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“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.” — John Adams

Symbiosis wins inter-college debate Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication claimed first prize at the intercollegiate debate competition 2014 organised by Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) in association with Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) and Young Communicators Club (YCC). Army Institute of Technology and Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies secured second and third positions. Sixteen teams from Pune’s UG and PG colleges took part in the contest and topics included ‘Is foreign direct investment is relevant in Indian Market?’ ‘Are social networking sites more intended for causing anti-social nuisance?’ and ‘Is Indian politics moving towards presidential form of democracy?’

“We not only stress on making the subject interesting, we also make sure that it makes a long-term impact on the student.” — Dinesh Lahoti, Edugenie

‘City has old charm, needs better roads, cleanliness’

Opine students of MIT Institute of Design who worked on ‘redesigning and understanding Pune city’

Students presenting a cultural programme at Orchid School in Baner on Thursday

Orchid School turns 10

Hendre awarded doctorate Rajeshwar Wamanrao Hendre has been awarded doctorate in the management discipline for his thesis titled ‘A study of HR Practices in Automobile Industry in Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial Area, Pune with special reference to Health, Safety Rajeshwar Wamanrao and Welfare Hendre (From 2004-05 to 2009-10)’ by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. He completed the study under the guide Mukund Dongare.

Free lecture on lifecycle of stars The Aastronomica Club has organised a series of lecture on astrology on Saturday, and ‘how the Cosmos is’ on Sunday. The free lectures will be organised at NMV High School for Girls between 6.15 pm and 8.15 pm. Contact Amit Purandare on 9822393872 for details.

Indian teenager gets Microsoft award Sixteen-year-old Delhi student Arjit Kansal has been named the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Certiport, a Pearson VUE business and a test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, announced the award recently.




Conclaves, contests and campaigns were organised to celebrate the anniversary BY BARNALEE HANDIQUE @ barnalee

The MIT Institute of Design students’s exhibition depicted Pune city from an architect’s perspective. They also got a taste of dhol-tasha

MANASI SARAF JOSHI @GargiManasi “Pune needs to retain its old charm while embracing the modern world.” This is the observation by students of MIT Institute of Design (MITID) who were assigned the project of ‘redesigning and understanding Pune city’. The students said that the city’s cleanliness, transport and traffic need a lot of improvement. Charuhas Korde of Nashik said, “I was given the Laxmi Road area. The blend of old and new architecture here is exemplary. But this part of the old city witnesses regular traffic congestions and road indiscipline.” Shilanko Sinha of Kolkata said, “I covered Senapati Bapat Road. This long stretch sort of divides the ‘old and new’ of the city with modern buildings, shopping malls and branded stores lining one side of the road facing old houses, temples and

shops.” The students have written a blog (http://www.loocate.blogspot. in) sharing their experiences and observations after covering different areas of the city. The blog describes the poor and unhygienic condition of public toilets, especially on Jungli Maharaj Road. They have suggested that there should not be any temple or park in the locality. Faculty and head of industry relations Harshit Desai said,

“The students found that the city has a blend of modern and old world charm. The students voiced apprehensions regarding people’s response but Puneites welcomed them.” The students said that Marathi is the language of communication for people living at the peths and nearby areas, while Koregaon Park, Camp, JM Road and Deccan displayed a cosmopolitan culture. They organised an exhibition of charts, models and pictures

covering various aspects of the city. Desai said that the objective of the event was to acquaint the students with surroundings through a designer’s perspective. The project held in the second week of July, was carried out by first-year students assisted by their seniors and faculty. “The batch of 326 students was divided into groups of 20 with one faculty helping each group”, Desai said.

Pursuing My Career

‘Running an NGO is like running an enterprise’ Establising Action for Pune Development has enabled Aakash Shah to get global recognition BY AAKASH SHAH At the age of 16 (in 2012), along with 60 friends, I founded Action for Pune Development (APD), a youth-led NGO. Our members started with social work and tree plantation. In 2012, on June 5, the World Environment Day, we planted 120 saplings at Vetal Tekdi. A newspaper wrote about our initiative the next day. The article inspired us to plan more projects. Then we worked for traffic awareness, orphanages, old age homes, the

environment, highway safety, women empowerment, women safety, education and empowering the handicapped people. We also raised funds for UNICEF by organising a trekking competition. Involving young people was my aim and the organisation took to the idea of Youth Social Service Day. We reached out to 26,000 young people around the globe and urged them to do any kind of social work on September 6, 2013. We received support from 26,000 youths. As I was leading the organisation, I learnt a lot of things. Team building, planning, executing, interacting, public speaking and other skills. I come from a traditional business family. My father wanted me to become an entrepreneur. At the age of 17, I got an invitation from the International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International (IFM-SEI) to apply for a cooperative business plan competition.

