September 11-13 2017

Venue: Class Room No: 4, Academic Block, SRM AP, Amaravati
By: Dr. Peter Looker, Head – Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A workshop was conducted for faculty of SRM AP, Amaravati by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore in order to help them develop practical skills and to increase student learning, teaching skills, assessment, course and curriculum design as well as communication. The lectures were delivered by Dr. Peter Looker from 11-13th September 2017 at SRM-AP, Amaravati. The current pedagogical thinking based on student learning in higher education was presented to the faculty in six three hour modules. The participating faculty were trained in collaborative learning, technology-enabled learning and the flipped classroom.

Also discussed were wide variety of teaching approaches based on reflective and analytical methods. Various contemporary theories of learning and teaching strategies appropriate to a blended and student-centred orientation were debated and discussed. The faculty were encouraged to design courses with explicit outcomes aligned to assess learning activities. Effective student communication skills (both face to face and online) were studied. Further, assessment strategies based on student learning were presented to the faculty and outlined in detail. Last but not least, the prevailing strategies to increase student’s progress and performance were examined.

Dr. Nicholas Dirks, Emeritus Chancellor of University of California, Berkeley has been appointed as the Honorary Pro Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

He was earlier named the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 2012, and served in that role between June 1, 2013 and July 1, 2017. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to, and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education, to the globalization of the university, and to innovation and collaboration across the disciplines and between universities and outside partners.

July 15, 2017, Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh

In pursuit of developing the culture of excellence, SRM University AP – Amaravati has forged collaborations with the world’s best universities, MIT and UC Berkeley College of Engineering, U.S., launching new program with design, innovation, and entrepreneurship focus for the first time in India.
SRM is working with MIT, U.S. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the design and development of their curriculum through the use of MITx courses. These courses will incorporate the concepts of hybrid learning by utilizing both traditional and technologically enabled teaching methods.
“SRM is embracing a contemporary method of learning for the digital world, not before seen in India. We are working with international universities to develop a progressive curriculum. We will emphasize application oriented learning via projects and lab courses rather than monologues that are the typical feature of our classrooms”, says Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President of SRM University, AP – Amaravati. The faculty recruitment has followed a similar strategy with over 90% of the faculty having international academic exposure and all faculty members having PhDs from foreign universities, IITs or IISc. Around 30 faculty members have been appointed across different disciplines and over 20% of the faculty recruited are foreign nationals.

SRM has also partnered with UC Berkley College of Engineering, California, U.S., to enable bi-directional information exchange in the areas of engineering education. SRM will also be a global partner of the Jacob’s Institute for Design engineering and the Sutardja Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). This partnership would establish centers of design, innovation and entrepreneurship at SRM, which would embrace the study and practice of “technology-centric” innovation bringing together technical depth, design methodology, and a focus on societal impact. SRM students and faculty will be provided the opportunity to travel to UC Berkeley to imbibe these ideas. Every year, 20 undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to go to UC Berkeley for a semester to study engineering at Berkeley with a defined set of concurrent enrollment and bootcamp courses.

“We aim to bring a confluence of international ideas, technological innovation, and social impact, creating an ecosystem of meaningful creation originating at Amaravati and impacting the entire state, nation, and the world.”, says Dr. Sandip Tiwari, Cornell University, U.S., and newly appointed Vice Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

The university will also establish centres of Excellence in Renewable energy, Satellite technology, Internet of Things (IoTs), Blue Economy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning, Rolls Royce – SRM Corporate laboratory, Jal – Janak Rail energy, and CRISPR for pushing the frontiers of modern technology. “Semester abroad programs and company internships across the world would also be present to create innovators and global leaders.” says Dr. Narayan Rao, Pro – Vice Chancellor of SRM AP.

August 25, 2017, New Delhi

Two students from SRM University, AP – Amaravati namely Rishabh Minocha and Shubham Rao attended an annual hackathon HACKIIITD, organized by IIIT-Delhi on the 25th of August. They emerged as the winners (1st Position) of the hackathon out of the 800 teams who had applied.

