Inauguration of Sahyadri Management Students Association (SMSA)
The Sahyadri Management Students Association (SMSA) for the Academic year 2019-20 was inaugurated by Mr. Darshan Jain, Partner-Ace Promoters & Developers as the Chief Guest; Dr. R Srinivasa Rao Kunte, Principal and Dr. Vishal Samartha, Director-MBA on 4th Oct’19.
Mr. Darshan during his inaugural address reminded the council members of the moral and social responsibility they have as members of the council towards the society in which they operate. He appreciated Sahyadri for making such a forum available to the students wherein they start grooming themselves as leaders. He said – As leaders it is very important to treat their subordinates with great concern and respect. The office bearers were lead through oath taking by Prof. Samarth Shenoy. Mr. Bhagwandas, President of SMSA shared the Plan of Action of the Academic Year 2019-20.
Workshop conducted on Financial Literacy, Computer Literacy
A workshop was conducted by the Banking Association of the Department of Business Administration on, "Financial LiteracyComputer Literacy” for the students of Government Higher Primary School, Ammunje village, Bantwal taluk.
Forty-seven students and three faculty members of the Banking Association conducted the workshop for the students of standard VI and VII on various schemes run by the banks, various methods of banking transactions and the precautions to be taken while undertaking banking transactions. The students also guided them on the basics of computer operations. The Association conducted various activities for the students of the school and distributed prizes and study materials. The activity was organised with the help of our Trustee, Shri. Devadas Hegde, an alumnus of the school. The school administration applauded the efforts of the teams’ overwhelming gesture towards the children who are deprived of some of the basic amenities. The Headmaster thanked the entire Team Sahyadri for bringing smiles on the faces of the young school children. It was a memorable experience for the final year banking students which they would cherish all their lives.
Panel Discussion on Union Budget2016-17
A Panel Discussion on the Union Budget 2016-17 was held in the campus in collaboration with Kanara Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mangalore. G. V. Joshi, professor of economics, Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management, Rammohan Pai Maroor, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mangalore, Mahesh Chandra Alva, regional training manager-south, HDFC Bank Ltd, Bangalore, Agnish A, team leader, Oracle Financial Services, Bangalore and Kiran Vasanth, chartered accountant, Mangalore were the resource persons.
A P Achar, director, department of business administration, welcomed the gathering and shared the relevance of conducting events of this nature that make students aware of the tax regime which affects their day-to-day life.
Mahesh Chandra Alva in his overview of the UnionBudget 2016-17 acclaimed that this is one of the bestbudgets so far as the government has looked at the macro angle and we can foresee the Indian economy growing at a faster pace. This budget will give impetus for better growth.
Rammohan Pai, in his talk regarding Public Expenditure highlighted the nine pillars outlined by Arun Jaitley, finance minister of India. He also stated that the rich, middle class and the poor have equally benefitted from this budget.
Agnish A, in his speech regarding stock market mentioned that this budget was a ‘Robin HoodBudget’ – pulling money from the luxury class and investing in the rural class. This budget will attract FDI in the agriculture sector.
Kiran Vasanth, talking on Public Revenue emphasized that the scenario is not good globally and most of the countries are losing, however India is comparatively still better. He highlighted certain cosmetic changes made in the tax structure and the reforms brought about in the budget shall inculcate the saving habits amongst the youngsters. He is of the opinion that tax disputes will be settled more quickly and corrupt practices will be majorly reduced. He concluded saying – ‘This budget has injected us with the right spirit’.
G V Joshi moderated the panel discussion and during the course of the question and answer session he highlighted that the manufacturing sector should grow which will create jobs for youth in other sectors as well. He concluded stating that – ‘No single centralbudget can meet expectations of everyone and we cannot expect miracle, but should be realistic”.
Panel Discussion on “Karnataka StateBudget 2016-17”
Panel Discussion on “Karnataka State Budget 2016-17” was organized by the Department of Business Administration. Prof. Premalatha Pai, HOD – Economics, SVS College, Bantwal, Mr. Badruddin Azman, an Industrialist, Belthangady & Mr. Santhosh Prabhu, Practicing Lawyer, Udupi were the resource persons for the programme.
