SSLA, as an institution, does not incentivize brilliance with awards, but rather with recognition and self-actualisation; and when awards, individual or collective, are a consequence of that, SSLA beams with pride. These displays of talent are encouraged and cultivated in the space through an elaborate process of exposure, engagement and learning. For us, empowerment does not simply exist as a theoretical motto - it is the foundational basis of our pedagogy.
These prodigious personalities who represent the larger missions of the college, are so many in number, that we must enlist and applaud them in such pages. Their effort and achievement surely transcends any such representation and the campus echoes their legacies proudly.
These distinguished names belong, and proudly so, in a long upheld tradition of "standing out" that encompasses every student of the college.
Presenting to you, the victorious icons of SSLA.
SSLA is proud to share that Atiriya Narayan, a student of SSLA has been selected for the Maharashtra Senior Women’s Football team. The team is scheduled to play the 26th Senior National Championship tournament in Kerala. Although Atiriya has played at the state level before, this is the first time that she will be representing her state at the senior level. Atiriya says, “Personally this is an extremely prestigious accomplishment for me as throughout all my years of playing, I had never imagined to be where I am right now.”
She believes that she has been able to secure this spot in the team as a result of the relentless hard work put in over the years, since she was in fifth grade. The selection camp for this team started mid-October and included daily morning/evening high intensity sessions. Atiriya started preparing for this tournament from early July through strength and conditioning sessions and then travelling to Goa where she stayed for two months, to train with her club FC Goa.
Her goal for the future is to constantly improve, and not peak her potential too soon, as she believes that once she does that, only way is downwards. She wants to gain more experience as a player and hopes to one day represent the national team.
Symbiosis International (Deemed) University organised a two-day literature festival as a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, held online on the 17th and 18th October, 2020. Speakers from various backgrounds and professions were invited to speak on important themes and current events taking place in the country. Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor, Javed Akhtar, Rajdeep Sardesai, Mr. Pavan Varma, Mr. TCA Raghavan, Mr. Manu Pillai, Ms. Parvati Sharma Shekhar Gupta, Shobha De and Chetan Bhagat were among the distinguished speakers. Hon'ble Minister of External Affairs Shri S. Jaishankar addressed the attendees while the festival concluded with an interaction with Shri Amitabh Bachchan.
SSLA is happy to announce a four day IBHA-SSLA Conference 2021, from August 1 – 4, 2021, in collaboration with the International Big History Association on the theme, Changing the World: Community, Science, and Engagement with Big History. It is the fifth global conference for the Big History Association and the third and final event in a series that was started in 2019 for SSLA. Big History is an interdisciplinary field that merges the natural and social sciences with the humanities to better understand our existence. In its essence, Big History matches liberal Arts and SSLA’s interdisciplinary model. SSLA is home to the India Association for Big History, which was formed in 2016. Being the first university to launch a Big History course in South Asia, SSLA has taken up the questions proposed by Big History and has prompted conversations about the same, within and outside its classroom walls. Keeping this backdrop in mind, together with the fact that 2021 clocks in SSLA’s 10th year anniversary, it is only fitting that the IBHA’s 5th World Conference is held here!
The conference, which is the first of its kind at SSLA – as it is a 24*7 day and night global conference, aims to explore the scientific and human endeavour to incorporate elements from different communities and societies through this conference. With a diverse range of panelists and topics of discussion, the conference will connect students, academicians, and community activists across the globe, giving them a chance to explore our global challenges through a Big History lens.
The other co-sponsors of the conference are the Asian Big History Association, the Eurasian Center for Mega-History & System Forecasting, and the Indian Association for Big History.
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The Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA), in collaboration with DePaul University, will be conducting the second edition of the International Gender Conference on the 7th and 8th of February 2020. The conference will be held at the SSLA Campus, Viman Nagar (near Pune International Airport). Taking forward from last year’s successful conference which tackled the theme of Women in Urban Spaces, IGC 2020 will address the theme 'Identity: Breaking Ground'.
A multitude of disciplines define the term ‘identity’ in the context of their own knowledge base through terms rooted in the experience, accounts and evidence that is unique to each of them. Identity can be understood as a concept, a framework, determinant, a restriction, appealing to the context that it finds itself used in. The world politics in the present day has been organized around defined identities - a nexus of socio-economic and political structures, norms, and responses. With speedy globalization, digital growth, rise in violence, and construction of new cultural meanings how one defines and contextualizes identity is questionable. Gender plays an important role in defining and contextualizing identities. This conference attempts to understand the way gender is experienced against the backdrop of burgeoning urbanity fuelled by industrialist-capitalist modernity and by post modernity resulting from globalization. Along with the growing need to consume, compete, and develop, a form of alienation is enveloping the society in a global order that does not nurture, but only squeezes, so as to ensure the survival of the fittest. Broad themes for the conference are as follows:
Culture and Identity: Power structures and Gender Relations
Culture is the all-pervading social construct that defines our sense of morality, collective consciousness and perception. Gender works in conjunction with other influential elements such as class, caste, religion, education and political behaviour. The societal definitions of these normative concepts may be deemed to be either fit or unfit in accordance with variant cultural codes. Therefore, it becomes imperative to understand gender not ‘as is’ in a definitional sense, but how it becomes operative within particular cultural contexts, driven by peculiar cultural, socio-economic and political forces embedded in how individuals function within that cultural space. Conversations that address the complex entanglement of gender, culture and power will be the focus of this track.
Consumption and Changing Identities: Influence of industry and globalization
This track attempts to assimilate the force of movements that shape the age of globalization, with an understanding that identity across the spectrum derives from, and contributes to the global network today. This track will include conversations on the power of media, advertisement and social movements that has shaped the market economy, consumerism, social behaviors and its implications on gender.
Power, Rights and Policy intersections with Gender
This track will discuss frameworks that recognizes the multiple aspects of social categorization and identity that combine, overlap and intersect in our lives and experiences, such as class, race and gender, and that compound and exacerbate oppression and marginalization of an individual or a group. It also challenges us to expand our understanding of gender beyond binaries (woman/man, femininity/masculinity). Adopting an intersectional approach allows us to identify and address complex contexts, and formulate strategies to best meet the needs of those intended to benefit from initiatives. Conversations around gender integration including legislation, policies or programmes, will be a focus of this track.
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