Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust
Inauguration of ICAI Study Centre

The RS CA Study Centre a fully air conditioned, state of the art library and reading room, specially developed to needy CA students who lack basic reading room facilities due to shortage of space. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has established an extension counter at the RS Study Centre for the benefit of students and its members for submission of various documents and distribution of study materials. CA. Manoj Fadnis, Hon. President, ICAI, inaugurated the RS CA Study Centre. The Guest of Honour was CA. Sunil Patodia, Chairman, WIRC, ICAI. Speaking during the function, Mr. Ashok Saraf, Chairman, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust said, “Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, which is an educational public charitable trust, has always looked out for ways to help students to enhance their knowledge and educational needs. This Study Centre provides the much needed facility to the CA students in the western suburbs in Mumbai to study for their examinations.” Mr. Kailash Kejriwal, Hon. Secretary, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, along with the trustees and managing committee members of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust Educational Trust were also present during the function. View more photos on Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust Flickr
Inauguration of Pravinchandra D Shah Sports Academy

Pravinchandra D Shah Sports Academy was inaugurated on 18th April 2015, by Shri Sujay Jairaj, Trustee, Jamnabai Narsee School. The Pravinchandra D. Shah Sports Academy is a state-of-the-art facility, built on an approximate area of 24,000 sq ft with the most modern infrastructure. The academy offers sports facilities like Tennis, Basketball, Box Cricket, Footsal, Volleyball etc. and the turfs, imported from New Zealand, are made to international standards. This is perhaps, the first of its kind, in-house sports academy in any of the educational institutions in the north-western part of Mumbai suburbs which will cater to the growing needs of the students for sporting facilities.

Recognising the need for providing a state-of-the-art sports infrastructure, Rajasthani Sammelan Educational Trust initiated efforts in this direction to provide such a facility in this part of suburbs which would not only benefit the students of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, but also the citizens in the western suburbs and add a new dimension to the educational endeavours of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust Educational Trust.

“This is the only, one-of-its-kind, sports facility in Mumbai. We feel happy to provide this world-class sports infrastructure to the citizens in the suburbs of Mumbai. Apart from providing education, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust also recognizes that sports have a major contribution in the overall development of students. This facility will provide the much needed sports infrastructure to students and citizens alike. “Our vision is to nurture and develop sports talent and we hope to have national level sports teams from our schools and colleges at the Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust soon” said Ashok M. Saraf, President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust.

During the inauguration celebration, former Indian cricketers, Nikhil Chopra, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vikram Chopra played a cricket match with Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust at the glittering launch function which was attended by various sports personalities, eminent educationists and parents of the various institutions of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. A basketball match between Jamnabai Narsee School & Hiranandani School was also played in which Basketball Champion and National Gold Medalist, Shiba Maggon also participated. A demonstration football match between Jamnabai Narsee School and Mainadvei Bajaj International School followed it. The inauguration ended with an eclectic sports dance performance by the students of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust’s institutions and choreographed by Shiamak Davar.

The inauguration of the Sports Academy was followed by a glittering function in the Durgadevi Saraf Hall . Shri. Pravinchandra D. Shah, Smt. Ramaben A. Shah , Shri Harish Shah and Smt. Bina Shah, main donors for the Pravinchandra D Shah Sports Academy were felicitated by the office bearers and trustees of Rajasthani Sammelan Educational Trust.

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Launch of Kunjbihari S. Goyal Online Academy (GOLD)

The year 2015 started on a great note for Rajasthani Sammelan with the inauguration of the Kunjbihari S. Goyal Online Academy( GOLD) on 16th January at the hands of our Hon'ble Minister of State for Education, Sri. Vinod Tawde.

The event was a huge affair and was attended by many eminent personalities like Sri. Vinod Shelar (Chairman, Education committee, MCGM), Mr. Ravi Goyal (Philanthropist and CMD, AGS Transact Technologies) and the main donor of GOLD academy, Mr. Ashok M Saraf – President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, Shri Kailash Kejriwal (Hon. Secretary, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust) and other respected trustees, members of the staff and students.

There was extensive media coverage of the event in several leading newspapers which helped to create awareness about this new initiative of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. It was a moment of immense pride and jubilation as Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust added another feather to its cap with the launch of GOLD Academy, aiming to provide easy and affordable online education to students anytime, anywhere.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Ashok M Saraf spoke about the importance of e learning in today's times and gave an insight into the birth of GOLD Academy. He also thanked Mr. Ravi Goyal , the Chief Donor, for believing in the idea and associating with Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust in this venture. The formal inauguration was then done at the hands of Sri. Vinod Tawde, Minister of State for Education, by clicking the mouse, in keeping with the mission of GOLD Academy.

The COO of GOLD Academy, Mr. Narinder Singh addressed the audience speaking about the mission and vision of GOLD Academy and how it intends to make education accessible to everyone, either free or at an extremely affordable cost.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri. Badrinathji Goyal, the Chief Donor, shared his views about the importance of education for all and how technology can be used to its best to achieve the same. Mr.Ravi Goyal also talked about his commitment to the cause of education and expressed his joy on getting associated with Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust through GOLD Academy and naming it after his respected grandfather, Sri. Kunjbihari S. Goyal.

Our Minister of State for Education, Sri. Vinod Tawde welcomed the technological advances in our education system but at the same time, stressed on making education available even in small villages and towns where many are still deprived of it. He also assured that the Government of Maharashtra aims to provide all possible assistance to all such institutions which aspire and believe in the dream of equal education for one and all.

GOLD Academy has come into existence after extensive planning and research carried out by a team of over 15 professionals who put their expertise at work to lay down its foundation. Almost every member of the core team has experience of Online Learning.

Over 50% of the team also has experience of conceiving, designing and building the Learning Portal, more conventionally called the Learning Management System (LMS). Academic team consists of an Academic Board at the apex, an Academic Panel of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts), Academic Authors and Reviewers.

GOLD works with a few in-house full-time employees and a large pool of industry professionals working on assignment basis. Well documented policies and guidelines have already been created and are being used while building/ procuring content.

Content for GOLD can be either in the form of eBooks or in multi-media (audio-visual), interactive format. Content needs to be organized in the form of Course, Subject, Module, Topics and Sections. Assessment is another very important component of any learning content. Currently, GOLD focuses on use of objective questions (MCQs) for the purpose of assessing a student's progress in a given subject.

