Mega Job Fair 2014, 12th July 2014 @ Garden City College, Bangalore

Garden City College is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and NAAC accredited institution offering various programs in Science and Management Studies. As a part of corporate social responsibility, every year a Job Fair is organized for the benefit of fresh graduates and experienced graduates. This year the 11th Edition of Mega Job Fair was held on 12th July 2014. This year the Job Fair was organized in association with Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (Central Placement Cell), Government of Karnataka on 12th July 2014. 48 Companies from Retail, Automobile, Healthcare, Banking, Financial Service and Insurance, IT/ITES and Hospitality Sectors participated in the Job Fair. Over 4500 walk-ins were reported and 3138 candidates applied for various positions and 470 offers were made by these companies on the same day and about 600 candidates were shortlisted for further rounds. A booklet with company profiles and requirements was given to job aspirants to guide them in the Job Fair. The fair was inaugurated by Prof. N. Bharathi, Principal, Garden City College. From the Healthcare domain, companies like Cryobanks, Omega Health Care, etc. participated. From retail domain companies like Eureka Forbes, Essae Teraoka, Living Design, Selco Solar Light, Reliance Retail, etc. participated. From BFSI domain Cross Domain Solutions, HDFC Life, Indusind Bank, ING Vysya Bank, Reliance Securities, Sundaram Finance, Exide Life Insurance,etc. participated. From IT/ITES domain, Aegis Global, Artech info Systems, EMC Limited, Emart Solutions, Greet Technologies First Source Solutions, Infosys, Meghus, HGS, Mphasis, Orange Tech Solutions, Sun ITES, Ansata Computers Systems, Just Dial, Vertex Customer solutions etc participated. From the automotive sector, Arvind Motors, Leo Motors, Mandovi Motors, Pratham Motors, Ravindu Toyota, Trident Motors, etc. participated. Recruitment firms like Accrue India, Adecco India, ISOL Talent Consultants, Suksh, TPHRM Solutions, Teamware, Tutelage, etc. participated. From NGOs/Others Samarthanam Trust participated. From the Hospitality sector, Beautiful Journeys, Café Coffee day, The Zuri – Whitefield Bengaluru, The Four Fountain Spa, UB City Properties, etc. participated. The job fair witnessed a huge participation by job seekers from all over the state and from neighboring states like Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra & Kerala.

PG Graduation Day

The graduation day was held on 10th May 2014 at the Garden City College auditorium. The event started sharp at 3.30pm. The students were seated accordingly wearing their graduation gown. The colour codes for girls were green and for boys were black and white. The guest of honour was Mr. R. Shivakumar who is the President for The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI). The students who graduated were from the departments of MBA, MCA, MTA, M.Sc Biotechnology, M.Sc Microbiology, M.S. in Communication, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Sc Nursing (MSN) and MPT- Masters of Physiotherapy.
The event started with the promotional video and then followed by the speech by the principal. Our beloved chairman Dr. V.G. Joseph also made his presence felt. The certificates were conferred by the guest of honour. The students maintained their decorum as the proud parents looked at their children getting their certificates. It was then followed by an oath by the students. It was mixed feelings for the students as they smiled and hoped for the better future. The event ended with a theme dinner.
By Kurup Neha Vasan (2nd semester M.S. Communication)

INAUGURATION OF INNOKRIYA – THE MEDIA CLUB

Garden City College is well- known for its innovative ideas and one among them was INNOKRIYA, the media club which provides bright opportunity to the students who taken up Media Studies. For students who are interested in photography, reporting, interviewing and making documentaries it opens up many avenues for every possible job related to media studies.

