Department of Tourism, Garden City College signs MOU with Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI)

October 20, 2015 witnessed two giants coming together. One, a giant in the field of education and the other, a giant in the field of travel and tourism. Their aim, to recuperate the industry-academia relationship and to enhance the skills required to be a proficient part of the world’s largest “smokeless industry”.

The Memorandum of Understanding emphasized on introducing bridge course and value added trainings for the students, internship and placement assistance, bringing in stalwarts from the industry for interaction with students.

With the signing of this MOU, GCC becomes the first college in Karnataka and second college PAN India to do so. The event has attained media coverage in all leading newspapers, news portals and magazines.

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Report on the National Conference Tec’afe 2K15.

On 29 September 2015, the Department of Computer Science organized a one day national conference Tec’afe 2K15 titled -“Convergence in Operational and Computational Technology 3rd Edition – COCT 2K15”.
The ground work for the conference commenced from July 2015. The department of Computer Science witnessed the fruit of their hard work and team spirit during this conference.
The day commenced with the registration at 9.00 am. The inaugural function commenced at 10.15 AM with 2 guests, Mr. Gerald Manoharan, Partner, JSA Adovcates and Solicitor and Mr. Sebastian Eddassery, Director, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited.
The Conference Proceeding with the ISBN No: 978 81 207 9876 2 was released during the inaugural function by the guests, Mr. Gerald Manoharan and Mr. Sebastian Eddassery .The issue editors of the Conference Proceedings were Prof. Vinothina and Prof. Madhavi Giridhar of the Computer Science Department.
The annual journal “OPTIMA – Journal of Physical Science” was also released by the guests Mr. Gerald Manoharan and Mr. Sebastian Eddassery. The 4th Volume of this journal is a Refereed Journal. This journal offered a platform for students and research scholars to publish their review articles providing foundation to their research work. The published papers are double-blind reviewed by experts and editorial members. The issue editor of OPTIMA Journal is Prof. Nagamani of Computer Science Department.
Mr. Gerald Manoharan delivered the Keynote address to the gathering followed by the Tea break. The next technical session was headed by Mr. Sebastian Eddasery on the topic “Digital Forensics – for effective fraud management”.
Post Lunch, there were paper presentations chaired by Dr. Narayan Singh, Professor, HKBK College and Dr. Ambika S, Professor, Kristu Jayanti College on various areas of expertise like Cloud Computing, Networking, Image processing, Data Mining, Software Engineering and Information Systems.
There were totally 115 participations including students.
In a nutshell, the conference helped all participants to invigorate a true core competence in the field of IT, to delve into various areas of research and to share the resources of mass knowledge among the IT fraternity.
I conclude this report by stating that Garden City College provided all academicians who participated in this conference a platform to share knowledge and to be at par with the challenging market demand.

Prof. Sibi Shaji
Department of Computer Science.

MAZHAVILL 2015 VISUALISATION OF KERALA CULTURE

Kerala, a land of exemplary beauty and magnificent landscape is a promising coast of heavenly fields. Also known as ‘Gods Own Country’, the state is renowned for its ravishing backwaters, majestic hill tops and the scenic panorama. To perceive the cultural ambience of the state, Garden City College hosted the exhilarating event “Mazhavill 2015” on 3rd October, 2015.
Every year, Mazhavill is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. This year, the event brought up many elegant and dazzling performances on stage. The programme began with a lamp lighting ceremony and followed with a welcome dance which gave a perfect start to this event. It was followed by a classical stretch of various dance forms of Kerala –Thiruvathira Kali, Vattapattu, Margam Kali and Mohiniyattam. The satire comedy-based skit by the students brought a critical thinking into the current social and political issue. They also danced to various item numbers in Mollywood enacting and mimicking their favourite heroes. The culturals concluded with the fashion show showcasing the various outfits of Kerala by many glamorous faces on the ramp.
An inspiring and motivating speech was delivered by the Chief Guest, Mr. Johney Thomas – Deputy General Manager, Quality, Engine division HAL, Bangalore. He addressed the gathering with a greeting note for the forthcoming “Kerala Piravi” and the foregoing “ThiruOnam”. Recollecting the famous sonnet by the great poet Vallathol, he appreciated the effort made by the students and the management to conduct events like Mazhavill, which gives an opportunity for the scattered population to reunite and feel at home, graced by the rich traditional culture of the state. Dr Siddaramaiah Pujar, Principal, Garden City College of Science and Management Studies gave the presidential address and valued the vision of our chairman, His Excellency Dr. Joseph V G, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Maldives in Bangalore, for conceptualizing such a novel thought.
After the mind blowing performances on stage, the students tested their strength on ground with a “Tug of War” competition .The students were not let down by the tiring competition as a feast of mouthwatering delicacies awaited them at the end of the day. Dishes like Kumarakam Kozhi Soup,Thiruvananthapuram Nadan Kozhi Sukha, Kappa Vevichathu, Ayyla Meen Malli Peralan, Koon and Pachakari Ullathiyathu, Mulagushyam, Vellarika Thair, Kandhari Chamandhi and Chukku Kaapi filled the hearts and souls of all present there.
The Kerala day which started as a reflection of Kerala culture left a deep impact in the minds of everyone that will never be forgotten.

