فعالیت های دانشجویی در دانشگاه جواهر لعل نهرو
ISA meets Former VC BB Bhattacharya
An ISA delegation team comprising ISA office bearers, current Executive Committee and Members of Advisory Committee met Prof. B B Bhattacharya, then Vice Chancellor of JNU on 23rd November 2010. Dr. Chandrasekaran, the Coordinator (Evaluation), Prof. Kumar, Advisor to the VC and Prof. Alka Acharya, Advisor, (JNU International Students) were also present during the meeting. The new panel was introduced to the highest authority in the university and roles of ISA and its expectations were conveyed to JNU authority. On behalf of the International Students community in JNU, Tawheed Noor, ISA President handed over a memorandum to the VC which contained various issues and concerns of the students who come to JNU from different parts of the world.
The Vice Chancellor and the other concerned authorities gave a patient hearing to the issues and concerns of the International Students. The meeting ended with an assurance from the VC that the JNU authority would take further steps considering the issues and concerns mentioned in the memorandum. The ISA delegation team included Tawheed Noor, Reza Huseini, Gabin Song, Noemie Verdon and Mirwais Balkhi.
Among others, few important issues and concerns include:
- Provision of fee waivers for the deserving International Students.
- Constitution of a formal high level committee consisting of the Rector, Dean of Student Welfare, International Student Advisor and ISA representative to deal with the general problems of international students, and to utilize their potentialities, on a regular and institutional basis.
- Renovating, refurnishing and equipping of ISA office.
- Allocating a recurrent and adequate budget annually to ISA in light of the series of planned activities and significant financial contribution of the international students to the University.
- Ensure provisions for prompt reply to emails of applicants and new accepted students and extend help until students are allocated hostels or provided alternative accommodations within JNU.
- Institute a proper and functioning International Student Advisor's Office with supporting professional staff.
- Allow the casual students to borrow books from the library.
Meeting Associate Dean of Students and Public Relations Officer
Meeting the new VC Prof S K Sopory in his Office
After a series of discussions which culminated in a meeting of ISA Executive Committee with the new VC Prof S K Sopory in his office along with Dr. Chandrasekaran (Coordinator Evaluation), Prof. Alka Acharya (JNU International Students Advisor) on 21st March 2011, ISA placed a memorandum of issues necessary for efficient functioning to the new VC, the Registrar and the Advisor as follows:
- Renovating, refurnishing and equipping of FSA office.
- Allow the casual students to borrow books from the library.
- A fixed time frame be given for conducting the Viva of International Students who have submitted their MPhil Dissertation and PhD Thesis.
- As overseas students have to return back on completion of their course and cannot extend their visa and wait for the Degree Certificates, hence quick disbursement of Provisional Degree Certificates immediately after course completion is required.
- Post Thesis and Dissertation submission Viva, the Provisional Marksheets should be issued immediately for the above mentioned reasons.
- As all countries have different processing time for issuing Research Visa hence many prospective scholars face problems as the time between issuing the offer letter and time for registration does not match with the required time of getting a research visa.
- Ensuring prompt reply to the Applicants and enrolled students regarding acceptance in JNU.
Meeting the new VC Prof. S. K. Sopory in ISA Office
29th of March 2011 was a memorable day for ISA and all the international students of JNU as our most honourable new VC Prof. S K Sopory took out time from his schedule and visited ISA office in Teflas. Our Advisor, Prof. Alka Acharya was also present. Some respected Buddhist monks and JNU-ISA students from Sri Lanka and Thailand paid floral tributes and prayed for the health, prosperity and peace of the VC, Special Guests and the students.
ISA gets a Waiver on Medical Insurance at Application Stage
Addressing ICCR issues
Taking into consideration the various problems and queries of JNU’s ICCR students who are also ISA members, ISA Executive Body invited JNU-ISA Advisor Prof. Alka Acharya to preside over a meeting with ICCR students on 5th December, 2010 in ISA office and to clarify some issues. This meeting addressed many doubts and filled in the gaps where clear information was missing. To avoid problems arising in the future the Advisor, Prof. Acharya advised the students to strictly abide with the ICCR mandate and conditions, especially for reimbursement of medical expenses, as cited in their award letters and to be aware that the roles of ICCR and ISA do not overlap. The former is government organization limited by its own domain and jurisdiction and governmental policies at the national level and is the main arbiter and decision maker. The meeting ended with student’s queries being addressed.
TALKS/ WORKSHOPS/ CLASSES (2010-2011)
Taking the privilege of the available office space and responsibilities, ISA-JNU has been holding language classes offered by its volunteer participants, in ISA office every year. International students are enthusiastically involved in the programs to teach their native languages to all JNU students, Indian or International. This time comprehending the perceptions of its international members, Hindi classes and Spanish classes were arranged based on popular demand. These languages classes were voluntarily taught free of charge and the students have received the certificates at the end of the course.
ISA members are often linguistically challenged while in India and hence basic lessons were imparted to them for easy spoken and written Hindi. The Hindi class was being taught by Neha Singh, MA Student of Linguistic Center, JNU from 1stOctober 2010 in ISA office, twice a week every Monday and Tuesday in the afternoon. Students from different countries participated in Hindi class to lean how to speak, read & write in Hindi language.
The other language class was held by Iñaki Lucía Larumbe, an ISA-JNU member from Spain who is doing his Master in the School of Art and Aesthetics in JNU. The class was being held every Tuesday and Friday in the afternoon in ISA office and many international as well as Indian students participated actively to learn Spanish language. Spanish class continued for one complete semester from 3rd October to 24th December 2010.
