Para Academics Activities
CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2023
Date: 4th March,2023.
Faculty of Commerce under CWDC celebrated International Women’s Day 2023 by organising the following events:
1. S/HE FEST – A Three Day Festival
More than 100 students participated in various competitions such as Poetry recitation, Reels Creation, Painting/Poster making and Rangoli on the theme of Gender Safety, Gender Sensitivity and Gender Equality.
2. Phenomenal Women- A Tribute to Womanhood – An Award Function
An Award Function ‘Phenomenal Women- A tribute to Womanhood’
#celebratingwomanhood on the occasion of International Women’s Day was organized to felicitate and honour prominent women stalwarts from diverse fields who have broken all the barriers and reached the pinnacle of success.
Dr. Chandani Kapadia, Executive Director, GLS University graced the function with their august presence. Our esteemed awardees were Ms. Sanjukta Sinha, Acclaimed Kathak Dancer & Artistic Director and Ms. Sonal Vasoya, A Versatile International Para-Athlete, our special guest Ms. Barbie Rajput, an admired singer, songwriter &actor and our female alumni who have made a mark in various fields Ms. Hetvi Limbard, Musician & Programmer and Ms. Vinita Panchal, Model & Dancer. Dr. Chandni Kapadia, Executive Director rightly said in her address that “Behind every successful man there is a woman, similarly behind every successful woman there is a man.” While sharing her journey of life and work experiences, she says that “hard work and dedication brings progress and success at the right time.” She further said that women are making their making various fields today, be it in engineering or aviation. Ms. Sanjukata Sinha and Ms. Sonal Vasoya were awarded the Phenomenal Woman Award by Dr. Chandni Kapadia. Ms. Sanjukata Sinha, well-known Kathak Dancer says that “Dance means confidence”. She said that the right combination of mind and body creates dance. Mr. Sonal Vasoya who is an International Para Athlete has won 43 International Medals. She said she suffered from 85% disability from the age of 5 and learned the hard lesson that many times respect and honor have to be earned. Students were motivated and inspired after listening to the journey of success stories of the esteemed awardees. Our special guest, Dridha, AKA Ms. Barbie Rajput who is a famous singer actress and has many fans on social media said “Live life simply but think high”. She gave a wonderful musical performance. We appreciated and acknowledged own SMPIC alumni Hetvi Limbad who is a famous musician and programmer and Vinita Panchal a model and Dancer and felicitated them by Glorious Alumnus Awards. The event was coordinated by Dr Gitanjali Rampal and Dr Bhavna Parwani.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
Date: 1st February,2023
Faculty Of Commerce organized an Industrial Visit to Amul Factory and Amul Chocolate Factory wherein more than 100 UG and PG students participated. The main objective of the visit was to make students aware about the industrial work style and industrial environment of the largest milk federation of India. To make the students aware about the history of Amul a short clip was shown to enhance the knowledge of the young and curious minds. It elaborated the story of Gujarat in 1946 where farmers struggled and how Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel came forward to help the farmers with the idea of Amul. The students were surprised to see how Amul collects 3 million liters of milk from villagers every day and travel long to provide milk to the people. The huge and modern technologies of Amul has changed the life of villagers and raised their standard of living making it a symbol of Trust. After that students were made well aware about the 800+ products of
Amul such as : Amul milk ,Amul butter, Amul ice creams, Amul curd, Amul ghee etc. Moving forward the students were taken to Amul Chocolate Factory which is 8kms away from the Amul Factory. The objective of the visit was to familiarize the students with one of the most important aspects of a chocolate product and be aware of the organizational culture. Students were fascinated with the large tanks that hold the ingredients to prepare chocolate. The heavy machinery, the massive equipments surely overwhelmed the students. Students were inspired and motivated to became entrepreneurs when they understood the production system, storage system and warehousing & logistics of industry. The visit helped students to understand the chocolate process and working system of dairy and gain an active insight into practical aspects of the current education field. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Bimal Solanki, Dr. Bhavin Bhatt, Dr. Kruti Shah and Dr. Devyani Chatterjee.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP UNDER COLLEGIATE WOMEN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CWDC)
Faculty of Commerce organized a Self Defence Workshop under Collegiate Women Development Committee (CWDC) wherein girl students were taught self defence techniques. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Amandeep Singh Gotra, “General Secretary” of all Gujarat Thaiboxing Association who is an International Wushu Fighter and a coach to elite National Players. He highlighted the key points why such kinds of workshops are required to sensitize our girl child/students to self-protect themselves in public places as well as at home. He also pointed out that this is the demand of the hour as we can relate ourselves to the news items of domestic violence, eve-teasing cases and other severe forms of violence against women and children which is pouring in on a day-to-day basis. He very well explained why it is necessary to attend and train oneself with this kind of workshop and training programmes. He said that having knowledge about self defence techniques not only help defend but also it builds confidence in oneself. He gave advices and tips to our girl students on how to avoid situations and circumstances that may lead to unwanted incident. By showcasing the self defence techniques with his teammates he taught how to react to different types of bad touch, grips and locks. No matter your size, weight, or strength in relation to your opponent, you can defend yourself by strategically using your body and the simple law of physics. He very well brought to our notice that how everyday objects you carry around with you or things in your environment can also be used to your advantage as weapons such as mobile phones, I’d card , safety pins , knife etc. Lastly, the session was concluded by calling few students from the audience to practically perform the techniques learnt which helped them to boost their confidence. The entire workshop was managed by event managers under the guidance of Dr. Bhavna Parwani and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
FIRE-LESS COOKING COMPETITION
Date: 6th and 7th January, 2023
Faculty of Commerce organized Fire-Less Cooking Competition on 6th and 7th January, 2023. In this competition, several students have presented very delicious, appetizing and innovatory cooked dishes including beverages, desserts, chat items, sandwiches and many more. Some catchy and interesting food dishes are Kulaad Chat, Khakhra Pizza, Oreo Truffle balls and Battle Leaf Balls, Purple Heart Drink, Paan Ladoo, Khajur Chocolate Candy, Rose & Gulkand Panipuri shots etc. The core objective behind organising this event is to encourage students to come up with interesting fire-less cooking ideas, which can be helpful quick and healthy recipes for the youth. This competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi, Dr. Bimal Solanki and Dr Keyur Vohra.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
Date: 5th January, 2023
Faculty of Commerce organized Rangoli competition on 5th January, 2023. In this competition, rangolis were prepared by FOC students using different ideas. Several students came up with very creative and innovative rangoli designs on our nation, which were spreading awareness regarding Indian Traditions as well as Issues related to them. The winners of the Rnagoli competition are Aarti Mali : Sem 4 (Rank 1), Zalak Jain & Harshita katariya : Sem 6 (Rank 2) and Dikshita Soni & Tanima Khanra: Sem2 (Rank 3). This competition was co-ordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Keyur Vohra.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
PRAMUKH SWAMI MAHARAJ NAGAR FROM THE EYES OF GLS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS OGNAJ, AHMEDABAD
Date: 9th December,2022.
“In the joys of others lies our own,” was Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s motto, and he worked tirelessly and tenaciously for the betterment of human lives and society throughout his life. Hence, to pay heartfelt tribute, thousands of devotees took time out of their lives to execute this entire plan made by the monks and worked with them to develop “Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar” to celebrate the birth centenary of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Lakhs of people from across the world visited the Nagar in Ahmedabad from December 15th, 2022 to January 15th, 2023.
Students of the Faculty of Commerce, GLS University got the incredible opportunity to visit the Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar when it was being constructed so they could witness and learn from it. The event was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Sneha Master.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
MUSIC MAESTROS TRAIN SMPIC STUDENTS IN MUSIC WORKSHOP
Date: 7th to 13th December, 2022
Under the banner of Harmony : The Music Club, the institute organized a novel and unique experimental Music Workshop from 7th to 13th December, 2022.
The workshop was aimed at providing the orientation about the nuances of all the aspects of music to the students. Various aspects like Singing, Western Instrumental, Western Beats, Indian Rhythm, Various aspects of poetry etc. were covered by the experts and music gurus of national and international repute.
‘The Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar’ awardee Tabla Guru Shri Munjal Mehta oriented the students about various Indian ‘taals’. He made the session rich and interesting by narrating interesting stories of the development of various ‘taals’ and their ‘gharanas’. He narrated the rich history of Indian Classical Music in his lucid and interesting style.
Mr. Saumil Munshi, yet another ‘Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar’ awardee senior artist of international repute enriched the knowledge and understanding of the students in music with his session exclusively focused on Poetry. He explained various aspects related to the words and meter of a poem. He mentioned that poetry is the soul of music and a good poem written with accurate rhyming and meter makes the poem itself musical. Mr. Saumil Munshi discussed various forms of poetry like Ghazal, Geet, Sonnet and explained the difference between them.
Mr. Akul Raval the internationally acclaimed rhythmist who is famous for his various innovations in different types of percussion instruments, gave a very rich musical experience to the students in his session. He talked about various types of rhythmic beats in western music and related them with various Bollywood songs. He also demonstrated his vast range of innovations through audio visual presentation as well as live demonstration.
Ms. Yesha Patel, a leading name in Instrumental music, educated the students with various aspects of non-percussion musical instruments in western Music. She introduced the students to various scales and cords in instrumental music. She made the session very interesting by practical demonstration with keyboard and guitar. Ms. Yesha Patel also made the singers in the audience to sing songs on different scales to sharpen their vocal skills.
Mr. Prahar Vora, a leading singer and composer not only engaged a session but also played a pivotal role as the liaison to bring the experts on one platform. In his session, Mr. Prahar Vora talked about the significance of commitment and persistence in music. He mentioned about various techniques and tricks to practice vocal music to tune the ‘sur’ and increase breathing capacity for the budding singers.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
‘CHAIRTY WITH SMILE’
AT DEAF AND DUMB SCHOOL
Faculty of Commerce organised a visit to Deaf and Dumb School, Ashram Road. Our students played games with them. The deaf and dumb students showcased their talents and were appreciated with a token of love by our students. At last to spread happiness and make this day a memorable one, lovely gifts of essentials such as water bottles, stationery items, eatables etc. were distributed to them. This visit to the school for the Deaf and Dumb children made a digging impact into the hearts and brains of the students.
VISIT TO SHRIMATI MANIBEN MOTHER’S HOME – GHARDAGHAR NEAR CHANDRANAGAR
Date: 30th December, 2022
On December 30, 2022, students from the Faculty of Commerce paid a visit to Shrimati Maniben Mother’s Home – GhardaGhar near Chandranagar with the professors in charges. The students interacted with the residents and helped everyone in doing their daily chores. The gathering had a gala time singing songs and narrating jokes as well as stories from real lives. The students also handed out packages containing painkilling gel and other winter essentials. Sweets and snacks were also distributed among them. The residents looked blissful. Both the students and the residents gained knowledge by sharing stories and experiences in life. The students were shocked and saddened upon hearing about the fate of living in an old age home where you are forced to adapt and reside with strangers is quite difficult. However, over time, all women live happily and peacefully with a sense of oneness between them. It was quite encouraging to observe how friendly the residents were to one another.
BRINGING WARMTH TO FOOTPATH DWELLERS
Date: 29th December, 2022
On 29th December, 2022, Faculty of Commerce, SMPIC’s students alongwith Faculty members visited University area, Thaltej, TV Tower, Shivranjni , IIM, Nehrunagar Road, Zydus Hospital Road areas in the wee hours of morning at 5.30 a.m. and distributed blankets and woollen clothes donated by the students to the people sleeping on foothpath.
