01-15 May, 2013
“I admire what JGU has been doing”: Alice Prochaska Uday Vir Garg Alice Prochaska is the current Principal of Sommerville College, University of Oxford, of which she is also an alumnus. A DPhil in Modern History, Dr. Prochaska has been extensively involved in academic administration for most of her career and has been closely associated with some of the world's best research universities – Yale, University of London, and presently Oxford, to name a few. She currently lectures and publishes on topics related to national heritage and national identity. Zvetya caught up with her for an interaction.
Attractive Destination: JGLS
JGLS - A top destination for law students Pranay Chitale
While thousands of aspiring lawyers are preparing for the LSAT-India conducted by Pearson VUE, the O.P. Jindal Global University is gearing up to welcome the crème de la crème of these aspirants. Anticipating a large freshman batch this year, several preparation processes are underway. Eight new state-of-the-art classrooms, two moot courts and a residential block are under being planned, in fact already under construction. A new mess accommodating sixteen hundred students is also in its planning stage. Both students and their parents are equally thrilled at the prospect of gaining admission to the Jindal Global Law School. A convinced parent said, “The environment at Jindal is great! Plus it is close to Delhi so it is ideal for my daughter.” An ambitious law student, Prachi Dutta from Sanskriti School, Delhi, gave us her views on the entrance examination. She says, “The LSAT-India is almost exclusive to JGU and no one pays heed to other colleges that need the LSAT-India. Despite the prestigious name that the National Law Universities have gained, quality education is what Jindal offers.” Students from as far as Mumbai also seem to have positive impressions about the university. "I have given JGU as my first preference because the faculty is amazing. I have read their academic accomplishments and I was awestruck!” says Prithvi Vohra. Another factor which seems to be weighing in the minds of students is the placement scene at JGLS. The recent career week saw top law firms of the country like Amarchand & Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff & Co. offering attractive packages to our outstanding students. This is a matter of great pride to a relatively new institution. Prospective students now have great confidence in career opportunities provided at JGU. "I want to come to Jindal, because I've heard the placements are amazing and also it boasts an amazing campus," says Shalin Joshi, another student from Mumbai. Pallav Shashodia, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India encourages students to be a part of JGLS because “the college allows students to be what they want to 'be' without too much of a competitive rat-race.” The freedom in academics and daily routine may alarm disciplinarian parents but it is extremely essential for a creative multi-faceted growth. All said it looks like the JGU family is just about to grow a little more.
Dr. Alice Prochaska
Q: In the face of centuries old universities, how do you think young universities such as ours are coming up? A: A lot is to do with the position of the university in the world and the resources it has. Stanford University was founded at the very end of the nineteenth century. So compared with Harvard and Yale it's a very young university but it's now one of the highest rated universities in the world. It's fortunately placed within the cultures that they serve; they work in countries where there's a great thirst for education and they've been run by very able people. These factors define India today as well. There are a few cultures more ancient or more revered than the Indian culture; there are people from India all over the world contributing to global excellence. So India has all of the necessary ingredients, and the model of Stanford is one that JGU can pay attention to. Q: A significant difference between the academic structures of the UK and India is the rigidity of the curriculums. How does it impact the education system? A: When we consider applications from Indian students, the problem that we have with accepting the qualifications from Indian high schools is that the students have been taught by rote too much, taught not to question your teachers; whereas in Britain we are taught to question our teachers. So this is not to do with which subject you study; it's more to do with the method of teaching. It's very important that everybody should have some of the humanities in their curriculum. They should learn from thinking about the past to understand that people had different opinions and then ask themselves or their teachers “Why is this?”That's an important part of your education. Q:Jindal has been closely associated with Oxford. An example is the summer school at Somerville College in International Law and Global Governance for students of Jindal Global Law School. How does Oxford view this relationship? A: We benefit in several ways. One of them is purely commercial. We let out our student accommodation when the students aren't there during their summer break. So we get an income that otherwise we wouldn't get. Secondly, three of our graduate students will be teaching on this course. They're all first grade Ph.D. students, and they need experience in teaching, and for them this is a godsend to be able to teach a group of enthusiastic, bright students very intensively. The relationship with this university is one that I enjoy. I admire what your Vice Chancellor has been doing. We learn from each other's differences, and if we can be instrumental in helping this university to develop, that's good for us. Q: At Jindal, many students believe in open access to academic journals and writings. What are your views on this? A: I agree that open access is a public good and the universities do pay for the work and for publishers to charge again is not desirable. On the other hand, the knowledge that's produced by researchers needs to be published. Publishers need to have a business model, which isn't going to work if everything that they produce is made available free of charge. I think the universities and presses have to work together to arrive at a sustainable business model. So these things are complicated and I wouldn't say that the press was in the wrong to insist on charging, but I do think that all of us have a long struggle ahead of us.
