Noted Gandhian peace activist from the USA, Mr. Bernie Meyer, who is also known as American Gandhi, visited GITAM University on 24th October, 2017. Mr Meyer is globally recognised for his efforts to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution. He has been very successful in application of Gandhian methods to peaceful resolution of various community issues in the USA and the world over, for the past four decades. His writings are also acclaimed the world over.
Mr Meyer, after paying floral tributes to the Dhyana Gandhi statue at GITAM Campus in the presence of top University authorities, addressed GITAM students as part of GITAM Value Based Lecture Series organized by GITAM School of Gandhian Studies in association with GITAM School of Law at 10 am on 24th October 2017. The lecture was attended by a large number of faculty and students. Mr Meyer warned against the arms race and the nuclear club that is pushing humanity to the brink of destruction. He spoke of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons and to adopt the Gandhian message of Ahimsa, Satyagraha and Sarvodaya, that is the upliftment of the poorest of the poor. He criticized the USA and other developed nations of the world for spending millions of dollars on nuclear weapons while neglecting the conservation of nature and the welfare of the less privileged. He also spoke of the need for youth to create a silent revolution by adopting Gandhian ideals in their lives. His purpose to visit India this year is to inspire youth and adults with Gandhi’s message and to share his thoughts about how Gandhi would speak and act today. Later Mr. Meyer had an intensive interaction with students of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies and GITAM School of Law.
Mr Meyer’s lecture was attended by eminent dignitaries from GITAM – Prof. M. Gangadhara Rao, Vice President, Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Chancellor, Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, Prof. K. Siva Rama Krishna, Pro Vice Chancellor and others. Dr. Rositta Joseph, In Charge Director, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies and Prof. Y. Satyanarayana, Director, GITAM School of Law, spoke on the occasion, acknowledging the great role of peace activists like Mr Meyer in moulding future generations. The winners of various competitions organised for students, faculty and staff during Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations 2017 organised by GITAM School of Gandhian Studies were awarded prizes at the hands of Mr Meyer. Mr Meyer also visited the Gandhi Museum and the rare display of Gandhian postcards, letters, coins and stamps at GITAM School of Gandhian Studies
As part of Social and Cultural Club, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies organized a Blanket Distribution Programme at Meduru village of Chintapalle Mandal on 22nd October 2017. After reading recent newspaper reports on the increasing incidents of climate related diseases and difficulties of tribal people to safeguard themselves from cold weather, the students of BA Social Science Second Year collected and distributed bed sheets for the needy village people. The students interacted with the village people about the socio-economic and cultural aspects and status of their village. The programme was led by Dr.Sasikala, Coordinator of Social and Cultural Club, Mr.J.Srinivas, Asst.Coordinator and Ms.Sruthy.B. Ms.Ritika and Ms Azharuddin were the student coordinators for the programme. Dr. Rositta Joseph, Director-in Charge of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies and Dr.B.Sangeeta, Programme Coordinator of BA Social Science, informed that this is the first activity in the Series of Community Engagement programmes scheduled by the School.
Ms. Mohua Das of MA Applied Psychology, First year, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, has won the second prize in the Inter-University Competitions organised by Department of Commerce and Management Studies, Andhra University to commemorate the 86th Birth Anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India. She won the prize in Essay Competition on the topic "Kalam's Vision of Rural Development- Providing Urban amenities in rural areas", which was organised on 15th October, 2017. She is being congratulated by the University authorities.
GSGS BA social science second year students along with faculty Dr.B.Sangeeta and Dr.A.S.Sasikala went on a heritage walk through the heart of old visakhapatnam city, guided by noted guide Mr Edward paul. The attached pics show some of the landmarks visited during the walk on 14.10.2017
Non-Formal Sanskrit course: 2nd batch
Snasikrit he second batch of the Non-Formal Course in Sanskrit being jointly offered by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Government of India, New Delhi and Centre for Languages, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, was inaugurated on 12th October, 2017. The Chief Guests on the occasion were noted Sanskrit scholars and social activists Shri D. Naveen (Sangh Pracharak) and Shri M. Malkondaiah. They enlightened the students and faculty about the need to promote use of Sanskrit to preserve the rich Indian heritage and culture among the youth of India. These scholars have been actively involved in the propagation of Indian values of service to humanity through youth activities all over India. Certificates were distributed to students who had successfully completed the course in the first batch of 2016-17.Dr. Rositta Joseph, I/C Director, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies spoke about the significance of the Sanskrit language and the mission of the Centre for Languages, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies to promote growth of both Indian and Foreign languages to equip students in the age of globalization. The programme was conducted by Dr. Suresh Joshi, Sanskrit faculty deputed to GITAM School of Gandhian Studies by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. A large number of students, faculty and staff from various institutions of GITAM University and outside were present on the occasion.
