School of Management Sciences (SMS) Varanasi, as in previous years, organized SMS Mental Ability Recognition Test (abbreviated as SMART) on Sunday, October 23, where around a thousand students participated from more than 25 schools across Varanasi and few from Bhadohi and Sonebhadra districts. This Annual competition is organized every year involving school students for creating awareness about emerging competitive environment and dimensions, to make the participants understand about their local positioning in the peer group, to secure financial assistance for higher studies at SMS in the form of scholarships and to highlight their institution by winning prizes.
In such an event, it was AnupamAgrawal (St. John’s, Marhauli, Varanasi) who secured the highest 92 per cent marks in the Online test thereby winning a cash prize of Rs. 15 thousand along with a trophy and Certificate. The second position was captured by AkashSrivastava (St. John’s, DLW, Varanasi) with 81 per cent marks while the third spot was taken by Priyanshu Kumar (CHS Kamachcha Varanasi) with 80 per cent score. They were given a cash prize of Rs. 10 and 5 thousand respectively by the Director of SMS Varanasi, Prof. P. N. Jha.
Others who won the consolation prizes include Aditi (CHGS, Gurubag, Varanasi), Saket (CHS, Kamachcha, Varnasi), AadishAayush (St. John’s, DLW, Varanasi), SoumyaShekharMaurya (Green View Public School, Bhadohi), Ankit Sharma (CHS Kamachcha, Varanasi), AbhishekTripathi (B Kesri Devi KanoriaVidyaMandir, Renukoot, Sonebhadra) and TanishqaJaiswal (Vanita Public School, Lahurabir, Varanasi).
The Programme also witnessed a career couselling session by an expert from Delhi, Mr. Manish Raj Sharma (MRS Training Services, New Delhi). The Programme was conducted by Dr. Avinash Chandra Supkar (Associate Professor, SMS) and Mr. Rohit Mehta (Assistant Professor, SMS). The Vote-of-thanks was presented by the Registrar Mr. Sanjay Gupta. Senior manager (Mktg& Branding) Mr. PankajSrivastava along with his team members Mr. Vishal rai and Mr. Yogesh Singh were also present in the programme.
A workshop on “Career & Skill Development Avenues As A Company Secretary” was organized at SMS, Varanasi on 07th October, 2016 under the banner of Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation and Skill Development (CEISD). Students from B.Com 3rd year and MBA 1st Semester participated in the programme. Key Note Speaker Mr. Ashish Tiwari (In charge, ICSI, Varanasi Chapter) enlightened the students with various aspects of career progression as a Company Secretary along with the skill set required to pursue the same. During his deliberation he also highlighted the lucrative compensation and working style of a Company Secretary. Ms. Suchita Kothari (Company Secretary & Chief Counselor, Institute of Company) discussed the various aspect of legal and compliance department along with structures of various courses and papers involved.
Earlier during his welcome address Prof. P. N. Jha (Director, SMS-Varanasi) extended a very warm welcome to the dignitaries and said that SMS always strives to help the students not only in their academic endeavors but also in their individual career enhancement and the workshop is a modest attempt towards same. Prof. Amitabh Pandey (Coordinaotr-B.Com Programme) highlighted the importance of Company Secretary as a career avenue and said that the there is huge gap between the demand and supply of qualified Company Secretaries, which creates a great opportunity for the students to purse the same. Programme was coordinated by Mr. Ashish Tiwari (Assistant Professor-SMS) and vote of thanks was given by Prof. Raj Kumar Sigh (Chairperson-CEISD).
NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ‘Advancements in Information Technology: Business & Societal Perspectives’ @ SMS Varanasi
One Day National Seminar on ‘Advancements in Information Technology: Business & Societal Perspectives’ organized by the School of Management Sciences (SMS) Varanasi, the Chief Guest Prof S K Kak (Former VC-MMTU NOIDA), a well-known figure in the Academia, urged the young generation to use the Information Technology (IT) for creating a better, safer and a smarter society. Speaking further, he said that we should understand our impending roles in such a creation which could lead the country to scale greater heights technologically. He said, today the mobile phone serves as a replacement for so many things of daily use and has occupied an emotional place in life, however, we should limit our identity to the emerging technologies as there is another side of the coin too! IT has to be understood in individual as well as social terms. The key issue is ‘crime’ using IT, a social disruption and that’s why such programmes must bring out initiatives to curb the menace, he added. He also exclaimed that ‘life skills’ are absent in India and it is here we need to transform our IT based education.
The Guest of Honour, Mr. SachinRane (Sr. VP, Datamatics Global services) opined on the use of analytics as a part of modern management involving IT that is bringing enormous challenges and opportunities to us. He said that the major problem in India is the IT infrastructure which must be improved soon to enable our competitive advantage further. He highlighted the trinity of success – the Knowledge management, Consumer feedback and Market Simulation & Forecasting for the industry. He insisted on the need for global designing with local manufacturing. He said that social media has infact made the people more ‘un-social’.
Earlier the Director of the Institute Prof. P N Jha welcomed the dignitaries to this event. There were participants not only from few places in India but also abroad like Libya, Mauritius, Nigeria etc. who presented their research findings in the Technical Session coordinated by Dr. Aditya Kumar Gupta (Asstt Prof., SMS). The Inaugural Session was coordinated by Dr. (Mrs) PallaviPathak while the plenary session was coordinated by Dr. AbhishekSrivastava (both Asstt Profs, SMS).
The Valedictory Session was addressed by the Chief Guest of this session, Prof. Rajeev Tripathi (Director MNNIT-Allahabad). He stressed on the fact that one must not get away from reading original text books as they help in innovative thought development which is necessary in IT. He stressed on the importance of ‘communication’ for better career prospects. He urged the students and participants to develop their IT skills for a better living!
The Seminar briefing was given by Mr. Anand P Dube (Assoc Prof, SMS). The Vote of thanks was presented in the inaugural and valedictory sessions by Mr. SS Srivastava (Assoc Prof, SMS) and Prof. KS Mishra (Dean-Systems & IT) respectively. The Guests were felicitated by Prof PN Jha. The Executive Secretary Dr MP Singh, the Registrar Mr Sanjay Gupta, Dean (R&D) Prof Alok Kumar, Dean (DSA) Prof. Sandeep Singh along with other faculty members were also present on the occasion. At the end, the participants and paper presenters were given the Certificates by Prof. Rajeev Tripathi.
A “Case Chase Competition” was organized at SMS Varanasi campus on September 29, 2016 by CEISD a Centre of Excellence of School of Management Sciences, Varanasi. Students from various courses participated with great vigor and zeal. 31 case studies related to different dimensions of Marketing, Finance, HR, Strategic Management etc were presented by the participating students. Case of Nokia,Tata Nano, Patanjali, Motorola, RavWan (U.S.A),Emami, Nortel, Pizza Hut, Henikken, Sulabh International, Amazon Mahindra Scorpio, Kellogg, Jet Airways, Maruti Suzuki ,Kerla Tourism, Cadbury, Hindustan Motors, Sugar Mills etc were discussed in the forum.
The contest was judged by an esteemed panel of jury which included Prof. S. K. Singh (IMS-BHU), Prof. N. B. Singh (IMS-BHU) and Prof. K. K. Agrawal (Former Head and Dean-Faculty of Commerce and Management, MGKVP).
Earlier in his inaugural address Prof. P. N. Jha (Director, SMS Varanasi) extended a very warm welcome to the guests and threw light on the importance of case study and teaching pedagogy. During his address Prof S. K. Singh said that Case studies provide a means for highlighting and extracting practical principles and methods for shaping and accelerating progress in solving complex real world problems. Prof. K. K. Agrawal said that case studies inform burgeoning theories such as those associated with complex systems engineering where people are considered part of the system to be conceived, developed, fielded, and operated; or extant systems targeted for improvement upgrades.
