GAMIFICATION IN MARKETING: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Date: 2 nd March,2023.
Faculty Of Commerce organized an interactive session on campus under the banner of
‘Academics and Beyond’ with Dr. Yupal Shukla, an Adjunct Professor at University of
Bologna, Italy. Mr. Shukla initiated the session by discussing about the various elements of
gaming while duly explaining the concept of gamification in Marketing arena. Further he
discussed how nowadays companies like Nike, Gpay, Paytm and Strava are using
Gamification as a marketing technique to increase customer engagement. He emphasized on
intrinsic as well as extrinsic motivation for engaging customers by the mobile apps. He
further explained how Gamification increases user experience which helps companies to
increase profitability. He added that increasing customer lifetime value will eventually
benefit the company as a whole. The knowledge value will tend to increase customer
influencer value. Giving rewards, freebies, virtual trophy and many such benefits help
companies to increase customer referral value and consumers feel a part of community.
He summed up by saying that Gamification is the future marketing and how in long run it
will be of a huge benefit as a career. The entire event was managed by the student committee
of the Faculty of Commerce under the guidance of Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Bhumika
CELEBRATION OF “VISHWA MATRUBHASHA DIVAS”
Date: 21st February,2023.
Someone has rightly said that “Our mother tongue is the dress of our thoughts”. Faculty of Commerce organized an awareness program for the mother tongue. The main objective of this program was to create awareness and respect for the mother tongue among students. In this program Mr. Mitai Shukla, a well-known script writer, Mr. Harsh Thakkar, a well-known RJ and actor and Mr. Harsh Tripathi, a young poet and teacher were invited for a panel discussion which was moderated by a student, Kishan Desai. Sharing his views Mitai Shukla said that “don’t insist on feeding by force, people would love and understand our language by heart”.
Mr. Harsh Thakkar said that “Whenever any problem arises, our language is the best way to express it. Language is not a garden that needs to be preserved. It is preserved by what we express.” According to Mr. Harsh Tripathi, “Gujarati language is in the blood of every Gujarati. Every non-Gujarati living in Gujarat can understand Gujarati easily.” He further added, “In many countries, more emphasis is placed on mother tongue. Information communication in mother tongue means zero percent failure.” The penal members discussed that true emotions are expressed in the mother tongue, if you laugh, cry or dream it will be mostly in Gujarati. Mr. Mitai Shukla also expressed that with the change of generations, modernization can be added to the language, but the dignity of the language remains the same.
The objective of this program was to make the students understand the importance of their language and develop feelings towards it. This program was co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra and Dr. Krupa Bhatt.
A GUEST SESSION ON ‘CIVIL SERVICES A DREAM CAREER’
Date: 25th January, 2023.
Faculty of Commerce believes in complete and inclusive development of students. With this vision a session was organised for helping students know the actual scope and career in Civil Services. The workshop was taken over by ACP Dr Nirav Patel who is posted in Delhi. He started his session by sharing his motivational story how he being the son of farmer and having a rural background cleared UPSC at first attempt. He very well brought to our notice the harsh truth of our society how people get attracted to what they see and start deciding their future accordingly. He very well cleared how people run after the power and popularity that comes along with being a civil servant but they don’t know the basic structure of Civil Services. He emphasized on how knowing your strength and weaknesses can give a clear idea about your vision. He encouraged students to self-introspect and think about themselves at least once in a while. He explained why Gujarat in spite of being a prosperous state doesn’t offer many candidates for the post of Bureaucrat. He then wisely contradicted between how one should enjoy their life but should also know to forecast their future. Further Sir explained how preparing for UPSC widens your knowledge in such a way that makes you stand out in the crowd. He threw a light on the fact how youngsters nowadays are very much engaged on social media platforms but lack information about what is actually happening around them. Lastly, he motivated the students to be clear , sincere and dedicated towards one’s goal. Failure is part and parcel of your journey towards success but what you learn from it matters so always Hope for the Best and prepare for the Worst. The session was managed by Dr. Bimal Solanki and Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
‘ON THE SPOT PAINTING AND POSTER MAKING COMPETITION’
Date: 6th January, 2022
Faculty of Commerce organized ‘On The Spot Painting and Poster Making’ Competitions. In this competition, paintings and posters were prepared by our students on the basis of ‘On the Spot’ topic given. Students prepared very artistic and revolutionary paintings using different types of colours on flower vase, Indian festivals and campus life. Some students also made posters on the theme of save girl child, save environment and swachhata abhiyan. The core objective behind giving this topic is to encourage students to think towards their nation more creatively and spread awareness regarding Indian traditions as well as issues related to them. This competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi, Dr. Bimal Solanki and Dr Keyur Vohra.
MODEL UNITED NATIONS(MUN) organized by Faculty of Commerce
Dates: 6th to 8th January,2023
Faculty of Commerce organized the first edition of MODEL UNITED NATIONS(MUN) from 6th to 8th January,2023. MUN is an academic simulation to provide platform to the students to play role of delegates of different countries and to participate in various national and international committees. It is a competition that gives an exposure to develop best life skills to find an optimal solution of multifaceted problems affecting political life and humanity. The inaugural ceremony was held on 6th January,2023 which was graced by Dr. Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University and CMA Sushil Handa, Founder Chairman, Fifth Veda Entrepreneur. Total 250 delegates from 54 academic institutions from 8 cities across the nation participated in the event. Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University talked about the importance of participating in this kind of activities which develop students’ knowledge, understanding, empathy and other key life skills which will benefit them beyond their school & college years. Students also get aware about international affairs and get an insight how to solve global issue. CMA Shushil Handa gave a few important tips to be successful in life. He advised the students to Dream Big, take small steps, Move Ahead, Build Capabilities, Invest in Yourself. He also told them to never Compete, never Compare and never Complain. He motivated students to be the entrepreneur for creating better world for future. He said only Smart Work can never give you long term success, Hard Work is the ultimate option. The delegates had their deliberations on the following committees UNGA-DISEC, United Nations General, Assembly DISEC, GLA, Gujarat Legislative Assembly, LOK-SABHA, UNHRC, United Nations Human, DALAL STREET, Rights Council, International Press, Business Crisis for the three days.
‘ACADEMICS AND BEYOND: INTERACTIVE SESSIONS WITH CORPORATE PROFESSIONALS ON CAMPUS’
Dates: 6 to 20th December,2022.
Faculty of Commerce organized an interactive session with corporate professionals on campus under the banner of ACADEMICS AND BEYOND between 6th and 20th December,2022 to provide an opportunity to students to update their knowledge and keep them conversant with the modern developments in various fields. The interaction with experts contributed to the overall personality development of students, pushing them to become critical thinkers and delve deeper into the practical applications of different subjects.
The first session was conducted by Dr. Unmesh Dixit, an executive director at AMA on ‘CHANGE YOUR IMAGE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE’. He explained that image is not something you are showing outside, image is what you feel inside. He said that image is never written, it’s a perception of vision. To succeed in your life, you need to come out of your comfort zone because it ceases your growth and confidence. The second session was conducted by Dr. Darshna Thakker, a gynecologist, obstetrician and a social entrepreneur on ‘DESIGN YOUR DREAM LIFE’. She shared the two master keys to design our dream life that is self-love and self-acceptance. She also gave a few important tips: it’s okay to make mistakes but learn to accept it, Never create self-doubt. Prof. Pritesh Bhatia, faculty member, GLS Institute of Design conducted the third session on ‘A STARTUP’S JOURNEY’. He explained the quality of entrepreneurs as risk taker, ambitious, creative and consistent. He said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. He concluded the session with a useful advise ‘Give importance to yourself and be true to yourself’. The fourth session was conducted by an eminent public speaker Ms. Radha Mehta on ‘AAJ KE ANAND KI JAI’. She started by emphasizing that our life is limited by what we think. If we expand our vision and strengthen our abilities then there’s no one to stop us from achieving the things in our life. Living in the present moment help us to focus on the small happiness of our lives. The Fifth session was conducted by Mr. Kirat Damani, an Eminent Lawyer and Former National Cricketer on ‘TRANSISTION FROM REEL TO REAL LIFE’. He opined that, the way you do one thing is the way you do everything. The five secrets he shared which he uses in his personal life too are:
- Invest in Yourself
- Success is an overrated syndrome
- Respect your parents
- Focus on process , results will have factors
The sixth session was taken over by Mr Mangesh Parelkar, a language and communication expert on ‘JOY AND PERKS OF READING’. He highlighted the importance of reading and how it offers free entertainment, anytime , anywhere and at zero cost. It brings tranquility in one’s life. The seventh session was conducted by Shri Jayrajsinh Vala, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Operations Group,
Crime Branch, Ahmedabad City Police, and Mr Krunal Shah, Youth Advisory Board Member, UNICEF India and YuWaah on ‘ PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION’. They very well explained that a single mistake cannot bring Full stop to your life . The main purpose was to make students aware the difference between Growth , Progress and Success. The eighth session was conducted by Dr. Nischal Bhatt, MD Pediatrics on ‘EMOTIONAL INDEPENDENCE : 1ST STEP TOWARDS EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS’. He wonderfully explained that though we have many facilities in present times as compared to our parents and grandparents we still complain about things we don’t have. The three principles he gave for achieving success are : 1. Slow down 2. If you think, you will feel. 3. Attitude of gratitude. Overall, ‘Academics & Beyond’ provided the youth with the opportunity to interact with highly accomplished Academicians and Industry experts on Campus and learn new things. The entire event was coordinated by students under the guidance of Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria and Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
INTER COLLEGIATE AND INTER SCHOOL ELOCUTION COMPETITION AS A PART OF CELEBRATION OF 160TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Date: 12th January,2023
Faculty of Commerce has been running Swami Vivekananda Study Circle since 2011. The circle aims at spreading and preaching the spirit of universal brotherhood and propagating and imbibing the great ideals of Swami Vivekananda by organizing various inter school and inter collegiate competitions like quiz, elocution, poster making, essay writing etc. throughout the year to promote the values and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
On 12th January 2023 to celebrate the 160th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Faculty of Commerce organised inter collegiate and inter school elocution competition where in more than 41 students from different schools and colleges expressed their thoughts on the topic “Dependence is Misery, Independence is Happiness”. The Inter collegiate and inter school elocution competition was judged by Dr. Jigna Vohra and Dr. Nayna Rangwala. The participants beautifully presented their views on the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda in their speech. They emphasized on being financially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually independent to be happy in life. They very well realized the meaning of Swami Vivekananda’s saying that we are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think. The winners were awarded rotating trophy, certificate and gifts. The entire event was managed by the students under the guidance of Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal .
Winners of Inter-Collegiate Elocution Competition 2023
Name of the Institute
Faculty of Commerce
Mahee Falgubhai Vyas
H L College of Commerce
Acsah Mariam Kurian
Faculty of Business Administration, GLS University
Krupal Shubhashbhai Munjapura
Som Lalit Institute of Business Administration
Winners of Inter-School Elocution Competition 2023
Name of the School
Dama Meet Kumar
St Xavier’s High School
Veli Champaneria and
Navkar Public School
Seventh Day Adventist Higher Secondary School
Podar International School
SESSION ON ‘VOTING IS OUR DUTY AND RIGHT’
Date: 1 st December, 2022
Faculty of Commerce organized a session on ‘Voting is our duty and right’ on 1 st December, 2022. The session was conducted by SMPIC Alumni and Radio city’s renowned RJ Harshil who was the Radio brand ambassador for voter’s awareness campaign in Gujarat Elections 2017, State Icon for the elections of Lok Sabha 2019 and in upcoming Elections of 2022 as well. He told the students that all those who are not having election card should get that done quickly as voting is the power of a citizen as well as civic responsibility. He addressed the 18 plus students who are voters for the first time, to vote without fail and use their discretion while choosing whom to vote for. The session was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt, Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
A DAY AT IIMA
Students of Faculty of Commerce were given the excellent opportunity to participate in the educational visit to IIM Ahmedabad under the program “A Day at IIM.” Participants spent a whole day at IIM Ahmedabad and got a sense of what it’s like to be a student there. They attended a multitude of lectures conducted by distinguished IIMA professors. Lectures on topics including marketing, management, the marketplace, Excel, etc. from the first semester of the MBA were taken. Under the guidance of their professors, students worked on different case studies. The journey from CAT preparation to becoming an IIMA student and joining unicorn firms or MNCs was shared by IIM students as one of their remarkable experiences. Students learned about the numerous activities that take place at IIM and what initiatives are made under their clubs, where they encourage one another toward their career aspirations. Under Management club, Dr.Krupa Bhatt coordinated this visit.
‘BATTLE OF DISCUSSIONS’ – GROUP DISCUSSION COMPETITION
Date: 22nd September, 2022
Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’ – A career carving cell of Faculty of Commerce, a Group Discussion Competition was organized for the final year students of B.Com. (Hons.) Program. Before the competition, a special workshop on Group Discussion was organized to groom the students and learn the nuances of how to appear for Group Discussion. Participants were given 25 topics on various topics related to current affairs, politics, economics, finance etc. in advance for preparation. Groups of 10 participants were formed and topic was allotted on the spot by the subject expert and the judge for the competition, Mr. Hitesh Devalia. First three minutes were given to the participants for organizing their thoughts on paper and remaining twelve minutes were allotted for discussion. The judgement was based on various parameters like Content, Language Skills, Approach as well as Team Skills. While giving feedback, the judge highlighted on basic issues which participants should bear in mind while appearing for Group Discussion. The first and the foremost important thing that the participant has to be careful about is the comfortable sitting position and one can keep a notepad or paper to pen down the thoughts in the initial time given once the topic is announced. Secondly, no one to one discussion is allowed as they need to address the group as a whole. Also, the importance of body posture was highlighted while putting forward your point should be proper to show active involvement in the group. Finally, 8 participants were awarded with the Best Performer Awards and with personal feedback by the judge for each and every participant. The session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
EXPLORER 2022 – A TWO-DAY NATIONAL BUSINESS CONCLAVE
Date: 10 th & 11 th September, 2022.
Faculty of Commerce organized “Explorer 2022” – a two-day National Business
Conclave jointly in collaboration with the Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC-ICAI on
September 10th and 11th, 2022, wherein students from more than 40 colleges in
India participated and competed in various rounds such as Questocity, Pitchers,
Case Conqueror Policy Wizard, FIN Exchange, and The Big Brain.
It was a privilege to witness the presence of eminent guests at the inaugural
function of “Explorer-2022”. The chief guests of the inaugural function were CA
CMA and CS Hiranand Savlani-CFO of Astral Limited, Dr. Sudhir Nanavati-
President of GLS University, Dr. Chandni Kapadia-Executive Director of GLS
University, and CA Dr. Bishan Shah-Chairperson of Ahmedabad Branch-ICAI, Dr.
Bhalchandra Joshi-Provost of GLS University, Dr. Dharmesh Shah-Registrar of
GLS University, and Deans and Heads of various colleges of GLS University and
Professors from different colleges in India.
In his welcome address, Dean CA Dr Marzun Jokhi, set the tone for the National
Conclave by addressing the audience that “Explorer-2022” is a platform provided
to future young entrepreneurs and managers of the nation to foresee the
opportunities and difficulties in their coming years of growth.
Dr. Sudhir Nanavati, President of GLS University, offered the students guidelines
for a meaningful and successful life by citing several examples. He advised them
to have an optimistic attitude, to think outside the box, and to be courageous. Dr.
Chandni Kapadia, Executive Director, GLS University, rightly mentioned that
management is one such subject wherein art, craft, and science merge. In
management subjects, the traditional classroom knowledge combined with talent
can be developed into business acumen. Conclaves like “Explorer-2022” help the
students gain the global skills set required to succeed in society. CA Bishan Shah
advised students on how to embrace disagreements and obstacles, build the right
attitude toward business, and therefore acquire entrepreneurial abilities. He
expressed his belief in the National Business Conclave, which will gear up students
for start-ups and develop a start-up ecosystem. CA, CS, and CMA Hiranand
Savlani encouraged the students by sharing his life story of rising from humble
beginnings to becoming the CFO of a well-known organization. He advised the
students to prioritize learning new skills and expanding their knowledge over a
higher salary package during their first few years of employment. He stated that his
success lies in bitter experiences and that failure taught him the most valuable
lessons . He claims that the keys to success are to be adaptable and open to new
experiences, to be decisive, to be a lifelong learner, and to live a healthy lifestyle.
The conclave was hosted over two days. The first three rounds (Questocity,
Pitchers, and Case Conqueror) were contested on the first day. A distinctive
seminar on the ‘Essentials of Business: Branding or Marketing?’ was also
organized for the students.
The second day began with a very fascinating round called the Policy Wizard, in
which participants were assigned a problem and were evaluated on their critical
thinking and debating skills. Only the top six teams were allowed to compete in the
event’s final round, “THE BIG BRAIN,” in which competitors were required to
present an advertisement (marketing strategy) for the business idea they presented
in round two. Dean Dr. Marzun Jokhi and CA Bishan Shah proffered trophies and
cash prizes to the winners during the valedictory ceremony.
The program was coordinated under the guidance and mentorship of Dean CA Dr.
Marzun Jokhi, Dr. Krupa Bhatt, and Dr. Jaimin Patel and the ever-enthusiastic
Management Club team students.
