Cultural marks to be introduced by 2019-20
On Monday, minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said that the drafting of the cultural policy is underway and the final changes in the amendment will be done by the end of next week. “After these changes are done, it will be scrutinized by a selection team which will then approach the Directorate of education. After getting the nod from Directorate of education, the policy will await the approval of the cabinet and the cultural marks can only be introduced by 2019-20 academic year”, added Gaude.
‘Breaking the Glass’ at management event- Odyssey 2018
One of the biggest management events of Goa- Odyssey 2018- took place at Kala Academy on 10th and 11th October. It was organised by the BBA department of Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies. There are many barriers that women in India face which is metaphorically known as a ‘glass ceiling’. This inspired the theme for this year- ‘Breaking the Glass’. Various rounds in different business areas such as Human Resources, Marketing, and Finance kept the participants on their toes. Additionally, there were challenges which revolved around women. These included tasks like creating HR policies and finance schemes beneficial for female entrepreneurs. KLE Cbalc Belgaum won the first place of Odyssey 2018.
SRIEIT Shiroda holds conference on materials and computational intelligence
Ramachandra Educational and Sports Trust (REST) Society for Research International (RSRI) and Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology jointly organised ‘RSRI Conference on Materials and Computational Intelligence (RSRI CMCI 2018)’ at Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (SRIEIT), Shiroda. The two-day conference consisted of five sessions with around 61 paper presentations in various fields of materials and computational intelligence by various authors across the country. Chief guest for the valedictory function was Ramesh Gardas from IIT, Madras. In his keynote speech, Gardas mentioned the usage of ionic liquid to replace natural liquid like water for industrial usage, so as to protect the environment. In his presidential speech, president of RSRI, U Ragavendran said that students should aim to achieve knowledge to adapt to society and not just carry out research for the sake of a degree. Various awards and certificates were presented to participants. Life time achievement award was presented to Robinson Smart from Karunya University, Coimbatore and Surendra Rahamatkar, SRIEIT. Best Researcher award was presented to Naveen from Jain University, Bangalore and professor Shailendra Aswale of SRIEIT. The paper presented by professor Maniran from SRM University, Chennai was awarded the Best Paper in the materials […]
Mandira Faldesai awarded IGS gold medal for topping ME exam
Mandira Mahablu Faldesai, a civil engineering student of Goa Engineering College, has been awarded Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) Gold Medal for topping ME foundation engineering examination, conducted by the Goa University. Mandira was handed over a certificate and the gold medal at the hands of Dr Luiz de Mello (partner and technical director, Vector Projects, Brazil) and Prof G L Shivkumar Babu (Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru), who is also the president of Indian Geotechnical Society at the annual flagship event – 2nd Victor de Mello Goa Lecture and Symposium on Women in Geotechnics, organised by Goa Engineering College (GEC) in association with IGS Goa Chapter, recently. Mandira passed out with distinction, and did a dissertation on ‘Monitoring Control and Mapping of Landslides in Goa.’She worked on live problems of slope stability issues in Goa. While appreciating the positive policies implemented by the department of civil engineering, Mandira has credited her success to the sincere efforts taken by teachers and her guide Dr Purnanand P Savoikar.
Students from St. Xavier’s learn how to face job interviews
The next step college students have to face in their lives is facing job interviews. It is very important for them to be prepared for this as it can enable them to get their dream job. These skills can be very beneficial later on in life. At St. Xavier’s College, Ms Runa Menezes conducted an ‘Interview Facing Skills’ workshop for some final year students from different courses. She is the founder of Speaking Studio which is a persona and skill development centre. It was an interactive session where students took part in activities like sharing their concerns about interviews. Ms Menezes used video clips to show the students how to answer certain interview questions. She spoke about the significance of body language and taught them about good/ bad posture, proper eye contact, how to give proper handshakes, and so on. The students also got other tips like researching the organization they want to join and what to wear on the day of the interview.
