On Campus

Udaymi Bazaar

The newly formed GD Goenka Technology Business Incubator (GDGTBI), GD Goenka University, Gurgaon celebrated the genesis of student entrepreneurship by organising Udyami Bazaar on 25th October 2016. The students put up close to 60 stalls including stalls put up by students of other universities. Each stall endeavoured to outdo the other on creativity of offerings, presentation of their wares and intense marketing and managerial skills to promote them. The various stalls included food, games, old books, apparel, cosmetics, stoles and paintings.

Each participant was offered certificates and there were cash prizes and trophies for three categories- Most Well Managed Stall, Most Innovative Marketing and Most Popular Stall. The teams which won prizes are- Vatsal Pandey and Nanki Kapoor for Most Well Managed Stall, Narun Kakkar and Vishal Tanwar for Most Popular Stall and Preetpal and Shaurya for Most innovative marketing. The atmosphere was quite charged up with each stall owner enjoying the process of earning money from their efforts.

Report on REDSET 2014

The 1st Conference on Recent Developments in Science, Engineering and Technology "REDSET-2014" was organized by the School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University on 17th and 18th October 2014. The theme of the conference was "Societal and Environmental aspects of Interdisciplinary Scientific Research". The conference was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) R K Shevagaonkar (Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi), distinguished keynote speakers Mr. Krishna Kant (Head, EMC Academic Alliance - Southeast Asia, Russia & ANZ), Mr. Rakesh Verma (Vice President & CTO, Samsung Heavy Industries India), Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh (Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University) and Prof. (Dr.) D K Jha (Dean, School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University and Chairperson REDSET 2014) by lighting of the lamp. This was followed by Saraswati Vandana recited by students.

The inaugural ceremony started with a welcome speech by the Conference Chair Prof. (Dr.) D K Jha, in which he presented REDSET as a competent forum for researchers from academia, industry, research and government organizations, and also shared the detailed program of REDSET-2014.

Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor GD Goenka University, provided his views on the current technologies from a bystander's perspective. Relating to the theme of the conference he discussed the impact of technology on society and environment. He added that the current generation is very fortunate to be born in this era where there is so much technological dynamism. He cautioned however that this technological advancement must be dealt with care. Prof. Raj Singh emphasized on the all-round investigation and studies on the effect of technology on society, economy and environment, as a shortsightedness is this matter might lead to catastrophe. He concluded his speech by wishing success to the conference and unveiling of the conference proceedings.

Addressing as the Chief Guest, Prof. (Dr.) R K Shevagaonkar spoke on the mutual interdependence of Science, Engineering & Technology, which are the keywords of the conference theme. He emphasized on the importance of all three fields and how advances in Science offer new capabilities, new materials, or new understanding of processes that can be applied through engineering to produce advances in technology. Advances in technology in turn open opportunities for new scientific investigation. He also highlighted the significance of interdisciplinary research which is the buzz word as most of the modern day problems cannot be resolved effectively by one particular discipline.

Addressing as keynote speaker, Mr. Rakesh Verma, Vice President and CTO Samsung Heavy Industries India, talked about offshore engineering solutions provided by Samsung Heavy Industries India. He gave an overview of the latest technology used in ship building like PDMS modeling with a Focus on Health Safety Environment compliance. He displayed the structures of FPSO Topsides, Fixed Platforms, Semi-submersible Drilling Rigs, etc. engineered by Samsung India and constructed at Samsung Korea. Mr. Verma was impressed with the natural beauty and infrastructure of the university and invited our students to work at Samsung Heavy Industries India after they graduate.

Second keynote speaker of the day, Mr. Krishna Kant (Head, EMC Academic Alliance - Southeast Asia, Russia & ANZ) talked about the opportunities in the field of Big Data and Cloud Computing. He also explained the related security issues with the help of a case study from banking sector. He gave an insight on how companies are using Big Data Analytics to improve competitive advantage by reducing the churn and increase profits. In conclusion he talked about the platform and generation gaps encountered in this field due to rapid changes in technology and how EMC is bridging this gap.

