Bhubaneswar,Xpressions, the management cultural fest of XIMB, one of the biggest Management-Cultural fest of India, is a three-day extravaganza which is scheduled to take place from 16th to 18th November 2018. And the students are all geared up to make this a utopian event. Xpressions 2018 plans to reach out to the best minds of business schools to test and challenge their business acumen as well as their zeal and vigor towards life. The three days are packed with business simulation games, cultural activities, fun filled games, art exhibitions, and much more. Taking a break from their hectic schedules, Xpressions offers its guests one of a kind experience to refresh and rejuvenate them.
As a prelude to Xpressions, social events X-Athon and X-Enable are conducted every year.
This year also saw the two major events. The X-Athon and the X-Enable was successfully conducted on 7th October 2018. The theme for this year’s X-Athon, a 10k marathon, “Let’s sweat out the Depression” was to promote awareness about mental health, and inspire people to lead healthier and more active lives. XIMB witnessed a large number of participants for the marathon. X-Enable is the Annual Sports event organized for the differently abled children.
The event witnessed participation from various schools such as Chetana school and Swabhimaan school to name a few. The journey to Xpressions-2018 could not have a better start and the stage is all set.
With only 20 more days to go, here are the events that are scheduled to make Xpressions eventful and memorable. Veritable business acumen is required to do well in the corporate world, and Xpressions gives the perfect platform to test one’s managerial skills. The different business events include, Case Connect (a National-Level Case Study Competition), Inquizzitive (a Flagship Quizzing Competition), Maven (a National-Level Case Study Competition, organized by Constrat: the strategy association), MPower (A Marketing based Business event), Nirnay (Online Simulation Game), Trade Wars (a Trading Simulation Game), Vakritva (A SRC and SpeakUp featured event), Vriddhi (A CSR Action Plan Competition), XIMB MUN(UN Simulation Competition by SpeakUp, the Oratory Club). Trade Wars which is an online trading competition has already kicked off witnessing participation from various institutes such as IIM-Amritsar, IIM-Sambalpur, IIM-Rohtak,NMIMS Mumbai, KJ Somaiya to name a few.
The excitement is clearly seen in the students who are eagerly waiting for the competitions to start. Some of the competitions have already opened their forms for registrations and huge numbers are pouring in, from across B-Schools in India.
Amidst all the serious case competitions, the students engage in multitude cultural competitions organized on all the three days and showcase their creative talents. Decibelz, the War of Bands keeps the crowd enthralled by performing rock music. Goonj, the solo singing competition and Thirkan, the dance competition brings out the best in participants. Aaghaz, the Nukkad Natak event which actually happens on the streets, shows some real emotions, leaving the crowd touched. The Carnival De Vogue, which is the Fashion Show competition, judges the team on their walk, creativity, elegance and overall performance. Other events include Paint XIMB (The Painting Competition), Pratibimb (The Face Painting Competition), Viraasat (Classical Competition), Flight of Fancy (A literary event) and MAXIM Mela (Marketing Research Event).
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 had witnessed the ravishing performance by Farhan Akhtar. Performing for the very first time in Bhubaneswar, not just XIMBians, but also the whole of Bhubaneswar awaited his performance. It was a starry night, adding another feather to the cap of all the previous glorious Xpressions. To astound everyone again, XIMB promises of an even more entertaining evening this year. XIMB awaits to host Sunidhi Chauhan for the live performance on Celeblitz, the Celebrity Night. Just 20 more days left for the grand event to astonish the city of Bhubaneswar. The energy is high, and it seems that the waves of excitement are going to cause tremors unwitnessed in Bhubaneswar.
Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta
ROURKELA,29/10/18:National Institute of Technology (NIT) the pioneering educational institute has organized a ten days workshop on Research Methodology by its School of Management of National Institute of Technology. This workshop was inaugurated by Dean of Student welfare, Seemanchal Panigrahi. In his inaugural speech said I expect this workshop will live up to your expectations and the only objective of research is to inform action. It should be on high quality in order to produce knowledge and should cater to solution to any problems. A a researcher one has to prepare to face any barriers during his research and should overcome this by virtue of his hard effort. He further said, this research programme will provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge by field visit exposure and use of different statistical package to all three stages or research students wants to poursue. This workshop is participated by 30 participants from Odisha, Chattishgarh, Jharkhand, North-Eastern states. Rajeev Kumar Panda, Ass. Professor, School of Management welcomed the participants and Asst. Professor Chandan Kumar Sahoo had proposed the vote of thanks.
Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta
ROURKELA,23/10/18:National Institute of Technology(NIT) one of the premier Engineering College which was established in the year 1961 in Rourkela, Odisha has been placed 121 in the QS BRICS overall University ranking, 2018.NIT was formerly known as Regional Engineering College and changed to NIT as per NIT act, 2007. Last year it has positioned in 126th positions. In the region-wise ranking NIT, Rourkela has been ranked 27 among all Indian Universities for the year 2019 having gone through by strict eight parameters including the portion of faculty to students, the proportion of academic staff with a PhD and even the institution’s overall reputation. It was launched in 2013. It is an annual ranking of the top universities in the five BRICS countries constituting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This institute has twenty departments which offer B.Tech, M-Tech, MSc, Integrated MSc, MBA and PhD degree to thousands of students reading in this college across the globe.
Dhenkanal,11/10/18: A 4-day-Photography workshop was inaugurated on Monday here at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal. The workshop will be curated by National Award winning photo journalist from Jaipur.Dr Taveenah Anjum Qureshi and Himanshu Vyas. Besides students from the host institute, 5 students from Sambad School of Media and Culture, Bhubaneswar and 8 students of Sri Sri University, Cuttack are also participating in the workshop to learn the basics of photography and photo journalism. The workshop began on 8thOctober and is scheduled to continued till 11th October.
Regional Director of IIMC Dhenkanal, Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee inaugurated the event. Speaking on the occasion, he said that photography is not just a part of journalism now a day, but it is also a life-skill. Every journalism student should to learn the basics of photography in order to survive in the era of multi-media journalism.
During the session, Himanshu Vyas explained the basic procedure behind handling cameras and techniques to be followed while shooting landscapes, events and wildlife photography. He began by speaking about the history of photography dating back to 5th century and mentioned how George Eastman started the Kodak Company in 1880 which revolutionised photography with the advent of flexible roll film that did not require constant changing as compared to the instant image cameras of 1960s to the SLR and smart cameras of present era.
After the introduction session, Anjum and Vyas taught the students how they can click photographs with proper composition, frame and lighting. They also gave many tips on photo editing. Along with photography skills, the professionals also highlighted the legal and ethical aspects of photography.
After the training, the students, along with the trainers are scheduled to go on photo walks and capture pictures of the city. On the last day of the workshop, a photo exhibition will be organized to showcase the photos, clicked by the students.
OPPOSITION NEEDLES HIM FOR NOT KNOWING ODIA
Puri,09/10/18:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for the proposed Odia University at BAKULA BANA in Puri district even as opposition Congress and BJP targeted the former for not knowing the language of the State.
Earlier, the State Government had proposed a budget of Rs 10 crore to be spent for establishment of the university. At least 25-acres of land have also been earmarked for the purpose.
During a review meeting last month, Chief Minister Patnaik directed the officials to ensure not a single tree was felled for construction of the university.
The proposed varsity would offer post graduate courses in Odia language and literature, besides facilitating research in literary criticism, evolution of East Indian language scripts, historical scripts, archaeology and translation into and from Odia.
Set up by five iconic leaders – Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das, Acharya Harihar Das, Pandit Nilakantha Das, Pandit Godabarisha Mishra and Pandit Krupasindhu Mishra – popularly known as Pancha Sakha, the Bakula Bana Vidyalaya was known as an ideal centre of learning in pre-independence Odisha.
Higher Education Minister Anata Das, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Puri MP Pinaki Misra and almost all the MLAs of Puri districts attended the foundation stone laying event.
On the other hand, opposition parties blasted the CM for not knowing the language of the State despite ruling the State for around 18 years.
