Serving with an attitude of gratitude

Human life is undergoing significant challenges since the outbreak of Covid-19. Despite the chaos of this difficult time, countless unsung heroes have come forward to pull the distressed out of their sufferings. Among them are Team Abhimanyu and Team Bheeshma, a group of IT graduates from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai. Neelesh Kumar, Prasanth Koyyalagunta, Prudhvi Vishwanadhula, Ruchika Pattjoshi, Vishnu Padmaraju, Parthu M, Irfan, Manoj Bhuma, Dinesh DT, Sai Sandeep, Vudutha Akhil, Akhil Thallada, and M Nikhil Kumar Reddy are young minds aged 24 to 26 pursuing higher studies abroad or employed at reputed MNCs in India. The Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, appreciates their virtuous intentions and invites the teams on “Newsmakers” on June 12, 2021, at 11.00 am to share their incredible experiences on the path of serving humanity.

Team Abhimanyu-the Hope and Team Bheeshma-the Saviour were formed in May 2020 with a noble vision, “Attitude of Gratitude”, immediately after the Covid-19 outbreak in India. The main objective of the teams is to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society. They distributed groceries to 335 families of private school teachers who had lost their jobs to Covid-19 in Tirupati, Vijayawada, Nellore, Visakhapatnam, Chandragiri, and Hyderabad. Not only did they provide groceries to government school students, but they also offered a large quantity of hand sanitizers, masks, vaporizers, and stationary items. The teams travelled across the districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana conducting food distribution drives and raising funds for medical treatments, especially for private school/college teachers. Local newspaper “Sakshi” and ETV Network have featured stories about the teams and they were awarded mementoes for community services. The teams plan projects for educating the underprivileged and looking after the elderly in near future. Team Abhimanyu and Team Beeshma are perfect examples of old heads on young shoulders who sail on philanthropic voyages in spite of the challenges.

All are invited to the event on June 12, 2021, at 11.00 am, and are encouraged to listen to the inspiring story of these empathetic young minds.

Vasika Venugopal and Gadupudi Gowtham, 3rd-year BSc Biology students have achieved the extraordinary by securing admissions to prominent global universities. The Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh invites them to “Newsmakers” on June 16, 2021, at 5.00 pm to have a conversation apropos of their journey to world-renowned universities.

Ms Vasika Venugopal has been admitted to more than eight prestigious higher education institutions both within and outside India. She has decided to accept the admission offer from the University of Bordeaux in France for the Bordeaux International Masters in Neuroscience Program. According to her, this master’s programme offers a unique multidisciplinary and integrated training approach that encompasses all the main areas of brain research, from normal brain processes to brain diseases.

Another inspiring student from the same department is Gowtham Gadupudi who has recently enrolled in The Life Science and Health-International Track master’s program at the University of Paris-Saclay in France. This research-driven multidisciplinary course nurtures research interests and can help in developing an individual’s research trajectory.

SRM University-AP offers globally recognized research-oriented education which equips students to fly higher. To know more about the experience of studying at SRM University-AP and the pathway it leads to global exposure, join our students on June 16, 2021, at 5.00 pm.

People across the world are celebrating the seventh international day of Yoga on the theme “Yoga for well-being”. As the celebration has been scaled down due to the pandemic, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is celebrating the day by conducting a virtual talk on “Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga-Steps Towards Mastering Oneself” on June 21, 2021, at 5.00 pm.

Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, and Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor SRM University-AP will address the virtual gathering. The Heartfulness Centre at Vijayawada collaborates with our university to observe the day with lectures and yoga sessions from Dr K Tirupati Rao, Sri Srinivasa Rao (Trainers), and Ms Harshada Kulkarni, Visiting Faculty at IDEA, SRM University-AP.

The International Yoga Day was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech to the United Nations and has been observed worldwide every year since June 21, 2015, to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of yoga for health. In this unprecedented times of Covid-19, incorporating yoga into one’s routine is beneficial. Yoga is believed to be effective for the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. The programme aims to enlighten the students about the different yoga postures and the virtues of meditation.

Dr Vinayak Kalluri, Registrar; Ms Revathi Balakrishnan, Assistant Director-Student Affairs; and Dr Venkat Nori, Associate Professor-Mechanical Engineering, SRM University-AP will be present for the session. To know more about yoga, its practice and historical background, you are cordially invited to join this virtual celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21, 2021, at 5.00 pm.

The Department of Students’ Affairs is hosting a free skill development workshop on June 26 and 27, 2021, at 10.00 am, titled “Contended Writing” for aspiring writers. Ms Swathi Priya Devaraj, the guest speaker, is a passionate strategic content writer by choice and a Counselling Psychologist and researcher by profession. This virtual workshop is intended for people who want to be writers and create blog posts, articles, stories, etc.

The workshop will cover basic and technical strategies for developing excellent writing skills. Content writing has become a successful profession in recent years, and students from all backgrounds can begin their careers as freelance or full-time writers with expert guidance.

Students attending the workshop upon registration are eligible to get certificates. The deadline to register is June 25, 2021, at 10.00 am. You are invited to join this fruitful workshop on June 26 and 27, 2021 at 10.00 am for useful writing tips that will help you become a successful writer.

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SRM University-AP is extremely proud to announce the accomplishments of the Saptarshi and Rajarshi Mazumder brothers, two magnificent Computer Science Engineering graduates from the Maiden Batch-2017. The duo bagged jobs at Japan’s PVP Inc., a strategic partner of Google Japan, with a whopping 50 LPA salary packages each, making the achievement the highest salary package amongst the 96 per cent of students who secured placements in the campus recruitment drive. The Department of Students’ Affairs has invited Saptarshi and Rajarshi to the upcoming segment of “The Newsmakers” on July 03, 2021, at 5:30 pm., where they will share their journey from SRM University-AP to a top-tier global organisation.

