PARA-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES 2020-2021
‘PHENOMENAL WOMEN- A TRIBUTE TO WOMANHOOD’: CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Date: 8th March, 2021.
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) organised the virtual seminar and award function ‘Phenomenal Women- A tribute to Womanhood’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2021 to felicitate women stalwarts from various fields who have broken all the barriers and reached the pinnacle of success with ‘Phenomenal Woman Award’. The function was graced by Dr. Sudhir Nanavati, President GLS University, Woman Super Achiever & Key Note Speaker Ms Chandni Kapadia COO GLS University, Provost of GLS University Dr B H Joshi, Registrar of GLS University Dr. Dharmesh Shah, Phenomenal Women Awardees Advocate Dipika Chavda , RJ Devaki, Ms Ankita Raina, Glorious Alumni of SMPIC Ms Pooja Gor, Ms. Rucha Lange, Ms. Manna Patel, Directors , Learned Faculty Members, Alumni and students who have joined across the globe. Dr. Sudhirbhai Nanavati, President, GLS University in his presidential address said that International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. In present era, women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all. They have chosen to challenge the set norms, through their dedication, commitment and energy have found the courage to speak out and aren’t afraid to push all the boundaries through sheer hard work. There has been change at the global level. The 2021 IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So choose to challenge! This encourages all of us to help create a gender equal world by challenging stereotypes, fighting biases, broadening perceptions and celebrating women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
Shri Sudhir Nanavati also asked the participants together to create a world where:
Ms. Chandani Kapadia, COO, GLS University addressed the gathering and quoted the words of G.D Anderson, “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength – is so much more than you would ever expect.” She further said that women need to rise above the negativity. Women should collectively need to break down the age old thoughts and Women need to prioritise the self worth. They should understand that self worth is more important than being likable by others. She also quoted the words of Malala Yusufa “our words can change the whole world because we are together.” She advised all to bridge the gender gap, breaking the gender stereotypes for our daughters and sons from a particular set of pre notions set by society quoting the words of Gloria Steinem “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”
Ms. Ankita Raina, India’s No 1 Tennis Player said in her tennis career she has seen many ups and downs. It’s important to keep going regardless of failures and criticism that we come across and the expectation of yours and people around you. It’s important to stay in a process and believe in the process because Success is very short lived and it’s important to enjoy the process because the outcome is something which is never in your control. Not to connect happiness with the outcome because that’s never in your control. You might put all your efforts but May be the circumstances has also played a role in it. She advised that we must need to move on and find solution of whatever professional career you choose or go to, it’s important that you keep going regardless of the challenges and enjoy the process.
Ms. Dipika Chavda, Advocate, Supreme Court & Vice President, International Council Jurists, London talked about raising voice against sexual harassment and domestic violence.
R.J. Devaki, Radio Jockey & theatre Enthusiast expressed firmly, “It is high time we talk about problems, it is time to talk about solution.” She conveyed that “A Great Success is a Great Revenge. Rather than fighting out with people just focus on building up your skills, focus on trying to bring out the best in you. Become the best whatever you do and the world will follow. If you will not recognize your wings/capabilities, the world will never let you fly…follow your dreams until they haunt you in the night.”
Maana Patel is an International acclaimed swimmer conveyed message to all women out there, you all women have inborn ability to do multitask. All women are born with multitasking skills, motivation and aggression to achieve your goal. Set a goal and achieve it. Don’t be afraid to achieve your goal. Be fearless, Be a Warrior. There is a warrior in each of you and fight for your dreams and work hard. If I have done it you all can do it.
Ms. Pooja Gor, Renowned Professional T.V. & Bollywood Actor expressed that SMPIC has played an integral part of who I am today and what I have been able to achieve today. She thanked all faculties and sent a message to all students that “No matter who you are or where you are from your dreams are valid so don’t lose hope.”
Ms. Rucha Lange, a financial analyst by profession and Renowned Professional Singer in Australia, stated that three years in SMPIC laid foundation in her music career. She thanked all as it has groomed herself as an artist. She conveyed a message to all in three lines:
The seminar was attended enthusiastically and appreciated by participants all over the world.
