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Ahmedabad Campus Karnavati Knowledge Village A/907 Uvarsad, Gandhinagar 382422

Chronicle Volume I, Issue 3

July 2016

Quarterly Newsletter for internal communication only INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2

Induction

PGDM Batch 2016-18 Guest Dignitaries

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Teaming Up

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Boat Building

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Student Speak

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Treasure Hunt

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Business Legends

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Pillars of Success

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Expectation Management

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Ignite Minds

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Discipline & Admin

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Talent Expo

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Alumni Messages

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Sports Fest

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Snippets

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From the Editorial desk ... NEWSLETTER TEAM Advisory Board  Jayanta Sengupta 

Manas Chakravarty

Bhuvneshwar Gupta

Editorial Team  Namrata Bajaj 

Mrugesh Nayak

Gaurav Rathod

Coordinating Editor  Gaurav Rathod Student Reporters  Chiranjiv Bedi 

Joy Mandal

Ritwika Sengupta

Suraj Singha

Dhanish Patel

Purav Acharya

Comments & contribution mail to : gauravr@unitedworld.in

The release of this issue coincides with the beginning of a new academic year and the induction of a fresh batch of students. We therefore cover in this edition all the excitement surrounding the arrival of new family members, their initiation, and the welcome notes offered to them. While new students settle down, the old ones are back from the summer internship and are getting into their specialization year. Our best wishes to both batches for a great year ahead. Happy reading!


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Induction PGDM Batch 2016-18 The PGDM batch 2016-18 began their journey at Unitedworld with a fortnight long Induction program starting Tuesday, 5 July 2016. The inaugural session was graced by Mr D Sivanandhan as the Chief Guest and Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai as the Guest of Honor. The august session began with a welcome address by Prof Jayanta Sengupta, Mentor and the distinguished guests being felicitated with bouquets of flowers. Then came the ceremonial lamp lighting for which, as a token of good gesture, two students from the incoming batch identified at random were also invited. It was also the time to invoke celestial blessings with the singing of Saraswati Vandana. This was followed by the Dean’s address by Prof Manas Chakravarty and addresses by the Guest of Honor and the Chief Guest. Dr Pillai threw light on various aspects of the life and teachings of Chankya and its relevance to the world of business. Mr Pillai in his address laid emphasis on how professionals may go beyond the call of duty to serve larger social causes. The session closed with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr Bhuvneshwar Gupta, Director (Academics). The entire session was compered by Prof Gurav Rathod.


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Guest Dignitaries Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai is the Founder - Director of Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Mumbai. With nearly 20 years of combined working and business experience he is an acclaimed management speaker, trainer, author and consultant. Fondly known as CHANAKYA Pillai, his first book “Corporate Chanakya: Successful Management the Chanakya Way” has been on the “best-seller” list since its launch in 2010 and is used as a text book in various business schools in India and abroad. This book has the unique distinction of being made into an audio book, a training film and translated into 10 regional languages and has record for the highest number of pre-release sales for any first book of an author. He has also co-authored “Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leadership” along with Mr D. Sivanandhan. Dr. Pillai is a visiting faculty in prestigious institutes in India and aborad including the IIT, IIM, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) among others. He has also taught in Germany (Heidelberg and Cologne universities), Singapore and Indonesia. He has been a trainer and strategy consultant to over 200 organisations like Indian Police, various NGOs, private, public sector and government organizations including IOC, HPCL, BPCL, L&T etc. For his research and contribution in field of Management & Industrial Development, Dr Pillai has been awarded the prestigious Sardar Patel International Award 2009.

Mr. D. Sivanandhan is one of the most acclaimed officers of the Indian Police Service. His IPS career spanned multiple high-profile postings over 35 years culminating with the positions of Police Commissioner of Mumbai and then Director General of Police in Maharashtra when he retired in 2011. Mr Sivanandhan is known for his use of strategy and intelligence to uphold the rule of law. He served as an active member of the special task force in the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office for revamping India's internal and external security provisions. During his tenure with the Mumbai Crime Branch he is credited with having broken the back of the underworld that was then at its peak in the city. As the State Commissioner for Intelligence, he uncovered numerous international rackets protecting the country against foreign based anti-national elements. He was also instrumental in ideating an implementing various welfare measures for the police personnel and also the public at large. Known also as an intellectual giant, Mr Sivanandhan has co-authored the national best seller titled "Chanakya’s Seven Secrets of Leadership" along with Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai. Among many laurels won by Mr Sivanandhan are the Internal Security Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the President's Distinguished Service Medal. Currently, Mr Sivanandhan serves as the Chairman of Securus First an organization dedicated to security investigations and assessments. He is also the Chairman of MIPL Ltd providing expertise in designing solutions for large, complex and integrated security systems to implement ‘safe city’ projects in the country.


