Seminar, Symposium and Conference

DateName of Seminar / Conference
6 April 2021NEP 2020: building quality in HEIs
23 September 2021International Conference on New Trends and Technologies in Digital Libraries
27 November 2020International Symposium On “Power of Love or Love for Power- Celebration of UN Peacekeeping Initiatives”
14 August 2021Panel Discussion on Future of and Pivotal Changes in Co-Working Spaces
29th June 2021Dialogue Between Leading Women and Gen Z
18th June 2021Workshop on First –Aid
30th June 2021.Workshop on Natural And Man-Made Disasters
29 Jan – 5 Feb 2021Research methodology Workshop on Developing Research Skills
21 June 2021Seminar on Business Continuity – A Key Department Supporting Business Today [Nirbhaya Kanya Abhiyaan]
18 – 19 January 2021International E-Seminar on Millennials’ IP Footprints – Opening up Sluice Gates for Reforms

Panel Discussion on Future of and Pivotal Changes in Co-Working Spaces

14th August 2021

Panellists:

1. Mr. Sumit Nagar – Senior Community Manager, Spring House Coworking

2. Ms Richa Agarwal – Sr. Consulting Partner, Grey Cell

3. Mr. Niyas Muhammed – General Manager and Co working Division Head, Innerspace India

4. Ms. Malvika Singh Gaur – Founder / CEO, Cwtch India

5. Mr. Idris Bakri – Marketing Manager, Oie and Co

The discussion was led by Mr Sumit Nagar. He stated the reasons for people to choose Co-working spaces as flexibility, facilities provided and community. It creates an interaction between the community itself wherein discussion happens relating to business. Due to Covid 19 pandemic, people were opting for co-working spaces as it helps them increase/maintain their productivity. The companies opting for it have mostly been Start-ups as they do not have to invest huge capital. There is an equal demand for Micro Coworking spaces.

The next speaker, Ms. Richa Agarwal focused on the demand of co-working spaces and how one needs to explore their business and market before opting to operate from a Coworking space. Our needs have evolved over time. Earlier, internet cafes also were used as co-working spaces. However, a professional space like a Coworking space provides an identity and anchor to business.

Checklist of choosing Co-working Space:

1. Mode of working

2. Nature of work/business

3. Purpose and benefits from operating out of a Coworking space

In her opinion the industries which opt for co-working spaces are IT, Marketing, PR, Consultancies, Freelancing. She also mentioned that implementation and execution of Organisational culture does not depend on, from where an employee/a team is working, it trickles down from the top and depends entirely on an organisation. One strong statement she made was, “Finding for like-minded people translates into setting up the organisational culture right there.”

Mr. Niyas Mohammed concentrated on the design and creativity aspect of the co-working space. Certain co-working spaces have their own lock-in periods. He also strongly mentioned that Coworking is here to stay. MNCs have also chosen this as they are required to cut down on the costs. This pandemic has led to organisations cutting down their costs from every angle possible. Creativity blooms in co-working spaces as one gets to interact with other people and network. This also helps people get a different perspective. Whereas time

management is concerned, it differs from person to person, whether operating out of a Coworking space or not does not affect time management.

Having spoken of the benefits of the co-working spaces, Ms Malvika thinks that a co working space is a “temporary situation” and one would enjoy it for a while. According to her, some people might prefer privacy over going to work in a space full of people. Content writing personnel might not choose this as they might need concentration to bring up a great piece. For her, Privacy is the main concern of co-working spaces. She considers it as a psychological factor. For her people working in Events, Marketing and communication might want to follow this new culture.

Mr. Idris spoke about how a co-working space should provide assurance that the place is safe in terms of the current pandemic situation. Especially, when operating out of a café-coworking space, sanitisation plays a big role. Also, price of the food and beverages plays an equally important role. People are not always in the mindset to spend their money. For some people it is to come to such spaces, have a small bite and get going. Catering to the needs of the people is very important while running a cafe as a Coworking space. People from all age groups come to cafes to do their work. But the “vibe” with which they come differs. Mapping the audience thus takes a central role to provide and design the space suiting each one’s needs.