A SESSION ON IBS ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Date: 15 th September,2022
Faculty of Commerce organized session on ‘Entrepreneurship’ for students by Mr. Ujval Nagar. He explained trend before, during and after pandemic on digital world. He talked about the need for business to be online accessible for remote customers. He guided the students regarding industrial trend and today’s demand for talented youth. He shared information about ecommerce & marketing. He said< that now a days many new concepts have come in India like podcast, D2C, digital catalogue, mobile commerce etc. He explained examples of Grofers, Big Basket and Ola. The session was very interactive and informative. It was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
“MANTHAN: A THOUGHT PROVOKING MISSION”– AN ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2022
Date: 3 rd September,2022
“Death is the second fear that people have and Public Speaking is the First!” ……the famous
words lingered on in the mind of all those who were lucky to witness the scintillating
“MANTHAN: A Thought Provoking Mission”– An Inter-Class Elocution Competition 2022
organized by Faculty of Commerce SMPIC, GLS University under the auspices of English and
Reading Club for B.Com.(Hons.) students with an aim to remove their stage fear and improve
oratory skills. It was a brilliant opportunity for students to gain confidence through exposure on
stage & to hone Oratory skills, in terms of pronunciation, delivery, and voice modulation.
It is an event which is “For The Students, Of The Students, By The Students”. The competition
was organized in two rounds. In the Primary Round held on 3 rd September,2022 more than 90
students showcased their oratory skills and delivered speech in Gujarati, Hindi and English
language. Total 25 winners of Primary Round performed with great vigour, zeal and enthusiasm
in the Finale Round which was conducted on 21 st September, 2022. The competition started with
a welcome speech by Dean, Faculty of Commerce, Dr. Marzun Jokhi. Students expressed their
views on the following three topics:
1. Education makes us happier people.
2. Traveling and studying abroad are positive experiences.
3. Need of the Hour : Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE
All the participants performed exceptionally well & won the hearts of the judges and the
audiences with their presentation, confidence, expression. They exhibited perfect nuances and
finer points that go into making a public speech interesting and captivating. The poise, self-
confidence and praiseworthy articulation delivered by the speakers with uncommon sense of
conviction, made the event memorable to all. Some factors adjudged during the competition
were Entry and exit of the students on the stage, speech content, presentation style, voice
modulation, clarity of speech, expression, dressing sense, Co-Ordination & overall
communication skills. On completion of the last speaker, the judges were invited on stage to
speak a few words of advice for improvement and of encouragement. This was followed by the
announcing of the winners, amidst thunderous applauding. The results were declared by the
judge Prof. Hirva Popat. Khadija Lakdawala secured the 1 st rank, Jiya Thakkar got second rank
and Aditi Singh & Vaishnavi Rao secured the 3 rd rank. Winners were awarded with the
certificates. The competition enabled our students to speak with more clarity and finesse and it
surely was an enjoyable experience for all those who witnessed it. The confidence, expression
and talent of the participants made the event truly memorable. The event was coordinated by Dr.
The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
A SESSION ON ‘DEVELOPING READING SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVE
Date: 13 th September,2022
Faculty of Commerce organized an expert session on the topic ‘Developing Reading Skills for Effective Communication’ by Dr. Shubha Nigam. Dr. Shubha Nigam 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 thousands of people and know about them. On a lighter note, she also told the students that your generation is into making reels and short videos for various social media platforms, you can create interesting characters and tell beautiful stories, if you read books. 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 further said that business experiences are chaotic and messy. Every business leader needs to be self-aware to navigate complex human issues. Most of the corporate honchos believe that reading guides you into the innermost thoughts of individuals and their struggle. Reading teaches you ‘Chintan’, ‘Manan’ and Manthan’. Here she quoted Mike Henry, sr. VP (operations) at Saga net, who once said that he read in a book, ‘We tend to Judge ourselves by our intentions and we judge others by their results”. This quote he remembered forever. Further she said that business schools teach strategies to succeed but reading teaches ability to neutralize views and to empathize. 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 expert session of Dr Shubha Nigam, the winners of Readathon 2021 Pratham Maheshwari, Padmanabh Chavda and Bhoomi Thakkar shared their experiences of participating in Readathon 2021. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
TEACHERS DAY CELEBRATIONS
Date: 5 th September, 2022
Faculty of Commerce organized Teachers Day Celebrations on 5 th September,
2022, Monday by organizing 2 online competitions:
1. LET’S TEACH (Classroom Teaching Competition)
The students of all three years enthusiastically participated in the competition. They taught the fellow students in the class wherein they used various techniques of Power Point Presentation, Quiz etc. The winning students who were the teachers for the day shared their opinions.
First – Riya Parmar (Sem 3)
Second – Kashish Bansal & Dhruv Raval (Sem 1)
Third – Raj Suba (Sem 1) & Aditi Singh (Sem 3)
Fourth – Lalit Nawani (Sem 3)
2. LET’S CREATE
Poster Making Competition
More than 50 Students enthusiastically participated in Poster Making and Rangoli Competition and created rangoli and posters on the theme of Teacher’s Day. Both the events were judged by Dr. Rajul Goenka, an art enthusiast and an educationist.
Poster Making Competition
First – Krupali Pada (Sem 3)
Second – Jiya Thakkar (Sem 1)
Third – Varun Shah (Sem 1)
Fourth – Diya Mehta (Sem 1) & Kruti Chaudhary (Sem 1)
First – Riya Patel & Naisha Patel (Sem 1)
Second- Shreya Thakkar & Vrinda Joshi (Sem 1)
Krishika Jain (Sem 5)
Third – Asmita Jain (Sem 1)
Kiran Paradia & Nirva Jani (Sem 1)
Fourth – Neha Makhija & Kashish Brahmkhatri (Sem 1)
The event was coordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal & Dr. Beena Patel.
CELEBRATION OF UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY 2022
Date: 12 th September,2022.
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organized different
events like An Expert Talk and a Quiz Competition to celebrate Universal Brotherhood Day.
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. An expert talk was delivered by CA Dr. Nilesh Suchak on ‘Magic in the Message of
Swami Vivekananda’. In his speech he motivated the students to accept life as a challenge and
not as a problem. He explained the students the importance of hard work, honesty, dedication
and sincerity in life. He said ‘you do not believe in God until you believe in Yourself’. He asked
the students to keep good company because good company can lead us to the path of
enlightenment. He said not to do anything for which you have to repent on later. Life is very
short and we have to make the best out of it. We should earn fame in this short life. He said
Swami Vivekananda helped others without expecting any returns. Life is a drama and we have to
play our part faithfully. He discussed Vivekananda’s concept of ‘Vasudev Kutumbkam’ and
advised the students to read about the lives of great people of the world. This session was
followed by an online Quiz Competition on the ‘Life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda’ in
which students participated enthusiastically. The Program was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika
WINNERS OF QUIZ COMPETITION
1st Vishakha Prakash Rochlani
2nd Tushara Sreekumaran Nair
3rd Khushi Ranjit Singh Danewa
Date: 20 th August,2022
Faculty of Commerce, under the auspices of The Word Wizards – English & Reading Club, 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 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 2021-22, 85 students competed for the award. The winners were
Best Reader Of the Year – Pratham Maheshwari
Best Reader Of the Year – Bhoomi Thakkar
Best Reader Of the Year – Padmanabh Chavda
The competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
WORKSHOP ON PERSONAL INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES
Date: 6th August,2022.
Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’ – A career carving cell, a Career Enrichment workshop was organized on ‘Learning Interview Techniques’. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Rohan Garg, an alumnus of IIM- Calcutta. He started the workshop by mentioning that a student should learn the art to drive his/her interview in a particular direction. For that on a humorous note he mentioned, ‘You don’t have to be Rajnikant’ – know it all kind of a candidate. He further added, not to feel shy to say no to any question but be smart in giving answers. If panel is interested in your communication, they will not bother to check the folder of certificates so no need to have too many certificates and awards. He stressed upon English as a language even though it may be simple the candidate is not expected to be a Shakespeare. But practice should be done so at the right time right words should be used. One should stand in front of the mirror and practice simple sentences of daily routine in English. He highlighted upon three aspects of LSR – listening, speaking and reading. He emphasized that at least the candidate should make sure the opposite person understands what you want to say. Also, one should technically be sound at least in one of your favourite subjects be it Cricket as a game. He shared various tips to improve: Knowledge, Behavioural and Personality skills, Communication skills, Be ethical, Have confidence, Be smart – presence of mind and the areas to be taken care of – Dress well, Don’t bluff, Have smiling face, Be calm and relax – have water beforehand, Mobile has to be off or on silent mode.
The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
INAUGURAL SESSION OF BRIDGE COURSE
Date: 5th August,2022
Our institute organized an inaugural session of Bridge Course aimed to enhance the English Language Skills of the first-year students who have done their schooling from Gujarati or Hindi medium. Dr. Chetan Mewada, a senior professor and an English language expert conducted the session on ‘How to improve English Speaking Skills.’ Dr. Mewada discussed the reasons Why do Students feel worried, tensed, uncomfortable or anxious while speaking English? He said that in majority of the cases the factors responsible this diffidence is fear of committing mistake, fear of making negative impression, feeling inferiority complex, weak grammar or vocabulary, fear of pronouncing the word incorrectly or the fear that the image in social life may get spoilt. He shared the following effective tips and methods to master English Speaking skills:
- Try to talk in English
- 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
- Surround yourself with English speakers
- Practice English whenever possible
- Work on pronunciation for accuracy
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- Be confident
He advised the students to set SMART goals-S(specific )M(measurable )A(achievable) R (realistic )T(time bound). He motivated the students to work on their English language skills on regular basis to achieve the best results. Bridge Course and this session was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
GROUP DISCUSSION SESSION
Date: 2nd August,2022
Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’ – a career carving cell of our institute, as a part of Career Enrichment Workshop, Mr. Hitesh Devalia conducted a session on ‘How to participate in Group Discussion’. He started the session explaining the importance of communication skills, body language, facial expressions and hand movements while taking part in group discussion rounds. Especially while appearing for online group discussions, he also suggested how vital it is to position the angle of camera in an appropriate manner. He explained how to categorize the probable topics of group discussion into fact based, abstract, case study as well general. While explaining the significance as to why Group Discussion is required, he emphasized the point of diversity in the group, team skills, decision taking ability, the ease of one’s own self presentation. With interesting examples from Bollywood movies, he suggested the various roles a student can play in group discussion. Lastly, he stressed upon reading in depth, practicing formal discussion in small groups, usage of formal language, learning of general knowledge as well as conducting research at a global level. Also, he ended by giving tips where students have to be alert as to not to shout, not to be indifferent, not to mention about culture at any point of time and not to try to prove anyone wrong. The session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
A GUEST SESSION ON ‘PROTECTING OURSELVES FROM CYBER ATTACKS’
Date: 29th July, 2022
Our institute under the auspice of ‘Academics and Beyond: A Lecture Series’ organized a session on ‘Protecting Ourselves from Cyber Attacks’ by Dr. Madhavi Dave, an eminent speaker and an Assistant Professor of National Forensic Sciences University. 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 put the microphone and cameras disabled while not in use otherwise it tracks the user 24×7. Also, users should update the firewall and the operating system every fortnight. The session became very interactive and interesting when she started discussing how to take cyber security measures. Her suggestions included the following important tips:
- Not to put location settings on and trying to avoid posting on Facebook 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.
TALK SHOW ON ‘DEADDICTION AND AWARENESS’
Date: 27th July, 2022
Innovision – The Management Club of our institute organized a special talk show on “deaddiction and awareness”. The session was conducted by renowned psychiatrist and de-addiction expert Dr. Parth Vaishnav. He explained the necessity to understand various psychology related problems. He discussed various mental health issues triggered in the society after Covid 19. He talked about the frequent habit of online shopping and window shopping. He talked about the types of behavioural addiction like work, food eating and gambling. He also discussed about problems occurring frequently due to drug intake. He advised the young audience to be strong and smart decision maker as and when they encounter any problem. In this case, he advised to make use of analytical power of our mind to take right decision after understanding the situation. He explained that addiction and obsession turn into mental problems like depression, anxiety, relationship stress, ADHD, OCD etc. 350 students of the Management Club attended the session and asked various questions on generation changes, mind power, depression, strength and weakness. The session was very interactive and informative. It was co- ordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
IMAGE BUILDING AND POWER DRESSING WORKSHOP
Date: 26th July,2022.
Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’- A career carving cell of our institute, a workshop on ‘IMAGE BUILDING AND POWER DRESSING’ was organized for the final year students by Ms. Vama Rajpal, a specialist in Non- Verbal Communication and Image Building. This seminar was highly informative and helpful for image building in youth for future betterment of career prospects. The purpose of the workshop was to inculcate the professionalism through non -verbal communication in youth for the virtual interview as well. Ms. Vama groomed the students on how the statistics of Non- Verbal Communication works through 55% of communication, 38 % of vocal voice tone and 7% on verbal words with the refreshing knowledge of alphabetics ABC of Communication i.e Appearance, Behaviour and Communication. Students got to know about some surprising facts about the Non-Verbal Communication i.e 7,00,000 signs, 1000 different postures, 5000 Hand Gestures and 2,50,000 Facial Expressions. The highlights of the workshop were the interactive activities and lessons of ideal way of dressing for both women and men taught to students. The workshop was attended by around 120 students. The workshop was coordinated by Placement coordinators Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
STUDY ENHANCEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AT AMA
Date: 23rd July 2022
Our institute organized a ‘Study Enhancement and Development Workshop’ – at Ahmedabad Management Association on Zen Kaizen which is a joint endeavor of Japan Information and Study Center supported by Hyogo International Association, Japan to promote the Kaizen spirit of “Forever in pursuit for excellence”. In the beginning Executive Director of Ahmedabad Management Association, Mr. Unmesh Dixit, welcomed the students. An International Speaker Mr. Vedang Dave, the life transformer, conducted a session on “Kaizen for Everyday Life” and explained its application in daily life. He explained that the objective of Kaizen is to improve productivity, reduce waste, eliminate unnecessary hard work and humanize the workplace. Kaizen is effective at identifying the three basic types of waste: Muda, Mura and Muri. Kaizen philosophy empowers everyone to assume responsibility for their processes and improve them. Students also visited the Zen Garden and learnt its etiquettes and policies. Zen Gardens are creating a way of life and is associated with stress reduction. It is supposed to evoke feelings of tranquility, calmness and peace. It has mental as well as psychological health benefits. Around 100 students of Semester 5 participated in this workshop and it was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt, Dr. Jaimin Patel and Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
Date: 18th to 22nd July, 2022.
Our institute organized a week long ORIENTATON PROGRAM for the 1st year students wherein they were welcomed with gusto. The students were informed about the various courses and activities. SMPIC Alumni who have made a mark for themselves, Mr. Nisarg Trivedi, Advocate, High Court of Gujarat, Vishal Shah, Founder, Indie Productions, RJ Harsh, Red FM & Chartered Accountant, CA Aagam Shah, Mr. Jaimil Joshi, Creative Director, Red FM, Mr. Ashutosh Valani, Founder, Beardo, Mr. Dhruv Patel, Gazetted Section Officer, Legislative Assembly of Gujarat, Actor Parikshit Tamaliya, Saatam Aatham Fame and Mr. Ruchit Vakharia, AIR 21 CA Final interacted with the new and budding students and shared their journey from being SMPICites to their current status. Vishal Shah, Dhunki Film Fame, told students that his involvement in the theatre activities of college paved his way towards establishing his company Indie Productions under which he has been conducting workshops and lecture series on theatre in prestigious institutions like IIM, EDI to name a few. Dhruv Patel motivated students ‘to strike a balance between the fun and study aspect of college life and make the most of it.” Ruchit Vakharia was felicitated on securing AIR 21 rank in CA Final exam, he expressed his gratitude towards college for the guidance that he received at all levels of CA exam which helped him to get the rank. “It wasn’t a child’s play establishing the multi-million brand Beardo, the lessons of entrepreneurship learnt in the SMPIC classroom guided and motivated me”, said Ashuthosh Valani. On the same note, Jaimil Joshi motivated the students to participate in various events and activities conducted by SMPIC as he himself is a testimonial of the same. Parikshit feels that the participation and the Best Actor Award won in the inter-collegiate competitions of the college bagged him major roles in many Gujarati Films along with the lead role in Saatam Aatham film. Though being a chartered accountant, RJ Harsh pursues his passion of being an actor and RJ whose motivation lies are in the different workshops which he attended at SMPIC. Dean Dr. Marzun Jokhi congratulated the students for successful completion of boards and wished them all the best for their new journey at SMPIC.
CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Date: 13th July,2022.
