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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Pablo Ruiz Picasso born on 25th October 1881 was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and theatre designer. He is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, having co-founded the Cubist movement, invented constructed sculpture, co-invented collage, and helped develop and explore a wide range of styles.


 Pablo Picasso, Spanish Painter


Picasso exhibited extraordinary artistic talent in his childhood and adolescence, painting in a naturalistic style. Picasso showed an early interest in and talent for drawing. He contributed to the development of Cubism and collage. He transformed the concept of built sculpture. His new techniques in graphic art and ceramics altered the course of both art forms for the rest of the century. Picasso's artistic career is not one of quantity over quality.

If anything, art is just a representation of something else, but the best art makes us realize the truth within ourselves, our past, and our present. Picasso also said, "Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy." When Apple employees attend the tech company's top-secret How Apple Does Things course, they are treated to a famous series of drawings by Pablo Picasso. Picasso rarely accepted painting commissions, possibly because he felt that doing so would disrupt the natural flow and development of his own artistic ideas. 

As a result, his canvases bear witness to what is going on in his personal relationships or in politics and international affairs at the time. Picasso's works exhibit a consistent balance of abstraction and realism. He said, "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."

  Education News  

NEP 2020 two years celebration Updates: 200 virtual labs, Vidya Amrit Portal among newly launched initiatives

The Indian Express, July 29th, 2022

As the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 completes two years today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a slew of initiatives in the education and skill sectors at an event in New Delhi. From 200 virtual labs to a mobile app for public consultation surveys for National Curriculum Framework, several new initiatives were launched for students and educators.

National Testing Agency announces the opening of its first JEE centers in Washington, Moscow

Prag News, July 31st, 2022

International centers for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, India's most popular engineering entrance exam, have opened for the first time in cities such as Washington, DC, Moscow, and Ottawa, as the National Testing Agency (NTA) decided to expand beyond Southeast and West Asia.

New UGC portal to offer over 23,000 free online courses

India Today, July 29th, 2022

The University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Thursday that more than 23,000 higher education courses, including programmes in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and early childhood care, will now be free to access on a new web platform.

  Faculty Fundas    


Music and entertainment are among the fastest-growing industries today, globally and in India. Digital media and the internet have broken down the geographical boundaries, making the entire global population a potential audience to music and entertainment.



 Prof. Venkatesh Sunkad, Dean, INSOFE School of Data Science, Vijaybhoomi University


While considering potential career opportunities in music and entertainment, it is very common for many to limit their thinking.

On December 30, 2019, an AI-driven health monitoring platform called BlueDot spotted a cluster of unusual pneumonia cases occurring in Wuhan, China. The Canadian company sent out a warning to its customers the next day — December 31. They had identified what would come to be known as COVID-19 a week before the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in USA or 2 weeks before WHO was able to spot it. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has played a key role in identifying and addressing the pandemic.

Before the arrival of Covid-19, many technology executives were expressing uncertainty about their investments in machine learning (ML), and dissatisfaction with the ways their organizations were adopting it. Since the pandemic, according to World Economic Forum’s “The Future of Jobs Report,” 50 per cent of businesses say COVID-19 has pushed them to accelerate automation in their organizations.

The recent hiring trend is a forward indicator of the future workforce. The latest survey by the leading professional and social connect company “LinkedIn” has determined the top two highest paid jobs are “AI engineer” and “Data Engineer. A couple of years ago it was a “software programmer”. So the future workforce should be “Data Savvy” meaning that everybody should be comfortable with digital technology and should be able to translate whatever the results the AI models give out into real business tangible actions and to production AI solutions.

Not every job in the field of data science involves coding and engineering. There are a lot of jobs like “Media Curator” who needs to understand how data from media can be made useful to Data Science but does not involve coding. However, if you want to be in the technical field, the most important skill sets are coding, a good foundation in mathematics and statistics, Machine Learning, AI fundamentals and cloud architecture. Another very important aspect to be good in AI is critical thinking which is the bedrock of Data Science.

