ACADEMIC year 2021-22
SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINING LIFE BELOW WATER
Guest Speaker: Ms. Megan Dsouza, Youth Mentor, Samvada NGO, Mangalore
- Megan is a true inspiration for the millennials today. Yearning to make the planet safe and sustainable, she has worked as Communications Head at Anti-Pollution Drive Foundation, an NGO based in Mangalore. She is presently working at Samvada as a Youth Mentor and believes she has found her calling.
- She began her session with quoting a narrative from Sir David Attenborough’s documentary ‘Blue Planet: Take a Deep Breath’, “For years we thought the oceans were so vast and the inhabitants so infinitely numerous that nothing we could do could have an effect upon them. But now we know that was wrong,” says Attenborough. “It is now clear our actions are having a significant impact on the world’s oceans. [They] are under threat now as never before in human history. Many people believe the oceans have reached a crisis point.”
- Dr. Kashyap spoke extensively about the 14th UN SD Goal – Life below water. In India, about 35% of the population live within 100 km of the country’s coastline measuring around 7500 km. Even though the sea level rise is a very slow phenomenon, the trends of sea level rise are estimated to be 1.3mm/year along the Indian coasts during the last 40 -50 years due to changes in the climate.
- Dr. Kashyap put forth a few solutions to reduce the negative impact on the oceans and their life forms:
- Mangroves and Coral reef protection
- Coastal erosion protection
- Sustainable fisheries management
- Reduce Marine Pollution
- Sustainable tourism
- Eco friendly shipping
World Oceans Day – Symposium on Sustaining Life Below WaterEXECUTIVE SUMMARY Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mangesh Kashyap, President, SEERAM, Pune Dr. Kashyap is devoted to the development of the youth of tomorrow for navigating their focus towards sustaining our Mother Earth and its life forms. The cause of water and water conservation is very close to his heart. He believes that equal and efficient use of water and services allocation and distribution can bring a real turnaround in socio economic activities and ecosystems. In addition to the above, some self-realizations and accountabilities can also bring the desired changes on a global platform, giving this subject its due importance and recognition. Driven by the same, he founded Crisil Verified NGO SEERAM-Environmental Sustainability Research Foundation. Dr. Kashyap emphasized that economy, environment and social community are the three pillars for sustainable development in any country. He further stated that the universality and integration of the SDGs challenge all globally to act on these for a better future. Dr. Kashyap spoke extensively about the 14th UN SD Goal – Life below water. In India, about 35% of the population live within 100 km of the country’s coastline measuring around 7500 km. Even though the sea level rise is a very slow phenomenon, the trends of sea level rise are estimated to be 1.3mm/year along the Indian coasts during the last 40 -50 years due to changes in the climate.
Online Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) & Patents and Design filingEXECUTIVE SUMMARY Dr. Kumar Raju was the speaker for the session. Mr Raju is working for more than 10+ years in Central Government Office under the Patent Office, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and presently working as Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs. He is working as a NIPAM program speaker and co-ordinator, Dr. Kumar Raju conducted the online workshop and explained the various concepts involved in IPR. His main objective was ro make the audience aware of what IPR is? He gave a detailed description of Patents, Innovation, Creativity, Discovery, Copyright, etc. He further explained in detail the process of patent filling The speaker was gracious enough to answer the questions put forth by the audience.
Workshop on IPR
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY : SESSION 1
- The speaker explained what is idea, innovation creativity and discovery
- Further the speaker explained about registered Mark and Trade Mark
- The students were explained how IPR is important
He explained the process of IPR filling an dhow it is done at TCS
Current Practices in Employee Relations
Ms. Saumya started a session with lighten up a mood of students by asking question about your relations. She mentioned how the changing HR environment also changes the significance and role of HRM. Today the HR department is concerned not only with issues of policy and administration, but it is also getting involved in the decision-making process. The new HR practices introduced in the recent period, viz. employee empowerment, teamwork, flatter organisations etc. were also highlighted by the speaker. The session also highlighted on new technological use in employee relations and different benefits provided to employees. speaker also explain about roles and policy for Employee relations and quoted few legal information on Employee relations.
Emerging advancement in technological trend in Industry the employee relations trend also resulted in standardized procedures and mechanization of the activity tasks being performed by the employees. This has improved the work quality and enhanced the performance at organization level. SAP, ERP, MIS, and AI based applications helps HR managers for decision making related to Employee relations.
Session ended with Q&A session.
Tools for Paperless Office Mr. Titus Newton
Mr Titus gave a beautiful insight of the paperless office and speak about how Staff and students can be a part of the same. He spoke about cloud database Google drive, One drive, dropbox and other free limited space services. Sir demonstrated on digital signature, Documents scanning app, to-do app, Documents delivery services with password protection, etc.
During Question answer session, Dr Abhijeet informed Mr Titus sir, about Microsoft services for paperless office which we are currently using. Mr Rajesh informed about Event Management System and Data Management System open-source application on Drupal and SQL database, Koha open-source application for library.
As per the feedback received from the participants it was very good learning experience, the session helped them in their understanding the Paperless work – Control, Automation and Protection.
A Guest session on Ratio Analysis A practical Approach for Business Decisions
CA Hemant Godse started his session by explaining the importance of ratio analysis in business organizations. Ratios Analysis is used by Tax Authorities, Bankers, Investors & Advisors in analyzing the past to take future decisions and it is also helpful to take investment, lending decisions, and other decisions within the enterprise.
He explained the prerequisites of ratio analysis: an analytical mind, common sense, knowledge of industry, Balance Sheet with all its links, notes, reports, laws, & allied documents. Further he explained different ratios: Liquidity, Activity, Profitability, Capital Structure / Leverage ratios.
Mr. Godse said that while doing Ratio analysis of any business organization one should take into consideration following factors:
- Find out correlations between the ratios. No ratio should be interpreted in isolation. Standards prescribed for different ratios are idealistic. Counter-effect of each ratio should be studied very carefully. Find out complimentary ratios & analyze all such ratios together.
- Ratio Analysis is not conclusive analysis. One requires other corroborative information to draw conclusions about financial health.
- Always remember basic financial management rules:
- Do not divert short term funds for long term uses.
- Strike perfect balance between profitability & liquidity.
