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Festival of Learning – Day 6

Day – 6 :  Monday 22th July 2019 Report

Role of Youth in Democracy
 Mr. Dharmendra Herma, IRS (Indian Revenue Services), spoke about how knowing about democracy will change Indian culture. He emphasized on taking part in election process.

Surati Future
Mr Kamlesh Yagnik shared the challenges that Surat city is facing on a daily basis such as climate change, water scarcity, and pollution and also showed on-going and future initiatives of the Surat Municipal Corporation. He also asked the students to be a part of this wonderful movement and be stakeholders in creating the future of Surat.

Cyber Security & Youth by Dr Chintan Pathak
Session was about using internet carefully wherein the best and the worst part of cyber world were discussed using the terms such as Surface web, Deep Web and Dark Web.

Josh Talk by Richa Chadha
The lecture “KNOW YOUR RIGHT” highlighted the importance of gender equality and women related issues, how to reduce the domestic violence and how to complaint against the culprit The session ended with Q&A session.

Integration of Drama/Dance by Mr Darshan Purohit
Dr. Darshan Purohit (Performing Arts MSU, Baroda) talked about the role of Dramatics in building character and even career. He trained the students in the art of articulation, enunciation and pronunciation.

Campus as Living Being by Dr Vikaran Makhija & Team
Dr Vikrant Makhija spoke about the idea of perception and reality of the world around them. The students were also given reasoning and possible projects for campus as living curriculum

C.E.P.T Exam
The exam was to check the basic proficiency in English

Innovation Hour and Incubation @ Auro under SSIP
Dr. Ramana and Mr. Gaurav Ashesh explained the New Product Design Mr. Sandeep Sharma talked about AURO SSIP cell and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Marbelling – Mr. Rohan Nanavati
Prof. Rohan Nanavati conducted mixing of two or more colours to depict variations and creativity in design. The students rendered marbling effect on paper.

Ceramic Pottery – Ms. Juhikadevi Bhandeo
Ms. Juhika conducted clay and pottery workshop for students and used real mud and clay to shape different artifacts. The students later on painted these. Students were asked to relate and express their feeling through art in various forms.

Shibori (Fabric Printing) – Dr. Prunal Khawani
Dr. Prunal Khawani conducted a session on Shibori style of manual fabric dying which originates from Japan. Students used pieces of cotton cloth to make customized designs using tools like ice cream sticks and threads. The cloth was later dyed with vibrant colours.

Creative Textile – Prof. Nita Thakore
Prof. Nita introduced ‘Warp’ and ‘Weft’ concept to the students in a very exciting manner through various set of activities. She used blow painting and other interesting techniques on the cloth or paper.

Quick Sketching : Mr. Abhijeet Pariyal
Students learned the art of caricature through various fun activities.

Orgami with Paper : Mr. Krunal Zaveri
The students learned the art of Origami through individual and group activities.

 

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Festival of Learning – Day 5

Day – 5 :  Friday 19th July 2019 Report

Water Preservation at Tapi by Dr Upendra Rawal
 Dr Rawal aka Muniji pointed out that water is such a resource which cannot be replaced or substituted. We should become more responsible and try to restrict ourselves to utilize 40% of rainfall water.

Combined session by Ms. Priyanshi Patel and Mr. Sourabh Bansal
Ms. Priyanshi defined an entrepreneur as a change-maker: Someone who, through the change s/he makes, enables a better adaptation to the environment, or solves an existing problem. Mr. Bansal’s talk focused on the role of technological innovation in business. Such innovation, he stressed, in essential to survive in the market, to keep up with the future.

Creating Content
Prof Shyam Parekh explained the importance of communication and skill based learning in any profession using a variety of examples.

Life Management
Mr Kaivalya Smart talked about time management and also explained science of living

The event of The UDAAN Band, Venue
There was a performance by UDAAN Band and Mr Bhagirath Goswami.

Paper Marbelling – Mr. Rohan Nanavati
Prof. Rohan Nanavati conducted mixing of two or more colours to depict variations and creativity in design. The students rendered marbling effect on paper.

Shibori (Fabric Printing) – Dr. Prunal Khawani
Dr. Prunal Khawani conducted a session on Shibori style of manual fabric dying which originates from Japan. Students used pieces of cotton cloth to make customized designs using tools like ice cream sticks and threads. The cloth was later dyed with vibrant colours.

Creative Textile – Prof. Nita Thakore
Prof. Nita introduced ‘Warp’ and ‘Weft’ concept to the students in a very exciting manner through various set of activities. She used blow painting and other interesting techniques on the cloth or paper.

