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.
Setbacks come to make you strong. Failures will happen.
Don’t follow “scope” mentality follow Excellence mentality. Scope is everywhere but you must develop excellent skill set.
Mr. Jitendra concluded the session by expressing his hope that career guidance tips provided by him to the students will prove to be beneficial to make a successful career. The session was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
CELEBRATION OF UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY 2021
Date: 11th September, 2021
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of our institute organized different events like An Expert Talk, Quiz and Speech Competitions conducted online to celebrate Universal Brotherhood Day on 11th September, 2021. Universal Brotherhood Day is observed to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech delivered on September 11, 1893 in Chicago to the delegates of the World Parliament of Religions. It was on this day that Swamiji introduced to the world the greatness of Hindu religion and Hindu culture and he spoke about Universal Brotherhood. Swami Vivekananda belonged to the 19th century, yet his message and his life are more relevant with the contemporary world than in the past and perhaps, will be more relevant in future. An expert talk was delivered by CA Pradip Modi on Life Lessons of Swami Vivekananda. In his speech he motivated the students to accept life as a challenge and not as a problem. He advised to do everything in life that gives them eternal happiness. He asked the students to set the goal in life and work hard using all their time, energy and efforts to realize that goal. He shared the anecdotes from the life of Swami Vivekananda and explained that we should respect different languages of the world but we must cherish, value and retain our national language, culture and traditions. He also advised the students to read on regular basis. He emphasized focusing on one thing at a time rather than multi-tasking, and to learn to concentrate on important things, to utilize every moment of life for the betterment of not only their own self but also for society and nation. This was followed by an online Quiz Competition on the ‘Life and Teachings of Swami Vivekananda’ and a Speech Competition on the topic ‘My Nation, My Culture’ in which students participated enthusiastically. The event was coordinated by Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria.
WINNERS OF QUIZ COMPETITION
1st Mahima Durgeshkumar Sharma
1st Juhi Shitalbhai Shah
2nd Pratham Harish Kumar Maheshwari
3rd Kajal Bhajanbhai Kokwani
3rd Aman Vikram Khanna
WINNERS OF SPEECH COMPETITION
1st Gayatri Sharma
2nd Padmanabh Chavda
2nd Jigna Juvad
3rd Anakha Pillai
3rd Bhoomi Thakkar
EXPERT SESSION ‘DEVELOPING READING SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION’
Date: 7th September,2021
Out institute organized an expert session on the topic ‘Developing Reading Skills for Effective Communication’ under The Word Wizards – English and Reading Club by Dr. Shubha Nigam. Dr. Shubha Nigam is an academician by vocation and an Author, a Youtuber, a theatre artist and a stand-up comedian by passion. She has her own you tube channel known as ‘The Story Café: Shades of Life’. She began her session on an interesting note wherein she told students that if you sit on a kitli probably you will be able to meet 100 people and know them, but when you read a book, you meet 1000s of people and know about them. She very rightly said that to be successful means being a good observer and managing people and situations in appropriate manner. Reading helps you to achieve both in a wonderful manner. She exemplified this with the example of the character of Jeffry Archer’s novel. She ended her session with a wonderful message to the students that, if you want to sharpen some of the most important Business skills, such as the ability to analyse complex human relationships and gain insight into the motivation of others, then the best way to do it is to read books. After the session, Readathon competition 2021 was launched. The three winners of Readathon Competition 2020, Pratham Maheshwari, Maryam Pariyani and Nidhi Gandhi shared their experience of participating in the competition. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
ACCA – Career Guidance Seminar
Date : 24th August,2021
Our institute organized a webinar on the benefits of pursuing the B.Com. (Hons.) +ACCA, UK dual degree program that is offered by the Faculty of Commerce ( SMPIC) B.Com. ( HONS).
The Speakers for the day, Ms. Teena Rawal & Mr. Vikas Khosala shared with the students their vast experience of ACCA and its potential to improve the professional standing of the students. They discussed opportunities ACCA Course offers as well as gaining first-hand knowledge from industry experts. The event was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master.
READATHON FINALE 2021
Date: 21th August, 2021
Under the auspices of The Word Wizards – English & Reading Club, our institute every year organizes READATHON – Read, Lead, Succeed Competition. The Readathon Competition inspires students to read most number of books and utilize other library resources and services in the most effective manner, with certain rules and regulations. It is a year long competition which is followed by a Viva. The online viva was taken by Dr. Nirja Vasavda, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration (NRBBA), GLS University. She not only conducted the viva but also motivated the students to read variety of genres and even suggested few books as per their choice and taste. The winner of the competition is awarded Best Reader of the Year Award.
In academic year 2020-21, 85 students competed for the award. The winners were
Best Reader Of the Year (FY) – Pratham Maheshwari
Best Reader Of the Year (SY) – Maryam Pariyani
Best Reader Of the Year (TY) – Nidhi Gandhi
The competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
“ZARA YAAD KARO KURBANI”- SMPIC CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF INDIAN INDEPENDENCE
Date:15th August, 2021
Our institute celebrated the ‘Amrut Mahotsav’- 75 years of Indian independence with a variety of events under the auspice of the ‘Forum for Gandhian Philosophy’ which aims at instilling the values like patriotism and Gandhian principles in the young students through different interesting events. The celebration under the title, “ Zara Yaad Karo Kurbani”, started with an interesting virtual talk by Dr. Rajendra Khimani, Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, on the topic, “Significance of Gandhian Principles in Modern Era” which was followed by various online competitions like Patriotic Singing, Poetry Recitation and Rangoli Making. Dr. B.H. Joshi, Provost, GLS University, was also present at the event to share his views on the topic. He explained the value of independence to the youngsters and said that the concept of mere individual freedom make us intolerant and bring chaos in the society. Dr. Rajendra Khimani, the main speaker for the day presented his thoughts on the given topic in a very systematic and lucid manner so that the young students find it easy to connect themselves with him and understand his thoughts easily. Dr. Khimani, while explaining various values held dear by Gandhiji, explained their modern day context to establish its significance. He threw light on the true meaning and philosophy behind the concepts of Truth, Non-violence, Swadeshi movement, Brahmacharya etc. in an interesting manner. He explained that truth and intolerance are interconnected as everyone can have his own truth according his or her point of view. It is necessary for us to accept this reality to save the society from intolerance and its catastrophic effects. Dr. Khimani also discussed the relevance of the famous 11 vows of Gandhiji and tried to clear certain doubts and misconceptions that revolve around them. At the end, Dr. Khimani asserted that the principles given by Mahatma Gandhi are timeless and shall remain relevant and significant forever with slight change in their context. The event was coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
CELEBRATION OF WORLD POPULATION DAY
Date: 11th to 17th July, 2021
Our institute celebrated World Population Day under the auspices of Arthshastra: The Economics Club to spread awareness regarding population issues, family planning and impact of population on environment. World Population Day, 11th July is celebrated basically to reiterate the human right formulated for family planning. To celebrate this day, three events were organized. On 11th July, 2021, an expert lecture by renowned speaker Dr. Siddharth Thaker, an Environmental Economist was organised. It was followed by Online Population Quiz Contest on 13th July, 2021 focussing on population based current affair topics with reference to Indian Economy. Population Extempore was organized on 17th July, 2021 in which finalists of round 1 delivered a short live speech on the spot given topic. All the events on this occasion were co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.
