Invictus,KMC’s sports-cum-cultural intercollegiate fest,got off to a great start on Monday.With teams like AFMC, JJMC and a whole lot of others participating, MIST the sports component of the fest started in right earnest on Monday.
The sports arenas of Manipal University saw hectic activity as football, basketball, volleyball, cricket and badminton got underway. The scorching heat did not dampen spirits, but the action at all venues seemed to warm up the competitive zeal in every team.
While the eventsbegan earlier in the day, the fest was officially inauguratedlater in the evening by the Associate Deans of KMC, Dr. Antony Sylvan D’Souza and Dr.Rajgopal Shenoy, the Chief advisor of Student council, Dr.Avinash Shetty, advisor for Sports committee, Dr. Vinod Nayak and advisor for Fine arts committee, Dr.Chandni Gupta.
The football ground at End Point is not the best of places to be on a Sunday afternoon, particularly in this scorching heat. But on April 2, there was a record turnout of over 5000 students and others for the fifth edition of Tarang. Kites of unthinkable shapes and sizes and attractive hues too fascinated everybody. Undeterred by the scorching early summer heat, everyone had fun.
There was more than just kites as Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) of Manipal University did everything differently this time. They planned a carnival, something for all to enjoy. Food stalls, games, street play and zumba the latest craze in Manipal had the crowd enjoying every moment till dusk.
Amidst all the fun, there was a moment everyone spared for those with autism. The theme of Tarang this year was, “Step Up for Autism”, and the occasion was also to spread awareness about the condition. Dr. Poornima Baliga, Pro Vice Chancellor of Manipal University talked at length about autism and enlightened the crowd about the autistic spectrum that otherwise would go unnoticed and untreated. Dr G.K Prabhu, Pro Vice Chancellor also appreciated the efforts of VSO in organizing such an event. Mr Kishore Alva, ED Adani UPCL inaugurated the function.
Volunteers from VSO Mangalore also attended the event to showcase their achievements as an example of the ‘Connecting Campuses’ motto! Kids from Asare, Hombelaku, SrikrishnaBalaniketana, the Muskaan project also enjoyed the carnival.
Manipal University has set up a Student Support Centre (SSC), a pioneering venture in higher education in India. The SSC offers confidential service to address the emotional well-being of its students and is a space for them to seek professional help outside the confines of a hospital. The SSC is located at Quarters No. 125, opposite MMMC. The Centre aims to be a community that assures both privacy and easy accessibility to students.
On March 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Dr H Vinod Bhat inaugurated the Centre. To celebrate the start of SSC, a “Concert for Awareness” was held at the T. M. A. Pai Park. Popular music bands from Chennai, 'The F16s' and 'Skrat' performed to a very lively and receptive audience of Manipal’s student community. The bands shared experiences and expressed their support for the cause.Dr Bhatencouraged the students to access the confidential and professional services available at the Centre.
Student Support Centre website: ssc.manipal.edu
“Buried Seeds – A Chef’s Journey” by Karan Bellani is a biography on the popular Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna an alumnus of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration. Why buried seeds was chosen as the title of the book which portrays his amazing journey from humble settings inPunjab to his present status in the world was explained by the Chef himself to media persons here at Fortune Inn Valley View on Wednesday.
Suave and gentle, Vikas said, “The book is all about my journey from Punjab where I grew up, my years in Manipal University and at WGSHA where I studied to become a chef, and thereafter, allthe ups and downs I have been through to become what I am today. It’s all there in the book.” He likens his life to a seed which has to be buried to grow into a tree. “And so the title of the book,” he said.
That book is being made into a documentary by a team from the US. The entire crew is visiting Manipal for a few days to capture the images of places which was dear to Vikas when he was studying in Manipal University. They will be shooting at Krishna Temple, the temple at Malpe and other places.
Director of the documentary, Andrei Severny said that it is an amazing journey and inspiring story. Vikas said he was a little skeptical when Andrei came up with the idea of making a documentary. But today shooting for it is in the closing stages and it cannot be complete without WGSHA and Manipal figuring in it. “The documentary will not be complete without coming back home,” Vikas said. Vikas was of the sixth course and passed out in 1994. Andrei hopes to premiere it at Cannes this May.
Vikas will be the chief guest at the ongoing Utsav 2017 in Manipal University on April 7 and he will gift his book Utsav – A Culinary Epic of Indian Festivals to the Chancellor Dr Ramdas M Pai.