In a press conference senior BJP leader Biswabhusan Harichandan came down heavily on Patnaik saying the latter hasn’t been able to talk in Odia despite leading the Government for last 18 years.
He asked the CM should take a pledge that he should henceforth speak with the people of Odisha only in Odia.
Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik advised the CM to enrol in the proposed Odia University to learn the language(?).
Bhubaneswar,08/10/18:Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) witnessed a tremendous reception for the events, both Business and Cultural, conducted in these past two days viz., 4th and 5th October of its annual cultural management fest,
Xamboree. The third day, i.e. 6th October 2018, it observed people's enthusiasm and participation multiply triple fold.
Viraasat, organised by the XUB Chapter of SPIC MACAY, a cultural event which provides platform for people to showcase talent and depict colours of Indian classical art forms like classical dance, singing and instrumentation, kick-started the final day of the fest with vibrant and melodious performances from participants. Mr. Chirag Mishra from Mother's Public School, who won in Instrumentation, elucidated: "It has been an amazing experience performing in front of such enthusiastic crowd who appreciate Indian classical music be it any form, winning was just the cherry on top and I will always cherish this experience". Ms. Samaranika Hota from Mother's Public School grabbed the trophy in the classical dance category, while Ms. Suman Sunayana from Demonstration Multipurpose School claim the top spot in classical Indian singing.
Next in line was Spardha, organised by RMAX – Rural Managers’ Association of Xavier School of Rural Management, which is a social entrepreneurship competition where different teams compete to win the best idea for rural sustainability, testing social entrepreneurship knowledge; propagates and aims at providing solutions to the villagers with a successful business plan. The event was judged by two esteemed professors from Xavier School of Rural Management, Prof. Sujit Jagadale and Prof. T. Kumar. Rural Jedi, Aspiring Minds, Cold Blooded and Rural Mogul were the teams who had earlier visited neighbouring villages and had come up with different business plans to the benefit of that village. The teams performed exceptionally well and were appreciated by the judges for their ‘out of the box’ ideas and concepts. The winner of the competition was Rural Jedi, followed by the runners up, Rural Mogul and concluded with the proposal of vote of thanks by the Coordinator.
The day saw two committees of XUB collaborate, XIMAHR - The Human Resource Association of Xavier School of Human Resource Management and HabituX - The Urban Management and Governance Association, and conduct ProAct, which unites the thought process of a strategist and the fun of managing people consisting of strategic analysis-based case competition, puzzles, and quizzes. The participants were evaluated in various rounds, wherein Round 1 was conducted online out of which 4 teams qualified followed by Round 2, i.e., 'Break the Buzz', which was a crossword puzzle based on simple management related words. Round 3 was 'Block and Tackle', where a participant was given any random topic and had to instantly speak, for or against, according to the judge's consideration. Loaded with instantaneous humour, the speaker was evaluated based on their spontaneity, humour, content and of course audience response. The last round was 'Act Manager', where a scenario was provided to each team and it was to be enacted instantaneously. Team Profiteers from Welingkar, Mumbai (Rahul Narvekar and Bhavesh Chaudhari) were crowned the winners while team Mashup from XAHR (Ashish Deb and Agrima Aggarwal) were the runners up. Mr. Shivam Sharma, the co-ordinator of XIMAHR, quoted "Proact was a strategy-based event with an added flavour of fun, humour, communication and spontaneity. The event saw participation from Top B-schools and ensured a smile on the faces of the participants at the end" while Ms. Manisha Choraria, the co-ordinator of HabituX, said "ProAct witnessed students showcasing their strategic and analytical skills. It was fun to see students scratch their heads and get the best strategies out of them. The diverse participation from institutes was a learning experience for each and everyone".