A dedicated team of about 10 IT experts has worked on the design, development, testing, training and implementation of the website www.goldelearning.com Continuous extensive research has been happening to add to the features and functions of the portal. In the near future, GOLD is looking at conducting internet based, interactive lectures by eminent faculty. A lot of promotional activities are also being worked upon to increase the global visibility of the website and its outreach such as registering the website on a number of digital educational forums, mass emails, mass SMSes or reaching out even via new age tools like Whatsapp.

As the GOLD vision states, “GOLD Academy will strive to deliver to the students, quality interactive learning material and tools, to any human being across the globe, either free of cost or at extremely affordable or reasonable financial price, in several domains (and specialties) and in multiple languages, and enable the students to acquire recognized educational qualifications, certificates and titles”, and with a great pool of resources at hand, the academy aspires to actively contribute to the society by offering an engaging, learning platform which is easily accessible, extremely affordable and convenient to use.

True to its name, this initiative of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust aims to provide every student, the opportunity to learn and shine like GOLD!!

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Talk by Brahmakumari Shivaniji at RS

Values in life and education Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust has always aimed to provide holistic learning experience to the students studying in all the institutions in its educational complex. This has helped the students to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of life as well as in academics. At the same time, the Management has always taken special initiative to empower the educators in R.S. Campus by inviting eminent educationists, religious leaders and dignitaries all over the world to interact with them, enhance their teaching abilities as well as personal traits.

A talk by Brahmakumari Shivaniji on ‘Values in Life and Education’ was arranged by Smt. Neera Saraf, Trustee, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust on Saturday 22nd March, 2014 at Durgadevi Saraf Hall of the campus. BK. Shivaniji arrived on that day in the morning as per the scheduled time. She was welcomed by Shri Ashok M. Saraf, President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, Smt. Neera A. Saraf and other members. She was escorted to Devendra Lath Communication Centre and was shown a presentation on Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust followed by a round of the campus. Thereafter, BK. Shivaniji was escorted to Durgadevi Saraf Hall.

As BK. Shivaniji entered the hall in a pristine white saree with a serene smile on her face, the audience present in the hall felt an instant sense of peace and tranquility. BK. Shivaniji was felicitated along with BK. Yoginiji, BK. Deepaji and BK. Miraben by Smt. Neera Saraf.

BK. Shivaniji started her talk by asking a question to the audience that whether in our daily schedule we give ourselves even five minutes to analyze our behavior. She further added that life in today’s world has become very mechanical. We are forgetting the basic human values of honesty, truth, love and respect for each other. Today, parents aim at earning a good amount of money to give their children a good life. They give them good education as well as all comforts in life. However, often they are not aware of the fact that they need to make their children emotionally strong and empower them with such qualities that will make them strong to face all future challenges as well as failures in life.

In the present day life, the most beautiful relationship between parent child has become a main cause of stress for parents as well as for children. Anger has become part of human nature. Parents spent a lot of time at their work place and come home very tired. At that time, slightest mischief of children or disobedience makes them angry and they become highly stressed. Thus they pass on their stress to their children in the form of expressing anger. Children also learn in the same way to express their stress by showing their anger. If parents are in stress then they cannot make their children happy. Due to this, children nowadays are in more stress and are in pain.

Parents fail to give their children the most expensive gift of values in life such as honesty, respect for others, love and care for others. All our energy to inculcate values in children go wasted due to our critical energy. We tend to compare our children with other children and always criticize our own children. We rate the performance of our children with reference to others.

BK. Shivaniji further pointed out that when a child is small he/she shares everything with his / her parents. As the child grows up, he / she stops sharing his/her feelings with parents due to fear of criticism. He/she then starts sharing life with friends as friends accept their feelings and secrets. Many times, teenagers commit mistakes due to peer pressure. If we want that our child should not be a victim of peer pressure then we have to deal with our child with love and patience. Parents need to develop Three ‘As’ i.e. Appreciation, Acceptance and Approval. Parents need to correct the mistakes of the child with patience and carefully handle their failures.

Today, in almost all schools, there are counselors and children open up in front of the counselors for their problems rather than telling their parents. If parents inculcate love and patience in their personality, then they can play any role and improve not only their own quality of life but also of their family that includes their children.

BK. Shivaniji also pointed out the responsibility of the teachers. She said that educational institutions have bigger responsibility of inculcating values in children. Today’s educational institutions are providing the best infrastructure, education and knowledge that will make a person best qualified. However, today’s educators are unable to make students strong to face failures and challenges in life. Today, depression rate has increased immensely amongst students. They are unable to face even a small crisis in their lives. Therefore, teachers have to empower students emotionally and make them confident. Sometimes, some children are very mischievous and purposefully irritate the teacher. A teacher needs to give love and care to such a child and change his/her behavior into positive energy. Instead of criticizing children for small reasons, teachers should appreciate even one good quality found in a child.

BK Shivaniji further pointed out that often, teachers complain that some children do not concentrate in the class. However, to help such children to concentrate in the class, the teacher must concentrate in the class, make the teaching interesting rather than teaching mechanically. Moreover, when a teacher enters the class he/she should not shout to create silence. Teaching and learning has to be in a very calm environment. Therefore, at the beginning of the class, there should be 30 seconds of silence. BK. Shivaniji concluded with the advice that for creating the best environment at home and school / college, we should devote sometime everyday to ourselves and say within ourselves that “I am a peaceful being, my every thought is my creation, whatever be the situation, whosoever be with me or behave in whatever manner, I have to take care of myself by remaining calm, not being angry and by radiating positive energy.

The talk of BK Shivaniji motivated and energized the audience with positivity. It was followed by a brief interactive session. Many of us later went home and actually practiced what she taught. Some of us vowed not to criticize and compare our children with others, remain calm at our work place, to be happy within ourselves and in turn, make others happy. The programme was compered by Smt. Latha Venkat, Head Mistress, Kudilal Govindram Seksaria Sarvodaya School. The talk was attended by approx. 200 persons including management members, trustees, invited guests, heads of institutions, teaching and non-teaching staff of all institutions.

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Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies Launched

“Connect, communicate, collaborate, converge and create communication for the desired impact”. With this vision, Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies, India’s premier Media-School with a management approach, was formally inaugurated by the Zee Essel Group Chairman Dr Subhash Chandra on August 29, 2014, the auspicious Ganesh Chaturthi day.