Manipal Marathon 2017 held on Sunday in the education hub turned out to be a success by any standards. And, enhancing its reputation was the participation of national and international runners. The half marathon, 21.1 kilometres, saw Asian Games bronze medalist in steeplechase, Naveen Dagar win the first place and a prize money of rupees 70,000.
The winner in the women’s half marathon was KiranJithur of Punjab. She too got the same amount as cash prize. About 6,000 runners took part in the marathon organized by Manipal University and Udupi Athletic Association. Other than the half marathon, there were 10 kilometres, five and three kilometres races to ensure all registered runners young and old got a chance to run.
KMC Greens came alive long before dawn with the enthusiastic runners limbering up with Zumba fitness workout. It was great fun and everyone enjoyed the lush Greens at the carnival presented by Volunteer Services organization (VSO). Sponsors for the event were Syndicate Bank and Adani. The carnival was a showstopper. Games like futsal, seven tiles, tennis ball cricket and a whole lot of other activities were organized by VSO to complete the fun.
Manipal Marathon this year had the theme of run for the awareness of stroke. It also coincides with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Manipal Institute of Technology. A reason why it was decided to hold at such a large scale. It was a success by any standards with runners from a number of other states participating.
Naveen is preparing to take part in the world championship he said and was training at Bangalore. He hails from Haryana. Ranjeet Singh finished second and Santosh third in the men’s half marathon. KiranJithur who won the first prize in the women’s half marathon is from Punjab.She has won two other half marathons in the country recently. ThippavvaSannakki was second and Archana finished third. The second and third finishers in both categories won cash prizes of 35,000 and 20,000 respectively.
The winner in the 10 kilometre race for women was Mamta of Varanasi, Suprita was second and Deeksha third. PravinKhambal was the winner in the men’s section, Vijay was second and Chetan GJ was third. In the 10 kilometres Senior women’s category, Yulia came first,Rekha was second and Prameela third. Shankara won the race in the Senior men’s category, Vishwanath Kotian was second and Divakar was third.
With Manipal Institute of Technology celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year, Revels ‘17 beginning March 8, is special. There are a lot many events this time round and the showcase event -- The Proshow -- will be the most exciting and interesting entertainer and thousands are looking forward to having a rollicking time.
When Benny Dayal, Bollywood playback singer famous for his colossal blockbusters like Badtameez Dil &Ude Dil Befikre, and Anish Sood, one of India’s most prolific DJs, known for performing alongside famous names likeDavid Guetta, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and Axwell take the stage on March 11 to bring the curtain down on this edition of Revels, the Saturday night fever will last long for the near 6000 crowd that is expected to gather at KMC Greens.
Yes, there is an entry fee to their show. But for the rest to be held at the MIT Quadrangle, there will be no ticket. Benny Dayal will be accompanied by his band FunktuaTion, known for their remarkably groovy music. Anish Sood, India’s answer to international dance music, is known to spellbind people with his funky beats.His originals and live sets effortlessly blend across house, electro and techno and his distinct understanding of dancefloors, moods, trends and audiences ensures that the presentation will be one to look forward to.
Six artistes will perform on three days includingKaran Singh Magic- Magician, mind reader, psychological illusionist. Sahil Shah- Punmaster, Comedian and Occasional Time Traveler. Co- Founder of East India Comedy. Karunesh Talwar a comedian and Lagori, young, energetic, full of surprises known to set the stage on fire with his soulful music.
Register at proshow.mitrevels.in and get a chance to be a part of the splendid finale.Limited tickets are available.
Some 5000 runners have registered to run in the four categories of Manipal Marathon to be flagged off from KMC Greens on March 5, 2017 at 6.30 am by Dr Ranjan Pai, CEO and MD Manipal Education and Medical Group. About 800 runners will take part in the 21.1 kilometres half marathon and the 10 kilometres race. The remaining have registered for the five-kilometre and three-kilometre runs.The first edition of the half marathon has attracted runners from other states of the country as well, and Manipal will witness the biggest marathon to be held in this region. Minister for Sports, Youth Empowerment and Fisheries, Mr Pramod Madhwaraj will be the chief guest at the prize distribution to be held at the Greens at 9 am.The who’s who of the district will be present for the marathon which is being organized by Manipal Runners' Club and Protons Running of Bangalore, under the aegis of Manipal University, and assisted by the Udupi District Athletic Association. The event is co-sponsored by Manipal University, Adani and Syndicate Bank.Manipal Marathon carries a cash prize of rupees 5.5 lakhs. The amount will be the same for men and women. The winners in the half marathon will be richer by rupees 70,000 each, the runners-up will get Rupees 35,000 each and those finishing third will get rupees 20,000 each. Fourth to tenth place finishers will also be given cash prizes. The prize money for the 10 kilometres race is rupees 10,000; 7,500 and 5,000 respectively for the first three places in both sections. The races will all start and end at KMC greens. A Carnival De Manipal will also be held during the event. Volunteer Services Organization (VSO) of Manipal University will present it. There will be, yoga, sumba, DJ, dance floor and other fun activities to raise and spread awareness regarding acquired and life style diseases.
