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One day Seminar on “Role of Media in Rebuilding Telangana”

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One day Seminar on “Role of Media in Rebuilding Telangana” on 6th November, 2013 Organized by Dept. of Communication and Journalism, Osmania University, Hyderabad

A Seminar on “Role of Media in Rebuilding Telangana was held on 6-11-2013 was attended by all the staff of Osmania University, particularly the staff of the Journalism department, students journalism students, students from other universities, colleges etc.
Two sessions were held during the seminar. The most prominent persons in the first session were Prof.K.Nageshwar, MLC (Chairman), Dr.K.Keshava Rao (Screening Committee Chairman, TRS), Prof.S.Mallesh, Principal, UCA&SS,O.U. (Guest of Honor) and Prof.P.L.Vishweshwar Rao (Former, Principal, UCA&SS, O.U).
The session was started by Prof.P.L.Vishweshwar Rao in his speech he highlighted few important aspects of the status of Telangana people in A.P. he spoke about how Telangana people feel ‘Aliens’ on their own land. There should be social and economic upliftment for the Telangana people. According to Sri. Krishna Committee 60% of Telangana people don’t own land. Dr.K.Keshav Rao highlighted few things in his speech such as maximum channels do not work for the growth of Telangana.
According to him cinema is a big “Mafia” telugu folkhore lost its traditions. The first palke award winner was Jai Raj Naidu and he hails from Hyderabad, but he is not considered as a prominent personality and had not been invited to any film functions to honor him. He also remarked that most of the bus drivers, auto-rikshawallas etc. most of the domestic workers are Telangana people while most of the employees, businessmen are Andhra people, so Andhrites have occupied the superior positions and Telangana people are treated as inferior. He emphasized the quote “Desham ante matti kadhoy – desham ante manushuloy” and told that Telangana people should rediscover, rebuild themselves and have confidence.
Prof.K.Nageshwar emphasized on redistribution of power and resources. And he highlighted the point that Hyderabad has no single thermal power station. Prof.S.Mallesh was the last person to take over the podium in the first session. He made a statement that in no way media is rebuilding both Telangana and seemandhra because of various reasons such as media ownership etc. media should play a critical and vital role in public sphere and greater role in the normative framework. Media played an important role in 1940’s and 1950’s in building nationality and in agriculture sector, socio-economic progress etc, in 1980’s and 1990’s media played a role of discriminating each other’s culture and tradition and is still going on he highlighted the point – “Bemaani ke dhandhe main emaandhari” which meant that films with has negative effect on the society. He also spoke about how both electronic and print media has an hidden agenda of presenting news. At last Prof.P.L.Vishweshwar Rao told that there is exploitation of resources to the Telangana people.
Seminar ended at 12:30 pm with vote of thanks.

  1. Two day International Conference on “India and Iran in Contemporary Relations” from 7th –8th November 2013 Organized by Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