The institute established by the 65 years old Rajasthani Sammelan led by its dynamic, visionary President, Ashok Saraf, was created with the generous donation of Rs 7.5 Crores from Shri Sajjankumarji Goenka, Chairman of the large textiles exporting company Texport, in the name of his father, Shri Deviprasadji Goenka, with the objective of providing hands-on, career-oriented, degree-based, media-based education to students at Bachelors and Masters level, affiliated to Mumbai University and recognized by the AICTE.

Dr Subhash Chandra also accepted being the Chairman of the Governing Council of DGMC and urged upon the students to be free from fear of competition and do what their observation and instinct guided them to do. He informed that Zee Group is working towards 2 billion viewers from its current reach of 800 viewers in 170 nations with a bouquet of 33 diverse channels within the span of the next half a decade.

Blessing the inauguration on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandyaji appealed to all to be free from destructive, intellectual arrogance and engage media for constructive purposes. The Narsee Monjee Chairman, Jairaj Thacker also spoke on the occasion and inaugurated the Kirandevi Saraf Library and Reading Room, making it open for readers from all cross-sections of the society.

Speaking on this occasion, the Dean, noted that the focus of the college is on hands-on training, more practical work, management of entertainment and media to be learnt, and moving from convergence of media knowledge to specialized focused knowledge, portfolio creation, multiple internships etc. He also outlined the next three needs on campus, which are an industry class preview theatre for films viewing, multi camera studio with shooting, chroma and PCR facilities, and a communication research lab.

Interestingly, there was a thematic decoration of Saraf Hall and the campus on the lines of a film set which was well appreciated by all guests. And there were bold and continuous guard of honor by school students in uniform and band team to all guests.

There were a bevy of guests including lead Rotarian and Trustee, Rotary Foundation, Kalyan Banerjee, Dr Prakash Saraf, Nandkumar Seksaria, Kamalnayan Rajpuria, Vinodkumar and Rajkamal Bajaj, Balkrishna Lakhotia, Naresh Saraf, Sushil, Raju and Suresh Goenka, Madhusudan Maheshwari, Mahesh Goenka and JP Khemka, among others, apart from the entire family of RS Group of Institute heads.

DGMC is a part of the 14-institute KG to PG educational group, named Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, operating for 65 years now, with 15000 students today, and currently headed by its President, Ashok Saraf, an educationist known for his vision, precision, sharp decision and efficient resource management. The group consists of other noted institutes like Ghanshyamdas Saraf College of Commerce, DSIMS (among top 150 B-Schools of India according to Times B-School Survey 2014), and MBIS (International IB School).

DGMC currently has around 500 students on its campus enrolled in diverse programs at Masters level (in communication management, films & television, and journalism), Bachelors level (films & television, and mass media) and Diploma level (in specific areas like photography, digital film-making, digital marketing, graphics and communication design, sound engineering, cinematography, etc). There is the AICTE approved PGDM and Mumbai University affiliated Bachelors, Masters and Diploma courses.

To add to the value of the talent being groomed here, music, acting, dancing and commercial art courses are being started now, of which music academy has already begun its operations.

The college is equipped with a Shooting Studio, 30 work-stations Imac IT & Design lab, an Audio Room, a 64-tracks Sound Mixing Room, Air Conditioned Classrooms, a well-stocked library, a Computer Lab and a Women’s Hostel and has all the latest software installed for the benefit of the students.

Apart from the academic activities, the college is also involved in promoting an atmosphere of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and has started a drama club, a study circle, a research circle and a career guidance & placement cell. It has also proposed to start a film club this year.

With a team of 10 highly qualified & dedicated teachers, the college has undertaken a mission to combine academic excellence along with industrial exposure for its students. The newly established institute has already got the fourth new and emerging media college award in Edutainment Awards of 2014 at JW Marriott, Mumbai.

Interestingly, media and communication, including all forms of entertainment, engulf a vast domain which covers areas like journalism, films and television production, radio, advertising, public relations, events and digital communication.

According to the state of the industry report launched during FICCI Frames in February 2014, the industry size in India is around Rs.94,000 crores, employing at least 24 lacs of people directly across India, and having an annual year-on-year growth of 12% and attrition of more than 10% though around 14% new talent are joining the profession as well.

This industry is increasingly a young industry and is heavily IT enabled one too in the current era of digital communication. Media convergence among various media platforms and also convergence of content, business and technologies in media are other hallmarks of the industry today.

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Inauguration of Kirandevi Saraf Library & Reading Room

Rajasthani Sammelan has started Kirandevi Saraf Library and Reading Room to provide reading room facility to students in a peaceful and safe environment. In R.S. Campus more than 15,000 students are receiving education in all the institutions run by the Trust. However, there are many students who do not have a peaceful atmosphere at home to pursue their studies. In a city like Mumbai, where houses are small and T.V. is the only source of entertainment for the family, many children do not have a suitable atmosphere to study at home.

Kirandevi Saraf Library and Reading Room will therefore provide the much needed space to the students to pursue their studies in an ambience that breeds and nurtures a serious learning environment. KSLR is located at the basement of the building facing S.V. Road in R.S. Campus and has a capacity to accommodate 60 students. KSLR is open for use throughout the day for the students of R.S. Campus and for outsiders in the evenings and on Sundays.

Kirandevi Saraf Library and Reading Room has been sponsored by eminent industrialist and philanthropist Shri Mahavirprasad G. Saraf in memory of his loving wife Late Smt. Kirandeviji Saraf, the founder Trustee of Kirandevi Saraf Trust. He is also the Main Donor of Ghanshyamdas Saraf College of Arts & Commerce, Durgadevi Saraf Junior College, Kirandevi Saraf Institute of Complete Learning and Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies.

Kirandevi Saraf Library and Reading Room was inaugurated at a glittering function by Shri Jairaj C. Thacker, Chairman, Jamnabai Narsee School and President Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital on 29th August, 2014 in the premises of Rajasthani Sammelan at Malad (West), in Mumbai

The inauguration of Kirandevi Saraf Library and Reading Room was performed in the presence of Shri Ashok M. Saraf, President, Rajasthani Sammelan, Dr. Naresh Saraf, Shri Prakash Saraf, members of Saraf family, Trustees and members of Managing Committee of Rajasthani Sammelan, eminent business families along with staff and students.