Brain Gym & Body: Debiprasad Pramanik
Various brain gym exercises and other activities were conducted to make the students more aware about their bodies.

Quick Sketching : Mr. Abhijeet Pariyal
Students learned the art of caricature through various fun activities.

 

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Festival of Learning – Day 4

Day – 4 :  Thursday 18th July 2019 Report

Student Counselling by Veena Vaishy
The session emphasised on how our thoughts play an important role in how we feel day in day out.

Career Prospective in Hospital Management
Dr. Rajiv Raj Choudhry spoke about the inspiration and commitments towards society as a Doctor and also discussed the relevance and emerging areas in Hospital Management.

AURO University: Rules and Regulations
Registrar Mr. Ajay Kumar Yadav acquainted the students about all the resources and the rules and regulations of the University.

Aspects related to film making
Mr. Manoj Lalwani covered a variety of aspects related to films including concept, content, story, screenplay, dialogues and casting. In addition, he talked about marketing and promotional activities in film industry.

Self-Realization
Dr. Gurvinder Ahluvalia talked about innate characteristics of self like love, peace, purity, happiness, strength, knowledge etc. and did activity on the same.

Currency depreciation, Hedging and other FOREX matters
Mr. Nirav Jogani talked about features and participants of foreign exchange market and participants like companies, traders & speculators, commercial banks & financial institutions, exchange brokers, Central banks were discussed.

Read to Lead
Shri. Mahadev Desai spoke about the importance reading and its relationship with progress and growth. He also talked about the library disappearance and how as responsible youth of the nation, it is a dire need to protect these dying libraries due to the increasing use of technologies.

Library as a Knowledge Centre
Mr Chandrashekhar Vitthal
The session focused on making students aware of how rich, vast and full of ideas the AURO library is. They were introduced of various sections of Library – Physical Books and Digital Library.

Youth Leadership
Ms. Karishma Chandak made the students understand the basic know how about how Habits and Attitudes can help us in a long way.

Paper Marbelling – Mr. Rohan Nanavati
Prof. Rohan Nanavati conducted mixing of two or more colours to depict variations and creativity in design. The students rendered marbling effect on paper.

Shibori (Fabric Printing) – Dr. Prunal Khawani
Dr. Prunal Khawani conducted a session on Shibori style of manual fabric dying which originates from Japan. Students used pieces of cotton cloth to make customized designs using tools like ice cream sticks and threads. The cloth was later dyed with vibrant colours.

Creative Textile – Prof. Nita Thakore
Prof. Nita introduced ‘Warp’ and ‘Weft’ concept to the students in a very exciting manner through various set of activities. She used blow painting and other interesting techniques on the cloth or paper.

Brain Gym & Body: Debiprasad Pramanik
Various brain gym exercises and other activities were conducted to make the students more aware about their bodies.

Quick Sketching : Mr. Abhijeet Pariyal
Students learned the art of caricature through various fun activities.

Ceramic Pottery – Ms. Juhikadevi Bhandeo
Ms. Juhika conducted clay and pottery workshop for students and used real mud and clay to shape different artifacts. The students later on painted these. Students were asked to relate and express their feeling through art in various forms.

Platonic Form – Mr Avinash Engineer
The session was in continuation of the previous sessions from the beginning of FOL. The patience, calmness and the same taking a form of something that we desire was the aim of session

Surat Heritage Walk
The students visited the Surat Fort where they were briefed about the idea behind reconstruction and were also shown a short movie on history of fort.

Arm wrestling and Plank
In order to bring physical aspect in the festival of learning, a competition of Plank and Arm Wrestling was organized by Physical education department.
 

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Festival of Learning – Day 3

Day – 3 :  Wednesday 17th July 2019 Report

Challenges of Change by Mr Mrunal Shukla
 Mr Mrunal Shukla emphasized the importance of adapting to and thriving in the rapidly changing world.


Dramatics (VAST) Philippe, Thierry & Gopal, Auroville
The theme of workshop was “Emotion – Energy in motion” in which the importance of connecting with your inner self was highlighted because it is important to arouse and manage emotions for professional success. The workshop was conducted through various activities like rhythmic walking, rhythmic exercises and eye contact exercises. The concept of space was demonstrated through rhythmic movements.


Interaction with Faculty of Design School
Design students had a very interesting interaction with the Design team faculties.


Central Automation
Mr Rakesh Mehta shared his experiences with students and told them how the internet technology impacts our day to day life. He also gave an insight into the everyday life of the industries.