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Teaming Up: Induction: Week1, Day2 The day following the inaugural was devoted to ice-breaking session conducted by Prof. Manas Chakravarty which gave the incoming students an opportunity to know each other better

Teams taking a break while at work

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Teaming Up Teams making presentation

Winning Teams

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Boat Building: Induction: Week1, Day3 Learning while at play! In this simulation exercise conducted by Prof Bhupinder Arora, students doned various roles to create a complete business scenario involving formation of an organization, staffing key positions, dealings with manufacturers, agents and customers, vendors and bankers, all under the pressures of an open market.

Prof Arora explaining the game to the participants

Representatives of manufacturing units lining up at the office of the Registrar

Hard bargain at the Hardware Stores


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Boat Building

Negotiating with Agents

Work in progress at the Manufacturing Units

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Boat Building The boats on display

The winning teams

The supporting faculty for conducting the game

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Student Speak: Induction: Week1, Day4 This session was an open mic event, the first of its sort for the incoming students. Participants as well as the audience had good fun.


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Treasure Hunt: Induction: Week1, Day4 There is nothing more exciting than hunting for treasure in the company of those who were strangers till recently. It was an exhausting, but exhilarating end to the first week at the campus.

Teams searching for clues to the treasure


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Treasure Hunt Game analysis discussions

The Winning Teams

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Business Legends: Induction: Week2, Day1 “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, And departing leave behind us footprints on the sand of time.� The footprints of some great achievers in the world of business were traced in a session anchored by Prof Hardik Gandhi using interesting documentary video clippings interspersed with analytical discussions


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Pillars of Success: Induction: Week2, Day2 The session titled Pillars of Success conducted by Dr Bhuvneshwar Gupta drove home some of the fundamental issues which help or hinder success in personal and professional life.


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Expectation Management: Induction: Week2, Day3 As in life at large, success as a manager too is determined by how one is able to build the bridge between expectation and delivery. In an interactive session Prof Noorul Islam underlined some of the basic essentials that are needed to build that bridge and traverse it.

MANAGEMENT


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Ignite Minds: Induction: Week2, Day4 Creativity is the founding force of all successful ventures and adventurers. Students were made to discover hands-on some of its basic aspects in the session Ignite Minds – Think Out of Box conducted by experts from the Unitedworld Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development


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Discipline & Admin: Induction: Week1, Day5 The first half of the last day of the Induction fortnight was occupied by students being oriented towards Library Services by Mr RS Sharma which was followed by a briefing on the in-house portal Eduberry by Mr Yash Vaghela. At the close, Prof Manas Charavarty held a session on the disciplinary framework that governs life at Unitedworld


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Talent Expo: Induction: Week2, Day5 The last half of the last day of the Induction fortnight was thrown open to students to showcase their talents beyond academics and indeed there were several enthusiasts who picked up the opportunity and delighted the audience


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Alumni Messages Anand Shankar, PGDM 2013-15, Co-founder, Finheal Finserve It has been a great experience with UWSB. The journey with UWSB taught me a lot. It helped me to enhance my knowledge and polish my skills and I thank each and every member of UWSB for all their support. The place also gave me a lot of friends with whom I am still connected and am planning to have a joint venture in future. So, UWSB is not only about getting knowledge but also a place where you meet same minded persons. Since my time at UWSB I have founded a company named Finheal Finserve Pvt Ltd (along with my elder brother Aditya Shankar) which is situated in Dwarka, New Delhi and we can be found at www.finheal.com. I wish all the incoming students happy learning.

