Bhubaneswar,08/11/19:Xpressions, the biggest cultural-management festival of Eastern India, and a 3-day extravaganza began on the 8th of November, 2019. An annual event organised by Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Xpressions is now in its 22nd year.
The first day of the fest was packed with a variety of events, beginning with several business events such as XIMB's very own Model United Nations; Vriddhi, a CSR Action Plan competition; Resonance, a business simulation on bitcoin mining; Fincaso, a finance-based case study competition; Pitch it Abroad, Chakravyuh, a chance to actually see what happens in the business world; Nirnay, a high stakes business simulation game.
Along with this, there were also several cultural and informal events such as Aaghaz, the street play competition; Maxim Mela; Sports fantasy league; and Decibelz, the battle of the bands.
Vriddhi was won by Team Columbus (Kanupriya Mittal, Lava Kaushik), IRMA and the runners up were Team Winions (Sreeparna Kanungo, Pratyush Dey), XIMB. Resonance was won by Team Incredibles (Praharsh Srivastava, Shreya Pandiyan Naidu, Siba Kumar Panda) and Team Blitzkrieg (Subhashish Mohanty, Itishree Biswal, Pratyush Raj) were the runners up. Fincaso was won by Team Sparkling Newbies (Viraj Gopani, Manan Mehra, Isha Parasramka).
Pitch it Abroad was won by Team Har Har Mahadev (Nikunj Saraf and Purvai Kumar), 1st runners up were Team Cancelled Trips (Anshuman Sarangi and Maitreyee Ghadigaonkar), and the 2nd runners up were Team B2G (Komal Panigrahi and Anubhav Jogi).
Chakravyuh was won by Team Lit as Funk (Shaily Mehta, Umang Dadhich, Harshit Sharma) from XIMB and the runners up were Team Baniya ka dimag Rout bhai ki daring (Akash Agarwal, Saurabh Agarwal, Manishankar Aaghaz was won by Xpression Theatre Society from IBS and the runners up were from NIT Rourkela.
After a sizzling performance by the popular band, Underground Authority, Decibelz, the Battle of the Bands was held. The day came to an end with a sensational performance by the standup comedian Kumar Varun.
Bhubaneswar,06/11/19:Xpressions, one of the biggest Management-Cultural fest of Eastern India, is a three-day extravaganza that is scheduled to take place from 8th to 10th November 2019. It is a launchpad for upcoming artists, a spectacular showcase of talent, an epitome of incredible human experience. At the heart of any management fest lies the cultural events, and Xpressions 2019 offers a plethora of multi-faceted events to its various stakeholders, giving them a refreshing change.
The participants bring with them a multitude of talent in various cultural competitions organised on all three days. The budding photographers are given on opportunity to showcase their creativity in Lensation(the photography event),organized by X-Lens. We celebrate photography as an art and provide the students with an opportunity to compete with the best in this genre and showcase their talent.
Nukkad Natak has been India’s most ancient form of entertainment which helps deliver a social message. Aaghaz builds social awareness and brings about a realization in the country’s youth. Paint @XIMB(The Painting Competition)lets the students unleash their imagination and inner child guide the brush to create their very own masterpiece. At this competition, participants are restricted only by the boundaries in their mind.Flights of Fancy (a literary event)organised by LitSoc is a mixture of enigma and inventiveness. It is based on an innovation theme to foster and develop a love for Literature. It is a marathon designed to push the students beyond their wildest creative imaginations.
For all the aspiring filmmakers, Final Cut(a short film making competition organized by IlluminatiX, the Media and PR Cell of XIMB)might prove to be their first step on the road to fame where entries are from across the globe and renowned filmmakers evaluate the submissions. Pratibimb(The Face Painting Competition)lets students show the world the beauty of their thoughts and the artistry of their hands on a human visage.
These cultural and business events foster the soul of Xpressions, undoubtedly one of the biggest management & cultural fest of India; giving a platform to the leaders of tomorrow to showcase their ability to take on formidable challenges today.
