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  • One World, Many Cultures, One Home November 23, 2022

    international students' dayInternational Students’ Day is a global celebration of the student community that takes place on November 17 every year. Universities observe this day as a non-political celebration of the multiculturalism of their international students. The Directorate of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM University- AP celebrated multiculturalism, diversity, and traditions with students from more than 30 countries across the globe on International Students’ Day.

    “You are not international students; you are students of SRM AP. Once you are students of SRM AP, there is no differentiation between Domestic and International students”, said Vice Chancellor Prof Manoj K Arora addressing the students. On the occasion, Prof. Arora launched the Annual Magazine and International Students Handbook prepared by the Directorate of International Relations and Higher Studies. Dr P Naga Swetha, Associate Director, International Relations and Higher Studies, highlighted the importance of celebrating diversity and promoting creativity through cultural events. “At SRM AP, diversity is an essential binding agent of the interdisciplinary approach to education, as well as to the greater life experience”, she added.

    Students enthusiastically talked about the facilities, curriculum, and support they receive at SRM AP. “I have no words to express how well I am treated on campus”, said Sara, a Syrian student in MBA Programme. “This is a very welcoming place, and I have made the right decision by choosing SRM AP to study in India”, added Muskan from Nepal. Tanira from Srilanka expressed his happiness in witnessing a variety of cultural programmes that foster respect and open-mindedness for other cultures.

    To mark this occasion, international students showcased their rich culture through music, folk dance performances, and by identifying themselves in the traditional attires of their native countries. The students also presented a Nukkad Natak emphasising the significance of ‘one world, many cultures, one home’.

    Aiming for significant global impact, the Directorate of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM University-AP encourages the spirit of curiosity in students and faculty for multidisciplinary collaborations, inbound and outbound exchanges, research, and outreach programmes. A centralised portal to access/share international opportunities, higher studies training and support for students was launched by Mr Surendra Tipparaju, Director-Data and Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft recently.

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  • Paving the pathway for higher studies abroad October 14, 2022

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    The Directorate of International Relations and Higher Studies organised international education fairs on October 12 and 13, 2022, to introduce students to the vast opportunities of abroad learning at top-notch universities. Global Education Fair 2k22, conducted in collaboration with IVY Overseas, featured premier universities across the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia, and Overseas Education Fair 2k22, partnering with AECC Global, acquainted students with the leading universities in the UK and the US.

    An extensive array of universities, including the James Madison University, University of South Alabama, University of Hartford, Manhattan College, etc., participated in the education fairs and notified students of the numerous programmes available across the disciplines such as engineering, sciences, arts, and management.

    Education fairs are enriching opportunities for students to connect with the right spokespeople and gather a fair idea about the various prospects of abroad studies. Having a broad picture of the opportunities available will make the preparatory process easier for students. “The education fair has been extremely helpful to get a detailed overview of the pre-requisites of various universities and manoeuvre my preparation accordingly”, commented Kavya Sree, a Computer Science Engineering student.

    SRM University-AP maintains a consistent interface with education abroad experts to assist enrolling students in prestigious overseas universities. The university boasts of its enormous list of students who have made it to high-ranking universities with exciting scholarship offers. “I have already been associated with the university and have no qualms about the calibre of the students. An opportunity to associate with SRM AP is indeed rewarding,” remarked Swapna Parsa, the South Indian Programme Manager for the QS World Ranking universities.

    The Directorate of International Relations and Higher Studies spares no effort in providing the students with the right opportunities. The office caters to the requirements of all aspiring students and gives them the right guidance at every step of their preparatory process. Education fairs, awareness sessions, training programmes and coaching for IELTS, TOEFL, etc., are a few of the events organised by the directorate for the students.

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  • Education fair 2022: An exposure to major USA and UK universities September 26, 2022

    Education Fair 2022The office of International Relations and Higher Studies hosted the Education Fair on Friday, September 23, 2022, to provide thorough guidance about the higher education universities and programmes available across the globe. The event featured major USA and UK universities, including the University of Rochester, USA, University of Greenwich, UK, University of Essex, UK, University of Arizona, USA, and many more.