The inauguration of Innokriya took place on 4th of August, 2014, in the presence of our honorary guest Mr. Anantha Subramaniam, an avid photo journalist who works for DNA.
When asked about his passion Mr. Subramaniam, an eminent person, known for his wide experience and ability to capture subtle nuances of life, stated that, he had faced and overcome many a difficult situation, in his career spanning seventeen years. He managed everything, only because of his undying passion, dedication and the belief that everything he was doing, would one day culminate into a much deserved recognition. He stated that fame was not everything, but it did give him ultimate happiness, which was more valuable.
“Gratitude is the attitude of heart,” said he, summing up his belief in hard work, perseverance and gratefulness.
The students of the Department of Media Studies were overwhelmed to have Mr.Subramaniam as the guest of honour who through his motivating words, invested in the students a kind of fervor, a zeal.
He brought his great collection of inspirational photos for the students. Some of them were exceptionally good. But others were simple and had a deep meaning. He said one photograph can describe thousand words and this was clearly was depicted in his pictures.
He showed many pictures which portrayed society as well as individuals. Most of the pictures were on the front page of many famous dailies. From Amitabh Bachhan to Sachin Tendulkar,he has clicked photographs of almost all the famous personalities.

A picture is never perfect; it’s just the vision leading to the path of perfection. No matter how bad or good a picture is it’s just the creative thinking of the viewer and the way he decodes it. For clicking some epic pictures you have to be patient and wait for the correct moment with the vision in your mind.

By Aparna Satheesh Kurup
3RD SEMESTER BA JOURNALISM

GCC Puraskar- Hospitality, Travel, Fashion

On a slightly warm afternoon of March 18th, 2014, Garden City Colllege hosted the Hospitality Puraskar under the leadership of the visionary, His Excellency Dr Joseph V. G, Honorary Consul of Republic of Maldives in Bangalore and Chairman, Garden City group of Institutions. The awards were a platform for the students to recognize and take inspiration from the significance and value created by the hotels and hoteliers, who retain their distinction through their world class facilities and the excellent services that they provide. The guest of honor for the evening was Mr. Stephen Beale, Senior Vice President Zuri Hotels and Resorts. After the inaugural lamp lightning ceremony the function started on a rhythmic note with a beautiful invocation dance by Ms. Kirthana, followed by Mr. Beale being felicitated by Prof. N Bharathi, Principal, Garden City College.

The awards are based on a student’s poll conducted across various hospitality colleges in Bangalore. The entire fraternity was divided into various categories and the winners in their respective segments were as follows:

1. Hotel with best work ethics- Ritz Carlton
2. Meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions segment- Novotel Bangalore
3. Best Health Resort- Ayurveddagram
4. Hotel with best restaurant- J. W Marriot
5. Best theme park resort- Wonder La
6. Best nature resort- Guhantra
7. Best upcoming hotel- Double Tree

The glaze of the award function was heightened by a dance performance by the in house dance academy of GCC, Roll 4 soul.
The 2nd category of awards were for the best restaurants and they were bagged by

8. Best Chain of Restaurants- Mainland China
9. Best Punjabi Restaurant- Oye Amritsar
10. Best Italian Restaurant- Chinati
11. Best Indian Coffee Chain- Cafe coffee day
12. Best Buffet Restaurant- Chutney Chang
13. Best Lebanese Cuisine Restaurant- Byblos
14. Best Mexican Restaurant- Grill House
15. Unique Food Concept Restaurant- Egg factory

Ms Priyanka Borkar, Training Manager J. W Marriort, Bangalore was felicitated as the Best Training Manager. To pay tribute to the ethnic diversity of 74 nations at GCC, the Dept. of Fashion and Apparel Design organized a commendable fashion show. The presidential address for the evening was delivered by Dr. Joseph V.G and the evening ended on a quiet note with a high tea organized in the convention hall lounge. This provided a perfect end for the students to mingle with stalwarts from the hospitality industry.
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The GCC Travel Puraskar was conducted on March 19th, in the college auditorium. The dignitaries for the evening were Shri Perikal Sunder, Chairman Tourism Committee, FKCCI and Mr. P H Rajpurohit, Co-Chairman, Tourism Committee, FKCCI. The festivities of the evening started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp and felicitation of the guests of honor. Ms Raka Mondal performed a beautiful dance number to kick start the cultural festivities for the day. The awards felicitated a platform for the students to identify and take inspiration from the wide network and abilities created by the professionals in the tourism industry.

