Monday, December 31, 2007

Human Rights: Gender Perspective

Department of Philosophy on the occasion of World Human Rights Day (10th December) organized an Extension Lecture on the theme "Human Rights: Gender Perspective".
Ms Menika Thind, Research Scholar from Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Ms Navneet Kaur, M.Phil student from Centre for Philosophy, School of Social Sciences from Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi presented their views on the need to safeguard the rights of women in the Indian society.

In the first session Navneet emphasized the need to educate women in the country. She said that the girls should at no cost compromise with the education. She asked them to differentiate between their 'Desires', 'Needs' and 'Wants'. She informed the participants about the legal rights granted to the women by the state.

Menika in her presentation inspired the participants to pursue their higher education for a social cause. She quoted examples of Medha Patekar, a well known social activist of India and informed that Medha Patekar Prior becoming a social reformer, completed her M.A. in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).She left Ph. D. in the midst and got actively involved in the agitations conducted by tribals and peasants of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and is presently associated with Narmada Bachao Andolan. She also informed the participants about Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya, who is an environmental and political activist. And who became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." Menika said that despite all odds women has the courage and capability to transform her life and society to democracy in real sense.

In the last Ms Navjeet Kaur, Ms Manpreet Kaur, Ms kamaldeep kaur and Ms Amanpreet kaur asked significant questions. Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar appreciated the efforts of the Department in organizing the lecture. She also expressed her thanks to both the key speakers for their innovative thoughts. Mr. Ambuj Sharma highlighted the forth coming activities of the department to the participants.

Monday, December 3, 2007

National Seminar-Cum-Workshop on "Philosophy in the Age of Globalization”

National Seminar-Cum-Workshop on "Philosophy in the Age of Globalization"

Seventy Philosophy Under graduate students from Dev Samaj College for Women Ferozepur actively participated in the National Seminar-Cum_Workshop on the Topic “Philosophy in the Age of Globalization” organized jointly by Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Department of Philosophy and Critique Ferozepur Chapter, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur City on 27th November, 2007 at Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, chandigarh.

The Speakers discussed the different aspects, concepts of Philosophy relating to self and society. The students raised important questions relating to the need of philosophical thinking in the social change. Amanpreet vice Head girl of the college stressed that despite education still there are many social problems existing in the society. She said that Caste and Gender differences are the vital issues which definitely need some philosophical reflections for their understanding and change. Kamaldeep another student from the same college highlighted the importance of critical thinking in better understanding of the concepts. She said that philosophy makes you go beyond the given and reach the ultimate knowledge. In the discussion Popsy, Harpriya, Navjeet, Impinder, Sania, Sandhya, Sandeep, Preety and Kawal raised significant questions.

Chairman Dr. V.T. Sebastian, in his address appreciated the students of ferozepur for their participation in the seminar. He focused on the logical reasoning as the basic methodology of philosophy and said that the study of philosophy helps in reading, writing and analytical skills.
Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar in her message expressed solidarity with Departrment of Philosophy, Panjab University for taking keen interest and cooperation in organizing the seminar. She said that such kind of initiatives would definitly encourage undergraduates for "Higher Education"
Among others who address the participants were Prof. Reena Patra Prof. Dharmendra Goel, Prof. Rekha Jhanji, Prof. Dharmanand Sharma, Prof. Veena Kapoor, Prof. Indu Sareen, Prof. Geeta Manaktala, Dr. Asha Maudgil, Dr. H.P.Sah, Dr. Shiwani and Mr. Lallan singh Baghel from the Philosophy Department.

The interactive session bridged up the gap between the old and the younger generations of philosophers. The team of students from ferozepur was led by their teachers Ambuj Sharma and Renuka Vohra.

The students also actively participated in the Discussion “What Indo-US Nuclear Deal is All About” by Prof. Achin Vinayak, Chairman, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, organized by ICSSR, PUTA and Critique: A Students Discussion Forum, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Prof. Randhir Singh gave the Presidential Address while Prof. Manjit Singh Secretary PUTA of Sociology Department gave the Key Note Address Besides other Ms Navjeet Kaur of B.A.III, Ms Preety Dwivedi of B.C.A.III and Ms Impinder Kaur of B.A.III of the college raised important questions. The session was chaired by Ambuj Sharma of Critique: A Student discussion Forum, Panjab University.

