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Doing well in academics is important for students and participation in co-curricular activities is also extremely essential. Students now days are expected to have experience outside of regular classwork in order to be fully prepared for higher education and the job market. Co-curricular activities not only give students skills in leadership and responsibility, but also make them learn more about a subject in a very hands-on and practical way.

Keeping these very facts in mind, Business Studies Department conducted one of its own kinds of event- ‘Scholastic’, on Tuesday 27th March 2018 in college MPH. The event witnessed a group of academic activities to bring out the hidden qualities of students. This event was a good mix of different academic activities like; Quiz, Group Discussion, Role Play and Academic Games.

Students were shortlisted on the basis of preliminary round performances from different level of studies and specializations. Since the selections were conducted at the end of class hours, it created a lot of curiosity among the students. They witnessed an entirely new method of learning the things, which they were used to learn through book reading or lectures only.

Being pragmatic in nature, these activities made the students come out from behind their desk and try new things. Students were exposed to practical tasks based on their curriculum. Not only this, they got an opportunity to associate themselves with the current socio-economic environment. In short, business studies department took a step forward towards student centered learning approach.

Inaugural Session

Program started at 11:45 am with the arrival of our distinguished guests Mr. Ammar Shanfari, Assistant Dean- Administration & Finance, Dr. Ali Rafeet, HoD-Engineering Department, Mr. Khalid Al Maashani, Head- Quality Assurance and other eminent faculty members across various departments of college.

Mr. Hani Al Yafai.- Diploma-II student welcomed the distinguished guests and other audiences. He also explained the importance of co-curricular activities.

Quiz

The first activity to be conducted was the QUIZ. Four teams consisting of 4 students from various levels of studies i.e. Diploma-I, Diploma-II, Advance Diploma and Bachelors, participated in this event. Mr. Neil, who was master of ceremony as well, along with Mr. Maruthi Ram Parsad and Mr. Abdul Nasar lead this activity.

A total of 20 questions, comprising of easy to difficult level questions, were asked during a period of 30 minutes. It was an engrossing session, as the students came across some very interesting and some very difficult questions. This activity not only enhanced the students’ ability to explore and test their subject knowledge but at the same time made them learn the art of time management and teamwork skills.

Group Discussion

Dr. Ramnath along with Dr. Raghuram conducted this event. This activity witnessed a lively discussion on the topics like ‘Positive and Negative Impacts of Increasing Oil Price in Oman’ and ‘Entrepreneurship vs. Job’. Two groups; one for boys and one for girls were given these topics.

It was encouraging to witness the students sharing their thoughts on these topics. Mr. Salim Jaboob, Bachelor level student from the boy groups and Ms. Hajar , Adavance Diploma student from the girls group won this competition.

Role Play

It was one of the activities which hogged the limelight. Since it was the first time that students were involved in any such activity, it created a lot of enthusiasm among Advance Diploma and Bachelor level students. Different groups, under the guidance of Dr. Mohammed Nazeer- HR section, Mr. Veenu and Mr. Asif- Accounting section and Mr. Peeyush D.- Marketing section, performed the given tasks. It was a challenging task for the students to mold themselves into a real working environment without being a prior experience.

Academic Games

Who does not like to learn and that too with lot of fun? Games from different specialization saw the students participating with lot of zeal and energy. Dr. Raghuram, HoS- HR section conducted a puzzle game for HR students. The girls’ team was declared winner on the basis of their coordination and problem solving skills.

Trivia Questions

In order to make the event more lively, 5 trivia questions were asked. All the prizes in this event were bagged by the students. These questions tested the general awareness of students.

Vote of Thanks

Dr. Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri, HoD- Business Studies Department delivered the vote of thanks at the end of program. She thanked the college administration and all the organizing committee members for their support in making this event a success.

She presented the mementos to Dr. Amit, Mr. Neil and Mr. Hatim for their contribution in holding this event. All the winners from various activities also received the prizes from her.

The event concluded with the serving of snacks and drinks to all the staff members and students.

In its quest of experiential learning, Student development committee and Industrial Link Committee in Business Studies Department organized an industrial visit to Dhofar Cattle Feed Co. (S.A.O.G) on 11th March 2018. A group of students from various levels and specializations along with three faculty members; Mr. Mohamed shariff- Student development committee chairman, Dr. Amit Sharma-OJT coordinator and Ms. Rama Jyothi., Faculty- Marketing visited the company.

Visit to the production plant was awesome and inspiring. The visiting team was familiarized to the production processes of some of the well-known dairy products and juices under the brand name A’Safwah. The group visited the entire plant and was amazed to witness the coordination of human intelligence and hard work with the precise operation of different types of machines.

During the visit staff members from DCF Company were cordial and answered the students’ queries in most appropriate manner. Altogether, it was a wonderful learning experience for the visiting group of students as they were acquainted with real working environment of a company.

Human Resource Development Committee of Business Studies Department has organized a session on “Statistical analysis-using Excel” on the Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 as a part of staff development activity to fulfill the staff needs on effective teaching and learning methods. The Business Studies Department believes in the practice that the staff members should be well versed in using the modern technology to deliver effective lectures to impart quality education. In this regard, importance of using different teaching methods, tool and technology becomes necessary to explain difficult concepts to the students. To meet this purpose, Dr. Ramanadh Kasturi, Lecturer, Accounting Section, Business Studies Department, was invited to handle the session.

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.

In line with its CSR focus themes of empowering communities and investing in people and upholding one of the company values of knowledge-sharing, Salalah Methanol Company ( SMC) recently conducted a finance session with selected Advanced Diploma Accounting students of Salalah College of Technology. The session was held last March 5, 2018, at Buss-14C, Business Bldg, in SCT.

Mr. Jamel Bousbih, Head of Budget of SMC conducted the session and explained  to the students the cost structure of SMC, the determination of the cost of production and shipment, the different cost categories and costing methods used by the company. The session provided the students experiential learning and benefitted them in their continuous quest for knowledge.

The Business Department headed by Dr. Alya Ali Mansoor Al Nasseri was truly appreciative of this initiative made by SMC and hopes to have more collaboration with the company in terms of curriculum development and other academic ventures.

Salalah Methanol Company, incorporated in 2006, is a leading company in the hydrocarbon industry located in Salalah Free Zone, Dhofar Region with a global market that includes China, Europe and South East, Far East Asia.

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