Open discussion at SBS by Dr. V.G Patel holds on Success Mantras – Lessons from High Achievers

Dr. V.G Patel, founding Director of EDI and former economic advisor to GIDC, currently chairman of CERC, shared his experience and insights on entrepreneurship at the Open Discussion Series, Prerna, at the Shanti Business School, today. He spoke at length on his view of “success mantras” and lessons from high achievers. Every stage of life is an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and to gain an experience out of it, he said. Failure is always learning - you learn from it and start taking the challenge head-on. He brought out the fact that India has had planning capability but always struggled to execute its plans. To be a successful a entrepreneur there are many elements which are involved; also one person creates an opportunity but, to achieve a project there has to be a combined efforts of experts from respective domains critical to the project. 

He also focused on what makes a successful entrepreneur. As per a World Research it’s not age, religion, caste, family, place, community which determines it but these 13 factors :

1. Initiative
2. Capitalizing on an opportunity
3. Persistence
4. Information seeking skills
5. Quality commitment
6. Commitment to work
7. Efficiency
8. Systematic Planning
9. Problem Solving capability
10. Self – Confidence
11. Assertiveness
12. Persuasion
13. Use of Influence Strategies
He concluded the session by sharing the 5 key elements which will not only make you a great
entrepreneur but also a person. They are: Work, Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit. All five are equally important if one has to a winner. Quoting a Coca Cola CEO, he said life is juggling the 5 balls - only the Work ball is made of rubber while the others are made of glass and do not bounce back, so be careful!

His session was peppered with anecdotal references and advice to the students, amongst which stood
out one of respect for their parents.
Debjyoti Sarkar, PGDM 2013-15 batch, said after the interaction: “I am an aspiring entrepreneur and this talk has been most insightful.”

SBS BBA wins business management competition-Makes a unique donation of winning amount

The students of the BBA Program of Shanti Business School triumphed in a management war of intellect and won the Winner’s trophy at Concourse 2015 – A State level Business Management Competition organized by BKMIBA, Ahmedabad University. With more than 200 participants from 30+ colleges from across Gujarat competing, “Concourse” comprised of various levels which focused on attributes like team co-ordination, case analysis, group discussions, business plans, management skills etc. SBS team comprised of BBA students Kunal Rupela, Luv Thakker, Rahul Popat, Yesha Shah, Dhruv Sawani, Devarshi Kapadia, Rishav Kothari, Ayushi Sheth and Harshraj Bhatt. The students of SBS emerged as winners by presenting their final business plan “Hatheli – Raise your hand we will be there!” based on the topic of “Glocalization”. Kunal Rupela – one of the team member of the SBS team – said, “It was a challenging platform that provided students like us to explore to new possibilities and opportunities in the area of management, along with sharpening our intellectual skills.” An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching After the winners were announced Luv Thakker – one of the team member of the SBS team said, “Our business plan was about giving caretaker services to the old people so that they don’t have to leave their homes, we have won a cash reward and everyone has decided to donate 50% of the prize money to an old age home in Ahmedabad. We wish to dedicate our victory to them.”

Freshmen’s Fizzz-2015

Despite the presence of some clouds, the stars were out and shining at Shanti Business School this night. The Freshmen’s Fizzz, the Fresher’s Party of SBS, had come up with yet another unique theme: Fashionista –The Fashion Festival. And true to its title, the event was full of fashion and interesting personalities. Divya Dubey (Vice President) of Student Council committee said: “We have selected this theme as it  allowed incoming students to showcase their talent. It gives full opportunity to every student to present  themselves the way they want to.” It was a visual delight, watching the freshmen students walk the “the walk of fame”. The audience applauded the contestants for Mr. and Ms. Fresher for PGDM batch-2015-17, PGDM-Communication  batch 2015-17 and BBA batch 2015-18. Badal Soni one of the participant’s of Mr. Fresher said: “it was indeed an experience walking the red carpet and to showcase yourself and reply to the questions the judges asked”The participants were asked incisive questions by their seniors, which were the part of overall assessment.
The SBS Plaza was decorated as a giant “Gazebo” with mellow lights and paper lanterns. It was no less than a fashion show. The evening started with the couples setting ablaze the ramp, heading towards a glam photo shoot. It was a delight to see the theme of “glam and fashion” well appreciated with lavish tuxedos by boys and trendy beautiful gowns by girls.The music and the lighting were the highlight of the evening as DJ of the evening compelled everyone to burn the dance floor. The party heralded an exciting year ahead. It marked the transition of the incoming batches from uninitiated freshmen to rightful members of a tradition that they will cherish and preserve.

