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.
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 24x7 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.
• ‘PHENOMENAL WOMEN-A TRIBUTE TO WOMANHOOD’
Faculty of Commerce (B.Com. Hons.) under CWDC celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing a seminar ‘Phenomenal Women- A Tribute to Womanhood’ on 8th March, 2019, Friday, in H. H. Auditorium. Ms. Vaibhavi Nanavati, Advocate, High Court of Gujarat & Member, The Governing Body, GLS University was the Chairperson of the seminar. The seminar was conceived and conceptualized by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit.
In the seminar, we were fortunate to have the presence of influential women stalwarts like Dr. Nayana Patel, IVF & Surrogacy Expert, Ms. Manisha Lavkumar, Senior Advocate & Government Pleader, High Court of Gujarat and Ms. Neha Godiawala Shah, a Health & Fitness expert. We felicitated and honoured the power and struggle of these phenomenal women who have broken all the barriers and reached the pinnacle of success. Further, they shared their experiences, their journey towards name and fame and inspired our students to realize the unlimited potential that they have.
Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit in his welcome speech highlighted the importance of International Women’s day and also explained the motivational significance the function holds over the students of the institute. Ms. Neha Godiawala Shah spoke about her struggle of how she overcame Arthritis and started exercising again and achieved success in her life. She said “Braving all the odds that life threw at me, I took them as challenges and converted them into opportunities.” She told everyone on how to remain positive and never look back. She is still suffering from arthritis, but even if it pains, she doesn’t stop herself from conducting classes and training people.
Ms. Manisha Luvkumar rightly told the students, “There is no age to start learning. There are nolack of resources and your background doesn’t matter to fulfil your dreams.” She said Destiny has its own time, and it comes at the right time to the right person. She also said that there are no competitions, and it is just you who matter. Even though she is at such a great platform, but she devotes equal time to her family as well as her profession.
Dr. Nayana Patel talked about empowering surrogates and the parents of surrogates. She was the person to bring Anand to the world Map. Her first case of surrogacy was Asia’s first and Worlds fifth case of surrogate grandmother. She was described as “One woman helping another woman, We Love It.” She told everyone to not be afraid of it, and instead take it to you so as reach further heights. She told everyone to focus on 3E’s- Education, Ethics and Entertainment and throw away the E of EGO.
Dr. B. H. Joshi, Provost, GLS University appreciated Faculty of Commerce for inviting such stupendous females from various fields whose journey enthused the students to keep up the chin even in adverse circumstances and give their 200% to everything they pursue and strive for the best in life. He beautifully appreciated the woman power by quoting Tagore. The chairperson of the function Ms. Vaibhavi Nanavati very nicely summed up the spirit of the occasion by appreciating the success of all the three Phenomenal women and acknowledging the positive and persistent hard work put by them for years together. She guided the students that to be successful and happy in life one needs to be simple, righteous and humble.
• CWDC GROOMING SEMINAR
Faculty of Commerce B.Com.(Hons.), under CWDC, conducted a Grooming Session for Girls with SEWA Federation’s SEWA Salon Easy's colour project (Pankh) & Godrej on 18th February,2019. The students were informed about the nuances of hair colouring andwere given other beauty tips. The students and faculty members were also offered free hair colour and other beauty services from their beauty therapists. Many students availed of the services provided bythe beauticians. The session was co-ordinated by Dr.Giatnjali Rampal and Prof. Rajul Goenka.
• FACETS 2019
Faculty of Commerce B.Com (Hons.) celebrated its Annual Culfest - Facets 2019 at Tagore hall on 9th February 2019. In great style the show was a blend of Music, Folk, Mime, Western Dance and Fashion. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Red and Black’. Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President,GLS University was the Guest of Honour. Miss Jimmy Nanda and Dipti Sharma were the judges of the event.COO of GLS University Ms.Chandani Kapadia, encouraged students and distributed prizes to the winners. More than 120 students participated in the show amidst the loud cheering of 800 plus audience.
The winners were
BEST MALE MODEL
BEST FEMALE MODEL
BEST MALE DANCER
BEST FEMALE DANCER
• FACULTY OF COMMERCE BEARS THE TORCH FOR A STEP TOWARDS TRAFFIC AWARENESS
Complying with GLS University’s philosophy of value based quality education, Faculty of Commerce has taken up a mission to prepare responsible citizens along with highly skilled professionals. It was a proud occasion for the entire GLS University when Faculty of Commerce B.Com (Hons.) became the host for the inauguration of the Traffic Awareness Week in collaboration with the RTO Department, Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad City Traffic Police.
On 4th February, 2019, Monday, in a swanky function, with more than 2500 people in audience consisting of students, police personnel, NGOs, various Associations and so on, the week long project to spread awareness about the traffic rules and safety measures was inaugurated. The dais was rich with luminary dignitaries like Shri A. K. Singh (IPS), Ahmedabad City Police Commissioner, Dr. Sumant Shah Chairman, Heart Foundation and Research Institute, Dr. B.H.Joshi, Provost, GLS University, Dr. Dharmesh Shah, Registrar, GLS University, Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, GLS University, Shri S.P.Muniya (GAS) Regional Traffic Officer and Shri J.R. Mothaliya (IPS) Joint Police Commissioner (Traffic).Dr. Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University, graced the function as the Chief Guest.