I submitted a business plan of starting a cooperative computer institute, to educate poor people. The skills that I learnt while running APD has helped me and I received a scholarship in Manchester for cooperative business training. Running an NGO is like running an enterprise! As an activist, unknowingly, I have became an entrepreneur. The United Nations has recognised my work and appointed me Global Youth Advocate for ‘United Nations My World 2015’ and ‘World We Want Campaigns’. I am also as policy strategist for ‘World We Want Campaign’. I never thought of working on a policymaking level for a global platform. Establishing an organisation and successfully running it have taught me a lot. As playing badminton at the national level involved extensive travel, it was also a learning experience in terms of interacting with different people. My parents have always supported me.

The Pradnya Niketan Education Society’s The Orchid School at Baner celebrated its 10 anniversary by organising a variety of programmes from August 7 to 9. Known for its skill-based teaching methods, the school’s three-day celebration includes special performances, conclaves and felicitation events. Talking about the “Thank you for being a role model” campaign that is part of the celebrations, the school’s principal Shilpa Solanki said, “We have students coming from different parts of the country. In this event we will honour individuals who have guided us and help shaped the vision of our school: of being locally rooted and globally competent.” The first day of the celebrations started with ‘Kalanjali’, a tribute to all forms of art. Students participated in a concert focusing on holistic education to show that it is possible to rejoice in the harmonious coexistence of various art forms and viewpoints even while celebrating its individuality and uniqueness. Educationists, policy makers and students deliberated on what is relevant and essential for students in today’s world and the way to achieve their goal at the event held on August 8. The keynote address was delivered by CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi and theme note by CBSE head (innovation and research) Sadhana Parasharji, and Zensar CEO Ganesh Natarajan. The day concluded with the performance by Ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram and well-known percussionist Taufiq Quereshi. The anniversary celebrations will conclude on Saturday with the ‘Innovators Conclave’. Sumit Dagar, Anoop Tapadia and Karan Chapekar will discuss ways to innovate with a purpose using science, technology and creativity. Veteran theatre and fi lm personality Mohan Agashe will speak on bringing art and science together to show that our universe is a confluence and a unified manifestation of all subjects.

Life’s Lessons

Importance of mentors, role models Every profession has its set of achievers who inspire us with their work. While everyone has an individual path to pursue based on one’s situations and circumstances, a lot can be gained by looking closely at those who inspire us and those who can guide us in our pursuit of success and happiness. This is especially important for the young because it then gives a direction to their efforts. Role models can be high achievers who are famous and who may also be people in our neighbourhood. For example, if you wish to pursue a career in biotechnology or a particular field of engineering, you would first identify a role model who has achieved the kind of success that you would like to achieve. If that role model is a person who is in your neighbourhood or in your city, then there is ample opportunity for personal interaction and guidance on the steps to take for the pursuit of a career in the desired direction. This provides valuable guidance which can be enormously time-saving. A mentor is someone with achievement and experience in the chosen field who could also be a role model. A mentor is someone you can consult from time to time on the steps to take for the pursuit of your career. When a person agrees to become your mentor, he or she makes a commitment to give you time and attention and attend to your queries. doubts and questions. Once you have decided what course you will follow in terms of a career, it is best to identify role models and mentors and benefit from their example and experience. Experts point out that ‘a good mentor takes the time to understand what you would like to do and they make an investment in leveraging their time and resources to helping you achieve your goal’. While mentors can help you with the ‘operational’ aspects of the pursuit of your career, role models are examples that you want to emulate. Successful people see the importance of both throughout the different stages of their life.

The Golden Sparrow on Saturday 09/08/2014  
The Golden Sparrow on Saturday 09/08/2014