Department of Applied Psychology , GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam is celebrating World Mental Health Day 2017,spread across this week with activities ranging from Mental health awareness rally, a skit and drama andseminars on different aspects of the theme this year and some of the mental health disorders . The theme this year was "Mental Health in the work place" and based on this theme , a seminar was organized on 12th October, 2017 by the students and faculty. The seminar focused on the organizational stress, different indicators of stress and mental health issues at the work place, statistics of depression at work and the role of the organization in reducing stress and other mental health disturbances at work. It was well attended by the students and staff members of GSGS.
On 13th October, 2017, another seminar will be organized by the department on various mental health disorders, symptoms and treatment aspects. The students will also be enacting some of the disorders to make it more interesting and informative.
On the Mental Health Day, i.e. 10th October, 2017, the students presented a drama on the negative impact of stress at work on the employees' mental health.A Rally was also organized on the theme of mental health issues and creating awareness about mental health disorders , especially depression, the focus being on reducing stigma and talking about depression at work and otherwise.
Gandhi Quiz Champions
For the second year in a row, students of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies won the first prize in the Inter-University Quiz on Gandhi organised by the Centre for Gandhian Studies, Andhra University on 26th September, 2017. The team from GITAM defeated a number of prestigious institutions from the region to win the first prize and created a record by scoring full marks in the final round. The winners are – D. Ramesh Babu (BA Social Science Final Year), Mehakdeep Kaur, P. Sree Kayva, A. Jagadeesh, N. Veera Vasavi, K. Bhavana, Nupur Bhatkar, V. Anjali Krishna Murthy (BA Social Science Second Year). The students are being congratulated for their splendid achievement by the University authorities. The attached photograph shows the students being awarded the prize by Prof. G. Nageswara Rao, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University.
A number of competitions for faculty, staff and students were also organized by the School of Gandhian Studies from October 5-7, 2017 as part of Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations. A large number of students from various institutions of GITAM University participated with great enthusiasm in these events, displaying their spirit of patriotism, innovation and creativity. The competitions included solo and group patriotic singing, solo and group patriotic dance, Gandhi Quiz for faculty and students, PPT competition on India after 70 years of freedom, Photography Contest on Colours of India and other events.
The Hon’ble Speaker Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, Visakhapatnam MP Dr. K. Haribabu, Prof.M.S.Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, GITAM University and other dignitaries inaugurated the Three Day Khadi, Handloom and Handicrafts Exhibition organized by the School of Gandhian Studies from October 4-6 2017 as part of Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations. The exhibition aimed at offering a platform for the village industries, weavers, farmers and craftsmen. Over twenty stalls selling jute products, khadi and handloom products, natural food products, handmade jewellery, saplings, diyas, sarees and dress materials, ayurvedic products were set up. There was a special stall exhibiting rare coins from over 100 countries by GITAM students. A large number of visitors from the University and outside visited the stalls.
On October 4th, 2017 a book authored by GITAM Chancellor Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao titled ‘Gandhi’s Dharma’ was released by Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, Hon’ble Speaker, AP Legislative Assembly. The book deals with practical application of Gandhian ideals in all spheres of life.Rich tributes were paid by the Hon’ble Speaker, Dr. K. Haribabu, MP, Vizag, Dr MVVS Murthi, President, GITAM, Prof.M.S. Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, GITAM University and other dignitaries on the occasion of the 85th Birthday of the Chancellor Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao. A Book in his honour titled “Reflections on the Man, the Mind and the Mission” edited by Dr. B. Nalini and Dr. Rositta Joseph was released. Invited Talks on the Relevance of the Mahatma in the 21st century and beyond were delivered by Prof. Janak Pandey, Former VC, South Bihar Central University and Dr. Savita Singh, Former Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. The fifth volume of GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies was also released on the occasion.
