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Sunday, 28 March 2010

ETHOS10 - An exciting Management event at Anna University

Ethos’10 provided an excellent platform for the budding managers of the future. The students proved their mettle through the various events lined up. This year, the DOMS (Department of Media Studies)  included guest lectures by eminent personalities of corporate arena, to enlighten the students on various issues pertaining to career choices, entrepreneurial suggestions, etc. The events were designed in such a manner to extract the best out of the students and test their managerial, communication, analytical and decision making skills which are vital for an MBA graduate. Thus students from different B-Schools participated in the event, Ethos’10 provided a chance for the students to find out where they stand and show them what needs to be done to improvise themselves.  
    
Ethos’10 had a plethora of events. 

The Negotium is the business quiz which tested the student’s intellect and their knowledge of the current affairs.

Board Room – the paper presentation brought out the original thoughts and ideas of students to the fore. 

For those political manic the Mock Parliament drilled out their governing skills. Mr. T.K.S. Elangovan, Honorable Member of Parliament presided over this highly charged event. 
Chanakya – The Best Manager picked up the best budding manager out of the participants from various institutions. 

Virtual Stocks and Shares was meant for thosefascinated by the stock market. Infinitas – the marketing event aimed to test the creativity and the marketing skills of the students. New Inc was an event for the promising entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to come out with an ‘out of the box’ business plan. 

Big Fight was an event which gave the students an opportunity to share the stage and debate with dignitaries from the corporate world. 
      
Eight events, prizes worth one lakh all at one place that’s ETHOS’10.This event was an intriguing challenge to the MBA grads at DOMS, Anna University.  

For further details, contact the Ethos team at ethos2010.doms@gmail.com or the websitewww.ethos10.com. You can also contact Dr. Fatima Jacob, Ethos Coordinator @ 9840523938.

(Report by Divya, I Year MBA, DOMS, Anna University)
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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Lectures on "Presentation Skills" for MBA students

Hindu Businessline Club organises lectures by experts on various management topics at various Colleges, to enable the students to interact with industry people.  I was invited by HBL Club to deliver a talk on "Presentation Skills" to the MBA students of Priyadarshini College of Engineering and Technology (Neloore) and Narayana College of Engineering (Gudur) on 19th March 2010.  
In both the colleges, I addressed the first and second year MBA students and the faculty members.  Please see some of the snap shots.


Prime Point Foundation, the non profit public trust provides one day workshop for all the corporates (traditional and new generation companies) on 'Presentation Skills in 5 steps'.  The Brochure may be downloaded form the following link:


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Monday, 15 March 2010

Education Loan Task Force (ELTF) formed - An initiative of the Prime Point Foundation

India Vision online group and Action 2020 Team have been getting frequent requests from many meritorious poor students appealing for funds, as they could not get any bank loans for higher education. All along, partner groups of Action 2020 team have been supporting few of them, collecting funds from the members. On further examination, Action 2020 team found that all these students hailed from very poor families and the banks did not respect them properly for their demands.

Corporate ezine PR-e-Sense Jan 2010 issue carried the model scheme from IBA for education loans, along with the interview from RBI Deputy Governor. The core team of Action 2020 team decided to form an "Education Loan Task Force (ELTF)" to take up such cases where highly deserving poor students were harassed. In the Feb 2010 alone, the Task Force took up 5 genuine cases with the different banks and all the problems were resolved within two days.


This encouraged Core Team to make the ELTF formal and wanted to train volunteers of Action 2020 Team to spread the awareness across the State. The first ELTF meeting was held at Thakkar Bapa Vidayalaya, Chennai (Mahatma Gandhi stayed in this campus and he inaugurated this Vidyalaya in 1945).


Around 40 volunteers from the partner groups participated in this meeting. Senior level officials from State Bank of India, Indian Bank, Canara Bank and Inian Overseas Bank participated in this ELTF Meeting. Many eminent personalities of the City like Mr Desikan (Founder, Consumers Association of India), Mr Maalan (Well known journalist and Editor), Mr Rajasekar (Mg. Trustee, National Agro Foundation), Dr Santhosh Babu IAS (Mg. Director, ELCOT and Director, E-Governance of TN Govt.) and many senior journalists participated. Com. T K Rangarajan MP sent his representative to observe the proceedings and to brief him back.


The interaction between the volunteers and the Banks were really fruitful in a cordial atmosphere and enable to understand each others problems.

Some of the problems faced by the students from banks:
  • Students are asked to go to pillar to post by the Branch officials and they are not given proper response;
  • Demanding of collateral security / guarantee even for smaller amount;
  • Insisting on payment of interest every month, before completing the studies;
  • Branch officials not aware of education loan procedures and giving scant respect to the students with poor background, etc.
Some of the problems faced by the bankers:
  • Students from unaunthorised colleges and unauthorised courses demand education loan;
  • Students demand loans for courses, which can not provide employment (Eg. teachers training courses);
  • Since banks are lending funds, some of the colleges inflate their estimates to get more money, which will ultimately make the students as heavy borrowers. Even many colleges send the estimates as Rs.3,99,500/- to avoid offering collateral security. Banks are unable to confirm the genuiness of the proposals.;
  • Some of the students, who availed edu loan from banks shift their places without informing the bank and do not even repay the loans. this causes lot of difficulties for the banks and the officials;
  • The colleges do not give estimates on admission. Without estimates, banks cannot process the loans.
There were suggestions from the bankers whether the University certificates of the students could be marked with 'Red strip' to indicate the Edu loan. This would caution the employers to remit the dues to the banks concerned.


Dr Santhosh Babu IAS, Director E Governance, Tamilnadu Government offered to provide a software interfacing between the banks, colleges and the district collectors. If this is implemented, this will be the first of its kind in India and would remain as model for other states. Shiva and Ravi, coordinators of Action 2020 Team and ELTF will coordinate this software project.

The Action 2020 finalised the template for supporting the students. It was also resolved to help minimum of 100 highly deserving, but poor students to avail education loans from banks. All such students will be allotted with a mentor who would guide him through the studies and also create awareness about the bank rules, prompt repayment etc.


If any information is needed on ELTF, send a mail to action2020eltf@gmail.com
The official website is www.eltf.in
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Prime Point Foundation is a non-profit Trust incepted in December 1999, to create Communication awareness among all the people. 

K Srinivasan (Communication Strategist ) is the Founder and Chairman the Trust.
  • The Foundation offers Training, workshop on all Communication related subjects, including Image Audit. 
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