A SESSION ON ‘MY LIFE, MY MISSION’ AS A PART OF CELEBRATION OF ‘UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY’
Faculty of Commerce under the auspice of Swami Vivekananda Study Circle on the occasion of ‘Universal Brotherhood Day’ organised an expert session on ‘My life, my mission’ by an eminent speaker CA Pradip K. Modi. Mr. Modi commenced the session explaining to students about Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy which was rooted in the belief that India’s values and principles were deeply centred around humanity and interconnectedness of all living beings and their well-being. At the heart of his teachings was the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which translates to “the world is one family.” His famous address at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 began with the words “Sisters and Brothers of America,” symbolising his commitment to universal brotherhood. He expounded that Swami Vivekananda identified poverty and illiteracy as key societal challenges, which he believed could be tackled through social reforms and character development instilling in them strong moral and ethical values leading them to be responsible citizens and have a greater social consciousness. Further he said that to initiate social reforms Swami Vivekananda established two main institutions Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math in Belur Math, Kolkata for improving living conditions, education, and vocational training to uplift disadvantaged communities while emphasising moral values. These institutions even today work for the benefits of mankind and put efforts to combat poverty, illiteracy, and nurture strong character in individuals for societal betterment. For the purpose of character development based on Swami Vivekananda’s ideology, he suggested that one should have:
1. Clear goal
2. Faith in thyself
3. Focus on the process and destination
4. Service towards the nation and humanity
Concluding this insightful session, he gave students a practical example of how an individual should lead their life. He said that one should learn to apply the accelerator and brakes according to the situations in order to reach their desired destinations. This informative session was managed by students of the GLS-FOC under the guidance of Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT AT AMUL PLANT – THE TASTE OF INDIA
An industrial visit to the renowned Amul Fed was organized for the students. The trip aimed to provide students with valuable insights into the operations and processes of one of India’s leading dairy cooperatives. Approximately 100 students were given the unique opportunity to visit the Amul Fed. The trip included visits to key locations within the Amul ecosystem, focusing on the production and processing of dairy products. The day began with a visit to the Kheda Milk Housing Society Cooperative, where the students were greeted by Mr. Richard. He provided the students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical origins of Amul Fed, tracing its roots back to the visionary efforts of Mr. Tribhuvan Patel and the pivotal role played by Dr. Varghese Kurien, the First CEO of Amul Mother Dairy. Mr. Richard then guided the students on a tour of the Amul Fed facility, explaining in detail the intricate processes involved in purifying and testing milk. The students gained insights into the stringent quality control measures that are in place at every step of the production cycle. Additionally, the students were introduced to the diverse range of Amul products and were shown the meticulous testing procedures followed for each batch. The presentation extended to the production of butter, where the students were enlightened about the analogous meticulous testing methods followed. Notably, the butter production process utilizes specialized machinery imported from Germany, underscoring Amul’s commitment to cutting-edge technology. After a brief lunch break, the students were led to the Amul Chocolate Factory. This segment of the trip focused on the intricate processes of chocolate production, packaging, processing, and storage within Amul’s warehouses. The students were astounded to learn that the factory produces an astonishing 400 chocolates per minute, showcasing Amul’s proficiency and scale in chocolate production. The trip was not only educational but also inspiring, igniting a hope for more such insightful excursions in the future. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Bhavik Swadia, Dr. Bimal Solanki, Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
A SESSION ON ‘JOURNEY OF IMPLEMENTING IDEAS TO INNOVATING’
