Business Studies Department in its continuous endeavor to provide students with appropriate knowledge and skills related to the job market, organized a guest lecture on the topic ‘How to be Job Ready’ on Thursday 14th March. OJT and Industrial Link Committee along with Student Development Committee organized the lecture. Ms. Eiman Said Al Malki- Assistant Specialist Business Support from Omantel was the resource person on this occasion.
Ms. Eiman started the session by discussing different stages of getting a desired job. She mentioned that a good CV is the first step towards anyone’s dream job. She introduced the students with different types of CVs for specific jobs. She insisted on being very systematic while preparing the CV. In this regard, she discussed some golden rules of building a strong CV and also shared her experiences as a recruiter, how they select or reject candidates based on their CVs.
In the second part of her lecture, Ms. Eiman spoke about the importance of communication skills during interview in getting the preferred job. She presented different types of interviews with some good examples from her own experience. This session was more interactive and fun filled as the speaker introduced the students some important and common job interview questions. Ms. Eiman encouraged the students to answer these questions and finally she corrected them with the right kind of answers.
It was a well-received lecture by the audiences. This lecture helped the students in knowing the basic tools and techniques of ‘How to be Job Ready’ after completion of their studies. Dr. Amit Sharma, Lecturer and Coordinator OJT and Industrial Link Committee thanked Ms. Eiman for sharing her valuable knowledge and experience with the students. He also handed over the appreciation certificate to the guest speaker. Dr. Anbazhagan Ajaganadam, Lecturer from Marketing section was also present at the session.
Human Recourse Development (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized an induction program on ‘Information Management Systems (IMS)’ that is followed at Salalah College of Technology (SCT), to orient the new staff member Dr. Suresh Esakki, Lecturer.
The induction program was scheduled on the Monday, 1st April 2019. The facilitator to the sessions was Dr. Ramanadh Kasturi, Probation Consultant, BSD, SCT.
During the session the facilitator presented the functioning of Marks Management System (MMS) and the requisites of using e-Learning. To orient the new staff member with the essentials of the advising task, the facilitator focused on the various aspects related to advising. The following aspects were emphasized during the session: ‘Student Academic Probation’, ‘Levels of Probation’, the ‘Role of Advisor in dealing with Academic Probation Students’, ‘Advising the Courses’ and ‘Preparation of Scenarios’.
This session was demonstrative, focusing on how to upload the course material in e-Learning and setting the grade book to enter the marks to the students enrolled for a given course.
Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed, HRD Committee Co-Chair, BSD, SCT, concluded the induction session with a formal thanks giving.
Human Recourse Development (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized an induction program on ‘Information Management Systems (IMS)’ that is followed at Salalah College of Technology (SCT), to orient the new staff member Dr. Suresh Esakki, Economics Lecturer.
The induction program was scheduled on the Thursday, 28th February, 2019 and was delivered in 2 different sessions. The facilitator to the sessions was Mr. Peeyush Dwivedi - Department Registrar, BSD, SCT.
During the first session, the facilitator, presented a brief introduction about CIMS- College Information Management System. The functioning of Quick links in CIMS was explained with a focus on the following: ‘Attendance Module’, ‘Students Marks Module’, ‘My Advisees’ Module’, ‘Incidents Module’, ‘Student Datasheet Module’. In addition to this, the necessary steps to be followed while generating Advising Reports, Attendance Reports and Time-table Reports were informed to the new staff member.
During the second session, the functioning of SARS was oriented to the new staff member, with a focus on the following: 1. Role of Lecturer in SARS while setting up assessment criteria, entering Class Work Marks, Mid-term Examination Marks and End-term Examination Marks along with the inputs on generating Mid-term and End-term CRA and GRA and also information to generate ‘Partial Marks Announcement’ was emphasized. 2. Role of the Advisor in SARS along with generating ‘Advisee continuous absences Report’ and information on generating various such reports was focused.