All the dignitaries who shared their views put emphasis on the importance of following traffic rules. According to the common concern shared by all, the basic problem is the ignorance of traffic rules as well as the tendency of avoiding to follow the traffic rules. Dr. A.K. Singh (IPS), Ahmedabad City Police Commissioner, expressed his great concern about the attitude and ignorance of today’s youth towards traffic rules. He also emphasized on the role of the parents as well as the educational institutes in spreading awareness in this direction. Dr. Singh congratulated and appreciated Dr. Sudhir Nanavati for shouldering the responsibility and providing the launch pad to execute the mission of the Traffic Awareness Week. Other dignitaries Shri S.P. Muniya(IAS), Regional Traffic Officer and Shri J.R. Mothaliya(IPS), Joint Police Commissioner(Traffic) also backed the views of Shri A.K. Singh and put pressure on the importance of self awareness and self discipline in following traffic rules rather than the actions by the authority.
Dr. Sudhirbhai Nanavati shared motivational words during his speech. He congratulated the traffic department for the initiative and also insisted on proper execution and implementation of the rules and laws related to traffic. As the President of GLS University he informed the gathering about the strict adherence to the traffic rules exercised at GLS University and promised for zero tolerance for Traffic Rules offences. Dr. Nanavati also took up the challenge to carry out more traffic awareness programmes to benefit the students in future.
The program was coordinated by Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit. He also proposed the vote of thanks. The other highlight of the function was the live demonstration about the Helmet by the retailers to explain the importance of using good quality helmet while driving two wheelers. It was a short and compact function with a huge and substantial significance.
• TRAFFIC AWARENESS TRAINING SEMINAR
Faculty of Commerce (B.Com. Hons.), GLS University in association with Ahmedabad city traffic police had organised the 1st Phase of Traffic Awareness Drive on 21st January in GLS Auditorium. Mr. Deepak Vyas, ACP, Traffic and Mr. Kapil Nakum, Police Inspector, Traffic Department were invited for the same and trained the students regarding the traffic rules. PI Kapil Nakum sensitised the students concerning accidents taking place in day to day life. It was a very interactive session wherein students and faculty members shared their own experience. He was there to make a team which could spread awareness about traffic rules in the whole of Ahmedabad city. He also quoted that “The road on which you love driving can become your death bed if you do not follow traffic rules.”It was a very encouraging session escalating the need of following the traffic rules.
• WORKSHOP ON JOB HUNTING-GETTING READY TO FACE THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER
Under the auspice of ‘Kshitij’ – Career Carving Cell, Faculty of Commerce (B.Com Hons.) organized a two- day workshop on “Job Hunting- Getting ready to face the prospective employer” for the final year graduate and post-graduate students on 24th and 25th January, 2019, with an idea to make them industry-ready before they face the corporate world.
On the first day, Ms. Anuradha Pandit, an Assistant Professor, who guided the students how to create their mark by preparing consolidated and impressive Curriculum Vitae, conducted the session. Next resource person was Ms. Dhvani Pandya, an Assistant Professor and a soft skills trainer who trained the students on Developing Interview Skills and discussed various techniques of facing the interview effectively.
Next day, the session was taken by Ms. Vama Rajpal, an Image Consultant on ‘How to build a Professional Image’. She highlighted the importance of Non-verbal communication, Etiquettes; Mr. Saleel Bhatt, an industry expert and a corporate trainer, conducted Power dressing etc. on the day of the Interview and the second session of the day. He shared his expertise on Group Discussion Dynamics and the nuances of the workings of corporate world.
The resource persons tried to cover all the arenas of facing a prospective employer and 80 students were benefitted from the workshop. Prof. Aashal Bhatt coordinated the workshop.
• INSTITUTIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VISIT
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organized an educational and industrial visit to the Amul Dairy, Amul chocolate factory, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and BJVM college Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat on 7th January, 2019 for Post Graduate(M.Com) students of GLS University. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit always believes that education must not be restricted to the four walls of class room and practical exposure should be given to the students to widen their horizons of thinking. 53 students were part of this visit along with Dean Dr.AshwinPurohit and the faculty Co-ordinators Dr.Bimal Solanki and Dr. Bhumika Ansodaria. The students were taken to BJVM V.V. Nagar wherein they were briefed the history of the college and were taken to Library and campus visit of the campus. The interaction session was organised by Host Institute between the students of both the institutes and it was a very fruitful session as they learned a lot by discussion on various academic topics. The next destination was Amul Dairy, Anand wherein students understood the practical conduct of mass production and management skills at a Dairy plant. Students here learned about the preparation and packaging of several products such as Butter and the Milk Powder.
On the same day post lunch students visited IRMA Institute. It was an informative and interactive experience as Faculty of IRMA briefed students about their courses, syllabi and innovative teaching pedagogy that distinguishes IRMA from other educational institutes. It was a very informative visit as the expert faculty from their institute interacted with students and briefed how IRMA is different from other Educational Institutes. Students were taken on the campus and library visit.
Students also had an amazing experience visiting Amul chocolate factory which was recently inaugurated by Hon. Prime Minister Shri .Narendra Modi. Students here saw a high-tech fully automated chocolate production Plant. They could practically understand how the manufacturing of different varieties of chocolates ranging from dark, sweet and bitter from local and imported coco beans take place. The visit was a great learning experience for the students about the working of Dairy Industry.
• ARTHASHASTROTSAV 2019
Arthshastra means Economics, a study to deal with scarcity and optimize resources allocation and Utsav means Festival. To commemorate the Economics Festival, Faculty of Commerce, B.Com(Hons), GLS University has organised two day Economics Fest- Arthashastrotsav - a festival to celebrate the intricacies of economics in a practical and interesting way on 4th and 5th January 2019. There were total 150+ Participants from more than 10 colleges from Ahmedabad. The first day of the fest ended on a great note wherein the following two events were conducted:
"ADHIKOSH NEETI" (Central Bank Protocol) consisted of total 11 teams out of which 8 teams were selected for the final round by clearing the first round which was an online case study analysis.