Dr. Vishal Samartha, Director, Department of Business Administration welcomed the gathering and gave a glimpse of our institution & the department. Mr. Raghavendra Prabhu, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, shared the relevance of ‘State Budget session’ to the students as they would step into the corporate field very soon and would be beneficial to them from the point of Tax, Savings, Loan and also to support their parents with the knowledge they have on the budget.
Prof. Premalatha Pai in her session on ‘Impact ofBudget on Agriculture & Industry’ mentioned that Union Budget holds greater value than State Budget. She appreciated our Chief Minister, that this time; he has totally delinked himself from AHINDA schemes but focused on other sectors which need utmost attention. She valued the intentions of the budget to make all the Bhagya schemes a reality now which shall turn out to be Sowbhagya’s for the state, however every action plan is effective only when it is time-bound. She was of the opinion that Agriculture has not been given as much importance as it needs to be given. Industry sector has been given still lesser importance and budget allocation. Priority was given to Education, Water resources and Rural Development. She concluded her session by stating that focus should have been on the challenges related to Power shortage, maintenance of Water Canals, Agriculture and Industry. However the intention of thebudget looked like ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ – Too many schemes for development, but less budget has been allocated for each scheme.
Mr. Badruddin Azman in his session on ‘Impact ofBudget on Education’ appreciated the management for organizing an event of such nature since in few months, students would be attending interviews and knowledge of the candidates shall be tested on the awareness they have about issues related to the state and the nation. He acclaimed the encouragement given to increase the number of hostels for students of backward class and Morarji Desai Schools. IT in school concept has been motivated profoundly. He appreciated the stimulation given to government schools related to ‘Lab in Box’ concept wherein students shall have major exposure to science related matters. He brought into light the award announced for the toppers - 500 students of SSLC and PUC of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively. He concluded the session by mentioning of the support given to Incubation Centers in Management & Technical Institutes.
Mr. Santhosh Prabhu in his session on ‘Tax proposals in Budget’ mentioned that there is no much scope for taxes in state government as the tax powers are vested with the union government. Value Added Tax is the major source of revenue which contributes to 61% and then the State Excise Duty which is increased on Alcohol. He stressed on the initiative taken by the state of honoring the honest payers of Value Added Tax. He concluded the session by stating that a person cannot avoid two things – Tax and Death. Death is certain and Tax cannot be avoided.
The forum was then open for Question & Answer session which was an interactive session that allowed enthusiastic students to clear their doubts and share their views on the State Budget 2016.
Mr. Santhosh Prabhu Addresses MBA Students on Intellectual Property Law
Mr. Santhosh Prabhu, advocate, addressed the second semester MBA students on “Intellectual Property Law.” In his lecture he explained the concept of intellectual property and the subject matter of intellectual property which includes literary and other works like inventions designs trademarks computer programs, etc. He also gave a brief history of Patent Law and the Indian Patent Act 1970. He explained the meaning of inventions and their salient features and the meaning of patent. Further, he elaborated on the administration of the patent system in India and the procedure for grant of patent which involves various steps from filling an application for a patent to grant and scaling of patent.
Corporate Guest Lecture on “Trading in Stock Market”
A corporate guest lecture on “Trading in Stock Market” was organized by the department of business administration. Mr.Santhosh, Relationship Manager, Way to Wealth Brokers Pvt Ltd was the resource person.
During the interactive session, he spoke on history of stock market, basics of financial markets, methods of investing in the equity and derivative markets in India, practical challenges of intra-day trading, Demat account opening procedures etc. He motivated the students to start trading as it would be the best secondary source of income against an uncertain future. Forty four students of final year Core Finance and Marketing & Finance Specialization attended the lecture.
Industry Experts Interact with MBAs in Exclusive Workshop
Ms. Anushree Rai, an HR Executive, Cognizant, Mangalore, enlightened students on the real work scenario in HR domain. She was instrumental in sharing the step by step process of an HR function and highlighted the various opportunities available in HR, from which aspirants can choose from. She gave an insight about the various areas related to HR – Recruitment & Selection, On-boarding, Induction, HR Business Partner, Talent Development (Learning & Development), Talent Deployment and so on.
