Center for Management Studies at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has launched a webinar series titled “GYANIDHI”. Organized by the Research and Consultancy Cell of the Institute, the sessions are hosted by some renowned names from various industries and noted academicians discussing the effects of COVID-19 on various aspects of life.
Hosted by Mr. Rajesh Dembla Ex-group VP – Just Dial, he is the founder of Pacific Gaming, zoozle.in, fotographer.in. A prominent name in the arena of Indian entrepreneurship for his contributions and investment ventures in Dunzo, Wholesale box, Survaider, Rapidor, Mr. Rajesh Dembla has been instrumental in nurturing and developing many start-ups. The webinar session was conducted on 21st May where he focused on the new avenues and the businesses, which will be thriving due to the massive shift from the normal due to COVID-19.
The second webinar session was hosted on 23rd May by Ms. Konpal Agrawal, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and ISB, Hyderabad and currently associated as Strategy Analyst with Accenture. Ms. Konpal pointed out certain sensitive issues regarding gender inequality, the functioning of NGOs, their funding, the different social causes which these NGOs work for, and the challenges which are faced in the effective functioning of the NGOs.
The third session of the series was held on 27th May 2020 by Mr. Sudhir Kant, Executive Director of Forum Synergies and Director of Klorofil SKM Pvt. Ltd, P J Margo Pvt. Ltd, Margo Bio Control Pvt. Ltd. and Bio Instruments India Pvt. Ltd. In the webinar, he covered a wide spectrum of topics including what to expect in a post-COVID world and how it will be “New Normal”. The speaker also discussed about various sectors such as health, service, manufacturing to education, and made the audience conscious of the benefits of living a simple life afar from luxuries which people have been compelled to live with the commencement of the lockdown.
The fourth webinar of the series was conducted on 28th May 2020 by Prof. Seema Gupta from IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Bangalore . In the webinar, she spoke about the impact on marketing and personal brand building strategies due to the Covid-19 situation.
The fifth session of the series was held on 30th May 2020 by Mr. R.K Mishra, CEO, Naini Aerospace, Prayagraj. His leadership skills were displayed at its best when a company that was closed and abandoned for the last 20 years, commenced production of Aviation looms for ALH and LCA-Tejas and Structures for DHRUV Helicopter within months of taking over. He conveyed the message that the first purpose of any business must be to deliver quality and excellence which will draw the profit by itself and presented valuable insights about the present condition of the manufacturing sector and how the government has planned to back the large, medium and MSMEs financially to make them self-sufficient.
The sixth session of the series was held on 1st June 2020 by Mr. Samuel T Varghese - Head of ‘Skillsmen’, a Motivational Speaker, and Life Skills Coach. He conferred his views on ‘Creativity and Innovation’ which can be applied to diverse interests in one’s life. He emphasized the importance of goal setting and the significant role it plays in helping an individual achieve various personal and professional goals. He made the participants understand the difference between “Setting a Goal” and “Making a To-Do List”. He also elaborated on the steps of setting and reaching a goal while encountering and overcoming challenges.
The seventh session of the webinar series was conducted on 3rd June 2020 by Dr. Giridhara Upadhyaya, an eminent Microbiologist in the country, associated with Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) since 1997 and presently rendering his service as in-charge of COVID-19 Molecular Lab. With over 37 years of experience, Dr. Giridhara explained how people should deal with the pandemic, the significance of hygiene, and taking care of mental health during these trying times. He urged the audience to refer only to authorized sites while trying to understand the severity of the pandemic in a state or a city. He also explained about being positive and hopeful, furthermore emphasizing how an adverse situation opens up flourishing avenues for the development of a nation.
The eighth webinar of the series was held on 5th June 2020 by Prof.Rahul De, professor at IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Bangalore. Speaking to an audience that included professors, teachers, and education administrators, Prof. Rahul De covered a broad spectrum of topics relating to the use of technology to increase productivity and spoke about how it can be utilized efficiently in the education sector.
The ninth session of the series was held on 6th June 2020 and was addressed by Ms. Simran Ahuja, Miss India – 2013. Ms. Ahuja, an International celebrity, anchor, and the recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award for anchor par excellence and a doctorate in Nature Cure, rejuvenated the audience by talking about the significance of self-care amidst the chaos. She also emphasized the necessity of setting priorities in life, holistic development of the human body and mind through exercise, yoga, and meditation, and the significance of Let-Go attitude. The session was enriched with an aura of positivity and awareness.
The eleventh session of the series held on 12th June 2020 was hosted by Mrs. Maadhuri K Shivnagi, an actor, director, producer, and writer from the Kannada theatre industry who apprised the Arts and Mass Communication faculty members about the effects of the pandemic on Kannada television serials and also on how the industry is coping with the crisis.
The 16th session of the series was held on 20th June 2020 by Dr. Wang Changsong, Associate Professor, Head of Program (Journalism and Advertising), and Founding Director for ASEAN and Chinese screen studies at Xiamen University, Malaysia.
Speaking to the faculty members of media studies, Dr. Wang shed a light on the transition of the media landscape from traditional media to online streaming culture and presented the statistics of annual digital media users in the world while elaborating on the importance of networking during an uncertain situation.
Gyanidhi organized an IQAC Webinar on 19th June 2020 hosted by Prof. Amiya Kumar Rath and Dr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Advisors – NAAC. The speakers emphasized the significance of Research, explaining its importance in assessing the standards of a University as it fosters professional excellence in faculty and helps in delivering outstanding student education and training.
They also explained about the Accreditation Framework and its various aspects like Data-Driven A & A framework, Validation of data by an external agency, Online Student Satisfaction survey, System selection of peer team members, A & A process complete automation and online submission of application especially during this critical period of COVID.