Game of Thoughts:
Ms Veena Vaishy conducted a A very thought-provoking session which helped the students to recognise, rationalise and replace their negative thoughts with a more realistic and positive thought process.


Importance of Learning
Mr Atul Garg focussed on three things – emotional intelligence, communication skills and organizational skills.


Dramatics (VAST) Philippe, Thierry & Gopal, Auroville
The theme of workshop was “Emotion – Energy in motion” in which the importance of connecting with your inner self was highlighted because it is important to arouse and manage emotions for professional success. The workshop was conducted through various activities like rhythmic walking, rhythmic exercises and eye contact exercises. The concept of space was demonstrated through rhythmic movements.


Brain Gym & Body: Debiprasad Pramanik
Various brain gym exercises and other activities were conducted to make the students more aware about their bodies.


Role of Youth in Nation Building
Mr Amit Mathai Marette, Co-Founder, FULCRUM mentioned that youth need to see themselves as leaders and engage with the nation responsibly.


Heritage Walk
The students went on a heritage walk to the heart of Surat city i.e. the Old Fort and Dutch cemetery. It was a joyous experience as the team explored these places which have been a part of our ancient heritage.


Innovation Hour and Incubation @ Auro under SSIP
Dr. C V Ramana and Mr. Gaurav Ashesh explained the New Product Design Mr. Sandeep Sharma talked about AURO SSIP cell and entrepreneurship opportunities.


A pottery workshop by Ms. Juhika Bhanjdeo.:
The students were shown how to make various things from clay.


Orgami with Paper : Mr. Krunal Zaveri
The students learned the art of Origami through individual and group activities.


Ice-breaking Session:
Several games such as ‘Paper-folding dance’, ‘Tambola’ and ‘Housie’ were conducted and played out by students under the supervision of faculty members.


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Festival of Learning – Day 2

Day – 2 :  Tuesday 16th July 2019 Report

Discovering Self
 Mr. Sidharth Shah, a prolific Tedx speaker and Founder CEO of “Think and Grow Rich Academy” interacted with students about goalsetting and converting your simple desire into a burning desire.  

Mr. Hardik Naik , Past President , Navsari Management Association 
Mr Hardik Naik of Navsari Management Association engaged the students in a discussion on challenges and importance of  various platforms such as Rotaract, TED, Spic Macey, etc. and how these platforms can help one towards success in life.  

Dramatics (VAST) Philippe, Thierry & Gopal, Auroville
The theme of workshop was “Emotion – Energy in motion” in which the importance of connecting with your inner self was highlighted because it is important to arouse and manage emotions for professional success. The workshop was conducted through various activities like rhythmic walking, rhythmic exercises and eye contact exercises. The concept of space was demonstrated through rhythmic movements.  

Digital Banking: A channel to boost the economy
Speaker : Mr. Chandan Kumar, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, Bhata, Surat
The session covered the various aspects of digital banking including the ‘YONO’ App of the SBI. Tips were shared on safe banking and cardless transactions. Different precautionary measures were explained like operating from public WiFi networks, transacting under CCTV monitored areas, safety tips on ATM and Internet transactions, among other measures. The utilities and the usefulness of Digital Banking was also explained along with a primer on ‘Banking Frauds’. 

The Hearty Mart: The story of a Retail Brand
Speaker : Mr. Nadeen Jafri, Founder & Chief Mentor, Hearty Mart, Ahmedabad
The session covered the applied aspects of floating a retail outlet in the rural markets around Ahmedabad such as situational analysis, segmentation, targeting and positioning of a Retail Brand.   

Social Projects : A Changemaker
Speaker: Ms Avni Chadha and Ms Astha Kanodia
Ms.  Chadha & Ms .Kanodia   began the session by giving an insight about their journey. They have collaborated for a project “Student Teacher Training Programme. They also encouraged students to join them for this project which was taken up enthusiastically by our students.

Mr. Chandrasekhar Vithal – Library Resources
Mr. Chandrashekhar Vithal spoke about diversity of resources available to them for learning researching. He spoke about school specific software/s and resources available to library for the respective students. He presented an in-depth description about library mannerisms, library searching techniques, online databases and software available to the students.  

Kickboxing session by Mrs Jahanavee Icchaporia & Mr Jagadeesh Reddy
Students were engaged in two hour physical training in kickboxing.

Life Skills:  Dr Monica Suri
It was a very exhilarating session where in students were engaged in meaningful discussions and activities.

Marbelling – Mr. Rohan Nanavati
Prof. Rohan Nanavati conducted mixing of two or more colours to depict variations and creativity in design. The students rendered marbling effect on paper.  