“Ganpati Bappa Moriyaa” – An Eco-Friendly Celebration at SBS.

Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Shanti Business School over  the last 5 days. The entire festival was student driven - they arranged everything right from getting the idol of Lord Ganesha to decorating the Mandap, arranging for Pujaris etc. They also did daily Pooja and took initiative for daily Prasada by contributing and collecting funds. Gautam Shankar one of the student said “A sense of brotherhood develops with organizing such things and brings everybody together. This also builds team spirit and collaboration among the students.” 
The daily Aarti in the morning as well as in the evening was sung by the students making the entire atmosphere charged with bonding and togetherness. The prime motto of this celebration was to encourage people to use eco-friendly Ganeshas, instead of the ones made with plaster of paris. Gaurav Dads one of the student said “We have brought an eco-friendly idol which is made up of clay which does not have any toxic colors or materials; this help in preventing the water pollution.”
At the end of 5th day, Visarjan - the immersion of the Idol took place. It was the most engaging part of this festival as all were invited for the 'Maha-Aarti' performed. All the students and faculty members were there for the Visarjan Yatra, which ended with playing with colors and dancing on the tunes of Dhols.

Janmasthmi Celebrations

The moonlit skies of Janmasthmi saw a mammoth crowd of students of PGDM
and BBA batch of Shanti Business School.
SBS has been organising this festival as a tradition. Vats Choksi member of a
Student Council committee said “Many students become a part of this activity.
The event is held later in the day so that it does not affect our classes. The whole
act of forming the human pyramid to break the pot which is tied on top is so
much fun. We even end up getting soaked in the muddy water that just adds to
the fun. Music is also played alongside the event so students can dance and have
a gala time.”

The celebrations continued till midnight followed by the Aarti and distributions of

Open Discussion on Economic Growth-'Make In India' campaign & Entrepreneurship

Shanti Business School (SBS) holds an Open Discussion on Economic Growth, “Make in India” Campaign and Entrepreneurship 

Mr. Sunil Parekh, Founding.Curator of the World Economic Forum, Geneva for AGS initiative,  with a rich experience of 40 years, currently Board member and adviser with several  leading organizations and associations, led a highly engaging open discussion for students and faculty of Shanti Business School (SBS), Ahmedabad.

Mr. Parekh stated that Gujarat has witnessed one of the largest investments in the last ten years.  Manufacturing and ‘Make in India’ are the only ways government will be able to have growth that helps to eliminate poverty and generate ample work opportunities.Explaining entrepreneurship opportunities, Mr.Parekh stated that Gujarat is the only state in the country that has set up a seed fund to support development of entrepreneurial ideas. There are Nodal institutions approved by the State Government that evaluate and channelize the seed funding. There is no compulsion or obligation to give back the funding received at this stage as the objective is to spur ideas and experimentation in an entrepreneurial mode. One can then seek angel investors, VC investments and finally private
equity later.
Mr. Parekh addressing the four major pillars of 'Make In India' campaign'

Mr. Parekh said, “ The “Make in India” campaign works on four major pillars, i.e. facilitating Foreign Direct Investment, protecting Intellectual Property, fostering Digital Initiative and building  manufacturing.” This would assist in skill enhancement and job creation in twenty-five sectors of the economy, with consequent increase in GDP and tax profits. 

