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The Institute of Architecture, Nirma University has been awarded with the prestigious 'Indo Global Architecture Education Excellence Award' for promoting quality education in the field of Architecture and providing the students global exposure through updated architecture pedagogy. The award ceremony took place during an International Conference held at Pune on December 28, 2015.

  • December 28, 2015

The Institute of Technology, Nirma University organized the Fifth Nirma University International Conference on Engineering (NUiCONE) 2015 during November 26-28, 2015. The conference was organized in collaboration with IEEE and CRC Press - Taylor and Francis Group, and also in association with Institute of Engineers (India), ISA, American Society of Civil Engineers, Automatic Control and Dynamic Optimization Society, BISAG, GESIA and ASHRAE.

The inaugural function of the conference was graced by the presence of Padmashri Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Founder Executive Director of C-DAC as the Chief Guest, Shri Hirenbhai K. Patel, Managing Director, Nirma Ltd.; Padmashri Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Director General and former Secretary, DRDO and Dr P.N.Tekwani, Director, Institute of Technology.

The conference covered Robotics, Automation, Autonomic Computing, Networking Technologies, VLSI Design and Embedded System, Infrastructure Project Planning and Management, Green Technology, Energy Conservation in addition to various other themes related to the disciplines of Engineering and Technology. Over 700 participants attended the conference.

  • November 26, 2015

Nirma University and its constituent Institutes have been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with Grade 'A'. The achievement once again manifests that the University is committed to Quality Teaching-Learning and Research and is accomplishing the promised. There is a continuous attempt to meet the standards of quality in terms of its educational practises and outcomes, research, teaching-learning, evaluation, administrative processes and structure and student services.

The University, at every stage, has believed in self-assessment and self-evaluation with the objective to re-confirm the direction, thrust and momentum with which we move ahead towards achieving our Vision and Mission.

 

  • November 16, 2015

Nirma University has been awarded under the category of 'Excellence in Technology for Education Delivery' during the FICCI Education Awards 2015, as a part of the Eleventh FICCI Higher Education Summit 2015 held during November 3-4, 2015. The event was organized at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi, by FICCI in association with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

The award was received by Dr Sanjay Garg (Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr Priyanka Sharma (Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering) on behalf of the University.

  • November 03, 2015

Prof. Dhaval Pujara from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Institute of Technology has been awarded with the IETE Smt. Ranjana Pal Memorial Award. The award is conferred to the researchers for their significant contribution in the field Radio Frequency and Antenna Engineering. Prof Pujara received the award on September 26, 2015 during the IETE Annual Technical Convention held at Kolkata.

  • September 26, 2015

The day witnessed the Unveiling Ceremony of the Statue at the University Entrance by Srimati Shantaben K. Patel along with Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University. A large number of the faculty members, students and staff were present to witness the occassion. 

  • September 19, 2015

Sri M, the spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist visited Nirma University on September 10, 2015. Sri M had come to the city of Ahmedabad as a part of the ‘Walk of Hope’: a Padayatra for peace and harmony by the Manav Ekta Mission. The Walk is covering 7500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, through 11 states, taking close to 500 days and effectively touching 10 million fellow human beings, as it culminates in Kashmir. The Walk is aimed to achieve peace and harmony and strives to make India a better place.

The programme began with the welcome of Sri M by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the president of the University, followed by the invocation of Goddess Saravati through the hymn sung by the students of Nirma Vidyavihar. The evening also witnessed classical bhajans and soul-stirring traditional dance performance by the young students of Nirma Vidyavihar. The performances were followed by a beautiful and heart-touching video of the Walk of Hope 240 day journey and its stops at the various cities during its course.

Sri M delivered an inspiring talk on ‘Leadership’. Sitting on a traditional seat on the stage talked about the objective of the Walk. He stated that this long journey is a part of the Padyatra, or what is named the ‘Walk of Hope’ taken up by him and his ardent followers to bring the human beings together. He stated that the teachers should be learning oriented and the teachers and the students need to take up the task of teaching as a joint endeavour. He stressed on ‘living life transparently’. He told the audience that believes in and preaches that there is a divine self in each one of us manifested through our deeds, worship and devotion. He said that one must manifest this divinity through working for others. He discussed about the intricacies and power of the Sanskrit language. Citing examples from his life and that of his Gurus, he delivered a very powerful talk. He shared various anecdotes and quoted examples from the lives of Dr A.P.J. Kalam, Swami Vivekanad and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhans He focused on the quality of togetherness and giving more than taking. He cited the example of Guru Nanakji and how he misinterpreted the word 13 or ‘terah’ (Hindi for ‘your’). He also preached about the importance of ego or a sense of self, and how a false sense of ego can lead to total destruction.