She emphasised that individuals aspiring to be an HR should be polished in speaking and cannot make remarks upfront. They should be a good listener, empathise and should be well acquainted with new technologies in HR. She stressed on the fact that individuals seeking opportunities in HR should posses extraordinary skills and should be a distinguished contributor which shall widen their scope in HR.
She stimulated students to grab the first opportunity that comes their way even if it is an opportunity to work in a recruitment consultancy firm which will pave the way towards a well-established organisation.
Mr. Zeeshan Ramlan, Lead HR, Infosys, Mangalore, a recipient of Special Recognition award conferred by Kris Gopalakrishna (Ex-CEO of Infosys) for his contributions in promoting culture and people engagement at Infosys, shed light on the HR profession and its challenges. He is also the founder of NGO - “Ramlans Charitable Trust”®, which works for less fortunate people in the society. He highlighted that HR is a one-point of contact, which is responsible for all functions from Recruitment to Exit of an employee. He emphasised that an individual seeking a career in HR should be compassionate, should possess leadership ability, take risks and rough decisions. He introduced the students to the key areas of an HR domain – Employee Engagement, Attrition Control, Compensation & Benefits, Disciplinary Issues etc., He urged the students to be proficient in technology as HR process is completely digitalized.
Ms. Prajwala Preema Rodrigues, Head of the HR Department, SCS Hospital Pvt Ltd, Mangalore, is an alumna of Sahyadri MBA. She is the point of contact for end-to-end Human Resource related functions in the current role. In her session, she shared the importance of being humble and also being a perpetual learner since she learnt a lot from her colleagues and supervisors. She emphasised that communication skill is the prime requirement of which listening skills is the priority. She highlighted that an HR should posses Emotional Intelligence which includes Self-Reflection, Self-Regulation, Self-Motivation, Empathy and Social Skills. She urged the students to take part in all management fests and student development activities conducted by the faculties which gives an exposure and makes an individual a right fitment in the industry.
She concluded her session by thanking her guides and mentors of Sahyadri MBA who have played a key role in her success as an HR today. Students raised multiple questions which will assist them in choosing their specialization and the key resource persons clarified all doubts by sharing real life scenarios
Sahyadri MBA industry visit to Goa
As a part of the course curriculum, final Year MBA students went on an industrial visit to Goa. Students had an opportunity to be a part of a presentation at CIBA (Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration) in addition to the visit to two industries. The industries visited were Goa Shipyard, a Government ship building yard and Monginis, an Indian pastry and bakery chain.
At Goa Shipyard, students were appraised of the floating dry-dock, specially used to repair the bottom of the ship. Students had an interactive session with the Safety Officer and got answers to their queries related to measures taken by the organisation to ensure safety of their employees.
At Monginis, students were exposed to the entire production system of cake making, from refining of raw materials, baking of cake, garnishing of cake to how it is stored and dispatched to various outlets across Goa and neighbouring states. It was fascinating to see how the factory was departmentalized based on the routine cakes and special order cakes which required employees who were specialists in cake designing. This visitenhanced the understanding of the theoretical concepts into practicality.
At CIBA; ranked fourth in the whole of India, students were equipped with enhanced understanding of entrepreneurship. They briefed the students on business avenues available and also narrated the examples of entrepreneurs who have reached greater heights and evolved as successful entrepreneurs with the aid of CIBA. Following this, students were taken for a round to Incubation Centre, Food Processing Laboratory, Digital Laboratories etc. Mr. Venu Gopal T R, Manager, Technology Business Incubator, was fascinated on realizing that Sahyadri also has a newly built Incubation Centre and expressed his interest to visitus soon.
The visit to Goa was an enriching experience for the students as they gained knowledge about the production process, HR policies and procedures, marketing strategies, financial aspects, quality of work life, employee morale and satisfaction index.
Sahyadri Leadership Summit gets underway in the Campus
A two days leadership summit on “Managing Business during Uncertain Times- Unique Challenges and Smart Solutions” was organised by the Department of Business Administration in Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management.
