Balancing Academic Workload with Creative Passion – Linking Passion with Academia

CLEMENTIA, the students’ association of the department of Computer Science and Engineering, SIMAT, is organizing a sequence of talks under the webinar series titled ‘Linking Passion with Academia’. The aim of this series is to help and motivate students to pursue their passion along with their academic careers.

The first talk of this series was on “Balancing Academic Workload with Creative Passion” and was held on Friday, the 14th of May, via Google Meet from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The session was delivered by renowned dancer, educator, and theatre artist Kalanilayam Gayathri Padmanabhan who also is a B.Tech graduate in Computer Science and Engineering and holds an M.Tech degree in Computer Vision and Image Processing and is currently pursuing her PhD in the field of Image Processing.

The event was fully organized and conducted by the students of the association under the guidance of Dr. Hema P Menon (HOD, CSE), and Mr. Jyothis K.P, (Asst. Prof, CSE & Faculty Coordinator, Clementia). The event was enthusiastically hosted by Mr. Abhijith P. and Ms. Parvathy S. Menon (Event Coordinators), along with Mr. Sreeram V.K (Secretary, Clementia), and many more students from the CSE department. The inaugural speech was given by Ms. Parvathy S. Menon, and Ms. Twinkle Domy delivered the welcome speech.

Ways to identify and incorporate passion into one’s life through proper understanding and planning were the key takeaways from the webinar, which was largely interactive. The speaker Kalanilayam Gayathri Padmanabhan gave simple activities to the participants, which made the session even more interesting and very interactive. She crisply explained the difference between Hobby and Passion and the different ways which a student can follow to balance them with their academic workload. The necessity of being passionate about one’s passion and the current academic program was stressed upon. The speaker emphasized certain key factors like Work Prioritization, Planning, Discrimination, Belief, Time management, etc., which need to be addressed in order to maintain a balance and for a successful career.

The event came to an end at 4:00 pm with the vote of thanks being delivered by Mr. Ajith Krishna C and presentation of a Digital Memento as a Token of Honour to the speaker.

The webinar received a very good response with a total of 103 participants of which around 85 participants were from SIMAT and the others were from outside the institution. The partakers included students, academicians and people from Industry. Students from various streams of engineering were benefitted from the talk. The event was also attended by Dr. S.P. Subramaniam (Principal, SIMAT), Dr. K.T. Madhavan (Head of R&D, SIMAT), Prof. Sushama M (HOD, ECE), and faculty members from CSE and other departments, who with their presence boosted the morale of the students.

Location : Sreepathy Institute of Management and technology, Vavanoor, Palakkad

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