Prevention is Better than Cure…the Ayurveda way!!

Every individual desires a long and healthy life but in today’s era of the polluted world, exhausting lifestyle and rapid urbanisation it’s becoming more difficult to complete this task. Medical science has evolved thousand fold but the prime focus was on the cure of diseases rather on prevention of health. Ayurveda is the oldest medical science in the history of mankind. It is the need of time to look back and follow the secrets of our ancestors who were living a healthy life for hundreds of years with the help of Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda, the human body gets nourished on external factors that include food, water, atmosphere and even on psychological feeds that we receive. Homeostasis always exists between bodies needs and nourishment received which is maintained by the mechanisms which function at various levels. Ayurveda have discovered five procedures named Vamana, Virechana, Niruha Basti, Anuvasana Basti and Nasya which are useful to maintain this homeostasis. Body’s functions are in accordance with a circadian rhythm which is due to changes in atmosphere and adaptation that take place at a physiological level. Ayurveda have classified functional entities in body in three broad categories termed Dosha viz. Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Balance of these three keeps person disease free. Seasonal variations are observed in these factors. For e.g. In Vasanta Ritu i.e. in month of February-March Kapha increases naturally which makes person prone for diseases like Asthma, allergies, certain skin disorders etc. In starting of rainy season Vata increases in the body; the abnormal rise of which is responsible for aggravation of degenerative joint disorders, certain neurological diseases. Similarly Pitta vitiation in Sharada Ritu i.e. near September-October aggravates digestive disorders, skin diseases etc. Timely management of these vitiations of Dosha can keep person healthy and live long. Ayurveda advocates to Take Vamana in Vasant Ritu (in February-March), Virechana in Sharad Ritu (in September-October), Niruha and Anuvasana Basti in beginning of Varsha Ritu (in June- July) to maintain the health. However, Nasyakarma is included in daily regimen to be followed. Mode of action of these therapies and their role in prevention of health and cure of diseases has already been validated through many clinical and experimental researches. Duration required for these therapies ranges from 7 to 15 days and needs minimal hospitalisation. However care must be taken to follow the do’s and don’ts associated with these treatments. Healthy individual reports improvement in overall quality of life after undergoing these therapies which is very much needed for longevity with health.

Dr. Swapnil Auti,
Associate Professor, Panchakarma,
Faculty of Indian medical system, SGT University

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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the Global Epidemic of Oral Cancer

The first ever international collaboration of the Departments of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Medicine & Radiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, SGT University with the Masters of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Implantology, University of Barcelona and Masters of Oral Implantology, University of Seville, Spain was organized on the 19th & 20th of April 2019.
The INSPACON 2019 meet was organized under the aegis of Delhi-NCR state Chapter of the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India (AOMSI) and also with the support of SEI (Spanish Society of Implantology) and SIOLA (Latin American Society of Implantology) with an agenda of exploring the students’ knowledge with the latest technologies and ways in the field of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Implantology.

Here are two of the delegates, one from Spain Dr. Siddharth Mishra, presently working as Professor – Master of Oral Medicine, Surgery and Implantology, University of Barcelona who is an alumni of the SGT Dental College is in conversation with Dr. Antoni Mari Roig: Head of Department, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital of Bellvitge & Co-Director of Master on Oral Medicine, Surgery and Implantology, University of Barcelona.
Both the delegates spoke at length about their experience in India and especially at SGT University, Gurugram. They also discussed the global epidemic of Oral Cavity Cancer and its repercussions. Interesting to note was the observation by Dr. Antoni Mari Roig about the late presentation of the disease in his institution as well as is the case here in India. Both stressed upon the prevention & early detection of cancer which always has a better outcome as compared to the late stage disease in which survival is always poor.
Not only do this but they also discussed the specialty of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery as regards to the clinical curriculum and the teaching program. The shortage of well-trained surgeons and the emerging role of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in the management of this dreadful disease were also stressed. What was also stressed upon was the overall rehabilitation of the patients with oral cancer in the long journey of the entire treatment process. Quality of life is just as important an issue as surviving the disease and for that, the need for a multi-disciplinary approach with the involvement of other specialists namely implantologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, etc was also pointed.
Overall, the delegates were quite impressed with the infrastructure at SGT University and the quality of treatment being given at the institution by the doctors. It was heartening to see surgeons from such a developed country as Spain to appreciate the work being undertaken by the University in managing our patients here.