If you look at India particularly there may be a handful of institutions that can create the environment and teaching that would really cater to the needs of the industry. One such institution is Vijaybhoomi University where I am the Dean for the “INSOFE School of Data Science” which is a centre of excellence in digital and disruptive technologies. We have dedicated degree programs both at Bachelor’s (BE in AI) and Master’s (MTech in AI) levels. These programs are in collaboration with the International School of Engineering (INSOFE) and Vijaybhoomi University. The most important aspect of all these programs is that nearly 50% of the time is spent on “hands-on training” with real-world problems which according to me at an undergraduate level would be the first in India. This would make the students “industry ready” starting from how to analyse data, build models and finally produce the solution.

In addition to being trained in AI and ML, the students are also intensively trained in other disruptive technologies like Block-Chain, IoT, Robotics, etc. Once the students are comfortable with fundamentals then they can adapt to the ever-changing world. AlsoVijaybhoomi follows a liberal professional education which is very critical for a successful career in data science because problems are no more one-dimensional but multi-dimensional which needs 360-degree thinking. One of the examples I always give is autonomous or self-driving cars. When a kid suddenly comes in front of the car, today if a human is driving they make a decision to avoid the kid which may result in the car hitting another vehicle or a structure. However, if it is a “self-driving car “should the car protect its passengers or the kid in front of it. These are called “moral algorithms” that an AI engineer should design, knowledge of humanities, law and other aspects play a very critical role here.

Overall, the post-pandemic world will look very different from the way we were used to. At the centre of this revolution will be AI/ML/Data Science. Truly this will be the “coming of AI Age” in the next decade.

  Week Gone By    

Founder’s Memorial Day

Founders of organizations, places, or even institutions are respected throughout the tenure of their creations, but has anyone ever given a thought to why they are so widely beloved? A founder is a person who took a chance on a certain thing that had not yet been established, a chance that might not pay off. This is why founders are respected as they managed to establish an entity that is still standing.

In order to respect our, now-late, founder Shri VB Padode, a memorial ceremony was held at VijayBhoomi university on 13th August 2022. This ceremony was honored to have honorable MLA, Shri Mahendra Sadashiv Thorve as the chief guest.

The ceremony kicked off with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp. The guests took turns delivering their speeches about the founder of VijayBhoomi University and their experiences with the founder and his works. Memorial day ended on an emotional note.

  Student Quotes    


"It was a pleasure to know about the story of Shri VB Padode and his aim of quality education for everyone. He rightly said,“ Education is enabling”


              Dixit Soni, 3rd year BBA, JAGSoM, Vijaybhoomi University



Independence Day Celebrations

One of the most basic human needs for healthy social development is Independence. Similarly, in order for a country to become a developed nation, the nation must be Independent. For India, this independence from the United Kingdom was won after a long and hard fight.

To celebrate the results of the fight and the fight itself, VijayBhoomi university celebrated Independence day on the 15th of august. The celebration was held at the auditorium with several important guests


The celebration began in the amphitheater with the flag hoisting and recital of the national anthem. The program was then moved inside the auditorium. There, students gave an invitation speech and the program kicked off after a speech by Mr. Sanjay Padode and Mrs. Kalpana Padode. First up were musical performances. Students from The True School of Music at VU performed songs that held the meaning of independence and freedom for them. 

This was followed by dance performances by the dance club at VU. The students of the dance club performed a solo act, a group dance, and finally a duo dance to patriotic songs. After a poem recital and a speech, everyone stood up for the national anthem, thus concluding the event.

  Student Quotes    


“I had an amazing day with all the programs that happened here. My heart was filled with joy and a sense of attachment to our Mother India, remembering all the sacrifices of our freedom fighters.


          De Chen, 1st year BBA, JAGSoM, Vijaybhoomi University


  Readers Ask, Vijaybhoomi Answers    

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  About Vijaybhoomi    

Vijaybhoomi University is India's first Liberal Professional University, which uses the liberal-professional framework of education to build a unique curriculum aligned to Industry 4.0. The curriculum facilitates the process of self-discovery in the initial year and thereafter choice of majors and minors to prepare oneself in high-demand careers in data science, artificial intelligence, business, law, music and design. The university is located in Karjat, Greater Mumbai, and nurtures holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals who can make a positive difference in the world.


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