INAUGURATION OF THE CLUBS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES FOR THE YEAR 2015-16

The Department of Languages of Garden City College inaugurated the Literary Club, Cine Club and the Theatre Club on the 31st of July, 2015 at 10.00 a.m. The guest for the day was Dr. Amita Santiago, Head of the Department of Languages, CMR Institute of Management Studies. Students belonging to the Departments of Journalism, Psychology and English assembled for the event filled with excitement and interest.

The event began with the arrival of the guest, Dr. Santiago who was accompanied by Dr. Payel Dutta Chouwdhury, Vice Principal and Head of Department of Languages. Dr. Chowdhury delivered the welcome address, where she mentioned about the establishment of the Department of Languages and its progress as well as how the inauguration of the three clubs was established, to enable students so that they could organize and participate in different activities that would supplement their learning activities and prepare them for the future. Following this the Theatre Club, the Cine Club and the Literary Club were inaugurated by the appointed student representatives. With the guest profile being read, the guest of the day, Dr. Amita Santiago was felicitated. Dr. Amita Santiago completed her M.A. from the University of Bangalore, specializing in Linguistics and Commonwealth Literature. She completed her Ph.D on the “Gospel account to Babylon: A critique of white Christian theology through select Caribbean text, towards a Caribbean self definition” in the year 2009 from the University of Bangalore. She enlightened the audience on contemporary concerns in Culture Studies. She emphasized mainly on how culture plays a major role in forming the base of any field, be it cinema, literature or theatre. According to her, “It is the void that we enter and perform on, which in turn allows us to make good use of its space. It allows expression and impression.” Dr. Santiago was impressed with the inauguration ceremony and wished good luck to the entire team with the events planned for the rest of the academic year. The event concluded with a group photograph.

The freshers who had recently entered the college as well as all those who were gathered were provided with a clear insight into the different events to be held for the rest of the year.

My Pre-budget overview…awareness

So let me confuse you. As we know Europeans died in the oceans in search of the nation called India. There was a time India was the country of the civilized ones like Egypt and Mesopotamia, the tale of the twin cities Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Aryans came to India and stopped migrating anywhere else , the rich greenery and the natural treasure not only own their heart but also gave them the belief that the Viking can live a Vegetarian life if the nation , the home is India , the land of Ganges and Indus surrounded by the legendary Himalayas , the Hindu Kush and the Indian ocean . (more…)

English Conference 2015

The 4th 2-day International Conference on “Transitions: Literature, Language, and Culture – Post 1980” organized by the Department of Languages on 6th and 7th February 2015 saw a widespread participation from every nook and corner of the country. ENGCONF2015 – the fourth conference organized by the department in a row – witnessed the participation of 366 delegates – academicians, research scholars, and students – from 94 different cities, representing 185 institutions across the country. The first day of the conference was graced by Dr. Sachidananda Mohanty, (more…)

Mega Job Fair 2014, 12th July 2014 @ Garden City College, Bangalore

Garden City College is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and NAAC accredited institution offering various programs in Science and Management Studies. As a part of corporate social responsibility, every year a Job Fair is organized for the benefit of fresh graduates and experienced graduates. This year the 11th Edition of Mega Job Fair was held on 12th July 2014. This year the Job Fair was organized in association with Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (Central Placement Cell), Government of Karnataka on 12th July 2014. 48 Companies from Retail, Automobile, Healthcare, (more…)

PG Graduation Day

The graduation day was held on 10th May 2014 at the Garden City College auditorium. The event started sharp at 3.30pm. The students were seated accordingly wearing their graduation gown. The colour codes for girls were green and for boys were black and white. The guest of honour was Mr. R. Shivakumar who is the President for The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI). The students who graduated were from the departments of MBA, MCA, MTA, M.Sc Biotechnology, (more…)

INAUGURATION OF INNOKRIYA – THE MEDIA CLUB

Garden City College is well- known for its innovative ideas and one among them was INNOKRIYA, the media club which provides bright opportunity to the students who taken up Media Studies. For students who are interested in photography, reporting, interviewing and making documentaries it opens up many avenues for every possible job related to media studies. (more…)

GCC Puraskar- Hospitality, Travel, Fashion

On a slightly warm afternoon of March 18th, 2014, Garden City Colllege hosted the Hospitality Puraskar under the leadership of the visionary, His Excellency Dr Joseph V. G, Honorary Consul of Republic of Maldives in Bangalore and Chairman, Garden City group of Institutions. The awards were a platform for the students to recognize and take inspiration from the significance and value created by the hotels and hoteliers, who retain their distinction through their world class facilities and the excellent services that they provide. The guest of honor for the evening was Mr. Stephen Beale, Senior Vice President Zuri Hotels and Resorts. After the inaugural lamp lightning ceremony the function started on a rhythmic note with a beautiful invocation dance by Ms. Kirthana, followed by Mr. Beale being felicitated by Prof. N Bharathi, Principal, Garden City College.

