Monthly Archives: February 2012

SCMS-COCHIN Encourages Students’ Involvement in Research Projects

Students must be offered opportunities to indulge in research projects; this should be an integral part of the management curriculum as it is only when the students explore things on their own do they learn better. Research activities improve the overall quality of education. Thinking on these lines, SCMS-COCHIN recently took up two major projects; one of them is an international project involving the Indo German Centre for Water Technology and Management at SCMS-COCHIN and the other one involved the development of recombinant lactoferrin in the lab by genetic engineering. Both the projects required a good amount of research work.

It has been noted that the research work done at the school and college level determines the interest of a person and helps him choose an appropriate stream for himself. These activities also provide a ground for the development of new technologies, services and products. “Research also provides the training ground for new scientists, engineers, teachers and entrepreneurs. In this way academic institutions engaged in research are playing an essential role in the economic viability of the nation”, shared Dr. G. P. C. Nayar, Chairman, SCMS GROUP. Google is a good example of such a research conducted at the Stanford University.

Research is considered to be the chief source of generating knowledge and developing fresh ideas and thus plays a vital role in the progress of a knowledge economy. It is a known fact that countries having strong research systems are economically more advanced. And it is time we inculcate research activities in our education system. SCMS-COCHIN has already started working in this direction; the two projects it has undertaken in the recent past are a proof enough.

Centuries ago, India was known for its innovative ideas and it is time again to show how inventive we are. As per Dr. G. P.C. Nayar,SCMS-COCHIN Group in order to do so it is essential to generate the young generation’s interest in science as he believes that, “All industrial and economic progress calls for the backup of science and technology”. He also believes that our young generation is highly talented they just require the right objective and opportunity. As he puts it, “Given the right opportunity, goals and ambience our young generation is second to none”. He went on to share details about the Annual Science Fair 2011 conducted by Google where two out of the three toppers were from India.

 Dr.G.P.C.Nayar is quite confident that Indians would be able to make a mark in the international market with proper guidance and education. As he puts it, “I am fully convinced, Indians are second to none even when put into the most competitive environment and that too in a global context”.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Academic, Media, News Room


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Indo German Centre for Water Technology and Management being set up at SCMS-COCHIN

It is a known fact that India is not lacking when it comes to ground water or other water bodies such as rivers, seas, etc. The climatic condition of our country is also not dry. The issue actually is the uneven distribution of water and its quality. The water quality is degrading by the day due to pollution, making it so poor that it cannot be used for drinking, cooking and not even for washing.

This is where the role of waste water recycling comes in. The initiative of setting up the Indo German Centre for Water Technology and Management was taken considering this very problem in our country. As Dr. Johannes Fritsch said,Reuse and recycling of waste water, and even more important, water sparing processes wherever feasible have to be adopted. The activities of the Centre for Water Technology and Management are based on this holistic view of the water problem”. He shared how the Centre for Water Technology and Management would contribute in improving the quality of drinking water and its supply.

Dr. Fritsch who came to India in 2010 to complete the collaboration formalities withSCMS-COCHIN was quite impressed by the way he had been treated during his stay at the institute and said that the same hospitality and warmth continues even now during his revisit. “My wife and me have been accepted here with so much friendliness”, he said.

Talking about SCMS-COCHIN, he further said, “I must say that with the perfect functioning of all organisational processes here, I am able to complete my work with a minimum of frictional losses. During this period I have also visited quite a few other institutions in India and this organisational efficiency of SCMS Group seems to me really outstanding”.

He appreciated the fact that though SCMS-COCHIN has never been involved in such activities earlier still it has managed to work on this project so efficiently. He was impressed by the basic structures that the SCMS-COCHIN team had already prepared and said that, “This readiness on the part of SCMS-COCHINfor an open discussion about my ideas was most amazing for me”.

