Young Makers from Gajera Group of Schools in Association with Sunita’s Makerspace, Honour Mother Nature for Maker’s Day

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    Maker’s Day at Gajera Trust in association with Sunita’s Makerspace is always a special success. This year, learners from Gajera Group of Schools came together to create an inspiring and innovative tribute to Mother Nature. Across categories spanning Innovation, Creativity, Synergy and Social, the series of events was organised by Sunita’s Makerspace, a platform that honours depth of learning while empowering young minds with passion-centred pedagogy.

    Trustees Shri Chunibhai Gajera, Shri Girdharbhai Gajera and Shri Bakulbhai Gajera Felicitated Vatsalyadham Students

    Transforming the current landscape of education is no ordinary task. However, Sunita’s Makerspace, established in 2015 (first at Vatsalyadham) basis the creative vision of Founder and Director, Ms. Kinjal Chunibhai Gajera took this on as a challenge. It has continued to successfully provide direction as well as a platform where children can explore, experiment and implement their ideas. The peer-to-peer learning culture unique to the Trust’s pedagogy encourages synergy and social skills while driving creativity and innovation.

    This year, the theme for Maker’s Day was Mother Nature. The participating schools were Gajera Global School, Pal; Gajera Vidyabhavan, Katargam and Gajera Vidyabhavan, Sachin. A week-long series of workshops organised from 5th October to 8th October 2021, encouraged children to express their creativity through interactive projects, experiential learning and immersive, blended education. The events were open to learners from KG to std. 12, with KG to std. 5 participating online and std. 6 to std. 12 participating offline.

    So far, Maker’s Day has received an overwhelming response through 3000 plus online participants and 4000 plus offline participants. Showcasing a host of nature-inspired projects such as apps that encoded elements from nature, hydro-powered energy models, poems and music crafted using upcycled, eco-friendly instruments, each tribute was a unique culmination of learners’ exceptional skills and keen interest in dedicating human intelligence towards the betterment of the planet. Every project saw pro-active involvement from not only the learners but educators and parents as well. Several honoured guests and prominent judges were invited to offer their expertise and feedback to further enrich these bright, young minds.

    Commemorating Smt. Sunita Chunibhai Gajera’s legacy as an inspiration, Maker’s Day is celebrated every year on the occasion of her birth anniversary. This year, the celebration ended with a grand closing ceremony on 10th October 2021 at the Sanjeev Kumar Auditorium. The event saw participants being felicitated and recognised for winning projects in the presence of their families, educators, esteemed judges and board members. Several dignitaries from the field of education, as well as corporate development, were in attendance to enrich the significance of this important day.

    Welcomed by the managing trustee, Gajera Trust, Shri Chunibhai Gajera, the political heads of state who graced the event were Shri Mukeshbhai Zinabhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister; Shri Vinodbhai Amarsinhbhai Moradiya, Hon’ble Minister; Smt. Hemaliben Bodhwala, Mayor, Surat City; Shri Dineshbhai Jodhani, Deputy Mayor, Surat City; Niranjanbhai Zanjhmera, BJP President, Surat City, V. D. Zalavadiya, MLA. Also, present were Dineshbhai Awasti, Madhukar Padvi, Rajeshbhai Nakrani, Dr. Anita Shah, Shri Sevantibhai Shah, Shri Veljibhai Sheta, Shri Sanjayji Saraugi, Shri Promodji Poddar, Shri Navinbhai Jain, Dr. Nirmal Choradiya and Illiasbhai Railwaywala – who felicitated winning learners with trophies and awarded winning educators with prizes for Gyanam. Felicitation at the hands of these dignitaries was highly motivating for the learners who were addressed with an inspiring note of thanks given by Ms. Kinjal C. Gajera.

    Supporting 18,000 learners through holistic education, Gajera Trust aims to prepare each child for a brighter future. Through Maker’s Day, this was made possible by providing equal opportunities for creativity and learning to children from various backgrounds. A resounding success, Maker’s Day 2021 will be an inspirational blueprint for future endeavours at Gajera Trust along with Sunita’s Makerspace.

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    Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

    Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

    There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

    • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
    •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

    These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

    While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

    However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

    • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
    • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
    • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

    The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

    It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

    After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

    Author Name : Nirmalya Pal