Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Srestha Chatterjee, dancer, wins at Symbhav

Srestha Chatterjee’17 a dance performer, participated in ‘Symbhav', SLS Pune's Annual Cultural Festival in 2014 which had numerous participants from various colleges from Pune as well as other states. Srestha bagged the 2nd prize in the solo dance event competition.

Additionally, Srestha performed at Art Hop in April 2014. Art Hop is an intellectual event property in India which gives artists a platform to showcase their work and art forms to celebrate art culture and togetherness. She chose the theme "Changing Sensuality in Bollywood" and performed on songs of Madhuri Dixit in accordance with the era and the time when the songs were shot.

The upcoming journalist…Udayan Adhye!

Udayan Adhye’17 has been writing for the Sakal Times since December 2013. He has written more than 30 articles for them on politics, sports and various other topics and has covered two events for them.

Additionally, he has been contracted by a Delhi based journalist for writing biographies of 90 famous personalities from the OPDI organization.

Summer School on Indian Philosophy and Education

Manasa Gopakumar’15 was selected to attend a one-week 'Summer School on Indian Philosophy and Education', co-organized by the Philosophy of Education department of the Azim Premji University, Bangalore and the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, among 30 other researchers and practicing educators from across the country.

The program was held from the 5th to the 9th of May, 2014 at the Azim Premji University campus, Bangalore. The one-week program included talks on various aspects of Indian Philosophy by eminent academicians, followed by interactive sessions on the implications of these concepts on issues pertaining to education policy, curriculum, etc.

Vedprakash Dhadphale, a talent in the making!

Vedprakash Dhadphale’15 finds a place among the talented artists coming up in the Experimental EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre. He is a part of the duo that makes up the DJ collective- Tripshot Crew, based in Pune. Active since early 2012, it was started with a vision to push conventional boundaries of music and to introduce fresh sounds. Ved also has set up his own independent project called ‘Vedd’ which is a refreshing addition to the local music scene. His music has taken him to different cities including Chandigarh, Delhi, Bangalore and Bombay.

It’s always fun to travel to different places and play your music. It’s a new place with friendly people and it’s interesting to see how different people react to the same music differently - Ved

Best Essay 2012-13 (Ritu Panchal & Lubna Anantakrishnan)

One of the attributes of a Liberal Arts student is the ability to present ideas and arguments in the written form, logically and coherently, exhibiting his/her analytical skills. Hence, students at SSLA are expected to write argumentative essays, academic papers, character/plot analysis, film/book reviews and research papers throughout the semester, in almost all their courses.

Palak Sharma and Aakash Mathew win the 2nd prize at the AFMC debate

Palak Sharma’16 and Aakash Mathew’17 entered at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) debate conducted during February, 2014. They reached the finale, tackling the topic – “WikiLeaks – Transparency over privacy saves democracy” in the Prelims. Speaking both FOR and AGAINST the motion on the topic – “Is India ready to come out of the closet”, in the final round of debate, they bagged the 2nd prize.

Best Presentation 2012-13 (Manasa Gopakumar & Amrita Sridar)

Good verbal communication skills are a by-product of the interactive nature of the Liberal Arts curriculum. Hence students at SSLA are adept at presenting complicated ideas and concepts to an audience effortlessly. Like Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Verbal presentations provide an excellent tool for one to share the knowledge one has gained and crystallize it in the process. Hence, class presentations are an integral part of the assessment for most of the courses at SSLA.

Most Responsible 2012-13 (Namita Rao)

SSLA, while concentrating on the academics, also stresses a lot on the importance of developing certain skills and qualities among the students, which are required for one to succeed in his/her life. The sense of responsibility and a feeling of duty towards the society and oneself is one of them. Each year, SSLA, through the Most Responsible Student award, recognizes the student who has contributed a lot to the institute by showing his/her commitment in each and every instance.

Award for Greatest Change 2012-13 (Akshita Roongta)

SSLA has a multicultural student community, where the students come from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. Every year, the school recognizes the efforts of the student who has shown an appreciable positive change in their personalities by overcoming their personal barriers. The Award for the Greatest Change, popularly known as the Metamorphosis Award for the academic year 2012-2013 went to Akshita Roongta’16.