Prof. Preethi Rajesh
Department of Life Sciences.

HAL (Hindustan Aeronotics Limited) vigilance department visited Garden City College

On 14th Oct 2015, HAL (Hindustan Aeronotics Limited) vigilance department visited Garden City College. They started with a video presentation highlighting their vision of becoming a significant global player in the aerospace industry. It helped the students to gain knowledge about the workings of HAL. They focus on achieving self-reliance in design, development, manufacture, upgrade and maintenance of aerospace equipment that diversifies into related areas. HAL also manages the business in a climate of growing professional competence to achieve world class performance standards to stand in the global competition and expand their growth in exports all around the world.
The foremost purpose of visiting GCC was to conduct Elocution competition amongst the students as a part of Awareness Programme on the eve of ‘Vigilance Awareness Week-2015′. Students from BCA as well as the MCA Dept. took part in the competition. The students actively took part and shared their views on the topic “Evil of Corruption and the Role of Youth in Fighting Corruption”. Some really amazing and surprising points came up from the participants which made the session a huge success.
Having a strong skill of presentation, Mr. Abhinav (MCA 1st year), emerged as a winner of the session for his good speaking skills and strong points he spoke against the corruption. Followed by that, Mr. Sidibi Thomas (MCA 1 year), Mr. Abdul Samee (MCA 1st year) and Mr. Jayanta Roy (BCA 2nd year) were selected for final round of elocution at Nehru auditorium, HAL Campus.
This conference was witnessed by Mr. Selvakumar (Chief Vigilance Officer, HAL), Ms. Srarasti (Asst.General Manager Vigilance dept. HAL), Prof. Meenatchi (HOD Comp. Sc. Dept). Our beloved principal, Dr. S. Pujar was also a part of the seminar. These esteemed guests also shared their views and played an active part of the session making it an important and an educative session for all the students present.
Samee Gangawali
1st year MCA

Launch of the Book “When The Boss is Wrong” by Dr. Sibichen K. Mathew, IRS & Advisor to TRAI

“When the boss is wrong!” The much awaited book of the renowned writer Dr. Sibichen K. Mathew, IRS & Advisor to TRAI was released on the 24th of April, 2015 at St. John’s Auditorium, Koromangla, Bangalore. The event was one of its kind where in audience in thousand turned up for a tete-a tete with the man behind the penmanship. The event was graced by the stalwarts of the industry and was moderated by Dr. Mathew himself.
The occasion was very special for the MBA students of Garden City College as they were disposed with the responsibility for the sales activity of the book in the launch venue. The students of the Media studies also proved to be a big support for the “behind the camera” act and in the production of the audio-visuals for the event.
The students had divided the task at hand amongst themselves by setting up multiple counters for the sale of the books. It was a real time experience for all the MBA aspirants as they were completely involved in mastering the art of approaching to prospects, demonstrating their marketing and Human Resources Skills. The efforts were soon converted into numbers for as much 1200 books were sold in less than 90 minutes with the guests picking up multiple copies of the book to gift it to their colleagues and bosses.
The event served the dual purpose of bringing out the brilliance of Dr. Sibichen K Mathew in front of the audience and the MBA students receiving an opportunity to take charge of a mega-event like this.

