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The Distinguished Contributor 2011-12 (Virpratap Vikram-Singh)

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” This is a philosophy SSLA firmly believes in and hopes to inculcate among the students. The Distinguished Contributor award is given out by the school every year, to the student who not only comes up with good initiatives every now and then, but also possesses the drive to realize it.

Virpratap Vikram-Singh bagged the Distinguished Contributor award for the academic year 2011-2012. Virpratap, apart from representing the school at various MUNs, has actively been involved in the running of the Student Council and has been juggling the roles of the Club Coordinator and the College Photographer. He has also been instrumental in the making of the first SSLA student film and has also organized a couple of photography exhibitions at SSLA.

Virpratap Shines in Symbhav MUN

Student Virpratap Vikram-Singh was awarded a High Commendation in a Model United Nations organised by the Symbiosis Law School during their annual festival, Symbhav, on the 24th and the 25th of February 2012. He represented China in a Futuristic Security Council set in 2017. The agenda for the council was "The Global Financial Meltdown: Impact of Fiscal and Monetary Situations on International Peace and Security".

Participating in his second MUN, and against much more experienced competitors, his performance is indeed commendable.

Sumrit Shahi Turns National Bestselling Author!

SSLA student Sumrit Shahi is a published author with two books to his credit and a third one lined up for a February release. His first book, Just Friends, published in 2010, sold more than 50,000 copies and was recently translated into Hindi. His recent one, A Lot like Love…A Li’l like Chocolate, also garnered good response.

Aniruddha Vyas Wins a Music Scholarship

SSLA student Aniruddha Vyas has recently won a scholarship to study Hindustani music. The 'Scholarship to Young Artist' is awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and includes an amount of 1.5 Laks for further advanced training under a guru. Aniruddha is a singer who has been learning Hindustani music for five years in the Jaipur - Athrauli gharana and is currently training under Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar, disciple of Ganasaraswati Kishori Amonkar.


Aditya Joshi, a student at SSLA, recently acted in a Marathi play named Avkaash organized by the Rotary Club at the KHS auditorium. The play, written by Soumitra Thorat and directed by Srinivas Patwardhan, dealt with schizophrenia. Aditya played the role of a psychiatrist and this was his first play.

Radio One RJ Hunt

Radio One recently conducted an Intra College RJ Hunt at SSLA, where two students, Abhinav Kapoor and Krithika Balaji, were adjudged the winners. They competed with other students in three rounds where they were tested for their confidence, spontaneity and voice modulation, among other qualities.

The two will now fight it out at the Inter College event, along with ten other colleges in Pune, the winners of which will bag a cash prize of Rs. 1 lac and a three month contract with Radio One to host their own radio show.

Book Released by Dr. Shweta Sinha Deshpande

Dr. Shweta Sinha Deshpande, Faculty at SSLA, recently published a book titled, ‘Gazetteer of Indian Archaeological and  Historical Sites: Vol. 1, Gujarat‘. The book was published by Aryan International Publishers. It is an encyclopedia which catalogues all the archaeological monuments and sites in the state of Gujarat. This was a long term project started by the American Institute of Indian Studies to understand the history of India. The book is the first part of a series of the encyclopedia.

SSLA Students Participate in MUN

Four students from SSLA participated in the TM MUN hosted by MS-TSEC Engineering College in Mumbai. Three of them, Virpratap Vikram Singh, Krithika Balaji and Agnayee Dutta were the recipients of Special Mention for their commendable performances and bagged the third position in their respective committees. Though the fourth participant, Pooja Deshpande, did not win an award, she is definitely worthy of mention for her remarkable performance.

Award for Dr. Priyadarshini Karve

One of our faculty members, Dr. Priyadarshini Karve, was awarded the Kirtan Sanjeevani Late Smt. Pushpalata Ranade National Woman Award on 18 September 2011, for her achievements and contribution towards sustainable development in the country. The award consisted of a citation and a cash award of Rs. 2 lac.

Following the announcement of the award, the television news channel IBN Lokmat shot a feature on her titled, ‘A Day in the Life of Dr. Priyadarshini Karve’ as part of their nine day Navratri programme, ‘Amhi Durga’, where the achievements of each of the nine distinguished women from different walks of life were showcased.