Anand (extreme right) with his colleagues

Aneri Shah, PGDM 2014-16 The first day when Ii entered the college I was very excited to meet new friends, to learn new things. These two years of my college life gave me the best moments of my life which i can never forget. I learnt so many things along with my studies and I never expected that there would be such changes in me by the time I leave this college. The support from my faculties was very good which made me comfortable to discuss any problems which I had. Today when I am in a job, I miss my college days a lot. No doubt the company where I am working is very nice but still my PGDM days were the ones when I enjoyed my life fully. There are countless memories of college days ‌ we attended lectures, sometimes bunked classes, had fun sitting on the last bench. Also that college pals are friends for life. I wish the incoming students all the best

Bhumika Bunha, PGDM 2014-16 After doing Bachelor of Commerce I was not sure if I had made the right choice of joining the PGDM program. But UWSB faculty and courses surpassed my expectations. They are truly world class, the kind of quality you can expect in any top international MBA school. I am glad I made this choice. The infrastructure here is amazing and more over I have achieved my dream job from here i am really thankful to all my friends, teachers, staff and higher management for helping me throughout my college life.


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Alumni Messages Deep Mukherjee, PGDM 2014-16, S&P Global Market Intelligence It was not easy for me to leave my home town Kolkata and start a new journey in Ahmedabad. I was scared about this migration but excited as well. It was a great feeling when I landed in this green city with lots of hope and dreams in my eyes. I consider the time spent in UWSB as the most valuable experience in my life. This two year experience in college has given me a chance to sharpen my skills in my field of choice. In addition to learning practical skills, UWSB has also taught me a lot about the industry scenario and market trends. I always believe that incredible things can be done simply if we are committed to making them happen. I can remember the day when I got selected in SNL Financial (now known as S&P Global Market Intelligence). I was so happy and my parents were very proud of me. Placement makes one feel independent and personally I felt truly like an adult. UWSB inputs and the placement at an S&P company shaped my overall personality and gave me an opportunity to discover myself as an individual. For my juniors at UWSB I think ‘now’ is the most important time to build their success bridge. You might face some problems, some barriers but never give up before achieving the goal. I believe that if every individual dreams, and puts in efforts for the same, no matter what the circumstances life lands you in, you can come out of it with flying colours. You are so lucky that you have got the wonderful faculty team and the beautiful campus of UWSB. I think this experience will definitely lead you to reach out your destination. Ultimate success is waiting for you. So start enjoying the life and go ahead. Do not try to be the best, just do it. All the best …

Deepak Maru, PGDM 2014-16, Tata Capital It's said that success is the sum of all small efforts, adding more courage with each steps. I realized this fully when looking back at how the time I spent at UWSB led me to my job. As I had dual specialization in Finance and Marketing and my chance of getting placed was open to either sector, it was Finance that drew my interest. My hard work and patience and unconditional help from my professors, especially Namrata Ma’am & Himanshu Sir, paid well and I got placed in TATA Capital, a company beyond my expectations! With a new position, comes great responsibilities and I am excited to move ahead and explore this journey. I wish all new students at UWSB to also have an equally successful journey.


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Alumni Messages Ipsita Maitra, PGDM 2012-14, ACS Group I feel blessed having the opportunity to write this up for the UWSB Chronicle and future stars of Unitedworld School of Business. I am a PGDM graduate from UWSB – Ahmedabad, specialized in HR (Major) and Marketing (Minor) from the batch 2012-14. I am currently working as Senior Recruitment Associate with a reputed technical and staffing solutions company of USA named American Cyber System – Global Tech Solution based at Noida – Stellar IT hub. UWSB is a rapidly growing institution for those bright students who have the craving to fulfill their dreams of a successful life. UWSB has a set of proficient faculty members in every managerial domain to bring out the strength and shape the best out of you. It provides quality education in midst of serene beauty which rejuvenates your mind to come up with the best in you and boosts your confidence to reach a level of excellence through various activities, discussions, presentations, sports, cultural activities, case studies and many more innovative ways keeping pace with the changing corporate world. Coming from a technical background I always had an urge to pursue management in HR field and USWB has given me that platform and opportunity to come up with what I always wanted to be. UWSB has played a major role in shaping my career and I wholeheartedly thank the management and institution’s faculty for guiding me to be a polished HR professional managing recruitment, for major clients in USA like Microsoft, Exelon Energy, Bank of America, Staples, Walmart, UPS, Capital Group, Dell, Fujitsu, Lockheed Martin and many others across different domains like Electrical/Mechanical, Retail, BFSI, Apps, Software, Hardware, Energy sector & Logistics. To all UWSBians who are yet to join and those who are already a part of the PGDM program, I would only like to advise that life is all what we make of it. So it is important to have a clear and focused goal for what you want to achieve in life and short terms plans help to be the stepping stones towards its accomplishment. One needs to be determined with a strong will power, confident of making mistakes to keep learning and growing, and a fearless attitude towards the hurdles of life to wave off weaknesses. You cannot appreciate the flavor of victory without having encountered your share of failures. I am sure with more batches passing out, we UWSBians are going to fill vibrant colors to the UWSB rainbow for it to shine brighter.