The Two-Day International Conference on India and Iran in Contemporary Relations has been conducted at Osmania University Centre for International Programme (OUCIP) at Osmania University Campus on 7 - 8h November 2013.
The Director, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Prof. R. Sidda Goud, has introduced the guests and explained the importance of the theme of the Conference and also given the welcome address. Prof. Aftab Kamal Pasha Director, Gulf Studies Programme Centre for West Asian Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi has given Key Note address. The Inaugural session of the Two-Day International Conference was concluded by the vote of thanks proposed by Prof. Gautam Murthy of the Centre. The Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor has released Abstract Book on this occasion.
In response to our invitation the Centre received more than 90 papers from India and abroad, but the Academic Committee under the Chairmanship of the Director, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, has selected only 52 papers and sent acceptance letters to the concerned participants. The Academic Committee was headed by Prof. R. Sidda Goud, Prof. V. Satyanarayan Reddy, Prof. Gautam Murthy, Mrs. Manisha Mookherjee and Dr. Srilatha are members of the committee.
Apart from this, the Centre has constituted the organizing committee to conduct the conference as Prof. Geetha Reddy Anant, Prof. V. Satyanarayan Reddy, Prof. T.V. Gopala Chary, Prof. Gautam Murthy, Prof. Bala Kishan, Mrs. Manisha Mookherjee and Dr. Srilatha are members.
Besides, the Director and organizing committee has constituted another committee called Secretarial Committee with Dr. Ch.Venkateshwarlu, PDF of Political Science Department and Research Fellow, Osmania University, Dr. Ramana Maram, PDF of Political Science Department and Research Fellow, Osmania University, B. Nagaraj, Ph.D. Scholar Economics, Osmania University, Mrs. J. Srujana, Research Assistant, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Ms. G. Shobha Rani, Stenographer, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies and Mr. Guru Raj, Accountant Centre for Indian Ocean Studies to help in all respects of boarding and receiving the delegates and also to provide local hospitalities.
There are 42 delegates, and 32 were participants, were participated, many of them are 12 Ph. D scholars and 14 guests total of about 90 people participated in the two day International Conference held on 7th –8th November 2013 on India and Iran in Contemporary Relations.
On 5th November 2012, press meet was conducted at Conference Hall of Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, by the Director, Prof. R. Sidda Goud, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies explained the media about the theme of the ConferenceIndia and Iran in Contemporary Relations
The International Conference on India-Iran in Contemporary Relations was inaugurated on the 7th November 2013. The President of the Conference Prof S. Satyanarayana, Vice Chancellor, Osmania University released the abstract Souvenir while formally inaugurating the conference. The Chief Guest of the conference was Dr. Hadi Solaiman Pour, Director Centre for International Research and Education .Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Iran set the momentum to the conference by addressing the depth in the relations between India and Iran which according to him goes beyond the purview of diplomacy. He also announced that his Centre plans to have a similar exercise in Iran which is likely to see the participation of scholars, educationalists ,people drawn from art, culture , science and so on . The Guest of Honor Prof Tirupati Rao, former Vice Chancellor of Osmania University appealed to the gathering there was much to be gained in the humanizing factor which has greater value than sanctions or security .
The Key Note address was delivered by Prof P.K Pasha, Director, Gulf Studies Programme, SIS, JNU, New Delhi. Prof Pasha dwelt on the evolution of the bilateral ties between Iran and India from the Nehruvian era to the present times. He covered the entire gamut of relations with his expertise in Gulf Studies. The inaugural session ended with the vote of thanks given by Prof Gautam Murthy, Prof of Economics, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
The first session theme was New Areas of Cooperation and Conflict. This session has chaired by Prof. Ravindra Shastry. In this five papers were presented Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pradhan, ‘Impact of Intra-Regional Conflicts in West Asia on the India-Iran Relations’, Dr. Sujata Ashwarya Cheema,’ India-Iran Relations in the post-Cold War Period: A Neorealist Analysis’, Mohammed Khalid, ‘Indo-Iran Relations: Strands of Cooperation and Potential for Conflict in the 21st Century’ Dr. V. Srilatha, ‘India Iran Relations: Prospects of Cooperation’, Ashok Alex Luke, ‘Engaging with Iran: Contemporary Challenge to Indian Foreign Policy’. After presentation of papers fruitful discussions has been taken and the Conference was adjourned for Lunch Break from 1.30pm. 2.30pm.