CA DAY & 4TH GST DAY CELEBRATION
Date: 1st July, 2021.
Our institute organised the celebration of CA day and 4th GST day to acquaint our students with the technological changes taking place in the field of Accounting through the medium of expert Chartered Accountants on the subject of “Evolution of Technology for Accounting Profession” through YouTube Live on 1st July, 2021. It also aimed at keeping the students connected with globally developed technologies like Cloud Accounting and Block chain and keeping abreast of the changes taking place in the field of Accounting in the current Covid Pandemic situation. The Keynote address at this event was delivered by CA Shri Aniket Talati, Central Council Member, ICAI. CA Fenil Shah and CA Rinkesh Shah gave the benefit of their extensive experience and knowledge to the students pertaining to the above subject. CA Harshit Dhariwal, Chairman, ICAI, Ahmedabad Branch and CA Rahul Maliwal, Chairman, WICASA Ahmedabad Branch and Mr. Jayaprakash Motwani, Vice Chairman shared interesting insights with the students regarding various activities related to it. An Essay Writing Competition was also organized on this occasion in which large number of students from various schools and colleges participated. Merit Certificate will be awarded to the best performing student. CA DAY Celebration was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master.
NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY
Date: 29th June, 2021
STATSTORM – The Statistics Club of SMPIC organised a one-day celebration of National Statistics Day on 29th June, 2021 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Padma Bhushan awardee, Father of Modern Statistics in India and the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute Dr. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893 to 1972) for his notable contribution in the fields of economic planning and statistical development in the post independent era propelling India’s development. This year the theme of the National Statistics Day was “End Hunger, Achieve Food Security, Improve Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture.” Three events were organised: An Expert Lecture on “SIGNIFICANCE OF STATISTICS IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA” by Dr. Sameer Rohadia, Inter Collegiate and Inter School Quiz Competition on “Statistics” and Poster Making Competition with the theme “Qualitative and Quantitative Statistics” in which many school and college students from all over Gujarat had participated.
Dr. Sameer Rohadia, IT Trainer and Data Analyst from Hannover, Germany started his session with the quote “Information is the oil of 21st century and Analytics is the combustion engine.” He explained Big Data as extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions, Big Data types, Sources of Big Data like IoT, also in one internet minute trillions of data is generated through various social media platforms and e – commerce websites etc. Role of Statistics in Big Data Analytics, Application areas of Big Data in Banking and Financial Services, Communication, Media and Entertainment, Healthcare etc., and Job Opportunities of Big Data Analytics as a Data Analyst, Data Engineer and Data Scientist. More than 250 students participated in the event. The event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
WINNERS OF NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY COMPETITIONS
INTER COLLEGIATE QUIZ COMPETITION
INTER SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION
INTER COLLEGIATE POSTER MAKING COMPETITION
INTER SCHOOL POSTER MAKING COMPETITION
Dhruv Agrawal from Navkar Public School secured First Position in Inter School Poster Making Competition.
GUEST LECTURE SESSION ON ‘EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) FOR STUDENT’S WELL- BEING’
Date: 22nd June, 2021.
An online guest lecture session was organized for our students on the topic ‘Emotional Intelligence for students well-being’ by Ms. Mansi Dholakia, CEO- Founder of Global Mental Health Foundation and UN ECOSOC Speaker. The session included essential elements of emotions to ponder upon for developing a smart personality with a higher level of Emotional Quotient (EQ). The speaker started with an interaction on feelings and its impact on one’s behavioural traits. She also insisted upon expressing gratitude on a daily basis to overcome stress and to uplift one’s self. While explaining the connection between relationship management with EQ, she pointed out that “Your education in life arms you with skill for career but EQ enables a person to take decisions of professional and personal life”. She also signified the balance of EQ and IQ in one’s career by highlighting few examples of MNCs nowadays considering EQ equally important like IQ in higher post recruitments. The session was followed by question-answers session. Students raised questions on topics like Pandemic and Stress Management, mood swings, anger management, Level of EQ with IQ and emotional balance during tough situations.
CELEBRATION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
DATE: 5th June,2021.
To celebrate the World Environment Day, our institute organised a guest session by Mr. Hiren Patel, a well-known environmentalist. He shared his personal experiences with students whereby he walked down the Ganges for fifty-one thousand kilometers. His adventurous ride on motor bike by road from Ahmedabad to London is truly remarkable. He successfully climbed Mount Everest at 19800ht Everest camp and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of the Himalayas and Chadar Trek. His message for students was to establish the spirit of “vasudev kutumbkam” thereby preaching social unity.
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:
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:
• 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.
• COMPREHENSIVE BANKING AND INSURANCE PROGRAMME
Faculty of Commerce offers a one-year Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Programme, since 4 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 2017-2018, 50 students have completed the course successfully.
• WORKSHOP ON INTERVIEW SKILLS AND GROUP DISCUSSION
To prepare the students to face the corporate world and to make them industry ready, a guest lecture session was organized at Faculty of Commerce, GLS University on 12th March, 2018. The first session was conducted by Ms.Radhika Chaubal, Cluster Relationships Leader, Vice President, Yes Bank. She delivered a lecture on ‘Building a career in Digital Banking’ and explained the nuances of Banking and Insurance career by explaining the importance of maintaining cordial relations with clients. The second session was conducted by Ms. Preeti Nakhat, a Corporate Trainer, on ‘Developing Interview Skills’. By various audio-visual clips she taught students how to face group discussions and personal interviews.
• RESEARCH PROJECTS 2017-2018
Research in common parlance refers to a search for knowledge. It describes, predicts and controls the observed phenomenon by identifying, analyzing and verifying the general or hypothesized principles, structures or processes. The strength of research is to find out the research problems, build arguments about ideas and concepts and to find evidences which can convince people to accept the research arguments.