TOPIC: KNOW YOURSELF THROUGH “LIFE SKILLS AND INDIAN MYTHOLOGY”
Date: 1st March, 2021.
Speaker: CMA P. D. Modh, Practicing Cost Accountant and Faculty
Highlights: Mr. Modh gave a brief overview on Life Skills and Indian Mythology and its benefits to various sectors giving corporate examples. He explained the importance of priority and practical mind set citing examples of Mahabharata. He explained that three things are vital in life – career, health and family. The lecture was followed by student interaction.
TOPIC: SMPIC-CELEBRATING WORLD RADIO DAY
Date: 13th February, 2021.
Speaker: RJ Harsh Thakker, RED FM
Highlights: A dynamic, enthusiastic and prominent Radio Jockey -RJ Harsh Thakkar, an SMPIC alumnus started his interaction with the students remembering his early days in SMPIC. He talked about his growth and journey as an actor and orator and finally as a Radio Jockey (RJ) at Red FM. He became nostalgic talking about the GLS management nurturing the unpolished talent and helping them to grow. He talked about the early days of Radio and its evolvement in spite of radio facing a tough competition from Audio-visual equipment’s. He pointed out the reasons why has the radio stayed on and the changes that has occurred in the radio presentation all these years worldwide and in India. He narrated his journey of becoming an RJ right from getting selected from around 2000 applicants to the responsibility that he shoulders to reach everyone’s hearts by his shows ‘RedFM ka Adda and Indipop’. He informed the students that the job of an RJ is a 24×7 and the preparation that goes into preparing the talk is immense. RJ has to always bear in mind that at a time he is catering to a lady listening to him in kitchen as well as a male driving a car. So he needs to be very careful about what his own perception towards the content and news to be shared with people at large. According to him the salary that an RJ receives is for the matter which they don’t have to speak. Each and every day is a constant reality check of RJ as a person and the profession has nothing to do with the personal emotions of an individual as a whole. As it is rightly said, ‘With power comes responsibility’. The pressure attached with the work as well as the role played by social media makes the profession of an RJ a very responsible person. He further suggested that students need to be careful while choosing this as a career option and should keep an alternative career plan ready as this pandemic has taught us to be ready about uncertainties of future.
LET’S BAKE….A BAKING WORKSHOP
Date: 11th January, 2021.
Highlights :To start the new year 2021 on a sweet note, a baking workshop was organized by Faculty of Commerce-SMPIC, GLS University on 11th January, 2021 under the auspice of CWDC – Collegiate Women Development Committee. The captivating workshop was conducted by Ms. Nimisha Gupta, a renowned Professional baker from ‘Indulge In’. This virtual session was planned to give a sweet break to the students in-between the academic routine. An overwhelming response was received and over 250 students had registered for the same.
The theme for the workshop was chocolate wherein there was something to bite, something to scoop and something to sip for the chocolate lovers. The workshop included making of 3 different varieties namely, Chocolate cupcakes, walnut fudge and milk stirrer with the help of OTG and Microwave oven.
The details of the workshop as in the dishes and the ingredients required were shared with the participating students in advance. It enabled the students to take full advantage of the workshop as they could prepare the delicacies on hand with the live session.
The recipes were explained in a lucid manner along with the alternative cooking ideas. She gave important tips which would help not only to overcome the simple mistakes of baking but also to add flavor to the sweet delights.
Appreciation from parents as well as students for organizing such a fruitful workshop even on a virtual platform shows the fulfillment of the very objective of organizing this workshop. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Rajul Goenka, Dr. Gitanjali Rampal and Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
PHYSICAL FITNESS AND MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES IS THE NEW NORMAL
Date: 12th November, 2020.
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) CWDC jointly with The Fitt Wave Gym, GLS University organized STAY FIT, HEALTHY & HAPPY, an online live fitness and well-being session on 12th November, 2020, Thursday. The session included a Knowledge session on food, nutrition and lifestyle followed by a Stretching, Zumba and Yoga session.
