In an industry-visit organised as an initiative towards #MIC (MHRD Innovation Cell), Brainware University students from different streams visited Web Guru Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. on August 31, 2019. WebGuru Infosystems is one of the leading digital service providers across the globe. The officials of the company, including the Group Manager Mr. Raju Chakraborty interacted with the visiting students and elaborated on the challenges of starting a business and running it with success. It was an interactive session where the young minds learned of the reasons causing business mortality and how to keep it going even during downtime. This real-life exposure into business scenarios are imperative to hand-holding the aspirants who dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Webguru Infosystems, an ISO 9001:2015 company has come to the fore by leveraging the growing spread of the internet and the use of cutting edge technologies. Founded in 2005, Webguru Infosystems began operations in the realm of web development, mobile app development, digital marketing, and corporate branding from its premises at the Silicon Valley of Eastern India – Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
Upon visiting, our students were exposed to the latest technology trends and paradigms like cloud computing and Agile and the use of cutting-edge technologies to build responsive web solutions, eCommerce portals, Android, iOS and Hybrid mobile apps.
It provided the students with a glimpse of what can be learned through practical interaction, working methods and employment practices.
As a new instalment in the seminar series, on 14 September, 2019, Mr. Sayan Chakroborty, Director/ Founder, WTF! (Where's the food!) spoke about an Entrepreneur's life &the crossroad of an innovator's life. What was intended to be an IIC exclusive seminar, was embraced by the attendance of many other students because of the relevance of an independent entrepreneurial career.
Initiated by the Institution Innovation Cell (IIC) of Brainware University, the “My Story-Motivational Speak" seminars, have been a runaway hit. Very often, students outside of the IIC umbrella are seen taking keen interest in the seminars due to the informative & relevant nature of the discussions. 150 members strong, the IIC helps foster Innovative ideas among the student-council - helping them cultivate newer projects & intellectual properties.
On 21 September 2019, the IIC organized a one-day workshop on "The role of communication in problem-solving".The seminar was conducted by Mr. Ambar Singh Roy, Head Corporate Affairs &Communication, Tata Steels, West Bengal.
Mr. Singh Roy said - Problem-solving in modern organizations is a team sport. Success as a team comes from cooperation collaboration, decisiveness and coordinated action. Communications is the glue that binds the team together and enables them to work as a unit.
At the end of the seminar the students realised that Communication takes a front seat in developing healthy and fruitful work-relationships. Whether it’s internal or external, hierarchical or flat, all forms of communication within a work environment help to increase efficiency and improve organizational performance.
The workshop was addressed by Mr. Vishnu Nagaraj, founder and start-up Evangelist of "We Team Carve Startup Labs" in association with NASSCOM. This workshop was to support the vision of the Government of West Bengal and Government of India in developing an ecosystem of start-ups by motivating the students’ community to think towards entrepreneurship and contribute towards the growth of the nation's economy and generate employment for others.
But can ideas be stolen? How can some going prove that the very idea, of which which someone else has profited is actually theirs ? It is their intellectual property and the original creators have every right to claim it.
To make students aware of these issues, the Management Department of Brainware University organized a one-day workshop on Intellectual Property Rights on 26 September 2019. Dr. Mahua Hom Chowdhury (Head, Patent Information Center, Govt of West Bengal) in her inaugural speech talked about the Workshop Objective, the necessity of filing patents and copyright and the importance of innovative ideas and creativity. The legal measures an organization may take, while dealing with Intellectual Property Rights was also discussed. Since in India, it is the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises which suffer most in the context of Intellectual Property Rights violation, Dr Hom. Chowdhury opined that there should be more awareness programmes on IPR for MSMEs. We hope that this session helps our students safeguard their entrepreneurial ventures.
Dr. Sen opened the seminar by explaining to the students, what exactly is meant by a ‘Start-up’. The hour-long seminar found itself punctuated with a host of present-day start-up related discussions. While Mrs. Sen discussed her own journey as a professional, with the students, she listened to their questions, heard many of their plans and advised them on how to make those plans sharper & executable.
On 18th October 2019, The Institution Innovation Cell of Brainware University organized an industrial visit for D. Pharm students of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, to Sasta Sundar Health Buddy Ltd. Thirty-three D. Pharm students visited their plant at Baruipur. They were accompanied by Assistant Professor Mr. Rahul Mukhopadhyay and Lecturer Ms. Sriparni Das of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology. At their plant Dr. Amitava Sarkar (President-Health Foods) supervised the entire visit. The students and faculty members visited the food processing section and the drug store department. Dr. Sarkar demonstrated food processing as well as the preservation and storage conditions. He also discussed regarding drug store management including how medicines are stored and dispensed. The students and faculty members gained valuable experience through this visit.
Mr. Naveer Walia, CEO & Co Founder, SHIPZip Logistics Services LLP, Kolkata and Mr. Akshay Kapoor, COO & Co - Founder, were the invited to conduct a seminar with the aforementioned students. A subject as relevant and crucial as “Product Development Phases” was deliberated upon, with students. They explored and analyzed the Product Development Process and attempted to identify ways in which firms can improve their performance when developing new products, mainly through the study of factors that are critical to success.
The students of Pharmaceutical Technology students got the opportunity to see how industry woks like and what are the intricate factors. This helped them to connect there theoretical knowledge to the practical field and helped them to be more confident about their subject.
Institute Innovation Cell of Brainware University organized a programme under the theme ‘Entrepreneurship’ and the subject of the discussion was “Importance of value and ethics in professional world”. Swami Suparnanandaji Maharaj, Hon’ble Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture conducted the session. Swami Suparnanandaji stressed on combining learning into practical implementation, for the betterment of the society and nation. More than 150 students from School of Engineering participated the enriching session.
