CAMPUS | January 2017


Decennial year celebration of Department of Journalism at St.  Xavier’s College

LtoR: Patterson Fernandes, Vailarose Fernandes, Fr. Jeronima D'Silva, Prabhu Chawla, Nitin Volvoikar
LtoR: Patterson Fernandes, Vailarose Fernandes, Fr. Jeronima D’Silva, Prabhu Chawla, Nitin Volvoikar

On the occasion of Decennial year celebration of the Department of Journalism, St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa-Goa, organized a national level symposium “Issues & Challenges in Media Today” on 14th December 2016 at the college seminar hall.  The Chief Guest and keynote speaker at the symposium was Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, New Indian Express. Among the panelists for the symposium were Alka Dhupkar, Assistant Editor of Mumbai Mirror, Sahil Joshi, Senior Editor of TV Today Network, Raju Nayak, Editor of Dainik Lokmat, Pramod Acharya, Editor of Prudent Media, Harshvardhan Bhatkuly, Editor of Business Goa, Derek Almeida, Editor of The Goan Everyday, and Shashwat Gupta Ray, Editor of Gomantak Times.

Highlighting the various issues and challenges faced by media today, in his key note address Prabhu Chawla stated that “With increasing number of information channels, it is even more crucial for reporters to report accurately supported by facts and figures. This will ensure that, no one questions the credibility of journalism.” Adding further, he said people tend to form their opinion based on media reports. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for a journalist to be accurate and transparent in terms of the facts given in the news reports.

Officiating Principal Dr. (Fr.) Jeronimo D’Silva in his address congratulated the Journalism department for the hard work they put into training students to become successful media professionals. On the occasion of the Decennial year celebration, the department felicitated media organizations for their valuable support for providing internship for students and organizing field visits

In the first session of the symposium moderated by Pramod Acharya,  the panelists deliberated on the topic – Issues and Challenges faced by Media today at the national level. During the discussion Prabhu Chawla opined that “With multiple sources of known and unknown, it is extremely crucial for journalists today to report in order to maintain credibility.” In response to journalists being labelled as anti-nationals, Alka Dhupkar said that, it is the duty of the journalists to question the government if their decisions are against the public interest; and that doesn’t make them anti-national.

The second session moderated by Harshvardhan Bhatkuly focused on challenges faced by Goan media today. Social Media today has become a major source for news which is posing a big challenge for media organizations to check its credibility. Print media will continue to flourish even in a completely digitalized world. The panelists also highlighted the lack of reporters in newspaper organizations due to which publications are forced to depend on stringers to get the latest happenings around.

Officiating Principal Dr. (Fr.) Jeronimo D’Silva in his address congratulated the Journalism department for putting in hard work to train the students to become successful media professionals. On the occasion of Decennial year celebration, the department felicitated media organizations for their valuable support for providing internship for students and organizing field visits



V.M. Salgaocar College of Law gears up for Lex Infinitum

V.M. Salgaokar College of Law gears up for Lex Infinitum1With a week left for the competition, the Lex Infinitum team is neck deep in preparations. The VMSCL- WMO International Dispute Resolution Competition is ready to unfold from the 11th to 14th of January with 24 teams and 32 experts participating in the second edition of Lex Infinitum. The teams represent not only India but countries like Poland, Germany, Ukraine and Singapore. The experts comprise of 12 international mediation professionals coming from different parts of the globe to judge the event in an attempt to broaden the understanding that every student has of mediation. The knowledge sessions are formulated keeping in mind the need of the society to benefit from events like this and thus since its inception year, knowledge sessions conducted by the experts on mediation and negotiation basics have been open to registered members of the public.

Like last year, this year too, the team has worked hard on carefully mixing work and play with socials spread across beautiful events to ensure a lasting impression of Goa on the minds of the participants. V. M. Salgaocar College of Law first envisaged this event to open avenues for its students in the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) and in turn project Goa as a potential ADR hub which would provide an ideal atmosphere for reasoning and putting things in perspective while resolving complex disputes

Dr. M. R. K. Prasad, Principal of V M Salgaocar College of Law and Dr. B. S. Patil, Director of the ADR board of the College which conceptualized Lex Infinitum, speak about the academic event

Why was ADR chosen for mediation/negotiation?

Dr. M. R. K. Prasad: We strongly believe that ADR is not Alternative Dispute Resolution but Adequate Dispute Resolution. There are several disputes are not effectively settled through traditional methods of dispute resolution. Particularly where the parties want to protect their relationship while resolving differences, ADR is the best method.

Dr. B.S Patil: India is predominantly a duty based society. Under the Hindu terminology, ‘Dharma’ takes centre stage in the discussions rather than ‘rights’, ADR is designed to address the interests and duties of the members of the society.

It has potential to build unity and harmony in the society rather than generate animosity. In the words of Justice Hidayatulla, ‘a dispute settled avoids ten future disputes, and a dispute decided, has a potential to create ten new disputes’. The feeling of ‘live and let live’ is created under ADR.


How does Lex  benfit the students and society?

Dr. M. R. K. Prasad: Students learn that every dispute need not go to the rigours of court settlement. There are other far more effective methods to resolve the disputes. They also learn that the role of the lawyer is to unite the parties rather than divide them. Society would be benefited by this approach as budding lawyers would be willing to settle the cases outside the court, which would bring down costs of litigation.

Dr. B. S. Patil: Lex is a unique competition which is coupled with firsthand experience of negotiation at international level and knowledge sessions, where the international experts address the delegates.

These knowledge sessions provide an opportunity to understand ADR in different cultural contexts. The feedback from the experts/judges at the end of each competition session is a major learning experience.

Even though, we speak of skills and techniques of ADR, it is more important to build the culture of ADR. Lex is a small but significant step in building ADR culture in Goa.


Why and what potential does Goa have as an ADR hub?

Dr. M. R. K. Prasad: Peace loving nature of Goans is more receptive to the idea of Negotiation and Mediation. The very nature of Goa makes it an ideal place to promote ADR. It’s being an international tourist destination has a potential for ADR hub. Knowledge and prevalence of English is another strong point in favour of Goa.

Dr. B. S. Patil: Goa is well known worldwide for its hospitality and harmonious culture, a popular tourist destination that provides world class facilities to the visitors. India had toyed with the idea of medical tourism, where patients from all over the world were treated by Indian hospitals; now it’s high time that we initiate the idea of ‘ADR tourism’, on similar lines.

We have an International Arbitration Center in Goa. Presently it is not working to its full potential.

The same Center could expand its reach and become an ADR center. I feel that, Goa can be international hub for ADR. It would also indirectly benefit the society.


How has the response for Lex been?

Dr. M. R. K. Prasad: The response is very encouraging. Last year, we had 20 teams out of which 2 were foreign teams. This year we have had to restrict the participation to 24 teams out of which 4 are foreign teams.  All top law colleges are participating in the event. We have 15 international experts and 17 national experts in mediation judging the event. In addition, we have nearly 300 delegates registered for sessions on negotiation and mediation.

Dr. B. S. Patil: We are quite overwhelmed with the response. I would credit it to the untiring work rendered by the organizing team.

There seems to be a positive vibe towards the idea of ADRs being generated throughout the globe, which is manifested through the widespread representation from various colleges all over. We have participants who do not take their opponents head on, but excel on basis of skills and proper appreciation of others interests, while safeguarding their own.

I wish to see this event grow more in terms of much wider representation and I want to see Lex to be one of the major academic event in the calendar of all major universities of the world

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