At the end of the talk, Sri M rejuvenated the audience as all present during the occasion repeated the slogan, ‘We are with you to unite human beings and make this country strong and peaceful.’

The programme was also graced by the presence of Dr Jayanti S. Ravi, Commissioner of Rural Development and Secretary (Rural Development), Panchayat, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department, Gandhinagar; Shri Hirenbhai K Patel, Managing Director, Nirma Limited; Dr Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University; Shri K.K. Patel, COO and VP (I/c), Nirma University; Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), NU; Dr Somayajullu Garimella, Director, Institute of Management; Mrs Sumitara Raghvan, Principal Nirma Vidyvihar besides various ardent followers of Sri M. from different places.

 

  • September 10, 2015

The Team Nirma has bagged yet another award in Robocon. The team has been awarded with the 'Toyota Award for Unique Design' at the International ROBOCON Competition held at Indonesia in the month of August 2015.

ABU Robocon is an international robotic contest organized by ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcaster’s Union – A union of national broadcasters of different countries of Asia – Pacific Region) every year and hosted by different member countries. The host country declares the theme of contest a year ahead and based on which every country organizes the national competition. The national winner of each country participates at international event.

Team Nirma Robocon has been participating in the ABU Robocon competition since its inception in 2002 and has remarkable achievements of wining national championship 7 times so far and represented India in international event in years 2002 at Japan, 2003 at Thailand, 2006 at Malaysia, 2008 at India, 2011 at Thailand, 2014 at India and 2015 at Indonesia.

In the year 2015, team Nirma prepared two robots to play doubles badminton with the opponent team’s robots as per the theme of contest. For the unique kind of design of rotating rackets, team Nirma got a TOYOTA Award in international event at Indonesia on 23rd August, 2015.

  • September 07, 2015

Librarians' Day, the birth anniversary of Dr S. R. Ranganathan, was celebrated at the University on August 22, 2015.  To commemorate the day, ADINET in collaboration with INFLIBNET and Nirma University organised the Seminar at the University. The objective of the seminar was to provide a platform to the librarians to dwell on the recent advances and developments in Library Resources due to Information Technology and redefining the role of librarians and libraries in future. In addition incorporation of innovation in Library Usage, Services and Facilities was also discussed on the day.

The Seminar was inaugurated by Dr Harish Padh, Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidya Nagar. The occasion was also graced by the presence of Dr Anup K. Singh, Director General of Nirma University; Dr. H. Anil Kumar, Librarian, IIM, Ahmedabad; Mr. Manoj Kumar, Scientist-D (CS), INFLIBNET Centre and Ms. Rhoda Bharucha, Honorary Director, ADINET.

The Seminar was attended by a large number of librarians from various universities and institutes.

  • August 22, 2015

Nirma University celebrated the 69th Independence Day of the country with great patriotism and enthusiasm. The function was attended in large numbers, by the students, faculty and staff members and the senior officials of the University. The Chief Guest for the day was Dr R. N. Vakil, Chairman and MD, VMS Engineering and Design Services Private Limited. In his address he reminisced about the freedom struggle of the country. He stated that he participated in the 'Quit India Movement' and witnessed how people struggled and lost their lives for the freedom of the country. He further commented that we need to respect and appreciate the freedom and the sacrifice laid down by our countrymen. He motivated and inspired the students to study and bring about change in the society.

  • August 15, 2015

Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General of India visited Institute of Law, Nirma University on July 25, 2015 to deliver the Eight Public Lecture under the Annual Public Lecture Series of the Institute. He spoke on "National Judicial Appointment Commission: A need for Reform?' Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, President, NU and Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presided over the function. Dr Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law, Nirma University welcomed the gathering and discussed how this widely debated topic will have huge impact on the adjudication system in India.  

