Monday, June 23, 2008

Blog Team 2007-08 signs off!

The out going team of the Manipal Dubai Community Blog (Picture by R. N. Shukul)

A big 'Thank You' to all our readers for their feedback and encouragement which made this blog a grand success. A new team will take up the Manipal University Dubai Community blog in September after the summer break.

Good Luck to all the students
graduating this year.

"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends." ~ Richard Bach

Monday, June 9, 2008

New Public Bus routes to Academic City area

The new RTA buses plying in front of Dubai International Academic City. Picture By Fatima Husain

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) announced that Public Transport Agency has launched new bus routes as part of its ongoing efforts to develop public transport network in Dubai.

The first route is known as 330; setting off from Silicon Oasis to the International City and vice versa via the Outsource Zone and Dubai International Academic City.

The second line X23 will start from Al Nahdah area to the International City and vice versa via Nayef Road, Al Shindagah Tunnel, Khalid bin Al Waleed Road, Ras Al Khor and Al Manama Road.

In addition to these two routes, there is another bus which is called Route 65 designated to operate over Al Rashidiya to International City.

It is a welcome move from the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to make the journey to Dubai International Academic City easier and more accessible.

Click for Public Bus Timetables and Route maps

Click for RTA press release on new bus routes

Manipal Dubai media students in the media

Here are a few clippings from the local newspapers on Manipal Dubai Media Students at the Shoof Tv awards held at Knowledge Village Auditorium on 29th May, 2008.

Gulf News Notes dated 8 June 2008

Gulf News Notes dated 8 June 2008

Gulf News Tabloid dated 8 June 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

World Environment Day 2008

World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

The World Environment Day slogan for 2008 is Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy. Recognising that climate change is becoming the defining issue of our era, UNEP is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.

The day's agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. Read more...

To calculate your carbon footprint or view a short film which shows how energy use in your home creates CO2 emissions, and how we can all reduce our emissions to help tackle climate change. Click here...

Did you know that recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours? Click to read more...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Media Department Showcase Event - Spectrum 2008 highlights in Campus Journal

The highlights of Spectrum 08 in Campus Journal dated June 1, 2008.
The highlights of the showcase event of the Department of Media and Communications, Manipal University - Dubai Campus was covered by Campus Journal dated June 1, 2008 in a double spread layout.

Click on the pictures for readable size.

Campus Journal front page features Manipal University Fashion Student

Front Page and article from Campus Journal dated June 1, 2008 University - Dubai Campus fashion student Anchu Mulchandani.

Anchu Mulchandani, a passing out student from the Department of Fashion Technology, Manipal University - Dubai Campus was featured on the cover page of this week's Campus Journal dated June 1, 2008. Anchu's creations at Fashionova 2008 turned heads with her innovative style of fashion.

Click on the pictures to read the article.

Friday, May 30, 2008

BBA bids seniors adieu

A packed audience eagerly wait for the show to start. Photo: Fatemeh S.
The BBA Department bid their seniors adieu as the end of the academic terms looms near. With less than a fortnight left for exams to settle in and signal the end of their degree, the Department threw an exciting party for the outgoing students in an atmosphere charged with energy and emotion. Dances, songs and games kept the mood upbeat throughout while the distribution of mementos and a visual representation of a walk down Memory Lane evoked strong memories and even a few tears.

Please don't stop the music. Photo: Fatemeh S.

The outgoing students of BBA Department during a photo call. Photo: Fatemeh S.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Manipal Dubai Media Students sweep SHOOF Tv Top Awards

SHOOFtv officials and other dignitaries with the winning Manipal University - Dubai Team and Runner's Up Team from SAE Institute. (Pic by Joseph John Nalloor)

Students from the Department of Media and Communications won the Best Troop Award and Best Troop Captain at a grand Awards Ceremony held at the Knowledge Village Conference Center on Thursday, 29th May 2008.

The Manipal Dubai students' team under the name "Look Mommy I Can Act" won the overall prize after pipping over 30 teams in the grueling two months competition. The grand prize is a professional camera kit worth a whooping AED30,000 including a special award to Karen M. John as Best Team Captain. The winning team included Uzma Atcha, Melissa Khan, Ayesha Fahim, Aakansha Singh and Karen M. John.

The winning team "Look Mommy I Can Act". (Pic by Joseph John Nalloor)

SHOOFtv is part of the Arab Media Group. It is a 100% user-generated online channel with content created by users all over the Middle East giving them a global platform where videos are rated and voted for by other users and viewers.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees from Manipal University - Dubai Campus.

Read this blog for more updates, till then enjoy watching the videos made by teams from Manipal University - Dubai Campus on

Karen M. John with her special award for Best Captain at SHOOF Troops 2008. (Pic by Joseph John Nalloor)

The group from Manipal University - Dubai Campus who turned up to support and cheer the nominees from our University at the Awards Night. (Pic by Anna John Nalloor)

The finalists of SHOOF tv on the posters and signs outside. (Pic by Uzma Atcha)

The SHOOF tv stars indeed! (Pic by Uzma Atcha)

It's Exam Time!

Dr. Shahul Hamed, Chair - Examinations Committee and Mr. Abdulla, Assistant - Examination Cell getting the examination preparations in order. (Pic by Arun Thomas)

80% of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed and the one book you didn’t read - Anonymous

It's that time of the year again when we all return to our books and strive to make ourselves, teachers and parents happy, and strive to do justice to our education. So, here we bring you a few good wishes from the Manipal University professors...

"Work hard. Come out with flying colours"
Mr Shahul Hameed, Chair - Exam Cell Committee

"Do well. Make yourselves proud"
Ms. Sarah Merchant, Sr. Lecturer, Department of Interior Design

"Wish you all the best. Be alert and look at all parts of the questions while answering them. Number the answers properly. And remember it is 'relative' grading - presentation always matters "
Dr. Sitalakshmi, Sr Lecturer, Department of Management Studies

"Time lost once never comes back. So make the optimal use of it. Study hard, wishing you all the best"
Ms. Zakiya Ansari, Sr. Lecturer, Department of English

"It's Exam Time! Please Study "NOW!"
Mr. Sabir Haque, Sr. Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications

And from all of us at Manipal University - Dubai Community Blog, we wish all the students success. Dedication and hardwork does pay, and will pay. Good luck!

Fashionova 2008 Afterparty

The Department of Fashion and Technology 'Fashionova 2008 Afterparty' in progress. (Pic by Joseph John Nalloor)

The farewell for the Department of Fashion Technology final year students was held today at the Manipal University Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It was aptly named the 'Fashionova 2008 Afterparty'. Ms. Javeria Pasha, Chair of the department said, 'I'm emotionally attached to them. Its been three years and we've become a family. It's the feeling of when your children get married and go away. That's how I'm feeling."

We wish those graduating the greatest success and good luck in the years that follow.

The Department of Fashion and Technology 'Fashionova 2008 Afterparty' in progress. (Pic by Joseph John Nalloor)