“Empowering to Excel,” Season 2, creates more magic at Dibrugrah University, Sept 17

Endeavaours at the Dibrugarh university are adding more magic to the students and the university, empowering them to excel in life. Post my last visit in August, I had shared a short write up, here is the next post. The Videos here share what a human being can gain, how one can transform in life, in just a matter of four days. It is all about the awakening that one goes through, discovering the purposefulness in life and with determination moves in the direction that he or she ought to move.

Enjoy listening to their reflections and sharing of their delightful transformations…

Here is a video that strings together short captures of many participants making their presentations, and engaging in public speaking, for the very first time in life. Look at their confidence.

Every presenter has worked in a group of complete strangers, from other departments of the university, to study an alien topic (the topics they never ever read or studied about – due to poor reading habits), discuss, engage, share and then create a presentation to engage larger public of aliens (other groups).

I gain a lot more inspiration from the whole exercise, as it reinforces my belief that it is possible to bring the transformation in a very short span of time. I believe, I can.

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Empowerment to Excellence Program @ Dibrugarh University

The EMPOWERMENT TO EXCELLENCE Programme by CL Educate at Dibrugarh University has been a big learning experience for every active participant of the programme, including me in some sense. The impact in the four days has been no less than ‘transformational’, as most students shared. Of course, a 2-day outbound program preceding this would have been even more impactful and life-changing.
‘Empowerment to Excellence’ at Dibrugarh University was a four-day intense, interactive programme to initiate and facilitate every student of Engineering and Management faculty to –

  • Understand one-self
  • Create a vision for oneself, for one’s career and life
  • write a “Statement of Purpose” : Set Long term and Short term goals
  • Realize the elements of personal effectiveness, and plan to work on self
  • Understand the secrets of an effective communicator
  • Identify ones strengths and areas of concern for improvement
  • Be a good participant and contributor in group discussions and group activities
  • Be an effective presenter and communicator
  • Reflect, introspect and realize areas for action, from ones participation in the program
  • set an agenda and action plan for personal growth
  • Commitment to one’s own development and also development of the entire group

The program schedule, session plan and process were as per the agreed frame work. We adhered to the schedule given, to a great extent. The session plan for GD / Communication underwent a little change due to change in the number of participants.

My reflections at the end of the programme –

  1. “Awakening”: Managed to infuse energy and purposefulness among the participants
  2. Every participant has been shaken, active ones have woken up to his or her potential and the possibilities; they are charged to push themselves to give their best
  3. Many have started working on their “Statement of Purpose”; the dialogue is on regularly in the whatsapp groups
  4. The barriers between the departments have been broken; For the first time they got to know about the students from other departments as they worked in cross-functional teams in various sessions. By the end of the programme they gelled as if they all are one.
  5. The realization among the students that the campus has enough resources within to create productive interactions and activities to sharpen their skills; They have promised to engage themselves at least once a month
  6. The participants realized how they can effectively use the social media platforms to further their career goals; They shared about these as the sessions progressed

At the end of this program, and with my experience at IWSB and other universities, I am convinced that –

  1. “Empowerment to Excellence” programme should be preceded by an outbound program, where the participants have to challenge themselves in many situations, mostly physical or strategic in nature; that helps every student push boundaries and realize his or her immense capabilities.
  2. “Empowerment to Excellence” should be integral to every university programme, especially every university that we are facilitating. All our other programmes will be immensely effective if we take student through this programme.
  3. This program should be in the second year of the four-year undergraduate program (like BE/BTech) and in the first year of Post-grad programme; We should have this before the academic year commences. And must be a compulsory programme, as it is beyond imagination of any student, how it can really impact.

With such a series of initiatives, students will become very purposeful and it will become integral to every students thoughts and actions. This could make a huge difference to their journey in the university, with student working towards his/her goal, empowering oneself with all that he or she needs to excel in career and life.