The formal function was held jointly with the inauguration of Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies at Durgadevi Saraf Hall with Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman – ZEE & Essel Group as Chief Guest, Pujyashree Bhupendrabhai Pandyaji, Shri Jairaj C. Thacker, Shri Kalyan Banerjee, Shri Sajjan Goenka, Chairman – Governing Council, Shri Ashok M. Saraf, President, R.S., Shri Kailash Kejriwal, Hon. Secretary, R.S., gracing the occasion along with members of Goenka family, Trustees, members of Managing Committee, Guests, Staff and Students.

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Convocation of 2nd batch of PGDM at DSIMS

A convocation (from the Latin ‘convocare’ meaning "to call/come together"), is a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose. This special purpose is to celebrate the hard work by the students and faculty in the two years extensive and fruitful journey of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) of Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies (DSIMS) approved by AICTE. DSIMS values its intellectual capital, and nurtures it through a perfect blend of the traditional as well as contemporary ways and means, for the comprehensive development, of the students’ personality and develop them into well equipped professionals who can significantly contribute to the value creation process. Convocation ceremony represents one of those luminal moments in a student’s life, a threshold moment, where they pass between two states of being graduates to the ranks of alumni. It is the moment for which every student looks forward to - the culmination of the efforts put in by them over the past two years bearing fruits and making them feel proud of their academic achievements.

The second convocation of the PGDM Program of the Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies, one of the fastest growing management institutes in the western suburbs of Mumbai was held on the 2nd May 2014. The Convocation Speaker was Dr. Snehalata Shamrao Deshmukh, an eminent paediatric surgeon and Dhanwantri Award winner. She was the Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai from 1995 to 2000. The other dignitaries included Mr. Ashok Saraf, Chairman DSIMS and President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, Esteemed Members of the Trust, Head of Institutes, Special Invitees, all the Visiting Faculties and Family Members of Graduating Students.

Dr. Sharad Kumar, the Officiating Director of DSIMS presented the director's report covering the activities of the entire year. The ceremony started with Dr. Sharad Kumar, welcoming the guests and presenting the awards to the administration, support staff and faculty. He declared Dr. Sarita Vichore, Chairperson of the MMS Programme and Head of the Finance Department as the “Best Faculty 2013-14” keeping in mind parameters such as student feedbacks, responsibilities of the faculty members, workload of the faculty members and initiatives taken by the faculty towards institutional development. He presented the annual report and elucidated the philosophy of the institute and the special initiatives taken by the institute to develop job ready managers, who have the right skills, attitude, humility and social consciousness.

After the Director's report, the second graduating batch of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management Program was conferred diplomas by Dr. Snehalata Shamrao Deshmukh. The “Student of the Year award” for PGDM 2012-14 batch went to Mr. Kamlesh Pithadia. This was followed by the presentation of the MMS Certificates to the second batch of MMS students by Mr. Ashok Saraf. The other awards included, “The best student award for rural immersion initiative” which went to Mr. Ashish Jhunjhunwala; “The best student award for international immersion initiative” went to Ms. Ruchi Jain; “The best student award for social initiative” went to Mr. Aakash Daruka. This was followed by presenting the awards for the various conclaves and events held at DSIMS.

“The Most Outstanding Student Award” in MMS went to Ms. Megha Agarwal who was a sincere, hard-working and a dedicated student during her journey at DSIMS.

Mr. Ashok Saraf in his address elaborated on the contribution and growth of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust in the field of education and expressed his satisfaction about the achievements of DSIMS. He emphasized the importance of Time Management for the young generation. He encouraged the students to make a significant contribution to the society and wished them success in future.

Dr. Snehalata Shamrao Deshmukh the convocation speaker, described Mr. Mahavirprasad Saraf in a beautiful Marathi poem and addressed him as her friend, philosopher and guide. She also threw light on the vision and mission of Mr. Mahavirprasad Saraf. Dr. Deshmukh added that Mr. Ashok Saraf is a combination of the past experiences and a future vision. She also highlighted the quality of time management shown by Mr. Ashok Saraf as well as showed her compassion towards this institute saying it is extremely close to her heart. In her convocation address, she appreciated the efforts of the administration for an immaculate arrangement for this occasion. She lucidly stressed the importance of humility and social cause. While exhorting the students to work hard, she shared the mantra that God has made everyone equal yet special. It’s our own perception that creates complex situations. God has gifted all of us some talent. We all are unique in our way but at the end of the day, the person who is remembered is the one who respects all and is humble enough by nature. There are people who have pride of being either very rich or having good looks. But the richness is the golden heart that we posses and bring happiness in other people’s life. The people, who feel superior of certain thing, actually forget that there is only God who is larger than anyone else in the world. She related these thoughts to the holistic development of students.

She also emphasized on educating the girl child and inspired all to make a difference to the world through awareness of and contribution to social welfare. She motivated the students to gain wisdom through experience and knowledge as that will linger on for life.

The passing out students were administered the MBA oath by Dr. Sharad Kumar where in they have pledged that they will conduct themselves with highest degree of ethics, integrity and social responsibility.

As a business leader they recognized their role in the society. The purpose was to lead people and manage resources to create value that no single individual can create alone. It also threw light on, how their decisions affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside the enterprise, today and tomorrow. Hence they promised to treat the enterprise with loyalty and care, and not advance any personal interests at the expense of their enterprise or society. The students promised to understand and uphold, in letter and spirit, the laws and contracts governing their conduct and that of their enterprise. They assure to refrain from corruption, unfair competition, or business practices harmful to society. They promised to protect the right of future generations to advance their standard of living and enjoy a healthy planet. They will protect the human rights and dignity of all people affected by their enterprise and also they will oppose discrimination and exploitation if it happens in their enterprise. They will report the performance and risks of their enterprise accurately and honestly. The students will invest in developing themselves and others, helping the management profession continue to advance and create sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

In exercising their professional duties according to these principles, they recognized that their behavior must set an example of integrity, eliciting trust and esteem from those they serve. They will remain accountable to their peers and to society for any of their actions and for upholding these standards. This oath was made freely, and upon the honor of the student.

The Valedictorian Speech was delivered by Mr. Kamlesh Pithadia of PGDM 2012-14 batch where he shared his reminiscences of the learning and experiences in DSIMS. He also added how the college has moulded him and changed him into an individual who is ready to step into the corporate world. He also shared how the professors’ efforts, knowledge and never ending encouragement has cemented the roots of each student to be where they are today.