Our institute organised ‘Green production’ a competition for our students based on the theme ‘CONSERVE TO SERVE’- to celebrate the World Environment Day under the auspice of Arthshastra: The Economics Club. This competition was organised at twofold level. In phase 1, Digital Poster Making Competition was organised in the month of June in which students participated in a team and created Digital Poster on Sustainable development, Eco-friendly technology, Public awareness for environment, Go green, Save natural resources etc. The objective behind organising this event was to create awareness regarding art and environment among the students. In phase 2, Green production Competition was organised on 13th July, 2022 in which students prepared an Eco-friendly model by using selected used material or waste such as newspapers, used plastic bottles, jute rope, clay, leaves, flowers, boxes, natural colours etc. Moreover, the models were cost minimising and profit maximising. All the participating teams made the presentation on their creative eco-friendly product through different marketing strategy. Final winners were announced by our Judge Mr. Kunal Gidwani. The major objective behind this event is to encourage youth to be responsible citizen and save environment, so that future generations could utilise all natural resources equally. The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.
CA DAY CELBRATION & 5th GST DAY CELEBRATION
Date: 1st July, 2022
Our institute organized an expert session and a Quiz Competition as a part of CA Day celebration and 5th GST Day celebration. Guest speaker CA Bishan Shah, Chairperson of the Ahmedabad branch of WIRC of ICAI motivated students to pursue higher studies and to make a bright career. He emphasised on the significance of commerce in our day-to-day life. He shared the experience of his academic journey and gave the success mantra to our students. More than 100 students participated in the Quiz competition which was based on Taxation, Accounting and Finance. Winners of this Quiz competition were Jatan Mehta, Devanshi Jain, Srushti Bhojwani, Khushi Balvani, Aman Khanna, Vrishti Malhotra. The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Jaimin Patel and Dr. Anjali Trivedi.
CELEBRATION OF 16th NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY
Date: 29th June 2022
Our institute celebrated the 16th National Statistics Day 2022 with an objective to create awareness about Statistics and to commemorate the 129th birth anniversary of Padma Bhushan Awardee and the legendary statistician Dr. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis who is popularly known as the Father of Modern Indian Statistics. Our institute has been organizing various Statistical activities under the banner of STATSTORM – The Statistical Club since last 20 years. This year our institute organized 3 different competitions like Statistical Quiz in Statistics and Mathematics, Poster Making Competition with the theme Use of Data in various areas and Article Writing and Power Point Presentation wherein various topics like Financial Frauds, India’s position of Inflation, GDP, India’s rank of happiness index compared with its human development index at Global level, Comparative study of India’s literacy and employment, Women Empowerment, Financial Literacy and Financial Inclusion of Women and Students, and many more. Students prepared lovely posters and prepared articles on Rural and Urban Population of India, Child Labour, Fight Human Trafficking, Impact of Covid on Educational Sector, GDP, Employment, Health Awareness and Life Expectancy, Crime Rate in India, Road Infographics of India etc. Statistical Quiz was based on the basics of Statistics and Mathematics, Mathematical Puzzles, Graphs, etc. Guest speaker and judge of the event Prof. Shubhra Nanavaty presented her views on “Statistics and its role in Big Data Analytics in the real world”. The event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
WINNERS OF STATISTICAL QUIZ COMPETITION
|RANK||NAME OF STUDENTS (In a team of two)|
|FIRST||AMAN KHANNA, ARTH TRIVEDI|
|SECOND (TIE IN TWO TEAMS)||DHANESH SHETH, ISHA UPADHYAY
EESHAN DEVALIA, SHIVAM PORWAL
|THIRD||HITAKSHI MEVASI, SIYA JOSHI|
WINNERS OF POSTER MAKING COMPETITION
|RANK||NAME OF STUDENTS|
|SECOND (TIE IN TWO TEAMS)||PRIYANKA MOTWANI|
WINNERS OF ARTICLE WRITING AND PRESENTATION COMPETITION
|RANK||NAME OF STUDENTS (Individual or in a team of two)|
|THIRD||AARTI MALI, RUTIKA KESARKAR|
|APPRECIATION||SUMIT KOTADIYA, VRISHTI MALHOTRA
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ACADEMIC OLYMPIAD 2.0 ‘A NATIONAL LEVEL ACCOUNTING & COMMERCE TALENT SEARCH’
Date: 13th March,2022 and 10th April,2022
Our institute organised an Academic Olympiad 2.0 – A National level Inter School Accounts and Management Quiz contest for 11th and 12th standard commerce students from across the country.This is a National level competition which received an overwhelming response from various states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nādu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. Around 2000 students from across the country enthusiastically registered for the Mega Event.A mock round was organized on 10th March, 2022 and Olympiad was organized in two phases the First Phase was on 13th March on Sunday 2022 & Second Phase was on 10th April 2022 followed by Final merit round of selected students in a form of Personal VIVA.Exciting cash Prizes, Trophies and Certificates were awarded to Winners and all the participants.The Institute believes that this kind of competitions will keep the thirst for knowledge and competitive spirits high amongst the students.
FAREWELL FUNCTION & CONVOCATION FOR GRADUATING BATCH 2021
Date: 16th March,2022.
Our institute organised a dual celebration, in which, the students graduated in 2021 were given a warm farewell in a fun filled function. The Best Student (Male & Female) as well as the gold and silver medalist students in B.Com. Hons. & M.Com. were felicitated on the occasion. The felicitation was followed by an inspiring speech by Dean Dr. M.E. Jokhi. The award-winning Dances and Skit were showcased before the students after that. The fun filled evening ended with a few games and Refreshments. The degree certificates and convocation scarves were also distributed to the students.
SESSION ON ‘BEING A BANKER, BEING FUTURE READY’
Date: 26th February, 2022
Our institute under Academics and Beyond lecture series organized a lecture on ‘Being a Banker, Being Future Ready’ by Ms. Monaz Daruwala Deputy General Manager, IDBI Bank Ltd a very well experienced banker. She explained in detail about how the word Bank has evolved from the Italian word Banco meaning a Bench. Banking profession, apart from basic degree the student also must possess excellent communication skills, analytical skills, Resilience and interpersonal skills. She added that banking is a lucrative profession in a way that the pay scales are really good, there is the possibility to work abroad as well in various parts of the country. She emphasized upon Trust and Honesty being the most important traits for a good banker. Further, she discussed how today’s consumer is smarter, savvier, and more informed than ever before and expects a high degree of personalization and convenience and customer experience even though hard to quantify, customer retention is of utmost importance for any banker. The session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
CHANGES ARE FAST AND FURIOUS…EVOLVING MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
Date: 22nd February,2022.
Our institute under ‘Academics and Beyond’ series organized an interesting question answer session by Monaz Vakil, an Asst. Manager at IIM-A. She delivered an expert talk on the Evolution of Management Education. Talking about the evolution in management education, right from critical thinking, developing communication skills, learning the working pattern in groups, innovative pedagogies ultimately lead to leadership qualities amongst students. She talked about a very innovative pedagogy of a classroom wherein a huge investment is made post pandemic in the leading universities of the world where in a hybrid mode of teaching – learning where a moving camera follows the teacher and a huge screen where all the students are visible with their names which gives a very unique experience for a teacher as well as a student in this world of digitalization. At the end by giving a special suggestion to the students, she urged them to be one’s own self and no matter how much this technology advances, human efforts are irreplaceable. The session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS OF TODAY IS A RESULT OF AN ACT OF LAW FRAMED 150 YEARS AGO
Date: 23rd February,2022.
Our institute organized a session on “The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881” by Mr. Nisarg Trivedi a very well known lawyer and SMPIC Alumni. He started by saying that there are very few laws which have been amended and changed since India was ruled by the superior authority and Negotiable Instruments act is one of them. According to him, the customary law also has to be preserved while framing any legal enactment and this Act is one of the centuries old laws. Way back in 1881 Negotiable Instruments Act was enacted after four successful amendments. This Act forecasted the today’s cashless transactions way back in 1800 some 140 years ago. He added that it is based on the First law of the land, the most famous – Magna Carta which was in Latin language. All laws are based on the fact that the most important principle of Nemo Dat Quad Non Habet – a person cannot transfer a better title than what he has – all laws are based on that. Core concept of this Act is based on the fact of negotiability and flexibility and hence this Act was introduced. He further explained definitions of Promissory Note, Bill of Exchange and Cheques. Further, he discussed the legal aspects of Clearing house and digital signature. Also, the RBI Guidelines as to Dishonour of cheque, whereby bank refuses to honour and bank can stop- insufficiency of funds-reasons. Once the complaint is filed, he has to appear in the witness box and the accused is summoned by the court where the non-bailable warrant is issued. While ending the session, he discussed the cases of Dalmia cements which held that Negotiable Instruments are easily transferable and law approves of it. This session was coordinated by Dr. Bimal Solanki.
Date: 21st February, 2022
Our institute celebrated “માતૃભાષા ગૌરવ દિવસ”. Dr. Bhalchandra Joshi, Provost of GLS University was the Chief Guest and RJ Harshil from Radio City was the Speaker of the session organized for this celebration. Dr. B. H. Joshi explained that from birth to the age of 7 years a child can understand mother tongue reasonably. Our mother tongue helps us to understand and express our feelings. Further he said that even in foreign countries many Guajarati prefer to make their children understand routine use of mother tongue. Guajarati Language has many cultural expressions too. In case of any festive occasion if we talk in Guajarati in social gatherings that programme will be more effective. Gujarati novels, poems and traditions are always versatile. Speaker of the session RJ Harshil shared his experience of appearing for an interview for RJ wherein the command over mother tongue is quite essential. It is easy to switch from Guajarati to English but difficult to switch from English to Gujarati. He answered various questions asked by students like how to improve vocabulary, role of language in various career options etc. The event was co ordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
AN EXPERT SESSION ON “INPUT TAX CREDIT UNDER GST”
Date: 19th February,2022.
Our institute organized an interactive session on virtual platform to make the students Industry ready on the topic “Input Tax Credit under GST” under the auspice of Academics and Beyond – A Lecture Series. The session was conducted by an eminent speaker CA Sonal Jain, an alumnus of the Institute and a practicing Chartered Accountant. According to her, Commerce students must have a better understanding and knowledge about the current pattern of GST. She highlighted four main concepts of Input Tax Credit which includes:
CA Sonal explained how important it is to choose a GST compliant supplier to get GST Credit. She emphasized ‘Choose your vendor carefully’. She further explained IGST, SGST and CGST in a very lucid and comprehensive manner. In addition, she showed the comparison of SEC 16 (Before and after amendment) with the help of hypothecated examples to make the entire concept easy for students to grasp. The session was successfully coordinated by Dr. Bhavna Parwani, Dr. Bhavin Bhatt and CA Dr. Sneha Master.
PREPARING FOR THE CORPORATE WORLD
Date: 18th February, 2022.
Our institute organised a webinar on YouTube Platform on a topic preparing for the Corporate world by CA Harit Dhriwal , Chairman , Ahmedabad Branch , ICAI. CA Harit Dhariwal started his session with a short story about a boy who took a gun shot first and then drew circle to make it a bull’s eye shot. He said in real life we don’t have this liberty , we are given circles and limits where we need to give our best shot. He shared Four “C” to succeed in the corporate world- Communication, Commitment, Compassion & Confidence. As per his opinion students have to gain certain basic skills before entering into this job segment. They need to learn Different software, MS office during their graduation and post-graduation level so future journey can be smooth for them. He conveyed that people believe Corporate Sector means challenges , deadlines , pressure and politics , but it is not always true. With clear vision and choice of your work profile you want to opt we can grow faster in corporate sector. As per his guidance we need to be street smart , only domain knowledge and reading won’t help . Today’s student is expected to know a lot more about other aspects of management and other areas of business. He gave a very good example of a Chartered Accountant who reinvented himself in order to become the head of production at one of the world’s largest mineral processing firms. Mr. Dhariwal also shared his valuable insights with the students on the need of constantly upgrading one’s skills to ensure that one always has the competitive edge. With this, he also talked about the importance of teamwork, building connections and forming bonds with people around you. He termed this to be vital to growth because after all, all corporates are run by humans and all performance indexes are just a way to see how you worked on your own as well as with others. He rightly mentioned that Nothing is Impossible, it’s only the conviction you need to develop that You can do it. He said Opportunities don’t happen, you have to Create them. Answering questions of Students about importance of Artificial intelligence, Block chain & Cloud Computing in Corporate world he said its New ABCD which students are expected to learn to achieve the success. The session was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master.
AN EXPERT SESSION ‘CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ECONOMICS’
Date: 15th February, 2022.
Our institute organized an expert session by Dr. Dhruv Brahmbhatt, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, GLS University on ‘Contemporary Issues in Economics’. In his session, he mentioned various issues related to current Economic situations and discussed the relationship between Internet and International Trade. He explained the role of digital currency, trend of Crypto Currency, use of Econometrics to understand important economic terms and to apply them in the calculation of financial trends, econometric modelling, importance of innovation and sustainable development with the start-up scenario, green technology, new business models, social entrepreneurship, economic reforms etc. He had also given key highlights of Indian Budget 2022 and broadened the discussion till the current economic status of the Indian Economy. This session proved to be fruitful for the students as they gained knowledge regarding the important contemporary issues in Economics as well as in the context of Indian Economy. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.
SESSION ON DEMYSTIFYING PUBLIC SPEAKING
Date: 14th February,2022
Our institute organized a session on ‘Demystifying Public Speaking’ by an eminent speaker Dr. Nitin Pillai, Language and Communication Expert. Communication is the back bone where public speaking is the most decoded form of communication. We need to eliminate the public speaking anxiety. John Powell has rightly said that “Communication works for those who work for it”. Great speakers are not born they are trained. Public speaking is not rocket science. What is it at the core? – one doesn’t get it from books. It happens naturally. By giving practical examples of a barber, Uber driver and vegetable vendor, the speaker in a very humorous way involved the students in a bit typical topic of public speaking. The speaker rightly pointed out that Public Speaking happens at unknown places. It happens in open doors. Public speaking is a Fire Speech. We generally believe Politicians, CEOs, Actors, Orators are great public speakers whereas according to the speaker, Security guards, Uber drivers, Barbers are also good public speakers. Story telling is the core of Public Speaking. The key ingredients of public speaking are Courage, Confidence, Progress, and the Audience. He talked about the secrets related to building stage courage and right attitude to deliver a speech in an effective manner. At the end Dr. Nitin Pillai answered a few questions from students and cleared their doubts related to the topic. This session was coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
TIMING – A MOST CRUCIAL FACTOR OF A STARTUP
Date: 12th February, 2022.
Our institute organized a session on the ‘Start up’ by Mr. Bhaumik Shah, an alumnus of the institute to talk about his very successful corporate journey across various segments to the current students under the auspice of Academics and beyond the lecture series. Mr. Bhaumik informed the students about the startups initiated by Government of India and how one should have a strong passion or drive for beginning a startup business. He talked on Why Start-ups are required? He said that the basic outlook for start ups has changed now. The analysis shows a different statistic whereby in 2021 Corporate Giants like Reliance, TATA, HUL, HDFC, ITC have started investing in the start-ups and celebrities like Virat Kohli, Katrina Kaif and M.S. Dhoni have reaped huge benefits by investing in startups like Dream 11 and Nyka. India after 2005 has become the world’s biggest software hub. Some Unicorns in India have brought a sea change where companies like Byjus who brought revolutionary changes in Education sector, OYO – buying B Class and C Class Hotel, Zomato – grown big because of the eating habits of the people. He further, bifurcated the Richest sector which are technology driven – Health care sector 15%, Finance – 17% and Ecommerce 14%. He in a very lucid and interesting manner gave the mantra for the factors affecting success of a startup: Idea, Team, Business Model, Funding and Timing where Timing plays the most significant role in the success of a startup and many startups in fact fail if they are ahead of time. It’s important to realize whether you are a problem creator or problem solver Lastly, he encouraged students by quoting that ‘If you are young you have to take more risk and you should not be a calculated one, just go all out and follow your gut instinct.’ This session was successfully coordinated by Dr. Bimal Solanki.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Date: 11th February,2022.
Our institute organized a session on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ by CS Karan Gupta, a renowned academician. According to CS Karan Gupta, in today’s industrial revolutionary world Corporate Social Responsibility holds a very special place in society and it becomes our responsibility to fulfill our duties towards environment. In the present scenario three bottom lines are of utmost importance and the 3P’s comprise of Profit, People and Planet. The companies do not take into consideration the only motive of profit but also, they have to take care of the employees and the environment as well. He said that Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a TEAM of people. He further added that the advancement of business is not reliant on one person but it is a teamwork of the entire team. Big Companies TATA, Infosys, ITC, L&T etc. have contributed a great deal to educational services infrastructure and environment by its CSR activities. A good business is a business which amalgamates Passion, Profit and Purpose. He added that without the sense of caring there cannot be sense of community. He emphasized on lots of different aspects of CSR and made the students aware about the nuances of CSR in the era of cut-throat competition, globalization and digitalization. This session was coordinated by Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
SESSION ON ‘HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP DISCUSSION’
Date: 11th February, 2022.
Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’ – a career carving cell of our institute as a part of Career Enrichment Workshop, Mr. Hitesh Devalia conducted a session on “How to participate in Group Discussion”. He started with the importance of communication skills, body language, facial expressions and hand movements while taking part in group discussion rounds. He stressed upon reading in depth, practicing formal discussion in small groups, usage of formal language, learning of general knowledge as well as conducting research at a global level. At the end of the session, he gave tips where students have to be alert as to not to shout, not to be indifferent, not to mention about culture at any point of time and not to try to prove anyone wrong. Using interesting examples from Bollywood movies, he suggested the various roles a student can play in group discussion. The session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
Date: 10th February, 2022
Our institute organized an online session on “Digital Marketing” by Mr. Vatsal Shah, CEO Coach, ecommerce evangelist and Speaker, Pragmatic Consultancy. He explained trends before, during and after the pandemic in the digital world. Further, he explained the need for online business to be accessible to remote customers. Now a days digital marketing has open access to businesses which are developing and technology oriented. He guided students about ecommerce, marketing and search engine optimization. He said that now a days many new concepts came in India like podcast, D2C, digital catalogue, mobile commerce etc. Further he said that content marketing is one of the very growth-oriented careers for students pursuing digital marketing. Vendor management is also one type of growing jobs and web designing opportunities are rapidly increasing in India. The session was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
FUTURE OF FINANCE INDUSTRY
Date: 10th February, 2022
Our institute organized an online session on “Future of Finance Industry” on 10th February, 2022 for students by Mr. Nishant Bali, Renowned CMT (Chartered Market Technician) from NSE. He explained trend in bullish and bearish market and said not to panic during stock market crash. Further he explained need for savings, value of money over time and reasons why financial market will be next big wave. He said that whenever you see any panic time in stock market as an intelligent investor you should invest. They also guided about Gold ETF and EV ETF. The session was very interactive and informative. It was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Date: 9th February,2022.
Our institute organized an online session on ‘Consumer Protection Act’ by Dr. Deva Prasad M, faculty member at IIM – Kozhikode on 9th February, 2022. Mr. Deva Prasad talked about various aspects of Consumer Protection Act like Unfair Trade Practices, Misleading advertisements, surrogated and disparaging advertisements in this session. He also mentioned about the fall-back liability of celebrities while endorsing commercials. By giving interesting examples, he discussed the legal provisions in a lucid way. This session was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
A SESSION ON DECODING BUDGET
Date: 5th February, 2022
Our institute organised a session on ‘Decoding Budget’ for the students. Institute believes in making students future ready. Students should not only rely on discussion going on different opinions of Expectations and offerings of budget. To give them clear insight about Budget 2022 an eminent speaker CA Palak Pavagadhi was invited. He stated that legalization of digital currency will have good impact on future economy. He explained how the income of crypto will be taxed. He guided taxability of amount received for covid related illnesses. The disallowance of offensive expenses as deduction was explained very lucidly by him to students. Provisions related to borrowed money and stamp duty were conveyed the with example to give clear understanding of amendments given by Budget 2022 to students. Many students asked questions related to digital assets and 5G auction and coming up IPO of LIC which he answered lucidly. The event was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master.
TWO DAYS VIRTUAL INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON RECENT ADVANCES IN ACCOUNTING, MANAGEMENT, COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Date: 29th and 30th January, 2022
GLS University, Faculty of Commerce- SMPIC and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC organized a Virtual Two Days International Colloquium on Recent Advances in Accounting, Management, Communication and Technology on 29th and 30th January, 2022.The aim behind choosing the theme of this conference is to involve the academicians, professionals, research scholars and students into deliberating various aspects of Accounting, Management, Communication and Technology areas and create a conducive research atmosphere which would further serve the academic arena as well as the society at large. The prime objective of the International Colloquium was to provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the related fields.The inaugural function was graced by Dr. Sudhir Nanavati , President GLS University, Dr. Chandni Kapadia, Executive Director GLS University, CA Aniket Talati, CCM ICAI, CA Harit Dhariwal , Chairman Ahmedabad Branch, ICAI & CA Dr. Anjali Choksi, Secretary Ahmedabad Branch ICAI.The keynote speech was delivered by CA Khushroo Panthaky. According to him, we should embrace the sea-change brought by technology in the accounting and auditing world. In today’s world, technology is the backbone of auditing and data-analytical tools have given higher assurances to the stakeholders, have given modelling and visualizations, brought out the blind spots left by human efforts. In his address, CA Jatin Kalra discussed one of the most recent concerns, How investors are reacting to social responsibility?The International Colloquium concluded on 30th January, 2022, with the valedictory function. Dr. Dharmesh Shah, Registrar, GLS University was the Chief Guest of the valedictory function. He congratulated the organizing team for the meticulous planning and execution. He applauded the delegates for the scholarly presentations and announced the Best Research Paper Awards in different categories and themes.There were 14 technical sessions spread across 29th and 30th January, wherein more than 300 delegates across the Globe from countries like India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Dubai, Sri Lanka deliberated on the theme of the conference through their 176 research paper presentations.
ONLINE INTER SCHOOL & INTER-COLLEGIATE SWAMI VIVEKANANDA COMPETITIONS 2022 Date: 12th January, 2022To promote the values and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of SMPIC college organizes different events like Quiz, Elocution, Expert Lectures etc. throughout the year. To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to pay tribute to this great sage and thinker, an Online Inter- school & Inter-collegiate Swami Vivekananda Elocution Competition was organized on 12th January, 2022 for the students of different schools and colleges. The college has been organizing inter collegiate elocution competition and inter-school competitions like poster-making, quiz, essay-writing, patriotic singing and elocution competitions since many years. More than 200 participants from schools and colleges enthusiastically took part in various competitions and spoke on the topic ‘SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AND HIS MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH’ in the elocution competition. The participants beautifully presented their views on the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda in their speech. One of the participant talked about Swami Vivekananda’s Faith in youth and the power and spark of youth which can bring the required change in the world. They also said that Swamiji firmly believed that ‘You will be what you think’, ‘Every soul is potentially divine and the goal of life is to manifest the divinity’, ‘the greatest religion is to be true to your own nature’ ‘Chintan karo Chinta mat karo’ and thus stressed on the importance of inner dialogue, discipline and dignity of labour.The winners were awarded rotating trophy, certificate and cash prizes. The competitions were coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
Winners of Inter-Collegiate Elocution
CompetitionWinners of Inter-School Elocution
CompetitionWinners of Inter-School Poster-Making
CompetitionWinners of Inter-School Patriotic/Devotional Singing Competition
Winners of Inter-School Essay Writing Competition
Winners of Inter-School Quiz Competition
REPORT ON ENDOGENOUS: AN ARTHSHASTRA (ECONOMICS CLUB) EVENT
Date: 18th December,2021.
Our institute has celebrated Endogenous under the auspices of Arthshastra: The Economics Club. This event is celebrated to provide an opportunity to our students for grooming their knowledge and skills regarding the economics subject.Under ‘Endogenous’, there were two events organized: ECO-ECHO and PORTFOLIO HUNT. Under Eco-Echo Event, any Bollywood or Hollywood song is provided with a few related Economic Terms to our participant teams. They have to correlate that given song and its lyrics with any current practical economic situation. Under Second Event i.e. Portfolio Hunt, one economic crisis and few economic problem questions were given to our participant teams. Each Participant team have been also allotted with one portfolio of any business tycoon or political leader, or Governing body person etc. Every participant team has to make a power point presentation by keeping allotted portfolio in a centre and answer the given economic problems. The winners of the both the events are Shivansh & Mansi (1st in Protfolio Hunt); Muskan & Vrunda(2nd in Portfolio Hunt); Siddhi & Priyanshi (3rd in Portfolio Hunt and 2nd in Eco-Echo); Yashvi & Siya (1st in Eco-Echo); Summit, Yashvi & Priyam (3rd in Eco-Echo). The ‘Endogenous’ Event was planned and organized by our volunteer students under the guidance of Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.
INTRODUCTION TO SECURITIES MARKET
Date: 23rd November,2021
Under the auspice of Management Club, an online session was organized by our institute on “Introduction to Securities Market” for students by Ms. Sapana Kalal, Assistant Manager in Metropolitan Exchange Limited. She explained the basic essentials to understand Indian stock market. She explained the importance of Investor Grievance Redressal Process in detail and how to file complaint as an investor. Further the session was carried on by Mr. Himanshu Khatri Deputy Manager Central Depository Services Ltd. who explained the trend in bullish and bearish market and said not to panic during stock market crash. It was followed by the question answer session in which different questions were answered by Ms. Sonia Shah Assistant General Manager, SEBI, Ms. Sapana Kalal and Mr. Himanshu Khatri like what is the right time for beginners to invest, reviewing the IPOs like Paytm and Nykaa and how to save ourselves from fraud operations. They also guided about gold market and stock market connection. The session was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
WEBINAR ON CHOICE OR CONFUSION – SPEND OR SAVE & INVEST
Date: 25th September,2021
Our institute in association with ICAI , Ahmedabad Branch organized a webinar on “ Saving is the key to Wealth creation “ for the students of B.com.[Hons]. The objective behind organizing this webinar was to guide the students to learn how to keep balance between Savings and Spending. An eminent speaker CA Samir Chaudhry shared his expert knowledge on various nuances of the topic. He discussed about active sources of income like salary, income from activities of business and profession. He talked about passive sources of income like rental income, dividend etc. The event was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master , Dr. Krupa Bhatt & Dr. Jaimin Patel.
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.Be Coachable.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 wereBest Reader Of the Year (FY) – Pratham MaheshwariBest Reader Of the Year (SY) – Maryam PariyaniBest Reader Of the Year (TY) – Nidhi GandhiThe 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.
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES 2020-2021
ACADEMIC OLYMPIAD 2021
Date: 04th April, 2021.
Highlights: Amidst Chaos and Uncertainties in the Covid Times Faculty Of Commerce(SMPIC) came up with the Novel Idea of Academic Olympiad 2021- A State level Inter School Accounts and Management Quiz contest for std 11 and 12 commerce students from across the state of Gujarat .
This is a State level competition but it received overwhelming response not only from Gujarat state but also far off states like Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. Around 1300 students from across the state and country enthusiastically registered for the Mega Event.
A mock round was organized on Friday 2nd of April and Final Round of the Olympiad was organized on Sunday 4th of April 2021.Exciting cash Prizes, Trophies and Certificates will be awarded to Winners and all the participants. The Institute believes that these kind of competitions will keep the hunger for knowledge and competitive spirits high among the students.
TOPIC: TALK SHOW ON DYNAMICS OF CAPITAL MARKET AND INVESTOR AWARENESS
Date: 26thMarch, 2021.
Speaker: Mr. Utpal Shah, CDSL.
Highlights: Mr. Utpal Shah started the session explaining the basic requirements for opening a Demat Account. He also explained the fundamentals of Security Markets. He explained the instruments like equity, warrant, ETF etc. He discussed Due Diligence of Investing. He said that Mutual fund is the most common and moderate way of small investment. He suggested and motivated students to take active part in Capital Market. He explained the importance of understanding the basics of stock market and right time investment opportunities.
TOPIC: A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Date: 27th February, 2021.
Speaker: Dr. Megha Bhatt, Founder-SciKnowTech
Highlights: Dr. Megha Bhatt in a very interesting manner explained scientific approach to entrepreneurship. With the help of practical examples, she demonstrated how a beginner can initiate a start-up. She explained the difference between the terms, idea and innovation. According to her, the two most important things to develop an idea are observation and commitment towards work ethics. With lucid illustrations, she generated interest amongst commerce students for a technical subject like science on the ‘World Science Day’.
TOPIC: THE IMPACT OF BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT ON INDIAN ECONOMY
Date: 19th February, 2021.
Speaker: Dr. Shefali Dani, Director of Faculty of Business Administration, GLS BBA
Highlights: Dr. Shefali Dani has shared deep rooted knowledge on the positive and negative impacts of Business Economic Environment on Indian Economy. She has ingrained acquaintances with a crystal clear understanding for the various factors affecting to Business Environment of Indian Economy such as economic conditions, competitions, economic policies, suppliers, technical, political, demographic and socio-cultural etc. She threw light on these factors by citing practical examples of Patanjali, Johnson and Johnson, TATA etc.
TOPIC: AN OVERVIEW OF INDIAN CONSTITUTION
Date: 18th February, 2021.
Speaker: Dr. Mayuri H. Pandya, Director, GLS Law College
Highlights: As a part of curriculum of B.Com. Hons. Program, a session on an overview of Indian Constitution was organized. Along with being a longest written constitution, Dr. Mayuri explained the importance of Indian judicial system which is one of the most organized and unified. She described Indian constitution as rigid as well as dynamic in nature. She discussed the fundamental rights and duties of an Indian citizen by sharing the provisions in a very rational manner. Normally it is difficult to explain the provisions of Indian Constitution, but by very practical and simple examples, she made sure that commerce students understand the nuances very well.
TOPIC: COMPARISON OF TAXATION STRUCTURE OF INDIA AND USA
Date: 15th February, 2021.
Speaker: CA Rinkesh Shah, Prominent Chartered Accountant
Highlights: CA Rinkesh Shah started his talk by making a comparison between the US tax structure and Indian tax structure. He explained the types of standardized forms required to be filed for salaried employees -Form 16 and corporate entity both in India as well as in US. He explained the progressive tax system applicable in US including tax rates for an individual as well as corporate entity. He discussed that in India, the tax slabs are different as per the age of individual but in US a single return will be filed for unmarried or divorced person. In US, a married person can file jointly with social security number (SSN) or separately as well. As per his varied experience of practically working in the US, he interestingly involved students in the discussion of calendar years to be taken into consideration for India as well as US where double tax avoidance agreement will be taken into consideration for global taxable income.
TOPIC: AN OVERVIEW OF INDIAN CONTRACT AND CONSUMER LAW
Date: 10th February, 2021.
Speaker: Dr. Deva Prasad M, Faculty Member, IIM Kozhikode
Highlights: Dr. Deva Prasad emphasized on e-commerce contracts whereby where there is no written or oral agreement but still the contract is valid. For example, the contract with websites like Amazon and Flipkart. Even simple cab booking with Ola and Uber come under the purview of e-commerce contract. He cited the example of Taj Group of Hotels incident where in 2019 a car was stolen from a valet parking at Taj Delhi and they were sued by the customer. It was held that where the Taj group has provided the services, they are responsible for the custody of the car. He further discussed about misleading advertisements where companies use Tag lines of zero sugar and low-calorie products to increase the sales. When further questioned by students as to how to prove deficiency in services, he gave the ongoing example of call drops in cellular services. Further he clarified in education sector, only coaching classes come under the purview of consumer law.
“MANTHAN: A Thought Provoking Mission”– An Online Elocution Competition 2021
Date : 9th February, 2021
Highlights: Under the auspices of Word Wizards-The English and Reading Club, Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC), GLS University organized “Manthan: A Thought Provoking Mission”, an Online Elocution competition for B.Com.(Hons.) students with an aim to remove stage fear and improve oratory skills. It is an event which is “For The Students, Of The Students, By The Students”.
The Primary level online competition was conducted on 26th August 2020 wherein 178 students participated enthusiastically. 36 Winners of Primary Round participated in an Online Intermediate Round on 19th January 2021. Finale of Manthan was held on 9th February 2021 in which 11 winners of Intermediate Round participated. Students expressed their views in English, Hindi and Gujarati language. Dr.Nitin Pillai, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration judged the Finale of an Online Elocution Competition.
We have been organizing this competition since 2015. This is for the first time it was organized virtually. Students and Parents appreciated the competition immensely. The Event was coordinated by Dr. Rupa A. Pariyani.
The topics were:
Manthan Finale Round Winners 2020-2021
The winners of Intermediate and Finale rounds were awarded with certificates. The winners of the Finale were also awarded with trophies.
WORKSHOP ON CREATING FAVOURABLE IMPRESSION
Date : 8th February, 2021.
Highlights: With the motive to groom and train the students for corporate world, a series of workshops are conducted by the Institute throughout the year. Under the auspice of Placement Cell ‘Kshitij’ – a career carving cell of Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC), GLS University organized a workshop on “Creating Favourable Impression” on 8th February, 2021 by CA Aditi Gupta, an alumni of the Institute.
CA Aditi Gupta emphasized on the making the resume strong for pursuing a successful professional career ahead. She stressed upon having long-term as well as short-term goals. Daily goals too are of vital importance be it simply reading a newspaper. She guided students for making an impressive resume to build favourable image by having clarity in content, beautiful classification of skills and use of appropriate words and grammar.
She suggested to avoid any false statements, graphical and vibrant presentation while making a resume. She told to portray one’s own image tactfully by incorporating academics, social, curricular and extra-curricular achievements. She added that there has to be crystal clear introduction in the interview where the introduction should be precise and the candidate should be confident in presenting their skills and qualities in brief. The session was concluded by question answer sessions whereby the students put up the query as to how to project the areas of interests and hobbies in the resume.
TOPIC: ‘HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP DISCUSSION’
Date: 5th February, 2021.
Speaker: Mr. Hitesh Devaliya
Highlights: As a part of Career Enrichment Workshop, Mr. Hitesh Devaliya conducted a session on “How to participate in Group Discussion” on 5th February, 2021. He started with the importance of communication skills, body language, facial expressions and hand movements while taking part in group discussion rounds.
Especially while appearing for online group discussions, he also suggested how vital it is to position the angle of camera in an appropriate manner. He explained how to categorize the probable topics of group discussion into fact based, abstract, case study as well general.
While explaining the significance as to why Group Discussion is required, he emphasized the point of diversity in the group, team skills, decision taking ability, the ease of one’s own self presentation. With interesting examples from Bollywood movies, he suggested the various roles a student can play in group discussion.
