TEDxGECSalon: Emancipation of Education

May 2016
By: Shreegireesh Jalihal

The first TEDxGECSalon event was held on 21st April 2017 and was themed ‘Emancipation of Education’. A Salon event is similar to a standard event but with the inclusion of group discussions. The TEDx team took the decision to feature an equal number of teachers and students to engage in the discussion about the academics, campus, events, and prevailing culture in GEC. The 10 students for the event were chosen by an exhaustive form which featured 6 questions, the people with the best responses were chosen from all the departments. The event was organised by the same team and mentor as the first TEDxGEC event. The participants for the event included:

  • Ganesh Hegde
  • Vivek Belotkar
  • Purti Savardekar
  • Sayeesh Habbu
  • Kavita Asnani
  • Prasanna Kumar
  • Chetan Desai
  • Vijay Borges
  • Adlete Mascarhenas
  • Sarvesh Nagesh Shenai
  • Varidish Desai
  • Saavi Gaunekar
  • Shreya Tiwari
  • Chetan Pangavane
  • Younita Pandey
  • Macbeth Fernandes
  • Gyan Prakash
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Arun Singh Rathore

The event first began with a TED video about education by Salman Khan (founder of Khan Academy) and was then followed by a round of comments by all the participants. The major ideas and areas of interest for students and teachers had been identified and put up on boards which acted as pointers for all the participants to have discussions about. Some of the topics that came up during the course of the event included cleanliness of the campus, interaction between students and faculty (academic and otherwise), need for a full time counsellor on campus, and the need for a more practical approach towards academics. This was the first forum to feature teachers and students discussing about the campus and as such the discussion was enlightening and deep with everyone putting their points of view forward for a better campus experience.

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Sept 2016
By: Shreegireesh Jalihal

The first ever TEDxGEC event was held on 16th of August 2016. With Shreegireesh Jalihal (TE Civil) as the licensee and primary organiser for the event, and Nikhil Singh (SE ETC) as the co-organiser, under the guidance of Dr Ganesh Hegde, TEDxGEC featured 4 speakers from different walks of life.

The organising team which featured students from all 4 years and from all the branches slogged hard till event day. Held at the ETC auditorium and spanning over 2 and a half hours, TEDxGEC managed to bring in a fresh event into the campus. The event began with a talk by Kanan Tandi, a certified practitioner from Centre for Body Language and director of Body Speaks Better, who gave a 15 minute talk on detecting fake sexual harassment cases by using non-verbal cues alone. Kanan, who has trained airport security officials and CISF officers, used real videos of alleged victims along with actual victims to showcase exact differences in behaviour between the two. This talk was followed by Gaurav Padte’s inspiring speech. Gaurav, a 21 year old MA student from Goa University is the creator and administrator of the highly popular humor page ANM. Humor aside the page admins are known for their frequent outings to do social service, from cleaning up public places like beaches and bus stands, to feeding the poor and homeless for free. Gaurav’s work has gained so much attention that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tweeted about the clean work at a stadium that Gaurav was involved in. His talk inspired people to take up direct action as a viable means of achieving desired results. The third act was presented by Mrs Marietta D’Souza who is a practicing counsellor and psychiatrist who has dealt with a range of people, from infants to adults. Mrs D’Souza once served as a clinical psychologist at an Indian Navy base. She spoke about dealing with heartbreaks and stressed about the need for people going through the situation to find the strength in them to move on and find new avenues in life to channel their energies towards. The final performance for the day was by Somu Rao, who ended the event on a very high note with an extremely insightful and bold talk about debunking superstitions and black magic. Rao, who is an ex-president of the Federation of Indian Rationalists Association, has decades of experience in dealing with paranormal claims and has conducted a plethora of workshops featuring demonstrations debunking the same. He demonstrated all the major tropes used by the so-called mystics-from fire walking to producing jewellery from thin air- in a talk that surely opened the eyes of all those in attendance. The talks were interspersed with TED videos featuring the best TED talks from around the world. There was an interval at the middle of the programme when the college band took the stage to perform music and entertain the audience. The event was attended by over 400 people; with 100 in the auditorium and over

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