The summit was inaugurated by Mr. Ananth Ravi, Senior Vice President of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. In his inaugural address he said that the business environment was stable till 1990. Due to liberalization, rapid technological innovation, change in customer preference, uncertainty has become the order of the day. The gap between growth and recession is very narrow and it throws a lot of challenges in managing business.
Mr. M.C. Dinesh, Vice President, FKCCI, in his key note address pointed out that there is a mismatch between academia and industry and the skill gap existing needs to be narrowed down to cater to the needs of the 21st century knowledge economy. Mr. Dinesh said that by 2020-25 India can become a three trillion dollar economy if we size up, scale up & speed up as a country with the largest skilled force. He emphasized that when five hundred million young Indians have the requisite skills to be industry-ready , India can aspire to go to next level and become the world’s supply chain for skilled work force. To leverage this history -shifting opportunity, we need to develop our leadership skills, NOW.
Dr. Manjunath Bhandary Chairman of Bhandary Foundation in his Presidential remarks stressed that aleader must have confidence, commitment, dedication, accountability, responsibility to overcome the uncertainties in business. He also stressed on the fact that uncertainty is faced in all walks of life but being proactive and vigilant is the dire necessity.
Dr. Umesh M. Bhushi, Principal, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management welcomed the gathering and Dr. A.P. Achar, Director, Department of Business Administration gave an overview about the Summit.
The 1st session was on Managing business during uncertainty: unique challenges, smart solutions. The resource persons for the session were Mr.Srinivas H.N. General manager, Taj group Mumbai and Mr.Ramkumar seshu , Chairman, Skill, Education and HR committee, FKCCI. The session was chaired by Mr.Ananth Ravi Senior Vice President of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
The afternoon session was on the topic Contextualleadership styles for sustaining and growth in volatile environment. The resource persons for the session were Mr.Augustus Azariya Associate Director-HR, IBM, India , Dr. Jebin Manohar Director HR and Talent Mangement Aptean Bengaluru and M. Jeba Kumar, Director HR& Legal Services/ Past Chairman NIPM
Valedictory of LeadershipSummit 2015
The first day of the summit ended with a cultural extravaganza with a number of performances from the students followed by a network dinner.
The second day of the leadership summitstarted with a session on Knowledge management and Business analytics. The session was chaired by Dr. Bagali, Professor, Jain University and the resource person for the session was Mr. N.M. Sharma, Vice president-Analytics, TCS, Bangalore.
Dr. Bagali, Professor, Jain University laid the theme of the session and background of the topic.
Mr. N.M. Sharma emphasized that data is fundamental for analytics. He spoke on the marketing analytics, Finance analytics and the HR analytics. He spoke on the virtual mirror which will be seen in the near future. He stressed on the heights of analytics and how the data is processed multi dimensionally.
The next session was on Imperatives of Talent management. The session was chaired by Mr. VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director, Volvo Buses, India and the resource person for the session was Mr. M. Jeba Kumar, Director HR and Legal services and past chairman of NIPM.
Mr. VRV Sriprasad stressed that in the future there will be a war for talents. Countries have not focused on developing the talents. He said that an average Indian is far ahead of all in terms of intellect. He said that the traditional Indian gurukul system nurtured talents but the present educational system is just blindly following and not focusing on developing talents.
Mr. Jeba Kumar stated that once a talent is not always a talent because we live in a changing world. Change is making so much of an impact that there needs to be learning at every step. He said that there are several critical talent imperatives for 2015 such as driving performance and development, assessing and improving corporate culture, accelerating competency development and so on.
The second day leadership summitconcluded with a valedictory address by Mr. VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director, Volvo Buses, India and a speech by Mr.Srinath Birur, Co-Chairman Skill, Education and HR committee, FKCCI and Dr. Umesh M Bhushi, Principal Shyadri Collegeof Engineering & Management. Mr. Manjunath Bhandary gave the presidential remarks.
Mr. Karimbil Kannan Nair Shares Workplace Ethics with MBA Students
Mr. Karimbil Kannan Nair, Business Development Manager, ACE Promoters & Developers, Mangaluru, had an experience sharing session with the final year MBA students on the relevance of ‘Workplace Ethics’ in the present business scenario.