Human Resource Department (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized workshop on the Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 for the staff members of BSD. The workshop was on “How to Avoid Plagiarism” and on “Power Point 2016 Tutorials- Basic and Beyond”. The facilitators for the workshop were Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed, Lecturer Human Resource Section and Mr. Roly Hechanova, ETC Staff.
During the first session, the facilitator Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed, presented valuable information on “How to Avoid Plagiarism” in all staff academic and research activities. His session was focused on different forms of plagiarism, impact of plagiarism on the author, appropriate citing and referencing using “Harvard style of referencing”, and also he elucidated on quoting and paraphrasing. The session was lively and participants were glad to relearn the prerequisites to avoid plagiarism.
The second session facilitator, Mr. Roly Hechanova, delivered a hands-on session on using Power Point 2016. All the participants were enthralled to get aware with updated version of Power Point 2016. The session was lively and focused on updated features of Power Point 2016 and this was practically demonstrated to ensure appropriate understanding. The session was interactive as staff members were clearing their doubts during the session.
The Accounting Section of the Business Studies Department conducted the first General Assembly for all Accounting students on March 12th 2019, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in the SCT Multipurpose Hall. Dr. Nasser Salim Al-Kalbani, Head of Business Studies Department, delivered the welcome address to the students and Mr.Neil Raymond Saletrero, Head of Accounting Section, presented the goals and objectives of the general assembly.
The general assembly was held to create awareness on the ACCA ( Association of Charted Certified Accountants) certification and its integration in the Accounting program. The assembly was also held to inaugurate the Accounting Club and its officers with a presentation of its objectives and plan of activities. An Accounting Quiz Competition was also held for the students to bring out their analytical skills and develop the values of teamwork and collaboration.
Mr.Pavan Kumar, a senior faculty of Accounting Section, enlightened the students with the highlights of ACCA including its benefits to the students. The ACCA Qualification based on international standards is a prestigious qualification offering many benefits like flexibility, comprehensiveness, cost effectiveness and worldwide recognition for ACCA holders. There is higher demand for skills and knowledge of ACCA members all over the world. The informative session closed with the saying, “Behind every good Business is a great Accountant”
The ACCA awareness session was followed by the inauguration of the Accounting Club with the following appointed officers for the Academic Year 2018-19
President – Ms.Fatima Mohammed Al Mashani
Vice President -1 Mr.Mohammed Nasser Al Jabri
Vice President 2 – Ms.Laila Ahmed Said Al Shari
Secretary – Naswah Bakhit AL Mashali
Auditor- Mohammed Aqil Al Hafidh
Information Officer – Ali Salim Mahfood Al Kindi
Level Representative 1 – Muna Salim Al Amri
Level Representative 2 – Latifa Bakhit Hasan Tabook
Level Representative 3 – Mallak Mohammed Al Mahri
Level Representative 4 – Wajdan Ahoud AL Hadri
Ms. Fathima Mohammed Al Mashani, President of the Accouting Club, presented the vision, mission and objectives of the club.The vision of the club is to empower students with the relevant tools and knowledge in accounting and help them build connections and networks as they aim to become future successful accounting professionals in the global business environment.
The general assembly was attended by more than 200 Accounting students from Diploma to Bachelors Level. The success of the assembly was a collaborative effort of all Accounting staff and students.
Business Studies Department organized a guest lecture on the topic of ‘Retail Management Growth Strategy’ for its Marketing specialization students on Monday 11th February 2019. This lecture was arranged by OJT and Industrial Link Committee of the Business Studies Department as a part of series of guest lectures to develop the students’ awareness. The guest lecture was attended by Dr. Nasser Salim Al-Kalbani, Head- Business Studies, Dr. Amit Sharma, Coordinator- OJT & Industrial Link Committee, Ms. Buthaina and Mr. Faisal Qadari from marketing section, Ms. Madiha, Dept. Coordinator, Mr. Noor, QA department and marketing students from various levels of marketing specialization.