"TARK VITARK" (Debate competition)- In this event the participants went through the quiz round i.e elimination round and the second round was the debate wherein 7 teams were selected for the same out of 14 teams.
On second day of the fest, the first event was “NIDHI ANVESHNAM” (TREASURE HUNT) started at 8.30am. In this event the participants has gone through the quiz type of round of 6 images, which was the elimination round and the 2nd round was of treasure hunt. The participants have to find the different spots through clues in this round. And at last the participants need to find out the questions of the answers which they have found out. The 2nd event was “ARTHSHASTRA AAKHET” (economics games) started at 10.30 am. In the 1st round of this event the participants have played musical chair which was the elimination round and in the 2nd round the participants have made different models according to the sectors given to them . In the 2nd round the participants have competed against each other for the commodities which were in scarcity. The event was coordinated by Prof. Anjali Trivedi.
• CELEBRATION OF DAYS & CHARITY WEEK
• WOMEN WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
Faculty of Commerce (B.Com Hons.) students participated in Women Writers’ Festival organized at IIM Ahmedabad on 19th December 2018. Putting the spotlight on women writers ,the festival encompassed both fiction and non fiction writing. From women in the workplace, to women behind the scenes in Bollywood, to women in Indian history, to non fiction narratives by women everything was covered and discussions were held in panels as well as workshops were also held for aspiring writers. 64 students of Faculty of Commerce (B.Com Hons.) had the opportunity to witness writing as a passion for women and their perspective on literature, art and politics. The faculty in-charge was Dr.Krupa Bhatt.
• S/heFest #celebratingwomanhood
Faculty of Commerce, under the Collegiate Woman Development Committee (CWDC) organized a three day festival S/heFest #celebratingwomanhood, with a purpose to practically achieve the mission of imparting maximum awareness on ‘Gender Sensitization, Equality & Safety’ from 17th December, 2018 to 19th December, 2018.
On 17th and 18th December, 2018, various competitions like Rangoli, Poster Making, Mono Acting, Bookmark Making and Poetry Completion encompassing the theme of STAND TOGETHER- A stand for Gender Equality, Gender Sensitivity and Gender Safety were conducted wherein 125 students participated from 15 different colleges of Gujarat Law Society.
On 19th December, 2018, a Symposium was organized in H. H. Auditorium, GLS Campus wherein Dr.Mrugesh Vaishnav, renowned Psychiatrist, Dr. Darshana Thakkar, known Gynaecologist& Motivational Speaker, &Dr. Mayuri Pandya, Director, GLS Law College enthralled the audience with their expertise and interacted with the students. Dr.Mrugesh Vaishnav wittily conducted the session wherein he guided the young girls about the relationship problems and mishaps they face. Dr. Darshana Thakkar very strongly conveyed “If you see a girl on road at midnight, she is your responsibility and not an opportunity”. She emphasized on gender sensitivity and a balanced society. Dr. Mayuri Pandya talked about “Breaking the Silence.” She discussed many cases wherein path breaking judgments were taken when the practices followed were questioned by females.The Symposium was followed by performance of a skit ‘Her Body, Her Right’ by Faculty of Commerce students which depicted the journey of a woman from early age to urban era.
The day concluded with the valedictory function wherein the winners of various competitions and events which took place on 17th& 18th December, 2018 were felicitated by certificates and cash prizes by the President of the function, Dr. B. H. Joshi ( Provost, GLS University) and the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Vadibhai Patel (Dean, Student Welfare Committee, GLS University). The festival was coordinated by Prof. Rajul Goenka and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal.
• WORLD AIDS DAY AWARENESS PROGRAMME
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University, organised an awareness programme on 1st December, 2018, WORLD AIDS DAY. The purpose of the programme was to sensitize the students about the stigma of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV virus. The event was graced by the presence of Dr Ambrish Tripathi, District Chairperson of Lions Club International, Dr Amrut Solanki, Civil Hospital and RJ Dhwanit, Radio Mirchi Fame. The doctors oriented the students regarding the physiological and psychological aspects of HIV and AIDS.RJ Dhwanit gave a very motivating speech which left the audience motivated to spread awareness and break the orthodox mentality associated with the disease. Around 20 HIV infected patients had accompanied Dr Ambrish Tripathi who shared their experiences and sensitized the students. As a token of love, the college gifted a kit comprising of blanket and daily use groceries to all the patients which was appreciated by them.
• FINE ARTS COMPETITION 2018
We at Faculty of Commerce organised various competitions of fine-arts on 7th and 8th September, 2018. Around 35 students participated enthusiastically in various events of Poster making, On the Spot Painting, Cartooning, T-shirt Painting, Rangoli, Face Painting, Tattooing and Photography. Topics like Cleanliness Drive, Global warming, Landscape, Patriotism, Elections, Celebrations etc. were given on the spot.
• BLOOD DONATION CAMP
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University in association with Red Cross Society organised a Blood Donation Camp on 28th August, 2018 in the College Campus. Many youngsters actively participated in the same and happily 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 and office staff actively participated in the same.
• PLANTATION AND HEALTH CHECK-UP DRIVE
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University in association with Times of India and KD hospital conducted a Tree Plantation Drive and health check-up camp on 27th August, 2018 in the college Campus. More than 100 students participated in the same. The students were told about the importance of our Mother Nature and were taught of measures of protecting the earth by planting as much trees as possible. The drive was a huge success in sensitising students towards sustenance and preservation.