The Research Group under Faculty of Commerce aims at balancing between quality and quantity by keeping pace with the current flow of information and knowledge. In the academic year 2017-2018, due the constant motivation of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit following students have submitted their research projects in various areas under the guidance of Dr. Devyani Chatterji and Dr. Kruti Shah:
• ENIGMA: The Quiz Competition 2017-18
The Quiz Club of Faculty of Commerce, 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 2017-18 organised a Preliminary Round on 6th September 2016in which39 students participated from them the first 15 students were selected for the Finale. Finale was held on 29th January 2018 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 Quiz, Inter-District College Quiz at BISAG and so on. The event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
The winners of the Finale of ENIGMA: The Quiz Competition 2017-2018 are:
• WORKSHOP ON INTERVIEW SKILLS AND GROUP DISCUSSION
Faculty of Commerce organized a two day workshop for the final year students on 22nd and 23rd January, 2018 to make them ready to face the corporate world. On 22nd January the first session was conducted by Ms. Surabhi Pillai, Associate Professor and a columnist. She guided the students for ‘CV Writing’. The second session was conducted by Ms. Harsiddhi Shah, a soft skills trainer. She trained the students for ‘Interview Skills’ and facing ‘Group Discussion’. On 23rd January the first session was conducted by Ms. Vama Rajpal, an Image Consultant on ‘How to build a Professional Image’. The second session was conducted by Ms. Rini Bahal Purohit, a corporate trainer. She enlightened the students on ‘Attitude and Confidence Building’. Around 120 students participated in the workshop.
• CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS CIMA-UK
In today’s competitive environment, every parent wishes that their child successfully obtains a professional qualification at a very early age. Obtaining professional degree of CA/CWA/CS is the prime goal of any commerce students but we at Faculty of Commerce not only believe in overall development but also to provide a platform for various professional opportunities rather than degree centric education. Under the leadership, guidance and motivation of our visionary Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit, we at Faculty of Commerce believe to provide education beyond the four walls of classroom.
Apart from B.Com 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. In India we have good opportunities for obtaining professional educational qualification but with IFRS already entering few countries and knocking the doors of India, 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.
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.
Following 3 students secured ranks in top 20 at national level
• BRIDGE COURSE
Faculty of Commerce successfully conducted Bridge Course to develop English Proficiency skills for the Semester 1 students. 62 students enrolled for the course and were given training of English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. They also appear for the SCOPE examination at the end of the course.
• 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. The program consists of International Academic exposure as well as several sight-seeing trips and cultural excursions. It is a three week program based in California Baptist University, USA or Georgian College Canada in the month of May2018. Participating in the International Immersion Programme will provide students with international experience and should broaden the perspective on the world and professional networks. Dr. Dharmesh Shah Registrar, GLS University delivered a very encouraging talk at Faculty of Commerce on 5th January, 2018 to enlighten the students regarding the International Academic exposure and benefits of participating in the International Immersion programme.
• INTER-COLLEGIATE SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2018
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to pay rich tribute to this great sage and thinker, Swami Vivekananda Youth Club of our institute organized an Inter-collegiate Swami Vivekananda Elocution Competition for undergraduate students of different colleges of Ahmedabad on 12th January 2018. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit delivered the welcome address and talked about the principles and values preached by Vivekananda. Nineteen participants spoke on the topic “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”- Vivekananda’s call to the nation. The competition was judged by Dr. K.S. Purohit, Gastroenterologist, Dr. Nilam Trivedi, Dean, Faculty of Education, GLS University and Ms.Naomi Mistry, Communication trainer. The event was graced by Dr. B.H. Joshi, Provost,GLS University. He talked about nurturing the feelings of nationalism and patriotism among students by organizing such events in educational institutes. The winner Priya Pandey from J.G. College of Commerce was awarded trophy, certificate and cash prize. The 2nd and 3rd winners were given cash prizes and certificates.
• COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organized Communication workshop for its Semester 2 and Semester 4 B.Com students on 4th and 5th January, 2018. The eminent Communication and Soft skill trainers Ms. Rama Mundra, Ms. Isha Shah, Mr. Pratik Dholakiya and Dr. Mahima Bhatt delivered sessions on Confidence Building, Etiquettes and Grooming, Public Speaking & Presentation Skills and Basic tips on Hair and Skin that guided and trained students for the areas which help them to grow professionally as well as personally. Around 185 students from F. Y. and 180 students from S. Y. attended the workshop.
• ECOFEST 2017
Under the Economics Club, Faculty of Commerce has organized “ECOFEST 2017” (in house event). It was conducted on 12th December, 2017 and 13th December, 2017. On 12th December, ‘Polychromatic’ and ‘Outlook’ both events had taken place. ‘Polychromatic’ event was based on identification of different economic concepts through economic diagrams and analyzing Global Financial crisis. And, ‘Outlook’ was based on solving economic problem of a country. On 13th December, ‘Jeugos Economicos’ event had taken place, which was based on the fun economic game covering thinking caps and modulacion economic sectors. The main objective behind this event was to cultivate interest among commerce students for economics subject.
• NSE FinQuiz 2017
Faculty of Commerce hosted NSE FinQuiz 2017 – A National Level Quiz Competition on 24th November 2017 with an objective to provide platform for hidden talents. The quiz was based on World of Finance, Trivia and General Information in which 80 students participated in a team of two. Following teams were the winners and will appear for the City round:
Team 1: Mr. Pratik Periwal(Sem 4) and Mr. Dhruv Patadiya(Sem 4)
• FACULTY OF COMMERCE REPRESENTS GLS UNIVERSITY OVERSEAS…
With a view to expand its horizons beyond the international borders , GLS university’s Faculty of Commerce organized an International Conference on ‘Emerging Trends in Global Accounting ,Finance and Corporate Annual Report Presentation ‘ in collaboration with CIMA, in Colombo, Srilanka on 2nd November, 2017. Sri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University displayed yet another gesture of his love for the Faculty of Commerce and kindness by flying all the way from Ahmedabad to Colombo to grace the occasion. Mr.Bhasker Ranjan Das, Head of CIMA, South Asia, and Prof.Samanthe, Head, Faculty of Accounting, Jayvardhane University, Colombo, were among the other dignitaries.
There were around 55 delegates from India and Srilanka to make this conference a successful and fruitful event.