Mr. Mukul Rohatgi stated that the present topic is a live issue and explained the historical significance laid down by various landmark judgments famously known as “Judges Transfer Cases”. In 1st Judges Case, ordinary interpretation of Article 124 was made so as to the term “Consultation” would imply mere consultation only. But in the 2nd Judges Transfer Case, the then 9 judge bench stated that the term consultation indeed meant concurrence thereby creating the Collegium system. The collegium system recommends the names for the appointment of judges to the Executive. He criticised these cases on the fact that they overlooked the views of the framers of Constitution on the interpretation of the term “consultation” in Article 124, which talks about appointment of judges. In reference to this, he also quoted passages from the Constituent Assembly Debates to showcase what the framers meant by the word “Consultation”. This collegium system was also criticised by various Supreme Court judges including one of the judges quoting “The best kept secrets of India is the way the Collegium functions” thereby indicating to the lack of transparency and lack of a publicly declared procedure or criteria for the same.

He quoted passages from the Constituent Assembly Debates and explained the need as to independent committee to appoint judges. He also addressed the gathering that the 99th Constitutional Amendment and National Judicial Accountability Commission Act - whch empowers the committee to appoint judges based on ability and integrity, thereby bringing forth quality and transperancy in the judicial system. He gave examples of  judicial systems of various other nations like South Africa, USA, UK, Australia and many more to reiterate his arguments.

The main challenge as stated by Mr. Mukul Rohatgi  was substituting the predominance of the Chief Justice who had the final say, to a body which has two other eminent non legal person who have the final say as per the NJAC. The new system will allow the voice of the civil society to be heard and bring the quality of judicial system under the public gaze. He also mentioned that the result of the ongoing case will be the third or fourth important landmark case for judiciary as it will decide how the judges will be selected in our country. Thereby he ended his lecture by stating the need for reforms will be established if the present judgment will be passed in the favour of National Judicial Appointment Commission.
Mr. Mukul Rohatgi also praised the Institute of Law’s model  of conducting continous interaction with eminent lawyers and judges for students and also recommended that this model should be followed elsewhere to empower young law students. The Lecture ended with the release of the Nirma University Law Journal by the dignitaries.  This Annual Public Lecture Series has witnessed the eminent speakers like Mr. Soli Sorabjee, Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Prof. Upendra Baxi, Mr. Anil Diwan etc.  

       

  • July 25, 2015

Nirma University has been awarded with the 'Best University in Use of Technology in Teaching-Learning Practices Award' in the Third CCI Technology Education Excellence Awards 2015. The programme was hosted by the Gujarat Technological University and co-organized by CMAI Association of India on July 17, 2015.

  • July 17, 2015

The department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University has been granted a collaborative research project titled “Application of Precast Products made using Bottom Ash and Fly Ash for Rural Pavements and other Infrastructure in India” by IC-IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability).

The project is of three year duration from July 01, 2015 to March 31, 2018. The total fund sanctioned for the project is 84500 Canadian Dollars. The project is expected to lead to applications of Geopolymer concrete, especially in the precast industry. It is envisaged that the concrete mixes developed in this project will have the adequate compressive strength, and other durability properties required for the concrete mixes to be used as a paving material in rural India and as a permeable paving material in urban Canadian environment. The potential of the developed concrete mixes for using in other infrastructure in both countries will also be explored in the project.

Dr. Urmil V Dave, Professor, Civil Engineering Department will work as the Indian principal investigator of the project. Canadian principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Rishi Gupta, University of Victoria, Canada. Industry partners from Canada and India are also associated in the project.

  • July 09, 2015


The Two-Week Faculty Orientation Programme has been scheduled at the University with the objective to further strengthen the teaching abilities and skills of the faculty members. The programme is scheduled at the University during June 22, 2015 to July 4, 2015 under the aegis of Academic Development and Research (ADR) Cell.

The programme was inaugurated on June 22, 2015.  The Chief Guest of the programme was Dr Sunil Shukla, renowned entrepreneurship consultant. The programme was also attended by Dr Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University; Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), Nirma University and Dr K. Kotecha, Director, Institute of Technology.

The programme commenced with the address by Dr Kotecha who emphasized on student-engagement and bridging the gap between the students and the teachers. He stated that teaching can be made more engaging through innovative assignments, use of social media, project-based learning and the teacher should be a facilitator and mentor for the students. He stressed on the need of value-based education and motivated the teachers to inculcate the habit of asking questions in the students.

In his very informative speech, Shri D. P. Chhaya quoted Einstein and Aristotle and stressed on the code of conduct for a person as an individual, as a professional, as a leader and as a teacher.