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Stressing the stress It is that time of the year when the library or for that matter any less boisterous place becomes a holy Mecca for the students. It is that time of year when it doesn't matter to them whether it is day or night, bad food or not, having a shower or not. For some, this is an occasion to brush up on already built up knowledge in the subject, for others it might just be the time to look for long lost books and long forgotten pens. Notwithstanding all the drama surrounding it, the preparations for the end of the semester examinations are well and truly underway. All through our schooling days, we have grown up writing countless exams. An average Indian can rightfully claim that he or she has spent more time writing exams than his peers elsewhere around the world. While negating the trivial part of the previous statement, it will serve us well to examine it. Right from elementary school to high school, we have tried to master the art of writing exams (successfully or otherwise.) Yet still, there has always been an apprehension in the student's community when it comes to facing the examinations. One of the significant issues that have for long been associated with exam preparations is the stress quotient that has an intrinsic role to play in a student's psyche. Experts and psychologists have offered their timeless opinion on various occasions deeming stress to be a telling factor during times like these. Students are invariably put down by the amount of work that needs to be accomplished just to reassure that they are ready. They see their peers and friends constantly pouring over books and that contribute to the surrounding milieu of examinations. It makes one think whether the reading he or she does will suffice. It makes one think whether he is up for it and if not there have been many instances of students just wilting away due to pressure. All said examinations are just another occasion to show what you are made of. Indeed there are times when you surprise yourself with the amount of content that you can generate in an exam hall. While a little bit of it can be attributed to your creative side, a significant part comes from your basic understanding of the subject. So invariably it is all down to you. So let it be! Just relax and think of outperforming your own capabilities regardless of the pressures from outside. PS: We do realize that everyone is finishing with their exams. However it is prudent to note that we wrote this story a while back. Kindly bear the time appropriateness.
Why Eating Curry (every day) leads to Knowing Our World More Josuke Ikeda As often said, people have to make big decisions in their lives at some point of time. Where to go, what to do, for what purposes! Quite certainly, for some Japanese, going to India for a job is one of them. Moreover, despite sharing some interesting historical similarities, India and Japan have been distant both physically as well as mentally. I have lost track of the number of times, I have been bombarded with' Wow, India!' and 'Why India!?' from friends and colleagues. There are reasons why – indeed I can state a number of reasons for joining JGU. Yet shall we make the matter simple. I am a Professor of International Relations and it is simply contradictory when I am talking about the world without really knowing the world. Thus to a certain degree, I joined JGU to know the world more. I feel happy and privileged to introduce different worlds to my students. Perhaps for some, I may be the first person to meet from Japan. After all, a reason why I am here is to meet you, while a part of the reason for you to be here is to meet me! Knowing each other, and knowing the world. While travelling by a flight, you see ads of Indian tourism, saying 'Incredible India'. In many cases, such ad-copies do not always fit with people's experience, but not this time. Crowds of people, noisy but vibrant music, colourful trucks for day one, cows and cars on the same highway for day two! Sometimes there emerges a particular understanding of India only after experiencing such life. Knowing India is not an easy thing, and thus I am still in a process of learning. It was already incredible, and I thought this to be the meaning of 'knowing' the world more. Then started my teaching experience at JGU! Because this was an occasion to enrich our students understanding of the world, and with JGU being a new university, I had an opportunity to create a distinctive and unique course module for JSIA. One of them, Global Ethics, is virtually a new extension for the study of world politics. However, the very aim in higher education is to think. Thinking, interacting, and reflecting again. It does not create profit, nor does it provide job placement. But it does provide a chance to introspect, and this is a condition that makes universities a habitable place, making its human population more humane. Having said, even saying such beautiful phrase, it would amount to nothing, unless we have vibrant communication between faculty and students. I feel we have that at JGU. The virtue of this