(10 DECEMBER, 2011, SATURDAY)
The School of Law, Christ University (SLCU) had organized a Human Rights Day Celebrations on 10th December, 2011.
The Universal Declaration Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on 10th December 1948 and since then this day is remembered as Universal Human Rights Day. SLCU also wanted to join the global celebrations by pledging to respect and honour Human Rights in daily life.
More than 600 students and the faculty members of SLCU gathered at the entrance stairways of the Central Block of the University at 10.00 for the solemn occasion of the pledge taking. Rev. Fr. Vice Chancellor, Dr (Fr) Thomas C Mathew, Rev. Fr. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr (Fr) Abraham Vettiyankal, Rev. Fr. KJ Varghese, the Chief Finance Officer, Prof. Subramanian, the Registrar, Prof. (Dr) CS Somu, the HOD of the School of Law and many other senior functionaries of the University were present for the function.
Prof. George Jose, Faculty Coordinator of Human Rights and Social Justice of SLCU led the gathering in solemnly pledging to honor human rights. The pledge was an adaptation of the preamble of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. After the recitation of the preamble, the solemn gathering holding their right hand over their heart repeated after Prof. Jose that “We, as Christites solemnly promise to make a conscious effort to understand, promote and honour values of universal human rights. On this day of International Human Rights Day we promise not to stay indifferent to incidents of violation of human rights anywhere. We promise to stand up for all our fellow human beings to protect them from being exploited and also pledge to assist and support everyone whose human rights are violated. We Christites make this pledge to honour human rights on this 10th day of December, 2011 at Christ University, Bangalore.”
As a reaffirmation of the pledge, the gathering sang the Hindi version of the hymn, “we shall overcome”. The hymn sang by the gathering of more than 600 students and faculty members resounded through the entire Central Block and the University Campus.
After the pledge taking ceremony, the celebrations continued in the Main Auditorium from 10-45. Before we started the meeting, we had a documentary on mining in Bellary, Karnataka, Dr (Fr.) MK George SJ, Director of Indian Social Institute, Bangalore was the guest of honor and he delivered the HR Day address. Dr. George presented a socio-political analysis of the life of the tribal population in India. There was a question-answer session after the address where in the students raised many serious questions.
As a fitting finale for the celebrations, the theatre group of SLCU presented a short skit of 20 minutes on women/girl child rights. Athira Shankar of the 3rd year presented the inaugural dance. The whole programme was organized and coordinated by the student members of Human Rights and Social Justice Group of SLCU.
George K Jose, Faculty Coordinator, HRSJ.