This issue of NU NL again brings forth a new version of our digital newsletter. Constantly striving to make each and every version of the newsletter better than the previous one, this version focuses on being more mobile friendly and accommodate various other changes.
This issue covers various important events like the World Water Week and the Symposium on Best Teaching-Learning Practices using Technology organized by our university.
Other important campus events include Tritone- NU’s biggest music event; various inter house events like chess, the NU Badminton league and cricket league are also covered diligently by our reporting team.
Student have outshown themselves in a number of areas all of which are elaborated in the achievements section.
All events described, yet we would like you to keep your focus on the new issue and revert back to us with your opinions and how we can further improve it.
I hope you all enjoy reading the issue!
Dr. Anshima P Srivastava
NIIT University organized a symposium on Best Teaching-Learning Practices using Technology from 27th – 28th April 2018 to bring school teachers and counsellors together to share their best teaching-learning practices using technology. The annual event provides the much-needed platform for teachers to share and learn teaching-learning strategies to improve students’ learning experience. The symposium, in alignment with NU’s core principle of Research Driven, hopes that NU faculty and school teachers & counsellors together will build backward linkages with schools to transform teaching-learning experience. There was a Talk on Professional Development: ET Leadership for Improved Student Experience by Professor Vijay Mandke, Mentor Professor - Education Technology Area. A Workshop on Documenting Action Research was held - The workshop focused on how to document the research process of classroom teaching-learning. An Eco-Tour and Tree Planting activity was planned to create awareness about seamlessness and sustainability.
Professor Sunil Khanna, Vice President, NIIT University, appeared in Silicon India- a premium business and tech magazine. Prof Khanna, in the article talks about ancient culture of learning in India, which included Gurukuls and Universities such as Nalanda and Taxila. He mentioned that bolstered by its impressive academic legacy, India continues to nurture and nourish schools of higher education. Like their ancient forerunners, these citadels of learning are also playing a key role in driving the economic momentum of India. However, article further mentioned that, one of the criticisms that India had to face in recent years, regarding its education system, is its lack of emphasis on innovation. India, industry watchers say, has been unable to wow the world with path-breaking and pioneering products. Prof Khanna added that among the several reasons why the start-up revolution has been slow in coming in India is absence of the ‘Entrepreneurship Culture’ and lack of ‘Industry Linkage’ in universities. Focusing on the need for Start-up culture in Indian universities, the article highlights that NU is already on this path and has been incubating some fresh ideas, which have translated into innovation-led start-ups. NU is providing a nurturing atmosphere for ‘would be, potential’ entrepreneurs, is also exposing them to other successful start-up ventures to learn about what makes these players tick.
An International day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and the United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Every year thereafter, World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 around the world. This year NU, organised WWD+30 week from 21st April to 28th April 2018. This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explored Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. The Week consisted of various activities – Innovative Water Conservation Idea, streaming of interesting films on Water Conservation, Nukkad Natak, Cultural Show, Talk by Water Scientists and Activists, Poster Contest, Face Painting Competition, Rangoli Competition, Solo Dance competition and Musical Night. Shri Rajendra Singh, the water man of India, gave a talk to spread awareness of the Nature Based Solutions and how restoration of dead rivers was possible. He also emphasised on the importance of working together as a community for this noble cause. Mr. Vijay Thadani, Air Cmde Kamal Singh, Dr Suresh Pareek (Scientist ‘D’, Central Ground Water Board, Jaipur) and Maj Gen A K Singh also addressed the students to emphasise upon the ways and methods of conserving water.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Rajat Rai, B. Tech Batch (2014- 2018) has been appreciated at his Industry Practice Firm- Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) by his Account Manager (Ibrahim Pasha), Associate Director (Love Wadhwa) and also the Partner of the firm (Manu Diwedi). He has been awarded ‘The Dazzling Debut Award’ along with some monetary benefit in recognition to his performance and the quality of work towards one of the clients that he was working for. He felt privileged and honored for receiving this award because as per PwC policy these are only meant for regular employees and not trainees. However, he got this as an exception to the policy, on special recommendation by Mr. Love Wadhwa and Mr. Ibrahim Pasha in recognition to what value addition he brought to the table. He is grateful to Mr. Vishal Dhawan, Ms. Geetica for teaching him lessons that he could have never learnt in a classroom. According to him, Mr. Vishal always selflessly tried to teach whatever he learnt in 25+ years of experience in the Industry, be it technical or life lessons. He also feels lucky that he had him as his mentor. He feels that Ms. Geetica on the other hand always helped him with his social skills. Therefore, he thanked Mr. Vishal, Professor Parimal Mandke, Ms. Geetica and Mr. Jaffar for helping him always and the University at large for shaping him and helping him achieve all that he wanted.
Uddalak Bhaduri, from B Tech batch (2015-2019) got an excellent summer internship offer from FireEye Inc. FireEye is a billion dollar American (Milpitas, California) publicly listed Cyber Security Enterprise that has recently come to India in 2015 (NASDAQ: FEYE)
Bhaskarjit Sarmah, student of MBA (Business Analytics) 1st batch has been selected to become a member of the CEO Millennial Council. This is a group of 25 WNS employees across the globe who will work closely with WNS leadership to boost the growth of WNS brand
BYJU’s conducted recruitment campus recruitment drive for B Tech (All Branches) 2018 Class students on 20th April 2018.
Sapient conducted recruitment campus recruitment drive for B Tech (CSE/ECE) 2018 Class students on 28th March 2018.
PwC conducted recruitment campus recruitment drive for B Tech (CSE/ECE) 2018 Class students on 20th March 2018
“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee