19, Dec 2023
Manipal Academy of Higher Education Bengaluru set to Host Inter-School Quiz, Fostering Academic Excellence

Bangalore: 19, December 2023 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education Bengaluru is delighted to announce the first of its kind, MIQ (MAHE B’LRU INTERSCHOOL QUIZ), which will unite bright minds from different schools for an exciting day of intellectual competition and fellowship. The semifinals & grand finale will conclude on 5th January at MAHE Bangalore campus. Exciting rewards are up for grabs, with the top prize being INR 1,50,000, the second prize being INR 1,00,000, and the third place being INR 50,000.

The quiz is inviting students of class 11th and 12th from more than 3000 schools. A total of 6+ teams will qualify for the final round. Travel and stay of the finalists and their guardians will be sponsored by MAHE Bengaluru.

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This Inter-School Quiz serves as a platform to celebrate knowledge, critical thinking, and teamwork among students from different schools in our community.

Each school can nominate a team of 2 members. Cities have been divided into 6 zones: East, Central, West, North, South, and Bengaluru zones. Zonal rounds begin from 22nd December and will go on till the 30th. This will be followed by the finale round on 5th of January which promises a dynamic showdown, featuring 48 finalists.

Excited about the forthcoming quiz, Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru said, “As we eagerly anticipate the MAHE Bengaluru Interschool Quiz, I am thrilled at the prospect of witnessing a dynamic exchange of ideas, knowledge, and intellectual energy. MIQ is not merely an event; it is a celebration of the vibrant intellectual culture that we strive to cultivate at MAHE Bengaluru. It symbolizes our commitment to fostering a love for learning, collaboration, and innovation among the future leaders who will shape our society”.

Students will demonstrate their academic prowess in a variety of areas in a relaxed yet competitive setting. Additionally, it will promote cooperation and camaraderie among participants by encouraging teamwork. The questions have been carefully chosen to encourage a love of learning and to pique people’s intellectual curiosity. Prizes and recognition will be given to exceptional teams, encouraging inspiration and a sense of accomplishment.

Last date to make the entries is 20th of December.

To register, kindly visit the website: MAHE B’Luru Interschool Quiz (m-iq.in)

7, Dec 2023
Award-Winning Documentary ‘Yakshagana’ Shines at International Film Festival

Bengaluru, 7th December 2023 – The Centre for Intercultural Studies and Dialogue (CISD) of Manipal Academy of Higher Education proudly announces that its acclaimed documentary “Yakshagana” has received the Jury Award at the prestigious Sixth International Short Film Festival on Cultural Tourism, held from 1-3 December 2023 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Competing against 94 short films from 44 countries, “Yakshagana” stood out for its vivid portrayal of the rich cultural tapestry of Tulunadu.

“Yakshagana”, produced under the CISD project ‘Discerning India: Living Cultures of Tulunadu’, explores the vibrant traditional art form native to the coastal districts of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala, India. The documentary beautifully captures the essence of this dance-drama, which combines dialogue, music, and intricate costumes, bringing to life the stories from the Indian epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

The Jury Award at the Sixth International Short Film Festival on Cultural Tourism underscores CISD’s commitment to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of India. The film’s success highlights the global appeal and importance of India’s regional art forms.

Additionally, the documentary ‘Discerning India: Yakshagana’ has been selected for the 7th International Folklore Film Festival (IFFF), organized by the International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT). This recognition follows its previous accolade of the ‘Best Script Writing Award’ at the 24th CEC-UGC Educational Film Festival in Hyderabad, further emphasizing its impact and excellence in cultural representation.

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Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, commented, “It is a matter of great pride for us at Manipal Academy of Higher Education to see ‘Yakshagana’ receive such prestigious international acclaim. This documentary not only showcases the artistic brilliance of Yakshagana but also serves as a bridge connecting global audiences to the rich cultural tapestry of Tulunadu. We are committed to fostering global understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity through such endeavours in cultural education”.

Prof. (Dr.) Madhu Veeraraghavan, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Management, Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences, added, “This award is not just a recognition of our team’s hard work but also an acknowledgment of the cultural richness of Tulunadu. It inspires us to continue our mission of documenting and sharing India’s diverse cultural traditions”.

CISD, housed in the Manipal Centre for European Studies, focuses on promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding. The award-winning documentary is part of their broader initiative to create a repository of local cultural knowledge and educate people about the unique traditions of Tulunadu.

4, Nov 2023
Manipal Academy of Higher Education Is Hosting an International Conference in Association with Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung (KAS) on Indo-Pacific; Garners Views of Experts on Regional Cooperation

Bengaluru, 4 November 2023 – Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), in association with Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung (KAS), is hosting an international conference on India and EU in the Indo-Pacific: Strategies, Opportunities, and Challenges on 3rd and 4th November in Manipal, Udupi. The conference, organized by the Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES) and the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations (DGIR), brings together academicians, diplomats, policymakers, and researchers from India and Europe to deliberate on the role of India and the European Union (EU) in the changing geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region.

“The expansion of economic and technological cooperation between the EU and India is mutually beneficial. However, Europe needs to explain its ambivalence in its policy towards China”, said Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia. Delivering the keynote address after inaugurating an International Conference on India and EU in the Indo-Pacific in Manipal, he added, the EU’s inclination to prioritize trade over security and strategy could pose difficulties in the future. He advocated the need for sustained deliberations on rules-based international order, maritime security, and potentials of sustainable development for mutually beneficial and deeper cooperation between the EU and India.

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Prof M D Nalapat in his inaugural address echoed the thought: “In a way that benefits all our people, India and EU need to figure out a framework that creates successful collaborative networks.” He invoked the democratic ideals of Konrad Adenaeur, the first Chancellor of West Germany after the second World War, and stressed how such ideals are important in quelling predatory powers in this region.

As a region that accounts for sixty percent of the GDP of the world, the Indo-Pacific has emerged as a site of contestation and has drawn the attention of the global community to reflect on the possibilities of multilateral initiatives, security arrangements, and strategic partnerships. The inaugural session set the stage for the two-day event for discussions on the possibilities of cooperation between India and EU in the Indo-Pacific region to balance trade-dominated relations with geoeconomic and strategic interests along with addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity conservation, and quality healthcare.

The session was presided over by Vice Chancellor, MAHE, Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, who observed the key role of universities to nurture and engage young minds to develop international relations and strategies. Fellow panellist, Ms. Simran Dhingra, Head of International Cooperation at KAS, underscored the imperative to bolster India-EU ties on issues of maritime security, defense partnerships, and counter-terrorism, especially since India is being increasingly perceived as a key actor in the Indian Ocean. Prof Neeta Inamdar, Head of the Manipal Center for European Studies (MCES), welcomed the gathering and further remarked, “I hope cooperation becomes the intent of this conference, and we can all look forward to what we can change to make the world a better place”. Prof K P Vijayalakshmi, Head of DGIR, concluded the event with a vote of thanks.

The conference hosts close to thirty delegates from across India and Europe. The sessions over the two days will deliberate on the strategic opportunities and challenges for improving regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific focusing on issues such as trade and connectivity, climate change, healthcare infrastructure, technological innovation and growth, maritime security, and educational and cultural cooperation.

3, Nov 2023
Ganglia Technologies Pvt Ltd Honored with the “Promising & Innovative Technology Company of the Year 2023

Bengaluru, November 3rd, 2023: Ganglia Technologies Pvt Ltd, housed in the Manipal GoK Bioincubator in Manipal, Karnataka, received the prestigious “Promising & Innovative Technology Company of the Year 2023” Karnataka Award in the “Futuristic Product Development & Research” category. This esteemed recognition was presented at the 22nd The Great Indian Entrepreneurship, Design, Business & Startup Awards & Conference 2023, an event that celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation, and business leadership excellence. The awards were presented by Rajah Vijay Kumar, a Scientist and Innovator with over 150 IPR assets, and K Raghu, a renowned Chartered Accountant and former President of ICAI.

Representing Ganglia Technologies Pvt Ltd at the event were Dr. Jairaj Mymbilly Balakrishnan, Chairman, and Dr. Dasharathraj K Shetty, the Managing Director. They were accompanied by key members of the company’s core Design Team(current and former): Shreyas Holla, Prithvi Tilwani, and Sripathi RB. All the team members are either MAHE alumni or students.

Ganglia Technologies Pvt Ltd Honored with the Promising & Innovative Technology Company of the Year 2023

In their remarks, the team expressed their gratitude, stating, “Dr. TMA Pai, the founder of Manipal, has always been a role model for us. We owe this award to Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, whose support has been instrumental in bringing us to this stage. We also thank the Leadership of MAHE, KMC, MIT, and Manipal-GoK-Bioincubator, who have always been with us. We thank our mentors, including Dr. Sharathkumar Rao, Pro-VC MAHE, Cdr. Dr. Anil Rana, Director-MIT-Manipal; Dr. Padmaraj Hegde, Dean KMC-Manipal, and Dr. Manesh Thomas, CEO, Manipal GoK Bioincubator. Our Directors, Dr. Balakrishna SM and Dr. Sandeep S Shenoy, as well as our dedicated employees and interns, have played a vital role in making this achievement possible.”

The award ceremony and conference took place at The Taj West End, The Grand Ballroom, Bengaluru, on October 30, 2023, Monday. This flagship event brought together more than 350 industrialists, start-up founders, architects, interior designers, prominent business figures, and entrepreneurs. Distinguished attendees included ingenious bureaucrats, top architects, global leaders, CEOs, and politicians.