- REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS 2017
The Department of International Studies and History organized a celebration of 67 years of Indian Republic named “Vaividhya” on 7th and 27th January 2017.
The first day was marked with various competitions held for the students of various Under Graduate courses. It was a combination of literary and art events. The literary event consisted of essay writing, short story writing and poetry writing competitions and the art event consisted of sketching and collage works.
On the second day at 2 pm students and faculty gathered at in the Kuriakose Elias Auditorium, Block IV for the cultural celebration. The chief guest of the event Dr. Shiv Visvanathan, an eminent social scientist, aired his views on values of democracy while addressing the audience. The focal point of the event was “Tarka”, which is culmination of regional dance forms representing the states of India. The event came to an end with national anthem, celebrating the progress of the nation.
- INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBERATIONS
On the 19th of August 2016, the Department of International Studies and History organised a celebration of 70 years of Indian Independence and recognised the achievements and participation of students from all three years of its courses, HEP and EPS. At 12 Noon in the Kuriakose Elias Auditorium, Block IV, students and faculty from the department came together and the programme began. The Welcome Address was followed by Dr. Vagishwari SP, Head of the Department, addressing us about how Independence Day isn’t just another “national holiday”. She said that India as a nation requires time to cleanse herself of colonial influence and this would be possible only if she had the respect, trust and patience of her people. India was never a banana republic and all that our country needs is time. As the programme was also to appreciate our students’ efforts, we had the Investiture Ceremony of the Office Bearers of the various committees of our Association, Vrittanta where their efforts were recognised by Dr. Venugopal Menon, Head of the Department and Dr. Vagishwari.
Carpe Diem was a talent search programme that was organised by the department for the first years in the month of July. Their participation, efforts and achievements were recognised by the department with Dr. Anurag Tripathi, Dr. Priyanka Mallick and Ms. Priyanka Bhowmik felicitating the students. The students of II HEP participated in a debate, Japan, An Asian Miracle: Myth or Reality on 29th July, 2016. Dr. Joshy Paul appreciated the students’ efforts. On 3rd August, 2016 the Department organised a Student Seminar on the Relationship between India and the European Union. Dr.Fr. Jose CC, Director of Student Affairs recognised the efforts of all the students who presented their papers at the Seminar. Fr. Jose further addressed the audience on the importance that international sports has in the arena of relations between different countries. He emphasised that “practice is what makes perfect” and that India requires that attitude to reach the heights it needs to be at.
This was followed by an introduction of the Centre for Academic and Professional Support by Ms.Aishwarya R. and Ms. Garima Narwani. The audience was also given an idea of the Newsletter of our Department and the upcoming events planned for all of us. Lastly, we had the Cultural Programmes which truly highlighted India. With their performances, classes showcased and celebrated India through song, dance and drama. This two and a half hour programme ended with the National Anthem, where our country and every achievement were celebrated.
- COLOURS OF INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT
August 15th is the most memorable day in the history of India. It is one this day, in 1947, that India became free from the clutches of colonial exploitation of Great Britain. The sacrifices, hard work and selflessness of the freedom fighters who gave up everything in order to ensure our freedom is etched with golden letters in our history. It is highly important that we remember our roots and be grateful to those who worked hard to achieve this independence. But nowadays, sadly the youth only view this day as another holiday and look forward to a day of lethargy and sleep rather than acknowledging the importance of the same. It was in this scenario that we, the students of the Deanery of Humanities and Social Sciences got together under the banner of Vrittanta, the Association of Undergraduates of the Department of International Studies and History, and organized “Colours of India”, the dance event.
Having completed 69 years of independence, the students still remain indifferent towards such an important milestone in our history. With a motive of spreading awareness and probing others to glance back to our past days, 64 students from HEP, EPS, PSEng, PSEco, JPEng and CEP came together for the first time for this event. Under the guidance of Fr. Jose and the training of Prabin Sir and Sooraj Sir, the students practiced regularly for the event. The dance event took place on 16th August since 15th was a public holiday. All students gathered in front of the Central Block by 12.55pm on the same day. The event started at 1pm and had a duration of almost 10 minutes. The dancers performed for two songs and was successful in bringing out the true colour of India, that of unity and diversity, through their dance.