Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Best Academic Performance 2013-14

SSLA essentially aims to provide an environment where students can follow their intellectual pursuits and utilize their potentials to the utmost. Being an academically rigorous programme, Liberal Arts challenges the students to grapple with complex concepts, learn to manage their time efficiently, communicate their ideas effectively and exhibit academic integrity alongside all this. The Best Academician award is given out to the student who demonstrates all the aforementioned skills and comes out with flying colors.

This award for the academic year 2013-2014 was won by Amrita Sridar from Batch 2015, Tejal Ambardekar from Batch 2016 and Aashna Banerjee from Batch 2017.

Best All Rounder 2013-14

SSLA’s endeavor lies in producing students with well-rounded personalities - students who excel not only in academics but also in other co-curricular activities, and prove, in the Director’s words, that it does not have to be an either-or relationship between work and fun. The school bestows the Best All-Rounder award upon the student who has been phenomenal in striking the balance between the two while striving for excellence in all the possible domains.

The Best All-Rounder award for the academic year 2013-2014 was won by Tejal Ambardekar’16, who not only excelled in academics, but also proved her worth in various extra-curricular activities throughout the year.

Award for Greatest Change 2013-14

SSLA has a diverse student community, where the students come from varied social and academic backgrounds. Every year, the school recognizes the efforts of the student who has shown an appreciable positive change in their performance by overcoming their personal barriers. The Award for the Greatest Change, popularly known as the Metamorphosis Award for the academic year 2013-2014 went to Akshat Seth’15 who showed a praise-worthy change in his motivation level towards academics and ranked first in his Business Studies class.

Best Presentation 2013-14

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.

The Best Presentation award is given out by SSLA to the student who has given the best classroom presentation in the whole academic year. This award for the academic year 2013-2014 was won jointly by Ira Chakraborty and Aditi Athreya for their team presentation in the International Relations course titled ‘Understanding Rational Deterrence Theory through Sino-American Relations’.

Aditya Joshi features in Titus Andronicus

MIDAS and IAPAR had organized an acting workshop in October 2013. This workshop was primarily organized to create a team for one of Shakespeare’s plays - Titus Andronicus. The workshop consisted of three rounds to select the final team of 15 people. One of our students, Aditya Joshi’15, participated in this three-day workshop and was selected out of the 70 participants and went on to play the pivotal character of Lucius in the play.

Best Essay 2013-14

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.

The Best Essay award is given every year to the student who has written the best academic paper of that year. This award for the academic year 2013-2014 was won by

Batch 2015- Manasa Gopakumar in the History of Man course for her paper on ‘The Idea of Progress’ and Malhar Edwankar for his paper in the Craft of Film Narration class for his paper titled Letter from an Unknown Woman: A comparison between the novel and the film.

Batch 2016- Bhavya Agarwal in the Introduction to Conflict, Violence and Peace Studies course for her paper on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nachiket Kelkar in the Comparative Mythology course for his paper titled 'What is Myth'.

Batch 2017- Tanushree Baijal in the Introduction to Conflict, Violence and Peace Studies course for her paper on ‘The Idea of Virginity as Cultural Violence’


Adheip Rashada, footballer, wins at Symbhav!

Adheip Rashada’16, a member of SSLA’s football team, recently won the freestyle football tournament in the Symbhav law fest this year.

Most Responsible 2013-14

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.

The Most Responsible Student award for the academic year 2013-2014 was bagged by Tanushree Baijal.

Presenting Armando Mundo Khan, the versatile drummer!

Armando Mundo Khan’16 a drummer has many performances to his name. He forms a part of the Alternative Rock band- What Plough? and his band has bagged the following prizes and achievements-

  • Winner AIT, Battle of the Bands
  • Winner DZMA, Battle of the bands
  • Winner KHS, Battle of the Bands
  • Runner-Up IIT Hyderabad, Battle of the Bands.
  • Finalist at Symbhav’14, Battle of the Bands.
  • Played at an NH7 event and featured in an NH7 interview.