In this conference, Call for paper was also issued along with the notification of the conference and overwhelming response was received in the form of research papers. 122 research papers were received and after careful scrutiny and review by the experts of the Review Committee, 71 papers were selected for the inclusion in the proceedings of the conference. This proceeding was released by the eminent guests during the inaugural ceremony.

After the inaugural function, parallel sessions on relevant disciplines were organized in which contributors from various academic institutes and industries participated and presented their research papers. The 12 sessions were evenly spread for both days and these sessions were chaired by Mr. Sanjay Goel (CEO, P L Engineering Ltd. Gurgaon), Dr. Manoj Taleja (Guru Govind Singh IP University, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) H C Taneja (Delhi Technological University, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) A K Jain (Galgotias University Greater Noida), Prof. (Dr.) P. C Tiwari (National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra), Dr. Manish Gupta (Senior Vice President - Analytics, Info Edge (India) Ltd.), Dr. Rama Chari (Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore), Prof. (Dr.) Mehtab Alam (Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh K Yadav (RPS Group of Institutions, Mahendragarh), Dr. Kapil Sharma (Delhi Technological University), Prof. (Dr.) S K Sinha (Amity University, Noida) and Prof. (Dr.) Kapil Kumar Goel (M.M. University Mulana - Ambala).

The first day concluded with mesmerizing cultural performances by Kingdom of Dreams, Chankya & Nishant Project and the students of G.D. Goenka University.

The second day started with an entertaining and informative keynote speech of Prof. (Dr.) D.P. Kothari (Educationist; Former Vice Chancellor, VIT University Vellore; Director i/c IIT Delhi; Principal, VNIT Nagpur), where he talked about the current scenario and future scope of renewable energy in India.

Day 2 of the conference was concluded with the valedictory session in the evening where prizes for best paper of each session and best papers of the conference were awarded. The best paper in student category was jointly awarded to Mr. Varun Sharma (IIT Delhi) and Mr. Vikrant Yadav (NIT Kurukshetra) whereas; the overall best paper award was shared by Ms. Divya Singh (University of Delhi) and Mr. Prateek Kala (GD Goenka University). Each winner received a certificate of merit, a cash prize and a trophy. In his concluding address, Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University thanked the guests and delegates for their participation and contribution in making this conference a success. He also thanked the members of the organizing committee who were well supported by the faculty and students of School of Engineering.

Conference was attended by a large number of delegates as it brought together leading Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Academiciansfrom various parts of the country. Earlier Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University and Conference Chairperson Prof. (Dr.) D.K. Jha (Dean, School of Engineering) formally welcomed the guests the presented them mementos on behalf of the University as token of remembrance. Large number of faculty and students were also present in the conference. The conference concluded with an announcement that the next version of REDSET i.e. REDSET 2015 will be an international event.

Report on REDSET 2015

The 2nd International Conference on Recent Developments in Science, Engineering and Technology - 'REDSET-2015' was organized by the School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University on 30th and 31st October 2015. The theme of the conference was "Scientific & Technological Innovations for Sustainable Development". REDSET 2015 was organized in association with University of Arkansas, USA, Computer Society of India and Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and sponsored by Askme.com, Webtek labs, Prayag Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Everest Industries Pvt. Ltd., Phonewalaa.com, HP Fill Point, Auxein medical Pvt. Ltd., Bansal group, Hi-Tech Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Nav Baharat Trading Corporation., Swastiga Financial Services, RKV infra Projects Pvt. Ltd., Techno FAQ, VHR group, KTT group, Amcon Group and Verage International.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Dinesh Kumar Paliwal (OSD, Rashtriya Uchtar Siksha Abhiyan, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India), Mr. Pradyumn Lavania (Director, Cloud and Service Providers for EMC India and SAARC), Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat (Head, International Business and Strategic Initiatives, Public Sector at Tata Consultancy Services), Mr. Bryan Hill (Assistant Dean, University of Arkansas, USA), Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh (Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University) and Prof. (Dr.) D K Jha (Dean, School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University and Conference Chairperson) by lamp lighting before goddess Saraswati.

The inauguration ceremony started with a welcome speech by the Conference Chair Prof. (Dr.) D K Jha, in which he presented REDSET as a competent forum for researchers from academia, industry, research and government organizations, and also shared the detailed program of REDSET-2015.

Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor GD Goenka University, provided his views on the need for sustainability in the current technological scenario. Relating to the theme of the conference he discussed the impact of technology on society and environment and highlighted the importance of research on sustainability. He concluded his speech by wishing success to the conference and unveiling of the conference proceedings.

Addressing the audience in his keynote speech Dr. Dinesh Kumar Paliwal (OSD, Rashtriya Uchtar Siksha Abhiyan) highlighted how the expansion of education sector in India has not followed a sustainable model. He said that sustainability has a degree with a time limit. What seems sustainable today might fail in the coming time. So in order to accommodate the growing number of students wanting to become engineers, there has been mushrooming of institutes and this has led to decline in quality of education. In order to improve the quality of education and standardize it at international level, there is need of OBE (Outcome Based Education). He mentioned that the assessment process for OBE should be dependent on what to judge not how to judge. He said that we should not-stop imagining, as imagination leads to innovation. He also emphasized on integrated sustainability there the merging of domains can play a very important role. He talked about the importance of all fields such as science, engineering, management, humanities etc. and said that all professionals from different areas must work together in harmony instead of proving their superiority over others, as sustainability itself is an inter-disciplinary term. He also stressed on the significance of interdisciplinary research which is the buzz word as most of the modern day problems cannot be resolved effectively by one particular discipline. At last he said that "Engineering of Education is needed for sustainable development and promotion of research".

The second keynote speaker, Mr. Pradyumn Lavania (Director, Cloud and Service Providers for EMC India and SAARC) talked about the presence of Cloud in the current technological era. He told that even those who are not aware of Cloud, are connected to it 24X7. For sustainability the nature of progress has to elastic and cloud is elastic. A user need not bother about where and how to manage it, just pay and use. He threw light on clouds current position and its future. He also talked about hybrid clouds and how they are important in comparison  between private cloud and public clouds. Along with cloud he also talked about IoT (Internet of Things) and we all are associated with it. He said "whether you love it or hate it but you cannot ignore it". During interaction session while answering to the questions from audience about security aspects of cloud. He said with small precautions we can make it secure, till now whatever fraudulence has occurred, most of them were by someone who was an insider of the organization.

Mr. Bryan Hill, Assistant Dean of School of Engineering at University of Arkansas, which is academic partner of GD Goenka University and one of the three Associates of REDSET-2015, congratulated the University for running great programs especially the interdisciplinary projects that a student has to undergo every semester. He told students that once you graduate and enter the workforce or graduate studies, you should be able to relate to not just what an engineer does but what other professionals such as scientists, architect etc. think and merge all that into a true and complete answer to a problem. He said that the world has many problems today and it takes an interdisciplinary team to solve those problems. He encouraged students to get actively involved in whatever they can at the University with research within different project groups.

Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat, Head of International Business and Strategic Initiatives, Public Sector at Tata Consultancy Services talked about the past, present and future of IT sector in India in his keynote speech. He mentioned how the IT industry has changed over the years from mainframes to the smart phones and how India at a global level has emerged as an IT giant. He shared his experiences abroad how when he told people that he is from India, he was asked whether he knows programming. This shows that the image of the country has changed from being a land of snake charmers to a nation which is synonymous with IT. He said that there is still a lot of potential for growth in IT sector and India will emerge as an even bigger IT powerhouse in years to come.

In this conference, Call for paper was also issued along with the notification of the conference and overwhelming response was received in the form of research papers. 193 research papers from 10 different countries (India, USA, Japan, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Mexico) were received and after careful scrutiny and review by the experts of review committee, 99 papers were selected for the inclusion in the proceedings of the conference. This proceeding was released by the eminent guests during the inaugural session.