The Ceremony concluded with the address of PGDM Chairperson, Ms. Kusum Pawar where she thanked our eminent speaker, the Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust Trust, the Director and faculty members as well as the students. She congratulated the students on the significant achievement of their life. She emphasized on how the students are at two phases; a student of DSIMS to being a person at large to the world. She highlighted the importance of the management skills taught at the institution and wished the students good luck for their future endeavours.

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Inauguration of New Facilities at RS

Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust is imparting education to over 14,000 students at its various institutes, along with 500 staff members involved in developing rich future human resource for our country.

It has been the aim of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust to provide an enriching and holistic learning experience to all the students studying in the institutions of R.S. Campus. For this, not only a state-of-the-art infrastructure was created but excellent and dedicated staff members were also recruited to facilitate learning experience to the students.

At the same time, various facilities were created within the campus to support the teaching-learning process of all institutions that included Ramdhar Maheshwari Career Counseling Centre, Draupadidevi Sanwarmal Women’s Hostel, Nathmal Garodia Seminar Hall, Vishwanath Podar Study Centre, Vijay Pal Singh Health Centre, Ramnarayan Saraf Educational Outlet, a Food Court, Jankidevi Chhotelal Maheshwari Communication Centre, Madangopal Ramdhar Maheshwari Cyberzone and many such facilities. 25th January 2014 was a memorable day in the history of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust.

On this day, a new feather was added in the cap of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. It was the day when Vijay Pal Singh Health Centre was inaugurated by Smt. Vimlesh Kumari Singh, wife of late Shri Vijay Pal Singh and mother of Shri Ram Manohar Singh, the Main Donor of the Health Centre. Shri Rajaram Maheshwari , President of Bharat Vikas Parishad also graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Vijay Pal Singh Health Centre has been started with the aim of providing health check-up facilities for the students in R. S. Campus.

The Health Centre has a well equipped clinic managed by trained and experienced staff and qualified medical professionals, prepared to meet the emergencies. At the same time, it will also conduct health and wellness educational seminars for staff, students and parents and workshops for teaching and non-teaching staff in areas like Disaster Management.

On the same day, Ramnarayan Saraf Educational Outlet was inaugurated by Shri Madhusudan R. Maheshwari, Main Donor & Trustee of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust,an Industrialist and a close childhood friend of late Shri Ramnarayanji Saraf. In this educational outlet, all stationery items as well as textbooks required by the students will be sold at a reasonable price so that students need not go out of the campus to purchase such items elsewhere.

The Programme started by welcoming the dignitaries in Nathmal Garodia Seminar Hall in the evening where Shri Ashok M. Saraf, President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, gave a presentation on the educational endeavours of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. Thereafter, the guests were accompanied for a guided tour of the campus, followed by the inauguration of Vijay Pal Singh Health Centre and Ramnarayan Saraf Educational Outlet.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by the naming of Jankidevi Chhotelal Maheshwari Communication Centre and Madangopal Ramdhan Maheshwari Cyberzone by Shri Balkrishna R. Lakhotia, Main Donor & Trustee of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust and an industrialist and philanthropist.

Jankidevi Chhotelal Maheshwari Communication Centre has been specially designed to hold corporate seminars and workshops while Madangopal Ramdhar Maheshwari Cyberzone is a computer laboratory having 52 computers and a printer, designed for holding regular IT lectures of college students, online examinations and also for filling up online forms.

The grand formal function was conducted at Durgadevi Saraf Hall which was compered by Prof. Bhavana Vaidya, Vice Principal of Ghanshyamdas Saraf College.

In his welcome address, President Shri Ashok M. Saraf , briefly narrated the journey of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust in its educational endeavour and called upon all to join in its mission of educating students coming from all sections of the society.

This was followed by the felicitation of the dignitaries. Smt. Vimlesh Kumari Singh, Shri Rajaram Maheshwari, Smt. Shakuntaladevi R. Saraf, Shri Ram Manohar Singh, Shri Madhusudan R. Maheshwari, Shri Balkrishna R. Lakhotia, Shri Anil Agrawal and other donors were felicitated by the President, Office bearers and Trustees of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust.

In his address, Shri Rajaram Maheshwari, the Chief Guest of the function, praised the efforts of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust in providing various facilities within its campus along with educational facilities to the students. Shri Ram Manohar Singh also expressed his happiness for being associated with Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust in its noble mission.

Shri Madhusudan R. Maheshwari became nostalgic while addressing the gathering and remembered his long associations with late Shri Ramnarayanji Saraf. He also praised the dedication and devotion of Smt. Shakuntaladevi R. Saraf towards her husband late Shri Ramnarayanji Saraf by constantly supporting his activities towards various social causes.

In the same manner, Shri Balkrishna R. Lakhotia also remembered his close associations with late Shri Ramnarayanji Saraf and his dedication to serve the society and the hard work put in by him for such social causes as well as for the development of the educational endeavours of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust.

At the end a vote of thanks was proposed by Shri Kailash Kejriwal, Trustee and Hon. Secretary of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. The function was attended by eminent members of the community, dignitaries from various walks of life, trustees and members of managing committee of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, staff and students of all institutions.

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The Rise of Asia - Opportunities & Challenges

International Conference on the theme "The Rise of Asia - Opportunities and Challenges" was organized by Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies (DSIMS), Mumbai on 14th March, 2014 at the Institute premises.

The conference was attended by a large number of academicians, professionals, research scholars, policy makers and students.

The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Liu Youfa (Consul General of People’s Republic of China). Dr. Youfa delivered the insightful key note address on the theme of the conference. Dr Youfa, who has been the Professor of Economics very frankly put forth his views on the strengths of Asia with special reference to China and India in world economy and commerce. He emphasized on the role of middle class population both as the producer and consumer. He was of the view that China and India will continue to play a dominant role in manufacturing and services sectors respectively and can complement each other in global economic development.

Following the footsteps of Robert Mundell’s classical work on OCA, C.D. Shreedharan and Mr. Arindam Bandyopadhyay’s work ‘Determining Feasibility of Optimal Currency Area for SAARC Region based on Political Variables’ is an endeavor towards assessing the feasibility of OCA formation in the SAARC region. Authors have highlighted the political hurdles in adopting the common currency. They have also developed a regression model to demonstrate the impact of political variables on exchange value.

