Classroom & Beyond at School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi
'Vidyamritam' - Lecture Series
The annual extramural series ‘Vidyamritam’ has become popular with its holistic approach for knowledge dissemination through Invited Lectures, Workshops and Conferences.
During the Ninth Vidyamritam series, more than 50 lectures and Amrita Film Festivals and many National Conferences and Workshops were conducted. Conferences and Workshops are being organised in Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Finance and Stock Exchange, FDI, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, Visual Media and Arts, Video Production, Advertising, Film and Documentary.
'Kalamritam' - The cultural fiesta
School conducts a popular annual cultural fiesta ‘Kalamritam’ spanning three days focused mainly in Indian culture, arts and music. Our students have participated in the South Zone Inter University Youth Fesival and won prizes.
Samskriti - a Cultural Group
The students of UG and PG batches are regularly being enlightened by a series of lectures on Indian values and culture.They are trained to the realms of higher reality in life which should be equally focused along with education. A group named Samskriti started at the campus on 9th September 2009. About 200 students from both UG and PG batches constitutes the core group of Samskriti volunteers.
The group aims at practising ethical values and serving the fellow beings inspired by teachings from all Mahatmas like Amma. Selected students from the group were trained in Amritapuri to learn self- help activities like recycling waste, doll making, fancy item making, stiching and embroidery etc. Money they received from these products are being used purely for helping the orphan children at Amma’s Tribal Orphanage at Parippaly, Matruchaya and visit other places like Goshala, Cancer centres, Pain and Palliative Care Centres etc. Students do this during their spare time.
‘Kayikamritam’ - Annual Sports Day
The Annual Sports Day is being conducted during March - April. Indoor and Outdoor games such as Cricket, Badminton, Chess, Caroms, Throw Ball, Race, Sack Race etc. are the major events. Staff also participates in various events.
Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) - Practice of yoga & meditation
Every year the new students and staff members are imparted to Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) Technique. The classes are taken by a team of five staff members along with the Director who had taken an intensive Two Day Instructors Training Camp at Amritapuri.
SPIC MACAY Activities
Activities of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY), aimed at promoting the rich Indian Heritage and Culture took roots in the campus. Prominent Programmes on Kathakali, Saraswati Veena and Manipuri Dance were conducted. The Kathakali lecture demonstration was vibrant with the performance by a galaxy of renowned artists. They were led by the veterans Sri. Kalamandalam Kuttan Asan and Sri. Appukkuttan Master. Lecture demo on Veena was conducted by the eminent Veena maestro Smt. Jayanti Kumaresan from Bangalore. Padma Shri Darshana Jhaveri led the Manipuri dance demo. Many more programmes are on the anvil in the next academic year.
Onam is being celebrated in the traditional way every year. Epic characters such as Mahabali, Vamanan, Mahavishnu, Mahalakshmi, Hanuman, Siva, Parvathi, etc. is being enacted by the students in a procession that goes in and around the campus. A grand Onam Sadya is being served. Pookala Matsaram (Floral Decoration Contest), Thiruvathira Kali, Vadam Vali (Tug of War), Musical Chair, etc. is also organized.
Teachers Day Celebrations
Tribute to the teachers was rendered during the Teachers Day. The students presented stage programme with audio visual presentations filled with emotional fervor, depicting the holistic services rendered by the teachers. The students also presented mementos to their revered teachers as tokens of their love and gratitude.