The 148th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was observed with great fervour at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. GITAM President Dr. MVVS Murthi paid floral tributes at the Dhyana Gandhi statue in the morning, accompanied by Governing Body Members and Heads of Institutions. This was followed by a formal function wherein students of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies presented a documentary titled “Remembering the Mahatma: Seventy Years After Independence” which was highly appreciated by the audience. Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, GITAM University delivered the opening remarks. He opined that while we may no longer be able to produce Mahatma Gandhis, we can at least try to be more and more like him by adopting some of his ideals. Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Chancellor, GITAM University in his keynote address highlighted the necessity to keep youth away from violence and to build more monuments of peace and to emphasise on the ideal of Swadeshi which Gandhi gave great importance to. In his address Dr MVVS Murthi, President, GITAM spoke of the bitter realities facing the country today and the need to follow the path of selfless service and truth and to stay away from greed which is the root cause of all exploitation.
The Distinguished Guest was Dr. Savita Singh, Former Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, a renowned Gandhian scholar. She spoke about the importance attached to Gandhi and the International Day of Non-Violence around the world. The Chief Guest was Dr. G.V. Ramanjaneyulu, Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderbad, well-known for his efforts to promote organic farming and to help small farmers across the country. He spoke about the application of Gandhian ideals to agriculture and about the work being done by his organisation in states across India to stop farmer suicides, lower the use of pesticides and to create markets for healthy organically produced foods. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Rositta Joseph, I/C Director, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies. Large number of students and faculty attended the function.
For the second year in a row, students of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies won the first prize in the Quiz on Gandhi organised by the Centre for Gandhian Studies, Andhra University on 26th September, 2017. The team from GITAM defeated a number of prestigious institutions from the region to win the first prize and created a record by scoring full marks in the final round. The winners are – D. Ramesh Babu (BA Social Science Final Year), Mehakdeep Kaur, P. Sree Kayva, A. Jagadeesh, N. Veera Vasavi, K. Bhavana, Nupur Bhatkar, V. Anjali Krishna Murthy (BA Social Science Second Year). The students are being congratulated for their splendid achievement by the University authorities.
Centre for Languages, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam organised the Hindi Day 2017 celebrations on 14th September, 2017. On this occasion a ten day workshop cum certificate course in general and professional usage of Hindi is being organised by Centre for Languages, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies at the GITAM Centre for Distance Learning, Dondaparthy, from September 14th to 23rd 2017. The course is offered from 4 to 6 pm in the evenings. The workshop will be open to students, teachers, professionals and the general public at large. It aims to focus on building up basic proficiency in spoken and written Hindi in both formal and informal usage.
The Hindi Day celebrations were graced by GITAM University Chancellor Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao and Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. K. Siva Rama Krishna.The workshop Convenor Dr. Rositta Joseph, Co-ordinator, Centre for Languages, delivered the welcome address. The Chief Guests and Resource Persons on the occasion were Dr. P.K.Jayalakshmi, HOD, Hindi, St. Joseph’s College for Women (Autonomous), Visakhapatnam and Former ICCR Visiting Professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria and Dr. S. Krishna Babu, President, Dakshin Bharat Hindi Sansthan and specialist faculty, Andhra University. All the dignitaries emphasized on the need for the younger generation to learn Hindi.
They opined that Hindi Diwas (National Hindi Day) is celebrated all over India to commemorate the adoption of Hindi as the official and national language of India on 14th September 1949. Hindi has a rich history of several centuries and is the second most widely spoken language in the world today. It has contributed immensely to the socio-cultural, economic and educational enrichment of the nation. Hindi is also the language of employment and business across India and in several other parts of the globe in both public and private sectors. Today, there is a crucial need to strengthen and propagate Hindi nationally and globally for the socio-economic development of all sections of society and for the spread of India’s rich heritage and culture across the world.
Third value based lecture
GSGS organised the third value based lecture for GITAM students on the topic of conserving the environment by Dr. A. Lakshmi Priya, noted legal expert and environmentalist and founder of green face NGO. The lecture was organised on the eve of World Ozone day on 15.9.2017.
“Guru is Inspiration! Guru is Aspiration”
GITAM School of Gandhian Studies organized the second value based lecture on 31stAugust, 2017, by Prof. Anand Paranjpe, Emeritus Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada, as part of the series of Value Based Lectures being organized by GITAM University for the all-round development of the student community. The lecture on “Guru and Teacher” was attended by a large number of students. Prof. K Ramakrishna Rao, Honourable Chancellor, GITAM University, graced the occasion. The lecture started with a reminder for both students and teachers that, how gurus are transformed into teachers. Prof. Paranjpe is a renowned psychologist & philosopher who is committed to propagating the glory of Indian wisdom throughout the globe. He obtained his PhD from Pune University & conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard University under a Fulbright & Smith-Mundt grant. In 1967, he started teaching at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he is current Emeritus Professor of Psychology & Humanities. His lecture focused mainly on the transformation, achievements, and developments of transformed Indian education system as well as its unintended consequences.
