Governance is "the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)". The concept of "Good Governance" often emerges as a model to compare ineffective economies or political bodies with those which are viable. Symbiosis Institute of Technology observed Good Governance Day on 24th December 2014, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A programme was organized on this day where the students and the faculty members presented their views on Good Governance.

Various points put up by students included the qualities sought from Good Governance and application of the same through electronic media. Some characteristics of Good Governance brought to light by the students were accountability, transparency, abiding by the rules, responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness.

Students presenting their views on Good Governance

Further, faculty members presented their views adding to the understanding of Good Governance. This session was particularly interesting to the audience as the faculty included a lot of real life examples from their lives to support their views. Various examples quoted were of the difference in functioning of governments offices since the inclusion of e-governance. Another example citied was from the life of a retired army officer who spoke about-us-the-institute how his seniors had influenced him to practice Good Governance through participation.

The speeches by the faculty members were then followed by the addresses by the Deputy Director, Dr. Akshay Malhotra and the Director of the institute, Dr. T. P. Singh.

Deputy Director, Dr. Akshay Malhotra at Good Governance Day

Director, Dr. T.P. Singh at Good Governance Day

Both the Director and the Deputy Director discussed various systems used in the institute for evaluation and assessment, and their working as per the guidelines of Good Governance. The event was an eye opener for many in understanding the functioning of government. It helped the students understand the value of Good Governance and its influence in daily lives. The function concluded by a vote of thanks.

A programme was organised on the occasion of "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas", which marks the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on 5th November 2014 in Symbiosis Institute of Technology.

The programme began by a welcome address. A documentary on the life of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and his contribution to freedom struggle was featured.

An elocution competition was also conducted where the students spoke on several topics like Unity- Past, Present and Future, Unity-Strength or Weakness and Could Peace be achieved without War?

Elocution competition being conducted and judged

Several faculty members also shared their views on Sardar Patel, Unity, Freedom and Peace.

views being presented by faculty members

This was then followed by a speech by the Deputy Director, Dr. Akshay Malhotra who emphasised on working smarter.

The Director of the institute, Dr. T.P. Singh, gave a motivational speech on the occasion. He tried to evolve in the audience the spirit of unity and urged to support the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in his venture.

He also awarded the winners of the elocution competition.

The event concluded by taking a pledge for unity and peace of the country and the National Anthem.

Report on Shikshit Bharat, Saksham Bharat programme in SIT

A group discussion for the students was organised in Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune on “Shikshit Bharat, Saksham Bharat”, on the occasion of International Students Day, 17.11.2014 at 3:30pm in the Seminar Hall .

The main topic of discussion was the student’s take on the Indian education system, what is expected by them and what can be done to resolve the problems faced by the students. The students felt that Indian education is mainly based on rote learning and the students lack the basic understanding of a particular topic. Education doesn’t just comprise of studies and theory, general mental health and psychologythe society is also a part of education. Education is a pathway to make yourself independent, giving you the knowledge of right and wrong. Education makes one capable of taking decisions.

The speakers said that the drawbacks of the Indian education system and the mentality of the people in India is that all the streams of education are not considered equally. If a student scores well, he is pressured to take up science as a subject by the society. Freedom of choice is restricted, resulting in low performance in higher education. Also, many students don’t study to excel and to gain knowledge, but to score marks. Indian education system in short needs to incorporate skill based learning in its curriculum, and mugging up should be slowly eradicated. Questions should be such that have some real meaning, and can be encountered and related in everyday lives. Unrealistic education will only go vain. Competition amongst the students leads to high pressure to excel. This causes deterioration in mental and physical health. Education should be such that it collaborates mental and physical wellness. One of the students pointed out that with the advancement of technology, the curriculum has become vast. Everything of importance is not always possible to be included in the curriculum. Hence customization of the courses should be an option, where a student can study a variety of topics of his/her interest

Another problem, as was said, is the focus of the educational institutions. Passing the students is the main goal of the institutions rather than giving them core knowledge of the subjects. Teachers teach students not the concepts but how to pass the exams. Hence students also feel mugging is easier than understanding a topic. However, in the long run, mugging up fails. The concepts which are rote-learned fade away. Institutes must ensure that their syllabus and curriculum is such that engages the students in activities that make them aware that mugging up doesn’t help and a proper understanding of the subject is needed.

The course and syllabus, the students said, were very important. Not realizing, these concepts are applied in day to day lives. Hence, a practical knowledge of the subjects along with theoretical knowledge is very important. Another hindrance to a detailed curriculum mentioned was time. Practical’s with videos and field trips and theory, etc are not possible to be covered in the given stipulated time of the course. Teachers don’t want the blame to leave out concepts and hence they cover up the course without giving proper in depth knowledge of the subject. To come up with a solution to all these problems, the suggestion given was to draw a venn diagram to find a common solution for the learning-teaching problems. Teachers should make their lectures interactive and more interesting by adding visual elements while teaching. A balance between pictures, videos and theory should be maintained. Education system of India should develop. Many universities abroad offer diversity in subjects that can be chosen while studying. The education system of India should adopt such ideas to create more interest in students to pursue higher studies.

