69th Gandhi Vardhanti and National Martyrs’ Day 2018 was observed in a befitting manner by GITAM School of Gandhian Studies (GSGS) on January 30th, 2018. GITAM Vice President Prof. M. Gangadhara Rao, Vice Chancellor Prof.M.S.Prasada Rao, GSGS Director I/c Dr. Rositta Joseph and other heads of institutions graced the occasion. Students of GSGS made touching presentations on Gandhi and the World and Saluting the Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Mother India. The highlight of the function was a special performance of hymns in honour of Gandhi by talented visually challenged girl children from the Government School for the Visually Challenged Girls, Vizag. Their melodious performance touched the audience. The Vice Chancellor later distributed gifts to these children which were part of the funds raised for them by the GSGS NSS team. This was followed by distribution of prizes to winners of various competitions organised by GSGS in 2017. Vice Chancellor Prof.M.S.Prasada Rao in his address highlighted the contribution of the Mahatma and his followers to modern India and the Mahatma’s influence on the global stage. Dr. Rositta Joseph proposed the vote of thanks.
Centre for Languages, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, organized a six-day workshop on Effective Technical Writing in Academic, Research, and Business Settings from December 11 to 16, 2017. The workshop was convened by Dr. Rositta Joseph, Co-ordinator, Centre for GITAM School of Gandhian Studies Languages and Director I/C, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies.
The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Hon’ble Chancellor, GITAM, Prof.M.S.Prasada Rao, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, GITAM and Prof. K. Siva Rama Krishna, Pro Vice-Chancellor, GITAM. The workshop benefitted over seventy academicians, students, and professionals. The resource persons were Neeraja Nellimarla and Jitendra Sivamani, technical writing experts from the corporate industry in Hyderabad, with over two decades of experience in the creation, editing, and management of technical documents and technical writing teams across industries.
The workshop imparted knowledge and training in the basics of technical writing, strategies and rules for successful professional writing, tips, and tricks for documentation, various types of technical documents and had highly interactive sessions with videos, classroom exercises and online resources. Technical writing is a highly relevant discipline in the modern corporate world and proficiency in the field can open the doors to highly exciting and rewarding career opportunities.
A series of twelve value based lectures was organized by GITAM School of Gandhian Studies from December 1st to 20th 2017 with the aim of ensuring the spiritual and emotional well-being of students and to enable them to face the challenges of the contemporary world and emerge as truly happy and successful individuals. Eminent personalities and spiritual gurus from various walks of life were invited for these lectures. Around 7200 students from various institutions of GITAM benefitted from these lectures.
Sushilaji of the Vedanta Foundation enlightened students about nurturing the mind through the high principles of Vedanta. Dr. Raj Vedam of the Indian History Awareness and Research Organisation delved deep into the unique contributions of ancient Indians to history, science, and technology with a scientific presentation. Sister Madhuri of the Brahma Kumaris organization delivered four lectures on managing worry, overcoming identity crisis, maintaining harmonious relationships and managing mood swings. Swami Guneshananda of Ramakrishna Mission delivered three lectures on the art of living, ABC of life and Self Motivation. Swami Dr Nishkinchina Bhakta Dasa of the Hare Krishna Foundation spoke on overcoming bad habits and also on conquering fear. All the lectures were eloquent and lively with real-life examples and lot of interaction with the audience. Both students and faculty reported immense satisfaction with the lectures.
Dr. B. Sangeeta, assistant professor, psychology, successfully completes the prestigious IIM-AHMEDABAD Summer school APRIL 2018.
DR. J. Srinivas, assistant professor, political science, awarded PhD in international relational by Jawaharlal Nehru University, new DELHI in MAY 2018.
DR. Rositta joseph, assistant professor, english, selected for the XVI THEORY/PRAXIS COURSE (Faculty Development Proram) by the prestigious dorum on contemporary theory, JULY-AUGUST 2018.
Dr.B. Sangeeta, HoD, Humanities and Social Sciences along with students of BA Social Science Final Year Mr. NS Kishan Kumar and Ms. S Raveen Reddy presented papers on Digital ad Traditional Education at the UNESCO MGIEP TECH 2017 international conference on education at Visakhapatnam, December 16-18, 2017.
Dr. D. Ravi Shanker, Assistant Professor, along with students of MA Applied Psychology presented papers on major psychological issues at the 27th Conference of National Academy of Psychology, IIT Kharagpur, December 21-23, 2017.
Students of the Department of MA Applied Psychology organized a seminar on Disability and also university level essay and poster competitions on the occasion of World AIDS Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 8th and 9th, 2017.
Students of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences organized a university level debate on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day on December 14, 2017, and also a panel discussion with legal experts and NGOs on Human Rights on December 19th, 2017 to commemorate International Day of Human Rights.
Students of MA English first year, Centre for Languages, GSGS, conducted classes for the students of Government ZP School, Madhurawada on various important topics such as - Dental Health, General Hygiene, Sanitation and Cleanliness, Sports, Communication Skills, and so on. The sessions using audio-visual aids were highly interactive and much appreciated by the school children. The MA English students conducted this as part of their training in Public Speaking Skills. It was a highly satisfying experience for them to reach out to the truly deserving children and to motivate them. They intend to make this a regular social outreach activity.
Noted Gandhian peace activist from the USA, Mr. Bernie Meyer, who is also known as American Gandhi, visited GITAM on 24th October 2017. Mr. Meyer is globally recognized for his efforts to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution. He has been very successful in the application of Gandhian methods to the 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 molding future generations. The winners of various competitions organized for students, faculty, and staff during Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations 2017 organized 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, 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 GITAM 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, 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 and outside were present on the occasion.
Department of Applied Psychology, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM, Visakhapatnam is celebrating World Mental Health Day 2017, spread across this week with activities ranging from Mental health awareness rally, a skit and drama and seminars on different aspects of the theme this year and some of the mental health disorders. The theme this year was "Mental Health in the workplace" 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 workplace, 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 organized 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 GITAM 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 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 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
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 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, 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 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 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,
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 GITAM authorities.
Centre for Languages, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, GITAM, Visakhapatnam
The Hindi Day celebrations were graced by GITAM Chancellor Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao and Pro
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
“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 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, 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
GITAM School of Gandhian Studies organized a Guest Lecture on 1st
“We need Leaders
GITAM School of Gandhian Studies organized the first value based lecture on 23rd
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
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
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, 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
A highly competitive academic
Dr. Nalini has been in the teaching and research arena since
The third International Yoga Day was observed with much enthusiasm at GITAM, 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
In order to enhance awareness among students, a Yoga exhibition was organized from 17th – 21st
Yogasana competition for Students, faculty
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 and Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, GITAM, among other dignitaries
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)