After the inaugural sessions, parallel sessions on relevant disciplines were organized in which contributors from various academic institutes and industries participated and presented their research papers. The 16 sessions were evenly spread for both days and these sessions were chaired by Mr. Bryan Hill (Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Arkansas, USA), Prof. Ashok Kumar (Department of Statistics, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak), Dr. Komal Bhatia (Dean Academics, YMCA University, Faridabad), Dr. A. K. Jain (Professor, Galgotias University, Greater Noida), Mr. Utsav Mittal (Principal Consultant, Xiarch Solutions Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) Gurmeet Singh (Head of Department, Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi), Prof. Rajesh Verma (Department of Electronics & Communications Engineering, Ideal Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad), Dr. Ashok Agarwal (IGNOU, New Delhi), Prof. Parma Nand (Dean, School of Computing Science & Engineering, Galgotias University, Greater Noida), Dr. Shyamli Singh (Centre for Science & Climate Change Organization: Indian Institute of Public Administration), Prof. Manoj Duhan (Head of Department, ECE, DCRUST, Murthal Sonepat), Dr. Bheem Singh (Director, Echelon Institute of Technology, Faridabad), Dr. H.C. Kandpal (Vice-President R&D, FIEM Industries Ltd. Sonipat), Dr. Pawan Whig (Professor & Dean, Dept. of ECE, Rajasthan Institute of Technology, Jaipur), Dr. Peeyush Tiwari (Associate Professor, BIT Mesra, Noida Campus) and Prof. S. K. Sinha (Professor, Amity University, Noida).

On the first day the sessions were followed by mesmerizing performances by the students of GD Goenka University and Chankya & Group. The second day started with an informative keynote speech of Dr. Rathnasree (Director, Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi) where she talked about the Physics and Astronomy of the Jantar-Mantar observatories built in India. She asked students to visit the facilities and use these instruments which are more than 300 years old.

Day 2 of the conference was concluded with the valedictory session in the evening where prizes for best student paper and best papers of the conference were awarded. In his concluding address, Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University congratulated the organizing committee for the success of REDSET and thanked all the participants and the delegates for participating in the conference. To conclude the conference, Prof. (Dr.) Sudeep Sharma (Organizing Secretary, REDSET-2015) thanked everyone who was associated with the conference.

Conference was attended by a large number of delegates as it brought together leading Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Academicians from various parts of the globe. Earlier Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University and Conference Chairperson Prof. (Dr.) D.K. Jha (Dean, School of Engineering) formally welcomed the guests the presented them mementos on behalf of the University as token of remembrance. Large number of faculty and students were also present in the conference.

Report on REDSET 2016

REDSET Conference (www.redset.in) one of India’s leading conferences on Recent Developments in Science, Engineering and Technology organized by GD Goenka University, will be held on October 21-22, 2016. The theme of REDSET-2016, which is the 3rd international conference of GD Goenka School of Engineering is ‘Innovations in Computational Intelligence’ with Springer as the Chief Publication Partner. The conference is held in association with Computer Society of India, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, and University of Arkansas, USA.

A total of 562 papers were received for the conference from 11 counties including India, U.S.A., Brunei Darussalam, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Gabon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Out of these, 239 were selected for publication after undergoing a proper peer-review channel following international standards making the acceptance percentage 42%. Selection was based upon originality of idea, innovation and relevance to the conference theme and relation to the latest trends in respective domains.

The event will feature 2 keynote addresses by Mr. Palash Jain (CEO-Infolona, Ex-Google Director, Ex-Sapient Director) and Mr. JeevanTalegaonkar (General Manager, Ericsson). There will be 27 sessions with each session being chaired by eminent personalities from industry and academia.

“Promotion of inquiry based education has been the core competence of the School of Engineering at GD Goenka University since its inception and present conference is yet another step forward. We aim to promote the interdisciplinary nature of scientific enquiry, which leads to engineering efforts to develop scientific and technologically innovative solutions to benefit society as a whole,” said Prof. (Dr.) Deependra Kumar Jha, Vice-Chancellor, GDGoenka University.

GD Goenka University organizes inter-university engineering projects competition SPEED-2016

On 19th February 2016, School of Engineering at GD Goenka University organized an inter-university engineering project exhibition cum competition called SPEED-2016 (Student Project Exhibition for Engineering Design). In the final round, around 300-young innovators showcased a total of 100-projects from 33-universities/ institutions from NCR region and beyond. SPEED-2016 is one of the biggest events of this kind in entire Delhi-NCR region. It provided platform to engineering students to present their innovations to a larger audience in general and receive vital feedback to improve their ideas/devices further.

SPEED-2016 was jointly sponsored by Vijex Group of Companies (India) and Skill Gap Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Australia, Singapore, India). Dr. Sandeep Nagar (Assistant Professor, GD Goenka University) led the event as Chairperson of this edition of SPEED.

SPEED-2015: Student’s Project Exhibition on Engineering Design

An exhibition of engineering projects designed and developed by the students of GD Goenka University was organized at the University Campus on 18 th February 2015. Out ofthe 60 entries, 25 top notch projects were selected and displayed. Honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh inaugurated the function along with Dean School of Engineering Prof. (Dr.) Deependra K Jha. Deans from different schools of the University also graced the event with their presence. Everyone expressed their reverence on the feats of students who are only in the 1 st and 2 nd years of their undergraduate programs. The exhibition was scheduled between 10 AM to 5 PM.

It was indeed a sight to view different creative ideas that the students had come up with in their projects. In the current scenario where most engineering students in India are introduced to the idea of projects in their final year, GD Goenka University is breaking the tradition and in its own unconventional way encouraging students to get hands on experience along with the technical concepts being taught in the class.

Some of the major attractions of the exhibitions were AAKAR – The low cost 3D Printer, Voice Activated Home Automation System, Library Management System Application, Digital Queue Management System, Drones for Agricultural Surveillance and Counter-Terrorism, Solar Car, Intelligent Irrigation System and Designer Brick from Construction Site Waste. Apart from these many other projects such as computer games coded in C language, models of mechanical linkages, different types of robots, water level controller, automatic street light system and a variety of models based on LED & solar energy were also noteworthy.

The exhibiting students not only learnt to develop their projects but also to present their ideas in front of an audience. This will enhance their presentation skills as well as help them in taking their current concept to a higher level based on the feedback provided by the experts and consumers of technical products.

Class of 2016 Receives Degrees from Kapil Sibal at Glittering Ceremony

GURGAON: The Second Convocation of the G.D. Goenka University was solemnised at a glittering ceremony held in the University auditorium on December 10, 2016. Mr Kapil Sibal, former Union Minister and noted Supreme Court Lawyer, was the Chief Guest and gave away degrees to the passing out Class of 2016.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Sibal exhorted the students to keep an open mind. “You should keep your minds open like parachutes. This will ensure that you learn the most from others,” Mr Sibal advised the graduands.He urged the graduands not to forget the sacrifices made by their parents. “It is they who have brought you to this stage. Please make sure that you give them the due respect and affection.” He also wanted the graduands to remember the guidance provided by their teachers.

The former Human Resources Development minister expressed his unhappiness with the way the current government was handling the education system He regretted that the government wants to solve the problems of “tomorrow by going back in time”. According to him, “If India wants to embrace the future, the only way is by interacting globally.”Mr Sibal also surprised the students by saying that teaching was his first love and that politics happened to him by accident.

The occasion was graced by the Vice Chairperson of the Group, Mrs Renu Goenka, the Managing Director of the Group, Mr Nipun Goenka, and the Director of the Group, Mr Rohit Gujral. Also present on the occasion were members of the Governing and Academic Councils, Deans, University officials and Faculty members.Earlier, Prof (Dr) Deependra Kumar Jha, while presenting the Vice Chancellor’s report, said, “In a little over three years, the G.D Goenka University has created a significant position for itself and has become a preferred destination for students and scholars from across India and abroad.” He told the audience that the University Grants Commission had recognized the University in the second year of its existence, making it one of the youngest universities to achieve this feat.

Recounting the growth of the University, Dr Jha said, “The University began with 500 students enrolled in 14 programmes in four schools in 2013. Today, the University has 10 schools with close to 2,200 students. They are enrolled in 66 Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral Programmes in Engineering, Management, Fashion & Design, Medical & Allied Sciences, Law, Planning & Architecture, Communication, Humanities and Social Science, Hospitality, and Education.”

Dr Jha informed the audience that the University this year has established three specialized centers — the GD Goenka International Center, the GD Goenka Research & Development Center and the GD Goenka Technology Business Incubator. Further, the University has signed MoUs with The University of Nottingham in UK, Texas Tech University in USA and leading industries like IBM, NDTV, Dassault Systems, Reliance Communications, etc.