The continuation of the 1nst Session was conducted under Prof Channa Basvaiah which had 5 presentations Dr.Swaswati Choudhury, ‘India – Iran Relations: Aiming at Convergence of Interests’, V. Rama Krishna, ‘India’s Foreign Relations with Iran: Strengthening New Areas of Cooperation’, D. Sreepathi Naidu, ‘Political Transition in Iran: A Positive Movement in India – Iran Relations’, Anns George, ‘Chabahar Port and India’s New Strategic Outpost in Middle East’, Mohammad Ajam, ‘India Relation with the Persian Gulf Since Antiquity Till Now’. The session was adjourned for Tea Break after discussions and question answers.
After Tea Break 3.45pm. – 5.15pm. II session was conducted on the Extra Regional PowersIndia Iran Relations, chaired by Dr. P. K. Pradhan, of 12 listed papers 9 presented their papers.Sukalpa Chakrabarti, ‘Extra Regional Powers Dynamics in Iran Implications for India's Foreign Policy’, Mir. Ayub Ali, ‘India – Iran Relation Against the Backdrop of Afghanistan’, Liyaqat Ayub Khan, ‘US Pushing in India Iran Relations’, Priya Sharma, ‘Geo-Strategic Significance of Chahbahar Port for India: Challenges and Prospects’, Vivek Mishra, ‘US Sanctions on Iran: India a Potential Bargaining Chip?’, Zahra Abotorabi Ardestani, ‘Iran and India Relations and the US Interests’, Y.S. Kiran Kumar, ‘India’s Balancing Act Between Iran and USA’, Samaiah Palnaty, ‘Strategic and Security Concerns’, Chandana Baruah, ‘Indo – Iran Relations in Afghanistan’. After questions from the audience and participants and answers given by the presenters the second session was ended and the Conference was adjourned to 2nd day i.e. 8th November 2013.
The fourth session was conducted on 8th November 2013 at 9.30a.m. – 11.30a.m. on the theme of Energy and Nuclear s Security, chaired by Col Rajeev Agarwal, of 9 listed 6 presented their papers. Col Rajeev Agarwal, ‘Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Programme – A Real Threat Or a Ploy By The West To Counter Iran’s Rise As a Regional Power’, Dr. Gautam Murthy, ‘India – Iran Energy Co-operation – Circumventing Western Sanctions’, Abhimanyu Behera, ‘India and Iran Energy Ties: Problems and Prospects’, Mathew Sinu Simon, ‘Is India a Compliant or Progressive Voice in International Relations? A Study of EU Sanctions on Iran and its Impact on India – Iran Relations’,
Dahiphale Vithal, ‘The Iranian Nuclear Issue and Standoff with Western Power’ Amity Saha & Avisek Mookherjee, ‘Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline: Geopolitical Reality and Choices for India’. After a Tea Break the fourth session `with the theme of Economic and Trade Relations was conducted by the Chair Prof Gautam Murthy, of the 9 papers 7 papers were presented M. Mahtab Alam Rizvi, ‘India – Iran Economic and Trade Relations: Prospects and Challenges’, Raghu Deshaboina, ‘The Study on Stock Markets of India – Iran and Economic Cooperation Between Both the Nations’, K. Kamala, ‘Indo – Iran Economic Relations: A View’, Prof. R. Gopinath & Seyed Hossein Hosseini, ‘Trade Relations Between Iran and India from 1796 -1859. Statement of Problem’, Dr. Radha Raghuramapatruni, ‘Prospects and Possibilities of Indo-Iran Trade Relations’, G. Ramakrishna, ‘The Long Run Relationship Between Exports and Imports : The Experience of India and Iran’. After questions and answers the fifth session was adjoined for Lunch Break.
The fifth and the last session of the Two-Day International Conference was the post lunch session Culture and Civilization, Chaired by Kausar J. Azam, of 12 listed 9 papers were presented Prof. Fatima Shahnaz, ‘The Anti – Clash Theory: Civilization in Transformation’, Upamanyu Sengupta, ‘Storytellers Across Digital Regionscapes: Affective Mapping as a Platform for Iran-India Dialogue’, Ch. Venkateshwarlu & Rama Rao Goud, ‘Indo-Iran Relations – Emerging Regional Strategic Socio-Cultural and Political Dynamics’, Ashiq Neerad, ‘India and Iran : Age – Old Relations and the Need for the Preservation of Culture in the 21st Century’, Mohd. Husamuddin, ‘The Relevance of Modernization in India & Iran with Reference to Islam’, Mahdi Aslezaeem & Prof. T.V. Gopala Chari, ‘Cultural Iran Beyond the Political Relations in Globalization Process’, Sedigheh Aminian, ‘Globalization and its Impact on Indian Culture’, M. Vishnu Prakash, ‘Strengthening India – Iran Relations: Commercial Contacts & Cultural Commonalities’, Azar Eskandari, ‘A Sociological Study of Iran and India Cultural Relations’. After Lunch Break.
The Valedictory session was conducted at 4.00p.m. H.E. Mir Mahmood Moosav, Former Ambassador of Iran in India was the Chief Guest, Prof. MSN Reddy, Registrar, Osmania University, Chaired of the session and Prof P.V Rao was the Valedictory speaker and H. E. Hassan Nourian, Consul General of Islamic Republic of Iran, Hyderabad attended the session as a Guest of Honour. The Director, Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Prof. R. Sidda Goud chaired the session. Dr. V Srilatha proposed vote of thanks. After vote of thanks the Conference was concluded.

The Two-Day International was also attended by the large number of faculty from different parts of India and abroad and Ph.D. Scholars, from all over from India ,Assistant Professors – Doctoral Fellows and Students from various Departments of Osmania University, Central University Hyderabad, Scholars / Students Participation for 2-days has helped the Conference immensely making it a grand success. I am herewith enclosing Abstract Book.

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