Last year Xpressions witnessed the scintillating performance by Sunidhi Chauhan,which was much awaited by not just the XIMB fraternity but the whole of Bhubaneswar. It was a starry night, adding yet another feather to the cap of all the previous glorious Xpressions. To astound everyone again, this year XIMB promises a three-fold entertainment package. XIMB waits to host Kumar Varun, to tickle the funny bones of the audience in the stand-up comedy act in Comedy Adda, and Mika Singh for the live performance on Celeblitz, the Celebrity Night. In addition to that, rock band Underground Authority shall make sure the excited crowd grooves along to its amazing beats. Just a few more days left for the grand event to enthrall the city of Bhubaneswar. The energy is high, and it seems that the waves of excitement are going to cause tremors unwitnessed in Bhubaneswar.
Embrace yourselves for another cultural extravaganza and show your talents and fulfill your dream to become the best amongst the best. Xpressions brings along all and invigorates you with extreme amounts of pure happiness and ecstasy, and also serves as an escape from all the hectic schedule of our lives.
Report; Bureau, Odishabarta
Delhi:31/10/19:The first book of its kind – this work delves into the philosophy and history of science education in Indian classrooms from teacher training to gender and innovation.
With half of India’s population under the age of 25 years Science Education in India arrives at a pivotal time – when educating this large body of youth in science and computer skills has become a major concern of the Indian government.
The book offers unique insights into contemporary topics such as girls in STEM subjects, curriculum reform and developing a generation of future creative thinkers.
Presidential Professor of Urban Education Kenneth Tobin from City University New York said the book is a timely compilation.
“The chapters are centred on issues that warrant debate with the purpose of fostering awareness of the roles of science education in India and priorities and possibilities for expanding horizons on the road ahead,” Professor Tobin said.
The book analyses existing policies and programmes to find where governments and policy-makers can do better in the government’s quest to position India in the top five global scientific powers by 2020.
Science Education in India is a must-read for current and future generations of academic researchers, teachers and policy makers who are interested in the issues facing one of the largest education systems in the world.
Rekha Koul is Dean International, Faculty of Humanities and Associate Professor at STEM Research Group, School of Education, Curtin University, Australia. She was born and brought up in India, and started her academic career there. After moving to Australia more than two decades ago, she continued with her research/teaching activities in India. She has been working with some of the leading Science Education Institutions in India which includes but not limited to National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and its regional subsidiaries, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (NCERT), Jamia Milia Islamia, Lady Irwin College and other teacher education colleges in Gwalior and Jammu.
Bhubaneswar,30/10/19:Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) which was established in October 1987 celebrated its annual “Foundation Day” this year on 30th of October. Shri Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RPGroup was the Chief Guest and delivered the Foundation Day lecture. The RP Group is an Indian industrial conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai. The group has interests across diverse business sectors such as Power & Natural Resources, Carbon Black, IT & Education, Infrastructure, Retail, Media, Entertainment & Sports.
Shri. Sanjiv Goenka is a former President of All India Management Association (AIMA). Shri. Goenka is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Global Leader for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum, Davos in 1993, the Outstanding AchieversAward from Indian Chamber of CommerceYoung Leaders Forum2005, the Indian Business Leader of the Year at Belfast Global India Business in 2013, the BangaBibhushan Award for his contribution to the state of West Bengal in 2015, the Distinguished Fellowship Award of Institute of Directors, India at their 16th London Global Convention, 2016 and the Asian Leadership Award 2019 from Asian Association of Management Organization. Shri. Sanjiv Goenka is ranked No.18 in India Today’s list of 50 most powerful people in India in 2019.
