Chitkara University assures to provide a world-class education to its students. It truly defines the meaning of teaching with excellence. Every day is a new and fresh day at Chitkara, as the campus is always buzzing up with new happenings or events here! Read on.
Chitkara University hosts North Zone NSS Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp
Date: November 26, 2019
Chitkara University hosted the North Zone Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp, at its Punjab Campus. The event was organized from November 15-24, 2019. The Parade Camp, which was organized under the aegis of NSS Regional Directorate, Chandigarh; and the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, GoI, aimed at selecting the best NSS volunteers to take part in 2020 Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, New Delhi.
The 10-Day Pre-RD Parade Camp was managed entirely by the NSS Officials, student volunteers, and contingent leaders, and included activities like Shramdan, Yoga, Community Singing, Parade Practice, Academic Lectures, Debate and evening Cultural Programs, planned for the participants. Additionally, NSS volunteers also took part in hospitality assignments on different days of the camp involving volunteers of different states one by one.
The last leg of the Camp included selection rounds where NSS officials & selection committee members - Mr. Ravi Kumar Sinha, Under-Secretary, GoI & CPIO GoI, Dept. of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, N. Delhi; Dr. C. Samuel Chelliah, Assistant Program Adviser, Directorate of NSS, N. Delhi; and Dr. Ashok Kumar Shroti, Regional Director, NSS, Regional Directorate Lucknow & Additional Charge, Bhopal; assessed the NSS Volunteers for discipline, march past and cultural activities.
A Panel Discussion on 'significant initiatives taken for the youth of the country, by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India', with selection committee members & senior officials, was also broadcasted live on Chitkara Radio 107.8FM. The talk was moderated by Dr. Neelam Verma who looks after NSS activities at Chitkara University.
Congratulating the NSS Volunteers, for their keen efforts and enthusiasm during the Parade Camp, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, said, "We believe that the real success of education is to apply knowledge, and NSS symbolizes the same. The youth of a nation shapes and moulds its present and paves the way for its future - and together, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India; and the National Service Scheme, play a pivotal role in linking the student with the nation, and securing the future with its dynamic youth."
The Camp concluded on a high note with breath-taking cultural performances and a glittering valedictory ceremony for the participants. Chief Guest for the day - Mr Charu Dutt Singh, Deputy DGF Central, Deputy Director General Forest, Northern Regional Office, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Chandigarh; and Guest of Honour - Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; congratulated & honoured the NSS Volunteers for their dedication, hard work and enthusiastic participation.
Chitkara University brings Global Education to its Students
Date: October 24, 2019
Chitkara University celebrated its 11th Anniversary of the Global Week recently. It hosted over 55 distinguished Guest Professors representing about 39 prestigious Partner Universities from 22 countries across the six continents, who jointly set an outstanding benchmark and phenomenal precedent much in the true sense and essence of Internationalisation.
Unlike other universities that have classrooms surrounded by four walls, we at Chitkara literally bring a 'world of infinite possibilities' to our students each year by hosting Global Week. The event is a one-of-a-kind global engagement event in North India — a celebration of diversity through cross-cultural exchange, knowledge transfer, industry linkages, and phenomenal networking opportunities, to boost collaborated teaching through blended learning across the borders.
Welcoming Dignitaries and our International Guests, Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; declared the event open. Addressing the audience, Dr. Chitkara said, “The University is delighted to be back with Global Week, Season 11. We are committed to preparing our students to be 'world-ready' by providing a unique educational experience that gives the views of the world from every classroom and learning space. The Global Week has, over the years, grown into one of the largest 'WorldClass TNE-TeamTaught' platforms to extensively elevate the crucial mandates of promoting blended learning, through collaborated teaching across borders for our deserving students,” she added.
Chef Vikas Khanna shares the ‘Recipe of Success’ with Chitkara University students
Date:October 22, 2019
From winning the "OSCAR of International cooking - the Michelin Star" for his 'Junoon', to authoring books, hosting TV shows, directing films and building India's first Culinary & Kitchen Arts Museum; Chef Vikas Khanna has done it all, and is still going strong! On October 19, 2019, Chitkara University was honored to welcome Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna, to its Punjab campus.