Following students were declared the winners by the panel of eminent judges:-
1. Akancha Mishra PGDM 3rd Semester
2. Samarth Verma BBA 1st Semester
3. Rekha Agarwal MBA 1st Semester, Utkarsh Varshney & Shreyashi Vatsa BBA 3rd Semester
Another competitive event by name- Business Model Contest was organized at SMS, Varanasi on 30th September, 2016. Students from various programs participated in the contest with great zeal and vigor. A total of 25 Business Models were presented. During his welcome address Prof. Raj Kumar Singh (Chairperson-CEISD) extended a very welcome to the judges and advocated the importance of entrepreneurship in the today’s complex competitive environment. He also said that such contests are the essence of Management Education in any B-School. Results of the contest will be declared soon and final round will be scheduled in the 3rd week of October.
School of Management Sciences, Varanasi has organized two days ‘Personality Training & Assessment Workshop’ for PGDM I Semester and MBA I Semester students (one day each for PGDM I Semster, MBA I Semester respectively) at SMS Campus. Workshop has been conducted by ABBSCISSA HR Consultancy, New Delhi on 16th & 17th September 2016. Mr. B.M. Das, Chief Operating Officer, ABBSCISSA along with Ms. Jayati Mitra initiated the session. Sessions have further taken up by several professional trainers including Dr. Seema Mehra Parihar, Ms. Pooja Jain and Ms. Deepika Shergil.
In full day long training workshop, various personality assessment and developmental activities took place including Numerical Test, Verbal Reasoning, Clerical Aptitude, Map problems, Group Discussion Activities, Story Writing & Personal Interviews. Organizers provided inputs to students on basis of their performances in various activities individually.
Mr. D. K. Tripathi, GM-Corporate Affairs with the help of Training & placement Cell members facilitated the program. Mr. Rishi Raman Singh, Coordinator PGDM programme, Mr. Kartikeya Singh, Coordinator- MBA Programme also supported the event for smooth functioning.
On 16th September, renowned photographer Mr. Neeraj Sharma visited SMS Varanasi and interacted with undergraduate students of Institute. He discussed about his dream project on river Ganga namely- ‘River of Aspiration”. He has discussed project was about his 1550 miles long journey from the origin of Ganga to confluence. He explained how this river has been accepted as river of life, hope and fulfilment in different geographical areas of India and associated regions. He discussed his vivid experiences and showed photographs in his journey of Ganga. He also discussed about important photography skills. Ms. Pushpanjali Sharma famous yoga instructor of Kashi also interacted with students and discussed about self-development through self-observation.
5th September, 2016 started at School of Management Sciences, Varanasi with the blessings of Director Prof. P. N. Jha. He appreciated the students for their enthusiasm for the Teacher’s Day. In his start-up note he discussed about the Guru-Shishya culture of education in India and its importance in learning. He further expressed his worries towards the low participation of India in Scientific inventions and patents at global level. He took the promise from the faculty members and students to put their even more sincere and rigorous efforts to place India at a higher level in terms of global research and development in different subjects. As we all know that teacher’s day is celebrated in honour of great teacher, scholar and former president of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. Prof. Jha also remembered Dr. Radhakrishnan’s teachings for the audience.
Earlier to that lightning the lamp and garlanding the statue of goddess Saraswati took place in presence of Director, Prof. Jha; Registrar, Mr. Sanjay Gupta and senior faculty members. Students performed various cultural events including solo song, solo dance, group songs and group dances in honour of their teachers. Activities were performed by students of PGDM, MBA, MCA, BBA, BCA and B.Com students. Teachers also participated in few events. The unmatched performances by the teachers and the students make the day memorable and everlasting in the memories of all which everyone cherishes. In the end, teachers were felicitated by the students. This event is the hallmark of teacher –student solidarity in the institution.