The awards are based on a student’s poll conducted across various hospitality colleges in Bangalore. The entire fraternity was divided into various categories and the winners in their respective segments were as follows:

1. Hotel with best work ethics- Ritz Carlton
2. Meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions segment- Novotel Bangalore
3. Best Health Resort- Ayurveddagram
4. Hotel with best restaurant- J. W Marriot
5. Best theme park resort- Wonder La
6. Best nature resort- Guhantra
7. Best upcoming hotel- Double Tree

The glaze of the award function was heightened by a dance performance by the in house dance academy of GCC, Roll 4 soul.
The 2nd category of awards were for the best restaurants and they were bagged by

8. Best Chain of Restaurants- Mainland China
9. Best Punjabi Restaurant- Oye Amritsar
10. Best Italian Restaurant- Chinati
11. Best Indian Coffee Chain- Cafe coffee day
12. Best Buffet Restaurant- Chutney Chang
13. Best Lebanese Cuisine Restaurant- Byblos
14. Best Mexican Restaurant- Grill House
15. Unique Food Concept Restaurant- Egg factory

Ms Priyanka Borkar, Training Manager J. W Marriort, Bangalore was felicitated as the Best Training Manager. To pay tribute to the ethnic diversity of 74 nations at GCC, the Dept. of Fashion and Apparel Design organized a commendable fashion show. The presidential address for the evening was delivered by Dr. Joseph V.G and the evening ended on a quiet note with a high tea organized in the convention hall lounge. This provided a perfect end for the students to mingle with stalwarts from the hospitality industry.
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The GCC Travel Puraskar was conducted on March 19th, in the college auditorium. The dignitaries for the evening were Shri Perikal Sunder, Chairman Tourism Committee, FKCCI and Mr. P H Rajpurohit, Co-Chairman, Tourism Committee, FKCCI. The festivities of the evening started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp and felicitation of the guests of honor. Ms Raka Mondal performed a beautiful dance number to kick start the cultural festivities for the day. The awards felicitated a platform for the students to identify and take inspiration from the wide network and abilities created by the professionals in the tourism industry.

GCC Puraskar for travel acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the travel industry. The tourism Industry was divided into various categories and the credit holders were as follows:

1. Best documentation service- Thomas Cook
2. Best tourism promotion on wheels- Golden Charriot
3. Best low cost carrier- Indigo
4. Best domestic carrier- Spice Jet
5. Best travel portal- Yatra.com
6. Best Adventurous tour planner-Outback India
7. Best retail travel agency- My Happy Journey
8. Best medical tourism hospital- Columbia Asia Hospital
The in-house dance academy, Roll 4 soul took over the stage and entertained the invitees to their hearts content. It was then followed by a melodious duet song by Mr . Deepanga and Ms. Tribeni.
The cultural festivities ended with a fashion show by the Department of Tourism and a dance by Korean Students. The presidential address was delivered by Dr. V. B Coutinho, President Governing Council, Garden City College and ex-Vice Chancellor, Gulbarga University. The event ended with a high tea which allowed free informal interactions among the industry professionals and students.
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March 20th, saw GCC playing host to the GCC Fashion Puraskar. The event came with an opportunity for the students to participate and take home experience at exchange of professionalism from the web of work created by professionals in the fashion industry.
The dignitaries for the evening were Dr. NVR Nathan, Dy Director, General Apparel Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Textiles and founder of Army Institute of Fashion and Design and Ms. Sushma Veer, Founder- Director and Producer, Veer Kathakar.
After the ceremonial lamp lighting and welcome dance by Ms. Raka Mondal, the dignitaries for the evening were felicitated by Dr. Coutinho and Prof. N. Bharathi.
The awards were devised on the figures of student’s polls conducted in various colleges in and around Bangalore. Distributing the entire fashion world in segments, the emerging winners in the respective categories were:

1. Desginer cum Entrepreneur- Sujit Meher
2. Women’s Wear- Indus League
3. Apparel Resources Limited- Fashion Journalism
4. Cotton World- Kids World
5. Choreographer & Event Director- Mr Sreedhar
6. Upcoming Model (Television) – Ms Shanu P Verghese

The cultural festivities ended with a fashion show put up by the Department of Fashion and Apparel Design. DR. V. B Coutinho delivered the presidential address for the evening. The event ended with a high tea organized, enabling the aspiring students involve themselves in influential talks with the path-bearers of the fashion industry.

