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Xaverians are stepping beyond boundaries once again, and this time their sights are set on London.

The fourth chapter of Beyond Boundaries, the annual global meet of the St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association, is bigger than before and will cover everything from business meets to entertainment.

Around 350 delegates from around the world are expected to attend Beyond Boundaries IV, which will be held over four days from May 16.

Flashback

The idea of the annual global meet became a reality in Bangkok 2010, hosted by the Bangkok Chapter of SXCCAA. Held over two days with 150 Xaverians in attendance, Beyond Boundaries I was a mix of serious and fun with the mornings reserved for business and the evening for entertainment with names like Swastika Mukherjee, Agnimitra Paul, Rituparna Sengupta, Bickram Ghosh, Subhen Chatterjee and others putting up performances.

Dubai, the destination of Beyond Boundaries II, saw seminars and business meets along with some fun in the sand with dune-bashing and an evening’s entertainment at a desert camp.

Beyond Boundaries III in Singapore was bigger with a special session called Bengal Calling that saw Bengal industries minister Partha Chatterjee showcase the potential of the state. Along with the traditional painting auction, the SXCCAA auctioned a bat signed by Sourav Ganguly, which sold for Rs 4.5 lakh. The alumni members also launched Project Lakshya with the aim of raising money for the Rajarhat land that has been allotted to the college by the government and to make the dreams of becoming a university come true.

Fast forward

Beyond Boundaries IV begins with an all-chapter meet followed by business meets. The evenings will be reserved for entertainment, cocktails and dinner.

With the aim to showcase Bengal through these global meets, Beyond Boundaries IV will also include a Bengali film festival that will show some recent releases. The films will be beamed on Cineworld screens.

Steel moghul Lakshmi Narayan Mittal will be felicitated with the Global Xaverian Award that is given to Xaverians who have made a mark in the world with their work and shown true dedication to their alma mater.

“Beyond Boundaries has always been a mix of catching up and having fun as well as doing something serious for our state and for our alma mater. This time we are adding a Bengali film festival to the mix and we wish to make it an integral part of Beyond Boundaries with a view towards showcasing the culture of Bengal better,” said Firdausal Hasan, honorary secretary of SXCCAA.

The ups and downs of the stock market and the nitty-gritty of investing marked the prize distribution ceremony of Moneymatters 2013, an essay-writing competition presented by Calcutta Management Association (CMA) in association with The Telegraph. Held at the Indian Chamber of Commerce on March 20, it was not just a day to announce the winners but also a chance to hear those who matter in money matters.

The competition was held on the topic “the importance of capital market for the economic development of India”.

“The contest was open to all management students and we received 61 entries. Three jury members — Partho Chatterjee, a former executive vice-president of ITC, Satyabrata Sahoo, the general manager (operations) of The Calcutta Stock Exchange, and Siddhartha Chatterjee, the country head of Trustline Securities — picked the winners,” said Ramen Barua, the director of CMA.

On judgement day, one of the speakers was B. Madhav Reddy, the managing director and CEO of The Calcutta Stock Exchange. He explained what a capital market was in layman’s terms. “Capital market deals with raising capital by long-term investments. To invest in the capital market, one makes a draft that he wishes to make a company. He then goes through an initial public offer (telling people about his company). Next, he gets his company listed and approved by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). When people invest in his company and it gains profit, along with him his investors gain too,” said Reddy, adding that efforts were on to reach out to students to create the future investors of India.

“This is an essential part of educating the next generation. Look at what the government of India has done with the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme 2012. The government says those investing for the first time in the capital market will get a tax benefit for three years. This is because only 2 per cent of the population of India invests in the capital market, but if one goes to China it’s about 15 per cent! If the economy has to improve, the capital market’s growth is important,” added Reddy.

Ananta Barua, executive director, Sebi, also spoke on the importance of making children aware of the capital market and encouraging them to invest in future.

Cheers filled the auditorium as the winners were announced. Sayak Naha of the Army Institute of Management, Calcutta, came third. Suman Nandi of The Academy for Professional Excellence (APEX) was the first runner-up and Gurcharan Singh of Praxis Business School took home the winner’s trophy and a cash prize of Rs 20,000.

“In my essay, I attempted to answer some questions such as the need for capital market and how money flows in an economy,” said Singh.

 

Swishy skirts, ornate belts, billowy gowns — all made from jute! The department of fashion and apparel design of Rani Birla Girls’ College put up their innovative best at FAD 2013, a seminar and fashion show, on March 25. In keeping with the present emphasis on cottage-based industries and a call for return to fabrics like jute and cotton, the college hosted a seminar on ‘Emergent trends in jute, textiles and garments’. Visva-Bharati University, the National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, and the Apparel Training & Design Centre presented papers on the topic in the morning, while the evening saw budding designers of the college showcase their works around themes like fire, water, flower, butterfly, nature and the environment. “Both the seminar and the fashion show are a part of the curriculum. So we thought why not club the two, and so we decided to hold FAD 2013,” said Sunanda Mitra Ray, the head of the five-year old department.