Addressing the conference, Shri Sudhirbhai congratulated the Dean and staff of Faculty of Commerce for organising such a conference and briefly introduced GLS and GLS university to the delegates and the guests from Srilanka. He emphasised on the significance of such platforms for the academic as well as cultural exchange to facilitate the augmentation of knowledge at global level. Sudhirbhai said, the discussion and deliberation among the academic fraternity and the exchange of views with each other enhances the knowledge experience and enriches the research scenario globally. He also shared the pleasant news about the MoU between GLS University and CIMA and shared the details. Expressing his happiness about the MoU, Sudhirbhai said that such MoUs are extremely beneficial to the student fraternity and it is the need of the hour as with the dual qualification along with the global recognition, students of GLS University shall have a cutting edge over their counter parts in the employment market internationally. The MoU between GLS University and CIMA, UK shall allow the students attain not only the valuable graduation degree from GLS University,but also a globally recognised certification from CIMA which is recognised in around 179 countries. He expressed his wish to organise another such conference at Ahmedabad, on a bigger scale and invited CIMA, Srilanka to India.
Dr.Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, emphasised upon such platforms to bring the academic views together globally for the benefit of global academic scenario. He thanked all those who contributed in making the conference a great success.
Delegates from GLS and other universities had been on a tour of Srilanka for attending this conference. The team of Indian delegates also enjoyed a good tour of Srilanka and witnessed the glimpses of the nature and culture of Srilanka.
• GUEST SESSION IN BRIDGE COURSE
Bhowmik Saikat, Assistant Manager – Marketing at IDP EDUCATION was invited to deliver session on International English Language Testing System to Bridge Course Students of our institute on 12th September, 2017. He explained the students about various English Proficiency tests to be taken in order to enter into foreign Universities and then focused on the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Skills of IELTs. Students were given important tips to enhance their English Proficiency skills.
• GUEST LECTURE AND CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION OF COMPREHENSIVE BANKING AND INSURANCE PROGRAM
Faculty of Commerce organized a Guest Lecture by Mr. Samir Joshi, Zonal Training Head, DCB Bank West and Mr. Dhaval Mandaliya, Zonal Administration Head, DCB Bank West for the students of Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Program on 11th September, 2017 at the Institute. They talked on the topic ‘Emerging Job Opportunities in Banking Sector’ followed by questions and answers session. It was a knowledge gaining session for the students who aim to pursue Banking Career as their future. The lecture was followed by distribution of certificates to the third batch of Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Program. As a part of successful completion of the course, 50 students were awarded certificates by the Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Mr. Samir Joshi and Mr. Dhaval Mandaliya.
• GST SEMINAR
Faculty of Commerce organized a seminar to acquaint the final year Commerce students with the much debatable topic GST (Goods and Services Tax) on 19th August, 2017. The function began with a welcome speech by the Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit who gave his insight on the topic as well as showed his inquisitiveness to know more about the impact of GST on various fields. The first speaker of the seminar was Mr. Uday Bhayani, Class-I Accounts Officer, EDP Cell, Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries, Finance Department, Government of Gujarat. Being the in-charge of e- PAO GST office meant for Accounting of GST Receipts of Government of Gujarat, he shared detailed information regarding the procedure and the documents to be submitted for GST. He also explained the GSTN (Goods and Services Network) comprehensively. The second speaker for the day was Shri CA Aniket Talati. Being the youngest ever Chairman of Ahmedabad Branch of ICAI, he gave a vivid description of various provisions of GST right from its levy to the definition of Supply and the place at which GST will be applicable. His lucid examples on CGST, SGST and IGST gave a lot of clarity to the students to understand the nuances of GST. He explained the complexities of GST in a simplified manner. Dr. M. E. Jokhi informed that the students of GLS University will be the first lot of students in the entire state of Gujarat to appear in University examination wherein they will attempt the question of GST as GST is already included in the syllabus of B.Com at GLS University. The function ended with question-answer session wherein Mr. Talati addressed to the queries and doubts of the students.
• STUDY ENHANCEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AT AMA
Faculty of Commerce organized a ‘Study Enhancement Programme’ – One day workshop at Ahmedabad Management Association on 4th August 2017 in order to provide valuable knowledge inputs on Essentials of lateral thinking, Branding and Building Image, Introduction to business promotion and Excellence in Marketing. The renowned speakers Mr. Kamal Dabawala, and Mr. Sanjay Chakraborty gave their insights on the above topics. 44 students participated in the workshop. The In charge faculties were Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Prof. Devyani Chatterji.
• “MANTHAN: A Thought Provoking Mission” – An Inter-Class Elocution Competition 2017
Under the auspices of English 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 21st of July 2017 in their respective classes wherein 183 students participated enthusiastically. 45 Winners of Primary Round participated in the Intermediate Round on 2nd August 2017. Finale of Manthan was held on 18th August 2016. Dr.Geeta Mehta, Principal B.D.Arts College and Dr. Neerja Arun Gupta, Principal, Bhavans College judged the Finale of an Inter-class Elocution Competition. The Event was coordinated by Prof. Rupa Pariyani and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal. The winners of all three rounds were awarded with certificates. The winners of the Finale were also awarded with trophies. Manthan Finale round winners were:
• “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.
• CAREER GUIDANCE SEMINAR
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University started CIMA-UK Professional Qualification leading to CGMA designation. Established in 1919, CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest professional body of Management Accounting with 2,18,000 students and members across 178 countries. Tie-up with CIMA-UK has given aPAN India recognition to FOC- GLS UNIVERSITY. On 18th July, 2017, Faculty of Commerce conducted an awareness session for its Semester 1 Students, with an aim to provide the students an opportunity to study the most relevant international professional qualification CIMA. Mr.Saifuddin Lokhandwala, Regional Business Manager at CIMA conducted the session wherein he talked about an opportunity to undergo a professional qualification which is internationally recognized and having global employment opportunities. Around 200 students and parents attended the seminar.
• 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, Faculty of Commerce 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 third batch of 51 students are ready to face the challenges of Banking and Insurance arena.|
• BRIDGE COURSE
|Faculty of Commerce successfully conducted Bridge Course to develop English Proficiency skills of the Semester 2 students. 47 students enrolled for the course and were given training of English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. They also appeared for the SCOPE examination at the end of the course.|
• ACCOUNTING TALENT HUNT 2017
|Faculty of Commerce organized ‘7th State Level Accounting Talent Hunt 2017’ on 1st April, 2017 in the college premises. Approximately 150 students from various undergraduate (BBA & B.Com) colleges participated in the competition. The competition intended to hone the accounting skills of the students and raise the status of accounting both as a discipline and as an important tool for managerial decision making. The students will be awarded with cash prizes, trophy and certificate.|
• ENIGMA: The Quiz Competition 2017
The Quiz Club of Faculty of Commerce, GLS University is designed as an innovative and interactive programme to facilitate a copious flow of knowledge and ideas among the students packed in exciting rounds. ENIGMA: The Quiz Competition 2016-17 organised a Preliminary Round on 31st January 2017 wherein 33 students participated out of which the first 15 students were selected for the Finale. Finale was held on 1st March 2017 which was conducted by the Quiz Master Dr. Alpesh Upadhyay who has rendered his services as a Quiz Master in several Youth Festivals, Inter-College Saptadhara Quizzes, Inter-District College Quizzes at BISAG etc. The whole event was conducted and coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji and Dr. Krupa Bhatt.
