The MIT experience at Orientation of Diamond Jubilee batchBy Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network
Manipal, 19 July 2017: Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal has an orientation program for freshers and their parents which is unique. “It’s not the kind of Orientation one usually comes across in most other institutions,” said a parent after the first of the four days of Orientation was held here at the MIT Library auditorium and three other halls simultaneously, on Monday. With the Library Auditorium as the main venue, the entire program was relayed live to the other halls for the benefit of the students and parents there.
The program was packed with a lot of information for the new comers and valuable inputs for the parents as well. While it was grist to the mill for the students to succeed, the parents were visibly happy that MIT works towards holistic development. With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations mid-way through, the batch takes the tag of, “Diamond Jubilee Batch”. The chief guest on the occasion, Dr V Surendra Shetty, Pro Vice Chancellor, Mangalore Campus addressing the gathering said, “MIT has shaped the future of many leaders in the 60 years of its existence. Satya Nadella and Rajiv Suri are two names in the long list of CEOs and other top leaders,” he said and urged the students to be responsible and challenged them to take MIT to greater heights.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Director MIT, Dr G.K. Prabhu who has made the orientation program a bit more interesting and interactive by introducing a “Walk with the Director” gave a thumb-nail sketch of MIT, from the time it started with 60 students in the Civil branch to what it is now. He spoke of Manipal University’s multidisciplinary and multicultural campus and the advantages the students have by studying here.
He told about the curriculum how it was designed and the flexibility in the credit system, of the electives and minor specialization all leading to better employability. “We have also introduced “open electives” wherein an engineering student can study one of the other courses in the university to broaden their horizon in four years,” he said. He emphasized on research, about the effective industry connect, about experiential learning, internationalization and others.
Dr Raghavendra Prabhu P, Associate Director Academics MIT made a presentation of “Academic Matters. Dr Suma Nair, Director Student Affairs, Manipal University spoke of the strong student support system in the university and Col CMS Kalakoti, Chief Warden MIT listed some of the “dos and don’ts” for the students during their stay on the campus and some points for parents to take note of. Dr. B. H. V. Pai, Joint Director, MIT welcomed the gathering and Dr Narayana K Shenoy Associate Director, Student Welfare gave the vote of thanks.
On Tuesday morning, as part of the Orientation, hundreds of students and parents who had their orientation on Monday, were walked through the MIT campus by Dr Prabhu and his team. He says, “it is a familiarization tour which is not only an opportunity for the parents to see the campus but also an opportunity for them to get familiar with each other and the faculty members in an informal atmosphere”.
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