Swaraj Das Mohanty
4th Sem B.A J

FRESHERISM 2014

2nd August was the finale of Fresherism 2014 .The day started with the formal interaction between the freshers and the Gardenians, department wise. It began with the Journalism department and and was followed by the departments of Tourism, Management Sciences, Life Sciences and Fashion Designing . It began with the introduction of the senior students and the new faculty members of GCC, followed by the freshers introducing themselves. The introductory sessions were made livelier by the dance performance by Shriya and Swagata followed by another performance by Jecil , Priyanka and Parul .
Every department introduced itself in a different way to its new bees. Where department of Journalism and Tourism kept it simple, the department of Management Studies came up with the innovative idea of a small theme based skit followed by the department of Fashion and Apparel Designing who mesmerised the audience with their ramp walk .
When the seniors did so much, how could the juniors be left behind??? The capability and versatility of the new comers could very well be portrayed during their introductory session. It was definitely a treat to watch so many amazing talents in GCC.
After the formal introduction session, the Top 50 selected contestants had their makeover session .The top 50 students were given time to relax and live every moment of this unforgettable day .
The “feel good” evening began with the arrival of our honourable Chairman Dr. Joseph V.G. In this session the top 50 deserving students were in the lime light. These students who had proved themselves to be the cream of the crowd stole everyone’ s heart ; they stood strong and faced every moment with their best foot forward, be it in sports , treasure hunt , talent hunt or survival night, they were simply “FANTASTIC”.
The formal event started with a pleasing welcome dance by Kirthana of BA Journalism followed by an outstanding performance by our in-house dance academy, Roll for Soul.
This was just the beginning; the other jewels of the evening were yet to come. The formal event moved forward with a video presentation on the journey of Fresherism 2014 . It was such a great video that reminded the freshers of their beautiful fun journey which was coming towards an end, and left everyone with a heavy heart.
The formal session moved to its next segment with the presentation of mementos to the top 50 students by our honourable Chairman, Dr. Joseph V.G. and the Principal, Prof. N . Bharathi.
The informal event was hosted by Prof. Reji Meprathe, Dean, Management Studies. This event marked its start with a blasting session by the freshers in which the top 50 were given an opportunity to express their feelings on being one among the top 50 .
The event moved forward with a magnificent performance by Suraj Gupta and his team Rolling Rockers which was followed by a melodious song by Aparna which blew everybody’s heart away . The most awaited moment came when the audience were shown the making of fresherism video.
As it is rightly said, the best things are always kept for the end and that goes for our very Best GAB (Grab All Beats) who stole everyone’s heart with their fabulous performance.
With this, it was the end of a memorable FRESHERISM 2014 …………
BY
RIYA DAS AND RICHA MENON
3rd semester BAJ

ENGLISH CONFERENCE 2014

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you are not lonely or isolated from anyone. You belong”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