university is to allow students to explore their intellectual side. JGU is young, dynamic and the distance between faculty and student is close. It is incredible. Spending time in a campus is not only about having professional knowledge but also nurturing the very foundation of 'we'. Fortunately JGU is having conditions to know each other going beyond national context. This is important. So shall we have a talk, both inside and outside the class? Yes, of course because that's basic, but then everything is cultivated from the basics. Indeed, the origin of 'culture' is from 'cultivation' – cultivating your mind and making it richer. It is, again, incredible, isn't it? I am still being envied by a number of former colleagues who say 'you are lucky because you may eat curry every day'. This is wrong: not every day; but every meal. Josuke Ikeda is Associate Professor at Jindal School of International Affairs.
“I have always been sceptical of extreme positions”: Andre Béteille Sanjika Dang Andre Béteille is one of India's leading sociologists and writers. He is particularly famous for his study of the caste system in South India. He is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi since 2003. In his long and distinguished academic career, he has in the past taught at Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. We were fortunate to meet him for an interaction.
Prof. Andre Béteille
Q: You were bought up in a family of mixed cultures (A French father, Bengali mother and having gone to a boarding school). Did this have an impact on your ideologies and choice of career? A: These things operate in very complex ways, but I'm sure it must have influenced the decisions I made later on, and the kind of attitude that I adopted towards both colonial rule and the nationalist movement. I have always been sceptical of extreme positions. My mother, who was a Bengali lady, threw herself passionately into the nationalist movement. My father, at the same time, was the son of a colonialist minister and was very sceptical of her. There were constant dissentions in the household. I felt that the flaws of both the nationalist movement and colonialism were obvious. In my childhood, the extreme ideological positions that I saw were those of nationalism and colonialism. In college, I came across Marxism, and I felt that the problem with them was that they were too sure of themselves. I didn't believe that the world was such a simple place. Thus, all these extreme views taught me to be very sceptical of all extreme ideologies in life. Q: You have in the past taught at renowned universities like the Oxford, Cambridge, Chicago, and the London School of Economics and now you are teaching in the University of Delhi. What, according to you, is one thing that universities in India should learn from these world-famous universities? A: I don't believe that we necessarily need to adapt anything from these universities. I can't speak for all Indian Universities as a whole, but I can speak about the Delhi School of Economics and its department of Sociology. I have had various students in my life who have studied both in these universities and in India. My brightest student was once in India to study. When he went back to England, a certain professor of his wrote to me, asking what I had done, because the student now believed that Indian seminars are far more interesting than the ones which were being held there. I'm not saying that we should adopt an extreme nationalistic attitude, that we have nothing to learn. We have something to learn from everywhere. All I believe is that we need not believe that all universities abroad are better than all universities in our nation. Some of them are better, but not all. We need to change this mind-set that we necessarily need to adapt from these universities. It's a give and take, most of the times. Q: You have remarked in the past about the increasing disputes and diminishing level of fruitful debate in our parliament. (“The tone of civility has all but disappeared from parliamentary debate. The Speaker has a difficult time in maintaining order and has to adjourn the House repeatedly… its members now spend so much of their time in disputes that appear to be both endless and fruitless.”) What then, according to you, is the best way to restore the value of fruitful debate in our parliamentarians? A: It's a very difficult question to answer. The most important thing is to maintain a sense of proportion. The government and opposition in our parliament are constantly at loggerheads with each other. One of the best documents pertaining to this is the Memoir of Somnath Chatterjee who was the speaker of the Lok Sabha. Somnath babu, at the end of the 14thLok Sabha, said: “Now, the parliament is dissolved and you are all going back to your constituencies to seek support. I hope you all loose”. This caused an uproar, and Somnath babu had to retract. Having said this let me add that through its committees, the parliament does a great deal of work done. I don't know what is to be done to change its other activities. Work does get done in the parliament. Just not through debate.
