Wednesday, 29 July 2015

SAMBANDH 2015 Rules

Food Stall Guidelines

  • No use of fire
  • No cooking on the spot
  • Food must be brought readymade
  • 3 people have to be in the stall
  • Names have to be given beforehand and no one else can stay in the stall other than these people
  • Prices need to be reasonable
  • A portion of your profit must be given for charity. The amount can be submitted to the department and is not specified and voluntary
  • Cleanliness must be maintained. Gloves are required.
  • Expect maximum crowd between 12-2pm

Art Events


  • ·        It’s an individual event
  • ·        Participants must bring their own stationary
  • ·        Paper will be provided
  • ·        No colours allowed
  • ·        Topic will be given on the spot
  • ·        Mention Name, Register Number and Class
  • ·        Time limit- 45 minutes
  • ·        Participants must write a brief paragraph explaining the caricature
  • ·        No abusive or offensive caricatures


  • ·        3-4 members per group
  • ·        Charts will be provided
  • ·        Magazines and newspaper and any other stationary required to be brought by the participants
  • ·        No scissors or scales allowed
  • ·        White/blank space not allowed
  • ·        Time limit- 1 hour
  • ·        Participants must write a brief paragraph explaining the collage


  • ·        Individual event
  • ·        Duration – 1 hour
  • ·        Materials to be brought by participants
  • ·        Topic to be announced on the spot
  • ·        No base coating or colour to be applied prior to the event
  • ·        Pot size ranging from small to medium

  • Two participants per team from the same class (1 artist and 1 subject)
  • Original designs
  • Participants have to bring their own material
  • Time: 40 minutes
Lit Events

The structure of the essay to be written is styled in such a way that participants have space to apply in a logical pattern what they take out from their chosen quote/cartoon clip (which will be given on the spot) rather than merely discussing the same in a general and superficial manner. 
This essay writing competition is one that is solution driven and goes on to provide a tinted glass view of what applied sociology actually is, to not only the participant but also the ones who get to read and evaluate them. 
In a nutshell it can be said that writing this essay and further evaluating it leads one to a two way process of learning wherefrom both the participants and those student volunteers involved in organising and evaluating it get to benefit, thus further enhancing our sociological experience in this year’s SAMBANDH.

  • Rules:
  • ·        Individual event
  • ·        The essay should be between 350-750 words
  • ·        Strict adherence to the minimum word limit is advised since non-compliance results in disqualification of the paper and negative marking for the class
  • ·        Choose and write on any one of the topics/quote/cartoon clipping that will be given on the spot during the competition
  • ·        Clearly indicate the topic you are attempting on the top of your paper 
  • ·        Write down your Name, Register Number and Class
  • ·        Plagiarism will not be tolerated
  • ·        Time Limit: 45 minutes
  • ·        Three minutes of time will be given for studying and analysing the topic

  • ·        Individual event
  • ·        2 topics will be announced on the spot
  • ·        Clearly indicate the topic you are attempting on the top of your paper 
  • ·        Write down your Name, Register Number and Class
  • ·        Plagiarism will not be tolerated
  • ·        Time Limit: 45 minutes
  • ·        Participants are expected to write minimum 15 lines
  • ·        There will be negative marking for the class if you write less than 15 lines

·               2 team members
·        No limit on number of teams per class
·        Each team will be given a personality, country, city or any other famous object to guess
·        Each team will be given only 10 minutes to guess their word
·        Maximum of 20 questions allowed per team per turn
·        All team members will be required to guess, and all questions will be directed towards the Emcees (or organisers)
·        The team which uses the least number of questions to correctly guess the word will win
·        Points will be given based on number of questions asked, time taken, and the final guess
·        Only Yes or No questions will be allowed
·        No enactments, miming, or spelling out of the word will be entertained

·        4 team members
·       Only one team per class
·       Each team will be given an institution to represent, which has had in the past, accusations of human rights violations levelled against it. (Institutions may vary from Prison administrations to private companies to government departments)
·       Each team will have to understand the case study given and analyse the situation at hand
·       Points will be given based on the way the team handles their respective crisis situations, the questions asked by the panel and the defence they construct around their case studies
·       Each team will be subject to a stress test from a panel of individuals who specialise in Human Rights Law and are engaged in various fields, academic and non-academic
·       Case studies will be released three days prior to the event by August 5, 2015
·       Parallel to this year’s theme of Human Rights, the panel will seek the team with the most viable defence of an institution based on logic, facts and plausible solutions
·       Points will be awarded for construction of a viable defence, using (or reference of) Human rights law in their respective arguments and the way each team handles the stress test in terms of answers, logic and replies/rebuttals