GCC Puraskar for travel acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the travel industry. The tourism Industry was divided into various categories and the credit holders were as follows:

1. Best documentation service- Thomas Cook
2. Best tourism promotion on wheels- Golden Charriot
3. Best low cost carrier- Indigo
4. Best domestic carrier- Spice Jet
5. Best travel portal- Yatra.com
6. Best Adventurous tour planner-Outback India
7. Best retail travel agency- My Happy Journey
8. Best medical tourism hospital- Columbia Asia Hospital
The in-house dance academy, Roll 4 soul took over the stage and entertained the invitees to their hearts content. It was then followed by a melodious duet song by Mr . Deepanga and Ms. Tribeni.
The cultural festivities ended with a fashion show by the Department of Tourism and a dance by Korean Students. The presidential address was delivered by Dr. V. B Coutinho, President Governing Council, Garden City College and ex-Vice Chancellor, Gulbarga University. The event ended with a high tea which allowed free informal interactions among the industry professionals and students.
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March 20th, saw GCC playing host to the GCC Fashion Puraskar. The event came with an opportunity for the students to participate and take home experience at exchange of professionalism from the web of work created by professionals in the fashion industry.
The dignitaries for the evening were Dr. NVR Nathan, Dy Director, General Apparel Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Textiles and founder of Army Institute of Fashion and Design and Ms. Sushma Veer, Founder- Director and Producer, Veer Kathakar.
After the ceremonial lamp lighting and welcome dance by Ms. Raka Mondal, the dignitaries for the evening were felicitated by Dr. Coutinho and Prof. N. Bharathi.
The awards were devised on the figures of student’s polls conducted in various colleges in and around Bangalore. Distributing the entire fashion world in segments, the emerging winners in the respective categories were:

1. Desginer cum Entrepreneur- Sujit Meher
2. Women’s Wear- Indus League
3. Apparel Resources Limited- Fashion Journalism
4. Cotton World- Kids World
5. Choreographer & Event Director- Mr Sreedhar
6. Upcoming Model (Television) – Ms Shanu P Verghese

The cultural festivities ended with a fashion show put up by the Department of Fashion and Apparel Design. DR. V. B Coutinho delivered the presidential address for the evening. The event ended with a high tea organized, enabling the aspiring students involve themselves in influential talks with the path-bearers of the fashion industry.

Swaraj Das Mohanty
4th Sem B.A J

FRESHERISM 2014

2nd August was the finale of Fresherism 2014 .The day started with the formal interaction between the freshers and the Gardenians, department wise. It began with the Journalism department and and was followed by the departments of Tourism, Management Sciences, Life Sciences and Fashion Designing . It began with the introduction of the senior students and the new faculty members of GCC, followed by the freshers introducing themselves. The introductory sessions were made livelier by the dance performance by Shriya and Swagata followed by another performance by Jecil , Priyanka and Parul .
Every department introduced itself in a different way to its new bees. Where department of Journalism and Tourism kept it simple, the department of Management Studies came up with the innovative idea of a small theme based skit followed by the department of Fashion and Apparel Designing who mesmerised the audience with their ramp walk .
When the seniors did so much, how could the juniors be left behind??? The capability and versatility of the new comers could very well be portrayed during their introductory session. It was definitely a treat to watch so many amazing talents in GCC.
After the formal introduction session, the Top 50 selected contestants had their makeover session .The top 50 students were given time to relax and live every moment of this unforgettable day .
The “feel good” evening began with the arrival of our honourable Chairman Dr. Joseph V.G. In this session the top 50 deserving students were in the lime light. These students who had proved themselves to be the cream of the crowd stole everyone’ s heart ; they stood strong and faced every moment with their best foot forward, be it in sports , treasure hunt , talent hunt or survival night, they were simply “FANTASTIC”.
The formal event started with a pleasing welcome dance by Kirthana of BA Journalism followed by an outstanding performance by our in-house dance academy, Roll for Soul.
This was just the beginning; the other jewels of the evening were yet to come. The formal event moved forward with a video presentation on the journey of Fresherism 2014 . It was such a great video that reminded the freshers of their beautiful fun journey which was coming towards an end, and left everyone with a heavy heart.
The formal session moved to its next segment with the presentation of mementos to the top 50 students by our honourable Chairman, Dr. Joseph V.G. and the Principal, Prof. N . Bharathi.
The informal event was hosted by Prof. Reji Meprathe, Dean, Management Studies. This event marked its start with a blasting session by the freshers in which the top 50 were given an opportunity to express their feelings on being one among the top 50 .
The event moved forward with a magnificent performance by Suraj Gupta and his team Rolling Rockers which was followed by a melodious song by Aparna which blew everybody’s heart away . The most awaited moment came when the audience were shown the making of fresherism video.
As it is rightly said, the best things are always kept for the end and that goes for our very Best GAB (Grab All Beats) who stole everyone’s heart with their fabulous performance.
With this, it was the end of a memorable FRESHERISM 2014 …………
BY
RIYA DAS AND RICHA MENON
3rd semester BAJ

