Friday, 26 April 2013

Anoz and Mudit look for new horizons

Two students preferred to follow their own dreams instead of joining the ‘herd’ rushing for juicy jobs at Shillong IIM campus placement this year.

They decided to stand apart from the crowd, and go it alone as entrepreneurs instead.

Anoz Sethna from Gandhidham in Gujarat and Mudit Agarwal from Jodhpur in Rajasthan were determined to do what they had planned when they joined the institute two years ago. Both belonged to the 2011-13 batch.

For 'chocolate boy' Anoz, with the looks of a model, it's the family business and Dad's legacy that take pride of place, not plum pickings from multi-nationals.

“It was planned that way, right from the time I enrolled at IIM Shillong. I had to become an MBA and help my father, who will be retiring soon, to carry forward my family business at Gandhidham in Kutch district of Gujarat. We export industrial salt, chemicals and minerals to Southeast Asian countries and China,” says 24 year old Anoz.

24 years old, good-looking Mudit,is basically a Marwari chhokra, with a desi outlook. His  family that runs a textile and hospitality  business in Jodhpur, wants to start his own venture.“My ambition from the outset was to go for a start-up business. While my family is into hospitality, I intend to initiate a venture in food processing,” he says.

On the topic of  the lucrative on- campus  offers, the duo expressed similar views. “Yes, the salaries the companies offer to IIM graduates are good, but from a long-term perspective, the returns will be higher if I help my family in furthering the business,” said Anoz.
 Echoes Mudit, “A business venture on my own will have its challenges and risks, but all said and done, if things go according to plan, it will give me immense satisfaction.”

The duo, however, will miss their alma mater and of course, “cool and beautiful Shillong”.

Of a class of 104, these two  opted out of the placement process to start their own entrepreneurial ventures. Altogether 52 companies confirmed their presence on campus for the process and 39 companies made offers. The highest domestic offer was Rs 22 lakh CTC per annum and the highest international offer was Rs 32 lakh CTC per annum.
The highest domestic offer for the 2010-12 batch was Rs 19 lakh per annum.
 “I will miss Shillong. Unlike Gujarat, which is dry and hot, Shillong is cool and heaven. The two years I spent there was a great learning experience, particularly the corporate interactions,” said Anoz. Agrees Mudit: “I will miss my friends in Shillong as well. It’s a lovely place.”

On its students opting out of the placement process, Sanjoy Mukherjee, chairman, placement committee, IIM Shillong, said there were students who decided to join start-ups to venture into unexplored territories and test their entrepreneurial abilities.

“Students from IIM Shillong were willing to experiment with going for better roles than bigger brands. Two of our candidates opted out of placements to pursue a venture on their own” he added.

He said IIM Shillong has once again established itself as one of the premier B-schools in the country by successfully completing its placements for the Class of 2013.

The remarkable increase in the number of brands recruiting from IIM Shillong, despite uncertain global economic conditions, stands testimony to the potential and skill levels of the participants at IIM Shillong.
“While I am extremely proud of the placement team for their hard work, I would also like to thank participating organisations for their continuous support and making the IIM Shillong final placements a grand success” he said.

Most prominent among those who participated in the recruitment process were JP Morgan Chase, Ranbaxy, Citibank, Robert Bosch and Dr Reddy’s. The African arm of a Singapore-based FMCG major has also recruited from IIM Shillong. These brands, along with the regular recruiters like TAS, Deloitte, HSBC, Apollo, GSK, Nomura, among others, round up a successful placements season.

Monday, 22 April 2013

New Courses, JD women get Computer literate, and more

New four year undergraduate courses for CUB

Central University of Bihar organised a meeting of academics last week on four year integrated programmes for undergradutae courses:  B.A, B.Sc and B.Ed. 

These  programmes are to be  be introduced in the University this July.

The vice- chancellor of Central University of Bihar, Janak Pandey, vice-chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, Mohamad Miyan, and former chairman of National Institute of open Schooling, N.K.Ambashta,were some of the academics present at the meeting.

 Pandey spoke on the objectives of the four-year integrated programmes and emphasized that a good teacher should be a good learner. He also suggested that all the institution should adopt a cautious and steady course of progress to avoid fundamental errors in the nascent stages.

Online Placement test
Students of National Institute of Technology, Patna, took an online test on April 13 as part of the pre-placement training of automobile giant Mahindra and Mahindra.
 On the basis of the results of the online test followed by interviews the company would select three students for its one-and-a-half month    summer training programme.
Those selected will receive a stipend of Rs 15,000 for the period.
Girish Chaudhary, co-ordinator of the programme and a teacher at NIT-Patna,said:”Around 60 students from the third-year mechanical department appeared for the online test. Three of them have been selected for interviews.
 A quiz was also organised for the students. The winners were presented gifts. Sashi, a final-year computer science student, said:  “At such programmes, we get an idea of what a company looks for during the recruitment.”