Under “Academics and Beyond” a session was organized on the theme ‘Journey of implementing ideas to innovating’. The session was conducted by Dr. Megha Bhatt founder of SciKnowTech. During the session, she emphasized that ideas are based on a person’s hobbies, passions, talents, and the environment they live in, particularly from a youth perspective. Participants were encouraged to ask themselves questions like what they love doing and their biggest talents to gauge their innovativeness. She also explained the meaning of an entrepreneur and provided the equation of a startup: New Business + Passion + Innovation + Technology. She highlighted how various businesses, like “Being Human” and “OYO,” have taken initiatives outside their original domains, showing that there is a significant disruption in the business field. The five elements of success shared in the session were: ideas, team, business model, funding, and timing. Furthermore, the concept of innovation, its fear, and the significance of “Jugaad Innovation,” achieving maximum impact with minimum resources, were discussed. She concluded the workshop by explaining the meaning of the Business Canvas Model and Student Start-up & Innovation Policy. The entire session was managed by the event managers under the guidance or Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP
Under the auspice of Word Wizards – The English and Reading Club organised ‘Public Speaking Workshop’. Mr Nivid Desai, an Adroit Public Speaker and Communication Expert was invited as a resource person to conduct this workshop. The interactive workshop commenced with the expert, questioning attendees about the problems and challenges that they face while they are on stage. From the speaking and presentation style of renowned personalities, he suggested solutions to these problems and asked students to observe and learn from them as imitation is the greatest form of flattering. Further explaining the technical terms of public speaking such as expression and delivery, he said that the audience remembers how you spoke rather than what you spoke. Improvisation, relevant content and emotional clarity are keys to ace this art. Making the students aware about the breathing techniques that they should use and body language that they should adapt in order to appear confident and engage the audience, he made students practise musical notes in order to open up and feel comfortable with their own voice. Giving pre performance tips, he said that one should practise pranayama to reduce nervousness, be clear with our script and always have back up points to avoid blank outs. To have proficiency, Mr Desai said that language is a human product; grammar helps to structure the sentences. To directly solve the problems that one faces, he called students to perform, evaluated their performance and suggested some tips and tricks so that they can leave a lasting impact on their audience.
To become a better speaker, he recommended students the following strategies:
- Speak in their natural voice.
- Reduce their pitch when they use a mic.
- To improve language proficiency, they should listen to podcasts, observe how native language speakers use the language, watch good English movies and listen to English songs.
- Avoid cross gestures
- Compartmentalise the audience, break the eye-contact whenever required and make it as human as possible.
- Identify and maintain eye contact with four to five people in different corners to connect with audience.
- Know where to emphasise and modulate the tone.
Concluding the insightful session, he asked students to think from the audience’s perspective while preparing a speech, which should always contain an answer to questions like ‘What, How, When and Why’ about the topic. The event was coordinated by the student committee of Faculty of Commerce under the guidance of Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
A SESSION ON FOCUS ON BASICS, GLORY WILL FOLLOW
Faculty of Commerce organised an interactive session with corporate professionals on campus under the banner of ACADEMICS AND BEYOND. The session was conducted by Mr Kirat Damani, an Eminent Lawyer, Former National Cricketer and the Chairman of Selection Committee of Ranji Trophy of Gujarat. Justifying his topic “Focus on Basics, Glory will Follow”, Mr. Kirat Damani explained the students to strike a balance between passion and profession. By sighting his own example of being a passionate cricketer at the age of 8 to being an eminent lawyer at the age of 34, he suggested students to be focused towards their goals. He emphasized that knowledge, talent and resources without execution are of no use, they are just a piece of information which you can find even on Google. Further, sharing his experience as a sportsperson, he casted light on being physically fit as a fit body will be powerfully confident . Also, he advised students not to be addicted to intoxicants as it is nothing but supressing one’s weakness. He also brought to the notice that what you do stays with you forever. The few tips given by Mr. Kirat Damani that he personally follows are :
1) Invest in Yourself – Develop strong habits, character and enhance your skills and attitude to build your thought process in a right manner.
2) Stay away from the intoxications during this time as intoxications leads to the decline in the thinking ability of ourself.
3) Identify your strengths, don’t worry for the weaknesses.
4) Never have a plan B – It is a defensive way of thinking and it takes away 100% Focus from Plan A.
5 ) Focus on the process, results will have factors and don’t let results stop you. Be a smart selfish if necessary.