ENGLISH CONFERENCE 2014

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you are not lonely or isolated from anyone. You belong”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

As rightly comprehended by F. Scott Fitzgerald, that is the power of literature. It is true that world unity has received an enormous boost in recent times with the establishment of unprecedented international organizations that provide every country a platform to express and by the introduction of international laws that were impossible to conceptualize a century ago, but even before such hallowed measures were adopted, literature united and keeps uniting the world as it facilitates the voices of the voiceless to be heard across the globe. It is through the literature of a particular community that other communities come to understand its people, culture, opinions and rituals which in turn generate solidarity amongst them.
Celebrating this wonderful aspect of human life, the Department of Languages, Garden City College hosted ENGCONF 2014. It was a two day International conference held on February 7th and 8th that aimed at exploring the surfeit in the field of literature and included presentations on post colonial voices in South Asian literature and cinema. The seminar was attended by 260 delegates from various universities across the country which enabled the conference to achieve dynamic proportions where intellectuals presented their viewpoints on the theme.
7th February – Day 1
The day started with registrations at 8:30 in the morning following which was the inaugural programme. It was attended by noted guests like Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, Dr. Rajendra Chenni and Mr. Prakash Belawadi. After the floral compliments were accepted by the guests, Ms. Kirthana entertained the audience with the welcome dance.
The felicitation of the guests followed suit and soon after the Chief Guest, Dr. Kambara declared the conference open.
Apart from the above mentioned events, the inaugural programme also included the release of the special issue of Luminaire- a refereed journal of the Department of Languages. While Mr. Belawadi unwrapped the journal and introduced it to the audience, Dr. Chenni released The Book of Abstracts amongst the gathering.
The paper presentations commenced after a short tea break at the conclusion of the inaugural programme and continued till late afternoon. The eventful day got over with a very entertaining cultural programme in the evening followed by a South Asian theme dinner in the green house.
8th February- Day 2
The day included plenary sessions by Dr. Soumitra Chakravarty and Dr. Cheriyan Alexander. They enlightened the audience with their intellectual words and started the second day with a flourish of literary wisdom. Paper presentations continued in different venues like the first day and the valedictory programme commenced in the late afternoon. Roll for Soul, the in- house dance academy gave a wonderful performance that provided a fitting conclusion to the two day conference.
The decoration deserves special mention. It was amazing the way the decoration enhanced the feel of the theme. Be it the collages of the eight SAARC nations or the centre pieces proclaiming famous adages, the decoration scored full mark.
The rejuvenating power of literature is assessed as one looks back at the two days of the conference and its repetition looked forward in EngConf 2015.
Abhishikta Dhar
4th Sem. BAJ.

