Events in 2015
Interlaken, Switzerland, July 6, 2015: Horasis convened the 2015 Horasis India Meeting on 5-6 July in Interlaken, Switzerland, co-hosted by the Canton of Bern and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The meeting gathered 300 senior decision makers from business and government including, representatives from over 16 countries, two cabinet minister from India- Mr. Suresh Prabhu (Railway Minister of India) and Mr. Arvind Panigraha along with four minister from France and Switzerland, engaging them to shape India's future directions.
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A known educationist of India, Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia was invited to give her relevant thoughts on “Developing Human Capital through Education “ which is a cause of concern for academia and industry alike. Our educational institutions have been churning out degree-holders in large numbers, but how many of them are actually skilled and industry ready is the big question. Inculcating the right aptitude, thinking out of the box, exploring unconventional methods and having the right training and practical knowledge to carry out a job is what the educational institutes need to focus on. The highly accomplished panel, which included famous industrialists and academicians, explored if Education systems in India are ready for the next wave of economic development, what value-creating competencies are required in the present workforce and how can Swiss and other global educational institutions match the skills that India needs.
Helsinki, June 9, 2015: Fizza Jaffer and Rohan Thapar from Apeejay Stya University got shortlisted to be a part of the seventeen member Indian delegation to the first Euro-BRICS Young Leaders Summit in Helsinki, from June 8-9, 2015. The event gathered around 100 representatives comprising students and youth organisations from Europe and the BRICS countries during the two days of discussions and work. Fizza Jaffer was the Co-chair of the delegation of India.
New Delhi, April 18, 2015: Apeejay Stya University organised its 1st Convocation Ceremony at the Apeejay Campus, Sheikh Sarai. Dressed in blue and black convocation gowns, students from different schools at ASU – Engineering & Technology, Biosciences, Design & Visual Arts, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Journalism & Mass Communication – attended and created wonderful memories at their graduating ceremony.
The Chief Guest for the event, Lord Swraj Paul, a well-known educationist, philanthropist and Chairman of Caparo Group, conferred the degrees to the graduate and postgraduate students. The presidential address of the convocation was delivered by Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, eminent industrialist, Co-Founder and Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University.
While addressing the students and other attendees, Lord Paul said: “It is a moment of immense pleasure to see my niece, Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, working towards providing quality education in India. Today, education has become more of a business than a social service. My late brother, Dr. Stya Paul struggled towards imparting education as a service and his legacy is being carried forward by Sushma. I am happy to witness this moment.”
Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, during her presidential address, shared: “The educational practices of Apeejay Stya University is a blend of best practices followed by reputed universities internationally with Indian thoughts and the best that was available in Indian education and tradition.” Wishing good luck to the students, Mrs. Berlia added, “In this ever changing world where knowledge, technology and skills are changing at a fast rate, human values should remain at the core of all our endeavours.”
A total of 39 gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded to the graduating students for their outstanding academic performances on the basis of the level of their achievements. To conclude the ceremony, all the students took an oath of ethical conduct, administered by the Chancellor and Co-Founder, Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia.
Other distinguished dignitaries present on the occasion included Mr. Aditya Berlia, Pro-Chancellor & Co-Founder, Apeejay Stya University; Mr. Pankaj Gupta, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University and Mr. S. K. Salwan, CEO, Apeejay Education Society.
Gurgaon, April 9, 2015: Students and faculty members of the School of Biosciences (SBS), Apeejay Stya University (ASU) participated in a one-day workshop organised at the ASU campus with funding from the India Cold Chain Expo (a subsidiary company of the National Center for Cold Chain Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India). The workshop was inaugurated with the lighting the lamp. Professor Kamlesh Asotra, Professor of Biosciences and Dean of Research and Economic Development led the proceedings.
This workshop illuminated participants about entrepreneurial opportunities for long-term storage and ripening of fruits such as apples, bananas, papayas and oranges. Mr. Dipankar Sur elaborated on the in-trend fruit ripening and storage practices in India, so that these fruits can be made available for upto eight months after harvest. ICCE team also enlightened the audience about the financial assistance available for naive entrepreneurs from Government of India. Mr. Mahadevan B. Iyer won the quiz-based competition (Golden Banana Award) organised by the ICCE team. The workshop ended with few group photographs at the ASU campus. On April 10, 2015, ICCE also arranged a one-day visit to the fruit storage and ripening facility using Controlled Atmosphere (CA) in district Palwal, where the faculty and students learned about the technical aspects of the construction and working of the CA storage facilities in India.
Apeejay Stya University received a certificate of appreciation by ICCE for active participation in the programme. The certificate was received by Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University. All student attendees also received certificates of participation from ICCE, reflecting the contribution of participants in community service.
Vineet Sharma and Subhash Diyundi were the programme coordinators, and other SBS faculty included Biswarup Basu and Shubhbrata Kar, who gave away the certificates of participation to the attendees. Mr. Thyagarajan and Mr. Hari Prasad from Corporate Resource Centre (CRC), Apeejay Stya University were the ASU coordinators for the workshop who made all the arrangements for the visitors and participants.
Gurgaon, March 27, 2015: Elaan, the three-day inter-college festival was organised at the Apeejay Stya University (ASU) wherein students from 18 educational institutions across the National Capital Region took part in the festival and there were approximately 1000 entries.
Adding value to the academic rigour, the entire event was organised and managed by the students of ASU, in consultation with the faculty members. While the first day of the event focused on Athletics & Sports, the second day of the event was titled Tech-Shield, having two major focus areas: Drones and Cloud Computing. The final day of the event, Tarang, dedicated to art and culture witnessed some interesting competitions like fashions show, singing, dancing, twisted creations, ad mad show and sequence arts among many others.
ASU’s Basketball & Volleyball teams were the champions while the GD Goenka University were the winners in the Football tournament. Students also exhibited their technology prowess in fields like Robotics, Coding, Cloud Computing, Circuit Simulation and Designing. Students also participated in a business plan quiz based on their designs.