Seminar on Business Continuity – A Key Department Supporting Business Today [Nirbhaya Kanya Abhiyaan]

” It’s fine to enjoy success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure . “

-Bill Gates

21th June 2021

The session started with a short video on what is business continuity which was followed by another video on Smart Disaster Recovery [Chamutal Afek Eitam by TEDx Jaffa]

After this a group discussion was conducted where Mr. Anoop Singh, Mr. Advait Lele and Mr. Amit Gupta discussed about the concept and importance of business continuity; how natural disasters or any pandemic affects the business cycle and continuity and what decisions should be taken and implemented to ensure that the business continues efficiently and seamlessly.

They also spoke about the careers in business continuity and risk management strategies.


Workshop on First –Aid

On 18th June 2021 a session was  organized on First –Aid  under the aegis of the Indian Red Cross Society.

The speaker Mr. Bala Subramanian, General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society( IRCS) , Karnataka Branch, spoke about his experience at IRCS and how volunteering has helped the medical staff in saving lives during pandemic or any disaster /accident. First aid is specially important in a developing country like India as the medical staff is way below the population requirements. He showed a short video covering the history of IRCS.

The next speaker Ms. Rina Tripathi, Indian Red Cross Society, Delhi Branch, gave insights on how being emotionally strong is important specially during times like CIVID  and how it helps not only the patient in recovering quickly  but the family in coping with exigencies. She spoke about how mental Health plays a vital role in one’s well being and how to give emotional support to a person. A short video was played on providing social and emotional support to children suffering from  COVID -19.

Mr. Shah, Indian Red Cross Society, Pune Branch  discussed about how first aid can save  lives and  demonstrated the CPR technique as also other first aid steps  in case of accidents/ medical  emergencies. He also spoke about the process of registering / enrolling as volunteer for IRCS, Pune.


webinar series on completion of the 1 year of Transformative reforms under New Education Policy(NEP)-2020

Sr. No.DateThemeName of the activity organized at institute level (Based on Theme)Total No. of student participatedTotal No. of Faculty members participatedDescription of the activities
1  30.07.21Equity & Inclusionvideo shown to students375Video shown to students and faculty members and had discussion on equity and inclusion
202.08.21Multidisciplinary & Holistic EducationQuiz414Quiz prepared which includes questions related to NEP and multidisciplinary & holistic education and circulated among all staff members and students.
303.08.21Skill, Entrepreneurship Development & Employability: Challenge and OpportunitiesGuest lecture      584Mr. Ashok Pattar 1.Trainer and consultant Entrepreneurship 2.Adjunct Faculty Symbiosis International University  
404.08.21Effect of NEP on Youth Empowerment And Sports DevelopmentGroup discussion374Group discussion is conducted on effects of NEP on Youth empowerment and sports development. Students Groups were prepared and declared one group as winner 
505.08.21Indian Knowledge System, Languages, Arts and CultureCultural Program404  Students presented videos on Indian culture, Unity of Nation, Incredible India, Art and Craft, poems, Dance, etc.  
606.08.21Quality Education, Accreditation And Teacher DevelopmentGuest Lecture  445Dr.(Mrs.) Sunanda Yadav Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeet Head Department of Ph.D  
709.08.21Research Innovation And RankingGuest Lecture  445Dr.S.Jeyavelu Director Firebird Institute of Research in Management
810.08.21Use Of Technology In EducationGuest Lecture  355Dr.Abhijeet Kaiwade HOD ,SVIMS


NEP 2020: building quality in HEIs

Program Schedule on 6th April 2021

Face Book Link https://fb.watch/9NJSI6fkR3/

10 to 10:05SpeakersOpening Prayer
10:05 to 10:15Director madam’s addressOpening Remarks
10: 15 to 10:45Dr Parag Kalkar, Dean Management, SPPU, PuneNEP from the Management Education perspective
10:45 to 11Break 
11 to 12Mr Sushant Kumar Pandey  – Leads Praxis Vidyapith Education Trust : Member drafting new education policy NEP & MHRD GOIReforms with respect to women education
12 to 1Dr Vikas Singh, VC ITM university Raipur – NAAC and NBA ExpertEmphasis on research in NEP 2020
1 to 2Lunch Break 
2 to 3Mr Sandeep Kochhar, Founder BLEW MindsNEP from the Lens of corporate
3 to 3:45Dr Vilas Nandavadekar, Registrar Shivaji University KolhapurChallenges and opportunities for HEIs
3:45 to 4Break 
4 to 4:30Dr Sudhir Gawane, VC MGM, University AurangabadNEP: Promotion of Inclusiveness in HEIs
4:30 to 4:40Vote of thanks 