- Rotate liquidity wheel maximum number of times to increase profitability
- Assets & income should be at one place.
Azadi Ka Amrit llahotsav – National Quiz on Financial Sector -Regarding
The program commenced with the welcome address by Dr. Divya Lakhani. Mr. Ravinder
Singh Chawla was introduced by Ms. Kiran Rajpurohit.
Mr. Chawla emphasized on the need for investment for it will help us to tide over the rainy
days. He explained on the different investment avenues and discussed the risk associated with
it. He explained the types of market – primary and capital market. He then went on to explain
the role of SEBI in equity market.
Requirements of investing in securities market in stock market were discussed with the
participants. The basic rules of investing – Sound Fundamentals of Company, profitability,
ethics, sustainability initiatives undertaken by company, etc. were dwelled upon. He informed
the audience that they can access this information by doing industry analysis, financial ratios,
management track record, future projection etc.
He highlighted the initiatives taken by SEBI towards Investor Protection, grievance redressal
mechanism, do’s and don’ts of investing in securities market and advised the investors to
exercise their rights and responsibilities.
Mr. Ravinder Singh Chawla also explained the concept of Mutual Fund, role of Fund Manager,
Classification of Mutual Funds Schemes, importance of Risk-o-Meter.
He encouraged the students to enhance their learning experience of capital market by visiting
The program concluded with vote of thanks by Ms. Deepti Aswani, MBA II students, SVIMS.
Awareness on Mental Wellbeing
- Ms. Sonali Joshi, faculty member, welcomed Ms. Pooja Jain for the session by briefly introducing her to the students.
- Ms. Jain’s session took the students on journey wherein they touched based with every phase of their lives. She helped them to uncover their thoughts in a simple yet impactful manner.
- Taking examples from daily life scenarios, she asked students to self-reflect on the things that matter most to them and the impact of various experiences the students have had till date.
- She encouraged the students to talk more openly about their mental wellbeing, to reach out to friends, families and even counselors without being afraid of generic notions or myths that go with the term “mental wellbeing”.
- The Session ended with a Vote of Thanks by Isha Khandekar, Class representative and student of MBA I.
National level Summer Internship Project (SIP) Presentation Competition
The program commenced with the welcome address by Ms. Neelam Chavan, student of MBA I.
The competition was judged by Dr. Surbhi Jain, Professor and Head, PUMBA, SPPU. The presentations were given by the participants.
The students gave presentation on topics that ranged from Competency Mapping, Project Management, CSR Awareness, Performance Appraisal, Exploring Canva and Digital Marketing, etc.
Dr. Surbhi Jain, judge, summarized the presentations and expressed her satisfaction to the participants on the wonderful manner in which they presented their summer internship projects. A tough competition ensued amongst the participants.
The students gave presentation on topics that ranged from Competency Mapping, Project Management, CSR Awareness, Performance Appraisal, Exploring Canva and Digital Marketing, etc.
Dr. Surbhi Jain, judge, summarized the presentations and expressed her satisfaction to the participants on the wonderful manner in which they presented their summer internship projects. A tough competition ensued amongst the participants.
Cultural Program – Maharashtra and Odisha
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The program commenced with the Welcome Address by Ms. Mahima Sachdev, student, SVIMS, that was followed by a soulful bhajan sung by Ms. Deepali Chanchlani – Achutam Keshawam.
Various wonderful regional cultural performances are performed by SVIMS students, students from DAMITS took the centre stage. They showcased the nice performances. Lastly, on popular demand, we had Mr. Amit Pal, who sang in his true style and brought smiles on face of all the participants. He had been consistently participating in the event with zeal and enthusiasm.
The events jointly organized by SVIMS and DAMITS had both the institutes showcasing the culture and heritage of Maharashtra and Odisha. It is very essential to note that India is in the heart of all citizens, whether they belong to Maharashtra or Odisha. Hence, as a tribute to the nation the last performance was given by Ms. Isha Khandekar, Ms. Shreya Vibute, Ms. Namrata Nagpal and Ms. Salomi Gore, students from MBA I, who gave a mesmerizing performance wherein they danced to the popular number – ‘Desh Rangeela’ from the movie ‘Fanaa’. This brought out the essence of national integration.
The program concluded with the vote of thanks was given by Dr. Divya Lakhani, HOD, SVIMS.
The enthusiastic participation of 134 students and faculty made this series of events under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat a memorable one.
The Power In What You Do- A GUEST SESSION BY Ms. SIMRAN WADHWANI and Mr. AISHWARY GALOLE
CONCEPT OF THE PROGRAM
In this VUCA world it is important that the MBA students become job givers rather than job seekers. Entrepreneurship is not that well understood by people, the difference between entrepreneurship and businessman is not yet very clear. To make students understand the difference and the crucial challenges and opportunities faced by the Entrepreneurs, this session proved to be very important.
Ms. Simran, takes care of business development and HR while, Mr. Aishwarya takes care of the technical aspects of business. Both shared their journeys from campus to the business world and gave stud]ents valuable insights on cracking interviews, customer relationship and business development.
Science Film Festival – German Language
CONCEPT AND REPORT OF THE PROGRAM
The Science Film Festival presents a wide assortment of films in the following five categories to serve all age groups, but with a focus on content for young audiences:
- Family Edutainment
- Ecology & Environment
- Natural Science, Life Science & Technology
- Non-Verbal & Science Shorts
- Culture & History
The Science Film Festival is organized in each country by the Goethe-Institute in close cooperation with local partners. The festival presents scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and demonstrates that science can be fun. The event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide.
The theme for Science Film Festival 2022 was qual Opportunity in Science. Equal opportunity is a state of fairness in which individuals are treated similarly, unhampered by artificial barriers or prejudices or preferences. Innovations resulting from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have positively touched nearly every aspect of human life. The Science Film Festival 2022 is committed to increasing awareness on the issue of diversity and inclusiveness in STEM from underrepresented groups, in which studying and working in science is open to all and for the benefit of all sections of society.
Out of all the films, one in German Language and English subtitles was selected. The title being – ‘With Heart and High Tech – How people master challenges. To summaries, the film was about – Skiing blind, playing drums without a hand, lifting twice as much: It sounds like a miracle, but technology makes it possible. Resourceful minds are developing just the right aids for the job.