Dream Jobs, Anyone?
A Tour of the New Hostel Block
Ever dreamt of pursuing a quirky profession or something unique and out of the box? On account of the current hotshot campus placements, here are some offbeat career options that could be your dream job.
For months now, we have been witnessing huge cranes and countless people at work in the site near the faculty housing. Construction of two new hostels to accommodate new students for the forthcoming academic year is on full swing. Ending speculation among the student community regarding the facilities of the upcoming structure, the university granted a tour of the facility. Constructed using the latest 'Pre-fabricated' material technology, the new hostels are strong in the safety side and also the entire structure can be erected in a very short time. We took a tour of the new structure and couldn't help but to be impressed.
Professional Food Taster: "Do you like food? Do you enjoy eating? Right then, this is your ultimate dream job. Esha Rana believes so. With a glisten in her eyes, she says, “Imagine, going to all the fancy places in town, ordering the best of food and getting paid to eat. Beat that!”ShamaAbbasi shares a passion for food Quirky Careers tasting for different reasons. Her interest in cooking and mastering the technique of amalgamating all things sweet and spicy into mouthwatering delicacies is what attracts her to the profession. To sum up why this profession is ideal, Professor Keerty Nakray says, “Travelling and good food are like a match made in heaven.” Whiskey Ambassador: The Dream Job for any 21-year-old. Jeremy Bell is the man to thank for this benefit to humankind. The pioneer now gives presentations around Boston and has become a globetrotter examining the virtues of Whiskey. The only pre-requisites and qualifications one probably requires for the job are a strong liver and the power of convincing people to pay you. Our own JGU community seems to be awestruck by this profession. Shreya Jha from the fourth year wants “to keep a check on the quality of alcohol because it won't be like work per se but passion which yields the same benefits as an around-the-clock job.” Punkit winks, “I'd prefer Scotch to Whiskey anytime but I am certainly not complaining”. Both Tanay Agarwal and Rishabh Malhotra profoundly agree to the same. Professional Shopper: Every girl's dream job! From Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel to Mango, Vero Moda, Zara and French Connection, every brand lusts for professional shoppers to cater to their hi-flying clients. The career involves entering stores in style and walking out clenching bags loaded with the latest fashions. So, put on those Steve Maddens, stock those credit cards and get ready for some hectic shopping which pays your bills rather than emptying your account. Akriti Gupta agrees. “I'm not passionate about anything more than shopping. I consider it the universal solution to all problems,” she nods convincingly. Pirate: Jack Sparrow, anyone? Although not as pious a career as the others, it is nonetheless as quirky as one could get. When you walk on that ship deck with an eye-patch and bandana, your jacket made of rags flying behind you; fingers sporting bronze rings and eyes laden with kohl to add that sexy dangerous appeal countless damsels in distress fall at your mercy. Don't forget the smashing one-liners like, "Gentlemen, milady; you will always remember this as the day that you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow." Professor Sunita Tripathy is game for this job as it resonates with her attitude of being “unconventional in choosing careers and the thrill of achieving something that may even be prohibited by law.” Batch mates Pranav Munigela and Bani Brar build air castles to wage war on each other on the high seas! Paradise island caretaker: If you're as lucky as Ben Southall you may crack this one. The 34year-old is the caretaker of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. His job includes enjoying sea-sports, bathing in the sun and relaxing in a three-bedroom villa. This is the overworked professional's dream job. Pratyush Shrivastva reclines in his seat while escaping into the dream of relaxation offered by the job. Anmol Mehta guffaws, “I will get the golden opportunity to chill on the beach and watch the pretty girls pass by.” But then Anmol, what if there aren't any?
