Our solutions are in nature

 Let’s grow more trees, preserve our forests and clean the Oceans by reducing the use of plastic. Let’s deep dive and do fundamental research into the hidden world of plants and animal life. Let’s go organic, reduce the use of fertilizers and improve the soil health by practising sustainable practices of agriculture. It’s a time not to do less harm but do more good. It’s never too late to mend!

Our Solutions Are In Nature – International Biodiversity Day

The other important consideration while choosing species for plantation is diversity – of plant species, as well as, plant forms. The more the diversity of plant species, the more will be the overall diversity supported by the greenery, making it resilient to natural or artificial disturbances. Similarly, the more the diversity of plant forms, the more layered will be the greenery, helping it absorb more sunlight, heat and rainwater, making it productive and robust.

So, please do plant whenever and wherever you can. And please do choose as many types and forms of natives as possible – large trees, small trees, shrubs, climbers, creepers, herbs… Happy Biodiversity Day!

Biodiversity and Humans

On this International Biodiversity Day, let’s take a pledge that we will contribute to nature’s process by not polluting the environment.

Supporting nature is supporting the increase in human life expectancy, let’s do our part.

Fitnesity – A community of certified fitness professionals

Fitnesity has been founded by Ishan Patel, FY Computer Science, Somaiya Vidyavihar, and Tarak Maniar FY BSc IT, Somaiya Vidyavihar along with 3 other team members, with the objective of creating a single platform for Certified Fitness Professionals across the globe for promoting their skills and expertise to users.

Mind Assets: Empowering people with disabilities

Maitri Shah, Founder Mind Assets,  a startup incubated at Riidl, is making an impact in the lives of many.  Through her tech startup, Maitri, an alumnus of K J Somaiya College of Engineering provides online skill training and remote/in-office job opportunities to people with disabilities so that physical infrastructure is not a barrier to have a career.

We volunteer!

On International Volunteers Day, we spoke to some students of Somaiya Vidyavihar who volunteer their time and talent to play a constructive role in their communities. We share their inspiring stories. 

Protect Birds: Be the solution to plastic pollution

Our fast-paced lifestyle and endless production of greenhouse gases are having non -reversible impact to the planet Earth. We need to rethink as to how do we live and coexist with the birds especially the migratory ones. We need to preserve a healthy planet for ourselves as well as migratory birds.

Hidden Sadness

The biggest fallacy of any illness is the belief that it won’t occur to someone close to us. This belief often blinds us to early signs of diseases in our loved ones until its too late. Depression is one such disease. It begins insidiously and the changes are subtle. If the mind doesn’t know, the eye can’t see. Unless we know what signs to expect when a close one is depressed we can’t reach out and offer help.

Depression is a complex illness. Many a time, the person suffering is also unable to understand that something is wrong. They just continue to suffer the distress caused by the illness.

If you notice any of the below mentioned signs in someone you care about he/she may be suffering from depression.

AgroBeads

Pooja Nandi and Kaustubh Nandi, Founders of AgroBeads,  a startup incubated at RiiDL. AgroBeads enhances the quality of roots, shoots, the leaf span and the fruit. It has no side effects on the soil as well as the plant. Pooja is an alumnus of K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce.

मानसिक स्वच्छता दिवस के रूप में संवत्सरी पर्व की भूमिका

इस दिन सभी परस्पर एक-दूसरे से अपने ज्ञात और अज्ञात भूलों अथवा अपराधों के लिए क्षमा याचना करते हैं, न केवल परस्पर ही, अपितु मानवमात्र और प्राणिमात्र से भी क्षमा की प्रार्थना करते हैं। इसप्रकार प्रत्येक प्राणिमात्र के प्रति क्षमायाचना करते हुए अपने मन की शुद्धि का पर्व मनाया जाता है। अक्सर हम अपने मित्रों से क्षमा मांगते हैं, जबकि क्षमा तो हमें अपने शत्रुओं से मांगनी चाहिए।

“Why do people share fake news?

The study results revealed that online trust, self-disclosure, fear of missing out (FOMO), and social media fatigue are positively associated with the sharing of fake news (intentionally). In contrast, social comparison has a negative association. The study findings also indicated that online trust has negative association with authenticating news before sharing.

Our photographers – Nature Series

August 19 is observed as World Photography Day. We asked photographers amidst us – our students and faculty to share photos taken by them – to share their world with us. Here is a look at some of the photographs. We begin with the Nature Series.

M.Sc Polymer Science

Somaiya Vidyavihar launched India’s first Masters in Polymer Science, jointly developed with Industry experts.

 A unique course, the only one in India, has been developed jointly by prominent polymer Industrial and academics/researchers from national labs. The research-oriented course offers Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics and Polymer Engineering specialization.