Discovery of the Week   

Dr. Kamala Sohonie: Pioneering Biochemist and First Indian Woman to Obtain a PhD from Cambridge University

Ricky Carippa, MBA, JAGSoM

The first Indian woman to earn a PhD in science was Dr. Kamala Sohonie. She was one of eight siblings and was born in Bombay in 1912; her family encouraged education. She attended Wilson College in Bombay for her undergraduate studies in Chemistry before continuing her education at the University of Michigan, where she earned her PhD in biochemistry in 1936.




Dr. Kamala Sohonie



In her PhD work, Dr. Sohonie examined the nutritional qualities of soybeans, a then-relatively unheard-of crop in India. She discovered that soybeans were a high-protein food with the potential to be a significant source of nourishment in a nation where malnutrition was a major problem. Her contributions were particularly noteworthy in the context of the Indian independence movement, which placed a high value on independence and the growth of local companies.

Dr. Sohonie returned to India after earning her PhD, where she started working at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. She was initially hired in the Department of Biochemistry as a research assistant, but she swiftly moved up the ranks to become a lecturer and then a professor. In Mysore, she also held the position of Director of the Central Food Technological Research Institute.

Dr. Sohonie's study covered a variety of subjects, such as the nutritional value of Indian food crops, the creation of fresh food preservation techniques, and the biochemistry of insecticides. She worked closely with local farmers to promote the growing of crops like soybeans and millet because she was particularly interested in the creation of low-cost strategies for boosting the nutritional content of Indian diets.

Despite making significant contributions to science, Dr. Sohonie encountered many challenges as a woman in a field that was predominately male. She was first passed up for a post at the Indian Institute of Science due to her gender, and she later encountered opposition from male coworkers who found the concept of a woman in a leadership position unsettling. Despite these difficulties, Dr. Sohonie remained dedicated to her work and persisted in motivating a number of generations of Indian women scientists.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Sohonie received a great deal of honour’s and recognition for her ground-breaking accomplishments. She was a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), the Indian National Science Academy, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. In 1962, the Indian government presented her with the coveted Padma Shri honour

At 86 years old, Dr. Sohonie passed away in 1998, but her legacy as a pioneer for women in research and an inspiration to subsequent generations of scientists endures. Her achievements are still honoured in India and other countries as examples of the strength of tenacity and determination in the face of difficulty.

Looking at her story it reminds me of a quote by Christian Larson which states “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle”.

  Education News  

Will India become the new ‘South Asian Hub’ for students?

The Free Press Journal, May 5th, 2023

The number of foreign students coming to India for studies has surged by nearly 42% in less than a decade. Let us recall the Government of India’s “Study in India” initiative, unveiled in April 2018, a game-changing project aimed at attracting 200,000 overseas students to Indian colleges by 2023.

Back CBSE to introduce coding, AI in list of 33 new subjects for class 6-8 as part of skill development training: Report

The Mint, May 3rd, 2023

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to introduce coding and artificial intelligence (AI) for students of Class 6-8. This comes as the board aims to promote skill education among students.

  Faculty Fundas    

Study with Nature, is this the new future?

Studying with nature has been shown to have numerous benefits for students of all ages. Some of the key benefits include:


Nishant Agarwal, Visiting Faculty- Analytics, JAGSoM


Improved Concentration: Being in natural environments can help students to focus and concentrate better, as it provides a calming and peaceful environment. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can improve cognitive function, and reduce symptoms of ADHD in children.

Reduced Stress: Nature has a calming effect on the mind and body, and being in natural environments can help to reduce stress levels. This can be particularly beneficial for students who may be experiencing high levels of stress related to academic work or personal life.

Increased Creativity: Being in natural environments can also help to stimulate creativity and imagination. This is because natural environments are rich in sensory stimuli that can inspire new ideas and perspectives.

Improved Physical Health: Studying with nature can also have physical health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and heart rate. It can also provide opportunities for physical activity, such as hiking or walking, which can improve overall fitness and wellbeing.

Enhanced Learning: Studies have shown that students who learn in natural environments often perform better academically. This may be due to the improved concentration and reduced stress that nature provides, as well as the enhanced creativity and imagination that can be stimulated by natural surroundings.

Environmental Awareness: Spending time in nature can also help to foster a greater sense of environmental awareness and appreciation in students. This can be particularly important in today's world, where issues related to climate change and sustainability are becoming increasingly urgent.