Jaya Lalwani, PGDM 2014-16 When I joined Unitedworld School of Business at first I thought that I made a tough decision. I was thinking how will I be able to survive in this college for two years but the college proved me wrong. These two years were the best two years of my life. The faculties are so much supportive and they make you feel so much comfortable. I miss all the fun we used to have in college and even getting scolded for coming late to class! UWSB helped me to enhance my professional skills. If ever asked to make a wish, I would want to relive my two years in the college. Proud to be an UWSBian.


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Alumni Messages Jyoti Chanda, PGDM 2014-16 Study of Management is more than placements and high packages. It opens paths to transform several things which we do not even realize. Like everyone, when I entered UWSB many things came across my mind. The first day of school has the biggest impact on the way it eventually turns out in the future. The most important skills one can acquire in a business school are the abilities to adapt, interpret and learn. I would say that PGDM is a brilliant experiment which probably knowingly or unknowingly we do with our life. In all honesty, this PGDM has changed my life and I am sure it has been so all those who believed in themselves. UWSB has given me the opportunity to become more independent and to take on new responsibilities and hence I became more mature which helped me to grow in my character. UWSB has given me the chance to reinvent myself without a doubt. The beauty of PGDM is that it transforms people from one-track backgrounds and gives them passion to talk and act in new ways. Since the day I stepped in inside UWSB, it has added many colorful pages to my journey and now it has became the part of my life. I miss my classes, my friends; the faculties are just blessings to us. UWSB life is real fun; I celebrated every festival and enjoyed every event whether it was supporting our sports team in the ground or my friends supporting me to fulfill my promise to make a successful event. The academic body and faculties always supported me in every event whenever I wanted them. And how can I miss to write about my hostel life at UWSB, which is the best part of our growing up days. The bitter-sweet memories of the days gone by always bring a smile to my face. Now I am in the real corporate world, having been placed at IDEA Cellular Limited which is a part of Aditya Birla Group. It makes me proud to say that I am an UWSBian. My message to the juniors at UWSB is: never lose faith; be a good person in life; always follow your dreams; don’t blame others for your deeds; and, always keep learning because the more we learn, the more we grow and make our parents proud.

Rajan Srivastava,PGDM 2014-16, JK Tyre Unitedworld School of Business offers a right mix of academic and industry inputs which has helped me in confidence building and obtaining the marketing skills. I am short of words to thank entire family of UWSB and am overwhelmed with the kind of support I got. I specially thank the institution for its excellent placement support and getting me placed in JK Tyre. I wish all students of the incoming batch the very best.


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Alumni Messages Rajat Bharatiya, PGDM 2014-16 My heartiest welcome to PGDM Batch 2016-18! Welcome to the world of UWSB! Entering the gate of UWSB is itself a proud moment and once in, you will carry life long memories which will be cherished all through your life. Friends, live each and every moment that you going to have in UWSB. Do what you know is best for you. Have fun, work hard, make friends, fall in love, and make some memorable trips because once you are out you are going to miss each and every moment spent there. And friends, to be very honest, these two years of yours is going to be a turning point of your life. However in-spite of everything, have your main focus on your career as in the end your career will be all what is going to matter. Try to get the best package of all things. All the best! Have fun!

Rajbir Singh, PGDM 2014-16, Coal India Thank you so much UWSB. Currently I am working with the government sector company Coal India Ltd at Bokharo in Jharkhand. I welcome the students of PGDM Batch 2016-2018 to the UWSB family and wish them all the best.

Raveena Trivedi, PGDM 2014 -16, GIDC Just like every new student, I was feeling apprehensive as well as excited when I joined UWSB. In no time however, I got familiar with the environment and culture of UWSB. I found the students and the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The college has a great reputation for results and success and this is due to the staff and the set up. The teachers are very motivated and helpful and they focus on what is important. By the end of two years I could consider the teachers to be my friends. Life as an UWSBian was one of good routines, hard work and determination. The school has regular assessments which aim to help students and the teachers provide feedback and constant motivation which is lacking in many other b-schools. Besides a great faculty and an amazing diversity in the peer group, the major USP of the college is, it let’s you be what you want to be. I wouldn’t regard myself as particularly intelligent by any means but with some hard work, determination and focus I achieved a very good position in the GIDB (Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board) to look after branding of major Governmental policies. I am not writing this testimonial for any personal gain but I do feel that I owe this College a great deal. I welcome the new batch of UWSB and wish them all the best for their future endeavors.


