Laghuswapna 2017 – a Launchpad for St. John SME Clinic

St. John Technical Campus aspires to be a pioneer in setting up an Industry Mentoring and Resource Centre to deal with the challenges and problems of Industries. Since 2011, we have been organizing the Annual Flagship Management Event in the month of March, “LAGHUSWAPNA”, at our Department of Management Studies, with the motive to provide a platform for the Institute – Industry – Interface.

 

This year Laghuswapna 2017 was a District level event and was held on 18th March 2017 in MBA auditorium. The theme was “Industrial Growth & Related Infrastructure Development in Palghar District.”

 

Eminent personalities with diversified background graced us on this occasion. We had Mrs. Nidhi Choudhari (CEO Zilla Parishad) as the Chief Guest and Mr. Satish Deshmukh (Additional Collector) as the Guest of Honour. The speakers were Mr. Satish Bhamare (GM – District Industries Centre), Mr. S. Vijay Kumar (Former Director – MSME), Dr. Priyadarshini Karve (CEO – Samuchit Enviro Tech.) and Mr. Joseph Samuel (CEO – Bibliant Life Sciences).

 

Mr. Albert W. D’Souza (Chairman of Aldel Education Trust), Mrs. Elvina D’Souza (Secretary), Mrs. Elaine D’Souza-Buthello (Treasurer), Mr. Reuben Buthello (Member), Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy (Advisor), Mr. Thomas Lobo (Campus Director), Dr. Satish Takalikar (Principal of St. John College of Engineering and Management), Dr. Savita Tauro (Principal of St. John Institute of Pharmacy and Research), Dr. Anil Kumar Chaudhary (Principal of St. John College of Humanities and Sciences), Dr. Atul Ayare (Vice – Principal of St. John College of Engineering and Management) were also present. About 76 industry representatives, 150 staff and about 60 students attended this event.

 

The Chairman welcomed the guests and addressed the audience. The Laghuswapna 2017 souvenir was inaugurated and St. John SME Clinic was launched during the event. The SME Clinic is geared to deliver customised business solutions to pioneering entrepreneurs and small-medium size enterprises, assisting them to create sustainable best practices. The main motto behind the foundation of SME Clinic is to bring positive change in the entire Industrial Belt of the New Palghar District. The SME clinic will provide innovative and cost effective support / solutions for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs to improve their business productivity. It aspires to provide entrepreneurs a complete suite of customised services under one roof.

 

Mr. Jude Lobo (Commercial Manager) introduced the diversified consultancy service being offered under SME Clinic. Dr. Indira Singh (HOD – MMS Dept.) presented on consultancy services in HR / IT / Finance / Training programmes. Dr. Savita Tauro gave an insight into the Pharmacy related consultancy services. Dr. Atul Ayare briefed about Civil & Environment consultancy services, Prof. Gunashekhar gave an idea about IT consultancy services and Ms. Vaidehi Khanolkar (Assistant Professor – Hospitality Studies Dept.) presented Hospitality related consultancy services. The audience were requested to give feedback on the services they would like us to offer.

 

The speakers were invited to share their inputs on the various aspects of the theme. The Guest of Honour spoke on ‘Regulatory requirements of land for SME setup’. The former Director of MSME addressed on ‘Cluster development’ while the GM – DIC spoke about ‘Industrial growth & related infrastructure development in Palghar’. Dr. Priyadarshini Karve presented ‘Eco Friendly Business Practices – Profit for SMEs’ and Mr. Joseph Samuel gave talk on ‘Tackling the Malnutrition issues’.

 

The Chief Guest appreciated the efforts put in by St. John team in the field of education in Palghar District as well commended the team for their initiative to contribute to the development of Palghar District through the SME Clinic.

 

An open discussion was arranged wherein the experts answered various queries asked by the industry participants and the students.

 

We are sure that the broad range of services provided by St. John SME Clinic will be a great boon to the growing industrial sector of Palghar District.

 

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