Last week we visited the mega science expo which was organised to mark the 100th edition of the Indian Science Congress near Salt Lake Stadium. We were particularly fascinated by the sight of huge missiles such as Agni, Prithvi and launch vehicles at the Defence Research Development Organisation’s stall at the Pride of India pavilion. We also saw sophisticated laser-guided weapons and unmanned aircraft designed by Indian scientists.
The stall of the Indian Space Research Organisation had models of rockets like GSLV and latest satellites. The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) boasted the best products developed indigenously. But the most interesting stall belonged to the Indian Centre for Space Physics (ICSP), a small city-based research institute conducting space exploration using balloon-borne instruments. Young researchers at the stall not only demonstrated how their instruments remain afloat to measure cosmic rays, but also invited us to be a part of their next launch.
Arkajyoti Majumder, Class VII, Frank Anthony Public School, Calcutta and Sankalp Shekhar, Class VII, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Edudigm, a mentoring institute by IIT Kharagpur alumni, is conducting Bengal Talent Search Exam (BTSE) for students of classes VI to XII on January 23. The two-hour exam (to be held between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm) shall test students on aptitude, science and mathematics.
All participants would have direct access to Edudigm’s Eklavya mentoring platform and be eligible for scholarships for IIT-JEE, AIPMT and Olympiads. A workshop on careers, academics and competitive examinations would be conducted after the test where students would be awarded certificates, complete analysis of their performance and a chance to interact with experts from diverse backgrounds.
Test centres are located in Calcutta, Durgapur, Kharagpur and Siliguri.
For sample papers, registration and details, call Edudigm Office at 033-30811608 or visit www.edudigm.in
XLRI, the premier private B-school in India, held its Second National Convention on Responsible Leadership in Calcutta recently. The event was hosted by the Centre of Global Management and Responsible Leadership (CGMRL).
The conference successfully brought together participants from different industries, students and academic veterans on a common platform. The participants discussed leadership instances to highlight leadership qualities such as honesty and pragmatism.
The event was inaugurated by Pranabesh Ray, dean, XLRI. He also launched Responsible Leadership, a book containing case studies presented at the first national convention held in 2011. The next book on responsible leadership is to be released at the third convention to be held in 2013.
Presenters and participants hailing from eclectic backgrounds took part in brainstorming in the “tete-a-tete” session. It was a unique blend of emotional assessment and contextual analogy. At the session, integrative processes were carried out to propel teamwork and produce coherence in defining the traits of a responsible leader.
Addressing the gathering, Ray said, “Before the centre initiated activities to promote responsible leadership; it felt a need to outline case studies from different walks of life about responsible leadership practices. That was when we floated the idea of presentation of case studies on responsible leadership, and the response has been most encouraging.”
“Crisis of trust caused due to major corporate scandals, globalisation and sustainability issues like climate change and increasing poverty has accentuated the need for responsible leadership more than ever before,” he said.
Students of SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, interacted with a panel of venture capitalists and IT entrepreneurs on setting up IT & IT enabled businesses recently. The discussion on “India 3.0 – Powered by Technology” was organised by a private TV channel. It consisted of a distinguished panel of IT entrepreneurs and venture capitalists such as venture capitalist Mahesh Murthy, Valerie Wagoner, founder and CEO, Zipdial, and Satya Prabhakar, founder and CEO, Sulekha.com.
During the interaction, the panel discussed how India has transformed — becoming a service hub rather than a production hub — and the role of venture capitalists in starting a new business. The panel opined that the execution of a business idea is more important than the idea itself and is the key differentiating factor considered by venture capitalists before investing money in any business. The panel discussion ended with an interactive session on the future of cloud computing, entrepreneurship and the general outlook of IT industry in India.
The panel discussion was facilitated by the Placement Committee 2012, which is an integral part of ADMAP (Assessment and Development of Managerial and Administrative Potential) programme at SPJIMR. The institute believes in providing first-hand information about the industry and the business environment with the help of industry leaders and stalwarts.
Spardha, Praxis Business School’s annual fest, which was held recently, turned out to be a huge success. Leading the crowd were teams from IIM Calcutta, Presidency University, St Xavier’s College, Jadavpur University and so on. The fest began with ‘Catch me if you can’, a finance game where students have to identify and investigate corporate fraud. The other events were ‘Mock-Stock’, a commodity trading simulation organised by NCDEX, ‘Matrix’, a maze of mathematical puzzles, ‘Brand Aid’, a marketing strategy game, and ‘Owen’s Mystery’, a human resources game. ‘Jigyasa’, a quiz show, featuring over 30 teams, was conducted by our very own associate dean and well known quiz master Charanpreet Singh along with renowned quiz master Kinshuk Biswas. Students from Jadavpur University, St Xavier’s College, Presidency University and Calcutta Medical College made it to the finals. Pulsating rock performances by groups such as the Valkyrie Project, Blood, Shrap and Hindukush brought the fest to an end. Renowned musicians Adil Rashid and Sukanti Roy adjudged Valkyrie Project as the winner.
Piyush Das, second-year student of business management, Praxis Business School
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