4th EAC by Oakbrook Business School

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OBS organised its 4th EAC on 24th -26th March 2015 at PHG Municipal Arts & Science College, Kalol. The camp had a huge participant of students from the science stream who were eager to know about entrepreneurship and its impact in their careers in the coming years. The speakers for the first day of the camp were Ms. Nita Shah, (Ex. Chairperson, Gujarat Chambers) and Mr. Jayant Athavale (Entrepreneurship Expert). The topics covered on the first day were:

  • Entrepreneurship Development Challenges and Success
  • Business Opportunities, identification & Selection
  • How to raise and manage finance
  • Market assessment and marketing for small business

Speaker 1: Ms. Nita Shah (Ex Chairperson, Gujarat Chambers) possesses more than 30 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship. She started her career by managing a printing press and later on moved to inspire other women entrepreneurs. She has worked in a number of NGOs in the field of women empowerment and has trained more than 60,000 women. She has achieved a number of accolades from Gujarat Chamber of Commerce including a lifetime achievement award. Currently she is associated with Narottam Lalbhai Group of Arvind Ltd.

Ms. Nita started her session by talking about entrepreneurship and later on about women entrepreneurs. She then explained about the nukes of Entrepreneurship with an engaging presentation. She stated that entrepreneurship is not an easy manoeuvre and one must be ready for immense hard-work and be brave to take ample risks. She said that an entrepreneurs needs to do a thorough background study of the market, target consumers, feasibility of the product, costing and profit margin before taking a leap into a business.

Ms. Nita Shah took another session on Business Opportunities, identification & Selection. She explained the students about identifying business opportunities by observing thoroughly, doing market analysis and figuring out the needs and demands of the target consumer. She said that setting up an enterprise is a step-wise process and if followed properly with innovative ideas, a fruitful business plan can be prepared easily. She concluded her session by saying that it needs tedious hard-work to start a venture but abundant patience in order to see results. She ended her session by advising students to take a plunge and push the entrepreneurial spirit in them.

Speaker 2: Mr. Jayant Athavale (Entrepreneurship Expert)

Mr. Jayant Athavale is an MBA from University of Poona. He has a prolific experience of working in Govt. as well as corporate sector. He has worked with GIIC 7 GITCO in the field of entrepreneurial and industries development. He has been working as a consultant since 1990 and has played pivotal role in setting up a number of ventures. Mr. Athavale has prominent teaching experience and currently works as visiting faculty at EDI. He has also worked with NGOs and & bodies like International Labour Organisation (ILO), ICECD and many more.

Mr. Athavale had a very interactive session with the students. He asked the students if they had thought of plunging into entrepreneurship. He asked the students basic questions and made the session engaging and interesting. He gradually moved on to the topic of fund procurement and marketing for a new venture. He gave many examples and made the students understand about the impact of marketing in today’s world. He ended his session by asking the students about their perceptions and doubts about entrepreneurship. He happily answered the curious students and enlightened them with his prolific knowledge and experience.

Day 2

The second day of EAc was all the more exciting. The esteemed speakers for the 2nd day were Mr. Mahesh Barot (Entrepreneur) and Mr. Hiranya Vyas (Entrepreneurship Expert). The topics covered on the 2nd day were:

  • Career in entrepreneurship; experience sharing with Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurial Competency & Success
  • Business Planning and Feasibility Assessment
  • Schemes and assistance to new Entrepreneur

Speaker 1: Mr. Mahesh Barot (Entrepreneur)

Mr. Mahesh Barot has more than 25 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship & Development. He has been training a number of individuals including 4000 widows in rural areas across Gujarat. He has also worked with TATA steel in Orissa where he trained people in the field of entrepreneurship development. Mr. Barot is a successful entrepreneur and has developed a start-up of food products since 3 years.

Mr. Barot started his session by introducing himself and interacted with students. He then gave a detailed summary of the work he did in training and development in the field of entrepreneurship. He explained that it was extremely important to reach the masses and help them with the skills which can make them self-sufficient. Mr. Barot also talked about the plight of widows in the state of Gujarat and how he trained them in entrepreneurship.  Students were extremely delighted to hear how training in entrepreneurship can change one’s life.

In the next session, Mr. Barot talked about his entrepreneurial venture. He stated how he decided to establish his own start-up and the difficulties he faced while developing the plant, procuring raw material, machines, man-power, licences, loans etc. He gave insights on marketing, quality and feasibility of the products. He stated an entrepreneur can only be successful if he/she has ability to take huge risks. In addition to the risk taking ability, one must also possess remarkable determination and faith in themselves. Mr. Barot ended his session by advising the students to be diligent and take risks in their ventures in the coming future.

Speaker 2: Mr. Hiranya Vyas (Entrepreneurship expert)

Mr. Hiranya Vyas is a BSc. LB from Gujarat University. He has more than 30 years of experience as an Entrepreneurship trainer. He has worked with Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI). Mr. Vyas has also worked with Cadilla labs in the past and hence he also has enough corporate experience. Currently he is a trainer at Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD).