XIMB was extremely privileged to have Shri. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman of RP Group to grace the occasion. Xavier University Bhubaneswar was pleased to confer Honorary Doctorate in Business Management on Shri. Sanjiv Goenka. This is the third honorary degree conferred by the University since its inception in 2013. Fr. George Fernandes, Chairman, Board of Governors, XIMB and XUB presided over the function. Shri. Rajive Kaul, Chairman Emeritus introduced the Chief Guest for the evening to the audience. The new Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. Fr. Antony R. Uvari in the citation shed light on Shri. Sanjiv Goenka’s achievements as an industry stalwart.
The occasion provided good opportunity to the budding managers of XIMB to interact with the distinguished industry stalwart. On the occasion, 28 faculty and staff were felicitated for their long and meritorious service to the institute. The gleaming celebration concluded with the vote of thanks by Prof. Shridhar Kumar Dash, Dean, XIMB gratefully acknowledging the contribution of one and all in making the ceremony a grand success.
The foundation day lecture was inaugurated by Shri Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Engineering Services Limited, Kolkata, by conferring a shawl on Shri Sanjiv Goenka. In his opening speech he described Shri Goenka as, “a leader who inspires and builds confidence; with the highest integrity and as a person full of humility”. The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fr. Antony R. Uvari, S.J., described Shri Goenka as a visionary and fiery leader. In his speech, Mr. Goenka, shared his experience of managing the power utility business in CESC. He emphasized the essential role motivation plays in any team, how the sense of pride in one’s organization can propel any employee to achieve success. He mentioned how focused he has been on building customer services and customer relations which has led the business to become the most acknowledged customer-friendly utility. He inspired the students of XIMB by giving them a success mantra to live by, saying, “Speak from the heart. Speak the truth. And you will be able to win the hearts of your customers.”
8th-10th November 2019, Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar,30/10/19:XIMB is all set to host “Xpressions”; one of the biggest and truly magnanimous shows in all of India from 8th -10th November 2019. The festival shall give wings to the desires and aspirations of the young minds from almost 100 colleges by providing them a stage to express themselves and showcase their talent.
The grandeur of Xpressions-2019 will be supplemented by the innumerable business events that would test the acumen of the future corporate honchos as this year’s carte du jour reveals the sizzling array of events lined up for the aforementioned period. The different business events include Jack of All Trades ( A National Level Case Study & Simulation Game Competition by the Gaming Committee of XIMB), Case Connect (National Level Case Study Competition by XSYS: the Systems Association), Inquizzitive (Flagship Quizzing Competition by XQuizzite: The Quizzing Committee), Maven (a National-Level Case Study Competition, organized by Constrat: the Strategy Association), MPower (A Marketing based Business event by MAXIM: the Marketing Association), Nirnay (Business Simulation Game by X-Ops: the Operations Committee), Trade Wars (Trading Simulation Game by XFIN: the Finance Association ), XIMB-MUN ( a UN Simulation Competition by SpeakUp, the Oratory Club), Resonance ( a Business Simulation Gaming Event by XSYS: the Systems Association), Ad-Valorem (a Business Ideation Competition by XSEED: the Entrepreneurship Cell), Aarohan ( a Case Study Competition by X-Ops: the Operations Committee), Fincaso ( a Case Study Competition by XFIN: the Finance Association), Vakritva (A SRC and Speak Up featured event aimed at social issues) and Vriddhi (a CSR Action Plan Competition by SRC: the Social Responsibility Cell).
With a plethora of choices on offer, the fiesta is surely going to witness quite a large number of battles for supremacy amongst the brightest minds in attendance.
EVIDENCE WITH EXPERIENCE DELIVERS THE BEST RESEARCH RESULTS: Economist S.N Mishra
Dhenkanal, 29 October 2019: Application of Randomised Control Trial in their research to gather evidence to alleviate global poverty has brought economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2019. Economist Professor SN Mishra believes evidence gathered through such field experiments clubbed with experience can deliver better research results.
Prof. Mishra who teaches development economics and constitutional law at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, was delivering a lecture on Randomised Control Trial and the Nobel Prize in Economics at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal on 29 October 2019.
