Women confront several routine challenges, which upend the balance in their personal and professional lives. Additionally, the pandemic ushered them to a quandary. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organizes a discussion on ” Work, Women and Pandemic” to gauge its unprecedented impact on women.

The propagation of the virus is impairing the physical and mental health of many working women, triggering a skepticism on their career prospects. Managing extra caregiving responsibilities due to school closures, etc., while working full-time is adversely affecting a woman’s wellbeing. Further, the economic fallout prompted by the pandemic is having a regressive influence on gender equality, widening disparities in remuneration and job security.

On March 8, 2021, at 4 PM, proficient women across disciplines associated with SRM University-AP – Dr. Salome Divya Joseph, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology (Moderator), Dr. Jayasree Subramanian, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Dr Srabani Basu, Associate Professor, Department of English, Dr Malavika Binny, Assistant Professor, Department Of History, and Dr Arundhati Ghanwar, Associate Director, Department of ITKM will attempt to comprehend the detailed ramifications of COVID-19 on women.

Celebrating the individuality of women on International women’s Day, the Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has invited Ms Anu Hasan for a special address on “The Mantras for success” at 3 PM. Anu Hasan is a prominent Actor, Entrepreneur, Presenter, Writer, and Motivational Speaker. She refrained from conventional commercial roles in her acting career but has etched her niche in the industry.

Anu grew up climbing mango trees, playing street cricket, and watching ‘The Sound of Music’ relentlessly. In her media career spanning six languages and two countries, she hosted celebrity talk show, cookery show, reality, and game shows, while acting in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English, and Arabic movies.

Anu heads the South India Cine Creations, and is the director in an IT company operating in the industry offering mobility solutions. Her first book Sunny Side Up has been recognized and appreciated across the globe. This versatile woman represents the epitome of individualism, and strength. She believes in the seven mantras for success, which are:

1. Being successful is being happy
2. Do not compare yourself with others
3. Start working towards your goal
4. Focus on the basics and go step by step
5. Have realistic targets
6. Make sure you evaluate the cost of success
7. Remember that success is transient!

In this intrinsic session, Anu will discuss the relevance of the aforementioned mantras in achieving success. Success provides confidence, security, a sense of well-being, and the ability to contribute substantially to the society.

How many of you thought, “It’s just the beginning of the semester, there’s a lot of time to catch up with studies,” and then struggled with the syllabus before the exams? How many of you were frustrated with assignment submissions just because you did not start it on time? How many sleepless nights have you spent before taking the exams because the revision was due? We are sure that you all have experienced some kind of trouble because you put the work on hold. Admittedly, we all have a procrastinator within ourselves. We all love to postpone things a bit, allowing us some free time to enjoy ourselves. However, we often forget that all the work that is being piled up due to our procrastination will come back to us with a bitter consequence.

A student’s life is a time to learn the essential skills that are going to support them in their future professional and personal growth. Doing tasks on time has its own substantial benefits that are not only going to help you in your academic career but also in every sphere of life. Do you find it to be too difficult to learn?

Dr Smita Sharma is the ideal person who can enlighten you on how procrastination affects our thinking and behaviour. She will further guide you with the techniques to defeat it. Dr Smita, as you know, is your counsellor at SRM University-AP, and she will be available in an Interactive session with you on “Overcoming Procrastination!-Doing Vs Delay”. Join the session on March 27, 2021, at 4 pm.

G Ram Dheeraj, 2nd year, Civil Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh voyaged to the summit of “Shetidhar Peak(5358mts)” and “Friendship Peak (5287mts)” prior to his recent successful trek to the “Deo Tibba Peak (6001mts), Manali, Himachal Pradesh”. DeoTibba is the second highest peak of the PirPanjal Mountains. Basking in the meadows, and glaciers, Dheeraj reached the mountain peak – an exceptional snow dome with a magnificent view.