Ceramic Pottery – Ms. Juhikadevi Bhandeo
Ms. Juhika conducted clay and pottery workshop for students and used real mud and clay to shape different artifacts. The students later on painted these. Students were asked to relate and express their feeling through art in various forms.

Shibori (Fabric Printing) – Dr. Prunal Khawani
Dr. Prunal Khawani conducted a session on Shibori style of manual fabric dying which originates from Japan. Students used pieces of cotton cloth to make customized designs using tools like ice cream sticks and threads. The cloth was later dyed with vibrant colours.

Creative Textile – Prof. Nita Thakore
Prof. Nita introduced ‘Warp’ and ‘Weft’ concept to the students in a very exciting manner through various set of activities. She used blow painting and other interesting techniques on the cloth or paper.

Brain Gym & Body: Debiprasad Pramanik
Various brain gym exercises and other activities were conducted to make the students more aware about their bodies.  

Quick Sketching  :  Mr. Abhijeet Pariyal
Students learned the art of caricature through various fun activities.           

Orgami with Paper : Mr. Krunal Zaveri
The students learned the art of Origami through individual and group activities.

Mininature Plants : Mr. Avinash Engineer

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Festival of Learning – Day 1

“Young students should have courage to say ‘No’ to the powerful fearlessly and without expectations” – Padmashri Vishnu Pandya
Festival of Learning 2019 commences at AURO University

Surat, July 15, 2019

Festival of Learning -2019, signature event of AURO University –began at the university campus from Monday, July 15, 2019. President of Gujarat Sahitya Akademy, veteran journalist and eminent historian Padmashri Vishu Pandya was the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony of the festival. ‘Festival of Learning’ is a ten-day long event that focuses on introducing the new batch of AURO University students to the university life.

The inaugural ceremony began by seeking blessings from the Divine and lighting the ceremonial lamp. A film on AURO Integral philosophy was played in order to help students understand the reason behind developing the various faculties of consciousness.

The COO of AURO Hotels, India Mr. Suresh Mathur shared inspiring journey of the Rama family, the promoter of the AURO University, with students and gave introduction to AURO Hotels.

Dean Academics Dr. Rohit Singh introduced students to the philosophy of AURO University’s vision, mission and pedagogy. He also explained deep meaning and message of the university’s emblem.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Avadhesh Kumar Singh said in his inaugural speech that AURO is not yet another university. He said, “We are the first, apart from IITs to have a student induction program.” The VC also informed with pride that after looking at the AURO University’s ‘Festival of Learning’ program, the University Grant Commission has asked all the universities of the country to start an induction program for the new batch of their students. So far only Indian Institutes of Technology used to conduct such induction and orientation programs for their new students.

“Transformation is inevitable whether you like it or not”, he said.

In his keynote address to the young students, Chairman of Gujarati Sahitya Akademi Padmashri Dr. Vishnu Pandya quoted many anecdotes from Indian and Gujarati history. He recalled Narmad and glory of Surat’s entrepreneurship and its contribution to the country as an international business center for many centuries.

However recalling emergency period of India he asked students to continue their learning even outside of the boundaries of the university campus. He said that students should develop fearless attitude and be alert for the nation’s interests without having any expectations. He narrated the famous fairy tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, in which the emperor puts on no clothes but still his courtiers appreciate his new invisible cloth, but a child tells him the truth about his bareness. He said, “As a young students you should have courage to say ‘No’ to the powerful fearlessly and without expectations.”

The expression of gratitude was proposed by Registrar Mr Ajay Kumar Yadav.

South Gujarat’s only UGC approved private university, Auro University’s vision is to be a premier University of Integral and Transformational Learning for future leaders, as it believes that education must not be limited to only academic learning.

On the day one of the festival following workshops were conducted at the university.