Mr. Kannan started his career in Manipal Informatics as a Sales Executive handling American & UK clients. He then moved to Mphasis, An HP Company wherein he saw multiple promotions from a Senior Customer Support Officer to an Operations Manager position. He is also an Agriculturist cultivating rubber plants in Kerala. Being passionate about cricket, he has represented Karnataka under 16, 19 and 22 in Zonal Cricket. He has also represented Karavali Cricket Club, Mangaluru to play club matches in South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.
In the next one or two months, our student’s would step into their career and it is critical for them to understand the nitty-gritty of workplace ethics. He shared his personal anecdotes giving references on how important it is to build trust & credibility in the organization he/she works for, which in turn can fetch growth opportunities and recognitions. He narrated instances of his life wherein one of the factors – ‘Ego’ deprived him of opportunities in reaching greater heights in the field of cricket. He urged the students to practice professionalism in the workplace and created awareness among the students of the various severity levels of disciplinary actions that can be taken against employees who violate company policies & procedures. He also emphasized that employers do not appreciate company resources being utilized for personal reasons hence students should be watchful of using internet facilities, computers and other infrastructure that are meant for official purpose alone.
He opened the forum for discussion on “Death of Privacy due to Social Media” and shared few facts on how social networking posts have led to death of privacy. He also urged the students to be observant of their posts on social networking sites as this may lead to breach of privacy. All his experiences portrayed the meaning of Workplace Ethics as “Doing the right thing even when no one is watching”. It was an interactive session and the students were able to relate to the scenarios well with the anecdotes shared by him.
The Joy of Giving & Sharing
The students and staff of the Department of Business Administration visited Bhagini Samaj an orphanage at Jeppu, Mangalore and contributed liberally their might and money to the orphans. The kids were in the age group of infants to 12 years. They were provided with school wearing black shoes, socks, a thermos flask, bath towels, tooth brushes, rice and all other grocery items required for a month for forty-three children. The students spent time with the kids, gave performances and enjoyed the joy of giving and sharing.
College to Corporate Guest Talk for MBAs
Mr. Ronald Mendonca, Principal Consultant and Career Coach, SMART Solutions, Mangalore, addressed the second year MBA Students on the topic 'College to Corporate'. Some of the students have already been placed and the rest are in the process of being hired. Mr. Mendonca conducted an interactive session which urged the students to share their thoughts and ideas relating to the domain in which they would like to expertise - HR, Finance and Marketing. Students had an opportunity to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and work on their weaknesses which can take them to greater heights in their career. Mr. Medonca briefed the students on the corporate expectations with regards to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and even urged the students to inculcate the habit of reading that can polish their skills and make them fit to the industry.
Mr. Mohit Shetty of MetricStream Addresses Students of MBA
The Department of Business Administration organized a guest lecture for the HR specialization students of the department. Mr. Mohit Shetty, Senior Strategic HR Business Partner, MetricStream, Bangalore, was the resource person. He addressed the students on the various "Recruiting Skills" that are required for the HR students to assess the candidates lined up for interview as most of the HR students would choose HR-Recruiter as their career to begin with. He gave clear inputs on the corporate expectations from the HR-Recruiter. In addition to this, he has been instrumental in sharing the current trends in recruitment and gave the students the practical exposure to use the search engines on Job Portals. Students in the role of an HR Recruiter had to close vacancies within the stipulated time frame in an activity session coordinated by Mr. Mohit Shetty.
Sahyadrians at the Youth Rally
To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a all time youth Icon, a huge rally and state level youth convention was orgainised at Mangalore. More than 350 students and staff of Sahyadri College participated in the rally. The rally procession began at 9.30 am from Nehru Maidan and reached Ramakrishna Mission compound at Mangaladevi around 1:00 p.m. The Youth Rally was jointly organized by the District Administration (D.K.), Jilla Panchayat (DK), District Sports & Service Department,(D.K.) and Ramakrishna Mission (Mangalore).
