Frosty December chill evaporated for three whole days when large number of athletes from different colleges of Gujarat gathered at EDII campus to take part in interollegiate sports extravaganza, Equipo. The sports event was organized by the Students Welfare Committee of EDII during 17th to 19th December in the year 2015. The event saw overwhelming participation from colleges from leading cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara and Bhuj.
The event included both indoor and outdoor games. Outdoor games like cricket, football, lawn tennis, basketball and volleyball received wholehearted participation from the athletes. Indoor games such as table tennis and chess too were received well by the contestants.
EDII students made their mark in all the sports but in badminton and table tennis (girls), they delivered extraordinary performances and won medals. Adani and SPM were runners up in these games. PDPU students delivered commendable performance and secured the first position in volleyball, basketball and lawn tennis (boys). NIRMA won the table tennis (boys) tournament whereas IRMA stood number one in Chess. LDRP was announced champion in Cricket. EDII students stood as runners up in most of these sports. EDII organizes such events to create sense of harmony among colleges and Equipo served the purpose well. The institute looks forward to organize many such events to connect youths across the state.
With a view to strengthen entrepreneurial bonds across the globe, EDII has joined hands with University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Centre for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) and BRAC University to have collaborated in this Professional Fellows Programme (PFP) to provide professional experience and training to the participants. As a part of outbound exchange, five delegates from Oklahoma, United States visited EDII during 4th to 14th January in the year 2016.
The delegates were from the U.S and Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The prime purpose of the visit was to understand workings of small and mid-level industries of India. The delegates also visited large as well as multinational companies to catch hold of mechanisms of Indian industries. They paid a visit to Indian institutes of excellence like EDII, MICA and NIFT during their stay in India.
Senior faculty at EDII, Dr. Sanjay Pal orchestrated the activity. He said, “The delegates were happy to learn about micro, small, medium and large scale industries of India. This year in the month of May, Indian participants from diverse fields like media, industries, mass communication, NGOs and entrepreneurs will visit Oklahoma to understand the nature of industries in the U.S.” The programme was managed by EDII.
During their visit to EDII, the delegates had in-depth discussion with the Director of EDII. They acknowledged role of institutes like EDII in promoting entrepreneurship in India and abroad.
Global View on Indian Industries:
Joe Foote, University of Oklahoma: I have worked on communication projects in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East for more than two decades now. I am amazed to learn that in spite of great dissimilarities in cultures and languages, Indian industries are strongly connected to each other.
Leslie Christopher, BOLD Multimedia: Indian industries are good at manufacturing but on customer service front, India still has a scope for improvement. Industries should make sure that client needs are understood and should strive hard to fulfil their expectations.
Quinn Vandenberg, Co-Founder and Owner, Life Out of the Box: The industries established by artisans in India are facing the same difficulties in gaining market share as those in other developing countries. Incubators should play an active role in supporting such units and boost entrepreneurship at grassroots level.
Sarah Beth Cullison, Elemental Coffee: Coffee industry is my area of interest. I have studied agricultural, trade and financial aspects of coffee productions for over three years. India is one of the leading countries in coffee production globally. I believe that coffee industry in India has much scope for exposure on global front.
Korey McMahon, McMahon Marketing: Despite quality products, Small and medium industries in India struggle to make mark at global level. This is because they lack skills in marketing. I strongly believe that investment in marketing and advertisement should be looked at as business investment by small and medium industries.
Institute Helps Comoros Get Vocational Training Centre
The institute has been entrusted with the work related to feasibility for establishing a Comoros-India Vocational Training Centre at Comoros. The task has been assigned by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. EDII worked in close association with the MEA and Embassy of India, Antananarivo, Madagascar to accomplish the goals of the assignment.
Two faculty members from the institute visited Comoros and helped prominent stakeholders understand the skill gap in the country and scope for vocational training centre. Post-visit, the institute submitted a detailed report to MEA which included rationale for setting up the centre, portfolio of activities, training and capacity building needs of Comorian faculty members, physical infrastructure needs, cost of training aids and machines, financial requirements and sustainability strategy for the centre. Capital and running costs for the Centre too were discussed.
Mr. Raman Gujral, Associate Senior Faculty at EDII and one of the members who was a part of this assignment said, “There is a need to impart an entrepreneurial routeing to countries, the world over. Comoros abounds in resources that need to be channelized, and this is possible only with entrepreneurial efforts. Interventions in this direction will give a strong entrepreneurial purpose to the country.”[Top]
With a view to fill the gap of skilled manpower in rapidly growing tourism sector in Gujarat, EDII joined hands with Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) to spread ‘Khushbu Gujarat Ki’ across the nation. An MOU was signed between TCGL and EDII on 19th February 2016 to conduct Skill Development Programmes for stake holders associated with the tourism sector in Gujarat. The institute aims to inculcate culture of entrepreneurship in the booming tourism sector.
Programme for Tour Operators/Travel Agents:
The institute conducted skill development programme for tour operators and travel agents. Total 100 existing and potential entrepreneurs received training from the institute. The 10-day program helped participants understand the nature of tour and travel business in Gujarat, market assessment and marketing strategies in tourism sector. It also emphasized on using online resources and managing tourism business digitally. The participants were given comprehensive details about schemes and assistance available from District Industries Center (DIC) and Banks for setting up tourism related business.
Mr. Prakash Solanki, Faculty-EDII said that, “Gujarat has immense potential to grow as a tourist destination. The program will help bring holistic change by fulfilling the need for professionally trained entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.”
The First Impression Makers:
First impression is the last impression and in most of the cases tourists have their first encounter with taxi or auto drivers as soon as they enter the city. Thus a ten-day training programme was held by the institute to train auto & taxi drivers to attend to tourists. Total 120 drivers participated in the programme. It focused on safe and defense driving. In addition to that, the participants were trained on how to receive the passengers, how to communicate with them, how to inform them about the tourist attractions of the city so that the tourists leave with positive impression of the city and state.
“I did not know that to establish tours and travels business, one needs permission from RTO. The workshop helped clear my doubts about tourism policy of Gujarat. Post workshop, I have good exposure to tours and travels industry in Gujarat.” – Hiren Gohil
“Study visit to Dakor was an enriching experience. I actually had practical experience of managing a tour. Apart from that, I also learned about loans, subsidies and financial assistance provided by the government. It will help me start my own business.” – Darshan Parmar[Top]