• VISIT TO GANDHI ASHRAM
Forum for Gandhian Philosopy of Faculty of Commerce organized a visit to Gandhi Ashram on 8th August ,2018 to spread the Gandhian philosophy and teachings and to inculcate Gandhian values among college. 150 students along with Faculty coordinator and Vice Principal participated in the visit to ashram. Dr Bhalchandra Joshi Provost, GLS University and Shri Vadibhai Patel, Dean Student welfare, GLS University addressed students and inspired them to imbibe Gandhian practices to make life better. Students visited Museum, Magan Niwas,Upasana Mandir,Hriday Kunj, Vinoba-Mira Kutir - Nandini Udyog Mandir, Painting Gallery etc. It was a wonderful experience to know more about the Father of the Nation at Sabarmati Ashram.
• GURUPURNIMA CELEBRATION 2018
Faculty of Commerce, GLS University every year celebrates GURU PURNIMA, which is completely organized by the students and is kept a surprise for the faculties. This year too, the students of the college, on 27th July 2018 celebrated GURU PURNIMA along with all the members of the college, i.e the teachers and the staff members as well. The students had organized various games for the faculty members and honored every faculty member with a memento and decorated the staff room with pictures of them which they had never seen so as to surprise them. And yet again, like every time, this year's celebrations ended on a successful note.
• THEATRE WORKSHOP 2018
Faculty of Commerce successfully organized “ABHIVYAKTI: A FINISHING WORKSHOP INTHEATRE”, for the 9th consecutive year from 24th to 30thJuly, 2018, wherein they were trained by the various experts of the theatre field. The workshop was conducted by Shri Dhrunad Kamble, a professionally trained actor, director and writer and co-ordinated by Dr. Sneha Master and Dr. Gitanjali Rampal. The workshop dealt with basics of theatre, music, dance, creative writing and stagecraft. Various aspects of drama, including acting, voice modulation, breathing control and reflex enhancing were taught. Around 50 Students from Faculty of Commerce were benefited from the workshop. DhrunadKamle explained the explorations of working with a group in theatre, understanding of your part-character, how to construct scenes in theatre. He explained working in the group, sharpening the instincts, going with your impulses with the exercises of improvisations. Abhishek Shah, renowned RJ and casting director of many Gujarati films, briefly oriented about the evolution and history of theatre. The session helped provoke a rethink on the need of the kind of theatre and its scope among the youth. Next day, our celebrity guest Jayesh More, 102 Not Out and Wrong Side Raju fame actor discussed how theatre helps us to build our confidence. He also mentioned that studies are very important when you are exploring theatre and films as it provides you with knowledge of all subjects and passion to learn new things. He also told students that theatre and films are different mediums technically, so you have to train your mind, body and voice intensively because those are the tools of actors and he/she has to prepare him/her self for both the mediums.
93.5 FM Radio Jockey, ‘Bako’ fame, Shri Maulik Jagdish Nayak, talked about his journey as a theatre artist, a film actor and now a popular RJ and how theatre helped him in being successful. He talked about his interest in music and acting, and how he has been working as an actor, singer and musician since his early youth. He also told the students about the time he entered into theatre field, and was able to overcome his problem of Ego. He said that "If you start with theatre, you should observe it from the backstage so that you get to learn things". At last, he talked about how it is important to practice and exercise in front of a Mirror to gain Maximum Confidence.
On the last day, the students of the Theatre Workshop visited HK Auditorium, where they were informed about the theatre architecture and understanding the different aspects of theatre production. Further, Shri Subhash Brahmbhatt, principal, H.K. Arts College said, "Observation is the best art to learn Acting", that is observation and acting are two sides of a coin and go hand in hand. One has to be very dedicated while preparing for any role to achieve great success. Also, to get into acting and theatre well, one has to dig deep into any role, overcome all the fear in life and come out of the comfort zone to accomplish any task.
• FOLK DANCE WORKSHOP 2018
Faculty of Commerce organised a workshop for Folk Dance and Garba from 18th July, 2018 to 21st July, 2018. Total 55 students participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted by Kuldeep Shukla, an alumni of Faculty of Commerce. It included introduction to authentic Folk Dance of Gujarat and traditional Folk Dance steps of Garba, Raas, Rajasthani and Sheri Garba. On the last day of the workshop, the audition for state level Folk dance competition was held. The new batch of the institute participated with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal with senior folk dancers throughout the workshop. The folk dance workshop was co-ordinated by Dr.Kruti Paritosh Shah.
• PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2018-19
Five-day Photography workshop was organised on 16th July,2018 at Faculty of Commerce B.Com (Hons.) Around 35 students had been benefitted. Renowned faculty Mr.Haard Dave had conducted this workshop. Various aspects of photography like Golden rule, framing, object balancing, showcasing a story in photography etc. were covered. The students were given topics for photography to give the practical experience. Apart from giving knowledge about various cameras and lenses, clicking photos from smart phone and various apps available were discussed. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Rajul Goenka.
• DANCE AND GROOMING WORKSHOP 2018
Dance and Grooming 10 day Workshop commenced from 9th July2018. Workshop was a combination of stage presence and confidence building tips required for ramp walk plus a parody of Bollywood dance. This workshop provided platform to around 120 students to learn and highlight their talents. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Chakshu Chauhan and Mr. Nidhip Shah, wherein different sessions of personality grooming and stage presence along with dance were taught.
