Police Kaka and Female Buddy Cop assigned for Symbiosis Viman Nagar campus students

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Mr. Dilip Shinde, Senior Inspector, Viman Nagar Police Station introduced the students to ‘Police Kaka’ and ‘Female Buddy Cop’, assigned to them by the Pune Police at the commencement programme jointly organized by Symbiosis Law School, Pune (SLS-P), Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) and Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA), recently at Viman Nagar campus. He said, “Students who have any sort of problems/complaints should approach the designated authority. Female students on campus should make a whatsapp group and add the female buddy cop so that they feel comfortable to share their problems.” He also highlighted the myths related to addictions, their consequences, and signs and symptoms of drug abuse.

Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, Representative, Muktangan Mitra, using a documentary, explained the dangers of drug addiction and the means to tackle it. Advocate Santosh Bari, spoke about the various legal implications of the aforementioned illegal activities and exhorted students to be responsible young citizens.

Prof. (Dr.) S. B. Mujumdar, Hon’ble Chancellor, SIU welcomed the new batch of students on behalf of the Symbiosis family. He highlighted the diversity of the students joining SIU, hailing from all parts of India and the world. He explained the students, “It is important to maintain a balance of mental and physical well-being, time management and dedication towards academics.” On a concluding note, Dr. Mujumdar stated that the correct path to gain employment is by understanding the value of character and hard work and not strikes and marches.

Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright Scholar, Director, SLS-P, Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU spoke about the diversity and inclusion that Symbiosis symbolizes and how all three sister institutes share the same harmonious principle of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakkam’.

Dr Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU, highlighted the university’s admirable work towards society and numerous initiatives that have an impact on the community. She cited the example of SLS-P, working for the betterment of prisoners and provision of scholarships to underprivileged students. She also briefed the students on SIU’s “start-up culture”, and encouraged them to think innovatively and contribute to the country’s development as well as earn laurels for the institute and family.

Dr. Vidya Yervadekar, Pro Chancellor, SIU, emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary higher education and urged students to avail the benefits of credit sharing from a campus that accommodates three diverse disciplines. She encouraged students to imbibe new cultures, since higher education is not only limited to employability, but is also about character building and responsible citizenship.