Training and Certificate Programmes
- Orientation Programme for II year HEP students
A session on unity
On the morning on 11th June 2017, a Saturday, as most students of the college entered with the expectation of leaving the campus in three to four hours, all the 78 students of BA HEP (History, Econonmics nd Political Science) faced a different fate. They were expected to stay in college until 4 pm on a weekend. Little did any of them know how much they would enjoy the eight hours spent in college on that day. Taking their orientation session was JaiKumar Chandrashekar, an alumnus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Mr. Chandrashekar is the founder and CEO of Inner Voice, an organization that seeks to build social relationships in working environment. He used his official proficiency on the students of HEP to help them build interpersonal relationships. Starting with some simple, comical exercises, he lightened the mood of the room, quickly bringing the students to their feet. He then proceeded to providing each student with a chart paper and a marker pen. Students were asked to draw portraits of their classmates, who, being extremely unprofessional in the field of art, turned the whole event into a laughter riot. He then proceeded to divide the class into groups of eight, asking students to talk to each other. This exercise completely changed the mood of the room. As the students interacted with each other, they shared past experience of hurt, loss, heartache and personal problems. The students commented on how close they felt to other students in a matter of minute because of the heart-to-heart conversations that many of them shared. Mr. Chandrashekar proceeded to divide the class into five groups with five leaders. The leaders were told they were a part of one firm and had one goal – to get as many clients as possible. Only, the clients were floor mats, marked from number 1 to number 40. The leaders were to tell their classmates to touch each mat in the ascending order and do so as many times as they could. Since they were to represent a firm, the leaders were told that they were not competing against one another, rather, were working with one another. For the final round, he set the goal of 800, asking the class to collectively score this ginormous number. With a conviction to do right by the class, each team stepped in the room and came out joyously screaming their excellent results. The class had performed beyond anyone’s expectation, scoring 875, earning commendable praise from the conductor. The students were then asked to comment on their leader’s and teammates’ performances. Each student commemorated their teams’ and leader’s performance and grieved over how they had not felt this much connected to their classmates before. At the end, he asked the class to stand in a circle, and then asked everyone to go around the class and compliment people they felt truly good about. People felt elated as their classmates complimented them on minute things. Everyone in the class hurdled together in an effort of a group hug, chanting “HEP HEP hurray!”. As the class dispersed after the session, many students surprisingly stayed on campus, sharing beverage and discussing their new-found friendship. As the weekend rolled into another working day, the effect of the session stayed and many of the students felt more at home as they settled into a class that was now truly, theirs.
- Orientation Programme on Leadership Skills
The two-day orientation on leadership skills for 1st year MAIS began on the 7th of November at the Panel Room, Block II CHRIST (Deemed to be University), the orientation programme was conducted by Mr. Jaykumar Chandrashekhar, a former christite currently working with inner voice. The orientation programme was presided by Fr. Jose CC, Director of International Studies and History. The day started with a small interaction about expectations from the programme followed by a small discussion on the different types of intelligence, post which the students proceeded to the bird’s park. The students were divided into 4 different teams led by Niyati, Sukanya, Sachin and Anna. The first activity for the day was collecting 25 `1 coins.
The second activity was the marble game which was to test the coordination amongst the team members. The game ended in a tie between the teams led by Niyati and Sachin which was resolved by distribution of points between the two teams. Post lunch, the first activity was building of towers within a span of 20 mins which was followed by a short discussion on the strategies adopted by the groups for building the tower. The main aim of the task was to determine the way we think out strategies and imbibe a sense cooperation amongst team members after which the winners of the day were announced followed by a brief talk by the leaders about their experience, thus bringing an end to the first day.
Day 2 started on a much more energetic note with two videos and discussion regarding the message behind the videos which was followed by a game of numbers of four rounds played by teams led by Jyotirmai, Paarul and Soundarya. This was followed by a feedback session. Post lunch there was another activity of building squares without any verbal or non-verbal communication. The main aim was to test the emotional intelligence of the students. Post session the students were asked to present the three things they learnt in front of the faculty. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Soundarya and a group selfie. Thus the orientation ended with many memorable memories and learnings for future opportunities.
- WORKSHOP FOR THE STUDENTS ON VISUAL TEXTS
The Department of History, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) had organized a workshop for the students of I HEP on Visual texts as sources for history on 18th August 2016. It was held in Seminar Hall, Block II between 2pm and 4pm. The workshop was conducted by Professor Aasita Bali, Associate Professor of Media Studies. Dr. Vagishwari in her opening remarks emphasised the need to engage with visual texts as sources for constructing history as they constitute a major part of non-literary and non traditional sources.
Professor Aastia’s two hour work shop started of with a few video clips of classical visual texts, where she focused on how cinema can be explored through cinematic language, colour, costumes, music, camera angles and dialogues.The main components were watching various movie clips from, for example, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, Talvar, Charulata, etc. This was followed by an interactive discussion where students were trained to analyse and interpret, not only what they saw but also analyse why certain responses arises in the audience. The session also trained the students to understand the elements used. Several questions on authenticity were raised,
The session concluded by Professor Vagishwari’s note on how history can be inferred through movies, and also why whether it is historical or not.