The screening of the film was followed by discussion about what the students have understood and what they liked in the film.
REPORT ON INDUCTION PROGRAM Date: 18th November to 12th December 2022
The induction Program was conducted from 18th November to 12th December 2022. The program began with welcome address by Dr. Divya Lakhani, HOD, MBA, SVIMS followed by inauguration and inaugural talk by Dr. B.H. Nanwani, Director, SVIMS. Dr. Nanwani congratulated and welcomed the new batch. She said that the two years of MBA and MCA were very crucial in the career of the students and that every student must make the most of the time. She said that learning doesn’t stop, we need to be open for learning throughout our lives. She also advised the students should be humble and simple in their lives. Madam gave the example of a bamboo tree to explain the same. Post Director Madam’s session, Ms. Vaishali Patil gave the Orientation to the philosophy of SVM and SVIMS Code of Conduct.
The second session on the inaugural day was by Mr. Advait Kurlekar, Founder of Entrepreneurial venture, Upohan. Mr Kurlekar enlightened the students about the nitty gritties of Business and shared his personal experiences. The most important lesson taught by him was that one can run a business with 2 important aspects one is desire and second is how it will help the society to get the better.
Further various activities like introduction to MBA and MCA program, Credit Based Evaluation System, Sessions on Capacity Building, antiragging and sexual harassment, Counselling sessions, Workshop on Emotional Intelligence, Sports and cultural activities, Human rights exhibition and presentations and many more were conducted in the induction program to give the students the glimpse of their two-year journey ahead. On 12th December 2022, induction program was culminated with group presentations and submission of report.
GUEST SESSION on Menstrual Hygiene and Personal Hygiene By Dr. SNEHA NAGAR
19th NOVEMBER 2022
SVIMS has always been very proactive in matters regarding health, hygiene and wellness of the students. “Guest session on Menstrual Hygiene and Personal Hygiene” was one such initiative.
- Dr. Sneha Nagar, a renowned Gynecologist from Inlaks and Budrani Hospital conducted a session on menstrual and Personal Hygiene for the students of MBA and MCA.
- She said that due to changed lifestyle, eating habits and stress, girls are facing many problems like PCOD and infertility.
- She further said that having knowledge about these problems, diagnosis and the treatment would help the girls take necessary precautions and steps towards their good health and well-being.
- She educated the participants on issues like menstrual hygiene, sex and personal hygiene.
- The session concluded with the Q&A session by the students.
SESSION ON EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Emotional Intelligence is a way to understand one’s own and other emotions and respond accordingly. It is a very sought-after life skill today in the corporate as also in personal life. The value and benefits of emotional intelligence are vast in terms of personal and professional success. It is a core competency in many vocations, can support the advancement towards academic and professional success, improve relationships, and boost communication skills, the list goes on. At SVIMS we arrange capacity building sessions to enhance the student’s performance and employability. The session on Emotional Intelligence is one such endeavor for students’ skill building.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Dr. Niloufer Aga, Facilitator and Coach, Pragati Leadership explained the concept and importance of Emotional Intelligence. She further explained the Daniel Coleman Four Quadrant Model of Emotional Intelligence – self-awareness, social awareness, self-regulation and social skills. She conducted various activities and gave many suitable examples so that the students could learn how they could analyse their own and other emptions and respond to these correctly. She conducted the joy meter activity which helped the students to analyse their emotions. With the help of this
SESSION ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS UNDER NIPAM AND KAPILA
CONCEPT OF THE PROGRAM
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of independence, Government of India has launched the National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) under the banner “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” to create widespread awareness on IPR through Intellectual Property Offices, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Govt. of India. Currently the program is in its second phase and known as NIPAM 2.0.
Under NIPAM 2.0, Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness Campaign (KAPILA) and Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, SVIMS had organized an Awareness Program for the MBA and MCA first year students. The aim was to create awareness about IPR , Patents and Design filings among the Faculty, staff and Students.
Mrs Himanshi Kharb was the speaker for the session. Having an experience of 10+ years in Indian Patent Office (IPO), Mumbai she was the most suitable speaker for the topic. Mrs Himanshi explained the various concepts involved in IPR. The main objective was to make the audience aware of what IPR is. She gave a detailed description of Patents, Innovation, Creativity, Discovery, Copyright, trademark, design, etc. She gave examples so as to clarify the concepts. She further mentioned the importance of applying and getting a patent for a developing country like India. The speaker was gracious enough to answer the questions put forth by the audience.
Telecast of Kashi Tamil Sangamam Program
CONCEPT AND REPORT OF THE PROGRAM
The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam is a month-long program which will be centered around a series of themes that cover various facets of knowledge – literature, ancient texts, philosophy, spirituality, music, dance, drama, yoga, Ayurveda, handlooms, handicrafts as well as the modern innovations, trade exchanges, edutech and other gen next technology etc. Seminars, discussions, lectures, lec-dems etc will be held on these themes by the subject experts.
PM Modi inaugurated ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ – in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Throwing light on the connection between Kashi and Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister said that on one hand, Kashi is the cultural capital of India whereas Tamil Nadu and Tamil culture is the center of India’s antiquity and pride. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed delight upon the gathering being held in the most ancient living city in the world. Speaking on the importance of Sangams in the country, be it the confluence of rivers, ideology, science or knowledge, the Prime Minister said that every confluence of culture and traditions is celebrated and revered in India. He remarked that, it was a celebration of India’s might and characteristics, thus making the Kashi-Tamil Sangam unique.
This program was an initiative by Government of India as a part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” and to uphold the Spirit of Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat. The endeavour was in sync with NEP 2020’s emphasis on integrating the wealth of Indian Knowledge Systems with modern systems of knowledge. IIT Madras and BHU are the two implementing agencies for the program.
UGC had circulated a mail to all Higher Education Institutes to telecast the program. SVIMS had telecast the program live. MBA First Year and Second Year Students and MCA First Year students along with faculty members and staff had attended the live telecast.
International Peace Day – 2021
21 Sept 2021
Started with a prayer.
Video on Peace by our Rev. Dada J P Vaswani
Video message by UN Secretary General on International Day of Peace
Dr. SHAMA HUSSAIN – Founder Director & CEO of International Institute of Influencers, Oman
- To bring out transformation you need to bounce back from any situation.
