Sunday, 30 September 2012

FOLLOWERSHIP - “A Leadership Workshop”


Initiative by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CUFE
13 September 2012, Christ University, Kengeri Campus

On the 13th of September, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CUFE had organized a workshop on leadership skills. The event was a collaborative effort of Prof K Balachandran, Head of Computer Science &Engineering and Prof Jibrael Jos. Prof Jibrael Jos, presently a faculty in Department of Computer Science, Christ University, Hosur Road, has over 12 years of industry experience in the area of Business Intelligence, Project Management, Recruiting and Training.
A group of 24 students, both from M Tech 1st and 2nd years had taken effective part in the workshop. The workshop was a day-long session that began at 9 in the morning and went on till 4 in the evening. The leadership workshop, termed as “Followership” workshop, was filled with many activities that were not only aimed at bringing out effective leaders in the participants but also giving them insight on how to be good team players. The session included events like Think First, Thespian Walk, Leadership Traits, Building from Scratch and many more, in which the students were divided into teams and were given challenges.

Prof K Balachandran took a session on Leadership Traits; he used a blend of a Image based presentation, Individual Introspection and Group Interaction to drive home the key traits of a leader. Towards the end of the session, Prof Jibrael Jos had the students identify not just their goals and aims but also their habits, strengths, weaknesses and many more factors that could help them recognize their individuality and entrust upon them the urge to reach their goals.

It closed at 4 pm as an eventful and beneficial workshop for the students, who have stated it to be both fun and educative workshop- one of the like they would look forward to.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

BHASHA UTSAV 2012



Department of Languages
Bhasha Utsav 2012

As the music reverberated from the gate, the campus came alive with the thumping of feet, clapping of hands and swaying of the body, in tune with the music. Bhasha Utsav had arrived! And with it the binding with the rich folk tradition that is part of us despite being far removed from it, proving that the power of the folk medium is truly a force to reckon with.

Culture as we know is greatly preserved and promoted by tradition and what is tradition but a handing down of beliefs and customs from one generation to the next in oral or traditional art forms. September 7, 2012 celebrated as Bhasha Utsav and Ethnic Day was the day which brought young and old alike, face to face with some of the folk art performances.  

Besides the student performances from across the country and beyond, the day belonged to the professional artistes. Whether it was the Veera Gase, a vigorous dance folk form involving very intense energy-sapping dance movements or the Singari Melam which made use of the chenda, a cylindrical percussion instrument as an accompaniment or the Naiyandi Melam, a narrative technique using the drums to tell a story or Ammankudam Thullal a lively folk art performed balancing pots on the head, it was a feast for the eyes and thunder for the ears. 

Added to this were the myriad colours that flooded the campus in the ethnic wear that Christites turned up in and one had to admit that it was truly a microcosm of the world - a coming together of people from many nations. It was a day that Christites would cherish for a long time to come.

Mallika Krishnaswami
Department of Languages

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