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News of June 2015

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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

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

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