Lastly, he stressed upon reading in depth, practicing formal discussion in small groups, usage of formal language, learning of general knowledge as well as conducting research at a global level. Also, he ended by giving tips where students have to be alert as to not to shout, not to be indifferent, not to mention about culture at any point of time and not to try to prove anyone wrong.
TOPIC: DECODING BUDGET 2021-2022
Date: 3rd February, 2021.
Speaker: CA Palak Pavagadhi, Prominent Chartered Accountant
Highlights: In the opinion of CA Palak Pavagadhi, ‘This is the most unique budget amidst the most difficult time the world has ever faced. Amidst all the insecurities, struggles and difficult times Government has not levied any new taxes and that’s the most Positive thing about this Budget.’ Government has laid a lot of emphasis on making seven new textile parks and in a way given boost to ‘Atmanirbharta’. He also added that a lot is given to the education sector in this budget and University is being set up in the Ladakh Region. He added that the government is not going to collect any direct money from the public and added that the foreign direct investment will indirectly boost the Indian Economy.
TOPIC: “BASICS OF STOCK MARKET”
Date: 1st February, 2021.
Speaker: Mr. Sachin Pimple
Highlights: Mr. Sachin Pimple acquainted the students with current market IPO operations of financial year 2021-22. He explained the details of various types of caps- Large cap, Mid cap and small cap. He explained the importance of KYC and Demat account. He stated that Mutual fund is the most common and moderate way for small investments. He suggested and motivated students to take active part in Capital Market. He explained the importance of understanding the basics of stock market and right time investment opportunities.
Date: 30th January, 2021; 11th February 2021; 02nd March 2021
Highlights: Under the banner of ‘Kshitij’ – A career carving Cell of Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC), on 30th January, 2021 a placement drive was arranged by ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
The session started with the Online Pre-Placement Talk by the representative of the company covering a detailed explanation about the Company, Job Role, Career Graph, Compensation and Benefits to be offered to the candidates. Total 19 students were selected for the required post by the Company.
Further, on 11th February, 2021; online interviews were conducted by Aviate Immigration Services for the designation of Counsellor. Total 2 students were selected for the same post.
In addition, on 2nd March, 2021; a pre-placement session was conducted by Tradebulls Company followed by preliminary round of personal interviews on 3rd March in the areas of Banking and Finance as well as Marketing. Overall 15 students were selected for the second round of interviews.
ONLINE INTER SCHOOL & INTER COLLEGIATE SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2021
Date: 12th January, 2021.
Highlights: To promote the values and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of our college organizes different events like Quiz, Elocution, Expert Lectures etc. throughout the year. Even during these difficult times of pandemic, GLS University and its management are committed to its mission of providing quality education to its students by organizing curricular and co-curricular activities. To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to pay tribute to this great sage and thinker, an Online Inter school & Inter collegiate Swami Vivekananda Elocution Competition was organized on 12th January, 2021 for the students of different schools and colleges. The college has been organizing inter collegiate elocution competition since last nine years. This year, Inter school elocution competition was introduced and conducted which was a huge success. Twenty three participants from schools and colleges each enthusiastically took part in this competition and spoke on the topics “Swami Vivekananda: A Great Visionary” and “Swami Vivekananda: A Role Model for Youth of India”. The Inter collegiate elocution competition was judged by Dr. Manroop Dhingra, a skillful academician and a poet at heart. The inter school competition was judged by Dr. Jayesh Mandanka, Professor, L & C Mehta Arts college. The winners were awarded rotating trophy, certificate and cash prizes. The competitions were coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
Winners of Inter-Collegiate Elocution Competition
Winners of Inter-School Elocution Competition
TOPIC: KNOW YOUR CONSTITUTION-CELEBRATION OF INDIAN CONSTITUTION DAY
Date: 26th November, 2020.
Speaker: Mr. Nisarg Trivedi, a renowned lawyer and SMPIC alumni
Highlights: Indian Constitution day is celebrated on 26th November which is known as National Law Day. The session was conducted by renowned lawyer and SMPIC alumni Mr. Nisarg Trivedi. He stated that the constitution day was first celebrated in 2015 as a mark of tribute to India’s first law minister Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who played a pivotal role in the drafting of the Indian constitution. He gave a detailed overview of Indian constitution. He explained the formulation of Constitution in India and its role in our country. He made the students aware about the rights and duties of Indian citizen and he motivated students to become a smart and responsible citizen. Being an alumni, he mentioned that college played a great role in grooming his personality and developing his career. He suggested and motivated students to take active part in college activities and guest lectures for the overall development. He explained the importance of democracy in India and how far it is associated with strong Indian constitution.
TOPIC: ‘ALUMNI CONVERSE – HOW TO PREPARE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS AND CRACK INTERVIEWS FOR PURSUING CAREER IN MBA’
Date: 6th November, 2021.
Speaker: Ms. Shweta Shah and Mr. Vishal Chitlangya(FOC-SMPIC, Alumnus)
Highlights: To make the students ready to face the competitive world of Management studies, at FOC – SMPIC, a conversation with Alumnus of the Institute was arranged on a virtual platform. Two alumni namely Ms. Shweta Shah, a student of IIM Ahmedabad and Mr. Vishal Chitlangya, a student of IIM Bengaluru were invited to share their academic journeys from SMPIC to IIMs.
They started their talk reminiscing their participation in various college activities like Management Club and Intercollegiate Competitions which helped them to lay the foundation stone in taking admissions at B-Schools. According to them by choosing any particular activity in which the student is interested in can help to strike a balance along with academic achievements. They also shared their on-campus life at IIMs where they had a very conducive environment and informal interactions with the faculty members. Overall, it was a win-win conversation on the part of alumnus as well as the participating undergraduate students of B.Com. Hons. SMPIC as a gateway for admission in B-Schools.
TOPIC: A TALK SHOW ON BUSINESS PLAN DURING COVID 19 ERA
Date: 4th November, 2020.
Speaker: Mr. Shivang Mehta, digital transformation expert, graduated from IIM Kolkata.
Highlights: Mr. Shivang Mehta gave a brief overview on the business plan ideas. He explained about business model and important factors like team building, idea generation as well the essential aspect of funding. He also explained that the right time implementation is equally essential. He also discussed the real success example of AIR BNB business model, time utilizing by UBER. He explained the importance of face masks, sanitizer business needs in covid 19 era. He urged to create a goal with clear vision and to take timely action along with smart marketing strategy. At last he discussed about business plan formats to be formulated after idea adoption. He concluded with the importance of common business sense during crisis time in market.
Date: 24th October, 2020.
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) has organized in house event named as “ENVIROMICS 2020” on 24th October, 2020. ‘ENVIROMICS’ word has been emerged from a combination of two terms: Environment and Economics. This both terms are playing critical role in our life. Environment is a medium of survival, while Economics is a way to survive. Environment is a pathway to walk, where Economics is giving direction to walk. Environment is providing natural resources, while Economics is managing those scarce natural resources in multiple ways. So, Environment and Economics – both are complimentary to each other. There is no meaning of having Environmental resources without knowing its utilization method and said utilization method is being provided by Economics. Economics is giving an implication method to utilize Environmental resources optimally. Economics Club and ECO (Environment) Club focus on implementing subject practically. Through this initiative, FOC- SMPIC is trying to spread awareness about the Environment and methods to utilize Economics by different techniques among youth. Youth is the future generation of the Earth. The main objective of this event is to make our youth generation aware about the significance of Environment and how to implement Economical strategies for sustainable development. Under ENVIROMICS 2020, two events are organized that Enviromics Visuals and Enviromics Crosswordon Webex online platform. Our college students have prepared environmental awareness videos with different objects and competitions have taken place in Enviromics Visuals. Our college students were given a Sudoku to solve interesting and implemented Economic Terms or Strategies in Enviromics Crossword. Our students have learned the practical lessons of Environmental Awareness and Economics as well.
TOPIC: ‘CGMA -FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD’
Date: 21st October, 2020.
Speaker: Ms. Tasneem Kapasi, National Manager, CIMA.
Highlights: Ms. Tasneem Kapasi gave a brief overview on CIMA qualification. Being a global profession, CIMA is one of the popular courses with global recognition. She explained the structure of exam and related criteria. The session was very interactive and informative.
CELEBRATION OF WORLD STATISTICS DAY
Date: 20th October, 2020.
Highlights: Under the auspices of Statistics Club, we organised a one-day celebration of World Statistics Day on 20th October 2020. Three online Inter-College events were organized wherein an expert lecture on “Statistics and its applications in real world” was given by Shri Shailesh Suthar, Director, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Intercollegiate Quiz Competition and Poster Making Competition with the theme “Facts and Figures of Statistics” were conducted.
Director,Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Gandhinagar, Shri. Shailesh Suthar had given an Expert Lecture on “Statistics and its applications in real world” in which he explained the applications of Statistics in various fields in detail. More than 200 students participated in the celebrations.
Winners of Quiz Competition of World Statistics Day
Winners of Poster Making Competition of World Statistics Day
CAREER ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP – “YOUR IMAGE MATTERS”
Date: 19th October, 2020
Highlights: As a part of Career Enrichment Workshop, a session was organized on the topic “Your Image Matters” on 19th October, 2020 at Faculty of Commerce – B.Com. Honours by Ms. Vama Rajpal, an Image Consultant and Etiquette Coach.
She started with visual presentations of a variety of food dishes and involved students by asking a question as to which one appeals them the most? Further, she discussed Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s Communication Model including the distinct traits of verbal and non-verbal communication, body language as well as the significance of physical appearances.
The relevance of various gestures, facial expressions as well as different postures were also explained to students by showing various photographs of do’s and don’ts while appearing for online interviews. Finally, she ended the session by giving tips for virtual interviews. She stressed how well managed the entire ambience and lighting of the background should be, from where the participant is sitting for appearing for the interview. She gave a very relevant example as to how important it is to properly dress even when the participant is sitting at home. According to her, ‘What if water spills on the dress and suddenly you have to get up and if not properly dressed, it will create a very bad impression in front of interviewers.’
TOPIC: INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR ON “DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN EDUCATION- THE NEW NORMAL.”
Date: 17th October, 2020.
Speakers: Shri Sudhir Nanavati, president, GLS University, Miss Chandani Kapadia, COO, GLS University, Bhaskar Ranjan Das, Associate Director, CIMA-South Asia, Ms. Anju De Alwis, FCMA, CIMA, UK
Highlights: GLS UNIVERSITY Faculty of Commerce, SMPIC in association with CIMA, UK organized an International Webinar on “Digital Transformation in Education- The New Normal.” The Webinar opened on an auspicious note by a prayer rendered to the Almighty by Dr. Keyur Vohra. Dr. Marzun Jokhi, Director, SMPIC, emphasized on the uncertain future due to Covid-19 and said that the time has arrived to widen the horizons beyond the four walls of class rooms. Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University, said the academic fraternity must go on when the whole world is affected. When God closes one window, he opens another. Covid-19 has changed the approach to life. He rightly mentioned that blackboard teaching will now become a history. He further added that the mistakes in the classroom can be rectified but they stay on virtual platform. The Government of India has stressed on the same in the New Education Policy 2020.
Bhaskar Ranjan Das, Associate Director, CIMA-South Asia, talked about how disruption works. Universities across the world have taken a leap forward and GLS University is leading the way in India. He further added that today we don’t need a visa to work for US but it can be done from home. Though we are divided by geographical boundaries but we are in a borderless world.
Ms. Anju De Alwis, FCMA, CIMA, UK, based in Dubai, said that the pandemic has given an opportunity for educators to rethink on the approach of learning. The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and changed the traditional classroom learning pattern and pushed the seekers as well as imparters to engage in drastic digital transformation. GLS is doing a great job by developing the students with 21st century skill sets which is the need of the hour. She said that the role of faculty today is not to teach but facilitate the learners. The technology will help in reducing the gap between the employee’s ability and employer’s expectation. More than 500 delegates participated in this webinar from various parts of the globe participated actively nullifying the time zone.
TOPIC: ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE: A KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY
Date: 14th October, 2020.
Speaker: Mr. Karan Shah
Highlights: Mr. Karan Shah, a Climate Change and Sustainability Professional and an SMPIC Alumni delivered an informative session with an objective to spread awareness about environmental ethics and environmental degradation. Due to human activities, environmental pollution is increasing day by day and climate changes are really unexpected. Through Modern generation, we can spread awareness to protect environment, which can lead to the Sustainability. Environmental awareness means being aware of the natural environment and making choices that benefit the earth, rather than hurt it. Environmental Awareness can be raised by using safe and non-toxic building supplies, conserving energy and water, recycling, activism, increasing literacy among population and others. Protecting the environment starts with pollution control and young generation can help to reduce waste by paying attention to minor details in their daily lives. Youth have significant role to play in environmental and conservation efforts that will improve livelihoods. Mr. Karan Shah shared his professional experiences with the students and encouraged them to protect our environment and also explained environmental ethics to follow.
TOPIC: ‘ADDING WINGS TO YOUR DREAMS’
Date: 10th October, 2020.
Speaker: Mr. Sazeal Shah, Renowned Motivational Speaker
Highlights: Mr. Shah gave a brief overview on the importance of dreams in the life of youngsters. The interaction was based on the reality and dreams with reference to goal achievement. He also explained the concept of self motivation and the parameters of the goal achievement which include interest, hobbies, smart work, right attitude at right time and the importance of dedication towards work life. The formula of success resides in strength, weakness and identifying opportunities. People don’t dream big due to their faulty perception and negative thinking syndrome. He guided students to think positive and act positive.
TOPIC: ‘CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES OF LITIGATION’
Date: 26th September, 2020.
Speaker: Mr. Paras Sukhwani, Practising Advocate at Gujarat High Court
Highlights: He started the session on a very interesting note that there is a general impression about the lawyers that they scream ‘tareekh pe tareekh’ but in the court of law a lawyer is a draftsman who crusades with his knowledge to secure the ends of justice. He further added that the courts are the temple of justice and it is the moral responsibility of everyone to keep its sanctity. The speaker highlighted the fact that the new generation wants to be rich overnight and therefore he said that if the ‘Cash is king, the bribery is Prince’. He also emphasized that every time winning is not important and one should commit mistakes and learn. We should remember ‘Kanun andha hotahai, judge nahi’. He suggested students not to commit anything which we cannot fulfil and never to go overboard while dealing with any legal matter. Lawyers must always remember justice demands integrity. ‘Friends are bound to appreciate you but it’s important when your rivals appreciate you’. Carrying the legacy of his family ahead he encouraged the students to take up law as a profession by discussing the nuances of this field.
CAREER ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP – RESUME BUILDING – FOR FINAL YEAR STUDENTS
Date: 22nd September, 2021.
Highlights: Under the banner of Kshitij – Career Carving Cell of GLS University’s Faculty of Commerce – SMPIC B.Com. Honours, a Career Enrichment Workshop was organized on 22nd September, 2020 for the final year students. The topic of Resume Building was selected to make the students ready to face the corporate world as creating first impression is so very important for any prospective candidate. The session on ‘Resume Building’ was conducted by Mr. Sazeal Shah, an expert in delivering value sessions on various topics.
He started the session by giving the students a very modern view of preparing a resume because there are certain things which are absolutely outdated for instance, inclusion of personal information like religion, gender, photograph, political inclination, etc. The speaker highlighted the common mistakes students make while preparing a Resume by mentioning the name of a role model or future vision of next 5 -10 years. He guided the students that it’s not necessary to mention the gender as the organization these days are not gender biased. Also, Mr. Sazeal suggested to start the resume with writing career objectives wherein everyone should mention their own unique objectives, however simple it may be. He further suggested few essential steps to build a resume starting from typing a draft copy to making it fit in one single page as far as possible.
He also laid emphasis on following the reverse chronological order in mentioning the academic qualification. He summarized that a resume should be properly formatted and should include only those details which are relevant for a particular job profile only. By sharing his personal experiences, he made the session very interesting and at the same time interactive. Further, in the coming days, Career Enrichment Workshop will include other topics like How to appear for Group Discussion, Building up your Image and How to face personal interview. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
TOPIC: ‘DIVERSITY IN CULTURE AND CRITICAL THINKING’
Date: 17th September, 2020.
Speaker: Ms. Vishwaveda Joshi, Research Scholar, York University, Toronto, Vice Chair for World University Services, Canada.
Highlights: Ms. Vishwaveda Joshi gave a brief overview on anthropology, its various types like Linguistic, Social/Cultural, Biological/Evolutionary, Archaeology/Physical Anthropology and Applied/Public Anthropology. The interaction was based on cross culture values and opinions of students regarding critical thinking as well as the usage in career enhancement. She stressed upon the fact that we as Indians do not have the habit of appreciating our own Indian culture. Though she told that everything in our culture is not correct, but at the same time we should not forget to appreciate the core values of our cultural diversity. She explained the difference between the Indian and Canadian culture. She opined that Canadians are more individualistic in their actions, behaviour and values whereas Indians are more family oriented and can live with shortage of resources.
EXPERT TALK ON “SWAMI VIVEKANAND WITHIN ME” BY DR. AMI U. UPADHYAY AND ONLINE QUIZ & SPEECH COMPETITIONS
Date: 14th September, 2020.