Mr. Sandeep Kochhar,  touched upon the aspects of: Foreign University Bill, Mother tongue/local language as medium of instruction till first 5 years of a child’s education and categorisation of roles of teachers into Teaching and Research. Following were his opinions and suggestions:

  1. As far as Foreign University Bill is concerned, there will be demand for education from Foreign Universities and Institutions despite their high fees.  In fact, he mentioned a couple of foreign educational institutions that  are doing quiet well in Inda.
  2. To learn human values, a person is required to be a good human being. Here, the language used as medium of instruction does not matter.
  3. Lastly, when it came to categorisation of teachers, he was of the opinion that teachers are overburdened with myriad of responsibilities of teaching, extra-curricular activities and admin work. Hence, this categorisation will be fruitful to upskill them and helping them to create a niche for themselves.

Through narration of his personal experiences with his son who is studying under an international board, his work experience and current recruitment trends , he opined about the type of skills that would be in demand where workforce was concerned. In his opinion, the amendments made in NEP 2020 will lead to building of practical skills and discourage rote learning.


Workshop on Natural And Man-Made Disasters

“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”  – Petra Nemcova

The Institute in association with the Indian Red Cross Society, organised a webinar on ‘Natural And Man-Made Disaster Management’ on 30th June 2021.

The Chief Guest, Brig. Kuldip Singh (Retd) spoke about different types of natural and manmade disasters, causes of accidents and their impacts as also the background and history of disaster management in India.  A short video showcasing the work of the National Institute of Disaster Management [ NIDM] was shown.  

Prof R V Kulkarni, shed light on the hazards, vulnerabilities in disasters, management, types of disasters and disaster management cycles. A Q & A session followed his talk.  

Mr. Rubaab Sood, spoke about the recovery and the response operations in a disaster management plan. He shared his experiences and learnings of NDMA’s recovery and relief operations in Uttarakhand floods and earthquake. He also talked about how such disasters impact human life and business continuity.


Dialogue Between Leading Women and Gen Z

29th June 2021

Collaboration with Indian Red Cross

Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar, named a Top 100 Women Achiever’s Award winner by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2016, Founder, Nabomita.com started off by acknowledging that there is a change in her organization’s culture due to Gen Z.

She said that technology has now changed our world and Gen Z has played a vital role in the corporate and IT world. She supported her stand by giving the example of how SNAPCHAT has emerged and continues to finetune based on a survey of customer requirements, mainly Gen Z.

Then a panel discussion followed with Ms Prachi Shevgaonkar, Founder, Cool the Globe and Ms. Vidula Kamath, Life Coach Entrepreneur at Women Entrepreneurs FB. They spoke about their career journeys and gave some worthy tips on developing relevant skills for true empowerment and leadership in the corporate world.


Online International Conference On

New Trends and Technologies in Digital Libraries

TimeInteraryResource Person
9:00am to 9:05 amInauguration and prayerRecording
9:05am to 9:15Founders ViewsBeloved Dada J P Vaswani Founder, SVIMS  
9:15am to 9:20amOpening AddressDr Abhijeet Kaiwade HoD, SVIMS Opening address on new trends and technologies in digital libraries
9:25am to 9:55amKeynote Speaker Topic – Building the Digital Library: Demand of the time. Dr. Nanaji Shewale Librarian Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics                 Pune
10:15am to 10:45 pmGuest Speaker Topic: Digital LibrariesDr. Nayana Wijayasundara Librarian -University of Sri Jayewardenepura                 Sri Lanka  
11:20am to 11:50amGuest  Speaker Topic: Library Digitisation and Challenges of Future LibrariesMr. Manuja Karunaratne Principal information officer -Head – National Science Library and Resource Centre of National Science Foundation Sri Lanka
12:05pm to 12:30pmDocumentary on Global Best University Library ManagementMs. Sayali
12.35pm to 1:05pmGuest Speaker Topic: ORCiD : Manage and Enhance your Research Visibility    Dr. Satish Kanamadi Librarian TISS, Mumbai 
2:05pm to 2:35pmGuest Speaker Topic: Open access resources for researchers    Dr. Vrushali Dandawate Librarian AISSMS Engineering College Pune
2:55pm to 3:30pmGuest Speaker Topic: Digital libraries and learning technologiesDr. Manyank Trivedi Librarian The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat

The conference was attended by 80 participants nationally and internationally.

