AnantU students celebrated Janmashtami at the varsity campus. The first event of the new academic year comprised cultural performances, including dance, singing, quiz contest and games themed on mythology. Students got to unwind to DJ, led the evening aarti, adorned the reception area with flowers, installed Krishna’s idol, performed rituals and celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna at night, followed by interactions among peers.
AnantU community members marked 75 years of independence with members of Sanskardham at the Vandana Hall. The event started with a flag hoisting in the presence of students, staff, faculty and government dignitaries and concluded with cultural performances. AnantU students paid homage to the country through their dance performances and enthralled the audience.
The first reunion of the Anant Fellows was held recently at the AnantU campus. Fellows from all five cohorts participated and shared moments of joy with their peers and faculty members. Coming from different walks of life, the alums of Anant Fellowship represent fields of architecture, law, development sector, education, research, urban planning and more. Themed on ‘Connecting the Dots’, the interactions revolved around their experiences and how the Anant Fellowship has helped them be better professionals and practitioners.
As part of the summer workshop on ‘Pluralities in Visual Culture’, students set up various installations to demonstrate learning about different facets of visual communication. The university also conducted exhibitions on other summer school courses where students showcased their work. These courses included making paper, products and three-dimensional forms from recycled waste, modelmaking, printmaking, cartoons and caricatures, drawing and painting, among others.
AnantU community members attended the Vadnagar Internation Conference between 18-20 May 2022. Anant National University was the university partner of the Vadnagar International Conference, organised by the Government of Gujarat in association with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. UNESCO Chair at AnantU was the conference’s event partner. Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development and Director, ICICL, Anant National University, delivered the keynote speech at the Vadnagar International Conference.
AnantU faculty members and students presented posters at the conference. All the dignitaries, including Chief Minister, Government of Gujarat, Bhupendrabhai Patel; Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for Culture; Eric Falt, UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, remained present during the presentation. On the last day of the conference, the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, Sports, Youth & Culture Activities Department, Government of Gujarat (Directorate) and Anant National University entered into an MoU that aims at facilitating cooperation in research, projects and International Technical Advisory.
Chairman of Piramal Group Mr Ajay Piramal, a leading industrialist, a philanthropist and the President of Anant National University, visited the varsity campus on 5th May 2022. During his visit, Mr Piramal witnessed the works of AnantU faculty members and staff put up as part of the exhibition. He also launched the Digital Institute Repository at the Learning Commons during his visit to AnantU. Mr Piramal along with Provost Dr Anunaya Chaubey and other senior leaders, toured the AnantU campus. The day concluded with AnantU students and faculty members interacting with Mr Ajay Piramal.
Hasmukh Adhia, former Union Finance Secretary and Revenue Secretary, Government of India, delivered the first on-campus guest lecture post reopening of the university on 1st October 2021. As part of his lecture on ‘Essential Mantras for Success in Life’, Mr Adhia shared seven lessons to live by that will guarantee success. He discussed the importance of fixing goals, acknowledging results, working towards excellence, punctuality and the ability to manage. In addition, Mr Adhia also toured around the university campus, interacted with faculty members and dignitaries.
The university organised the joint Convocation Ceremony to celebrate the academic excellence of the graduating class 2020 and 2021 on 4th October 2021. More than 300 students from the School of Architecture, School of Design, Anant Fellowship and Anant Fellowship for Climate Action were conferred degrees. India’s first Pritzker Prize Laureate B V Doshi, an inspiration for young solutionaries, joined us virtually and delivered the keynote speech. Friends, family and well-wishers joined us through live streaming on our YouTube channel.
AnantU recently celebrated the Club Fair – a vibrant evening comprising engaging and fun activities. Nearly 10 clubs and three communities showcased their work and opened their doors for membership. Approximately 400 people participated in the fair. In addition, the Change Makers Club in collaboration with the Music Club, Dance Club, Drama Club and the Printmaking Club organised the Drum Circle-a team-building exercise for the AnantU community members.
The university, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Architects, Ahmedabad Chapter, hosted the Ahmedabad Collective Exhibition in December at the varsity campus. University leaders, members of IIA, architects, budding professionals, students, faculty members and other dignitaries attended the event. The exhibit comprised 19 projects of the famed Ahmedabad-based architects, including B V Doshi, Rajeev Kathpalia, Bimal Patel, Hiren Patel, Gurjit Singh Matharoo, Tarun Patel, Parul Zaveri, Surya Kakani and many others. As part of the inaugural ceremony, the university organised a panel discussion comprising Architects Parul Zaveri, Surya Kakani and Snehal Nagarsheth on the topic, ‘(Re) Connecting to the Roots – A Retrospective Journey of the city, Ahmedabad’. Through this event and the exhibition, the university aims at bringing forth the role of architecture in academia and the professional world.
Office of student services conducted Shutter Up, a content creation competition to commemorate the successful opening of the AnantU campus. The contest encouraged our students to create content that showcased the liveliness of the campus. It also gave a glimpse into the lives of our students, facilities, creative community and university engagements.
The Dance Club celebrates the performing arts of dance and encourages students to participate in inter-college dance events. The Dance Club is an integral part of all cultural fests and spearheads ‘Navratri’ celebration at the University, which organises garba workshops prior to the celebration.
The Music Club aspires to cultivate an interest in various genres of music such as Western classical, Hindustani, Carnatic, Hip-hop, Jazz, Pop and several others. The club conducts workshops on music and invites students to explore their talent in cultural celebrations, college fests, events and other activities.
‘ANURAAHI’, the travel club, plans trips and activities for AnantU students, that are both recreational and engaging. Club members visit historical places, seminars, conferences and exhibitions related to design and architecture.
The sports club provides a range of opportunities for students to engage in team sports and activities related to physical wellbeing. The club conducts interactive tournaments and aspires to inculcate qualities of sportsmanship, team spirit and develop life-long bonds amongst club members.
The drama club provides an opportunity for students to learn aspects of theatre. Activities include workshops such as ‘Theatre acting workshop’ and ‘Character building workshop’ as well as live performances. Club members regularly participate in AnantU’s annual festival ‘Anushthan’.
The Wall Street club helps students become familiar with the basics of financial knowledge. The club hosts various talks from knowledgeable businessmen to facilitate this purpose.
The Cooking Club communicates the importance of healthy and balanced diet among the university’s staff and student fraternity. Club members explore and display their culinary talent at various intra-college events and also organises cooking workshops and community cooking activities to spread the love of food.