Further guiding young, potential entrepreneurs, Mr. Parekh insisted that “Startups must be led by ability and passion and not just by intention to make profit irrespective of the business.Mr. Parekh informed that though there is no foolproof way to protect  an idea by an individual, to his knowledge there have been only 2 cases of idea pilferation; seed funders, angel investors and VCs are all part of an ecosystem that works on mutual trust and common objectives of growing the idea, not
stealing it.
Sunil Parekh's Profile :

Mr. Sunil Parekh is currently Strategic Advisor to Zydus Cadila Health Care Group (US$1bil) and Jubilant GroupHe is an Independent Director of GNFC Ltd. Member of GNFC CSR Committee, Member of Gujarat Chamber CSR Committee. National Executive Committee member of FICCI;  Board member

AMA, various Industry associations like GESIA, IDMA, FICCI, CII, Gujarat Chambers. He was earlier CEO of a group of six companies abroad for 14 years before returning to India in 1996. He had worked earlier in TELCO Jamshedpur, Pune and Bharat Forge in India in the 1970s. He has been the member of the Advisory Board for Vibrant Gujarat, Govt. of Gujarat since 2003 and has been involved in the preparation of the Master plan for Gujarat’s Infrastructure Development (BIG2020). He has since worked closely with industry & government; and assisted Government of Gujarat with the recent policy framework for the Industrial Development Policy 2015-2020 and the Start Ups in Gujarat.

He was for over 10 years a Board Member of Consumer Education & Research Centre CERC. He was leading CII’s earthquake initiative for rehabilitation after the Kutch Earthquake in 2002.

The current senior key positions held by Sunil Parekh are Founder Chairman PanIIT Alumni Group (a leading Technology Group), Chairman Advisory Group of SPICMACAY (Spreading Heritage to Schools & Colleges), Patron Member of Tie Ahmedabad. He has authored 2 contributions to the literature on Gujarat’s Industrial development, published by Oxford Press and ORF Foundation (a Brookings Institute). He is founder Board Member of NDBI Incubator since inception at NID and is actively associated with CIIE at IIMA, PDPOU, SAP CIIE Accelerator, Founder Member of Gujarat Angels; Lead Angels & an active investor at Indian Angel Network IAN.

Mr. Parekh received the OCND 2014- Outstanding Contribution to National Development from alma mater IIT Delhi in December 214. Awarded-Power 100 Eminent Personalities of Gujarat by Mayor & Governor of Gujarat, in 2011(Golden Year of Gujarat Awards) & 2014 respectively. IITD Project recd Award from Swansea Univ. UK in 1975.

Cultural-Oneness at Shanti Business School’s Garba Night 2015

Shanti Business School (SBS) hosted a ‘Garba Night’ for its faculty, staff and students. The event was indeed a grand affair of colors, beats and frolic, but also remarkably different as it brought
together people from different cultural backgrounds.

The students had a gala time, in the sparkly night playing to the tunes of Garba . The charming Dandiya fest of Gujarat has gained a universal appeal due to its simple and energy-packed dance moves. SBS has students from different states of India such as Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kolkata and even from Nepal.

Suraj Jallan, student of PGDM from Assam, said, “I love the way everyone dances in synchronicity. I am surprised to know there are a number of dance forms within Garba which all seem to flow as one.”

Vivid costumes, lively music and inescapable laughter are what made this event a spectacular treat to the eyes. Observed in its most elaborated form, SBS’ Garba Night was an invigorating event, not to have been missed!

The event started with an aarti conducted by our faculty and followed by the Garba dance routines. “I am delighted to watch a thorough Garba performance, lasting for nine days. In Kolkata, we celebrate it for just four days while celebrations are restricted to just prayers offered to the deity. Whereas here, it is a mix of rituals and lots of dance, I had a gala time.” Sanjiv Mishra, PGDM student
from Kolkata, West Bengal, shared excitedly. 

Sandesh Phuyal, from Nepal, BBA student, said, “Nepal’s national festival is celebrated for ten days. Though duration of the festival is the same, it is not accompanied by dance. I attended Garba for the second time now, as I wanted to indulge in all the dancing and fun.”

Faculty Development Program

Shanti Business School’s Research and Development Cell organized a national level Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Fundamentals of Research Methodology from July 13 to 19, 2015. The programme provided a perfect platform for academic institutes and industry to collaborate and interact in the field of research. 

The focus of the programme was to acquaint the participants with sound theoretical as well as hands-on experience of research methodology and data analysis with the use of SPSS and MS Excel. The sessions were conducted by eminent faculty members of Shanti Business School as well as industry experts. In total, 38 participants attended FDP throughout seven days. 

The participants consisted of faculty members of various management institutes, researchers and industry personnel and were affiliated to premier institutes/organizations like IIM-Kashipur, Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, B.K. School of Business Management, K.S. School of Business 
Management, Bank of Baroda, etc.

