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Path Ahead 2024-25

Exploring the Interdisciplinary approach: A session on BA (PPE) program by Azim Premji University

On May 2nd, 2024, an interactive session was held for Class XII students, focusing on the BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program offered by Azim Premji University. Representatives from the university led the session, aiming to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary nature of the program.

The session commenced with a thought experiment titled "Three Mouths to Feed." Through a story, the facilitator contextualized social issues, culminating in a dilemma for the students to contemplate. Encouraged to engage in discussion and brainstorming, participants explored potential solutions, touching upon concepts of Equality, Equity, and various ideological perspectives such as egalitarianism and libertarianism. This exercise underscored the interconnectedness of social problems in today's world.

Following this thought-provoking discussion, the session transitioned to an overview of the BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program structure. Students were presented with a year-wise breakdown of the four-year curriculum, along with information on Major and Minor combinations tailored to individual career aspirations and interests. The session concluded with a Q&A segment, allowing students to seek further clarification on the program and related topics.

Path Ahead Session I: Navigating the Path Ahead

The first Open House Interaction on Navigating the Path Ahead was held by the University Admissions Team of Shikshantar School. The session for parents of Class XII took place on Thursday, 9th May 2024 with the focus on discussing the roles of both parents and the school in preparing their children for the future. A similar session for Class XII children was facilitated on Thursday, 13th May 2024. The session for students introduced them to the upcoming processes and planning required for this year's admission process. Interactions with both the groups provided an opportunity to the participants to build an understanding of the stages and procedures involved in the college admission process.

Writing an Effective Personal Essay: A Session Conducted by Ashoka University

Shikshantar School, Gurugram organised a session for its grade XII students on 18th April 2024 with the objective to help them to better manoeuvre their college application processes. Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana was called upon to conduct the same. This hour-long session focused on making students aware of the purpose and role of writing an effective personal essay as part of their university admission process.

The university representative began with discussing the various criteria that are taken into consideration for granting admission to their university; some of which were, their grade XII predicted scores, SAT / ACT scores (optional), a Statement of Purpose, a Personal Essay and an Interview. Further, key differences between an SoP and a personal essay were brought out.

The concept of liberal education as a pedagogy was discussed, familiarising the audience with the opportunity to choose and change their major and minor in a subject until third semester in a four year course at the university. The interdisciplinary nature of the selection of subjects was discussed at length with suitable real-life student cases from the university, like opting a major in Biology and a minor in philosophy.

In the last leg of the session, students’ queries were addressed. The session gave the students an aptly needed nudge in the direction of their application process and culminated with clarifying their numerous doubts about the same.

DESIGN & DREAMS 2024: A Session with Shikshantar’s Alumni

Design and Dreams 2024 was an inspiring event that took place on April 6th, 2024, bringing together students, parents, and educators to explore the world of design. The event featured a lineup of speakers who shared their personal journeys and experiences in the field of design, offering valuable insights and advice to aspiring designers.

Sarthak Kanchan, a dual degree student in Industrial Design from IDC (Industrial Design Centre), IIT Powai, Mumbai, shared his passion for solving real-world problems through design. He talked about his projects, such as redesigning a 'loofah' and creating an energy-efficient 'bus stop/shelter,' showcasing the practical applications of design in everyday life.

Palak Dhawan, a 3rd-year student of Fashion Communication at NIFT Delhi, wowed the audience with her creative skills in illustration and graphic design. She shared her projects, including a children’s book and a Devnagri typeface design, highlighting the artistic aspect of design education.

Abir Bahl, a 2nd-year student of Interior Architecture at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, shared his journey of discovering his true passion. Starting with a culinary course, Abir found his calling in Interior Architecture, emphasising the importance of following one's heart in choosing a career path.

Devika Singh Bisht, a 3rd-year student of Knitwear Design at NIFT Delhi, discussed the intricacies of knitwear, particularly intimate apparel. Her dedication to her craft and technical expertise were evident, showing the depth of learning offered by her course.

The speakers also provided valuable insights into the admission process and how to prepare for it, helping aspiring designers navigate the challenges of applying to design schools. They shared examples of their assignments and projects, giving the audience a glimpse into the creative and intellectual rigour of design education.

Overall, Design and Dreams 2024 was a thought-provoking event that left attendees inspired and motivated to pursue their passion for design. The speakers' stories of perseverance, creativity, and innovation served as a reminder of the transformative power of design in shaping a better future.