Greeted with traditional Punjabi-style welcome, complete with hugs & food (and a live stall to serve his favorite snack ‘desi bhutta’!), Chef Vikas Khanna was given a grand heartwarming reception by eager & excited Chitkara University Hospitality & Culinary students, who packed the auditorium beyond capacity.
Delighted to receive the world-renowned chef, Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, "We are honored to welcome Chef Vikas Khanna at the University. Our students are fortune as a personality of his caliber and standing is here to share his knowledge and experience with them. I am sure his visit will offer a huge inspiration and great exposure to our students." She added, "At Chitkara University, we bring renowned & accomplished Industry professionals to our students for immersive learning and industry connections, and ensure that our students are future-ready to lead in the kitchen, the boardroom, or simply anywhere they aspire to be."
Following the session, Chef Vikas Khanna joined Dr. Madhu Chitkara and senior delegates, for a special scrumptious lunch prepared in his honor. The chef was mighty impressed by the elaborate, carefully-selected Punjabi specialties prepared by Chitkara Culinary students, especially appreciating the desert ‘lahsun ki kheer’, giving it a big thumbs up - for adding soul to the ‘Benami desert from Mughal Era’ and making it “simply irresistible”! Over lunch, Chef Vikas had a quick yet fruitful discussion on pedagogy with Culinary & Hospitality faculty members of Chitkara University and spoke of ‘engaging the senses through experiential learning’ - presenting them with fresh new perspectives on teaching & learning.
Chitkara University Honours The 14th Dalai Lama with Honorary Doctorate
Date: October 16, 2019
His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama arrived at Chitkara University Punjab campus amidst rapturous welcome through a sea of students & staff waving recently. His Holiness was received by Chitkara University Chancellor Dr. Ashok K Chitkara and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Madhu Chitkara and offered a traditional welcome by Tibetan students studying at Chitkara University.
The University presented him with an Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) Honoris Causa, in honor of his unparalleled and invaluable contribution to Humanity, World Peace and Education, and in recognition of his outstanding achievements in promoting peace globally and for inspirational spiritual guidance and leadership. His Holiness also opened Chitkara University’s Global Week 2019 by a traditional lamp lighting ceremony and inaugurated the “Centre for Student Happiness” which will work towards increasing the quality of the students’ experience at the University.
His Holiness addressed the gathering on “The Need for Universal Ethics in Education” and stated that “Modern education is oriented towards material goals with little scope for inner values. When modern education began to emerge about 200 years ago religious institutions ensured a sense of inner values, but as the influence of those institutions has declined. We need our education establishments to take responsibility for fostering values like compassion, kindness, and concern for others.”
After the insightful talk, His Holiness left the floor open for students & delegates to interact with him, ask questions, and even welcomed suggestions. Taking questions, His Holiness could be easily caught chuckling as he heard some questions and glanced at the expressions on some of the students’ faces and answered them with a smile.
Talking about preserving the mental health for a joyful life, His Holiness said, “Since kindergarten, physical hygiene is commonly encouraged to preserve physical health, but we need a sense of ‘emotional hygiene’ - the means to tackle destructive emotions like anger, jealousy, and fear. The ancient Indian culture was replete with knowledge of how to do this, and we must find a way to inculcate this back into the modern education system,” encouraging everyone to delve into further details for insights.
Describing the visit an absolute privilege and a deeply humbling experience, Hon’ble Dr. Madhu said, “We are honored to have His Holiness The Dalai Lama amidst us today - one of the world's most revered teacher, thinker and peace messenger. We believe that the values of His Holiness are the same as ours, and we aspire to inculcate and deeply imbibe his teachings not only with our students but also with our international partners in 34 countries across six continents.”
Also, present at the occasion were 55 International Delegates from 39 Universities in 22 Countries across 6 Continents, who were deeply moved by His Holiness’s words.