Explaining the process of how Randomised Control Trial is conducted and how Esther Dufflo did her research on immunization in India’s Rajasthan, he said, the trio took a new approach to Development Economics.
“Duflo exercised RCT on three groups in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The first group was given free immunization in government facilities. Yet it only accounted for only 2% attendance. The second group was an NGO that provided free immunization through camps which resulted in 16% attendance. The third group was a vaccination camp that provided one kilogram of vegetables with free immunization. It increased attendance to 86%. Clearly, the RCT shows that when free vaccination amalgamated with availability, empathy and incentive was provided to the people, it got an overwhelming response by the people,” said Mr Mishra.
He also stressed on the fact this kind of evidence-based research which does not reveal the purpose to both the investigators and the people taken as a sample to weed out possible bias should be augmented with experience. “RCT will provide us with concrete evidence on how the policies may function or they are performing. We should also gather enough data from the experience of the people to formulate the best policies,” he said.
The concerns for the welfare economists have always been to meaningfully relate growth with development. The father of development economics, AmartyaSen focused on human growth and sustainment. The sustainment included per capita GDP, life expectancy and mean years of schooling. In comparison to the USA, India stands far behind in all of these measures. SN Mishra suggested, “In order reducing poverty we should maximize our growth and the global objective to counter poverty is equality, access, and excellence. India performs well in equity and access but lacks excellence which consists of quality of education and health.”
According to him, the lessons for India would be to increase its higher social sector investment from 5% to 10% of GDP. India’s unorganized sector (94%) which consists of agriculture, small business, and smart villages need effective policy implementation. “We should abdicate 3 I’s: Ideology, Ignorance, and inertia. We should follow the right straight path instead of turning left or right,” Mr Mishra said.
Concluding the session, DrMrinal Chatterjee, professor and regional head of IIMC, Dhenkanal, said there is a close relationship between development economics and development journalism. He said, “If the concepts of development economics are clear to a budding journalist, the ways to practice development journalism get smoother. Both are interconnected and talk about how to alleviate the human living conditions.”
Bhubaneswar,26/10/19:The first-ever edition of TEDxXUB was conducted by IlluminatiX, the Media & PR Cell of XUB, on October 26, 2019. The theme for the TED talk was ‘Mind and Matter’.
The theme brought focus on how the internal and external factors blend to shape one’s life. While 'Mind' focuses on all the internal struggles, battles, and confrontation that we have with ourselves; 'Matter' talks about all the external factors and the environment that we are in, which affects us as individuals.
The event was graced by the presence of eminent speakers namely General Bikram Singh, retired Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the army's Eastern Command, Ms. Bhavya Arora, Mental Health Professional, Trainer, and an Internationally Trained Psychotherapist, Ms. Dimple Parmar, founder and CEO of Love Heals Cancer and ZenOnco.io and Dr. AmritPattojoshi, Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist at The Healing Touch, Co-chair of IPS task force on LGBT, and Fr. Anthony R Uvary S.J., Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Fr. E.A Augustine S.J, Registrar, Xavier University, Fr. Antony Raj, S.J., Deputy Registrar, Xavier University and faculty members alike.
Before it all began, an engaging video that gave the audience an introduction to TED talk was played and made the audience believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. The first session of the talk was centered on the sub-theme “MIND OVER MATTER”.
General Bikram Singh, the first speaker for the day, threw light upon “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”. He compared people’s lives with a battlefield and urged the audience to build courage and have faith in overcoming all hurdles with a never give up attitude. He further added that the military families are the unsung heroes of every battle won and also the unseen hands of the punch. Stressing upon the authenticity of PTSD, he shared a memory with the audience, of a tragic event dated 14th March 2007, when one of the officers met with an accident and completely distorted his face, and who when enquired, replied that this face was the medal he had won. He also spoke about the Army Wives Welfare Association and ECHS, a community where the army wives and former comrades become the utmost source of support and encouragement during times of distress to each other. He then shared that he, in his entire service of 42 years has never heard of anyone suffering from such a disorder as the Indian Army ensures training for all its military officers in a manner that they are mentally, physically and emotionally robust.