FACULTY OF COMMERCE BROUGHT STUDENTS OF MUNICIPAL SCHOOL ON CAMPUS
Date: 29th December, 2022
Around 40 municipal school students from municipal school number 2 and 24 were brought to college campus by professors in cars at 9.30 a.m. on 29th December, 2022. Dr. Dharmesh Shah, registrar GLS University graced the occasion to encourage the students for social responsibility. SMPIC students spent quality time with school children by organizing a few programs and fun games. The event kick started by invoking God’s blessings. The Musical band of SMPIC students also sang songs and entertained school students by playing different games and dancing with them. The event was followed by bringing out the competitive side by conducting a quiz wherein they were awarded with a small token for each correct answer. To make the event more memorizing, event managers played games like tongue twisters and action reaction with students. Many School students were given an opportunity to showcase their talents in singing and dancing. To spread happiness students were given a lovely gift of essentials like school bags, stationery items, fruits, cookies, cupcakes , biscuits , chocolates and water bottles. School children had a great fun and enjoyed having lunch in the college
FACULTY OF COMMERCE AT MUNICIPAL SCHOOL 26, AMBAWADI
Date: 28th December, 2022
Faculty members and around 30 students of GLS University’s Faculty of Commerce SMPIC visited Municipal School 26 at Ambawadi on 28th December, 2022 from 9.30 am to 12.00 noon where they spent quality time with them by organizing a few programs and fun games. The event kick started by invoking God’s blessings. SMPIC music band entertained the students by singing the popular Bollywood Songs. Municipal School Children danced with joy on pappy sounds. The event was followed by bringing out the competitive side by conducting a quiz where in they were awarded with a small token for each correct answer. To make the event more memorizing, event managers played games like tongue twisters and action reaction with students. Many School students were given an opportunity to showcase their talents in singing and dancing. To spread happiness students were given a lovely gift of essentials like stationery items, fruits, cookies, cup cakes , biscuits , chocolates and water bottles.
VISIT TO PAEDIATRIC CANCER DEPARTMENT, GCRI, CIVIL HOSPITAL, AHMEDABAD
Date: 27th December,2022
Faculty of Commerce organised a visit to the pediatric Cancer Department, GCRI, Civil Hospital , Ahmedabad as a part of the ongoing charity week on 27th December,2022. Students along with faculty members interacted with the kids from age of 8 months to eighteen years admitted there and gifted them toys including Balls , board games and blocks. The noteworthy thing about this is that the gifts were purchased from the amount donated by the students out of their pocket allowances. This visit was meant to sensitize the students regarding the situation of kids and their families passing through this period of their lives and instill in them values of gratitude, charity and social service.
VISIT TO PRAKASH ANDHA KANYA SHALA, MEMNAGAR
Date: 26th December, 2022
As a part of week long Charity – Give with smile, Faculty members and around 35 students of Faculty of Commerce SMPIC of GLS University visited Prakash Andha Kanya Shala, Memnagar on 26th December, 2022 from 11 am to 1.00 pm where they gave kits to the blind girl students, sang songs with them and spent a lot of quality time. The teachers of Prakash Griha gave a campus visit to the college students wherein they showcased and explained how these blind students are developing skills such as making chikis, learning braille, learning computers and many more. The kit gifted by SMPIC students included essential items like vicks, vaseline, laundry soap, handkerchief, toothpaste, brush, pouches etc.
WINNER AT JOSH 2022- NATIONAL LEVEL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Date: 22 nd December,2022.
Faculty of Commerce participated in National Level Cultural Festival JOSH 2022
at Balgandharva Auditorium Bandra (W) Mumbai where around 80 colleges
participated from across India which included Pune, Maharashtra, Madhya
Pradesh, Hyderabad, Banglore, Gujarat to name a few in the preliminary
elimination round which took place in November. FOC SMPIC won the BEST
College overall trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 31000. The overall theme for this
year’s event was Mission Earth. SMPIC stood FIRST in Western Dance. The
theme of this dance depicted the fight between nature and Humans and about
the survival. SMPIC stood second in Indian Dance and Indian dance was the
story of Padmashree JADAV PAYENG from Assam who transformed the barren
patch of land into a huge forest single handedly. SMPIC stood Second in
Fashion show. The theme of fashion show was G-20 Summit on climate change
where the students creatively depicted the ill effects of climate change by the
creative costumes and make up. All the judges were mightily impressed with
the creativity of Fashion Dance make up and costumes. The Students of Faculty
of Commerce had a great learning experience in Mumbai where they had the
opportunity to compete with the Best talent of the Country. The dances and
fashion show were choreographed by Nidhip Shah and Dweep Shah. The teams
were co-ordinated by Dr. Bimal Solanki and Dr. Bhavna Parwani.
STEPS N STYLE’ – A WESTERN DANCE & FASHION SHOW CLUB WORKSHOP
Date: 29th November 2022
Steps N Style club at Faculty of Commerce organized ‘One week’ Western Dance and Fashion Show Workshop in which more than 100 students actively participated. The workshop included theoretical and practical training about various dance forms like Hip hop, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, salsa, crumping, fusion and Bollywood by ace choreographers. Various international fame fashion choreographers and models came and shared their success story and practically demonstrated how to walk on the ramp and also gave one to one tip to all the aspiring models and laid emphasis on body language and confidence. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Nidhip Shah, Mr. Dhweep Shah and Mr. Chakshu Chauhan and assisted by Ms. Aditi Vyas and Ms. Kajal Murjani. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Bhavna Parwani, Dr. Bimal Solanki , Prof. Nidhip Shah and Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
CLIMATE CHANGE YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAM
Date: 28th & 29th September,2022
Faculty of Commerce organized the ‘Climate Change Youth Outreach Program’. In this program, various competitions such as Elocution competitions, Slogan competitions, Group discussion competitions, and essay writing competitions were organized for students under the auspice of Arthshastra: The Economics Club. On Day 1 (28th sept 2022), Elocution competitions and Slogan competitions were organized. Our students participated in an Elocution competition on interesting topics like the Role of different sections (homemaker, industry, senior citizens, etc.) of society in Combating Climate Change, Respect for Food, and Lifestyle for the Environment, Save Soil, and Panchamrit Goals. In the Slogan competitions, students prepared slogans on the theme of Climate Change, Forest Biodiversity, and Waste Management. This event was meant to spread awareness regarding climate change and issues related to that among our students. On Day 2 (29th sept 2022), Group Discussion competitions and Essay competitions were organized. Group Discussion competition was conducted on interesting topics like Energy Storage, Battery Operated Vehicle, Water Recycling, Waste Management and Single Use Plastic. In the Essay competitions, students wrote essays on the theme of Roadmap for Energy Independence, Net Zero Goals, Gujarat’s Climate-Friendly Traditions, Renewable Energy, Biodiversity and Natural Farming. This event was meant to spread awareness regarding climate change and issues related to that among our students. The objective behind this event is to encourage youth to be responsible citizens regarding Climate Change and save the environment, so that future generations could utilize all natural resources sustainably. The event was coordinated by Dr. Anjali Trivedi and Dr. Beena Patel.
Date: 27 th September, 2022
Faculty of Commerce organised offline workshop on Authentic Photography. Renowned
photographer Mr. Rishi Goenka discussed the intricacies of photography and shared useful
tips for clicking good photograph. He also discussed interesting techniques of photography
and shared his secret tactics for clicking perfect photos by using good lensed cameras and
phone cameras. Students learned various aspects of photography through different
techniques. This workshop was coordinated by Dr Anjali Trivedi.
YOGA WORKSHOP AT BLIND PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION (ANDHJAN MANDAL)
Date: 24 th September, 2022
A few minutes of Yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily, in both, body and the mind. Yoga postures, Pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress. Meditation is relaxation and rejuvenates the body and mind. With this aim in mind, a workshop was organised by Yoga Club of Faculty of Commerce for the
Students of Blind People’s Association (Andhjan Mandal). The yoga club coordinator, Dr. Bhavik Swadia, took yoga session with great dedication. The students participated with full interest, enthusiasm and eagerness. The session began by seeking the blessings of the Almighty by chanting. Pranayama for relieving stress, increase concentration and focus. He motivated the students and conveyed the importance of making yoga an integral part of our daily life by extending the practice of yoga. The session concluded with an interactive session with Students in which the queries of the students were addressed satisfactorily. The session was very refreshing, reviving and relaxing. The Session was coordinated by Dr. Bhavik U. Swadia.
The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Aashal Bhatt and Dr. Kruti Shah.
ABHIVYAKTI 2022- THE THEATRE WORKSHOP
Date: 22 nd to 27 th September, 2022
FACULTY OF COMMERCE organised a one-week Theater Workshop “Abhivyakti 2022-
The Theatre Workshop” from 22 nd to 27 th September, 2022, Mr. Vishal Shah, an FOC alumni,
renowned Actor, director and theatre enthusiast conducted the workshop.
Mr. Vishal Shah covered the topics as
1. why is mind-body harmony important in acting and how to achieve it?
2. Why is it important to concentrate when acting?
3. And how, by working in groups and advising one another, students can complete
creative tasks collaboratively.
Various activities like physical co-ordination through exercises were used to provide
understanding of how to overcome shyness and stage fright.
On the second day of the workshop, an understanding of how to bring body and mind into
harmony was given through some physical activities. Physical activities gave detailed
guidance on how much an actor has to constantly focus, how much he has to be prepared and
be alert while performing a play .
On the third day, workshop director Vishal Shah informed the participants that theatre is a
group activity because it is never performed by a single person. A play was performed, and
various exercises were used to demonstrate how an actor should act with caution , what to do
if a mistake is made and how the play should be performed till the end.
The fourth day started with the walking warm up, in which students had to walk randomly
and more twists were added. Students felt pretty warmed up after the exercise. After the
warm up students were given a fun exercises. After all the exercises were over, students were
given a task to perform a tele brand advertisement. Students were taught ‘Rhythm’, ‘Body
sync’,’ Inhibition’, ‘Conviction’ ,’Observation’, and ‘Imagination’.
The fifth day started with a rising smile on everybody’s face. The first exercise started, in that
students were divided into two lines, one person from each line was asked to make a pair and
talk to each other about themselves. Basically about their character. This exercise helped
students to speak and know more about their character and how to express it by
Students were instructed to prepare a small play with their respective groups. They were
given one day for scripting. Students seemed very curious and anticipated their performances
but Mr. Vishal’s team supported and guided every team.
VISIT TO PRAYOGSHALA (1/9/2022)
The students were taken to Mr Vishal’s studio named as ‘Prayogshala’, where students got a
real experience of the theatre world, students were given a total overview about all the
technologies of theatre and performances. The lighting system, backstage area, different
zones on stage, positioning, how to cover up when a dialogue is fumbled. All these things
were taught practically to students, so they can learn everything easily. After that student
asked their doubts and questions. Every student seemed curious about the theatre world. It
was an unforgettable experience for the students, and the satisfaction of learning was seen on
LIMITLESS TALENT AT THE ‘TALENT UNLIMITED SEASON 3 FINALE’
Date: 11 th September, 2022
Faculty of Commerce organized Talent Unlimited Season 3 Finale. This event is a mix of
various performing arts like Dance, Theatre and Music wherein, several students compete in
Phase 1 was the elimination round in which around 100 students performed in various
competitions like Singing, Instrumental Music, Western Dance, Classical Dance, Mono
Acting and Stand-up Comedy. The 26 shortlisted participants across the competitions
performed in the Finale on 11 th September, 2022 at GLS Auditorium, amusing the packed
The super talented students performed instrumental music with various musical instruments
like keyboards, guitars, table, djembe and dholak, they presented soulful as well as peppy
numbers in the singing competition and danced their heart out in the Dance competition. The
hilarious Stand-up Comedy and the heart touching Mono Acting were also well appreciated.
The entire performance was a visual treat which made the Sunday for the audience as well as
the judges a special one. The loud applauding jam packed audience consisted of the students
as well as the proud parents and family members of the participants. The renowned judges,
who were the alumni of FOC, Mr. Vishal Shah, Mr. Riddhish Vora and Mr. Dweep Shah
were highly impressed with the performances. The show also consisted of various
entertaining and touching performances by the students of Theatre club who recently
underwent training in a week-long theatre workshop conducted by Vishal Shah. The winners
and the participants were well appreciated and encouraged by the Dean Dr. Marzun Jokhi at
the end and felicitated with certificates. The entire event was co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur
BLOOD DONATION CAMP
Date: 9th September,2022
Faculty of Commerce believes in complete and inclusive development of students and also makes them aware
about their responsibilities towards the society. With this vision a Blood Donation Camp was organized in
collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society wherein more than 100 students had participated voluntarily.