The fitness and well-being session commenced with the keynote address by Ms.Anuja Shah, Director,The Fitt Wave Gym. Ms. Anuja Shah gave information regarding the importance of being health and fit as the pandemic has reinforced the fact that “Health is Wealth’. She rightly guided the students to take care of the body as it is the only place where they live. She informed that with an area of 20000 square feet, the Fitt Wave Gym is the largest gym in Ahmedabad. Spread over 2 floors, The Gym is Equipped with the finest facilities for gymming, Cardio, aerobics, out-doors which includes tyre workouts, rope workouts, athlete workouts and much more. On the ground floor, the gym has Foodiesta – a Nutrition & Health café, a consultation room, a yoga studio, an activity centre, locker facilities, steam rooms, huge shower cabins etc. On the first floor of the gym has weights-consoles, an exercise area and a Cross Fit area. It provides both indoor and outdoor activities from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. i.e. 16 hours a day. For GLS University students, The Fitt wave Gym membership is available at a very nominal rate.
The fitness experts, Mr. Aviey Verma and Mr. Rinku Rawat, Founders, AR Fitness stressed on the fact that fitness is a combination of nutritious food and proper workout. The workout and food should be customised individually for good results. Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, attitude and mood. They gave healthy insights and value additions to the fitness, Ms. Sakshi Shrivastava, a fitness coach conducted Stretching, Zumba and Yoga sessions which included right postures, body flexibility and correct breathing techniques.
GLS University students began their Diwali festivities on a healthy note by enthusiastically participating in the live fitness and well-being session.
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE COMPETITION ‘SPOTLIGHT’ AND ‘INNOVISION’
Date: 9th November 2021 to 11th November 2021, 21st January 2021 to 23rd January 2021
Highlights: Our institute organised the Finale of the National Level Online Competition ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Innovision’ for school and college students on 21st, 22nd and 23rd January, 2021. ‘Spotlight’ included Performing Arts competitions and ‘Innovation’ included games and competitions related to management and economics. In these competitions 400 participants of about 40 schools and colleges from Gujarat and outside Gujarat participated in various competitions such as Bollywood Singing, Western Singing, Instrumental Music, Western Dance, Traditional Dance, Classical Dance, Mono Acting , Standup Comedy, Business Plan, Beyond the Screen, Ecofrico etc. Innovation was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt, Dr. Anjali Trivedi, Dr. Aashal Bhatt, Dr. Jaimin Patel, Dr. Beena Patel. Spotlight was coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra, Dr. Bhavna Parwani, Dr. Bimal Solanki, Dr. Gitanjali Rampal, Dr. Sneha Master and Dr. Kruti Shah.
ABHIVYAKTI: THEATRE WORKSHOP
Date: 10th October, 2020 to 13th October, 2020
Highlights: GLS University Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) organised an online Theatre workshop ABHIVYAKTI to inform and groom the students about various aspects of theatre. SMPIC has always been participating in National level theatre competitions for nearly 21 years.
The Workshop was conducted by Professor Jigna Vohra who is a professor of English and an experienced theatre enthusiast. She has worked in various TV serials for Doordarshan. She conducted the workshop on the subject ‘Vachikam’ (Voice Modulation). The session included many activities, exercises and reading of various literary pieces through which she skilfully taught the students that Voice can be expressed as V: Vocabulary, O: Observation, I: Imitation, C: Creativity, and E: Experiment & Elusion
The Workshop was conducted by Mr.Mitai Shukla who is an ex-smpicite and also the writer of the film ‘Love in Bhavai’. He was also the creative head of Radio Mirchi, Gujarat. He gave an overview of the scriptwriting process, explained the difference between screenplay and dialogue writing and taught the structure of a write up. The session ended with a question answer session.
The Workshop was conducted by Mr.Shounak Vyas, a film, theatre, and T.V Artist and has won the best writer award for movie “Teacher of the year” in 2019. He was in the Duniyadaari Fame. He has won the National Youth Festival at Christ University. He conducted the workshop on the topic ‘Angikam’ wherein he explained the meaning of Physical Theatre.
