The wide array of activities held under the rubric of Extra Curricular Activity Committee (ECA) of Maharaja Agrasen College offers creative stimulation which fosters the holistic development of a student’s intellectual, cognitive, social, and artistic skills.
|PROPOSED CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2018-19|
| 15 AUGUST 2018 –INDEPENDENCE DAY|
| 17 AUGUST OR 21 AUGUST 2018 –FRESHER’S EVENT |
| 12 -14 SEPTEMBER 2018 - SPIC MACAY FESTIVAL |
| 26-28 FEBRUARY 2019 – YUVAAN |
| 26 APRIL 2019 – FAREWELL |
1. Cultivation of social and moral values: Explanation: Education should be a forceful tool for the cultivation of social and moral values. Erosion of social and moral values usually results from disengagement from environment and identity. Culture is an important source to understand the symbiotic relationship we share with our surroundings as well as the factors that go into formation of identity. Cultural awareness helps us become sensitive and responsible members of local, national and global communities. MAC Application i. Understanding “what is culture” ii. Recognising plurality and diversity iii. Each student encouraged to participate in one way or the other iv. Working in teams, developing world views and value systems 2. Eliminate obscurantism, religious fanaticism, violence, superstition and fatalism: Explanation: In the multi-cultural ethos like India, educational systems are expected to inculcate tolerance and co-existence. For that it is essential to dispel obscurantism and fanaticism and replace these with living syncretic knowledge and cultural traditions. MAC Application i. Exposure to empowering ideas and influential peoples and practices ii. Introducing thought and philosophy behind epics, literatures, monuments and festivals iii. Encouraging students to develop rational, eternal and universal approach to phenomenon iv. Developing faith for right action and belief in self and agency over fate or passivity 3. Positive content, based on heritage and national goals: Explanation: Participation in cultural fora can significantly broaden horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries. It can foster interest in heritage, national pride, global linkage and critical approach to narratives and mores. MAC Application: i. Tapping interest and potential in cultural participation ii. Providing climate for inter-disciplinary amalgamation of skills and vision iii. Motivating students towards comprehension and conservation of tangible and intangible heritage iv. Developing excellence in performing arts and cultural spheres to further national pride 4. Bridging gap between classroom education and cultural traditions: Explanation: The gap between formal education and rich Indian and global traditions can be effectively bridged by drawing attention to the soft skills, emotional intelligence and spiritual quotient enshrined in them. Technology today has become an over-riding presence in human lives, causing disconnect with the real, the past and the present. Immersing pupils in alternative modes of expression and perception develops enabling faculties and continuities. MAC Application i. Initiating students to concepts like soft skills, emotional intelligence and spiritual growth ii. Fostering mind and body health through wholesome living iii. Using art and culture to deal with stress and depression iv. Finding healing and bondings in shared cultural contexts 5. Develop sensitivity to beauty, harmony and refinement: Explanation: Most philosophical traditions stress on the fact that beauty is truth, and truth is beauty. Refinement comes with practice and dedication. Harmony is the sense of peace and unity from without and within. Appreciation and devotion to any art form or cultural practice goes a long way in shaping true aesthetics, selfless service and sense of purpose and meaning in life. MAC Application i. Replacing superficial concept of beauty with an expansive and profound concept ii. Displacing ideas of high or low culture or elite and folk performers with inclusive cultural concepts iii. Learning to appreciate and emulate lifelong hard work and zeal to learn in maestros and thespians iv. Setting aside ego and vanity to perform not for fame but for art 6. Exposure to culture in myriad manifest forms including fine arts, performing arts, history, archaeology, folklore, Indology and everyday cultural practices: Explanation: Culture as a way of life and as human accomplishment and achievement connects peoples and practices throughout the world. Cultural endeavour rests on the one hand on purity and precision and on the other, on innovation and fusion. The wider the circle of cultural integration, the greater is the possibility of path breaking excellence. MAC Application i. Continuously reaching out to new frontiers of the cultural world ii. Endorsing the values of unique collaborations and creations iii. Making arts meaningful and relevant in contemporary contexts iv. Giving cultural practices a new lease of life through new blood and fresh outlook In view of the above ECA decisions taken till now: 1. Maximum students to be encouraged to participate in Cultural programmes 2. Hold an Introductory Session for members of the Cultural Council and MAC Societies to orient them to concepts like “culture”, “aesthetics”, “emotional intelligence”, “soul mind body integration” and “soft skills” 3. Mentor bodies like the Student Union to cultural possibilities and help set examples of good taste and best quality 4. Facilitate media visibility 5. Seek collaborations, partnerships, sponsorships 6. Participate in cultural exchange programmes 7. Motivate and prepare MAC Societies to host inter-college events 8. Ensure skill development by engaging coaches/ mentors for societies 9. Invite as many cultural icons as possible to inspire students 10. Include Lecture Demonstrations and Heritage Walks under the SPIC MACAY umbrella to increase cultural exposure 11. Introduce new areas of cultural endeavour in Yuvaan-the Cultural Festival of the College 12. Set out targets and domains of MAC Societies and carry out selections, activities, evaluations, and certifications accordingly 13. Adopt the strict criteria of attendance for participating students as per University rules. Discontinuation of membership/ participation as soon as attendance criteria falls below the minimum requisite. 14. Adopt transparent mechanism of holding practice/ rehearsal/ training with College approved space and permitted time slots to ensure academic performance of participating students 15. Have pre-approved and pre-informed criteria of “Sanskriti” award (best performer) and “Samayojak” award (best organiser) to incentivise excellence