- If there is no transformation, there is no evolution.
- In today’s world building resilience is of key importance.
- Examples of Bajaj and HMT watch to explain how they reached the stage of extinction and what could have been done to sustain business and keep the graph of success accelerated.
- Formula of E + R = O where, E means the events that occur, R is the response we give, and the result O is the outcome.
- Events will occur and we can’t control them, but a pessimist response is important.
- Change needs to be brought from within no one else can do it for you.
- Spreading wings is important to understand how far you can fly and extend your limits.
Ms. Mansi Dholakia, Founder and Chairperson for GMH Foundation, India
- Being a Women Resilience is something that is being tested every day.
- She discussed the challenges women face by giving her personal experiences.
- She herself was in a stage of anxiety and depression for 10 years, but her passion and dream set made her work towards success.
- Dreams are endless and that is the reason you need to build resilience.
- Maintaining and controlling emotions as a woman is an ultimate test of resilience since women are more sensitive and liable of emotions and this comes as a hurdle in the path of success.
- Difficulties, obstacles and personal issues are a part and parcel of life, we need to understand how to deal with them because as a woman understanding and managing emotions is what we can do.
- SDGs can be achieved when a woman is empowered, finding gaps in the process and working on them is essential.
Ms. Shubhra Tiwari, Commandant, 6th India Reserve Battalion, India
- Was a policy and planning officer for peacekeeping operations in Italy.
- Developed resilience by day-to-day policing activities.
- Resilience is a combination of 2 contradictory qualities, Resistance and Flexibility.
- Police work is physically and mentally demanding. Always more exposed to volatility and complexity.
- They were never trained to handle situations like pandemic and suddenly people were put on duty at places away from home and couldn’t get leaves easily.
- Resilient people have positive outlook to every situation.
- They have solid goals and maintain healthy relationships and never bow to peer pressure.
- Never think of yourself as a victim. You can’t control what others think about you but change the way you think about yourself, change the way how you think about negative situations and bad events.
- Choose your response because your reaction is important.
- Never lose your perspective. Nothing is perfect your attitude to it is an important thing.
- Never be judgmental always have the flexibility to manage crisis in your life
Ms. Amrita Dhillon, Co-Founder and Chief Editor of The Kootneeti, Singapore
- Resilience is a very wide topic and is there in everyone’s life.
- Women need to show more resilience.
- Today that we talk about feminism, equality and gender issues is also because of the resilience we and our mothers and grandmothers did during their time.
- She shared her experiences when she entered the field of research in geopolitics how resilient she was for doing it despite all the oppositions she got.
- Your career choices should be your decisions and not someone else’s.
- Your resilience is important, what people say and who support you is just something that give you an edge.
- She shared her experience of resiliency during her pregnancy when she came back to India.
- Don’t think of what resilience is, take your small steps with confidence and plan your journey towards success.
International Conference on Sustainability for Survival
18-19 March 2021
International Conference on Sustainability for Survival
18 to 19 March 2021
Recording link : https://youtu.be/h0s2lzEStDY
The Conference was inaugurated on 18h March 2021 with Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga as the Chief Guest.
The inaugural address was given by Director SVIMS, Dr. BH Nanwani wherein she shared the theme of the conference and its importance in today’s times.
Dr .Nanwani began her address by welcoming the attendees and then taking them into the journey of need and importance of Sustainability that, undoubtedly, touches each one of us in some way.
Sustainability double clicks on human development, environment protection, economy, human rights, inclusiveness, reverence for life et al. For us in SVIMS, our Founders Sadhu Vaswani and Rev. Dada J P Vaswani – Visionary saints of Modern India embraced and amplified Sustainability. Rev Sadhu Vaswani, Founder of several educational institutions and an educational movement called Mira Movement in Education, Founder of Brotherhood Association committed to spiritual and social upliftment of the community, philanthropist, social reformer, a compassionate saint who started several social welfare activities, a lover of nature, a firm believer and practitioner of the concept of Reverence for Life, a messiah of Love, he appealed for rights of animals and for vegetarianism – and is revered as the epitome for Sustainable and Satvik Thinking and Living.
He believed in and promoted gender equity and women empowerment. The endearing element to the thought is that Sadhu Vaswani did not much appreciate the word ‘empowerment’. He said the word smacks of power and anything that speaks of power is unequal and dilutes the essence of the cause.
He felt women must be afforded opportunities for growth and development and must rise to their potential. In an era where women upliftment and empowerment were unheard phrases and utopian; Sadhu Vaswani, anchored the idea of educating women to bridge the deep divide that existed between men and women.
Starting centers of education exclusively for women, where the North Star for such education was character building; they brought to life their eternal belief that Competence emerges from Character.
Not only did he start schools and colleges exclusively for girls, he also afforded women entrepreneurial opportunities. The stores were called Sakhi stores [ sakhi would translate as friends], conferences exclusively organized, managed, conducted by women …all this over a century ago!
Sadhu Vaswani believed in social inclusion. His stories are rich with him treating the peons on Sunday at his residence and cook some veg biryani for them, while they rested. Today this could be unthinkable for modern day principals and directors; he went and swept the house of a harijan [called and considered untouchables then] when the latter was beaten up because he dared to quench his thirst by drawing out water from a well. He wanted his devotees and followers to understand social equity.
He started several social welfare activities to help provide basic necessities to the deprived. Today thousands in many parts of the world and in India are fed and provided with different necessities to tide over the rough road of life. Medical facilities are given free or on reasonable rates to help people get the best of medical care.
In his honour the Saint’s bday on 25th November is celebrated as the International Meatless Day. Today we talk of the amount of CO2 emissions that can be saved by people going meatless. Such was his love for creation that he would say flowers and plants have their families. Do not pluck flowers unnecessarily. Even today it is artificial flowers that adorn his resting place which in Indian languages we refer to as Sacred Samadhi.
A great mystic, healer and messiah of humanity, Sadhu Vaswani worked to uplift souls. He urged that we should see God in man and serve humanity and thus live in a holistic way to lead a harmonious, healthy and contended life – this in fact is in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals. A saint blessed with practical wisdom he was not against economic prosperity but urged that the fruits of such activity must be shared with the downtrodden. He himself lived a simple, sustainable life. He wore simple cotton clothes, and practiced austerity in all aspects of Life.
