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Thursday , May 31 , 2012
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Cultural fiesta

Students of Central University of Orissa, Koraput, perform during the varsity’s first cultural event. Telegraph pictures

Euphoria Fest-2012, the first-ever cultural function of Central University of Orissa (CUO), Koraput, on May 17, showcased the creative and constructive expressions of the students. Held at Women’s College in Koraput, the event struck a fine balance between academic excellence and artistic creation. An inspiring message by the university vice-chancellor Surabhi Banerjee on the history and development of CUO set the tone for the function. Banerjee said construction of the permanent campus was on in full swing in the district. The varsity was a catalyst of development in the backward Koraput, she said. This was followed by a group dance on Vande Maataram, many other song and dance performances and a sizzling ramp show. Students of journalism and anthropology anchored the entire programme. Registrar A.K. Mishra handed shields and medals to the winners and runners-up of the Central University Premier League cricket tournament organised for the staff members and students of CUO on May 12-14. The sociology department emerged champions while the journalism and mass communication department finished second.


Learn and earn

A management student takes notes for a market survey during summer internship in Bhubaneswar. Telegraph picture

The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development under the micro, small and medium enterprises department of the state government has launched a 14-hour certified training programme on personality development programme (PDP) on its campus, with one class per week. It is particularly designed for unemployed graduates from various streams, working professionals, homemakers and entrepreneurs. The first batch will begin in June with around 50 students. The admission process has already begun and the course fee for the programme is Rs 2,500. The course covers communication skills, time management skills, presentation skills, social etiquettes, group discussions, dinning etiquettes, the art of dressing, understanding body language and advanced grooming lessons. At the end of the session, certificates will be awarded to all students by the institute, vice-principal S.K. Mohanty said. This course will be run in collaboration with institute’s knowledge partner, Oxygen Management Services, Pune.


Math conference

The mathematics department of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, hosted a national-level conference on industrial mathematics and soft computing on May 26-27. Intellectuals from industries, academic institutions and research and development sectors attended the conference and discussed diversified applications of computational and mathematical techniques in industry. Research scholars and faculty members from different IITs, NITs, IIIT-Bhubaneswar, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack and other institutes in Jharkhand and Chennai attended the conference. Technical sessions, including parallel sessions, were also held. KIIT research chair and eminent professor S. Nanda, dean of applied sciences B.B. Patra, former vice-chancellor of Utkal University G. Das and varsity advisor R.N. Dash addressed the gathering.


Productive break

It is that time of the year when management students step into the real biz world. Between the first and second year of their MBA programme, most students choose to spend their summers doing an internship and trying to gain valuable experience in various industries and companies.
“Summer projects help students gain practical experience. The time between their first and second year is ideal to learn about the industry and hone one’s skills,” said placement co-ordinator of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Saveeta Mohanty. The budding managers go for these internships towards the end of their first year in April, May and June, the duration of which ranges from two weeks to two months.
During this time, students also get the opportunity to strike a rapport with the prospective employers. Better still, some companies also pay the students a stipend for working on projects. Students even end up being offered full-time jobs from the organisations after completing the internship. “If the employer sees that an intern, who apart from his working skills, understands and adjusts to the culture of the organisation, that person gets a pre-placement offer (PPO) or a chance for pre-placement interview (PPI),” Mohanty said.While PPO is the offer to join the company after the student graduates, PPI is the process where the students need not appear for the initial rounds of campus placement such as written tests and group discussions. They can directly appear for the interview.
During internships, the companies engage students in a variety of short-term projects such as market study and financial analysis.
“For example, one of our students has been assigned by an electrical company to find out which product is in demand. Similarly, another student, who is interning at a refrigerator company, has been asked to conduct a market research on refrigerators for analysis,” said dean of Asian School of Business Management Kalyan Ray.
Students are mostly attached to fast moving consumer goods, IT, banks, manufacturing and service industries. Earlier, most companies were hesitant about the idea of internships and would give the excuse of lack of space, inadequate staff or insufficient time to groom the students. But this is not the case anymore.