6 ) Success is an overrated syndrome- Be the best version of yourself and having clarity in mind is a must. He quoted ‘Intelligence in life lies in its simplicity.’
7 ) Respect your parents – At the end we all are not robots and as human beings we need warmth and people around us who can appreciate and support us.
According to him, it’s not important to know too many people. But, it’s important to make right friends specially at this age. At last, he concluded the session by clarifying the difference between the terms ‘Best’ and ‘Excellent’. In case of Best you tend to compare yourself with others while ‘Excellence is the best version of ourself.’ The entire event was managed by the student committee of Faculty of Commerce SMPIC under the guidance of Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
ENHANCEMENT OF READING SKILL WORKSHOP
Date: 22-07-2023 to 25-07-2023
Under the auspice of ‘Word Wizards- English and Reading Club’, a three day ‘Enhancement of Reading Skill Workshop’ was organized on 22nd July, 24th July and 25th July, 2023. On the first day, Mr. Nitin Pillai, an English Language Expert conducted the workshop wherein students got involved in lots of activities aimed to create interest in reading books and teach them as to how to read. The workshop was focused on predictive reading. Mental models of reading assist in better understanding of the text in varied forms. The workshop took students through various literary genres such as poems, micro tales, fantasy fiction and opinion pieces to help them navigate better reading and engagement with texts. Next 2 days workshop journey embarked with an informative session with Professor Shailesh Teredesai, an academician and an expert trainer. In the initial phase of the session, he expounded the importance of reading to students. Reading is the exercise our brain needs. It is like a gym to the brain which improves memorisation and concentration power. The last day insightful session kicked off with a quiz where in Mr Shailesh Teredesai questioned students about famous personalities, business tycoons and renowned ministers and made students aware about their daily schedule of reading. The goal that these personalities set and itinerary that they follow really inspired the young minds. The workshop was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
AN INTERACTIVE SESSION ON “METAMORPHOSIS PROFILE BUILDING WITH PROFESSIONALS”
An interactive session on the topic ‘Metamorphosis Profile Building with professionals’ was organized under the banner of Innovision-The Management Club, which was conducted by a versatile speaker Mr. Abhishek Singh Gautam. He started the session by emphasising on the significance of transformation in human beings by giving the example of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly and stated that Purpose should be Excellence even though humans have options. He gave the example of Novak Djokovic, the greatest tennis player of all time and showed that it is better to improve 1% every day for next 365 days rather than Fall 1% every day. Further he asked the students to take inspiration from ‘Warren Buffett’, the world’s biggest investor describing how he perfectly utilises time in order to invest. Mr. Gautam taught the students to never give upon their dreams. On the path of becoming the best, it’s okay to be ordinary. Further he explained the concept of UNDERSTAND TWO, DO THREE where two concepts are required to be understood- START EARLY and NEVER GIVE UP simultaneously asking to work on three things: Time management, Profile and Career. Concluding the informative session, he said that in order to become a successful person, everyone must learn to utilise their time properly and practice the right things to achieve their end goal. This session was conducted by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
MANAGEMENT MOJO - A WORKSHOP SERIES
Date: 18-07- 2023 to 22-07-2023
Faculty of Commerce organised Management Mojo – a workshop series, envisaged as an initiative which helps students build managerial skills through a series of interactive sessions with an unconventional approach. These workshop series organized under the head of Innovision – Management club were designed to provide participants with the tools and techniques needed to excel in dynamic and ever-changing business environments. The first session was conducted by Mr. Vivek Tuteja, an IIM-A Alumnus of the batch of 2004. He started the session by emphasising the meaning of Leadership which according to him is the skill that helps the leader to take the Team Together towards the goal and to achieve Success together with the whole team. He explained this by giving the example of the Indian cricketer Kapil Dev and described that how he only had the dream to win to World Cup and how he took his team together in achieving his goal. Further he explained about What is the Future Outlook?, Who is Successful?, What do You want to be… On explaining all such things, he described one of the Japanese concept of Study I.e., IKIGAI in which he told that every person should use these concepts in order to know about his/her strengths and weaknesses.