A trek enthusiast, Dheeraj fancied adventure, mountaineering, seeing places, and embracing the serenity of nature. Bending barriers, he climbed the peak only to marvel at the picturesque view. He rejoiced being at a place traversed by a few. On April 3, 2021, at 4 PM, Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP invited Dheeraj to recount the thrilling tales of his expeditions. In the interactive session – “Newsmakers”, he will also share insights on his fitness regime, along with giving the audience a glimpse of his future trekking plans.

A worthy life is full of admirable goals with a fool-proof plan to achieve those. Be it completing the syllabus, getting a good job, living a peaceful life or retiring with enough money to live; all can be achieved with good planning only. In his celebrated book “Thinking Fast and Slow”, the noble laureate Daniel Kahneman opined, “Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.”

Therefore, it need not be debated that only planning is not enough. You will need proper ways to execute it. This is where Aayushi Sharma comes into the picture. Ms Sharma is your Student counsellor and the appropriate person who can enlighten you on how to plan and turn those plans into actions. Join the captivating session with Ms Aayushi Sharma on April 03, 2021, at 5 pm to know more.

On the auspicious occasion of World Health Day, the Department of Student Affairs organises a very special session for the students of SRM University-AP. As Ralph Waldo Emerson rightly said, “The first wealth is health,” we often forget that. Especially in the thrill of the invigorating youth, students tend to neglect their health and suffer later. Needless to say that we all should remember that health is the most important thing in everyone’s life. A few good practices can keep the diseases away and make your life worthwhile. “Health in Our Hands”, presented by Dr Srimadhuri, will enlighten the students on some substantial problems that the youth of this generation face. She will also share the present scenario regarding COVID-19 and the ideal stand to keep oneself safe from the disease. The session will not be limited to problems related to the students. The faculty and staff will also be benefitted by listening to Dr Srimadhuri’s advice.

Dr Srimadhuri has completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from NRI Institute of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam, under the affiliation of Dr NTR University of Health Sciences. Dr Srimadhuri is a young and brilliant doctor who is currently associated with the Ramesh Hospitals, Guntur, as a Medical officer at the Department of Cardiology and Paediatrics.

Enthusiasts are requested to join the webinar on April 07, 2021, at 4 pm to know more from Dr Srimadhuri herself.

Amid Covid-19, when we see high rates of mental duress and a substantial rise in the cases struggling with health concerns, an initiative in the form of discussion is highly obliging. The Department of Student Affairs of the SRM University-AP came forward with an imperative step to hold a two-day webinar on “Flourishing through Stress” with Aayushi Sharma, Student Counsellor, SRM University-AP on April 24 and 25, 2021, from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Mental health and well-being go parallelly, and both interrelate for a healthy livelihood. Everybody caught up in the web of stress, anxiety, and mental issues necessitate counselling to escape through it. With the advent of social media and pop culture narrative, people are open to conversations related to mental health concerns. Youths are the future for a healthier society, laden with a responsibility to understand the mechanism of a complex world. Therefore, a general discussion on self-care and mental health awareness is an effective coping strategy for improving quality of life.

There is very little information disseminated on mental health which led to confusion among people. Individuals often confuse the term mental illness with mental health conversation as there is a profound absence of awareness. Meanwhile, no one confuses a common cold or headache as these illnesses happen on a broad spectrum.

More actions are needed to spread awareness on the spectrum of mental health, especially the common ones such as loneliness and depression, so that an individual can realize these issues and seek medical help or therapy.

Participate in the zoom webinar on April 24 and 25, 2021, at 4 pm to get detailed information on mental health and related topics.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again that why I succeeded”-Michael Jordan.

Aspiring young cricketer and second-year BBA student of SRM University-AP, Sai Akhil made to ‘The Newsmakers’ for getting selected into the prestigious Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-19 Team, 2021. Born and raised in Hyderabad, Akhil started playing cricket from the age of 12 in a neighbouring cricket coaching centre called Crick Summer. Department of Student Affairs has scheduled the event for April 26, 2021, at 5 pm.

