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.”