The entire workshop was conceptualized and co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
AN EXPERT SESSION ON FILM APPRECIATION
Date: 2 nd September, 2022
Faculty of Commerce, under the auspice of CINEMATES – The Movie Club
organized an Expert Session on FILM APPRECIATION by Mr. Abhinay
Banker, Renowned and Awarded Actor, Director and Playwright in Indian
Theatre and Cinema on Friday, 2 nd September, 2022.
Mr. Abhinay Banker discussed how film creation and appreciation are two
different talents. The way making a film is an art, watching a movie too is an
art. Films are basically the reflection of society. They tell stories about our lives
so they have a deep impact on our society. Not only making a film is an act of
responsibility but while watching a movie, they audience too should behave
responsibly. He discussed the journey of movies from silent films to the talkies
and the modern-day cinema. He showed few clips from Charlie Chaplin’s
Modern Times and Dangal wherein he discussed cinematography, music as a
part of story, sound effects, long and short shots and many other aspects of film.
He even talked about how parallel cinema works as a social documentary in our
society. Students posed many questions regarding film making and watching.
He answered all of them at length and in a lucid manner. The session was very
interesting and informative. The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali
Date: 27 th August,2022.
Faculty of Commerce organised inter class Badminton tournament for boys and
girls on 27 th August,2022. In this tournament various badminton
Singles matches were organised to provide sports platform to the student and
also to find out their hidden talents. Students from all semestera participated in
this tournament and showcased their badminton skills. Badminton is a very
popular sport. Lot of students are inclined towards badminton and take it as a
professional career. Badminton requires speed, strength, precision and agility.
It also helps to increase the flexibility, muscle endurance and stamina. Total
400 students including 120 girls and 280 boys participated in the tournament to
make it a grand success. The entire event was co-ordinated by Dr. Bhavik
swadia, Dr. Jaimin Patel and Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
Date: 8 th to 13 th August, 2022
Faculty of Commerce organized Carrom Championship for the First, Second and Third year students. Tournament was conducted in 3 different rounds. The participants of the tournament played best of 3 rounds. In all total 70 teams participated and more than 220 games were played. Finals was a game to watch as the contestants played very well playing their best
move. Finally, after a hard-fought competition, results were known.
The results of Carrom tournament are as follows:
1 st position Saideep Patnaik and Ayush Shah
2 nd position Ahmed S Pisuwala and Nirav Prajapati
3 rd position Smit Patel and Rushi Chhatbar
It was coordinated by Dr. Bhavin Bhatt, Dr. Bhavik Swadia and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
WORKSHOP ON ‘JUST BREATH IMPROVING EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING’
Date: 10th August, 2022
Our institute organized a workshop on ‘Just Breath Improving Emotional and Physical Wellbeing’ which was conducted by Yogacharya Palak Vipul Shah and Yoga club Co-ordinator Dr. Bhavik Swadia.
They informed students that breath is not just the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. For different levels of thoughts and emotions that we experience, our breath takes on different types of patterns. When we are angry, peaceful, happy or sad, our breath goes through subtle changes. Whichever way we breathe, that is the way we think. Whichever way we think, that is the way we breathe. The breath can be used as a tool to do many things with the body and the mind. Pranayam is the science and by consciously breathing in a particular way we can change the way we think, feel, understand and experience life. Breathing is an overlooked power source. Most of us don’t even think about it. But the way we breathe can impact our whole body, regulating important functions such as blood pressure and heart rate. Practicing breath work can have multiple health benefits including better mental clarity, focus and weight control. 270 students participated and practiced pranayama enthusiastically in this workshop. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Bhavik U. Swadia and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
SEMINAR ON ‘AWARENESS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH AND MENSTRUAL HYGIENE’
Date: 3rd August, 2022
CWDC of our institute organized a Seminar on ‘Awareness on Women’s Health and Menstrual Hygiene’ for the girl students in GLS Auditorium. The seminar was conducted by expert speakers Dr. Anar Mehta and Ms. Swati Bedekar. Periods have been a subject of constant fear and dread for women, even for children of tender age. The speakers of the seminar, Mrs. Swati Bedekar and Mrs. Anar Mehta, shed light on this very important but less publicly discussed topic in very simple words. According to Dr. Anar Mehta, about 5 million women cannot live their lives normally due to lack of menstrual products and knowledge, due to which it affects the economy of the country. Mrs. Swati Bedekar explained the entire process of Menstrual to the students through fun and simple PPT. Through the seminar, information was given about the use of Bio degradable pad, so that thousands of kilos of waste can be saved from being collected in landfills. The speaker gave information to the students about the reproduction system using video presentation and tools. She said that the possibility of cervical cancer increases with the use of pads made of chemicals and plastic. Setting the tone of the seminar, Dean of Faculty of Commerce – SMPIC, Dr. Marzun Jokhi, quoted Michelle Obama and said that “behind the development of any nation, society and the world is the good health of its women” in his welcome address. The seminar was coordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal and Dr. Bhavna Parwani.
Date: 16th July, 2022
Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) B.Com. Hons. and Chess New District Association, Ahmedabad jointly organized Chess Tournament on the occasion of World Chess Day. Training session for the Chess Tournament was conducted by International Rated Chess Player Mr. Ankit Dalal. He taught the students about the basics of chess, playing chess and even clarified the concept that chess is not all about black and white but it is about light and dark. Around 50 participants took the training and competed for competition. The participants of the tournament played 6 rounds with no knockouts. In all 300 games were played within 5 hrs.
Winners of the Chess Competition are:
- Tejas Parmar
- Kandarp Rajyaguru
- Zhalak Tejwani
It was coordinated by Dr. Bhavik Swadia, Dr. Jaimin Patel and Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
SCREENING OF ‘SAATAM AATHAM’ FILM
Date: 7th July, 2022.
Under the auspice of ‘Cinemates: the movie club’, our institute organized a screening of an urban Gujarati film ‘Saatham Aatham’ which has Mr. Parikshit Tamaliya, an SMPIC Alumni in the lead, on 7th July, 2022 for the faculty members as well as the students. The star cast of the film, Mr. Parikshit Tamaliya and Ms. Denisha Ghumra also joined us for the screening. The students and faculty members enjoyed the movie, congratulated the actors for the film, discussed various aspects of film and gave their reviews to the star cast. At SMPIC, we believe in moulding minds, shaping careers and achieving holistic development for students through its academic activities and various forums and clubs. Parikshit Tamaliya was part of ‘Abhivyakti: Theater Club’ wherein he acted in many one act plays like ‘Bulb Jalega’, ‘Ghemar Ni Geeta’, ‘Ashwathama’ and many more skits and plays which were performed in national level theatre competitions and won awards like Best Play, Best Actor etc. After the screening of the movie, Parikshit shared his journey from an amateur actor of SMPIC to the hero of ‘Saatam Aatham’. He emphasized on the fact that he overcame his stage fear, developed confidence and learnt the nuances of acting from the various workshops he attended in the college and the different plays that he performed at college level. That training helps him even today with the various roles that he plays in different Gujrati films. At the end, he expressed his gratitude to GLS University, the faculty members and the college and motivated the students to enthusiastically participate in the various activities conducted by the college as he firmly believes that “I am what I am because of the platforms provided by SMPIC.” For SMPIC, it was a moment of pride and pleasure to watch an SMPIC Alumnus Parikshit Tamaliya in the lead role of ‘Saatam Aatham’.
Date: 12th March,2022.
Our institute participated in cricket tournament organized by GLS FIT WAVE GYM and reached up to Semi-Final Level.
CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022
Date: 5th March, 2022.
Our institute celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing 2 events.
GLS University’s Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) with Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WICCI) has organised the virtual award function ‘Phenomenal Women- A tribute to Womanhood’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 5th March, 2022 to felicitate women stalwarts from various fields who have broken all the barriers and reached the pinnacle of success with ‘Phenomenal Woman Award’. The function was graced by Dr. Sudhir Nanavati, President GLS University, Woman Super Achiever & Key Note Speaker Ms Chandni Kapadia, National President, Design Council At WICCI & Executive Director, GLS University, Dr. B. H. Joshi, Pro-Vost, GLS University, Dr. Dharmesh shah, Registrar, GLS University. Our esteemed awardees Padmashree Penaz Masani, Ghazal and Playback Singer, Dr. Darshna Thakkar – Gynaecologist, Obstetrician and Social Entrepreneur and Ms. Mira Erda- 1st and Youngest Indian Female Formula Racer were awarded with ‘Phenomenal Woman Award’ and our female alumni who have made a mark in various fields Ms. Shivangi Mehra – Model & Actor and Ms. Nikita Ahuja- Singer, Composer and Lyricist were awarded with ‘Glorious Alumnus Award’. The events were co-ordinated by Dr. Rajul Goenka, Dr. Gitanjali Rampal and Dr. Bhavna Parwani.
ABHIVYAKTI : THEATRE WORKSHOP 2021
Date: 9th October, 2021
Our institute organized a week-long theatre workshop ABHIVYAKTI 2021 from 4th October, 2021 to 9th October, 2021. The workshop was conducted by Shri Vishal Shah known actor, director, scriptwriter and SMPIC alumni. On the first day, the workshop was inaugurated. Various activities and exercises were conducted to achieve and understand ‘Rhythm’, ‘Body sync’, ‘ Inhibition’, ‘Conviction’, ‘Observation’, ‘Imagination’ and ‘Co-operation’. On the 5th Day, the students were given the first-hand experience of theatre at ‘Prayogshala’. Students were given a total overview about all the technological aspects of theatre and performances like the lighting system, backstage area, different zones on stage and positioning of characters. On the 6th Day, the students performed skits in various groups and showcased their learning from the workshop. Further students rehearsed, polished and performed their small acts on various themes like various comic situations on the inquiry counter of railway station, addiction of PUBG in students, gender equality, old-age companionship and post-covid relationship issues on 23rd October, 2021, Saturday at GLS Auditorium. The performances were graced by the presence of Dr. B. H. Joshi, Provost, GLS University. He whole-heartedly appreciated the performances of students and congratulated them for their efforts. He further stressed that theater is a strong medium to develop a lot of soft skills such as communication skills, teamwork, presentation skills, self-confidence etc. Through this workshop, students will be able to overcome their stage fear as well as develop a positive and confident body language. The event was coordinated by Dr. Sneha Master and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
GLS-SMPIC ALUMNI TALK SERIES 2021-22 ‘OUR ALUMNI OUR PRIDE’
Date: 28th September,2021
Our institute organized a new lecture series GLS-SMPIC ALUMNI CONNECT-2021-22. SMPIC students are placed across the globe at very good positions managing in their own business and many of them are making ripples in the corporate world. The 2011 batch student Dhruvit Shah was called upon as the first speaker of this innovative lecture series OUR ALUMNI OUR PRIDE to talk about his very successful entrepreneurial journey as the owner of Sourceitright.com, one of India’s first textile e-com companies. Mr. Shah talked about the experiences he gained as a student in his shaping years at the institute and how various management activities made him dream big to become a leading entrepreneur. He in detail talked about how he started his startup of selling Indian textiles online. He gave answers to all the questions raised by the audience. 2015 batch student Rahul Meghnani was invited as another speaker. He interacted with the present batch talking about the benefits of eating right for a healthy life. Mr. Rahul Meghnani is a weight management specialist and a clinical and sports nutritionist. Rahul Meghnani was here to spread awareness and share his expert knowledge on how unintentionally we are falling for chronic diseases. He is talked about eating healthy and staying healthy. Rahul patiently answered all the questions raised by the students. This turned out to be a very interesting topic for the students as post covid 19 it is of utmost importance to eat right and stay healthy. Both these Sessions were very helpful for the students and a large number of students participated in these very interesting sessions conducted by SMPIC Alumni. This event was coordinated by Dr. Bimal Solanki.
GUEST LECTURE ON ‘SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTES FOR COLLEGE GOERS’
Date: 21st September, 2021
Innovision – The Management Club of our institute organized guest lecture on ‘Social Media Etiquettes for college Goers’. The session was conducted by Dr. Parth Vaishnav, an expert psychiatrist and a deaddiction expert. He suggested the basic points to be kept in mind while creating a profile on social media. He discussed various dangers arising from addiction to social media. He explained the importance of proper usage of artificial intelligence. Talking about sharing and posting, he explained that it is very essential for us to understand what to share and why to share on social media platforms. He explained the importance of cyber security and warned that social media accidents can cause mental health problems like anticipatory anxiety, depression, self-harm, addiction, relationship stressors, hypochondriasis, insomnia etc. The session was very interactive and informative. It was co -ordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt and Dr. Jaimin Patel.