Mr. Mittal also stressed that Entrepreneurship cannot be an option as he interacted with the students, took their questions and answered their queries with relevant examples. A Chartered Accountant by education, Mr. Mittal worked with the Birla Group before starting his dream ecommerce SastaSundar. The popular ecommerce company now has a 1 lakh sq. feet warehouse and has 500 employees out of which 200 employees’ handles technology of the company and process nearly 5 lakh order per months.
Brainware University organised a motivational talk session by a practising entrepreneur, Mr. Alamin Rahman at the Seminar Hall (Room No. 007) of the University. Mr. Rahman is the founder of The Way of Solution, an online educational platform that uses YouTube for broadcasting. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that Mr. Rahman is a student of Brainware University studying in 5th Semester of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Programme with specialisation in Marketing Management.
The department of Allied Health Sciences has organized one day clinical visit to Disha Eye Hospital for Bachelor of Optometry Students. The clinical visit was carried out with Introduction of Disha Eye Hospital by Mr. Mr Ranabir Bhattacharya, CFO, Disha Eye Hospitals. Thereafter, Mr. Kaustabh Banerjee, Head Optometrist talked about “Role of Optometrist in Eye Hospital”. Afterwards, students have visited the hospital operation and interacted with the Optometrist in various areas of eye care which was guided by Ms. Satabdi Pachal. The session was very informative and received great interaction from the students. This visit has provided great exposure to the students towards the clinical field and motivated towards the profession.
To encourage the creative energy of our student population to work on new ideas and innovation and promote them to create start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures Institute innovation cell is established in the university under the direction of the Ministry of HRD.An awareness session on NISP was organized on November 29, 2019, under the leadership of IIC President Brainware University, Prof. Dr. Sankar Gangopadhyay and coordination support from Convener and all faculty coordinators.
This half-day workshop on NISP helped to get a brief overview of NISP and support systems at the Institute and get sensitize on Innovation and clarity about innovation and start-up as an alternative career option. Through this workshop, we tried to encourage the creative energy of our student population to work on new ideas and innovation and promote them to create start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures.
The resource materials on understanding NISP was shared amongst all present for them to go through the NISP booklet thoroughly and understand the thrust areas and give brief on what type of innovation, pre-incubation, and incubation facilities can be made available in the institutes and what kind of services students can avail.
Hackathon is basically an event to build a prototype for anyone's idea and problem statement in an innovative way in a given time. It is an event, where students with the help of faculty members work together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project. The participants work rapidly and often work without sleep to achieve their task, as the events generally only last 24 hours or take place over a weekend. In hackathon the students do not have to invent something but rather they have to give an alternative approach to solve the real-world problems in an innovative way keeping in mind the basics requirements of the user who is going to use it.
Samish Dalal, through demonstrations and motivational anecdotes, elaborated on the mentality, the methods and the correct attitude, besides the resources, to start a new business. In his opinion, more than these, a mentor, one who assists without commercial motive, and 100% conviction are the fundamental requirements to achieve success in any start-up business. Some of his pearls of wisdom to the audience included “be sincere, not serious”, “convert critic to coach” and “connect people emotionally”.
Technological advancement in the previous millennium has revolutionized the professional world. The Department of Computational Science of Brainware University endeavour to tap in, in this wave of progress. It helps its students develop a faculty of innovative thinking and application. The University invited Dr. Umasankar Dash of the Disruptive Research Engineering & Design Foundation, (DREaD), Singapore, to present his vision of ‘Innovation Network for Industry 4.0’ on the 7th of January, 2020. A Doctoral Researcher in the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea, Dr. Dash shared his prototypes for IoT, IoHT, Blockchain Devices &Neuro-Modulation techniques, stressing on the potentials of Biomedical Engineering in India as an industry that supports innovation.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) has been the pivotal factor in building the bridge between invention/creation and business. Starting from large-scale organisations to start-ups, IPR has been the focal point over the years. In view of rapid emergence of start-ups in India, it is essential for the students undergoing professional courses viz. engineering, management, and law to not only learn the IRP-related issues, but also to assimilate all components of this contemporary subject. The Institute Innovation cell of Brainware University had organized a “One-Day Awareness/Mentoring Session on IPR & IP Management for Innovation and Start-Ups”.
The Department of Management & Commerce and Institution Innovation Cell (IIC) jointly held the annual management fest Brainster 2K20 for the first time. Thanks to a lot of hard work and determination on part of everyone the fest was a resounding success. The main aim of the event was to encourage the participants to exercise their management and business skills in new and exciting ways and to gain new insights from interacting with several prominent industry experts such as Mr. BL Mittal (Founder and Executive Chairman, SastaSundar.com), Mr. KunalBhattacharya (MD, Sustiknow Advisory Pvt.Ltd.), Mr. AvikSarkar(GM Sales, Gulf Oil India Ltd.), and Mr. Rabin Roy(Founder, Sun craft Energy).
To commemoration the discovery of the Raman Effect by renowned Indian Physicist Sir C.V. Raman, the Institute’s Innovation Cell of Brainware University in collaboration with the various departments of the University organised a Students’ Presentation and Poster Making Competition on the topic “Women’s Contribution in the Scientific Development of India” and “Vision of Sir C V Raman for better, creative and Innovative India.”
One of the salient features of the Institution Innovation Council (IIC) is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years. With this objective, the Institution Innovation Council (IIC) of Brainware University organised a seminar on 14th of March, 2020. A motivational speech on “How to Plan for Start-Up and Legal and Ethical Steps” was delivered by the guest speaker, Mr. Hitesh Kumar Kayal, a practising entrepreneur and Ph.D scholar of Brainware University in Marketing Management.