AN EXPERT SESSION ON “FROM CIVILIAN TO CIVIL SERVICES- STEP INTO THE WORLD OF BUREAUCRACY”
Date: 20th September,2021
Our institute under the auspice of lecture series Academics and Beyond organized an expert session on “From Civilian to Civil Services- Step into the World of Bureaucracy” for its UG and PG students. A renowned academician Dr. Parth Bhatt was invited to speak on civil services exam. His talk was focused on GPSC, UPSC, IAS, IPS, IFS exams. Dr. Parth opined that the students have become increasingly aware and more focused on these competitive exams to build a lucrative career. He stated that the passing ratio has drastically come down to 0.18 % in the year 2010 and 0.08% in the year 2018. Earlier the trend was that the students appearing in these exams belonged to a particular region and a particular part of India but nowadays the students from across India are preparing for these exams along with pursuing their under graduate studies. He said, “Badi Soch, Badi mehnat aur pakka Irada” means “Think Big, Work Hard and keep a Strong Determination.” These are the three key ingredients to crack this hard nut. The entire event was successfully conducted by Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
SESSION ON ‘PRACTICAL TIPS TO APPLY FOR SUCCESSFUL CAREER’
Our institute under the auspice of Bridge Course organized an expert session on ‘Practical Tips to Apply for Successful Career’ by Mr. Jitendra Lakhwani, co-founder, Mantras2Success Consultants. In his session Mr. Jitendra talked about some of the common mistakes that students commit in their careers. Due to such mistakes the students cannot realize the true potential of their talent as well as fall short of achieving a satisfying and successful career. He said that due to lack of proper guidance and exposure, students commit mistakes that cost them heavily in their careers. Our education system, Universities and colleges can impart knowledge but the onus is on students and society as a whole to change the thinking when it comes to a career. Just as one plans towards other areas of life like finances, marriage, relationships, one has to plan towards his/ her career. Some of the career tips he shared with the students are as follows:
Don’t follow the herd mentality.
Choose the career on the basis of your strengths and weaknesses not because someone else has asked you to pursue something.
Chase skills not degrees.
Create a crisp resume.
Develop Social Media Etiquettes.
Forget Society & EGO.
Keep yourself updated about the trends in the industry and the current affairs.
Setbacks come to make you strong. Failures will happen.
Don’t follow “scope” mentality follow Excellence mentality. Scope is everywhere but you must develop excellent skill set.
Mr. Jitendra concluded the session by expressing his hope that career guidance tips provided by him to the students will prove to be beneficial to make a successful career. The session was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
CELEBRATION OF UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY 2021
Date: 11th September, 2021
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of our institute organized different events like An Expert Talk, Quiz and Speech Competitions conducted online to celebrate Universal Brotherhood Day on 11th September, 2021. Universal Brotherhood Day is observed to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech delivered on September 11, 1893 in Chicago to the delegates of the World Parliament of Religions. It was on this day that Swamiji introduced to the world the greatness of Hindu religion and Hindu culture and he spoke about Universal Brotherhood. Swami Vivekananda belonged to the 19th century, yet his message and his life are more relevant with the contemporary world than in the past and perhaps, will be more relevant in future. An expert talk was delivered by CA Pradip Modi on Life Lessons of Swami Vivekananda. In his speech he motivated the students to accept life as a challenge and not as a problem. He advised to do everything in life that gives them eternal happiness. He asked the students to set the goal in life and work hard using all their time, energy and efforts to realize that goal. He shared the anecdotes from the life of Swami Vivekananda and explained that we should respect different languages of the world but we must cherish, value and retain our national language, culture and traditions. He also advised the students to read on regular basis. He emphasized focusing on one thing at a time rather than multi-tasking, and to learn to concentrate on important things, to utilize every moment of life for the betterment of not only their own self but also for society and nation. This was followed by an online Quiz Competition on the ‘Life and Teachings of Swami Vivekananda’ and a Speech Competition on the topic ‘My Nation, My Culture’ in which students participated enthusiastically. The event was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
WINNERS OF QUIZ COMPETITION
1st Mahima Durgeshkumar Sharma
1st Juhi Shitalbhai Shah
2nd Pratham Harish Kumar Maheshwari
3rd Kajal Bhajanbhai Kokwani
3rd Aman Vikram Khanna
WINNERS OF SPEECH COMPETITION
1st Gayatri Sharma
2nd Padmanabh Chavda
2nd Jigna Juvad
3rd Anakha Pillai
3rd Bhoomi Thakkar
EXPERT SESSION ‘DEVELOPING READING SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION’
Date: 7th September,2021
Out institute organized an expert session on the topic ‘Developing Reading Skills for Effective Communication’ under The Word Wizards – English and Reading Club by Dr. Shubha Nigam. Dr. Shubha Nigam is an academician by vocation and an Author, a Youtuber, a theatre artist and a stand-up comedian by passion. She has her own you tube channel known as ‘The Story Café: Shades of Life’. She began her session on an interesting note wherein she told students that if you sit on a kitli probably you will be able to meet 100 people and know them, but when you read a book, you meet 1000s of people and know about them. She very rightly said that to be successful means being a good observer and managing people and situations in appropriate manner. Reading helps you to achieve both in a wonderful manner. She exemplified this with the example of the character of Jeffry Archer’s novel. She ended her session with a wonderful message to the students that, if you want to sharpen some of the most important Business skills, such as the ability to analyse complex human relationships and gain insight into the motivation of others, then the best way to do it is to read books. After the session, Readathon competition 2021 was launched. The three winners of Readathon Competition 2020, Pratham Maheshwari, Maryam Pariyani and Nidhi Gandhi shared their experience of participating in the competition. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
ACCA – Career Guidance Seminar
Date : 24th August,2021
Our institute organized a webinar on the benefits of pursuing the B.Com. (Hons.) +ACCA, UK dual degree program that is offered by the Faculty of Commerce ( SMPIC) B.Com. ( HONS).