 Dr. Fritsch has praised the SCMS-COCHINteam and is hopeful that with the assistance being provided by them this project would soon be completed successfully.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Media, News Room


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Annual Sports Day at SCMS- COCHIN to kick-start from 24th Feb

The Annual Sports meet 2012 at SCMS-COCHIN, is scheduled to start from the Friday, 24th of February and will continue till the 3rd of March 2012. To evoke the sportsman spirit in every student at SCMS- COCHIN and to bring about the spirit to healthy compete in every participant, the prestigious educational institute has in store various sporting events like cricket, football, athletics, volley ball, and chess. Apart from just one event- Badminton, all the events are scheduled at the SCMS- COCHIN campus ground.

According to the various ‘houses’ formed out of student mentor groups prevalent at the SCMS-COCHIN under which all the students have been grouped, the participants will have to register their names for various events with the concerned faculty mentors and who in turn will file the teams with the designated faculty sports coordinators. Student registrations for all events were invited to be completed on or before February 16, 2012 for them to be eligible to participate. Names of the faculty mentors for each house, faculty sports coordinators, and the student sports coordinators are slated to be announced shortly with the details put up on the notice board at the institute.

The events at the Annual Sports meet include team as well as individual participation in events broadly totalling 11 in all. In the team participation events, the most popular ones that shall witness sturdy competition include cricket, football, volleyball, badminton, carom, chess, basketball and tug of war for boys and Throw ball, basket ball, badminton, carom, chess and tug of war for female participants.    

Athletics is another category where individual athletes will compete against others at events like 100 M race, 200 M race, 400 M race, 1500 M race, long jump and shot put for boys and 100 M race, 200 M race, long jump and shot put for girls. Fixtures for the various competitions is scheduled to be finalized by the 20th of February, 2012.

The professor- in- charge of SCMS- COCHIN  Sports events Shri R.T.R Varma ,  while elaborating on the upcoming sporting event said that, “We at SCMS group of institutions understand the importance of a healthy mind with a healthy body. Attaining knowledge is as important as exercising your body and soul. Thus annually we have a sports meet among the students who make us further proud of the skills and qualities they possess. The tackling strategies that the students make during sporting events, really fosters their management skills in the real business atmosphere. Giving them a chance to realise the capabilities in themselves, we at SCMS- COCHIN are happy to facilitate the opportunity to students.”

As the event is set to start off on the coming Friday, the expectations are high as has been the level of competition in the previous years. The participants eagerly prepare themselves to prove worthy on a ground other than academics. And the teachers as well, must eagerly wait for the participants to show the same enthusiasm in the classrooms.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Media, News Room


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SCMS- COCHIN: Concurrent Sports and Co-Curricular Activities Go Hand in Hand for Future Managers, Round the Year

SCMS- COCHIN offers undergraduates several round the year co-curricular opportunities, allowing students to support their academic endeavours which help them apply classroom learning to real-world situations. These academic and co-curricular undertakings are considered to be an integral part of school life – and key to SCMS-COCHIN commitment to the academic, social and emotional well-being of their students.

“At SCMS- COCHIN, we have developed co-curricular activities specifically geared to develop the students’ skills in reflective, collaborative and analytical thinking” says Dr. GPC Nayar, Chairman, SCMS Group. “The school seeks to create practical, as well as social future managers, focusing on both – academic understanding and experiential learning” he adds.

 Integrated Managerial Learning Programme (IMLP)

As an IMLP student, you participate in experiential learning programs as a way to exhibit your talent and skills as a manager. A regular forum is provided wherein you are challenged at every step by undertaking rigorous management activities such as mock Role-plays, Product Launches, Board Meetings, Discussions, and Quizzes etc.

Industry Institute Interface (III)

SCMS- COCHIN has a reputation in India for its practical, career-oriented programmes. They have a strong emphasis on hands-on learning and the university’s close links with industry ensures its programmes are in tandem with the future needs of industry. The Industry Institute Interface regularly hosts meetings with industry leaders, reserved for students on the program.  This provides the students with valuable opportunity to network with eminent visitors from both the industry and the academia. Meeting with such industrial partners are ideal for students to investigate different working areas, and to broaden their educational experience with practical applications of their syllabus.

