Regional Round (Western) of National Quiz Competition on Indian Constitution,
History and Politics: ‘ConQuest’, 2018
Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Symbiosis Law School, Pune (SLS-P), a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University), in association with Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore successfully organised the Final Rounds for “ConQuest”, the Western Regional Round of the National Quiz Competition on Indian Constitution, History and Politics on 15th September, 2018 in the SVC Auditorium, Symbiosis Campus (Old), Viman Nagar, for the third consecutive year.
Sixty teams participated in the preliminary rounds out of which six teams qualified for the Final Rounds of the quiz. Mr. Raghav Chakravarty, Co-founder, Walnut Knowledge Solutions, Bangalore, was the Quizmaster for the Final Rounds. The qualifying teams, namely, Indian Law Society’s Law College Pune, Gujarat National Law University Gujarat, Army Institute of Technology Pune, VN Salgaonkar College of Law Panjim and two home teams from SLS, Pune fought neck to neck in five rounds to crack the answers to questions ranging from law, politics, history as well as constitution in order to represent the region in the National Rounds of the competition.
The Valedictory Ceremony was graced by the dignitaries comprising of Chief Guest Hon’ble Justice Mr. R.C. Chavan, Retired Judge, Bombay High Court, Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright Scholar, Director, SLS-P, Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU, Mr. Frank Hoffman, Regional Manager, South Asia, Frederich Naumann Foundation, Mr. Vineeth Krishna, Lead Associate Editor-Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Report, CLPR and Dr. Bindu Ronald, Deputy Director (Academics), SLS-P.
Dr. Shashikala Gurpur in her welcome address highlighted the importance of constitutional knowledge. She elaborated upon how the quiz helped fill the gaps in our knowledge and also stressed upon the co-operation and partnership with CLPR and Walnut Knowledge Solutions which further played a major role in facilitating learning. She emphasized the role played by the quiz in inculcating values of life like sportsmanship along with learning. Dr. Gurpur concluded her address with the following words, “The overarching theme of the day is to spread the knowledge to gain awareness and to go back from this occasion as enriched individuals”.
Addressing the audience, the Guest of Honour Mr. Frank Hoffman, Regional Manager, South Asia, Frederich Naumann Foundation spoke about how the knowledge of constitution helps uphold the principles of democracy as well as the role played by knowledge in mending the new-found fractures in constitutional understanding.
The Chief Guest for the event, Hon’ble Justice Mr. R.C. Chavan, Retired Judge, Bombay High Court laid emphasis on the need to understand one’s duties along with the rights enshrined in the Constitution. He also threw light upon the relevance of certain principles like the right to dissent and the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, and congratulated the winning team along with the participating teams.
Mr. Vineeth Krishna, Lead Associate Editor-Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Report, CLPR gave the concluding remarks where he spoke about the importance of events like ConQuest. He also congratulated and thanked the team from CLPR comprising of Ms. Krutika, Mr. Harsha Manjunath and Mr. Raghav Chakravarty.
The event drew to a close with the declaration of results and the prize distribution ceremony. The second runners up position was bagged by the team from ILS Law College Pune. The first runners up position was bagged by the team from GNLU, Gujarat and the winners were the team from Symbiosis Law School, Pune which comprised of Karan Kamath and Amey Pillay.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks, delivered by Dr. Bindu Ronald, Deputy Director, SLS-P.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Public Concern for Governance Trust, Pune Chapter
Symbiosis Law School, Pune (SLS-P), a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), and Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT), Pune Chapter, jointly organized the 7 th Late Shri B.G. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture, 2018 on “Education – Oxygen for Development” at Symbiosis Old Viman Nagar Campus Auditorium, Pune on 11 th August, 2018. Students from various sister institutes of SLS-P were in attendance, such as SICSR, SIT, SID, SSLA, SIMC, and SSE.
This Annual Public Lecture Series has been instituted in the honor of Late Shri B. G. Deshmukh, IAS, Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. The basic objective behind the launch of this Annual Public Lecture Series is to explore and enlighten the youth and public on the challenges in governance in India.
The program began with lighting of lamp by the dignitaries followed by garlanding of Shri B.G. Deshmukh Sir’s portrait. Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright Scholar, Director, SLS-P, Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU, initiated the lecture by giving the audience an insight into the conception of the annual lecture series. Dr. Gurpur recounted memories of the lecture taking place on the S.B. Road Campus, where Shri B.G. Deshmukh would take keen interest in the lecture, by suggesting themes pertinent to life and knowledge, thereby ensuring that the lecture proved to be an opportunity for students to gain valuable knowledge outside the confines of their classroom. She credited Dr. S.B. Mujumdar’s vision and thirst for knowledge as the reason for SIU’s global success, as seen in BRICS and Asian rankings. Dr. Gurpur elaborated on the theme of the lecture, “Education – Oxygen for Development”, as she termed, “True education is an avenue of rights and justice which touches upon lives.” She upheld SIU’s efforts in the field of education in India as an experiment in justice, inclusion, development. She concluded by saying “I appreciate PCGT’s unrestrained commitment to the cause of public intellectualism”, and expressed her faith in the organization to rejuvenate the cause which is unfortunately on a decline in the country.
