SLS Mirror Dec - Jan 2017 - Page 37

Guest Talk on Global Opportunities & Career Prospects by Dr. Meera Komarraju's A distinguished guest talk on 'Global Opportunities and Career Prospects' was held on January 2nd, 2017. The esteemed guest for the seminar was Prof. (Dr.)Meera Komarraju, Dean of School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Applied Psychology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. The welcome address was given by Director General Prof. (Dr.) T. Reddy. He shared his views about the academic rigor in foreign universities. He also shared with 'A' grade NAAC Accreditation, PDPU is now more open and condent to collaborate with foreign Universities. Dr. Ritu Sharma, HOD Psychology introduced the Prof. Meera for the day. Prof. (Dr.) Komarraju shared her life's journey and about her academic qualications, positions and awards achieved. She explained stating the importance of being a student of Liberal Arts as compared to other disciplines. She emphasized on what a Liberal Arts student generally inculcate, such as, problem solving in diverse settings, critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, good oral communication and writing skills, awareness of global issues, societies and cultures and many more. She also talked about courses offered in Southern Illinois. She talked about the opportunities in terms of internships, community service and volunteering activities. She explained the teaching pedagogy and expressed academic thoroughness and hardships encountered by the students. Afterwards, there was an interactive session with the audience. SLS Dean and Director Professor, Dr. Nigam Dave honored Prof. (Dr.) Komarraju with a shawl as a gratitude memento and subsequently extended vote of thanks to invited guest, faculty members and the students . The lecture concluded with a group photo session. 35