As rightly comprehended by F. Scott Fitzgerald, that is the power of literature. It is true that world unity has received an enormous boost in recent times with the establishment of unprecedented international organizations that provide every country a platform to express and by the introduction of international laws that were impossible to conceptualize a century ago, but even before such hallowed measures were adopted, literature united and keeps uniting the world as it facilitates the voices of the voiceless to be heard across the globe. It is through the literature of a particular community that other communities come to understand its people, culture, opinions and rituals which in turn generate solidarity amongst them.
Celebrating this wonderful aspect of human life, the Department of Languages, Garden City College hosted ENGCONF 2014. It was a two day International conference held on February 7th and 8th that aimed at exploring the surfeit in the field of literature and included presentations on post colonial voices in South Asian literature and cinema. The seminar was attended by 260 delegates from various universities across the country which enabled the conference to achieve dynamic proportions where intellectuals presented their viewpoints on the theme.
7th February – Day 1
The day started with registrations at 8:30 in the morning following which was the inaugural programme. It was attended by noted guests like Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, Dr. Rajendra Chenni and Mr. Prakash Belawadi. After the floral compliments were accepted by the guests, Ms. Kirthana entertained the audience with the welcome dance.
The felicitation of the guests followed suit and soon after the Chief Guest, Dr. Kambara declared the conference open.
Apart from the above mentioned events, the inaugural programme also included the release of the special issue of Luminaire- a refereed journal of the Department of Languages. While Mr. Belawadi unwrapped the journal and introduced it to the audience, Dr. Chenni released The Book of Abstracts amongst the gathering.
The paper presentations commenced after a short tea break at the conclusion of the inaugural programme and continued till late afternoon. The eventful day got over with a very entertaining cultural programme in the evening followed by a South Asian theme dinner in the green house.
8th February- Day 2
The day included plenary sessions by Dr. Soumitra Chakravarty and Dr. Cheriyan Alexander. They enlightened the audience with their intellectual words and started the second day with a flourish of literary wisdom. Paper presentations continued in different venues like the first day and the valedictory programme commenced in the late afternoon. Roll for Soul, the in- house dance academy gave a wonderful performance that provided a fitting conclusion to the two day conference.
The decoration deserves special mention. It was amazing the way the decoration enhanced the feel of the theme. Be it the collages of the eight SAARC nations or the centre pieces proclaiming famous adages, the decoration scored full mark.
The rejuvenating power of literature is assessed as one looks back at the two days of the conference and its repetition looked forward in EngConf 2015.
Abhishikta Dhar
4th Sem. BAJ.

BREAST CANCER- A PINK RIBBON INITIATIVE

“When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.”
-Kay Now
That is what Angelina Jolie did when she announced about getting a double mastectomy done last year. When you know you are at a risk, you need to fight back. But isn’t prevention better than cure? And yes, risks of getting breast cancer can be lowered by knowing about it- by being aware of the diagnosis & treatment procedures. History says it all- breast cancer was the most documented cancer in ancient texts. Though accounting for 22.9% of all cancers, before 20th century breast cancer was a hush-hush affair. But as surgery advanced, and long-term survival rates improved, women began raising awareness of the disease and the possibility of successful treatment. Thus, came into existence awareness campaigns and the first one to be organized was by the organization “Women’s Field Army”, run by the American Cancer Society.
Still, breast cancer is the most dreaded cancer and Bengaluru itself is home to 27.3% cases of breast cancer which is why it is ranked as the most common cancer in the city. In the 21st century and still a victim of ignorance? Yes it is a fault on our part, to have never really taken the “Pink Ribbon culture” seriously. The pink ribbon culture is the set of activities, attitudes, and values that surround and shape breast cancer in public.
Thus, an initiative was taken by the Women’s Development Cell of Garden City College to organise a breast cancer camp on the March 6th, 2014 in the college auditorium. It was done to create an awareness amongst the students as we are witnessing an age shift, and the average age of developing breast cancer has shifted from 50-70 years to 30-50 years; and cancers in the young tend to be more aggressive.
The Chief guests were Dr. Ibrahim Nagoor, facilitator, Kidawi Institute of Oncology; Lion Kabilan, President- Lions Club of Ejinapur; Lion Dr. Prasad, vice District Governor- Lion District 317E; Lion ArvindTulsidas, District Chairperson, Lion District 317E and Dr.Ramchandrappa. The lamp lighting ceremony started the day, after which the guests were felicitated. Dr. Ibrahim Nagoor gave an eye-opening lecture on the various cancers and its possibilities which students should be aware of as it is said of cancers- the faster you know the better. He gave an insight into the impact of screening oneself for breast cancer when the time is right and the various tests that can be done. He also happened to mention how women may reduce their risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol and being physically active. It was followed by a healthy interaction, a round for the students to clear their doubts and get a better understanding of the disease.
There was a free screening for breast cancer done for the students of the college by the Lion’s club of Bengaluru. Breast cancer screening refers to testing otherwise-healthy women for breast cancer in an attempt to achieve an earlier diagnosis under the assumption that early detection will improve outcomes. A number of screening tests were employed including: clinical and self-breast exams, mammography, genetic screening, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. Many girls took an initiative to get themselves screened for their own safety.
Thus, the day came to an end but it was just a start- the fight against breast cancer. Awareness and understanding of this disease is half the war won already; and will help in making informed decisions at the right time!

Gitanjoli Borah
(IV Semester M.Sc. Microbiology)