Believing in the idea of ‘See & Know’ is better than ‘Read & Learn’, Student Development and Industrial Link Committee in Business Studies Department organized an Industrial visit to Dhofar Beverages Company (S.A.O.G) on 26th November 2018. A group of students from various levels and specializations along with the faculty members Dr. Amit Sharma, Coordinator-OJT and Industrial Link Committee, Mr. Mohamed Shariff, Chairman-Student Development Committee- and Ms. Rathna Chellappa Faculty –Accounting visited the company.
Factory manager, Mr. Mohammed Tariq Mohammed addressed the students by giving a brief description of the company, its ownership and management. Visit to the production plant was a unique experience for the group. Mr. Mohamed Tariq also explained various stages of production process of juices and drinking water. He encouraged the curiosity of the visitors by answering the students’ questions and also explained the need for production of different brands from the marketing point of view. He enlightened further, the importance of collecting marketing feedback and its implementation in building brand value.
Before conclusion of plant tour, the group visited the quality control laboratory. In the lab, quality control staff explained different tests through which a product passes before going for the final packing.
This visit provided an opportunity for the students to link their theoretical understanding with real-time observation and offered a case for study on different aspects of production and marketing of beverage products. Altogether, it was a wonderful learning experience for the students as they got acquainted with working environment of a company.
Human Recourse Development (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized an induction program to provide the specific information on Students’ Academic Record System-SARS, followed at Salalah College of Technology (SCT), to orient the new staff member Ms. Rathna Chellappa, Accounting Lecturer.
The induction program on SARS was scheduled on the Thursday, 29th November, 2018, in BUSS-8L. The session was facilitated by Mr. Peeyush Dwivedi - Department Registrar, BSD, SCT.
During the induction program the functioning of SARS was explained by the facilitator 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 generating ‘partial marks announcement’ was focused. 2. Role of the Advisor in SARS along with generating advisee continuous absences report and generating various such reports was focused.
Salalah Methanol Company in its continuing CSR efforts to empower communities and build human capacities, recently conducted a workshop entitled “Budgeting Practice in SMC” last December 4, 2018 at Salalah College of Technology. The participants of the workshop were Bachelors in Accounting students of SCT.
Mr. Jamel Bousbih, Head of Budget at SMC, delivered the lecture and shared to the Accounting students an overview of budgetary guidelines and the budgetary environment at SMC. Moreover, the students were given a snippet of knowledge about SMC’s practices on OPEX and CAPEX budgets as well as its Labor, Sales, Production and Gas budgets etc. The students found the workshop to be very useful to them and SCT is very grateful to SMC for this initiative and hopes to have more future collaborations with the company.
Human Recourse Development (HRD) Committee of Business Studies Department (BSD) has organized an induction program to provide the specific information on ‘Information Management Systems (IMS)’ followed at Salalah College of Technology (SCT), to orient the new staff member Ms. Rathna Chellappa, Accounting Lecturer.
The induction program was scheduled on the Tuesday, 30th October 2018. The facilitators for the induction session were Mr. Peeyush Dwivedi - Department Registrar, BSD, SCT and Dr. Ramanadh Kasturi, Probation Consultant, BSD, SCT. The induction program was delivered in 3 different sessions.
During the first session, the facilitator Mr. Peeyush, 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.
The second session facilitator, Dr. Ramanadh, presented a brief introduction of Marks Management System (MMS) and the functioning of e-Learning. During this session the facilitator briefed about the ‘Student Probation’, ‘Levels of Probation’, the ‘Role of Advisor in dealing with Probation Students’, ‘Advising the Courses’ and ‘Preparation of Scenarios’.
The third session was continued by Dr. Ramanadh to provide inputs on the usage of e-Learning system. This session demonstrated by explaining how to upload the course material in e-Learning and setting the grade book to enter the marks to the students.