• ORIENTATION PROGRAMME 2018-19
On the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July, 2018, Faculty of Commerce (SMPIC) of GLS University organized Orientation Programme for the students of Semester-1 joining B.Com (Honours) for the academic year 2018-19. Students and their parents were invited for the function that was aimed at imparting important information regarding the importance of B.com (Honours) programme, the syllabus, the examination pattern etc. as well as making them aware about the glorious past and present of the institute. The students witnessed an audio visual presentation about the previous year’s activities and achievements of the institute and the Staff Introduction. The Vice-Principal, Dr.Marzun Jokhi made a presentation to explain the syllabus, the structure of the course, examination pattern etc. to the students and briefed them with the details. He also explained about the institute's international collaborations like CIMA, UK, Concordia College, New York and so on. The Dean, Dr. Ashwin Purohit welcomed the new students as well as their parents to the institute and motivated the students to take advantage of various activities held at the institute. Explaining the importance of classroom he added, "You can learn about academic topics anywhere else but more important are the lessons of life which you will only learn in Classrooms”. He also mentioned about the NSS and SocialActivities carried out by the students of the institute and put emphasis on the mission to prepare good citizens along with professional excellence, through value based education. Dr. Purohit also explained the importance of preplanning in life and advised the students to set “Short term”, “Medium term” and “Long term” goals of life. At the end, he solved the queries of the students as well as their parents by conducting a question-answer session to end the function.
• FACULTY OF COMMERCE BIDS FAREWELL TO ITS FIRST BATCH..!!
12th April, 2018 was a special day for both, the institute and for the students. As the institute prepared to say a formal ‘good bye’ to its first graduating batch under the celebrated banner of GLS University, there were mixed feelings in the atmosphere. The emotions like pride, pleasure and pain, prevailed together as Faculty of Commerce was ready to present before the world, the smart and sensitive graduates prepared under GLS University. The students were also overheard discussing, how they would miss the college days and that they couldn’t believe their precious three years passed in no time. A grand farewell function was organised on 12th April, 2018. The students as well as the faculty members were eagerly looking forward to the function which was fun-filled with music, dance and a lot of enjoyment. The pain of parting was soothed by the pleasing and entertaining atmosphere. Dean Dr. Ashwin Purohit blessed the students with the best wishes for their bright future. Students expressed their gratitude for the institute and conveyed their determination to spread the glory of GLS University. The function concluded with delicious delicacies in the dinner.
• VISIT TO GUJARAT VIDHYAPITH
A group of students from the Faculty of Commerce NSS Division had an educational visit at Gujarat’s iconic institution Gujarat Vidhyapith on 15th February 2018, to understand the different teaching methods and activities carried out besides brilliant academics. The students were also fortunate to have an interactive session with the Vice Chancellor of Vidhyapith which was informative and motivating.
• FACETS 2018
Faculty of Commerce celebrated its Annual Culfest - Facets 2018 at Pandit Dindayal Auditorium on 3rd February 2018. In great style the show was a blend of Music, Western Dance and Fashion. The theme of this year’s show was ‘INDIAN CULTURE’.
Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President, GLS University was the Guest of Honour. Mr. Paresh Pahuja : ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ Actor, model and GLS Alumni graced the occasion. Ms. Riya Subodh : India’s next Model Season 3 winner and GLS Alunmi and Ms. Babita Sharma were the judges of the event.
Mr. Paresh Pahuja, Ms. Riya Subodh and Ujjwal Shah (Student of SEM-II) were felicitated by the college for their extra ordinary achievements.
More than 100 students participated in the show amidst the loud cheering of 1000 plus audience.
BEST FEMALE DANCER
BEST MALE MODEL
BEST FEMALE MODEL
• INSTITUTIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VISIT
The Faculty of Commerce, GLS University organized an institutional and industrial visit to the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and Mother Dairy on 31st January 2018. 50 students from the college were the part of this visit. It was a very informative visit as the expert faculties from the Institute and also the director of the Institute interacted with the students about need of entrepreneurship and differences between entrepreneurship and management. Several other topics like government schemes and initiatives about promoting entrepreneurship in India and the need to do so were also discussed. On the same day post lunch students along with the faculty Prof. Vijay Tripathi visited the Mother Dairy plant at Gandhinagar. This visit was significant as the students understood the practical applications of mass production management as well as the decision-making skills and production management skills. The students visited several branches in the dairy which manufactured several products like different varieties of milk, several types of ice cream, the milk powder preparation and also the flavored bottled milk. The students also understood the need of different types of packaging for local and export products.
• COMMEMORATION OF MARTYR’S DAY
GLS University’s Faculty of Commerce celebrated Martyrs’ day on 30th January 2018 by inviting Mrs Lata Parmar from Gandhi Ashram who enlightened the gathering with several lesser known facts and events of Gandhian Era. The lecture was followed by Discussion Forum wherein students discussed and expressed their views on Gandhian Philosophy.
• PARTICIPATION IN NSS MOCK PARLIAMENT
On 28 January, 2018 students of GLS UNIVERSITY participated in “NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME MOCK PARLIAMENT” organized by State NSS Cell, Department of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat and NSS Regional Directorate, Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports, Government of India at KCG, Ahmedabad. The mock parliament was conducted to make the students aware of the work and code of conduct performed in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha for passing bills of almost all the fields like Ministry of science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Education. All the procedures were followed in the mock parliament consisting of Speaker of the House, the ruling party, the opposition party and all the ministries. Hetvi shah student of Faculty of Commerce was the Speaker of the House and Gaurav sharma was the Deputy Speaker of the House. Formal discussions and debate sessions were performed upon the issues of Gujarat State for all the fields. Around 200 NSS volunteers of 25 universities participated in the mock parliament. The mock parliament was conducted under the guidance of NSS Regional director Kamalkumar kar Sir and State NSS officer Dr. R.K. Patel Sir.
