In addition to the academic course work, students participate in a community outreach project. This outreach project aims at initiating student contributions towards social justice. The COP aims to nurture students into sensitive, ethical and critically conscious citizens who will contribute responsibly to communities and society. The Community Outreach Project is a mandatory component of academics at SSLA. It carries 6 credits, 150 marks and is designed to be a 2 month full-time project completed over the first summer break.
Lelith Daniel & Gayatri Mendanha
Shweta Swaminathan Head (Batch 2018)
Shweta Suryawanshi Secretary (Batch 2019)
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)
The International Cell is a student-run body which works in collaboration with the Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) and a faculty mentor to cater to the needs of foreign exchange students, and provide the SSLA student body with information and guidance about academic opportunities abroad. It works under the ambit of Symbiosis International’s (Deemed University) larger vision of internationalization of higher education. It plays an important administrative role in streamlining processes for incoming and outgoing students. In addition, it seeks to offer solutions for problems that international students may have during their stay in Pune, or the SSLA student body may face regarding applying for or continuing education abroad. The cell is segmented into three divisions – Incoming (which includes student and faculty exchanges), Outgoing and Further Studies, which work closely together to serve the needs of the SSLA community.
The Incoming Cell is the immediate point of contact for foreign exchange students during their time at SSLA. From their arrival at the institute till their departure at the end of the semester, the Incoming cell is responsible for ensuring that they understand the processes and requirements of the college. The cell’s responsibilities include helping the students with their registration paperwork, FRRO process, course selection and getting them acquainted to life at SSLA and in Pune. The Incoming cell has created a welcome kit that is given to every exchange student at their arrival. It holds information about the college, locality and the city including a list of important phone numbers and email addresses that they may require during their stay. In conclusion, the Incoming Cell is responsible for helping the exchange students at SSLA have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
The outgoing cell is the mediator between the students of SSLA and the SCIE. The cell helps students who wish to go on a semester abroad, exchange or summer school programmes in other countries, with their paperwork, transcripts, course mapping and credit transfers to ensure that they have a smooth transition in their host countries. It is the responsibility of the Outgoing Cell to make sure that students are following deadlines, have completed the necessary paperwork, and are in constant communication with SSLA regarding their subjects and coursework. In sum, the Outgoing Cell helps all students going for the Global Immersion Programmes (GIP) through SSLA, to lighten their load of work and help them through each of their processes.
The Further Studies cell assists students in acquiring information regarding post graduate opportunities abroad. The cell does so by conducting seminars which specifically counsel students in identifying a stream to match their aptitude and interests. Furthermore, the cell organizes GRE/GMAT coaching classes and assists students with their application processes.
Prof. Shweta Sinha Deshpande
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 at their respective fields of specialization, but they 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 start their own pharmaceutical company; a student with a Political Science major and a Film Studies minor could enter the field of political activism by making political documentaries; 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.
Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts has a vibrant career cell that is constituted by the Director and two permanent faculty members, along with three representatives of the student body. Being a liberal arts college, SSLA offers students various subjects to specialize in. This is a big boon to students when it comes to placements because they have access to people within various industry sectors. This exposure to the various facets of industry gives them a detailed and wide ranging understanding of the contemporary job market and also opens their eyes to the myriad opportunities they have the ability to pursue.
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 manages five broad areas of activity within SSLA:
Created as a facilitator of all the technological aspects that surround SSLA and a solution to any technological setback, the IT Cell was initially only an idea for two first year students. After two whole semesters of structuring and planning, in the month of August, 2015, the IT Cell was finally incepted under the supervision of our computer faculty and systems engineer. It started off with a core team of four members, including the founders but soon grew with the help of new interns. After the recruitment of 18 interns, the Cell started its operations from 21st August onwards.
The Cell currently has four core positions, namely, Head of Documentation, Head of Interns, Head of Maintenance and Head of Operations and a position for Interns. It also has a collaborative Website Team (managed by a former IT Cell intern) which is tasked with regular updating of the Website content.
The Cell has two main objectives - to provide rapid response to any problem concerning most electrical equipment (i.e. projector, sound system); primarily the computer systems across the campus, and to maintain the Computer laboratory and keep it ready for use. The first objective is met by equipping the core members and the interns with the knowledge to rectify the most common problems and by holding seminars on relevant or related IT topics. The second objective is met by holding weekly maintenance of the laboratory and its computers. 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.
Prof. Sonia Sathe