Business Opportunity Identification: Day-2 of Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp
The second day of the three-day VTU sponsored Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp began with a session on "Business Opportunity Identification", by Dr. Chidananda Gavimath, Special Officer, VTU. He addressed the students about the new business opportunities available if perceived beyond the usual dimension. He discussed about the bio-diesel project undertaken by him and the various benefits derived from the project. Mr. Addoor Krishna Rao, Retired Director, VTU, briefed about the requirements to start a new business. He called on the student community to look beyond the obvious to identify new business opportunities.
Post lunch, the participants visited Gunashree Cashew Industry as a part of industry exposure. The students were accompanied by faculty members, Mr. Ragavendra Prabhu, Mr. Ramesh and Ms. Shilpa Shetty of the Department of Business Administration.
CSR initiative by MARKUS the MBA Marketing Club
As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, MARKUS; the Marketing Club of the Department of Business Administration with an initiative called, ‘Hand & Heart’, identified an orphanage called Chinnara Thangudhama within Mangalore city which houses around fifty talented children, aged 6 to 10 years and has earned its reputation of a reliable and enthusiastic organization. With the Club motto being `Empowering Hands, Touching Hearts’, the members of Hand & Heart were determined to associate with the administration of Chinnara Tangudhama and help to better the lives of children by extending generous donations and participation in this great social cause to get closer to their dream.
These children have expressed a deep interest in the arts and have participated in various regional contests. Chinnara Thangudhama not only provides shelter to unfortunate children, but also works for their education and finds foster parents too. The administration of the orphanage has decided to initiate an education program aimed at teaching art to children and helping them develop their artistic skills.
The MARKUS team visited the orphanage and interacted with the children and held a drawing competition for them. They conducted fun games and oral communication skills. Later, they spread smiles and touched the hearts of the children by donating a book shelf, a water purifier and books and stationery for use of the children.
International Conference on AgribusinessManagement - Opportunities and Challenges Gets Underway in the Campus
The three-day International Conference on AgribusinessManagement-`Opportunities and Challenges’ got underway in the Campus with 200 delegates including 35 internationaldelegates from 3 countries taking part in the inaugural programme. Dr. Chowdappa P., Director, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, inaugurating the programme, spoke about the shift from agriculture toagribusiness, attracting young stars towards agribusiness by making agribusiness a profitable venture.
Dr. P. Chandra Shekara, Director, AgribusinessCentre, MANAGE, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, was the keynote speaker for the programme. Dr. Manjunath Bhandary, Chairman, Bhandary Foundation, in his presidential address spoke about the culture and in agribusiness. He gave many examples of his life to define the culture in agribusiness. Dr. Umesh M. Bhushi, Principal, gave the welcome address, Dr A. P. Achar, Director, Department of Business Administration, gave the overview of the conference.
The international conference is organised by the Department of Business Administration in association with National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad and the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, is supporting this conference as knowledge partner.
A cultural extravaganza after the formal programme was held for the participants of the Conference where Sahyadrians showcased their talent in vocal music, instrumental music and dance.
Eminent Experts Address Opportunities and Challenges in the International Conferenceon Agribusiness Management
On the second day of the International Conference onAgribusiness Management Mr. H. S. Krishna Murthy addressed the topic on `Agri Entrepreneurship’ along with skill development. Dr. Maheshwarappa, CPCRI, Kasargod, was the moderator for the session. Dr. Manjunath, Director, SKDRDP took up the second session on `Retaining Youth in Agriculture and Women in Agribusiness.’ He spoke about the importance of family structure in agriculture and stressed on the point that youth today are no more interested in agriculture and also the hardships the Indian farmers go through as the returns in farming is too far and too less. The session was moderated by Dr. Udayachandra, Professor, SDM, Ujire.
The third session was on `infrastructural and Institutional Framework of Agribusiness Management’ which was delivered by Dr. Philip, Director, Department of Master of Business Administration, Kerala Agricultural University. He emphasized on the management skills that are required inagribusiness management. He made a special mention of communication skills, analytical skills, computer skills and critical thinking which is imperative for any manager inagribusiness. He said that an individual should have both; aptitude and attitude to serve in rural areas. Institutions should foster case method of learning rather than lecture method and the faculties should have expertise and industry exposure in addition to mentoring students. The session was moderated by Dr. M. M. Bagali, Professor, Jain University, Bangalore.