On this occasion, our guest speaker was Mr. P. S. Kumar, CEO- Omani Vegetable Oils & Derivatives Co. (LLC.) (OVOD). Dr. Amit Sharma introduced the speaker to the audience. Mr. P. S. Kumar is a post graduate from Georgia Tech, USA and he completed his management fellowship from the prestigious Cranfield University, UK. Mr. Kumar has more than 25 years of professional experience in FMCGs products marketing. Before joining OVOD Company in Oman, he worked with reputed companies like Coca-Cola and some other companies in India, Saudi Arabia, Africa and UK.
Mr. P. S. Kumar started his lecture by introducing some of the basic concepts of retailing. He explained the relationship between 4Ps and 4Cs principles of retailing to the students. Mr. Kumar then shared some important data on the market structure in Oman. Data shared was very interesting as it explained not only the latest Oman demographics but also the population density comparisons with some neighboring countries. He relates this data with the different kind of opportunities in retail business.
The speaker was able to generate a lot of interest among the audience when he presented the strengths and weaknesses of retail sector in Oman. After explaining the various growth theories, he illustrated the factors which influence the store selection for any company. Mr. Kumar concluded his lecture with some important retail marketing and strategic implications. The lecture was received with equal admiration by the students and faculty members.
The concluding remarks were given by Dr. Nasser Salim Al-Kalbani, Head- Business Studies Department. He appreciated and thanked Mr. Kumar for sparing his valuable time for delivering such an insightful lecture for the students. He also showed his willingness to welcome Mr. Kumar in future to conduct some more fruitful lectures for the students. At the end, Dr. Nasser presented a memento and certificate of appreciation to the guest speaker on behalf of the department.
Human Resource Department (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized workshop on the Tuesday, 12th February, 2019 for the staff members of BSD. The workshop was on “Essentials of Leadership” and also on “Microsoft Outlook 2016 Tutorials- Basic and Beyond”. The facilitators for the workshop were Dr. Raghu Ram, Head of the Section-HRM and Mr. Roly Hechanova, ETC Staff.
During the first session, the facilitator Dr. Raghu Ram, presented valuable information on the essentials of leadership. The session was witnessed with constructive inputs on successful leadership and also on essential components to effective leadership. The session was lively and audience were glad to recall the concepts and get updates
The second session facilitator, Mr. Roly Hechanova, delivered a hands-on session on the functioning of Microsoft Outlook 2016. All the participants were enthralled to get aware with MS Outlook 2016 basic environment. The session was lively and focused on integrating public mail with Outlook. The session also focused on how to integrate the spelling check and grammar check in Outlook, and this was practically demonstrated to ensure appropriate understanding. In addition to these, the facilitator provided inputs to the attendees on securing their respective emails. The session was participative as staff members were clearing their doubts during the session.
OJT and Industrial Links Committee along with Student Development Committee of Business Studies Department organized a guest lecture on the topic of ‘Financial Institutions and Services in Oman’ on 29th November 2018. On this occasion, Mr. Shashanka Augustine from the Accounts Department of Dhofar Cattle Feed Company (S.A.O.G) was the guest speaker. Mr. Mohamed Shariff, Chairman- Student Development Committee introduced the guest speaker to the audience.
Mr. Shashanka started his speech with the introduction of financial institutions in Oman. He has exemplified the role and operations of financial institutions such as Oman Air and Salam Air etc., and also discussed the role of investment companies on economic development of a country.
Mr. Shashanka has drawn the students’ attention towards the ownership and investment of many domestic companies in Oman. Students actively participated in the interactive session which enlightened their knowledge on financial institutions and their services.
Mr. .Neil Raymond- HoS- Accounting Section extended his vote of thanks to the speaker and to the audience. He presented a certificate of appreciation to the guest speaker on behalf of Business Studies Department. On this occasion Dr. Amit Sharma, Coordinator-OJT and Industrial Links Committee was also present.