The Director further spoke about her belief in and fondness for the word Sustainable or sustainability that emanates positivity, power and progressiveness. Translated in a simple way it would mean Live and let live. Sustainability is a matter of self-preservation and therefore assumes significance. The concept is holistic and covers:
- Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
- Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
- Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
- Cultural values, diversity and heritage
- Mutual understanding, peace and security
- The concept of sustainability operates under several pseudonyms like sustainable development, resilience, sustainable entrepreneurship, Triple Bottom Line, corporate social responsibility, etc. It is connected with a number of inter-related global issues such as poverty, inequality, hunger and environmental degradation.
- We have used the term sustainability for decades now, yet however, sustainability still often feels like an amorphous topic; it’s like peace or hope. Everyone wants it, but no one really knows what it looks like or how to get there.
- The concept has evolved from its very basic meaning of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs to something that is bearable and capable of being continued at a certain level. Sustainability can perhaps be seen as the process(es) by which something is kept at a certain level.
- In this way, the term “sustainability” has been broadly applied to characterize improvements in areas like natural resources overexploitation, manufacturing operations (its energy use and polluting subproducts), the linear consumption of products, the direction of investments, citizen lifestyle, consumer purchasing behaviours, technological developments or business and general institutional changes. As long as an action causes little, less, or no harm to the natural world – under the belief (not always ensured) ecosystems will keep on operating and generating the conditions that allow for the quality of life of today’s modern societies not to decrease – someone is often claimed to be sustainable.
- Today however the world’s thinking and action is moving towards a higher goal. We are now talking of regeneration, Regenerative development, Regenerative Cultures, economies and action. We need to re design our lives, our thinking our societies with a regenerative perspective.
- We need regeneration because our structures are incompatible with the way Nature creates Life; they are economy-oriented, as against being nature-oriented. But also, because humans have damaged the planet to such an extent that stopping to do harm wouldn’t be enough to recover ecosystems. We need to enhance and facilitate the conditions in which Life can flourish and ecosystems can recover and become resilient. human activities need to be harmonized with the continuing evolution of life on our planet. We humans are part of Nature and our relationships, institutions, and processes should be more like Her.
- Companies are embracing sustainability and accepting it as a core value. This is partly brought about by a shift in the demands and behaviours of consumers, citizens, employees, investors, partners and the government. Stakeholders have expressed unhappiness over the long term damage brought about by focus on profits, and are demanding business practices and ways that reflect integrity, wider society benefits and those that do not lead to inequality or exploitation of natural or other resources. Companies have in response mad sustainability a mainstream concept. In fact, even beyond these behavioral shifts, many companies are going beyond govt regulations and adopting sustainable practices not only because it’s best for the planet, but because it’s necessary for their bottom line. Sustainable practices bring about clear economic benefits. Companies are getting away from using non-renewables and unsustainable business practices realizing that if a resource is going to run out, it’s going to be a lot more expensive before it does. A case in point, is IKEA which was once known for nothing more than affordable and disposable furniture, is today a corporate sustainability leader.
- There is a heightened level of awareness of sustainable behaviour and action and individuals and organizations are busy mapping out future scenarios for the planet. Some are working directly with businesses, governments and others to put sustainability into action today while outlining possible visions of tomorrow. Its heartening to know that at least at some level there is some course correction that is happening. Efforts have been boldened by UN Sustainable Development Goals. We also have EPI [ Environmental Performance Indicator]. The EPI offers a scorecard that highlights leaders and laggards in environmental performance and provides practical guidance for countries that aspire to move toward a sustainable future.
- Dr. Nanwani brought forth the need of the hour. What we urgently need today is policy transformation complemented with social capital. We need policies for a sustainable future that is both economically vigorous and environmentally sound. And people should create a concrete sense of citizenship. Human development requires improved social interaction by empowering women, men, young people, senior citizens and even children to influence the development and future of their communities and society in general.
- Businesses, authorities and citizens must work towards combining socially-balanced economic growth with the promotion of social equality and environmental development, as well as the defense of human rights and enforcement of democracy and social participation.
- The roadmap for sustainability can be as simple as starting by doing something small, something different. We need to contribute and create a world we want and paint the future – a sustainable future we wish to have or make.
- Sustainability process will be a gamechanger and break new ground of human development with inclusivity and excellence.
Dr. Manju Nachani is an experienced educationist and a leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Strategy, she is a dedicated and a strong professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Economics and sociology from K C College, Churchgate.
Dr. Nichani, in her address shared that even as we impart education to match with the advancements in technology and globalization, we also need to ensure complete character development of an individual. Her views about what sustainability means and should mean for the generation today, what is needed to survive while being relevant, helped the attendees to introspect and rethink their learning models. She also shared examples of Sadhu Vaswani’s teaching and the practices of sustainability at her home and surroundings, which further shaped her growing years. It was these practices and learnings of her Guru that she brought into her workplaces too.
Ms. Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga, the Chief Guest for the Conference, is an experienced Regional Head with a demonstrated leadership history of working in urban development, climate change and environmental sustainability. Skilled in Sustainable Development, Strategy and Operations Management, Urban Planning, Government, and Management, she is a strong administrative professional and results-oriented leader with substantive experience in the management and leadership of programs in development and humanitarian related areas.
In the last eight years, she has established the strategic presence for UNEP in South Africa and the Southern Africa region rolling out various programs including in the areas of ecosystems and biodiversity conservation, sustainable mining, combatting illegal wildlife trade, climate change, green economy and trade opportunities, resource efficiency & waste management, sustainable transport and environmental governance.
Track I: Interfaith Conversations on Sustainability
Prof Stephen, a Catholic Priest of Diocese of Tiruchirapalli discussed two dimensions of Sustainability: moral values and human interconnectedness. Sustainability is required not just for our survival but everyone’s enrichment. He highlighted how different scriptures talk about respect for nature and mentioned the contribution of various global institutions like The United Planet Faith and Science Initiative, Eco Tourism in the Holy Land et al in promoting Sustainable Living.