Ms. Bhavya Arora shared her ideas on “Navigating Conflict Inside to Build Peace on the Outside” and shared her liking for interacting with people being the reason she became a therapist. She spoke about how she started experimenting with work, people around her and social work to learn more about analyzing human behavior and providing simple solutions. She emphasized on three steps to solve the conflicts with each other and within through observation, reflection and awareness and said the only thing which matters is your perception and how you perceive it by takingyour values into consideration. She also quoted “Self –Reflection is neither a pretty process nor a pity process” questioning the audience as to what they would do to make sure to sabotage the listed goal? She furtherquoted that the success of any individual is measured by the number of people one has by one’s side and at home to cheer for them. She urged the audience to accept themselves for who they were in order to navigate the conflict within them.
Moving forward with the day, a self-explanatory video about the theme Mind and Matter was played to keep the audience captivated. The second session began with the theme revolving around “MATTER OVER MIND”.
Ms. Dimple Parmar spoke on Rewilding the Human Body through the power of love. She spoke about how the world that is rushing towards medical advancement sometimes also needs a helping hand in the form of hope and support. She also spoke about various learnings she garnered through her own experiences while meeting people who survived stage 4 cancer and how it became a purpose in life to help them heal. She also asked the audience to focus on having positive vibes and have our mind at peace to live a healthy life, both mentally and physically. Concluding, she urged everyone to become hope, support and encouragement to someone else spreading a positive mindset and love to those in need.
Mr. AmritPattojoshi shared his ideas on “Understanding and Creating One’s True Self in the Contemporary World”. He said that he had opted for psychiatry because he believed that it is the mind that controls the body and that it would be quite interesting to understand what goes on inside the human mind and how it affects their behavior. While quoting an example of George Clooney he emphasized focusing on self-development and being true to oneself. He added that it is vital to reveal one’s frame of mind to the world and focus on healthy thoughts to maintain mental peace. He did give various references to his relationships with several people and how he helped them develop a healthy mindset without having to compromise on their ability to showcase their emotions freely just because they feared being judged by society. He further said that we have only one right in life and that is to be happy and focus on the quality of life. It was indeed an insightful talk on how everyone deserve the right to happiness.
TEDxXUB concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Ujjawal Arora (Deputy Coordinator, IlluminatiX and Licensee, TEDxXUB).
It was indeed a great day which created an impression in the minds of the audience to think with and beyond their minds and the matter around them, with enriching sessions, beautiful experiences to hear to and great personalities to witness!
SECOND EDITION OF THE FOUR-PART SERIES OF WORKSHOPS ON GENDER AND INTERSECTIONALITY IN MEDIA IN IIMC, DHENKANAL
Dhenkanal, 25 October 26, 2019: Majority of women in India are still restricted to menial household chores while men are often the sole breadwinners of the family. This stereotype gender-framework needs to change, said Akshaya Kumar Biswal, regional head, Oxfam India.
Such issues of gender roles, work participation, wage patterns, gender intersectionality with economic rights, problems, and loopholes in society came up for deliberations in the second edition of the four-part workshops on gender issues by Oxfam in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal. The workshop was attended by 50 odd students of the institute.
The resource persons also emphasized on laws, various pending bills, and relevant articles of the Indian constitution related to gender issues. Professor Mrinal Chatterjee, Regional Director, IIMC Dhenkanal, delivered the welcome address and talked about gender empowerment and misuse of constitutional rights.
Each participant in the workshop was given a case study to go through. Students also shared their opinions on their respective case studies. It was followed by a brief speech by Rukmani Panda, programme officer, Oxfam India. The third part of the workshop will be held on 29 November.