‘Taaleem’ - the society of the Elementary Education Department represents an extension of the vision and philosophy of the department beyond the curriculum. Different kinds of programmes organised by the society, help students to look around deeply and reflect on the immediate and the broader social milieu, often in the framework of education.
The logo of the society has been designed by our student Chaitali Gupta (outgoing batch of 2021-22). According to her, the logo contains the nib of a pen with a lighted torch in the centre. The torch has been used as a symbol for spreading the light of knowledge and wisdom which is in synchronization with the vision of our department. This light of knowledge and wisdom illuminates the path of darkness and enlightens the life of an individual. The logo, in the true sense, justifies the name of the society, i.e. Taleem.
'Buniyaad' is the annual academic festival organised by the society. The name of the festival derives from the popular poem of Dushyant Kumar ‘हो गई है पीर पर्वत –सी’, suggesting thereby that the change in the society must be deep-rooted, and beyond the surface level. And education can play a significant role here. This powerful poem is the theme song of the Department of Elementary Education. Every programme begins not with the lighting of a lamp but with a group of students singing this poem.
हो गई है पीर पर्वत-सी
हो गई है पीर पर्वत-सी पिघलनी चाहिए
इस हिमालय से कोई गंगा निकलनी चाहिए
आज यह दीवार, परदों की तरह हिलने लगी
शर्त थी लेकिन कि ये बुनियाद हिलनी चाहिए
हर सड़क पर, हर गली में, हर नगर, हर गाँव में
हाथ लहराते हुए हर लाश चलनी चाहिए
सिर्फ हंगामा खड़ा करना मेरा मकसद नहीं
मेरी कोशिश है कि ये सूरत बदलनी चाहिए
मेरे सीने में नहीं तो तेरे सीने में सही
हो कहीं भी आग, लेकिन आग जलनी चाहिए
- दुष्यंत कुमार
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Through public lectures, panel discussions, interactive sessions, performances, etc. Buniyaad festival gives students intellectually stimulating exposure, which aims to develop among them a critical understanding of various issues and concepts. The events such as poster making, creative writing and role-play, etc. are organized for students on the theme of the year to express themselves in multimodal ways. The themes of Buniyaad in the previous years have been ‘Harmony', 'Globalization', 'Creativity in Classroom', 'Gender, Education and Empowerment, 'Vikalp: Exploring Alternatives', 'Resilience & Resistance: Challenging the Construct of Disability', 'Depiction of Childhood in Hindi Cinema in the Last Decade', ‘Mental health’ ‘Understanding Sexuality in the context of Education, Children in Conflict Zones' etc. Eminent public intellectuals and academicians were invited over the years to share their ideas on the selected themes. Display boards are prepared with reading materials coinciding with the theme. This material includes popular and academic writings by the panelists and others.