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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

News from NIPT | Induction program

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy organised an Induction program for the students of MPT on 9th September 2021 at the Institute premises. Prof (Dr) Dhanesh Kumar KU, Principal, NIPT briefed students about the MPT program, rules and regulations, the pattern of examination and COVID guidelines for the district.

Dr. Purusotham Chippala, the Professor, discussed the curriculum, timetable and guidelines to be followed during clinical postings. An orientation kit was distributed to each student which consisted of the work diary, syllabus, timetable and clinical posting roster. The session ended with students introducing themselves.

Ms Aishwarya Nair represented Dr Saumya Srivastava as class coordinator in her absence.

News from NIPT | International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was celebrated on 8th September 2021 at the Institute premises. The Chief Guest for the event, Dr Pavan Kumar, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, KSHEMA shared his views on how the pandemic has disrupted the literacy level of individuals. The use of digital applications during the pandemic has magnified the pre-existing inequalities in accessing learning opportunities and there is an urgent need to find a human-centered solution and narrow this digital divide, he said.

Prof (Dr) Dhanesh Kumar K U, Principal, NIPT welcomed the gathering. Ms Shellette D’Almeida, Asst Professor and Coordinator of the event proposed the vote of thanks. The program was compered by Ms Anugraha Ann Clements, III BPT.

A debate competition was also held on the theme ‘Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide' as a part of the celebration. First place was won by students of II MPT and second place by students of IV BPT.

News from NIPT | World Physiotherapy Day

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy (NIPT) celebrated World Physiotherapy Day on 8th September 2021 with a total of 3 events and a Karunya donation. The day began with a virtual discussion on the theme ‘Long COVID and Rehabilitation’ at 9:15 am. Dr Dhanesh Kumar K U, Principal, NIPT welcomed the gathering. Prof (Dr) Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU in his opening remarks stressed the significance of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in COVID-19.

NIPT alumni Prof (Dr) Bipin Puneeth J, Principal, Florence College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore and Prof (Dr) Tarpan Shah, Principal, Shree Swaminarayan College of Physiotherapy delivered the keynote address emphasizing the modes of Physiotherapy Practice Guidelines and Protocols in COVID-19. A total of 60 students participated in the event.

A video and booklet on ‘Physiotherapy for post COVID-19’ was released by Prof (Dr) M S Moodithaya, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU. An E-poster competition on ‘Long COVID and Rehabilitation’ was organised and judged by Dr Bipin Puneeth J and Dr Tarpan Shah. Ms Shellete D’Almeida, Assistant Professor NIPT, was the coordinator for the event.

The Karunya unit of NIPT donated grocery kits to daily wage earners and their families during the pandemic. Principal, Dr Dhanesh Kumar K U, Dr Purusotham Chippala and a representative from the Nivedita Balaga, were present at the event.

News from NUINS | Teacher’s Day Celebration

On 6th September 2021, Teacher’s Day Celebration was organized by the SNA Council members (2021-22) under the guidance of SNA President Prof. Dr. Fatima Dsilva & SNA Advisor Mrs. Melba Drago.

The program commenced at 10 a.m through virtual mode via Google meet platform with a brief introduction and welcome by the MC, Ms. Jesia Mariam Koshy followed by invocation of God’s blessings and virtual lighting of the lamp by Ms. Roshna Roy & team. The official welcome address was given by Ms. Sandramol N K. A melodious song dedicated to the teachers of NUINS was rendered by Ms. Roshna and team. A video clipping paying tribute to teachers was presented by Mr. Savio Jose which made the teachers feel nostalgic, happy and emotional.

The SNA President and Principal of NUINS, Prof. Dr. Fatima D’silva addressed the gathering. She wished all the teachers on the occasion and appreciated their hard work & the efficiency of SNA Council members for organizing this function. She emphasized on the special bond a student and teacher has to build, which both should always honor and appreciate. She advised the students to respect and appreciate the teachers. She also reminded the teachers to value each student’s uniqueness and pave the way for their bright future.

A beautiful and graceful dance was performed by Ms. Aleena John and Ms. Aleena Jojy. Exciting and fun-filled virtual games were conducted exclusively for the teachers by Ms Esther Nzanrhoni, Ms. Livya Abraham & Ms. Anagha Thomas.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Oomen John Ashna.

Monday, 13 September 2021

News from NIA | Summer School 2020-21 Roundtable held on 24th August 2021.

The Summer School 2020-21 was designed as a digital masterclass with eminent architects and design thinkers, from India and abroad. The aim was to nurture creative and intellectual independence to help students advance authentically inspired design and research. Students immersed in exploring, experimenting, designing, and creative thinking, through a series of online sessions under two themes: Theoretical Thinking and Sustainability.

To mark the end of this year’s summer school, a concluding session was organised as a Virtual Roundtable discussion on the theme ‘Architecture: The Wicked Problem’ with the Masterclass mentors Chitra Vishwanath, Shubhra Raje, Peter Rich and Kevin Mark Low as panelists on 24th August 2021 at 5 PM.

The event was moderated by Prof. Sonal Mithal.

News from NIA | Summer School 2020-21 Theoretical Thinking Master Class by Ar. Kevin Mark Low from 20th to 24th August 2021

The summer school titled “Theoretical Thinking Master Class” by Ar. Kevin Mark Low was conducted from 20th to 24th August 2021 in online mode. It was facilitated by Ar. Nikhil Shah, Ar. Jacob Thomas, Mr. Anil Devadiga and Ar. Poonam Balur.

Kevin Mark Low emphasizes on the importance of critically engaging with the greatest works of architecture, in order to understand their functionality rather than just their aesthetic qualities. He recalls the intent of his master class to demystify works of master architects and help students understand what makes an architectural project, iconic.

