Dr. Uma Shankar
AGILE, ALERT, AWAKE !
Very pleased to connect again with you all as new academic year has begun after two years of Pandemic. As it is said storm makes us stronger and never lasts for ever. We have observed that difficulties strengthen the mind just as labour does to body. Appreciate the resilience in each one of you to get back to academics and engaging in your pursuits with the help of enthusiastic teaching staff . Though the challenges are many we have to move on, excel, and create new bench marks.
It is time to redefine quotients that we are familiar with like intelligent &Emotional quotient and work on other quotients like social, political, moral, existential, digital and spiritual. We wish to create corporate citizens & compassionate people and not just graduates when you leave the portals of this institute
After three years of Autonomous status we have revised respective curriculum across all courses making it more relevant to students. We envisage many learning outcomes to be attained like conceptual clarity, critical thinking, emotional maturity, team spirit, scientific temper, discipline, and above all human excellence. We are digital immigrants and I am sure our students as digital ambassadors shall take forward all the competency skills in their chosen endeavours.
With changing trends in education we have started B.Sc. in Data science and B.Sc. in Environmental science to prepare the students for better prospectus in research as well is in employment. Under RUSA grant am glad many of the students could enrol in many skill based courses. We could also utilize the fund fully for infrastructure, equipment and amenities. Every facility that we provide comes with a cost and maintaining them is your responsibility. My best wishes for an enriching and fruitful years at SIES and take this opportunity to discover your potentials. Be agile, alert awake !!!
Dr. Uma Shankar
Find meaning in life……
At this critical hour in the history of mankind ever seen, the attack of Corona virus and its widespread pandemic, I wish to communicate to you with few words. During this period of locked down and of course as an all-time endeavor, I urge you all to find meaning in life. The epidemic is getting extensive and the least we can do is obey the orders of the authority and stay at home safely. It is time to be connected with near and dear ones. We are confident as time unfolds, sooner we shall conquer the coronavirus and get back to normalcy.
Dr. Victor Frankl in his book ‘Man’s search for meaning’ writes about suffering of men essentially to learn and unlearn life all together. Everything that happens carries a purpose. At this hour of home arrest, making best of the time and space thrusted on to us shall be a wise move. It is the time to discover hidden talents and pursue the same. If staying at home sounds like suffering, it is imperative we seek meaning in it. I urge all of you to read Frankl’s book in your life time. As a longtime prisoner in brutish concentration camp, he found meaning of life, in his very own suffering.
Life is a long journey and in all aspects of it- work, relationship, hardships, let us learn something. This virus which has taken all of us so suddenly that it is time to learn lessons of wisdom which got lost in our hurried mechanical life, to respect nature. Our dealing with her has to be more gentle, respectful and loaded with reverence. Blaise Pascal, a French philosopher, scientist& writer said “all man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone”.
Given so much of time in our hands, unasked and unexpected, let us use it intelligently. Spend quality time with loved ones, upgrade your knowledge, learn a new skill, explore new opportunities via internet, understand the nuances of the digital world, enrich yourselves with whatever means available, offer help when required in the society—all this shall bring meaning to your lives. We salute the enormous tasks of doctors, medical team, social workers, military force, self-help groups and many others who are extending colossal support to us.
As and when we are in position to take decisions with respect to examinations, and admissions to next year, I shall inform you. Let’s pray together for the welfare of the world. “loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu’.
Stay safe, stay calm, and stay cheerful!
12th April, 2020