Business Plan Competition – Engineer as an Entrepreneur | Thursday, 7th April, 2016

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Oakbrook Business School organised its first Business Plan Competition on 7th April 2016 on the topic “Engineer – as an Entrepreneur”.

The objective of this Competition was to encourage student entrepreneurs and support the growth of these entrepreneurs. The competition was kept open for all the Engineering colleges across India. All the teams were motivated to present new and innovative ideas. Finalists were given Seed amount money.

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The programme started with lightening of lamp by all the dignitaries.

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Ms. Shraddha Sheth, Academic Head of Oakbrook Business School acknowledged dignitaries with flowers and gave a welcome note. She also welcomed the participants from various institutions of Gujarat and appreciated them. She discussed about the objective of such programme and how it is important for the management institution to initiate such programs. It was very well received programme. In all about 25 students participated in the Competition.

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Mr. S.B. Sareen, Head of Department, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India was the Chief Guest of the event and took the first session on “Start-up India”, ”Make in India” and other projects in same line which are initiative taken by government to increase the livelihood and opportunities for start-up ventures to boost entrepreneurship and encourage job creation. He further quoted that Engineers are the architect of our nation and by giving the example of Mr. KarsanBhai Patel and Mr. Ambar Patel who was also one of the guest of the event.

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Next speaker for the day was Mr. Ambar Patel who is the Managing Director, Shilp Gravures Ltd. Mr. Patel talked about the need of changing mindset of Indian People for doing Business by sharing his personal experience. He presented a virtual tour of his company and shared some of his incidents which he faced and solved during his working tenure. The students were highly motivated and inspired by his speech.

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Next speaker of the event was Mr. Amitsingh Gohil who is Executive Director, TIE who is an expert in Industry-Academia collaborations and start up project feasibility. Firstly, he appreciated the efforts put in by Oakbrook Business School for taking an initiative for encouraging Engineer entrepreneurs.

He shared his experience in TiE and explained how they help in budding entrepreneurs by providing them help either financially or mentoring them or giving them incubators or assisting them in making networks. He invited all the participants to visit TiE for any help for start-ups.

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Next distinguished speaker was Mr. Padmin Buch, Ex- MD GTCO & Project Consultant who talked about how one can make his business plan bankable and important points to be considered while making business plan. He talked about approaches to information collection, 4ps of marketing, information gathering method, specialised source of project finance. He explained the importance of SWOT analysis while preparing project plan by giving various examples.  He also interacted with students by asking them questions.

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Mr. Chandramauli Pathak, Director, mentor and advisor of innovation, incubation Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Oakbrook Business School gave vote of thanks to all the guests for sparing their time and coming to Oakbrook Business School. He thanked participants for trusting a young school like OBS and participating in Business Plan Competition.

Post lunch all the participants visited Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Oakbrook Business School.

After that, much awaited Business Plan Competition started with much enthusiasm. Total 11 teams participated in the competition and presented their Business Plan in 10 minutes limit. The competition was judged by Mr. Bipin Shah, Senior Faculty, EDI, Ms. Nita Shah, Former chairperson Women Wing, GCCI and Mr. Chandramauli Pathak. All the ideas were unique and innovative thus after much discussion the 3 best winners were announced. The best three Business Plan Participants were provided with seed amount for their start-ups.

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The certificate and seed money distribution along with vote of thanks was given by Mr. Chandramauli Pathak.

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7th Faculty Development Program on ‘EMBRACING CREATIVE SIDE OF TEACHING’ | Saturday, 2nd April, 2016

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Creativity and innovation are becoming increasingly important for the development of the 21st century knowledge society. They contribute to economic prosperity as well as to social and individual well being and are essential factors for a more competitive and dynamic India. Education is seen as central in fostering creative and innovative skills and Teaching is an essential part of education. As much as teacher will be creative, it will hold students’ attention. Keeping this in mind, Oakbrook Business School has organised yet another FDP programme on “Embracing the Creative side of Teaching” for engineering faculties.

Principals and Professors of various engineering colleges came to be part of this seminar. Also it had a panel of eminent personalities from the engineering background.

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Ms Shraddha Sheth –Academic Head delivered welcome speech. She gave the brief introduction about OBS and why there is a need for the Faculty Development Program. She showed her gratitude towards all the eminent speakers and participants for becoming the part of this programme. She emphasised that basic management traits to be added in the engineering curriculum for growing and developing better engineers and leaders for tomorrow.

Speaker 1:

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First speaker of the event was Dr. Rajul Gajjar, Civil Engineering Principal, Government Engineering College. She has more than 30 years of academic experience. She is the dean of GTU, Civil Engg.Dept. She has a number of papers and publications to her credit and has also attended a number of conference and 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 is member of Institute of Engineer (India), Indian Society for Technical Education, Indian Society for Earthquake sciences, Gujarat Institute for Civil Engineer and Architects and Ahmedabad Management Association.

She started her session by interacting with fellow participants by asking them how they make their class interesting and how they make sure that everyone is responsive.

Later she talked about different types of teaching method and gave its pros & cons. She also discussed about learning and teaching process of student and teacher respectively. In her session she also talked about catching a pulse of the class. It was necessary for a teacher to understand that all students are not same and understanding level of student varies from one student to other.

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Next speaker was Dr.G.P.Vadodaria who is M.E. in Civil Engineering from M.S.university. In March 1995 he topped GPSC examination and  posted as a lecturer at LD Engineering College and since 2014 he is serving as the principal of LD engineering college.

During his research work he published many research papers in reputed peer reviewed journals. He has presented several research papers in national and international conference which includes paper of EWRI conference at Bangkok and International Conference on Information Technology in construction at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has supervised more than 20 thesis at masters’ level and also supervising PhD students in the area of water resource management. And he is the man who is behind establishing new concept in GTU examination system i.e. electronic delivery of question paper.

Addressed participants on topic “work of teacher in making noble students.” And shared various incidents from his personal observation on how students should be faced during certain situations. He further added that mere scolding and not listening to them won’t help; rather they become more offensive which will consume time and energy of both the parties. It is needed for better future of the student that whenever they approach any faculty with their problem, faculties should listen to them, if they are busy then they should give their time.

After that participants and speakers had the group photo, followed by high tea.

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After break, Mr. Kabir Thakore took a session who is Eminent Theatre Artist and Dramatics Expert. He conducted activities with participants who enthusiastically participated and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

He engaged the participants in playing various games that made them interact with each other and shed their inhibitions. He asked the participants to be expressive and vocal about themselves. He made them interact with each other in innovative ways. Those activities let them open up, interact, induce alertness, listening, expressing and developing creative ability of the participants.

After making them play games Mr.Thakore explained them why it is necessary for a teacher to be expressive in class. And who are the teachers whom students tend to remember easily.

After this session every one enjoyed a sumptuous meal and also bond well during lunch.

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Last session was of Mr.Chandramauli Pathak who is mechanical engineering from LD engineering college and has over 30 years of experience in the field of teaching & training in management and entrepreneurship at school, graduates and post graduate level. He is well known entrepreneurship expert with diverse experience having worked in more than 30 countries teaching and developing entrepreneurship courses. He is director and mentor at Oakbrook’s Incubation  Innovation education centre(IIEC) to foster entrepreneurship talent amongst youth for start-ups.

He said that now-a-days there is need for self innovation and creativity development in faculties and students. And faculties should motivate their students’ innovative and creative ideas. They should always encourage their students to think out of the box, and also keep on trying new methodology in class to make them interested.

The program  ended with interaction  and feedback of the participants about program. The program indeed  was well – received  by all of them.

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