“India’s economic reforms have provided a good opportunity for venturing into new ideas and experimenting with business and entrepreneurship,” said financial consultant and entrepreneur Dhruv Rajani who was the chief guest at the inaugural session of ‘Niti Samvaad 2.0’ the National Undergraduate Student Colloquium and Competition organised by VVM’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao.
In his inaugural address, Rajani presented a brief history of the recent changes in the Indian economy related to trade, balance of payments, demonetisation, GST, inflation, GDP, petrol prices, foreign policy and their implications. He also emphasised the need for entrepreneurship amongst the youth in order to promote self-employment.
Convenor of Niti-Samvaad, Manoj Kamat familiarised the audiences with the theme of the colloquium.
Participating colleges had to select any one of the following topics: ‘Issues Plaguing the Indian Banking Sector’ and ‘Has the Start-Up Revolution Really Started?’ The Colloquium and Competition was conducted in three rounds. The first round was the pre-qualification off-line round, where a panel of judges independently evaluated the submissions and five teams qualified for the finals.
The qualifying teams were Christ University, Bangalore; RA Podar College, Mumbai; St Xavier’s College, Mapusa; Carmel College, Nuvem and Chowgule College, Margao.
Round 2 was the technical round, wherein the qualifying teams made a formal technical presentation and answered questions from the judges and the audience at large.
Round 3 was a seven-minute non-technical presentation. The selected teams made a presentation aimed at the layman. Niti Samvaad 2.0 introduced a new session – a Panel discussion of the guiding teachers along with industry representatives.
Christ University, Bengaluru were declared winners, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa and R A Podar College, Matunga, Mumbai won second and third place respectively.
Winners of the individual category were: Lynessa Linson, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa (Best Speaker-Technical Round); Deeya Chabra, R A Podar College, Mumbai (Best Speaker- Non-Technical Round); R A Podar College, Mumbai (Best Research Paper); Girish S, Christ University, Bengaluru (Best Guiding Teacher); Christ University, Bengaluru (Best Q&A session) and Christ University, Bengaluru (Most Innovative Policy Prescription).
President of Goa Small Industries Association, Rajkumar Kamat presided over the prize distribution and valedictory function. In his speech Kamat stressed upon the importance of passion and advised students to be passionate about whatever they decide to take up as a career. Kamat recounted some of his firsthand experiences in mentoring entrepreneurship in Goa.