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Present Activity

Uneven Playing Fields

A Discussion on the Representation and Perception of Female Athletic Bodies on the Sports Field and in Sports Fiction



A Talk by Somrita Ganguly

Ph.D. Scholar

Center for English Studies

Jawaharlal Nehru University


8th August, 2015 (Saturday)

Committee Room, Central Library


In 2014 Dutee Chand’s name was under consideration for the Commonwealth Games in Glasglow. She had won for herself and India several medals before that as an under-18 athlete. However shortly before the championship she was summoned to Bangalore by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and asked to undergo a series of tests; three days later she was informed that she would not be allowed to compete. A dejected, clueless Chand returned to her hometown in Orissa from the training centre in Bangalore and discovered afterwards from news-channels flashing her face on the television that she had failed the ‘gender test’. A person who grew up as a girl for 18 years was suddenly not considered feminine and female enough. In medical terms it meant that Chand had more than the average acceptable level of testosterone in her body, the male sex hormone; hence she was could not compete as a female athlete any further. Is the gender test mandatory for all athletes? How is this test performed? Since there seems to be a consensus on the average acceptable limit of testosterone in the female athletic body, what is the acceptable average for a male athletic body? Can an athlete “rectify” this “problem” known as hyperandrogenism? Also, what does such a test reveal to us about the way in which the society perceives of the female athletic body?

Through this paper I wish to initiate a discussion around gender politics and the sports field, going back to ancient Olympics and investigating the reason behind the absence of female participants and female spectators in old Olympia; the focus will thence be shifted to contemporary athletes like Dutee Chand, Amelie Mauresmo, Pinki Paramanik, Shanthi Soundarajan and the Williams sisters. This paper will also include a discussion on select literary texts to question whether the individual cases of female athletic triumph are indeed instances of voluntary defiance or whether one can locate a larger changing societal pattern by mapping these success stories.





Diabetes mellitus
- A healthy and disciplined lifestyle is a big prevention

Diabetes mellitus (DM), also popular with the name sugar, has become a very common disease. According to world health organization 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. Diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths in 2013. In India 62 million individuals have been currently diagnosed with the disease.
Diabetes not only affects adults but children and young people are also victims. There are two common types of diabetes mellitus: Type I DM also called as insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and Type II DM also called as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Not any specific reason but it has been seen that genetic factors along with environmental influences are involved. People with obesity are more vulnerable TypeII DM. Stress, alcohol, tobacco are also risk factors. During this discussion we shall talk about the mechanism of insulin production and its action along with symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatment and preventive measures of the disease.

Speaker: Jasvir Kaur, Research Scholar
School of Biotechnology, JNU

Venue: Committee Room, Central Library, JNU
Date and Time: 1st November 2014 (Saturday), 4:00 pm

Other Ongoing Activities

Computer Awareness Survey
JNU Student Community

Organized by
The JNU Forum for Mutual Learning, Central Library

Computers have become an essential part of our daily lives. Computer literacy varies from person to person according to one's respective job. Many of us face difficulty in using computers. Very often, we are not able to find the right person to guide us when we feel lost while using computers. In order to address the difficulties faced by users, we propose to organize a workshop which will focus on Computer Awareness in the coming semesters. Moreover, we may conduct the workshop on a regular basis as per the requirements and feedback from the participants.

This survey aims to help us identify the needs of students by creating awareness about the use of computer and its applications. On the basis of the feedback collected from this survey, we will design the course curriculum of the program and plan the sessions accordingly. We look forward to your valuable suggestions at the end of this survey in order to successfully organize the workshop.

The workshop will be in two phases: first for basic learners and the second for advanced learners. Date, time and venue of the workshop will be informed by e-mail and will be updated on the JNU website as well.

Kindly fill the survey form by clicking on the link below:


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