Dr Jha also expressed his happiness at the placements. “Almost 85% of the eligible students of 2015-16 batch have already been placed in companies such as Aditya Birla Group, HDFC Bank, Indus Ind Bank, E&Y, Siemens, NIIT, HP, IBM, Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka, Crowne Plaza, ITC, Radisson, Copal Amba, Protivity, Zycus Infotech, SNR Exports etc,” Dr Jha informed.Further, to encourage meritorious students and help students from economically weaker sections, the University last year awarded scholarships worth Rs. 2 crore to over 125 students.

The Second Convocation saw 158 graduands getting master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and post graduate diplomas in management, law, design, humanities, hospitality, engineering and communication. The Registrar, Dr Nitesh Bansal, administered the graduation oath to the passing out students. Eighty of the graduating students were present in the auditorium while another 78 were awarded the degree in absentia.

Four students were awarded the Goenka Gold Medal for topping their respective programmes, and one student was awarded a silver medal. The gold medallists were: Somya Jain (BSc-CD), Monika Nanda (PGDEM-MS), Parikshita Mendiratta (MBA), and Saurabh Jain Barjatya (BBA). Sonal Kumari (BBA) was awarded the Gopuram Goenka silver medal.

G.D Goenka University’s First Convocation

GGURGAON, NOV 28: “India is a festival of youth and democracy whose size and diversity creates unique challenges but that is what makes the country unique,” said Dr S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, while delivering the convocation address at the first Convocation of G.D. Goenka University in the university campus on Friday.

At a time when the nation was celebrating the Constitution Day, Dr Quraishi reminded the young audience of the vision of the founding fathers.’They ensured that women had voting rights from Day One as against USA which took 140 years to give voting rights to women and England which took almost 100 years to do so.’

The former Chief Election Commissioner also spoke of the size of India’s electorate.”India has more voters than the voting population of all countries in Europe,” he said.”When you compare this with Africa you realise that India has 200 million more voters than the voting population of all the countries of North and South America. Even Africa has less voters than India.”

The large voter base, its spread and diversity brings in its own unique challenges. He recalled how he had to set up an election booth for a single voter living deep in Madhya Pradesh forests. ‘There were six polling personnel, and one voter.’

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof (Dr) Raj Singh, while delivering the VC’s address at the glittering ceremony, pointed out the significant strides the University has made in less than three years of its existence. “The University, even before it had completed its first year, sought recognition from the University Grants Commission. It received this recognition too, becoming one of the youngest universities to achieve this honour.”

Prof Raj Singh stressed the focus on research and interdisciplinary approach in its learning process. “The University’s Faculty has published 278 papers in the last two years while its students have developed products such as low-cost 3D printers as part of their inter-disciplinary learning.”

Twenty three students of the School of Management, School of Law and School of Hospitality were conferred degrees at the highly impressive convocation ceremony.

The ceremony began with a solemn procession led by the Pipers of the 7Th Assam Regiment. The procession included among others the Vice Chairperson of the Group, Mrs Renu Goenka, the Managing Director of the Group, Mr Nipun Goenka, members of the Governing and Academic Councils, Deans, University officials and Faculty members.

3rd International Conference- Icon 2016 GD Goenka University, Gurgaon

School of Management, GD Goenka University, Gurgaon organized its 3rd International Conference- ICON 2016 on February 4and 5, 2016 at the University premises. The theme for this year’s ICON was “Flattening of the Globe: Propelled by E-Commerce and Supply Chain”. The two day conference included an inaugural session and a plenary session which had industry and academic stalwarts sharing their views on the theme. 8 concurrent sessions were held with students, academicians and industry leaders presenting papers. Over 100 papers were received, out of which a selected 62 got presented and published. All theselected paperswere published in the book of proceedings which was released by Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Hon’ble VC GDGU, Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kuma Goel, Dean, School of Management, GDGU, Prof. Paul Lalvani, Dean- Empower School of Health, Ms. Laura Paletta Crespo, Chief of Consular Section, Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi and Dr. Moutusy Maity, Professor- IIM Lucknow and conference convenerProf. (Dr.) Tanuja Kaushik. The plenary session was themed “Is the Globe Really Flattening? -Supply Chain, Innovation and Changing World Trade”. It was chaired by Dr. Prem Vashishtha, Visiting Senior Fellow at NCAER withpanelists Mr. B V L Narayana,Director- Passenger Systems CRIS, Mr.Prem NathPanday,a freelance consultant and Mr Anuj Alphonson, Chief Operating Officer at Safeducate Learning. Mr. Shanti Narain, National Chairman CILT and Dr. S. Venkat, Professor, IIM Lucknow were the chief guests at the valedictory ceremony. In addition, the concurrent sessions were chaired by renowned experts from both the industry and academia.