    The education fair began with an introduction to study abroad programmes. Students witnessed a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the general aspects of higher education abroad, like the qualifying examinations, VISA, various coaching available, fee waivers, etc. The education fair was conducted to give the students accurate information from the streams they want to choose to the scopes of that streams in a particular state or country.

    Education fair 2022Roop Sagar from BTech CSE also expressed how he had no clarity about the processes, requirements, scholarships, etc., before attending such sessions and was able to get a good picture of his aspirations after interacting with the university representatives. He recollected how the Office of International Relations and Higher Studies has always assisted him with accurate guidance whenever he was in doubt.

    “As someone who wants to pursue higher education by specialising in AI and ML, I am thankful to SRM University- AP for giving exposure to foreign universities that offer affordable courses and internships,” said Yaswanth from BTech CSE as he shared thoughts on the Education Fair.

    The representatives of the universities were in awe of students who had done their homework beforehand of the event and were pleased to answer as many questions as possible. “SRM University is one of the leading universities in India, there is no doubt about that, and here we get many students who are extremely talented and are suitable for post-graduation programmes and research,” said Amritpal Kaur, Senior Programme Officer of the University of Rochester.

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  • Save the Soil workshop in collaboration with Isha Foundation September 13, 2022

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    The Office of International Relations and Higher Studies in collaboration with Isha Foundation conducted a workshop “Save the Soil” for the students of SRM University-AP. The workshop intended to create awareness among the student community on the necessity of soil conservation. The Save Soil Movement is a global campaign spearheaded by the visionary, Sadhguru, to address the soil crisis and take a pioneering initiative towards the restoration of the planet.

    As part of the workshop, students were given awareness classes and lectures on soil conservation and the deteriorating scenario of nature such as agricultural degradation, land pollution and soil erosion. An elaborate overview on the extensive damage inflicted on soil due to various human activities was discussed during the workshop. The soil extension and soil management ventures initiated recently brought attention to the degrading status of soil health due to excessive carbon footprint.

    Students were also introduced to numerous techniques to improve the soil condition and reinstitute its fertility. The Save Soil movement advocates traditional conservation practices such as crop rotation, contour farming, conservation tillage etc., to retain and enhance the organic content of soil. The movement aims at establishing long-term policies that give special emphasis to addressing the soil crisis by uniting people, associations, and governments on a global scale. Raising awareness among students is the need of the hour to give rise to a conscientious generation capable of instigating a preservative outlook towards nature unlike in the past.

    Around 60 students from different departments attended the three-day workshop that was held on September 05, 06, and 09. The Senior Programme Coordinator, Mr Sandeep Samala, encouraged the students to be part of the Save Soil campaign by registering on the portal. Dr Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director, appreciated the Save the Soil – Isha volunteers for successfully conducting the workshop.

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  • Heartfulness Meditation Workshop September 8, 2022

    The Office of International Relations and Higher Studies organised a four-day Meditation Workshop in collaboration with Heartfulness Meditation on August 26, 29, 30 and September 02, 2022, as part of the Aadigyan-Open Elective programme. The workshop introduced students to the basic lessons of the arts and science of meditation. Around 60 students participated in the training programme in 2 batches.

    Hearfulness Meditation is a simple and subtle practice of meditation that connects an individual with the light and love of one’s heart. It follows the four basic steps – relax, meditate, rejuvenate, and connect – to guide oneself through a regulated path towards achieving tranquillity. Heartfulness is an essential life skill that would help one discover the sheer joy in existence.

    The certified heartfulness trainers conducted sessions on the significance and essence of meditation. Students were made to practice meditation through guidance. The purpose of the programme was to develop inner strength and balance of mind to confront various challenges of life with poise and self-control. The workshop, through its premeditated pattern, will help students develop the habit of meditation and make it an integral part of their lifestyle.

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  • SRM University- AP inked MoU with Rennes Business School August 29, 2022

    Indo-French Collaboration meetIndo-French diplomatic relations have always tailored development across all major disciplines. SRM University- AP has inked an MoU with the Rennes School of Business on August 23, 2022. The two institutions agreed to promote mutually beneficial activities in education, research, and other academic areas. The alliance in specific targets the internationalisation of higher education.

