“It’s Not About Ideas; It’s About Making Ideas Happen”
Conforming to its theme “It’s not about ideas; It’s about making ideas happen”, ‘Buzz-Fest’ created a great opportunity for the college students to get an exposure of the real world at the college campus itself. The multi-stakeholder nature of this event was dedicated to provide an in-depth exploration of the need for entrepreneurship and an exposure to those companies who have been dealing with entrepreneurship successfully, thus motivating the students to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.
With the objective of providing the students an insight into their future, this event focused on socio-educational activities, such as installation of Booths, setting up Specialization corners, Entrepreneurship corner, Business Club corner etc.,
The event’s highlights were 13 stalls put by the Business Studies students and funding & project advisory establishments from public and private sectors. From the department there were specialization corners arranged by the department sections to promote different specializations being offered by the department. These specialization corners had the glimpse of a creative, supportive and efficient learning atmosphere that is practiced consistently at Salalah College of Technology.
The event started at 9:00 a.m. with the recitation of Holy Quran by Mr. Abdullah Babood, student of BSD.
In his welcome address, Mr. Mohammed Naseeb, an active student of Business Club of Business Studies department reiterated the fact that events like ‘Buzz-Fest’ not only motivate the students but also prove that learning can actually be fun. Such events can make the students extroverts and competent in attitude. Very aptly, he brought out the importance of young graduates to participate actively and play a major role in the development of our country by becoming world class competitors.
Highlight of the session was the presentations made by Mr. Otbah Abdullah Al Harmali of SME Development, Mr. Mohammed Al Mashikhi of Al Rafd Fund and Mr. Ahmed Ba-Omar of Al Madina Takaful. First two presenters stressed on the need for helping the graduates for becoming entrepreneurs by giving them necessary training and enhancing their business skills. While,Mr. Ahmed Ba-Omar, emphasized on the significance of Sharia-Complaint products in Oman economy.
A young and successful Omani entrepreneur Mr. Hammad Ahmed Suwailam shared his success story with the audience. He also shared the mantra of ‘how to become a successful entrepreneur’.
At the end of the inaugural session, Dr. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Manthari, Dean- SCT, Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi, Assistant Dean Academic Affairs along with Dr Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri, Head- Business Studies Department distributed the momentous to the sponsor companies and distinguished guests.
Later, all the guests along with the Dean and Assistant deans visited all the booths. The guests started their tour with the specialization booths, where the students enthusiastically answered the guests’ queries. The Entrepreneur Club and the Business Club of SCT showcased their activities to the guests. The participant companies Dhofar Cattle Feed, Riyada, Al Rafd, Al Madina Takaful and SME Development Fund spoke about their products and functions to the guests.
At the end of the first session, staff and eminent guests selected the ‘Best Poster’ from all the posters that the students had created. During the event three ‘Lucky Prize’ winners were also announced on the basis of a raffle draw.
The second session was exclusively based on the idea that ‘Learning is Fun’. Activities like Quiz, Show & Tell and Guess the Word were lined up to challenge the intellect of both the staff and students. Games like Blind Fold, Draw a Line and Practical game kept the audience on the edge of their seats.
To motivate and encourage the students to participate more in such kind of events, prize distribution ceremony was held at the end of the activity session. College Dean along with ADAA and HoD-Business Studies distributed the prizes to the winners of different activities and games.
The fascinating event concluded at 2:00 p.m. with a ‘Vote of Thanks’ by the Head of Business Studies Department, Dr. Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri. She acknowledged the role of all the sponsors and participant companies – Al Shanfari Group, Lulu International, SME- F development, Al Madina Takaful, Al Raffd fund, Rayada Group, Dhofar Cattle Feed, Khimji Ramdas in making the event a success. Dr. Alya applauded the efforts and support of the college management, department staff and students, who showed extraordinary dedication and commitment in making this event a success.