• NSS Volunteers Once again Shine at Sabarmati Festival 2018 – 2nd Edition
Trustee of Sabarmati Festival Edition 2, Mrs. Anar Patel and Mr.Vanrajsingh Chawda along with their organizing team came at GLS Auditorium on 16th January, 2018 to provide brief about the event, and invited NSS VOLUNTEERS to manage the Festival at Sabarmati Riverfront Event Center.The mega event started from 17th January 2018 till 21st January 2018. Around 150 volunteers from F.O.C (SMPIC) participated in the entire 5 days event. Reporting time for all the volunteers was from 4 pm till 10 pm. There were 5 core teams named A,B,C,D,E which included sub teams under the core team. Mainly duties which were assigned to the students were at Back Stage, VVIP Area, Normal area, Art gallery, Green rooms, Monuments, Food Court and so on. Each and every team got a chance to manage all the sections of the Festival. Volunteers were provided with refreshments and Dinner. On account of this the volunteers managed and displayed their great management skills. The organizers appreciated the efforts of the volunteers and showed their gratitude towards greater participation in all the events. This whole event was guided by Dean. Dr.Ashwin Purohit and co-ordinated by Prof. Vijay Tripathi.
• MOTIVATIONAL SEMINAR
Faculty of Commerce has invited Miss. Anita Henestrosa for conducting session on youth motivation on 16/1/2018 at GLS Auditorium. She is on a mission called The Mapit30K mission which is to empower the youth to create their map to success in school and become their own leader in life. Anita’s goal is to inspire 30K students in 30 nations in 330 days. She travelled at so many places in world like Nepal, China, USA, Canada, India and conducted sessions for youth motivation. Anita gives motivational speeches to thousands of students worldwide. Anita works hard to bring a fun, inspiring and memorable experience to your school. Each presentation is always customized to meet the interests of your students and your goals. She is from Switzerland and she gave 3 steps for achieving goal easily...
• PCOS AWARENESS AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
Faculty of Commerce organized ‘PCOS Awareness and Education Program for Girls’ under CWDC in association with The Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India, Mumbai, on 9th January, 2018, Tuesday. This informative session was conducted by Dr. Sheetal Punjabi MBBS, MD – Obstetrics &Gynaecologist and DGO. The topics covered in the program were Lifestyle related issues like PCOS, Obesity etc., Menstrual Disorders, Common Problems faced by Young Girls & how best to cope up with these changes and General Wellbeing - Nutrition, exercises & healthy eating habits etc. The program helped young girls develop positive attitude, feel confident & proud of themselves towards growing up early in life. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a common hormonal problem in young girls. 100 girls were benefitted by the program.
• CELEBRATION OF DAYS & CHARITY WEEK
• VOTING AWARENESS DRIVE BY Faculty of Commerce
Ours is a largest and unique democratic system in the world. It has several unique features; divergent fabric of its voters being its most significant aspect. The Voters Awareness drive was organised on 11th December, 2017 from mahalaxmi cross road, paldi to sardar patel stadium cross road, navrangpura by Faculty of Commerce , GLS UNIVERSITY under the National Service Scheme (NSS) to create the awareness about the right to vote among the citizens. The drive was carried out at mahalaxmi cross road, suvidha cross road, panchwati cross road, lal bunglow cross, swastik cross road, sardar patel stadium cross road. Around 150 students actively participated in the campaign. Even the first-time voters were also a part of the drive where through slogan and placard display, they created awareness about the right to vote and also the importance of this right.
RJ Harshil from Radio City joined the drive and participated to encourage the volunteers. Dr. Ashwin Purohit’s,(Dean Faculty of Commerce) presence motivated and inspired volunteers to successfully conduct the drive. The volunteers motivated the citizens to vote and cast their vote righteously. Activities like chanting of slogans, banners depicting voting awareness and placard display were undertaken. The programme was held to appeal to voters of the city to make sure that they cast their vote on 14th December 2017.The slogans like vote karo vat thi, my vote my voice, I will vote! We will vote! , ek do teen char voting ka heh sabko adhikhar, etc were chanted on traffic signals to make them aware of the significance of voting.
• CWDC Seminar On BEING WOMAN – HEALTH, WELLNESS & SELF-DISCOVERY
Faculty of Commerce, under CWDC organised a Seminar ‘Being Woman- Health, Wellness and Self-Discovery’ on 8th & 9th December, 2017 in college campus.
On 8th December,2017, Friday, experts from different fields Dr. Falguni Bavishi, renowned gynaecologist, Ms. Khushnam Avary, Director Panache Academy and RJ Devaki Red FM guided the students towards a vibrant healthy living that would help them to change and evolve into radiant beings. 116 students participated and were benefitted by the seminar.
Dr. Falguni Bhavishi who heads the team of embryologist at Bhavishi Fertility Institute, stressed on the fact ‘Healthy woman means healthy society’. She discussed various aspects of physical, emotional and psychological health of women. She guided the participants to have a better sense of overall well-being and vitality.
Ms. Khushnum Avary an Ex-Airhostess, Instructor and a corporate trainer by profession, focused on grooming oneself into confident and competent individuals. She guided the students regarding different aspects of grooming like dressing, make up body language formal and informal look etc. She rightly said, “First impression is created within 20 seconds and that’s why they say ‘First impression is the last impression.’
RJ Devaki RedFM fame, talked about woman empowerment. She talked about the various blockages faced by girls in the society and how they would overcome it by being responsibly bold. She gave a lovely slogan to girls, “I am more than what I am.”
On 9th December, 2017, Saturday, Ms. Shikha Verma conducted an interesting fitness session from 8.00 am to 9.30 am in GLS lawns.