Chitkara University holds a 2-Day National Festival ‘Rangrezz’
Date: September 30, 2019
Intriguing storyline, invigorating performances, fascinating forms, and distinctive voices – Chitkara University's National Theatre Festival, Rangrezz-2019, had the perfect blend of these, and more. The 2-Day National Theatre Festival was held on September 27-28, 2019, at Chitkara University, Punjab campus, with over 140 teams participating from 20 states across the country. This year's theme for Rangrezz was 'Light to Enlighten'.
In a traditional lamp lighting ceremony, Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, CU; declared the National Theatre Festival – Rangrezz 2019 open, along with Guests of Honour - Mr. Vishal Batra, Retail Business Head - North, ICICI Bank; Mr. Rajnish Sharma and Mr. Maninder Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon'ble Dr. Chitkara, said, "Chitkara University's National Theatre Festival - Rangrezz, aims to provide a National-level platform to the next generation of budding performers, to showcase their artistic abilities, while at the same time ensure artistic enrichment by cultivating a connect with our rich cultural heritage." Adding to that, “We believe complementing extra-curricular activities with education, goes a long way in helping students develop a well-rounded personality.”
India's prominent theatre personalities, including Ms. Shinjini Kulkarni, Kathak Dancer & granddaughter of Kathak Maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji; Mr. Robin Das, Eminent Actor, Director & Professor, National School of Drama; Mr. Chintamani Biswal, Theatre Artist and Actor; Mr. Manoj Singh Tiger, Eminent Theatre Artist; Mr. Sandeep Bhardwaj, Film Actor & Theatre Artist; Mr. Anshuman Singh, Theatre & Film Artist; and Mr. Rajan Arora, Theatre Artist; were in attendance for Rangrezz-2019, to enjoy the performances and judge the participants.
Talking about the University’s unique initiative to encourage and promote Performance Arts in today’s ‘digital’ times, Mr. Singh, said, "I believe each one of us has talent – but to get a huge platform like Rangrezz to display it, is a huge advantage. Back in our days, I wish we had a National-level platform like Rangrezz, where we could be recognized or encouraged for our talent. Congratulations to Chitkara University for bringing to us this truly unique initiative, year after year.”
Day-1 concluded on a high note with students grooving to hit Punjabi numbers of renowned Punjabi singer-actor Ranjit Bawa, as he set the stage on fire at the university campus. His electrifying performance charged hundreds of students & faculty with energy as he sang hit numbers - 'Yaari Chandigarh Waliye', 'Jean', 'Dollar Vs Roti', 'Ja Ve Mundya', 'Jatt Di Akal', leaving everyone dancing into the late hours!
Speaking about the unique selling proposition of theatre, Mr. Biswal, said, “Theatre is, of course, a reflection of life. The plight, sorrow, helplessness exhibited by the performers on stage sometimes end up closely mirroring our life – sometimes giving us a very important social message or hitting us with hard facts.” He added that the performances he reviewed at Chitkara University were “each a masterpiece in its own respect”.
Rehearsing their street play while waiting for the judges to visit, students of one the participating teamexplained what theatre spells for them. "Drama is a platform that allows you to be who you are not, and adds something new to your personality each time you perform a different character! A sweet mix of creativity and talent,” the enthusiasts exclaim.
Student performances continued all day long on Day-2, culminating in a grand show splashed with live performances by India's prominent theatre personalities and Rangrezz judges. The highlight of the evening was a very special Kathak dance live performance by Ms. Shinjini Kulkarni, Kathak Dancer & grand-daughter of Kathak Maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj ji. It was a treat to watch her weave magic on stage with swift twirls, rhythmic foot movements, expressive motions, and elegant stances. Next, Mr. Robin Das, Director & Professor, National School of Drama; addressed the students about the importance of Performing Arts in personality development; while theatre artist Mr. Chintamani Biswal created a live painting; and actor & theatre artist Mr. Anshuman Singh performed a moving act.
