The 5th day of the Orientation Program started with a training session on fire and safety. The certified fire safety coach elaborated the SOS and fire safety module, and taught the students the use of fire extinguisher and trained them with the basic first-aid process etc. The session ended with dummy safety training which revolved around real-life accidents and situations. The fire safety training was followed by a briefing of all the departments of the university for easy functioning of the student’s day to day routine. All section heads came forward and briefed the students about respective processes and services etc.
The 5th day of the Orientation Week hosted the fun-packed Cultural Program. Starting with the live performance of the renowned Shubham Bhardwaj’s music band from Indore to students’ dance, music and mimicry performances, and the final halt at the DJ night, turned the evening into a rendezvous of harmony, exhilaration and endless memories. The Cultural Program proved to be a great wrap-up of the Orientation Week, giving students a free mind to start their academics with full enthuse in the next week.
The 4th Day of the Orientation week started with a very insightful activity by Rohit Lalwani and Vaibhav Garg. The activity emphasized on the significance of remaining sustainable in surrounding constraints and boundaries. The students were divided into groups of 6 each and were asked to create a tower using marshmallow and spaghetti sticks. The challenge was to keep one marshmallow at the top of the tower and the tallest tower would be the winner. The activity which spanned across one and a half hours included many constraints such as use of a single hand, no talking etc. The activity taught the students the essentials of group working and how to design products and services which are sustainable in todays’ environment.
Vidhi Bhatt is an Illustrator Designer based out a Vadodara with expertise in Character Design. She shared her journey with the young learners elaborating how she learned design and highlighted the key aspects for becoming versatile designers. She threw light on how she expresses social concerns through her illustrations and how empowering this field of design could be. She also discussed Social media as an art showcase, and why plagiarism should not be practiced. Conducting a quick workshop on designing characters, she gave way to student’s imagination and helped translate it into interesting characters.
Sheetal Dawda is a Reebok certified fitness trainer. She is an international Zumba instructor, international Bokwa instructor, certified Power Garba instructor and a certified diet advisor. In her power packed Zumba session, she engaged all the students to the beats of Bollywood and Hollywood music, and quirky Zumba moves. Post her stimulating Zumba session, she organized interesting fitness challenges like the push-up challenge etc. The last part of the 4 th day of the Orientation Program proved to be a healthy fun activity and, motivated the students to adopt different types of exercises to stay mentally and physically fit.
The third day of the orientation week had in store the exploratory tour to the city of Ujjain. The tour started with the 100 Rs. Challenge in which the students had to earn Rs. 100 in 2 hours. With no mobile phones or their wallet, the students screened the whole area to observe the opportunities of work and did jobs like sweeping the floors, making chapati, helping shopkeepers arrange stuff, selling flowers and t-shirts, helping labour in doing their work etc. This task taught students the value of money, how difficult it is to earn, and the art of selling which gave them tremendous insight into customer and market behaviour. After the thrilling challenge, the students explored the city of Ujjain to find out all the go-to places and understand its culture and heritage. The students left no stone unturned to turn the 3 rd day of the orientation week into a life-long experience.
The 2nd day of the orientation program introduced the students to the Foundation Year, their faculties and courses. The students were briefed about how project-based learning differentiates with traditional classroom sessions, continuing with assessment and jury. The purpose of the session was to prepare the students mentally before their academics begin at the end of the Orientation Week.
Sumouli datta is a doodle and illustration artist based out at Kolkata. She is popularly known as Doodle Woodle and is currently working as a visual merchandizer. She started her doodle workshop with her very intriguing journey; giving students insight on how she realized her passion and created opportunities for herself. In her workshop, she introduced students to the various intricacies of doodling and how to make better creatives. The students doodled, learned from her work and earned better understanding of this art by converting their imagination and ideas into interesting doodles.
Sahil Lahari is an internationally acclaimed portrait artist known for his extreme expertise in giving life to the canvas. Based at Indore, he exhibits his work at various art exhibitions, hotels, cafeteria etc and his creations are adorned by many celebrities and politicians. He started his session by showcasing his masterpieces in front of the students and then started with how failure and rejection played a great part in his success. He shared his journey which gave deep insight on self-construction and overcoming one’s fears. The session was power packed with inspiration and raw secrets to succeed in all walks of life.
The first day of the orientation program started with the leadership welcoming the new batch of the university and, sharing their excitement and words of wisdom with the new students. The new design and engineering enthusiasts were introduced to all the faculty and staff members and were given a brief about the whole orientation week. The students indulged with their respective mentors, faculties, and explored the campus with their peers through a Treasure Hunt and won exciting prizes.
Amrut Bhat is a renowned Drum Circle facilitator, musician and Tedx speaker based out at Mumbai. He is credited for conducting more than 550 Drum Circle Workshops for 25000+ participants across the country. His clientele includes big names like IPL T20, Shiamak Dawar, Mumbai Indians, Raymond, Volkswagen etc. He started his session on ‘Positive Pagalpan’ with giving insight about his journey, passion and how he turned it into his profession. After a very interesting Q and A session with the young learners, started the even more energizing and fun drum circle workshop. The workshop was power packed with drum beating and subsequent claps of the students, making it one of its kind start of their freshman year.
On the last and 6th Day of Orientation week, the students were engrossed with online verification of their documents with the Students Office. Everyone awaited the start of the academic journey of second batch of Avantika University with great enthusiasm.
The Day 5 of orientation week was a mix of various activities such as the introduction to clubs and various facilities at Campus. The students presented their experience of the exploratory tour to Ujjain City. Post which they participated with great zeal in the talent quest where they showcased their hobbies by singing, playing instruments, doing mimicry and many more.
The Day 4 of the orientation week started with a Panel discussion on Design Centred Education where we had Dr. Parag Vyas, the Founder and Director of the Grau Bar Design in Indore. The Panel members, namely, Dr. Parag Vyas, Dr. Mahesh Goudar, Prof. Sanjay Jain and Dr. Hemant Kaushik threw light on the various aspects of Design Centred Education. The moderator, Dr. Prasheel Suryawanshi, guided the discussion to a very meaningful end.
Day 3 of the orientation week was about the introduction to the various aspects of the 1st year where the Vice-Chancellor started with acquainting the new batch about the over-all academic plan, the objectives, the pedagogy and the assessment pattern. This was followed by the course leads introducing the various courses and their learning to the students. In the afternoon, students attended a session on entrepreneurship with the Director of Industry and Industrial Relations and were guided about how to they can grow the budding entrepreneur in them in a progressive manner.
There was a lot of excitement about the Day 2 of the Orientation Week. The students had an exploratory tour to Ujjain where they explored the city from head to toe with their mentors and learnt about the essence of the city to its core. As part of this tour, the Industry Relations team conducted a survival activity called the “100 Rupee Challenge” where the students got spread around the city and were expected to earn Rs. 100 in 2 hours. The students reaped the first self-earned income of their life. Wow, that was a proud moment for all of us!
The Day 1 at Avantika started off with the introduction of the Leadership to the students, The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Prasheel Suryawanshi, welcomed the new Designeers to the Avantika family and shared his vision about the 4-year journey of the new batch. The students were introduced to their mentors and bonded with them throughout the day. The evening unfolded with a cultural program that included Kathak to the tunes of Bollywood and Hollywood songs along with a lot of dancing and singing.
Parent Interaction: Students of the batch 2018-19 landed at the Avantika Campus on 14th July 2018 with their parents. The Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar extended a warm welcome to the parents and interacted with them about the various aspects of student life at Avantika Campus.