He informed the faculty members about the objective of scheduling the Faculty Orientation Programme and stated that the programme aims to enhance and update the knowledge of the faculty members. In addition to class-room teaching, the faculty members should also have practical exposure to different aspects of learning. He also said that the University has initiated the process of Academic Audit and the deficiencies post the audit shall be remedied through such programmes in future. 

The Chief Guest of the inaugural programme Dr Sunil Shukla appreciated the efforts put-in by the management of the University in organizing such programmes. He further commended the University management for envisioning and investing in such development programmes as it highlights their seriousness and commitment towards education.  In his address he discussed about self- awareness towards learning and the need to be more sensitive towards the requirements of others.

The presidential address was delivered by the Director General of the University, Dr Anup K. Singh.  He stated that at the end of the programme the faculty members would be able to perform better in the class. He said that learning can change the behaviour, belief, attitude and perspective of a person. While discussing different aspects of learning, he dwelt on Life-long Learning, Life-wide Learning and Life-deep Learning.

The Programme ended with a vote of thanks by Prof Urmil Dave, the co-ordinator of the programme.

  • June 22, 2015

Research Orientation Programme scheduled during June 22, 2015 to July 4, 2015 was inaugurated on June 22, 2015. The Two-Week Programme has been scheduled with the objective to strengthen the research activities and encourage faculty members to be active researchers. The programme has been organised under the aegis of Academic Development and Research (ADR) Cell.

The programme commenced with the address by Prof. K. Kotecha, Director, Institute of Technology and Director ADR Cell. He talked about the various initiatives and activities undertaken by the ADR Cell to promote research. He stated that the faculty members should focus on inter-disciplinary and collaborative research. He, further added that research is not just ‘re-search’ but there are various attributes to research and the faculty should put in efforts to blend research with teaching.

The Chief Guest of the programme was Prof. Anamik Shah, Vice- Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth. He delivered an inspirational anecdote from his student life and told the attendees about his transformation from a student leader to an ardent and successful researcher.

He motivated the faculty members through various enriching experiences of his life as a researcher. He quoted the examples of various initiatives undertaken by the great leaders of the country and discussed ‘Nai Talim’ by Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel’s efforts through establishment of Rural Research Centres to fortify agriculture research. He deliberated on different research centres, their challenges and successes and sharing of the research for the betterment of the society.

The inaugural address was followed by the address by Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), Nirma University. In his address, he deliberated on the different schemes of Faculty Development and Research Promotion Programmes being undertaken at the University. He stated that these programmes are more structured and advance as compared to the programmes organised in past.

He added that research is the heart of the University and as the expectation from the University is more to deliver solutions to the challenges being faced by the society, there is an immense need to emphasize on applied research instead of theoretical research. He informed the faculty members that the University has a structured research policy in addition to various research funding opportunities for the faculty.

The presidential address during the inaugural function of the programme was delivered by the Director-General of the University, Dr Anup K. Singh. In his motivating address, he inspired the faculty members to initiate the thinking process in their minds and stressed that the research should be more for the benefit and betterment of the society.  He said that the two sources of research problem are laboratory and life and instead of opting for commercial research the faculty should work for the society. He motivated the faculty members to be not let down by failures as success is only achieved by those who do not stop trying.

The programmes ended with a vote of thanks by Prof Manjunath Ghate, Director, Institute of Pharmacy. He extended gratitude to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries from the University for sparing valuable time from their busy schedule. He also expressed thanks to the ADR team and faculty members. 

  • June 22, 2015

Nirma University celebrated the International Yoga Day admist great enthusiasm. The Senior Officials, Heads of the Institutions, faculty and staff members along with the students performed meditation and various yoga asanas on the day under the instrcutions from the Yoga Instructors from the Lakulish Yoga University, Ahmedabad. The participants gathered in large numbers to participate in the ancient physical and spiritual discipline of Yoga.

  • June 21, 2015

A four-week Induction Training Programme for the newly recruited faculty members of the University was inaugurated on June 1, 2015 by Dr Jayanti S. Ravi, the Commissioner of Labour, Commissionerate of Labour, Government of Gujarat. Dr Jayanti Ravi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the Inaugural Programme. The programme was also attended by Dr Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University, Shri K.K. Patel, Vice-President (I/c) and COO, Nirma University, Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), Nirma University and the Heads of the constituent institutes of the University. The Induction Programme was organised under the aegis of Academic Development and Research Cell of the University.