Stress Management Workshop
Concerned about the physical and mental well-being of its members and friends owing to mounting academic and other pressures, ISA held a Stress Management and Motivational Workshop on 20th November, 2010.
It was presided by Gold and Sewa Medalist and respected Reiki master from Kolkata, Mr.Partha Mukherjee, along with Oksana Che the Sewa practitioner and ISA-JNU student. Partha Mukherjee taught the students the techniques of self confidence, communication, and ways for enhancing human relations and stress management. It was attended by many students and was a session of building inner peace and tranquility.
Sharing Experiences with Former ISA President Dinesh Prasain
For Quality improvement and Capacity Building of ISA, the current Executive Body invited former President of ISA, Dinesh Prasian (2008-2009) on 10th January at ISA office to talk about some of the experiences from his presidential tenure in ISA. In this meeting, Mr. Prasian shared many anecdotes and experiences during his tenure and also appreciated the current ISA Executive members for their hard work so far. He also talked about ‘Prospects of Tourism in Nepal’. Other members expressed their views and queries and were generous with their suggestions.
LECTURES AND COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS (2010-2011)
Country Presentation on Turkmenistan
The newly formed ISA offered a kaleidoscope of the world through its Country Presentation series in which volunteer members of different countries described their country culturally, politically, economically and infrastructurally. In this program, the participants learned many facts about countries around the world and exchanged information in Question and Answer session.
So far, ISA has held two presentations Turkmenistan and Yemen respectively. Yaghsaymyrat Taganov, an ISA member from Urganj in northern Turkmenistan, gave a presentation on Turkmenistan on 16th November 2010 in ISA office. The presentations were given in Power Point in which different photos of landscape, people, dress, tribes and food and a short movie clip were shown to the participants. He showed the transition of Turkmenistan from old to contemporary times. Reza Huseini joined Yaghsaymyrat and discussed the archeological sites of Turkmenistan, especially the Bactriana-Marghiana Complex and Ganor Teppe. The presentation was much applauded and ISA also plans to continue this program.
Country Presentation on Yemen
After the country presentation from Turkmenistan, ISA organized the second presentation on Yemen by Fuad Ali on 20th November 2010. Fuad gave a presentation on the ancient history of Yemen, and about Al-Hadhramut along with its modern developments. He projected the heritage of Yemen through its folk culture, dress and legends and played mesmerizing Yemeni and lilting Arabic music, dance and landscape clips throughout his presentation. Later Reza Huseini joined Fuad and gave a talk on ancient civilization in Yemen, archeological findings in San’a, the role of Yemen in ancient trade routes between India and the continent of Africa. Our friends from Ethiopia also took an active part in the discussion thus making the presentation interactive. The members were enlightened by the presentation.
Federalism and Constitution making Challenges in Nepal
A lecture on “Federalism and Constitution making Challenges in Nepal” was organized by ISA on 9th March 2011, in its office at Teflas. The honourable speaker was Dr. Mahendra Lawoti, Professor of Political Sciences, New Michigan University, USA and the programme was chaired by Dr. Sangeeta Thapliyal, Professor South Asian Studies, JNU. Different debatable issues were discussed about the nature of Federalism to be adopted in Nepal with the drafting of the Constitution. Students from different parts of the world and India actively participated in the event. Professor Mahendra Lawoti identified and elaborated the foundations of Federalism on the base of ethnicity as a model for Federalism.
Rotary Club of South Delhi jointly with JNU-ISA organized India-Africa Meet edition 3 on 28th February 2011 in SIS, JNU. Brig. B. K. Chibber, President, Rotary Club, South Delhi gave the welcome speech. Prof. S N Malakar, Chairperson, Centre for African Studies, JNU delivered the key note address on ‘India – Africa Relations: Potentialities and Opportunities’. With the moderation of Tawheed Noor, President ISA, the students from different African countries, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, North and South Sudan presented on different socio-cultural aspects of their respective countries. In the end certificates and vote of thanks were given.
International Mother Language Day
ISA celebrated the International Mother Language Day on 21st February 2011. ISA organized an exhibition of the written scripts/ alphabets of different languages from all over the world in the front lawns of the School of Languages and a discussion and recitation session. A good number of posters (prepared by students from different countries including India) with alphabets and thoughtful verses from ancient languages (such as Hebrew, Brahmi, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil etc.) were displayed along with modern language scripts. This gathered appreciation from every corner including students, faculties and officials of JNU. In the discussion session, Tawheed Noor, President ISA shared the brief history of the origin of the language movement in 1952, in erstwhile East Pakistan, now Bangladesh and its significance in being recognized internationally. Students from different countries and parts of India recited in their vernacular tongues. Prof. Niazmand, CPCAS Chairperson graced the occasion with his presence. The day ended with screening of a full length feature film titled Lal Shaalu from Bangladesh.
Abhigyaan- Revealing Lives of Nameless Children
Inter-exotic views on paper - Postcards from India
ISA helped organize an exceptional photography exhibition in Teflas building titled “Inter-exotic views on paper - Postcards from India”. The exhibition continued for nine days starting from 12th November 2010. Ms Kloot Brockmeyer - a German student as well as a teacher in Centre for German Language, JNU, and one of her senior friends in India, Mr Basil Washington, decorated walls of the corridor and stairs of Teflas with their selective postcard size photographs that they took from varied places in India. This exhibition was appreciated a lot by the on-lookers.
International Women’s Day
World AIDS Day with Poster
Showing solidarity with World AIDS Day, ISA also participated by publishing a poster on 1st December 2010 to join the bandwagon for creating awareness about AIDS.
International Students’ Day