Highlights: We, under the auspices of Swami Vivekananda Study Circle organized different online events to celebrate Universal Brotherhood Day on 14th September, 2020. The celebration was graced by Dr. Ami U. Upadhyay, the Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Prof. Janki Vaidya, Professor, C.U. Shah Science College, Ahmedabad and many volunteers from Swami Vivekananda Kendra. Dr. Ami delivered an enlightening talk on ‘Swami Vivekananda within me’ and emphasized upon the values and preachings of Swami Vivekananda. She emphasized on not to focus on trivial things, learn to concentrate on important things, utilize every moment of life for the betterment of not only yourself but also for society and nation. She also asked the students to be fearless and imbibe spiritual intelligence in life emphasized by Swami Vivekananda. This was followed by an online Quiz Competition on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda and a Speech Competition on the famous quotes of Swami Vivekananda in which more than 150 students participated enthusiastically.
AN ONLINE QUIZ COMPETITION 2020 WINNERS
AN ONLINE SPEECH COMPETITION 2020 WINNERS
TOPIC: ‘SUCCESS MANTRAS’
Date: 8th September, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Rajani Suthar, Lecturer at University of Regina, Instructor at Saskpolytech & Zonal Coodinator, IRCC(federal govt.),Canada
Highlights: Dr.Rajani talked about how to be successful in every area of our life, how to identify, challenge and overcome our self-limiting beliefs and how to enjoy a life of unlimited success. She discussed the key points discussed in ‘Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity’ by David Allen elaborately. She also told the students to learn how to feel happier and healthier and how to manage time effectively.
TOPIC: ‘WRITING: PASSION TO CAREER’
Date: 31st August, 2020.
Speaker: Vishwesh Desai, a Young Author of International repute
Highlights: He guided the students regarding how to develop and enhance Reading and Writing skills. He talked about his journey from being a vivacious reader to a young author of ‘Shadows of Northland’ which was published when he was 14. He informed the students about his creative journey of writing a novel and also showed the students how good reading skills can finally be steered towards writing. He discussed various aspects of reading and writing like choice of books, influence of authors, writer’s block, writing daily without fail etc.
Date: 20th and 21st August, 2020.
Highlights : Under the auspices of Word Wizards-The English and Reading Club, we organized READATHON COMPETITION 2019-20, a yearlong competition wherein the participants read various books and material as per the rules. A Viva is conducted at the end of the year and the winner is awarded with ‘Best Reader of The Year Award’. The Online Viva of the 37 participants of Readathon was conducted by Dr. Nirja Vasavda Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, GLS University and Dr. Tejal Jani Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Management, GLS University.
READATHON 2019-20 RESULT
BEST READER OF THE YEAR AWARD – FY – MARYAM PARIYANI
BEST READER OF THE YEAR AWARD – SY – ZANKHANA PATEL
BEST READER OF THE YEAR AWARD – TY – HEMANG PRAJAPATI
TOPIC: PUBLIC SPEAKING
Date: 17thAugust, 2020.
Speaker: Mr. Mangesh Parelkar, a language and communication expert
Highlights: Mr. Mangesh Parelkar discussed various aspects of Public Speaking, right from writing the speech to rehearsing the speech, body language and intonations while delivering the speech. He also talked about audience connect and dressing and grooming while speaking. Through various real life examples, Mr. Parelkar delivered a very informative lecture to students and helped them overcome the fear of speaking in public.
TOPIC: A CAREER GUIDANCE (ACCA) SEMINAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISDC, UK
Date: 10thAugust, 2020.
Speaker: Ms. Teresa Jacob (Executive Director of learning and recipient of the prestigious Queens Award for enterprise), Ms. Naina VG and Mr. Vikas Khosla
Highlights: Enlightening students about the career opportunities available after the ACCA course. ACCA stands for ‘Association of Certified Accountants’, a global body of Professionals in the field of Finance & Accounting recognized in 170 Countries around the world. ACCA course proves to be an invaluable asset for the students pursuing this course which increases the value of academic profile and lends tremendous weight to their CV by the virtue of being an international course with worldwide acceptance and have a wide variety of career options available to them both in India as well as abroad.
TOPIC: ‘TWO FACETS OF COMMUNICATION: LISTENING AND SPEAKING’
Date: 6th August, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Indira Nityanandam, Communication Expert and Author
Highlights: She talked about the channels, aspects, differences, organisation and types of effective technical communication. She discussed the types, benefits, barriers and active as well as interactive listening skills. All the participants learnt the nuances of Listening skills and Technical Communication.
TOPIC: ‘ADVERTISING IN SOCIAL MEDIA’
Date: 29th July, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Falguni Vasavada, Strategic Marketing Area, Professor and Chair, MICA and TEDx speaker
Highlights: Dr. Vasavada gave a brief overview of digital marketing and its benefits to various sectors. She explained quoting corporate examples the idea of online interface through which a business can be expanded to overseas. She also discussed various brands widespread in Indian market and prevailing brand equity with reference to Indian public mindsets. She also interacted with the students on the usage of web media and product sales increments.
TOPIC: ‘RECENT TRENDS IN COMPANY LAW’
Date: 28th July, 2020.
Speaker: CA Fenil Shah, Chairman of ICAI, Ahmedabad
Highlights: The session started with the discussion on various amendments as per the provisions of Company Law 2013. Mr. Shah talked about the newly introduced classification of companies like Small Companies, Section 8 Companies, Dormant Companies etc. and explained the difference between the terminologies of Global Depository Receipts (GDR) and American Depository Receipts (ADR). He mentioned that the most confusing legal expressions, amongst students, in Company law are that of Winding up, Liquidation and Dissolution. Lastly, he encouraged students to take up Insolvency Professional Degree after completing their graduation as it is a very upcoming and promising field in Commerce.
TOPIC: ‘ADAPTING TO ONLINE EDUCATION’
Date: 28th July, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Harshal Arolkar, Professor and Head, FCAIT, GLS University
Highlights: Dr. Arolkar started his session by giving an idea of what students would have experienced in the offline system and what they should expect in the online system. He involved the students by making them comfortable as he started asking questions through polling on Webex. He talked about the netiquettes that students need to follow in the online classes to stay focused and non-distracted. He also mentioned the various factors which may result into distractions for students and how to overcome the online fatigue. He suggested students to do Pranayams in between the sessions to overcome stress and increase the concentration power.
SMPIC WELCOMES FRESH BATCH OF 2020 WITH A VIRTUAL ORIENTATION PROGRAMME
Date: 7th July, 2020.
Speakers: Popular youth icon, RJ Dhvanit, Dr.Keyur Vohra
Highlights: GLS University, Faculty of Commerce SMPIC B.Com. (Hons) welcomed the new batch students with a virtual Orientation Programme in which more than 600 students and parents participated. Director Dr. M.E.Jokhi welcomed the students and congratulated them for joining SMPIC, GLS University. The students were made aware about various academic and co-curricular activities and achievements through an Audio Video presentation. They were also given information regarding syllabus and evaluation system. The students were also taken on a campus tour virtually. As a special surprise, students were addressed by the popular youth icon, RJ Dhvanit. He talked with them on the topic “Unlock Positivity”.
Academic Activities 2019-2020
|Apart from B.Com (Hons.) and M.Com programmes, we at Faculty of Commerce, GLS University have chalked out a road map for the future. Our tie-up with CIMA has given a PAN India recognition to our Institute. Accounting sooner or later is going to become a global language and to learn the language in a proper and apt way the need for the day is to have global qualification like CIMA. Established in 1919, CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is world’s largest professional body of Management Accounting with 218,000 students and members across 177 countries. CIMA qualification has following four levels: Certificate level, Operational Level, Management Level and Strategic Level. In certificate level, out of four papers, student is required to give only one paper of Fundamental of Management Accounting as exemption is provided for other 3 subjects by mapping our university syllabus with CIMA syllabus.|
|Bindiya Jesani of Semester-6 has secured (All India Rank) AIR-2 in Operational Level of CIMA-UK. Mit Kheskani of Semester-6 has secured (All India Rank) AIR-3 in Operational Level of CIMA-UK.|
• WEBINAR ON ROBOTICS AND PROCESS AUTOMATION INTO ACCOUNTANCY AND FINANCE
GLS University, Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC B.Com. Hons.) in association with Financial Planning Academy, Mumbai organized a webinar on 30th May, 2020, Saturday for faculties on ‘ Robotics and Process Automation into Accountancy and Finance’. The webinar was conducted by Zaher Sayed, a qualified Chartered Accountant and Faculty of Financial Planning Academy, Mumbai. The webinar was inaugurated by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit who said that the purpose of this webinar was enhancement of subject skills of teachers of Accountancy and Commerce.
Mr Sayed, in a lucid manner explained how Robotic process automation (RPA) is rapidly changing the accounting and finance operations and is arguably faster than any other piece of modern technology.
RPA in finance and accounting is not confined to one part of a process – it can be applied to multiple processes at one time; accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial close, controller work, financial planning and analysis, expense management and tax.By using RPA, company can use the surplus man-hours in Value Added operations. The webinar was attended by 750 participants all over India.
• COMPREHENSIVE BANKING & INSURANCE PROGRAM
|With a view to impart knowledge beyond the four walls of the classroom and to move out of the prescribed academic syllabus, the college conducts a Certificate Course in Banking and Insurance. With a vision to make the student ready for the job market in the Banking and Insurance sector as soon as student completes graduation, this course is designed in such a manner as to balance between theoretical and practical aspects of modern Banking and Insurance. With lot of avenues opening up, the fifth batch of 32 students is ready to face the challenges of Banking and Insurance arena. This programme is coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt.|
• BRIDGE COURSE
|The college successfully conducts Bridge Course to develop English Proficiency skills for the Semester 1 students. 76 students enrolled for the course and are given training of English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. They will also appear for the SCOPE examination at the end of the course. This course is coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.|
• “READERS ARE LEADERS”: ‘FOR THE STUDENTS, OF THE STUDENTS, BY THE STUDENTS’
|“READERS ARE LEADERS” presents a motivating thought and a new word to everyone on the campus through White Board placed outside of G1 Classroom. This Whiteboard communicates to the masses and spreads the knowledge. A well said thought churns the mind of every reader and a new word is added to the vocabulary of every passer-by every day. Students with full dedication and enthusiasm write a new thought and a new word on the board and other students eagerly await the new arrivals. This entire activity is coordinated by Dr. Rupa A Pariyani.|
• FINANCIAL PLANNER WORKSHOP BY NSE
|The college organized workshop in collaboration with NSE Academy on financial planning and investment conducted between 11th and 17th March. Total 67 students participated in this five day workshop. They were awarded certificates at the end of workshop.|
• PLACEMENT 2020
|First Placement Drive was conducted on 20th February, 2020 to provide platform to the aspiring students of the college seeking employment opportunities. The drive consisted of leading company ICICI Prudential Life Insurance to recruit promising candidates for their organization with an orientation program by representatives of the company followed by Group Discussion on different topics and Personal Interviews of the short-listed candidates. The students who were selected by the Company were offered the position of Financial Services Consultant.|
• ARTHSHASTROTSAV (ECOFEST) 2020
|A state level ECOFEST ‘ARTHSHASTROTSAV 2020’ was organised on 24th January, 2020. This event was conducted under the Economics Club. Arthshastrotsav is implementing Arthshastranities with mind boggling events that polish overall personality with rationalization and feasible aspects. This was a two day event based on interesting Economic games, Group discussions, Analysis, Short films, Economic dramas, Finding facts, Broadcast of Economic Affairs, Sectorial Reforms, Mind-maze, Dead Eye Game, Tell-A-Tale, Scarcity Relay and Treasure hunt to implement such Chankyanities practically by the under graduate students. The main objective behind this event is to cultivate interest among under graduate students for economics subject.|
• WORKSHOP ON GROUP DISCUSSION AND PERSONAL INTERVIEW
|Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’ – Career Carving Cell, the college organized a two-day workshop for the final year graduate and post-graduate students on 10th and 11th January 2020; with an idea to make them industry-ready before they face the corporate world. On the first day, Mr. Hiren Dave, a motivational speaker, trained the students on Developing Interview Skills and preparing for competitive exams and entrance tests effectively. Mr. Mihir Shah and Ms. Nidhi Shah, representatives of an academy of creative design conducted the next session on ‘Opportunities of developing the career in Digital Marketing’. They explained the importance of having the basic understanding of preparing the logos for business enterprises. Mr. Chandramauli Bhatt, a trainer and consultant, spoke on ‘How to prepare Curriculum Vitae and Build Vocabulary’. He emphasized on reading books as a vital activity to enrich vocabulary and to meticulously put various academic and extra-curricular achievements in the curriculum vitae. On the second day, Mr. Hitesh Devalia, an expert trainer, took the session on ‘Participation in Group Discussion and Preparation of Aptitude Test’. He shared his expertise on Group Discussion Dynamics and the nuances of the workings of corporate world. Ms. Khushnum Avari, an Image Consultant, conducted the session on ‘How to build a Professional Image’. She highlighted the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication, Etiquettes and body language. She talked about creating the first impression and stressed upon personal hygiene as well as dressing. Dr. Romita Swaroop and Mr. Geet Sharma, representatives of a designing school, conducted the session on ‘Making a career in Artificial Intelligence and Animation’. Students coming from commerce background were more than delighted to hear the details about the designing field. The resource persons tried to cover all the arenas of facing a prospective employer and 96 students were benefitted from the workshop.|
• INTER-COLLEGIATE SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2020
|To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to pay tribute to this great sage and thinker, Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of our college organized an Inter-collegiate Swami Vivekananda Elocution Competition for undergraduate students of different colleges of Ahmedabad on 9th January, 2020. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit delivered the welcome address and explained the importance of celebration of Swami Vivekananda Youth Day. Fourteen participants spoke on the topic “Take risks in your life, If you win, You can lead! If you lose, you can guide!”. The competition was judged by Dr. K.S. Purohit, a renowned Gastroenterologist, Dr. Rushikesh V. Mehta, Principal, Sir L.A. Shah Law College and Geetaben P. Mehta, Principal, GLS (Sadguna & B. D.) College for Girls. The winner Jyoti Rathi from Faculty of Business Administration (NRBBA) was awarded trophy, certificate and cash prize. The 2nd and 3rd winners Jhanvi Patro from GLSBBA and Divesh Harpalani from H.L. College of Commerce respectively were given cash prizes and certificates. Miss Kajal Shah from GLS Law College and Bhavika Tahiliani from GLSBCA were given consolation prizes. The competition was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria and Dr. Beena Patel.|
• A LIFE MANAGEMENT SESSION BY SADHU VIVEKJEEVANDAS
|Under Management Week Celebration, a Life Management Session was conducted by Sadhu Vivekjeevandas on 2nd January, 2020. A learned and eminent personality Vivek Jeevandasji is a devotee of Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sampraday. In 1976, he took the Sadhu Diksha at the holy hands of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He writes for and edits the organisation’s bi-monthly English magazine. Thousands of youth have been inspired by his mesmerizing words of wisdom. Swamiji’s session was based on the three main parameters of life that are Value of Time, Manners, and Flawless command over English. He also added that you cannot progress if you are not disciplined. He advised ‘Learn to manage time, Be honest and Work hard’. He also said that you fail in life because you lack in management of time. Besides managing time one needs to learn how to manage others and yourself. It is important to be modern but it is more important to be civilized. One should never give up our values. We should always prevent ourselves from three addictions that are eating unhealthy food, being dishonest and being greedy. We should manage life by reading good books, keeping good company and by being genuine. The session ended with some tips given by Swamiji to control anger by meditation, patience and learning to accept things. He pointed out that ‘we build the best of cars but the worst human being’.|
• A ONE DAY SEMINAR ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP: “MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR”
|As a part of ‘Management Week’ celebrations powered by Wagh Bakri, the college celebrated Executive Day on 31st December, 2019 with a difference. The students not only wore executive suites but also met the real life entrepreneurs in a one day seminar on entrepreneurship “Meet the Entrepreneur” and learned the business lessons from them. Three eminent entrepreneurs Mr. Hiren Sawai and Mr. Nishit Joshi from Benchmark Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Rajesh Lalchandani from Raju Japan shared their journey of success with students in GLS Auditorium. The owner of Raju Japan, Rajesh Lalchandani shared his journey from managing 2 stores to expanding them to 12. He gave many management lessons to students through his business journey like what comes easy won’t last and what lasts will not come easy. He adopted a forward thinking and said that you should always grow, because if you are not growing then you are dying. He told his team to always sell what customer wants and not what you want to sell. He also told the students to Believe in the team, Set goals and don’t be afraid to fall and one day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching.
Mr. Nishit Joshi and Mr. Hiren Sawai, owner of BENCHMARK WATER HEATERS talked about how after working in a firm for 17 years, without any business background, they started with Benchmark Water Heaters. With the help of four P’s (Product, price, place and promotion), today within a span of 15 years they lead the market. By sharing various incidents, they very lucidly taught various management fundas to students. They believe that money is not important but goodwill and respect are. To be an entrepreneur one needs to do SWOT analysis, have product knowledge, provide choice and preferences to customers, have to always think one step ahead because life is chess. They also advised to do expansion & diversification and to work on the principle of 3D: Dedication, Devotion and Discipline. 250 students were benefitted from the seminar.
• NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF INDIAN ECONOMY”
|Faculty of commerce (SMPIC), GLS University organized a National Conference on “Creativity, Innovation and Technology For Sustainable Growth and Development of Indian Economy” on 28th December, 2019, Saturday. According to Dean, Faculty of Commerce, Dr. Ashwin Purohit, the aim behind choosing the theme of this conference is to involve the academicians into deliberating as to what efforts are required to achieve 5 trillion economy and double the per capita income by 2025. 250 delegates from all over India registered for the conference and 110 research papers were received.
The Inaugural function was graced by Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijaybhai Rupani as Chief Guest. Shri Sudhirbhai Nanavati, President, GLS University, presided over the function. Addressing the august audience, honourable Chief Minister said that there has always been a huge contribution of Gujarat and especially Gujaratis’ in the progress of India. He further said that now there are plans and policies to improve the financial situation at the national level and now there will be no hassles but arrangements will be made. The Chief Minister also said esteemed educational institutions like GLS should conduct such conferences and motivate research. In order to retain intellectual property, more patents should be registered which would benefit the society at large. He concluded on the note that the theme of the conference is apt in the changing scenario. Shrimati Bijal Patel, Mayor of Ahmedabad also graced the occasion with her presence. On this occasion, the college magazine ‘College Mirror’ and an ISBN book comprising of the papers presented at the International Conference organized by Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) in Malaysia was also unveiled by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Jaynarayan Vyas. According to him, in order to improve the current economic situation, young people should think about how to be self-employed. Putting special emphasis on the development of villages, according to Dr. Vyas, it is clear that the development of cities and villages depend on each other and so it is necessary to develop both. He said that India has a unique potential that can be used for development.
After the Keynote session, there were three technical sessions wherein the delegates deliberated on the theme of the conference through their research presentations.
• GUEST SESSION AT PLACEMENT CELL
|The college organized its first career development session under “Kshitij-Career Carving Cell” for the year 2019-2020 by Future Generali Life Insurance on 4th December, 2019. Around 100 students of third year B.Com. (Hons.) and M.Com. participated in the session.
The expert faculty member Mr. Dinesh Mani, Learning and Development Manager discussed about various career opportunities in the financial sector, IRDA guidelines and nuances of current financial scenario. The seminar was very informative as he further explained the scope of the Financial and Insurance Market. It included the various investment options available in the market with a higher return as well as the facilities provided by the Insurance companies. He gave useful information to the students with regard to IRDA certificate in order to generate interest among them about the Insurance Sector. At the end, the expert provided a questionnaire on the basis of which students can explore the placement opportunities in the future.
• “MANTHAN: A THOUGHT PROVOKING MISSION”–AN INTER-CLASS ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2019
Under the auspices of English and Reading Club, “Manthan: A Thought Provoking Mission”, an Inter – class Elocution competition was organised with an aim to remove stage fear and improve oratory skills of the students. It is an event which is “For The Students, Of The Students, By The Students”. The Primary level competition was conducted on 7th August 2019 in their respective classes wherein 154 students participated enthusiastically. 30 Winners of Primary Round participated in the Intermediate Round on 20th August 2019. Finale of Manthan was held on 9th December 2019. Dr. Kavita Patel, Head of the Department English, GLS(Sadguna & B.D.Arts College) and Dr. Jayesh Mandanka, Assistant Professor, Smt. L & C Mehta Arts College judged the Finale of an Inter-class Elocution Competition. The topics were:
Manthan Finale Round Winners 2019
• INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
|Continuing the tradition of taking big and brave leaps in the direction of academic excellence, Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) organised yet another International Conference on the Topic, “Global Accounting, International Taxation and Impact on Economy” in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on 9th November, 2019. With the great support and motivation by the dynamic President of GLS University, Dr. Sudhirbhai Nanavati, this international conference was a huge success. Being a visionary and progressive leader, Sudhirbhai is committed to take GLS University to new heights and has always encouraged all such events organised by the college. This is the second international conference organised by Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) in collaboration with CIMA, UK. After the successful organisation of the International Conference at Sri Lanka in 2017, this time, it was organised at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. There were around 22 delegates from India and 13 delegates from Malaysia who participated and presented their research papers enthusiastically. It is worth noting, that Faculty of Commerce is perhaps the only institute in Gujarat to organise two international conferences, not in India but at the foreign location. The conference was enriched by the august presence of Emeritus Professor Dr. Walter Chee Keong Wong, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of BERJAYA University, Malaysia and an avid and scholarly researcher. While sharing his views with the audience, he emphasised on the quality of research and the signifi¬cance of Commerce in each and every fi¬eld. Dr. Wong, on learning about the rich academic atmosphere of GLS University, also invited the students of Faculty of Commerce, GLS University to his Berjaya University for mutual knowledge sharing.
Ms. Karen Phang, Associate Director, Global Academic Engagement, CIMA, UK, also remained present at the conference as a keynote speaker. She delivered a scholarly speech in which she gave a brief account of the activities and presence of CIMA, UK, around the world. She informed about the constant upgradation of syllabus and other academic practices at CIMA, UK. She put stress on the signifi¬cance of the need for upgradation in today’s time and emphasised on the process of ‘learn, unlearn, and relearn’. The Chief patron of the conference and the President of GLS University Dr. Sudhir Nanavati could not remain present at the occasion but he had sent his best wishes through a text message for the grand success of the conference, which was read out before the audience by Dr. Ashwin Purohit. Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, GLS University, in his address, welcomed the dignitaries and all the delegates from India and Malaysia. Dr. Purohit gave a brief introduction about GLS University and Faculty of Commerce. He informed the audience about the progressive attitude of the college.
According to him the philosophy behind the conference is ‘Knowledge sharing beyond the international boundaries’ which is the key to achieve academic excellence. At the end, Dr. M.E. Jokhi proposed vote of thanks and he assured to the demand of delegates that such type of conference will be organized in the coming year too. A group of around 29 members also took up an excursion to Singapore and Malaysia for learning about their culture and history, along with the conference. A week-long trip started from Singapore where the members experienced a flavour of the local culture as fortunately, the accommodation was right in the middle of the old Singapore city where the heritage value of the area has been nicely preserved. Apart from this the members visited some landmark locations of Singapore like Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Night Safari, Santosa Island etc. The team then proceeded to Kuala Lampur, the Capital of Malaysia, after staying in Singapore for 3 days. The stay in Malaysia was also quite enriching, apart from the conference. The team visited many places like Sultan’s Palace, Supreme Court, Petronas Twin Towers,the famous KL Tower etc. and learnt about the history, polity and culture of Malaysia. The visit to the Genting highland was a relaxing and refreshing experience for the entire team. On 12th November, 2019, the team returned with a lot of sweet memories, rich experiences and enhanced academic knowledge. There was a sense of satisfaction on every face and feeling of gratitude for Dr. Sudhir Nanavati and Dr. Ashwin Purohit in the hearts of every team member.
• OPEN BOOK EXAM (SANSKRUTIK SWADHYAY KASAUTI)
|Around 30 students from our college appeared for Sanskrutik Swadhyay Kasauti, an online open book exam on Swami Vivekananda on 27th September, 2019. Later, the students also attended Personality Development Workshop and activities like games, group discussion and Surya Namaskar to enhance the life skills of the students on 20th October, 2019. Students were awarded with the certificates.|
• STUDY ENHANCEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AT AMA
|The college organized a ‘Study Enhancement Programme’ – One day workshop at Ahmedabad Management Association on 11th September, 2019 in order to provide valuable knowledge of creative thinking and business ideas as well as how to prepare for competition in market. The renowned speaker and corporate trainer Mr. Hiren Vakil gave his insights on the above topics. 60 students participated in the workshop. It was followed by certificate distribution.|
• READATHON COMPETITION
|English Club organised Readathon competition (Best Reader of the year). Readathon is a competition which inspires students to read as much as they can, all for an incredible cause. Reader of the year award is awarded to the students who read most number of books and utilize other library resources and services in the most e¬ffective manner. The objective of Readathon is to motivate the students to improve their English reading skills, creativity and original thinking, to encourage the students to visit library frequently and develop a taste of variety of subjects. The winner of the competition is awarded ‘Best Reader of the Year’ Award (at undergraduate and postgraduate level). In academic year 2018-19, 85 students from graduate and post graduate levels competed for the award. The winners were Nidhi Gandhi(Semester 2), Hemang Prajapati(Semester 4) and Jigyasa Duggar(Semester 6).|
• WORKSHOPS ON GDPI & VOCAB
|The college organized two workshops ‘How to Build Vocabulary’ and ‘How to Crack an Interview and Group Discussion’ on 4th September, 2019. The first session ‘How to Build Vocabulary’ was delivered by Mr. Prashant Sugandh, an academic counsellor and soft skill trainer for the first semester students. The second session ‘How to Crack an Interview and Group Discussion’ was delivered by Mr. Rohan Garg, an IIM-C graduate for Semester 3 and Semester 5 students. Students enjoyed both the sessions enthusiastically.|
• ROCK-O-NOMICS 2019-20
|Economics Club organized an in-house event named “ROCK-O-NOMICS 2019-20” on 21st August, 2019. This was a one day event based on interesting games and elocution competition on Economics. Games like ECO FREAKO had three levels: Pictionary, Speakonomics and Crossword (identifying basic terms of economics in the creative manner) and Elocution on Economics based on current economic aff¬airs. The main objective of this event was to cultivate interest among commerce students for economics subject. The Economics club is coordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.|
• STATSTORM 2019
|The college organized STATSTORM 2019: A Three Day Statistical Games on 5th, 6th and 7th August, 2019. The objective of Statistical Games is to impart and sharpen the basic concepts of Statistics and Mathematics through various fun activities. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit motivated the students to participate in diff¬erent events organized by the college as it caters knowledge of practical part of the subject which is not incorporated in the syllabi. Students learnt the application of statistical theories in the practical world. The games were based on the concepts of Arithmetic, Algebra, Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion, Permutation, Combination, Correlation, Regression, Probability, Probability Distributions, Time Series, Index Numbers and so on. The various rounds of STATSTORM were Overture Round, SKUNK Game, Cubical Destinies, Fortune Balls, Clever Brains and Rapid Fire Round. 72 students participated in the event and gained knowledge along with lots of fun. The club activities are organised by Dr. Devyani Chatterji and Dr. Bhavik Swadia.|
• CIMA SEMINAR
|Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) off¬ers boundless academic opportunities to its students, one of which is the collaboration with Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA). UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountant is powering up business and finance professionals with the right knowledge and skills for today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces. CIMA provides Professional Qualification leading to CGMA. CIMA is the largest professional body of Management Accountant established in 1919 and has presence in around 179 countries. To apprise the students about the CGMA qualification, a seminar was conducted on 2nd August 2019, where the representatives of CIMA Mr. Ajay Lalwani, Country Head and Tasneem Kapasi guided students about the course and the benefits entailed to it. For many years now students have been provided with this academic opportunity by our Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit which has helped the students to find a direction and gain excellence in their careers.|
• GST SEMINAR
|The college organised a seminar on Goods and Service Tax i.e., GST for Semester 5 and M.Com students on 2nd August, 2019. To impart latest and updated knowledge, Faculty of Commerce, GLS University under the leadership of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit has taken a proactive role in including GST in B.Com and M.Com syllabus. In his speech Dr. Purohit mentioned that India needs young and smart students graduating with latest knowledge of newly implemented Tax Reforms. The seminar was conducted by CA Aniket Talati, a Central Council Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the term 2019-22. He started the seminar by giving an introduction about Goods and Service Tax, its origin, and its implementation in the country. He explained how the idea of GST was derived and came into existence. He also described the types of GST and filing returns on GST. He also informed the students about the Seamless Set of System being followed by India which has been a great advantage for GST and the National Anti-Profiteering Body being developed in the country. He very interestingly explained the importance to understand the levy of GST right from products like Mercedes car and to Hawai slippers. He also shared how difficult it is to manage input and output credit in textile industry. Overall the session was extremely interesting for the students. 300 students attended GST Seminar.|
• PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP
|The college organized a three day workshop on Public Speaking from 31st July to 2nd August, 2019. Organising this workshop was the brainchild of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit who consistently encourage and motivate students to develop their communication skills.
On the first day of public speaking workshop, Mr. Chandramauli Bhatt, CEO, Renaissance Academic division explained the important characteristics of a successful public speaker. He emphasised on planning, preparation and presentation of the speech to keep the audience engaged. He also explained to pay importance to Body language, tone of voice, delivery, pauses and emphasis, how to overcome nervousness. He gave tips to perform excellent in Group Discussion, Interview and Extempore.
On the second day of workshop, Dr. Suresh Mashruwala, a management consultant and trainer in the field of communication and personality development explained that public speaking and oratory skills are very important in one’s life. He shared with the participants his journey from being a shy Gujarati to becoming an excellent cricket commentator which was full of fun and hurdles. He told that there are 6 major aspects of PUBLIC Speaking: Be Clear, Be Complete, Be Concise, Be Correct, Be Courteous and Be Confident. He also talked about the four pillars of Public Speaking. They are:
1. Stress important words and sentences and subordinate other words
2. Vary the rate of speaking
3. Vary the pitch of voice
He also advised to add humour in one’s speech so that audience stays connected and interested. On the third day of the workshop, Ms. Swapna Sai, a certified image consultant said “Addressing an audience and making them feel awestruck is an art called public speaking. The ability to speak in public is perhaps one of the most difficult qualities to develop”. According to her, in many surveys, people typically rate their fear of public speaking along the same lines as their fear of death and at times much higher. She explained public speaking is based on some very important aspects such as the connection with audience, the importance of the right body language, tone of voice, dressing and content creation. She also quoted that “Practice is the road to overcome nervousness.” Overall, the workshop was a great success in which students learnt how to express confidently and eloquently.