Japan’s PVP Inc. is a strategic partner of Google, which is one of the world’s largest search engine providers. It offers products and services that enable the creation of new businesses. It is the first time that students from a private university in India have received a 50-lakh rupee salary package. Both Saptarshi and Rajarshi, the twin brothers, have set an example by bagging equal salary packages from the same organisation.

To honour the twins Saptarshi and Rajarshi, SRM University-AP has awarded them with a cash prize of 2 lakh rupees. They are among the few to secure exciting positions at one of the top-notch multinational technology companies. To know more about their successful journey to Google, Japan, attend the inspirational virtual session on July 03, 2021, at 5:30 pm.

Essential coping skills for students

Many young people find it strenuous to deal with unexpected events in their lives. It is vital to be kind to your mental health. Coping skills help an individual to face and overcome stressful circumstances. To educate students on Coping Skills, the Department of Students’ Affairs is initiating a virtual talk on July 03, 2021, at 3.00 pm with Ms Aayushi Sharma, the Student Counsellor of our university.

Young people, when they face difficulties in their careers, can become easily stressed. In simple terms, coping skills are the ability one needs to handle any situation in life with intelligence and resilience. The coping mechanisms and the capacity to deal with problems vary among individuals. Everyone experiences ups and downs in life, no matter what they are. Some face situations with courage, and others succumb to dangerous steps. Thus, coping skills are essential to deal with this tough, competitive world.

SRM University-AP takes care of the complete development of students which includes their emotional well-being. Therefore, all students are invited to attend the interactive session on July 03, 2021, at 3.00 pm to learn healthy practices for life.

The Department of Students’ Affairs at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is all set to feature the brilliant Ms Sreelekha Bhuvaneswari in the upcoming segment of “The Newsmakers” scheduled on July 10, 2021, at 5.30 pm. Ms Sreelekha is a BSc physics final year student who brought laurel to the university by filing a patent for her work titled “A fibre material with moisture retention capacity with thermal tolerance and a method for manufacture” under the guidance of Dr Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, SRM University-AP.

The project, with the patent application number 202141023375, develops a methodology to design a fabric cloth that would replace the use of air conditioners. This cloth design is inspired by Saharan silver ants which regulate their body temperatures in the scorching desert heat and also from the cooling properties of clay. This research would significantly scale down the usage of AC and other cooling devices in warm places, thus reducing the use of electricity and emission of greenhouse gases to the environment. As this cloth would be environment friendly with long durability and cost-efficiency, Sreelekha hopes that this research would bridge the socioeconomic divide of haves and have-nots between communities.

“The Newsmakers” session on July 10, 2021, at 5.30 pm will feature Ms Sreelekha narrate her inspiring journey which started with the incredible experience at SRM University-AP that eventually enabled her to be an inventor at a young age.

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Fit India Run on Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

To celebrate the 75 years of India’s independence, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the Fit India Mission has conceptualised Fit India Freedom Run 2.0. To commemorate the occasion, SRM University-AP will symbolically join the nationwide virtual marathon on August 13, 2021, at 4.00 pm.

FIT INDIA Movement was launched on 29th August 2019 by the Honorable Prime Minister with a view to make fitness an integral part of our daily lives. The mission of the Movement is to bring about behavioural changes and move towards a more physically active lifestyle. Towards achieving this mission, Fit India proposes to undertake various initiatives and conduct events to achieve the following objectives:

  • To promote fitness as easy, fun and free,
  • To spread awareness on fitness and various physical activities that promote fitness through focused campaigns,
  • To encourage indigenous sports,
  • To make fitness reach every school, college/university, panchayat/village, etc.
  • To create a platform for citizens of India to share information, drive awareness and encourage sharing of personal fitness stories.

Fit India Run was conceived last year when the entire nation started following physical distancing in a ‘new normal’ lifestyle. To keep the imperative need for fitness active even while following the social distancing norms, Fit India Freedom Run was launched on the concept of the virtual run. The first edition of the campaign was held from 15th August to 2nd October 2020.

India quiz on the eve of Independence

As various celebrations take place across the country, the Department of Students’ Affairs is conducting a quick and entertaining Quiz competition for the students of SRM University-AP on August 14, 2021, at 7.00 pm to see how well they know India!

The tricolour will be unfurled from the Red Fort in Old Delhi by the Prime Minister of India, as it is every year. On this day we pay tribute to all of India’s great leaders who have heroically fought for the country’s freedom. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no large festivities or social events this year. The government, educational institutions and various organisations across India will broadcast their festivities and celebrations.

The Quiz programme aims to foster in students the spirit of the country as we enter into the Diamond Jubilee of India’s Independence. All students are welcome to participate in the “Quiz on India” event on August 14, 2021, at 7.00 pm via the Zoom platform.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day on August 15, 2021. The theme of this year’s Independence Day celebrations is “Nation First, Always First.” SRM University-AP will participate in the virtual celebrations across India through Zoom at 9.00 am.

After the Flag hoisting and National Anthem which will elicit patriotic fervour, the message for Independence Day will be delivered by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao. The event will move on to performances by the university’s student-led cultural groups.

India’s freedom warriors fought a long and arduous battle for the country’s independence from the British Empire. And their contributions have motivated us for years. To commemorate the glorious lives of freedom fighters and to celebrate “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav”, let us join together virtually on August 15, 2021, at 9:00 am.