Thursday, 17 June 2021

Populism in the 21st century

Out of the many ideologies that have meandered through the realm of political discourse, Populism has been one of the few that has stood the test of time. It has done so through popular support, through policy, and sometimes through deceit and Propaganda. Populism is a political tool that champions, or claims to champion the cause of the ‘common’ people and aid them in their fight against an actual or perceived elite or establishment. Populism typically combines the Left and Right, opposing huge commercial enterprise and economic elitism and often opposed to ‘elitist’ political traditions. 

Populism can be practiced in both democratic and authoritarian political systems. Populism usually is critical of political representation and all other systems that are in place to keep a distance between the people and those who rule. In established democracies, populism thrives to empower citizens by securing their rights through people-friendly policy and reforms without endorsing a revolutionary fervour.  

The United States saw the rise of the Populist Movement in 1892 which gave birth to the Populist Party, the People’s party. The party sought critical reforms and was also successful in influencing amendments to the US Constitution. The populists of the era were also the seekers of direct democracy that they desired to achieve through initiatives for the common citizens and also pushing referenda. In contemporary times, populism is generally identified as a part of authoritarianism. The modern and contemporary periods of history have seen populism in many regions and states across the world as a phenomenon that revolves around a charismatic leader. Populism has been monistic in its contemporary avatar and rarely favours decentralization of power or socio-political narrative. The centralization of power and socio-political narrative has often led to the alienation of people from democratic values and past ideology. 

Authoritarian populism is usually accompanied by extreme nationalism, racism, conspiracies and increased targeting of marginalized groups, often through propaganda. This is usually done to secure the power of the leader or to hide failures that may threaten the leader’s rule. Populism may also lead to a rise in misinformation and data manipulation intended to keep the people ignorant about real issues or prevent protests and popular resistance to authority. Post the second world war, populism has been identified with the political style and functioning of Latin American leaders, namely Juan Perón, Getúlio Vargas, and Hugo Chávez. In the early twenty-first century, populist authoritarian regimes arose in Turkey, Poland, and Hungary, amongst different countries. Depending on one's view of populism, populist policies can be perceived as programs that that lead to popular welfare or deliberate shams that are intended to be mere instruments of symbolism that actually don’t lead to welfare. However, there could also be a middle ground in between these extreme views. 

International Relations today is a vast area with several issues at its core. Recent occurrences like ‘Brexit’, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the Le Pen campaign in France, and the ascent of Conservative leaders in certain parts of the world has garnered the attention of the general public and the media across the world. The resurgence of populist ideas and movements in the United States, India, Russia and European states like the United Kingdom, France, and Germany has challenged the dominance of liberal principles in International Relations.  There is a crucial need to understand populism in its contemporary avatar and deconstruct its various manifestations across the world. Keeping this in mind, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India, and The University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, are jointly organizing an International virtual conference on New Populism and Responses of the 21st century. The conference will create a path to understand the changing facets of populism, and experts from various disciplines will address the relevance of populism in their particular domains.  

To know more about the same, you can visit: https://npc.christuniversity.in/about 


Thursday, 4 March 2021

Report On the Workshop On “Blood Cancer And Need For Life Savers”

 

REPORT ON THE WORKSHOP ON “BLOOD CANCER AND NEED FOR LIFE SAVERS” JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY LIFE SCIENCE ASSOCIATION AND DKMS BMST ON FEB 4, 2021

The Life Science Association  of the Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore jointly with DKMS BMST organized an interactive virtual session on Blood cancer and stem cells entitled “Blood cancer and need for life savers” on 4 Feb, 2021 on the occasion of ‘World Cancer Day’. Dr. Suma.S, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences and the faculty coordinator of Stem Cell Registry Programme introduced DKMS BMST and the resource persons. Mr. Mazin and Ms. Akhila Suresh from DKMS BMST gave an insight about the significance of the stem cell donation. Mr. Suresh, a BCom student of our University and the first student stem cell donor of DKMS BMST in India, shared his thoughts and experience on stem cell donation. Dr. Anish Nag, Faculty coordinator of Life Science Association coordinated the event. 80 students participated in the event. The session concluded with the vote of thanks from Ms. Nidhi, student of BSc CBZ.

