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Published : Thursday, 07 August, 2014 10:50 AM
The third day into the TEQIP program by IIM Raipur concluded on a refreshing note with a dinner hosted by Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director of IIM Raipur. Sessions on importance of “student’s engagement” and the ways and means to achieve it was the theme for the day. It included many sessions which broadly discussed the topic. 
The first session was addressed by Prof Satyasiba Das, on “Adapting to fast changing needs”. He enlightened the attendees on the changing needs on the education sector. He outlined various factors that are bringing about change in the field of education. He shared with them as to how they will need to adapt to the changing scenarios.
This was followed by an address on “Communication and Behavioural Skill” by Prof Vinita Sahay, Chairman FPM.She spoke on effective communication, types of communication and importance of communication for the gathering. She explained to them about how to improve learning, non-verbal communication and the art of making a presentation. “All the members hold senior positions in the organisations and will go on to become deans, directors and hold other positions of leadership. Thus, to make them understand the need for effective communication, is of utmost importance,” she said. She also mentioned that the most desired quality that the industry looks forward to is good communication skills. Also, most successful managers are effective communicators. Thus, this topic was animportant one for the FDP.
The importance of “Counselling and Mentoring” of students was taken up by Prof.AtriSengupta.She talked about the millennial generation that has grown up in the age of social media.She said that the mentors should be aware of the traits of the new generation mentees who are ambitious and creative. They prefer to challenge the system and have their own viewpoints. They are well informed and believe in multi-tasking. She also threw light upon the psychological perspectives of mentoring comprising abstract conception, concrete experience, reflection and action. She further discussed the topics like learning styles and individual preferences with the participants. “Sensing learners like clear goals, whereas intuitive learners like reading and listening” she said. She also elaborated upon the virtues of thinking, feeling, judging and perceiving listeners.
This was followed by a lecture on “Publishing in Top Class Journals” by Dr. Sumeet Gupta. He spoke about why research is important, what is the outcome of research and where to and how to publish one’s research. He shared the ground realities of publishing. It had factors like the lack of recognition / incentive for research, no research track time for research, lack of facilities (such as online databases), poor motivation / fear of research, data available but do not know what to do with it and no. of fake journals / conferences available. He gave them a few reasons as to why should they publish papers. It is an indicator of our being up-to-date in our field of knowledge; quality of faculty is judged by this; there will be a research – teaching synergy; it helps the promotion to better institutes that have dearth of good quality faculty and to remain motivated to extract new knowledge. He shared with them the various platforms on which they can publish. 
Finally, the participants had a live session with a counsellor organised by Dr. Sanjeev Prahsar. Dr. Prashar raised the issue of counselling in the present paradigm. He emphasized on the different needs of counselling for different germane. He also mentioned the different requirements of the counselling session. There was a live discussion byDr. Lokesh Singh, Assistant Professor of Psychology, AIIMS Raipur, whoheard the problems of the participants on a one to one basis and advised them.  He spoke to them about establishing a community of caring as it is the need of the hour. He made them aware about various factors that cause stress in the students of graduate colleges, how to identify them, and how to respond to them. He also enlightened them various prevention strategies that they could use to avoid situations of distress among the students. 
The engagement for the day ended with active participation on the Project workshops. There was a cultural programfor the attendees in the evening. Tomorrow, the FDP will have lectures on topics like; Excellence in Research, Information Literacy. After these sessions, the participants will visit Sirpur, the tourist destination, to experience the natural beauty of Chhattisgarh. 
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