BANGALORE: Dasara is synonymous with Gombe Habba,the festival of dolls. During the festival, the women of most households begin the festivities at the break of dawn by preparing various savouries to welcome Goddess Durga.
Gombe Habba is a main part of this event where dolls are arranged on stepped platforms in the houses.
Over the last few years, some people in the city are finding it difficult following this tradition, but there are many who celebrate it. With changing times, the number of people who do not practice this tradition has increased, leading to a fast decline in the practice of arranging dolls.
At the peak of his business activity, Nagraj, a doll seller, spoke hurriedly about his business and his association with the festival. “This time of the year is when I get the maximum business. In spite of the decline in doll arrangement, people still come and buy dolls made of plaster of Paris. Nowadays, we no longer get dolls made from pure clay as people prefer giving the festival a modern touch by buying dolls made from paper mache.”
Speaking about the decline in arranging dolls, Mrs Pramila, whose family has been following this tradition for generations said, “Arranging dolls are an integral part of this festival. Along with arranging, a whole lot of rituals are followed. But people now tend to find difficulty in keeping them for nine days as it needs high maintenance, and people in cities hardly find time to practice this tradition.”
Though it is a declining tradition the gombe habba is the main part of festival and some people still strive to keep it alive.
N.S.Spoorthi I MS Com
Mr Manohar, a human right activist held a session on the topic of gender sensitisation on Saturday. The talk was organised by Anti Sexual Harassment Committee.
Mr Manohar focused on the issue of human rights violations and brought out the legal issues that surround them. The main aim of the talk was to create awareness not only among students but also for the staff.
Students from BVC, B.Voc. and B.Sc attended the session and were made aware of ‘Sakasham’, a 250 page report issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in February about sexual harassment in colleges. The report states that no student can obtain their degree unless they attend this programme.
Dr Padma Baliga, coordinator of the programme said, “People have a misconception that sexual harassment is restricted to people in a corporate setup, but in fact it includes even the street vendors or workers in the rural employment sector.”
This programme concluded with a discussion where students questioned the issues surrounding the third gender such as, the harassment faced by them, and how their cases are handled in the court.
-Tenzin Jampel, I MS Comm
“Teachers should pursue post-doctoral studies and not stop after getting a doctorate,” said Dr Shakeel Ahmad, Deputy Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC) at the talk organised by the Internal Quality Assessment Cell (IQAC) on September 20 as a part of its quality enhancement programme.
The talk was a part of its ongoing series of talks which focused on staff development schemes, aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education.
Dr Ahmad also said that the UGC was providing funds for students and faculty members who were interested in representing their colleges abroad. He added, “In order to bring about a change, the students should inculcate a habit of research and develop a keen mind.”
Talking about why it is necessary to organise these talks, Prof. Clement D’souza, coordinator IQAC said “Though we can access the UGC’s webpage, first hand information is always better and more informative as these people are the ones who set the policies and formulate the laws.”
The next sets of talks by the IQAC are set to take place on October 9 and 10.
-Bhagyashree N, I MS Com
“Principles of journalism have to change with the times,” said Mr Na Vijayashankar, M.Sc, Director of Cyber Law College, while addressing the students gathered for ‘Sceana’, a workshop held to celebrate International Media Ethics Day on Friday.
The topic for the workshop was social media, data security and copy rights and it was conducted by the Department of Communication.
Recognising the need to create awareness on usage of social media, Mr Vijayashankar said, “Youngsters should be responsible while using social media, otherwise better to stay away.”
“Technology makes our lives miserable. Coming to conclusion about content online is more difficult. People these days think that whatever posted on net is sane and trustworthy,” said Dr M.D. Sharath, LLM, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Cyber Crime Division, Bangalore.
Dr Sharath focused on the fundamental factors which are causing problems among the Internet users like depression, substance abuse, insomnia, suicide, and poor academic performance.
The workshop saw the participation from students of the Department of Communicatin. An interactive session with the speakers was held at the end of the event.
POOJA P M and RAHUL RAJ, I MS COMM
CAMPUS: On Friday a rare moment for the Josephites to spread happiness was manifest in the campus as 17 students of Baldwin Opportunity School for the differently-abled at Bannerghatta paid a visit to the College.
Four II BSW students along with All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) members facilitated the event. This was part of the community programme which is exercised by the students of the Department of Social Work after their field work at the end of the semester.
The interaction was entertaining as there were games and action songs for the children. “The most important thing was to make the children happy and we are glad that we could do this for them,” said Sopemla R S, II BSW.
Shahidha, I MS COMM