South Asian University gets new President

Eminent academician Dr. Kavita A. Sharma assumed the charge of President of the South Asian University on 3rd November 2014. Before her appointment as the President of SAARC University, she was working as the Director of India International Centre (IIC). Her appointment was made by the University’s apex body, the Governing Board, from a panel of three nominees submitted by the Government of India, being the host country, as per rules of the University. Dr. Kavita Sharma was the Principal, Hindu College for about 10 years and has the distinction of being the first lady Principal of a co-education institution in the Delhi University. She holds a doctorate in English from Delhi University and LLM from University of British Columbia, Canada and has written and published extensively with about half a dozen single author books to her credit. Her published research articles in reputed journals cover a wide range of subjects such as Education, Literature, Theatre and Gender issues. Dr. Sharma has been awarded several fellowships and awards. Notable among these are Full bright New Century Scholar for the year 2007-2008, Faculty Research Fellowship and Faculty Enrichment Fellowship by the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute in the years 1991-92 and 2002-03 respectively.

Monsoon Sociology Seminar Series concludes

The Department of Sociology at South Asian University (SAU ) concluded a series of seminars for the monsoon session. The Series was coordinated by Dr Ankur Datta and Dr Diya Mehra. The six series of Seminar from 13th August 2014 to 12th November 2014 are as follow Violence and Collective Memory Presented by Professor Partha Gosh , Madrasas and the Question of Reform by Dr Ashad Alam , All of us have closed ourselves into a Cocoon “ self Segregation and Representations of Poverty in Delhi Upper Class Neighbor hoods presentd by Dr Jules Naudet, Alternative Spatialities : Vernacular Thought and Territorial Imagination in Twentieth Centaury Kerala India by Professor Udaya Kumar , and China Diaspora Policies : Comparative Perspective by Dr Sadananda Sahoo and Entrapment ,Transparency and Technologies of Truth
Cinema and Society Concludes the Monsoon semester with ‘Films on Film in South Asia.’

The specific themes with ‘Films on Film in South Asia’ included histories of cinema, politics of gender, dilemmas of representation, subcultures of film production, circulation and consumption, and their relations to spatiality, national as well as urban. This of course, is the ‘intellectual’ aspect of the program. The participants simply ‘enjoy’ the whole experience and there was a critical debate and discussion after the screening. Dr. Anuj Bhuwania was faculty coordinator wherein Ratan Kumar Roy, Sandhya Nair, Avanti Chhatre, Sabari Girisan, Amrita Sachdeva, Bipasha Nath and Asif Bin Ali were from student coordinators.

It begins with Harishchandra’s factory (2009, Director: Paresh Mokashi) and continues with Bhumika (1977, Director: Shyam Benegal) , Akaler Sandhane (1980, Director: Mrinal Sen), Clap Trap ( Director: Jill Misquitta, 1993), Videokaaran (Director: Kavalmaniyam Jagannathan Krishnan, 2011), Supermen of Malegaon (Director: Faiza Ahmad Khan, 2012).

18th SAARC Summit adopts Kathmandu Declaration

The 18th SAARC Summit concluded on Thursday, adopting a 36-point Kathmandu Declaration that pledges to deepen cooperation among member states in the core areas of trade, investment, finance, energy, infrastructure and connectivity.The top leaders of the SAARC member states have also expressed commitment to reinvigorate SAARC´s regional cooperation and revitalize SAARC as an effective vehicle for fulfilling the developmental aspirations of the people living in South Asia.
The Kathmandu Declaration emphasized on Education under the point 17 “The Heads of State or Government expressed their resolve to eliminating illiteracy from the region in line with the global goal of education for all and ensuring quality education in all institutions by reforming curricula, teaching methods and evaluation systems adequately supported by physical, technical and other facilities. The leaders agreed to promote regional cooperation in the field of vocational education and training. They directed their Education Ministers to develop a Regional Strategy for Enhancing the Quality of Education in order to raise the standards of South Asian educational institutions in order to better serve the youth in the region. The Leaders welcomed the progress with regard to the South Asian University”. The
Nineteenth Summit SAARC summit will be held in Pakistan
Contribution by Ratan Kumar Roy and Srimal Fernando


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