At the beginning of every academic year, CVV organises a Bridge Programme to assist and equip the new students for the transition from school life to college life. The programme is broadly classified into four modules: ‘Understanding the University’ which provides information on the University, its rules and regulations, courses etc.; ‘Expanding Expertise’ which are value-added and skill development sessions; ‘Tapping your Talents’ which has cultural and sports sessions and ‘Building Bridges’ which involves ice-breaking activities meant to trigger interactions and bonhomie amongst the students. The month-long Bridge Programme for the new students of the academic year 2020-21 was launched on 16 September 2020 at 9:30 am. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, classes will be online and so it has been with the Bridge Programme which is being conducted via Zoom.
Day 1: Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Session 1: Inauguration
The Bridge Programme was inaugurated on an auspicious note, with the rendering of the Saraswati vandana, Guru vandana and CVV Kulagitam by our senior students, under the guidance of Dr. Prabhavathy P. N., Assistant Professor at CVV’s School of Kalayoga, who joined in to welcome the new batch of the academic year 2020-21. Though the celebrations and festivities that usually accompany the Bridge Programme were missing, the joy and love remained the same in welcoming the bright young minds to the virtual semester.
Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Dean of Faculty, addressed the students and explained the relevance and necessity of conducting the Bridge Programme. Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal, Vice Chancellor, provided a power-packed address which ignited the spirit of togetherness and motivated the students to start the new phase in their journey to seek knowledge in all earnestness.
An introduction to the structure and functioning of the Bridge Programme was provided by Dr. Sandhya Shankar, Coordinator for the Bridge Programme 2020. Thereafter, Assistant Profession Dr. Vinod R. R., Coordinator of Preksha, CVV’s Skill Development Programme, provided an overview of the course which they would be attending.
After a brief Vote of Thanks by Dr. Sandhya, the session concluded with a shanti mantra by Dr. Prabhavathy. The MC for the inaugural session was Assistant Professor Dr. Ajaykumar from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage.
Session 2: An Introduction to the Academic and Administrative Systems by Dr. Soumya S., Registrar-in-Charge
Dr. Soumya provided an overview of the University’s functioning, its various departments and courses. The students were buzzing with queries by the end of the session which were all addressed to their satisfaction.
Day 2: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Session 1: Ice Breaking and Fun
The day began with a fun-filled session, in which the students got the opportunity to interact with each other and establish a rapport through various activities. The students enthusiastically participated in activities like ‘I Spy’, ‘Pictionary’ and ‘Scattergories’. While some were familiar with the first and the second activity the third one was a new experience for all of them. They were also informed about the Farthest flying Fledglings contest and their respective groups.
Session 2: Orientation by the Examination Cell
Shri Dany Paul, Administrative Assistant to the Controller of Exams along with Dr. Soumya, provided a run through everything related to exams. The students attentively noted the rules and regulations and had their doubts clarified.
Day 3: Friday, 18 September 2020
Session 1: ‘An Introduction to the CBCS system', Dr. Saurabh Singanapalli, Assistant Professor
This session on courses and credits was an extension to the previous session. Dr. Singanapalli explained the Choice Based Credit System followed at CVV and the multiple options and freedom students have, to choose the courses they want to pursue and thereby shape their degree in a unique manner.
Session 2: 'Self Awareness' by Dr. Kavita Shanmughan, Assistant Professor
Be it the short clip on 'Bamboo Story' or the family portrait activity, the participants were in high spirits and ready to take on life and look at things positively by the end of this motivational session that marked the end of Day 3.
Day 4: Monday, 21 September 2020
Session 1: Chinmaya Mission Pledge
Swami Advayanananda, CVV Trustee, addressed the participants on the first line of the Chinmaya Mission pledge which is, ‘We stand as one family’. Swamiji explained what each word in the line signifies and unpacked the values they represent through stories and examples from everyday life. It was well-received by the students and was followed by a Q&A session.
Session 2: Interaction with Percussion Maestro
Renowned Chenda artiste Shri Udayan Nambootiri presented a lec-dem of the instrument. Dr. Prabhavathy P. N., Assistant Professor in the School of Kalayayoga, served as a translator between him and students. The session ended with a performance which the students enjoyed and appreciated deeply.
Day 5: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Session 1: Overview of the IKS Foundation Course
Prof. Gauri Mahulikar provided an overview of the IKS Foundation Course that is unique to CVV. Quoting ample stories and examples from the sastra-s, she communicated the relevance of the subject and inspired the students to dive deep into Sanskrit and ancient Indian wisdom. It was well received with students expressing eagerness to know more.
Session 2: The Basics of English
The faculty of English interacted with the students and conducted tasks (on Google docs) on learning, speaking, reading and writing in English.
Day 6: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Session 1: Courses Offered by CVV
Faculty and Programme Directors addressed students on different courses. It was followed by an interactive session wherein the students of each programme met and interacted with their respective Programme Director. The students expressed satisfaction of having their doubts cleared. The PDs also appreciated the time spent with the students.
Session 2: Group Dynamics
Dr. Shilpa Ashok Pandit, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Philosophy and Social Heritage (PPSH), conducted a session on group dynamics that was fun-filled, interesting and most importantly insightful. She made the students participate, think and express their thoughts in groups and helped the students realise how roles and challenges need to be taken-up positively in group settings.
Day 7: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Session 1: Learning Systems
Shri K. R. Lal, Director-IT, apprised the students on the learning systems (Moodle) followed in CVV. The session covered the operations and the functionality of Moodle and addressed queries related to challenges that students may face while operating Moodle.
Session 2: CVV Library
Dr. Manoharan Pillai, Assistant Librarian, oriented the students with the CVV library. He briefed students on the ways of accessing online resources and the facilities that the library offers.
Day 8: Friday, 25 September 2020
Session 1 & 2: Career Guidance
In the session on Career Guidance, Dr. Kavita R. Shanmughan, Assistant Professor, School of PPSH, made the students reflect on their skills, knowledge, interest, personality, career paths and list out their career needs. The students participated in activities that aided in exploring their self traits linked to the career choices that they aspire for. The students also got their doubts on their career goals clarified, and shared their career plans.