The workshop critically looked at decolonizing one’s being and departing from the monocultures of the mind in the design thinking process. It reflected upon the multiplicity of contexts beyond just physical, making it an all-encompassing category of inquiry comprising of social, political, environmental, geographical, economic, cultural and ecological. The idea of moving beyond the anthropocentric paradigms was particularly a key way of approaching the design processes at a systemic level. Questioning the historically significant, over-glorified and celebrated works at the most fundamental level is critical to be able to inform all of one’s understanding and actions within the design praxis. This engagement certainly instilled a sense of fearlessness, power and humility in all, making the quest for becoming a lifelong learner even more palpable.

Kevin Mark Low is an architect by training and lives in the monsoon tropics. Raised in Southeast Asia, he spent nine years in the United States before returning to Malaysia with a bachelor's and master's degree in Architecture with minors in Art History. Drawing from graduate and postgraduate degrees in architecture and art history from the United States, and ten years of corporate experience at GDP Architects in Malaysia, Kevin established small projects in 2002 and has worked alone since, engaged with finding design solutions that address necessity, relevance and the specificity of context for projects big and small, ranging from mailboxes and park toilets to office buildings and affordable housing. He teaches and lectures internationally, and his work and writing have been published regionally and in the United States, Japan and Europe.

News from NIA | Summer School 2020-21 Drawing (Out) a place – Masterclass by Shubhra Raje from 18th to 21st August 2021.

The goal of the workshop was to expand conventional understanding of buildings and their components, by altering associations with them through the way one engages drawings. Through this process, one will look at questions as students and practitioners but are unable or unwilling to engage with - Where do ideas come from? What does it mean to be creative? What is the act of design? And where does an architectural project reside?

The workshop started with the story telling and illustrating exercise. The next exercise was with the Social institutions of the city that one has experienced. One only thinks of the large and the iconic, and never of the local centres. These institutions typically have people spending a lot of time waiting. The workshop explores the sensibility of the waiting area of the Municipal Centre.

Shubhra Raje is deeply involved in civic, educational and cultural affairs in both Ahmedabad and the Denver metro area, investigating the role of cultural and community institutions as the ‘new public spaces’. She has coordinated various workshops across India and the USA that encourages young designers to actively participate in issues of social justice and cultural inheritance. Her “ReFresh Workshop” series with Colorado based theatre-maker Mare Travethan explores the built environment through the culture of play.

News from Kshema | International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The Department of Psychiatry, KSHEMA along with the Student Wing of the Nitte Bioethics Steering Committee, National Service Scheme KSHEMA unit and Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences observed “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” on 26th June 2021. The theme was “Share Facts on Drugs and Save Lives”.

In this regard the Department has held programs to promote awareness on drug abuse among students of the constituent colleges of Nitte (Deemed to be University). A series of webinars was conducted for students of BSc Anesthesia & Operation Theatre Technology, BSc Medical Imaging Technology, BSc Medical Laboratory Technology, BSc Respiratory Therapy and BSc Nursing.

An E-poster competition was conducted for all students of Nitte (Deemed to be University). Awareness programs were conducted at the Karnataka State Reserve Police Camp for the children of KSRP officials.

Dr Shrinivasa Bhat U, HoD, Psychiatry, Dr Shishir Kumar, Dr Jonathan, Ms Agneita Aimon, Ms Suman Pinto were the resource persons.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

News from NIPT | Virtual Orientation Program

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy conducted a ‘Virtual Orientation Program’ for the Masters students on September 1st, 2021.

Dr Pravin Aaron, Principal, Padmashree Institute of Physiotherapy, Bangalore & Chairman, Physiotherapy Board of Studies - RGUHS addressed the new students about the importance of ethics, principles and good conduct in life.

Prof (Dr) Dhanesh Kumar KU, Principal, welcomed the students and Dr. Purusotham Chippala, Professor NIPT addressed them. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Saumya Srivastava, Associate Professor, NIPT.

Dr Saumya Srivastava also introduced all the teaching faculty to students. Dr Rashmitha A P explained the rules, regulations and code of conduct of the college; Ms Yogita Hathmode, discussed the subjects and timetable and Ms Aishwarya Nair explained the examination pattern and dissertation procedure.

The program concluded with a vibrant Question-and-Answer session.

News from NIPT | Guest lecture for teaching faculty on ‘Technical Difficulties in Teaching Learning’

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy organized a guest lecture for teaching faculty on ‘Technical Difficulties in Teaching Learning’ in association with Padmashree Institute of Physiotherapy, Bangalore on 1st September 2021.

Dr Saumya Srivastava, IQAC coordinator, welcomed the resource person Dr Pravin Aaron, Principal, Padmashree Institute of Physiotherapy. The session comprised of tips on making attractive PowerPoint presentations, explanations on how and when to have remote access on desktop, and dealing with technical glitches on Google Meet and Zoom.

The participants found the session interactive and fruitful.

Prof (Dr) Dhanesh Kumar K U, Principal, NIPT presented a memento to the Speaker.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

News from NIPT | COVID Sensitization Program conducted on 03-09-2021

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy organized a ‘COVID Sensitization Program’ on 3rd September 2021 to spread awareness about the guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19. 

Ms Priyanka Nayak, the Institute's Nodal Officer addressed students on COVID protocols. She demonstrated appropriate and inappropriate methods of wearing masks, techniques of handwashing and sanitization. Students were also advised to avoid interstate travel. 

The gathering included Principal, Dr Dhanesh Kumar KU, Prof
 Purushottam Chippala, Members of the NIPT Covid Task Force and Members of the Students Council. The session ended up with students taking a pledge that they
will follow all COVID protocols.