Gayatri Mendanha and Ananya Dutta
K Jahnavi (2022) and Neha Dadke (2023)
Yamini Sunder (2024)
Samikshya Panda (2025)
Rishima Shetty (2022)
Reva Shah (2025)
Shweta Padhi (2023)
Rishima Shetty (2022)Nivedita Ravi (2023)Saanvi Singh (2024)
Nivedita Ravi (2023)
Neha Ankam (2023)
Saanvi Singh (2024)
Souraja Ain (2025)
Nandini Ginodia (2025)
Subarna Maitra (2025)
Abhinav Viswaroop (2024)
Ashwini Kakodkar (2024)
Zitin Kaul (2024)
Gargi Tupkar (2022)
Ursula Banerjee (2023)
Prachi Bagla (2024)
Shruti Chanda (2024)
Nandana Nair (2025)
Anshula Mantena (2025)
The Community Outreach Cell aims to nurture students into sensitive, ethical, and critically conscious citizens who will contribute responsibly to our shared global community. The Community Outreach Project (COP) is a fine example of the integration of the cell’s functions into the collegiate system – it inspires the evolution of students’ ideologies and care practices by virtue of active reflection and engagement in community work. In order to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the social sector and ensure an informed choice of organization for their COP, lectures by prominent experts in the sector are arranged for students. The cell also introduces short-term initiatives addressing pertinent issues, ranging from environmental and mental health awareness to fundraisers and donation drives.
On completion of the Community Outreach Project (COP), the student is required to get a validation letter from the organisation. This letter will be a part of the student’s report, which is due at the beginning of Semester 5.
As a part of the COP, students are required to:
The Communications Team is solely run by the students in college and is responsible for capturing, collating, documenting and maintaining any and all information of events, conferences/ workshops that SSLA or its students are associated with.
The Communications Team has five sub teams. Below listed are the teams and their core functions:
Photographers, Videographers, Editors
Photographs and videos
Social Media Handlers
Photographs and Videos
Video, Textual interviews
Designers (digital and hand artists)
Internationalisation is a vital element of higher education that focuses on integrating a global, and intercultural dimension into the purpose, function, and delivery of post-secondary education. The primary component of internationalisation is to promote international dialogue, exchange of ideas and collaborations through the incorporation of international experience within the teaching-learning environment of an academic institution. The international experience while traditionally focuses on physical mobility, we at SSLA value interactions across cultures and communities both through actual mobility of students and faculty along with virtual collaborations in this era of digital connectedness. Some of the programmes undertaken by SSLA to promote international collaboration includes student and faculty exchange programmes, international partnerships between institutes in the domain of curriculum design, research, internship and community service opportunities.
The Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA), being a constituent member of Symbiosis International University (SIU), actively engages in internationalisation. It does so through the International Cell, a vibrant community of students, student leaders and a faculty head, who work towards building these bridges of exchange and connectivity for greater dialogue and collaboration across the global community. The SSLA International Cell functions with the Mobility Division and the Further Studies and Collaborations Division which oversee all the activities linked to international collaboration activities. The international experience, while important for intercultural dialogue and building competencies, is also an academic experience. Course mapping and Credit transfer (following international systems / policy) for courses undertaken is an integral component of this learning experience.
Faculty Head: Dr. Shweta Sinha Deshpande
Student Co-Heads: Kashish Gupta and Maahir Sarkari
Head: Yamini Sunder
Further Studies and Collaborations Division
Head: Mary Ann Vacha
SSLA aims to integrate an international, global and intercultural dimension into everything that it plans through carefully curated international partnerships with like-minded international institutions. These partnerships are fostered through faculty exchange, joint conferences, seminars, co-constructed and co-taught courses, joint research and workshops. Some of our internationalization experience include:
With unrestricted communication channels and decreasing cost of travel, the rate of internationalisation is increasing. Universities across the globe are forging alliances and partnerships with likeminded institutions to help students and faculty take advantage of the opportunities it brings, to promote intercultural competencies and exceptional learning experience.
