Symbiosis International (Deemed University) hosted a delegation from J .F Oberlin University, Japan represented by Dr. Toyoshi Satow, Chancellor, Dr Hiroaki Hatayama, Vice President, Mr. Takao Asakura, Assistant Executive Director, and Centre for International Affairs & Mr. Yu Ninomiya, Regional Liaison Officer in India.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two universities for collaborative activities relating to student & faculty exchange, joint research. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, SIU proposed setting up a joint "Symbiosis & J. F Oberlin Centre for Peace studies" offering courses in Conflict Resolution, Peace Building etc. which was immediately accepted by Dr. Satow.
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis & Executive Director Symbiosis Centre for International Education, Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU, Dr. M.S.Shejul, Registrar SIU, Deans of SIU Faculties, Directors & Heads of SIU institutes were present for the signing of MOU followed by an interaction.
Dr Ratna Paluri, Associate Professor at Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM) has bagged the Sandvik India Diversity Award in the Academia category for her exemplary work towards leading Project Asmi Team at SIOM.
The awards were announced on 7th March 2017 in a grand event at the Sherton Grand, Pune in the presence of Ms. Anu Aga, ex-Chairperson of Thermax Ltd. and Ms. Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya (first lady IPS officer and former DGP) apart from Mr. Parag Daspute, Managing Director, Sandvik India; Mr. Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network India ; Ms. Sara Larsson, Head Swedish Chamber of Commerce, India. Sandvik Asia hosted the Sandvik India Diversity Awards, 2017 along with UN Global Compact Network India. Read More
The award recognizes excellence and commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Eight individuals making a difference in the above areas were selected from the award process and their projects would be supported under the Sandvik Asia CSR banner. 180 applicants contested for eight awards under - Corporate, Corporate CSR Foundations, Social Enterprises, Non-Profits, SHGs, Academia, Government and Individual categories. There were three rounds, with the final round being a Jury round. 24 members were selected as finalists for the awards.
Project Asmi is being implemented at 9 ashram schools in rural Nashik with the objective to educate the girls on menstrual hygiene and safe menstrual practices so that they over come the taboos associated with it AND to design a supply chain for providing low cost sanitary napkins to the beneficiaries. Over 40 students have been involved in this activity since last year. The project has received primary funding from J&K bank, Dang Seva mandal and few individuals.