General Rules:

  • Team event
  • Every team should consist of 2 members only (from the same class)
  • Preliminary round will be written
  • Final round rules will be explained on spot

Preliminary Round:

  • Written quiz
  • Team of 2
  • Total 25 questions
  • Star questions will be used to resolve tie breakers
  • No negative marking
  • Prohibition on use of communication devices during quiz
  • Quiz master’s decision will be final and binding 

  • The participant will be assigned a sociologist the day before through a draw the day before the event which is Thursday, August 6 in II PSEng, Room 102, Block 1
  • Participants will have to prepare all possible topics under the sociologist
  • They will get two minutes of speech and one minute of answering questions
  • No profanities or vulgar language allowed
  • Humor is allowed and encouraged
  • Judges have the final decision



  • Each class has to put up a performance for a maxium of ten minutes
  • It could be any of the following or a combination of the same:
    • theatre
    • music
    • dance
    • mime

Sunday, 19 July 2015

SAMBANDH 2015: Event List

9.30 am
10-11 am
12 noon -1 pm
3.45 pm
Campus View

Lit Events

Crisis (III EPS)/ Creative Writing (II EPS)
Salesman (III PSEco)
20 Questions (III EPS) / Quiz (M.A.)

Art Events

Caricatures       (III PSEng) / Mehendi (I PSEco)
Pot Painting (I PSEng)/ Collage Making (III PSEng)
Wall Painting (II PSEco)

Stage events

10 Minutes on stage


World Play


Campus View

Thursday, 16 July 2015

An exercise in Service Learning: Being a Skywalker

In a city like Bangalore where the population is 8.5 million with a large percentage of it being the youth, road safety and precaution should be an issue of primary care and concern.
Over the last ten years, the rapid population growth due to IT and other associated industries has led to an increase in the vehicular population to more than 2 million, with an annual growth rate of over 10%. Further, there has been a significant increase in the number of two wheelers and personal cars in use.

Hosur Road, near Dairy Circle is one area that sees shoppers, office-goers, students and employees, all moving in an incredible rush. Being a densely populated area, the BBMP, estimates these numbers to be around an estimated 16,000 per day. Thus, the traffic on Hosur Road is a constant during most times of the day and crossing it is no cakewalk. Children and adults cross the road in the same manner – jumping the signal, running between buses, narrowly missing autos. 

This issue is found to be the same in the narrower lanes and by-lanes in the area as well – be it S.G. Palya, or Chikkalakshmiah Layout, there is no guarantee if the pedestrian, the driver or both are at fault. One faces the same danger in both cases. For a while, there seemed to be no way around it.  That was however, until the establishment of the foot overbridge in front of Christ University. The skywalk was set up under a public-private partnership (PPP) programme that was initiated by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) in 2014. Today, it even has a lift installed that can hold around 50 people at a time.

The problem that is seen however, is the minimal use that the skywalk is put to. While a large number of people make use of it, there is a larger number that does not. And most often, there appears to be no concrete reason as to why they do not do so.
As a group of socially aware and active individuals, the students of third year Sociology decided to take matters into their own hands.
On July 2nd, 2015, about a group of fifty students decked in red and/or black, holding posters and stickers, spread themselves out across Hosur Road to ensure that people made use of the skywalk. Beginning from Chikkalakshmiah Layout which houses a large number of college-goers, to Christ University, these students made note-worthy attempts in convincing the public at large to ‘be a skywalker’.

Many people refused to do so, with one even claiming that ‘my time is more important that my life’. A certain employee of Tech Mahindra made a gesture of being late for work and thus ignored the pleas of the campaigners, but took a while before he could get across the road. Going back halfway and using the skywalk got him over quicker, and our point was also made. Similar was the issue with many who were in a hurry to get across, regardless of age. Since the activists took to the roads at the peak time, from 8.30 to 10 AM, the resistance was much stronger than at other times. This highlights the strong work culture that is set in our minds, but no road ethics. It also points to us taking life for granted and value time and money over life itself.

Some however did motion to the campaigners about the good job that they were doing and even stopped to read the posters that they held up. They even posed for photographs and seemed to feel glad when we thanked them for using the overbridge, or said that they did a good job. Their smiles and efforts were little success stories.

While individuals may have been convinced to be a skywalker on a certain Thursday, there is a limited chance they continue to do so. One might consider the skywalk if they realise that the roads are crowded or traffic is abysmal. However, they need to realise that the skywalk is there for a reason – it is there for US to be safe, rather than sorry. Further, it does not take up much of an individual’s time but instead, helps save time. As they say, ‘better late than never’.

Pratyusha Dwivedi
3rd PSEng