The fifth edition of national conference on social entrepreneurship was organised on XLRI campus in Jamshedpur recently. This year the flagship event, meant to underscore the institute’s mission to make students socially responsible, took off with personal accounts of five grassroots women achievers in a tribal area in Jharkhand. These women entrepreneurs shared their success stories with India’s leading social entrepreneurs such as Arbind Singh (Nidan), Joe Madiath (Gram Vikas), Manas Satpathy (Pradaan) and students from different B-schools, development workers and foreign delegates.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by a series of panel discussions on innovations in livelihood promotion and skill development. Professor Madhukar Shukla, the coordinator for the conference, summed up the programme, saying, “During last few years, livelihood promotion, skill development and vocational training have opened up immense possibilities for social entrepreneurs. Moreover, these goals are also emerging as significant national priorities as envisaged in the National Skill Development Mission, National Rural Livelihood Mission and National Urban Livelihood Mission. Through this conference, we aim to provide an opportunity to explore and discuss the opportunities and challenges for initiatives and social ventures in this sector.”
SIGMA, Student Committee
XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur
The 148th annual exhibition of Government College of Art and Craft was organised by its cultural body Parampara here recently in presence of a constellation of venerated painters from across the country and overseas. Alongside chief guest Ranen Ayan Dutta, Subrata Bhowmick, Niranjan Pradhan, Amal Ghosh, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Sandip Sarkar, Samaresh Mukherjee, Kamalaksha Gangopadhyay and Rebanta Goswami, the officer-in-charge, attended the programme.
Along with paintings by graduate and postgraduate students of visual arts, handicrafts made of wood and leather were showcased.
The paintings dealt with suburban landscapes. There were some on contemporaneous issues, city life and the like.
Visitors were greeted at the entrance by installations resembling a gigantic scrawny street dog, an arm chair with a big cap.
The exhibition ended on Jan 27. “The works of neophyte painters are commendable. Pulling off such an exhibition within a short period of time is praiseworthy,” says Subrata Gangopadhyay.
Former student Amal Ghosh, now a noted painter, who flew down from England, lauded the works of the students. Reminiscing about the exhibitions they used to organise, Ghosh called it a “nostalgic pull” that attracted him to his alma mater.
mass communication department, NHSM Knowledge Campus
Script for success
I came down to Mumbai from my hometown Uttar Pradesh to pursue a career in animation from Maac. I was excited to participate in the Bollympics contest announced by the institute in January. We were asked to write a humourous script of about 200 words based on Bollywood theme in either English or Hindi in two hours.
In the first hour, I could only decide on the characters. I chose to use trap shooting involving charactors such as Gabbar & Thakur from Sholay, Sarkar, Ghajini, Chitti from Robot and Chulbul Pandey from Dabangg.
Within last 30 minutes, I quickly added the patent dialogues of these actors such as ‘Hum tum mein itne ched karenge ki confuse ho jaoge ke saans kahan se le aur…’ Govinda, Govinda, Govinda from Sarkar playing in the background. While narrating the script, I was quite nervous but was surprised and happy to see that the audience had found my script really funny and enjoyed it.
I was awarded a cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a trophy by chief guest Pankuj Parashar, the film director.
My happiness knew no bounds when Maac decided to produce a 45 seconds video and promote it on various platforms such as You Tube. It was a proud moment for me and I was eager to share it with my family and friends.
Anand Kumar Singh
Maac Andheri Centre, Mumbai
Indian Staffing Federation and Indian Society for Training and Development joined hands to organise the first contract labour workshop in Calcutta. It threw light on the concept of flexible or temporary staffing and its growing importance in the world today. The meet was attended by managers, executives, top management of corporate firms and students of B-schools.
Students and teachers of Pathways World School visited Assam and Meghalaya between December 21 and 28 last year. The trip opened up new frontiers in terms of learning exposure for students in new surroundings. The visit to the Nohkalikai Falls in Cherapunjee set a new benchmark as we were among the first school from the National Capital Region to make it to the erstwhile rainiest place in the world. The walk on the root bridge was our encounter with the natural wonders of the world. It was incredible for students like us who are familiar with concrete jungle and have no idea of a “living bridge”, where the roots of a fig tree are made to grow across the banks of a river. This knowledge is handed down from generation to generation to sustain strength and longevity of this living root bridge.
A visit to Kaziranga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and an encounter with the majestic one-horned rhino will remain etched in our memory.
One of the high points of the visit was the trip to Majuli, the largest riverine island in the world, where we stayed with the Mishing tribe. The ride on the ferry from Nematighat to Kamalabari with the local people, who travel to and from Majuli Island on a daily basis, was a defining one in terms of understanding how people in remote areas live and work.
The penultimate day of the field trip took us to the Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary in Moriani, the only Gibbon conservation park in Asia.
Pathways World School
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