          

 

Monday, 28 December 2020

REPORT ON “MOCK INTERVIEW SESSIONS BY INDUSTRY EXPERTS” ORGANIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES FROM 27 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER, 2020 AS A PART OF EMPLOYMENT PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE

 REPORT ON “MOCK INTERVIEW SESSIONS BY INDUSTRY EXPERTS” ORGANIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES FROM 27 OCTOBER –         5 NOVEMBER, 2020 AS A PART OF EMPLOYMENT PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE

Life Science Association and Placement cell, Department of Life Sciences arranged ‘Mock Interview sessions’ by Industry Experts for the outgoing post graduate students of the Department of Life Sciences from 27th October to 5th November, 2020 over telephonic mode. The activity was co-ordinated by Dr. Anish Nag. Industry experts from various companies such as Curateq Biologics, Biocon Biologics, Gaiagen Technologies and BIBCOL took part in this initiative. 16 final year Post-Graduate students from all three disciplines namely Botany, Zoology and Biotechnology participated in the interview process.




REPORT ON COVID-19 SOCIAL AWARENESS DIGITAL CAMPAIGN

 REPORT ON “COVID-19 SOCIAL AWARENESS DIGITAL CAMPAIGN” ORGANIZED BY DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON 20TH OCTOBER, 2020 AS A PART OF SOCIAL WELFARE INITIATIVE 

Life Science Association, Department of Life Sciences initiated a social awareness digital campaign on 20th October, 2020 to curb the spread of COVID 19 infection for a month. We observed overwhelming responses from students by their active participation in preparing e-posters on COVID awareness. Dr. Anish Nag led the programme as a Faculty Coordinator and Life Association lead student volunteers Mr. Rohan, Ms. Bhadra and Mr. Suhas coordinated the overall campaign. 





Sunday, 27 December 2020

Recruitment in the Development Sector

Job opportunities in the development sector have evolved from ‘just grass root NGOs’ to a variety of categories ranging from international NGOs, social foundations, Corporate Social Responsibility/Corporate foundations, social enterprises, social consulting organisations, funders, ecosystem creators and research organizations etc. Christ (Deemed to be University) offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sociology, Social Work, Economics and Psychology for students to pursue a career in the Social Sector. More than the academic qualification, it is a passion to work and contribute to meaningful changes in the society that recruiters look for while hiring in the development sector. Unlike the Corporate space, an emotional connect with the stake holders is a driving force for a successful career while working amongst the community.

Over the last decade, the social sector has witnessed a paradigm shift. The sector is now much more diverse in terms of career opportunities, and thereby, more open to accepting and providing these opportunities to people from different backgrounds, with different hopes, aspirations, skill sets and visions of change. The rise of a Professional Social Sector in India has opened a plethora of opportunities, especially for the millennial generation. All the young minds, bright students, and even experienced professionals can now build a meaningful, satisfying and financially sustainable career in this field. One is no longer required to ‘sacrifice’ by working only as volunteers or contractual staff.

Social sector has seen a significant growth in the past decade and is witnessing the emergence of numerous job profiles, and a wide array of viable career options to fulfill the huge shortage of professional talent. The sector has job opportunities for a varied range of professionals which include strategy building, communications & engagement, fund raising, being part of the CEO’s office (strategy, data based decision making, planning), Managing Monitoring & Evaluation, Programme leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Partnerships & Alliances, Social Entrepreneurship, Operational Leadership  etc.

Some of the major recruiters at Christ (Deemed to be University) in the development sector include Azim Premji Foundation, TATA Trusts, Vedanta Ltd, ITC Foods, Bosch, Nudge Foundation, Justice and Care, NuWare Systems, Saojini Damodaran Foundation, Teach for India, Gandhi Fellowship to name a few. The recruited students are from multiple undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes like MSW, MSc Clinical Psychology, MA Applied Sociology & BA Sociology / Psychology etc. Salary ranges between Rs 3.00 lacs to Rs 5.00 lacs per annum, Cost to Company (CTC). Job profiles offered include working as Preraks in Swachh Bharat Mission, Coordinators in Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Programme Coordinators, Trainers, Management Information System (MIS) Coordinators, Fund Raising Executives etc.

Students at Christ (Deemed to be University) develop the necessary skill sets for a career in the development sector through various social sensitization programmes initiated by Centre for Social Action (CSA), Christ (Deemed to be University). Centre for Social Action primarily focuses on student communities and their sensitization on various issues affecting the poor and marginalized sections of the society. This is undertaken so as to facilitate sustainable changes in the lives of the poor and the oppressed through active participation of the student community, and equip the students with ideals and values for effective contributions to the society. Centre for Social Action was initiated with the intention of enabling the student community to imbibe the values of social responsibility, as envisaged in the Core Values, Vision and the Mission of Christ (Deemed to be University).

