SRMAP establishes Thought Laboratory in collaboration with RERF
SRM University-AP is establishing a ‘Thought Laboratory’ as part of the Indian Immersion Programs, an initiative by the Office of International Relations and Higher Studies. A memorandum of understanding in this regard has been signed between SRM University-AP and Raj yoga Education & Research Foundation (RERF), Mt Abu, on February 15, 2022, at the SRM University-AP campus. Bk Pandiamani Bhai, Director of Value Education, Bk Jaya Kumar, Assistant Director of Value Education, Bk Padmaja, State Co-Ordinator of Value Education, Andhra Pradesh, Bk Sirisha, Assistant Co-Ordinator of Value education, from RERF and Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Premkumar, Registrar, Dr. Naga Swetha Pasupuleti, Associate Director, International Relations, from SRMAP were among the august gatherings.
Prof V S Rao fondly recalled his association with the RERF. He was appreciative of the noble and selfless services that RERF provide for the benefit of society and humanity. Prof Rao mentioned that it was another feather on SRM University’s cap to have this value education center established on the campus.
Representing RERF, Bk Pandiamani Bhai explained how the Thought Laboratory had helped students immensely, catering to their mental health. Through several meditation processes, it allows people time to introspect by creating an ambience to reflect on themselves. Bk Padmaja further asserted that through this MoU, they had further plans to offer certificate programmes on Value Education, Spirituality, Yoga and Meditation with provision for students to do internships. In future, practical/refreshment programmes will be administered at various retreat centers of Brahma Kumaris in all major cities of India where in students and faculty of SRM AP will be able to actively participate. Various lectures, seminars, conferences with national/international speakers will also be organized.
Prof Rao concluded that it was indeed a noble venture initiated by the university. As a multidisciplinary, research-oriented, diverse university, SRM AP has always looked for holistic and inclusive education for its students. The addition of Value Education to the curriculum will help students reap the benefits of traditional Indian methods to develop an improved life and lifestyle.