Campus as Living Curriculum:
The objective of the session was to make students aware of the Auro University Sustainable Living projects.
Introduction to AURO University :
Dr Rohit Singh and Prof Kamal Manaktola made students aware about the core values, philosophy, ideology and various courses offered across the University.
AURO University: Rules and Regulations:
Registrar Mr. Ajay Kumar Yadav acquainted the students about all the resources and the rules and regulations of the University.
Workshop on Paper Marbling by Mr Rohan Nanavati:
The students enjoyed the process of printmaking with oils paint and water. It encouraged them to stop worrying about getting their hands dirty and to practice being creative without being judged.
Workshop on Shibori (Fabric Dyeing) by Ms Prunal Khawani:
The art of resist dyeing was stared around 6th century in Japan. The word shibori came from there. Today students enjoyed dyeing workshop with the color assigned to their group: Courage. This technique allows to explore prints with free hand fabric play.
Workshop on Quick Sketching by Mr. Abhijit Pariyal:
The workshop was intended for the students to break out of their comfort zone and drawing to express. The students started with warm-up exercises and then went on to cartoon and caricature. They explored a Google initiative to develop a visual library through user drawings. They learnt basics of drawing emotions in inanimate objects. They also explored drawing with both hands.
Workshop on Dramatics (VAST) by ntegral leadership by Philippe, Thierry & Gopal:
The session included different activities which made the students aware about mind, body and emotions. The activity was focused on developing concentration of the mind aligned with the body and emotions.
Workshop on Origami (Paper Folding) by Mr. Krunal Zaveri:
The students were introduced to Origami. The session was relaxing and practical. Team building was an exercise that was focused upon in this task.

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Blood Donation Camp

Number of People who registered: 150
Number of units Collected: 57
Blood Donation Camp was organized in association with SMIMER hospital.
Objective of the Camp
The Camp was organized to help the blood bank collect blood units as there is a shortage of blood units in blood banks at this time of the year.
Expected Outcome of the Camp
The camp was expected to bring together all the students, staff and faculty of AURO University to help the blood bank in providing unhindered service to the patients who may be in need of blood units.
The Flow of the Camp
We started the camp at 10.00am. The students, staff and faculty came to donate blood whenever they got time from their schedule. The camp ended at 4.00pm after which we felicitated the team of doctors, technicians and staff of blood bank, SMIMER hospital and thanked them for the support they provided in making the camp successful.
Conclusion
The camp received a positive response from the students who were willing to be a part of the Camp and helped us in collecting 57 units.

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AIMA Delhi has organized Two Days Workshop – “Train The Trainer on BizLab

School of Business, AURO University in collaboration with AIMA Delhi has organized Two Days Workshop – “Train The Trainer on BizLab” on April 24 – 25, 2019. First day of the workshop familiarized faculty trainers about the business simulation and gave them hands on learning experience about the methodology of simulation projecting real life scenario. This will add value to existing innovative teaching tool aligned with teaching learning principle of 20:30:50 of AURO University.

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Dr. Hasmukh Adhia explains art of self-management at AURO University

“Yoga is the best art of self-management.”


Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, former Union Finance Secretary & Revenue Secretary in Government of India, delivered a lecture on “Managing self before managing others” at AURO University, Surat on Tuesday, April 9.

Dr. Adhia explained that managing self is at the core of managing anything in the world. In his simple lucid and humorous style, he mentioned that yoga is the best art of self-management.

He said, “Attention should be on the job and not results. The attitude towards results has to be equanimous. The smallest of job has to be done diligently with maximum concentration and efficiency.

Speaking of Dynamic Acceptance, he added, “Accept the result but put in more efforts and fight unto the death to change the result.

This hour-long lecture was followed by an interaction with the speaker through questions and answers. It was a part of the AURO Public Lecture series – a humble endeavor for the purpose of creation, application and dissemination of knowledge and new ideas. This series will provide Suratis an opportunity to engage with the best minds from India and abroad.

AURO University is the first UGC recognised private university in South Gujarat. It is also the first university to provide integral education and is committed to train the future generation guided by the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Divine Mother.

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Auro University’s annual sports day, Utsah

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Auro University’s annual sports day, Utsah, is the day to celebrate the vitality of the unity, perseverance, courage, and fun. The much awaited Annual Sports Day was held on Thursday, 28th February 2019. The fantastic turnout from the students, staff and the pleasant weather, were the perfect boosts for the students on their seventh sports day at the AURO University.

The COE, Auro University, Mr Kumar Kaushik, addressed the gathering and shared his view on the importance of healthy lifestyle in our life and wished students luck for the sports events. He then, along with Mr Rakesh Shah, declared the Sports Day open. The students entered into the spirit of the occasion in a grand way for the torch relay performed by the students who had represented the University at Nationals.

Mr. Abhishek Thesia, national level player, conducted the Oath ceremony which was an inclusive of the representatives of all the Schools. Physical Education Dept. Head, Ms. Jahanavee Ichchhaporia wished students good luck and gave information about all track and field events. Once the races began, the air was filled with cheering and tons of encouragement for the young athletes. Around 260 students competed class-wise in events including sprints, throwing, jumping and tug of war event. Sports Display, showcased the skills and exercises practiced by our young sports enthusiasts every day. The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Akshat Vin, President of the sports committee.

Champions aren't made in gyms