Not a moot point anymore! Titiksha Mohanty What happens when one of the most prestigious societies of the university declares their intra-college competition? All hell breaks loose. Something similar was pretty much evident when the Moot Court Society announced the Fourth JGLS Intra-Moot Court Competition; a deep frenzy gripped the law students in the college for the weeks that were to come. For the uninitiated, mooting simulates court-room proceedings and you get a glimpse of your future career in the legal field.
Participating in a moot is considered to be crucial for any student in his or her law school tenure. Naturally, when it was declared that a membership to the Moot Court Society is what awaited the winners of the Intra-Moot Court Competition, there was a mad rush by almost everyone to ensure a decent moot partner to stand any chance of winning it. Now, mooting is no cake walk. It requires endless patience, perseverance, stamina, diligence and all their synonyms. Participating in a moot is like a rite of passage. You come out an evolved human being. Sleep becomes a rare exercise and caffeine becomes oxygen. Hours and hours of reading and researching make you incrementally wiser. You forget to lead a normal social life and take up the life of an ascetic. What then, drives any sane person to participate in a moot? Answer is quite simple: the thrill of the competition. The Intra-Moot Competition saw students give their heart and soul to prepare for the biggest showpiece event of JGLS. To the mania behind the preparation, there was also a deep-seated competition. Minutes after the question was posted, all the books regarding Constitutional Law were issued out of the library. Seconds after all the books were issued out, all reference books too vanished. Books were hidden in random, obscure shelves; pages were torn off. The competition sure was steep and uneven. Ankita Sharma, a third year student, says:” We decided to moot a day before the final submission of names of participants and all the books in the library had gone by then. But then, being in the third year we had several advantages over others with the fact that we knew better about subjects like Administrative law and that helped us win the best memorial.” Despite intense rivalry, the experience of mooting leaves participants with more than just the feeling of victory or loss. Ankita added, “I take back the experience of speaking with confidence and the art of balancing my priorities. Most importantly, I take back the lesson that you need to try something with full confidence if you want something and things will surely work out in your favor.” In the end, it really was the level of enthusiasm and weeks of hard work which made the IntraMoot the success that it was. Viren Bansal of the first year sums this up perfectly, “Even though you sleep only for a few hours while preparing for your memorial, that moment when you step onto that podium with that suit on and the Judge begins his grilling, you instantly know it was more than worth it!”
The New Hostel Block
The hostel blocks have a long hallway as you enter, lined by rooms on both the sides. When you enter a room, the very first thing that captures your attention is its vastness. With four beds, one in each corner to say, there is ample walking space in the middle. The study tables are right beside the beds, glued to each corner of the room. Each desk has a storage rack right above it with provisions for locking. The room has two big glass windows; with a door sliding to enable a view of the balcony. The lighting in the room has been done smartly considering the needs of the students. Each study table has a tube light above it. Then there are reading lamps immediately above the bed to enable a night time reading session. A sliding door at the back of the room leads to the balcony. Now what about the washrooms? There is a third door, through which you enter the washroom and changing area. Upon entering, you find two shower areas, and two toilets on the right hand side. On the left hand side, there are four huge wardrobes with locking provisions. Each has a drawer at the bottom, for the footwear, or say for extra storage. But would this storage area be enough? Maybe not! So, after taking a feedback from the students and a direct talk with the architect, few alterations have been proposed. Firstly, the beds would have drawers beneath them, for storage. Secondly, the mirror has been cut-short, so as to let a set of four drawers be put for some more storage use. The air conditioning and ventilation of the rooms have been well designed. Each room has two AC vents, and two ceiling fans. The washrooms too have an exhaust fan. Both these housing blocks are expected to be completed by May 31st. On the whole, the new hostel block is a valued addition to the existing infrastructure in place at JGU.
