The Institute of Management, JK Lakshmipat University organized Liberal Arts Week from March 2-7, 2020. An annual initiative of the institute, it introduced students to nuanced perspectives and pedagogies on social science disciplines with seminars from experts and thought leaders. This year we hosted four distinguished faculty to take sessions on Filmmaking, Law & Citizenship, Unemployment & Job Creation; and Markets & Public Policy. The event saw enthusiastic participation of students and faculty from across the university.
The week commenced with a 2-day session on Filmmaking- A Powerful Media to Influence Action by Aman Kaleem. Kaleem is a Visual Artist Fellow from Harvard University and the Founder & CEO of an artist collective- Kahaani Waale. She has been recognized by the Govt. of India and the United Nations as ‘Make a Difference Leader’, for her work in the South Asian region. Her session introduced students to concepts of effective storytelling through script-writing, film appreciation and basics of how to shoot a film. The students also developed short scripts and 2-minute films to apply the learnt techniques in practice.
This was followed by a 2-day seminar on Law & Citizenship by Apurv Mishra. He is the Editor-in-Chief of India Law Journal, a Senior Research Fellow at India Foundation and teaches law at several leading institutions in the country, like Ashoka University, Gandhinagar, National Law University, Maharashtra National Law University etc. The seminar focused on three themes – Rights & Duties of Citizens; Advocacy; and Citizenship in 21st century. The session highlighted landmark moments in the Indian judicial and political sphere since independence, as well as contemporary issues through case studies on corporate law, intellectual property rights etc. Culminating with each student filling an RTI application, the session was geared towards helping students fulfil their roles of becoming public-spirited citizens
The 3rd session of the week was on Diagnostics of Unemployment & Job Creation by Professor Santosh Mehrotra. He is a Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Former Director-General of Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission, Govt. of India. The session highlighted the dilemma India faces with one of the highest workforces currently on one hand, and rising unemployment on the other. He suggested structural reforms needed to solve the economic slowdown crisis especially by focusing on manufacturing sector policies, modern services jobs in private sector, and creating more jobs to integrate the female workforce.
The final session of the Week was on Markets & Public Policy by Professor Shubhashis Gangopadhyay. He is the Founder & Research Director of India Development Foundation, Former advisor to the Finance Minister, Govt. of India. The Dean of Indian School of Public Policy, he is a visiting professor at University of Groningen, Netherlands and Gothenburg University Sweden. His session focused on welfare economics, policy interventions and laws for public corporations. Using tools like game theory, he explained policy issues on factors of production, land markets etc