Computer literacy @ JD Women’s College

Minority welfare and information technology minister Shahid Ali Khan said computer literacy was an essential part of education at a  two day  orientation programme at JD Woman’s College on April 9
The programme was supposed to be day-long but the minister was so impressed with event that he said it should have been  held for two days.

College Principal Usha Singh extended the programme by a day so as not to disappoint Khan. 
Computer experts from the Mumbai- based IT institute, Aptech, taught students to use MS-Office, Internet and sending emails at the programme. Around 280 students  took part in the workshop.

These programmes help student expand their horizon, said JDWC Principal  Singh.

6 Mantras for Leadership skills   
Leadership skills are not inborn but inculcated; BIT-Patna director S.L.Gupta told the student of applied economics and commerce department of Patna University on April10.
“If you try to do something honestly, you will definitely be successful. No one is born as a leader, leadership is something to be learnt,” he said, while addressing a workshop.
Gupta asked students to follow his six mantras to become a leader.
“Energy, patience, commitment, excitement for work, reasoning power and setting an example in whatever you do-thee qualities are needed to be come a leader” sad Gupta.  M.K.Sinha,vicepresident, National Human Resource Development Patna chapter, was also present at the workshop. He advised students to be assertive.
Being assertive gives you the best chance or delivering your message, “he said.

-Compiled by Prem Ranjan-

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Live in relationships+ Brand new corporate lawyers!

Seminar: on live-in relationships

Patna: Live-in relationships are a fact of post-modern aspirational India, and it’s high time that one brings the issue to the discussion table. So, on April 24-25, here’s a seminar that needs to be noticed at AN Sinha Institute, near Gandhi Maidan.

 Nearly 30 speakers from across the country would participate in a UGC-sponsored national seminar on ‘Live-in relationship in the India context’ to be held at the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies on April 24 and 25.
The seminar, being organized under the aegis of TPS college, would be inaugurated by Justice (retired) Rajendra Prasad, member, Bihar Human Rights commission (BHRC), and presided over by Magadh University’s former vice-chancellor Arun Kumar.
Organizing secretary of the college seminar committee, Shyamal Kishore, and media in charge Abu Bakar Rizvi said that live-in relationship is a contemporary and contentious subject and it would be one of the few national seminars organized on the topic.
Rest assured that the discussions will be around hetero- normative live in relationships!

CLNU: New Corporate Legal eagles! 

Congratulations to our Corporate lawyers to be from Chanakya Law University !

Final year students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna, Himanshu Shekhar, Arun Kumar, Ruchi Singh, Swati and Shilpi received offer letters from Quislex LPO based in Hyderabad on Saturday. The annual package being offered to the students is Rs 5.5 lakh.
this post was prepared by Prem Ranjan

Friday, 12 April 2013

Rainbow over IIT Delhi

From The Indian Institute of Technology, emerges a rainbow....
Indradhanu, the first gender and sexuality support group at IIT Delhi, is not interested in half-measures: “We want to hear ‘we love you’ rather than ‘we love you anyway’”, Kapil Rananaware, a third-year B-tech student and one of the group’s founders, as reported in ‘Time Out'.

 The former, he said, is acceptance, while the latter is just tolerance – it’s like “saying it is unfortunate that you are like this, but we love you”.Indradhanu, which came together in January of this year, consists of both queer and straight founding members.

 Their aim is to create a “non-gendered, non-sexist” environment at IIT – an institution known for its deeply skewed sex ratio – and function as a support group for students struggling with their sexuality.

The group will go a long way to explode myths about non-heterosexual people.

Indradhanu is already quite active in creating a support structure and educating students: the group’s posters are visible all over campus and Rananaware and Anand Poonia, an electrical engineering student in his final year, recently gave a presentation attended by over 400 students. Indradhanu has also held an ori­entation for first-years, and has been pledged the assistance of a university psychiatrist to help students deal with, as Rananaware put it, “the fear, vulnerability and isolation” that non-heterosexual students experience.

Rananaware said that the group has so far enjoyed strong support from the heterosexual community at IIT and he believes it is important for other students to recognize that a LGBT support group can have heterosexual members.

Indradhanu holds twice-monthly meetings, which are attended by both straight and non-straight members. Moderators do not ask attendees about their sexuality in the meetings;rather, so far they’ve used the time to discuss how to move the group forward.

 Indradhanu will also hold open events, such as a film screening in early April (the details were yet to be confirmed at the time of going to press), and a workshop, also in the process of being planned. These events are listed on the group’s Facebook page.

Establishing Indradhanu was not easy for Rananaware, Poonia and co-founder Sanchita Srivastava (a PhD student writing a dissertation on the stigma surrounding LGBT individuals).

