The dream catcher

first_imgBy Spenta Jassawala and Ananya SrivastavaAt 23, Tanay Narendra Bothara is unlike most others of his age. He loves to challenge himself and push boundaries. A student of design at Vivekanand Institute of Technology’s Padmabhushan Vasatdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune, Bothara has recently won a gold for Nippon’s Asia,By Spenta Jassawala and Ananya SrivastavaAt 23, Tanay Narendra Bothara is unlike most others of his age. He loves to challenge himself and push boundaries. A student of design at Vivekanand Institute of Technology’s Padmabhushan Vasatdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune, Bothara has recently won a gold for Nippon’s Asia Young Designer Award 2019 under the architectural category. Beating over 8,400 applicants and competing with finalists from 15 countries in the finals, his project Children Uprooted looks at transforming war-ridden spaces in Syria. The theme for this year’s award ceremony held in Singapore was Forward: Challenging Design Boundaries.The InspirationBothara is the first Indian to receive the award. Talking about what inspired Children Uprooted, he says that it stemmed from a video he saw on the plight of the children affected by the civil unrest in Syria. “The video made me think about how my skill in art and architecture could help bring a smile to a child’s face,” he says.Bothara, who received a cash prize of US $10,000, has donated the award money for the education of Syrian children. His plan for the competition was to create something that evoked emotions and memories. His goal throughout the competition was to have a good experience; the results did not matter much. So, when he won the prestigious award he was simply overwhelmed. “I am just the face of the award, but my parents are the soul of it,” he says.The PlanWhen asked what sets him apart from other applicants, he gives the entire credit to the uniqueness and universatility of his project. “The design looked at the adaptive reuse of the basements in abandoned buildings to create an underground play network. The concept can be implemented in any war zone. This element evoked a lot of interest among the judges in the finals,” says Bothara.advertisementThe ChallengesTalking about his experience while working on the project, he says, “Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone was the biggest challenge.” Giving a few words of advice to design aspirants, he tells them to be honest and take one step at a time. “Follow your true passion. Aim to give your best in everything you do. Sooner or later, you will find your true calling and that will be most rewarding.”New on the blockAICTE LAUNCHES CLEAN AND SMART CAMPUS AWARDThe All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Delhi, has recently launched the clean and smart campus award for encouraging cleanliness and promoting the use of technology in its approved institute. AICTE aims to recognise the efforts of its stakeholders, primarily students, to embrace technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), robotics, cloud, and automation to remodel the existing campus into a smart campus. These smart campuses can help in optimising the use of energy and water consumption, effective waste management, sustainable transport and air pollution within the campus precincts.LMI PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITIES FOR PAPERLESS DIGITAL EXAMINATIONSIn order to curb question paper leakages and candidate impersonations, Singapore-based Edtech company LittleMore Innovation (LMI) Labs has partnered with universities in south India such as Manipal University, IIIT-Bangalore and REVA University to enable end-to-end paperless examinations through their newly invented device DigiTaal. LMI with its partners has conducted 1.5 million paperless tests so far. JD INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY HOSTS FASHION AWARDS 2019JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, recently organised the Fashion Awards 2019. Over 600 students of the institute showcased their projects across diverse disciplines such as fashion designing, interior designing, jewellery designing and textile designing. The exhibits, based on the theme of Switch, were inspired by concepts such as sound sensors in the garments, designs for specially-abled people, and a focus on dying crafts such as Rogan, the art of painting.YOUNG INDIA FELLOWSHIP 2019 CONVOCATION AT ASHOKA UNIVERSITYOver 290 Young India Fellows of Ashoka University, Sonipat, received their postgraduate diplomas during the convocation. The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a multidisciplinary programme in liberal studies that aims to foster critical thinkers who are intellectually curious, self-aware and impactful through their work. The curriculum is designed to understand team-building, develop critical thinking and gain problem-solving skills by combining academic work with work experience. The courses include literature, gender studies, history, art appreciation, statistics, mathematical thinking, psychology and management. YIF scholars have received 100 per cent placement in 2019 at organisations such as McKinsey & Co, Airtel, Deloitte, Michael Page, Genpact, TCS, Zomato, Swiggy, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Lemon Tree Hotels, NIIT, BYJU’s, IndiaMart, TechnoServe among others. Students have also been placed at non-for-profit firms such as Teach for India, Pradan, IPE Global Limited, Dr Reddy’s Foundation and Sahapedia.advertisement PRATHAM BOOKS FOUNDATION AND CISCO TO PROVIDE 100 STEM-THEMED MOBILE LIBRARY KITSPratham Books Foundation in partnership with Cisco has announced it will support over 100 government schools across Gurgaon with mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) libraries. Each library kit would include more than 100 books in English and Hindi providing young minds with an experiential learning platform. They also hope to encourage reading habit in children. As part of the partnership with Cisco, Pratham Books has developed 85 unique titles over a time span of three years, in nine different Indian languages. Some of the books include Math at the Mela, An Introduction to Skip Counting, Password Please, Introduction to Cybersecurity, Explaining the Importance of Passwords to keep Data Safe and Who Drives the Driverless Car?COLGATE PALMOLIVE INDIA LAUNCHES KIS MISSIONColgate-Palmolive India has launched the Keep India Smiling (KIS) mission for providing oral health education, free dental check-ups, better water accessibilty, women empowerment and livelihood programmes. Colgate in collaboration with ShikshaDaan Foundation, a non-profit organisation, and Buddy4Study, a platform for scholarships, is also offering scholarships across fields of education and sports. IIT MADRAS ORGANISES CARBON ZERO CHALLENGE CONTESTThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras along with Virtusa Corporation organised the second edition of carbon zero challenge, an All-India Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest, on campus. The objective was to identify and curate practical, innovative, and indigenous solutions with a sound business case to solve energy and environmental problems in India. In total, 24 teams were selected. The shortlisted teams will receive training and mentoring in addition to financial support of up to `5 lakh over a period of six months to build their prototypes and evolve their business models.last_img
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