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 has organized an induction program to orient the new staff member Ms. Rathna Chellappa, Accounting Lecturer. The induction program was scheduled on the Wednesday, 24th of October 2018. Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed, HRD Committee Co-Chair, formally welcomed the new staff member. The facilitator for the induction session was Ms. Seemab Rana, member of HRD committee. The induction program was delivered in 3 different sessions.
During the first session the facilitator presented a brief introduction about Salalah College of Technology (SCT) explaining briefly about Vision, Mission, Graduate Attributes, Strategic and Operational Plans, Policies and Procedures, Hierarchy of Communication, Quality Assurance Requirements, and Staff Appraisal.
The second session was related to the overview of Business Studies Department (BSD). During this session, the new staff member was oriented with the number of sections based on specialization available in BSD. Also, the different courses that are offered by BSD to students based on the specialization were explained. Similarly, the latest profile of the BSD staff and the number of students enrolled for different program were detailed. In addition to this, the BSD committees’ activities and functions, department resources, lecturers’ role as an advisor to advisee-students, curriculum and assessment methods and student centered learning approach were explained in detail.
During the third session the facilitator briefly explained about the functioning of information management systems such as CIMS, MMS, SARS, e-Learning and the OJT- tracking that are followed by SCT. Dr. Mohammed Nazeer Ahmed concluded the induction session by wishing success to the new staff member for her tenure in SCT.
The OJT and Industrial Link Committee with the cooperation of Student Development Committee of the Business Studies Department has organized a guest lecture on the topic of ‘HR Practices in Oman’, as part of series of guest lectures to develop the skills of the students. Mr. Shirish Jawalkar from HR department of Dhofar Cattle Feed Company was the guest speaker.
Dr. Amit Sharma, Coordinator- OJT and Industrial Link Committee introduced the speaker to audience. The guest speaker enlightened the audience with his informative lecture based on his experience in the HR field. Mr. Shirish discussed the importance of performance management and training in order to overcome the HR challenges in companies. He spoke about the latest HR trends in industries and shared his thoughts on some of the ethnical challenges faced in Oman. The lecture was well appreciated with admiration by the students.
Dr. K. Raghuram - HoS- HR Section offered his vote of thanks on behalf of the department to the speaker and audience. He urged the students to attend more such sessions in order to be able to fill the gap between academics and industry needs. At the end of the event, Dr. K. Raghuram presented a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Shirish Jawalkar on behalf of the department.
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.
Human Resource Development Committee of Business Studies Department has organized a session on “Best practices in student centered learning” on the Wednesday, 25th April, 2018 as a part of staff development program to accomplish the staff needs on effective teaching and learning methods. To meet this purpose, Mr. Bernard Ugalde, Lecturer, from Information Technology Department, Salalah College of Technology, was invited to handle the session. Mr. Bernard, during his session focused on important aspects related to enhancing students’ interest in the courses they study.
Mr. Bernard suggested to ‘best blend’ the frame work i.e. to blend in the social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube etc. in the delivery of the courses. He insisted that, while using the social media, groups can be created, course material can be posted and further, videos can be uploaded for an enhanced learning experience. Later students’ views and comments can be recorded for consortium learning because this exercise would encourage collaboration and discussion among members or students. He also discussed on the need of including parents as members in social media for them to ensure their children are not misusing it. Further, he stressed those positive actions of the students i.e. completing activities in the given time limit and following prescribed rules while using the networking sites are to be rewarded with bonus marks and negative or unruly behavior of the students while using the networking sites should be punished by blocking the student in the networking site.
The conclusion and recommendations of his presentation which were based on his research study were the following, integrating social network into the classrooms will give a new twist on the learning experience to the students as the impact of social network to the academic performance is effective. He also said that his study observed that, student who went over the course materials and the additional activities using social networking have higher marks in the practical exams as compared to those who did not engage in the activity.
The session was lively and participative as staff members were clearing their doubts during the session. The effective presentation by the speaker helped in retaining the enthusiasm among participants right from the start to closing of the session.