IUDI India along with Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University, hosted 7th National Urban Design Thesis Seminar and Colloquium on 2nd and 3rd of November 2018 at SSAA Gurgaon. The urban design national thesis seminar is an annual event that intends to showcase visions across the nation through the best post graduate theses from various urban design programmes in our country. In this two-day long event, SAW architects, urban designers and other professionals came together in large numbers to discuss and delve into urban issues faced by the cities and contemporary societies, developed and presented by student led initiatives.
The Workshop on Urban Rooms consciously tried to move away from the dichotomy presented in the relation between inside and outside. On one hand, Interior has become a never fading style of urban form. “90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair... The city is a massive aggregation of interior environments; our homes, our workplaces, the restaurants and bars that we socialize in, our daycare services and schools, or our doctor's office” On the other hand, the idea of the city as a lived experience engages with our needs to get uniqueness and particularity in our daily lives.
In this workshop, we tried to understand the city (Gurgaon) as a lived experience. We made efforts to bring out the uniqueness of its various environments by translating the ‘urbanity’ into controlled ‘rooms’. By doing this, we continuously questioned the nature of ‘interiority’ and ‘urbanity’ and the boundaries particularly.
It is a matter of pride to see that eleven students of Vatel School of Hospitality Management, Ansal University, have been selected for a year-long internship – leading to a possible career opening in the USA. The students have secured openings in the following organizations: Conrad Miami, Hyatt Dallas, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf club (Brewster, Massachusetts) and The Phoenician Resort (Scottsdale, Arizona). There are a lot of Indian hospitality entrepreneurs in different parts of the USA and most of them, who started their journey as employee of hotels or small restaurants, are now successful businesspersons. They have popularized Indian curries and bar-be-cue from coast to coast.
Ms. Dravisha Katoch, 2nd Year Student of Computer Science in School of Engineering and Technology, represented Ansal University at The Harvard Project of Asia and International Relations Conference, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She got a chance to listen to eminent speakers like Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammed Yunus, Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, Founder & Chairman of Sunway Group etcetera. She participated in panel discussions, which were insightful about the startup culture in Asia, and how banking is necessary and banks are not. In her own words, she said she was overwhelmed as there's so much she learnt on meeting delegates from all over the world and listening to diverse speakers.
Valuing the legacy of Indian Constitution, School of Law, Ansal University honored ‘69th Constitution Day’ by hosting a series of events. In this purposeful gathering, renowned personalities were invited as Chief Guest to dignify the event with their gracious presence. The inauguration of the event was performed by Justice Mr. Manmohan Sarin, (Former CJI. Jammu and Kashmir High Court), Shri. Sushil Ansal, (Chancellor Ansal University), Prof. Dr. A.P. Singh, (Professor, I.P. University), Mr. Amar Sundram (Director legal, Ernest and Young), Col. Rajive Chauhan (Registrar, Ansal University) and Prof. Dr. Kanu Priya (Acting Dean, School of Law, Ansal University).
Addressing the enthusiasm of law students, Mr. Manmohan Sarin praised the zeal of scholars and shared his legal narratives. He underlined the prominence of Indian constitution and clarified the difference between judicial activism and judicial adventurism. After Mr. Sarin’s enlightenment over the ethics of advocacy, Mr. Sushil Ansal was requested to share his valuable experiences. He highlighted the current development scenario of Ansal University and also shed light on the future plans. During the entire speech, his main focus was lying around the enhancement of legal education and safeguard of Indian constitution spirit.
Following that, Prof. A.P Singh shared his beliefs on handling the lingual and ethnic diversification in India. His (He) discussed on-field experiences in the context of global and corporate scenario set an instance of loyalty for Indian Constitution among students. Subsequently, Mr. Sundram exchanged a few words with the students over his learning on time management.
After the appreciated experiences conversed by the invited chief guests, the event was concluded with the windup speech by Col. Rajive Chauhan. He talked about the development and significance of the Indian Constitution. Afterwards, the event progressed to the next phase where several activities were organized including a panel discussion, working paper symposium and a law quiz exclusively for school students.
School of Law, Ansal University, became the first law school in Haryana to adopt Legal Care and Support Centre at Protection office, Mahila Thana, Sector 51. The Centre was officially handed over by Sh. Narender Singh, CJM cum Member Sectretary, District Legal Services Authority, Gurugram - Mahila Police Station, Sector-51, Gurugram. Prof. Kanu Priya and Dr. Komal along with the team of PLVs and student members of Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC) took over the charge and allocated duties to students to coordinate with the Police In-charge and Protection officer in providing counselling services and redressal mechanism to the women complainants and other distressed people.
Representatives of AULAC visit and provide free legal aid to the downtrodden and hysterical members of the society. The students will also conduct research related to the procedure being adopted by women police officials in dealing with complaints and attempts for amicable redressal of disputes. School of Law is the first Law School in the state of Haryana to adopt such Legal Aid Centre and join hands with the District Legal Services Authority in furtherance of its objective to impart social justice. School of Law has been moving ahead in its mission to impart social justice and nurture their students with social inclusivity through clinical legal education.