The takeaways from this session were:-
- We believe that if you dream it, you can achieve it.
- Real game of leadership starts from our brain itself
- Think beyond, Don’t be afraid to Explore
- Don’t ask why, ask Why not?…
- Dream is the most powerful magnet
- Your mind can either be your Best Friend or Worst Enemy
This session highlighted that we must know about ourselves that others don’t know. We have to set our goal or dream as if it is set then only will we be able to become successful easily and find our MOJO. The entire session was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt, Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
THE READATHON COMPETITION
Under the auspice of The Word Wizards – Reading & English Club, FOC organizes READATHON – Read, Lead, Succeed Competition every year. The Readathon Competition inspires students to read the greatest number of books and utilize other library resources and services in the most effective manner, with certain rules and regulations. It is a yearlong competition which is followed by participants creatively presenting a PPT wherein they impart the knowledge and the lessons they learnt by reading books and articles. This year the competition was being judged by Mr. Pratham Maheshwari and Ms. Khushi Maheshwari.
The winner of the competition is awarded as Best Reader of the Year Award.
In academic year 2022-23, 85 students competed for the award. The winners were:
Best Reader of the Year – Heet Doshi
Best Reader of the Year – Vishaka Rochlani
Best Reader of the Year – Tushara Nair
The competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
SOCIAL કે શોષણ MEDIA - DECODING THE ADDICTIVE POTENTIAL
An interactive session under “Innovision – Management Club” on the topic Social ke shoshan media – Decoding the addictive potential by Dr. Parth Vaishnav, a renowned Psychiatrist and Deaddiction expert was organized. He started the session by saying “The only vaccine for mental health is Maa, but the destroyer of mental health is Stigma”. He continued by saying that we are born into a family and the parents decide our name. By this he means that we suffer from identity crisis since birth. People are attracted towards social media and suffer from mind wandering. Elaborating on the social media addiction of youth he said that, ‘Influencers are the biggest bunch of losers’ because they judge others without knowing them completely. He further discussed about depression, pointing out that applications like YouTube have an age restriction for the children so that they do not get depressed by the obsession of “likes” and “comments”. When addicted to this, dopamine is released in our brain. Due to the secretion of dopamine, we get the pressure for the likes and comments which affects our mental health. He advised not to escape from the questions but rather defend and answer them. The three main causes of depression- Impulsivity, anger and agression and the ways to overcome them were beautifully explained by him. Concluding the insightful session, he urged the students to take a medical call rather than a social call incase of any mental illness. The students were enlightened to gain such knowledge and enjoyed the event through and through. The entire event was managed by the student committee of FOC under the guidance of Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
WORKSHOP ON ‘‘IMPORTANCE OF YOGA IN STUDENT’S LIFE”
A workshop on “Importance of yoga in Student’s Life” was organized on 10th July, 2023 by CA. DR. Nilesh Suchak and Yoga club of FOC. He discussed how practicing yoga consistently can be beneficial for students to increase calmness and focus. Yoga is not just about practicing asanas but it also means to have a consciousness on our own thoughts which eventually can lead us understand where we are going wrong. Many anecdotes from Mahabharata, Ramayana were shared and their lessons in life were also discussed. Practicing yoga can have multiple health benefits including mental clarity, focus and weight control. This workshop was coordinated by Dr. Bhavik U. Swadia and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
A GUEST SESSION ON “ENGLISH FOR EXPRESSIONS!”
Under the auspice of ‘Bridge Course’, a guest session was organized on 7th July,2023 with the aim to enhance the English Language skills of the first-year students. Dr. Chetan Mewada, a senior Professor of English and Communication conducted the session on “English for Expressions!” Dr. Mewada initiated the discussion by telling that language cannot be taught, it has to be caught. He told students to love English language in order to truly learn it. He told students to self-analyse and answer three questions “what, why and how” they would learn English language. He added that concentration and self -motivation is the key to learn any language. Explaining the importance of English language, he elaborated that English is the immunity to enter and survive in the corporate world. Further he added that English acts a power bank in student’s life which helps them to boost self-confidence.