H G Nityanand Charan Dasji, the second panelist and a Monk, Mentor and Spirital Author associated with ISKCON, used the famous quotes of Mahatma Gandhiji and Martin Luther King Jr to express the dismal current state of affairs: “There is enough for man’s need but not for his greed” and “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men”. He expressed his grief by sharing the current apologetic situation under which he said, during lockdown a lot of people enthusiastically joined my sessions on Bhagvad Gita ka Saar. But, as life came back to normal times, majority of them forgot it all and got back to their old behaviour. According to him, all the solutions to human problems have been given in our holy scriptures like that of Bhagvad Gita.
Our 3rd panelist, Mr Will McGarvey, Executive Director at Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County had a very unique way of presenting his views on Sustainability. He shared with us the thoughts of leaders of various beliefs and faith and explained those to us – like the one by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: “The world is not a problem to be solved, it is a living being to be related to, and it is calling to us. It needs our attention, not just of our minds, but also of our hearts. It is our own awakened consciousness that can heal the Earth.” He further gave an example of Climate Refugees Ioane Teitiota and his wife who have nowhere to go. He ended it with a good news that we can do something about climate change by small changes like switching to renewable energy, changing light bulbs and a few others.
Dr. Deborshi De
Founder and Director of Vedaantic Organic Research Foundation Kolkata
Dr. Deborshi urged that the principles of Hinduism: Dharma and Niti should be followed religiously as else the ever increasing population and depleting resources, climate changes and rising global temperatures will makthis place difficult to live in
Ms. Baishakhi Sengupta
Environmental sustainability and governance strategic consultant at Avara Foods, Greater Oxford Area
Ms.Sengupta highlighted adverse effects of climate change and global warming such as decline in rainfall, droughts and dangerous heat waves. We can avoid these adverse effects, through proper town planning so that these towns don’t become heat islands’; boosting hydro-meteorological systems to conserve water, developing drought-tolerant crops etc. Further she urged the audience to adopt sustainability in our daily lives.
Dr. Aparna Pandey
Research and Sustainable Program Manager, RUR Green Life Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Pandey gave us a run through her journey in the field of Sustainability. While discussing the Theory of Change, she explained the importance of centralized and decentralized waste management. She suggested the adoption of some olistic sustainable waste management solutions such as:
1. Arranging Sustainability sensitization and awareness workshop
2. Segregation of waste at source
3. Setting up bio-composter
4. Hand holding & scientific training of staff
5. Setting up 7 bin approach
6. Compost utilization in terrace garden
e trash with green alternatives.
Track III – Policy Initiatives For sustainable Growth
Mr. Curt Garrigan is Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section for the Environment and Development section of UN ESCAP. ESCAP covers the world’s most populous region, that is, nearly two thirds of humanity. ESCAP works to strengthen regional cooperation to promote social & economic development which engages with regional and global networks to promote implementation of global agendas on climate and sustainable development. The body also assists governments to implement policies that promote sustainable urban development and make efficient use of natural resources it also develop solutions to create safe, resilient, resource-efficient and sustainable cities and towns across the regions.
Rapid urbanization and its impact: half of the region’s population is urban habitating the low- lying coastal areas. Cities generate almost 75% of region’s GHG emissions (mostly from energy supply and transportation); Transport emissions have increased manifolds since 1970. Many cities have weak urban planning and cannot meet water and sanitation needs. In many cities, the population is growing faster than the governments can build infrastructure improvements, such as roads and sewers. Unplanned urban sprawl and increase in absolute number of slum-dwellers are its disastrous consequences.
Mr. Garrigan also spoke about the urban expansion in Asia specific in 2030. More urban areas are susceptible to flooding due to unplanned growth and inadequate infrastructure. Flooding exacerbated by climate change; increased severe weather events can overwhelm infrastructure which may have altered natural hydrology. He also spoke about land conversion from rural to urban, reduction of resources like agricultural land, portable water, food, fuel, electricity, greeneries and consequent challenges for these developments i.e. waste management, plastic waste, transportation and urban farming.
Ms. Tania Banerjee is the manager Ernst & Young, Consulting (Climate Change). She spoke about climate change mitigation and adaptation areas such as resource efficiency, low carbon development, disaster risk reduction, climate resilient planning and cross cutting aspects of climate finance, stakeholder engagement and capacity building. She emphasized that in order to achieve sustainable development, it is critical to decouple environmental impact from economic advancement with time. Eco-Industrial Parks can be the much desired answers for industrial use at a suitable site that ensures sustainability through the integration of social, economic, and environmental quality aspects into its siting, planning, management and operations.
Mr. Radhakrishnan R is the Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Law School. He spoke about government Sustainability in the field of Indian politics, governance & security. He shared his insights on the political analyst, providing inputs to Parliamentarians on issues concerning governance & foreign policy like cold war, political boundaries. He also spoke about Modi’s foreign policy that is focused on improving relations with neighbouring countries in South Asia, engaging the extended neighbourhood of Southeast Asia and the major global powers. In pursuit of this, he has made official visits to Bhutan, Nepal, and Japan, followed by visits to the United States, Myanmar, Australia, and Fiji.
Track IV: Economic Goals and Growth and their Impact on the Earth
Our keynote speaker for Track IV, Dr Rafis, Former Director, ban-ki Moon Institute for Sustainable Development, Kazakhstan in a specially recorded message for our conference stated his understanding of the word development as sustainable development is: all of us coming together and supporting the communities. It is of vital nature that economic and social development brings everyone together. This he said is important because when united, we can do a lot more. Today the question that we have in front of us is that of, “how to restart the economy after almost 12 months?” According to him, the answer to this question is: Unity.
He rightly set the tempo for this track and the 2 panel members namely Ms. Michelle Gale, Director, Green Economics Institute, Greater Chicago area, USA and Mr. Siddhanta Mohanty, Founder and Director, Powerly AI, Germany took the baton further. Both of them thrusted high focus on People and Technology to initiate and continue sustainable living. Ms. Michelle pointed out the case of Racism in Georgia as being an outcome of an in sustainable living. Such issues according to her are a part of Global Economic System. While, Mr. Mohanty quoted example of one of the tasks that his organisation undertakes of mapping the competencies of human resources to identify the right fit for the jobs. This is accomplished with the help of Artificial Intelligence he said. This is how both of them shared their belief that People and Technology are rightfully the only hope of living a Sustainable life.