• VIRTUAL REALITY WORKSHOP
Faculty of Commerce organized a ‘Virtual reality workshop on 6th December 2017 in order to provide valuable knowledge inputs on Essentials of technology up gradation, Online shopping and Excellence in Marketing. It was a knowledge gaining session for the students who aim to pursue digital marketing and retail management career as their future. The workshop was conducted by Mr.Avik Gajjar, software testing project manager at lodestone software services Pvt.Ltd. He shared detailed explanation regarding Virtual reality and augmented reality with reference to opportunities ahead in commerce sector.100 students participated in the workshop. It was coordinated by Dr. Krupa Bhatt.
• CELEBRATION OF GITA JAYANTI
Faculty of Commerce organised a lecture on Bhagavad Gita on 29th November in the campus. The Bhagavad Gita is considered the most important and influential Hindu scripture for its philosophical, practical, political, psychological and spiritual value. Bhagavad Gita Jayanti, or simply Gita Jayanti, marks the birth of this holy book. According to the traditional Hindu calendar, Gita Jayanti falls on the Ekadashi day of Shukla Paksha or the bright half of the Margashirsha month (November-December). Bhagavad Gita is for all people all places and all age groups.For our youth it gives vibrant calls which inspires youth to act righteously under all conditions and situations. It calls us to Arise,Stand up,and Fight the battle of life.This puts life in a person specially the Youth as it underscores that there is nothing which cannot be done.Next lesson for youth is that God resides equally in all as our Atma or soul which constitutes our original nature.This shall make them look at every one with a sense of Equality, Oneness and Unity to get rid of the feeling of superiority or sense of Ego.More than 100 students attended the lecture.
• NEW VOTER ID CARD DRIVE BY NSS VOLUNTEERS
NSS Volunteers of Faculty of Commerce conducted a “NEW VOTER ID CAMPAIGN” in the college campus under the guidance of Dean, Dr. Ashwin Purohit and NSS Programme Co-ordinator, Prof. Vijay Tripathi. The campaign was conducted from 9th November, 2017 to 11th November, 2017 and the timing for the same was 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Around 500 students from 8 different colleges of GLS UNIVERSITY were benefitted by the campaign by enrolling their names as New Voter. The primary motive for conducting this campaign was to become a medium between common people and election commission for application of all new voter id card by the new voters effectively and efficiently. The other purpose of this drive was to aware people for their voting rights for the coming election. It was totally students operated drive where NSS VOLUNTEERS guided all the applicants for filling up the forms, various documents required for application and all the other queries regarding form filling. At the end it was successful drive as all the forms were duly filled up and submitted at the collector office.
• NSS DAY CELEBRATION
NSS department of Faculty of Commerce celebrated NSS Day on 25th September 2017. A half day programme was organized on the same day. Early in the morning a program was organised in association with healthy campus wherein the volunteers cleaned the campus and sensitized people on keeping the institution clean and green.Shri. Hari Om Gandhi, Narcotics Control Bureau Zonal Director addressed the gathering and appreciated the work of NSS volunteers. Officials of the Ahmedabad zonal unit of the NCB and members of the 'Healthy Campus motivated and encouraged the students to undertake activities to promote healthy living on campus.The Programme was organized by NSS unit of the college under the guidance of Prof. Vijay Tripathi, NSS Programme Officer.
• WORKSHOP ON GENDER SENSITIZATION UNDER CWDC
Faculty of Commerce – SMPIC, under CWDC organised a ‘Gender Sensitization Workshop’ in collaboration with Sauhard, an NGO on 9thSeptember, 2017, Saturday. The workshop aimed at not only bringing awareness regarding gender equality and diversity but also to create a space where students can talk, question and discuss issues related to gender. The workshop included youth parliament, debate and role-play followed by discussion with students. 40 students were benefited by the workshop.
• GLS UNIVERSITY’S NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME MEET
The NSS Programme Officers and volunteers meeting of the NSS of Gujarat Law University was held on 8th September 2017. NSS volunteers and Programme Officers from various colleges attended the meeting.The programme was convened by Dr.Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, GLS University.Program started with welcome speech by NSS Program Coordinator Prof. Vijay Tripathi, wherein he talked about history, aim, objectives and motto of NSS. Chief Guest of the function Shri Kamalkumarkar, NSS Regional Director, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports addressed the gathering to explain role and responsibilities of NSS volunteers. Dr.Dharmesh shah registrar and member secretary, GLS UNIVERSITY graced the occasion and motivated students to take part in NSS activities. Dr.Bhalchandra Joshi, Provost, GLS UNIVERSITY blessed the occasion and shared his life learning experiences of NSS camps. Shri.Vadibhai Patel, Dean, Student Welfare instructed the officers to take special attention in organizing NSS activities. The Programme Officers interacted with the NSS coordinator regarding action plan of NSS Department.
• RALLY FOR RIVER
NSS Unit of Faculty of Commerce participated in Rally For Rivers Campaign organized under the leadership of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to save rivers and save water for future generation. NSS unit of the college participated in the rally on 1st September, 2017. The purpose of rally was to create awareness of the public for this event. Student volunteers distributed pamphlets amongst public to save rivers. The campaign was a great success in promoting the need to save and create water resources,for the maintenance of ecological balance in order to safe guard the future life. The signing campaign was held in college to support the cause.
• BLOOD DONATION CAMP
On 29th August, 2017 from 8am to12pm, Faculty of Commerce organised BLOOD DONATION CAMP in association with INDIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY. Faculty members, students and administrative staff of college donated blood. 90 units of blood were contributed. The basic objective of this camp was to provide a platform to celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood voluntarily, for altruistic reasons and without any monetary reward and to remove all the wrong debunk myths regarding blood donation.