Mr. Arunkumar Khannur, Chairman and CEO of ISQT Process and Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, spoke on 'Agricultural Marketing-Domestic and International Agricultural Trade and Marketing Policies.' He enlightened the audience on the use of technology which he believes can help farmers to eliminate middleman. He stressed that, agricultural marketing needs to be reoriented to respond to the market need. Delegates then presented their research papers after the sessions by the eminent experts.
On the final and concluding day of the three-day InternationalConference on Agribusiness Management, Mr. Mahadevaiah, Former Deputy Director, C.F.T.R.I, Mysore, engaged an interesting session on `Processing of Fruits and Vegetables for Value Addition.’ He spoke about the processing of various fruits and vegetables and the availability of market and technology for the same. The session was moderated by Dr. Sandeep. Dr. Allen Pereira, Former Director, National Institute of Bank Management then delivered the final session on `Agriculture Services: Finance, Insurance and Extension.’ Delegates then presented their research papers after the sessions by the eminent experts.
Dr. L. C. Soans, Soans Farm, Moodbidri, was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory function which was presided over by Dr. Umesh M. Bhushi, Principal, Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Mangalore.
Exposure Visit to “NammaBhoomi, near Kundapura
A group of second year MBA students along with seven faculty members, Mr. Raghavendra Prabhu, Dr. Vishal Samartha, Mr. Ramesh, Mr. Girish, Ms. Sushma, Mr. Abhay Kumar and Mr. Lokesha visited “Namma Bhoomi (Our Earth)” ,a NGO nominated thrice for Nobel Peace Prize Award near Kundapura. The group of students and faculty members were welcomed by Mr. Nagaraj, Officer In-charge,Vocational Training, Namma Bhoomi and his team. Mr. Ramesh Mayya briefed the students on the parent organization “The Concerned for Working Children”.
He briefed that the organization was a 30 year old organization and their programmes cover the rural and urban districts of Karnataka reaching out to working children and their communities, school children and local governments. He informed about the evolution of Makkala Panchayats and how it has been implemented by the government today.
The students and the faculty members were taken around the 6.5 acres of the campus and were explained the different training programmes that the students at their campus undergo which include Garment Stitching, Carpentry, Beautician Course, Computers, Pottery, Dairy and Farming.
Namma Bhoomi has residential accommodation at “Namma Halli”, a safe and funspace for 200 children. Recently, NammaNalanda Vidyapeetha has been launched in a 10.5 acres campus close to NammaBhoomi to house the educational activities.
Namma Angadi, a collective marketing platform for young traditional crafts persons of Karnataka was started in 1993 to empower young adults with a vocation and livelihood so that they need not migrate to urban centers in search of a livelihood and also to keep alive the rich tradition of rural India. The students and the faculty members enlightened on this concept and all of them were able to shop the products too which included Kurta, Kurti, Clay Items, Key Chains, Jute Bags, Patch work bags etc.
The MBA students conducted different activities for the children at the NGO and also shared their experiences which could help them build their career. They also donated stationary at the NGO.
Out Bound Training Programme for MBA Students
The Department of Business Administration organized a one-day Outbound Training Programme for second year MBA students at Lobo’s River View, Morgansgate, Mangaluru. The faculty members of the department, Dr. Vishal, Ms. Sushma, Ms. Gayathri, Ms. Divya, Mr. Karthik and Mr. Abhay co-ordinated the program.
This one-day programme was organized with an objective to enhance team building and create team bonding. The natural environment setting at Lobo’s RiverView and the various outdoor activities conducted added to the learning and fun quotient of this training.
The students underwent various activities like ice breaker with “Make in India” concept, poster making with theme “Sahyadri 2020”, role plays and conflict management, games, etc. The students were able to understand the importance of learning open communication, team strategies for reaping the required results, confidence, positive attitude and building common vision, values and team spirit.