    SRM University- AP aspire to strengthen the ties with Rennes School of Business following the mutual interests in delivering programmes of academic excellence and cultural diversity. Honourable Vice-Chancellor Prof V S Rao commented that the collaboration would open the gates of higher studies and research work for SRM University- AP and Rennes Business School. Both institutions are determined to work together with the spirit of prolific international relations and academic cooperation.

    Dr Thomas Froehlicher, Dean, Rennes School of Business, and Ms Maud LE BARS, South Asia Area Manager, Rennes School of Business, were the delegates who visited the campus to sign the MoU. “India and France share common historical events and many cultures. This collaboration will benefit both the nations and the students”, said Dr Thomas as he briefed his thoughts on the alliance.

    The coordination between the institutes may include but is not limited to progression programmes and semester abroad programmes. The agreement looks forward to organising executive programmes for the professional community, joint research projects, joint conferences and publications, exchange of faculty members, collaborative virtual student projects, short study abroad seminars, executive education, and admission to degree-seeking students on a fee-paying basis.

    Dr Bharadwaj, Dean SEAMS, Dr CA Mahalakshmi Mudliar, Associate Professor of SEAMS, and Dr Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director of International Relations, had a vigorous discussion with the Rennes business school representatives regarding the areas of collaboration. Dr R Premkumar, Registrar and Dr Thomas Froehlicher, Dean of Rennes Business School, signed the MOU and exchanged the documents.

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  • A happy conclusion to the UTP Familiarisation Programme August 5, 2022

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    The UTP Familiarisation Programme was brought to a successful closure with the last batch of SRM University-AP students landing back from Malaysia. The familiarisation programme at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Malaysia, was organised as part of Global Immersion facilitated by the Office of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM AP. Students and faculty have participated in various on and off-campus programmes such as campus tours, training sessions, and cultural exchanges, organised as part of the programme that commenced in June 2022. The last batch of students was accompanied by Dr Uma Maheswar Arepalli on their educational trip to Kuala Lumpur and PETRONAS Twin Towers.

    Several short courses centred on Data Analysis, Latex presentations, Finance and Economics for engineers were organised to acquaint students with the emerging engineering technologies. Students were also introduced to UTP’s facilities, programmes, research capabilities, and campus life. In the words of Shravani Vedantham, “The UTP Campus and its students were so welcoming that they made our journey an unforgettable experience”. While as far as Vishnu is concerned, the exposure to international teaching methodologies was the best part of the trip.

    Students were also taken on study visits to cities such as Ipo and Penang to render them a brief cultural impression of the country. “The trip to Penang was my personal favourite. It is one of the best memories I have ever made”, exclaimed Payaswini. Other major highlights of the visits were Petrosains, the discovery centre, Batu Caves Temple, and KL Sentral. “The local tourist destinations, their architecture, culture, and street art were so mesmerising, and I am looking forward to more such experiences”, remarked Shravani. The UTP Centre for Student Development expressed its gratitude to SRMAP for being part of this global collaboration programme.

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  • SRM University-AP organised Embassy Connect with 14 countries July 18, 2022

    Embassy connectThe office of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM University-AP organised an Embassy Connect Programme, in which ambassadors, education attaches, cultural attaches of more than 14 countries and joint secretaries, and deputy secretaries of various regions from the Ministry of External Affairs participated.

    Dr Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director, Office of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM University-AP, facilitated the Embassy Connect hosted in Delhi. The interaction aimed to build a bridge between the participating countries and India by promoting and providing high-quality higher educational programmes and opportunities to all sections and geographies.

    Dy. Secretary for States from MEA – Mr Srinivas Reddy welcomed the gathering and emphasised the initiatives taken by the Government of India and how SRM University-AP can play a vital role in catering to global higher educational needs. Mr Aldrin Herwany, Education Attache from the Embassy of Indonesia, expressed keen interest in collaborating with SRM University- AP for exchange programmes, joint research and collaborations. While sharing some of his thoughts Mr Mahmoud A Ejweli, academic attache from the Embassy of Libya, said that India and Libya had always shared common interests almost since 1960 across several domains of Construction, Education and Health Care. He also added that India is the most sought destination for education.