VIRTUAL TALENT HUNT ‘TALENT UNLIMITED- SEASON 2 (2021)’
Date: 15th September 2021.
Our institute organized the online talent hunt ‘TALENT UNLIMITED Season 2 (2021)’. More than 100 students enthusiastically participated in various competitions like Singing, Instrumental Music, Folk Dance, Western Dance, Indian Classical Dance, Mono Acting, and Stand-Up Comedy and sent the videos of their performances for the final judgement. The team of faculties in charge of various events include Dr. Bhavna Parvani, Dr. Kruti Shah, Dr. Sneha Master, Dr. Gitanjali Rampal and Dr. Keyur Vohra. The entire event was co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION:
1st Khushi Shah & Saideep Patnaik
2nd Daksh Chansauriya , Raj Katarmal & Maharshi Brahmabhatt
3rd Rohaan Kureshi
1st Alex Patel & Om Doshi
2nd Devarsh Kotecha & Tirth Bhatt
3rd Jatan Mehta & Diksha Jain
1st Heni Shah
2nd Shweta Joshi & Kandarp Rajguru
3rd Muskan Jain, Rajnandiniba Vaghela & Vaishali Gurjar
1st Khushi Jain
2nd Krisha Madaliya & Shreya Solanki
3rd Gauri Ramani & Deval Shukla
1st Astha Tak
2nd Jeel Bhatt & Nida Sindhi
3rd Mahima Sharma & Teesha Chhabariya
Consolation Prize Manasa Shah
1st Drashti Vadaliya
2nd Kishan Desai & Rishi Bhatt
3rd Harshil Patel
WEBINAR ON “DIGITAL EYE STRAIN”
Date:14th September, 2021
Our institute organized an expert session on ‘Digital Eye Strain’ under the lecture series Academics and Beyond. It was conducted by a very well-known ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Dr. Hiral Dodiya, Shalby Hospitals, Ahmedabad. According to Dr. Hiral, the strain on eyes has increased to a great extent due to an increased usage of screen by students or working professionals. The physical education has been absent since past 2 years due to the pandemic which has led to an increase in online education and our eyes get adversely affected. Even the working professionals were given an option of work from home which led to the excessive usage of laptop, mobile phones and tablets which in turn had its adverse effects on the eyes. Dr. Hiral Dodiya further said that it is difficult for us to reduce the screen time and therefore we must work out the options by which the eyes get least affected. The webinar proved to be useful for the audience of all age groups. The entire event was coordinated by Dr. Bhavin Bhatt.
ONE WEEK VIRTUAL DANCE WORKSHOP 2021
Date: 13th September,2021
Our institute organised one-week virtual Dance workshop from 13th September,2021 under which students are given opportunity to learn different dance styles of folk and western dance by the experts Kuldeep Shukla & Nidhip Shah. Kuldeep Shukla, a renowned choreographer, conducted folk dance workshop for the students and gave knowledge of be tali , Tran tali, Hinch, dodhiyu, Hudo, Randal ma no Ghodo, Raas, Rajasthani & Bhangda. Nidhip Shah, a well-known choreographer, conducted western dance workshop under which different Western dance styles are taught trending in India. One of the styles is ‘Shuffle’, which started in late 90’s in Melbourne, Australia and now it is present and performed worldwide. Next is Tutting, which is related to forming geometrical shapes with hands and fingers on music. Along with these two, students learnt Lyrical and Bollyhop which are most famous among the young generations in the current scenario of Dance. Around 150 participants are learning different dance styles with lot of enthusiasm in the Virtual Dance workshop. The Virtual Dance Workshop is coordinated by Dr. Bhavna Parwani & Dr. Kruti Shah.
Date: 10th September,2021
The photography competition was organized by our institute in which various topics were covered such as Portrait Photography, Street Life Photography, Landscape photography and Rain Photography. Around 215 students enthusiastically participated in the competition using digital cameras as well as smartphones and presented live photographs with a specific perspective like a professional photographer. Students also presented favourable messages to the photographs provided to them. Out of them, the best photograph was selected by the judge after a lot of hard work.
WINNERS OF A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
1st Siya Joshi SEM 1
1st Sandeep Chheepa SEM 1
2nd Rangi Daksha SEM 1
2nd Arush Tarang Pandya SEM 1
2nd Karnika Maheshwari SEM 3
2nd Yugal Khimani SEM 5
3rd Keval Kotadia SEM 1
3rd Pearl Patel SEM 1
3rd Richa Shah SEM 1
APPRECIATION Harsh Dwivedi SEM 1
APPRECIATION Harshil Patel SEM 1
APPRECIATION Krish Galani SEM 1
APPRECIATION Andrew Kennedy SEM 3
APPRECIATION Drashti Vadaliya SEM 1
The Photography Competition was coordinated by Dr. Rajul Goenka.
TEACHERS DAY VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS
Date: 4th September, 2021
Our institute organized Teachers Day Virtual Celebrations by organizing 2 online competitions. The event was coordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
The students of all three years enthusiastically participated in the competition. They taught the fellow students online wherein they used various techniques of Power Point Presentation, Quiz etc.
Astha Thakkar, Drashti Vadaliya, Krinali Jain, Parth Bansal, Ruchita Lunawat, Diya Bhatt, Tejal Modhvadiya
The topic of the elocution competition was “ Teaching and Learning during Pandemic: A Unique Experience.” Students strongly voiced their opinions on the topic.
1st Prize – Vidushi Jagnani
2nd Prize – Riya Rajeshbhai Parmar & Eeshan Chintan Devalia
3rd Prize – Trusha Kartik Panchal & Patel Vraj Samir
1st Prize – Sakshi Joshi
2nd Prize – Aashvi Barfiwala
3rd Prize – Chhuvara Muskan Salimbhai
Consolation Prize – Vrunda Modasa
1st Prize Nair Urmila Unnikrishnan
2nd Prize Nikhil Sheladiya
TEACHERS DAY VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS
Date: 4th September, 2021
Our institute organized Teachers Day Virtual Celebrations by organizing 2 online
competitions. The event was coordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
1. LET’S TEACH (Online Teaching Competition)
The students of all three years enthusiastically participated in the competition. They
taught the fellow students online wherein they used various techniques of Power Point
Presentation, Quiz etc.
Astha Thakkar, Drashti Vadaliya, Krinali Jain, Parth Bansal, Ruchita Lunawat, Diya
Bhatt, Tejal Modhvadiya
2. LET’S SPEAK (Online Elocution Competition)
The topic of the elocution competition was “ Teaching and Learning during
Pandemic: A Unique Experience.” Students strongly voiced their opinions on the
1 st Prize – Vidushi Jagnani
2 nd Prize – Riya Rajeshbhai Parmar & Eeshan Chintan Devalia
3 rd Prize – Trusha Kartik Panchal & Patel Vraj Samir
1 st Prize – Sakshi Joshi
2 nd Prize – Aashvi Barfiwala
3 rd Prize – Chhuvara Muskan Salimbhai
Consolation Prize – Vrunda Modasa
1 st Prize Nair Urmila Unnikrishnan
2 nd Prize Nikhil Sheladiya
Date: 2nd September,2021
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
The Fine Art Club of our institute organized an online photography workshop on the theme “THE ART STUDIO – AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHY” to provide guidance to students on various modern techniques of photography. Renowned faculty Mr. Rishi Goenka conducted this workshop. Various aspects of photography like leading lies, Rules of Thirds, Symmetry & patterns, importance of lighting and Angles were covered. Useful tips for clicking a really good photograph were given. A competition was also launched following the workshop. The entire workshop was coordinated by Dr. Rajul Goenka.
SESSION ON ‘PATH TO AN ACCOMPLISHED CAREER’ TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL SPORTS DAY
Date: 28th August, 2021
Under the auspice of Academics and Beyond – A Lecture Series, an online guest speaker session on the topic ‘Path to an Accomplished Career’ was organized by our institute to celebrate National Sports Day. The session was conducted by Mr. Kiratb Damani, an eminent lawyer, Former National Cricketer, Chairman of Gujarat Ranji Trophy Selection Committee and a Tedx speaker. He addressed the young generation to understand the importance of discipline and conduct for a successful career. According to him, the lessons of time management learnt from his sports career helped him for develop his professional career in law. While answering the questions raised by students as to the reason behind choosing cricket as a sports activity, he was of the opinion that each and every person has a unique muscle power so they should select their interest of sports activity as per their choice.
SESSION ON ” SOCIAL MEDIA સરસ છે..!!”
Date: 4th August,2021
Our institute organised a virtual talk with a popular youth icon and an influencer RJ Pooja on the Positive Usage of Social Media. While talking to the students through the virtual platform, RJ Pooja explained about various positive and beneficial uses of social media. She mentioned that during the tough time of the peak Covid spread, Social media helped extensively in managing various aids related to Covid treatment and relief. Among other beneficial uses of social media she mentioned about Advertising, Online businesses, Work from home platforms, Finding virtual audience for amateur as well as professional artists etc. RJ Pooja also mentioned that social media has helped a lot in Community living during the lockdown period to maintain mental wellbeing of the people. Starting with a brief story about the evolution of social media, RJ Pooja also insisted that excessive use of social media can be harmful. As it is a virtual platform, the users have to be very careful and exercise their wisdom in making the right use of social media. At the end of the session she also answered a few curious queries by the students. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
Date : 30th July,2021
Our institute under the auspice of CINEMATES – The Movie Club organized an Expert Session on FILM APPRECIATION by Mr. Abhinay Banker, Renowned and Awarded Actor, Director and Playwright in Indian Theatre and Cinema on 30th July, 2021 at 11.30 a.m. All the participating students had watched few movies before the session.
Mr. Abhinay Banker discussed how film creation and appreciation are two different talents. He showed few clips from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Dear Zindagi wherein he discussed cinematography, music as a part of story, sound effects, long and short shots and many other aspects of film. He even talked about how parallel cinema works as a social documentary in our society. Students posed many questions regarding film making and watching. He answered all of them at length and in a lucid manner. The session was very interesting and informative. The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
CELEBRATION OF WORLD NATURE CONSERVATION DAY 2021
Date: 28th July, 2021
Out institute under the auspice of STATSTORM – The Statistics Club organised one-day celebration of WORLD NATURE CONSERVATION DAY 2021. World Nature Conservation Day is celebrated globally on 28th July to spread awareness about the importance of nature and the need to protect Earth’s natural resources. An Expert Lecture on “Sustaining People and Planet” was conducted by Dr. Niyati Mistry, A Nature Enthusiast, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Geography, Government Arts College, Gandhinagar. Dr. Niyati told that Natural resources are exploited in many ways for the greed of humans. Due to natural imbalance, people are facing threats like various diseases, natural disasters, increased temperature, global warming, and a lot more. It must preserve the well-being of the next generations. The only way to attain this can be through raising awareness among people all over the world about the importance of saving resources and the consequences of damaging them. Another event kept as a part of this celebration was a Poster Making Competition with Slogan on the theme “Nature Conservation” in which more than 100 students participated and prepared posters on Nature Conservation and created slogans on Nature Conservation.
WINNERS OF POSTER MAKING COMPETITION
First Position Muskan Nagdev
Second Position Aarti Mali and Vidhi Lal
Third Position Maryam Pariyani and Samixa Shah
Appreciation to Jaya Jagwani and Sumit Kotadiya
The event was coordinated by Dr. Devyani Chatterji.
GURUPURNIMA CELEBRATION – 2021
Date: 24th July 2021.
Our institute celebrates Gurupurnima every year with lots of pomp and fervour. Even in Covid-19 pandemic times, the students of SMPIC celebrated virtual Gurupurnima on 24th July, 2021, Saturday, in which the students had invited all the faculty members with a personalized e-invitation card and had planned various surprises for the faculties on virtual platform. The event began with ritual of performing AARTI, followed by a TALK-SHOW, where some selected questions were asked to the faculty members. It was followed by a few singing performances by the students and fun games with the faculty members. The celebration ended with a video dedicated to SMPIC. Not only the faculties but the alumni were also invited for the celebration who remembered their college days and expressed their gratitude for the college and the faculties. SMPIC’s Virtual Gurupurnima was filled with love, respect and creativity.