He provided the students with tips on how to act efficiently. 1) Focus on Minor Details, 2) Feel the topic-Add your own emotions, 3) Your hand movement should be in connection with your mind and mouth, 4) Break your thoughtful limits,5) Expressions should be sharp. Mr Shounak Vyas provided the students with a glimpse of acting and made them feel amazed. Throughout the session he provided various tips and guidelines about how to excel while acting.
The Workshop was conducted by Mr. Vishal Shah who is an ex-smpicite and also the founder of Indie Productions. He has also acted in various Gujarati movies. He conducted the session on ‘Back Stage and Production’.
The session began with memories of Mr. Vishal Shah in SMPIC. The moments were cherished by the students and instilled a happy environment. The opening statement of Mr. Vishal was “Backstage and Production is the foundation of theatre”. Mr. Vishal Shah gave many guidelines and tips. “When you work for the production and backstage you Start being Organised”, Don’t just act but “Find yourself in Theatre”, “Find your own way of expression.”Theatre is the replication of life, it’s a mirror and reflection of society” he said.
Overall the energy throughout the workshop was amazing. The students learned all the aspects of theatre enthusiastically. The workshop was co-ordinated by Dr.Sneha Master and Dr.Gitanjali Rampal.
CELEBRATION OF GANDHI AND LAL BAHADUR SHASHTRI JAYANTI
Date: 1st and 2nd October, 2020.
Highlights: Under the auspices of Forum for Gandhian Philosophy, the Institute celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on 1st and 2nd October 2020.
On 1st October, 2020, in an online session, National Award winner young writer Shri Ram Mori expressed his views on the life and values of Mahatma Gandhi in a lucid manner through various incidences of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. In his speech Shri Ram Mori explained young students how the values and principles of Mahatma Gandhi are relevant even today. At the end of his presentation, he answered the questions and queries raised by the young students.
On 2nd October, 2020 on account of the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi as well as Lal Bahadur Shastri, A live virtual quiz competition,An online Poster Making competition and an online Patriotic Singing competition was held for the students. More than 150 students participated enthusiastically in various competitions.
WINNERS OF GANDHIAN AND LAL BAHADUR SHASHTRI QUIZ COMPETITION
TOPIC: ‘CYBER CRIMES AND CYBER SECURITY’
Date: 12th September, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Priyanka Kacker, an eminent speaker and faculty member of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University
Highlights: She vividly explained students about the different types of cyber-attacks like salami attacks, phishing and how to take precautionary measures for the same. She strictly advised students not to share their password with anyone so as to be cautious about various cyber frauds taking place. She also talked about the dangers of sharing photographs on social media networking sites like Whatsapp and Facebook giving real life examples where blackmail takes place due to hacking of passwords. She gave very important tips to take cyber security measures:
1) To have a licensed version of antivirus software in the computer.
2) To read all terms and conditions of mobile phones for cyber security settings.
3) To be anonymous on social media networking sites.
4) Not to post solo pictures and to always post group photographs to avoid cyber frauds and copying.
5) To put opaque tape on the cameras of various devices so that instant photographs cannot be taken by outsiders through webcams.
6) Not to click strange links thereby getting attracted towards lottery and attractive offers.
7) Not to put location settings on and trying to avoid posting on face book the place of travel or boarding an international flight.
8) Monitoring bank statements on a regular basis to detect fraud at an early stage.
9) Change of passwords on a regular basis and to keep separate passwords for each device separately.
10) Not to fill up complete details during any registrations for webinars.
ONE WEEK VIRTUAL DANCE WORKSHOP
Date: 7thSeptember 2020 to 12th September 2020
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) as per its tradition organizes student centric different workshops to mould and groom their talent.This year also in this challenging situation of Pandemic we could offer the same platform to our students sitting at different parts of the country on the large scale, which proved to be a great success as more than 200 students participated with great enthusiasm.