A report on changing landscape of world economies: need for alternative growth models

The two day conference titled“Changing Landscape of World Economies: Need for Alternative Growth Models” organised by School of Management on 19th and 20th of February 2015 aimed at providing a platform for deliberating how the world economy has witnessed some truly unimaginable changes in the last decade and how the world economy is providing the developing countries with both opportunities and challenges for an inclusive consistent growth.

This prodigious event started with the inaugural session beginning with a formal welcome by Dr. P.K.Goel, Dean, School of Management. It was followed by a welcome note by our honourable Vice Chancellor Sir, Dr. Raj Singh. Dr. Singh in his welcome address provided a backdrop for the deliberation to be held during this conference. He shared how climate change, age wave, demographic features of world population, monetary instability and information revolution might lead to sustainable abundance which can lead to restricted economic growth. He suggested that developing nations need to form strategies for future growth such as geographic rebalancing of companies, business friendly environment, new distribution landscape, new opportunities and newer jobs at lower and higher levels. He specifically emphasised that providing different kinds of skill sets, inter disciplinary education, practical education and global orientation to the present youth can substantially contribute towards the future economic growh.

After Dr. Singh’s address the official release of the book of proceedings was done by our chief guest Dr. B K Chaturvedi, Former Cabinet Secretary, our guest of honour Dr. D.K. Srivastava, Chief Economist Ernst and Young, Dr. Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University, Dr. P.K. Goel, Dean, School of Management and Dr. Tanuja Kaushik, HOD, School of Management

The key note address during this session was delivered by Dr. B K Chaturvedi. In his address he emphasised that the global economic growth has in the recent years accelerated in Asian and emerging market economies, while growth in Europe has slowed down. Many developing economies have developed their own growth models however these inequalities in income distribution. If the fruits of development do not flow to large sections of population, future growth is likely to be impacted adversely. He suggested that inclusive growth can be achieved by regional dispersal of economic goods, fair access of all goods to all sections of society, connectivity with rural areas and removal of urban-rural divide.

The guest of honour Dr. D K Srivastava in his addressal shared that while India will have the core responsibility of leading world economic growth just as China did in the last 35 years, it will not be possible for India to replicate the Chinese growth strategy, which relied on a manufacturing-centered growth strategy, current account surplus and dependence on export markets. India’s saving rates will remain below the Chinese saving rate of these years, it will continue as a current account deficit economy with much dimmer export growth prospects. But he added that technological innovations, dependence on domestic demand, focus on less capital intensive sectors, and knowledge leadership in IT and financial sectors might yet make India the brightest star in the emerging landscape of the world economy.

In the end of the inaugural session a vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Tanuja Kaushik, the convener of this conference, to all the dignitaries, delegates, guests and G.D.Goenka University team for their unconditional contribution in making this conference a huge success.

School of Communication host first International Film & Photography Festival at GD Goenka University

It was a milestone achieved for GD Goenka School of Communication to initiate and host it’s much talked about first International Film and Photography Festival – Fotographia at GD Goenka University. The festival was graced by the charm of Chief Guest of Honour and veteran filmmaker, Ms Arunaraje Patil – Guests of Honour, Ms Reena Mohan – Eminent Documentary Filmmaker, Mr Sanjeev Sood – Renowned Cinematographer and General Secretary, GraFTII, Mr Himanshu Malhotra – Renowned wildlife documentary filmmaker and Dr. Sabina Kidwai – Associate Professor, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia. Participants from across the globe sent their entries for Film and Photography competition and many of them were present to attend the festival. Here is the glimpse of the festival.