Dr. Ross Jackson, a Danish-Canadian economist, author and philanthropist, visited Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and spoke to teachers and students of the Dept. of Management & Commerce about the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), which envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing their own pathways to a sustainable future, and building bridges of hope and international solidarity. They do this by creating self-sustaining human settlements, which are in harmony with all aspects of life, including the cultural, ecological and spiritual dimensions. Several such communities across India and the world are now in existence, though a series of through grants and proactive initiatives.
Sustainable Future and Solidarity
The effort is part of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based charitable association that he founded in 1987 to help promote a new, global consciousness which sees our entire planet as a living organism with Humankind as an integral part of the entity. To read more about the Trust, visit https://gaia.org
Symposium on Translational and Advanced Research Technologies (START)
The workshop brought together distinguished professors and scientists in the areas of Biosciences and Medicine.
Talks and discussions cantered on various topics: The importance of translational research and its applications, Green Chemistry: Plants as a Source of Bioactive Metabolites, Stem Cells: Their scope in Regenerative Research, How do we tackle resurgent drug-resistant Tuberculosis, Pharmaceuticals to Nutraceuticals – Why This Paradigm Shift, Oxylipid signaling in Health and Disease in plants and animals, and Hybridoma Technology in Health Care.
External experts and guests from: North Maharashtra University, National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Institute of Science, Central Food Technological Research Institute, University of Hyderabad, Defence Food Research Laboratory, DRDO
National Science Day 2020
Hundreds of budding scientists from ten high schools in and around Prasanthi Nilayam (including Sri Sathya Sai Primary School and Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School), along with SSSIHL students, put together an outstanding display of creative Science projects in celebration of National Science Day on 28 February 2020.
The day kicked off with an inspiring speech by Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi, Vice-Chancellor, SSSIHL, who started with an ode to Sir C V Raman (who inspired the National Science Day in India) and spoke on how lifestyle changes can mitigate many a modern disease, such as diabetes. He also elaborated on the hardships and sacrifices that Nobel laureates of the past (such as Joseph Murray and Barry Marshall) went through for the benefit of mankind.
Visiting students also got a tour of SSSHIL Central Research Instruments Faculty (CRIF).
The happy day ended with a prize distribution ceremony for the best Science projects.
Prof. Madhu Kapani – Lifetime Award
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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B.B.A. Students – Industrial Visit – Feb 2020
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.
SSSIHL RBI Policy Challenge
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.
M.Tech. Students – Industrial Visit – 2019
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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