The making of a multidisciplinary curriculum- Prof. Bakhle on the thoughts that went behind SLABS’ course design
“No subject can be mastered in isolation to other subjects,” explains Prof. Janaki Bakhle, the author of Two Men and Music: Nationalism and the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition. Often described as the writer of brave history, Prof. Bakhle’s work touches the cultural and intellectual roots of modern tensions between India’s religious and ethnic communities. She currently teaches in the University of California, Berkeley and is one of the team members designing the path-breaking, innovative curriculum of School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) of SRM University, AP- Amaravati.
To study Liberal Arts is like possessing a power- a power that has the ability to change the world, one action at a time. Therefore, SRM University- Andhra Pradesh, is leaving no stone unturned to create the School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) as a place for students to push themselves beyond the given- question the norms, go against the tide, improvise, ideate and innovate.
Oklahoma. Cambodia. Hawaii. Russia. Republic of Korea. Australia. And of course, India! SRM University, AP- Amaravati faculty comes from varied countries, bringing vast academic and varied industry experiences along with them.
Sourav Sanyal from Bangalore who is a B.Sc Computer Science student from the 2018-2022 batch began his journey at the University early in the year of 2018. He was motivated to take up the Computer Science course since he felt this field would provide him the opportunity to give form to his imagination.
The School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) at SRM University- AP, Amaravati focuses on providing a fully rounded, multi-disciplinary undergraduate education. This education equips our students with skills to deal with increasingly complex issues and challenges using a multi-dimensional thought process and problem-solving skills.
Making quality education accessible- 200 scholarships announced by SRM University- AP, Amaravati under the socio-economic category
If you have scored 60% in your boards and your family income is less than Rs. 4 lakh per annum, SRM University, AP- Amaravati’s socio-economic scholarship is here to help! Designed with the singular agenda of making sound education accessible to deserving candidates across the country, the scholarship is available for ones meaning to pursue successful careers in B.Sc., B.A., B.Com and BBA.
An internship in Cloud Computing. Greece for 50 days. Aaditya talks about his experience and how things came by!
Aaditya of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at SRM University, AP- Amaravati would be seen at the SRM University- AP, Amaravati’s Cloud Computing classes hosted by Python- engrossed and visibly interested. The reduced cost, refined usage of personnel and robust scalability of Cloud Computing made Aaditya grow curious with each day.
From Sabarimala to LA, we as people are compelled to question gender roles and divides in our society. How much of the divide is due to lack of awareness, our conditioning or even Science, which is supposed to be neutral and objective? Dr. Malavika Binny, Assistant Professor, Department of History, SRM University AP, Amaravati takes a closer look at the latter with her research ‘From the status of anokha to lesser humans – a study on Ayurveda and transgenders’.
How Arts and Science co-exist in Education
An article published in online coding school, Skillcrush’s magazine last year made a startling claim. If you want to succeed in the Tech industry, don’t major in Computer science, its headline read. That is contrary to traditional belief that if you want to make it big in a career, you master the specific field.
But today’s workplaces are anything but conventional. Tech companies now believe that creative problem solvers come from areas outside of Computer Science. Hence, it’s not unheard of for them to hire professionals with a background in Philosophy or History. In fact, it seems to be the way ahead, and the phenomenon is not related to IT alone.
Active Learning at SRM Amaravati- The present and future of higher education
The growing presence of the Millennials followed by Gen Z has changed the nature of the workforce world over. Their expectations from the workspace are dynamically different from their predecessors. Interestingly, expectations of corporates and the industry have changed too. Problem-solving, decision making, EQ are some of the most sought-after skills now.
Centres for higher learning and educationists have had to rise to the challenge to shape professionals who possess these skills. It has prompted them to adopt new-age learning strategies that lead to the desired growth and development of students. Amongst the strategies, Active Learning is one that has shown exciting results and is definitely here to stay.
What is Active Learning, and what makes it different?
Quite simply, it is an approach to teaching where students are active participants in the learning process. It’s in stark contrast to conventional lecturing where, as a student, you would be a passive recipient of knowledge. Active Learning approach can be implemented in different streams of education equally effectively.
In traditional classrooms, you would have only a few students asking or responding to questions every session. Active Learning changes that as it not only allows but also enables all students to participate in learning activities. However, that does not mean it has to replace the traditional classroom format completely; in fact, it serves as a powerful ally.
What does Active Learning involve?
Active Learning encourages students to participate in big and small activities that revolve around reflecting, responding, writing, solving problems and more. As a student, you would have to spend some amount of time in the classrooms doing these activities either individually or in small groups.
Active Learning, in its simplest form, begins with reflection and pondering over an idea mentioned in the classroom. It can progress through large group discussions, brainstorming, case studies, role-playing to experiential learning, in its levels of complexities. The activities are designed to give students time to assess their understanding and practice skills too.
Astonishing results achieved through Active Learning
Experts recommend certain steps for the successful execution of Active Learning. The trick lies in choosing meaningful activities and explaining the rationale to students. Educators also need to develop a facilitation approach. Finally, faculty members should ideally collect feedback and keep track of it for future reference.
According to studies, Active Learning improves critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills as well as motivation. Freeman study suggested that without active learning, students were 1.5 times more likely to fail a course. Owens, Sadler, Barlow, & Smith-Walters research in 2017 proves the influence of Active Learning on emotional states of students.
These are just some of the reasons why Active Learning has found an active place on higher studies and is the way ahead.