A space for different viewpoints

A space for different viewpoints

A space for different viewpoints

It may not have been a regular run-of-the-mill fest. But there was certainly no compromise on the energy level of the students of St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, who recently held their third annual forum for socio-economic discussion called ‘Josephite Conclave’.

Students ran around getting everything organised and ensuring that things were in place for the day-long event.

Every year, the forum picks a topic of discussion and allows students to take part and voice their opinions.

This year, the topic was corruption. Students, who took part, had to represent nine states and five countries and give viewpoints on how one could tackle corruption in their state or country. With such a vast topic, the participants had to thoroughly research their areas. They also had to use both their theoretical and practical knowledge to tackle the issue.

By holding such events, the college hopes that they can encourage the students to rise up in the future, become influential leaders and go on to make a difference in the society. Anirban Dutta, the head co-ordinator of the event, says, “The motive behind such an event is to create awareness about various socio-economic issues around us and this year, we thought that corruption would be an apt topic for the discussion.”

As the day progressed, the discussion heated up and the students came out with some innovative thoughts and ways to deal with the issue.

Each of the discussion was judged by Berin Lukas, the HOD of Sociology and Industrial Relations and Latha Radhakrishnan, the HOD of Economics. The event also proved to be a learning experience for many.

Christina Martin, a participant, says, “Corruption has become a way of life in our country. Listening to everyone speak, we gathered information from representatives of other states and also got a glimpse of the different sorts of corruption prevalent in other countries.”

At the end of the day, Sanjal Shastri, the assistant head co-ordinator of the event, thought that it was a grand success. “Looking at the turnout, we are now geared up to take on the responsibility of organising the event next year as well,” adds