SSLA offers a globally valued programme rooted in internationalization with a focus on both mobility and the philosophy of Internationalization at Home (I@H). In the Academic Year 2020-2021, SSLA continued to engage its student body and faculty members across multiple collaborations despite the hardships of the pandemic.
SSLA with its strong focus on research, approaches internationalization through academic conferences, workshops and seminars along with student exchange programmes. Students have not only had the opportunity to interact with foreign professionals and academics but have moderated and been panellists for webinars; with the opportunity to actively engage with professionals and academics from across the world and present their work.
Collaborative research projects along with student participation and co-taught courses with international partner faculty is unique to SSLA. Faculty from SSLA and partner universities teach courses together to students from both Universities using an online video conferencing platform. This is a wonderful learning experience for students across cultures gaining insights and multiple perspectives on various themes and issues, building a cohesive global perspective and network.
SSLA since its inception has built deep partnerships with institutions, which are reputed within their own areas both geographically and in terms of the programmes that they offer. These include DePaul University, Chicago; Teesside University, United Kingdom; Bournemouth University, United Kingdom; J.F. Oberlin University, Japan; Hildesheim University, Germany besides a host of other partners focusing on student exchanges. SSLA also has membership with organizations such as the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities and the International Big History Association.
Some of our recent collaborations include:
SSLA partnered with a few other universities led by DePaul University, Chicago, to offer students a unique, unprecedented opportunity to participate in Global Conversations with students from around the world. The 90-minute sessions provided a safe space for students to engage and share relevant topics. Teams of expert faculty from leading international universities facilitated an opportunity for the students to access various disciplinary perspectives.
The first session in September 2020, titled 'In the Times of Corona: Contextualising Preferred Teaching and Learning Strategies', explored what kind of roles educators and students can collaboratively play to balance online. The second session, conducted in April 2021 was titled 'To Serve or Not to Serve: Ethical Choices in the Workplace and Beyond'. In this session the students along with the faculty members discussed what are some ethical criterias we must take into consideration while working in and using products from countries which are ridden with human rights violations.
The third session, titled ‘Do Black, Indigenous, and Dalit Lives Matter?: Re-examining the Intersections of Social Identity and Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic’, was held in October 2021. Students and faculty members discussed how the coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable racial, indigenious and caste groups. They also explored a few ways these gaps can be bridged and several other questions related to that.
The annual International Gender Conference was initiated in 2018 with our global partners, DePaul University, Chicago, US. Despite the pandemic, SSLA was not deterred and was successful in making the conference a virtual experience.
The theme of the third annual International Gender Conference, conducted in March 2021, was 'Pandemic: A Gendered Experience'. In this conference we had speakers coming from multiple fields and universities, each offering their own experience and expertise on the said theme. Together we aimed to address and have conversations around issues related to the economic, psychological, legal and social implications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We went in with an understanding that disease outbreaks affect women and men differently and often worsen existing gender inequalities. While certain regions of the world are no strangers to disease and epidemics, the sheer magnitude of the pandemic has had an unforeseen impact on a number of countries with frail social protection and health systems, these situations of vulnerability are exacerbated. Crises like these not only intensify existing gender inequalities they also intersect with the vulnerabilities of groups like ethnic minorities, migrants, older adults, people with functional diversity or reduced mobility, homeless people and sex workers, among others.
The pandemic, thus called for a multidisciplinary deliberation that took into account the diversity of its effects. The conference was held over three days with vital input from students and other speakers as a part of the conference.
What is Big History? It is a branch of history that studies events from the Big Bang to the present day. It uses a multidisciplinary approach based on integrating diverse fields from science and the humanities to look at lengthy time frames and analyze human life in the light of this larger picture. Big History uses the best available empirical data and academic approaches to explain the interwoven history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity.
The Indian Association for Big History (IABH) emerged out of the interaction of a group of scholars who worked together to produce the landmark collection, ‘From the Big Bang to Galactic Civilizations: A Big History Anthology (2015–2017)’. During the process of editing the three volumes, it was proposed to form an Indian Association for Big History. Anita Patanka, director of the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA) in Pune, Maharashtra offered it a home at her institution in 2016. IABH works cooperatively with the International Big History Association and the Asian Big History Association.