Celebration of International Chess Day
Date: 20th July 2021.
With the on table tournaments looking like a distant dream in Covid 19 world, our institute in association with New Chess Ahmedabad District Association organised a virtual chess tournament on the occasion of International Chess Day.
International rated player and arbiter Ankit Dalal conducted online session discussing final detail of an online chess tournament. More than 150 students enthusiastically participated in the tournament. Each student participating in the tournament played nine rounds without a knockout. About 650 games were played in a planned manner in three hours. Shreeom Tiwari won the tournament while Kandarp Rajyaguru secured the second position and Sammed Jain secured the third position.
WORKSHOP ON ROAD SAFETY WITH HERO MOTOCORP
Date: 10th July, 2021.
SMPIC in association with Hero Motocorp organized an E workshop for its students. Road safety is something important that has to be followed at all times to ensure the safety of the operators of a vehicle, passengers, and pedestrians. In fact, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years. Road safety is of prime importance these days with increasing number of vehicles every day. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Sudhanshu Singh (Automobile Engineer with more than 13 years of experience.) He emphasized on the following aspects.
Some very important and useful and handy tips were shared by Mr. Sudhanshu. Session concluded with some amazing questions raised by the participating students and were all answered by the team.
DIGITAL COVER PAGE DESIGNING COMPETITION
Date: 23rd June, 2021.
Our Institute organized a competition for Designing the Cover Page for Online Study Material for the students of B.Com. Hons. Beautiful and interesting entries are received from more than 100 students. Select entries are used as cover page for online material of different subjects of B.Com. Hons. course. Certificates for appreciation are given to all participants and certificates of merit are given to the winning entries. This activity aims to create a sense of achievement amongst the students.
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY CELEBRATIONS
Date: 21st June, 2021.
Physical Fitness and Making Healthy Choices is the new Normal. Faculty of Commerce, SMPIC, CWDC jointly with The Fitt Wave Gym, GLS University virtually celebrated International Yoga Day with an online live Yoga and well-being session. Ms. Anuja Shah, Director, The Fitt Wave Gym gave information regarding the importance of Yoga in our life to keep us healthy and fit as the pandemic has reinforced the fact that “Health is Wealth’. The session included a Yoga session encompassing various asanas demonstrated by Ms. Sakshi Srivastava and fitness tips on food, nutrition and lifestyle by fitness experts, Mr. Aviey Vermaand Mr. Rinku Rawat, Founders, AR Fitness. More than 500 students attended the live session. GLS University students kickstarted their new academic session on a healthy note by enthusiastically participating in the live Yoga and well-being session.
PARA-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES 2020-2021
‘PHENOMENAL WOMEN- A TRIBUTE TO WOMANHOOD’: CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Date: 8th March, 2021.
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) organised the virtual seminar and award function ‘Phenomenal Women- A tribute to Womanhood’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2021 to felicitate women stalwarts from various fields who have broken all the barriers and reached the pinnacle of success with ‘Phenomenal Woman Award’. The function was graced by Dr. Sudhir Nanavati, President GLS University, Woman Super Achiever & Key Note Speaker Ms Chandni Kapadia COO GLS University, Provost of GLS University Dr B H Joshi, Registrar of GLS University Dr. Dharmesh Shah, Phenomenal Women Awardees Advocate Dipika Chavda , RJ Devaki, Ms Ankita Raina, Glorious Alumni of SMPIC Ms Pooja Gor, Ms. Rucha Lange, Ms. Manna Patel, Directors , Learned Faculty Members, Alumni and students who have joined across the globe. Dr. Sudhirbhai Nanavati, President, GLS University in his presidential address said that International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. In present era, women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all. They have chosen to challenge the set norms, through their dedication, commitment and energy have found the courage to speak out and aren’t afraid to push all the boundaries through sheer hard work. There has been change at the global level. The 2021 IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So choose to challenge! This encourages all of us to help create a gender equal world by challenging stereotypes, fighting biases, broadening perceptions and celebrating women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
Shri Sudhir Nanavati also asked the participants together to create a world where:
Ms. Chandani Kapadia, COO, GLS University addressed the gathering and quoted the words of G.D Anderson, “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength – is so much more than you would ever expect.” She further said that women need to rise above the negativity. Women should collectively need to break down the age old thoughts and Women need to prioritise the self worth. They should understand that self worth is more important than being likable by others. She also quoted the words of Malala Yusufa “our words can change the whole world because we are together.” She advised all to bridge the gender gap, breaking the gender stereotypes for our daughters and sons from a particular set of pre notions set by society quoting the words of Gloria Steinem “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”
Ms. Ankita Raina, India’s No 1 Tennis Player said in her tennis career she has seen many ups and downs. It’s important to keep going regardless of failures and criticism that we come across and the expectation of yours and people around you. It’s important to stay in a process and believe in the process because Success is very short lived and it’s important to enjoy the process because the outcome is something which is never in your control. Not to connect happiness with the outcome because that’s never in your control. You might put all your efforts but May be the circumstances has also played a role in it. She advised that we must need to move on and find solution of whatever professional career you choose or go to, it’s important that you keep going regardless of the challenges and enjoy the process.
Ms. Dipika Chavda, Advocate, Supreme Court & Vice President, International Council Jurists, London talked about raising voice against sexual harassment and domestic violence.
R.J. Devaki, Radio Jockey & theatre Enthusiast expressed firmly, “It is high time we talk about problems, it is time to talk about solution.” She conveyed that “A Great Success is a Great Revenge. Rather than fighting out with people just focus on building up your skills, focus on trying to bring out the best in you. Become the best whatever you do and the world will follow. If you will not recognize your wings/capabilities, the world will never let you fly…follow your dreams until they haunt you in the night.”
Maana Patel is an International acclaimed swimmer conveyed message to all women out there, you all women have inborn ability to do multitask. All women are born with multitasking skills, motivation and aggression to achieve your goal. Set a goal and achieve it. Don’t be afraid to achieve your goal. Be fearless, Be a Warrior. There is a warrior in each of you and fight for your dreams and work hard. If I have done it you all can do it.
Ms. Pooja Gor, Renowned Professional T.V. & Bollywood Actor expressed that SMPIC has played an integral part of who I am today and what I have been able to achieve today. She thanked all faculties and sent a message to all students that “No matter who you are or where you are from your dreams are valid so don’t lose hope.”
Ms. Rucha Lange, a financial analyst by profession and Renowned Professional Singer in Australia, stated that three years in SMPIC laid foundation in her music career. She thanked all as it has groomed herself as an artist. She conveyed a message to all in three lines:
The seminar was attended enthusiastically and appreciated by participants all over the world.
TOPIC: KNOW YOURSELF THROUGH “LIFE SKILLS AND INDIAN MYTHOLOGY”
Date: 1st March, 2021.
Speaker: CMA P. D. Modh, Practicing Cost Accountant and Faculty
Highlights: Mr. Modh gave a brief overview on Life Skills and Indian Mythology and its benefits to various sectors giving corporate examples. He explained the importance of priority and practical mind set citing examples of Mahabharata. He explained that three things are vital in life – career, health and family. The lecture was followed by student interaction.
TOPIC: SMPIC-CELEBRATING WORLD RADIO DAY
Date: 13th February, 2021.
Speaker: RJ Harsh Thakker, RED FM
Highlights: A dynamic, enthusiastic and prominent Radio Jockey -RJ Harsh Thakkar, an SMPIC alumnus started his interaction with the students remembering his early days in SMPIC. He talked about his growth and journey as an actor and orator and finally as a Radio Jockey (RJ) at Red FM. He became nostalgic talking about the GLS management nurturing the unpolished talent and helping them to grow. He talked about the early days of Radio and its evolvement in spite of radio facing a tough competition from Audio-visual equipment’s. He pointed out the reasons why has the radio stayed on and the changes that has occurred in the radio presentation all these years worldwide and in India. He narrated his journey of becoming an RJ right from getting selected from around 2000 applicants to the responsibility that he shoulders to reach everyone’s hearts by his shows ‘RedFM ka Adda and Indipop’. He informed the students that the job of an RJ is a 24×7 and the preparation that goes into preparing the talk is immense. RJ has to always bear in mind that at a time he is catering to a lady listening to him in kitchen as well as a male driving a car. So he needs to be very careful about what his own perception towards the content and news to be shared with people at large. According to him the salary that an RJ receives is for the matter which they don’t have to speak. Each and every day is a constant reality check of RJ as a person and the profession has nothing to do with the personal emotions of an individual as a whole. As it is rightly said, ‘With power comes responsibility’. The pressure attached with the work as well as the role played by social media makes the profession of an RJ a very responsible person. He further suggested that students need to be careful while choosing this as a career option and should keep an alternative career plan ready as this pandemic has taught us to be ready about uncertainties of future.
LET’S BAKE….A BAKING WORKSHOP
Date: 11th January, 2021.
Highlights :To start the new year 2021 on a sweet note, a baking workshop was organized by Faculty of Commerce-SMPIC, GLS University on 11th January, 2021 under the auspice of CWDC – Collegiate Women Development Committee. The captivating workshop was conducted by Ms. Nimisha Gupta, a renowned Professional baker from ‘Indulge In’. This virtual session was planned to give a sweet break to the students in-between the academic routine. An overwhelming response was received and over 250 students had registered for the same.
The theme for the workshop was chocolate wherein there was something to bite, something to scoop and something to sip for the chocolate lovers. The workshop included making of 3 different varieties namely, Chocolate cupcakes, walnut fudge and milk stirrer with the help of OTG and Microwave oven.
The details of the workshop as in the dishes and the ingredients required were shared with the participating students in advance. It enabled the students to take full advantage of the workshop as they could prepare the delicacies on hand with the live session.
The recipes were explained in a lucid manner along with the alternative cooking ideas. She gave important tips which would help not only to overcome the simple mistakes of baking but also to add flavor to the sweet delights.
Appreciation from parents as well as students for organizing such a fruitful workshop even on a virtual platform shows the fulfillment of the very objective of organizing this workshop. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Rajul Goenka, Dr. Gitanjali Rampal and Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
PHYSICAL FITNESS AND MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES IS THE NEW NORMAL
Date: 12th November, 2020.
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) CWDC jointly with The Fitt Wave Gym, GLS University organized STAY FIT, HEALTHY & HAPPY, an online live fitness and well-being session on 12th November, 2020, Thursday. The session included a Knowledge session on food, nutrition and lifestyle followed by a Stretching, Zumba and Yoga session.
The fitness and well-being session commenced with the keynote address by Ms.Anuja Shah, Director,The Fitt Wave Gym. Ms. Anuja Shah gave information regarding the importance of being health and fit as the pandemic has reinforced the fact that “Health is Wealth’. She rightly guided the students to take care of the body as it is the only place where they live. She informed that with an area of 20000 square feet, the Fitt Wave Gym is the largest gym in Ahmedabad. Spread over 2 floors, The Gym is Equipped with the finest facilities for gymming, Cardio, aerobics, out-doors which includes tyre workouts, rope workouts, athlete workouts and much more. On the ground floor, the gym has Foodiesta – a Nutrition & Health café, a consultation room, a yoga studio, an activity centre, locker facilities, steam rooms, huge shower cabins etc. On the first floor of the gym has weights-consoles, an exercise area and a Cross Fit area. It provides both indoor and outdoor activities from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. i.e. 16 hours a day. For GLS University students, The Fitt wave Gym membership is available at a very nominal rate.
The fitness experts, Mr. Aviey Verma and Mr. Rinku Rawat, Founders, AR Fitness stressed on the fact that fitness is a combination of nutritious food and proper workout. The workout and food should be customised individually for good results. Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, attitude and mood. They gave healthy insights and value additions to the fitness, Ms. Sakshi Shrivastava, a fitness coach conducted Stretching, Zumba and Yoga sessions which included right postures, body flexibility and correct breathing techniques.
GLS University students began their Diwali festivities on a healthy note by enthusiastically participating in the live fitness and well-being session.
