Management Day celebrations held at Damodar College

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The department of BBA (Financial Services) of Vidya Vikas Mandal’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao, observed Management Day in association with Goa Management Association. A virtual elocution competition was organised on the theme ‘Transformation for Continuity’. The competition was open to students pursuing management programmes in institutions in Goa. Eight academic institutions from Goa participated in the competition.

In his welcome address, chairman, Goa Management Association, Amin Ladak highlighted the importance of the theme. He said that the ongoing pandemic has resulted in massive turbulence and in that context the theme of the Management Day is certainly very relevant. He also mentioned the excellent panel discussion organised by GMA on the same theme.

Principal, VVM’s Shree Damodar College, professor Prita D Mallya appreciated the initiative of Goa Management Association to provide management students with a plethora of opportunities to nurture their management aptitude and traits. She also mentioned the coveted award the ‘Management Student of the Year’ awarded by GMA. She touched upon the crucial role of ICT in transforming lives and businesses worldwide during the pandemic and mentioned that it would be interesting to see how the students interpret the thought-provoking theme ‘Transformation for Continuity’.

Director, Goa Institute of Management, Sanquelim, Ajit Parulekar commenced his address by appreciating the selection of the theme by mentioning that it sounds paradoxical but is extremely relevant in these turbulent times. He highlighted that the wave of change is not just the outcome of the pandemic, it is an omnipresent element of everyone’s lives and activities – the pandemic has just hastened the process. He stressed that it would be fitting to understand what survived, what perished and what thrived, especially in the context of reinvention, resilience and transformation. He elaborated on the continuity in activities amidst the pandemic and its resultant turbulence.

After the inaugural session, the students, judges and audience separated into two breakout rooms – undergraduate and postgraduate.

The results of the virtual elocution competition were declared at the valedictory function. S S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Bambolim secured the first place, and St Xavier’s College, Mapusa Goa secured the first runner-up place in the undergraduate category. In the postgraduate category, S S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Bambolim secured the first place.

Judges were Santhosh Rebello, Divya Lalwani and Cosme Araujo.