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Inauguration of the 1 year joint road safety campaign between SCMS Group and motor vehicles with emphasis on ‘No left side over-taking’- Shri Rishiraj Singh

SCMS feb 14aOn 14th February 2014, SCMS inaugurated the 1 year Joint Road Safety Campaign in collaboration with the Motor Vehicles Department. The ceremony was presided over by Shri. Rishiraj Singh, IPS, Transport Commissioner, Government of Kerala. This year’s theme is ‘No Left Side Overtaking’.

The session had several useful and interesting insights from Shri. Rishiraj Singh and Shri. Adarshkumar Nair, RTO Paravur. Shri Rishiraj Singh observed that although the population of vehicles in India is much lower in comparison to the worldwide vehicle population, the number of accidents is much higher than the rest of the world. Similarly, although Kerala is one of the smaller states in India, it has a very high density of automobiles, which leads to a higher accident rate. He focused on three central reasons around which the causes of high accident rates in Kerala revolve. These are the narrow Kerala roads, the lack of consideration of drivers for fellow drivers, and the violation of the law for the sake of it, especially by youth drivers.

However, with stricter actions taken by the Motor Vehicles Department, Kerala saw a drop in deaths due to road accidents by 102 cases. Shri. Rishraj Singh encouraged and answered various queries related to road management and road safety.SCMS feb 14b

The session ended on a special note with the Transport Commissioner releasing helpline numbers for areas in the Ernakulam District having 24×7 availability of officers to extend help. The initiative would extensively  focus on women’s and girls’ safety and it happens to be the first of its kind in Kerala. In conclusion, the session was highly informative and inspiring.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in News And Events

 

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Out Bound Training program held by SCMS Cochin offers valuable leaning experience to students

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Students pursuing their PGDM (2013-15) at SCMS Cochin recently went on their Out Bound Training (OBT) program, and it turned out to be an experience of a lifetime for them. The three-day training program illustrates the institute’s emphasis on giving its students practical learning experience throughout their course. And, through a number of activities that were carefully chalked out for the students’ benefit, they learned a lot about management concepts, team spirit, their classmates and also their own strengths.

On their first day in Munnar, the students were taken to the Kalypso camp site, which would be their base over the next three days. Staying in tents was an exciting experience for the students, all of whom were eager for an adventure. They were also given a briefing about what the details of the program, as well as the itinerary; therefore, the students had a clear understanding of what to expect. They had the privilege to attend an important, fun-filled program with a wide range of learning opportunities. And, they were ready for the challenge.

The first task involved dividing the students into four groups, with each group assigned a leader. The teams were then asked to keep a ball on a small pipe before lifting it with three strands of thread. Each team member would then have to carry the ball to the other side where another pipe was fixed. Obviously, the exercise was meant to illustrate the importance of teamwork. And, despite the commotion of multiple teams yelling instructions and encouragement, the point of the exercise was clear to the students. The good news for the teams was that all of them managed to complete the task successfully.

One of the aims of such initiatives is to promote overall growth amongst students. The trekking activity on Day 2 did just that. Students were given a brief about the terrain and the measures that they would need to take to cope with the climb. For the students, it was a challenge like none other; however, in spite of the difficulties faced, the students completed the trek, which left them feeling exhilarated and accomplished. They realized that they can achieve their goals by putting forth the effort—and, the satisfaction that they felt was extraordinary.

Another activity, called the Spider Web, played a huge role in helping students know more about SWOT analysis. The task involved helping team members go through a small slot; in addition to being challenging, this exercise brought on a lot of laughs. A number of other fun and instructive games followed, completing a day filled with activities that were a huge learning experience for the students.

The last day was meant for rafting down the lake, which students were looking forward to. But before they embarked on the trip down the beautiful lake, they had to roll up their sleeves and make their own raft with the help of bamboo sticks that were provided to them. It was an arduous task indeed, but one that they managed competently, further understanding the importance of teamwork. Rafting in itself was a lot of fun for the students, who had plenty of other opportunities to let their hair down, especially around campfires in evenings.

One of the highlights of the program was that students had to analyze their performances after every task. Detailed discussions were held after every activity so that students could reflect on the take homes from each one of them. They could evaluate their own performances and that of their team. Not only did it accentuate the learning from the training program, but it also helped them bond with each other and go back to their campus feeling rejuvenated.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in News And Events

 

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Annual Sports Meet at SCMS Cochin brings out the best from students in sporting competitions

SCMS Cochin recently held its Annual Sports meet and it turned out to be an event to remember with the students’ enthusiasm and sporting talent on full display. The event held between 27th and 31st Jan, 2014 was well attended. The event witnessed students from the PGDM program matching their skills on the sporting field with those from MBA, MCA and B.Com programs offered by the school. It was a gathering that not only gave students the adrenaline rush of competing, but also brought them closer to their peers through the unique bonding opportunity.

Since it has always been a highly anticipated event in the calendar year for the students at the institute, the organizers did everything in their power to make it a huge success. Student and faculty coordinators had put in all the effort to ensure that the sporting activities were conducted without any hiccups and everyone involved had a good time. And, that’s what they all did. Throughout the 5 day event, participants got a chance to show off their skills in different sports: from tennis to cricket, chess to carom, as well as basketball, badminton, volleyball, and football.

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While one of the objectives of hosting an event like this might be to encourage camaraderie amongst students, when it comes to sports it finally boils down to the competition. The event had students divided amongst eight teams: Kochi Indians, Kochi Daredevils, Kochi Tigers, Kochi Challengers, Kochi Kings, Kochi Chargers, Kochi Royals, and Kochi Strikers. Any resemblance to the cricket IPL nomenclature wasn’t misplaced as they managed to draw similar enthusiasm from the crowds when they took to the field in their respective team colours.

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The annual event held by SCMS Cochin has grown in stature over the years and it was visible in the type of venues that were hosting different competitions. The spotlight, as it often is at sporting events, was on Athletics, Football and Cricket, and they were held at the well equipped FACT ground. The badminton event was held in a state of the art indoor stadium, and it drew a very large audience. SCMS Cochin college ground was itself the host for Basketball, Volleyball and Table Tennis. Needless to say, the atmosphere on the campus was absolutely electric during the event.

Student Mitali Mishra made her presence felt from the cheering lines, said, “Although I wasn’t participating in any event, just being here was a fantastic experience. Everyone had a great time and we were doing our best to support our teams.” And who wouldn’t want their team to win? At the end of the event, it was the Kochi Challengers who were crowned the overall champions. They had a rich haul of 7 first and 3 second place prizes, which turned out to be enough to win them the coveted honour.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in News And Events

 

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