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE COMPETITION ‘SPOTLIGHT’ AND ‘INNOVISION’
Date: 9th November 2021 to 11th November 2021, 21st January 2021 to 23rd January 2021
Highlights: Our institute organised the Finale of the National Level Online Competition ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Innovision’ for school and college students on 21st, 22nd and 23rd January, 2021. ‘Spotlight’ included Performing Arts competitions and ‘Innovation’ included games and competitions related to management and economics. In these competitions 400 participants of about 40 schools and colleges from Gujarat and outside Gujarat participated in various competitions such as Bollywood Singing, Western Singing, Instrumental Music, Western Dance, Traditional Dance, Classical Dance, Mono Acting , Standup Comedy, Business Plan, Beyond the Screen, Ecofrico etc. Innovation was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt, Dr. Anjali Trivedi, Dr. Aashal Bhatt, Dr. Jaimin Patel, Dr. Beena Patel. Spotlight was coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra, Dr. Bhavna Parwani, Dr. Bimal Solanki, Dr. Gitanjali Rampal, Dr. Sneha Master and Dr. Kruti Shah.
ABHIVYAKTI: THEATRE WORKSHOP
Date: 10th October, 2020 to 13th October, 2020
Highlights: GLS University Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) organised an online Theatre workshop ABHIVYAKTI to inform and groom the students about various aspects of theatre. SMPIC has always been participating in National level theatre competitions for nearly 21 years.
The Workshop was conducted by Professor Jigna Vohra who is a professor of English and an experienced theatre enthusiast. She has worked in various TV serials for Doordarshan. She conducted the workshop on the subject ‘Vachikam’ (Voice Modulation). The session included many activities, exercises and reading of various literary pieces through which she skilfully taught the students that Voice can be expressed as V: Vocabulary, O: Observation, I: Imitation, C: Creativity, and E: Experiment & Elusion
The Workshop was conducted by Mr.Mitai Shukla who is an ex-smpicite and also the writer of the film ‘Love in Bhavai’. He was also the creative head of Radio Mirchi, Gujarat. He gave an overview of the scriptwriting process, explained the difference between screenplay and dialogue writing and taught the structure of a write up. The session ended with a question answer session.
The Workshop was conducted by Mr.Shounak Vyas, a film, theatre, and T.V Artist and has won the best writer award for movie “Teacher of the year” in 2019. He was in the Duniyadaari Fame. He has won the National Youth Festival at Christ University. He conducted the workshop on the topic ‘Angikam’ wherein he explained the meaning of Physical Theatre.
He provided the students with tips on how to act efficiently. 1) Focus on Minor Details, 2) Feel the topic-Add your own emotions, 3) Your hand movement should be in connection with your mind and mouth, 4) Break your thoughtful limits,5) Expressions should be sharp. Mr Shounak Vyas provided the students with a glimpse of acting and made them feel amazed. Throughout the session he provided various tips and guidelines about how to excel while acting.
The Workshop was conducted by Mr. Vishal Shah who is an ex-smpicite and also the founder of Indie Productions. He has also acted in various Gujarati movies. He conducted the session on ‘Back Stage and Production’.
The session began with memories of Mr. Vishal Shah in SMPIC. The moments were cherished by the students and instilled a happy environment. The opening statement of Mr. Vishal was “Backstage and Production is the foundation of theatre”. Mr. Vishal Shah gave many guidelines and tips. “When you work for the production and backstage you Start being Organised”, Don’t just act but “Find yourself in Theatre”, “Find your own way of expression.”Theatre is the replication of life, it’s a mirror and reflection of society” he said.
Overall the energy throughout the workshop was amazing. The students learned all the aspects of theatre enthusiastically. The workshop was co-ordinated by Dr.Sneha Master and Dr.Gitanjali Rampal.
CELEBRATION OF GANDHI AND LAL BAHADUR SHASHTRI JAYANTI
Date: 1st and 2nd October, 2020.
Highlights: Under the auspices of Forum for Gandhian Philosophy, the Institute celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on 1st and 2nd October 2020.
On 1st October, 2020, in an online session, National Award winner young writer Shri Ram Mori expressed his views on the life and values of Mahatma Gandhi in a lucid manner through various incidences of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. In his speech Shri Ram Mori explained young students how the values and principles of Mahatma Gandhi are relevant even today. At the end of his presentation, he answered the questions and queries raised by the young students.
On 2nd October, 2020 on account of the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi as well as Lal Bahadur Shastri, A live virtual quiz competition,An online Poster Making competition and an online Patriotic Singing competition was held for the students. More than 150 students participated enthusiastically in various competitions.
WINNERS OF GANDHIAN AND LAL BAHADUR SHASHTRI QUIZ COMPETITION
TOPIC: ‘CYBER CRIMES AND CYBER SECURITY’
Date: 12th September, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Priyanka Kacker, an eminent speaker and faculty member of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University
Highlights: She vividly explained students about the different types of cyber-attacks like salami attacks, phishing and how to take precautionary measures for the same. She strictly advised students not to share their password with anyone so as to be cautious about various cyber frauds taking place. She also talked about the dangers of sharing photographs on social media networking sites like Whatsapp and Facebook giving real life examples where blackmail takes place due to hacking of passwords. She gave very important tips to take cyber security measures:
1) To have a licensed version of antivirus software in the computer.
2) To read all terms and conditions of mobile phones for cyber security settings.
3) To be anonymous on social media networking sites.
4) Not to post solo pictures and to always post group photographs to avoid cyber frauds and copying.
5) To put opaque tape on the cameras of various devices so that instant photographs cannot be taken by outsiders through webcams.
6) Not to click strange links thereby getting attracted towards lottery and attractive offers.
7) Not to put location settings on and trying to avoid posting on face book the place of travel or boarding an international flight.
8) Monitoring bank statements on a regular basis to detect fraud at an early stage.
9) Change of passwords on a regular basis and to keep separate passwords for each device separately.
10) Not to fill up complete details during any registrations for webinars.
ONE WEEK VIRTUAL DANCE WORKSHOP
Date: 7thSeptember 2020 to 12th September 2020
Highlights: Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) as per its tradition organizes student centric different workshops to mould and groom their talent.This year also in this challenging situation of Pandemic we could offer the same platform to our students sitting at different parts of the country on the large scale, which proved to be a great success as more than 200 students participated with great enthusiasm.
This virtual workshop covered various forms of Folk and Western dance. SMPIC’s Alumni and Internationally renowned choreographers Kuldeep Shukla and Nidhip Shah conducted the workshop. Under this workshop Kuldeep Shukla taught ‘Be tali’, ‘Tran tali’, ‘Hinch’, ‘Dhodhyu’ and ‘Raas’ to name a few. Nidhip Shah covered ‘Bollywood’, ‘Tatting’, ‘Wacking’, ‘Krump’ and ‘Urban Styles’ of western dance. Students were given assignments wherein they were asked to submit their one minute dance performance taught during the workshop. This workshop was well appreciated not only by the participants but also by the parents as it was on virtual ground and during evening hours. One week virtual dance workshop was co-ordinated by Dr.Kruti Shah and Dr.Bhavna Parwani.
TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
Date: 5th September, 2020.
Highlights: Continuing with the mission to nurture the talent of young students, we organized competitions on virtual platform on the occasion of Teacher’s Day Celebrations.. Around 100 students participated in various competitions like Twitterature, Slam Poetry, E-Poster and Blogging Contest based on the theme of ‘Teacher’s Day’.
1st Sreelatha Nair Sem 5 C
1st Diya Mehta Sem 1 B
2nd Ritika Vaswani Sem 3 D
2nd Sandra Maria Jacob Sem 5 C
3rd Mansi Gupta Sem 5 B
3rd Darshi Shah Sem 3 D
1st AashviBarfiwala Sem 1 A
2nd AnishiShah Sem 1 D
2nd Sneha T.S Sem 5 D
3rd Ipsita Panda Sem 3 C
1st Krishna Vora Sem 1 D
1st Dwisha Patel Sem 1 A
2nd VrishtiMalhotra Sem 1 B
2nd Vipasha Harjani Sem 1 D
3rd Shivansh Rawal Sem 3 C
3rd Karan Sachdev Sem 1 C
1st SNEHA T.S. Sem 5 D
2nd DIYA SHAH Sem 3 D
3rd PRATHAM MAHESHWARI Sem 1 B
3rd SANDRA MARIA JACOB Sem 5 C
VIRTUAL CHESS TRAINING AND TOURNAMENT
Date: 03rd September 2020, 06th September 2020
Highlights: Training session for Virtual Chess Tournament was held on 3rd September, 2020 by International rated chess player Mr.Ankit Dalal. He trained the students about the basics of chess, the virtual way of playing chess and even clarified the concept that chess is not all about black and white but it is about light and dark. Around 200 participants took the training and competed on 6th September, 2020.
Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) and Chess New District Association, Ahmedabad jointly organized Virtual Chess Tournament on 6th September, 2020.The participants of the tournament played 11 rounds with no knockouts. In all 622 games were played within 2 hrs. First four winners will get a chance of 10 free coaching session provided by International rated Chess Player.
Winners of Chess Tournament:
1st Geetika Achantani Semester 5
2nd Shreeom Tiwari Semester 1
‘TALENT UNLIMITED 2020’
Date: 29th August, 2020
Highlights: Continuing with the mission to nurture the talent of young students, SMPIC provided the virtual platform through the online talent hunt ‘TALENT UNLIMITED 2020’. More than 200 students participated in various competitions like Singing, Instrumental Music, Folk Dance, Western Dance, Indian Classical Dance, Mono Acting, and Stand-Up Comedy. Students enthusiastically took part in various competitions and sent the videos of their performances for the final judgement. The winning entries shall receive prizes and certificates from the institute and a valuable opportunity to feature on the official social media platforms of SMPIC.
TALENT UNLIMITED: AN ONLINE TALENT HUNT
1st Dhweep shah
1st Om Aliani
1st Maitri Trivedi
2nd Namya shah
2nd Pratham Lodha
3rd Neonika Maheshwari
1st Gracy Mutta
2nd Hiral Bhogesara
3rd Krisha mandaliya
3rd Vrishti Malhotra
3rd Khushi Desai
1st Sneha T.S (Sem 5)
2nd VrishtiMaholtra (Sem-1)
1st Sakshi Singhvi
2nd Kishan Desai
3rd Pratham Maheshwari
3rd Mahima Sharma
1ST Khushi Shah
2ND Spandan Dholakia
2ND Ipsita Panda
3RD Daurav Krishnani
1ST Neel Thakkar
1ST Raj Katarmal
2ND Gaurav Krishnani
2ND Om Doshi
3RD Sanjana Patel
FINE ARTS COMPETITIONS
Date : 15th August, 2020.
Highlights: SMPIC celebrated Independence Day in a unique way.
TOPIC: ‘LIFE BEYOND CHALLENGES’
Date: 5th August, 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Darshna Thakker, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Highlights: Dr. Darshna Thakker is a practicing gynaecologist who is into teenage counselling. She talked on ‘Health and Happiness’ and how to cope up with the unprecedented situation of the pandemic as well as new normal during Covid 19. She focused on emotional well-being and gave tips on mental and physical fitness. Around 850 Students participated and enjoyed the session thoroughly.
Date: 5th July, 2020.
Highlights: GLS University’s Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) celebrates Gurupurnima every year with lots of pomp and fervour. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year physical celebration of Gurupurnima was not possible. So the students of SMPIC came up with the innovative idea of celebrating virtual Gurupurnima, in which the students had invited all the faculty members with a special invitation card and had planned various surprises for the faculties on video call. The event began with ritual of performing AARTI of all the faculties including the admin staff, followed by a TALK-SHOW, where some selected questions were asked to the faculty members. It was followed by a few singing performances by the students. Not only the faculties but the alumni were also invited for the celebration who remembered their college days and expressed their gratitude for the college and the faculties.
An online competition based on the theme of Gururpurnima was also organized where in more than 120 students participated in various categories like Drawing, Music, Dancing, Elocution, Story writing, Poetry writing, Rangoli etc. SMPIC’s Virtual Gurupurnima was filled with love, respect and creativity.