Amidst all the Business simulations, X-stage - the cultural committee of XUB, conducted two events. First one was Tamasha, in which many teams showed their talent of projecting society’s dilemmas through their acting performances. The winner was the team from Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, who quoted “Wo bech rahe the mere desh ko, mai kaise chup reh jaun. Bharat desh ka naujawan hun, api Bhoomika kaise bhul jaun (They were selling my country, how do I keep quiet. I’m a youth of this country, how can I forget the role I play).”. Their play revolved around four major political parties and their leaders, contesting for the director’s seat in the college. The politicians, as usual, make promises without intentions of fulfilling them, and clear motives to attain power over the students and the administration of the college. The nukkad is characterized with a satirical theme to depict the sarcastic and depressing nature of politics in India. It not only targets the politicians, but the students of the college as well who are reluctant to the party leader’s motive and readily trust their charming words. The natak ends with ruling party again making half hearted promises to the student community who had fallen into a state of distrust over their leader and started a protest movement. The second of the two events was Foot Loose, an event dedicated to rhythm, movement and discipline with performers coming together to bring something novel, with change in lyrics, where Team SRDA from College of Engineering and Technology bagged the first place, and cited "We have been rigorously practicing as soon as we got to know about this event, winning this has just given us a lift to reach other peaks". The esteemed panel of judges had Mr. Andrew Wills, Mr. Krishna Mohan Reddy and Mr. Ashutosh Mohanty, who is a current member of CID-UNESCO Paris rolling out scholarships to various students which was a significant opportunity and a bonus to these young dancers.
With an aim to maximize the number of opportunities to be a part of Xamboree’18, LitSoc - The Literary Society of XUB organized Origami, whose second round, ‘Rulers of the Realms’ was a competition for constructing Micro nations and making a wonderful and fascinating study of the same involving all the parameters that supports a real-world economy. The first round was an online round, ‘Hello from The Other Side’, wherein participants emulated a character from their favourite literary-verse and wrote a letter to another character from a different verse. The winners were a team from the first year of Xavier School of Human Resource Management (Srijana Chatterjee and Subhasree Panda), and with significant containment and smile on their faces said, "When teamwork pays off", after winning the final round.
With the first and second day ending on such a high note, the third did too. With the organizing committee leaving no stone unturned, the fest ended how it started, with a bang. Packed grounds of the fest, the Celeb Night which was making 'buzz' all over, witnessed the country's most famous rapper Badshah, along with singer Aastha Gill render magic with their amazing performance and the crowd grooving to the hits of 'Kala chashma' to 'Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai'. The General Secretary of the Student Executive Council of XUB, Mr. Sarthak Das, quoted "Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence. We started with zero and reached the Pinnacle today, when the crowd went crazy watching Badshah live for the first time at Bhubaneswar. There were a lot of ups and downs in the journey, but the hard-work and efforts really paid off". Ms. Vinnata Rout, Celeblitz Secretary, Xavier’s Steering Committee of Xamboree cited, "Easier said than done! The success rolled gloriously along with the tears of joy when the king himself set his foot on stage. When we saw the ecstatic crowd, that expression seemed to serve our purpose. We made it Now, and hopefully will make it again. Cheers to XUB!". Both the celebrities gave a scintillating performance with everyone feeling exhilarated due to the continuous grooving to the catchy beats in this magnus euphoria. As Mr. Milanjyoti Sahu, Secretary – Business Events (Functional), XSteC – Xamboree, rightly summarized, “A lot of hard work has gone into making an event of this magnitude a successful one but would not have been possible without the student committees working along with the support of the administration of XUB. After hitting the ball out of the park for the first time, we pull down the curtain to Xamboree’18, and promise to make the next one a grander magnum opus.”
SEVERAL COLLEGES ACROSS ODISHA DECLARED SINE DIE OVER STUDENT UNREST
Berhampur,05/10/18:Campuses across the State continue to remain tense as fresh wave of violence was reported after rejection of nominations and cancellation of polls in several colleges including Bhanja Bihar University ,Berhampur today.
In such incident, students of Berhampur University ransacked property inside PG council chairman’s office following rejection of nomination papers of an aspirant candidate.
At Shrama Shakti College in Biramitrapur of Sundargarh, tension surfaced after nominations of all the candidates were cancelled by the authorities. The students reportedly damaged & burnt college property following which police was deployed on the premises.
Similarly in Khariar Autonomous College in Nuapada, BJD party members protested in front of the college after the nomination of the presidential candidate was cancelled.
