The 150thth birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated on 2 nd October 2019. All the members of the Avantika family gathered together to pay tribute to his contribution and sacrifice in the Indian National Struggle. Commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s life, the university organized a literature reading activity wherein everyone read about his experiences, and earned jewels of wisdom and lifelong learnings.
The festival of Onam was celebrated at the campus on 21 st September 2019 with great festivities and jubilation. The students started the celebration by performing the traditional dance form of Kerala ‘Thiruvathirakali’ which was followed by some exciting activities like the Musical Chair Competition between the students and the university employees. The grandeur of the event was such that it called-in chefs from Kerala to prepare the master meals and everyone savoured the famous Kerala Sandhya for lunch. Post the lunch, a Tug of War competition was organized which was followed by a very surprising and happening flash mob dance on songs of diverse cultures. The festival of Onam created an all-together a different atmosphere in the campus with unity and merry-making throughout the day.
2nd September marked the start of the 5-days long joyous festivities with Ganesha Aagman and sthapana on the campus. The students led the festivities to sculpt the idol of Lord Ganesha and prepared a Japanese themed set. The 5-days long program started with a traditional tinch hosting a fashion show and encompassed exciting activities throughout. The students organized and indulged in competitions like Minute to Win It, Rangoli making, Poster Making, Debate, Dance and Music, etc. The festivities and enthuse took a beautiful ending with the Ganesh Visarjan followed by a savoury dinner. The student led campus celebration lifted the whole mood of the campus and ended with a week full of celebrations and creativity.
The university celebrated the 73rd Independence Day with great patriotism and fiesta. We were honored to have Lt. Gen. Madhav G. Datar, a retired Army Veteran who served the nation with 41 years of service and is known for his contribution in the 1965 and 1971 Indo Pak War, and the 1999 Kargil War as the Chief of Communications and Electronic Warfare. The celebration kicked off with the guest of honor Lt. Gen. Madhav G. Datar, Dr. Prasheel Suryawanshi, and Dr. Manesh Patil hoisting the National Flag with great exuberance and pride. The hoisting ceremony was followed by back-to-back student dance and singing performances to remember and celebrate the years-long national struggle for independence and the sacrifice of our patriotic heroes.
The 70th Republic Day was celebrated with great jubilation and enthusiasm. Students, Faculty, and Staff members came together to hoist the National Flag and pay tribute to the sacrifice and hardship of the country’s forefathers in the independence struggle and celebrate the day of adoption of India’s Constitution. The Students performed melodiously on patriotic songs and staff members paid tribute by personifying freedom fighters and remembering them on this day.
The night of Halloween was celebrated with great excitement with students justifying the theme of the night looking their scariest best in ghastly outfits and make up. The students lurked in the ‘Graveyard’, a set which they designed with scarecrows, spiders, and graves with music and bonfire, enjoying the night of the Halloween to the fullest.
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.
The day of 13th September 2018 marked the start of the preparations of Ganpati Visarjan. The 10-day long joyous celebration, from set-preparation and decoration to Ganpati sthapana, and everyday prayers and cultural festivities, the student-led celebration truly engulfed everyone at campus and created an environment emanating togetherness and merry-making.
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!