Mr. Hiranya Vyas conducted a very engaging session by a detailed powerpoint presentation. He explained about the nuances of Business planning and feasibility assessment by giving simple examples. He stated that a it is extremely important to prepare a  full-proof business plan before plunging into a business venture. He added that it is inevitable to study the market, identify the target audience, demand of the market and thereby assess feasibility of the plan. He asked several questions to the participants and kept them engaged throughout the session.

The second session was on the topic “Schemes and assistance to new entrepreneur”. Mr. Vyas gave a detailed explanation about various Government schemes which aid entrepreneurs in their ventures. He talked about a wing of government called “MSME” i.e. Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. He gave a list of several other entities like GVFL, Indextb, GITCO etc. which help the innovative entrepreneurs financially as well as technically. Students were surprises and delighted to know that such bodies exist for facilitating start-ups and Government plays an active role in fostering them.

Day 3

Speaker: Mr. Chandramauli Pathak (Entrepreneurship Expert)

Session 1: Industrial visit

The third day of the EAC started with Industrial visit to Windsor Industries in Chattral, Ahmedabad. The students were very excited to visit the industry, they were taken to show all the units of the production department right from welding to paint workshop to the manufacturing. The students enjoyed their visit and also asked several questions to the coordinators about machines.

Session 2: “Achievement Motivation”

The second session of the day was conducted at Oakbrook Business School by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. Each of the students were divided into groups and given newspapers and other waste items to make apparel or accessory. They were then asked to present and market their products. The students soon got engaged in creating some creatively unique products from Newspapers, straws, pins, glue sticks and other available stationery. Each of the groups presented their products and two best groups were chosen as winners according to their marketing and presentation skills.At the end of the day, the students were asked to give feedback of the camp and they stated that they learnt new things each day and would be eager to attend such program in the future.

Day 3

Speaker: Mr. Chandramauli Pathak (Entrepreneurship Expert)

The third day of the EAC started with Industrial visit to Windsor Industries in Chattral, Ahmedabad. The students were very excited to visit the industry, they were taken to show all the units of the production department right from welding to paint workshop to the manufacturing. The students enjoyed their visit and also asked several questions to the coordinators about machines.

The second session of the day was conducted at Oakbrook Business School by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. Each of the students were divided into groups and given newspapers and other waste items to make apparel or accessory. They were then asked to present and market their products. The students soon got engaged in creating some creatively unique products from Newspapers, straws, pins, glue sticks and other available stationery. Each of the groups presented their products and two best groups were chosen as winners according to their marketing and presentation skills.At the end of the day, the students were asked to give feedback of the camp and they stated that they learnt new things each day and would be eager to attend such program in the future.

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“Pragati” by AIMA in association with Oakbrook Business School

Pragati at OBS

The All India Management Association (AIMA) is a body to pool management thoughts in the country to develop a national managerial ethos, an organisation to facilitate the furtherance of the management profession in the country. AIMA has established close linkages with over 3000 institutions and over 30,000 individual professionals directly and through network of the Local Management Associations. AIMA’s activities include Distance management Education, management Development Programmes, National Events, Competitions, Research, Publication and Testing Services.

Oakbrook Business School (OBS) always strives to evolve by engaging in various development events along with nurturing professional managerial talent who can shape business around the world. In order to do our bit for the celebration of womanhood; Oakbrook Business School (OBS) proudly associates with All India Management Association (AIMA) to conduct “Pragati.

“Pragati” is an event celebrating the achievements of women and appreciating the courageous women around us; the event constitutes a panel discussion followed by a quiz.  The event is adorned by the presence of:

  •           Mr Neeraj Kapoor ,Director AIMA
  •            Mr RS Sodhi ,MD (GCMMF), Anand

Date: 13th March, 2015

Venue: Oakbrook Business School

Please note that the event participation fee is Rs. 5000. Your registration fee will be waived if you register through Oakbrook Business School. Feel free to contact us at any hour for further details queries or suggestions.

5th FDP: “Moving Towards Learning Oriented Teaching”, 28th Feb 20125 @OBS

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Being an educator is not just about sharing knowledge; it is about making sure that learners truly integrate this knowledge and derive learning out of it. Any teaching that does not result in effective learning is meaningless. To be an effective teacher, one needs to be able to deliver the domain knowledge using the most suitable pedagogical tools in innovative ways.

Keeping this aspect in mind Oakbrook Business School organized its 5th Faculty Development Program on 28th Feb’2015 that focused on imbibing learning based teaching. The aim of this program was to provide resources and skills which will help faculty to nurture and develop expert professionals using latest teaching techniques and tools by improving their teaching methodology.

