Mayawati a dalit lady who has more than times became Chief Minister of the biggest state of our country.

Further in the middle part of his lecture he assumed that Market-induced global competition has been successful in creating a stable and growing economy, which has also influenced poverty reduction and increased political agency in several ways. However, success in enhancing the growth rate is set next to failure of the paradigm in terms of making a major impact on the economics. sociology, geography and politics of poverty. The dynamics of the paradigm shift have been accompanied by several deficits, mainly in relation to legitimacy, development, democracy and governance. This combination of success and failure has created a social setting for a new trajectory of politics since the 1990s, and has been at the root of several new trends in political mobilization of the poor and in policy making. Protests and activism has taken in political mobilization of the poor and in policy making. Protests and activism has taken the following forms: use of electoral power to change the political regime; party-based activism; civil society movements to resist programmes and projects seen as contrary to the interests of the poor; tribal-, class- and caste-based conflicts; and local and national resistance movements.

In the last segment of his lecture Prof. Kumar supposed that Meanwhile, in this policy sphere, this period has been marked by a shift from benign neglect to rapid enactment of a set of basic capacity building rights to check destitution and disenchantment among those seen as the losers in the economic reforms. There has been a new emphasis on policies being inclusive, through the rights-based approach of the citizenship entitlements. This means also addressing the needs of marginalized millions of women, the STs, the SCs, the most backward sections of the Hindus and Muslims and the other faith communities. Every movie cannot be a big hit like Dabangg. In spite of green revolution the 30% of our country populace are not relieved. A bihari labor outside his state is very famous because of its low demands. Social Activist like Medha Patkar does not have mass support. ‘Coalition imperatives’ in government at central and state levels are certainly a disturbingly new feature in India’s postcolonial polity. Meanwhile, the growing reach and significance of democratic protest movements and extremist extra-constitutional challenges around issues of the poor and poverty are equally critical for a country that was until very recently appreciated for its rapid advance towards relatively peaceful parliamentary democracy. He ended his lecture by thanking Prof. G.K Rai for inviting him to give an inaugural lecture of the series and asked the listeners to ask questions.

Furthermore some listeners present raised numerous questions focusing on the importance of English as a language, Democracy is feudal and its effect on economic front and role of Media. In answering the following questions pot on the front of Prof. Kumar articulated on fresh expression “Robinhood Syndrome”. All chief ministers who are advocating stopping student union are consequence of those unions only. The only former attainment is that they were student leaders. The respects for the student union and political parties have vanished. Those who are alongside reservation can glimpse the example of South Africa. He supplementary uttered that he is strictly againstTibet policy of the China. Once a Chinese ambassador visited his university the Chinese said that he like that how Indians are free to go any where he wants. Also the media of India criticize all policies of the political parties and the government which does not prevail in his country. Last but not least answering the question Prof expressed that after the expose of Radia Tapes this has proved that Media Persons who through out the day ask different question in and against the policies of the government and lobby for the port polio in the ministries. The examination under the enormous tyrant Hitlar revealed that ‘Media is business’ is proper. Ground reality of the nation would be known by a student of AllahabadUniversity not a student of Amity University.

After this question-answer session the series moved towards its finish with the vocalization by the President of the session Prof. V.C Pande ofUniversity of Allahabad who not only praised Prof Kumar but also articulated that this is a magnificent beginning to the lecture series. And in inaugural lecture most of the prime issues were covered. The congregation ended with the ending lexis by Prof G.K Rai giving vote of thanks. Exclusive of the three Professors i.e. Prof. G.K Rai Director Institute of Professional Studies, University of Allahabad ,Prof Anand Kumar Coordinator Global Studies Programme, Jawahar Lal University and Prof. V.C Pande Professor, University of Allahabad other important listeners present includes Dr. Prashant Agrawal, Dr. Ajay Jaitley, Dhananjai Chopra, Gopal Ranjan with the entire teaching staff of Institute of Professional Studies and some selected students of Center of Media Studies who became fraction of the illustrious lecture gathering.

Prateek Pathak
B.A in Media Studies
University of Allahabad

Friday, March 25, 2011

Transcending the Obvious : Explorations of Contemporary India.

The Institute of Professional Studies, Universityof Allahabad is organizing a lecture of series -Transcending the Obvious : Explorations of Contemporary India. The inaugural lecture of the series would be delivered by eminent sociologist and thinker Professor Anand Kumar. He will speak on People, Power and the Paradigm Shift : New Trajectories of Politics and Governance in Indian Society in the Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization (LPG) era. The series would start on 28th March 2011 and the venue is AU Guest House Conference Hall.

The inaugural lecturer Dr. Anand Kumar began his academic career by joining the Banaras HinduUniversity (Varanasi) as a lecturer in sociology in 1979. He joined the Centre for the Study of Social Systems as Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) in 1990. He has also served as Secretary of the B.H.U. Teachers Association (1981) and as Secretary (1993) and President (1997) of the JNU Teachers Association. He has been a visiting scholar at M.S.H. (Paris) and at the Institute of Sociologyof Albert-Ludwigs University (Freiburg).
Currently, he is coordinating Globalisation Study Circle at J. N. U. - a discussion and research group engaged in study of the socio-cultural dynamics of globalization process.

