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.