Various events were organised in the School of Communication Studies,Panjab University,on the last day of the Chandigarh Social Science Congress. A talk on Globalisation and Media was held on the occasion. This was in keeping with the broader theme of the Congress: Social Sciences: Emerging trends in the era of Globalisation.
During the programme,students exhibited their understanding of the topic through cartoons,collages and posters.
Dr Dinesh Kumar,a professor of International Law,Monash University,Australia was the keynote speaker of the lecture series.
Drawing upon his expertise in security studies and issues of conflict resolution,Dr Kumar spoke on the role of media in the era of globalisation.
He said the term globalisation was coined in 1992.
Globalisation emerged with the revolution in communication and technology,especially with the emergence of the Internet,coming of mobile phones among other such developments, he added.
He pointed out that the critics of globalisation believe it has benefited the rich,but on the other hand,it has also led to an increase in the spirit of nationalism among the people.
The lecture was followed by paper presentations by two faculty members Dr Archana R Singh and Dr Mohanmeet Khosla and Bhavneet Bhatti,a research scholar.
Citing the coverage of 26/11 as an example,Dr Singh spoke of how news is not just about what happens but also about what gets made.
Dr Khosla dwelt upon the issue of culture and identity in the era of globalisation and of how the two are affected by the paradox of globalisation; aided,abetted,affirmed,shaped by the media and communication technology.
Meanwhile,a valedictory function was also organised at the Law auditorium with Cabinet Minister for co-operation Capt Kanwaljit Singh as the chief guest. Addressing the audience,Singh said it was important to do away with a fatalistic mindset. Former vice-chancellor of the university,Professor M M Puri said social sciences provide an environment for thinking people to deliberate upon complex issues originating from globalisation.
Chairman of the congress,B S Ghuman,presented the major highlights of the event. He said that social sciences had suffered at the hands of globalisation and have been marginalised in the process.