The winners of the Finale were:
First Position: Pratik Tanwani, Dinesh Thawani and Nikunj Gohil
• CIMA STUDENTS’ FELICITATION FUNCTION
|Faculty of Commerce, GLS University has commenced CIMA-UK Professional Qualification leading to CGMA designation. Faculty of Commerce-SMPIC is the only college in the state of Gujarat which has academic tie-up with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK. 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 178 countries. Tie-up with CIMA-UK has given a PAN India recognition to Faculty of Commerce, GLS UNIVERSITY. In its maiden batch 36 students successfully completed CIMA first level and obtained Certificate in Business Accounting. Manager of CIMA western region Mr.Saifuddin Lokhandwala, gave away the awards to all students on 28 January, 2017. Dean, Faculty of Commerce, Dr.Ashwin Purohit advocated that CGMA qualification will definitely provide the students of GLS UNIVERSITY, an opportunity to undergo a professional qualification which is internationally recognized and having global employment opportunities.|
• GLS UNIVERSITY’S INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME
|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. The program consists of International Academic exposure as well as several sight-seeing trips and cultural excursions. It is a three week program based in California Baptist University, USA or Georgian College Canada in the month of May/June 2017. Participating in the International Immersion Programme will provide students with international experience and should broaden the perspective on the world and professional networks. Dr. Dharmesh Shah Registrar, GLS University and Dr. Rajesh Asrani, Dean, School of Doctoral Research and Innovation delivered a very encouraging talk at our college on 25th January, 2017 to enlighten the students regarding the International Academic exposure and benefits of participating in the International Immersion programme.|
• INTER-COLLEGIATE SWAMI VIVEKANAND ELOCUTION COMPETITION 2017
|To celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to pay rich tribute to this great sage and thinker, Swami Vivekananda Youth Club of our institute organized an Inter-collegiate Swami Vivekananda Elocution Competition for students of different undergraduate colleges of Ahmedabad on 12th January 2017. Eighteen participants spoke on the topic “Relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s message in Modern India”. Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce said on the occasion “Youth needs to preserve the legacy awaken a hundred years ago by a great apostle of infinite wisdom Swami Vivekananda.” The competition was judged by Shri J.R. Trivedi, Former Principal GLSIC, Dr. Jagdish Joshi, Director, Academic Staff College and Dr. Nilam Trivedi, Principal GLS B.Ed. The winner institute H. L. College of Commerce was awarded trophy and cash prize wherein the 2nd and 3rd winners were given cash prizes. The competition was coordinated by Bhumika Ansodaria.|
• E-LAUNCH OF PRISM MAGAZINE
|The 15th issue of Annual College magazine PRISM was released on Saturday, 31st December, 2016. E-launching of PRISM magazine was done by Dr.Anamik Shah Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith and Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University. Educating students is the primary mission of every educational institution but through PRISM, Faculty of Commerce provides platform to students for expressing their creativity, ideas, and original thoughts. Dr.Ashwin Purohit Dean- Faculty of Commerce, acknowledged the hard work and congratulated TEAM PRISM members.|
• WORKSHOP ON INTERVIEW SKILLS AND GROUP DISCUSSION
|The Placement Cell of Faculty of Commerce organized a workshop on ‘Interview Skills and Group Discussion’ at the Institute on 10th December 2016. Personality development and Grooming Expert Ms. Khushnum Avari, Director of Panache Academy conducted an enlightening session on Body language (hand gestures, hand shakes, posture), Group Discussion, Resume, Interview Skills and acquainted the students with corporate culture. Another speaker an image consultant, Ms. Gouree Athale talked on Grooming and Etiquettes required in modern times to be a successful professional. Around 100 students participated enthusiastically in the workshop.|
• A Day at IIM-A
Faculty of Commerce Management Club students represented the college in one day workshop “one day @ IIM at Indian Institute of Management (IIM)- Ahmedabad on 2nd of October 2016. A contingent of 9 students experienced a full day program. Students got the insight of modern subjects of management and interacted with the faculty of IIMA.
The students had sessions on the following topics:
The sessions were followed by interactions on significant topics. The optimistic vibes were felt by the invited students in the workshop. Students were taught the management lessons with practical implications and strategies. Two surprise elements were organized by IIM students of which one was in regards to “A Report Writing of The Topic Emotional Intelligence” and the other was “A Quiz Related to Current Affairs in Corporate World.” ‘The surprise element’ and ‘The interaction with PRAYAS kids’ acted as a value addition in the overall experience.
• GUEST LECTURE AND CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION OF COMPREHENSIVE BANKING AND INSURANCE PROGRAM
|Faculty of Commerce organized a Guest Lecture by Ms.Radhika Chaubal, Branch Head, YES Bank (Gurukul Branch) for the students of Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Program on 17th September, 2016 at the Institute. She discussed the Practical Arena of Banking Sector followed by question and answer session. It was a knowledge gaining session for the students who aim to see Banking Career as their future.The lecture was followed by distribution of certificates to the second batch of Comprehensive Banking and Insurance Program. As a part of successful completion of the course, 55 students were awarded certificates by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and Ms. Radhika Chaubal.|
• PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
|With the objective of grooming students and acquainting them with the skills required to grow and sustain in the corporate world, Faculty of Commerce organized Personality Development Workshop on 9th and 10th September, 2016. Ms. Rini Bahal Purohit, a renowned soft skill trainer delivered sessions on Body Language, Grooming and Presentation skills. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit opines that “Personality Development Workshop helps to develop confidence level of the participants to handle different situations in life more effectively. Students also get groomed to develop corporate etiquettes.” 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. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Bhumika Ansodaria.|
• WORKSHOP ON CASE STUDY IN ACCOUNTING
|Faculty of Commerce and GLS CRD organized a one day workshop on CASE STUDY IN ACCOUNTING on 27th August, 2016. This workshop was conducted by Dr. Bhavesh Patel, Director General Adani Institute of Education and Research, Dr. Sarla Achutan, Director GLS CRD and Dr. Ismail Bootwala, Senior Faculty at KS School of Management. This workshop was designed to give in depth knowledge to the PG Students about the working in industry and narrowing the gap between academics and industry. We, at FOC believe that the case study method in teaching will help the students sharpen their analytical skills and practical knowledge. CASE study has been included in the M.Com curriculum at GLS University. All the students of PG program at GLS University along with faculty members of Faculty of Commerce participated in the Case study workshop. The workshop aimed at giving the practical knowledge about break even analysis, management accounting and various elements of transfer pricing.|
• ECO-FEST 2016
FOC had organized ECO-FEST 2016 with more than 150 members of Economics club on 09th August and 10th August 2016. This Eco-fest was divided into two days event. On 9th August, 2016 the first event was “IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES of Economics (DUMB CHARARDES). In this event, the student explained the Economic term or name of the Economists with the help of acting or by drawing a diagram or figures on the board. The main objective behind this activity was to create interest in the students towards Economics subject and gather some information about the theory and theorists who have given important contribution in subject.