In November 2020, SSLA cosponsored the International Webinar on The Asian Big History along with the International Big History Association on the theme ‘Soil, Roots and Civilisation: Malaysia’s Big History and our Global Future’. Professor Dr.
Shamshuddin bin Jusop and Professor Dato’ Dr. Mokhtar Saidin discussed the Malay Archipelago along with ideas about human history, survival, ecology, and the future. They also explored how Southeast Asia experience compares with other parts of the world and how we can better work together to survive and flourish as a global community.
In August 2021 SSLA in collaboration with the International Big History Association hosted a four day 24/7 virtual Global Big History Conference. The theme was ‘Changing the World: Community, Science and Engagement with Big History.’ The speakers for the event came from multiple fields all over the world and engaged with each other to consider how our world is changing and how we can adapt. They explored how we are the agents of change, what future we want to create, and what future we can make possible.
The Freudian Slip was a cross-cultural virtual dialogue between students of SSLA, DePaul University (USA) and Bournemouth University (UK). The theme of the dialogue "The New Future of Psychology”, was delved into by the participants, over a Zoom session. The discussion focused on the critical analysis of the questions revolving around:
Student participants from across the three colleges had insightful inputs that combined the view of psychology with a cultural lens that truly diversified the dialogue. Ranging from discussions on the negative connotation of the word 'social distancing', to the pandemic causing a global shift to a more collectivist approach being adopted by
The Departments of Psychology (SciTech), Midwifery and Health Sciences (HSS) from Bournemouth University and SSLA part of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) were successful in getting the United Kingdom India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) funding to support 10 UK Psychology Students and Staff to visit India. This initiative received further support from the Global Engagement Hub, Bournemouth University.
The Study in India Programme had been designed in collaboration with BU’s project partner university Symbiosis International in India, in order to offer a program of interactive lectures, workshops, research methods seminars, clinical experience observations, and relevant field visits. The virtual contact between SSLA and Bournemouth commenced by the 17th of September, 2020 and lasted until the 23rd of February, 2021 while facilitating interaction, familiarity and a hostilistic cultural exchange.
To aid, interact with and accompany the students during their exchange trip to India, the SPA called upon 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students who have Psychology as a major or minor to apply to be a part of the exchange in the role of a "buddy". The main objective of the buddy system was to allow the students of both universities to make friends, share knowledge and learn about each other's cultures while expanding their knowledge base.
SSLA, through its Global Immersion Programme (GIP) facilitates student exchange programmes, both incoming and outgoing, in the form of semester exchange programmes as well as summer or winter school programmes. SSLA’s top international institutional partners for student mobility are Leiden University, Lingnan University, University of Hildesheim, Leibniz University, DHBW Heidenheim, Bournemouth University, and DePaul University. SSLA, through its student mobility programmes, not only provides students with cultural and academic immersion experiences but it also helps develop SSLA’s academic programme in terms of global competency and academic rigour.
For the academic year 2020-2021, members of SSLA's student body participated in multiple exchange programmes. 5 students of the Batch of 2022 were enrolled in an exchange programme at Leibniz University, Germany. 1 student from Batch 2022 was enrolled in a Summer Exchange programme at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Additionally, 2 students participated in a virtual exchange opportunity offered by Kansai-Gaidai University, Japan. Apart from exchange programmes, students had the opportunity to enrol in various courses offered by our partner universities. Lingnan University, Hong Kong, organised a course on 'Chinese as a Second Language' which was taken up by four students at SSLA. Moreover, Lingnan University also provided the student body with a virtual Summer School opportunity which was taken by 2 of SSLA's students. Additionally, DHBW Heidenheim conducted an online course on 'Applied International Marketing' which was attended by 6 students from SSLA.
My semester exchange at Leibniz university has been amazing, to say the least. Studying and living in Germany has opened my eyes to a more open environment where growth and freedom to express yourself are not restricted or compressed. Not only is Leibniz a great university to study in but the city of Hannover has a charm of its own and the friends I’ve made here are just as great and fun!