Dr. Chetan Mewada advised students to keep upgrading and developing themselves. He shared the following effective tips and methods to master English Speaking skills:
- To be consistent
- To ask questions
- To be interactive and engaged in the session
- To learn a new word every day and apply it in daily communication.
- Believe in yourself
- Read English Newspapers, Magazines and Publications regularly
- Watch television and films in English, if possible, with subtitles
- Make notes of new vocabulary
- Read English books aloud
He encouraged students not to be afraid of making mistakes. Concluding the insightful and interactive session he explained the meaning of word LOVE, L(listen) O(observe) V(vocabulary) and E(engage). The session was organized by students under the coordination and guidance of Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
CELEBRATION OF MANAGENIOUS
Date: 05-07-2023 to 06-07-2023
An event for the first-year students, named Managenious was organized on 5th and 6th of July, 2023 which aimed to provide a platform for students to showcase their skills and knowledge in different areas of management. Managenious comprised four distinct events: Managenious Screenlytical, Visual Vendetta, Questocity, and Intellect Clash. Managenious Screenlytical focused on the analytical skills of the participants in the context of business and management where more than 20 teams analysed movies such as Lagaan, Mission Mangal, English Vinglish, Life of pie, The Pursuit of Happiness, etc and proposed the skills learned from the same. Visual Vendetta was a creative event that emphasized the role of visual communication in marketing and advertising. Participants were challenged to design visually appealing and effective promotional campaigns for a given product such as stationery, kitchen appliances or service such as insurance, debit card etc. More than 30 participants showcased their creativity. Questocity was a knowledge-based event designed to test participants’ understanding of management concepts and current business trends. The event attracted 50 participants from diverse backgrounds, fostering healthy competition and knowledge sharing. Intellect Clash was a debate competition that provided a platform for participants to engage in intellectual discussions on contemporary business and management topics. More than 20 teams came forward to enhance their oratory skills, critical thinking, and their ability to articulate arguments effectively. The event proved to be a resounding success with more than 120 participants. It undoubtedly served as a catalyst for learning, networking, and overall personality development among the participants. The entire event was organised by the students of management Club under the guidance of Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
GUEST LECTURE SESSION ON ‘CYBER SECURITY FOUNDATIONS: STRENGTHENING THE PILLARS OF DIGITAL PROTECTION’
Under the auspice of “Academics and Beyond: A Lecture Series”, on 3rd July, 2023; a guest session was organized for the students on the topic ‘Cyber Security Foundations: Strengthening the Pillars of Digital Protection’ by Dr. Madhavi Dave, an eminent speaker and a Forensic expert. She vividly explained students about the different types of cyber-attacks like Malware, Password, Man-in-the-middle, Malvertising as well as phishing and how to take precautionary measures for the same. She strictly told students not to share their password with anyone so as to be cautious about various cyber frauds taking place. At the same time how dangerous it is to share photographs on social media networking sites like WhatsApp and Facebook and how easily they can be copied. She gave live examples where blackmail takes place due to hacking of passwords. The speaker also suggested to disable the microphone and camera settings while not in use otherwise it tracks the user 24×7. Also, users should update the firewall and the operating system every fortnight. Detailed information on Powerbi and Tablaeu were also discussed with the students.
The session became very interactive and interesting when she started discussing how to take cyber security measures. Her suggestions included following major tips:
- Not to put location settings on and trying to avoid posting on Social media the place of travel or boarding an international flight.
- Not to click strange links thereby getting attracted towards lottery and attractive offers.
- To have a licensed version of antivirus software in the computer.
- To read all terms and conditions of mobile phones for cyber security settings.
- To be anonymous on social media networking sites.
- Not to post solo pictures and to always post group photographs to avoid cyber frauds and copying.
