The 71st Independence Day was celebrated with much grandeur and reverence at Shri D Ratnavarma Heggde Stadium on 15 August. Dr. B. Yashovarma, Secretary, SDM Educational Society, hoisted the flag and received the guard of honor. Heads of all SDM Institutions at Ujire accompanied him. The staff and students of all local SDM Institutions were present and paid their respects.
A clean surrounding is what we can give to our present and future generations. The NSS units of the college planned a 15 day ‘Special Cleanliness Drive’ in the college from 1st August to 15th August and held various activities like taking cleanliness pledge, cleaning benches and desks of all the class rooms, campus cleaning, pond cleaning and motivated others to do the same. NSS students conducted door to door campaign and visited 318 houses creating awareness on cleanliness at homes and surrounding areas. The staff and students of SDM College held a massive ‘Cleanliness Awareness Rally’ in Ujire on 14th August. About 1500 students spread the importance of cleanliness through banners and slogans and urged the public to join their hands in maintaining their home and surroundings clean.
In association with Kannada Sahithya Parishath, Belthangady unit, the department of Kannada organized a programme under the banner ‘Chinthana Siri’ on 2nd August. Speaking on the topic ‘ಜನಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾತ್ರೆ’ the resource person Dr. Chandrashekhar Damle, Retired Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Nehru Memorial College, Sullia said ‘fairs depict the changing life styles of the people in the society. As the life style changes, society changes and so is the fair. Fairs take different forms depending on the changes made by different classes of people in the society’. Dr. K. S. Mohannarayana, Principal of the College, Dr. B. P Sampath Kumar, Head, Department of Kannada, Dr. M. P. Shrinath, Honorary Secretary, Kannada Parishath, Dakshina Kannada District, other members of the faculty and about 100 students were present.
Learning to overcome failure and bounce back stronger is one of the important lessons in the journey to success according to Brijesh Krishnan, Associate Vice President, Infosys Ltd, Mangaluru. Speaking at the inaugural function of Association of Commerce and Management Mr. Krishnan said “Nobody teaches a person how to fail”. He asked the students to take the roads less travelled to achieve success in life and to enjoy the journey without giving it up while at the last mile. He also urged the need to define the boundaries for personal and professional ethics. Dr. K. S. Mohannarayan, Principal urged the youth not to be risk- averse in their life. Dr. P. N. Udayachandra, HOD Commerce and Prof. Ajoy Kombrabail, HOD of Management, other members of the faculty and the students were present.
On August 8th 2017, the PG department of Journalism and Mass Communication held a talk on ‘Indo-China War Possibilities and Chinese Techniques’ by Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Social worker, Mysuru. Speaking on the Chinese war tactics he said that China is strictly following the rules of their ancient war strategist Sun Tzu. He further said that India is far behind China in terms of strategy, export , economy, and armours.“Communist China has created its own characteristics of Communism. It uses Buddha, Confucius as key to play political diplomacy and spends more than three times of money than India on defence. We are trailing by 10 years than China,”. Dr. Madhav, Assistant Professor, Department of Kannada, Field Marshal Cariappa College, Madikeri was also present and expressed his views about the topic.
“Reading habits and fora for discussing current economic issues not only enlarge horizons of our knowledge but also prepare the students for their future” said Mr. Bhuvanesh, Local press reporter. Mr. Bhuvanesh was addressing the students at the panel discussion organised by “Arthankana”, a forum for discussing current economic issues of the Department of Economics on 14th August. Mr. Sunil Hegde, faculty in the department of Journalism and Mass Communication appreciated the endevour to boost reading habits among the students. Mr. Nidhish Raj, Ms. Sampreetha, Adithya and Mr. Gururaj of III BA presented papers based on articles related to agricultural and environment issues. Dr. A. Jaya Kumar Shetty, head, Department of Economics presided over the function.
Media students should think out of the box and should produce exciting writings using their creative ideology said Mr. Irshad M Venur, photo journalist, Deccan Herald and Prajavani Mysuru Bureau. In an alumni interactive session with II MCJ students held on 29th July, he said students should try to fetch stories out of almost everything. “Write whatever you see. To write on the things that you can’t see, you must have sound sources. Trusted sources should be maintained throughout the life, so that you will be well informed about all the developments,” he said.
‘Master’s Passion’ – an association of PG Commerce students and a forum for creativity was inaugurated by Mr. M Janardhan, Executive Director, Central Secretariat, RUDSETI, Ujire, on 11th August. Mr. M Janardhan addressing the students said, being productive leads to progress and one should enjoy living in rural areas of the country in turn that will teach us to utilize the scarce resources in an effective and constructive way. He also motivated the students saying that, we are all blessed with abilities through which we can achieve our goals in a best possible manner but what it requires is our dedication, practice and commitment to reach our goals. Prof. T.N Keshav, Vice Principal of the college in his presidential address, stated that being students one should develop the analytical abilities to think and calculate whether the actual data and information match and not to believe in fake information. Dr. P.N Udayachandra, Head of the department spoke about triple ‘PPP’s and triple ‘I I I’s, where in students should have a purpose, perseverance which will lead to performance and this is supported by interest, involvement and initiative. This was followed by oath taking by the office bearers of Master’s Passion.