The IPL fever catches on! Bismanjit Sabharwal and Chetna Reddy Once bustling with life only during lunch hours, the mess has now come to resemble a crazy fans corner all thanks to the Indian Premier League. Since the start of the sixth edition of IPL, people postpone their already pending activities, flock at the mess and are seen glued to the TV screens. Surely, the spirit of cricket has been rejuvenated since the start of the IPL in 2008. In terms of popularity, the crowd for IPL is surely seen at par with, the one infront of the boy's hostel From the Mess TVs for a football game."Surely IPL has become more popular than football. I have never seen such big audiences even for the EPL matches.” said Vedant, 1st year JGLS. The sport of cricket already a religion for many, has gripped the audiences once again. The IPL has surely got people to break the formal atmosphere of the campus, to cheer and applaud their respective teams until their vocal cords went dead. The IPL has got JGU students from various parts of India, to come together and cheer for their favourite teams.The heat and intensity is seen amongst the crowd when the matches reach crucial moments. For, at times it becomes a matter of pride, when two major teams are competing. When asked Vinay a 4th year JGLS student and a Delhi Daredevils supporter about his take on the team's five losses, "It doesn't matter how they play. I will always remain a Delhi supporter.”The IPL franchises have also made full use of the social media, by bringing in the IPL Fantasy League online. It is an online platform where one owns and manages their IPL teams, and competes worldwide. It has been the talk of the mess since the opening of season 6. The students already crazy about social medium have only lapped it up further. Not only the students, but also the Sodexo staff joins the crowd, and are seen cheering with them. With the stage set for the grand finale, JGU is about to witness an epic conclusion to the IPL fever. With the exams fast approaching, there is little on everyone's mind other than preparing for them. Here are few stress busters that might help ease your nerves. 1) Head to the lawn. Find a campus worker mowing the grass. Request them to give you the lawn mower and ask them to sit back and relax while you do their job. 2) Put on a headphone. Go to the library. Sit in the reading section doing nothing but to see people bustling in and out of the place fretting over books and printouts. 3) Pack all your friends into a single room. Watch the dumbest movie of all time and share a big laugh with your buddies. 4) Last but not the least, catch some sleep while you can for come exam time, you wouldn't want to feel drowsy in the exam hall!
“Learning has to be anchored in idealism and values of human existence”: Indira Parikh Samridhi Lodha Few would dispute that the concept of liberal education is slowly on the rise in our country. On this topic, Zvetya caught up with Professor Indira Parikh, the Founder President of FLAME - An institution that has anchored itself to the concept of Liberal Education. Professor Parikh was also the Dean of IIM-Ahmedabad from 2002 to 2005. She has constantly engaged herself on various issues related to women, corporate management and the transformation of organizations.
To Sir Alex, with love! Vedant Agrawal "The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly," he said in a statement. "It is the right time”, he added further.
Dr. Indra Parikh
Q:What is liberal education according to you? What makes it truly liberal?
It has only been days since the 71 year old announced he will step down from his managerial hot seat at Old Trafford and yet it is already un-imaginable to see a 'Red Devils' dugout without Sir Alex Ferguson. Since the time, I along with countless other fans of my generation started following the most beautiful game on this planet, we have seen Manchester United managed by the one and only - Sir Alex.
The Red Devils
Not being able to compete with leading sides since the Munich air disaster in 1958, United were struggling and were on the verge of relegation in November 1986 when he stepped in. Since then his legendary accomplishments have ensured that the club will never be the same without him in-charge.
A: Liberal education is a process of creating a learning environment where students have the opportunity of exploring and experiencing choices from multiple streams of knowledge. It is liberal as they have the freedom of choice. Through this medium, they are exposed not only to knowledge, but also experiential learning. It also allows them to express themselves better, through streams like performing arts. On the whole, it helps students to be sensitive to social issues and more aware of themselves through self-reflection.
I don't say it is impossible to repeat what Ferguson did, but it is not at all easy. Although we may never see another boss like Sir Alex Ferguson, but he only said that the club is above the players, and what has been done earlier can always be repeated.
