The Khaitan School, Noida, echoed with the vibrant voices of young intellectuals as the Middle School Social Science department hosted an intellectually stimulating event – the Class VIII Symposium. Set against the backdrop of “Exploring the Least Explored Enchanting North East,” the symposium, held on August 22nd, 2023, showcased the prowess of nine outstanding student speakers who took the stage to delve into the multifaceted tapestry of North East India.
Under the umbrella of this year’s theme, “Towards the New Understanding of North East India,” the symposium aimed to provide Grade VIII students with a unique opportunity to unravel the diverse aspects of this captivating region. The selected student speakers were chosen through a rigorous screening process overseen by subject teachers. Their eloquence, confidence, and extensive research skills were on full display as they presented their insights on a wide array of subtopics, ranging from the scenic landscapes and rich handicrafts to the nuanced socio-political issues that the North East faces.
The topics covered during the symposium included:
1. Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya: Dying Matriarchal Traditions – A contemplation on the fading matriarchal traditions within the Khasi tribe, exploring their historical significance and modern challenges.
2. Ethnic Diversity and Associated Challenges in North East India – An examination of the region’s remarkable ethnic diversity and the challenges arising from coexistence and assimilation.
3. Geographical Wonders of North East – An enchanting exploration of the region’s awe-inspiring geographical features, from lush forests to majestic waterfalls.
4. Border Issues in Arunachal Pradesh and Insurgency in North East – A sobering analysis of the geopolitical complexities and insurgency issues plaguing the North Eastern states, with a focus on Arunachal Pradesh.
5. Land Reclamation and the Forest – A discussion on land reclamation practices and their impact on the unique North Eastern forests.
6. Meitei and Kuki Tribes of Manipur – An insightful exploration of the history, culture, and ongoing conflicts between the Meitei and Kuki tribes in Manipur.
7. Youth and Their Aspirations in North East – An exploration of the dreams, challenges, and aspirations of the youth in this region.
8. Manipur Woes – A closer look at the issues affecting Manipur and its people, shedding light on socio-political concerns.
9. Tourism and Handicrafts: Lifeline of North East – A vibrant portrayal of the North East’s tourism potential and the vital role of handicrafts in sustaining the local economy.
Ms. Areeba Madam, the Subject Lead of the Social Science department, served as the esteemed judge for the event. Her encouragement and guidance motivated the students, fostering their confidence and public speaking skills. The symposium concluded with the announcement of winners in two categories:
Best Speaker – Symposium:
1. AALYA (Grade 8A)
2. ADITYA KESHARY (Grade 8F)
Best Research Presentation – Symposium:
1. HARSHIT BANSAL (Grade 8C)
2. SAACHI SINGH (Grade 8G)
The symposium achieved its objectives, providing a platform for students to gain insights into the cultural richness of North East India while appreciating the art of persuasive communication. Through their presentations, the student speakers illuminated the intricate tapestry of the region, fostering a new appreciation for its diversity and complexities. This event not only celebrated the intellectual prowess of The Khaitan School’s Grade VIII students but also marked a step towards fostering greater understanding and awareness of the enchanting North East.