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The College, in its effort to maximize the teaching learning outcome, has established CIISD that offers unique platform and opportunity to the students to have a wholesome learning experience. The important events organized and initiatives taken by this Centre has evidently opened the minds of the students to newer ways of thinking. CIISD has taken up cross-cutting issues related to professional challenges and social anomalies etc.
The College has established the Centre for Industry Interaction and Skill Development (CIISD) that will provide an institution (SLC) vs. industry interaction interface. The Centre was conceived with the objective of imparting a better understanding of the needs of industry among our students. There is also an effort, in future, to draw up agreements, MoU's with companies to help the College develop students' skills in line with industry requirements and take more skill development initiatives. The Centre will also work towards organizing seminars and workshops to guide students on emerging career options, and to improve skills of the students for greater success in group discussions and personal interviews, and to invite experts from industry as well as academia to address and guide the students. The Centre is unique in its efforts to address the employability aspects of the differently abled students of the College in terms of their special skill development needs, and to promote their placement, wherever possible, along with other students.
On Friday, August 26, 2016, SLC inaugurated its "Centre for Industry Interaction and Skill Development". The Centre is a brainchild of its dynamic Principal, Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar. While SLC already has a Placement Cell and a Skill Development Cell, which strive to bring the best to the College's student community in their respective areas, the Centre brings together the two cells performing related functions within the fold of a single Centre, apart from having collaborations with industry to carry out these functions more efficiently and professionally.
The Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony was Mr. JM Babbar, who had recently retired from HDFC Bank from the post of its Deputy Vice-President. Addressing an audience consisting of students and faculty members on the occasion, he provided glimpses of his vast professional experience in the banking industry, enriching the faculty and students alike. Speaking on the occasion, Principal Rabi Narayan Kar, highlighted the aspect that while SLC does help students in placement, it is not a placement agency, and attaches a much higher priority to the employability aspect instead. Very soon the College is going to have a third dimension to the Centre, viz. the Entrepreneurship Cell or ECelll as it will be called.
SLC's Centre for Industry Interaction and Skill Development organised an interaction session with Prof. Are Lindeman from Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland on March 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Computer Lab. The interaction covered an array of subjects ranging from education system in Finland, attitudes towards entrepreneurship and innovation in that country, traits required to succeed as entrepreneurs, etc. The college Principal Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar graced the event which was chaired by Convenor of CIISD, Mr. Anil Khurana. Faculty including members of all three societies viz. Skill Development Cell, Entrepreneurship Cell and Placement Cell were part of this interactive session. Prof. Lindeman shared their lifetime experiences with students and told that practical knowledge is as important and necessary as theory. Students were very keen to know about the environment of Finland and education system there. At the end of the talk, the speaker revealed that he has been addressing several such seminars over the years, but was delighted with the professional environment he was provided by the college. The speaker also added that the warmth received was far unmatched.
In a developing economy like India, growth of manufacturing has to lie at the heart of any development strategy. In India, however, it is the tertiary sector that has shown commendable growth, responding to outsourcing of IT services around the world for cutting of costs and for improving efficiency. The secondary sector has been somewhat lagging behind, in terms of growth rate. Recent protectionist tendencies though, raise a question mark on the continuation of high growth of tertiary sector. In line with the growth trends, students have been getting much greater exposure to the service sector compared to manufacturing. In fact, most of the recruiters that have been lining up for hiring in SLC, have come from tertiary sector.
To provide a greater exposure to the students with regard to the existing opportunities and potential for growth in manufacturing, SLC's Centre for Industry Interaction and Skill Development organized an industrial visit by 24 students and 4 accompanying faculty members to National Engineering Industries Ltd. (Jaipur plant) on February 17 and 18, 2017. The company, a part of the C.K. Birla Group, meets the requirements of bearings for an array of manufacturing industries, including automobile majors around the world as well as for American Railways and Indian Railways.
