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Shubham Bohra, a fourth year student of Institute of Law teamed with Sagar Jaikumar from GLC, Mumbai was adjudged as Grand Finalists in the British Parliamentary Debating Tournament organised by Ullens Debate Club Nepal in association with the Debate Network Nepal. The tournament conducted during May 3-4, 2020 witnessed participation from nine Asian countries.


NSS Students Initiatives
As per the initiative of the NSS Office, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, the NSS volunteers of the constituent institutes of Nirma University registered in the Integrated Government Online Training (IGOT) and Arogya Setu. A total of 24 students registered for the training programme at IGOT. A total of 293 NSS students have downloaded the Arogya Setu app. The NSS volunteers of the University also made a total of 1469 homemade masks and distributed in their vicinity.

Life Beyond Campus

The students experienced a sudden vacuum due to the transition from ?a lot of things to do? to ?nothing to do? in the initial phase of the lockdown. As shared by the students of Institute of Science, some excerpts:

Naisargee Patel, PhD student said, ?This is the quality time to catch up with pending reading, and exploring things planned for some time later, like physical fitness in daily routine by meditation, pranayama, aromatherapy etc. I had never learnt cooking until I realised that it is not a hobby, nor a gender specific activity. It is a life-sustenance basic that is equally important to learn as is to earn money or making a career.?

The MSc students in addition to attending online classes and thesis writing, are utilising time for the NET exam preparations. Many of them have enrolled for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) as per their interest.

Farhan Daila, a semester 4 MSc Biotechnology student is using this lockdown as an opportunity to apply his knowledge and research skills to combat the problems of COVID-19. In his words, ?I am studying on various natural molecules which can be used as a therapeuticals or drugs for COVID-19. Recently I have studied on one chemical compound of garlic which is called Allicin which can be used as an inhibitor for the most important protein of COVID-19. Now, I am studying on   phenolic compounds of olive oil, as many people, especially the elderly suggest to use it in medication. So I am looking the effect of it on COVID-19.?

Student Speak

Disha Sodani
Third year
Institute of Commerce
Learning from every Grain
”Lend your ears to this society as its every corner portrays a new story, embedding an enormous message.”A story that can change the way we look at life. A story that taught me how to be more compassionate and caring, how to set and attain those goals, how to be happy in what we get and how to keep working hard unconditionally.I have always been interested in interacting with new people, sharing thoughts and bringing smile on everyone?s face. ‘UDGAM’ ? the Social Club of the Institute of Commerce, Nirma University is very special to me. Volunteering for Udgam has been an integral part of my active interests at Nirma University. Aiming towards fostering my interest, I have devotedly participated in all the club initiatives taken by all the team members.

My real journey as a social volunteer started when I visited ‘2nd Inning Old Age Home’ and met a granny named Jyoti baa. A lady who?s passionate, powerful, courageous, and adoring. She is pure at heart, considerate and fun loving. She once said, ?God had created all of us to remove someone?s loneliness.? She believes that, if we understand each other, join each other in times of happiness and stand with each other in bad times then no one feel the plight of loneliness in their life. She taught me to take care of the people around me, keep them happy and never settle for anything less which doesn’t make us happy. Despite of having so many problems, she never questioned why it had happened to her. That?s what I learnt from her, to be happy and live your life to the fullest because life is beautiful.

A story that inspires me to give my 100 percent in every situation that life throws upon me. Another journey started when I met a 12-year-old girl named Dhruvi at ‘Mukhbadhir Vidyalaya’. She is prelingually deaf. I’d never met such an optimistic person in my entire life. At the age of 12 years, we do not even know what is right or wrong but she was the one who decided what she wants to do in her life. She said, “I know that I have to work harder than the rest but I am ready for that. I won’t get affected by what others opine about me and be myself irrespective of my disabilities.” She also told me that she will try hard to fulfil her dreams and will leave the results in the hands of God because he is there to award us with the fruit of our hard work. After listening to her, I decided to never give up as hard work is the only way to attain success.

Like Doris Lessing opines, ?That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you?ve understood all your life, but in a new way.? UDGAM has taught me to cherish every moment of life and to live it selflessly for the society. It helped me to develop an intriguing interest of learning and gaining positivism from every part of the society. My diary of college memories is full of such endless experiences and my resolve to make this society a better place to live in.

I’m immensely grateful to be a part of Udgam and I hope my journey of connecting numerous dots of this society continues forever.