The National Theatre Festival – Rangrezz 2019, concluded with a glittering prize distribution ceremony where Hon’ble Dr. Chitkara, gave away the prizes to the winning teams and honored the judges for their valuable time and contribution to Rangrezz. The first prize-winners, included, Stage Play category - Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) , Moga; Street Play category - Team Mukhauta from Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Science, Delhi; Fringe Theatre category - Kudrat, Parth & Mohit from Chitkara University, Punjab; Monologue category - Prasann Juneja from Shaheed Sukhdev College, DU; and Stand-Up Comedy category - Nishant Kumar from State Institute of Engineering & Technology, Nilokheri.
In her closing address, Hon'ble Dr. Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, “This year, 140 teams from 20 states across India were a part of Chitkara University’s Annual National Theatre Festival Rangrezz – and we are absolutely delighted to be able to provide this platform to our budding artists. I would like to congratulate everybody for putting up a spectacular show."
George Brown College and Chitkara University deepen partnership with new Academic Mentorship Agreement
Date: September 4, 2019
George Brown College, Toronto, Canada, and Chitkara University, Punjab, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), recently, to deepen partnership with a new Academic Mentorship Agreement. The new agreement establishes opportunities for teaching and learning mentorship, curriculum development, and applied research.
When it comes to Hospitality and Culinary education,George Brown College in Toronto-Canada leads from the front in setting ideal benchmarks in Hospitality education in North America. It welcomes student diversity from all corners of the world who aspire to take leadership positions in the hospitality and culinary sectors.
The wide-ranging new agreement between the two will hugely benefit the students from India who are looking for a stellar International program in Culinary management. This new agreement between GBC and Chitkara University establishes opportunities for teaching and learning mentorship, curriculum development, and applied research.
The agreement will provide students with academic mentorship from George Brown faculty who will help Chitkara University to curate and co-deliver their curriculum. Students will be exposed to applied international pedagogy and Canadian socio-cultural context closer to their homes when they have just come out of their schools. Besides, students will save more than half of the international fee component when they start at the university and then opt to transfer to GBC after two years of study at Chitkara University, based on academic eligibility and other statuary conditions.
Student learning shall be recognized with transferrable credits to receive advanced standing into the third year of the George Brown Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Culinary Management degree in Canada. Launched in 2016, the degree is tailored specifically to the culinary field. Developed with input from industry, it includes two work placements and combines management theory with advanced culinary courses, preparing students to enter the culinary industry with a strategic approach to operations and greater depth of insight in regards to food and cooking and the management of culinary operations.
Ms. Mia Yen, Consul General for Canada in Chandigarh was present at the event and reiterated the long term vision of PM Justin Trudeau “Canada looks forward to further strengthening our relationship, and working together in a broad range of areas, such as encouraging trade and investment, supporting innovation and education, promoting peace and security, and tackling the climate crisis, to create new opportunities for Canadians and Indians alike.” And this new arrangement between Chitkara University in India and George Brown College in Canada is a step forward in realizing that vision.
“We’re very pleased to deepen and expand our collaboration with Chitkara University,” said Ms. Anne Sado, President, George Brown College, who traveled to India to sign the agreement. “We share a commitment to preparing students for a diverse and global workplace. We are also united by our sense of responsibility to the industry, as we strive to deliver exceptional graduates who will become tomorrow’s industry leaders.”
Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, comments, “This will be a more intense form of our current relationship with George Brown College where we can expose our students to International and accomplished faculty from GBC where they can learn from the best including different cuisines, thus setting themselves up to work and live in any part of the world. This will enable our students to develop international skills sets and become employable or start their own culinary ventures anywhere.”
Chitkara University organizes sessions on Performing Arts, invites eminent film & theatre artists
Date: September 2, 2019
Chitkara College of Education (CCE) welcomed the prospective teachers on the first day of their journey to become the alpha teachers, on September 2, 2019, at the campus. To make the occasion even more special, CCE invited renowned and eminent Indian film & theatre artist, Mr. Vikram Gokhle; and Master Storyteller & Curriculum designer, Ms. Simi Srivastava; to conduct expert sessions on Performing Arts.
Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; and Dr. Niyati Chitkara, Principal, Chitkara International School; welcomed the guests to the campus. Following the lamp lighting ceremony, the experts interacted with students and later conducted sessions on Performing Arts, and conditioned the prospective teachers to use Performing Arts as a classroom pedagogy - restructuring tool, through highly enriching and engaging sessions on 'Bringing Theatre into Classroom' and 'A sneak peek into the world of Storytelling'.
Theatre and Performing Arts are powerful tools, which not only engage the creative side of the brain but also provide an ideal balance in students’ patterns of study. It’s easy for children to become swamped in a sea of theory, which is why subjects that offer practical learning are essential to rejuvenate and engage students, iterated both the speakers while sharing the objective behind conducting these sessions for prospective teachers.
Mr. Gokhle and Ms. Srivastava also praised Chitkara University for developing such a "powerful and revolutionary B.Ed. program which is in sync with the industry and caters to the demands of the present generation’s learning style".
Addressing the new batch of alpha teachers at the Orientation Program, Dr. Madhu Chitkara; said, "It is very important to keep pace with the latest educational trends and techniques when teaching the millennial and digital natives. The students these days have a very short attention span, and it becomes very challenging for a teacher to conceive engaging lessons for these learners. Inclusion of Performing Arts in education provides the learner with the opportunity to engage their mind, body, and emotions into a collaborative expression. Pedagogy maestros - Mr. Vikram Gokhle and Ms. Simi Srivastava, have beautifully depicted the same in their expert talk and workshop."
World-famous designer Wendell Rodricks interacts with Chitkara’s budding designers
Date: August 29, 2019
A famed name in the fashion industry, Wendell Rodricks visited Chitkara University recently. He interacted with the budding designers and spoke about following one's passion - and how he followed his. Wendell studied Hotel Management and worked in the hospitality industry for six years, before studying Fashion Designing in the U.S. and France from 1986 to 1988. He returned to India in 1993. “I was a bright student. My mother wanted me to become a doctor or a dentist! But I said a big No. So I joined the catering and hospitality industry as it was very glamorous, but later discovered my passion in the fashion industry.”
The flavors of Goa, coupled with Indian geometry, define Wendell Rodricks. Goan at heart and ‘by design,’ Wendell feels there's an inspiration at every corner - an open field, a coconut palm, the ripple of water, or the swaying of trees. Talking about his design philosophy, he said, “My design philosophy is based on ‘minimalism’ inspired by Indian Geometry, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Indian Gods.” He suggested that the students take inspiration from “their roots” - traditions & culture, celebrate Indian-ness, and bring out their ‘soul’ in the collections. “No one could get better the essence of Kashmir other than Rohit Bal, West Bengal than Sabyasachi, and Goa than Wendell Rodricks!” he added. During the all-engaging talk, Wendell also divulged some of his management strategies & tips for the budding entrepreneur. He also spoke about the need to create a social impact through work.
Hon’ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Wendell Rodricks to Chitkara University. Our students are fortunate to get an opportunity to interact and learn from the original vanguard of Indian fashion - a mentor and teacher to several youngsters, and also an author on fashion history, who takes inspiration from his own culture, heart, and soul, to stand out from the rest of the world.” She added, the University takes special care to invite prominent industry experts, to give the right direction and inspiration, to get our students future-ready.
Ambitious students were super excited to meet the multi-talented designer, and were spotted posing questions down to - how to create an impressive portfolio, what are the skills required, apt training, technical knowledge, networking – all relevant to their future career goals. As a true advocate of fashion democracy, Wendell finished with encouragement for students to be their stylist and enjoy fashion. “Use your DNA, work originally, work for your country & state,” he said. On a more personal note, Wendell shared that he makes it a point to practice charity for three hours every week - in any way, shape, or form.