As a whole, there should be a mentality change in the people of India, to accept all branches as equals. Students must get to choose their field of interest without any external pressure. The notion that students who take up science get paid better than other branches is wrong. People who are good at their job and who work hard excel, irrespective of their field of study. Interests should be independent of the salary earned in that field. Emphasis should be given on project based learning, and internships should be encouraged.

The speakers said that, the major change should be in the ideology of students and parents, and even the society as a whole. Studying should be done for knowledge, not for marks. Society must reward students for their skills in order to discourage students to study just to score well.

The Director of Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Dr. T. P. Singh, said that in order to change the Indian Education System and to bring prestige to the Indian Education System, India on the whole has to change, from the mentality of the people to the infrastructure, everything has to be altered in order to attract students from all over the world. The discussion concluded by saying that the students must understand what they are studying, and have the ability to practically apply what we learn. Doing something that interests them, will not only make people open minded, but make them a better human being at the end.Trusting one self, believing in what you have and knowing your instincts is very important. More important is to know how to apply this to our daily lives. Making optimum use of resources at hand and doing what the students are best at irrespective of expecting to be rewarded, will ultimately cause a drastic shift in the mentality of the Indian Education System. The programme concluded by a vote of thanks.

Swachh Bharat Campaing was held at Symbiosis Institute of Technology on 2nd October 2014.

The students and teachers came together to spread the word of cleanliness and helped clean India by doing their bit.

The event started with an encouraging and motivating address by the Director, Dr T.P. Singh Sir, on how we must respect our mother land and take pride in keeping our country clean

A cleanliness drive was organised as a part of event and both students and teachers actively participated in it.

Extempore and Poster Making competitions were also organized by V@rSITy-care club. At the Poster making event both students and teachers showed equal enthusiasm to draw out their ideas on a “Clean India”.

At the end of the event some bright ideas on cleanliness were drawn really well on paper.

In the Extempore competition students were shown a particular pictorial representation related to cleanliness. The students then utilised their creativity skills and shared what they understood from the picture.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks for all.

The 150th birth anniversary of Pandit Motilal Nehru was celebrated in Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT), Gram Lavale , Pune on 28/12/2012.

Dr. Dipika Jaspal introducing Shri Motilal Nehru

The session started with an introduction of Shri Motilal Nehru by Dr. Dipika Jaspal, faculty of Applied Science. Introduction was then followed by a video clipping of Smt. Sonia Gandhi addressing people on his birth anniversary.

Video clipping of Smt. Sonia Gandhi

Some of the faculty members expressed their views on Shri Motilal Nehru which included Dr. Akshay Malhotra, Deputy Director, SIT, HOD Electronics and Telecommunication, Dr. Narayan Pisharoty,

Dr. Akshay Malhotra speaking on Motilal Nehru

HOD Applied Science, Prof. S.P. Shettar , and Faculty Mechanical department Dr. Abhijit Bhattacharya. Dr. Malhotra expressed his views saying that we should inculcate the values that Shri Motilal Nehru followed in his life. Dr. Narayan Pisharoty read notes by M. O. Mathai who was the private secretary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, son of Pandit Motilal Nehru. Prof. S.P. Shettar told incidences from Motilal Nehru’s life which reflected his virtues. Dr. Abhijit Bahttacharya described Anand Bahvan, the house which was owned by Shri Motilal Nehru and which served as the ancestral home of Nehru Gandhi Family which now is a museum. The program concluded by National Anthem by faculty and staff of SIT.

Dr. Narayan Pishroty reading notes by M. O. Mathai

Prof. S.P.Shettar narrating Motilal Nehru's real life stories

Dr. Abhijit Bahattacharya talking about-us-the-institute Anand Bhavan

SIT student, Mr. Shubham Puranik, Final Year B Tech Civil Engineering student, Batch 2015-19 got selected as a youth delegate for the India-Guatemala Youth Dialogue 2018 for the Confederation of young leaders and attended the same at the Embassy of Guatemala, New Delhi on 12th July 2018.

The India-Guatemala Youth dialogue comprised of Interaction with the Ambassador of Guatemala and diplomats on growing relationship between Guatemala and India. The Youth Dialogue serves as a great opportunity for Young Indians to learn more about the partner country and at the same time, a great platform for officials to know the aspirations and vision of some of brightest Young Indians. This lays the basis of a strong Youth-to-Youth connect between both countries.

Shubham's inputs on "India's soft power and what role can the youth play in improving the soft power of a nation" were well taken by the eminent guests at the function.