Spring Festival 2017

Pune witnessed a cultural feast from North, South and East at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium on Saturday, June 03, 2017

The event “Spring Festival” was organized by Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural & Educational Centre to showcase the cultural unity in terms of festivals in India.

People witnessed mesmerising performances by three different states- Assam, Kerala and Punjab. Participants from all these different states performed various cultural delights and educated the people on the celebration of Bihu from Assam, Baisakhi from Punjab and Vishu from Kerala. There was also a spread of food stalls from each state presenting their traditional food items.

Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, President and Founder of Symbiosis welcomed the guests with a spellbinding speech, and spoke about the purpose of events like this.

Guests of honour for the occasion were actress Ms. Urmila Mahanta – Actress from Assam, Singer and music composer and vocalist from Assam Mr. Nilotpal Bora, and Mr. Hari Narayanan, Ex-Chairman, World Malayalee Council, Pune Province and President, Pune Malayalee Federation.

The Guests addressed the audience, and were impressed by the vibrant event, a first of its kind, where states from North-East-South were performing on a single stage.

An audience of about 500 was present at the event.

Students’ Events and Activities

Guest Lecture by Ms. Clover Bolton

ELTIS Symbiosis arranged a guest lecture by Ms. Clover Bolton, English Language Fellow from RELO (Regional English Language Office, US Embassy, New Delhi) on “American English: Ground Realities” on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium.

The session was chaired by Dr. Prakash Deshpande, Member-Planning and Development Board, Symbiosis. Ms. Jessica Chandras graced the function as a respondent.

Ms. Bolton focused on some subtle differences of American English with regards to Vocabulary, Pronunciations, Spellings and Grammar. She stressed on the fact that language differs not only due to geographical factors, but also due to some other aspects like generation, values, behavior and social practices.

During the Questions and Answers’ session, she pointed out that the Indian users need not worry much about the ‘American or British’ accent as the basic purpose of any language is to communicate.

The Chairperson agreed and added that the users should understand the significance of appropriateness of language for different situations during communication. He emphasized the aspects of simplicity and clarity in communication.

Ms. Jessica Chandras also clarified that the users must adapt to the culture of any language to avoid miscommunication.

The session was very well received by the audience.

Dr. Shridhar Gokhale’s Guest Lecture- 'Tenses without Tension'

Day & Date: Fri. Mar.24, 2017
Venue: Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium
Guest of Honour: Brig. (retd) Prakash Lakhe (Chief- Administration, Symbiosis)

Dr. Shridhar Gokhale, Former Professor of English, S. P. Pune University, was the Speaker of the session.

The session was intended to help students overcome the fear or tension of using English Tenses wrongly while communicating in English.

The lecture had very good response from the audience. The auditorium was full with more than 700 students. Dr. Gokhale mesmerized the audience with his powerful yet simple delivery of speech. “This is the first time I am speaking to you on a topic that I delivered from the same platform twice before. I believe in simplifying the concepts for my students and I think that is the secret of the topic being so popular.” Dr. Gokhale added. Students maintained pin drop silence during this engaging lecture. They asked many thoughtful questions in the Q & A session.

Brig. (retd) Prakash Lakhe also appreciated Dr. Gokhale’s skill of making the concepts related to Tenses easier and clearer for all.

Annual Day of ELTIS and SIFIL

The Annual Day of ELTIS-SIFIL was celebrated in pomp and vigour on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The function was graced by the presence of international dignitaries. H.E. Mr. Sirajuddin Hamid Yousif, Ambassador, Embassy of Sudan, New Delhi was the Chief Guest. H.E. Ms. Monica Lanzetta Mutis, Ambassador, Embassy of Colombia, New Delhi was the Special Guest of Honour. The other guests of honour were H.E. Mr. Saut Siringoringo, Consul General, Consulate General of Indonesia, Mumbai, Hon. Mr. Sediquallah Sahar, Education Attaché, Embassy of Afghanistan, New Delhi and Hon. Ms. Achini Perera, Counsellor (Education), Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi.

Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Chancelor Symbiosis International University and Dr. Rajni Gupte, Vice Chancellor also made their valuable presence. The programme stood by the motto of Symbiosis, ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’. Students from more than 20 countries participated in various cultural programmes like the skit, dances and fashion show.

‘Fragrances from the North-East’, the North-East Film Festival-2017 ‘Fragrances from the North-East’- The 3rd North-East Film Festival, in Pune

started with great enthusiasm and fervour from Jan.28, 2017 to Jan.30, 2017 at NFAI campus, Pune.

This time Directorate of Film Festival, Delhi had taken the a initiative to organize the festival with Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural & Educational Centre (SICEC), Pune being one of the co-hosts along with National Film Archive of India(NFAI) and North-East Community Organization Pune(NECOP). The Festival was inaugurated by the Secretary Information & Broadcasting, Hon. Shri Ajay Mittal.

The three day festival had a lavish spread of different cuisines from 8-North-Eastern states, handicraft stalls exhibiting creativity and uniqueness North-Eastern art. The cultural performances showcased love for music and dance of North-Eastern people, Singers like Nagagenous band and Alabo Naga played during the inaugural and valedictory also. The screenings took place both in NFAI campus, Pune and Symbiosis ELTIS, Model Colony, Pune. Eminent Film –Stars from the North-East were present on the occasion.