‘“Experiences we get, situations we face, incidents we see in our daily life lead us to write. One should have feelings, emotions and opinions to become a story writer. Fictionalization of real events and a good narration makes a story successful one” said Mr. Prasad Shenoy, Writer and an alumnus of the college. He was addressing the students as a resource person of the work shop on “Story Writing” organized by the department of Kannada on 31st July. One with good imagination, and who is sensitive to the surrounding will become a good writer, he added. Dr. B. P. Sampath Kumar, Head of the department gave an introductory note on the workshop. Students of Kannada and the faculty of the department attended the programme.
In association with M.R. Pai Foundation Mumbai the Department of Social Work organized a ‘Leadership Training Camp’ for the First year Post Graduate students of the college on 9th August. The resource persons Mr. Rajiv Luv and Mr. Vivek Patil from M. R. Pai Foundation conducted the sessions on the topics such as self esteem, communication skills, goal setting, time management, teamwork and self management. Resource persons tried to enhance the skills of the students through various activities and involving the students in the activities. Students’ feedback revealed that the programme helped the students to understand their strengths and weakness.
In order to create awareness and popularize locally available food stuffs, vegetables, greens and their nutrient values among the public the department of Home Science organized a programme at Badanaje on 5th August. Prof. Alphonsamma, Head of the Department, delivered a talk about various nutrients in food and their role, healthy dietary habits and importance of hygiene to lead a healthy life. She also suggested and gave some nutrition rich recipes using locally available food stuffs to the women of Self Help Group. About 30 members of the group attended and benefitted by the programme.
‘Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme’, an initiative by Department of Information Technology, Bio Technology & Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka and supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in collaboration with LSSSDC,CSIR, IITC & ABLE. It is a five year programme to execute domain area Fermentation & Bioprocess Technology. Ms. Prarthana.J, Assistant Professor & Head and Dr. Manoj Godbole , Assistant Professor of P.G Department of Biotechnology will be the main and back up co-ordinators for the programme. The grant will be utilized to impart industry oriented skill upgrading training, enhance employability in biotechnology sector, train and mentor students/faculty from different districts of Karnataka, nurture local talent and create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and growth of biotech sector, create research environment that foster excellent Research and Development in the institution.
NSS Unit of the college in association with Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Mangaluru conducted a ‘Blood Donation Camp’ in the college on 10th August. The staff and students of the college voluntarily participated and donated blood 177 units of blood. The programme was co-ordinated by NSS officers of the college Mr. Ganesh Shendye and Ms. Asha Kiran.
On 4th August, Dr. Archana Prabhath, Head , PG Department of Food , Nutrition and Dietetics, Alva’s college, Moodabidri delivered a lecture on “Causes and Effects of Anemia” and “The Use of Millets in Daily Food” to the girl students of the college. Through her lecture Dr. Archana created awareness about anemia which is most common among the young girls. She also highlighted the importance of healthy and proper diet and good food habits and mainly focused on using millets in daily food and its health benefit. About 200 students were benefitted by the talk.
Mr. Raghu, Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, Mangalore University delivered a lecture on “European Union and European Identity” on 8th August to the students of Political Science He spoke about the freedom given to Students in European Union to study in any EU member states , employment certificates which are accepted in all EU member states. “People may work abroad without losing social security. Common rules have brought wealth and stability to Europe. Efforts are also made to improve living conditions and cure social ills” he said.
The Department of P.G Studies in Commerce had organized a Guest Lecture on “Japanese Work Culture” by Anna Iwasaki and Wakako Higuchi, Press Alternative Co., Ltd, Ota-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, for M.com students on 3rd August at SDM PG Centre, Ujire. The guests addressed the students and stated that Japanese work for almost 12-15 hours a day and strongly enforce on human skill development driven by technological advancements which in turn help them to sustain global changes.
Dr. Haikady N. Nagaraja, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA delivered a lecture on “Applications of Statistics” for the post graduate students of Statistics on 9th August. He spoke about how statistical techniques are applied in public health and medicine. He also gave a brief account of biostatistics employment opportunities for biostatisticians. The speaker shared his professional, teaching and research experiences with the students.
Department of PG Studies in Commerce organized an interaction of Ms. Lavanya T.G, Chartered Financial Analyst, JP Morgan Chase, Bengaluru with M.Com students on 8th August. She gave some hints about “How to face interview and what are the technical rounds included in an interview”. Sharing her experiences the speaker said communication skill and the confidence level and knowledge of candidates in the areas of specialized subjects will be mainly observed by the interviewer. About 130 students were benefitted by the talk.
Mr. Vipin Cyriac a proud alumnus and a meritorious student interacted with III B.Sc students on 11th August. Mr. Vipin shared experiences of his recent ‘Summer Research Internship’ at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and motivated the students to apply for such research internship programmes in as many institutes as possible. He inspired the average scorers by saying marks does not play a major role in getting an internship but interest to learn new things does. Basic subject knowledge and a strong and clear project proposal in simple language and a positive mindset is all that is needed he said. The programme was organized by the department of Chemistry.
On 12th August PG Department of Chemistry organized interaction by Ms. Priyanka G. and Ms. Pratheeksha, Jubilant Biosys Limited, Bangalore with I M.Sc. Chemistry/Organic Chemistry students. They shared their experiences in industry and gave tips on how to face interview and urged the students to give importance to curriculum which can help them to go through interviews and work hard to secure better placements.
The department of Computer Science organised by alumnus Mr. Pavan, Software Developer, Cerner India, Bengaluru on 14th August. He delivered a talk on “Importance of Higher Education to Enter into IT Industry". About 50 students of III BCA students were benefited by the programme.