Technology Aided Teaching and Learning System (TATLS)

SCMS- COCHIN is equipped with state of the art infrastructure facilities including a High-Tech Campus. The 10 Mbps dedicated wireless internet connectivity serves students well with project-based learning in a one-to-one technology environment. Up to 6000 e-journals can be accessed by the students. SCMS- COCHIN provides each student with his or her own laptop. In addition, each of its three computer labs and classrooms are equipped with Web-enabled computers and the latest in collaborative learning technology.  The goal is for every student to become a self-directed learner who does not rely on teachers or textbooks for direction. An online learning management system called “Moodle” is also used to create a network to help students, teachers, and parents to connect. .  “Our students do authentic work much like what you would see in a professional work situation,” a teacher said.

Outbound Training Programme (OBT)

Every year students undergo two days of outbound experiential learning programme at Munnar, one of the more popular hill stations in Kerala. The training includes a variety of team games and competitive activities interspersed with discussions and deliberations on team building and group dynamics. The programme conducted by seasoned trainers of Kalypso Training is an educational program to prepare students not only for college but for life.


Right on from day one, a student is assigned a mentor amongst the faculty members. A mentor is like a sounding board, a facilitator allowing their partners to discover their own direction with a deep personal interest. It is a power free relationship wherein the mentor acts, guides and helps the student in studies and co-curricular thus fulfilling a role as a helper and developer of others.


As a SCMS- COCHIN student, you participate in special classes and seminars with students and experts across different programs and industries respectively. A two-day annual management seminar, ‘PANORAMA’ is particularly becoming for the students as renowned national and international experts from various industries participate in it. Each department from time to time also arrange seminars focussed to their areas of specializations.


The SCMS- COCHIN Sport meet, an annual week-long event organized at the SCMS- COCHIN campus is a huge draw. Students compete in various sports categories such as Basketball, Volleyball, Spot Races etc. thus instilling the motto of “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender, and thus when challenges arise, you must use them to become stronger.

Student Associations and Add on Courses

Students type themselves into various knowledge families such as in the areas of Systems & Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Insurance & Banking, Retail Merchandising and Marketing. They meet at regular intervals, discuss about its latest developments and occasionally bring in experts to interact with. Another exciting opportunity is the add-on courses. (Capstone Simulation is one such course) and provided free to the students. These courses help them improve their strategic and innovative thinking skills.  “SCMS- COCHIN is a reflection of deep commitment from its leaders” a passing out student says. “Organizing events and activities of such magnitude involves a huge amount of time and resources. I would say the school does its best when it comes to supporting the educational goals of young people.”

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Events, Media, News Room


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Alumnus Santosh Kumar, returns to SCMS- COCHIN, now as a consultant

Santosh Kumar owns a research and process consultancy. Focusing more on the qualitative aspect, the company looks into interpretation and analysis of data. It is based on the premise of inter-department dependency. For example, in the marketing department, certain areas of work, like, marketing goods as per its price, would also require the support of the finance department. Thus, there’s a need to streamline the processes to make the dependency quotient as seamless as possible, says  Santosh.

The company today boasts of a wide range of national as well as international clients from the US and Europe like HP Global, Dell, and IDG connect etc. are just a few.

Speaking about his clients, Santosh grows sentimental about his alma mater and we soon find out why. SCMS- COCHIN is also the main client of his company. Starting off as a journalist with the Times of India, Santosh followed what he says was the “trend” back then and wrote entrances for Masters in Business Administration. MBA happened! Despite joining a college in his home state itself (SCMS-COCHIN), Santosh says, he got a lot of exposure. He worked for about two years and subsequently, started his own consultancy firm.

