‘Be a Creative Learner to Be an Innovative leader’
Adding another feather to its cap, Business Studies Department successfully organized its most popular event ‘Buzz Fest -2018’ on Monday 14th May 2018. The event provided an opportunity for the students, academic staff, industrial experts and government representatives to discuss the role of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in fostering Oman’s economy.
Taking a leap forward from the last year’s ‘Buzz Fest’, this year event aimed at creating innovative leaders through creative learning. Being simulative in nature, ‘Buzz Fest-2018’ served as a hand on experience instrument for the students to experience the real business environment.
To start the proceedings on an auspicious note, Holy Quran was recited by one of our students, Mr. Abdullah Hussain Babood.
Dr. Alya Ali Al Nasseri- HoD- Business Studies Department welcomed the dignitaries, college management, proud sponsors, participants, students and staff members. In her speech, she draws the attention of audience towards the role of academia in building innovative leaders through creative learning approach. She also accentuated on the role of government subsidiaries and industry leaders in showing the right path to future entrepreneurs in order to build a prosperous economy.
In his Keynote address, Mr. Ahmed Ali Akaak, Deputy CEO - Salalah Port raises his concern over the impact of dwindling international oil prices on Oman’s economy. But at the same time he was confident that with the Sultanate’s diversifying economic policies, Oman’s economic growth is on a right track. He emphasized on the need of students redirecting their energies in planning their careers by thinking out of the box.
To generate spontaneous interaction between the academia and participating students, a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Fostering Oman’s Economic Growth: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership’ was arranged. Eminent scholars from diverse fields participated in this fruitful discussion. Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, Dean-CCBA, Dhofar University was the facilitator of this panel discussion. Along with him, Dr. Ahmed Al-Ghassani, CEO- RIYADA (PASMED), Mr. Ahmed Ali Akaak, Deputy CEO- Salalah Port, Dr. Mohammed Ali Said Bait Ali Sulaiman, Lecturer- BSD and Mr. Ahmed Masan, a successful entrepreneur discussed the various means of fostering Oman’s Economy.
The panel was in unison over Oman’s economy development in near future. Dr. Ahmed Al-Ghassani reiterated the fact that it is with an open mind that the students must take calculated risks and venture into entrepreneurship. Supporting Dr. Ahmed’s suggestion, Dr. Mohammed Ali Sulaiman pointed that the students must think big, different and most importantly creatively to make a successful carrier. Mr. Ahmed Masan emphasized on the role of being a fearless and creative learner on becoming a successful entrepreneur.
It was a reassuring moment when Mr. Ahmed Ali Akaak concluded the discussion by addressing the audience as champion. He stressed on the fact that in life there are no limitations to success, if one is willing to think out of the box.
After the panel discussion, audience had the privilege to listen to a woman entrepreneur, Ms. Amna Al Awadi, Chairperson of Women Entrepreneurs Committee from Oman Chamber of Commerce. She motivated the students to take up the challenges of being an entrepreneur and change their destiny.
Our Patron Dr. Ahmed Al Ghassani along with Dr. Alya, HoD felicitated the main sponsor companies; Shanfari Group of Companies, Sharikat Fanniya Omaniya LLC, Muscat Securities Market and other sponsors; Khimji Ramdass, Lulu, Dhofar Cattle Feed and Renault (Saud Bahawan Group) by presenting them with mementos and certificate of appreciation.
The session concluded with the dignitaries making a visit to varied booths. A total of 15 booths were categorized into 4 categories; Student Entrepreneurs with Innovative Ideas, Buzz Bazar, SMEs & Financial Services and Specialization booths. Entrepreneurial booths attracted the most number of visitors. Moreover, it provided a chance to the budding entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas. Buzz-Bazar was a new entry to the Buzz Fest 2018, where potential future entrepreneurs showcased their creative talents by selling various products.
The second session was more about activities and simulation games for the students and staff members. The first activity conducted was a quiz competition among the registered students. Four teams involving the students from various specializations participated in this activity. Ms. Fatima Al Mashni, Ms. Asma Al Amri, and Ms. Laila Al Shahri were declared the winners at the end of two competitive rounds.
Meanwhile, the representatives from Muscat Securities Market engaged the students in an investment game, where the students were delighted to invest in real community services in a simulative way. During the course of this activity many students won prizes.
It was an overwhelming experience to see the students confidentially facing an array of questions during the mock interview exercise. This session was conducted by Mr. Ibrahim- Marketing expert, Mr. Shirish- HR expert and Mr. Shashank- Accounting expert from Dhofar Cattle Feed Co. Additionally, the interviewers gave a lot of insights to the students, which would benefit them in the long run.
Ms. Fatim, a business student won the prize for ‘Best Innovative Idea’. She gave a brief presentation of her business idea based on ‘Smart Trash-can’. In ‘Best Promo Video Competition’ Ms. Salma Said Al Amri, a student from IT Department was declared winner.
Enthusiasm went a notch higher during the conduct of different games. Staff members and students won lot of prizes and enjoyed themselves while engaging in simulation games. Among all the participants, 3 lucky winners won heavy duty printers as prize.
A staff recognition ceremony for the Ay 2017-18 was conducted at the end of event. Ms. Sahara Banu, Ms. S. Wajeeha, Dr. Raghuram, Mr. Khalid Al Shanfari and Mr. Hatim Suwailam from their respective sections were honored for their ‘Academic Excellence in Teaching and Learning’. Whereas for the ‘Outstanding Contribution in Committee Work’, Ms. Reshma. Ms. Larisssa, Dr. S. Prasad and Dr. Amit Sharma were recognized and honored.
For the ‘Departmental Activities’ category, Dr. Amit Sharma, Mr. Khalid Al Shanfari, Mr. Hatim Suwailam and Mr. Neil Raymond were honored.
Department Council’s role was also recognized and all the section heads, Mr. Mohammed Kesbeh- OM, Dr. Raghuram-HR, Mr. Neil Raymond- Accounting and Ms. Amal Al Amri- Marketing were honored by giving the mementos.
Ms. Madiha was chosen for the ‘Best Supporter of the Year’ award. Finally, Mr. Pavan Kumar received the ‘Best Overall Staff Achievement’ award.
Mr. Neil, our master of ceremony, delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of the organizers. He thanked the college management, valuable sponsors, staff members and participating students for their enthusiastic participation and valuable support for making the event a grand success. The event got over promising to achieve many more milestones in forthcoming years.