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GCC SALUTES THE SPIRIT OF TEACHING

“Quality of a nation depends upon its citizens. Quality of citizens depends upon their education. Quality of the education depends upon the Teacher”. These are the lines given by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Paying tribute to the legend, Garden City College celebrated the teachers day on 5th of September 2015. The event showcased the importance of the teacher in moral society and as well as in student’s career. Prof. N.S. Rame Gowda, former Vice Chancellor of the Karnataka state open university(KSOU) attended as a chief guest to the event. The event started with the formal lamp lightning by the Principal ,the Vice Principal and the Chief Guest as a tribute  to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. On the occasion of the teachers day, Prof. Rame Gowda interacted with the teaching staff. He said “Initially I would like to thank the Chairman, His Excellency, Dr. Joseph V. G. for establishing such an institution and producing  great minds for the nation. Great minds are developed in the class room where teachers inspire them as well as guide them in a positive way. It is said, ‘Mother gives birth whereas the teacher gives Life’. The respect that the teaching profession deserves is way more than any other profession in the world.”

He also noted “A teacher in modern societies is considered as the architect of an ethical society. With quality teaching and the motto ‘Emphasis is on life‘, Garden City College has the perfect combination to motivate students towards their goals. Education is nothing but the manifestation of the human being and it is the process of optimizing the system. The teaching field has evolved in such a way that the aspirants of the teaching field are growing day by day.”

Dr. Siddharamaih Pujar,  Principal GCC addressed the teaching staff on the values of a good teacher. He quoted “The college should motivate the teaching faculty in all their endeavors. Teachers help in framing the scholars of tomorrow, hence they should be encouraged with efficient teaching modules. ”

The event was followed by a special luncheon where the teachers relished the tantalizing dishes made by the students of the Department of Hotel Management.

P. Thataghath

3rd sem, BAJ

 

GARDENIA 2015 : SWACHH BHARAT

Gardenia, the annual cultural fest of Garden City College was a four day event which started from 09th September and ended on 12th September 2015. This year the theme of the fest was ‘Swachh Bharat- Ek kadam swachhta ki ore’. Following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the college administration along with its staff and students pledged to work towards a cleaner and greener India.

The first two days of the fest was open for inter-collegiate competitions which had events such as Best manager, La cuisine sans feu, Gardenia cinemagic, Coders gone wild, Prakriti, Riveria, Web page designing, Poster designing, Extempore, Rangoli, Solo song, Group song and various other events.

Day three of Gardenia saw a number of intra-collegiate events where students from various departments within the college participated. There were events such as Fireless Cooking, Best out of waste, Solo Song, Solo Dance, Cartooning, Collage making and others. In the evening, a DJ night was organized.

On day four, a national level quiz competition ‘Quizetta’ was conducted by Mr. Vinay Mudaliar, where in 58 teams from various schools participated.  Each team consisted of two people. Ms.Smitha M Reddy and Ms.Mary Binu were the teacher coordinators.

Mr.Suhas G Pai and Mr. Ramith Gopinath, from the Christ Junior College, Bangalore were the winners of Quizetta 2015. Mr. Shaurya Aditya Singh and Mr. Akhil Siddharth of Nehru Public School, Bangalore were the runner ups. Cash prize of Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 7,500 were awarded respectively.

A mesmerizing performance was showcased by the in- house dance group ‘Roll for soul’ under the guidance of Mr.Jigar. It was then followed by fashion parade.

