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XAVIER Institute of Management & Research (XIMR),Mumbai,organised its maiden conference on 21st March 2013 on ‘Globalisation: The Way Ahead’.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 1, 2013 2:24:21 am

XIMR organises conference on globalisation

XAVIER Institute of Management & Research (XIMR),Mumbai,organised its maiden conference on 21st March 2013 on ‘Globalisation: The Way Ahead’. We received overwhelming response with 50 research papers coming in from industry practitioners,academicians,research scholars,consultants and students,out of which our editorial board selected 23 for presentation.

Our partners in the Centre for African Studies,the Mekerere Business School (MUBS) were represented by principal Prof. Wasawa Balunywa,Dean Prof. Annet K Nabatanzi-Muyimba and Faculty Dr. Juluis Kikooma as well as student representatives. MUBS representatives presented four papers covering areas from the role of cell phones in women’s empowerment to factors influencing SME exports from Uganda. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Waswa Balunywa and Prof. Imon Ghosh,Director of Academy of HRD,Ahmedabad. All papers were judged by panel comprising two industry representatives from organisations such as SBI Mutual Fund,TATA Tele Services and two from academia.

The industry was represented by Pearl D’souza,Consultant-Cuture and Engagement,PrePearl Training Devt. Pvt. Ltd. and Leslie D’Souza,CMD,PrePearl Training Devt. Pvt. Ltd.,Sailaja S.P.,Innovative Research Services (India) Pvt. Ltd. and by Dr Keith D’Souza.

XIMR students bag international jobs

In keeping with its strategic focus on South-South trade,XIMR launched the Centre for Africa Studies in 2011 and Centre for Indo-Vietnam Studies,2012. Students pursued summer internships in leading companies in Africa and Vietnam. This year,two students have landed jobs in Vietnam.

XIMR has taken the Africa initiatives forward by launching the Centre for Southern Africa Studies (CSAS),which was inaugurated by His Honour,Dr Guy Scott,Vice President of Zambia on 21st of March,2013. He was accompanied by the Hon. Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry,Zambia and Minister of Transport,Works,Supply and Communications,Zambia. This centre will deepen understanding of the cultures and people of southern Africa and develop insights into the business context of this region. We will soon be expanding from Zambia to Zimbabwe and Botswana.

This centre will carry out student exchange,faculty exchange and emerging studies for students. It will ultimately aim to further the social and economic development of India and the southern African region. These initiatives have resulted in XIMR being rated amongst the Top 50 B-schools in India (TOI,Ascent,February 28,2013) within seven years of inception.

FLAG’s third Middle School Science Fair

Fazlani L’Académie Globale (FLAG) is an international school that has been in existence for the last 6 years.

At FLAG,we believe in hands-on experiential learning wherein we give students an opportunity to learn things by doing and keeping this methodology and philosophy in mind,FLAG organised its third Middle School Science Fair on 26th March 2013 at Mayfair Banquets,Worli,Mumbai. The Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) Science Fair is a chance for students to investigate a topic they pick,design their own experiment,and communicate what they find out.

Since science is something that completely surrounds us,we rarely think in the ways we use science/scientific knowledge in everyday life. This fair gave students an opportunity to realise the importance of science and the integral role it plays in our lives.

Students were divided into groups of four. They worked on several novel projects right from designing a solar oven to creating a roller coaster to detecting adulteration in food grain to soap making (without using harmful chemicals) to name a few.

This has been a novel experience for students that reinforces inquiry-based learning and brings conceptual clarity of the principles they learn in the classroom.

The fair was judged by eminent scientists Dr. Rangwala (HOD Physics – University of Mumbai) and Dr. Ghosh (Scientist,Bhabha Atomic Research Centre). Both the judges were impressed with the scientific mindedness displayed by FLAG students.

The XVI ASISC National Aquatic Meet

THE XVI ASISC National Aquatic Meet 2012-13 was hosted by Atul Vidyala,Valsad,at the Olympic size swimming pool at Atul Club within the school campus which has qualified coaches and a life guard. The meet was inaugurated by Father Jose Ailkara,Chairman,Council for The Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).

Saumya Singh and Darshi Desai represented Maharashtra region. Saumya won the bronze medal. Sanskriti Singh was also part of the Maharashtra region and won gold in the 50m breast stroke and silver in the 100m breast stroke.

The Principal Lt.Col.(Retd) A.Shekar congratulated the students for their excellent performance and encouraged more students to come forward to excel in this sport and take maximum advantage of the facilities provided.

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