Sneha Srinivasan and Syed A A Farhan in their article on “A Roadmap to Regional Integration: Micro-financing Clean Energy for Sustainable Livelihood across Asia” discussed about the mutual reciprocity of energy and financial inclusion toward creation of sustainable livelihood. They have also emphasized the need for financing clean energy for sustainable livelihood as a tool of economic development strategy.

The work of Dr. Sharad Kumar and Prof. Dinesh Rajput on “External Sector Developments in Select Asian Countries During 2008-12: A Comparative Study” highlighted that the impact of global crises of 2008 had a minimal impact on Asian countries compared to the western world. The analysis is based on the performance of Asian Countries included in BRIC and N11 (next 11) countries by empirically analyzing the critical parameters of external sector developments during post crisis period i.e. from 2008 to 2012.

The research article on “Capital Markets Development and Economic Growth - An Asian Perspective” authored by Prof. Sarat Kumar Malik & Prof. Akriti studies the development of capital markets in Asian countries and analyzes the quantum and direction of FII inflows in India.

Prof. Sharmila Bonnerjee, Prof. Rusha Das and Prof. Sumana Chaudhuri in their working paper on “Integrating India into ASEAN: An Infrastructural Perspective” analyze the role of cross border transport infrastructure in promoting economic growth through a case study of India – Myanmar – Thailand Trilateral Highway project.

Col. Mohinder Pal Singh in his work “Strategic and Economic Dimensions of Indo-Myanmar Relations” focuses on growing synergy between India and Myanmar toward strengthening of strategic, economic and cultural ties between these two nations.

Prof. Prerna Goyal Ramuka & Prof. Kusum Pawar in their work “A review of Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia with special reference to China, India and Japan” review the evolution and importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Asian countries.

The Conference was convened by Dr. Sharad Kumar, Head, Remsons Center for Management Research and Officiating Director, DSIMS who was supported by Prof. Amit Srivastava, Prof. Nehal Joshipura and Ms. Sunita Pujar. Prof. Sharmila Bonnerjee offered the vote of thanks. The authors and delegates of the Conference were presented with Certificates of Paper Presentation. A unique endeavor on the part of the Institute to host a Conference on one of the most critical strategic dimensions of the Asian growth trajectories in times of uncertainty was appreciated by one and all. The Conference was indeed a grand success.

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Enhancing Religious Literacy & Cultural competency in a globalized world

Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust has from time to time invited eminent scholars and dignitaries in its educational campus to interact with management members, staff and students of all the institutions. Along with reputed scholars from Indian Universities, many eminent scholars from universities of Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge as well as other universities have visited our campus. Their interactions have resulted in exchange of rich ideas and learning more about other cultures by all of us.

Recently, eminent educationist, Prof. Ali S. Asani, Chair of the Department of Near East Languages & Civilization, Harvard University was invited in R.S. Campus on 21st November 2013. He was also accompanied by Dr. Kashyap Choksi, Senior Director of International Advancement, Harvard University.

Prof. Asani was received by Shri Ashok M. Saraf, President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust and other members of managing committee and trustees at Devendra Lath Communication Centre. Initially, he was shown a brief presentation about the institutions of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. At Devendra Lath Communication Centre, Prof. Ali Asani interacted with management members. It was a pleasant surprise to know that Prof. Asani also teaches Sanskrit language to students at Harvard University. Thereafter, he was taken for a tour of all institutions.

At Nathmal Garodia Seminar Hall of Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies, Prof. Ali Asani spoke on “The need of enhancing Religious Literacy and Cultural Competency in a Globalized World”. In this seminar, he emphasized on how religious literacy is essential in our times. Since 9/11, Prof. Asani has been educating people about Islam and believes that most people all over the world are ignorant and misinformed about Islam. Our educational systems have failed to provide a corrective way to prevent political and social unrest rampant all over the world which is mainly due to religious illiteracy.

During the course of his talk, Prof. Asani stressed upon the fact that studying religion is an integral part of human experience. He said that all societies are made of different people. They belong to different religious groups, ethnic groups and speak different languages. Often they hate people following other religion, speaking other language and having separate cultural traits. This global illiteracy about religion and culture of different groups results in differences all over the world. This leads to more and more polarization.

Prof. Asani stressed on the fact that we do not provide in our education system the scope to understand about religious literacy. He quoted the views of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar expressing the difference between Hindus and Muslims. However, he further quoted Mahatma Gandhi who said that “My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and doctrines. To assent to such a doctrine is, for me, a denial of God”.

Prof. Asani further quoted Maulana Abdul Kalaam Azad who said that ‘I am proud of being an Indian. I am part of the indivisible unit that is Indian Nationality. I am indispensable to this noble edifice”. Prof. Asani further quoted from Rigveda stating “Ishtadevata” principle “Truth is one. The wise speak of it in many ways. One truth, many paths”. Prof. Asani also quoted from Quran, “Wherever you turn is the face of God and about unity of existence as every nation and people have been sent a messenger from God”.

Prof. Asani said that differences between nations and people due to religious differences are manifested through following religious illiteracy:
1) Equation of religion with devotional practice, rites, rituals and ceremonies.
2) The essence of religion is perceived as located in sacred texts.
3) Religious traditions seen as timeless and unchanging and monolithic.
4) Religions seen as actors having agency.
5) The use of religion as the exclusive lens to explain the actions of an individual or a community.
6) An entire religious community is held responsible for the actions of an individual.

Prof. Asani gave the example of cultural and religious harmony of Indian Muslim Prince & Mystic Dara Shikoh (1659 A.D.) who translated Hindu religious texts, the Upanishads from Sanskrit to Persian.

Prof. Asani said that real ‘Clash of Civilizations” is not between “Islam” and the “West” but instead within virtually all modern nations. They need to respect each other who are different from them. Then only people can live in harmony. Prof. Asani felt that to understand each other’s religion we have to approach through cultural studies that considers religion as a phenomenon that is deeply imbedded in all dimensions and contexts of human experience. It is intricately woven within complex historical, political, economic, social, literary and artistic contexts.

Prof. Asani finally concluded by enumerating dangers of religious literacy for democracy. He said that democracy cannot function if one is ignorant and afraid of one’s neighbour. Religious illiteracy diminishes respect for diversity. Further it strips people of their humanity and such a situation can be exploited by extremists or fundamentalists.