OBS congregated experts and renowned personalities from the education sector to throw some light on learning based teaching. The prolific speakers for the event were Prof. Mitesh Dadhaniya (Deputy Director, Gujarat Technological University); Prof. NR Dave (Former Chairman, Western Regional Committee, AICTE and Vice Chancellor at North Gujarat University); Mr. Chandramauli Pathak (Senior Executive, ICECD, Entrepreneurial expert); Prof. P.Balabhaskaran (Former Director, ICFAI); and Dr. Rajul Gajjar (Principal of Vishwakarma Govt. Engineering College.). The program was attended by a large number of Faculties from various Science and Engineering Institutes.

Speaker 1 : Prof. NR Dave : “Effective teaching in higher education”

Prof. N. R. Dave is the Educational Advisor to Ganpat University and Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute. He has held positions as the Chairman of the Western Regional Committee, All India Council for Technical Education (National Statutory Body) and Vice Chancellor at North Gujarat University, Patan and Vice Chancellor at Bhavnagar and Director of Technical Education, Government of Gujarat. He is a member of Board of Governors of Oakbrook Business School.

He reminisced his journey in the education sector and described how things have changed in the due course of time. He said has been in the education sector when computers were not even in use and now not even a speck of work is done without them. Prof. Dave stated that a teaching that is not understood and consumed by the students is not teaching at all, it is extremely important for teachers to put an effort in their teaching methodology so that knowledge dissemination is thorough and worthwhile.

Speaker 2: Prof. Mitesh Dadhaniya

Prof. Dadhaniya is a Management Graduate along with about 13 years corporate experience in sales & marketing, financial management and company level negotiations as well as 3 years educational experience in Management Institutes. Mr. Mitesh Dadhaniya is the Deputy Director, Gujarat Technological University and has prolific experience of teaching in institutes like Sri Aurobindo Institute of Management, Rajkot, Shri Sunshine Group of Institutions, Rajkot and many more.

Prof. Dadhaniya has ample experience in the corporate sector too and therefore he understands the gap between education and corporate sector. He started his speech by acknowledging the participants and guest speakers with a warm welcome. He stressed on experiential learning and expressed that he foresees to apply innovative methodology in higher education in order to bring about effective learning. He talked about his experience as a teacher and also about his experience as the Deputy Director of GTU. He advised and encouraged the participating faculty to take active interest in teaching concepts in an innovative way so the students can understand thoroughly.

Speaker 3: Dr. Rajul Gajjar “Learning oriented teaching”

Dr. Dr. Rajul Gajjar is the Principal of Vishwakarma Govt. Engineering College. She has more than 30 years of academic experience. She has also been the Dean of GTU, Civil Engg. Dept. Dr. Gajjar has a number of papers and publications to her credit and has also attended a number conferences & workshops based on engineering, infrastructure and related fields. Dr. Gajjar has played an active role in various Govt. Infrastructure projects and guided students for their thesis and research.

She started her session by describing about the new methods of teaching in the field of education today. She said that technology has definitely changed the way of teaching these days but still it doesn’t guarantee all-round success. She described the concept of “Death by Presentation” i.e. students will be bored by number of presentations and they cannot consume the knowledge disseminated through a PowerPoint presentation. She stressed that teaching method can be any but the amount of knowledge gained by a student is utmost important. She held a very interactive session where she asked questions to a number of participants and held a group discussion which was very entertaining as well as enlightening.

Speaker 4: Mr. Chandramauli Pathak: “Learning style and orientation of students in 21st Century”.

Dr. Pathak is currently the Senior Executive at International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD), Ahmedabad. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of teaching and training in Entrepreneurship at school, graduate and post graduate level. He is a well known Entrepreneurship Expert with diverse experience in curriculum development, teaching and developing entrepreneurship courses.

Mr. Pathak’s session was a lively session where the participants were indulged into interactive games where the participants not only got to know each other but learnt to express themselves creatively. He asked the participants to open up their minds and dive into the sea of creativity, he stressed that teaching is a creative art too and it needs to be fostered with innovative ideas time and again in order to keep it interesting.

Speaker 5: Dr. P. Balabhaskaran: “Role of a teacher in professional colleges in the 21st Century”

Prof. Balabhaskaran gave a very enlightening session where he described about the role a teacher plays in a students’ life and the difference between “teaching as a job” and “teaching for knowledge dissemination”. He also talked about the pressures on a student in today’s competitive world, these pressures act as a barrier against knowledge grasping and makes the learning difficult and tedious job.

Prof. Balabhaskaran stated that challenge lies in developing latent talent and creative abilities of teachers in order to make whole process of education more interesting and enjoyable. He ended his session with a quote by Ignacio Estrada “If a student can’t learn the way we teach, may be we should teach the way they learn.”

At the end of the programme, participants were able to:

  • Apply best teaching practices using modern teaching technologies
  • Be well updated about the strong student orientation
  • Acquire novel skills for career enhancement
  • Adapt and innovate teaching methodologies to provide effective learning