• ORIENTATION PROGRAMME
|On 24th, 25th and 26th June, 2019, Orientation Programme was organised for the students of Semester-1 joining B.Com (Honours) for the academic year 2019-20. Students and their parents were invited for the function that was aimed at imparting important information regarding the importance of B.Com (Honours) programme, the syllabus, the examination pattern etc. as well as making them aware about the glorious past and present of the college. The students witnessed an audio visual presentation about the activities and achievements of the college and the Staff Introduction. The Vice-Principal, Dr. Marzun Jokhi made a presentation to explain the syllabus, the structure of the course, examination pattern etc. to the students and briefed them with the details. He also explained about the college’s international collaborations with CIMA-UK, Concordia College-New York etc. The Dean, Dr. Ashwin Purohit welcomed the new students as well as their parents to the college and motivated the students to take advantage of various activities held at the college. Explaining the importance of classroom he added, “You can learn about academic topics anywhere else but more important are the lessons of life which you will only learn in Classrooms”. He also mentioned about the CSR and Charity Activities carried out by the students of the college and put emphasis on the mission to prepare good citizens along with professional excellence, through value based education. Dr. Purohit also explained the importance of preplanning in life and advised the students to focus on ‘Smart Work’ instead of only ‘Hard Work’. At the end of the function, he solved the queries of the students as well as their parents by conducting a question-answer session. The programme was conducted and coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.|
• COMPREHENSIVE BANKING AND INSURANCE PROGRAMME
|Faculty of Commerce B.Com.(Hons.) offers a one-year Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Programme, for the last 5 years, to make the student industry ready for the job market in the Banking and Insurance sector as soon as a student completes graduation. This course is designed in such a manner so as to create a balance between theoretical and practical aspects of modern Banking and Insurance services. It also prepares the student to appear in all the arenas of competitive exams (IBPS and IRDA). In the current year 2018-19, 42 students have completed the course successfully.|
• BRIDGE COURSE
|Faculty of Commerce B.Com.(Hons.) successfully conducted Bridge Course to develop English Proficiency skills for the Semester 1 students. 60 students enrolled for the course and were given training of English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. They also appeared for the BULATS examination at the end of the course.|
• “READERS ARE LEADERS”: ‘FOR THE STUDENTS, OF THE STUDENTS, BY THE STUDENTS’
|“READERS ARE LEADERS” presents a motivating thought and a new word to everyone on the campus through White Board placed outside of G1 Classroom. This Whiteboard communicates to the masses and spreads the knowledge. A well said thought churns the mind of every reader and a new word is added to the vocabulary of every passerby everyday. Students with full dedication and enthusiasm write a new thought and a new word on the board and other students eagerly await the new arrivals. This entire activity is coordinated by Prof. Rupa A. Pariyani.|
• NISM WORKSHOP
|Faculty of Commerce B. Com. (Hons.) has organized training program for graduate and post graduate Girl Students in association with ICICI Direct for Mutual Fund training from 11th to 13th March 2018. Exam was conducted by NISM (National Institute of Security Management) on 16th March 2018. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Bhargav Dave who is a Capital Market Trainer empanelled with NISM. He provided precise understanding of Mutual funds with their real life advantages and disadvantages with detailed explanation of each scheme and its requirements to assess capacity to invest. He focused on the need for investment keeping factors such as Risk, need of liquidity, capital growth etc. in mind to procure tax benefitting schemes. The students were made aware of importance of Systematic investment in this workshop.|
• RESEARCH PAPERS
|To inculcate research aptitude and skill among students, under Statistics Club, Faculty of Commerce B. Com.(Hons.) students were given various small research projects. Arhan Shah (Sem 6 B. Com.) and Pinal Bhagat (Sem 4 M. Com.) had prepared research papers on ‘Analysis of Selected Profitability Ratios of ONGC’ and ‘A Study on Petrol and Diesel Prices in India using Moving average Method and OLS Method’ respectively under the guidance of Dr. Devyani Chatterji. Arhan Shah’s research paper was selected for International Conference on Advances in Theory, Research and Practices in Management (GLSU-ATRPM 2019) organized by Faculty of Management, GLS University and was presented by him on 23rd February 2019, in the International Conference.|
• GANDHIAN QUIZ BY FORUM FOR GANDHIAN PHILOSOPHY
|To commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and to promote Gandhian values and ideals amongst the students, Forum for Gandhian Philosophy of Faculty of Commerce B. Com. (Hons.) organized the preliminary round of “Gandhian Quiz” on 17th January 2019 in which 60 students had participated. Students were provided with books titled “Gandhiji’s Autobiography” to prepare for the Quiz. From 60 students, 12 students were selected for the finals. The finale was conducted on 13th February 2019 by the Quiz Master Dr. Alpesh Upadhyay, Associate Professor of Saraspur Arts and Science College, Ahmedabad. The winners of the Gandhian Quiz finale are: First Position: Aliasgar Rahi and Saniya Memon; Girish Kataria and Juhi Meghani Second Position: Hemang Prajapati and Sparsh Patel The event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji and Prof. Anjali Trivedi.|
• ENIGMA: THE QUIZ COMPETITION
|The Quiz Club of Faculty of Commerce B.Com.(Hons.), GLS University is designed as an innovative and interactive programme to facilitate a copious flow of knowledge and ideas among the students packaged in exciting rounds. ENIGMA: The Quiz Competition 2018-19 organised a Preliminary Round on 11th September 2018 in which 39 students participated from them the first 15 students were selected for the Finale. Finale was held on 13th February 2019 which was conducted by the Quiz Master Dr. Alpesh Upadhyay who has rendered his services as a Quiz Master in many Youth Festivals in Inter-College Saptadhara Quizzes, Inter-District College Quizzes at BISAG etc. The whole event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji. The winners of the Finale are: First Position: Aliasgar Rahi, Harsh Desai and Jaydev Khadse Second Position: Pratik Periwal, Arhum Sancheti and Kavan Pandya|
• BLOCK CHAIN TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
|To enhance practical knowledge about financial markets and emerging technology of Block Chain in India, a seminar on Block Chain Technology and its future scope in Indian Commerce Sector was organized on 8th February, 2019. It was conducted by BSE regional office followed by individual Aptitude Test. 91 students participated in the seminar.It was coordinated by Dr.Krupa Bhatt and supported by Dr.Jaimin Patel.|
• DIGITAL MARKETING SEMINAR
|Faculty of Commerce B.Com (Hons.) organized a seminar on Digital Marketing and its future scope in Indian Commerce sector on 7th February 2019.It was organized to inculcate practical knowledge about new foundation course subject Digital Marketing to B.Com(Hon.) semester 4 students. It was conducted by Mr.Niral Modi from tops technologies pvt.ltd.330 students from semester 4 participated in the seminar. It was coordinated by Dr.Krupa Bhatt and supported by Dr.Jaimin Patel.|
• INTER-COLLEGIATE SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2019
|To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to pay tribute to this great sage and thinker, Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of our college organized an Inter-collegiate Swami Vivekananda Elocution Competition for undergraduate students of different colleges of Ahmedabad on 12th January, 2019. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit delivered the welcome address and explained the importance of Vivekananda’s thought-provoking lectures, quotes and writings that have been a subject of study and a great source of motivation for the youth. Seventeen participants spoke on the topic “The bigger the struggle, the better the triumph will be.” The competition was judged by Dr. K.S. Purohit, a renowned Gastroenterologist, Dr. Chetan Bhatt, Principal, Government MCA College, Maninagar and Dr. H. D. Sikh, Principal, Saraspur Arts and Commerce college. The winner Raxit Suthar from C.U. Shah Science College was awarded trophy, certificate and cash prize. The 2nd and 3rd winners Jhanvi Patro from GLSBBA and Raj Virani from L.D. Arts college respectively were given cash prizes and certificates. Miss Kajal Shah from GLS Law College and Yashvant Kumar Shrimali from C U Shah Arts College were given consolation prizes. The competition was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.|
• NISM PRESENTATION
|On 20th December, 2018 Faculty of Commerce organized presentation on training sessions with regards to Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Capital Market module of NISM (National Institute of Securities Markets) for UG and PG girls students. The presentation was given by Mr. Vishal Gada, Director, Financial Planning Academy, Mumbai. The basic motive of such training module with relevance to Mutual Funds is to provide guidance and help them to be self dependent with knowledge of financial planning. Further sessions and examination will be conducted at the institute level.|
• DATA ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
|Faculty of Commerce B. Com. (Hons.) organised a two day Data Analysis Workshop on 11th and 12th of December 2018 with an objective to acquaint the students about data, its analysis, interpretation and its business prospects in the near future. Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce encouraged the students to attend such kind of workshops and said that in today’s world Data is increasing rapidly through thousands of users, businesses and industries as a whole. Visualising, modelling and interpretation are the major aspects of data analysis and students need to understand the intricacies of the methods of Data Analysis through various Statistical tools. 45 students enthusiastically participated in the Workshop in which they were taught to do trend analysis of the data using Moving Average Method in MS Excel, Correlation between the groups of data, Forecasting using Method of Least Squares and Regression Analysis. This workshop enhanced the research skills of students at under graduate level. The entire workshop was conducted by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.|
• INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME @ AUSTRALIA
|GLS University has designed an International Programme wherein participants will be immersed in the international environment for a Two week program based in Curtin University, Australia and University of Newcastle, Australia in the month of Jan/Feb 2019. Dr. Dharmesh Shah Registrar, GLS University and Dr Shefali Dani Controller of Examination, GLS University delivered a very encouraging talk at Faculty of Commerce on 5th December, 2018 to enlighten the students regarding the International Academic exposure and benefits of participating in the International Immersion programme. Participating in the International Immersion Programme will provide students with international experience and should broaden the perspective on the world and professional networks. These immersion programmes will also include industrial visits, social services as well as several sight-seeing trips and cultural excursions.|
• INQUISITIVE MINDS
|Faculty of Commerce B. Com. (Hons.) organised a National Level Quiz Competition – Inquisitive Minds on 30th July, 2018 in which 90 students had participated. The Quiz was a mixed bag with questions on General Knowledge, Reasoning, Mathematical abilities and Communication Skills. On this occasion, Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit opined “The objective of organising such competitions is to facilitate a copious flow of knowledge and ideas among the students while ensuring that the students learn through all possible ways- not just through books and classroom teaching. Such activities help the students to sharpen their intellect and hone their skills.”6 students in a team of 2 were selected for the city level which was held on 1st November 2018. Teams selected for the city level were Rishabh Jain & Tirthesh Bohra; Pratik Periwal & Arhum Sancheti; and Saniya Memon & Aliasgar Rahi. Rishabh Jain and Tirthesh Bohra stood second and were selected for the finals which was held in Mumbai on 4th November 2018 and secured the fourth position. They were awarded with a cash price of Rs. 2000. This event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.|
• FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
|Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organised a one day National Seminar on “Financial Planning for a Better Tomorrow” on 20th October, 2018 wherein 200 academicians and professionals participated. Dr.Ashwin Purohit, Dean, in his welcome speech, gave a brief introduction about GLS and GLS University. Explaining the significance of this seminar, he mentioned that as a part of the institute’s mission to march towards academic excellence, Faculty of Commerce has been organising such seminars. The Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker of the seminar was Shri Mukesh Patel, an International Taxation expert, who gave 5 points of Investment Advice so as to sustain and have stable earnings from the market. Mukeshbhai suggested that ‘Savings is a good habit and with planning, investing and tracking it, we can maximize wealth to make a better tomorrow.’ Experts from Mumbai were invited for the panel discussion whereby Mr.Sandip Raichura, an experienced and qualified economist guided the delegates on how small investments can be multiplied over a long period so as to have huge growth in investments, and Mr. Deepak Chellani, an expert International investment advisor, explained the diversification of investment in order to gain maximum benefits from the market. Another keynote speaker was Mr.Vikram Kasat, a professional financial analyst talked about various options of investments and suggested tips for investment in different companies for short term and long term period. The main motive of the seminar was to educate and help individuals on how to manage and grow their wealth through proper financial planning. Expert guidance was imparted on few essential topics like ‘Investing for income and potential growth in a periods of low interest’, ‘Preventing inflation from eroding your savings’, ‘Safeguarding your money’ & ‘Protecting family’s finances through Tax Planning’. The delegates gained great knowledge and a better understanding of key personal finance principles, including budgeting, savings, investing etc. The seminar was co-ordinated by Dr.M.E.Jokhi.|
• AN AUTHOR’S AESTHETICS: A TALK WITH A WRITER UNDER READING AND ENGLISH CLUB
|Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organised an Interaction Session with an upcoming teenage writer of the book ‘Shadows of Northlands’ – Vishwesh Desai on 12th October, 2018, Saturday. He discussed about his journey as a writer, his reading habits and how he got his first book published at the age of 14.The session was quite interactive as the students as well as the faculty members indulged in lot of discussion and a question answer session with Vishwesh Desai. At the end, the students felt motivated to develop reading and writing habits and to pursue them seriously. The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.|
• INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME @ USA & CANADA
|GLS University has designed an International Programme wherein participants will be immersed in the international environment at world’s most developed nation’s i.e. USA and Canada. It is a three week program based in California Baptist University, USA or Georgian College Canada in the month of May/June 2019.Dr.Dharmesh Shah Registrar, GLS University delivered a very encouraging talk at Faculty of Commerce on 11th October, 2018 to enlighten the students regarding the International Academic exposure and benefits of participating in the International Immersion programme. The program consists of International Academic exposure as well as several sight-seeing trips and cultural excursions. Participating in the International Immersion Programme will provide students with international experience and should broaden the perspective on the world and professional networks. These immersion programmes will also include industrial visits, social services as well as several sight-seeing trips and cultural excursions.|
• “MANTHAN:A Thought Provoking Mission”–An Inter-Class Elocution Competition 2018
|Under the auspices of English and Reading Club, Faculty of Commerce organized “Manthan: A Thought Provoking Mission”, an Inter – class Elocution competition with an aim to remove stage fear and improve oratory skills of the students. It is an event which is “For The Students, Of The Students, By The Students” .The Primary level competition was conducted on 25st of July 2018 in their respective classes wherein 135 students participated enthusiastically. 50 Winners of Primary Round participated in the Intermediate Round on 13th August 2018. Finale of Manthan was held on 12th September 2018. Dr.Mona Kelshikar, Principal H.L. College of Commerce and Dr.Hiten Parikh, Principal, R.J.Tibrewal College of Commerce judged the Finale of an Inter-class Elocution Competition. The Event was coordinated by Prof. Rupa Pariyani and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal. The winners of Intermediate and Finale rounds were awarded with certificates. The winners of the Finale were also awarded with trophies.
• VICHAR VARTUL
|Faculty of Commerce, GLS University have knowledge sharing sessions on regular basis under the auspices of ‘Vichar Vartul’ which has been conceived by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit for the faculty members and staff. In one of these sessions, Shri Vadibhai Patel, Dean, Student Welfare, GLS University, delivered a lecture on ‘World Peace’ on 6 August 2018. In his engrossing address, Shri Vadibhai started how on this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. The city has not only lost thousands of lives but is still suffering from its after effects as mentioned in a letter by the fourth generation victim of the bombings. He traversed through world politics and explained how the month of August has been quite revolutionary for many countries of the world. In India, the Quit India Movement, or the India August Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during World War II, demanding an end to British Rule of India. He put forward the history of British Rule in India right from the formation of East India Company to Independence struggle and finally formation of Indian Government. Throughout the session, the continuous undercurrent of the discussion was whether ‘War for Peace’ or ‘War or Peace’ as today more than ever the world strives for ‘World Peace’ amidst terrorism, political power struggle and nuclear weapon states. He ended on a very poignant note that if the third world war happens, the fourth would be with stones and bricks.|
• ROCK-O-NOMICS 2018
|Faculty of Commerce organized in house event named as “ROCK-O-NOMICS” on 31st August 2018. This event was conducted under the Economics Club. It was a one day event based on interesting economic games. It was consisting of three levels such as ECO FREAKO (Finding basic economic terms in the given creative puzzle), BLIND ALLEY (collecting money through given and maximize your budget) and ECOTIONARY (Make your team identify the term through your strategy). The main objective behind this event is to cultivate interest among commerce students for economics subject. The Economics Club is brainchild of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit Sir. Under his guidance, ROCK-O-NOMICS 2018 was organized by Prof. Anjali Trivedi with the help of college students.|
• STUDY ENHANCEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AT AMA
|Faculty of commerce organized a ‘Study Enhancement Programme’ – One day workshop at Ahmedabad Management Association on 23rd July,2018 in order to provide valuable knowledge inputs on Essentials of lateral thinking , Branding and Building Image and out of box thinking . The renowned speaker and corporate trainer Mr. Vikas Chawda gave their insights on the above topics. 75 students participated in the workshop. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr.Devyani Chatterji.|
• GUEST LECTURE AND CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION OF COMPREHENSIVE BANKING AND INSURANCE PROGRAM
|Faculty of Commerce organized a Guest Lecture by Mr. Anil Shrimali, Deputy General Manager (HR), The Kalupur Bank Ltd., for the students of Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Program on 20th July, 2018 at the Institute. He discussed in detail ‘Employable opportunities in Banking and Insurance Sector’ followed by questions and answers session. He discussed the nuances of appearing in the interview sessions as well. It was a knowledge gaining session for the students who aim to pursue Banking Career. The lecture was followed by distribution of certificates to the fourth batch of Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Program. As a part of successful completion of the course, 50 students were awarded certificates by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and Mr. Anil Shrimali.|
• PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 2018
|With the objective of grooming students and acquainting them with the skills required to grow and sustain in the corporate world, Faculty of Commerce B.Com. (Hons.) organized Personality Development Workshop on 18th, 19th and 20th July 2018. Around 90 students attended the workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce. In his inaugural speech, Dr. Purohit urged the participants to make use of the workshop to the maximum extent possible in order to enhance their communication skills and to groom their personality. On the first day, Ms. Smriti Joshi, a soft skill trainer and Image Consultant conducted sessions on Motivation and Communication Skills. The trainer explained five ways to stay self motivated and also explained in detail verbal, non-verbal, formal and informal communication. On the second day, Ms. Rini Bahal Purohit, a renowned Corporate trainer delivered sessions on Body Language, Grooming and Power Dressing. Students were given tips on personal grooming, voice projection, articulation, pace and fluency, body postures, eye contact, and gestures, presenting technical information clearly, concisely, and persuasively to develop an impressive personality and to master the art of expressing their thoughts and feelings in the most desired way. On the third day, Dr. Manroop Dhingra conducted sessions on Resume/CV writing and the Interview Skills. In the valedictory program held at the end, a few participants gave their feedback explaining how the workshop helped them improve their communication skills, Interview Skills, Etiquettes, Confidence and overall personality. In his valedictory address, Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit congratulated the participants and the trainers for delivering sessions successfully and requested the participants to constantly improve upon their skills and competencies for their personal and professional growth. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.|
• GST SEMINAR FOR B.COM AND M.COM STUDENTS
|Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organised a seminar on Goods and Service Tax i.e., GST for students of Third Year B.Com and M.Com on 18th July, 2018.The seminar was conducted by CA Dhaval Gandhi. He is a certified trainer by National Academy of Customs and Indirect Taxes. He has authored a book on Indirect Tax Laws. He is a visiting faculty at well-known Universities like Nirma (Ahmedabad) and Christ (Bangalore). He has given many guest lectures at Ahmedabad and Rajkot branch of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Dhaval Sir started off the seminar by giving an Introduction about Goods and Service Tax, its origin, and its implementation in the country. He talked about the types of GST and filing returns on GST. He informed the students about The Seamless Set of System being followed by India which has been a great advantage for GST and The National Anti-Profiteering Body being developed in the country.|
• CIMA SEMINAR
|Faculty of Commerce, GLS UNIVERSITY organized a seminar with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting), UK on 11th July, Wednesday in GLS AUDITORIUM. Parents and CIMA aspirants attended the seminar in huge number. Representative from CIMA-UK Mr. Satish Mistry, Associate Manager Markets India (West) conducted the seminar in the presence of Dean Dr.Ashwin Purohit, Faculty of Commerce, GLS University to give an insight about CGMA Qualification. Faculty of Commerce, GLS University, being the only educational Institute in the state of Gujarat has signed an MOU with CIMA-UK, the first Global Accountancy Body to pioneer a combination of computerized assessments. On the completion of this course students will be awarded CGMA- Chartered Global Management Accountant qualification.|