“One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next." - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose believed that the love his generation had for the country and sacrifices of the freedom fighters for their motherland, will evolve in the minds of the generations to come. However, as per the thoughts of the older generation, does the new generation meet their expectations? Does the new generation, while bringing change in the society, remember the sacrifices of the freedom fighters? Do they think of the country's welfare, or they only think of their own welfare? Is the passion of patriotism stirred only when our 'Men in Blue' plays Pakistan on the 22-yard pitch? These are countless questions, which seek answers. At midnight on August 15, 1947, India made her 'Tryst with Destiny'. We, the people of India, won independence from 200+ years of British regime. Millions of people fought for the country and sacrificed their lives in order to make their motherland and countrymen free from the slavery of the Britishers. The youth of that generation were determined to wake up to an independent India, and lived to realise this dream. Their love for the country had no boundaries, and they wanted the future generations to imbibe this feeling of patriotism. However, today in the minds of the ‘hashtag’ generation, is Independence Day only associated with the hoisting of the Tricolor, re-runs of sappy Bollywood patriotic blockbusters and their forefathers' stories of the struggle for independence. Unfortunately, for this generation, which has only heard or read tales about the freedom struggles of 1947, Independence Day often passes as just another holiday when they can sleep late or catch up with the latest series on Netflix. Having said that, it is the voice of young India that has started to awaken to the atrocities against women and children, in support of the LGBTQ community, in protest against various types of discriminations, corruptions and extremisms – political, social, religious or economic. They might seem distant or nonchalant, but the new generation are carving their own path for the country's welfare. They have understood that patriotism not just mean fighting for their motherland, but also to contribute to her welfare and growth. Today, India, with a youth voice that constitutes 50 per cent of India's billion plus population, has indeed a lot of scope to see young people excel as nation builders, as corporate stalwarts or entrepreneur geniuses. With leading management and technology institutions, acting as cells for innovation and incubators of young managers, the young minds of India in no matter of time will surpass the boundaries of economic challenges, bureaucratic red-taperies, poverty bottlenecks, fanatical extremisms, political & social setbacks, and other such deterrents. These are the Indians of the 21st Century, who after 72 years of Independence, will still have the zeal to make India
Hello Readers, I’m Minal Khetan, pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in International Business and Marketing from Globsyn Business School. In this blog, I would like to share my experience at the '8th Tata Social Enterprise Challenge Launch Event & Thinking Social Seminar', an event organized by Tata Social Enterprise Challenge in collaboration with IIM, Calcutta. I am overwhelmed that I, along with 11 other students of Globsyn Business School, received the opportunity to attend the 2.5-hour seminar. The seminar helped us to understand the functionality and nuances of a social enterprise as well as helped us in getting insights into the world of entrepreneurship. The engagement discussed various topics, which was commenced as follows: Inaugural Address Address on Social Entrepreneurship and TSEC TSEC Contest Launch Address by Chief Guest Panel Discussion on Social Entrepreneurship The panel discussion on 'Social Entrepreneurship' helped me to understand that the reason for the existence of a business is to serve the community. The eminent panelists explained to us that serving the community is an action that benefits others. Further, I got to learn that with the birth of a social enterprise, an individual becomes responsible to deploy resources in an industry to make it self-sustainable. Moreover, the event also helped me to understand the importance of funding prospects, data recording, good team, the role of an influential leader and the need for planning of backups. While witnessing the manner in which the veterans explained the topics, I felt motivated. I learned that we should not be afraid of failures before starting a venture, instead, we should invest a minimum of 3 years in a Start-Up. Among all the speakers, I liked the way one of the speakers mentioned that in the journey of fulfilling our dreams, we have to take chances, we have to stay determined and should not leave any of the stones unturned. He projected the proposition that an entrepreneur should leave a mark behind in the world and there should be an existence of an idea which one must live for. The Thinking Social Seminar was a great platform and served as an instrument in understanding the key points and challenges one faces before and while setting up a new venture. It was a great experience that addressed important issues concerning ideation, funds, and implementation. The seminar encouraged all the Globsyn students to join a forum that enables individuals to talk about social responsibility towards rising and existing social problems and means to solve them in a sustainable manner.
Campus and Corporate are two different realms, which operate on different platforms with different purposes and ideologies. However, due to these dynamic times, there is a need that these two different worlds come together under one umbrella to address and tackle some real-world issues and challenges. In India and in most of the countries, a large category of the population are not getting jobs and this is indeed a grave problem as it directly affects the economy of a particular country on social conditions. Although millions of youngsters are getting trained by educational institutions, yet corporate often complains that there are fewer students who are industry-ready or job-ready or they are not getting the exact skill or talent that is required in a candidate for a job. In order to increase manpower resource, corporates have started to lower their recruiting standards and they have also started to train the candidates to make them productive. However, the problem arises when these arrangements cannot last for long, as it affects the organisation's productivity. So, to answer the question 'where are we going wrong and what are the measures to tackle this challenge', Globsyn Business School organized Human Capital Conclave in collaboration with National HRD Network (Kolkata Chapter), with the theme, 'Bridging the Gap between Campus and Corporate'. Some of the views and ideas shared at this event were: Emerging Edge Skills – In the next 5 years The motive of this session was to inform students about the type of skills they should learn, and the type of skills that will help make them scale the corporate world. According to Sushmita Chowdhury, HR Specialist, Richard Design Services India Pvt. Ltd., “Students should focus on their personal traits and make themselves 'culturally fit' because, in this fast-moving economy, not only should we take care of technical requirements, but taking care of 'cultural reliability' is also necessary, and this requires some attributes like Self-Management, Communication and Collaboration.” Let us delve into these emerging skills and discuss them briefly. Self-Management: Students should know how to manage themselves because the first thing corporates notice, is to look into an applicant’s personality. Communication: Students should work on their communication skills as it plays a very important role in developing interpersonal as well as leadership skills. Collaboration: Students should learn how to be a team player. Wherever required, they should share their ideas and should help when someone is stuck in a difficult situation. Moreover, students should also be innovative, they should be a critical thinker, active learner and should have the ability to build relationships. In the words of Ananda Dutta, Asst. Manager - HR, Shrachi Group, “There is a dearth of creativity in people nowadays. We are developing various technologies around us but we need to brush up our creative skills as well. We should focus on originality because, in a competitive market, a lot of things come and go, but we should maintain originality and creativity. Moreover, students should have the clarity of thought – they should know who they