COLLOQUIUM, the Annual Debating and Literary Festival of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), slated to be held from 27th-29th March 2015 promises to be one of the biggest and most competitive debating festivals in Delhi, with a reach of over 5000 during a period of 3 days of the festival. Participation of students from around 100 colleges and schools from India and abroad is expected. NSIT has continuously been featured among the top 10 engineering colleges of India by engineering education surveys conducted by bodies such as India Today, Outlook, Dataquest-NASSCOM etc.
NSIT boasts of many cultural societies and clubs among which the Debating Society draws a remarkably large number of enthusiasts who are strong advocates of coherent, logical and structured thinking. The society has tasted success at national as well as international conferences, namely Harvard National Model United Nations, Boston.
Colloquium 2015 is simulating as many as six different committees under NSIT MUN 2015 and Indian Parliamentary Colloquium 15. A special one day crisis committee ‘Omerta’ is also being organised. Other events include Netaji Subhas Memorial Debate , Case Study competition , Literary quiz, one on one parliamentary debate, Graphic novel Workshop and Panel discussion among others.
Previous editions of our fest have been a host to eminent personalities such as Ashwin Sanghi, Mallika Sarabhai, Papa CJ, Sujata Madhok, Brinda Bose and several others. This year’s festival is centred around the theme, ‘The Rising Tide’, and would be witnessing two panel discussions.
The first discussion, ‘50 Shades of Feminism’ seeks to question the co-existence of feminism and pornography. Pornography, both in the Indian and global context, has always been viewed as taboo, and has been subject to plenty of debate in the past.
With feminists dividing themselves into sex-positive and anti-pornography feminists, a number of theories suggesting negative social effects of pornography, and now a Supreme Court petition to ban pornography in India, we bring to you the opportunity to gain insight into the vast array of opposing ideas, and expand our understanding of the issues related to pornography, and its impact on society.
Joining us for the discussion will be Ms. Bishakha Datta, a celebrated feminist, filmmaker and the founder of pointofview.org, Ms Vaishna Roy, the Senior Dy. Editor of The Hindu, Ms. Rajni Palriwala, a Professor of Sociology at Delhi University, specializing in Gender Studies and Ms. Japleen Pasricha, the founder of ‘Feminism in India’.
Next in line, we have a talk ‘Science, for God’s Sake!’, which aims to probe into life’s greatest questions and trace the age-old tussle that has existed between science and religion. For this we already have on board the internationally renowned physicist Dr.Chandra Kant Raju and bestselling author Satyajit Nair.