Mr. Ajit Nimbalkar, Member, PCGT, Pune chapter, gave an overview of PCGT’s inception, aims and objectives. He expressed his belief in empowerment of citizens, and a transparent & accountable government. He elucidated the achievements of Shri B.G. Deshmukh and encouraged the students to be as committed to the nation as Mr. Deshmukh, whose apolitical stance, sincerity and meticulous dedication to his work made him a visionary.
Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Hon’ble Chancellor, SIU, the Keynote Speaker introduced the topic by stating, “Living beings require oxygen and ‘education’ is required for development. Therefore, education is oxygen for development.” He shared PM Shri Narendra Modi’s slogan, “Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas” and reminded the Indian youth of their responsibility of driving the country to the path of development. Dr. Mujumdar acknowledged the high percentage of youth in India, but went on to say, “The need for the youth population to be utilized as efficient human resource of the country, will reap benefits of the demographic dividend and prevent a demographic disaster.” He drew the audience’s attention to a glaring reality surrounding the Indian education system and said, “The low gross enrollment ratio found in the country is only 23% of the country’s youth enrolled in institutes providing higher education.” Dr. Mujumdar informed the students of the dismal state of higher education in India, and held responsible factors such as old syllabus, ignorance of soft skills, poor quality and training of teachers, lack of emphasis on research, among many others. He urged the students to commit themselves to a revolution in the field of education in India, and not to submit to the notion that foreign universities are superior. He commented, “Our country needs more skill based colleges that promote entrepreneurship, innovation and research.” Dr. Mujumdar concluded by dismissing the element of reservation in the Indian education system, and upheld merit as the only criterion that must be observed by educational institutes.
Mr. S. C. Nagpal, Chairman, PCGT, Pune Chapter delivered the concluding remarks by appreciating SIU’s commitment to being an institute that stands firmly on the pillar of inclusivity and meritocracy. He commended Dr. S.B. Mujumdar’s efforts that have contributed to the nurturing of thousands of students across India.
Mr. Satish Khot, Vice Chairman, PCGT acted as the Moderator for an engaging Question and Answer session. Dr. Bindu Ronald, Deputy Director, SLS, Pune delivered the vote of thanks. The programme came to a close with the National Anthem.
Symbhav 2018 -‘Global Village’: ‘The Fallen Beauty’ a dramatization of Budhadev Karmaskar’s Case Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Symbiosis Law School, Pune successfully inaugurated the Tenth Edition of its five day long Inter-Collegiate Annual Cultural Festival “Symbhav’18” on 21st February 2018 at the hands of Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Maharashtra as the Chief Guest.
The cultural fest inaugurated on 21st February, carried the momentum further with a spectacular opening dance followed by ‘The Fallen Beauty’ a dramatization of Budhadev Karmaskar Vs. State of West Bengal, 2011 case, at 3.30 pm in SVC Auditorium. The play addresses issues pertaining to sex workers and the violation of their human rights.
The play explores the lives of prostitutes in a brothel, and follows the case of the gang rape of a girl who came to Mumbai with dreams of being a Bollywood actress, but ended up being tricked into prostitution. The issues dealt with coverd Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1956, Indian Penal Code, 1860, Maharashtra Police Act, 1951, Indian Evidence Act, 1872, and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. It also delves into Articles of the Indian Constitution.
It is an attempt to shed a light on the rights that are often alienated from prostitutes in the garb of the ‘immoral’ nature of their profession, and to raise awareness about the same. Through this play an attempt has been made to inform the judiciary of the existing lacunae in our system so as to effectively form alternatives to protect each and every citizen of our country without any bias or stigma clouding the treatment meted out to them.
The play, directed by Mr. Sanchit Kumar Malvi, is the brainchild of Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, Dean, Faculty of Law, SI(DU). Post play Dr. Gurpur felicitated Mr. Sanchit Kumar Malvi and commended the artists for their efforts and immaculate execution. The program came to an end with the vote of thanks.
The other major attraction of Symbhav 2018 are the Pronites starring Farhan Akhtar with his band playing for 90 Minutes on 23rd February , Varun Thakur the famous Standup Comedian & The Local Train- Band on 24th February and Candice Redding & Zaeden – International DJs on 25th February.