BREAST CANCER- A PINK RIBBON INITIATIVE

“When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.”
-Kay Now
That is what Angelina Jolie did when she announced about getting a double mastectomy done last year. When you know you are at a risk, you need to fight back. But isn’t prevention better than cure? And yes, risks of getting breast cancer can be lowered by knowing about it- by being aware of the diagnosis & treatment procedures. History says it all- breast cancer was the most documented cancer in ancient texts. Though accounting for 22.9% of all cancers, before 20th century breast cancer was a hush-hush affair. But as surgery advanced, and long-term survival rates improved, women began raising awareness of the disease and the possibility of successful treatment. Thus, came into existence awareness campaigns and the first one to be organized was by the organization “Women’s Field Army”, run by the American Cancer Society.
Still, breast cancer is the most dreaded cancer and Bengaluru itself is home to 27.3% cases of breast cancer which is why it is ranked as the most common cancer in the city. In the 21st century and still a victim of ignorance? Yes it is a fault on our part, to have never really taken the “Pink Ribbon culture” seriously. The pink ribbon culture is the set of activities, attitudes, and values that surround and shape breast cancer in public.
Thus, an initiative was taken by the Women’s Development Cell of Garden City College to organise a breast cancer camp on the March 6th, 2014 in the college auditorium. It was done to create an awareness amongst the students as we are witnessing an age shift, and the average age of developing breast cancer has shifted from 50-70 years to 30-50 years; and cancers in the young tend to be more aggressive.
The Chief guests were Dr. Ibrahim Nagoor, facilitator, Kidawi Institute of Oncology; Lion Kabilan, President- Lions Club of Ejinapur; Lion Dr. Prasad, vice District Governor- Lion District 317E; Lion ArvindTulsidas, District Chairperson, Lion District 317E and Dr.Ramchandrappa. The lamp lighting ceremony started the day, after which the guests were felicitated. Dr. Ibrahim Nagoor gave an eye-opening lecture on the various cancers and its possibilities which students should be aware of as it is said of cancers- the faster you know the better. He gave an insight into the impact of screening oneself for breast cancer when the time is right and the various tests that can be done. He also happened to mention how women may reduce their risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol and being physically active. It was followed by a healthy interaction, a round for the students to clear their doubts and get a better understanding of the disease.
There was a free screening for breast cancer done for the students of the college by the Lion’s club of Bengaluru. Breast cancer screening refers to testing otherwise-healthy women for breast cancer in an attempt to achieve an earlier diagnosis under the assumption that early detection will improve outcomes. A number of screening tests were employed including: clinical and self-breast exams, mammography, genetic screening, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. Many girls took an initiative to get themselves screened for their own safety.
Thus, the day came to an end but it was just a start- the fight against breast cancer. Awareness and understanding of this disease is half the war won already; and will help in making informed decisions at the right time!

Gitanjoli Borah
(IV Semester M.Sc. Microbiology)

