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Are conferences turning into circuses and commutainment arenas?
Of late, some noted academicians, researchers and scholars have been calling the conferences 'circuses' and 'flaunting arenas' in comments in the media wherein either commutainment or loud mouthing the achievements of ancient India is becoming common.
 
Of late, some noted academics, researchers and scholars have been calling the conferences 'circuses' annd 'flauting' arenas wherein  either commutainments or loud mouthing the achievements of ancient India. A heated debate is taking place on the remarks of India-born Nobel laureate V Ramakrishnan who termed the on-going Indian National Congress in Mysore 'circus' and articulated his intentio not to attend it future. he found the conference a waste of time ans only a little science was discussed and appeared more like a 'circus'.
 
Professor Ramakrishnan was of the view that political and religious ideologies must not articulated in the academic conferences. He was an invitee to the the five-day conference with the theme 'Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India.
 
My experience of a conference in Jaipur validated what the Nobel laureate has articulated. In the Jaipur Conference which took place in a five star hotel, in the sessions on Women Empowerment and Startups, the panel discussion sessions were 'anchored' by a communtainment professional with his funny remarks rather than by an expert with deeper insights on the topics. Consequently, the there was hardly any participation of the delgates in the discussion. The anchor kept on praising the panelists and kept on asking question and urging the delegates to clap on the answers given. The anchor at times tried to amuse and commutain the 'audience' with his gender-bender comments.
 
 
Those who come to inaugrate the conferences and set a non-academic tone
 

A heated debate is taking place in the media on the remarks of India-born Nobel laureate V Ramakrishnan who termed the on-going Indian National Congress in Mysore a 'circus' and articulated his intention not to attend it in future. He found the conference a waste of time wherein a little science was discussed and it appeared more like a 'circus' to him.

Professor Ramakrishnan was of the view that political and religious ideologies must not articulated in the academic conferences. He was an invitee to the five-day conference with the theme 'Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India'.

My experience of a conference in Jaipur validates what the Nobel laureate has articulated. In the Jaipur Conference, which took place in a five star hotel, in the sessions on Women Empowerment and Startups, the panel discussion sessions were 'anchored' by a commutainment professional, rather than by a moderator, with his funny and amusing remarks. Such session become learning experiences only when moderate by an expert with deeper insights on the topics and panel members who have researched deeply on the topic.

Consequently, the there was hardly any participation of the delegates in the discussion. The anchor kept on praising the panelists and kept on asking question and urging the delegates to clap on the answers given by them. The anchor at times tried to amuse and commutain the 'audience' with his gender-bender comments. The kinds of people who are invited as experts to the conferences neutral or open mind any more. Conferences seem to be getting distorted through infotainment, commutainment, personal ideologies and political ideologies.


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