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Report on 3-Days Orientation Programme 28/07/2014 To 30/07/2014

On the admission of fresh UG, PG and Ph.D. Scholars, a three-day Orientation Program (28-30 July, 2014) was organized under the recently launched Student-Student Mentorship Program (SSMP). SSMP is a mentorship programme by senior students for the fresh UG students and has been started from the session 2014-2015 under the able guidance of Prof. I K Bhat, Director, Prof. Rohit Goyal, Dean Planning & Development, MNIT Jaipur and other respected dignitaries.
On the first day of the program, an 2 and half hour orientation programme was organized for the institute freshmen to introduce them to the various officials and to appraise them to Institute rules, regulations, facilities and procedures etc. This programme received an overwhelming response from both students and parents. It took place at Ashoka Vatika, MNIT Jaipur, where a temporary structure was created for this purpose.
The evening began with welcoming of every fresh student with traditional tilak and sweets, arrival of dignitaries, and illuminating lamp lighting ceremony by Director Sir and other respected dignitaries. Dr. Putul Haldar then welcomed the gathering. Following this, Dr. C. P. Sharma, Dean, Academic Affairs, addressed the audience and talked about the Academic Structure of the Institute. To throw light on the Undergraduate Programs and grading systems, a presentation was given by Dr. Lava Bhargava, Associate Dean, U.G. Succeeding this, Prof. D. Boolchandani, Associate Dean, P.G. extended the horizon of the presentation to the postgraduate programs as well.
To enlighten the students about the miscellaneous affairs of the institute, namely, student welfare, maintenance of discipline and decorum, creative arts, numerous scholarships for the deserving students, ragging, medical claim etc., Prof. Dilip Sharma, Coordinator, Creative Art and Alumni Affairs, was called upon stage. Next, to broaden the landscape about the sports curriculum, Dr. G.D. Agrawal, Associate Dean, Sports, gave an inspiring presentation. Dr. S.D. Bharti, Chief Warden, then shared how he envisions the life at MNIT Hostels and introduced the listeners to the various facilities of mess, canteen, transport etc.
A detailed presentation about the Central Library facilities and future proposals regarding the same was given by Dr. Deep Singh, Librarian, Central Library. Dr. Rohit Goyal, Dean Planning and Development, was called upon to unfold the vision of the Student-Student Mentorship Program. The end of the sermon was marked by an influential speech by Prof. I. K. Bhat, Director, MNIT Jaipur. He enlightened the students about the institute ideals and ethics, expressed what he expected from them to be able to enrich and enhance their own self, the institute and the country.
A brief about the next day's schedule was given, followed by the conveyance of the Vote of Thanks by Dr. Sumit Khandelwal. Refreshments were then served to everyone.
The second day began in full swing with a vivid sunshine and an exotic morning which was astound to see the extraordinary participation by the beginners. SSMP saw an enormous crowd of novices eagerly waiting for their orientation to begin. The morning was to be followed by a campus visit, the poster making competition and auditions for the cultural event in the afternoon followed by a cultural evening.
The day began with the freshmen being taken for the campus visit at 8:00 am under the proper guidance of the SSMP team members. The campus visit included the design centre, the academic sections, the sports complex, the central lawn, the Ashok Vatika, the hostels, the guest houses, the director's office, the central library, the faculty residency, the temple and many more. The students were acquainted with the rich infrastructure and the facilities present in the institute. It was fascinating to see the active contribution by the juniors in these events.
The poster making competition started at 9:00 am with the theme 'Clean Society, Green Society' which saw a commendable participation by the juniors. Around 150 freshmen participated in the event. They were provided with sheets, colours and the necessary requirements for the competition. This was simultaneously accompanied by the auditions for the cultural event that was to take place on the next day. Auditions were taken by the seniors in the field of drama, dance, singing and instrumental. These auditions saw some really promising talents who would one day be great singers, actors or dancers and MNIT will surely help in sharpening their talents.
The evening began with the presentations by the various societies of MNIT. MNIT students were fortunate to have with them His Grace Shri Seshsa Dasa, Vice President, Akshay Patra, Jaipur who illuminated and moralized us with his enlightening words and values. Dr. Jyoti Joshi introduced the chief guest, which was followed by presentation by chief guest. Prof. Rohit Goyal gave vote of thanks at the end of the talk.
The evening was further made melodious by a singing performances. This was followed by a stunning dance performance and a drama on 'Life of a Disable child'. The drama was commended by a standing ovation by the crowd. What a proud moment for MNIT! The event ended with the screening of a short film 'A SMILE TO REMEMBER' by MNIT students which received huge applause. This followed refreshments and the schedule for the next day was provided. It was both a learning and an entertaining experience for the juniors as well as the seniors on the second day of the Orientation program.
The third day of the orientation began with the 'Clean Campus, Green Campus' drive. This day also coincided with Van Mahotsav. The day began with students cleaning the campus and planting trees. There were about 600 first year students along with SSMP team, which took part in these very noble tasks under the able guidance of Professor I K Bhat, Director, Prof. Rohit Goyal, Dr. G.D. Agarawal, Dr. Jyoti Joshi and other respected dignitaries.
The students were divided into 2 groups of 300 each in which one group was fore took the task of cleaning of the campus and the other group was assigned the task of plantation of the plants. Each group was further subdivided into 10 groups of 30 each. 20 spots were identified in the campus for cleaning and plantation. The subgroups were assigned the task of brooming, rag picking and removal of unwanted weeds. Director Sir himself taught the students the method of planting the plants. Under his guidance 450 plants were planted on that day in the campus. The aim of the Clean Campus, green Campus' drive was to make the freshmen aware about the necessity to preserve the environment and not to litter the roads. Proper safety precautions were also taken into consideration. Helpers and plantation experts were also present there to assist the students. Face masks and hand gloves were also provided to the students during the drive. Proper hand washing facility was also available for the students. After the Clean Campus, Green Campus' drive students were also provided with refreshments.
The evening began with cultural performance by the first year students and their seniors. On the second day of the orientation program an audition for the first year students was organized for the cultural performances. There were a total of 14 performances in which 10 were by the first year students. 2 skits titled 'Charnon main Swarg' and 'Parable of the Prodigal Son' were also performed by the freshmen which emphasized the fact that we should respect our parents. Students also witnessed multi-cultural performances.
There was a south Indian dance and the Nepali national song was also sung. Director Sir also sang a song on the request of the students. Dr. Putul Haldar of Civil Engineering Department also sang a Bengali song for the students.
Dr. Rohit Goyal, Dean, Planning and Development briefed the students about the SSMP- Student Student Mentorship Program. A presentation on SSMP was also presented. Later he called upon stage all the team members of the SSMP on stage to end the three day orientation program. Prof. I.K. Bhat and faculty members present were also requested to join on stage. A thumping applause was provided by the audience for the dedicated task taken up by SSMP organizers. The students were later provided refreshments and then bus facility was available to drop the students to their respective hostels.
With this the orientation program for the freshmen came to an end.

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