Talk on Sister Niveditha.
SISTER NIVEDITA – The Irishwoman who gave her all to India. Talk by Prof. D P Sengupta
Retired Professor, Emeritus Fellow, IISC, Bangalore
Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Chair and Moderator
Prof. Ranita Hirji
Retired Director and Dean of Commits Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication and
former Head of the Department of English and Communication, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
Organized by Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative)
About the topic
Margaret Elizabeth Noble, an exceptionally bright student of Irish descent, was deeply impressed by the talks and discussions of Swami Vivekananda and came to India. She was sworn to celibacy and named Sister Nivedita by the Swami whom she accepted as her Guru. He impressed on her that the best way she could serve India was to educate women. That is what she did with great skill and devotion. The proposed lecture, a power point presentation with pictures that may be available, will touch upon the adversities within which she had to struggle and yet found enough time to promote Art, literature, science and freedom movement and could be counted as one who made significant contributions to Bengal’s Renaissance. Her relentless work took its toll and she died at the age of 44, having given her all to her adopted country.
2017 marks the 150th year of Sister Nivedita’s birth anniversary.
About Prof. D P Sengupta
An Honours graduate in Physics from Calcutta Presidency College and in Electrical Engineering from I.I.T, Kharagpur, Prof Sen Gupta took his Ph.D from Liverpool University where he taught for five years before he joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and carried out teaching and research for about three decades. He received awards for teaching excellence at both Liverpool University and IISc where
he was awarded a special chair for Energy Studies. He had research links with a number of British Universities, particularly with the University of Liverpool andCavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, and the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. An Emeritus Fellow at the IISc he is presently a Visiting Professor at NIAS, Bangalore. He has co-authored books published by Butterworths, McMillan, Alpha International, London and recently by IISc Press and World Scientific. He has published a number of books for children.
About Prof. Ranita Hirji
Prof Hirji retired in 2016 as the Director and Dean of Studies of Commits Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bangalore, and Vice Chairperson of Association of Study Institutes of MCRPV. During her 15 year stint at Commits, she was instrumental in creating and running a practical, industry-focussed mass communication programme that was in tune with media industry’s expectations.
Prior to that she was the head of the English and Communication department at Mount Carmel College and during her career there she designed the Communicative English syllabus, which later became a model curriculum, and a precursor to the media studies programmes, taught today in many universities.
She is always keen on creating thought leadership in areas such as interpersonal communication, written communication, theatre and radio, besides developing training solutions in standardizing language skills and communication etiquette.
Talk on Friday | 3rd March 2017 | 6.30 PM
Bangalore International Centre
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.