Speaking at the launch of a course named, “Citizenship and Cultural Richness” at St Stephen’s College on Saturday, Supreme Court Judge Madan Lokur said the course will not only reach out to students, but also “reach out to the people of the country” and help in bringing an “equilibrium” in society.
“…Our society is going through a transitional phase. There is a need for equilibrium and discipline in our thinking. This is my personal view,” Justice Lokur said.
As a part of the initiative, St Stephen’s will offer a certificate course and hold weekly classes conducted by its regular faculty and distinguished alumni including top serving and retired judges, bureaucrats and renowned academicians. The Indian Express and Network 18 are the media partners for the initiative.
While inaugurating the course, Justice Lokur said the course would help not just the scholars studying within its framework, but also the participating faculty. “The course will help the faculty to get back to their roots,” he said.
St Stephen’s prinicipal Valson Thampu said the “very unique beginning” of the course was a “pilgrimage towards creating a better society”. “People talk about corporate social responsibility (CSR). I am calling this outreach, institutional social responsibility or ISR. In CSR the focus is only on money. In ISR, the focus will be on human and intellectual resources, the scope of which is much greater than that of CSR,” Thampu said.
He added that the course would see distinguished faculty members such as Justice Madan Lokur, Justice Manmohan Sarin, Mani Shankar Aiyer, Dr S Y Quraishi, Seema Chishti, Dr Karen Gabriel among others who will be teaching the participating scholars.
Some of the units in the course will include Gandhi, Human Rights, Corruption, Political Ideas, Good Governance, Media Democracy and You, Basic Principles of Economics and Science for Life among others.
The course will comprise weekly lectures from 4-6 pm on all Saturdays in the college hall.