About Wendell Rodricks
The designer is the world’s most admired name in fashion design. He is also a fierce activist for social causes, an eco-warrior, and an author. Meet, Wendell Rodricks, Padma Shri Awardee, 2014; and recipient of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters), 2015; who was recently at Chitkara University, Punjab campus, to interact with students on August 29, 2019. Both a pioneer and a revivalist, the couturier is one of the rare fashion designers who have been bestowed with Padma Shri.
Wendell has made more than a mark on the fashion industry. His first collection from Goa earned him the title ‘Guru of Minimalism,’ and his following collection in 1995 pioneered the concept of ‘resort wear’ and 'eco-friendly' garments at a time the words were not yet coined in India. A designer with an international presence Wendell has presented his unique garments, inspired by Goa and India, at major fashion events. Wendell has the honor of being the first Indian designer to be invited to show at the World’s largest garment fair IGEDO in Germany in 1995, followed by many other prestigious fashion events. Wendell has also, been a part of the Khadi Movement, and even promoted it at the world's largest organic fair, BioFach, at Nuremberg, Germany, in 2011.
Chitkara University goes ethnic, replaces ‘colonial gown’ with traditional wear
Date: August 23, 2019
Replacing the British-era gowns and caps with traditional Indian attire, Chitkara University observed its 14th annual convocation ceremony with students donning traditional Indian outfits - complete with the pride of Punjab - Phulkari, and white kurta-pyjamas (boys) and kurta-churidars (girls). Even the faculty members joined in to encourage and don the same dress code. In the absence of caps, the students unfurled their Phulkari stoles after receiving the degrees.
Several dignitaries, industry stalwarts and leaders graced the prestigious occasion, and felt honored to witness this unique change, which is a small step yet substantial in ‘bringing our culture closer to the heart.’ They hailed the UGC’s idea and congratulated the University for taking the lead on this change with grace and enthusiasm.
Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had asked all universities to adopt "ceremonial robes made out of handloom fabrics which would not only give a sense of pride of being Indian but also be more comfortable in hot and humid weather." Chitkara University was one of the first universities in North India to follow suit.
Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, “When I saw the students in their traditional attire, I felt immense joy and pride. We believe, educational institutions are temples of learning, and the education system is incomplete without emphasis on history, heritage, culture, traditions, values, and ethos of India. This is a very positive step by UGC.”
Students found this move as a welcome change - adding that it felt fantastic to receive degrees wearing traditional attires. Why not have attire reflecting our culture when we are graduating from an Indian university, they exclaimed.
Students of Chitkara University designs Country's first 3-D Smart Traffic Signal
Date: August 5, 2019
In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, Mohali traffic police have launched 3-D Smart Traffic Signal devised by the students of Chitkara University Incubated Start-up. The wireless system, called 'Intelights', has been installed at the traffic crossing near Quark City on Airport Road, on a pilot project basis, and will regulate traffic signals with a smart bird's eye view wireless sensor system. The system was launched by Sharad Satya Chauhan, ADGP – Traffic, on August 2, 2019.
The system, which was devised by the students of Chitkara University over three years of intensive research, was in the test trial phase for the last eight months before its final launch. A team comprising Gaurav Goyal, Dr. Vinay Kukreja and Dapinder Singh Virk of Chitkara University Incubated Start-up - Anukai Solutions; along with Navdeep Asija, Punjab Traffic Advisor; Arbab Ahmad, Project Manager - Punjab Vision Zero; and Charanjit Singh, Road Safety Engineer, Mohali; and Chitkara University students - Rahul Goyal, Karamdeep Singh Bami, Rohan Sharma, Arihant, Ekansh Garg, Karanveer Singh, Hardeep Singh, Sumit; worked to develop one-of-its-kind, real-time solution for defending 'Green Corridors' for ambulances, while controlling the movement of vehicles on roads.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, "Chitkara University's Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development (CEED) has taken upon itself to ignite young minds to nurture the Nation's vision of 'Startup India - Stand up India and Earn While Learn'. We are proud of our partnership with Mohali Police and deeply indebted to them for taking the time to encourage and work alongside our students to come up with this unique and innovative solution. The university aims to encourage original thinkers, with skills and resources, to help make a real difference in the everyday lives of people."