“Geo-Socio Development: Dilemmas of Democracy and Extra Ordinary Laws in India and Its Effect on Border Management”

Ambuj Sharma of the Philosophical Society presented a paper on the topic “Geo-Socio Development: Dilemmas of Democracy and Extra Ordinary Laws in India and Its Effect on Border Management” in the National Seminar on the theme BSF RESPONSE TO EMERGING THREATS INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL organized by HQ Punjab Frontier BSF Jalandhar Cantt., Punjab on 1st November, 2007 at Guru Nanak Dev University campus, Amritsar.

He divided his presentation into three part the first was what are extra ordinary laws second what are the Dilemmas of Democracy and third how an understanding of human rights can help to peace in the border region which in turn can help in socio economic development in the region.
He Highlighted that Debates surrounding extraordinary laws PDA (Preventive Detention Act) 1950, through Tada 1985, to POTO 2001 and POTA 2002 shows that it has not only resulted in gross violation of Human Rights in the areas they are implemented but the very nature of these laws questions the autonomy and liberty of an individual to a larger extent. Once a person is detained, he/she is denied bail for a minimum of one year; moreover bail would not be given if the prosecution opposed it, and unless the court was satisfied of the detainee’s innocence. He said that such laws might get further misused and innocent people might get victimized under such laws.
In the last part of his presentation he suggested to create areas of peace in the midst of conflict, imposes the principle of a common humanity, and calls for
dialogue. Limit the use of violence in the hopes of maintaining the necessary conditions for a return to peace. He also said that the younger generation can play an active role in the “Development” as they are the ones who have much optimism, role to play in curbing violence in the region.

The seminar was also addressed by Mr. A. K. Mitra, IPS, Director General, BSF, Mr. Arvind Ranjan ,IPS, IG HQ Punjab Ftr BSF, Mr. R.K. Vishwakarma IPS, DIG BSF Amritsar, Dr. S.S. Bloeria, IAS Ex-Chief Secretary, J&k , Dr. Ashok Bahuria, Dr P.V. Ramana, Mr. Vishal Chandra from IDSA, New Delhi., Maj. Gen. R. S. Paul, GOC 15 INF DIV along with Brig. Rukshit Sukesh, Mr. Sarabjit Pandher, Spl Correspondent The Hindu, Punjab and Mr. R.P. Singh Addl DIG(Ops.) HQ Punjab Ftr. BSF.

Globalization of Higher Education

Globalization of Higher Education

Philosophical Society of the College organized a seminar on the topic “Globalization of Higher Education” in which besides the faculty of the Department Ms Ruby Jager who is working as the Acting Director, Academic Support Center of the College of the Red Woods, Eureka from California, delivered a talk on the educational opportunities undergraduate students can explore after completing their studies in India. She said that “with the advent of globalization, students can look for much innovative courses and better institution for their further education. She aware the students regarding the courses College of the Red Woods is offering to the over seas students and how it can be beneficial for the students for their job perspectives. College Principal Dr. Madhu Prashar appreciated the speaker for her vast knowledge in the area and encouraged the students to take their educational activities more seriously to achieve greater success. At the end of the session Mr. Ambuj Sharma of the Department gave a vote of thanks to the speakers as well as the participants.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Senior Citizens: Family Exclusion and Responsibility

Senior Citizens: Family Exclusion and Responsibility

Philosophical Society organized a Students Seminar on the topic “Senior Citizens: Family, Exclusion and Responsibility” in which Ms Kirandeep Kaur, Ms Parminder Kaur, Rashmi of B.A.III & Kirandeep of B.A.I year presented their views on the condition of Senior Citizens in the Indian society. Kirandeep emphasize on the role youth can play in safe guarding the future of the Senior Citizens she said that it is the ethical duty of each and every person to treat senior citizens with respect and compassion. Parminder in her address brought the cases where the senior citizens are deprived of the due honour and respect in the family. She appealed to all the participants to share love and affection with their elders. Rashmi said that one cannot ignore the fact that every one, one day or another, would get old and it is the moral duty of the youngsters to look after their old parents and grand parents. She said that in the childhood most of us have been looked after by our parents and grand parents and it is truly unjust and shameful on our part if we do not care for our Senior Citizens. It is worth mentioning that in the discussion the grand parents of few students were invited and they actively interacted with the students and faculty in the discussion. At the end of the seminar the Grand parents of the students were felicitated. Mr. Kamal Kumar and Mrs. Kiran Sharma of Village Kammagar and Mr. Babu Singh of Village Badhni, Ferozepur also addressed the participants. The session was chaired by Mr. Ambuj Sharma of Department of Philosophy.