Professors from 6 different universities speak on
Defending Academic Freedom


  • Aditya Mukherjee-JNU
  • Aditya Narain Misra-Delhi University
  • Anil Panikkar- Consultant Psychologist
  • Apoorvanand-Delhi University
  • Bulbul Dhar, Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Jagmati Sangwan-AIDWA
  • Manasi Thapaliyal, Ambedkar University
  • Mohit Pandey, President, JNUSU
  • Nandita Narain- President, DUTA
  • N. Raghuram, GGSIP University
  • Rakesh Meena -Haryana Central University
  • Rukmimi Sen- Ambedkar University
  • Snehsata -Haryana Central University
  • Vivek Sachdeva -GGSIP University

Public Meeting
October 21, 2016     3-6pm
Deputy Chairman Hall, 2nd Floor, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001

Limited Space on first come first serve basis

ANHAD B 5, Basement, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi-110013


Launch of the AdhaFULL initiative by UNICEF and BBC Media Action India


New Delhi, 18th October, 2016 - UNICEF India and BBC Media Action India today launched a 'coming of age' action drama series for social change, AdhaFULL. The launch was graced by Dr. A Surya Prakash, Hon'ble Chairman, Prasar Bharati, Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative, Ms Supriya Sahu, Director General Doordarshan, Ms. Priyanka Dutt, Country Director, BBC Media Action, officials from the Government of India, senior members from the media, civil society partners and adolescents themselves.

AdhaFULL, a 78 episode TV series, has been conceptualized and created by BBC Media Action, and developed in partnership with UNICEF. AdhaFULL follows three adolescents-Kitty (16), Tara (11) and Adrak (15), who form the AdhaFULL gang, as they solve a new case each week. The mysteries are intertwined with their journey of growing up in a small town. Issues such as under-age marriage, nutrition, stereotyping of girls and boys, continuing education, peer pressure, school drop-outs and exam blues and gender-based violence are creatively depicted in the narrative.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative, said, "India is home to 243 million adolescents. This series portrays adolescents who stand up for their rights. Through a mix of social drama, action, energy, fun, humour and emotions, this edutainment package discusses existing social norms and showcases transformation from a culture of silence to a culture of change and freedom"

The half-hour-long episodes of AdhaFULL, will be telecast on Doordarshan National on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week between 7.30-8pm staring October 21, 2016. "Doordarshan has the largest reach in India. We are happy to be the first channel to broadcast a dedicated programme for adolescents, engaging them so that they can reach their full potential", said Dr. A Surya Prakash, Hon'ble Chairman, Prasar Bharati, while addressing the gathering.

Ms. Supriya Sahu, Director General, Doordarshan highlighted that as a Public Service Broadcaster, DD has always strived to reach out to its viewers through meaningful and impactful programming. Telecast of AdhaFULL on DD is the fulfilment of its commitment.

AdhaFULL, the Hinglish name of the series, reflects the hybrid nature of both a society in transition and adolescence. The AdhaFULL gang episodes swing between its rural avtaar of the past and its present small town persona with urban trappings.

"Young lives and aspirations are about the 3Cs - curiosity, challenge and creativity. They are willing to re-evaluate, to take chances but often feel limited. Through AdhaFULL's story and its characters, we want to engage our young viewers and their parents in a journey of change, so that they feel they can negotiate and work with the 3Cs. For us, it's been an exciting, enthralling journey - I hope it would be the same for our audiences", says Radharani Mitra, National Creative Director & Executive Producer, BBC Media Action.

AdhaFULL is a 'creative magnifier' - it brings to life, in a thoroughly entertaining way, everything that deserves a place in a series about adolescence.

The action- packed series is being produced by Sunshine Productions, complete with pyrotechnics, chases, stunts, stylised lighting and filming, original sound tracks to accentuate drama and suspense. The television series will be supported by a 78-episode-long radio show called Full on Nikki, as well as a mobile game, an inter-personal toolkit, graphic novels and DVD omnibuses.

For more information, please contact:


  • Geetanjali Master, Communication Specialist
    Tel: 91-981 810 5861, E-mail:
  • Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer - Media
    Tel: +91-981 017 0289, E-mail:
BBC Media Action
  • Radharani Mitra, Global Creative Advisor, National Creative Director & Executive Producer,
    Telephone: +91 (011) 4259 1200.
Doordarshan -
  • Supriya Sahu, Director General, Doordarshan
    Telephone: 91-11- 23386055 Email:

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

About BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the independent international charity of the BBC, which uses the power of media and communications to help people transform their lives worldwide. As part of one of the world's leading media organisations, BBC Media Action's work aims to raise awareness among mass and opinion-forming audiences, affect behaviour change, influence policy and transfer skills and knowledge. BBC Media Action works in the thematic areas of health, governance and rights, resilience with gender and livelihood as cross-cutting themes. BBC Media Action's approach in India combines mass media, information communication technology, community mobilisation and interpersonal communication to engage families and communities but also networks of service providers, community leaders and other influencers, health system officials and local governance bodies and their functionaries.