On 10th August, the Eco-fest was followed by the second event as “OPTIMUM SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEMS OF INDIAN STATES”. In this event, the Power Point presentations were done on different states of India, by representing different economic problems with their current situation and optimum solution of that problems and suggestions on that in a group of students of Faculty of Commerce. This second event was organized with a goal of making students aware about the different kinds of economic problems of the Indian states. These events were conducted under the guidance of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and coordinated by Prof. Anjali Trivedi, with a view to make students more interested in such a theoretical subject in a modern era.
• “MANTHAN : A Thought Provoking Mission” – An Inter-Class Elocution Competition
Under the auspices of English Club, We 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 in their respective classes wherein the students participated enthusiastically. Best three students were selected for the Finale. Finale of Manthan was held on 08th August 2016.Dr. Kavita Patel, Head of English Department Smt. Sadguna C.U. Shah Arts College of Girls and Dr. Tejal Jani, Assistant Professor in Communication Skills GLSIBA judged the Finale of an Inter-class Elocution Competition. The Event was coordinated by Prof. Rupa Pariyani and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal. The winners of both the rounds were awarded with certificates. The winners of the Fiinale were also awarded with trophies. Manthan Finale round winners were:
• “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.|
• CIMA Seminar
|On 22nd July 2016, We conducted an awareness session for its Semester 2 Students, with an aim to provide the students an opportunity to study the most relevant international professional qualification CIMA. Mr.Saifuddin Lokhandwala, Regional Business Manager at CIMA conducted the session wherein he talked about an opportunity to undergo a professional qualification which is internationally recognized and having global employment opportunities. Around 200 students and parents attended the seminar. Faculty of Commerce, GLS University started CIMA-UK Professional Qualification leading to CGMA designation. Established in 1919, CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest professional body of Management Accounting with 2,18,000 students and members across 178 countries. Tie-up with CIMA-UK has given aPAN India recognition to FOC – GLS UNIVERSITY.|
• Study Enhancement and Development Workshop at AMA
|We organized a ‘Study Enhancement Programme’ – One day workshop at Ahmedabad Management Association on 20th July 2016 in order to provide valuable knowledge inputs on Essentials of Communication, Branding and Building Image, Introduction to E – Commerce and Excellence in Marketing. The renowned speakers Mr. Hiren Vakil, Mr. Vatsal Shah, Mr. Sanjay Chakraborty and Mr. Achal Rangaswamy gave their insights on the above topics. 72 students participated in the workshop. The In charge faculties were Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Prof. Devyani Chatterji.|
• Financial Literacy Seminar
|The institute organised a seminar on ‘Financial Literacy’ on 13th July 2016. The purpose of the seminar was to cultivate the basic awareness about various investment opportunities in Indian Financial Market. Expert speaker, Mr. Nishit Shah – Mutual Fund Advisor from Shalibhadra and Master Investment Broker taught the basic steps to be considered while selecting right source of investment and also about the current scenario of Indian economy. Mr. Shabbir Baig from DSP Black Rock, Branch Manager, Ahmedabad conducted another session on various share market opportunities for various types of investors. 140 students were benefitted from the seminar.|
• FOC launches CIMA-UK Professional Qualification
|On 3rd June 2016, FOC, GLS University started CIMA-UK Professional Qualification leading to CGMA designation with its maiden batch of 75 students. FOC is the only college in the state of Gujarat which has academic tie-up with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK. 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 178 countries. Tie-up with CIMA-UK has given a PAN India recognition to FOC – GLS UNIVERSITY. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit advocated that CGMA qualification will definitely provide the students of FOC-GLS UNIVERSITY, an opportunity to undergo a professional qualification which is internationally recognized and having global employment opportunities. Representatives from CIMA UK conducted the induction program of the maiden batch. The course will be coordinated by Dr. M.E.Jokhi.|
• WORKSHOP ON PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIES
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) in association with GLS Institute for Professional Studies organized a Workshop on Professional Communications Competencies from 17th to 19th March, 2016 at H. H. Auditorium(GLS). The objective of the workshop was to equip the students with excellent communication skills to enable them to have a competitive edge and be a winner in their career. Eminent corporate trainers Mr. Rushiraj Patel, IIMA alumnus and Management Consultant, Yash Saxena, Co-founder of Openfuel covered several important topics like ‘Resume/Curriculam Vitae Writing’, ‘Body Language’ and ‘Interview Techniques’ to acquaint the students with present corporate scenario.
• Creative Writing Workshop
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organized a ‘Creative Writing Workshop’ on 23rd and 24th February, 2016. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Shweta Rao Garg, Asst.Prof. in Communication, DAIICT, a Sahitya Academy Award winner. Around 50 students participated in this workshop. The students not only learned how to use English Language creatively but also learned about various genres of literature and wrote haiku, screen play and short stories. It was quite a learning experience for the commerce students.
• ENIGMA: An Inter-class Quiz Competition
ENIGMA – The Quiz Club of S. M. Patel Institute of Commerce is designed as an innovative and interactive programme to facilitate a copious flow of knowledge and ideas among the students packed in exciting rounds. ENIGMA’s Quiz Contest 2015-16 organised an Elimination Round on 21st August 2015 where in all 70 students participated from them the first 24 students got selected for the Semi-Finals. Semi-Final was held on 15th September 2015 among 8 teams. 4 teams were selected for the Finale. Finale was held on 22nd February 2016 which was conducted by the Quiz Master Dr. Alpesh Upadhyay who has rendered his services as a Quiz Master in many Youth Festivals in an Inter-College Saptadhara Quizzes, Inter-District College Quizzes at BISAG and many more. The competition was coordinated by Prof. Devyani Chatterji and Prof. Krupa Bhatt.