    Mr Sevala Naik, joint Secretary for West Africa, shared the steps and framework put in place to promote and extend quality education to African nations. He also mentioned that SRM University is one of the few institutions that have been approved by the grant commission of India to support and cater to the digital/virtual educational needs of African Countries, and already 400 plus students have been enrolled this semester from African regions into SRM University through this initiative. He also strongly emphasised that Indian education is one of the strongest, most economical and second to none of world-class institutions. He said India is bridging gaps between nations through one of the strongest pillars of education and knowledge transfer and applauded the contribution by SRM University-AP in this regard. Dr Naga Swetha shared the support and initiatives taken up, various scholarships being extended to African, SAARC and other nations by SRM University-AP, stressing on the vision of SRM University-AP’s management to cater world-class education to every aspiring and deserving student irrespective of class/creed/region.

    Dr Naga Swetha emphasised and shared that SRM University-AP is home to a diverse, vibrant, and talented international student body. The office of International Relations and Higher Studies mete out effective services to the international student and scholar community. She also shared how the university is constantly thriving and becoming a global hub for opportunities, higher education, and entrepreneurship as it embarks on its 6th year of academic and research excellence.

    The dignitaries from various embassies included Mr Elia Sevutia (Fiji), Mr Dolay Tshering (Bhutan), Mr Venkita Subramanian (Uzbekistan), Dr Om al Khair Abdullah Ahmed al Saaidi (Yemen), Mr Aldrin Herwany (Indonesia), Mr Sediqullah Sahar (Afghanistan), Ms Khadija Iman Einte (Somalia), Mr Mohammed A M Alghouwawi and Mr Mahmoud A Ejweli (Libya), Mr Roman Masarik (Czech Republic), Mr Eric Missah (Ghana), Mr Sevala Naik and Mr C Rajsekhar Reddy (Ministry of External Affairs, India), Vitali R. Moroz, third secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of India, Roman Masarik, Charge d Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic In New Delhi, Dr Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director – International Relations, SRM University-AP extended vote of thanks.

     

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  • Familiarisation Programme at UTP Malaysia July 15, 2022

    Global Immersion SRM APStudents from the second batch of students from SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, has completed the Familiarisation Programme at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia in the month of June. This is part of Global Immersion facilitated by the Office of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM AP.

    Students and faculty mentors from SRM AP participated in several on and off-campus activities such as campus tours, cultural exchange, and recreational activities in UTP Malaysia. There were educational trips to Kuala Lumpur and PETRONAS Twin Towers. The students were accompanied by Dr Ashu Abdul , Assistant Professor at SRM University-AP.

    In the five-day programme, SRM University-AP students enrolled in two non-credited courses – Introduction to Technical Reporting & Latex Scripting and Data Analysis with R Statistics. The students were introduced to UTP’s facilities, programmes, research capabilities, and campus life as a part of the Familiarisation Programme.

    UTP Centre for Student Development (CSD) thanked SRM University-AP for entrusting them to provide our students with a global experience by participating in this programme.

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  • Global Immersion at UTP, Malaysia July 1, 2022

    Global Immersion SRM AP21 students from the first batch of students from SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, has completed the Familiarisation Programme at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia in the month of June. This is part of Global Immersion facilitated by the Office of International Relations and Higher Studies at SRM AP.

    Students and faculty mentors from SRM AP participated in several on and off-campus activities such as campus tours, cultural exchange, and recreational activities in UTP Malaysia. There were educational trips to Kuala Lumpur and PETRONAS Twin Towers. The students were accompanied by Dr Sunil Chinnadurai, Assistant Professor at SRM University-AP.

    In the five-day programme, SRM University-AP students enrolled in two non-credited courses – Introduction to Technical Reporting & Latex Scripting and Data Analysis with R Statistics. The students were introduced to UTP’s facilities, programmes, research capabilities, and campus life as a part of the Familiarisation Programme.

    UTP Centre for Student Development (CSD) thanked SRM University-AP for entrusting them to provide our students with a global experience by participating in this programme.

    “I had both educational and fun-filled activities throughout the week in Malaysia”– Samardh, 3rd year, CSE
    “Thanks to the office of IR and HS for giving us exposure abroad”– Laasya, 3rd year, BBA
    “Short courses made big difference in the thinking and learning process of students”– Bharath, 3rd year, CSE
    “UTP is a place of cheer, civility, and friendship. I thank SRM AP for this wonderful opportunity”– Sukhdev, 3rd year, CSE

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