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G D Goenka University, Gurgaon welcomed its new batch of students with two days orientation programme spanning from 19th to 20th August 2019. The main objective of this programme was to lay the foundation for the new students and acclimatize them with the systems, structures and manners of the University. Day one of the Orientation was dedicated to the registration and document verification of the students and apprising them with their course plans, time table, credit requirements and acquainting the students with the different facilities and blocks of the University. The Deans of respective schools extended a warm welcome to their students. They introduced the students to their Head of the Departments and other faculty members. They were also briefed about the GDGU differentiators, flexibility in course plan, different competency builders, knowledge augmenters, amalgamators, minor courses, inter-disciplinary projects and Industry exposure. The new entrants were offered the student handbook which gave basic information about university activities, guidelines, rules and regulations. As mentoring plays a major role in the overall development of a student, all the students in G D Goenka University are assigned a mentor. The new entrants were introduced with their respective mentors. The students interacted with their mentors and filled the mentorship forms.

On the other hand, during day one an Interaction between the parents and the leadership team of G D Goenka University was planned. All the queries and concerns of the parents were addressed by Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran, President of the University and his team.

Day two of the orientation programme i.e. 20 August 2019, began with a welcome address to the students by the Hon’ble President of the University, Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran. Dr. Bhaskaran extended a warm welcome to all the students. He shared about the achievements of the University with the students. He enlightened them about their future and motivated them to achieve their goals. He encouraged the students to develop a support system and imbibe the right kind of knowledge, skill sets, attitude and ethics. He advised them to trust others, take ownership for their behavior, be confident and adapt in different scenarios.

Dr. Nitesh Bansal, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (International & External Engagement) briefed the students about the university’s endeavor towards Internationalization. He shared about the University’s endeavor to facilitate the students in providing them an academic experience across the globe hence making them employable at global level. He shared that the University has tie-up with 34 leading International Universities from different countries namely North America, South America, Europe, Australia and East Asia. He added that in these universities study abroad opportunities are provided to the students by means of summer school, semester abroad and articulation.

Mr. Narender Sharma, Registrar gave detailed overview of the rules and regulations of the University with regards to the expectations from each student. Mr. D. S. Parihar, Controller of Examination apprised the students about the examination system, evaluation process, grading system and promotion criteria. Mr. Manoj Sahani, Director, CRC provided an overview regarding placement and internship assistance offered by the University. Prof. (Dr.) Anil Dawra, Proctor apprised them with the Discipline and Anti Ragging Measures to ensure clarity in all important matters as far as the decorum in the University is concerned.

The pyramid of student activities and clubs organized from time to time in G D Goenka University were shared by Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Kaushik, Dean, Student Welfare & International Relations. She showcased the various recreational activities, clubs, and other major events of last year including Fresher’s party, CSR activity, Street play, Sportopia and the University Fest. She encouraged the students to participate in the different extra-curricular activities organized in the University from time to time.

During the afternoon session guest lectures by eminent Industry experts were organized by respective Schools. The details of the Industry Experts invited for this session are as follows:

School of Architecture and Planning – Mr. Abhishek Bij, Partner and Lead Design, Design Plus Architects

School of Basic and Applied Sciences – Dr. Kumar Krishen, Adjunct Professor, University of Houston, USA; Ex-Member NASA

School of Communication – Mr. Shishir Sinha, Deputy Editor, Business Line, The Hindu Group

School of Education – Ms. Amita Pandey Bhardwaj, Professor, Department of Education, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

School of Engineering – Mr. Ajay Mishra, Director, Digital Transformation Consulting at Ericsson

School of Fashion and Design – Mr. Yogesh Chaudhary, Designer

School of Hospitality – Mr. Robin Rajput, Head, Sales and Marketing, Taj Corbett Resort and Spa

School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Mr. Bikram Grewal, Trustee of the Wildlife Preservation Society of India

School of Law – Ms. Mahalakshmi Pavani, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; President, Supreme Court Women’s Lawyers Association

School of Management – Mr. Amitava Mitra, Consultant – Brand Marketing, Communications; Mentor – Knowledge Sharing Sessions and Workshops

School of Medical and Allied Sciences & School of Agricultural Sciences – Dr. Pawan Rawal, Head, Gastroenterology, Artemis Hospital & Dr. Anjali Kaul, Medical Superintendent, Artemis Hospital

By sharing some of their experiences, the Industry experts motivated the students to set their goals and strive to achieve them. They also emphasized on the requirements of Industry with respect to the present times. After this session, the students were engaged in varied ice-breaking team activities. The new entrants were exhilarated and enthusiastic about starting their studies in a University that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in all the activities undertaken and the overall development of each student encompassing curricular, co-curricular extra-curricular activities.

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