• FOLK DANCE WORKSHOP
Faculty of Commerce organised Folk Dance work shop from 28th August to 31st August,2017 .Total 30 students participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted by Kuldeep Shukla ,an alumni of SMPIC. The workshop included introduction to authentic Folk Dance of Gujarat and traditional folk steps of Garba, Raas, Rajasthani and Sheri Garba. On the last day of the workshop, the audition for state level Folk competition was held. The new batch of the College participated with lot of enthusiasm and zeal with senior folk dancers through out the workshop. The folk dance workshop was coordinated by Prof Kruti Paritosh Shah.
• THEATRE WORKSHOP 2017
Faculty of Commerce successfully organized “ABHIVYAKTI: A FINISHING WORKSHOP IN THEATRE”, for the 8th consecutive year. The workshop was conducted from 11th August, 2016 to 13th August, 2017 by renowned casting director, writer and director Mr. ABHISHEK SHAH. The workshop dealt with basics of theatre, music, dance, creative writing and stagecraft. Various aspects of drama, including acting, voice modulation, breathing control and reflex enhancing were taught. Around 50 Students from Faculty of Commerce were benefited from the workshop. The workshop took off with a sharing of the participants' theatre related experiences in the past. Participants were briefly oriented about the evolution and history of theatre. The session helped provoke a rethink on the need of the kind of theatre and its scope among the youth. The sessions were enlivened by various theatre exercises and games which allowed inhibitions to drop even as it built in a discipline among the participants and demonstrate the same in their interaction with others. The workshop was followed by a visit to H. K. Auditorium for experience of stage, back stage, lights etc. The workshop was a huge success.
• FACULTY OF COMMERCE DANCE AND GROOMING WORKSHOP 2017
FACULTY OF COMMERCE Dance and Grooming 9 day Workshop commenced from 4th August 2017. Workshop was a combination of stage presence and confidence building tips required for ramp walk plus a parody of Bollywood dance. This workshop provided platform to around 80 students to learn and highlight their talents.
• RAKHI CELEBRATION WITH A DIFFERENCE
It's a proud moment for GLS UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF COMMERCE (S.M.P.I.C.) that on 4 August,2017all the faculty members and the students contributed handmade rakhis, greeting cards, etc for the Indian Army Soldiers under the initiative "EK RAKHI FAUJI KE NAAM" by the famous radio station "94.3 MYFM". Around 300 students of our college participated in this initiative. The students prepared an Army coloured box in which all the rakhis, greeting cards, etc were collected and was submitted to RJ ARCHANA JANI who lead this whole initiative. She went to JAMMU & KASHMIR (AKNOOR) where she personally interacted with the Indian Army Soldiers, tied lots of rakhis to them , gave greeting cards and had a cherish able moment with them. The basic idea behind this initiative was to express that no one here in this country forgets our Indian Soldiers on all the festive occasions as the soldiers don't get leave on the festive days and we are always with them as they safeguard us 24×7 by sacrificing all the things in all the manner they can.
• GURUPURNIMA CELEBRATION
Celebrated to acknowledge the selfless induction of wisdom and knowledge by teachers, Students of Faculty of Commerce marked ‘Guru-Purnima’ in a unique and traditional manner. Amidst a fashionable trend to criticise today’s youth for their blind chase towards the western culture, there are a few young people who are still very much attached to the great Indian culture and tradition. This year too, following the tradition of the college, the students celebrated ‘Guru Purnima’ on 8th July, 2017 in a way well suitable to the Indian culture. On the occasion of ‘Guru Purnima, the students worshipped and paid respect to the professors in a traditional way. They welcomed the teachers by showering flowers, worshipped them with a lotus and a small pooja as a token of their love and gratitude. The celebration also included a cake cutting ceremony. The students expressed their sense of gratitude towards the teachers and sought their blessings. Dr. Ashwin Purohit, Dean, Faculty of Commerce blessed the student, appreciated their love and efforts to make the day special. He even conveyed, “the true ‘Guru Dakshina’ shall be fulfilled when you (students) shall excel in your studies and have successful careers.”
Indeed in the time when the youth is engrossed with social media and getting aloof of the society, this gesture by the students of FACULTY OF COMMERCE is really commendable.
• ORIENTATION FUNCTION FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS OF FACULTY OF COMMERCE
On 4th and 5th of July, 2017, the institute organised Orientation programme for the students of semester-1 joining B.Com (Honours) in Faculty of Commerce from the academic year 2017-2018. Students and their parents were invited for the function that was aimed at imparting important information regarding the importance of B.Com. Honours programme, the syllabus, examination pattern etc. as well as making them aware about the glorious past and present of the institute. The students were shown audio visual presentations about the previous year’s activities and achievements of the institute and the Staff Introduction. The Vice-Principal, Dr.Marzun Jokhi made a power point presentation to explain about the syllabus, the structure of B.Com. Honours programme, examination pattern etc. He also explained about the institute’s international collaborations like CIMA, UK and Concordia college, New York. The Dean, faculty of Commerce, Dr. Ashwin Purohit welcomed the new students as well as their parents to the institute and motivated the students to take advantage of various activities held at the institute. He explained the importance of classroom. “You can learn about academic topics anywhere else but the more important are the lessons of life which you will only learn in classrooms”, he added. He also mentioned about the charity activities carried out by the institute and put emphasis on the mission to prepare good citizens along with professional excellence, through value based education. At the end, the Dean solved the queries of students as well as their parents to end the function.