B-school roundup: SELCO India MD at XLRI, NITIE organises field marketing event, IIM Shillong tie-up with Oracle

XLRI Jamshedpur: A solution for villagers to harness solar power
Dr Harish Hande, Founder and Managing Director, SELCO India addressed students at XLRI, Jamshedpur and explained how solar power can be made available to rural people in a systematic manner. He argued that along with technology such as solar panels, a customized micro-financing arrangement should also be provided so that it is easy for the poor to use technology. In such an arrangement, hawkers could repay on a daily basis while salaried people such as teachers could do so on a monthly basis. Dr Hande pointed out the lack of awareness in India for such ventures. He said that SELCO often has student interns from foerign universities but rarely receives applications from India.

NITIE students organise Mandi: the annual field marketing event

Around 350 students of the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai took to the streets and sold toys manufactured by Navnirmiti, an NGO which works for the upliftment of underprivileged children. The event was flagged off from the beautiful campus of NITIE by prominent business leaders that included Mr. R Suresh (Managing Director – Stanton Chase International) and Mr. Dev Bhattacharya (Executive President, Corporate Strategy Aditya Birla Group) along with popular celebrity, Ms. Preeti Jhangiani. The toys on offer were Tangram, Rangometry and a Jodo 3D Set. All sales proceeds will be given to Navnirmiti, thereby instilling the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in the students.

IIM Shillong collaborates with Oracle for process automation

The youngest of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) is now the first among India’s centrally funded institutes which includes the IITs and IIMs to implement a comprehensive ERP solution in academic collaboration with Oracle. Prof Ashoke Dutta, Director IIM Shillong said, “The institute has sought to reduce manual processes as much as possible, and provide access to real-time information for students and the college management and faculty.” Some of the benefits of this initiative include:

Complete calendar view of a teacher’s classes
One click e-mails to students or groups
Match recruiters to students based on special interest
Enable students to track application status, assignments, grades
Viewing of class and examination schedules
Request transcripts, view courses and grade history

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