Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An Enlightening Early-Summer Day's Trip to Gandhinagar

Activity and experience based learning is a significant part of student-centred environment of Atmiya Vidya Mandir. Students understand, read and write through their active involvement in the process.

As a part of their on-going learning session for professional and vocational courses, senior students of grade 11th from Commerce and Science streams, recently visited the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), one of the leading law schools of India, which offers various law related courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The university is currently ranked third among the other law schools in India, within its eight years of inception. The students were made aware of vastness of academic challenges and in-campus university procedure through a complete campus tour to observe all aspects of this University – infrastructure, academics, student/staff, hostel facility and a rich and well equipped library opened for students till late hours.

Students got an opportunity to briefly meet with the Dean and also to interact with the senior professors of the university, who generously devoted their time guiding the students about the various career options available in the field of Law. They were very approachable and supportive.

Students were made aware of the fascinating and lucrative job opportunities associated with the study of law; it seemed to be one of the best careers one could choose.

Overall, the experience of visiting GNLU was a big eye opener for the students and they left the campus highly inspired.

The students then had a quick lunch on the go and had darshan at the Gandhinagar Akshardham Temple. The scorching sun made the ice-creams even more delicious at the temple!

The journey then took them to the New Sachivalay Campus where they got an opportunity to witness live proceedings of the state assembly. Many MLAs had arranged for citizens of their constituencies for a visit of the capital the same day. The topics of discussion were science, industry and education. Turn by turn, the ministers presented the progress, plans and projects. Honourable Chief Minister Narendra Modi demonstrated that to be an effective speaker, one must learn to listen.

Being the future citizens of India, it was an absolutely learning session for all the students. They all brought back a feeling of pride, of being a part of a system so big and so powerful. They gained a reality check that to run a developing country with a population of over 1.2 billion is not a piece of cake; And India’s doing great!

After getting a true insight about how the state was run, the students then moved on to the next part of the educational tour – campus visit of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT). Gandhinagar being a peaceful place, the campus of DA-IICT was even more peaceful and enchanting.

First of all, the students attended an induction session by the Dean (Academic Affairs) who introduced the institution’s philosophy to the students and made them aware of the courses offered. The students realised the “research driven education” approach of the institute and were left impressed by its efforts to apply ICT in the rural areas of India.

Thereafter, the students had a chance to interact with some existing students of the institute who took them on a detailed campus tour. The students were shown around the labs, lecture rooms, the resource centre (library) and the sports facility. It was very heartening to witness the institute’s hands-on approach to education – there is one whole building for just different labs (all having some state of the art equipment)!!

With some final words of gratitude, the students (now more enlightened than 24 hours ago) parted to be back at home away home, Atmiya Vidya Mandir.

Ohh, and our dearest Pavakbhai (still doing brilliantly in academics and sports) was the host for the dinner. The guests had their dinner at his place and then finally left the capital of one of the most development frenzy state of India!

Written by: Students of 11th Science and Commerce

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