Student’s Presentations, Reflections and Feedback

A. Kindly watch the videos of a few presentations and reflections of the participants at the end of the programme, uploaded on the youtube channel of CL Educate, under

Dibrugarh University : Empowerment to Excellence playlist –

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYIF2mj1kyOCmToc2rx3pJsgw3qMI-3dx

Presentation sample – Most of them were presenting for the first time ever in front of a couple of hundred audience from across the departments of the University

Reflection of learning – Sample –

These set of videos also showcase the effectiveness and impact of the programme through

– The reflections of shifts made by the participants and

– Commitment of participants for their own future and that of the group


Delighted to see the feedback of students on SURVEYMONKEYt –

– Over 80% of the students have rated the conceptual sessions ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very good’

– Over 70% have rated the Drills / Group Activities / Presentations sessions ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very good’. We made sure that every one got a couple of drills, still that is not enough. More and more practice needed here. Unfortunately we had time constraint. I have asked the students to do their own drills. Shall continue to push them through Whatsapp.

– Over 90% have rated the facilitators ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very good’

Of course we can always be better than what we are. Hope we will continue on that path.

In another post, I shall share part of the PDF with detailed feedback that a few students shared. Their delight in their personal growth through the four days comes through these sharing.

Find your Mojo….if passion can be your profession, what else do you need!

Respected Sir,

Today’s session of yours at South Campus was very motivating for me. You asked us to write about our future, target and goal once we get back home. So here I have a question how to realize what is our goal. Since past three years I m trying to figure out what are the things that make me happy, What should i aim for…. But i didn’t get any answer till today.
I want to start a venture is the answer which i get many times. But I get bored of things very easily. Sometimes I wonder that if I will start a venture and get bored of it then what will I do??

I want to do MBA so that I may be around people who have the same mindset as I have. I want to be around people who are like me so that I can discuss things with them. I want to explore the whole life of a businessman or businesswoman. And As I told you I am the person who gets bored of things. So Sometimes I feel this zeal is also for just time being.

Please help me to solve this equation.

Yours sincerely,

AC

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Hi AC,

Ask yourself, what do you enjoy the most? when you are engrossed in it, time stands still… you forget day and night, lunch and dinner, diwali and dusshera…
what is the arena you would like to dance in…..
What are your unique skill sets
what do you love doing
where will these unique abilities of yours be invaluable
….
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You never get bored of these for sure….
You celebrate them… and find ways to engage yourself in them..
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Kashmir - Zannat Zamin par

As I addressed three classes today, in one of the classes a young gentleman shared that he is passionate about water and has been working on research projects with a developmental organization… he said, water is his all encompassing interest. He asked whether the IIMs will ever be interested in his passion. Do they want to hear about it?
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Imagine a day without water and what a role it plays… … I am sure his passion of water will find its destination; no one could ever stop gushing waters…….and the institutions will be in awe of his purpose and passion! and the WATER WILL FIND ITS OWN LEVEL !!
if your story is compelling, every one will be glued to your screen…
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HARSHA will play his cricket for life time, ‘BHOGging’ the rich treasures; DINA will continue to sing and run ‘parikrama’ ‘RALlying’ the crowd; Bhai, MALLIKA too will dance for ever conquering the ‘SARA world’….. ;
Each one found a meaning and purpose for themselves and the IIMs did take them to the higher planes…
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Your passion can be your profession….you will never get bored. Will you?
if you are passionate you will find ways of putting it/them to use…either for yourself or for a corporate…or others.
You need to ask questions – why, what, where, how? and dwell deeper..
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I am sure you will find your treasure too… Find your Mojo..
write to me once you finish the exercise…
Best wishes.

Reinforcements and Realizations this week !

Do what you really love… Life is such a beautiful gift to unfurl the infinite potential within. What ever do, do it in such a way that none in the world could do it!

DO NOT get trampled by others expectations! DO NOT feel guilty and carry the burden!

When you excel, all those who dissuaded you or opposed you will come around. They will first grudgingly acknowledge, then reluctantly accept and then finally celebrate.

YOU CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE EVERY DAY WITH EXCELLENCE!

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SPANDAN 2014 - SPACES and CURATION - dedicated to all gurus who have excelled in their journey of infinity

The World is your arena, play with purpose; The world is your stage, dance with dedication; The world is your canvas, paint with passion. No one can stop you… go! Just do it!

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Aham-Bramhasmi – I am the creator! Life is all about purposefulness; work with that focus and perseverance; turn every adversity into an opportunity. If your really want it, you will make it, as you will chase it at any cost. No one can stop you…The whole world is within.

