Conferences & Seminars 2016 -17

India is a land of diversity known for its rich culture and heritage. It is important for every individual to understand, preserve and pass on the same. Keeping this aim in mind, the Department is organizing a national seminar on 9th and 10th of August under the theme "Journey through the Past: Re-visioning India "Restore,... Reconstruct... Reminiscent..."

The event was inaugurated on the 9th August at the Jyoti auditorium, by Dr.Sr.Elizabeth, Principal of Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous and Prof.Shivananda B Hosamani as chief guest and, Prof Sandeep Kulshreshtha as Guest of honour.

The event began with the lighting of the lamp accompanied by a devotional song. Prof.Sarah Samuel, Vice Principal of Arts, welcomed the guests of the day and gave a brief introduction to their illustrious careers.

Dr Sr Elizabeth. C S, the principal, delivered a conceptual presentation on the theme for the 2-day Golden Jubilee commemorative National Seminar "Revitalizing India - Creating an Ecosystem for a Vibrant Nation.

She warmly welcomed the guests, staff and students and spoke about the rich history of India. She has emphasized the need to preserve our diversity, ensure the welfare of rural areas and above all, for equitable growth.

Ms. Leena Nair, from the Department of Economics, presented the overview of the seminar and the sessions which is followed by an excellent performance by the Indian Dance Team of the host college.

Prof. Hosamani, Vice Chancellor of Rani Channamma University, in his talk gave on overview of the economic growth of India and the prominent trickle-down effect that impacts the life of many with relevant statistical data.

The Guest of honour, Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, gave an account on the rich and diverse culture of India and its influence on the economy and tourism of India.

Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha stated about how the ground or rural people needs to be benefited by the art and tradition of the community and the culture and heritage of the destination. The factors which are shifting the trend towards responsible tourism are increasing level of awareness, growing interest in heritage and culture, improving accessibility and environmental consciousness.

The other special guests for the day were Mr. Prakash Mandoth (FKCCI), and Sr. Philomena Cardoza (Superior, Amalaham Community). Then, with the dignitaries on stage, the Book of Abstracts of the research papers was released by the respective departments.

The various departments had organized several technical sessions over the two days and invited eminent speakers from academia, industry, NGO's. A number of delegates enlightened the audience and presented their original research findings in the course of the conference. Issues crucial to the present scenario, such as equaitable growth, diversity, preserving our heritage and ensuring welfare, were discussed in depth.

Mrs. Sadhna Kaikini, Founder/ Director, Buovancee conducted a final joint session on the theme 'Youth Empowerment for Revitalizing India'. The session was lively and interactive as she made the audience think about their own perceptions of themselves and together contribute to the Revitalizing of India.

Day 1 (9.08.16)

Technical Session I

Prof. K. K. N. Kurup

Former Vice Chancellor, Calicut University,
Director General, Centre for Heritage Studies,
Cultural Affairs Department, Govt. of Kerala.

'Reconstructing the past -Problems and Prospects'

Technical Session II

Prof. E Ismail

Former Professor,
Centre for West Asian Studies, Calicut University.

Brahmin Settlements and Social Formation: A case study of Medieval Kerala'

Technical Session III

Dr. S.V.P. Halakatti

Former Director,
ASI, New Delhi.

'Heritage management in India- An overview'

Paper Presentations
Chairperson: Dr. S.V.P. Halakatti

Day 2 (10.08.16)

Technical Session IV

Dr. Rajesh Ranjan

Head, Dept. of History,
RAU'S IAS Study Circle, New Delhi.
'Role of communities in conserving Cultural Heritage'

Ms. Madhu Rani
Director, INTACH Bangalore
'Preservation of Material Heritage'

Technical Session V

Mr. Gautam Jantakal

Numismatics Consultant.

"Reconstructing Indian History through Coins"

Technical Session VI
Dr. Shaik Masthan

Prof. Dept.of History,
Bangalore University
'Reconstructing the past: Cultural Heritage'

Paper Presentation
Chairperson: Dr. Shaik Masthan

The two-day conference was a grand success with meaningful discussions conducted on issues of urgent importance.