Overall, studying with nature can provide numerous benefits for students, including improved concentration, reduced stress, increased creativity, improved physical health, enhanced learning, and environmental awareness. Incorporating nature into learning environments can be a simple yet effective way to improve student wellbeing and academic performance, while also promoting a greater sense of environmental responsibility.

  Student Spotlight    

A Collaborative Effort Pushing Boundaries in Music Production!!

Kshirin Baldwa, TSM, Vijaybhoomi University

The Siddhant Bali Collective is a collaborative effort that brings together a talented and diverse group of individuals. The team includes Nicole Julian, Glory Massey, Tanish Morandani, Psya, Garth Braganza, Jatin Mangal (who served as the co-producer), Ashutosh Anand, Karthik Shankar, Shanaya Shrotri, Atharva Rakhelkar, Aditya Pathak, Krishnik Niar, Sanjay Hundi, David De Menezes, Mark Paul, Jay Rana, Pratham Barapatre, Rudransh Thakur, Jose Cherian, Haresh Lancelot, Sarthak D, Tilak, Soham Kundu, Aadit Jhaveri, Khushi, and Sayan (who contributed artwork), as well as AAYAT, Vibhor, and Aatish (who were involved in management) and Saurav (who handled passes and projector).

The collective began prepping for the album in September and experimented with different genres and styles to push boundaries and create something truly innovative. Jatin played a key role in guiding the project and ensuring that everyone's creative ideas were incorporated into the final product. 

The album, titled "Learning to Be," is set to be released on June 9th and reflects the members' personal journeys of growth and self-discovery. The collective hopes that their music will inspire and resonate with audiences, and that it will reflect their own personal journeys of self-discovery. As the release date approaches, there is a mix of nerves and excitement among the team. They have poured their hearts and souls into the project, and now it's time to see how it will be received by the public. 

For the members of the Siddhant Bali Collective, this project is more than just making music. It's about expressing themselves and connecting with others on a deeper level.

  Week Gone By    

JAMरंग Brainstorming

Saarang Arora, B.Tech - AI, INSOFE

Last week, Vijaybhoomi University hosted a three-day cultural extravaganza, and it was a blast! The event was filled with fun activities that brought together students from diverse backgrounds.

“The JAMरंग Fest is more than just a college festival - it's an unparalleled celebration of the arts, culture, and community.”

That is how the brainstorming meeting for JAMरंग began. JAMरंग is the proposed university fest for VijayBhoomi University. As the first of its iterations, JAMरंग 2023 will be setting a benchmark for the upcoming years of VijayBhoomi University and its fest.

In order to set the best foot forward, the JAMरंग committee went forward and asked the students for their ideas, as it is a fest by the students, for the students and from the students. 

Many students gathered at the venue in order to share their thoughts and ideas for the events, workshops and attractions for the fest. In order to make it more interactive, the students were provided with pens and post-its to pen down their thoughts. This created a great idea board for the organising committee to pursue.


  Student Quotes    


"A fun-filled week of events, including karaoke night, pyjama party, and ethnic day, brought students together in a fun and festive atmosphere. A week full of laughter, music, and cultural exchange that I and everyone thoroughly enjoyed"

Kush Sheth, BTech AI, INSOFE




HipHop Night!

Sagar Urs G, MBA, JAGSoM

Last week at Vijaybhoomi University the cultural committee hosted a thrilling Hip Hop night where students showcased their original Hip Hop songs. They were invited to rap and show their creative genius to their fellow students in Vijaybhoomi University. 

Venkat Harshit from the True School of Music was the host of the Hip Hop night who just elevated the show with his wit. 
It was a great opportunity for students from The True School of Music to showcase their Hip-Hop side and practise their sets. Students also played their unreleased tracks for the audience to give them a sneak peak.

In the end, It was a really energetic event and everyone left with a new beat stuck in their heads.

  Student Quotes    


"Hip Hop doesn't judge, doesn't discriminate. It welcomes everyone and their emotions on the stage."


Venkat Harshit Dhokala, Performer, TSM



  Readers Ask, Vijaybhoomi Answers    

Is there a laundry service provided within the hostel, or do students need to use an external service?


Saarang Arora, B.Tech - AI, INSOFE

For the students at Vijaybhoomi University, there is a laundromat service available on campus. It is a charged service that provides washing and ironing services.

If the students do not wish to use this service, there are other private businesses outside of campus that also provide laundry services and the students can opt for them as well.


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