Mr. KunalMathur, Head, Digital Fund Raising United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF) Delhi, India.
In his address, Mr. Kunal Mathur suggested that we start small and steadily move towards a sustainable environment, for example, usage of biodegradable sanitary napkins. While many people do not have enough resources to pay for basic needs, many of us still enjoy luxuries of life. He also shared about the noble work that UNICEF does to make this world a better place. Mr. Mathur emphasized that the key focus areas should be child development and nutrition, child protection, education, child environment, polio eradication, reproductive and child health, children and AIDS, social policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Ms. Maiya Suyunchaliyeva, Brand Ambassador (One Young World) Almaty, Kazakhstan.
To improve quality of education among the youth, Ms.Maiya S emphasized that fundamental knowledge in AI should be developed and increased. She said that one should learn self management and develop awareness about social environment. Each person should set personal sustainable development goals, for example maintaining good health is one’s own responsibility and hence can be one of the personal sustainable development goals. Similarly, an employer can have provision of decent work place as one of the sustainable development goals.
Panel Discussion on Future of and Pivotal Changes in Co-Working Spaces
14th August 2021
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 . “
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 one year of Transformative reforms under New Education Policy(NEP)-2020
|Sr. No.||Date||Theme||Name of the activity organized at institute level (Based on Theme)||Total No. of student participated||Total No. of Faculty members participated||Description of the activities|
|1||30.07.21||Equity & Inclusion||video shown to students||37||5||Video shown to students and faculty members and had discussion on equity and inclusion|
|2||02.08.21||Multidisciplinary & Holistic Education||Quiz||41||4||Quiz prepared which includes questions related to NEP and multidisciplinary & holistic education and circulated among all staff members and students.|
|3||03.08.21||Skill, Entrepreneurship Development & Employability: Challenge and Opportunities||Guest lecture||58||4||Mr. Ashok Pattar 1.Trainer and consultant Entrepreneurship 2.Adjunct Faculty Symbiosis International University|
|4||04.08.21||Effect of NEP on Youth Empowerment And Sports Development||Group discussion||37||4||Group discussion is conducted on effects of NEP on Youth empowerment and sports development. Students Groups were prepared and declared one group as winner|
|5||05.08.21||Indian Knowledge System, Languages, Arts and Culture||Cultural Program||40||4||Students presented videos on Indian culture, Unity of Nation, Incredible India, Art and Craft, poems, Dance, etc.|
|6||06.08.21||Quality Education, Accreditation And Teacher Development||Guest Lecture||44||5||Dr.(Mrs.) Sunanda Yadav Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeet Head Department of Ph.D|
|7||09.08.21||Research Innovation And Ranking||Guest Lecture||44||5||Dr.S.Jeyavelu Director Firebird Institute of Research in Management|
|8||10.08.21||Use Of Technology In Education||Guest Lecture||35||5||Dr.Abhijeet Kaiwade HOD ,SVIMS|
Skill, Entrepreneurship Development & Employability: Challenge and Opportunities
Mr. Pattar started by sharing skills required for employability and career management. Further he stressed on building entrepreneurial skills to address the challenges of unemployment. While discussing employability he took the participants through the companies’ expectations from their employees, cycle of survivability for employment, and the consequences of unemployment. While explaining the main causes of unemployment in India he mentioned that the youth lack vocational skills and has a low education level. Further, he shared the essential skills for a successful career which include:
- Minimum Qualifications
- Communication skills
- Positive Attitude
- Aptitude skills
- Time Management
At the end of the session, he said that entrepreneurship is the solution for unemployment, to cater to a poor economy and stiff global competition. Additionally he explained the benefits of entrepreneurship such as:
- Creating Wealth for Self and Associated Businesses.
- Improves the Standard of Living.
- Creates Businesses and Job Opportunities for People.
- Developing the Economy.
- Creating Social Impact.
- Flexibility in Schedule.
- Boosts Self-Esteem.
- Getting to Learn New Things.
Multidisciplinary & Holistic Education
NEP 2020: building quality in HEIs
Program Schedule on 6th April 2021
Face Book Link https://fb.watch/9NJSI6fkR3/
|10 to 10:05||Speakers||Opening Prayer|
|10:05 to 10:15||Director madam’s address||Opening Remarks|
|10: 15 to 10:45||Dr Parag Kalkar, Dean Management, SPPU, Pune||NEP from the Management Education perspective|
|10:45 to 11||Break|
|11 to 12||Mr Sushant Kumar Pandey – Leads Praxis Vidyapith Education Trust : Member drafting new education policy NEP & MHRD GOI||Reforms with respect to women education|
|12 to 1||Dr Vikas Singh, VC ITM university Raipur – NAAC and NBA Expert||Emphasis on research in NEP 2020|
|1 to 2||Lunch Break|
|2 to 3||Mr Sandeep Kochhar, Founder BLEW Minds||NEP from the Lens of corporate|
|3 to 3:45||Dr Vilas Nandavadekar, Registrar Shivaji University Kolhapur||Challenges and opportunities for HEIs|
|3:45 to 4||Break|
|4 to 4:30||Dr Sudhir Gawane, VC MGM, University Aurangabad||NEP: Promotion of Inclusiveness in HEIs|
|4:30 to 4:40||Vote 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
|9:00am to 9:05 am||Inauguration and prayer||Recording|
|9:05am to 9:15||Founders Views||Beloved Dada J P Vaswani Founder, SVIMS|