Gurupurnima Online Competition Result
Para-Academic Activities 2019-20
• CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY under CWDC
The college celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing two functions:
• 2. HIV AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAM
This program was organized by joint efforts of the Red Ribbon Club of Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC), Lions Club Perfection, Parivartan Foundation and Bhartiya Education Trust. Dr. Ambraish Tripathi was the backbone and coordinated the entire program. 15 pregnant HIV positive women were invited. The HIV positive lady can conceive and deliver healthy and HIV negative baby if due medical treatment is taken. The program intended to spread the message in the society that HIV positive patient can live long and healthy life if due care is taken. Babies delivered by HIV positive women who are HIV negative were also present and they were gifted with toys. Saris, makeup items, cereal kits, sweets, utensils and other gifts were given to the HIV positive women.
• FACETS 2020
The college celebrated its Annual Culfest – Facets 2020 at Pandit Deendayal Auditorium on 15th February 2020. In great style, the show was a blend of Music, Folk, Mime, Western Dance and Fashion. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Traditional ’. Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University was the Guest of Honour. SMPIC Alumni Miss Riya Subodh, a famous Mumbai based model and Mr. Hemant Kotekar, a well-known dance choreographer were the judges of the event. More than 120 students participated in the show amidst the loud cheering of 1100 plus audience. The winners were
BEST FEMALE MODEL
BEST MALE DANCER
BEST FEMALE DANCER
• CELEBRATION OF MAHATMA GANDHI WEEK
The college celebrated ‘Gandhian Week’ from 27th January to 1st February, 2020, that aimed at teaching and instilling the Gandhian thoughts and values to the students in a practical and interesting way through various events.
• A Lecture on Gandhian values
On 27th January, 2020, a lecture on Gandhian Values was delivered by the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Vadibhai Patel, Dean, Student Welfare, GLS University. He narrated many incidents from Gandhiji’s life which portrayed his ideals of Satya, Ahimsa and Untouchability.
• Film Screening (A Documentary film related to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi)
On 28th January, 2020, a screening of 2 episodes of Jawaharlal Nehru’s “Bharat Ek Khoj” which was on Air on Doordarshan in the year 1988, was organized.
• Gandhian Quiz (A Quiz competition for students, based on Gandhiji’s life and works)
On 29th January, 2020, the college organised a Gandhian quiz in order to make students learn about the life of Gandhiji.
• Homage and Tribute to Gandhiji
On 30th January, 2020, the 72nd death anniversary of Gandhiji, the students and faculty members of Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) paid homage to Gandhiji by maintaining silence for 2 minute and taking a collective pledge to follow and observe the values upheld by Gandhiji.
• A Visit to Gujarat Vidyapith
On 31st January, 2020, the college organized a visit to Gujarat Vidyapith which was established by Gandhiji in 1920 and is presently functioning on his principles and guidelines.
• Exhibition on Gandhian values and philosophy
On 1st February, 2020, the college organised a Class Cleanliness and Exhibition Competition amongst FY, SY & TY students wherein they showcased the life, philosophy and works of Gandhiji through act, posters and exhibition. On the same day, Children and their teachers from Municipal school no. 26 & 7 were given Fun Ride in the cars of faculty members and were brought to the college campus. They were given various gifts. Students organized a Musical Programme and games for the children and took them for a campus visit. At the end they were treated with delicious food and ice-cream. Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University also remained present at the occasion. He witnessed the exhibition and gave gifts and spent time with children. He appreciated the event aimed at inculcating Gandhiji’s values in the young students.
• INAUGURATION OF 31ST ROAD SAFETY WEEK AT GLS UNIVERSITY
The 31st Road Safety Week, 2020, an initiative of the Government of Gujarat, kick started with a grand Inauguration function jointly organised by Ahmedabad City (Traffic) Police and RTO, Ahmedabad with the support of GLS University and Heart Foundation and Research Institute on 11th January, 2020. Well-co-ordinated by the Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) of GLS University, the Inaugural function took place at the GLS University sports ground. Dignitaries like Shri Ashish Bhatia, Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad City, Shri L. P. Padaliya, Road safety Commissioner, Govt. of Gujarat, Shri J. R. Muthaliya, Joint Commissioner, Ahmedabad, Dr. Nitin Sumant Shah, Chairman, Heart Foundation, Dr. Tejal Dalal, Dr. B. H. Joshi, Provost, GLS University, Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, GLS University and many other top level officers of Police department were present at the function.
• CELEBRATION OF MANAGEMENT WEEK
The college organized a week long “Management Fest” powered by Wagh Bakri from 28th December, 2019 to 4th January, 2020 encompassing varied national level events, seminar and competitions like National Conference on “Creativity, Innovation and Technology For Sustainable Growth and Development of Indian Economy”, Management Games Competitions, Meet the Entrepreneur, Visit to Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Life managing session conducted by Sadhu Vivekjeevandas. A two day National Level Management Festival “INNOVISION- INNOVATE WITHIN YOU” was organized on 3rd and 4th January, 2020, wherein teams from various colleges across India competed with each other in different management competitions. In the inaugural function, Dr. Dharmesh Shah, Registrar, GLS University graced the occasion. He said that GLS believes in Innovision. GLS University has an incubation centre and 40 start-ups to its credit. According to him society and technology are progressing and if you will not upgrade yourself, you will not survive in the market.
Visit to the School of Deaf and Dumb
Around 70 students from SY and TY B.Com. (Hons.) along with Faculty members visited the School for Deaf and Dumb. They spent fun time with them and distributed snacks, sweets and gifts. Students also celebrated Christmas with them with music games and dance.
|26/12/2019||Go Green &No Vehicle Day
Students and staff used bicycle / public transport and Tree Plantation was also carried out.
Visit to Children Cancer Ward, Civil Hospital.
Students and Faculty members visited the children’s cancer ward and distributed toys, gifts and snacks to the kid patients.
|27/12/2019||No Tobacco /Group Day
Students represented a theme in a Group with the help of costumes, props and posters.
Visit to Prakash AndhKanya Vidhyalay
Students and Faculty members visited the organisation and spent fun time with them. The visually impaired girls were given gifts and entertained with music performances. The girls also participated enthusiastically.
|30/12/2019||Signature Day||Visit to Old Age Home
Students and Faculty members visited the Old Age Home and spent quality time with the elderly people. Gifts and utility kits were distributed to them and they were entertained with music and light games.
Dress Code: Executive
“Meet the Entrepreneur”:
Interaction with successful entrepreneurs
• MOVIE CLUB
A special screening of Hellaro movie was organised under the auspices of Movie Club son 18th December, 2019 at Time Cinema CG square. Cast, Crew and Director Abhishek Shah was present during the screening and interacted with the audience. The cast included many students of Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) who were trained in the Theatre Workshop of the college.
Hellaro is the first Gujarati movie to bag the honour of Best Feature Film at National level. All the 13 female actresses from the film also won the Special Jury Award for their performances. Hellaro is the first Gujarati Film selected as the opening film at the Indian Panorama during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and is also India’s entry in the best debut film award category at the festival. Based on a folklore, set in a remote village in Kutch in 1975, Hellaro explores the idea of freedom through dance (garbo) while highlighting other poignant issues. The film was enjoyed by the staff and students.
• YOUTH PARLIAMENT OF INDIA
The college participated in Youth Parliament of India organized in Ahmedabad on 23rd November 2019. The parliament was graced by Shri. Vijay Rupani Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri. Amit Shah Home Minister of India, Smt. Smriti Irani (Youngest Cabinet Minister) Union Minister of Human Resource Management and Union Minister of Textiles, Actor Arjun Rampal and Actor Manoj Joshi. The event was witnessed by 75 students along with faculty members Dr. Devyani Chatterji and Dr. Jaimin Patel. The students participated enthusiastically in the question answer session.
• CELEBRATION OF 150THBIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI
On 2nd October, the college celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi under ‘Forum for Gandhian Philosophy’. The celebration was full of different activities like songs, quiz, on the spot elocution, games, poster making, cartooning and collage making based on themes of Gandhian ideology. The celebration also included two motivating talks. The first speaker Dr. Bhalchandra Joshi, Provost of GLS University and a veteran academician, spoke about the importance of Gandhiji’s thoughts on education. The second speaker for the day was Retired Brigadier Jahangir Anklesharia. He spoke about “Values of freedom and role of Indian military in post-independence era and described various heart-touching and motivating incidents from the lives of Army men”. To pay tribute to Gandhiji, members of the Forum also cleaned the campus. Along with this, an exhibition of books of Gandhiji was organised in the college library. The guests as well as the students visited the library and were inspired by the books on Gandhiji.
• CELEBRATION OF UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle organised a function to celebrate Universal Brotherhood Day on 12thSeptember, 2019 in the college. 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. On this occasion, Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit shared an experience of Vivekananda’s life and said “Even though Swami Vivekanada felt nervous initially addressing the large gathering of seven thousand people at the World’s Religions in Chicago, he bowed to Saraswati and began his speech by addressing all the gathered as “Sisters and brothers of America” for which he received a two minute standing ovation from the crowd”. The function was graced by Dr. Amiben Upadhyay, the Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Prof. Janki Vaidya and many volunteers from Swami Vivekananda Kendra. Dr. Ami delivered an informative session on the values and preaching of Swami Vivekananda on this occasion. She talked about acceptance, tolerance, equality, truthfulness and spiritual intelligence emphasized by Vivekananda the most. Students were shown a Suryanamaskar video clip at the end of the session.
• VISIT TO GANDHI ASHRAM
To make the students aware of Gandhiji’s lifestyle and to promote his thoughts in young minds, a visit to Gandhi Ashram was organized on 23rd August, 2019. Around 40 students participated in the event.
• ONE DAY INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO AMUL CHOCOLATE PLANT, ANAND AND LAXMI TOOR DAL FACTORY, VASAD
The College believes in imparting quality education beyond four walls of the classroom. To acquaint the students about the practical challenges that organizations face in the business world, the college organized One Day Industrial visit to Amul Chocolate Plant, Anand and Laxmi Toor Dal Factory, Vasad on 13th August, 2019 for Semester 1 students. The students were taken to the fully automated Amul Chocolate Plant at Mogar (Anand) wherein they understood the practical nuances of its operation. As a token of remembrance, 100 students were given chocolate bars at the plant. After lunch, students visited Laxmi Toor Dal factory in Vasad wherein they saw the process of the making of Toor dal in fully automated plant. The fi¬nished product of the dal comes out in 4 ounce packing for the foreign market. This plant has a daily capacity of 100 tonnes of production. The students had a great learning experience as these visits gave students greater clarity about various management concepts as they practically saw how these concepts are put into action. The students were accompanied by the faculty members. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Bimal Solanki.
• BLOOD DONATION CAMP
Faculty Of Commerce, GLS University in association with Red Cross Society organised a Blood Donation Camp on 9th August,2019 in the college campus which was open for all. Many youngsters actively participated in the same and donated blood for the cause and 70 units of blood were received. The camp was successful and not only the students, but also the faculty members actively participated in the same.
• WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR UNDER CWDC
The college organised a two day seminar on ‘Women Empowerment’ under Collegiate Women Development Committee on 8th & 9thAugust, 2019, in GLS Auditorium, with a strong commitment to empower women, improve the quality of life for women and build stronger economies. Ms. Vaibhaviben Nanavati, a renowned lawyer, High Court of Gujarat was the Chief Guest for the Inaugural Function. The experts for the two days were: Dr. Darshana Thakkar (Gynaecologist & Wellness Expert) – Get What You Want in life & Dr. Janki Bavishi (Gynaecologist) – PCOS Awareness Talk & Common Health Issues of Girls. Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, rightly said that the main purpose of the activities is to sharpen the young minds for their holistic development. He set the tone of the seminar by quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a tea bag – you don’t know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.” The Chief Guest of the function, Ms.Vaibhavi Nanavati, motivated the girl students by stating that a woman is a born entrepreneur and she can get whatever she wants in life by her willpower. She further told that life is not a march past where the man and woman have to be ahead of each other but this life is full of questions where you have to answer it by yourself and the women have to stand up for themselves or else there will be no one to help them. She said that this two day workshop on “Women Empowerment” gave a strong message of a woman’s strong willingness to achieve her goal by being fi¬t and healthy and thus contributing to the society. Dr. Darshana Thakkar, a well-known Gynaecologist and Wellness Expert, delivered an engaging and enthusing session on “Get What You Want in life”. She explained the students that empowerment is not earning money but keeping yourself ahead of everyone and realising your worth by giving example of Late Sushma Swaraj as an exemplary leader. She also quoted Mahatma Gandhi “The path I know is very narrow. My mind wants to go there but my body doesn’t. The journey is difficult and full of hurdles but I will pass it.” On 9th August, 2019, Dr. Janki Bavishi, Gynaecologist, Bavishi Fertility Institute emphasized on the importance of women’s health during different stages of life and how it is unfair that she still has to fi¬ght for her mere existence. Dr. Bavishi discussed the emotional and physical changes a woman goes through at different stages of her life and how she can maintain her health by taking proper care of herself by consuming healthy diet and doing regular exercise. She threw light on the fact that emotional and physical health is interconnected and how one affects the other. She also talked about preservation of fertility and family planning by using various methods. She held a detailed session on PCOS and the hormonal imbalance caused by it. At the end, the students posed many questions which were answered in detail by Dr. Bavishi. The seminar was attended by faculty members and more than 250 girl students.
• VISIT TO RADIO CITY STATION (91.1 FM)
A group of 55 students along with faculty visited Radio City Station (91.1 FM) on 3rd August 2019. They had an interactive session with RJ Harshil in which they learnt Time Management and the role of an RJ in the society. They also learnt the lessons of Radio Jockeying.
• PHOTOGRAPHY AND FINEARTS WORKSHOP
The college organized Photography and Fine Arts workshop under Fine Arts club which was coordinated by Prof. Rajul Goenka. Both the workshops commenced on 22nd July, 2019. Around 60 students were enrolled in these workshops. Under Photography workshop, Mr. Ronik Shah from TCIL conducted a session wherein he discussed variety of photography like wild life, event, commercial, commodity, wedding, fashion, food, journalism photography etc. The second day of photography workshop was conducted by Mr. Rishi Goenka, a specialist in commercial photography, wedding photography and creative advertisements. The basics of Photography were covered whereby he explained about various lenses like Standard, Wide Angle, Telephoto, Macro and Prime lenses and their application. Moreover, he also taught three aspects of camera namely shutter speed, ISO and Apparatus. Further he talked about different cameras like mirror camera and mirror less camera. Symposium of renowned press photographers was organized under Photography workshop. Shri Sureshbhai Mistry from Gujarat Samachar, Shri Pankaj Shukla from Navgujarat Samay and Shri Sanjaybhai from Sandesh were invited. On the last day of Photography workshop, Mr Rishi Goenka threw light on how to improve the pictures. A competition was also planned and prizes were given to best photos clicked during the workshop. Over all it was a very interactive and interesting workshop. The Fine arts workshop was conducted by Mr. Mayank Bhatt, a graphic designer and visiting faculty at CEPT. Art of Poster Making was covered in the workshop. Students were given topics like Educate Girl Child, Save Water, Save Earth and Heritage Tourism. On the second day of the workshop, students were taught the art of Collage Making by Mr. Bhatt. Topics were Fire, Landscape and River. On the fourth day, activity of Face painting was conducted by a well-known artist Mr. Sachin. He elaborated on the topic ‘CONTRAST’ in such a way that it showed the contrast between any two subjects like ice-¬re, happy- sad, positive-negative etc. on the face. Mr. Sachin gave topics on the spot for creating body tattooing within a stipulated time. He also solved various queries of the students.
Workshop on Body Tattooing was conducted by Mr. Sachin Gaud. The topic was to spread social awareness about ‘Say No to Smoking and Alcohol’. The workshop turned out to be successful and an enjoyable experience.
• GURUPURNIMA – A TRIBUTE TO BELOVED TEACHERS
Faculty members, honoured all the teachers with a memento and beautifully decorated the college as well as the staff¬ room with their photographs to surprise them. They even had a pre-celebration of Gurupurnima wherein they gifted the teachers sweets beautifully wrapped up with a lovely message on the previous day. On the day of Gurupurnima, the students performed Aarti of all the faculties as they are considered as gurus in India. All the faculty members along with Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit cut the cake. He blessed the students as well as appreciated them for continuing the tradition of Gurupurnima. He even said that teachers are revered in Indian tradition but at the same time lots of responsibility of moulding the youth and showing them the right direction to students rests on their shoulders. He even wished a successful future to all the students. In the end, students also dedicated a song to their faculty members and thanked them for everything.
• WESTERN DANCE WORKSHOP
The college organised Western Dance and Grooming Workshop from 13th to 22nd July, 2019. Around 100 semester 1 students from our college actively participated in this workshop. The workshop began with a 10 minutes loosening and warm up session to make the freshers get into the grooves. They were given theoretical and practical training about various dance forms like Hip hop, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, salsa, crumping, fusion and Bollywood by ace choreographer Mr. Nidhip Shah. They were also made to dance on the given steps in the smaller groups of 3-4 each to bring out the ¬finesse. Mr. Nidhip said “Dance is an expression, only 10% of the dance is showcased on the stage and the rest 90% is all about the passion for dance.” Mr. Keyur Desai, the international fame fashion choreographer, shared his success story and practically demonstrated how to walk on the ramp. He gave one to one tips to all the aspiring models and laid emphasis on body language and con¬fidence. Ms. Khushnum Avari, Director, Panache Academy of Air hostess training, shared her experience as an industry expert. She laid stress on formal grooming of male and female. She also told the students to invest in themselves. It was a very interactive session in which students also put up their queries to which Ms. Khushnum responded with great zeal and enthusiasm. The ramp walk training was given by Mr. Chakshu Chauhan, an event planner and fashion choreographer at Efesto events. He explained the students how well balanced one should be to depict the confi¬dence and attitude while walking the ramp. He also explained the importance of listening to different genres of music to pick up the correct beat and start walking. He also made the girls wear heels and walk con¬fidently. The Western dance workshop was coordinated by Dr. Bhavna Parwani, Dr. Bimal Solanki and Dr. Aashal Bhatt.
• THEATRE WORKSHOP
The college every year organizes “ABHIVYAKTI: a fi¬nishing workshop in theatre”, for the first year students wherein they learn basics of theatre, music, dance, creative writing and stagecraft. Various aspects of drama, including acting, voice modulation, breathing control and reflex enhancing are taught. The purpose of the workshop is not only to stimulate students’ creativity but sensitize them towards various issues. On day 1, we had Mr. Vishal Shah, an ex-SMPICite who has written and directed around 21 productions as an expert. The students indulged in different activities which helped them to develop observation, rhythm and helped them to shed inhibitions about theatre. On day 2, Shri Rajoo Barot, an NSD graduate, a mentor at ‘Ahmedabad Mentor Group’ and a veteran actor, talked to students about the Natyashashtra, Bhavai form of drama and famous Indian playwrights and their famous plays. He informed students that “To be an actor you have to learn mudras and sing songs. For an actor, it is necessary to keep his body flexible.” On the 3rd day of theatre workshop, Shri Kabir Thakore, convener of Rangmandal a 75 year old theatre group, writer & director of more than 15 plays, made students understand the difference between theatre and cinema. On 4th Day, Mr. Jaimil Joshi, Show producer, Red FM and Mr. Harsh Thakkar, RJ Red FM, both ex-SMPICites taught voice modulation to students. Mr. Jaimil Joshi informed them about the four main aspects of controlling voice and it’s combination of pitch i.e. High pitch high volume, High pitch low volume, Low pitch low volume, Low pitch high volume. The students also learned to speak same dialogues in different ways. RJ Harsh taught the students about the power of imagination. He taught them how different types of characters can come up from a single situation. On the last day of workshop, the students were taken on a visit to Thakorebhai Desai Hall, Law Garden to give them a live experience of theatre by Mr. Abhinay Banker. The Theater workshop was conceptualised by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and was coordinated by CA Dr. Sneha Master and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
• FOLK DANCE WORKSHOP
The college organised series of workshops to polish and nurture the hidden talents. The kick start to the series was a 6 day long workshop for Folk Dance from 1st July to 6th July, 2019. Total 70 students participated in the workshop with lot of enthusiasm. Folk dance helps to preserve the cultural unity of the people. People have been doing folk dances for hundreds of years and there is value keeping that tradition alive. And with the same motive our college organised this workshop of Folk dance for the students, in which various experts came to teach students Garba. From basic to advance everything was taught to the students including various techniques of garba which can never be seen in the clubs, di¬fferent positions and even the minute details were taken care of. Students also learnt how folk dance inculcate discipline, dedication and love of art in one’s mind. Various award holders and celebrities spared their valuable time for the students and solved their queries in order to make them learn what folk dance is all about. The 1st day of workshop was conducted by Choreographer Kuldeep Shukla who taught the students basics of Taali, Chapti and Be Taali. On the second day of workshop, prestigious Gaurav Puraskar award winners Shree Bharat Baria and Shree Akshay Patel gave lessons of Tran Taali, Hinch and showed the glimpse of Kalripayattu dance form. The 3rd day was conducted by Gaurav Puraskar Awardee Smt. Niyati Dave who imparted information of Prachin Garba Sanskriti and gave its practical demonstration. The 4th day of the workshop was conducted by choreographer Dr. Kruti Paritosh & Shree Yash Sagra, an alumni of SMPIC and a folk dancer. They provided training on importance of body posture, eye movements and expressions, and also taught variations of Be Taali and different steps to be performed in Navratri. On the 5th day, Shree Kuldeep Shukla taught Raas to the students. On the last day of the workshop renowned alumni of SMPIC Shree Jaimil Joshi (show producer RED FM), RJ Harsh Thakkar (RED FM) and Dancer Utsav Solanki discussed the combination and implementation of creativity, acting and vigour for the unique folk dance performances with the students. The new batch of the college participated with a passion and zeal with senior folk dancers throughout the workshop. The folk dance workshop was conceptualised by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit and was coordinated by Dr. Kruti Paritosh Shah.
• MUSIC WORKSHOP
The Music workshop, the fi¬rst of its kind, was a comprehensive workshop including various aspects of music conducted at College from 1st to 6th July, 2019. Singing sessions were engaged by Shri Prahar Vora who gave the idea about the basics of ‘sur’, ‘taal’ and various ‘ragas’. He also taught various techniques for ‘sur correction’, ‘breathing’ and ‘riyaz’ to the students. Shri Munjal Mehta acquainted the participants with various ‘Tabla – Taals’ and discussed the importance of rhythm in music. Ms. Yatri Sheth conducted the melody instrument session. She introduced various aspects of Piano and guitar playing and their importance in music. She explained the concept of ‘Chords’ in music and taught the students to sing with chords and also to play them on various instruments. Shri Akul Raval, who has invented over 100 percussion instruments himself, talked about the unconventional and new rhythm instruments. He introduced various western beats and explained their signifi¬cance in music. Shri Harshit Acharya talked about the technical aspects of music. He talked about sound designing, balancing, various types of mics and sound systems etc. He also informed students about various technicalities of studio recording and digital music production. On the last day, students presented their performances and Shri Prahar Vora solved some of their queries and gave them suggestions regarding their performances. More than 30 students very enthusiastically participated in the workshop and expressed their feelings of having added a great value to their budding talents. The music workshop was coordinated by Dr. Keyur Vohra.
• YOGA MEDITATION SESSION conducted at Faculty of Commerce (B.com Hons.)
Faculty of Commerce(SMPIC) organised a guided Yoga Meditation Session for students to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of founder Paramahansa Yogananda on 28th June,2019. Yoga Meditation Session was conducted by Ms. Rageshree Kannan, Dr. Nita Desai, Dr. Manroop Dhingra, Mr. Chatursingh Chauhan and Mr. Prahlad Patel in which students practiced guided meditation, chanting, visualisation, affirmation, a scientific healing technique for the well being of body, mind and spirit along with a closing prayer for world peace and brotherhood. Students learnt practical scientific techniques to increase their concentration and be peaceful in tense and stressful situations they face. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit addressed the students on the occasion and explained them numerous benefits of Yoga and Meditation to create health, prosperity and happiness in life.