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Put Your Career in FAST TRACK!

The Corporate Resource Center (CRC) at SGT University plays an important role in shaping the careers of students from their induction, orientation, summer internships, mid-term projects, right to their final placements. CRC undertakes various academic and non-academic initiatives so that students are well equipped to meet varied industry requirements. The CRC networks with the university’s alumni to support them by updating on better career opportunities and navigates for them through its vast network of industry contacts. Constantly managing Corporate – University interface is an important responsibility of this Centre. Besides its core objective of Placements and Internships for the students, CRC is engaged in a host of support functions, meant to bring about continuous improvement in student activities. The Corporate Resource Center plays a vital role in bringing the industry and academia close to each other by providing Career Counseling, need-based education and organization support…

CRC acts as an interface between the students, faculty and the corporate world to initiate continuous interaction with the industry, sharing industry experiences, and understanding the needs of the corporate world. CRC at SGT University has been regularly inviting heads of leading Companies to the campus, who share their insights into the latest issues concerning the economy to stimulate and enhance the intellectual climate. The department organizes activities and workshops that enable students to be effective team leaders as well as team players. This department is operated with twin-fold focus, i.e. augmenting internal competencies by fostering contemporary grooming of students and by enabling the industry to identify and absorb intellectuals with requisite technical & managerial skills.
Pre – Placement Talk offers the corporate world an opportunity to interact with the students and to know their prospective recruits better, both for the summer and final placements. Organizations make presentations which are vital in providing the students with the information about the organization and career prospects in which typical students concerns like a job description, selection criteria, industry culture, remuneration package, the scope for growth, cross-functional exposure are answered. Summer Internship Programme constitutes an integral part of the curriculum and is valued for its relevance in modern day education. Final Placement Process commences from the month of October every year. The Industry has sought and utilized the intellectual capital of SGT University by participating in the final placement process. The real proof of the quality and effectiveness of any institution lies in the acceptance of its graduates in the industry. Thus the placement of the graduating batch marks the culmination of the academic rigor at SGT University. The budding professionals are absorbed by the MNCs, Indian Giants and Public Sector firms, from SGT University Campus.
The changing paradigms have made mandatory for an academic institution to foster a new breed of professionals – individuals equipped with the right kind of knowledge, technical skills, ability to think out of the box and innovative. The industry expectations have gone higher and only those survive and sustain who have the right attitude & skills to accept challenges and increase the performance ladder each day. Hard work is no more the key to success alone but individuals are expected to work smarter and consistent without failure. The overarching objective of CRC at SGT University has been the creation of knowledge, influencing skills and integrating them globally. Every SGTian is provided with highly professional environment of learning from the very first day. The university places special emphasis on inculcating corporate values and skills required for complex decision-making, besides developing superior expertise on functional domains and garnering business knowledge.

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Immunity Boosting Diet & Healthy lifestyle

Immunity is a complex and redundant system that requires all nutrients for proper functioning. One of the factors that affect natural resistance is nutrition.

Role of proper nutriment’s in immune system functions can’t be undermined, however seemingly healthy our nourishment is. The dietary factors that cause harm to immunity functions are either deficient intake of macronutrient \elements (fat, carbohydrate and protein) or deficiency in some specific micronutrient elements (vitamin, mineral and water).

Balanced nutrition, especially inadequate protein intake vitamin and mineral enhance the resistance against infections. It is essential to have adequate and balanced nutrition for healthy growth and developments.

Every individual should have an adequate and balanced diet with a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals in order to have a functional immune system. Micronutrients have the properties to help the body in fighting against a variety of illnesses and protect the body from damage to cells. Many foods contain micronutrients that promote, enhance and regulate the immune system.
Some nutritional elements, such as complex carbohydrates, proteins, functional foods, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, iron, copper, selenium, and zinc have special benefits on immunity functions.
It has been proved that fresh fish, fruits, dark green leafy and other vegetables, cinnamon, nuts,mushrooms, garlic, black pepper, ginger, honey, herbal teas, omega 3 fatty acids (plentifully available in salmon, mackerel flaxseed, legumes, and walnuts.) yogurt and seaweed , stimulate the T-cells and other immune cells.

Provision of these nutritional elements through natural foods will prevent a person from the side effects of overuse.

