The students of Avantika University came up as runner-up in the ‘Best out of Waste’ competition held under ‘SWACHHATA HI SEWA’ drive of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ of Government of India. The Ujjain Municipal Corporation served at the student’s disposal the UMC workshop from which the students collected their self-chosen scrap to create masterpieces out of the same. After 3 days of blood, sweat and tears the students created a cosy lounge chair and an almirah out of a waste water tank, portable public urinals out of discarded pots, a sitar, rotating chairs, a swing, a wheel chair and a play ground by working on different discarded materials. The hands-on experience of creating value out of things that are otherwise conceived as a waste really was a great learning to the students and encouraged them to make effective use of the resources available to them.
The students of Avantika University got their hand coloured along with the walls of Ujjain under the ‘SWACHHATA HI SEWA’ drive under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ of Government of India. The Ujjain Municipal Corporation organized ‘INDRADHANUSH – A Wall painting and GRAFFITI’ initiative to create awareness about social causes such a Sanitation, Saving a Girl Child and Water management etc. On the first day of the event, students aimed at promoting gender equality and women empowerment, and painted masterpieces on the walls of Ujjain to render a strong message to the community with the conscience to contribute to the various social causes and promote awareness about the same.
CFT is an initiative where we work to sow the seed of social empathy within the conscience of the young learners. Visit to ‘Sewadham Ashram’ in Ujjain on 9th September 2018 was start of this social dynamism. A group of students along with their mentors went to this noble abode of Mr. Sudhir Bhai Goyal who found this ashram in 1989 with the aim to support the weak and homeless and currently homes around 500 people within its safe walls. The students spent the day teaching these people the skill to sketch, dance, sing and helped them in their daily activities. By reflecting upon the course of their day, the students understood the real-life challenges of such people and felt an igniting blaze within themselves to work for the underprivileged section of the society.
Life at the campus of Avantika University is a mix of different flavours. From Joy in learning to late night prototyping sessions, from sports to recreation and rejuvenation and, from dance and painting to self-initiated cultural celebration, the students make the campus life very lively and engaging. The eve of 2nd September 2018 was one such events where the whole campus emanated with joy and splendour. The students organized a ‘Matki Fod’ competition to celebrate Janmashtami, with dancing and singing late night, the whole campus celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna with great jubilation.
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”
- Tryst with Destiny speech, Jawaharlal Nehru, 15 August 1947.
Commemorating the 72nd year of our Nation’s Independence, on 15th August 2018, feelings of pride and patriotism was emanating throughout the Avantika University campus. Honourable chief guest, Col. Ashish Mangrulkar, an army veteran who served the Indian Army for 23 years, along with The Vice- Chancellor, Dr. Prasheel Suryawanshi, hoisted the Indian National Flag with great exuberance and pride. In his effusive speech on the day, he emphasized on the importance of India’s rich cultural heritage and the significance of ancient Indian education methodology. Giving example of the Indus valley civilization and their urban planning techniques in the 3rd Millennium BCE, he motivated everyone saying, “We have it in our DNA, don’t let it go a waste. If you have the will and mind-set to do something, even the sky is not the limit for what you can achieve!” With his illuminating words, the students, faculty and staff members celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India with great pride and splendour.
'Halma' refers to a Bhili tradition of coming together and helping a community member fighting his troubles. Whenever an individual from the community faces difficulty and calls for Halma, they all gather and solve it. Shivganga – a movement for the holistic development of Jhabua in association with Avantika University collaborated on a unique water conservation project based on the concept of Halma in the tribal region of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh. A volunteer team of 50 students participated in this movement on 17th and 18th February, 2018 to work towards solving the social problem of water scarcity. They got together and dug up ponds and wells in the villages to enhance the conservation of water in area which is reeling under the effects of acute deforestation. The event was coordinated by our Head of Industry Relations, Mr. Rohit Lalwani. Lecturers Ravikumar Jadhav and Rushikesh Pawar along with Warden, Mrs. Meera Pandey accompanied the students. The first day was spent interacting with the leaders and villagers behind the movement and gaining insights, while the next day saw students volunteering to execute the project with the locals.
Celebrating the rich heritage of our country and reveling in the Republic Day spirit, the 69th Republic Day was celebrated at the University. Honourable Mr. Aditi Nath Sarkar hoisted the flag and delivered a stirring message as the Guest of Honour at the occasion. The illustrious Mr. Aditi Nath Sarkar is at present the Advisor, National Digital Library of India and has a commendable experience in Literature, Cultural History, Film Heritage Conservation and Documentary Film Making. His rich experience inspired the students and filled them with newer dreams and aspirations. Avantika University celebrated the Republic Day of India with splendour and pride.
The night of Halloween was celebrated on campus, with students and staff going all in with their ghastliest best. Ghouls, zombies, vampires, phantoms, demons, and banshee costumes were painstakingly handcrafted by students, who later gathered for photo opportunities around the bonfire. All in all, it made for a hauntingly memorable night, curated entirely by students!