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World University of Design presents Contemporary Practice of Traditional Craft MASK MAKING Workshop under Faculty Development Program by Prof. Sumit Sarkar from July 4th to 8th, 2022 at WUD Campus

A brief introduction about Mask Making Workshop was introduced by Visual Artist and Assistant Prof Sumit Sarkar along with Layout making and Guidance to all faculties, and brainstorming activities were performed with 20 participants including students

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The Workshop was inaugurated in the presence of Dean Academics-WUD, Prof NEENA ZUTSHI along with Dean-School of Visual Art, Prof Rajan Sripad Fulari further the workshop has been attended by esteemed faculties – Prof. Shaleen Sharma (Dean-School of Architecture), Prof Sanmitra Chitte (Dean-School of Business), Prof Devendra Kharb (Dean-School of Fashion) along with participating faculty members and many more students.

A brief introduction about Mask Making Workshop was introduced by Visual Artist and Assistant Prof Sumit Sarkar along with Layout making and Guidance to all faculties, and brainstorming activities were performed with 20 participants including students.

About Mask : People have incorporated Tribal Masks into their cultural ceremonies, rituals and celebrations. Some Indian and World-famous Mask- Assamese Mask, Chhau Mask, Himachali and Karnataka Metal Mask, African Mask, SriLankan Mask, Kuba Mask, Hannya Mask. Each of these creations is designed according to the particular traditions of their region. The mask was worn by men in exuberant dances strided slowly and with dignity. Accompanied by music and songs, gestures and rhythms were determined by the type and purpose of the masquerade. Some masks were intended to shock or horrify, others to astonish or to make audience’s laugh. Even the most mystifying mask as we know now had a meaning or a message to convey. A thorough knowledge of the role played by masks in the life of peoples past and present need not diminish our appreciation of them as works of art.

Artist’s View His work reveals his state of mind that focuses on the consternation and stress which help him in composition to establish layers of imagination, blended with reality, also the things around, teach him something new in many ways such as one can observe as traditional mask, puppets, Hindu deities’ character and their facial expression, etc. very clearly in his mask project.

These masks help him learn how to express oneself in front of others without any hesitation, although Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore quotes – Sohoj Kotha Jaye Na Bola Sohoj Bhabe “Easy words are not expressed easily”, which we can relate in today’s world, but these puppets very simply go against these thoughts and present themselves without any fear.

About the Resource Person: Sumit Sarkar is a Visual Artist, who is working with a multidisciplinary approach.  He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at School of Visual Art, World University of Design. He has completed his M.V.A in Painting, from Visva – Bharati University in Santiniketan and B.V.A in painting from Indian college of art and draftsman, Kolkata.

Sumit is a prolific painter, along with five years of experience as mediums exploring contemporary objects and material. He participated in various National and International Art Projects. His exhibitions took place in Glasgow/ Scotland, Busan /South Korea, UNESCOAND MEADOWS, Italy. Art Expo /Thailand, Dubai, Beijing / China, Dhaka /Bangladesh Biennale. He attended Beijing (2017), Bangladesh (2016) and South Korea (2020) Art Biennale, and there he represented Indian culture and contemporary Indian art through his paintings. He got 2nd Prize (silver) in the practitioner category at the Art exchange program, Thailand. He was also awarded Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Award, Delhi and the Bombay art Society, Late. Sanjay Haridas Jagdale Award for Best Entry, Mumbai. Camel Art Foundation, Kolkata, and Ministry of Culture [NHRD], scholarship to young artists in the painting category. He possesses vast experience in the field of visual arts in the context of representing, camps, Mural Art, stage crafts, Art workshops. He always prefers a versatile personality and also specializes in special mediums. He believes … “and many more miles to go before I sleep”.

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Innovative Ideas and Breakthroughs from NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering

The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences

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The Civil Engineering department of NMIMS MPSTME has been making significant strides in the field of disaster management, flood resilience, and sustainable infrastructure. The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences, and completed several student-led projects on topics such as renewable energy, groundwater modelling, and self-healing concrete.

The first patent, ‘Automated Flood Water Regulating Multipurpose System,’ proposes a novel approach to flood resilience by constructing multipurpose wells on the banks of rivers to discharge excess water and generate hydropower. The second patent, ‘Aqua Barrier,’ is an automated mechanism that can protect any flood-prone area, regardless of its size, from any disasters caused due to water.