With constant support from family and well-wishers, Akhil Stepped into his journey of cricket. For three consecutive years, he played for Ramadevi Public School’s National Cricket Tournament. Akhil also played in the Under-16 district tournament for Andhra Pradesh. Sai Akhil informed, “Since my childhood, I have always loved watching and playing cricket. I wanted to pursue my interest in cricket, and thankfully both my family and my university encouraged me towards it”. Accolades and awards did not stop him from concentrating on his goals while focusing on his studies. In his endeavours, Akhil was awarded the “Man of the Match” at Vitopia, the sports and cultural fest organized by the Vellore Institute of Technology-AP. He exclaimed, “I represented SRMAP in finals and was proud to be the part of the moment of victory”.

While speaking of Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Akhil expressed, “We played a district tournament in February this year, and the selected players will perform in the state team. My University offered me huge support during my practice days by reconducting tests and extending the deadline for assignment submissions. Faculty members of my department showed immense trust and encouraged me to do my best”.

This young man has set an example for thousands of enthusiasts who want to follow their passion. With uncompromised practice, perseverance and dedication, one can achieve great things, and Sai Akhil is the best person to convey more about it. Join him on ‘The Newsmakers’ on April 26, 2021, at 5 pm.

Although Covid-19 vaccines became available for the people throughout the nation, a massive number of the population is still in a dilemma on whether to avail it. The scepticism is caused by the numerous unverified opinions and comments that are being populated in the mass media. Under the confusion, people are missing out on the boon of Medical Science and are causing more risk to themselves.

In this scenario, only a medical expert can answer the questions that are being raised against the vaccination, and for that matter, Dr Ch Lakshmi Rajyam is the most knowledgeable resource that SRM University-AP has. Following the advice of the COVID-19 SOP Committee, the Department of Student Affairs has launched “Covid-Vaccine-Life Saviour”, an awareness programme on COVID-19 vaccinations to raise consciousness among the people.

The names and manufacturers of the vaccines, doses, eligibility criteria, side effects and after-effects of the vaccines and other essential aspects regarding this will be parts of the discussion. Dr Rajyam will explain in details how vaccination offers protection against COVID-19, differentiating the facts and myths associated with it. She will further guide on the precautionary measures to be taken before and after the vaccines and the do’s and don’s associated with it.

Dr Ch Lakshmi Rajyam is a reputed doctor with 42 years of experience in the medical sciences. She is associated with the SRM Group for a long time and presently serving SRM University-AP as the Medical Officer. She is also an important part of the COVID-19 SOP Committee of the university and looking after the welfare of the students, staff and faculty members of the university during this trying time.

COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the world as we used to see it. The nation is becoming regressive with a moribund economy, the healthcare system is facing an unprecedented challenge. Many lives are being lost in this pandemic, and it is time to rise above the turmoil and learn what is the best possible method to ourselves safe. The faculty, staff and students of the university are requested to join the webinar on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 6 pm, where Dr Rajyam will be present to satisfy the queries and clear the doubts on the COVID-19 vaccinations.

The exalting sessions on “The Newsmakers” leave no stone unturned to inspire students with motivating stories of their peers and known personalities. The Department of Student Affairs presents Bismark Razak Haruna in this week’s session. Bismark, a B. Tech Final Year Student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is deemed to be bestowed on the highly prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship. The globally acclaimed European Union-funded scholarship will help Bismark pursue the joint master’s degree programme in Decentralised Smart Energy Systems (DENSYS) in renowned universities of Europe.

Bismark sets an example by being the first Ghanaian to get into the DENSYS program. He expressed that as part of the mobility scheme of the programme, he would pursue the first year at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France, and continue the final year at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship help students enrol into the world’s best universities for masters and doctoral programmes with substantial benefits. Needless to say, it is an exceptional achievement to secure the prestigious scholarship out of numerous candidates all over the world.

Join the session on May 8, 2021, at 5 pm with Bismark to know his journey so far.