The winning teams of the Finale are:
• “Manthan : A Thought Provoking Mission”- An Inter-Class Elocution Competition
Under the auspices of Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) English Club, Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organized “Manthan: A Thought Provoking Mission”, an Inter- class Elocution competition for semester –2 students of GLS University. The primary level competition was conducted on 19th January 2016, in their respective classes wherein the students participated enthusiastically. Best three students were selected for the finale. Finale of Manthan was held on 19th February, 2016.Dr. Suhasben Jhala, Principal, Sadguna C. U. Shah Arts College for Girls, Dr. R. V. Mehta, Principal, I. M. Nanavati Law College and Dr. Sanjay Vakil, Principal, H. A. College of Commerce judged the finale of the Inter-class Elocution competition. The winners of both the rounds were awarded with certificates. The trophies will be awarded to the winners of Finale in the Annual Day Function.
• ACCOUNTING TALENT HUNT 2016
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) and Indian Accounting Association, Gujarat Branch organized ‘6th State Level Accounting Talent Hunt 2016’ on 16th February, 2016 in the college premises. Approximately 550 students from various Higher Secondary schools (Commerce Stream) and undergraduate (BBA & B.Com) colleges participated in the competition. The competition intends to hone the accounting skills of the students and raise the status of accounting both as a discipline and as an important tool for managerial decision making. The students will be awarded with cash prizes, trophy and certificate.
• Inter-Collegiate Swami Vivekanand Elocution Competition 2016
To commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, S. M. Patel Institute of Commerce organized an Inter-collegiate Swami Vivekanand Elocution Competition for undergraduate students of different colleges of Ahmedabad and the institutes of Gujarat Law Society on 12th January 2016.
Twenty four participants spoke on the topic “Swami Vivekanand’s views on emancipation of women”. On this occasion Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit said “The most meaningful and longest social movement continuing in the present day is the emancipation of women. Though the main purpose for women empowerment is to enhance the quality of life for women, but it has deep ramifications in social, economic and political scenario.”
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) has been organizing this competition for the last four years. The Competition was judged by Dr. Rajendrasinh Jadeja, Director, C. N. Vidhyavihar, Shri Shrikant Namjoshi, Active member of Ramkrishna Mission and Ms. Bela Mehta, Principal C. U. Shah Primary School. The winner institute H. L. College of Commerce was awarded trophy, certificate and a cash prize wherein the 2nd and 3rd winners were given cash prizes along with participation certificates.
• Personality Development Workshop at Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC)
With the objective of grooming students and acquainting them with the skills required to grow and sustain in the corporate world, S.M. Patel Institute of Commerce in association with GLS Institute for Professional Studies organised Personality Development Workshop from 28th to 30th December 2015 for Bridge Course students. Ms. Rini Bahal Purohit, a soft skill trainer and Ms. Preeti Nakhat, a corporate trainer delivered sessions on Body Language, Grooming , Interview Skills and Decision Making. Approximately 70 Students actively participated in different activities conducted in the workshop.
• E-COMMERCE WORKSHOP
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organized a Two Day workshop on E-Commerce on 22nd and 23rd December, 2015 for the Semester-2 B.Com students to familiarize with practical aspects of their subject E -commerce at H. H. Auditorium (GLS).The workshop was co- ordinated by Prof.Krupa Bhatt, Prof.BhavnaParwani ,Prof.Bhavik Swadia and Prof.Jaimin Patel. In the workshop distinguished personalities from business world like Mr.Vatsal Shah, Founder, Pragmatic Consultancy & DIMC, Mr.Surendra Sharma, associated with IIFS, AMA & TMI e2e Systems and Mr.Prakhar Gupta, Prog. Manager and Head, Domestic Business, Build a Bazaar from infibeam.com imparted knowledge about operations and applications of E-Commerce and even shared their invaluable industry experience with the students. Around 300 students attended the workshop and were enriched with the knowledge about E-Commerce, the booming business of 21st century.
• Students and Faculty Exchange Program
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) undertook Students and Faculty Exchange Program on 28th September 2015 at B. J. Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, Vallabh Vidyanagar. Around 30 students along with Prin. Dr. Ashwin Purohit and 6 faculty members visited BJVM campus. S. M. Patel Institute of Commerce has entered into MOU with BJVM for sharing infrastructure and learning resources and student-faculty exchange program. The purpose of the visit was to discuss various teaching -learning methodology and different curricular and co- curricular activities of both the institutes. An interactive session between students and faculty members of both the institutes was held. Students showcased their talents by performing various cultural events at BJVM Campus.
• ISBN PUBLICATION
Adding one more feather to the crown, Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) on 26th September 2015 released two maiden ISBN publication titled “ Provisions of Companies Act, 2013 & Corporate Social Responsibility” Edited by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and C.A M.E Jokhi and “ Development Dynamics of Gujarat – Growth opportunities and Potential ahead” co- authored by Dean Dr Ashwin Purohit and Dr. Mala Sharma. The occasion was graced by Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University, Dr.Bhalchandra Joshi, Executive Director, GLS University and Dr. Hitesh Ruparel, Director General, GLS University.
• Seminar on ‘Concordia Experience’ at Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC)
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organized a seminar on ‘Concordia Experience’ on 26th September, 2015. SMPIC has signed an MoU with Concordia College, New York for a Transfer Program and a Faculty Exchange Program of academic study at Concordia College. As per the agreement, Students can complete 6 semesters at commerce colleges of GLS and do 2 semesters with Concordia College to earn a Bachelors American degree and proceed to earn a Post Graduate degree in One year instead of two years. Moreover, Students who are accepted by Concordia College will be offered a minimum tuition scholarship of USD 10,000 per annum. Mr. Immanuel R. Kumar, Head of India operations, Concordia college made the presentation and briefed all the details to the students and parents regarding Concordia experience. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit encouraged the students to pursue the dual degree program offered by Concordia college explaining its benefits. The entire seminar was coordinated by Prof. Bhumika Ansodaria.
• Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) SIGNS MoU WITH SAYEN
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 25th September, 2015 at Ahmedabad between the South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) and Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) (SMPIC). The College in partnership with SAYEN Secretariat proposes to set up an Eco Club involving the students of the college in environmental and sustainable development programme. The MoU is being entered into in this context by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and faculty Dr. Kavita Dave with Mr. T.K.Balappan C.A.O and Ms. Madhavi Joshi of SAYEN Centre for Environment Education.