According to Rananaware, the first challenge was that very few students are publicly out. Rananaware himself came out last August, partly so that once Indradhanu was founded, students would have the courage to join. (He said some students still fear being associated with the group.)

An easier task was garnering the support of heterosexual students – Indradhanu’s early members found support from students in IIT’s “intellectual” community, such as members of the debate club and the National Service Scheme.

An ongoing obstacle is acquiring official permission to hold on-campus events.

The founders approached a faculty member in charge of clubs who, according to them ,“was initially very harsh and rude”, but after persistent efforts confessed that he supported their cause. However, he advised them to hold their events under the aegis of the NSS or other groups – he felt that for Indradhanu to do so independently would be “risky”.


In the meantime, Indradhanu members continue to plan events with support from other groups, hold informal sessions and spread the word on Facebook and on their Google group. They are also in touch with similar groups at other IITs, such as Saathi (IIT Bombay) and Unmukt (IIT Kanpur).

 Their increasing presence at IIT Delhi also goes a long way in battling stereotypes – both with students and professors – of LGBT students only belonging to the arts or humanities (or, for that matter, being in any way “different” from their peers).

 And the group’s members’ courage in coming out – either as non-heterosexual or as people truly accepting of non-heterosexuals – goes a long way in filling out IIT’s rainbow.

Indradhanu meets twice a month.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

More bijli for study

More Generator… for study
The Patna University administration, on the demand of Patna University Students’ Union, has decided to extend the generator facility at the central library by two hours .

On demand for ongoing examination season, generator facilities would beat power cuts till 10pm now.

Frequent power cuts make it difficult for students, especially the boarders, to study .

Patna College student Vijay Yadav said: “This is a welcome step taken by the varsity administration during the examination season. 

They can study at the library with the power on and also have access to the reference books at the Patna University Central library.”

Skill development

The department of applied economics and commerce of Patna University has organised a three-day work shop  from Monday to help students  prepare for placement  interviews

Tying up with the National HRD net-work , Patna chapter , the department is focusing on personality and skill development of the students.

Chanrama Singh , the head of department , applied economics and commerce, said close to 140 students are taking pat in the workshop .
Singh said :”During these three days ,official from National HRD(an organization run by professionals working in the corporate sector)would guide the students.” 

-From The Telegraph, Patna Edition

Dress Code : Do you want it?

The students’ Central Council of Magadh Mahila College last Saturday organised an inter-institution discussion on dress code in colleges.
 The pupils and  teachers   of Patna College, Patna Science Collage, Arvind Mahila College, JD Women’s College and the host institution, tried to find answers to the question.
Should Girls wear Jeans to College or must they have uniforms?
Jayshree Mishra , head of the department ,history ,Magadh Mahila College ,came out in support of dress code on college campuses .”If a college does not have a dress code, student more privileged than others would wear new clothes every other day. On the other hand, financially week students would have to stick to their usual clothes, which can develop inferiority complex among them. So it is better to introduce uniforms in higher educational institution,” Mishra said.
 Jessie George Modi , the principle of Women Training College , disagreed .”There should not be any dress code in the college because the students are all adults. They know what to wear and where to wear,” she said.
 Aditi , a BA part II student of Magadh Mahila College , turned the table .”If there is dress code for student in college, there should be one for teacher too,” she said.

[contributed by Prem Ranjan]

Put your comments below: DO YOU WANT DRESS CODE?

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Teacher trainees should brush up IT and communication skills

Indira Gandhi National Open University held an induction ceremony for the students of Master of Education (M.Ed), 2013 to 2015 batch on Saturday (6th April).

IGNOU Programme Officer Khagendra Kumar told the aspirants that the quality of a teacher's performance would depend on the ability and knowledge of communication technology. This is a reality in today's world.

The IGNOU instructors  present on the occasion were Kumar Sanjiv, Veena Prasad, Ajay Kumar Singh, Manisha Prasad and others.

Music and dress code at Magadh Mahila College

Is it going to be a dress code for students of Patna University and affiliated Colleges?

The University Grants Commission favours a dress code for undergraduate students, but says it could be taken up only with the consent of the students and college administrations.

Magadh Mahila College in Patna played host to a discussion on the dress code for college students on Saturday.

The Principal of Patna Women's Training College Jessie Mody, Patna University student Union president Ashish Sinha and other office bearers and faculty members of various colleges were present.

What transpired? It seems that a majority of the students are in favour of having a dress code. Surprising, isn't it?

Magadh Mahila College also conducted a two day national workshop on 'Ragas'. This workshop was conducted by thier department of Music and was held over the weekend [Friday and Saturday].
Alka Dev Marlukar performed different soulful ragas.
Head of Department Neeera Choudhary and students organised this workshop.