Memorandum of Understanding to conduct research and development in the area of IT and Computation for Traffic Police with the start-up Anukai Solutions of Chitkara University was signed in the month of September 2018, and immediately after that team was assigned to this mammoth task.
Intelights proposes a 360O solution to curb the rising problem of traffic congestion. One of the major reasons for traffic congestion is the inefficient working of traffic signal timers installed at intersections. Presently, the timers of traffic lights display a preset value which leads to a waste of time. For instance, consider a scenario where green light of ‘20 seconds’ is displayed but there is no vehicle present at that particular intersection – thus leading to unnecessary waste of time. To tackle this issue, 'Intelights' proposes an Intelligent Traffic Timer Control; which uses dynamic signal control technology to adjust the timers of red, yellow and green lights according to the traffic density at an intersection. The system uses existing CCTV cameras to gather live traffic video feed, and automatically evaluates the traffic density using Artificial Intelligence (image processing), and sets the signal timers accordingly. This process is repeated for every cycle of traffic lights to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Nilambar Acharya, Nepal’s envoy to India; graces Chitkara University, celebrates academic achievement
H.E. Mr. Nilamber Acharya, Ambassador of Nepal to India; believes a “New Asia” can be built with the contribution of young minds, and that only when we "love and nurture these young minds, will we see glory and success".
Chitkara University was honored to host H.E. Mr. Nilamber Acharya, Ambassador of Nepal to India; who visited the University's Punjab campus recently. He was formally welcomed by Hon'ble Dr. Ashok K Chitkara, Chancellor; and Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, at the campus. The Ambassador was accompanied by the First Lady Mrs. Sushma Acharya; Mr. Hom Prasad Luitel, Cultural & Education Counsellor, Embassy of Nepal, New Delhi; and Mrs. Radha Kumari Dhungel. This is His Excellency's first-ever public appearance after taking over as the envoy of Nepal to India.
Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, "It is indeed a matter of great pride and honour that H.E. Mr. Nilamber Acharya graced Chitkara University with his visit. The University is dedicated to the mission of spreading the light of education - and serving the career-needs of a diverse & inclusive student community. We look forward to providing a strategic platform for Nepalese students to springboard their ambitions and catapult their aspirations."
During the visit, the Nepalese delegates were overwhelmed with the impressive infrastructure and excellent academic facilities of Chitkara University. Hon'ble Dr. Ashok K Chitkara & Hon'ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara; had an interactive discussion with H.E. Mr. Acharya, for exploring possibilities - building a stronger relationship, implementing programs and boosting the performance of Nepalese students. H.E. Mr. Acharya praised Chitkara University's teamwork and amazing effort to work together toward a shared vision of spreading the light of education. He called the University, "A world-class University - a great example of devotion, dedication, and leadership".
Taking an extensive tour of the campus, the Ambassador and esteemed dignitaries visited the Chitkara Innovation Incubator Foundation (CIIF), interacted with CIIF Startup entrepreneurs and Nepalese students studying at the campus. H.E. Mr. Acharya also presided over Chitkara University's 14th Annual Convocation Ceremony, where the University and students representing diverse academic and social backgrounds came together to celebrate their achievement, and conclude their journey of learning and co-creation. Noticing diversity and inclusivity at the campus, H.E. Mr. Acharya also expressed his deep appreciation for the healthy, multicultural environment at Chitkara University campus.
During his keynote address at the Convocation Ceremony, H.E. Mr. Acharya motivated the graduates to be "determined & confident to excel in life and be responsible for themselves, their family, society & country, and carry forward the message of peace and harmony for South Asia”. He concluded his inspiring address by leaving them with the stirring words of Swami Vivekananda - 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached', and offered his best wishes for a glorious future to Chitkara University and its Founding Academicians - "May blessings shower upon you and may you continue to grow and transform young minds to greater success, and to serve their Nations".