The teams were provided a set of themes out of which they could choose any to work on. Team Bash, which included Rishabh Minocha and Shubham Rao chose to work on “Reliability of Media”. Using the concept of Blockchain, a decentralized peer to peer anonymous network, the team worked on the theme by creating an application where users could vote on a particular article. Based on the consensus amongst the users, a piece of news would then be classified as reliable or not. If the news reaches the consensus, the users who up-voted the particular news would get a small amount of cryptocurrency (Ex. Bitcoin) for their research on that news.

The point of using the concept of Blockchain was so that if a particular news reaches the consensus, it could not be modified in any matter and hence the public would get the original piece of news.

October 5-11, 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

As part of SRM University, AP – Amaravati’s engagement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, a design camp for SRM’s faculty was conducted to help prepare them to teach MIT’s courses. The design camp, conducted in MIT, emphasized on active and collaborative learning principles and practice, and gave faculty the necessary exposure to build on interactive, hands-on, technology-enabled experiences, and blended/hybrid delivery modes that combine online and face-to-face learning

The participants of the design camp were provided guidance on integration of MITx courses and OpenCourseWare material within relevant local contexts. The design camp also trained them on identifying learning outcomes, and alignment of curriculum design, course content, learning activities, and assessment with selected degree objectives of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

The Honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled the master plan for the new and fast upcoming SRM University, AP – Amaravati, which is set to commence programs in engineering from August of this year.

“SRM is embracing a new method of learning, not seen before in India. We will emphasize practical and application oriented learning via projects and lab courses rather than monologues that are the typical feature of our classrooms. We would like to create a world class environment for our students here at SRM University, AP – Amaravati; and we want to help them create tomorrow”, says Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

To help them in this endeavour SRM University, AP – Amaravati has brought in many multinational institutions. Perkins + Will, a reputed international architecture firm with many decades of experience is conceptualizing the design of the university. This will be constructed by the eminent Shapoorji Pallonji Group. Aiding them in recruitment of senior administrative and academic members are international search firms Perret Laver and Society, who specialize in the higher education space.

SRM University, AP – Amaravati is currently establishing partnerships with reputed international universities from the US, the UK and Singapore. With support from these international institutions, there will be a significant focus on both pure and applied research in areas of renewable energy, space technology, IoT, blue economy, nanotechnologies, and many more.“Developing research led universities is fundamental to the progress of the state and the nation. We aim to do just that by bringing solutions to the problems that plague today’s world”, says Dr. Narayana Rao, Pro – Vice Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

This university is aimed to become first integrated inter disciplinary institutions offering courses in Engineering, Management, law, medical sciences, pure sciences and liberal arts.

Additionally, SRM University, AP – Amaravati, along with the Chief Minister of AP, is launching an incubation centre “SHRISTI” – SRM Habitat for Research & Innovation in Science & Technology for Industries to make its university a hub of innovation of development.

SHRISTI aims to create 100 companies and generate 10,000 jobs in next 10 years.  This innovation centre will provide customised build-up space and research infrastructure with supporting services.

“Team NAVAN” – a multi-disciplinary technical team, comprising of undergraduate students from various engineering branches such as Mechanical, EEE, Software and Information Technology participated in the technical competition APOGEE 2017, at BITS Pilani. The team is working on a project of a magnetic elevator which is based on the principle of magnetic levitation. The horizontal magnetic levitation is very commonly used but the vertical levitation is the most challenging work and team NAVAN has successfully completed the working model of the elevator which was presented at BITS Pilani and IIT Kanpur (results are awaited).

About 106 teams from reputed institutes including entrepreneurs had registered for the event but only 28 of them reached the final round and team NAVAN was one amongst them. In the finals, the teams were evaluated in different categories such as innovation, feasibility, robustness and working model. Team NAVAN scored high in all the categories and were declared “Winners” in the domain of Prototype project presentation under Design Appliances Category at APOGEE 2017.

The team’s motto is to work for the society as they believe that Engineering is to serve the society. Their upcoming works will focus on the “Society Need Products” and they have aimed to make products which will reach the market. The team is mentored by Mr.Shubrajit Bhaumik and Mr.Sodi Setty Prasad – Assistant Professors from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.