This virtual workshop covered various forms of Folk and Western dance. SMPIC’s Alumni and Internationally renowned choreographers Kuldeep Shukla and Nidhip Shah conducted the workshop. Under this workshop Kuldeep Shukla taught ‘Be tali’, ‘Tran tali’, ‘Hinch’, ‘Dhodhyu’ and ‘Raas’ to name a few. Nidhip Shah covered ‘Bollywood’, ‘Tatting’, ‘Wacking’, ‘Krump’ and ‘Urban Styles’ of western dance. Students were given assignments wherein they were asked to submit their one minute dance performance taught during the workshop. This workshop was well appreciated not only by the participants but also by the parents as it was on virtual ground and during evening hours. One week virtual dance workshop was co-ordinated by Dr.Kruti Shah and Dr.Bhavna Parwani.
TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
Date: 5th September, 2020.
Highlights: Continuing with the mission to nurture the talent of young students, we organized competitions on virtual platform on the occasion of Teacher’s Day Celebrations.. Around 100 students participated in various competitions like Twitterature, Slam Poetry, E-Poster and Blogging Contest based on the theme of ‘Teacher’s Day’.
VIRTUAL CHESS TRAINING AND TOURNAMENT
Date: 03rd September 2020, 06th September 2020
Highlights: Training session for Virtual Chess Tournament was held on 3rd September, 2020 by International rated chess player Mr.Ankit Dalal. He trained the students about the basics of chess, the virtual way of playing chess and even clarified the concept that chess is not all about black and white but it is about light and dark. Around 200 participants took the training and competed on 6th September, 2020.
Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) and Chess New District Association, Ahmedabad jointly organized Virtual Chess Tournament on 6th September, 2020.The participants of the tournament played 11 rounds with no knockouts. In all 622 games were played within 2 hrs. First four winners will get a chance of 10 free coaching session provided by International rated Chess Player.
Winners of Chess Tournament:
1st Geetika Achantani Semester 5
2nd Shreeom Tiwari Semester 1
Rajyaguru Semester 1
‘TALENT UNLIMITED 2020’
Date: 29th August, 2020
Highlights: Continuing with the mission to nurture the talent of young students, SMPIC provided the virtual platform through the online talent hunt ‘TALENT UNLIMITED 2020’. More than 200 students participated in various competitions like Singing, Instrumental Music, Folk Dance, Western Dance, Indian Classical Dance, Mono Acting, and Stand-Up Comedy. Students enthusiastically took part in various competitions and sent the videos of their performances for the final judgement. The winning entries shall receive prizes and certificates from the institute and a valuable opportunity to feature on the official social media platforms of SMPIC.
TALENT UNLIMITED: AN ONLINE TALENT HUNT
FINE ARTS COMPETITIONS
Date : 15th August, 2020.
Highlights: SMPIC celebrated Independence Day in a unique way.
TOPIC: ‘LIFE BEYOND CHALLENGES’
Date: 5th August, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Darshna Thakker, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Highlights: Dr. Darshna Thakker is a practicing gynaecologist who is into teenage counselling. She talked on ‘Health and Happiness’ and how to cope up with the unprecedented situation of the pandemic as well as new normal during Covid 19. She focused on emotional well-being and gave tips on mental and physical fitness. Around 850 Students participated and enjoyed the session thoroughly.
Date: 5th July, 2020.
Highlights: GLS University’s Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) celebrates Gurupurnima every year with lots of pomp and fervour. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year physical celebration of Gurupurnima was not possible. So the students of SMPIC came up with the innovative idea of celebrating virtual Gurupurnima, in which the students had invited all the faculty members with a special invitation card and had planned various surprises for the faculties on video call. The event began with ritual of performing AARTI of all the faculties including the admin staff, followed by a TALK-SHOW, where some selected questions were asked to the faculty members. It was followed by a few singing performances by the students. Not only the faculties but the alumni were also invited for the celebration who remembered their college days and expressed their gratitude for the college and the faculties.
An online competition based on the theme of Gururpurnima was also organized where in more than 120 students participated in various categories like Drawing, Music, Dancing, Elocution, Story writing, Poetry writing, Rangoli etc. SMPIC’s Virtual Gurupurnima was filled with love, respect and creativity.
Gurupurnima Online Competition Result