The students were shown a presentation on the company by Dr. Vineet Shamra, an eminent HR professional and Head of Learning and Development at NEI Ltd. Most students were not aware of the fact that bearings find use in industries as diverse as power generation. Dr. Shamra highlighted the role of high quality zero defect manufacturing backed by continuous R&D for success in a competitive environment. In the interactive session that followed the presentation, several students put up queries about the company and prospects in it for students of SLC. Dr. Shamra responded that while most of the roles in the company are of a technical nature and involve the manufacturing process, opportunities do exist in support functions such as finance and logistics. Mr. Anil Khurana, Convener CIISD at SLC, asked Dr. Sharma about the possibility of NEI having some sort of collaboration with SLC and engaging with it for Skill Development and Recruitment. Dr. Shamra responded that he was highly impressed by the bright, smart students of SLC, but emphasized the fact that NEI usually did not hire fresh graduates in Science, Commerce and Humanities. Dr. Shamra stated that he himself possessed a Doctorate in Psychology from Glasgow University, and that manufacturing industries in general, and NEI in particular do offer opportunities for several roles in non-technical areas.
Following the presentation and interaction, the students were shown around the 3 facilities that make up the process of manufacture of bearings, viz. heat treatment, grinding, and assembly. The visit was a huge learning experience for students of SLC, most of whom had never seen manufacturing operations of such a complex nature. At the end of the visit, the SLC group thanked Dr. Shamra and the company for hosting them and for provide such in-depth insights into the working of the manufacturing operations. Dr. Shamra, in turn reaffirmed his impression about the students of SLC, and stated that the company would welcome future visits to their premises by students of SLC as well.
CIISD and IQAC jointly organized a trip to Omshanti Retreat Centre (ORC), Manesar, Haryana, on Saturday, 21/01/2017. ORC is a spiritual organization which conducts spiritual sessions for the participants. Thirty five participants - faculty as well as non-teaching employees - participated in the program. The group started from SLC at 7:30 AM and reached ORC at 10:30 AM. The Centre covers a large area, and a variety of birds and greenery provide the backdrop, an ideal location for spirituality. After having breakfast, the group participated in the first of the two motivational sessions. It was an inspirational session in which each and every member of the group actively participated. A second interactive session was held after lunch and was on the topic of "Happiness". All the participants found the sessions extremely rewarding and expressed the desire that such sessions be organized on a regular basis. After the sessions, the participants were shown around an exhibition, presenting the philosophy of the organization. Before leaving, the group warmly thanked the organizers of the program, and appreciated the fact that such a great work was being done purely on a voluntary basis
On 18th January 2017, Centre for Industry Interaction and Skill Development (CIISD) organized an interactive session on "Demonetization and After" at 11 A.M. in Seminar Hall of the college. The event was chaired by Mr. Rajiv Saxena, Director of Mazars India. The event was graced by Principal sir Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar and Mr. Anil Khurana, Convener of CIISD. All the teachers and students attended the session to grasp more knowledge about the demonetization in India which took place on 8th November 2016 and understand its long-term as well as short-term impacts on different sectors of Indian economy. The event begin with a brief introduction about demonetization by Mr. Anil Khurana. Principal Sir then addressed the gathering and enlightened the students more about the impact of demonetization and how it will benefit the economy in the long run. In addition to this, he also informed everyone that in support of demonetization the college has now gone totally cashless and has taken an initiative to help the surrounding areas to become cashless as well. In this context, the college has taken a huge step to make the Shahdara Mandi, which lies close to the college, a cashless trading junction and to help make demonetization more effective and help ease its short term effects. The speaker was then invited to take the seminar through, where he brought out important stats and figures along with other important information about demonetization, focusing on its financial and economic aspects rather than the much discussed political agendas giving the seminar a different shape. In the last part of the seminar, a question answer round was conducted where the audience could ask any question regarding the subject matter. The seminar wound down to a formal vote of thanks by Dr. Kavita Arora, Co-Convener of CIISD, marking the official end of the seminar.
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