Convocation 2015

The lawns of Shanti Business School bustled with enthusiasm as it celebrated its 4th convocation for its PGDM students of 2013-15 & PGDM (Executive) students of 2013-14. The melodious tune of Sarswati Vandana mesmerized more than 1000 spectators & compelled them to get up from their seats.

A batch of 128 students, all well placed in top companies were awarded their Degree Certificates by the Chaiperson, Shri Vedprakashji Chiripal. Present as the Chief Guest for the ceremony was the Hon'ble Governor of Goa Smt. Mridula Sinha to grace the occasion.  

The day started with a campaign initiated by our PM Shri Narendra Modi and lead by one of the ambassadors Hon'ble Governor of Goa Smt. Mridula Sinha of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Students, parents, professors and invited guests all actively participated in cleaning the surroundings. She also encouraged youth on importance of healthy environment by planting trees.

Tears of ecstasy overflowed through the eyes of overjoyed parents as they witnessed their wards receiving degree certificates.

Some of the top recruiting companies this year were, Vodafone, TCS, Capital First, XL Dynamics, Millward Brown, ICICI Securities, Khimji Ramdas, SNL Financial and many more. Kartik Iyer, Head of Placements, SBS said “The extensive research carried out by college to introduce newer electives & the qualities of faculty were highly instrumental in attracting India’s top brands to our campus. An innovative placement strategy to place students across all Sectors and Industries has also given us a bigger bandwidth and horizon to place students according to their choice of company”.
Dr. Arbind Sinha, Director General, SBS said “The SBS believes in value, brand and reach of education for bringing about change. The Chief Guest for this year’s convocation is the achiever in the society who is the role model for our students. SBS has taken stride year after year. It often repositions itself with new insights. Now it is – WE TEACH THE WAY YOU UNDERSTAND”.

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SBS wins the Jury Choice Award For Best Innovation at World Education Summit

digitalLearning World Education Summit, organized annually since 2011, is the world’s premier platform on education for everyone who is passionate about education and learning. Over the years, the summit has become the largest gathering of education leaders from across the globe. World Education Summit 2014 aims to make the summit more than an event by building a strong community around it and providing various business and networking opportunities for clients, partners and education leaders. The dynamics of education sector is evolving and changing rapidly world over and WES provides an opportunity to all the stakeholders to come together and deliberate, discuss and explore the horizon. We at WES believe that such linkage will bring the win - win situation not only to industry and institution but to the whole world.
The dynamics of education sector is evolving and changing rapidly world over and WES provides an opportunity to all the stakeholders to come together and deliberate, discuss and explore the horizon. We at WES believe that such linkage will bring the win – win situation not only to industry and institution but to the whole world.
The 4th Edition of World Education Summit held in Delhi provided a great opportunity for education thought leadership. Jointly organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) & Centre for Science, Development & Media Studies and Co –organised by National Commission for Minority Educaitonal Institutions, Government of India, All India Confederation For Women's Empowerment Through Education, United nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation.
The event witnessed a large gathering of education leaders from all across the globe. The objectives of the Summit were to assess learning in the 21st century and debate trends in school, higher education and skills education to highlight innovations and to award global innovations and excellence in education. Shanti Business School (SBS) won the Jury Choice Award for the Best Innovation by a Management Institute.  SBS was applauded for its ‘Guaranteed Six Months Paid Internship For Better Industry Relevancy & Higher Placeability.’
With a focus on upcoming industry trends and rising techno functional domains, SBS has a never before curriculum on offer with 300+ electives like Digital Marketing, Corporate Governance, Investment Banking, International Marketing, E-Retailing, Strategic Finance Management, Security Analysis & Portfolio Management, Creativity & Innovation etc. To further reinforce the academic learning through practice, it has introduced a 6 months paid internship. Needless to say, this has attracted industries from domains like FMCG, Banking & Finance, Business Analytics, Consultancies, IT, Pharma, Media Houses, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retails, Automobiles etc. to source their manpower from. Also as it’s a 6 month long internship, the students are given independent responsibility and 93% of the internship opportunities at SBS get converted into confirmation. Powerful Multinational Corporations like Coca Cola, Vodafone, Tata Consultancy Services, Future Group, SNL Financial, Reliance Communications and many more have been regular visitors to SBS for placements. In fact, certain industry majors like Millward Brown, WaterHealth, Minotti, Uninor, OOD Life, etc exclusively recruit from SBS for their Gujarat staffing.
The internship provides the students-an opportunity to test their interest in a particular career before permanent commitments are made. It develops skills in the application of theory to practical work situations. It provides the students an opportunity to develop attitudes conducive to effective interpersonal relationships. Also as it’s a paid internship, it gives an opportunity to earn while pursuing educational goal. The internship gives the hands on experience in a professional work environment that can directly relate to their career interest and academic goals. The exposure gained to different functional areas can offer opportunities to apply, assess, validate and integrate your academic knowledge and skills in a work setting.
Special Guests:
Vivek Atray