South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) is supported by the UNEP Regional Office, Asia and the Pacific, SAYEN is linked to TUNZA, UNEP’s strategy for engaging young people in environmental activities and in the work of UNEP. CEE hosts the Secretariat for SAYEN, which has membership from all the SAARC countries. An organization in each of the SAARC country has been identified as the National Focal Point (NFP) for the network. The number of SAYEN members in each country ranges from 20 to 100 with over 1500 youth organizations, individual, national and international agencies including Government in the region associated with SAYEN. The NFPs facilitate SAYEN activities in their respective countries.
SAYEN shall guide Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) Eco Club in terms of environmental awareness and action, and hold periodic interactions with club members at the college.SAYEN will feature updates and activities of the Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) Eco Club in its newsletter and website.
• LAUNCH OF STATISTICS DIGEST FOR SEMESTER 1:
‘FOR THE STUDENTS, OF THE STUDENTS, BY THE STUDENTS’
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) is the first college of its kind in which Statistics Forum students started with an innovative academic practice of preparing young minds to write book on their syllabus in statistics subject.
This forum is the brain child of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit of Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC), GLS University and Dean of Commerce of GLS University. The forum is co ordinated by Dr. Kavita Dave, Ph.D Gujarat University and GLS University.
The objective of this practice is to provide platform to read, learn and understand the fundamentals of the subject in the better way.
A Statistics Digest for semester 1 has been prepared by the team of 25 students which consisted of more than 300 solved questions with brief summary and short cut methods of solving examples.
The book was launched on 23rd September 2015 in which more than 120 students participated and the event was graced by the renowned statistician Dr. Rajshriben Bhatt, Head of Statistics Department Gujarat University, President of Lions Club former member of Senate, Syndicate of Gujarat University and Ex Chairperson of Board of Studies of Statistics of Gujarat University.
• Economics Club
Economics is the mother of all the subject of Commerce. S. M. Patel Institute of Commerce inaugurated “ECONOMICS CLUB” on 7th September, 2015 with the first session on ‘Basics and Practical application of Economics in Real World’. Shree Vadibhai Patel, a senior Economist and Coordinator of GLS, was the speaker of the session. He briefed about the origin and history of Economics in the global world. He expressed his views on the utility of subject in practical life. Around 100 students along with the faculty members were enlightened with his excellent oratory skills. The main objective behind launching Economics club is to generate interest among students towards the subject and motivate them to participate in various activities like quiz, debate, practical application of economics through presentation on different current aspects, animation videos, visiting research institutions etc. This inaugural session of Economics Club was coordinated by Prof. Anjali Trivedi under the guidance of Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit.
• EDUCATIONAL VISIT AT IIMA-OPEN DAY INITIATIVE BY IIMA
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) successfully participated in an educational visit organized by The INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AHMEDABAD on the 22nd of August 2015. A team of 15 students from Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) participated in this visit.
The first session was on Organizational Committee followed by a session on Marketing Management with case study and lastly a seminar by Harward faculty on General Management and Leadership skills. There was a case study of ‘SABKA-COLA’ resulting in death of 3-4 children wherein we as a student were selected as a member of Organizational Committee which includes CEO, CMO, CFO etc. At last there was a seminar conducted at the RAVI.J.MATTHAI auditorium where in more than 570 students from different colleges like MICA, NIRMA, SEPT, NID, XAVIERS etc. participated and our student Shruti Patel of Semester 3 was selected as one of the BEST SIX CMO by IIMA.
• Educational Visit to The Stock Exchange Investor’s Protection Fund
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organised a Two-Day Educational Visit of 120 students on 4th and 5th August 2015 to BSE Investor Service Centre, Ahmedabad with an objective to create awareness amongst the prospective investors about the Capital Markets and the safeguards that they need to follow while dealing in stock market. The program covered different aspects of Stock market activities like Clearing and Settlement, Investor’s Grievances Redressal Mechanism, Working of the Stock Exchange, Do’s and Don’ts for the investors; followed by Question-Answer Sessions. The sessions were conducted by Mr. Mahesh Pandya, Secretariat Investor Protection Fund and Ms. Seema Srivastava, Centre Manager, BSE Institute Ltd. Professor in charges: Prof. Krupa Bhatt, Prof. Devyani Chatterji and Dr. Bhavik Swadia.
• READING CLUB WORKSHOP
A two day Reading workshop was organized on 6th and 7th August, 2015 at Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC). A renowned faculty, Prof. Amar Gargesh was invited to conduct the workshop.
The workshop covered the topics like creative thinking, lateral thinking, knowing you, personality development, communication skills and mind- mapping. In audio-visual presentation, Prof. Gargesh briefed about current updates in the technological field. He also conducted various creative activities relevant to the topic in which all the students actively participated.
These activities helped the students to bring out their hidden potential. He further emphasized on ‘out of the box thinking’ for eg. how to think differently considering various aspects which would be considered as lateral thinking.
Overall, the sessions conducted were interactive which helped the students to build confidence and come up with their own creative and innovative ideas. The students got a chance to know themselves better. This workshop helped in changing and enhancing their thought process, attitude and approach towards life.
• Study Enhancement and Development Workshop at AMA
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organized Study Enhancement and Development Workshop at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) on 28th July 2015 on Interview Skills, Creative Thinking, Branding and Image Building in which 84 students participated enthusiastically. They learnt to sharpen their creativity and build strong self-image. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Krupa Bhatt and Prof. Devyani Chatterji.
• WORKSHOP ON COMMUNICATION
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organized a four day ‘Workshop on Communication’ under English Club from 14th July, 2015 to 17th July, 2015. 84 students of Semester-1 participated in the workshop.
The workshop aimed at enhancing and polishing their English Language skills. The introductory session was conducted by T. J. Purani, Director,C. N. Vidyavihar. He acquainted the students with nature of language, taught them the nuances of ‘correct English’ and set the tone for the remaining sessions of the workshop. The students were awarded participation certificate at the end of the workshop.
• 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, Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) 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 second batch of 53 students is ready to face the challenges of Banking and Insurance arena.
• BRIDGE COURSE
Faculty of Commerce successfully conducted Bridge Course to develop English Proficiency skills of the Semester-1 students. Around 101 students enrolled for the course and were given training of English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. They also appeared for the SCOPE examination at the end of the course.
• “READERS ARE LEADERS”: ‘FOR THE STUDENTS, OF THE STUDENTS, BY THE STUDENTS’
• PRISM RELEASE FUNCTION
The 14th issue of Annual College magazine ‘PRISM’ was released on 20th June, 2015 by Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University. Educating students is the primary mission of every educational institution but through PRISM, Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) provides a platform to students for expressing their creativity, ideas and original thoughts. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit acknowledged the hard work and congratulated TEAM PRISM.