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International Women’s Day at SJC

Rahul M

CAMPUS: The Women Cell of SJC held a programme to mark the International Women’s Day celebration in the campus on Thursday. Aruna Raman, a social activist, and a feminist was the Chief Guest for the celebration alongside Fr. Melvin Pinto, Vice Principal of SJC.

Women cell was started in 1990 which was then first co-ordinated by Dr. Subashini Muthukrishnan, Prof at Dept. of Economics. Aruna spoke about her life and about the hurdles she faced as a woman and how she overcame them in the patriarchal society.

“The women in my family thought it was time for the next stage of my life. I felt financially independent. I felt that I can take on the emotional burden of supporting myself. The society thinks I should get married in order to become respectable. Companionship is important as looked upon by the outside world. I did not have the anxiety after getting married,” said Aruna Raman.

“Here’s to all the strong women out there, may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them,” said Aparna MC, a faculty from the Department of Computer Science.


Green signal for city’s sub-urban rail project Survey

Sameeksha BG

 BENGALURU:   The work for the city’s suburban railway project, connecting 8 prominent colonies to commence within a week announced Piyush Goyal, Union Railway Minister at a press conference on Thursday.

A drone run survey has already begun, which the railway department plans to finish within 6 months and produce a report. The center has sanctioned to allocated 17000 crores for Bengaluru’s sub-urban railway project with a proposed length of 160 km.

The coaches are locomotive and air-conditioned. Every year around 177kms of rail path gets electrified. By the end of 5 years, they aim to electrify the whole of South West railways. The Center for Railways plans on investing about 75,000 crores to change the phase of the current railways by installing the world’s largest railway signaling plan.

The proposed network includes 4 rail lines connecting Hosur to Banaswadi, 2 rail lines between Byappanahalli to Whitefield, and 2 more connecting Sangolli Rayanna Railway station and Byappanahalli.

New State flag unfurled by CM Sidharamaiah

Heidi Thomas

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BENGALURU: Thursday held importance for the Karnataka State Cabinet as the official state flag was approved.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah held a meeting with committee members and over 50 writers, experts and representatives of pro-Kannada organizations to deliberate the flag design. Led by the chairman of Kannada Development Authority G S Siddaramaya, the nine-member committee had earlier recommended the change in the official state flag.

“Karnataka is the first to have a state flag. Karnataka’s Ganda Bherunda logo has also been included. As tricolor flag for our nation is there, that’s why we also did tricolor. We are waiting for the official approval from the Central government,” CM Siddaramaih said.

The tricolor flag has yellow symbolizing forgiveness, white for peace and red for bravery, with the Ganda Bherunda in the middle. The flag has been adopted by pro-Karnataka activists as a symbol of state pride. and holds significance as it is unfurled every year on Karnataka’s foundation day.

“We have seen Kings owning flags to represent their kingdom, there is no wrong to have a separate flag for our state. We accept this step wholeheartedly”, Dr. B N Poornima, a faculty of Kannada Dept at St. Joseph’s College.

A month after Vatal Nagaraj, leader of the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha, said that it was the existing bi-colored flag that the people of the state identified with and suggested that there be no change, the official approval of the flag was made.

SJC catching up trends in molecular biology


CAMPUS: The Department of Botany has organized a two-day science academies’ lecture workshop on “trends in molecular biology” at St Joseph’s College, Bangalore.

The workshop was inaugurated on 9th March and preceded by a keynote from Prof Navin Sharma, Dean Transdisciplinary University, Bangalore.

Prof Grace Leena Crasta, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany said, “The main agenda behind conducting this workshop is for students to develop a basic idea as to how to go about research and explore topics in their field of interest, molecular biology.”

NMRV, Bishop Cottons, MS Ramaiah, and other colleges around the city with almost 70 registrations are a part of this workshop along with the SJC students.

“I look forward to learning about the molecular trends. We haven’t been exposed to new fields like cancer biology and cardiac surgery. Our syllabus does not cover new topics emerging today, therefore these lectures will surely help us stay updated,” said Merlin T Thomas, 2nd MSc, Botany.

The speakers for the workshop are professors from prestigious science and research institutes in Bangalore who are invited to share their knowledge on interesting topics like Genomics in the modern era, Biotechnological applications in Food Microbiology, Cardiac Physiology and so on.

Sustainable methods for the future

Desmond D’souza
CAMPUS: “We should have a paradigm shift and use methods that help us in long-term rather than for short term, this is essential for the future,” said Dr. Benedict, senior lecturer at Subway College.

Dr. Benedict, senior lecturer at Sunway College, Malaysia addressed students and research scholars from various colleges in the International conference ‘Be the change’ organized by the Department of Commerce.

The talk titled ‘Involve to Evolve- Embracing the frontiers of sustainability’ aimed at encouraging sustainable initiatives. While elaborating on how sustainable methods should be implemented Dr. Benedict said “While using sustainable methods, we should always think in the long term, sustainability has nothing to do with short-term benefits” Dr.Benedict said that if we only wish for short-term gratification, we will have to throw sustainability out of the window.

“In a research four out of five of the top executives were willing to sacrifice long-term value creation in order to smoothen short-term profitability,” said Dr. Benedict, while expressing the current situation in industries. Emphasising the importance of sustainable development Dr. Benedict also expressed his concern on the environmental situation faced by mankind today. “We are now facing the greatest threat ever.

The Earth is already showing signs that it is not in harmony with the actions of mankind” said Dr. Benedict. Dr. Benedict added that “We are too late to start sustainability. we should have started it during the 20th century. We are already seeing flooding, climate change and so on.” Some of the main problems of how industries work today are on profit maximization and unethical use of the resource. Dr. Benedict said that today the term ‘sustainability’ today is only a fraud, it is simply a jargon used to do business. “We are now in a time where the Desxartes idea of compartmentalization has been applied, we only think about ourselves”, said Dr. Benedict. Hinting at how no sustainable methods affect other people and nature. DSC_0262