Political Science

Department Report 2014 - 2015    

Department Magazine - SAMVAD

The Xavier’s Political Science Association has been in existence for more than 40 years and the members have been trying their best to organise meaningful activities through the association. The year for the departmental activities began in the month of June with hosting the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Minister who gave the students a talk on the emerging concept of ‘Global Citizenship’. This was followed by one of our biggest initiatives.

The department organised its first ever International Seminar in the month of August. The topic of the seminar was “The Conservation and Development Policies and its impact on the Garhwal Himalayas. The prominent panel consisted of 5 members, Dr. Keith Bosak (University of Montana, USA), Ms. Laura Caplins (University of Montana, USA), Shri Dhansingh Rana (Former Gram Pradhan and current Sarpanch of Lata Village, Niti Valley, Indo-Tibet Border region, Uttarakhand), Dr. Sunil Kainthola (Founder of Janaadhar and Mountain Shepherds a Community Owned Tourism Company in Uttarakhand) and Prof. Pratiba Naitthani.

On World Refugee Day, through the association, the students, attended an interactive session with the refugees from Kashmir, Jammu and Pak Occupied Kashmir. It was a fruitful exercise whereby the students got firsthand information on the condition, problems and politics with regard to the issue of refugees.

We also organized Parimal Shroff Essay Writing Competition with the theme ‘For India, sky is the limit’ This is a nation-wide competition for college students across all streams and cash prizes and certificates of merit are rewarded to winners. The flagship event for this academic year was the Youth Parliament organised on 19th and 20th January 2015 in college.

It was an intra-college event with participation coming on from all streams of students. This provided an opportunity to the students to become political representatives and table bills for the country and to be heard. Spanning over two days and four sessions, we are proud to have organised such a successful event. The Presiding chairs on the two days were Mr S. Balakrishna, former City Editor- Times of India and DNA and Mr Sudhir Thakre, (IAS- Maharashtra Cadre) Chairman, Maharashtra Public Service Commission. As part of guest lectures, the Political Science department had invited two distinguished guests from Turkey and China. Both the sessions turned out to be interactive, interesting and very informative. Professor Anwar Alam from Turkey spoke about the relations between Turkey and its immediate neighbours, role of Turkey in the Middle East and lastly the friendly relations between India and Turkey. The students got an insight of the religious laws, ethnic groups and current crisis in Turkey. The talk was followed by question-answer session and questions were poured in huge numbers. Professor Jia Haitao spoke on a very important topic of ‘Indo-China Relations’.

Likewise this session was also ended with a question-answer round, where both major and minor misconceptions from both the sides were cleared. Some of the issues that were covered included border issues, role of military, foreign policy of China with respect to India and Tibet and media censorship by the Chinese Government. A two day presentation seminar was organized for the Third Year B A students in Khandala. The students also went to visit the Police Training Academy, Lonavala and Kaivalyadham. Considering the new trends in research the Dept organized a workshop on Research Paper writing conducted by Prof Preeti Rawat from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, which was attended by the students in large numbers.

For the first time the department magazine Vox Populi invited research papers from the students. The theme was ‘Power’. It was a very successful attempt and the students were very enthusiastic to write research papers. As a result the research papers were submitted not only by the students of the Political Science department but from other departments as well. We plan to continue this trend by encouraging more and more students to write research papers.

Besides this the students interviewed three prominent personalities for the department magazine- Mr. Prakash Singh, IPS, (Padmashri), Former Director General of Police Uttar Pradesh and Director General – BorderSecurity Force. Smt Hansa Ji Yogendra, Director – The Yoga Institute, Satacruz, Mumbai (The oldest Yoga Institute in the world) and Mr Sanjay Pradhan, Former Director World Bank, for governance, currently- Head of Innovative Practices- World Bank.

I conclude the report by thanking Ms. Shazia Shekh, who joined the department this year and the competent team of student representatives from FY, SY and TYBA. They have been hardworking, resourceful and innovative. I hope that the future workforce of the students will keep the traditions of the Political Science Department alive and help the department grow.

Dr Pratiba Naitthani

Head, Department of Political Science




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