This course was an Applied Marketing Course, which was project-based and credit-bearing, provided to the students of SSLA, by DHBW, Heidenheim. It was a competition-based course, the focus of which was The Ujasiriamali SME Awards of Tanzania. Local governments, stakeholders, NGO’S and Small and medium enterprises, challenged members to come up with a working prototype or concept for the award. There were several readings to be done, preceding the course, which was very theoretical in nature, in order to be well-prepped before the course began. I had a really good experience with my team, we were a group of 5 people. Manuela, Tarek, Angela, who were from Germany, Netsanet, from Tanzania, and I. Throughout the course, Angela, and Manuela always lent a helping hand and never alienated me. I felt really comfortable and confident because of them.
In the summer semester of 2021, I had the opportunity to travel to Germany as a part of the ERASMUS exchange experience offered by the University of Hildesheim. Despite the semester being online and coursework conducted virtually, the experience so far has been nothing short of an academic opportunity of a lifetime. The wide range of courses offered by the university, along with student life, community living, and the emphasis on learning and improvement in discourse has been some of the few reasons that student life in Hildesheim is one that consists of an array of opportunities. It is through these interactions with students from different countries and conversations ranging from work and weather to larger questions of pedagogical interest and differences that this exchange opportunity has helped test all that I had learned at SSLA. While the initial period such as moving far away from home coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic had caused great anxiety, the ability to be a part of these discussions and not only participate but appreciate the art of observation has been something I will cherish tremendously as a part of my journey as a student.
My experience here at SSLA has been nothing but wonderful. From the beginning, I felt welcome; the staff and the international cell ensured I had a smooth transition. I was able to enroll in classes I wanted and settle into this new environment without any issues. I was provided with a top-notch education and a friendly environment. Although I did face struggles adjusting to the new teaching styles, my professors were more than willing to lend a helping hand throughout my time here. I was also easily able to make friends from the very first day, thanks to their approachability and thoughtfulness. They helped me through difficult social scenarios as I often found myself struggling when navigating this new culture. I truly believe the bonds I’ve formed during my time at SSLA will surely last a lifetime. I have never been more than an hour away from my family, however, SSLA undoubtedly became my home away from home. I couldn’t be more grateful for such a memorable study abroad experience!
Trisha Awari Ganya Narang
Yash PahwaHarini Rao Eipsa Nagpal Ananya Chaure
Misinam Mize Reeva Shroff Ahana Bhattacharji
Bhavya JhaMuskaan Narwani
The career prospects of a Liberal Arts graduate are limitless due to the very nature of the program. In an age where jobs are few and applicants many, candidates are not only required to be adept in their respective fields of specialization, but are also expected to have the capacity to adapt to any given situation, be good problem solvers and be able to multi-task. A four years rigorous training in the Liberal Arts system will thus naturally make the students a cut above the rest. Given the interdisciplinarity of the program, Liberal Arts graduates would be eligible for almost any career. Journalism, business, advertising, civil services, writing, research, NGOs, academics, policy and financial analysis, banking and public relations are just some of the careers that students can opt for, right after their graduation.
Another unique advantage for Liberal Arts graduates is that unlike most other graduates, they do not have to rely solely on getting “placed” by the institute where they study. SSLA, in this sense, does not just act as a placement agency which only focuses on ensuring jobs for the students; rather, we make the students confident enough to stand on their own feet and create their own jobs with their unique combination of subjects. For instance, someone with a major in Biology and a minor in Business Studies could find interesting engagement in a pharmaceutical company; someone with a combination like Psychology and Anthropology could get into the marketing department of a company, using their knowledge to analyze consumer behavior, which depends on the psychological and cultural makeup of the people. The bottom line is that Liberal Arts students have the potential to turn an otherwise bizarre-sounding combination of subjects into a successful, unconventional career.
Most students opt for higher studies after graduation. A degree in Liberal Arts provides that foundational ground for other specialized careers. It prepares the students for the competitive exams for postgraduate studies. Most MBA colleges look for students who have different academic backgrounds. A Liberal Arts student, being able to bring to the table the knowledge of various fields, would naturally have an edge over other regular graduates.
