Prof. Madhu Kapani’s expertise in the field of Education spans 38 years. From a number of awards to teaching students from primary school up to Ph.D., to contributing content to written modules for M.Ed. programmes and speaking at and organizing Education conferences, she has contributed significantly to the field as a teacher, administrator and facilitator.
Perhaps her most significant contribution has been to be an inspiration and role model in Value Education. She has numerous accolades in this area, and in particular, she has led the Dept. of Education at SSSIHL for several decades and ushered a whole generation of graduates equipped and willing to influence others on the path by example.
The Award was by the Indian Association of Teacher Education.
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On 17 February 2020, II B.B.A. students of the Dept. of Management & Commerce visited were Volvo Construction Equipment, Bangalore as part of their annual Industrial visit. The students were given a tour of the factory that included the assembling of equipment. They also learnt about Volvo’s manufacturing process, the integration of Operations & Technology, and Sales & Marketing functions.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) wins both the State and Zonal rounds of the prestigious Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Policy Challenge 2020. Three students of the Dept. of Economics, under the guidance of Dr. Gopakumar K U (Asst. Professor, Economics), represented SSSIHL.
The RBI policy challenge is an annual competition conducted by the RBI for universities and colleges across India to spread knowledge about the framework of the monetary policy and other related monetary and banking issues among students.
At the state level, SSSIHL submitted an essay on Non-Banking Finance: Regulatory challenges and concerns, with a focus on how ethical considerations are a requirement in today’s regulatory framework.
At the Zonal level, competing with universities from other South Indian states, each of the state-level winners were asked to make a 15 minutes presentation on the topic, International Trade in Banking Services.
The presentations were judged by an elite panel of members that included Prof. Suresh Babu M (IIT Madras), Anuj Sethi (Senior Director, Ratings, CRISIL Ltd.) and Radhika Mervin (Associate Editor, The Hindu Business Line).
The SSSIHL presentation emphasized prospects and opportunities for Indian banks in opening subsidiaries abroad. They backed their proposal with historical data, economic theory and an empirical model.
The SSSIHL team will now compete at the final, national-level round in March 2020.
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) that currently powers over 35% (almost half a billion) of all internet websites.
Early in 2020, at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus, SSSIHL, Sri S Sayeesh, alumnus, SSSIHL and Principal Consultant, Mindtree Ltd., Bengaluru, conducted a WordPress training for administrators and content editors.
The sessions, conducted over two days for a three-hour duration each, included a detailed walkthrough of the various features of WordPress. Sri Sayeesh also presented live demos from a few professional websites built and authored by him.
A visit to Sri Sathya Sai Airport was arranged for the M.Sc. in Physics and M.Tech. in Optoelectronics & Communications students and faculty under the guidance and permission of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to learn about survey aircrafts ZK-XLE, ZK-XLK & ZK-FNZ and briefing of the aero geophysical survey equipment.
Students and faculty members examined firsthand the survey aircrafts that were stationed in Puttaparthi. This included many sensors and data collection equipment on board. The survey team explained the working of the sensors and the method of geophysical survey which they undertook.
A panel discussion, Business Excellence, was organized for II MBA students in February, 2020. The panelists focused on the idea of business excellence and ways to plan, deploy and sustain excellence in Business. Discussions centered on the use of Excellence frameworks, particularly the Malcolm Baldrige and EFQM frameworks.
These framework assist organizations in becoming more more competitive by aligning their plans, processes, decisions, people, actions, and results. The latest modifications to these globally adopted frameworks and the key challenges in carrying out an assessment of a business organization were discussed. The sessions ended with a fruitful question and answer session.
The panelists included:
Govindarajan Jagannathan, Chief Executive Officer at Transconn International, LLC, Krishnan Parayil, Principal Counsellor, Business Excellence at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Commander Sreenivasan, a veteran Navy officer with a distinguished record of service to the nation across various fields.
What happens when you bring together brilliant authors, thinkers, writers, journalists, leaders, students, nerds, aunties and enthusiasts together for a couple of days?
You get the Times Litfest, Bengaluru, an event that the postgraduate students, research scholars and the faculty members of the Dept. of English, SSSIHL, attended in Bangalore.
The theme of the 6th Times Litfest (8-9 Feb 2020) was ‘Atheetha’, which translates to ‘beyond’. With over 70 speakers (authors, poets, filmmakers, musicians and the like), a host of book launches, children’s competitions, literary sessions and more; students, scholars and faculty had the opportunity to soak in plenty of ideas, thoughts and opinions.
Eclectic discussions and talks ranged from the growing importance of keeping politics away from scholarship (by Jairam Ramesh) to mythology (for example Kavitha Kane’s narration on the unsung heroes of Ramayana and Mahabharata). The two-day fest truly broadened the literary perspectives of the participants engaging them in thought-provoking new ideologies and concepts in greater magnitudes.
A student aptly summed up her experience: “The Times litfest was a marketplace of ideas. It helped to nurture the seed sown of new perspectives and ideas on many topics and assisted budding writers with several tangents of outlooks, which is the ultimate success of the event.”
“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body,” as Joseph Addison, an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician, once said.
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First year MBA students of the Dept. of Management & Commerce learnt the ins and outs of the Competition Act (legislated in 2002 to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition in India) by a series of guest lectures, delivered by Mrs. R Kiran Nath, a retired legal expert, whose career spans four decades.
She outlined how it replaced the archaic Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act of 1969, and what changes it brought about – from healthy competition in the market to restrictive trading practices, different types of agreements, the concept of cartels, etc. She elucidated all these topics with relevant practical examples and case studies they promote. She also lectured on the Competition Commission of India (CCI), its various objectives and notable examples and case studies. In all, students gained a thorough insight on the subject.
The Dept. of Physics, SSSIHL organized a workshop, Virtual Labs, in collaboration with the Virtual Labs Outreach Team, led by Ms. D V N Mrudhvika, the Outreach Coordinator and Project engineer, IIIT Hyderabad, on 6 February 2020.
The workshop explored possibilities of how SSSIHL faculty can become content generators for virtual lab experiments. Nineteen faculty members from SSSIHL Science departments across campuses participated.
Virtual Labs is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) which aims to provide remote-access to labs in various disciplines of Science and Engineering. These virtual labs will cater to students at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research level. The technology will eliminate constraints on time and geographical distances and bring shared access (to students across the country) to otherwise expensive Learning Management Systems.
Getting Ready for Professional Life in Organisations
In late January 2020, Anahat Organisation Development Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. conducted a workshop for the students of the final year M.B.A. programme (separate sessions for women and men students) to help them recognize the options they have in their work lives and then guide them make the right choice.
The expert trainers, Sri C S Mahesh and Ms. Janaki Venkat, Founders of Anahat, and Ms. Sivakami Suryanarayan, Principal Secretary of Anahat, made all students take the internationally recognized Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a psychometric test that helps identify types of personalities and find ways to use personality differences constructively to improve personal effectiveness, team performance and manage work relationships better.
Students learnt a lot about their own personalities and strengths, and how to confidently use that knowledge to develop a career profile that matches their personality and interest.
The trainers concluded by making the students realize the importance of developing abilities in their non-preferred areas while maintaining their own preferred state. This helps in respecting the contribution of team members and considering their opinions with an understanding that each personality is valuable.