The Speakers for the day, Ms. Teena Rawal & Mr. Vikas Khosala shared with the students their vast experience of ACCA and its potential to improve the professional standing of the students. They discussed opportunities ACCA Course offers as well as gaining first-hand knowledge from industry experts. The event was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master.
READATHON FINALE 2021
Date: 21th August, 2021
Under the auspices of The Word Wizards – English & Reading Club, our institute every year organizes READATHON – Read, Lead, Succeed Competition. The Readathon Competition inspires students to read most number of books and utilize other library resources and services in the most effective manner, with certain rules and regulations. It is a year long competition which is followed by a Viva. The online viva was taken by Dr. Nirja Vasavda, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration (NRBBA), GLS University. She not only conducted the viva but also motivated the students to read variety of genres and even suggested few books as per their choice and taste. The winner of the competition is awarded Best Reader of the Year Award.
In academic year 2020-21, 85 students competed for the award. The winners were
Best Reader Of the Year (FY) – Pratham Maheshwari
Best Reader Of the Year (SY) – Maryam Pariyani
Best Reader Of the Year (TY) – Nidhi Gandhi
The competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
“ZARA YAAD KARO KURBANI”- SMPIC CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF INDIAN INDEPENDENCE
Date:15th August, 2021
Our institute celebrated the ‘Amrut Mahotsav’- 75 years of Indian independence with a variety of events under the auspice of the ‘Forum for Gandhian Philosophy’ which aims at instilling the values like patriotism and Gandhian principles in the young students through different interesting events. The celebration under the title, “ Zara Yaad Karo Kurbani”, started with an interesting virtual talk by Dr. Rajendra Khimani, Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, on the topic, “Significance of Gandhian Principles in Modern Era” which was followed by various online competitions like Patriotic Singing, Poetry Recitation and Rangoli Making. Dr. B.H. Joshi, Provost, GLS University, was also present at the event to share his views on the topic. He explained the value of independence to the youngsters and said that the concept of mere individual freedom make us intolerant and bring chaos in the society. Dr. Rajendra Khimani, the main speaker for the day presented his thoughts on the given topic in a very systematic and lucid manner so that the young students find it easy to connect themselves with him and understand his thoughts easily. Dr. Khimani, while explaining various values held dear by Gandhiji, explained their modern day context to establish its significance. He threw light on the true meaning and philosophy behind the concepts of Truth, Non-violence, Swadeshi movement, Brahmacharya etc. in an interesting manner. He explained that truth and intolerance are interconnected as everyone can have his own truth according his or her point of view. It is necessary for us to accept this reality to save the society from intolerance and its catastrophic effects. Dr. Khimani also discussed the relevance of the famous 11 vows of Gandhiji and tried to clear certain doubts and misconceptions that revolve around them. At the end, Dr. Khimani asserted that the principles given by Mahatma Gandhi are timeless and shall remain relevant and significant forever with slight change in their context. The event was coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
CELEBRATION OF WORLD POPULATION DAY
Date: 11th to 17th July, 2021
Our institute celebrated World Population Day under the auspices of Arthshastra: The Economics Club to spread awareness regarding population issues, family planning and impact of population on environment. World Population Day, 11th July is celebrated basically to reiterate the human right formulated for family planning. To celebrate this day, three events were organized. On 11th July, 2021, an expert lecture by renowned speaker Dr. Siddharth Thaker, an Environmental Economist was organised. It was followed by Online Population Quiz Contest on 13th July, 2021 focussing on population based current affair topics with reference to Indian Economy. Population Extempore was organized on 17th July, 2021 in which finalists of round 1 delivered a short live speech on the spot given topic. All the events on this occasion were co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.
