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Teaching financial literacy and investment planning

Department of economics, Government College, Khandola-Marcela in association with the Nave Marg Foundation-Goa, organised a short-term certificate course on Financial Literacy and Investment Planning. The objective of the course was to enable students to understand the concept of financial literacy and investment planning, to realise the various avenues of investment, and to empower students in making investment decisions. The resource person was financial consultant and the managing director of the Nave Marg Foundation-Goa, Celso Fernandes. The coordinator of the certificate course was head of department of economics and vice principal of the college, Christina De Souza. The course covered topics such as an introduction to financial literacy and investment planning, inflation investment and savings, asset planning and various types of insurance. The course outcomes led participants to understand the various avenues and the importance of investment. At the concluding session of the course the principal and professor, Purnakala Samant stressed on the importance of financial literacy and the importance of investment planning. Fernandes emphasised the importance of investing at a young age so as to become financially independent. Investments in the long run should give one returns so as to enjoy a comfortable life. His mantra was ‘Let money work for you and not you work for money’. Sixty-four students completed the course and received certificates.

Damodar College holds second lecture of Spotlight Series

Vidya Vikas Mandal’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao organised the second lecture of its Spotlight Series as a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Vidya Vikas Mandal. The speaker was pro-chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) and principal director, Symbiosis, Pune, Vidya Yeravdekar who spoke on the topic, ‘NEP 2020: Recognising and Leveraging Opportunities’. Yeravdekar described the NEP 2020 as a very exciting policy. She said Goa is well-qualified to reap the benefits of NEP and become an educational hub. The policy had evolved through consultations with all stakeholders – academia, the corporate world and even gram panchayats. In its evolution the policy had gone through four education ministers and took about four years to crystalise. She described the NEP 2020 as robust, inclusive, comprehensive and focused on internationalisation, which was not the case with the previous policies. She said the NEP is an elaborate 64-page document and that institutions could themselves implement some of the areas of the policy. Earlier she traced the evolution of various education policies from 1948, post independence. Yeravdekar stressed the importance of physical and mental health, as both are conducive to academic performance. The NEP aims to create students who can fit into any job and that education should not only be skill-based but rather universal, holistic and multidisciplinary. She emphasised that industry requires people with positive mindsets and they use psychometric analysis to enable best use of their employees’ skill sets. She gave the example of Cummins India who had been to their campus to recruit students from liberal arts, rather than engineers, as they believe that they require generalists and ‘out of the box’ thinkers, rather than people with a tunnel view. She said that her medical background had given her specialised knowledge in her specialisation, whereas being at Symbiosis had opened up her knowledge about multiple domains through interactions with intellectuals. Present on the occasion were the vice-chancellor of Symbiosis University professor, Rajani Gupte; registrar of Goa University, professor Radhika Nayak; principals and teachers of colleges in Goa as well as management representatives of educational societies.

Understanding functions of news organisations

Department of mass communication and department of journalism, St Xavier’s College Mapusa organised the third session of ‘Meet The Expert’ programme on the topic ‘Understanding functions of news organisations’. The resource person was anchor and a reporter at Goa 365 Clinton D’Souza. The session was held online.  Clinton who is also an alumnus of department of journalism, briefed students about the functioning of news organisations and spoke at lengths about the process that goes into generating different kinds of news, he also discussed stories which have been reported daily. He spoke about the various departments that work together to broadcast news and asserted that the technical team is one of the most important teams to get the news on air. He further advised aspirants that there is no rest in the field and one cannot be lazy.