Weight-loss programs, in which less than 1200 kilocalorie foods are consumed effect the immunity functions, for this reason, these extremely unhealthy so-called fast weight-loss diets should be avoided.

A healthy immune system lets us feel well, look well and let us use our energy more efficiently.

Remaining away from the stressful factors, approaching life and events positively, keeping away from smoking and drinking, adequate and balanced nutrition and regular exercising are among the supports we can give to our immune system. However, sometimes, these supports become insufficient and we may need some strengthening outsourcing for our immune system.

This support should be preferred through natural nutrients rather than medications. For a proper nourishment program, it is advised to seek professional help from a dietician/nutritionist.

It’s vital to have a balanced diet for strengthening the immune system and reduce the risks of catching infections. Consequently, in order to boost the immune system, reduce the risks of diseases and stay healthy, natural defence system of our organism should be strengthened as detailed above.

Dr Akanksha Yadav
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, FAHS

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Stewardship Towards Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability and Capacity Building are two irreversible and major thrust areas for Education system throughout the world. Role of Universities in education is instrumental in the sustainability movement and higher education has made many valuable contributions to society and development, and is recognized for the important role it has in improving livelihoods worldwide with a key component of sustainable development. Now, environmental education has been identified as an asset for sustainable development as it has been shown to aid in development aspects later in life and also positively influence the management of the world’s increasingly stressed natural resources through the incorporation of successful techniques.

As there has been a major disconnect between raising awareness about the environment and taking action to reduce environmental degradation, higher education has to play a major role to fill the gap by providing quality education and research which is vital if conservation and sustainable development strategies are to succeed. We have observed a major shift in our worldview from seeing the environment as resources to be exploited to seeing it as life’s supporting structure that needs our stewardship. The thousands of dedicated professionals ranging from scientists and engineers to businesspeople, lawyers and public servants who are aware of the environmental problems are making outstanding efforts to bring about solutions. It is worth mentioning here the project “Ice Stupa” taken up by Mr. Sonam Wangchuk, Rolex awardee who helps in sustaining water in Cold desert of ladakh.

 Higher education stewards in shaping an ecologically sound society and focusing their talents and training on environmental issues or hazards. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of sustainability without the involvement of professionals who are directed toward promoting solutions and skills in this aspect. Now higher education is viewed as an unalloyed good form of education within the fields of environmental conservation and sustainable development and which should be improved bottom-up and linked to environment needs with clear goals and content for sustainable development.

– Dr. Archana Chaudhary
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Science

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5th National Moot Court Competition: Wordplay at its Best

SGT University’s Faculty of Law organized 5th National Moot Court Competition on February 7, 2019, which ended on February 9, 2019. Some of the known dignitaries from the world of law were present at the three-day event namely – Hon’ble Justice (Dr.) Bharat Bhushan Prasoon, Former Judge Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh and Mr. P.K. Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law to show the right path to the law aspirants. The event commenced with the welcome speech being delivered by Prof. (Dr.) R H Gorane, Dean -Faculty of Law, SGT University. This moot court competition witnessed the participation of 36 teams from all over the country where 12 teams qualified for quarterfinal round.

On the final day of the event, some of the eminent judges namely – Advocate Vidhi Gupta, Advocate Vinay Pandey, Advocate Sandeep Jindal and Advocate Muish Sharma were present to boost the morale of the participants. Moreover, all these eminent judges were also honored at the event.

Among the 12 teams qualified for the quarterfinal round, only 8 could make through the semifinals. The judges who made the decision for the final round were, Advocate KuljeetRawa, Advocate Divya Jyoti Jaipuriar, and Advocate Jugal Wadhwa.

The final day of the event was also marked with the presence of Honourable Former Chief Justice of India Shree Dipak Misra. In his intriguing speech, he emphasized the importance of such moot courts and stated that one factor that made these moot courts special was interaction with the young blood. In his speech, he also stated that ‘’We need to look for diversity in the country. In other words, we should seek to live in a society where everyone lived in harmony with each other.’’

The speech also highlighted on overcoming the corrupting power of praise and working laboriously. He explicated that ‘Silence can be eloquent and dangerous, so it is important not to be silent in argumentative cases and present one’s point’ which caught everyone’s attention.
The 5th National Moot court was indeed an interactive one. The aspiring lawyers of tomorrow learnt a lesson or two in mooting. It was a tiny, yet substantial, a step taken towards a brighter future and a better society.