On Feb 14th, Vikas Khanna's UTSAV has officially become The World's Most Expensive Cookbook - first copy auctioned for 3 Million Rupees. This will be used to serve 2,00,000 meals through smilefoundation #MillionDollar4Nutrition He has thanked Mr. Rasesh Kanakia and dedicated this success to his dad on his 71st Birthday.
UI GreenMetric released the results of World Ranking for Universities on December 29th 2016. This is the seventh edition of ranking which compares Universities efforts towards campus sustainability and environment friendly university management. The ranking was announced by the Universitas Indonesia's Rector, Prof. Muhammad Anis, along with the Chairperson of UI GreenMetric Prof. Riri Fitri Sari.
Manipal University has put continual efforts in implementing actions in critical areas to increase green cover, ensure equitable water use and management, waste management and energy management leading to decreased impacts on climate change and the environment. This focus towards care for nature today has been globally recognized by way of being ranked 213th in the overall category among 516 Universities from 71 countries.
Among Universities belonging to suburban settings, Manipal University is ranked 67th globally and is No 2 in India. Under the water management category, which is its core strength, Manipal University is ranked No. 1 in India and 18th globally, followed by waste management with a global ranking of 133. Manipal University today is the second greenest University in India.
In terms of its ranking methodology, UI Green Metric is based on three philosophical approaches which is Environment, Economy and Equity (3'Es). The ranking has six indicators: Setting & Infrastructure (15%), Energy and Climate Change (21%), Waste Management (18%), Water Management (10%), transportation (18%) and Education (18%).
"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another." - Chris Maser, Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest
For more details, kindly visit: http://greenmetrIc.ulac.ld
Nandini, a class IX student of Government High School, Uppur, who had never been to a science laboratory, on Friday, walked out of Manipal University Campus with confidence saying that she can now teach some of the chemistry experiments to her friends back in school.This was possible due to The Royal Society of Chemistry India and Salters Camps, UK, which organised a three-day residential Chemistry camp programme for Class IX students at the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), that concluded on Friday. Around 70 students from government schools in around the varsity campus became a part of the camp, where they had a fun session and learnt Chemistry.Nandini said that this is the first time she was given a free-hand to conduct experiment at high-end labs of Manipal University. "I was curious to learn each and every experiment taught by the resource persons and scientists. What I liked most was that safety was given a priority during all lab workshops since we were dealing with some hazardous chemicals," says Gynappa, another Class IX student of Government High School, Rajeev Nagar.
Another student Vinay said that she will go back and teach the experiments not only to her friends but also to her science teachers.
The students were also provided accommodation during their stay, in the hostel rooms used by the students of Manipal University. "It was a first time experience to stay away from home in a hostel. We did not miss our parents and home. Such camps should be conducted frequently to know more about science," said Srivathsa, student of Government High School, Olakadu.
Years after leaving the portals of Manipal University, the ex-students were back for a wonderful reunion on December 18, 2016. This year the alums of Kasturba Medical College, 1986 batch and Manipal Institute of Technology 1987 batch were present. They made merry at Fortune Inn Valley View where the Alumni Relations of the University organized a splendid show. A brief welcome speech by the Vice President, Faculty Development and Alumni Relations, Dr K Ramnarayan after the Director Alumni Relations, Mr Prasanna R Kailaje formally opened the evening, was followed by fun and frolic. The music for the evening was provided by Prakash and his band.
The alumni took time off to see the facilities that have changed the face of Manipal University. Sure, it surprised every single alumnus. They may have heard but probably not expected it to change the way it has over the years since they left. The comments by some of them has it all. What a pleasant surprise it was for all of them as they were taken around every new facility. Of course, some of them went around to see their favourite joints when they were here just to revive memories that linger on.
Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration and the Department of Culinary Arts bid farewell to the final year students in style. Every year the outgoing students are given a formal multi-course dinner which is served by smartly liveried juniors. The outgoing students too are dressed in smart formals to complete the traditional American style elegant event.
The Formal dinner 2016 bid adieu to the fourth course BA Culinary Arts Students and was presided over by Principal Prof. G Parvadhavardhini and Chief Guest VirenderRazdan, Area Manager, ITC Hotels Hyderabad as well as other dignitaries from the ITC Hotels Group were present.
Prepared by the faculty and students of WGSHA and DOCA and served by the students of DOCA, the menu included classical French dishes including Pâté Maison (a smooth chicken liver pâté served as an appetiser) and Poisson aux crevettes et crabe (a main course of fish served with a Nantua cream sauce). The dinner ended on a sweet note with a traditional dessert of an Orange Charlotte with an orange sauce and tuile and a plate of petit fours, bite sized sweets.
While addressing the gathering, Chief Guest VirenderRazdan complimented both the service and the food both of which far exceeded his expectations of attending a student run event.
The euphoria of Mr Rajeev Suri’s visit to Manipal University will last long. While the University is talking about the visit of a student who graduated in Electronics and Communication from Manipal Institute of Technology in 1989 now occupying the highest position in Nokia, the students are overawed to have met him, interacted with him, freeze him in selfies and pick a few inspirational tips to succeed in life which he articulated so powerfully at every opportunity in the two days he spent on the campus of his alma mater.
No, the euphoria will not die down any time soon. Because his visit was more than just a mere excitement. He has left a lasting impression on every single person who heard him deliver the 23rd Convocation address. That’s what he was here for. So while he won the hearts of thousands of graduating students, parents and well-wishers at KMC Greens on the second day of the Convocation, within minutes of his appearance on the MIT campus, he had the students eating out of his hands.
MrSuri was keen to see all the changes that have taken place in MIT in 27 years, since his graduation. He spent long hours on the MIT campus with the Director, Dr G.K. Prabhu and studentswho showed him the projects which have earned laurels for MIT. Dressed informally to be in sync with the students, he was just a super senior to them. The students quickly realized that interacting with him was exciting. So everyone took the opportunity to walk up to him and exchange few words.
He was a very happy person at the end of it all. Happy that the students were doing extremely well. Happy that the facilities and infrastructures are all world class. Chief Warden, Col CMS Kalakoti showed him the hostels and the food court. He was bowled over to say the least. Obviously, his thoughts may have gone back to D-16 where he lived and “Sheetal” the canteen where he ate.
All said and done, he admitted, “Manipal has been the best place in my life. It was such a good mixture of fun and education. It was all about balancing the two. I liked the multi-culture atmosphere here. I learnt in Manipal that learning was a lifelong experience. I tell this to people in my company”.
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Barring the first which is taken in the Experience Theater of Manipal University, the rest are from MrSuri’s visit to the MIT campus to see student projects and other facilities.
The 23rd Convocation of Manipal University, Manipal, will be held as per the below mentioned schedule at KMC Greens, Manipal from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Day – 1 : Saturday, 19th November 2016.
Day – 2 : Sunday, 20th November 2016
Day – 3 : Saturday, 26th November 2016.
We have arranged the live webcast of the event on university website www.manipal.edu. Please watch the event live by clicking the link http://manipal.edu/mu/academics/convocation-2016.html OR click on http://livestream.com/Manipal/
FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards were instituted in the year 2014 to recognize and felicitate the achievements of Universities/Higher Educational institutions and Incrwiduals for Improving the Quality of Higher Education in hide, through visionary thinking, adopting process innovation and disruptive technology.
Third cycle of FICCI Higher Education Awards 2016 were declared at the FICCI Higher Education Summit held at New Delhi on November 10. 2016. Manipal University won this prestigious award in this cycle under the category "Excellence in Internationalization' for aligning different aspects of education (currictitrn, faculty, etc.) to international standards and set new benchmarks. Manipal University, Manipal was actively represented in this summit by Dr. Karunakar Kotegar, Deputy Director. International Affairs, Dr. Christopher Sudhakar, Deputy Director, Quality & Compliance, Dr. Aparna Raghu, Associate Dean, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal and Mr. Padma Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Manipal who received the awards on behalf of the University from Mr. Arvind Panagariya Deputy Chairman, NM Ayog, Govt. of India in the presence of Mr. Mohandas Pai and Dr. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI
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