Today, his typical day in office is full packed. Since most of the clients are US or UK-based, a short nap is what keeps him going. In order to alleviate pressure, the firm has hired about twelve people fromDelhiwho take care of backend analytics. Various virtual employees are also based inPolandandAustria. The Front Operations Agency (FOA) controls operations in Delhi, Kerala and Mumbai. Due to major accounting and payment issues, some time back, the consultancy opted for US and UK-based client servicing thanIndia, Santosh says, “becomes a bit difficult with regard to on-time payments.”

Reminiscing his college days, Santosh says, “In our hostel, we were called wo-zoos—the world of opportunities at SCMS- COCHIN overpowered us, the animals, who had become a cause of disturbance and worry for the neighbors.”

Another incident that had him in splits was when his group of friends wrote fake letters to fellow women classmates. “It created a furor; there was a lot of crying and heartache involved. But back then, it was very exciting for us.”

On the college faculty, one name that stands out for Kumar is that of Professor Paulose, “the most visible face in those days.” Mr Pramod provided a rare opportunity of “mentoring and parenting the student. This way of guiding the student in the right direction is vital,’’ says Santosh.

Now, after all these years, Santosh intends to take things a little easy. The present job, he thinks, would culminate in a resting period that would take away all the pressure and stress. He, anyway,  never believed in the rat race. For him, it is useless to compete against one’s self since it would involve “bias” with the others, it might bring in the “other’s weakness” — a slow competitor can negate a “perfect evaluation of the self.”

Santosh advises a positive approach to aspiring consultants and consultancies.  While acknowledging the low su

ccess rate of India-born consultancies, Santosh says he’s hopeful about the newcomers who are enthusiastic and constantly advance the work flow with time.

For MBA students, he recommends a balanced outlook. Instead of getting shocked if the reality does not meet one’s expectations, Santosh says, “a sense of balance must be struck on the scales of theory and praxis of the management nuances.” This, according to him, is the key to an opportunistic world.

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Alumni, Media, News Room


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German International Exchange Student Jerome credits SCMS- COCHIN with imparting practical knowledge

In this era of globalization, student exchange programs play a cataclysmic role in helping aspiring students realize their dreams. Through programs like these, SCMS- COCHIN provides opportunities to many foreign students. Jerome Nyra is one such.

The idea to come to India was triggered when right after the completion of his mid-term university examination in Germany, Jerome decided to shift base abroad for a semester. In his hunger for diversity in education and learning, Jerome opted to come to India. The German students exchange program helped him in this. It has been one and a half months since. Spanning a total of three months, the study is the result of the exchange programs carried out by the international relations committees of both the countries.

On being asked about India, Jerome replies with “it is a fine country.” Settled in southIndia, he basks in awe of the waterfalls, more so, eager to see the famous backwaters.

At the end of the term, he plans to return to Europe. “I really like the group discussion methodology of imparting knowledge that SCMS- COCHIN has in its rulebook. I intend to take it off from here to the completion of my masters thesis.” Gaining practical knowledge is a vital component of the education process in India. While classroom teaching is given due importance and theories act as conceptual bases, the coalescing of these elements with practice is the stepping stone towards perfection. “Projects connect you to the company,” he says, describing how the project-based study in Indian business schools has proven helpful to him as to the others. Giving credit to a step further in acquisition of practical knowledge, he lays importance on internship, which according to him, “helps one analyze the wide array of business dealings and problems.”

After completing his masters and reaching the basic experience level, Jerome plans to join a consulting firm. While this experience will help him, he believes, with “exposure to various business situations,” the thorough theoretical knowledge will strengthen and support in getting a better job.

In this way, the SCMS- COCHIN student exchange programs turn the students’ dreams into reality. In much the same way, Jerome dreams to work as a consultant. Unfortunately, opportunities in the field of consultancy are rare in Germany. But thanks to student exchange programs, many like Jerome could come to India to set a base in the consultancy profession. Once a deal is set, they have the option to settle down back home, using the post-inflationary revitalized scenario as fertile ground for their wishes.