- To put opaque tape on the cameras of various devices so that instant photographs cannot be taken by outsiders through webcams.
- Monitoring bank statements on a regular basis to detect fraud at an early stage.
- Change of passwords on a regular basis and to keep separate passwords for each device separately.
- Not to fill up complete details during any registrations for webinars.
Overall, the speaker highly stressed upon putting a self-check for students and asking them to be disciplined as far as their posts are concerned to avoid any kind of mis-happenings. The session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
TWO DAYS CELEBRATION OF 17TH NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY
Date: 30-06-2023 & 01-07-2023
STATSTORM – The Statistical Club of Faculty of Commerce celebrated National Statistics Day 2023 on 30th June & 1st July 2023 with an objective to create awareness about the application of Statistics in real world amongst the young generation. The day is celebrated to commemorate the 130th birth anniversary of Padma Vibhushan awardee and the legendary statistician Dr. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis popularly known as the Father of Modern Statistics. This year the theme of National Statistics Day 2023 was “Alignment of State Indicator Framework with National Indicator Framework for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals.” This year the club organized five different activities in which more than 100 students participated. The events were Statistical Quiz, Rubik Cube Competition by which students could sharpen their puzzle solving skills, Poster Making Competition in which State, National and Global Level data were studied, compared and analyzed. The other events were Skunk Game based on the concepts of probability and Statcharades in which students had to express the various terms of statistics through miming. The winners of the above events were viral Bohra & Sayam Jain, Jaya Jagwani, Aaron Christian, Jiya Jha & Mokshil Shah, Preeti Kaurani & Jiya Thakkar. The event was coordinated Statistics Club students under the guidance of Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
A SESSION ON ‘STRATEGIC BEHAVIOUR AND GAME THEORY
The ‘Economics Club’ organised a guest session in which around 100 students had participated. Dr. Atman Shah conducted the session on ‘Strategic Behaviour and Game Theory’ providing valuable insights of Economics. The session covered a wide range of concepts, starting from the basics of Strategic decision making, meaning of a game, types of games, and its application. Students were involved in an interesting activity which introduced them to different outcomes of their decisions. This collaborative approach allowed the students to gain a holistic understanding of the Game theory and its elements. A major highlight of the session was the enriching experience given to the students. This practical session allowed them to apply the theoretical knowledge they had learned and gain better clarity about the working of Games. This combination of traditional and modern approach to economic terms imparted a great amount of learning experience for the students.
LINKEDIN RESUME MASTERCLASS
An interactive session with corporate professionals on campus under the banner of ACADEMICS AND BEYOND was organized in which the session was conducted by an eminent speaker Mr. Abhishek Singh Gautam. The insightful session commenced with Mr. Abhishek explaining the importance of having an accessible, strong and comprehensive LinkedIn profile which would open the door to a myriad of possibilities. In the era of globalization and digitalization, every company, before recruiting candidates undertakes a tech-enabled screening process as a personal interview of mere fifteen to thirty minutes is not enough. The session’s primary objectives were to optimize student’s profiles, emphasize the importance of personal branding, teach effective networking strategies, showcase relevant skills, and promote professional online etiquette. Throughout the session, key skills required for LinkedIn profile setup were emphasized, including strong writing abilities, effective communication, personal branding development, attention to detail, networking aptitude, and basic digital literacy. Adding to few tips on creating a strong profile he said that, mention the suitable hard skills and soft skills that you possess which would entice the companies to recruit you. To get an edge over others one should mention their self-learnt skills, their journey from failure to success and their challenges they overcame while working upon a project. Participants were guided on how to create well-structured and compelling profiles, focusing on key sections like the headline, about section, featured, work experience, recommendations, skills and endorsement. By utilizing relevant keywords and showcasing their achievements, participants could extract maximum impact from their profiles. Students
learned how to proactively connect with professionals in their field, engage in conversations, and foster meaningful relationships. By leveraging the power of networking, participants could expand their industry connections and create opportunities for collaboration and career growth. In order to get recommended by linkedin algorithm he advised to avoid slangs and cringe content. Do conduct a proper research about the job description and highlight the skills that you mastered in. He concluded the informative session suggesting students to undertake grunt test, upload and review their profiles through well-known websites like Crystal, Wiza and Resume worded.
