School of Liberal Arts
Formal inauguration on 17th August, 2016
“The air was abuzz with excitement on the 17th of August, the day of the formal inauguration of the new School of Liberal Arts. We were now being introduced to and welcomed into the family of the prestigious Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Sciences University to become the youngest yet a consequential part of the new generation of learners. The event was held in the evening in the plush BJ Hall to commemorate the birth of the School of Liberal Arts.
The ceremony was presided over by Shri Amrish Patel, the Chancellor of the NMIMS University and other established dignitaries in the field of education - the Management Trustees academically renowned Deans and Directors of the SVKM family.
The formal ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp where along with the management, the students of 2016 batch were also invited to light the lamp to the tune of sacred Saraswati Vandana played in the background. The dignitaries on the dais then addressed the audience in turn: the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Prof Uma Narain spoke of the school’s journey and mission, the Vice Chancellor, Dr Rajan Saxena spoke of how in the past few decades while the country had focussed on utilitarian courses such as management and engineering it had ignored the social sciences and the arts. His speech was followed by the keynote address of the chief guest Dr Indira Parikh, Former Dean at IIM Ahmedabad and former president of Flame, Pune. Dr Parikh highlighted the vision and purpose of liberal education and its need in contemporary society. Other dignitaries that also spoke on the occasion include Mr. Shalin Divatia Joint-Secratary, Dr. Debashish Sanyal, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dr Meena Chintamaneni, the Registrar.
The encouraging words, motivational spirit and enthusiastic charm of the dignified speakers extended comfort and confidence and also made us feel proud. The words spoken during the ceremony gave a sense of moral power as a wind beneath our wings to fly into our future and forge into the wide world. The coming three years will make us robust to face the challenges life holds for us.”