Five years from now, Jerome would like to own a consultancy firm. He regards the SCMS- COCHIN student exchange programs as a “blessing” for such zealous foreign students. 

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Media, News Room, Students Speak


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Future of the world depends on the children of today

One person doing good can inspire a few others. A few doing good can inspire many. Many doing good can inspire the world. It’s time for each one of us to do good and change the world. Our future lies in the children. Motivate them, help them and join hands with them to create a better tomorrow. The problem being addressed is putting a stop to child labour, providing them with a proper education, helping them in each stage of growth and motivating them to be good citizens.

The beneficiaries will be each and every one of us. We are going to change our future by helping the children. The children will then be a benefit to the world. This can be done by implementing a change within each of us, as we all can make even a minor change in the world. We all should take a pledge to save or help a child or make his or her future brighter. The world will follow you. Let’s make this world a better place to live. Challenges can be faced at every turn. They are hard to predict, but make yourself strong by dedication and enthusiasm in whatever you do. Society will follow you and changes will be made. I am inspired by my parents and the almighty. There are thousands of similar problems faced by the world today. All can be solved and the solution is you. Change should start from within us.

I hope my ideas will inspire at least few. Those few can spread my idea to many and they can spread it to the world. Let’s go for it.

My love for the future of the country is inspiring me and our future lies in the children who are going to change this world. Never ignore them or ignore their rights. Help them, find time for them, share their thoughts, inspire and motivate them.  I am sure there can’t be a better future than that.






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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Media, News Room, Students Speak


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SCMS- COCHIN and CDAC join hands to work on the Rural Health Management Projects

SCMS- COCHIN  has joined hands with the Government of India to work on the Rural Health Management pilot projects at a number of Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres in Kerala’s Kannur and Malappuram districts. This is the first time that our country has taken up such an initiative and SCMS- COCHIN students are all set to provide assistance in accomplishing these ambitious projects.

A Scientific Society of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, known as the Centre for Development of Advanced Studies (CDAC), Thiruvananthapuram in association with Media Lab Asia, Department of Information Technology, Government of India has taken the responsibility to implement these projects in our country. CDAC is confident that SCMS- COCHIN would help in making these projects a success and have thus chosen them for this task.

The CDAC society members have asked the SCMS- COCHIN team to conduct the impact study for all the three pilot projects: Mobile Tele-Oncology Unit, Rural Health Management Information System and Rural Tele-medicine System. The students and faculty members at SCMS-COCHIN began the impact study with full enthusiasm in March 2011 and are moving at a steady speed. The extensive study involved in this project includes conducting field surveys, performing data analysis, interpretation and finally preparing the final report. The SCMS- COCHIN team handling this project is carrying out the impact study as per the set schedule and the CDAC members are quite impressed by this progress.

All the three health management projects aim at developing different health care solutions. While the Mobile Tele-Oncology Unit is basically a mobile Tele-medicine unit having facilities like tele-consultation software, satellite communication facilities and advanced medical diagnostic and treatment equipments. The Rural Telemedicine System makes use of electronic information and communication technologies for providing health care support to the patients located in remote villages. On the other hand the objective of Rural Health Management Information System is to improve the quality of health care services offered in villages by developing an IT-based health services model.

The work done by SCMS- COCHIN has been quite impressive so far and the CDAC members are certain that with the assistance provided by the SCMS- COCHIN team the project would soon be accomplished.

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Media, News Room


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SCMS Cochin’s Dr. Deepa Pillai: Winning with People

With over 15 years of teaching HR to students in different colleges, Dr. Deepa Pillai has seen the Human Resource Departments in corporate houses gain importance, when earlier no such department existed.

Over the years, HR began being perceived as something meant for women. That is changing as more and more men are seeing the advantages of the ‘art and science’ of managing the human resources of an organization. They must know the art of behavioural patterns and have an insight into the science of the human mind. “Only someone who is really passionate about HR should opt for it. You can learn a lot in terms of behaviour and understanding people. HR is still unexplored,” Dr. Pillai says.