A SESSION ON ‘DEMISTIFYING HIGH- YOUTH DRUGS AND TRENDS
A session on “Demistifying High- Youth Drugs and Trends”- say no to drug seminar was organized. The session was conducted by two guest speakers. First is Shri Jayrajsinh Vala, an IPS officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Operations Group of Crime Branch of Ahmedabad. Another Speaker was Mr. Krunal Shah, Program manager at Elixir, UNICEF, CEO of the Gujarat youth forum who represented India at the United Nations in GENEVA through World Economic Forum. Mr. Vala began the seminar by emphasizing the definition of What is Drug and how the Drug Works by describing that Drugs help to reduce certain hormones from our body that helps us to boost our energy or mood for certain period of time. He explained that today’s youth is easily able to become the drug addict. And also told that this drug addicts later became the peddler and help to increase the number of drug addicts in a city or country. These peddlers use certain ways in order to increase the number of drug addicts. One of them is that they encourage others by telling certain things to them that they dislike in order to increase the number of drug addicts. In order to get a proper treatment, he suggested that we should prefer and psychiatrists in order to come out of the drug addiction.
Certain takeaways of this session are:-
1. Regular exercise and Sports activities are the best way to reduce stress
2. In order to stay away from the drugs the best way is to have a Goal or Aim to achieve in the life
3. Youth are used less, not useless
4. Say No to Drugs, and Yes to Life.
Mr. Vala concluded the session by telling his life experience of becoming an IPS officer and attending a pledge of not to take drugs and finally he concluded with the phrase ‘Youth Salaamat to Desh Salaamat’.
A WORKSHOP ON ‘VERSE VIBRATIONS- CRAFTING SPOKEN WORD POETRY
An interactive workshop ‘Verse vibrations – crafting spoken word poetry’ under the auspice of Word Wizards- The English and reading club was organised on 19th August, 2023 conducted by an International expert Ms Ruhee Parelkar to unleash the inner poet of the students and to learn the art of storytelling, rhythm and performance to create captivating pieces. The workshop started with a visual presentation of a spoken word poetry performance. The students were taught the characteristics spoken word like how it is intended for performance, relies on sound and is a very powerful form of self-expression. She elaborately clarified the difference between ‘Poetry and spoken word’, the origin and history of it and a step by step explanation on how to prepare a spoken word piece ranging from finding a topic, brainstorming, free writing, specifying, enhancing and structuring, refining, revising, adding performance elements like rhythm and pacing, body language, practicing and honing the piece to finally performing it in front of the audience. The concept of ‘Imagery’ which helps visualize what is being said, to recreate a specific moment, aids in painting a picture and using your senses to enhance your brainstormed cloud was beautifully presented by her. Verses from poems of famous poets, how to use Figures of speech like Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration and Repetition in a out-of-the box way was suggested. Last but not the least, Ms Parelkar beautifully performed a self-written poem of ‘First memories and Final Goodbyes’.
LET’S TEACH- CLASSROOM TEACHING COMPETITION
Faculty of Commerce organized Teachers Day Celebrations on 5th September, 2023 by organizing LET’S TEACH (Classroom Teaching Competition). The students of all three years enthusiastically participated in the competition. The competition was declared the previous week and students enthusiastically registered their topics for teaching and prepared for it. They taught the fellow students in the class wherein they used various techniques of Power Point Presentation, Quiz, Games etc.
Winners of LET’S TEACH (CLASSROOM TEACHING)
First Position – Dhruv Raval
Second Position– Shrina Mehta & Divyam Bhatt
Third Position– Kavita Prajapati & Vanshika Pancholi