The programme began with the address by Shri D. P. Chhaya. In his inspirational speech, he acquainted the newly recruited faculty members with the Vision and Mission and culture of the University besides the objective of organizing the programme. He stated that the society has high expectations with the academicians and they need to work hard to achieve that level of expectation. He said that the faculty should observe three Codes of Conduct: the conduct as an individual, as a professional teacher and as a leader. He stressed on the four pillars of education and teaching to be converted to learning.

Dr Jayanti S. Ravi began the address with the appreciation of the conduction of such programmes at the University. In her informative and engaging address, she stressed on the need of having alignment of the personal and institutional goals for the development and advancement of the individual as well as the institution. She stated that the Passive Teaching is a 'No' for the faculty member and should be transformed to 'Active Learning'.

Through various enriching anecdotes from her life, she emphasized on the need of having positive engagement of the faculty members in the development of the Courses; Learning and sharing of the knowledge; Student-engagement in Class-room and looking at the things differently.  She motivated the faculty members to absorb and soak all the knowledge with enthusiasm that they have the opportunity to learn through the Induction Programme. She quoted the three Ps of Purity, Perseverance and Patience. In addition, she said the capstone of the three Ps is 'love' and the teacher should have the capability of understanding the students' feelings.  She concluded by stating that the teachers have the strength of creating 'People of Excellence who can create a difference around them'.

In his presidential address during the inaugural function of the Induction Programme, the Director- General of the University, Dr Anup K. Singh stressed on the need of having the right attitude in addition to having right aptitude and skills. He said that as the teachers are in the profession of instruction, they simultaneously need to inspire the students also.  He further stated that the teachers can transform the students by creating a new paradigm of learning.

The Induction Programme is scheduled during June 1 to 27, 2015. During these four weeks various External and Internal expert lectures are scheduled in addition to different modules of learning for the attendee faculty members.

  • June 01, 2015

The Institute of Technology, Nirma University has received a research grant of Rupees One Crore by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India under the scheme 'Vishvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics and IT' . The research grant has been received for five full time and five part time PhD Candidates. The grant amounts to One Crore Rupees and will be applicable from the academic year 2015-16. The Institute is the only private institution which has been granted the research scholarship in the state and among one of the very few in the country.

  • May 25, 2015


The Nineteenth Convocation of Nirma University was celebrated on April 25, 2015 in which 478 students were conferred upon various degrees. Hon’ble Justice Mr. A. M. Ahmadi, Former Chief Justice of India, graced the convocation as the Chief Guest. The function was presided over by Dr. Karsanbhai K Patel, President, Nirma University.

The convocation began with welcome address by Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, the President of the University, who also conferred degrees to the pass-out students. Dr. Patel commented that, Nirma University has set up new benchmark in the way the education system works and it has educated the students so that they can take up the challenges of the new age and grow up to their potential.

The Chief Guest, Hon’ble Justice Mr. Ahmadi presented Scholastic Awards to the toppers of various disciplines and delivered the convocation address. In his address he asked the young graduates, especially law students, to abide by the duty even at the peril of being at the end of an unpleasant experience. He also talked about the rule of law which governs us and the role of the Supreme Court. Hon'ble Justice Mr. Ahmadi further stated that, "Management diluted with law is an interesting combination. Proper management skills help in streaming the number of law cases properly."

The function ended with concluding address by the Dr Anup K. Singh, the Director General of the University.
Twelve students from Ph. D, 177 students from MBA – Full Time, 80 students from MBA – Family Business & Entrepreneurship, 7 students from MBA – Part Time, 1 student from LL.M. in Legal Pedagogy & Research, 101 students from B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) and 100 students from B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) were awarded degree for successful completion of their academic courses. Several awards were also given to deserving students as a token of appreciation of their hard work while achieving their goal. Total 19 medals were given to students for securing first,second and third rank in their respective courses.

  • May 07, 2015

Live Streaming of the Nineteenth Convocation of the University shall commence at 6:25 pm. The Chief Guest for the occassion is Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.M. Ahmadi, Former Chief Justice of India.

During the Convocation, the degrees shall be conferred to the students of Institute of Management and Institute of Law, in addition to PhD students of the University. The degrees shall be conferred by Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, the president of the University.

Click Here for Live Streaming of Convocation

 

  • April 23, 2015

Institute of Architecture, Nirma University with Vastu Shilpa Foundation hosted "URBAN HOPES", Lecture by eminent Architect Steven Holl and Inaugurated with Ar B V Doshi, its first architecture and cultural fest KALP 2015.