Chitkara University Hosts Virtual Rounds for BAJA SAEINDIA 2020
Date: July 12, 2019
SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers, and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. have announced the commencement of the redesigned Virtual Round of BAJA SAEINDIA at Chitkara University, Punjab campus. The Virtual Round also flags off the 13th edition of the much-awaited BAJA series with Mahindra as the title sponsor.
The BAJA SAEINDIA series is a well-known competition among engineering students, who participate in the event with great zeal and passion. With around 280 teams from various engineering colleges of India, 25 students from each team, totaling over 6,000 students, the battlefield is all set for participants to come up with their innovative ideas.
The teams registered for this season are spread across 24 different states, including 4 teams from Punjab. This year, a total of 225 teams have registered for the conventional format of the event i.e. mBaja; and 55 teams have opted for the electric version of BAJA SAEINDIA i.e. eBaja.
During the course of Virtual Baja, the registered teams will be scrutinized for their knowledge, creativity, concepts, virtual design and capability to participate successfully in the main event. The teams at the Virtual BAJA will make a presentation on their design, followed by an Online Test which will carry equal weightage in their final selection.
The teams would be judged on various parameters in the virtual BAJA like knowledge of the rulebook, the concept of the buggy, the project plan, the design methodology, CAE Analysis, the Design Failure Mode & Effect Analysis (DFMEA) and Design Validation Plan (DVP), college workshop facilities and team formation. The Online Test will check every participant’s knowledge of Rulebook and general Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Chitkara University
Based on the performance in Virtual BAJA, the teams will be selected for participation in the main event, scheduled to be held in NATRAX facility of NATRIP, Pithampur near Indore and Chitkara University, Punjab. Eminent personalities from the automotive and engineering industry will serve in the panel for the latest edition of BAJA SAENDIA.
Each team is tasked to create a vehicle known as ‘Buggy’, an All-Terrain Vehicle, which has to comply with multiple parameters & technical inspection before it is allowed to compete in the dynamic events and final endurance race. Students are expected to design Buggy having the best suspension, steering & brakes with a strong roll cage, considering the New Product Development (NPD) Cycle with all quality and safety aspects. Many teams target weight of the buggy to be less than 125kg.
A remarkable feature unique to BAJA SAEINDIA is the adoption of a new theme every year. This year the theme for BAJA 2020 is ‘Breaking Conventions’.
Comments by notable speakers:
Hon’ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University; said, “As the host institute for Virtual BAJA SAEINDIA for the last 3 years, we are proud to support this program. Quality competitions from SAEINDIA, like BAJA, are improving the engineering skills of young graduates and providing them with a platform to learn in a real environment with a project-based approach. Each year, the growing number of teams in eBAJA is a testament to the fact that we are moving in the right direction towards sustainable mobility for the future.”
Mr. Subodh Morye, Head Marketing & PR, BAJA SAEINDIA; mentioned, “BAJA SAEINDIA has been improving year on year since its inception in 2007 by reloading the enthusiasm in teams and has finally reached to a stage where it can break conventions. Every year, we see active participation from the Organizing and Alumni Committee to shape this event into an extraordinary competition. The support from the Steering Committee headed by Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD of M&M; has been pivotal in driving the event towards a promising future through wisdom and vision. We will continue supporting the teams and encouraging them to adopt innovative ways to cope up with the challenges which await them in the future of the Automotive Industry.”
The finale will be held at the NATRAX facility of NATRIP at Pithampur near Indore, from January 23-26, 2020, followed by HR meet on January 27-28, 2020. The 2nd part of the 13th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA 2020 is scheduled to be held at Chitkara University, Punjab; from March 5-8, 2020, followed by HR meet on March 9, 2020.
As for eBAJA, more and more teams are getting ready to participate and learn eMobility technology, which is moving very fast in the country. To promote electric mobility and develop human resources for working in this area, SAEINDIA has declared financial support of INR 50,000 to all the new eBAJA teams.