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ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:
1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
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Purpose, Vision, Passion, Conviction and Execution…. make an individual push new boundaries in the journey of realizing potential !

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“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Salvador Dalí

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Forshadow : A photo story for excellence ! on SREENIViews

Foreshadow means ‘an indication of a future thing to happen’; What forebodes excellence? The diligence with which every artist prepares for the performance, days before and also at the backstage, foreshadows the brilliance on the stage.

SPIC MACAY International Convention IIMC - Day 1
Guru Birju Maharaj (75), Kathak Maestro, getting ready for his performance

For the complete inspirational photo-story do not miss Foreshadow on SREENIViews People, Places and Stories

Leave your comments and feedback.

Thanks and regards
sreeni

Dream It! Do It! You can achieve anything….including IIM. Charge yourself.

Charge yourself to doing anything in life. Go through this presentation. If you really need a great push to make your dreams come true, make sure you attend the webinars by me. Go and enrol at Register for Webinars by Sreeni. You will get a mail for schedule.

IWSB : Ankita (PGP11) Awarded CBFW–NEN fellow, meets WOMEN leaders in MUMBAI

Ankita Gupta, PGP11 student of IWSB, bags Cherie Blair Foundation for Women-National Entrepreneurship Network Fellow. IWSB is proud of Ankita, on being awarded one of the 10 future potential women entrepreneurial leaders fellowship for this year.

Ankita Gupta, PGP11 student, IWSB

She has been awarded this fellow for her exceptional role in not only demonstrating her entrepreneurial spirit through her endeavours but also strengthening NEN Entrepreneurship Cell at IWSB. The letter from NEN Trust team commends Ankita, by adding, “We hope that our Fellowship program, developed in partnership with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW), will provide you with opportunities to grow and become one among strong entrepreneurial leaders, not only in the NEN community but also beyond”

Ankita Gupta of IWSB with the CBFW-NEN award

Ankita was invited for the CBFW ‘Women Mean Business’ Conference on December 8, 2010 in Mumbai. Her profile featured in the brochure of the event in the special section on the ten CBFW-NEN Fellows selected for this year. She got an opportunity for special interaction in person, with five women leaders of her choice.

Ankita Gupta of IWSB with the cherie Blair and other awardees

Ankita Gupta interacting with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Ankita Gupta of IWSB with the other awardees on the stage

Women Leaders interacting

Ankita in her own words, “The conference was amazing…It was very different from all my past attended conferences since, this time I could really find people around me willing to know about me, my college -IWSB, our activities, our specialties etc.etc…

I met many eminent personalities…Cherie Blair, Shailesh Rao (Google), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Biocon), Rachna Nath (Pricewaterhousecoopers), Dr. Sunita Maheshwari (Teleradiology), Reema Nanavaty (Sewa), Jatinder Kaur Arora (Punjab State council for Science & Tech.) are among those with whom we (Cherie Blair Fellows) could have special interactive sessions(arranged by NEN).

It was an amazing experience overall and I believe that the knowledge I could gain in this conference is going to help me in long term.

I sincerely thank for the support that I have always received from the college and I am sure that with the kind of efforts which we all have been putting together… IWSB has a great bright future”

Before heading to the conference Ankita shared, “Thanks a lot for wishes from everyone. Please let me share that it has been possible because of the support and faith of Prof. Arindam Lahiri who helped me a lot to clear every step in the process. I must say that IWSB should be proud to have professors like him.”

Ankita along with Shobhit jain (PGP11) were the two-member team from IWSB that won the national award for presenting ‘Business Models in the rural domain’ at the RURAL MARKETING ASSOCIATION OF INDIA competition for best summer project conducted at IIM Bangalore. They were awarded the GOLD MEDAL for their project ahead of quite a few projects from various IIMs and top B-Schools.

This project (manufacturing of Sanitary Napkins by women’s self help groups in Uttarakhand) was initiated by a few Alumni of IWSB – Jaydeep and his team with the help of NIF (national innovation foundation) Fellows, where in Ankita and Shobit contributed immensely in building up as part of their summer project. They then evolved their work into a model that can be of a great value in building up new rural businesses.

Check the detailed report on this blog posting – RMAI award for ‘Business Models in Rural Doman’

Looking forward to your comments here or write to sreeni@iwsb.in

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