The main activities of Centre for Social Action are rural projects in the sectors such as health, education, social/community development, empowering community-based organizations (CBOs), land development, agricultural development, empowering the community through women socially, politically and economically in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana and Chhattisgarh. 

Volunteering at Center for Social Action has had a lasting impact on the career choices of many students towards the development sector. These students are currently working in different organizations in the development sector and also in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).   

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Recruitment by Top Pharma Companies

 India is the largest provider of generic drugs globally. Indian pharmaceutical sector industry supplies over 50 per cent of global demand for various vaccines, 40 per cent of generic demand in the United States and 25 per cent of all medicine in the United Kingdom. Indian pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow to US$ 100 billion, and the medical device market is expected to grow to US$ 25 billion by 2025. Pharmaceuticals exports from India stood at US$ 19.14 billion in the Fiscal Year 2019 and US$ 13.69 billion in Fiscal Year 2020. Pharmaceutical exports include bulk drugs, intermediates, drug formulations, biologicals, Ayush & herbal products and surgical. The Department of Chemistry, Christ (Deemed to be University) students have an excellent placement record over the years, and 2019-20 is no different. 

With a placement percentage of over ninety, Christ (Deemed to be University) offers one of the best placement opportunities for MSc Chemistry students. Some of the giants from the pharmaceutical sector like Dr Reddy’s Laboratory and Cipla are amongst our regular recruiters. In addition to these, we also had organizations like Syngene International, Jubliant Biosciences, GVK Biosciences for campus placements in the current academic year. The various positions recruited for include Junior Scientist, R&D Trainee to name a few.

The students are groomed for a corporate career through a mixture of intern-ships and various campus activities. While the mandatory 3-month internship in the pharmaceutical industry and research institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, provide the students with the much-needed exposure to the working of the industry. The internships also provide hands-on training on the use of sophisticated instruments, opportunity to work in a group, execute projects, handle differ-ent roles and follow written protocols in carrying out projects.

The following guest lectures and talks were conducted by the Department of Chemistry – “Controlled Crystal Growth and Functional Coatings through Microfluidic Reactors” by Dr Abhiteja Konda, Nano Science and Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory,  Illinois, USA. A lecture on Industrial Processes, “ Stages of Drug Discovery - Bench Side to Bed Side”, by Dr Govinda Raju, Deputy General Manager, Anthem Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, was conducted.

Career Guidance sessions through Skype were also conducted as following – Insight on Career Perspectives by Dr. Suman Chakrabarty, Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Career Guidance and Opportunities Abroad by Dr Abhiteja Konda, Nano Science and Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory,  Illinois, USA. The speaker gave guidance on Re-search and Post-doctoral Research abroad, highlighted on the different branches that a Chemistry postgraduate student can pursue, and also the eligibility criteria for different Universities around the world and how an effective application can be written were discussed. A workshop on “Advanced Materials, Biosustainability and Energy” was conducted by the Department of Chemistry in association with The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). The convenor was Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

The Journal Club, Department of Chemistry, Christ (Deemed to be University), helps ‘students study research articles’ under the guidance of a faculty and present it at a common forum. It helps inculcate a passion for research and also helps the students to read and interpret research articles. Campus activities like guest lectures, career guidance sessions, fests, cultural events and workshops help the students in honing skills in leadership, teamwork, decision making, communicating etc which mould them into better working professionals.


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

REPORT ON GUEST LECTURE ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN AQUACULTURE & FISHERIES HELD ON 21 OCTOBER 2020

 Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized a virtual guest lecture on “Career opportunities in Aquaculture & Fisheries” on 21st of October 2020 (Wednesday). Students from the various Institution participated in this event. Dr. Karthick Ramachandran, Founder & CEO, Vetbiotics Animal Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Mumbai has delivered his talk on “Career opportunities in Aquaculture & Fisheries”. The welcome address was given by Dr. A. Paari (Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences) followed by introducing of the speaker by Dr.Ganesh (Professor, , Department of Life Sciences). Dr. Karthick explained about the increasing careers opportunities for science students and jobs available with a various companies and employers, including state and federal government agencies, academic institutions, and fish farms. He enlightened the audience with the available career opportunities in aquaculture that merely require a high school diploma and some hands on-the-job training. Moreover, in his talk, he described how an increasing number of employers in this industry prefer job candidates with undergraduate education, and certain aquaculture careers, including high-level management and government positions, require graduate-level education. Dr.P.Manikantan (Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences)  moderated this event. The session concluded with the vote thanks delivered by Mr. John Britto (MSc Zoology).