One-of-a-kind Orientation Program for first-year undergraduate students

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31 Jul 2018

Shiv Nadar University introduced an ambitious student-orientation program in the month of July in 2018. The program was spread over several days and included multiple speakers. It was like an immersion and was unlike anything there is in India or maybe even abroad. It involved different departments as prominent speakers were invited, basic courses were refreshed and students were exposed to creative thinking, design, history and national problems. Here is a list of some of the many speakers who gave students a deep insight while sharing their vast experience during the orientation:

-School of Natural Sciences held a seminar titled ‘Glimpses of Industrial Research’ on July 16, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Dr. Manoj Joshi, Clinical Science Site- Leader, Unilever R&D, Bangalore. The talk provided interested students glimpses of industrial research. Using his experience of Unilever R&D – its origin, values and capabilities, Dr. Joshi spoke on how industry prepares itself to address challenges for a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. The talk covered the global R&D capabilities, thrust areas, and touched upon underlying thought process for evolving future programs.

-School of Management and Entrepreneurship held a seminar titled ‘Diplomatic vignettes: the experience of an Indian Diplomat’ on July 17, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was ambassador Sunil Lal, who retired from IFS as joint secretary, Ministry of External Affairs. He spoke on how India is a civilizational entity with a glorious past. He further said that we are a modern nation with one of the most attractive markets in the world coupled with a solid human and technological resource base.

-School of Natural Sciences held a seminar titled ‘Books and Texts’ on July 17, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University - Kolkata. He spoke on our academic work centres around books and texts, so we need to know what we mean by these two terms – perhaps most of all, what we assume without thought. A book is a physical object, but its appearance has changed radically from manuscript to print to screen, and with it the implicit mental process involved in accessing it. So a book is also a mental object implying a mental process. Books contain texts, but most texts exist outside books. A text is a coded composition, using a code or sign-system. Signs point to something outside and beyond themselves: so rather disorienting, a text is necessarily something other than what it is. Its meaning cannot be settled because meaning can never be settled. This can be an exciting and enriching proposition rather than a frightening one. I will look at some implications of the textual condition, hence the way we can extract the fullest meaning from a text and by looking beyond the text.

-School of Management and Entrepreneurship held a seminar titled ‘Entrepreneurship and Education’ on July 18, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Mr. Nishith Arora, Executive Chairman, MPS limited, Noida. He spoke on how while Indians have done well as entrepreneurs within the country and overseas, we need many more entrepreneurs to shape India’s future.

-School of Engineering held a seminar titled ‘A multi-disciplinary approach to engineering’ on July 18, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi. He spoke on how India's contribution to the world's R&D and Intellectual Property is steadily increasing. In certain specialized areas such as Nanotechnology, India is among the top three countries in the world in terms of research publications and patent filings, he added.

-School of Engineering held a seminar titled ‘Disruptive Technologies Demand New Paradigms For Engineering Education’ on July 19, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Prof. Ranendra N. Biswas, Visiting Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Shiv Nadar University.

-School of Engineering held a seminar titled ‘Invitation to Data Science’ on July 19, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Prof. Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar, Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute. Data Science, Analytics, Big Data are buzz words that are in vogue. Working with examples, the speaker will introduced students to key ideas that are driving this push in recent times.

-School of Humanities and Social Sciences held a seminar titled ‘Ethics Justice and Animals’ on July 20, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Ms. Anjali Gopalan, Executive Director, The Naz Foundation. She spoke on a few emerging issues that we are facing today in the context of human animal conflict since we come from the worldview that animal and human rights should be looked from the same perspective.

-School of Humanities and Social Sciences held a seminar titled ‘Emergence of Unicorn in Changing Business Landscape’ on July 21, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Mr. Nipun Mehra, Chief of Product and Strategy, Pine Labs, Delhi. He spoke on how changing of business ways throws open opportunities, but last two decades have been exceptional. New opportunities have led to the birth of great businesses, he added.

-School of Natural Sciences and School of Engineering held a seminar titled ‘Some Lessons from My Life’ on July 26, 2018. The speaker at the seminar was Prof. Anurag Kumar, Director, IISC Bangalore. Prof. Anurag Kumar, B.Tech (1977) IIT Kanpur, PhD (1982) Cornell Univ., was a Member of Technical Staff in AT&T Bell Laboratories (1981-1988), before returning to India and joining the Indian Institute of Science as a faculty member in the ECE Department. He became a professor in 1997, and is the Director of the Institute since 2014. He has published almost 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, in the area of communications networking and distributed systems.

Meanwhile, the sports department was on the forefront during the orientation program. There were sports activities in both morning and evening. The activities included a fitness session, aerobics, yoga and cross-country run that made the program special for the new students.