Monday, May 20, 2013

Jijnasa - Sangama - 1st June 2013 - CESS Building Bangalore

Jijnasa -an initiative under CESS - presents "Sangama - a Conference of Online Nationalists".

At Jijnasa, we have always endeavored and experimented with new ways of bringing the huge online intelligentsia into mainstream discourse. We also realize that there need to be opportunities for online activists to engage in the real world. Sangama is a result of such a thinking.

At Sangama, online nationalists will not only present their views on important issues but also network with others to act on common ideas.

Jijnasa's first Sangama will take place on 1st June 2013, Saturday at CESS building in Nagarabhavi (full address and map enclosed below). This conference will deal with 5 topics:

  1. Social Media influence on TV and print media
  2. Analysis of BJP's Karnataka Results
  3. Is a Rights based Governance model failing us ?
  4. Should the State control temple trusts ?
  5. Can social media impact electoral outcomes ?
After 5th topic, house will be open for debate moderated by the chair.

We invite your interest to speak/present on the topics listed above. 
It would help the discourse and audience if the topic is something that you are passionate about. 
If we have more than two people keen on presenting on a particular topic then the organizing committee will take the final call on the panel although in most cases we would like to restrict it to one speaker. 
That in no way means you will not get an opportunity to articulate your views because after each presentation a vibrant Q&A will follow.

Interested participants are requested to choose one of the five topics and prepare a presentation.
Please send us a short abstract on the topic you wish to speak in word format (Times New Roman Font, 22 pts size) on NO later than 24May2013. 
We will close the speakers for the topic on an ongoing basis.  

Speakers will be notified well in time so that they can prepare their presentations before the event, which need to be submitted by 30May2013.

Presentations should be in ppt format and should not be more than 12 slides, font size 20 pts in each slide.

Presentation shouldn't exceed 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes of presentation, house will open for 15 minute Q&A. 
Chair will monitor the timing and 5 minute warning will be issued 10 minutes after start of the presentation. 

In case two presentations are chosen, first speaker will be provided 10 minutes.  
Following first presentation, second presentation will be provided 10 minutes.
10 minute Q&A session will follow with both the speakers. 
Chair will monitor the timing and 2 minute warning will be issued 8 minutes after start of the each presentation.
Q&A will be monitored by Chair. 

The conference schedule is as follows:

10:00 AM - Registration starts
10.30AM - 10.45AM - Saraswati Vandanam
10.45AM - 11.15AM - House introduction and welcome address by Chair
11:15 AM - 11:45 Noon - Topic 1
11:45 Noon - 12:15 PM - Topic 2 
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM - Break
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Topic 3
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Topic 4
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Topic 5
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Tea break
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM - Open house debate
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM - Closing remarks by Chair 
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Vandemataram

Lunch and Tea will be served. A small registration fee of 150/- will be charged. 

Please register using the form:

Venue address: 

Google Map link:

The registration form also contains a map view of the route to the venue from Central Silk Board, Hosur Road so you can get an idea of the location.

Please write to us at for any queries.

Note: We would like to know if any of the interested audience would be kind enough to pick up other participants in the area. The registration form has a field to indicate your interest.

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