At the interactive session, many questions were asked to Prof. Asani. It was asked that How do we teach religious literacy to students as our prescribed syllabi does not have such subjects. Prof. Asani replied that we can do that through our day to day teaching and in a simple way by spreading the message to the children that all of us are equal and we need to be tolerant to difference in culture and religion of others. This interactive session was attended by over 150 Heads of Institutions, Teachers, Students and eminent personalities from across the city. While leaving Prof. Asani congratulated the Management members for their excellent educational endeavours.

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MBIS Student Exchange Program 2014 - Germans visit India

Eighteen students and two teachers from Scheffel Gymnasium , Bad Sackingen , Germany arrived in India on 20th January 2014 at 10:30pm at Mumbai Airport and were received by Mr Zohar and Ms. Padma. They were brought to MBIS where they were welcomed by Mr Ashok Saraf, President of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust and Ms Shagufta Parkar, Head of School.

The German students and their teachers from Scheffel Gymnasium, guests of MBIS for the Student Exchange Programme 2014, were a personal witness to an amalgam of two vibrant communities, namely the Rajasthanis and Gujaratis on 21st January 2014. They attended the wedding of a cousin of an MBIS student, Sheryl Dagaria, as personal invitees. They dressed up in Indian finery, witnessed the arrival of the 'baraat' and the vast buffet of a variety of dishes served at lunch. “Its indeed a great Indian wedding!” exclaimed Ms Anja, a German student.

The German students and the teachers were traditionally welcomed at MBIS on 22nd January 2014, followed by an assembly where the importance and the vibrant culture of India was showcased by the students of primary section. The program was concluded by playing the Indian and the German national anthems. Later, they were taken for a tour of MBIS by the school Head Boy and Head Girl, to show the various facilities and infrastructure of the campus which would accustom them to know the premises better. After this, a Yoga session was conducted by Ms Veronica, the MBIS Yoga instructor. The German students then attended classes with their host partners. In the latter half of the day Germans sailed in the Arabian Sea for around an hour and a half under the guidance of highly experienced, trained and certified instructors from different parts of the world along with the IB students, as part of their CAS activity.

On the third day, 23rd January 2014, the Germans grooved to the tunes of Indian music with the MBIS dance instructor from SHIAMAK DAVAR GROUP. They also attended Hindi Session to learn the basic Hindi words used in day to day conversation and communication.

Kudilal Govindram Seksaria conducted Warli Art Session for the Germans. The day ended with a visit to Chokhi Dhani – a Rajasthani Cultural centre. Students of Scheffel Gymnasium, Germany and students of MBIS enjoyed the remarkable evening mela at Chokhi Dhani which comprised Rides, Acrobatics, Folk Dances, Music show, Puppet show, the museum and the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan.

During the four days, 24th to 27th January 2014, students from the Indian host families took them to visit various places such as Agra, Aurangabad, Goa, Lonavala.

On 28th January 2014, the Germans were taken on a Mumbai Darshan tour. They visited Mani Bhavan, the Mahatma Gandhi Museum and Library, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Discovery of India building at the Nehru Science Centre. Students were also taken for some life-like entertainment at Orama 4D Theatre. They saw 3 short movie clippings. Enroute the tour, students saw Haji Ali, Crawford Market, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Dhobi Ghat, Bandra-Worli Sea Link and Marine Drive. . The tour was not only informative but also exciting. Students returned exhausted yet thrilled by the entire experience.

Germans are always excited about beaches and had the opportunity to enjoy leisure time at Madh Island with their partners.

On the last day, 30th January 2014, the Germans attended Martial Arts session and Geography session at MBIS.

In the evening, the school organized a farewell party which was graced by Mainadevi Bajaj, her family, Ms Archita, honourable trustees of Rajasthani Sammelan, MBIS staff and the host parents.

German students and teachers narrated their experiences in Mumbai. A sumptuous dinner was organized by the management. The children danced to popular bollywood numbers and enjoyed some of the last moments before parting.

The goodbyes were quite emotional which only proved that strong bonds and life long friendships were formed and each participant would cherish fond memories of the days together for the rest of their lives.

At 11.00 pm, the German students and teachers were escorted by Mr Zohar and Ms. Padma to the Mumbai Airport to see them off.

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Awards & Accolades for Education Excellence

Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies and Mainadevi Bajaj International School, felicitated at an Awards function in New Delhi.

At the WCRC Leaders Asian Education Excellence Summit & Awards, held on 9th January 2014 in New Delhi, two of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust’s institutions namely Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies and Mainadevi Bajaj International School were felicitated amongst Asia’s 100 Best & Fastest Growing Private Education Institutes.

Mr. Ashok M. Saraf, President, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust received the award at the hands of Ms. Sunaina Tomar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textile, GoI on behalf of Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies and Mr. Rajkamal Bajaj, Trustee, Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, received the award from Mr. Parvesh Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, GoI on behalf of Mainadevi Bajaj International School.

Other leading education brands of the likes of XLRI, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, ISB, ICFAI Business School, Amity University, The Doon School, The Shri Ram School, Ryan International, Sehwag International School, Christian Medical College, Asian College of Journalism, Gulf Medical University, , Bangkok University, among others were felicitated at the event.

Distinguished luminaries and senior government officials were present at the event as guests of honor. Present for the event were Mr. Pervez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, GoI, Mr. Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact, Ms. Sunaina Tomar, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GoI, among others.

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The Foundation Day Lecture at DSIMS

The Foundation Day Lecture & Academic Inauguration of the 4th Batch of MMS & 3rd Batch of PGDM students of DSIMS

The Foundation Day Lecture & Academic Inauguration of the 4th Batch of MMS & 3rd Batch of PGDM students was held on the 5th August 2013. The Chief Guest for the event was Padmashri Dr. Bala V. Balachandran, J. L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor (Emeritus in service) of Accounting and Information Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. Dr. Bala is also the Founder and Dean of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India.

The event started with Professor V.S Girish, Chairperson of the PGDM program, welcoming the new students and guiding them on how they should arm themselves to face the challenges which the next 2 years of Business Management education pose on them.

After the welcome address by Professor V.S Girish, Mr. Ashok Sara addressed the students and stressed on the importance of hard work and effective management of time which should be valued by all students in order to succeed. Mr. Ashok Saraf also introduced to all the guests, the new bachelors degree course launched by Devi Prasad Goenka Institute of Media and Communication Studies (DGIMCS), in Media and Communication in affiliation with the Mumbai University. The syllabus of this course is designed by DGIMCS.