Dear Friends,

We look forward to welcoming you to Shilpkala Utsav - a festivity of arts and crafts from 20th - 22nd October 2016 at Aga Khan Hall, Bhagwan Das Road, New Delhi 110001.

Shop for Diwali, enjoy mouth watering delicacies, learn the craft skills from the artisans and support the cause of empowering women artisans and promotion of rich crafts of India from 15 states.

Please do share with your friends and near dear ones and add to the festivity.

Kind regards,


Karnataka Transgender Samithi

Karnataka Transgender Samiti along with Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum, Jeeva, Payana, Samara, Swatantra, Ondede, Sarathya, Mangalamukhi Sanghatane with support of mass movements, dalit movement, women's rights movement, human rights organisations, religious minorities, sex workers movement, requests and invites you to the public rally and public meeting against constant atrocities, discrimination, social exclusion, human rights violation facing by Transgender Community in Karnataka.

Date : 21st October 016 (FRIDAY)
Time : 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Venue : Majestic Railway Station to Town Hall, Bangalore


Students' Collective


Speakers: Seema Kazi, CWDS (on Kashmir) Manisha Mashaal, Swabhiman Society (on Una) Lian Vaiphei, IP College, DU (on North-East) Praavita, WSS (on Chhattisgarh)

19th October (Wednesday), 2pm-5pm
CR-4, AUD, Kashmere Gate



Unicef Data shows that girls spend a disproportionate amount of time on household chores, creating gender inequality from an early age —


Women Power Connect

Resource Directory : WomenPowerConnect under the Project ‘WAJOOD’ supported by Population Services International co-hosted a National Consultation on, ‘Administration of Justice and Convergence of Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Violence’ with Delhi State Legal Services Authority on 8th of October 2016.

During the Consultation WomenPowerConnect released the Resource Directory entitled, “Support Structures and Services for Women Survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence in Delhi”, which brings forth contact details of all the support services available to a survivor of Domestic Violence in Delhi.

The release of the Resource Directory hopes to provide a platform where stakeholders can meet and discuss the way forward in providing comprehensive and efficient services to women survivors of DV/IPV.


Society for Labour and Development

Society for Labour and Development (in collaboration with HELM Studio) is working on in the lead up to UN Habitat III.

The goal is to raise the profile of how exclusionary urbanization policies impact the citizenship rights of migrant workers in megacities.

This 360-degree interactive documentary, Lockstitch Lives - Migrants in the Megacity, transports the user to the neighbourhoods of Gurgaon. Using 360-degree multimedia, Virtual Reality, photography and video, Lockstitch Lives provides deep insight into the living and working conditions of these marginalized communities, and aims to deliver their voice and struggle palpably and honestly.

In the lead up to the UN Habitat III meetings, SLD will be releasing a series of blog posts discussing the challenges faced by migrant workers in urban industrial hubs.

SLD has just launched the first blog on the Lockstitch lives project:

The landing page for the Lockstitch lives project is up:



Programme on Social Science Researach Methodology for Research Scholars and Teachers belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Dates: November 21-26, 2016

The programme is multi-disciplinary in nature that seeks to:

  1. refresh their theoretical knowledge and help identify contemporary issues and debates relating to specific research areas, including strategies for Social Inclusion and Economic Development;
  2. develop skills and the ability to undertake research on those issues using appropriate data and methodologies (quantitative and qualitative); and,
  3. improve research capacity on how to write and publish research paper, project proposals and to prepare project reports.

The week-long programme will consist of lectures, group discussions, exposure to databases, research methods and hands-on exercises with relevant data sets. There will be special lectures by reputed academicians on issues relating to skill development, education, health, industry & employment, poverty and inequality, etc., with specific focus on strategies for social inclusion and economic development.

Young social science researchers and teachers from colleges, universities and research institutes belonging to any of the aforementioned social groups interested in pursuing research related to developmental issues will constitute the target audience of this programme. A batch of 25–30 participants will be selected at all-India level, based on suitability. Participants will get free boarding and lodging facility in the campus hostel on twin-sharing basis. To and fro sleeper class train fare by the shortest route will be reimbursed.

Interested candidates may send their applications (downloadable from ISID website: in the prescribed format along with a write-up of about 500 words on their area of research interest through e-mail to on or before October 21, 2016. Selected candidates will be intimated by October 27, 2016. Further details and programme updates can be found at:


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