While the final onus of hiring someone falls on the department they will eventually work in, it is HR that does the initial work. They evaluate the applicant’s suitability for a particular job and see whether the applicant’s personal goals fit in with those of the organization. “It is a very challenging job today,” Dr. Deepa Pillai admits. “And HR is no more the domain of the girls alone. Many men are taking it up as their career choice.” 

HR hires and HR fires too. The latter is a frequent eventuality in today’s business scenario as companies are facing shrinking bottom lines. Employees have to multi-task if they want to keep their jobs. “It is very difficult to get HR jobs immediately after graduation,” Dr. Pillai observes. “It is getting worse as the markets are dull and HR jobs are reducing. I suggest students take up any job that comes their way and then gradually shift into HR – a year or so down the line.”

This recession will not last forever. Dr. Pillai predicts a better future for HR. “In the coming years, HR is going to be one of the most important areas. In fact, even now, managers are dealing with the human asset base. Soon, it will be necessary for all managers to have knowledge of this particular area.”

The future looks bright. However, there are not many HR professionals being appointed as CEOs. Aren’t they capable of donning the CEO crown? In fact, most CEOs rise to their plum position through the Marketing ranks. “Often it is a stigma in the market that HR people are less important than the other Marketing people, who are considered to be more dynamic and as the most important people. HR is not given that much importance, although it is more important because any managers in the top or bottom will have to deal with people. Isn’t that important? Of course, it is. And it will happen,” she says. We detect hope in her voice, and a prayer for the future. 

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Faculty, Media, News Room


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SCMS Cochin is different because it has a soul carefully nurtured-Sri S.V. Nathan

While comparing SCMS Cochin with other management institutes, Shri S. V. Nathan, Director-Talent, Deloitte India said, “In some institutions the students are excellent, the faculty is excellent, but they don’t have a soul. But, SCMS Cochin is different. It has a soul, which is carefully nurtured”. Shri Nathan who visited SCMS Cochin for the 18th Annual Convocation of the PGDM students as the Guest of Honour was quite impressed by the way the students at SCMS Cochin are being groomed.

Deloitte India, a part of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited which is known for providing excellent audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting services across the globe is seeking young talent from SCMS Cochin. The organization’s HR team has visited the campus a couple of times for recruitments and the visits have always been fruitful. Shri Nathan shares that initially Deolitte had come to India only for the benefit of low cost. However, the organization has realized thatIndiais not only rich in terms of knowledge but also there is a great potential in the country’s youth. “We have the people who are incredibly brilliant. The energy level of India is something unparalleled”, he said.

On being asked as to what is it that they look for while hiring a candidate, Shri S. V. Nathan shared, “The most important quality we look for in the students we recruit is whether they are willing to learn anything new”. He said that we also look for candidates having zest for their work and was glad to share that SCMS Cochin students possess these qualities. He appreciated the management for following a stringent admission procedure and also gave credit to the faculty members for grooming the students so well and making them industry ready.

Shri Nathan also praised the SCMS Cochin culture. He said, “What I like about SCMS Cochin is your very rich culture”. “The students of SCMS Cochin and the professors I meet speak to me with humility. Among your very senior people here I could see a great quality, that is, even when they do really spectacular things they let their work speak for itself. This is a very special quality of this institution”, he added. He went on to compare the SCMS Cochin culture with the work environment at Deloitte. “Since Deloitte is also a highly value-based and culture-based organisation it becomes quite comfortable to work with a similar institution, SCMS Cochin”, he said.

By his conversation it was clearly visible that Shri Nathan was quite impressed with the way SCMS students were being nurtured and his concluding sentence, “The fact that Deloitte recruiting team had visited you thrice during this year is making a loud statement about the additional value you give”, made it even more evident.

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Media, News Room


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