In a nutshell, a degree in Liberal Arts makes the students effective thinkers and communicators, who are not only well-read, but also possess qualities like interpersonal and analytical skills, adaptability and multi-tasking, which are extremely valuable in today’s world. Moreover, while SSLA prepares one for a successful career, it also prepares them to be the harbingers of creative, social and political change.
SSLA, like any other educational institute, cannot guarantee placement. However, it is our earnest endeavor to facilitate a smooth transfer from the life of a student to that of a working professional in the student’s chosen field of specialization.
The Career Cell performs four main functions:
Picking the right major and minor is an important aspect of a college education. SSLA offers a great space for students to be able to dabble in their various interests whilst figuring out what truly draws their attention. We offer unique combinations of subjects through which students can expand their existing knowledge and explore new interests. The world we live in today, demands a wide variety of skills and perspectives and that's exactly what SSLA prepares you for. SSLA does everything in its power to help the students in this process. Regular workshops, guest lectures and interactions with experts are organized in the second semester of every year in order to acquaint students with various academic & independent aspects of the majors and minors on offer.
List of Programmes conducted on Soft Skills
Programmes conducted on Life Skills
Awareness of trends in technology
List of Programmes conducted on Awareness of trends in technology
The IT Cell aspires to create a dynamic space to gather anyone, irrespective of their academic background, with an interest in the world of technology. The cell aims to develop the study of technology and computer science at SSLA. It consists of students from different batches and different life experiences who all come together because of their love and fascination for the field of technology.
As students of SSLA, we pride ourselves on the multifaceted approach we have towards knowledge and the varied disciplines we study and therefore, the IT cell hopes to infuse technology and computer sciences into the composition. Being the technology hub of SSLA, we aid anyone at SSLA who requires tech support for their tasks. Apart from our regular duties, our main objective is to foster an everlasting interest in computer sciences and bring together people with the passion for the same. By keeping the interest of the student body as well as everyone else at SSLA in mind, the IT Cell plans to grow and expand as the college’s needs and demands expand and diversify.
Dr. Kishori Kasat
Ganya Narang V Shivani (Co-heads)
Dr. Renu Vinod
Sruthi Venkatraman Moksha Mehta (Co-Heads)
“You can take the student out of SSLA, but you can’t take the SSLA out of the student.”
The Alumni Cell acts as a bridge between the current and past students of the SSLA Community. They keep the memories of the Third Floor fresh for the alumni by connecting them to young students in need of guidance from their wise alumni. The SSLA community is rich in its diversity and talent, we nurture that talent by keeping the community connected.
Every year, the cell has a plethora of events ranging from educational webinars conducted by Alumni to our annual Alumni Meet to celebrate the work and achievements of the Alumni. This year, Agnayee Datta, an alumnus of Batch 2015 conducted a webinar on how an SSLA student can make the best out of their internship opportunity.
Blog Team: The cell believes that students and alumni should have forums open for them to discuss career guidance, job opportunities and celebrate their shared love for the third floor! Our brilliant Blog Team is currently working to create and maintain such a forum for the SSLA community.
Members: Brieona Acharya, Swastika Dasgupta, Ananya Chaure and Lavanya Joshi
Social Media Team: The cell’s social media extends to two platforms, Instagram and Linkedin. Our team takes care of all posts, stories and work regarding the accounts. Our talented team helps extend our reach to all the members of the SSLA community.
Members: Aditi Vaidyanathan, Raghavi Agarwal and Reva Shah
Events Team: The Alumni Meet, educational webinars and other SSLA events such as the Orientation keep us busy round the year, but with our sensational events team, we successfully execute our planned events.
Members: Sumedha Saxena, Ashlesha Bhalerao, Sharanya Nair and Lisa Biswas
Database Team: Every year, students graduate and become alumni, and go their separate ways to conquer the world. Keeping track of our alumni, their careers and achievements becomes a crucial part of our cell, with our great database team, we work every year to keep our database up to date.
Members: Samikshya Panda
Social Media Links:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ssla_alumnicell/
Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ssla-alumni-cell-91846b223/