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Should live streaming of Supreme Court cases be allowed?

In ancient India, court cases mostly used to be held in the open. However, with the passage of time, in the modern era, cases are held and decided behind closed doors. Of late, a general question has caught the public mind that court cases, specifically, Supreme Court cases should be allowed to see by the junta. In other words, Supreme Court cases should be live streamed. There are factors favoring and against this notion. Let’s do a swot up…..

In cases, of national importance, people, specifically the think tanks are of the view that the public has full right to know the case proceedings. After all, the entire final jurisdiction concerns the public. How can one not involve the public in cases regarding them? This seems unthinkable. For instance, in cases, such as eradication of section 377 of Indian Penal code, or in cases like the entry of women in Sabarimala, live streaming; most people hold the view is, that it should be allowed. Also, why shouldn’t law and judiciary benefit from technology? Live streaming, would be a great move in this direction.

Now, let’s consider the facts against the notion. First and foremost, people argue, that in some cases like those involving heinous crimes or criminal proceedings, live streaming would be an unhealthy choice. The life of people involved in such cases may be put to danger. Also, there is a problem with graphic violence. They may prove gross, and audience, specifically if it involves children should never view them.

The aforesaid sentiments prove, that common sense says, that in this era of the internet and digitalization, live streaming is not a bad option, albeit within the certain restriction. The International Court of justice, certain high courts in Canada and Australia allow it.
The bottom line is, the idea is a novel one and worth a try. At the same time, precaution should also be taken regarding the sensitivity of the cases. Common sense and prudence is the key.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders in Rural Population of Kaliawas, India

India is the fastest growing economic country still health care and its related economy are one of the major concerns.  Rural health care is one of the biggest challenges with 70% population living in rural areas and low- level health facilities. In terms of collective growth of the society as a whole their health status needs to emphasise on various aspects which are: prevalence of diseases and disorders; level of literacy; accessibility, affordability and availability of timely medical intervention can save lives and improve the standard of rural population life style. India accounts for the largest maternity deaths, majority of these are in rural areas where maternal health care is poor.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are among the most common work related complaint. Musculoskeletal disorders have been reported as one of the most common and important health problems in working populations, generating social and economic implications.

The rural people are still unaware of the MSD due to their work load at the farms and fields. Health education needs to be promoted at community level so that the morbidity associated with MSD will be reduced and the quality of life of rural population improves.

A study has been done by the Faculty of Physiotherapy of SGT University to find prevalence of musculoskeletal problem and associated risk factors on rural population. This study was done by Dr Gurpreet Singh , Assistant professor along with three scholars students on the population of Kaliawas Village. Study was done on 300 participants by filling two Questionnaires viz.; Standardized Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and Self Structured Questionnaire .

According to the study 62% of the participants were diagnosed with MSD. The result also demonstrated that most commonly affected regions were lower back (29%) followed by knee joint (21%) and then the  ankle joint , neck , shoulder , elbow , and wrist are affected. There was an equal percentage of MSD among male and females. A striking finding of this study was 87 % of subjects with MSD were aged below 60 years.


Graphical representation of Prevalence of affected area in Kaliawas village

An age wise distribution of musculoskeletal disorders also demonstrated different percentage of MSDs among different age group were: 30-40 (26%); 40-50 (35%), 50-60(27%) and 60-70(12%). Results showed that musculoskeletal disorders were more prevalent in 40-50 age group participants.

In this study it was found that risk factors such as prolonged exertion, awkward posture, twisting, excessive bending, monotonous work, lifting of heavy weight and the exposure to vibration force while driving tractors for long hours, seems to play a major role in the development of MSDs. In this study it was found that 26% of the population had physiotherapy awareness.

There was a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorder among rural population of Kaliawas with men and women equally affected (50%). The most common complaint were low backache followed by osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, cervical spondylitis etc. squatting, bending, lifting heavy weight were found the risk factors associated with MSDs.

Therefore, there is a necessity of proper awareness and assessment of MSDs among rural as well as in urban population. As the MSDs also reduces the ability to work. In rural populations due to illiteracy, they preferred home remedies and local bone setter which may worsen their condition.

Dr Gurpreet
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Physiotherapy

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