The conference commenced with the inauguration and prayer, followed by the inspirational words of our revered Dada JP Vaswani.

CONCEPT OF THE PROGRAM

A Digital Library is a special library with a focused collection of digital objects that can include text, visual material, audio material, video material, stored as electronic media formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media), along with means for organizing, storing, and retrieving the files and media contained in the library collection. Digital libraries can vary immensely in size and scope, and can be maintained by individuals, organizations, or affiliated with established physical library buildings or institutions, or with academic institutions.

Traditional concept of library is mostly based on print materials; a very important part is how the introduction of technology has affected the communication and interaction between librarians and library users. Digitalization has increased the means to make materials more readily available by adding advanced search features to access these documents. Digital mode gives better transmission speed and quality than analog transmission. In the modern world their roles and advantages, their ability to meet users and library economic needs is growing manifolds.

SVIMS has a rich repository of books, journals and e-resources. Being a management Institute and a Research center, it was but a natural choice to conduct an online international conference about the new trends and technologies that are redefining the digital libraries. The conference received good feedback with its eminent national and international speakers sharing their learnings and experiences with the attendees.

  • Keynote Speaker  – Dr. Nanaji Shewale

The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Nanaji Shewale from Gokhale Institute of politics and Economics.

Dr. Gokhale’s session truly reflected his experience and expertise in his field. He emphasized on many considerations to build effective Digital Libraries such as Service need & requirements, setting up hardware/services, installing & configuring software, customizing the interface, training of the staff.

 He explained the strategies for building Digital Libraries such as In-house/outsource, identification of the software, Identification of the vendor, Selection of books/document, Preparing Excel Data-sheet, Quality check of Digitization Work, Preparing DC XML Metadata, Bulk uploading on DSpace Server, A statistical view.

Dr. Shewale gave vital insights on DSpace Open Source Software. He highlighted common challenges in Digital Libraries such as adoption rate in academics, provision for sustainability, development of policies, management of IPR, institutional support, cost management, digital preservation and identification of key stakeholders

Guest Speaker – Dr. Nayana Wijayasundara

The Guest Speaker for the conference was Dr. Nayana Wijayasundara who works with University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

In her session, she focused on literacy and lifelong learning and their significance in the development of a country. She shared about the recent education policy reforms in Sri Lanka which emphasizes on the expansion of literacy and lifelong learning.

Dr. Wijayasundara expressed her thoughts about the NEP 2020 and its impact on the role of library in India. She emphasized on the role of the public libraries in this task while throwing light on the status of the Sri Lankan public libraries.

She also stated about the sad state of affairs regarding the unresponsiveness of public libraries to the changing educational requirements.  

She shared with the participants about the role of digital library that is adapting new technology and renovating from traditional library to digital library i.e. 12 hours to 24X7X365 work hours. 

She also spoke about establishment, development and maintenance of a complete national collection of written, printed and non-print media published in Sri Lanka or abroad, Bibliographic and Documentation Services.

She also spoke about the improving the reading habit of students in such distracting current era of mobile. Mobiles and smartphones are transforming human lives at fast pace. One of the new refined inclinations of the 21st century has been the gradual change in reading habits. Students are almost always attempting to multitask, even when they know full well that they cannot do so effectively. 

She also given the solution to overcome this problem – students need to build stamina for studying on mobiles with tech break, minimize the alerts and notifications, parents need to create specific tech-free zones. 

Mr. Manuja Karunaratne (Guest Speaker):

The second guest speaker for the day was Mr. Karunaratne. He is Principal Information Officer  and Head – National Science Library and Resource Centre of National Science Foundation Sri Lanka.

Mr. Karunaratne explained the importance of Digital library, policies, and procedures of setting up digital library, challenges of future librarians and open access software in libraries. He took the conference further by reflecting importance to the digitized library materials and their storage in computer databases and file system according to scientific methodology that can be access via Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN) through internet. Further, he explained typical structure of the DL application. 