The student-led projects are equally impressive, with topics ranging from low-volume rural concrete roads to oscillating tidal wave energy converters. These projects showcase the department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and innovative design.

The faculty at NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department, led by Head, Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar and Research coordinator, Dr. Jigisha Vashi, played a vital role in guiding and mentoring students toward research excellence. Their expertise and guidance have enabled students to participate and win awards in prestigious competitions such as the CDRI’s ‘Imagining Disaster Resilient Structures’ and The University of Queensland’s ‘Engineering Design Challenge, and AAKAR at IIT Bombay.’

The department’s success is further evidenced by the achievements of its students in national and international conferences. Students presented their research papers in Scopus Indexed papers and conferences such as the 9th Indian Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference and the Eighth Indian Young Geotechnical Conference.

Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department, MPSTME, NMIMS, said,  “The achievements of the NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department demonstrate its commitment to developing innovative solutions for complex problems in the field of civil engineering. The department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, disaster resilience, and renewable energy is essential for addressing the challenges faced by society today. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both students and faculty and their commitment to excellence.”

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Embark on a Journey of Scientific Empowerment with NMIMS School of Science’s Innovative Programs!

The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country

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SVKM’s NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) has officially announced the commencement of the admissions process for its Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs. The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country.

Aspiring students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of science can now apply for various undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs offered by SDSOS. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs are available in Applied Psychology, Biomedical Science, and Animation and VFX, while the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs are offered in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Applied Psychology, and Physiotherapy. The school also offers Ph.D. program in Science with various disciplines such as Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.

With a focus on creating industry-ready and research-savvy graduates, SDSOS has been at the forefront of imparting cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills through constantly evolving curriculums and state-of-the-art facilities and is situated in the heart of Mumbai.

Dr. Purvi Bhatt, I/C Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science, said, “The school provides a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. Our interdisciplinary approach to education prepares students for successful careers in science and beyond, while our emphasis on co-curricular and extracurricular activities ensures their holistic development.”

The school has a student-centric environment that supports research in niche areas of Science & Technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and equipment to enhance students’ hands-on skills, and a library facility that is constantly updated with the latest information. The labs at SDSOS provide modernised infrastructure and the latest equipment such as the animal tissue culture lab and the wet labs at the department of Biological Sciences offer cutting-edge technology to mould students into scientists.

School of Science offers a wide range of opportunities for students to explore their talents and interests, as well as gain valuable practical experience. The events and activities mentioned, such as Excalibur, National Science Day, Open day, Guest talks, Book Talk, Sports Day, Psych Film Fest, and club activities like photography and art, these programs provide a platform for students to demonstrate their abilities and gain insights from their peers.

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The Future of Architecture Takes Center Stage at NMIMS BSSA

Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe

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NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture was excited to host Open Studio 2022-23 program by the renowned architectural theorist and digital design expert, Neil Leach, on 28th March 2023 and the title was, “Tell me that AI ain’t scary”

Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe. Leach has published over 40 books on architectural theory and digital design, including “Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects” and “The AI Design Revolution: How AI Will Transform Architecture.”

In the lecture, Leach highlighted the potential threat that artificial intelligence (AI) poses to the field of architecture. With the recent launch of GPT4 and the growing capabilities of AI, there is concern among architects that their jobs may be at risk. Leach provided an informed overview of the current state of AI and its potential impact on the architecture profession.

“We are very happy and proud to host Professor Neil Leach at the school. As a leading school of architecture, we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of design. Our Open Studio program and public lectures, and talks by experts like Neil Leach, play a critical role in this mission by enabling students to learn from distinguished scholars and practitioners and engage with cutting-edge ideas and technologies. We are excited to continue providing these opportunities and look forward to seeing the impact they will have on the future of architecture and design,” said, BSSA Dean, Dr. Kaiwan Mehta. As the field of architecture continues to evolve, it is essential to stay informed about emerging technologies and their potential impact on the profession. NMIMS BSSA School enables students to learn from experts and engage with pressing issues in architecture and design. By inviting renowned scholars and practitioners like Neil Leach to share their insights and expertise, the school provides a valuable opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the field.

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