Calcutta Business School (CBS), a residential B-school under Shikshayatan Foundation, kicked off Zeron, its annual management fest. The cynosure of the event was Rashmi Bansal, the well-known columnist, youth consultant and author of books such as Stay Hungry Stay Foolish and Poor Little Rich Slum.
“Entrepreneurship is a viable career option, since things have changed a lot in the past two decades. To be a successful entrepreneur one no longer needs to be born into an affluent family,” said Bansal. She was speaking about her upcoming book on women entrepreneurship that will be published this March. “The book will inspire women to take up entrepreneurship. It will show how women’s way of doing business is quite different from that of a man,” she added.
Her talk was followed by a workshop titled ‘Lovepal Bill: For the Corrupt Dil’ conducted by Akash Gautam, motivational speaker and corporate trainer. He spoke about developing and maintaining relationships —romantic as well as those with parents, colleagues and teachers.
Chandreyi Karmakar, Mass Communication, NSHM Knowledge campus, Calcutta
Globsyn Business School recently hosted the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - Asean-India Students Exchange Program. As a part of this programme, 35 foreign delegates from countries such as Myanmar and Singapore — who are pursuing courses from reputed universities such as Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University (SMU), Yangon University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar, — visited the campus. It was an enriching experience for us to know more about their society, lifestyle and culture. We look forward to more such exchange programmes in the near future. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Globsyn Business School for giving me such exposure. This unique student exchange programme was envisaged by Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, in 2007 as a familiarisation tool to build greater cultural and economic understanding between two regions of Asia.
Shabbir Akhtar, PGDM, Globsyn Business School
Nowadays students join universities to get jobs but they forget that these are not employment exchanges, said E. Balagurusamy, member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at the International Conference on Computation and Communication Advancement (IC3A) 2013, hosted by JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani. “The primary aim should be to get an education and skills, not just jobs. We must also encourage young students to join small scale industries and do something useful for the benefit of the county,” he advised. According to him, private industries should also encourage research and development. Speaking at the conference, vice-chancellor of Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu), Ajoy K. Ray, identified the scope of research in the field of convergence of computation and communication in coming century. He said, “21st Century will pave the way to understanding human brain system and human biological signals.”
I knew about the animation awards that Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (Maac) holds and was eager to participate in the 24 FPS International Animation Awards this year. There were over 250 contest entries from countries such as China, France, Europe, Singapore, Netherlands Germany, the US and more than 5,000 animation enthusiasts were expected to attend. The event has grown bigger with creative workshops, informative sessions, exhibitions and competitions such as Live Rock Band, Zoo Zoo with Zubin (chat show), B-Boying workshop, gaming competition, MAAC Got Talent competition, the Longest Burp, Beat Boxing and Paint Yourself workshop.
For the competition I created a short 3D film, Poised, based on this year’s theme — the future we want, proposed by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC). My friends and I created two live characters —Adam and Eve — who exploit natural resources for their personal benefit. Poised was screened at the awards function and received a lot of appreciation. My team and I won the best animated short film award for the movie. It was a very proud moment for me and I will cherish it forever.
Manan Desai, MAAC, Mumbai
The School of Inspired Leadership (Soil), Gurgaon, organised Meeting of Minds (MOM) — a convergence of bright young minds from schools and colleges to voice their opinions and ideas and come up with solutions to some vital issues. The event featured an eclectic blend of wisdom of the experienced and enthusiasm of the youth. Eminent panelists such as Anish Shah, president and CEO of GE Capital India; Mansi Madan Tripathy, head of marketing, Shell Lubricants; renowned activist Vinita Singh, trustee, We The People; Sonal Kapoor, founder and CEO, Protsahan; and Justice Sodhi who has been pivotal in bringing justice in the Jessica Lal case graced the occasion.
Woven around the theme, Creativity and Leadership, MOM 2012 looked at exploring the difference which an individual can make to the future of India. The forum laid emphasis on the power of innovation to get a competitive edge. Also, it intended to explore possible ways of idea generation, critical thinking and role of creativity in decision making.
MOM provided a platform to the youth to share their perspectives to influence politicians, professionals and the media.
Nishtha Gandhi, marketing leadership programme, SOIL
A New life
While working as an electric lineman on a high tension wire five years ago, I had an accident and lost both my hands. I lost my job and all hopes of a future. Then one day, when I met the district collector he recommended that I join the iLEAD center in Chittorgarh run by NGO Aide ét Action. There I was trained in information technology enabled services (ITES) as part of Microsoft’s Project Jyoti. I learnt how to use technology to overcome my disability, starting with how to operate the computer with my toes. The IT skills and knowledge I gained helped me forge a new life for myself. Today I am one of the proud owners of an E-Mitra franchise from the Rajasthan government and operate it in my village earning Rs 10,000-12,000 per month. My dream now is to open a computer learning centre in my village with the help of Microsoft’s Give for Youth Program, a micro-giving portal providing NGOs an avenue to fund youth around the world. Having seen the difference the power of technology made in my own life, I want to help others overcome their challenges too.
Shantilal Sharma, Khodip, Rajasthan
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