  • March 27, 2015

IS-NU organized ‘National Science Day Celebration’ sponsored by GUJCOST on February 28, 2015. Dr Asis Datta, Padmashri, Founder Director & Professor of Eminence, National Institute of Plant Genome Research and Former Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi was the Chief Guest. He delivered a lecture on ‘Dream to bring Science to Society’.

Distinguished and eminent scientists were invited for Panel discussion with the special theme ‘Research in Education’. Dr Bharat Chattoo, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Microbiology, M.S.U, Baroda was the moderator of the panel discussion. Dr Asis Datta, NIPGR, New Delhi; Dr C.J. Shisoo, Honorary Director, B. V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education and Research Development (PERD) Centre, Ahmedabad and Dr Anjana Desai, Professor, Microbiology, M.S.U, Baroda were the panellists.

  • February 28, 2015

Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director and CEO, BSE visited the Institute of Management to deliver expert lecture under the Institute Lecture Series on February 6, 2015. The lecture was attended by Dr Anup K. Singh , Director General, Nirma University besides the faculty and students of the Institute. He delivered a lecture on "Indian Capital Market Evolution and Path Forward".  Mr. Chauhan started the session by a motivational quote advising the students to have ambitions much higher than where they are today. He traced back the formation of capital market evolution from a historical perspective, right from the time of Columbus. Earlier India used to have single entry book keeping system which now has transformed to double entry book system. He threw light upon the incidence of boom and burst like tulip mania and the concept of Fiat money. He then described the transition of native share and stock association to BSE from a broker’s democracy to an automated version. He highlighted the importance of speed in stock market and how BSE implemented it. He ended the session by highlighting how IT has been changing and will further change the face of India in coming times.

  • February 06, 2015

Mr. Bagchi a thought leader and an industry expert in innovation addressed the students on the topic "The Search for Innovation: 10 Key Steps". at the Institute of Management on February 6, 2015.  The address tocuhed on the topics how innovation stems from creativity, innocence, inclusion and diversity.

  • February 06, 2015

Institute of Law, Nirma University with the support of NSERB India, Department of Science and Technology, State of Gujarat and the Gujarat Council of Science and Technology organized the Fourth National Seminar on 'Law, Science and Technology: The Way Forward' on January 30-31, 2015.

The inaugural function that marked the commencement of the discussion on the questions of ethics and legality arising in the connection between law and science, began with the welcome address delivered by Dr (Prof.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law, Nirma University who elucidated that the seminar is an attempt to provide a common platform to share concerns and issues and to provide solutions with regard to the central theme.

The seminar’s highlighting point was connecting with Mr. Sam Pitroda from Chicago through video conferencing. Mr. Sam Pitroda, Entrepreneur, Policy Maker and Inventor, set the context of his talk by highlighting that we live in the 19th century with the 20th century process and 21st century technology and in this epoch there is a pressing need to create a global platform for patents with the sole reason that technology is changing faster than our laws. He focused on the problem of implementation of the law and the various institutions which work for the same purpose.

Prof. Madhav Menon, the renowned Indian Legal Educator, started off by commending the efforts taken by the Institute in organising the seminar. He stated that the future of legal education and legal profession is dominated by technology. There is a huge potential in the field of law, science and technology to illustrate which he gave the example of the potential of cyber law, which is of great help to the common people. He further stated that the responsibility of education to combine law and technology where he listed out three basic points: firstly, we need to list the priorities in re-organizing the legal curriculum by incorporating technological subjects or science subjects, secondly, we need to focus on how to teach these subjects and finally, we need to identify the pedagogies to be used and emphasized that there should be a mixture of both operational and theoretical knowledge.

Prof. R.R. Hanchinal concluded the session by outlining that it is important to have economic, social and political security. He emphasized the importance of capacity building to protect the traditional knowledge by sharing benefits with farmers and community. He explained the role of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act and Bio Diversity Act and asked the scientists and students to inform farmers about their rights and how Act has been actively organising workshops to make people aware about protecting their traditional knowledge and how they can claim farmer’s rights under Act.

Shri D.P.Chhaya, Director (Academic and General Administration),Nirma University in his presidential address reinstated the need of a comparative study between law and technology and also informed about introduction of elective courses in all Institutes on various themes of the Seminar at University Level.

 

 

  • January 30, 2015