Director, Secondary Education and Additional Secretary, School Education, Government Of Haryana.

Bauddhika 2014- Shanti Business School

Bauddhika 2014- an Intellectual Inter-College Festival was organised on September19th & 20th by the students of Shanti Business School for the students of schools & colleges of Gujarat. Large contingents from Surat, Baroda, Rajkot etc. camped at the college for these two days.More than a thousand participating contestants were in awe of the décor and the ambience created in each of the gaming facilities.
 Mr. Vipul Mittra, I.A.S. and Mr. Giraj Sharma, the well known Brand Consultant inaugurated the fest in the presence of the Chiripals & the senior functionaries of SBS.
A lecture series called Anveshana ran concurrently with Bauddhika. The students were thrilled to hear from the Khushboo Gujarat Ki bureaucrat-Mr. Vipul Mittra about an ‘An Odyssey Of Oddities’. He inspired the students to identify their dreams and introspect each day to keep their focus intact. Mr. Giraj Sharma from Delhi educated the students on ‘I For Identity’ &  how consumers perceive Brand Image versus its identity. He quoted example of Starbucks to explain synchronization between Brand Identity & Brand Image. Dr. Anavaratham, Head of CRA, USA spoke on ‘You Too Can Make Millions On The Net’. He said,” When products move from noun to verbs, then your product is famous.”and exemplified it through examples of Whatsapp & Google.
 Mr. Ramesh Vishwakarma of the Hero Group & the former Head of Tata Motors enthralled the audience with his essay on ‘Singur To Sanand’. He talked about the challenges ‘TATA’ faced while transferring the plant and how it overcome them.
The contestants had their adrenaline pumping and their brains racing as they started playing the games innovated by the students of SBS. With strobes & laser lights flashing around them & egged by the pressure of the buzzer, hundreds of minds started racing faster. Bauddhika had never before management games like Stock Shashtra, FB King, Puzzle-O-Mania, Filmy Vigyapan, BrandKshetra, Face the Case, Chain of Thoughts, Bamboozle, Avatar etc innovated by students of Shanti Business School.

SomLalit Institute of Management Studies(SLIMS) won the Bauddhika Brilliance Award followed by Sangam University as the first Runner-Up.
Giraj Sharma told, “At a time when most of the colleges are organizing cultural events, it was very refreshing to participate in a mentally challenging environment which Bauddhika has created.
When the games ended, the participants danced their night out at the discotheque specially created for the festival.

Sunburn Reload With Tim Mason

Shanti Business School hosted the Sunburn Reload 2014, a semi EDM festival of Sunburn Goa. Sunburn Reload had International artist, the British trailblazer Tim Mason, popular for his fearless remixing and DJ Shilen Sharma and DJ Dry State were the supporting artists for the night.
Tim Mason Waves To The EDM Lovers
More than 1500 EDM lovers enjoyed the powerhouse evening with scintillating lightshows and high bass progressive remixes. The 3D LED visuals were the show stealers of the evening as these visuals have been introduced in Gujarat for the very first time. The visual effects by VJ Harshil, Sunburn artist, were a delightful treat to eyes which created a whole new vibe and took the energy of the audience to the next momentum.

It was Tim Mason's first trip to India and he got an over whelming response from music lovers all across the state.The energy levels refused to drop and the adrenaline rush stayed high till the end.
The audience danced their heart out in the lush green campus of SBS, Ahmedabad.

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