Digital libraries, according to him, provide lifelong learning opportunities and also encourage cooperation among libraries. They are helpful to develop the means of collecting, storing and organizing information and knowledge in digital form while providing easy access to information irrespective of time and location around the clock. At the end of the session, he insisted that librarian should use free open –source digital library software to lower software costs and hardware costs, escape vendor lock-in, unified management.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Satish Kanamadi:

The next guest speaker, Dr. Satish Kanamadi, from TISS, Mumbai, delivered a session on a much relevant topic – author identification system, its management and enhancement of research visibility. He commented on the need of this discussion by explaining the ambiguities in the older systems of research authorship and its errors. The speaker highlighted the importance of attributing the research work to the researcher. This was of relevance for not just the librarians attending but also for the faculty members, research scholars and students engaged in publication of their work. He gave a peep in various author identification systems like Publons Researcher ID, SCOPUS, ISNI, VIVO, Google Scholar and Orchid. 

He shared, though Publons Researcher ID and SCOPUS very high on impact they are paid and have limited visibility. Though google scholar is very popular due to ease of set-up and auto management of citation matrix, it has its own limitations with respect to differentiation in case of similarity in names. After these tools, Dr. Kanamadi discussed VIVO which creates an integrated record of the scholarly work of an organization. Followed by this he discussed ISNI: International Standard Name Identifier which is an authoritative identity for public entities in a paid public database. The last tool discussed by him was Open Researcher and Contributor (Orcid) which is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of persistent unique digital identifiers linked to researchers’ scholarly and grant activities. Dr. Kanamadi was excited to share that this is one tool that links different research output of an author like connecting with people, affiliations, peer reviewing, funding, etc. ORCiD API enables the exchange of information between systems: Less time re-keying, Improved Data, Easier Maintenance and Better sharing across systems. To conclude he suggested that Orcid is one of the best available free tools for researcher to manage their research publications.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Vrushali Dandawate

Dr. Vrushali Dandwate, from our neighbouring Campus of AISSMS, is  a well known librarian in the Pune academia. She began with the basics to enable the participants to understand the terminologies. She began with explaining the meaning of “open access resources” and defined the scope of it. Under Open Access Journals, she spoke about: Gold Route, Green Route, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Since, she is on the board of DOAJ, she explained its process in detail and then switched to speaking about Online Learning Author Aid Programme, MERLOT, Social Science Archive and Stanford list of open sources.

Many of the participants are on their research journey. Dr. Dandawate’s session was an informative one for them as she listed down many eminent resources such as Google Scholar, ORCID ID, Vidwan, Google Classrooms, Shodhganga etc.

In the end, she gave suggestions on how Librarians can promote open access resources and discussed it with all the participants.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Vulappa Lingaiah

Dr. Lingaiah, from Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad,  shared his insights about the digital libraries and their domain, their growth as an invaluable source of knowledge for all.  He discussed about the various types of digital libraries such as Institutional repositories, Digital archives, meta data including the various aspects of digital reservation, copyrights and licensing. He spoke about the popular open source solutions such as D space, E – prints, Fedora. He also shared how the digital library work with respect to the internal systems and processes as well as preparing the e – repository. He shared about the digital libraries in India such as National Digital Library in India, Directory of Open Access Book etc. He emphasized on the importance of Open Educational resources in Public domain such as NPTEL, Swayam, E-PG Pathshala, etc. He also threw light upon the open access resources and the legalities pertaining to them.

For research scholars, his session was a goldmine as he shared details about the various portals for online thesis such as Ethos, internet archives, Shodh ganga, e-thesis and general e – resources such as Sage, WoS, Scopus to name a few.

Dr. Lingaiah emphasized upon the need to be ethical in publishing work. Plagiarism  / similarity was a grave issue in the works being published today. Turnitin, Endnote and Grammarly were highly recommended.

Dr. Lingaiah graciously shared his experience and knowledge with the conference attendees and also answered their queries. He offered his guidance to the research scholars. His presence at the International Conference did raise the bar of the event.