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Alumni Messages Sahir Khan Sindhi, PGDM 2014-16, Zydus Hospital Message for the incoming batch PGDM 2016-18: You will be studying in one of the best business school. Enjoy the experience and work hard. I wish you the very best in your chosen career!

Smita Datta, PGDM 2014-16, Collabera India I still remember when I first stepped in the college with bags full of luggage and my head full of dreams. At that moment I got the feeling that I have come to the right place. Two years in the Unitedworld School of Business was the time that I will cherish the most in all my life. I welcome all the new juniors with a hope that they will do well in their life and career. Supportive teachers, group activities, presentation, assignment submission, cultural events ‌ all of these will be a part of your life. Teachers will always be there to help you, guide you and assist you so that you do what is best for you. Just work hard and have faith in yourself and all your dreams will come true like mine.

Monika Sharma, PGDM 2014-16 Hello Batch 2016-18: A profound welcome to all the new and fresh minds! You have made the right choice : * If you were looking for quality education and learning * If you were looking for fun * If you were looking for supportive and motivating professors * If you were looking for top class companies for placements after completion. I can say this because i have experienced this. At UWSB you will get all that you need for growth and development both at personal level and professional level. Just be focused as your mind is everything; what you think you can become. Enjoy learning!


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Sports Fest Before going for the summer break, students had great time with a series of sporting events in the campus. The winners were :

Badminton Boys Singles Winner – Siddharth Khilavria (UID) Runner Up – Dhruv Shah (UWSB)

Girls Double Winners – Shivangi Vasudev (UID) & Akshata (UID) Runners Up – Tanushri Kadam (UID) & Rachna Uplekar (UID)

Girls Singles Winner – Shivangi Vasudev (UID) Runner Up – Tanushri Kadam (UID)

Mixed Winners – Sidhart (UID) & Maitri (UID) Runners Up – Rishab (UID) & Shivangi (UID)

Table Tennis Girls Single

Boys Single

Winner – Maitri (UID)

Winner – Keshav (UWSB)

Runner Up – Divyani (UID)

Runner Up – Karan Choudhary (UWSB)

Boys Double

Chess

Winners – Sagar (UWSB) and Dhruv (UWSB) Runner Ups – Shardul (UID) and Keshav (UWSB)

Gully Cricket Boys

Girls

Winners – Savan & Team

Winners – Hetal & Team (UWSB)

Runners Up –Ajay & Team (UWSB)

Runners Up – Ankita Das & Team (UWSB)

Winners – Manav Wardiwala (UWSL) Runner Up – Sanket (UID)


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Snippets Starting Up a Business An interactive session on the founding of a business venture was conducted by Mr Vikas Agarwal on 5th July.

Alumnus winning acclaim Arijit Mukherjee (PGDM 2013-15) was adjudged the Star Performer of the Month for May 2016 at his organization S&P Global Market Intelligence

Paper presentation Dr Kishor Bhanushali and Dr Sunil Patel presented a paper titled “Evidential Approach to Understand the Linkages between Economic Developments, Human Development and Happiness” at the International Conference on ‘Integral Development for Wholesome Life” organized by Faculty of Management, Pacific University during 4-5 June, 2016.

FDP on Case Study Method A Faculty Development Program on the Case Study Method of teaching in Management was conducted by Dr Manoj Kumar on 17th June, 2016 which was attended by all faculty members

Adieu: Prof. Kiran Jha Prof Kiran Jha of the Communications Department left the institution in June 2016 to relocate at Bengaluru. She was the Coordinating Editor for the first two editions of this newsletter and had played a pivotal role during its inception. We wish her all the best.


The Editorial Team wishes all readers who celebrate their birth anniversary during this quarter

May the early morning sun Shine on your birthday. A gentle breeze caress you, As you go along life’s way. We wish you wealth and happiness As the day comes into view, And may each hour be blessed With friendships fond and true. May your dreams all be fulfilled; You achieve your every goal; And at the ending of the day, May peace touch your heart and soul.

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