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In search of some Gandhigiri

The fourth annual day of Asian School of Business Management (ASBM), Moorchhana, was celebrated at the institute on October 12. Governor M.C. Bhandare inaugurated the function. He stressed on employment opportunities emerging in the management sector and the challenges before advanced management institutions like ASBM for quality education and employability. He commended the institute for offering an advanced business learning environment, a future-oriented curriculum and a holistic grooming process.

“Gandhism in modern management is still relevant in the sense that in search of materialistic progress and fanatic race to usurp money and power, we should not forget to protect the needs and interest of the most vulnerable and deprived sections of the society,” said Bhandare. He also congratulated founding director, Prof. Biswajeet Pattanayak, for promoting management education in the state. Gracing the occasion, Member of Parliament Prasanna Patasani spoke about the importance of conferring unitary management university status on ASBM for its state-of-the-art infrastructure, intellectual capital and for perpetuating the basic tenets of personality development. Prof. Pattanayak reflected on the milestones that ASBM has achieved since it was established and its longstanding contribution and undeterred commitment to excellence in management education like bagging an A+ status in Business India Best B-Schools survey and A category in Indian Management Best B-Schools ranking. Associate chairman of ASBM's board of governors G. Upadhyay, dean Kalyan Shankar Ray, board members, ASBM Trust, faculty members, administration and the students were also present at the function. Chinmaya Mohapatra, coordinator of Moorchhana-2010, proposed the vote of thanks. The students of the school also organised a cultural show. Diplomas were conferred on those who had completed the management programme through correspondence under ASBM Centre for Distance Education. To mark the occasion, a voluntary blood donation camp was organised jointly by ASBM, Ama Odisha, BMC Blood Bank and Capital Hospital.

Annual day function

Jetking Bhubaneswar Learning Centre celebrated its first annual day in the city on October 8 at Rabindra Mandap. The day was celebrated with games, cultural performances and prizes for the students. The major attraction was a power-packed performance by rock band Vignanz. Singing sensations such as Malhar from the Star Voice of India and Debarati of Indian Idol-2 fame enthralled the audience with the rendition of popular Bollywood numbers. Both the directors of the centre, Vinay and Abhishek, attributed the popularity of the centre to its dedicated staff members, students and their parents. “We have received such an overwhelming response that the seats for the next session have been filled up before the completion of one year of operations and additional classrooms are being created at the centre to accommodate newcomers. We dedicate this evening to each and every student of our centre,” said Vinay.

Professor visit

Professor of Psychology, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York and Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, Lakshmi Bandlamudi, visited Ravenshaw University in Cuttack on October 19 and delivered a lecture on the topic 'Representation of Women in the Mahabharata'. Her visit to the university was part of her extensive research work under Fulbright-Nehru senior research programme sponsored by City University of New York and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. Bandlamudi, who teaches courses in human development and women's studies in the US, spoke about her research work based on the theoretical foundations of two Russian thinkers - literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin and socio-historical epistemologist Lev Vygotsky. She said her aim was to promote dialogic (something relating to or written in dialogue) consciousness by comparing the works of Mikhail Bakhtin with those of Sanskrit grammarian and philosopher Bhartrhari, and Indian philosopher of aesthetics Abhinavagupta. She also spoke about her latest book, Dialogics of Self, The Mahabharata and Culture: The History of Understanding and Understanding of History, which is an interdisciplinary work on her area of research connecting cultural studies, myths, culture, history and consciousness. “My work is a comprehensive study, designed to explore transactions between life and literary text in the light of The Mahabharata, focusing on two central characters Karna and Draupadi,” she said. “While this work focuses on the psychological dimensions of interpretation, my research in India will explore the myriad images of these two characters in the literary and cultural history,” she added. The lecture was organised by professor and head of the department (HoD) of political science and coordinator of Ravenshaw extramural lectures, Niranjan Barik. HoD of English Dipti Ranjan Pattanayak also spoke on the occasion and juxtaposed Sarala’s Mahabharata with Vedvyasa’s Mahabharata. The lecture was followed by an interactive session in which the scholar answered queries raised by faculty and students. Vice-chancellor Devdas Chhotray and dean (administration) Nachiketa Das were also present at the event.

Orientation programme

RJ School of Management Studies (RJSMS), Balasore, conducted its 12th orientation programme at the Sharada Hall to welcome fresh batch of students. Director-cum-CEO of the institution, Santanu Kumar Pani, welcomed the students and delivered a speech about the importance of discipline and self-confidence in management studies. A ten-minute video presentation on the achievement of RJSMS was shown to the students. Later, study kits were distributed among the freshers. Rajib Sen, an alumnus of RJSMS, presently working as an HR management trainee in Balasore Alloys conducted a 30-minute orientation programme. S. K. Mohapatra, senior general manager and head of HR, Posco India, Suvendu Das, general manager (HR), Paradip Phospate, Subhasis Das, vice-president (HR and corporate affairs), Welspun Steel, and Sandeep Bhattacharya, general manager (P&A), Balasore Alloys were present as guests. Mohapatra spoke about methods to develop a positive attitude to excel in the corporate world, while Bhattacharya cited examples of largescale industries set up by different companies in the state to generate a high rate of employability for the students. Other members of the staff and governing body also attended the function. Shashanka Shekhar Acharya, lecturer in marketing, presented the vote of thanks.

Basketball tourney

The North-East Zone Inter-University Women Basketball Tournament 2010-11 begun at KIIT University today. The tournament will continue till October 24. Teams from 36 universities are participating in the event, which is being held for the first time in the state. The participating teams have been divided into four groups: A, B, C and D. GNDU University, Amritsar, Ranchi University, Himachal Pradesh University, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Aligarh Muslim University, Dr B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra, Ravenshaw University, Bastar University and Punjabi University have been placed in Group A. Jamia Millia Islamia, Jadavpur University, Banaras Hindu University, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia University, APS University, Madhya Pradesh, B.R.A. Bihar University, GAD Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana and Kurukshetra University figure in Group B. Similarly, VBS Eastern University, C.C. Singh University, Meerut, KIIT University, Guru Ghasidas University, Chatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, C.S.K. University, Himachal Pradesh, Berhampur University, M.J.P. Rohitkhand University and Panjab University are in Group C. Universities in Group D are Punjab Agriculture University, Utkal University, Binova Bhave University, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Jammu University, Surguja University, Chhattisgarh, Kumaon University, Sports Council M. G. K Vidyapith and Delhi University.

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