Q: The American Association for the Advancement of Science describes liberal education as one that produces persons who are open-minded and free from provincialism, dogma, preconception, and ideology; conscious of their opinions and judgments; reflective of their actions; and aware of their place in the social and natural worlds. If this is the case, don't you think liberal education, as such, seems rather idealistic?
Sir Alex Ferguson has not just retired as a winner; he is unsurpassed as the finest British football manager ever to grace the game. It can be said that he has stolen the greatness from the greatest. So, at the end of this season when the final whistle is blown at the Hawthorns, there will be no more mind games and no more Fergie time. No matter how many managers try to emulate his achievements, there can only be one Sir Alex.
A: Any learning has to be anchored in idealism and values of human existence. Amongst all these and many more values the individual arrives at his or her configuration of roles and identity which makes sense and meaning to him or her. As such what the American Association of Liberal Education has listed are but a few elements which any individual can configure for himself or herself which is shaped by the individual.
A New Era at Old Trafford
Q: In a country like India where the importance of liberal education is not yet recognized, how do you propose to sensitize the society at large with this concept? A: India is ready for a different model of education. Times have changed, and it is only necessary that both the young and the parental generation respond to it. Technology has a role to play in this change, and if the young generation does not keep pace with this new phenomenon, it will result in stress. With family size becoming smaller, it is harder for parents to be aloof to their children's problems. So, I believe the time now is right for newer models of education to emerge and for us to embrace them. Q: You have travelled widely around the world. How much did travelling & visiting places help you in becoming more open-minded, an ideal that liberal education seeks to achieve? A: Travelling, exposure to multiple cultures, meeting diverse groups of people and the cream of academia does make an immense difference provided you are open to experiencing and learning. This broadens the horizons, opens the mind and hopefully the heart to experience the wide spectrum of human existence. I have had the most fabulous and enriching experience of travelling, living abroad and meeting some of the finest people with whom we have had enduring and endearing relationships.
Pitamber Yadav The farewell message of a legend for the welfare of the organization he managed for close to three decades was too revealing. It reads: “It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organization in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so.” When everyone was waiting for the summer transfer window which was perhaps going to be the biggest transfer season, news of Sir Alex Ferguson (SAF) retiring shook the admirers of the game off their feet. With the manager spending about 27 years at the helm, it is indeed difficult to imagine Manchester United without him. Everyone knew that SAF's retirement news would come someday but none expected it to come before what was going to be a very important season. Being the most successful manager, people do start expecting more and fans wouldn't be wrong with their high expectations for next season.It seemed to countless fans like me that Sir Alex had the job for life. SAF was the focal point for all the activities happening in and around the football club with his name being synonymous with that of the club. With a seemingly impossible act to follow, David Moyes has to fill the 'big boots' of his famed predecessor. When you see the statue of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson one gets the hint that shoes of giants are needed to be filled. Moyes is lined up with fulfilling the expectations of millions across the globe. The upcoming season in all likelihood will see the emergence of a new era at Old Trafford. Vedant and Pitamber are first year BA LLB students at JGLS and ardent Manchester United supporters.
Too many films on platter!