 

Vrinda Nambiar

3rd Semester, MEM

THE ROTARACT CLUB INSTALLATION CEREMONY 2015-2016 AND A VISIT TO KARUNASHRAYA

Garden City College witnessed The Rotaract Club Installation Ceremony on 18th August . The venue of the event was GCC auditorium, and it rolled from 4:00pm which wind up at 5:00pm. It commenced with the welcome speech by Saima Nizar followed by the GCC Anthem and the lamp lighting ceremony. Rotaract club cherished the presence of dignitaries like assistant governor Rtn Ambika Narayan, president Rtn. C.M Reddy, secretary Rtn Manohar sivara, Director of youth service Rtn Girish Nair and Jt. Secretary & First Lady of Club-Rtn Pratima Reddy. President C.M. Reddy enlightened the Rotaractarians after which there was a speech by Rtn Ambika Narayan, assistant governor. The event progressed further with a speech by the Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Dr. Syed Azhar Ahmed. The Installation Ceremony was satisfied next by the installation of the office bearer which was complimented by a speech of the club president, Rotaractarian Jonathan Ahmose. The Vice President of the club Rotaractarian, Shristi Sanyal further fulfilled the ritual of vote of thanks.

The installation ceremony of Rotaract club 2015-2016 now being graciously performed, the students were taken to Karunashraya as a part of Rotaract club activity. They were enlightened by the words of Mr. Georgo. Ever Rotaractarian felt proud to contribute clothes and other things of necessities to the members of Karunashraya. The visit brought altogether a different worldview of life to the students.

Sonal Agarwal

3rd semester, BAJ

Rango Bongo Kalinga : West Bengal & Odisha Day Celebration @ GCC

India, a country of countless ethnic groups, is a land of myriad languages, a veritable babel of tongues and numerous varieties of apparels. Paying its tribute to this potpourri of diverse cultures, Garden City College, Bangalore hosted the enthralling event “Rango Bongo Kalinga, 2015”on the eve of 8th August, to celebrate the effusive culture and tradition of the land of Tagore, West Bengal and the abode of Lord Jaganath, Odisha.

As a host to numerous similar extravagant college fests, Garden City College, home to the student community from 76 countries of the world, organized this program that displayed an array of mesmerizing and exciting cultural fiesta, thereby celebrated the ancient living traditions from the state of “Poschim Bongo” and “Orrisa”. Dance and music forms an integral part of the Bengali and the Oriya culture. These art forms compliment and adorn the ethos of these states. With feet tapping performances like the Odissi Dance, Sambalpuri Dance, Rabindra Nritya, contemporary dances on poplar Bengali and Odisha numbers, the celebration was able to present the essence of these two rich cultures as if the land of Poschim Bongo, bathed in the holy waters of the Ganges, and the land of Puri Jaganath, complimented by the temple architecture of Konark, could be viewed vividly and experienced soulfully by the gathering present in one part of the Bangalore city. A journey down the melody lane was ensured by Rabindra Sangeet performance closely followed by poignant recitations extolling the cultural heritages of Bengal and Odisha.

A dramatic skit on the life of Kolkata infused a feeling of profuse nostalgia in the hearts and minds of the gathering about their native place. The program culminated with an innovative Fashion Show which displayed the ethnic apparel of the states and infused a penchant for drama by dance sequences and showcasing the traditional bridal wear of both the Bengali and Oriya culture. The gathering, filled with heartfelt joy, was vocal in making their pleasures felt by their claps and shouts of praise. The occasion was graced by several dignitaries belonging to the states of Bengal and Odisha who have made their mark in various walks of life. Mr. Manoj Patra - Vice-president, Odisha Cultural Association., Mrs. Bharati Ghatak - Hindustani classical singer, Mr. R. P. Majumdar – General Secretary, Bengali Association, Bangalore, Mr C.R. Sahu – Director & CEO, Samhutha Habitt Infrastructure Pvt Ltd., Mr. Jagannath Rao P.N. – Head, Facilities and Infrastructure, Alsbridge Advisory Pvt Ltd. were honored as Chief Guests on this occasion. The guests were full of praises for this extra-ordinary effort made by the student community and the college for paving the path for such brilliantly conceptualized celebration. Dr. Payel Dutta Chowdhury, Vice Principal, Garden City College appreciated the efforts of the students and staff who constituted the back-bone in devising the entire programme. She brought the programmes to an end by conveying her heartfelt gratitude to the Chairman, His Excellency Dr. Joseph V. G., Honorary Consul of the Republic of Maldives in Bangalore and extending her thanks to all the staff members for their constant support in making the occasion a grand success.