|9:15am to 9:20am||Opening Address||Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade HoD, SVIMS Opening address on new trends and technologies in digital libraries|
|9:25am to 9:55am||Keynote 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 pm||Guest Speaker Topic: Digital Libraries||Dr. Nayana Wijayasundara Librarian -University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka|
|11:20am to 11:50am||Guest Speaker Topic: Library Digitisation and Challenges of Future Libraries||Mr. Manuja Karunaratne Principal information officer -Head – National Science Library and Resource Centre of National Science Foundation Sri Lanka|
|12:05pm to 12:30pm||Documentary on Global Best University Library Management||Ms. Sayali|
|12.35pm to 1:05pm||Guest Speaker Topic: ORCiD : Manage and Enhance your Research Visibility||Dr. Satish Kanamadi Librarian TISS, Mumbai|
|2:05pm to 2:35pm||Guest Speaker Topic: Open access resources for researchers||Dr. Vrushali Dandawate Librarian AISSMS Engineering College Pune|
|2:55pm to 3:30pm||Guest Speaker Topic: Digital libraries and learning technologies||Dr. 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 1||29 Jan 2021|
|10 am to 11 am||Inaugural Function|
|Directors Address||Dr. B H Nanawani|
|Inaugural Address||Dr. Surabhi Jain|
|11.30 am to 1.00 pm||Dr. Raushan Kazi, topic – Hypothesis Framing and Validation|
|2 pm to 3 pm||Dr. Kabir Karade , Topic – Matrix of Literature Review|
|Day 2||30 Jan 2021|
|10 am to 11.15 am||Dr. Sunanda Yadav, Topic: Ethics in Research|
|11.30 am to 1 pm||Dr. Shailesh Kasande, Topic: Hypothesis|
|2.30 to 4.30 pm||Dr. Hoshiarmal Agarwal, Topic SPSS|
|Day 3||1 Feb 2021|
|10 am to 11.30||Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Linear Regression, correlation and Statistical tools|
|11:30 to 1:30||Dr Smita Iyer, Questionnaire Designing|
|2.30 to 4.30 pm||Dr. Hoshiarmal Agarwal, Topic SPSS|
|Day 4||2 Feb 2021|
|10 to 11||Dr. Smita Iyer , Introduction to Queueing Theory|
|11 am to 12 pm||Ms. Surbhi Bhalla, Topic – Research Gap in Agro-business|
|12 pm to 1.30 pm||Dr. Smita Iyer , Introduction to Case Method|
|2 p m to 5 pm||Dr. Smita Iyer, Case Study As a Research Methodology|
|Day 5||3 Feb 2021|
|9:00 am to 10:30 am||Dr. Kasande , Topic: Questionnaire Designing|
|10:30 am to 11:15 am||Dr K Ramesha, Topic: Research Avenues in Banking and Finance|
|11:15 am to 12 pm||Mr Raji Nair, Topic – current trends in service sector|
|12 pm to 1.30 pm||Mr. Vivian Pillai, Topic Current trends in logistics management|
|2.30 pm to 3.30 pm||Capt. Kaptan Singh, Current Trends in Sport Research|
|Day 6||4 Feb 2021|
|10 am to 11 am||Ms Monica Pallipurathukaran, Current trends RM|
|11 am to 12 pm||Mr. Robin Banerjee, Research and Manufacturing sector|
|12 pm to 1.30 pm||Mr. Ravinder Chawala|
|2 pm to 3 pm||Ms. Ashwini Mathur, Current trends in Research|
|Day 7||5 Feb 2021|
|10 am to 11 am||Ms. Vidisha Shinde|
|11.30 am to 1.00 pm||Mr. Ankush Kulkarni|
|02:00 PM||Dr. Sangeeta Kaul , Delnet Networked Resourses & Services|
“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.
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.
2 Day National Level Conference
Social and Economic trends: Millennial Impact
|Day I – 6th March 2020||Day II – 7th March 2020|
|9.00am-9.30am||Registration||9.15 – am||Reporting Time|
|9.30 am-10.00||Inauguration 1.Ganesh Vandana 2.Welcome address by Director||9.30 am-10.15||Mr. Manav VP, Product Development American Spraytech|
|10.00am-11.00am||Address by Keynote Speaker- Dr. Uma Ganesh CEO, Global Talent Track Topic: “Future of Work : Role and Opportunities for Millennials”||10.15-11.15am||Ms. Nikita Bhargava Business Development Manager, Solar Press Solutions in Printing Topic: “Millennials as managers ”|
|11.00-11.30am||Tea Break||11.15 – 11.30am||Tea Break|
|11.30-12.30pm||Mr. Parthajeet Sarma , Author, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Architect Mumbai Topic: “The Power of Storytelling in the Sharing Economy”||11.30 – 12.30pm||Mr. Himanshu Art of Living|
|12.30-1.30pm||Dr.Gayatri Phadke Senior Practice Consultant, Tata Management Training centre Topic: Leadership Development for Millennials||12.30-1.30pm||Mr. Ratan Pratap Bollywood Anchor and TV Host Topic: “Social Media and Millennials ”|
|1.30-2.15pm||Lunch Break||1.30-2.15pm||Lunch Break|
|2.15-3.00pm||Ms. Neha Shrimal Corporate Triner and Self-defence Coach||2.15-2.45 pm||Ms.Sonal Jain Founder “Boondh” Topic: “CSR and Millennials”|
|3.00-3.45pm||Dr. Ajay Kolhatkar Senior Practice Consultant Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC)||2.45-3.15pm||Mr. Sagar Papneja Co-Founder “TWAD Teach With A Difference ” Topic: “Millennial Passion ”|
|3.45-4.45pm||Mr.Diptaunsh Pardeshi Founder and Director, Five Figures Marketing Solution and Consultancy Topic: “Millennials trends in sports Marketing ”||3.15-4.30||Valedictory: Key Note Address Mr.Robin Banerjee MD,Caprihans, Mumbai Topic : “Social and Economic Trends: Millennial Impact”|
|4.45-5.00||Tea Break||4.30-5.00||Tea Break|
|5.00 onwards||Paper Presentation||5.00-5.15||Vote of Thanks|
Academic Year 2020-2021
From the Lens Of The Law Keeper – A Webinar on Women’s Safety.
The Chief Guest, Adv. Mrs. Nevagi focused on issues such as women safety in the corporate world, sexual harassment, family laws in India which included Hindu Marriage Act 1955, Special Marriage Act 1954, Guardians and Wards Act 1890, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956 which was followed by Q and A session.
Our next speaker, Ms. Nikita Panhalkar, shared her insights on the rules and regulations, procedure and the provisions of the laws of women’s safety. She specially discussed provisions of the IT Act 2000, The POSH Act 2013,. She also gave the Me-Too Movement as an example of the outcome of sexual harassment at workplace.
Later, Ms Harshali Chandgadkar shared a short video on the use of the Pratisaad App which was launched by the Mumbai Police to ensure women safety.