Reflecting on the absence of performing arts in JGU Krishaal Morjaria Uday Vir Garg One of the things students look forward to most in universities and colleges is a lively music culture. There is no doubting this fact. Music, indeed, is one of the very few things that binds people together and brings them closer, and its importance cannot be stressed enough. The lack of a music culture in JGU, as I have observed over the past ten months since I have been here, can be attributed to various factors. While there can be absolutely no doubt over the plethora of talented musicians on campus, their Renegedes Concert creativity is not expressed as often as one would like. One possible reason could be that our University is located away from the city, and hence there are far fewer avenues for students here to be creatively involved than those living and studying in, say, Delhi or Bangalore. Zothansanga, a law student, and an avid musician, believes that since moving to Sonipat, he hasn't had a decent number of opportunities to perform as he would have back home in Aizawl. He explains that living in a city that has a thriving music culture allows one to play to an appreciating audience like as in a Church or at local open mic nights. Although a music society exists at JGU,it is hardly functional. A major challenge to the society is the lack of infrastructure required for it to function properly. The biggest contributing factor to this non-function is the absence of a music room or a jam room.While I have heard a lot about the JGLS band, they aren't seen in action often as there are only a few occasions for them to perform. There is an odd acoustic performance accompanying the occasional student celebrations but nothing more. This, however, still diverts from my subject. While staying at the National Law University, Jodhpur (NLU-J) campus some months back during NH65, their biennial inter-college fest, I observed a thriving and active environment, contributed by enthusiastic students, who wanted to be as creatively involved as possible. This is what we at JGUneed to inculcate and foster. While the collective will to partake in more academic extra-curricular activities such as debating and mooting is impeccable, literary and performing arts is taking a back seat. The Music Society is not the only example, in this case. The Theatre Society and the Literary and Fine Arts Society also send students to competitions and inter-college fests, but there is lack of a performing stage on campus that allows them to be better appreciated by our own students. The recently concluded Renegades concert was a sign pointing in all the right directions, specifically addressing this issue and reflecting on the importance of building a functional student community at JGU. While the concert was a success, it put forth an image of a JGU community of the future wherein students and faculty stay back in the weekends just to attend a concert, a play, or maybe even an exhibition.
While movie fans recently welcomed the Ironman finale with open arms, Bollywood too has its share of blockbusters waiting in the pipeline. However, Jindalites are having a hard time deciding what to watch and what to not with semester exams lurking behind. So we met a few people for their opinions and expectations about the upcoming movies, trying to help solve the dilemma. One thing is for sure though; almost the whole of JGU loved Robert Downey and his Ironman. The finale of such an epic series could not have been better. Some of the first year students have shared their views: Rishabh Karnani says, “The finale couldn't have been more awesome. However, the fact that we may not see Ironman again is disappointing.” Another student from the same batch, Tanay Agarwal, says, “Ironman 3 was different from the rest of the Ironman movies. This movie was about Tony Stark and not just the Ironman. It was a big slap on the faces of those who said that Tony Stark is nothing without Ironman. Ironman is nothing without Tony Stark.”NinaeeDeshmukh also shares similar views- “The movie is brilliant. It is just so passionate that it's amazing.”Howeveranother law student, Siddarth Agarwal seems to disagree. He says “The movie is not that good. The superhero effect doesn't just come across. He seems to be so powerless throughout the movie. In fact, even in the end, his girlfriend saves him!” But then overall, it is safe to say that this is one movie not to be missed. Bollywood too has some unique movies in store for us. While Bombay talkies can brag about bringing together the best directors in the film fraternity, Go Goa Gone prides itself on being India's first Zom-Com. We asked some first year law students which one they would rather watch. Mehul Kothari is very enthusiastic about Bombay Talkies. He says, “Look at the directors who have come together! Who won't go for such a movie?” However, Tanay says he would rather go for Go Goa Gone- “It is something unique. India has not seen such a concept before and hence it will be refreshing to watch it” Anant Goenka, however prefers Bombay Talkies- “I have heard that some of the scenes are very beautiful. The directors are legendary and so is the cast. It should to be quite a watch.” Siddarth Agarwal would prefer seeing Bombay Talkies too, just because of his favourite director-Zoya Akhtar. He says, “I hope she recreates the magic of ZNMD”. Sanket Saraf says “I would prefer Bombay Talkies over Go Goa Gone. Even though people seem to like Go Goa Gone, the idea of celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema watching a movie like Bombay Talkies appeals to me.” Over all, people seem to prefer Bombay Talkies over Go Goa Gone. It's on you to decide if it's worth missing a few hours of studying. However there is no harm in seeing Saif Ali Khan in his Blonde Russian avatar or Karan Johar recreating something other than family dramas. On that note, I wish you all the best for the upcoming exams. See you in the theatres, oh sorry, exam halls. For letters, articles and suggestions, write to us at email@example.com