Starting with the systematic exposition of the differences between Eastern and Western education systems, Prof. Paranjpe focused on how the unhealthy imitation of the West has resulted in the noble concept of the “Guru” being degraded to that of a mere teacher who is often a victim of the system. He spoke of the great values of scientific research and the discovery of the constantly changing identities of the person which he derived from his great teachers Prof. V K Kothurkar, and the legendary Prof. Erik Erikson. Surprisingly, he sees his real guru in Shri R B Ambekar, a humble driver who is well-versed in the traditional Indian system of psychotherapy and healing and is able to give solace to hundreds by leading them to discover themselves.
GITAM School of Gandhian Studies organized a Guest Lecture on 1st September, 2017, by Prof. Anand Paranjpe, Emeritus Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada, for the students of GITAMSchool of Gandhian Studies. The lecture on “Indian Psychology: What is it, and Why?” attended by the different realm of humanities students. He focused on the rich tradition and philosophy of India and how they were intertwined in India’s epics and other sacred texts. He touched different realms of Indian tradition like, Yoga and Meditation, Vedas, Upanishads, Folk Traditions, and even modern Indian philosopher and Rishi Sri Aurobindo. He reminded the students as well as teachers the incompatibility of Western Psychology and Philosophy for a persons’ self realization.
“We need Leaders not Pleaders!”
GITAM School of Gandhian Studies organized the first value based lecture on 23rd August, 2017, by IFocus Mission Hyderabad, as part of the series of Value Based Lectures being organized by GITAM University for the all-round development of the student community. The lecture was attended by a large number of students from technology, management, pharmacy, science, social science and various other streams. The lecture started with an eye opening and enthusiastic address by Mr. G Vishnu Vardhan titled “The Path to Real Success” followed by videos of the IFocus Mission presented by Mr. G. Rajasekhar.
GITAM School of Gandhian Studies in collaboration with GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, led by Dr.N. Jhansi Rani, Co-ordinator, Yoga, GSGS, has been sanctioned a research project under Extra Mural Research Project -a scheme of Ministry of AYUSH.The project is entitled “Yoga and its Outcome Based on Biochemical and Molecular Evidences in Diabetic Patients.”
Specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- To assess the effect of yoga therapy on the glycemic index, insulin resistance & antioxidant status.
- To study the role of yoga therapy in modifying the insulin signaling molecules.
- To study the alterations in the inflammatory markers’ status after yoga therapy.
This is the first prototype approach to study in detail the role of yoga vis-à-vis to carbohydrate metabolism vis-à-vis to signaling molecules vis-à-vis to inflammatory markers and vis-à-vis to oxidative stress.
The book "Personal and National Destinies in Independent India: A study of selected Indian English Novels" by Dr. Rositta joseph, Co-ordinator, Centre for languages, GSGS, recently published by the prestigious cambridge scholars publishing (CSP), UK has received a lot of appreciation in academic circles. The book has sold over a hundred copies overseas, which is a record for an academic book, as per sources at CSP, UK. The book cover is attached. Click here
GSGS was ranked 5th among Top 25 Research papers at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Click here
Dr. B. Nalini, Director In-Charge, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, has been awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship 2017 sponsored by the United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF). She would be working on the project “Resilience and Identity Reconstruction of the Winnebago Tribe: Implications for Rehabilitation of the Tribal Oustees of Development Induced Displacement” in the Department of International Studies, University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA.
A highly competitive academic endeavour, Fulbright is a great opportunity for Indian scholars and researchers to work alongside the best minds in the world, contribute Indian scholarship to the international community and enrich India with the knowledge gained during their projects. 53 Nobel Laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 29 Heads of States and some 33 MacArthur Prize Winners have been former Fulbrighters.
