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The global finals of the Henkel Innovation Challenge were held at Shanghai, China, at the beginning of this week. Harsh Vardhan Pande and Aditya Yadav of SRM University in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, represented India. As part of the challenge held every year, Henkel calls on college students to come up with the concept for a product or technology fit for the year 2050. The theme this year was “Triple the value you create. Create a sustainable world”.

About 800 teams of two members each registered for the challenge online. Pande and Yadav’s team, called Radicals, was one of the 10 teams that made it to the national finals in Mumbai. They came up with the concept of an illuminating adhesive. What gave them the edge was that they presented a sample of their proposed product.

Along with the winners from the other 27 countries, Radicals will be presenting their sample product to top Henkel executives at the international final. The best team will get an around-the-world ticket worth 10,000 euros.

The first runners-up will be awarded 4,000 euros and the second runners-up 2,000 euros. All three teams will also get a chance to meet Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted in Germany. Henkel will also help the teams come up with a business plan to market their product.

SIGMA, Student Committee

XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur



School cool

The zonal finals of the Mount Litera Olympiad were held recently at the Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS) in Howrah. About 150 students from various branches of the school participated in literary and sports categories such as quiz, debate, box cricket, badminton, table tennis, carrom, chess and athletics. The online photography and story writing contests also witnessed active participation. Seventy two students made it to the national finals that will be held in Mount Litera Zee School in Alwar, Rajasthan, on March 2, 2013. The best school will receive a rolling trophy.



Son of Soil

Avirup Mukherjee, a 2013 batch student of the School of Inspired Leadership (Soil), a B-school known for transforming students into future leaders, has been chosen as one of the “Future 25” HR leaders by the People Matters initiative “Are you in the List”. The initiative that was conceived eight months ago witnessed participation of more than 1,300 young managers who underwent various stages of assessment and interview. We are extremely happy and proud of the feat accomplished by Avirup. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours and hope that he will continue to do us proud in future as well.”

Hardayal Singh,
Dean, School of Inspired Leadership



Calling authors

Max Life Insurance has opened the online platform for submission of stories and essays in the igenius Young Authors’ Hunt. Registered students can submit their pieces on The competition is open to Indian children aged between 8 and 15 years. There are two categories: juniors (8-12 years) and seniors (12-15 years). Students can register for the programme till April 20, 2013, and submit their original writings (essay/ short story) till April 30, 2013. There is no specific topic for story writing and participants can write their own stories. The topics for the essays are listed on the website for the junior and senior categories.

In the first round, children will have to submit their writings within the word limit prescribed for each category. Short-listed participants will then have to appear for on-the-spot creative writing. For more details, check out the website.

The igenius Young Authors’ Hunt will culminate in a book of stories. Chetan Bhagat and Ruskin Bond will be part of the jury that will choose these stories. Hurry, there are early bird prizes (an autographed book by Ruskin Bond) for the first 1,000 participants.


Georgia visit

Recently, I visited Georgia College and State University in the US as part of an exchange programme with my college, Kohinoor Business School, in Mumbai. We were a group of four first-year business management students — Kartik Iyer, Nikhila Walawalkar, Tejinder Singh and me — accompanied by our professor, Sandeep Sawant.

Our schedule, as drawn up by Dale Young, the dean of Georgia College, was pretty hectic and had a judicious blend of academics as well as co-curricular and cultural activities. On the first day, we were welcomed warmly by the faculty members of Georgia College. It was one of the finest interactions I had, which changed my perspective of MBA.

We also attended classes with the students of Georgia College on various subjects such as consumer behaviour, global communication and business strategy. We were pretty impressed with the professors and their teaching methodology, which was very contemporary and hands-on. The student representatives of Georgia College were gracious enough to give as an extensive guided tour of their college and also took us to a dance class. The shooting class they took us to brought to the fore the hither-to hidden potential of Nikhila as a shooter.

We went around the town of Milledgeville, where Georgial College is located, and spent time understanding the local culture and cuisine. We also had fun visiting the world famous Georgia Aquarium and the Coca Cola Museum at Atlanta. We also visited shopping malls such as Wal-mart, J.C.Penny, Target and Best Buy. The best part was the interactions with the officials at these malls that gave us an insight into the back-end operations, which drive the retail sector.

On the last day, Joan Flynn treated us to a delicious dinner typical of the American South. The tour was a truly learning experience and I am grateful to my college for enabling me to have this warm experience of the US.

Sapanjeet Singh, first-year MBA, Kohinoor Business School

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