After displaying a strong buffet of culture and tradition, the occasion reached its zenith with dinner arrangements displaying the authentic cuisines of the states. Ethnic dishes like Luchi, Begun Bhaja, Doi Maach, Aloo Dum, Chicken Kossa, Rossogolla and Payesh transfused the stomachs and souls of all with a sense of deep satisfaction as is the wont of true Bengalis and Odiyas who are highly fond of their cuisines.

The success and enjoyment of the occasion ‘Rango Bongo Kalinga 2015’ was reflected in the gathering who were seen leaving the venue with a spring in their steps full of wonderful recollections of the evening’s program, fuelled by the tantalising smell of the dishes, inciting them to keep visiting the campus again and again.

Prof. Sudeshna Das
Department of Media Studies

INDUCTION ’2015. – EL MATADOR

Management is about human beings. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance; to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. Based on the outstanding leadership and managerial qualities, the Induction Ceremony of EL MATADOR was held on 31st July, 2015. The Management and Commerce Club of Garden City College have always focused on achieving the best. EL MATADOR has always been a stepping stone for each student, to climb the ladder of success and transform them into the best corporate professional one shall ever see. The ceremony commenced beautifully and the convener of the club, Prof. Sumitra Shankar welcomed the gathering along with chief guest for the ceremony Mr. Tijo John, Assistant Manager, Talent Transformation Retail, Landmark Group.

“Nothing can diminish the light that shines from within. When there is light darkness will disappear. ” With these words the ceremonial lamp was lit by our dignitaries followed by the felicitation of the chief guest by our Principal Dr. S. Pujjar . To continue with, we had the logo release of EL MATADOR which is considered a symbol of strength and victory.

“The harder the battle, the sweeter is the victory. Similarly, the battle of the matadorians is hard and they definitely have sweet moments too.” A video presentation of the club’s activities showcased the outstanding achievements of the Matadorians over the past few years. The batch of 2015, was given an E-Invite, by our chief guest Mr. Tijo John followed by an oath taking ceremony, where the students promised to bring laurels to the club as well as to the college. Mr. Tijo John, Asst. Manager, Talent Transformation- Retail, Landmark Group emphasized on the importance of management fests and how the students benefited out of them. In his address to the students he mentioned his experiences of the corporate world and the way he was self-motivated.

The first years and the second years had to work for the club to prove themselves. They’ve had interviews and practical sessions conducted by the third years and also they compete for the position of Heads, Sub-Heads, President and the Vice President through a voting session. After the investiture of our Matadorians who have worked hard to achieve their respective positions. The badge of the Best Manager was given to Mr. SohamSamprit and Mr. Pratik Parida, was declared as the head of the EDP. The position of Human Resources head and sub – head was awarded to Mr. Rakshith D. Anand and Miss. Nimerta Kumar followed by the Marketing Head who was Miss. Savy Paulson, while the Marketing Sub-head was Mr. Akhil Ravi. The throne of the quiz masters was given to Mr. Shubham Singh as the Business Quiz Head and Mr. Rijo Rajan as the Business Quiz Sub-head. Miss. Shreya Dua was declared as the Finance Head and Mr. Siddhesh Urumkar was declared as the Finance Sub-head. Last but not the least, Miss. Abigail Spurthi and Mr. Rakshith D. Anand were crowned as the President and Vice-President of EL MATADOR, respectively. Everyone was congratulated on their new positions, and leaders of the Management and Commerce Club promised to follow the vision and keep the fire of victory blazing till the end.

The ceremony concluded with club president Miss. Abigail Spurthi, giving her presidential speech and vote of thanks. The Matadorians went on to the stage to enlighten the gardenians about the batch of 2015, and their respective fields in the club. They let them know about Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Business Quiz, EDP and Best Manager via a power point presentation.

The idea was that, through this induction ceremony, each matadorian along with the fellow gardenians should be able to articulate their passion of succeeding in the corporate world.

 

-Akansha Khalkho

El Matador team.