By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/Umoja Standard.
Makerere University: On Monday, Swami Swaroopananda, the Global Head Chinmaya Mission lectured Students on ‘STORM TO PERFORM’ that aimed at changing their mindset to fresh ideas.
The event was organised by Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT).
Speaking to students and a few participants at the event, Swami told them that they need to grow their mindset which will help achieve their greater academic success, taking more challenging tasks, learn from mistakes and persevere through difficulties.
Swami Swaroopananda, the Global Head Chinmaya Mission lectures students. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.
He asked them to develop a love of learning as they see themselves capable of improving and mastering new skills.
Swami Swaroopananda is a motivational speaker whose passionate in teaching how to survive as youths and always ask them to be useful not useless basing on the fact that they always have energy but tend not to not use it.
It is against this background that Swami taught the youths on how they can tap into their mind, pick out useful ideas and be human beings full of value.
*Prior to meeting students, Swami met University management and equipped them on how they can thrive in their duties*
(R) Dr. Amanda Tumusime- the Dean of Students at Margaret Trowel School of Industrial Art chats with Swami Swaroopananda after the event. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.
In his written address Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe- the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University said that they are desirous that in addition to high quality education, their students become grounded in cultural values and norms that enhance their appreciation for selfless human behavior that esteems respect for others.
He said that dialogues such as those delivered by Swami Swaroopananda are well aligned with their institutional student engagement activities.
Prof. Nawangwe admitted that it is University’s honor to welcome the world renown speaker to deliver a talk to final year students and proposed that such dialogues become regularized as an annual or biannual event through a partnership agreement or memorandum.
(In blue) Associate Professor Dr. Amanda Tumusime- the Dean of Students at Margaret Trowel School of Industrial Art is seen in the audience. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.
“The growth of Chinmaya Mission from humble beginnings on 20th May 1965 to over 250 centres in India and 75 centres abroad is quite impressive. Equally noteworthy is that Chinmaya Educational Institutions are affiliated to the International Baccalaureate (IB) and other high quality international education standards. In the same breath, I congratulate Chinmaya Mission’s academic institutions in India upon graduating one million students through their doors”. Said Nawangwe in a statement.
Speaking at the sidelines of the event, Associate Professor Dr. Amanda Tumusime- the Dean of Students at Margaret Trowel School of Industrial Art– Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) told this website (Umoja Standard) that the talk of this kind is very important to students saying, she many times a student can come in her office and admit that would like to end own life and you may not know how to handle.
(R) Associate Professor Dr. Amanda Tumusime- the Dean of Students at Margaret Trowel School of Industrial Art- Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT). Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.
“We normally send them to counselling services but before we do that we need to understand how to talk to these students asking them to calm down, please don’t it that way!, so if these talks were regular, students would know how to handle themselves”. Said Dr. Amanda.
She admitted that it is not a crime for students to behave that way but sometimes they just don’t know how to go about it therefore this talk is very useful in this sense.
A student moves a vote of thanks on behalf of fellows to Swami for the wonderful TALK they received. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.
“I am very confident that students who have attended today’s talk have gotten to understand that ‘if I am going through this, then this is how i should train my mind think, not over think or to pick out good ideas not bad ideas”. Dr. Amanda highlighted.
“Its all our concern because when you’re a professor, lecturer or a leader, the students are all our customers, so we want a happy community, we want to deal with our customers when they are happy and us too”. She emphasized.