KEY TAKEAWAYS OF THE CONFERENCE

  • The extensive usage of the internet at a global level and the use of various forms of reading materials particularly hypertext and hypermedia resources have made radical shift in reading different forms in addition to printed text materials.
  • Utilization of Information Technology for library and information services as need of pandemic and future learning processes. 
  • Co-operation with the institutions and organizations at national, regional, and international level related to library and information field – a global learning and sharing platform. 
  • Provide resources and organize services needed for industrial, academic research activities. 
  • Maintain and provide historical record of service to the country with regular contributions to it.
  • Extend and collaborate the services through digital platforms in meeting diverse information needs of people from all walks of life. 
  • Digital content has broken the physical boundaries of homes, libraries, and offices with digital library offering a wide range of capacity and service expansion as well as access to its content to multiple users simultaneously.
  • The digital libraries have converted librarians into cybrarians through automation of routine library services – indexing, issuing, tracking, and preservations. The librarians are no longer required to organize and manage the library resources logically and organizationally. The library management software comes with built-in features to automate library management end-to-end. Automation encourages many institutions and enterprises to set up digital libraries easily.
  • Many organizations digitize their libraries to make the digital resources accessible to a large number of readers regularly without focusing on the preservation of physical materials

The digital libraries mostly store resources in the cloud. Also, they implement elaborate security measures to keep the content accessible only to genuine readers. hence, digital libraries store valuable researches and studies for future generations.


Research methodology Workshop on

Developing Research Skills

Day 129 Jan 2021
TimeSpeaker
10 am to 11 amInaugural Function
Directors AddressDr. B H Nanawani
Inaugural AddressDr. Surabhi Jain
11.30 am to 1.00 pmDr. Raushan Kazi, topic – Hypothesis Framing and Validation
2 pm to 3 pmDr. Kabir Karade , Topic – Matrix of Literature Review
Day 230 Jan 2021
TimeSpeaker
10 am to 11.15 amDr. Sunanda Yadav, Topic: Ethics in Research
11.30 am to 1 pmDr. Shailesh Kasande, Topic: Hypothesis
2.30 to 4.30 pmDr. Hoshiarmal Agarwal, Topic SPSS
Day 31 Feb 2021
TimeSpeaker
10 am to 11.30Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Linear Regression, correlation and Statistical tools
11:30 to 1:30Dr Smita Iyer, Questionnaire Designing
2.30 to 4.30 pmDr. Hoshiarmal Agarwal, Topic SPSS
Day 42 Feb 2021
TimeSpeaker
10 to 11Dr. Smita Iyer , Introduction to Queueing Theory
11 am to 12 pmMs. Surbhi Bhalla, Topic – Research Gap in Agro-business
12 pm to 1.30 pmDr. Smita Iyer , Introduction to Case Method
2 p m to 5 pmDr. Smita Iyer, Case Study As a Research Methodology
Day 53 Feb 2021
TimeSpeaker
9:00 am to 10:30 amDr. Kasande , Topic: Questionnaire Designing
10:30 am to 11:15 amDr K Ramesha, Topic: Research Avenues in Banking and Finance
11:15 am to 12 pmMr Raji Nair, Topic – current trends in service sector
12 pm to 1.30 pmMr. Vivian Pillai, Topic Current trends in logistics management
2.30 pm to 3.30 pmCapt. Kaptan Singh, Current Trends in Sport Research
Day 64 Feb 2021
TimeSpeaker
10 am to 11 amMs Monica Pallipurathukaran, Current trends RM
11 am to 12 pmMr. Robin Banerjee, Research and Manufacturing sector
12 pm to 1.30 pmMr. Ravinder Chawala
2 pm to 3 pmMs. Ashwini Mathur, Current trends in Research
Day 75 Feb 2021
TimeSpeaker
10 am to 11 amMs. Vidisha Shinde
11.30 am to 1.00 pmMr. Ankush Kulkarni
02:00 PMDr. Sangeeta Kaul , Delnet Networked Resourses & Services 

International Symposium

On

“Power of Love or Love for Power- Celebration of UN Peacekeeping Initiatives”

To commemorate the 39th International Day of Peace and the 141st Birthday of Revered Sadhu Vaswani – A Messiah of Peace & Compassion

27th November 2020

The day began with the screening of documentaries of our Revered Founders – Sadhu T L Vaswani and Dada J P Vaswani. Their vision of peace and compassion and their efforts to promote the same were amply clear through these documentaries. Then videos on UN Peacekeeping and India’s contribution to international peacekeeping efforts were shown. This session ended with the announcement of a quiz on UN Peacekeeping.

The inaugural session saw Dr. B H Nanwani, Director, SVIMS draw a parallel between the vision of love compassion and peace as enunciated by Sadhu Vaswani and the relentless efforts of the UN Peacekeeping system.