Talent Search Competitions for students
The Directorate of Art & Culture organises Cultural Talent Search Competitions for students in Goa annually, to promote and preserve art and culture and to give a platform to the youth of Goa. The Taluka Level Talent Search competition will be conducted in the first and second week of October 2018. For South Goa, the competition has been arranged from October 4 to 6, 2018. For North Goa the competition will be held from October 8 to 10, 2018 at Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto. The competition is open to school students from class 5 to 10. The first three prize winners in each category will then compete at state level and the winner of state level will be awarded with scholarships. Students from Dahrbandoda, Canacona, Quepem, Salcete, Marmugao and Sanguem taluka, will have to be present at the Loyola High school Margao and Mahila Nutan High School Margao at 2.30 p.m. on October 4 for the poetry writing, drawing, essay, Devnagri and English Handwriting competitions. Students from Sanguem, Quepem, Canacona Taluka participating in the Indian classical and western music, singing and dance competitions should be at the Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir Ponda at 8.30 am on October 5. Students from Salcette, […]
St. Xavier’s students to be participating in a Gandhi Jayanti walkathon
To mark the event of Gandhi Jayanti, St. Xavier’s College in association with the Rotary Club of Mapusa, is organizing a walkathon which is going to be held on 2nd October. The event will be inaugurated in the college itself. After giving instructions to the students regarding the walking route the event will start. The students will begin walking from the college itself up till the Mapusa Vodafone gallery. The walk will continue across the market area and will end at the taxi stand. It won’t be just a walk- there will be other activities as well. This includes dance performances and a skit on the street itself. This event was also planned to tackle the issue of littering in Goa. To take the first step to a cleaner Goa, the students themselves will set a good example by cleaning the Mapusa roads.
Damodar College excels in Badminton and Judo at inter-collegiate level
At the inter-collegiate Badminton championship (Men & Women) of Goa University, Shree Damodar College of commerce and Economics, Margao emerged as the champion in both men and women category. Men team defeated Don Bosco College and women team defeated V.M. Salgaonkar College with score of 3-0 and 2-0 respectively in finals. Badminton Team (Banner Pic) Men Team: Tejan Fallary, Kiefer Jacques, Sahil Kuttan, Yash Kunkalienkar, Pranav Bhandarkar and Shubham Salunke. Women Team: Emilia Silveira, Racheal Raposa, Nikita Vernekar and Tanisha Karshetty. At the inter-collegiate Judo championship, Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao secured Runners-up position in the men’s category winning 1 Gold, 5 Silver, and 1 Bronze medal. Habib Shaikh won the Gold, Ransom Fernandes won the Bronze and Silver medals were won by Farhan Khan, Rajshekar Mandrekar, Khan Mohammed Alfran, Vishnu Rasur and Rizwan Shaikh in their respective categories. Judo Team: Team members along with (Row2: Sitting 3rd right) Principal Dr Prita D. Mallya, (Row2: Sitting – 3rd left) Vice-Principal Dr. Sanjay Dessai and (Sitting:2nd right) Director of Physical Edu. & Sports – Mr. Ajinkya Kudtarkar
St. Xavier’s college Mapusa inaugurates research instrumentation center
On the occasion of teacher’s day St. Xavier’s college Mapusa inaugurated its first research instrumentation center hosting X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD). Speaking on the occasion Principal (Fr) Jeronimo D’Silva, said that: “Research is one of the key focus of an academic institute which gives rise to cutting-edge technology and St. Xavier’s college is the first undergraduate college in Goa to procure X-RAY diffraction Instrument for material characterization.” He also informed that the central facility will be open to students and staff from other colleges as well as Industry. The X-Ray Diffractometer will deal with material characterization and help identify the atomic and molecular structure in materials. X-ray powder diffraction is most widely used for the identification of unknown crystalline materials (e.g. minerals, inorganic compounds). In addition to the identification of the compounds, X-ray diffractometer can also be used to determine strain, preferred orientation, crystallographic structure, and grain size of crystalline materials.
Overcoming mental health problems
The Counselling Cell of M.E.S College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar, organised an interactive session for the students on the topic: ‘Enhancing Mental Health among Adolescents’. Dr Ravi Agrawal a consultant psychiatrist at Manipal Hospital- Panaji and Samir Walavalkar, a psychotherapist were the resource persons for this session. Dr Ravi Agarwal spoke of the vulnerability of young people to mental problems. He also emphasized that enhancing resilience through cultivating the right attitude, learning life skills and indulging in a hobby would help in overcoming mental health problems among the youth. On the other hand, Samir Walavalkar, asserted that being aware of individual problems is the key to enhance resilience in young people and stated that negative emotions are harmful when a person cannot control the intensity, frequency, and duration with which these emotions are expressed. He shared four tips with the students – being aware of one‘s feelings, accepting them, analysing them and applying them appropriately to maintain healthy relationships.