Dr. Bala V. Balachandran delivered the Foundation Day Lecture in which he motivated the students to become real assets in life by empowering themselves with abilities, with nobilities. He compared Lord Ganesha with an entire organization structure and various management functions and disciplines and established correlations between them. He inspired the students to aim high and harp within them a burning desire to achieve their goals. Dr. Rakesh Singh in his address to the students, elucidated the philosophy of the institute and the special initiatives taken by the institute to develop job ready managers, who have the right skills, attitude, humility and social consciousness.

The special excellence awards instituted by Shri Mahavirprasadji Saraf, for the first year MMS and PGDM students of DSIMS for promoting academic excellence were also awarded. The students receiving these awards received a certificate and a cheque of Rs. 21,000/- each.

•The Durgadevi Saraf Medal for academic excellence for the MMS batch (2012-14) was awarded to Mr. Prafful Sharma.
•The Ghanshyam Das Saraf Gold Medal for academic excellence for the PGDM batch (2012-14) was awarded to Mr. Kamlesh Pithadia. The event concluded with the Vote of Thanks given by Dr. Sarita Vichore, Chairperson of the MMS program.
Profile of Dr. Bala V. Balachandran
J. L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor (Emeritus in service) of Accounting and Information Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.
Founder and Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India.

A teacher by qualification and an academic entrepreneur by vocation, Bala Balachandran is one of the best known names in the Indian Management Education landscape. His teaching days began as early as in 1960 while as a student at Annamalai University, India from where he moved to Carnegie Mellon, Dayton and finally Kellogg at Northwestern University in the USA, where he served as Distinguished Professor for almost 35 years till his retirement in 2008.

With more than 85 research publications to his credit and several books currently on the anvil, Prof. Bala’s research interests focus on Strategic Profitability through Customer Centric business strategies. His groundbreaking work in the areas of accounting, forecastingand strategic decision support systems has earned him numerous scholastic honors, awards, and fellowships. He serves as a consultant to the senior management of many Companies, Educational Institutions as well as the Governments of the United States, India and Malaysia.

Prof. Bala has been actively involved in setting up Management Institutes in India and was a part of the team that recruited the first set of faculty members for IIM Bangalore in the late 60’s. He has been instrumental in designing the MBA Programs at MDI, Gurgaon in early 90s and ISB at Hyderabad at the turn of this century and Great Lakes Institute of Management at Chennai in 2004.

Great Lakes is Prof. Bala’s dream project of putting Chennai on the International Management Education Map. He is a full time faculty member in the area of Accounting and Finance and chairs the Academic Advisory Council at Great Lakes. The Government of India conferred on him, the ‘Padmashri’ in 2001, in recognition of his contribution towards higher education in India.

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Ghanshyamdas Saraf College celebrates NAAC Re-accreditation

Ghanshyamdas Saraf College celebrated its re-accreditation by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade on Wednesday 3rd July, 2013 at a glittering function graced by the presence of Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai as the Chief Guest, Dr. Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai, as the Guest of Honour, along with many dignitaries, Senior Principals, trustees and members of management.

The Programme started with mesm-erizing Saraswati Vandana followed by Ganesh Vandana and welcome song by the students. This was followed by the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. Dr. Sujata Karmarkar, Principal of the college, welcomed the gathe-ring. Shri Ashok M. Saraf, Chairman, Governing Council and President Rajasthani Sammelan felicitated Dr. Rajan Welukar, the Chief Guest while Shri Kailash Parasrampuria, Hon. Secretary of Governing Council and trustee of Rajasthani Sammelan felicitated Dr. Naresh Chandra, the Guest of Honour.

On this occasion, many teaching as well as non-teaching staff, students and alumni who had actively worked for re-accreditation were felicitated.

In his welcome address, Shri Ashok M. Saraf informed the gathering about the journey of educational endeavour of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust. He said that Rajasthani Sammelan had started its journey of educational endeavour way back in 1959 with 02 students to start Kudilal Govindram Seksaria Sarvodaya School and now more than 14,000 students are receiving education in R.S. Campus. We have a management institute, a media school and a women’s hostel, an international school along with many other institutions and organizations in this campus.

Shri Ashok M. Saraf congratulated the principal, vice-principals, staff and students of the college for their hard work and continuously striving to attain excellence which has resulted in the re-accreditation of the college by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade with CPGA score of 3.23 in the scale of 4.

He further remarked that “we constantly keep trying to touch greater heights. This re-accreditation reinforces our commitments to deliver best education to our students. It is because of the dedicated efforts of the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, that we have been able to build this respectable reputation for our institution. I am really proud and congratulate all my fellow members and motivate them to keep going as a strong team, like we have been for over 30 years now”.

Shri Ashok M. Saraf further expressed his desire to start self-financed private university under the aegis of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust in future.

Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor and the Chief Guest congratulated Ghanshyamdas College and said, “It’s a proud moment not only for the college, but also for the University. The addition of Ghanshyamdas Saraf College in the list of ‘A’ grade colleges, has in a way helped University of Mumbai to obtain the top rank in the country with the maximum number of ‘A’ grade colleges”. He especially appreciated the hard work of Prof. Bhavana Vaidya, the chief co-ordinator of NAAC re-accreditation committee.

Dr. Welukar felt the need of changing education system with introduction of courses with inter disciplinary /multi disciplinary / trans disciplinary subjects. He also informed the gathering that the University of Mumbai proposes to start a mobile knowledge Resource Centre in a van with 1000 books. The van will move in tribal and rural areas so that students in these areas can benefit from such mobile knowledge resource centre. He was sure that with such enlightened management of Rajasthani Sammelan being at the helm of all educational institutions, many progressive steps will be taken by the trust in future

Dr. Welukar further appreciated the plan of Shri Ashok M. Saraf of starting self-financed private university under the aegis of Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust and assured that he will support the management in all possible ways.

Dr. Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai, also congratulated the principal, staff and students for re-accreditation of the college with ‘A’ Grade. He also remembered the first accreditation of the college with ‘A’ Grade under the leadership of the then Principal of the College Dr. Sunanda Kar and remembered that he was fortunate to be present during the celebration also.

The programme was compered by Ms. Priyanka Mukerjee who also proposed a vote of thanks to the dignitaries, management members, trustees and all present. The function concluded with the singing of national anthem.

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