Dispute surfaced between the students and college authorities at SVM College in Jagatsinghpur over cancellation of nomination of an ABVP candidate. Later, the students sat on a hunger strike protesting the move. During the protest, presidential candidate, Bhabaranjan Behera was taken ill and admitted in the district headquarters hospital.
In Deogarh College, students protested cancellation of elections. After the authorities closed the college sine die, the students staged a hunger strike demanding the Principal’s dismissal.
Polls were also cancelled at Nirakarpur College of Khurda following campus unrest.
“Elections are being cancelled in areas where Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD)-backed candidates have more chances of losing. This is a pre-planned strategy of the ruling-BJD,” Convener of NSUI, Itish Pradhan said.
ABVP national secretary, Abhilash Panda said “BCJD is buying supporters with money & liquor. They are cancelling the elections at several places fearing that it will expose the rift within the party.”
BCJD general secretary, Deepak Jena said “Some conspirators visit the campus only during elections and try to mislead the students. But, they can never win elections. These groups are disrupting peace on the campus and are trying to stop elections.”
Meanwhile, campaigning intensified in several other colleges.
“The students are with us from the start of the year. We are now undertaking class to class campaigning. We have reached out to the students once and will do it once more,” said Sweekriti Mishra, a candidate of Rama Devi Women’s University students’ union.
Bhubaneswar,04/10/18:The hunger protest of the Utkal University Teachers’ Association (UUTA), reached its third day while the Vice Chancellor went to Delhi. After the failure of the Vice Chancellor to fulfil all the demands by 31st August, the collective resumed its protest on Gandhi Jayanti with a relay hunger strike seeking attention of the university authorities towards their long due demands. On the Third day, Dr. Siba Sankar Mohanty, Joint Secretary-UUTA and Dr. Priya Ranjan Dash, Executive member UUTA continued with the relay hunger strike.
The teachers under the banner of UUTA had a prolonged agitation earlier for almost 15 days during July 2018, unprecedented in the recent history of university. The demands included immediate implementation of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), implementation of the 7th Pay –Scale Revision Committee recommendations, immediate repair of residential quarters, confirmation of faculty members, advance increment for M.Phil/Ph.D holders, redesignation of Readers, recruitment of Non-Teaching staff, NPS arrears and insurance schemes among other demands.
The Vice Chancellor in his effort to dissuade the protesters told that he did not have any proposals related to the demand of the teachers and files are not reaching him. He refused to give any promise in writing to the community related to the demand of the teachers. However, it was found that many of the files that the VC was claiming to have not received were actually kept on his table.
Since his joining as the Vice Chancellor of Utkal University in July last year, the VC has remained absent in his office on most occasions and because of his inaction, many important files are not getting through the administrative approval. While the VC keeps on lying that the files are not reaching him in time, the realty is somewhat different. Some members of UUTA located personal files of 11 faculty members in the heaps of files rotting in the VCs chamber since July. The teaching community feels restless as many of their urgent needs remain unaddressed because of the want of approval from the Vice Chancellor. Instead of focusing on his administrative duties, the VC is remaining absent from office in the name of his engagement in other activities. It is worthwhile to note that the VC has made several visits to the new campus of the university site at Chandikhol while no substantial work has been done there. “The present Vice Chancellor and the Registrar should be removed from their office if they fails to perform” Said Prof. K.B. Panda, Secretary UUTA.
Owing to the pressure of the teachers, the working Vice Chancellor, Prof. Brahma Nanda Satapathy brought out a progress report on 3rd October 2018 on behalf of the VC in his absence, that actually shows no progress on the demands by UUTA. “We shall continue our protest and shall appeal the Chancellor of the university, His Excellency, Governor of Odisha to intervene in the matter. UUTA would also request the teachers association of other universities of the state to express their solidarity with the struggle by UUTA. Two members, Dr. Siba Sankar Mohanty, Joint Secretary-UUTA and Dr. Priya Ranjan Dash, Executive member UUTA are continuing the relay hunger strike on its third day”. Prof. Kunja Behari Panda, Secretary-UUTA mentioned through a press release today.