The Institute of Professional Studies was set up in June 2000 by the Executive Council of theUniversity of Allahabad under Section 44 of theUniversity of Allahabad Act, 2005. The basic objective is to develop linkages between the ‘World of Learning’ and the ‘World of Work’ through professional courses. The Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) has been created to mobilise and utilise the academic resources and the infrastructure of the University to provide short, medium and long-term professional courses on self-financing basis under the aegis of Centres dedicated to specific areas. Presently the
. Centre of Food Technology
· Centre of Computer Education
· Centre of Fashion Design & Technology
· Centre of Media Studies
Within a short span of five years, the Institute has established four centres with excellent infrastructure. The enrolment has risen from 67 (2000-01) to 1226 (2008-09) and the revenue from Rs. 3.6 lakhs (2000-01) to Rs. 1.65 crores (2008-09). The students have found placements with prominent multinational and national organizations. The unique feature of this Institute is its engagement with society through entrepreneurship development programmes in areas of food processing, garment designing, innovative software etc.

The academic programmes of the Institute are run in collaboration with IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, National Dairy Research Institute-Karnal, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research-Varanasi, Aquamal Water Lab-Bhimtal, FRAC-Lucknow, SPARC-Mumbai, etc. The Institute has received financial support for infrastructure development from University Grants Commission and Govt. ofIndia, Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

It is visualized that the Institute of Professional Studies would in near future be an institute of academic excellence known for its total commitment to superiority in technical education with the holistic concern for quality in life, environment, society and ethics.

Prateek Pathak
B.A in Media Studies
University of Allahabad

Saturday, March 12, 2011

MEDIVAL mantra

Fashion is a language which tells a story about the era which wears it. ”Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understood.” Fashion show creates a visual statement and helps to convey a mood and concept that was the inspiration in creating the collection. Along with the swearing in of the exposition “FASHION milestone” of our sister center-Center of Fashion Design & Technology, by Mrs. Vineeta Sahani, President Army Women Welfare Association a fashion show was also exemplify-“MEDIVAL mantra” to envisage the creation of the apprentice of the institute in a ingenious demonstration.

In the course of exceptional show and exposition to year after year this year the theme of the show was ‘Indian Medieval Heritage’. The Medieval Indian culture was magnificent in every sense be it costumes, music, architecture, food or performing arts. As an appreciation of the glory of the Indian Medieval heritage, the students have recreated the elegance and sophistication of that era.

The collection was divided in four categories:-
1. Performing arts of Medieval India
Collection was inspired by different dance forms like Kathakali, Kathak etc, Musical Instruments, Raga and Ragini.

2. Architecture & Monuments of MedivalIndia
This collection portrayed the personification of monuments and tried to give it a form of garment including the architectural details.

3. Calligraphy & Coinage of Medival India
The garment of this collection incorporates the calligraphic motifs as well as the written text in addition to the coins used in this era.

4. Costumes & Accessories of MedievalIndia
This collection portrayed the types of garment & accessories used in different dynasties of Medival era.

The vivacious use of colors furthermore the ethnic textiles took the viewers back to the grandeur of the medieval ages. Glamour and exquisiteness was in atmosphere as a blend of ostentatious bravura of the mughal era with the console tilting chic of the modern-day fashion was dole out.

The department of Fashion technology which was established in May 2000 has been arranging fashion shows for it’s students every year. The theme for there naissance year was fashion and Bollywood, a further year it was Suno Kahani Fashion Ki. Previous year it was Jan jan ki Khadi, which had showcased the use of khadi in present-day fashion.

Entirety 47 dresses of the passed students were showcased and were modeled by the in progress students of the department. The preeminent aroma were presented for the viewers, were a sign of the quantity of endowment proliferate among the students. The garments and frills were flawlessly harmonized to present a luxurious and bravura anecdote about the life and chic of the medieval era. The music used for the show was unique masterpiece. The overall upshot of the designs, the pulsating colors used, the garnishing, the models and the foot taping music was utterly girth intriguing.

The labors of the apprentice and educator of the institute were cherished. Chief Guest Mrs Vineeta Sahani not only treasured the conception but also articulated that showcasing the making in new-fangled and ingenious outline is noticeable. Furthermore this is tremendous that learners are not only fetching erudition but also demonstrating them in an artistic approach. Director of Institute of Professional Studies, Prof G.K Rai, Prof M.N Verma, Dr. Prashant Agrawal, Dr. Ajay Jaitley, Dhananjai Chopra, Dr.Shrishti Purwar, Shipra Wadhva Rai with all the students and teachers of the institution were also present in the gathering.

Report by Prateek Pathak
Center of Media Studies
University of Allahabad

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Fashion Milestone"-Where Fashion Meets Businesss

ubsequent to preceding years booming exposition our sister center-Center of Fashion Design & Technology, Institute ofProfessional Studies, University ofAllahabad is back with Exhibition cum SaleFashion Milestone”-Where Fashion Meets Business from March 11 to 13, 2011.

Fashion Milestone”- A stop-over for people who will like to have fashion as career or adapt fashion as lifestyle.
Exhibition has been an attempt to provide a platform for the students to showcase their learning’s creative concepts and gain a real life market experience. Students have use an array of designs, patterns and materials to create a range of apparels, home furnishing, stationary articles, accessories and other hand crafted products focusing various market segments. The products have been displayed in this exhibition for sale in the form of various themes.

As the entire globe knows that Center of Fashion Design & Technology, Institute of Professional Studies, each year sort out an exhibition cum sale not merely to showcase the talent with the creation nevertheless also to enlighten the planet the competence faculty of Institute of Professional Studies is enhancing in the students. Year after year thriving designers are getting ready from the institute.

Prateek Pathak
B.A in Media Studies
University of Allahabad