'Suvarna Manasa' starts on a high note

Awareness: A model on ‘Joint Family and ‘Nuclear Family’ set up at the Department of Sociology, as part of ‘Suvarna Manasa Expo 2011’ in Mysore on Tuesday. DH photoFor news buffs interested to know about the dailies from national, international to vernacular languages, the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism has an exclusive attraction. It provides you a glimpse of publications in English, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, that includes ‘Gulf News’, numerous local publications that has made Mysore as popular region for community newspapers, changing technology both in print and electronic media, besides doyens in respective languages who took risk during independence era can be read here.

A model made of thermocol with Media regarded as the ‘fourth estate’ of Indian democracy after Legislative, Executive and Judiciary explains the significance of press in the current society. Cartoons on ‘2G Spectrum scam’ and ‘Land scam’ makes mockery of the netas known for their political chicanery.

A big model of ‘Joint family’ and ‘Nuclear family’ on a plank, welcomes the visitors at the Department of Sociology. HoD S Yashoda is proud to say that the once popular family system had all the benefits under one roof. From education to entertainment, raising kids to cooperation, harmony to community living was what the joint family gave its followers.

Computer that changed the very face of the nation simplifying lifestyle under the banner of information technology, has been aptly put to use at the Department of Computer Science. ‘Face detector and recogniser’ helps store the database of a person for which image capturing acts as a main ingredient. The camera captures nine images in 10 seconds and helps recognise the same person next. Move a bit further, you are exposed to ‘iris recognition’ the technology currently in use while enrolling for ‘Aadhaar’ cards.

‘File splitter’ claimed to be the technology that evolved from a group of students of the department, shows you the splitting of computer files into 11 parts making it easy to send the mail.

Mention must be made of a device that easily identifies the flowers kept in front of the camera. Apart from showing the names of the flowers on screen, it also gives valuable tips about its usage. The 3D map of the department on screen takes the viewers on a brief journey of the place.

The M Sc Criminology and Forensic Science Department of Maharaja’s College has converted the spacious building into a knowledge hub. The scene of crime- with a man made of doll, hanging from the ceiling gives you an insight of the suicidal cases. In case any person consumes poison, a particular type of medicine is injected to extract the poison content from the abdomen. It’s the latest form of treating such cases, says Dr R Ashoka of the department.

Differentiating human hair and animal hair, blood stains- whether it’s blood or tomato sauce or beetroot juice emitting red juice, freshness of the blood, types of leaves and its consumption that gradually takes one’s life are among others. Cyber law, that is fast increasing with the newer technology is succinctly explained at the dedicated wing with a chart of 61 types of offenses that comes under IT Act of the law displayed.

Kuvempu Institute for Kannada Studies has been converted into a tiny village with people practicing different occupations- agriculture, fishing, weaving and others finely recreated with the help of dolls and huts. ‘Uyyale’, the popular game of village gals, can be experienced here for free with a swing put up at the huge tree in the corner.

The exhibition remains open till February 22 between 2 pm and 8 pm

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