SRM University-AP Launches Aadigyan: To Promote India’s Cultural Knowledge Tradition

Andhra Pradesh, India (NewsSee) Aadigyan, the flagship initiative of the Office of International Relations and Graduate Studies of SRM-AP University, was launched at a grand ceremony held at the auditorium in mode hybrid on February 26, 2022. Chief Guest Shri G Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North East Region of India, shared the message that it is encouraging to launch Aadigyan, which marks the beginning of the sharing of Indian values, culture, heritage and art globally. “I wish Aadigyan great success and congratulate SRM-AP University for providing this wonderful opportunity to the world,” he added. Prof. VS Rao, Vice Chancellor, launched Aadigyan’s promotional video and remarked that Aadigyan aims to mainstream education in the art and culture of India. Dr. Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director – International Relations and Graduate Studies, introduced the partner institutions – ISKCON; The art of living; The Temple Dance; Nrityanjali; Isha Foundation; Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation, Brahma Kumaris; and Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad. Presentation of the Samskriti project to students of SRM AP, Smt. Radhe Jaggi from the Isha Foundation emphasized the need to nurture, preserve and exhibit the majesty of traditional Indian arts when these art forms are practiced as a hobby. As an SRM alumnus, Shri Radheshyam Das, Founding Director of VOICE (Vedic Oasis for Inspiration Culture and Education) and President of ISKCON, Pune, appreciated SRM AP’s efforts to human-orient education rather than money. “Dance goes beyond the realm of physical reality. Indian dance forms are widely used for therapeutic purposes,” said Prateeksha Kashi, an Indian dancer and actress from Kuchipudi. Smt. Himansee Katragadda, Founder – The Temple Dance, further shared her happiness in offering Kuchipudi dance lessons to SRM AP students. Smt. BK Shivani, famous motivational speaker and spiritual teacher of Brahma Kumaris has elucidated the necessity of living in the basic equations of life. Brahma Kumaris will be offering classes on values ​​education and holistic health as part of Aadigyan. “Let us not forget the identity and dignity of our own culture and traditions,” said Dr. Tushar Guha, Founder and Chairman of Nrityanjali Group, while expressing his pleasure in associating with SRM AP. “Diversity is the basis of existence and India celebrates diversity,” Shri added. Rajeev Nambiar, Director – Institutional Programs/National Teacher Coordination, The Art of Living. Other special guests who graced the virtual ceremony with their inspiring words included Dr. Rewant Vikram Singh, Diplomat – High Commission of India, Sri Lanka; Ms. Goli Gabby, health and wellness coach and educator; Swami Bodhamayananda, RK Mathematics; and Mrs. Jennifer Mawulolo Ami Ametewee First Secretary – High Commission for Commerce, Tourism and Culture of India, Ghana. The event witnessed several cultural performances by the students of SRM-AP University. Ms. Revathi Balakrishnan, Deputy Director of Student Affairs, thanked all the distinguished guests and audience who joined Aadigyan’s virtual inaugural ceremony. Image 1: Special guests from partner institutions Image 2: Prof. VS Rao, vice-chancellor; Dr. K Mohan, Director – ITKM and Corporate Communications; Dr. R Premkumar, Registrar; Teacher. Sudhindra Nath Panda, Dean – Faculty and Academic Affairs; Teacher. BV Babu, Dean – School of Engineering and Science; Dr Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director – International Relations and Graduate Studies PWR PWR

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