CA DAY & 4TH GST DAY CELEBRATION
Date: 1st July, 2021.
Our institute organised the celebration of CA day and 4th GST day to acquaint our students with the technological changes taking place in the field of Accounting through the medium of expert Chartered Accountants on the subject of “Evolution of Technology for Accounting Profession” through YouTube Live on 1st July, 2021. It also aimed at keeping the students connected with globally developed technologies like Cloud Accounting and Block chain and keeping abreast of the changes taking place in the field of Accounting in the current Covid Pandemic situation. The Keynote address at this event was delivered by CA Shri Aniket Talati, Central Council Member, ICAI. CA Fenil Shah and CA Rinkesh Shah gave the benefit of their extensive experience and knowledge to the students pertaining to the above subject. CA Harshit Dhariwal, Chairman, ICAI, Ahmedabad Branch and CA Rahul Maliwal, Chairman, WICASA Ahmedabad Branch and Mr. Jayaprakash Motwani, Vice Chairman shared interesting insights with the students regarding various activities related to it. An Essay Writing Competition was also organized on this occasion in which large number of students from various schools and colleges participated. Merit Certificate will be awarded to the best performing student. CA DAY Celebration was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master.
NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY
Date: 29th June, 2021
STATSTORM – The Statistics Club of SMPIC organised a one-day celebration of National Statistics Day on 29th June, 2021 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Padma Bhushan awardee, Father of Modern Statistics in India and the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute Dr. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893 to 1972) for his notable contribution in the fields of economic planning and statistical development in the post independent era propelling India’s development. This year the theme of the National Statistics Day was “End Hunger, Achieve Food Security, Improve Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture.” Three events were organised: An Expert Lecture on “SIGNIFICANCE OF STATISTICS IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA” by Dr. Sameer Rohadia, Inter Collegiate and Inter School Quiz Competition on “Statistics” and Poster Making Competition with the theme “Qualitative and Quantitative Statistics” in which many school and college students from all over Gujarat had participated.
Dr. Sameer Rohadia, IT Trainer and Data Analyst from Hannover, Germany started his session with the quote “Information is the oil of 21st century and Analytics is the combustion engine.” He explained Big Data as extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions, Big Data types, Sources of Big Data like IoT, also in one internet minute trillions of data is generated through various social media platforms and e – commerce websites etc. Role of Statistics in Big Data Analytics, Application areas of Big Data in Banking and Financial Services, Communication, Media and Entertainment, Healthcare etc., and Job Opportunities of Big Data Analytics as a Data Analyst, Data Engineer and Data Scientist. More than 250 students participated in the event. The event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
WINNERS OF NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY COMPETITIONS
INTER COLLEGIATE QUIZ COMPETITION
INTER SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION
INTER COLLEGIATE POSTER MAKING COMPETITION
INTER SCHOOL POSTER MAKING COMPETITION
Dhruv Agrawal from Navkar Public School secured First Position in Inter School Poster Making Competition.
GUEST LECTURE SESSION ON ‘EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) FOR STUDENT’S WELL- BEING’
Date: 22nd June, 2021.
An online guest lecture session was organized for our students on the topic ‘Emotional Intelligence for students well-being’ by Ms. Mansi Dholakia, CEO- Founder of Global Mental Health Foundation and UN ECOSOC Speaker. The session included essential elements of emotions to ponder upon for developing a smart personality with a higher level of Emotional Quotient (EQ). The speaker started with an interaction on feelings and its impact on one’s behavioural traits. She also insisted upon expressing gratitude on a daily basis to overcome stress and to uplift one’s self. While explaining the connection between relationship management with EQ, she pointed out that “Your education in life arms you with skill for career but EQ enables a person to take decisions of professional and personal life”. She also signified the balance of EQ and IQ in one’s career by highlighting few examples of MNCs nowadays considering EQ equally important like IQ in higher post recruitments. The session was followed by question-answers session. Students raised questions on topics like Pandemic and Stress Management, mood swings, anger management, Level of EQ with IQ and emotional balance during tough situations.
CELEBRATION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
DATE: 5th June,2021.
To celebrate the World Environment Day, our institute organised a guest session by Mr. Hiren Patel, a well-known environmentalist. He shared his personal experiences with students whereby he walked down the Ganges for fifty-one thousand kilometers. His adventurous ride on motor bike by road from Ahmedabad to London is truly remarkable. He successfully climbed Mount Everest at 19800ht Everest camp and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of the Himalayas and Chadar Trek. His message for students was to establish the spirit of “vasudev kutumbkam” thereby preaching social unity.