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Holistic Personality Development Workshop

Disha Charitable Trust for Value Initiatives(R) is a non-profit social initiative founded with the motive to reach out to the student community (high-school to college), emphasizing the importance of value-based education. Disha offers its deliverables on the themes of know yourself, country and culture. One-day Holistic Personality Development Workshop was conducted on 16th July 2019 by Disha for I year students from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the IV Floor hall. Prof Nikitha Sreekantha, HOD welcomed and introduced the trainers and facilitators. Sri. Pradeep Nataraj is a full -time coordinator at Disha. He is an Engineer by qualification and has worked as a Software Engineer with MNCs such as ORACLE, Honeywell, Exeter for more than 6 years. He has undergone one-month Yoga Course in Divine Life Society, Rishikesh. Because of his interest in spirituality and nation building, he left the lucrative job and dedicated full time for serving the society since 2013.He has worked as a teacher ,volunteered with many social service organizations , has actively involved in organizing state-level and national-level conferences on Value Education, served as a Program Manager to impart holistic education through value initiatives in schools and colleges, conducted personality development workshops, and has been motivational speaker for many programs and events. Smt. Meera Balaganesan is the Program Manager at Disha, has a Graduation in Mathematics and Diploma in Information Systems (NIIT). She is a certified soft skills trainer and has over 12+ years of IT experience with corporate and international exposure, 4+ years of Training experience and has conducted soft skills and personality development training programs in many corporate companies and colleges. Smt. Padmashri Rao, Smt. Vanitha Varaha and Smt. Neetha Pavan are the councellors at Disha. Smt. Padmashri Rao is pursuing PhD in adolescent cognitive psychology, Bharathiyar University. She has been a freelance counselor, external evaluator at Manipal University, coaches M.S. Students in psychology, conducts training programs as well as music classes for senior grade. Her interests are liaising with NGOs for counseling underprivileged children and families, propagating value-based education in corporation schools, conducting free yoga and relaxation classes for ladies and Bal Vikas for local children. Smt. Vanitha Varaha is currently doing her MA in Psychology from IGNOU and working as Accounts Executive in Polytechnic College. She has done her counselling course at Samaadan Counselling and Life Skills and has attended many workshops conducted by NIMHAANS. Smt. Neetha Pavan is associated with Disha for the past 4 years has done her M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Masters in Marketing and Doctorate in Marketing Management and her Specialization is Human Molecular Genetics from IISc.She has worked as a HOD in M.S Ramaiah Degree College PG Centre, Human Molecular Generalist, also served as HOD and Vice Principal in East Point College and is a trained counsellor from NIMHANS and Prasanna Counselling Centre. Currently, she is a Business Head at Novel Tech Incorporation. Shri Pradeep Nataraj started off the program by a brief interaction with students on the need for values, followed by 45 minutes of Yoga and Meditation practice. Small groups of boys and girls were formed comprising of 10 to 12 students and group counselling sessions were conducted with Disha’s team of trained counsellors. Students were asked a few relevant questions and were taken through an inward journey of knowing themselves. The next session was Namaste India Quiz facilitated by Sri. Pradeep. The quiz helped the students to know about the rich history and heritage of the country. Post lunch, students were shown audio-visuals on ‘Values in Action’. The session was facilitated by Smt. Meera Balaganesan. Students watched small video-clippings and interacted based on their observations, key message/ theme and learnings. This was followed by Group Dynamics to demonstrate Team Building. Games were conducted for about 30 minutes which included mental games to demonstrate the importance of being a right role model and physical games that required strength, resilience and grit. The final session was an address by Smt. Meera. She highlighted the key take home message of the entire day’s program. The duration of this session was for 45 minutes. Students also shared their feedback -expectations, likes/ dislikes and learnings from the program. It was a transformational day for the students as they felt that the lessons/ learnings they had had from the program would help them for a lifetime.