Her session was followed by Chief Guest, Mr. Rajiv Chandran, UN National Information Officer for India and Bhutan at United Nations Information Center India and Bhutan, who took participants through the traditional and contemporary forms of peacekeeping. He stressed that the pandemic has given the world, time to relook at the agenda for peacekeeping. The Guest of Honor, Mr. Harish Mirchandani, Chairman, Sadhu Vaswani International School, Hyderabad, spoke about Sadhu Vaswani’s concept and practice of character-building education and its role in peace building. Ms. Vimla Mehra, Former DGP Arunachal Pradesh and DG Tihar, focused on Mahila Sashaktikaran (women empowerment) through self-defense and economic self-sufficiency for peace keeping operations.

Mr. Suresh Ramdurgakar [Retd.], focused on a case study on UN Peacekeeping ground work from a management perspective. He shared details of UN Peacekeeping at Base 2003 with heart touching ground reality of survival circumstances on the deputation sights. His session ended with a question answer session that attempted to encourage management students to apply for UN Peacekeeping jobs.

The post lunch panel discussion focused on ‘Role of Women in UN Peacekeeping’. The panelists were from different fields such as academics, CRPF deputed UN Peacekeepers and social activists. Ms. Shannon, Deputy President, Women in International Security, Australia discussed the involvement of women in peacekeeping and the dimension of compassion they bring to their work/operations; Ms. Maruti Joshi, IPS, SP Vigilance, Public Head Quarters, Jaipur shared her personal experiences during her deputation to United Nations Mission in South Sudan. The deliberations highlighted the fact that there should be a

greater inclusion and induction of women in UN Peacekeeping operations but also importantly that women should occupy the higher echelons of peacekeeping operations.

Ms. Kavita Ghoran, Asst. Prof. (Peace Studies) MIT-WPU, Initiator Project Steer shared her experiences in training females of various age groups in Karate, the Japanese Martial Arts. The symposium came to a closure with a vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Bindiya Rangwani.


International E-Seminar

Millennials’ IP Footprints – Opening up Sluice Gates for Reforms

18th and 19th January 2021

Intellectual Property Is a Key Aspect for Economic Development

  • CRAIG VENTER

Dr. B. Nanwani, Director of SVIMS welcomed the audience and outlined how IPs can bring about reforms and prosperity.  The Director outlined the objectives of the Seminar and presented her thoughts on Intellectual Property Rights

The first session had Mr. S. Rama Rao, Former Director, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and United Nations spoke about how IPs can play a catalyst role in promoting economic development. The key note address was given by Mr. Sandeep Bhalothia, Arbitrator and Mediator, Head of Legal Affairs, WIPO. He spoke about Intellectual Property in work life and differences in IP Law Applications in global North and South economies.

A panel discussion on ‘Millennials and IP- Introspection’ saw eminent members like Mr. Shamim Ahmad Director and Head of Intellectual Property Management at Aurigene Discovery Technologie, Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Dean Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune & Dean -Faculty of Law, Symbiosis International University [SIU], Chair IP Cell, SIU, Mr. Kaushik Mitra, Senior Consultant -Patent Litigations, iRunway Inc, Texas, speak on monopoly in IP, technology in IPR, technical aspects of IPR and how millennials have forayed into IP.

Later, Prity Khastgir, Registered Patent Attorney, India spoke about IP Challenges Post COVID. 

On the second day of the International E-Seminar, Shubham Borkar, Lawyer, RK Dewan and Co. spoke on India in the race of IP and India’s ranking in IPs vis-a vis other countries.  The second speaker of the day, Ms.Vidushi, spoke about world patent dynamics.

Swaroop Godbole, Lawyer, Lexrem Advisory and Dispute Management LLP, India, Adv. B Ritika Reddy, Intellectual Property Attorney, Puthran & Associates, Ms. Sonali Kute, IP Consultant, Registered Trademarks Attorney, Australia & New Zealand were put together on a panel discussion titled ‘Challenges for IP Reforms in a Shrinking World’. The panel members covered the concepts of online piracy in entertainment industry, copyrights and trademarks, and Challenges for IP Reforms in a digital /shrinking World.

The last speaker, Dr. Smita Iyer, Assistant Professor at SVIMS, talked about lessons one can learn from Australia and Canada in context of IPs. The programme concluded with a valedictory address by Dr. Smita Iyer.