Inculcating values among students
MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar-Goa, in collaboration with Forum for Integrated Development and Research (FIDR), a ‘social change organization’, recently organised a discussion on the topic, ‘Livelihood and Economic Growth of Goa’. The discussion was chaired by the director of Time and Tide communications, Dharmanand Verenekar. The discussion raised concerns about the livelihood of people, especially those rescued from the flesh trade. Most of the participants in the discussion were of the opinion that the education which is being imparted at the college level is not meeting the needs of the industry. Besides, it was also felt that students should be groomed, their overall personality developed and inculcate values to make them ready for employment in the industry. It was also pointed out that there was a declining trend in holding campus interviews in colleges. The speakers felt that internships and training for students should be arranged by colleges through constant interaction with the industry through guest lectures. It was also felt that for the development of economy there has to be a shift from an emphasis on government sector jobs to the private sector. Verenekar said that FIDR was set up about two decades ago to bring […]
Vigilance against Drugs
The NSS unit of SV’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies, Mapusa, recently held a lecture on drug awareness for its volunteers. Umesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police, Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Police, who was the chief guest briefed the audience on the origin, spread and the extent of the menace of drug in the state of Goa. He said that Goa was the end destination for drugs produced in other parts of the country. Stating that Goa’s drug problem began with the arrival of foreign tourists in the state a few decades ago, he went on to add that foreigners continue to be major carriers and consumers even now. He explained to the audience how to spot signs of drug use and urged the student volunteers to be vigilant about the menace.
VFX professionals guide students
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – a 3D animation and visual effects institution, recently organised annual national students’ meet in Goa. Over 250 students from 25 different cities participated in the event. The idea behind the meet was to encourage animation and VFX students from all over the country to come together and learn the art from experts during seminars, workshops, case studies, panel discussions and various other creative activities. The students were also provided a platform to work on live projects, meet professionals and get access to real life experiences and insights. Students from MAAC interacted with – head of the department, Double Negative (DNEG), India, Madhu Nair; CEO, Aum Animation Studios, Vivek Bolar, among others. Spokesperson of MAAC, Pravir Arora said: “We aim to provide budding animators an opportunity to interact and learn from the industry stalwarts as innovation and creativity are of utmost importance in the field of cinematics.”
Entrepreneurship Awareness Workshop
A two-day ‘Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp’ was organised by the department of chemistry, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem- Goa, in collaboration with Agnel Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (AEDI), Verna. The main objective of the camp was to make the students aware of the different areas of skills where they can establish themselves as an entrepreneur and create jobs for others. Pravin Sabnis, mentor (AEDI) delivered the lecture on ‘Camp Objective and Business Opportunities Identification’. He explained the current scenario in the industry and the marketing strategies required for setting up a startup as a career option. He also highlighted various career options and asked the students to take maximum benefit of the prevalent situation by venturing into entrepreneurship. In the second session, Tushar Sawant- Manager (AEDI) gave an explanation on the schemes such as, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and Chief Ministers Rojgar Yojana (CMRY) that are available. On the last day, a field visit was arranged for the students at Center for Incubation and Business Acceleration (CIBA), Verna, where the students got the opportunity to interact with various startup companies and learn about their startup stories.
Hands-on training on ‘Hadoop and Big Data Analytics’
A week long faculty development programme was organised by the department of computer engineering at Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao, in association with E &ICT Academy NIT Warangal on Hadoop and Big Data Analytics. Damodar Reddy, head of computer science and engineering department, NIT – Goa, while delivering the inaugural address stressed upon the importance of such workshops and how they are relevant for faculty members to stay updated with the tools and techniques in the field of computer engineering. The workshop participants got hands-on training on the concepts of; big data and Hadoop file system, basic concepts of Hadoop and map-reduce programming, NoSQL(not only SQL), spark programming, data analytics lifecycle, R-programming language and case studies using R-language.
Chowgule college, MSI signs MoU
Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science (an autonomous college) has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the “Mangrove Society of India” (MSI), to carry out research projects and community service. Speaking after signing the MoU, principal of Chowgule college, Nandkumar Sawant, said: “We take pride in saying that we are the first and only autonomous college in the state of Goa, and therefore hold greater responsibility not only in bringing innovation in teaching-learning but also in making education more relevant through research, consultancy and extension works.” The objective of the MoU with MSI is to organise joint activities in research, training, community outreach and extracurricular areas and enable students to carry out internships. The MoU will facilitate students of geography, botany, and zoology to carry out research projects with MSI as a component of their internships. The research projects will also help address the conservation needs of wetlands in Goa via public outreach programmes.
Goan student wins script award
Stevan Fernandes, a third-year mechanical engineering student of Don Bosco College of Engineering has won an award for “Innovative Short Descriptive Script” for select short stories which were used for making a short film titled –“The Lady in Red”. The film has been produced and directed by Wasim Saiyed, head of promos, Star Movies at an event organised by Star Movies at Inox Atria, Mumbai. The script was selected from among 2,000 entries from across India. The short film “The Lady in Red” will be aired on Star Movies Select HD channel shortly.