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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Human Resource Development Committee of Business Studies Department has organized a Workshop on “Human Resource Management System & On-time Attendance Management System (Biometric/finger print system)” to provide awareness to the Department staff with the new attendance marking procedures followed at Salalah College of Technology. The workshop was held on the Tuesday, 06th February, 2018. To serve this purpose, Mr. Shahab Al Rawas, Head of HR Department, and Mr. Khalid Abduallah Salim Muflah, Instructor, IT Department, NIES (Network, internet and e-security) Section, Salalah College of Technology were invited to deliver the session on attendance procedures.
Mr. Khalid Abduallah Salim Muflah, gave a detailed presentation with regard to type of leaves such as Emergency leaves, Sick Leaves and Short leaves that are available to staff. He also emphasized on the processing of leaves and the channels required in approval of staff leaves to the participants present on the occasion. The number of emergency leaves, sick leaves, and short leaves available to staff both in academic year and in calendar year and the rules associated with it were explained by the speaker. The session was participative as staff members were clearing their doubts with the speaker. Mr. Shahab Al Rawas, Head of HR Department, was promptly answering the queries of the staff and clarifying the doubts raised by the staff attending the workshop. In addition to this, the standards that henceforth would be followed with regard to late arrivals and extra time that would be spent by the staff were also explained in the workshop.
Program was concluded by the speakers by answering both the specific and general queries raised by the staff. At the end of the session, Mr. Mohammed Kesbeh, Head of the Office Management Section, presented a note of gratitude and a token of appreciation to both the guest speakers.
Human Recourse Development Committee of Business Studies Department has organized a guest lecture on “Trends on Islamic Banking” as part of staff development initiatives. The guest lecture was arranged on the Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018. To serve this purpose, two guest speakers; Mr. Ali Salim & Mr. Hafid were invited from Dhofar Bank, Maisarah Branch, Salalah Oman. The speakers shared their knowledge and practices related to Islamic banking and also highlighted recent trends in Islamic banking in Dhofar region. During their presentation, the speakers appreciated the efforts of Business Studies Department staff for providing adequate training and employable skills to the students to ensure that they get prepared for the job. Mr. Hafid, during his lecture, discussed the gap and its impact between the academic curriculum and the work place requirements. Program was concluded with the introduction of Islamic Banking products which are serviced by the Dhofar Bank and their applicability and uses for Salalah citizens. The guest speakers received overwhelming response from Business Studies Department staff.
At the end of the session, Dr. Raguram, Head of the HR Section, presented a note of gratitude and a token of appreciation to both the guest speakers.
Recently, Student Development Committee in liaison with OJT and Industrial Link Committee in Business Studies Department organized a guest lecture for the students. Topic for the guest lecture was ‘Role and Scope of a Finance Manager’.
Mr. Shashanka, Accounts Manager and Mr. Manoj Krishna, Head Finance Dept. from Dhofar Cattle Field Company were the guest speakers. Guest speakers used collaborative style of presentation, which was very interesting. As per the need of students, an array of relevant finance topics were covered during the lecture. All the members present; students as well the staff members, enjoyed being part of this event. In between and at the end of event, it was heartwarming to see the students interacting with the guest speakers to share their thoughts.
At the end of presentation, Mr. Neil R., Acting HoS-Accounting Section extended his vote of thanks to the speaker and audience. He felicitated both the speakers with an appreciation certificate on behalf of business studies department.
The Business Studies Department organized awareness programs on ‘Health and Safety’ and ‘Risk Management’ activities for its staff on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12.00 pm in Room BUSS-14C as a part of Policy awareness programs. These programs were organized by Dr. T. Srinivas Prasad, Dept. QA Coordinator with the cooperation of Department Health and Safety Committee and Department Risk Management Coordinator. Mr. Arnelito Junio, Department Risk Management Coordinator and Mr. Armando Bernando, Member of Department Health and safety Committee were the presenters of these awareness programs.
Mr. Arnelito Junio, in his presentation on Risk Management, spoke about various issues relating to Risk management such as Risk identification, Risk analysis, Risk Evaluation, Risk Treatment and Risk Monitoring. He also explained about the preparation and maintenance of Risk Register and the procedure for identification of various risks by taking some examples of the risks that were identified by the Department during the last academic year and the possible solutions to mitigate those identified risks. Further, he requested the staff to extend their cooperation in identification of risks for the current academic year along with their possible solutions by filling up a format which will be sent to the staff very shortly. The participants were actively involved in the discussion and gave their inputs. It was followed by a presentation of Mr. Armando Bernando, who enlightened the audience on the policies and practices regarding health and safety.
Mr. Armando’s presentation was focused on Health and safety Rules and safety work practices related to Standard Operating Procedures of our college. He discussed various Safety issues like different types of fires and burns, bleeding, electrical hazards, first aid basics and evacuation procedures in the event of fire. He exhibited some of the hazardous areas identified and reported to the concerned authorities during the last academic year and also explained the method of using of Fire Extinguisher by giving a demonstration. The programs were very interactive and a good number of staff members attended these programs. Feedback was collected from the participants at the end of these programs.