Dr. Nalini has been in the teaching and research arena since 2004, and was honoured with GITAM Best Teacher and Best Researcher Awards. An ICSSR Doctoral Fellow, her research interests have been in the interdisciplinary social sciences with an emphasis on public systems, having had a brief stint with the AP State Administrative Service. She has worked on research projects funded by various national agencies like the UGC, ICPR and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Her current research is on Displacement for which she has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship. She has also worked extensively in collaboration with national agencies like the National Institute of Rural Development, All India Radio, the Ratan Tata Trust and the Indira Gandhi National Open University and with the industry including Mylan Laboratories and Ebony Shipping. With an interest in extension and community engagement she works in active collaboration with NGOs and Social Enterprises like the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development, and Development Support Centre and has documented several case studies, one of which is registered in the Case Bank of the IIM, Ahmedabad.
The third International Yoga Day was observed with much enthusiasm at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam on the 21st of June, 2017, joining the nation to get the fullest benefit of this invaluable gift of Indian tradition. GITAM School of Gandhian Studies in association with GITAM NCC and NSS wings and students from government schools and colleges organised the celebrations at the Kodi Ramamurthy Indoor Stadium on GITAM campus, Rushikonda. The event began with Prof.K.Siva Rama Krishna, Pro-Vice Chancellor, addressing the audience and explaining the great relevance of Yoga in the contemporary world and the significance of this year’s theme – Yoga for Peace and Harmony. He observed that Yoga brings harmony in all walks of life and thus leads to disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle-related disorders. This was followed by Yogasana demonstrations and practice of basic Yoga asanas and meditation by students, faculty, staff and members of the general public under the guidance of Dr. N. Jhansi Rani, Co-ordinator, Yoga Programme, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies. Dr. B. Nalini, Director Incharge, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies and other heads of institutions were prominently present on the occasion and participated in the event.
In order to enhance awareness among students, a Yoga exhibition was organized from 17th – 21st June, 2017 in the School of Gandhian Studies, with a display of books related to theory, research and practice of Yoga, charts of Yoga postures, accessories related to Yoga practice etc. A 2-Days Pranayama camp for GITAM University faculty members was organised on 19th and 20th June, 2017. Prana is the vital life force and pranayama is a technique through which the quantity of prana in the body is activated to a higher frequency. Prana and mind are intricately linked. Historical background of pranayama, nature of pranayama, dos and don’ts of pranayama, physiological and psychological benefits of pranayama were explained in this camp.
Yogasana competition for Students, faculty and staff of GITAM University and public was conducted on 19th June, 2017 and winners were awarded prizes. Also an online essay competition was conducted for students, faculty and staff of GITAM University on the topic “Yoga as a Strategy for Realizing the Fullest Potential”. In addition to this, in order to develop interest in yoga among young children, Yoga classes were conducted for students in different schools of Visakhapatnam.
Centenary Celebrations of Gandhiji’s Champaran Satyagraha
On the 10th of April 2017, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies observed the Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha at Champaran – his first major foray into public life in India. Exactly one hundred years ago, a bright barrister at law landed at a remote village plagued by poverty. He had returned to his homeland after years abroad, full of ideas ahead of his time and a heart moved to the core by the sufferings of millions of Indians. The first satyagraha for the indigo farmers of Champaran was one small step for M.K.Gandhi but one giant leap for a nation enslaved for centuries. It was the beginning of an incredible journey which transformed Mohandas into the Mahatma and culminated in the creation of a free and glorious India.
Dr. A. Chakrapani, Chairman, A.P. Legislative Council was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The occasion was also graced by Dr. Savita Singh, Former Director, Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Sri. C.S. Rao, President, Praja Spandana, Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthi, President, GITAM, Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Chancellor, GITAM University and Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, GITAM University, among other dignitaries.
As part of the Champaran Satyagraha Centenary Celebrations, the students of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, under the guidance of Dr.B.Nalini, the Director-in-Charge, conducted a field survey on the present day conditions of farmers in the Rythu Bazaars of Visakhapatnam City. A thought-provoking documentary film titled “Farmers Then and Now” was made, based on this survey, juxtaposing the conditions of farmers in Champaran in 1917 with the challenges faced by farmers in India today.
The team involved in creating the documentary is as follows:
- Mr. D. Ramesh Babu (B.A. Social Science II year)
- Ms. M. Sudhatri (B.A. Social Science II year)
- Ms. Ch. Nikitha (B.A. Social Science I year)
- Mr. Kowshik Chowdhary (BBM Final year) – Videography
- Mr. KLS Praveen Varma (BBM Final year)
- Ms. S. Venkata Sahithi (BBA I year)