“An epitome of delivering immersive and lifelong lessons”, this is what students of Sushant School of Design stated about their programme at Arts University Bournemouth, UK.
They discovered the phenomenal art-work to take inspiration from, whether it’s from Tate Modern (one of the four Art Museums housed by an Institution called - Tate) or Victoria and Albert Museum (World’s largest museum of decorative arts & design) in London, UK.
Glimpses from the Indo-Thai Workshop on Global-Local Culture-Based Design between Sushant School of Design and King Mongkut’s University of Technology (KMUTT), Thailand as part of the academic collaboration. Students working on Paper Mache craft of Madhubani, Bihar, to develop ideas and products.
Sushant School of Design, Ansal University with Arts University of Bournemouth, UK, constantly strives to educate students on global fashion and keep them abreast of happenings in the global fashion world.
As a step in the same direction, we recently hosted an event which was jointly organized by British Business Group at The British High Commissioner’s Residence.
The School showcased the award winning costumes, inspired by the 1950’s era and won the Queens Excellence Award for the same.
Students learn best when there is a positive partnership between theory and practice. It is our constant endeavor to do the best for students and we hope we keep doing the same in future as well.
A successful think tank summit ‘Role of technology, automation and artificial intelligence’ in Design Education at Sushant School of Design , Ansal University,with key note speakers - Penny Egan - CBE Executive Director ,US-UK Fullbright Commission Prof. M.M.Pant, Former VC – IGNOU, Rishi Khemka, Prof. Stuart Bartholomew -VC Arts University Bournemouth, Radhika Suri-Director - Environment Education WWF.
United Kingdom based Oxsight Ltd. has collaborated with Ansal University, India to setup Advanced Centre for Sight Enhancement. The Sushant OxSight Low Vision Centre will be the referral hub in and around Gurgaon and Delhi region for hospitals and independent eye clinics, demonstrating low vision test programs with an aim to test the suitability of patients for the Oxsight smart glasses. The centre will also support academic communications and research programmes in the field of visual impairment.
Following six years of innovative research at Oxford University, OxSight registered itself as a Ltd. company in 2016. In June 2018, they launched their first product ‘OxSight Prism’. Dr. Stephen Hicks, Co-Founder and Head of Innovation at OxSight said “The main objective of the partnership is to understand and learn about the needs of individuals suffering from sight loss in India and find solutions that can help with societal inclusion leading to increased productivity’’.
OxSight Prism glasses are designed for the people who are suffering from peripheral vision loss (caused by Glaucoma, Diabetes, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other Degenerative Eye Diseases) and other low vision conditions. The glasses are comfortable wear and designed by using intelligent image interpretation algorithms and micro-OLED displays to bring images into the field of view for the user. People using Oxsight Prism can see faces while socialising, recognising objects, reading signs, managing money etc.
The Sushant School of Health Science (SSHS) has launched Sushant Vision Care Centre. It will serve as an academic, referral and research centre and offer quality vision care by experts. Sushant School of Health and Science takes pride in offering a vision care clinic of this calibre. At Sushant Vision Care Centre, we ensure that our patients will be evaluated comprehensively, from spectacle and contact lens prescriptions to eye disease including glaucoma and diabetic eye disease.
a) Centre for Sight Enhancement for Visually Impaired, in association with Oxsight. A spinout company of Oxford University's innovation division has launched its India Centre at SVCC. They will serve low vision patients with latest eye care technology, offering sight to people with severe vision impairment.
b) Centre of Excellence for Sight Restoration in Irregular Cornea, in association with Menicon Ltd UK. This Menicon Centre will treat patients suffering from keratoconus, corneal trauma, and post lasik ectasia etc. The Sushant School of Health Science has also collaborated with many hospitals and industry in Delhi, NCR for the clinical training of their students. Some training sessions shall be mentored by faculty from Leeds University, UK.
Ansal University has touched a remarkable position in the education sector by laying foundation of quality education. In order to meet the criteria of effective learning, the University has launched Sushant School of Planning and Development (SSPD) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The inauguration event was attended by renowned delegates from corporate and international agencies. On this occasion, invited guests shared their valuable experiences with students on the topic – Internationalizing Education. The day long deliberations had three panel discussions: i) Reconfiguring Planning Education for the New World Order ii) Education for an Urbanizing Planet: Inducting Urban Planning into School Curricula iii) Sustainable Development Goals: Global Goals, Local Business.
Following discussions on the need for education enhancement in India, Prof. Vibhuti Sachdev, Dean, SSPD, concluded the day saying that “The new school will capture discourses from contemporary humanities and social sciences so that planning professionals facilitate the smooth transition of urban areas from hotbeds of conflicts to sustainable places”.