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


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

 during the day . . . . .  


Monday 6 August 2012

Report on
Interactive Session with Col. MB Ravindranath on the ‘Battle of Tololing’ to mark Kargil Vijay Divas
(26th July 2012, 2:30 pm, Room No. 911, Central Block)

To commemorate the 13th anniversary of India’s victory in the Kargil War, the Department of Political Science had organized an Interactive Session with Col. MB Ravindranath, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Rajputana Rifles at the time of the Battle of Tololing in 1999. Also present were the present Commanding Officer of the unit, Col. Narender Singh, and some of the men who had fought the war alongside Col. Ravindranath. The 2nd Battalion Rajputana Rifles enjoys the distinction of having received several decorations for bravery and national service, including 1 Param Vir Chakra, 1 Ashok Chakra, 10 Maha Vir Chakras, 8 Kirti Chakras, 41 Vir Chakras, 25 Shaurya Chakras, 112 Sena Medals, 36 Vishisht Seva Medals, 2 Yudh Seva Medals, 85 Mention-in-Dispatches and 55 Arjun Awards. Col. Ravindranath himself has been a recipient of the Vir Chakra.
Col. MB Ravindranath, at the outset of his address on the significance of the Battle of Tololing, provided students with a brief introduction to the structure of the Indian Army and the role of the Infantry therein. He then outlined the political conditions prevailing between India and Pakistan before the War, and then narrowed his focus to the method and objective of the Pakistani offense in Kargil. With useful maps, charts and videos displayed via powerpoint, he explained the tactics and line of attack adopted by Pakistan towards cordoning off National Highway 1D, Leh to Srinagar, to cut off and isolate Kashmir. It was in this context that 2nd Battalion Rajputana Rifles was brought in to repel the enemy attack.
Col. Ravindranath explained the difficulties and challenges that the Indian Army faced in the task of foiling the enemy attack. The greatest tactical disadvantage that our men faced was that whereas the enemy soldiers had stationed themselves at higher mountain altitudes, Indian soldiers had to attack from below, in a terrain devoid of any natural cover. Hence, the Indian army could move and attack only at night, when visibility was severely limited. Added to this was the fact that his unit was undermanned and underequipped at the time of the sudden summons to battle. Also, his men had to rapidly move from the plains to an altitude of 6000 feet with no time to acclimatize. The unit also lacked senior officers at the time; however this was compensated by the competence of the Jawans.

The first great challenge was for 200 men to carry 17 tonnes of ammunition to the higher altitude within 6 nights. This was imperative because in mountainous terrain, artillery can provide only peripheral support and the air force is rendered ineffective. Col. Ravindranath shared the story of Uttam Singh, a carpenter, who insisted on helping the men carry ammunition to the top despite suffering from night blindness; his example inspired and lifted the spirits of the entire battalion.

Col. Ravindranath then took the audience through each motion of strategy execution while they listened with rapt attention. He concluded by praising his soldiers whose indomitable spirit helped the under supplied battalion to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. During the vibrant audience interaction, he made an insightful remark when questioned about why India didn’t neutralize all enemy soldiers at Kargil: Quoting Sun Tzu he said, “An enemy must always be provided an escape route which serves as a distraction from his primary objective of combat. If the enemy knows that he can escape, only half his heart will be in the battle whereas the other half will be in the escape. If that escape route is denied to him, his entire focus will be drawn to the battle.” Hence, a battle is won not only physically, but also psychologically.

The session ended with concluding remarks by Col. Narender Singh, the present Commanding Officer of the Battalion. He stated that he was honoured to be holding the office previously commanded by Col. Ravindranath.  He then introduced to the audience each of his men who had fought at Kargil alongside Col. Ravindranath. The men were greeted by the audience with a standing ovation.

In response to a special request, the unit also kindly conceded to exhibit pictures that they had taken of the ground situation during the war, as well as the captured body-kit of an enemy soldier, including uniform, accessories, tools, arms and ammunition.

By Dept. of Political Science

Friday 3 August 2012

CUIM - Management Development Programme

Christ University Institute of Management hosted a Management Development Programme for the Executives of M/s Buhler India Pvt. Ltd., from 9thJuly-14th July 2012 at Kengeri Campus.

The topics covered for the MDP is as mentioned below:

Allotment of Topics

Sl. No.
No. of Sessions
Faculty Names
Basic Accounting
Journal Entries
Dr. Anirban Ghatak

Profit & Loss A/c
Prof. Shrikanth Rao

Balance Sheet
Prof. Shrikanth Rao
Orientation towards General Marketing
Dr. S. Jeevananda

Sales & Distribution Management
Prof. Rahul Gupta

Consumer Behaviour & Branding
Prof. Bharathi S. Gopal
Organizational Behaviour
Managing Individual Differences, Perception & Personality
Prof. Anand Christopher

Attitude, Learning & Motivation
Prof. Anand Christopher
Business Communication
Importance of Oral & written communication
Prof. Rachana Mukherjee

Presentations of skills
Prof. Rachana Mukherjee
Operations Management
Operation Strategy & Competitiveness, Plan & Strategic use of resources
Prof. Sudhindra S.

Lean Operations, Seven Wastes & 5S
Prof. Sudhindra S.

Supply Chain Management, Total Quality Management & Logistics
Prof. Divakar G.M.
E-Business & MIS
Prof. Sirish V.

ERP & Knowledge Management
Prof. Sudhindra S. & Prof. Divakar G M
Leadership Simulation
Simulation game from Harvard Business Review (Mt. Everest)
Prof. Rahul Gupta
Managerial Economics
Relevance of Economic Indicators
Dr. Hemalatha
Case Method of Learning
Case methodology and art of understanding and solving the cases
Prof. Bharathi S. Gopal
Emotional Intelligence
Basics of EI. Importance and effectivesness in industry
Prof. Villas B. Annigeri
The sessions were held from 9 am to 4.30 pm on all the days. All the executives were given daily assignments and activities. The executives were provided with Boarding & Lodging within the campus.

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