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BUZZ FEST-2018 Featured

‘Be a Creative Learner to Be an Innovative leader’

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.

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Guest lecture on “Best practices in student centered learning” Featured

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.

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SCHOLASTIC - ‘Let’s Evolve Together’ Featured

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.

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Industrial Visit to Dhofar Cattle Feed Company (S.A.O.G) Featured

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.

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