BONG CONNECTION 2014

Garden City College , having students from 74 Nations and almost all Indian states , is always enthusiastic about celebrating fests showcasing different cultures of India . Following its legacy, Garden City College celebrated BONG CONNECTION on 10th August 2014 .
Bengali fest which was initiated as TUMI ROBE NIROBE, a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore and a celebration of his 150th birth anniversary in 2011, got its new look and was renamed as BONG CONNECTION with a fresh gusto in 2013.
The great event of BONG CONNECTION started with the melodious tune of GCC Anthem , with the motto of connecting all the Bengalis in Garden City College and presenting the rich heritage and culture of Bengal to all the non-Bengalis .
From darkness towards light , light being the symbol of knowledge, with this thought the lighting of the holy lamp by our celebrated guest Dr. Sumantra Chaterjee and our vice principal Prof. Kalyan Sundaram took place .
Dance the rhythmic expression of art conveys its message in its own way . With this idea a fabulous welcome dance was presented by Susmita and Saptami to give a warm welcome to our guest of honour .
Students come and they proceed towards their bright future but the institution stands in timeless scope. With these wonderful thought Garden City College corporate video was screened which moved everyone present at the event .
The event moved forward with the video presentation of the profile of the guest, Dr. Sumantra Chatterjee, eminent scientist and recipient of 2012 ABP ANANDA SERA BENGALI AWARD . After the profile presentation, the guest was felicitated by our honourable vice principal Prof. Kalyan Sundaram which was followed by a motivational speech from our prestigious guest .
He is the father of our institution. He has given us the courage to dream , to achieve and to win . He is our patron . We are grateful to him for giving us a platform to celebrate and showcase our cultures every year. With these words our honourable Chairman His Excellency Dr. Joseph V.G. was requested to come on stage and share some motivational thoughts with all who were present at the event .
In our day to day life we often forget to look back and cherish our good old days . It was none other than Akansha who took us on a joy ride with her melodious solo song .
Rains are not only a part of the season . It has its own influence in the field of art and culture and to show this influence an extraordinary solo dance was performed by Raka .
Feelings come from within and poetry is just a replica of this spontaneous overflow of emotions with these lines a reflection of the City of Joy, KOLKATA, was presented by Utsa Bhaduri .
Different paths make the biggest difference in one’s journey towards success . Journey that creates history . Journeys that inspire us to live our life a little differently. With these words a melodious solo song was presented by the very talented Arya .
Kolkata, the city of joy and the land of sweets, is not only known for its cultural heritage, but holds a lot of historical importance as well which was very clearly captured in the video which was screened. It covered almost every nook and corner of our first capital, our very own KOLKATA .
It is said that only Bengalis celebrate 13 festivals in 12 months . Festivities are an integral part of Bengal’s culture and depicting this culture, a gorgeous Bangladeshi folk dance was performed by Moumita .
The event moved forward with a fabulous Bengali folk dance by Susmita and group which was really breathtaking.
BONG CONNECTION is not over yet, it will last for long . In the minds of all it will roam like a wandering cloud . Hopes will be there and so will be the expectations . “Ring in new and ring out old”, with those promising words our hosts UTSA and PRACHETA called it the end of BONG CONNECTION 2014 .
Last but not the least, paying a token of respect to our country , everybody present at the event were asked to rise for the National Anthem and were requested to move towards Green House for the authentic theme dinner .
With this it was a wrap up for BONG CONNECTION 2014 WITH THE MOTIVE TO BRING ALL THE BENGALIS TOGETHER UNDER ONE ROOF WITH THE TRUE FEELING OF UNITY AND BROTHERHOOD…….
By
Riya Das
3rd sem BAJ.

GGC Expects High at its Genomics & Proteomics Workshop

A one day workshop on Genomics and Proteomics, organized by Garden City College of Science and Management Studies (GCC) on May 3, aimed at providing a glimpse of current genomics research and hands-on training in Proteomics-tools to its students for kindling an awareness to become contemporary of new-age drug discovery research process.
Dr Renukaradhya K Math, Reader at Dept. of Life Sciences of GCC and Coordinator of the event, said, “Advancement in Genomics and Proteomics, together have brought tremendous changes in the drug discovery process over the last few years. This event will offer an advantage to both our students and faculty members.” Throughout the day, two sessions of the event have witnessed some of the Bangalore’s most recognized scholars in Genomics, Protein Synthesis and Proteomics. Prof Umesh Varshney of IISc, Bangalore has presented his work on mechanism of protein synthesis while Dr Kavitha Nag Bharatam of inStem/ NCBS, Bangalore has delivered presentation on role of molecular modelling in drug designing. Another interesting presentation, given by Dr Shiva Kumar of IBAB, Bangalore, depicted the history and applications of genomics in pathogenic bacteriology.
The afternoon session, which was completely on proteomics, had an hour-long presentation by Dr Prashanth Krunakar of PES College, Bangalore. After giving an oral presentation on Protein Crystallography, Dr Krunakar had also taken part in the hands-on training session on Proteomics-tools to train the students with an individual interaction which was the most colourful part of the session. Prof Sheeja M S, Dean of the Dept. Life Sciences at GCC, said, “We have done this for the benefit of our students. We have arranged in such a way so that each of our students can have an individual access to the system and interaction with the mentor.” A Post Graduate Student in Biochemistry said, “It was a great opportunity for us. I, personally, would like to take part in drug designing research. So, it was obviously a great opportunity to discuss with the scholars who are doing real research in this field.”

Mr Utsa Bhaduri
II SEM, MSc Biochemistry

Mega Job Fair 2014 @ Garden City College, Bangalore

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Garden City College is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and NAAC accredited institution offering various programs in Science and Management Studies. As a part of corporate social responsibility every year Job Fair is organized for the benefit of fresh graduates and experienced graduates. This year the 11th Edition of Mega Job Fair was held on 12th July 2014. (more…)