International Seminars

Career in Management Accounting
The Department of Commerce & Management, in collaboration with the Institute of Management Accountants, organized an international seminar ‘Career in Management Accounting’ on 10th July, 2018. Speakers for the sessions were Mr. Dennis Whitney- Senior Vice President at IMA, Mr. Jim Piechowski - Director International Operations and Global Business Development and Mr. Fenil Vadakken – Country Head at IMA. The seminar helped the audience gain better understanding of the CMA program and the relevance of Management Accountants in the current business scenario. The seminar delivered by senior IMA members sought to help students understand the structure of the test system and the roles and responsibilities of a management accountant. It also outlined the pathways to achieving such certification and the various benefits of the same.

Business Innovation through Sustainable Development
On 28th February, 2019, the B.Com BPM Programme conducted an international student seminar on ‘Business Innovation through Sustainable Development’. The speaker, Ms. Waltraut Ritter- Managing Partner and Research Director at Knowledge Dialogues (Hong Kong), held an interactive session with the students about the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the need for educational institutions to integrate the same into their programmes. They give corporate entities the scope to maintain a balance between economic work and environmental resources. The students were given the opportunity to clearly understand the concept and discuss creative methods of sustainable development by business houses.

National Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Lectures

NEN Workshop - Global Entrepreneurship Training Initiative (GETI)
The BBA department, in association with National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) organized a nine-day national level workshop titled “Global Entrepreneurship Training Initiative (GETI)” for the faculty from 16th to 24th of July, 2018. NEN provided the resource persons for the workshop. The main aim and objective was to help the faculty provide a space and platform for self-discovery.

UGC sponsored National-level IQAC Conference
IQAC organized a national-level conference on ‘Quality Initiatives in Teaching, Learning and Evaluation Processes in Higher Educational Institutions’ on 24th August, 2018. Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar (Consultant to the Karnataka Regional Branch of the Indian Institute of Public Administration in Bangalore, Trustee at Karnataka Chapter of the Sarvodaya Internal Trust) was the keynote speaker. Other resource people for the conference were Dr. Subramoniam Rangaswami (Professor of Eminence in Medical Education at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research), Dr. Siddalingaswamy (Coordinator, QAC, Office Of Commissioner Of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore), Dr. Sakuntala Samuelson (Principal, Surana College UG), Dr. G Uma (Associate Professor, Department Of Statistics, PSG College Of Arts and Science, Coimbatore) and Dr. Syed Wajeed (Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore). The conference received 42 papers and a book of abstracts was released in the inaugural session of the conference.

Rethinking Business Practices in Global Scenario
This seminar was held on 11th September, 2018, in collaboration with ICAI. The chief guest was CA Shravan Guduthur (Chairman of ICAI, Bangalore). With three sessions, the seminar invited various speakers like CA Asha M, Mr. Vinod Sunder Raman, Ms. Shilpa Kiran and CA Anand Jangid. They spoke about trends in accounting policies and their impacts, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016, Real Estate Regulation and Development Act 2016 (RERA) and controls in virtual financial systems and forensic audit, respectively. Thus, the students understood the changing dynamic regulations, changes in accounting, artificial intelligence, and the big challenges in finance and accounting.

Well-Being of the Emerging Generation: Challenges And Approaches
A one-day national level conference on ‘Well-being of the emerging generation: Challenges and Approaches’ was organized on the 20th of November, 2018 by the Counselling Department. The first session of the conference was the key-note address given by Rev. Fr. Dionysius Vaz SJ, where he gave an insight into the difference between the gen X and gen Z. This was followed by a technical session conducted by Ms. Divya Khanna, the Managing Director of Human Dynamic where she spoke about demystifying the generational gap at workplace. The panel discussion after, included four speakers of different backgrounds (a teacher, a counsellor, an HR executive and a parent) who shared their perspectives on the topic. The conference saw 11 research paper presentations.

Emerging Trends in Tourism
The B.Com Travel and Tourism Programme organized a three-day national level workshop on 17th, 18th and 19th December, 2018, in collaboration with India Tourism and Dharthi India. The workshop mainly revolved around the aspects of the future possibilities in the tourism sector. Representatives of professional bodies such as TAAI and IATO shared the platform along with other eminent speakers that addressed the audience about changes in the fields of travel and tourism. The program had been designed for both faculty and students from prestigious institutions like Mount Carmel College, Jain and others. Over the course of three days, current topics of major importance such as industry and tourism, mass tourism and its impacts, sustainability of tourism, and the hospitality industry were discussed upon.

4th Industrial Revolution
On the 18th and 19th of February, 2019, a national seminar was organized for the B.Com Industry Integrated Programme students on the topic ‘4th Industrial Revolution’. It focused on the changing trends in the different sectors of the industry like HR, Banking and Finance, and covered a wide range of topics from the world of industry 4.0 to evolution of marketing and sales in SMAC era. It was designed specifically for faculties from universities, colleges and corporate professionals, to gain insight about the future of the industry. This program had professionals from TATA Consultancy Services coming in St. Joseph’s College of Commerce 61 to impart knowledge and conduct various activities relevant to the future prospects of the industry.

Republic Day Lecture Series
The Department of English had its inaugural lecture of Annual Republic Day Lecture Series on 24th January, 2019. Prof. Rajendra Chenni, a prominent writer, thinker and activist elaborated on the topic ‘Crisis in Democracy and Liberalism – A Possible Response’. The two-hour lecture saw an audience on over 100 people, from different public forums. Prof. Chenni addressed the idea of democracy being implemented in India with an essential sense of our own traditional beliefs and lifestyles. He related this to the anxiety of the constitution-makers regarding the success of the republic of India. Giving the example of mobilisation of rural women in Karnataka moving the government towards liquor ban, he identified the differences between the reality of electoral democracy and that of individual level of democracy. He used many examples to demonstrate how political statements made at the individual or community level are sometimes more relevant than even central level of politics. Prof. Chenni expressed his firm belief in the need to end the tradition of silence that greets every form of polarisation of political views in the country. He stressed on the importance of making our voices strong by rooting ourselves in native histories, to truly realise the meaning of democracy in the nation.

UGC sponsored Research Methodology Workshop for Women Scholars
The UGC sponsored a seven-day nationallevel workshop on Research Methodology for Women Scholars at SJCC. The research center of the college conducted the same from 17th – 23rd September 2018. Women from various part of the country applied to participate in the workshop that finally selected thirty participants. The conceptual topics related to commerce/ management and social science researches were discussed in 14 elaborate sessions.

Experiential Workshop on Research Methodology
A seven-day national-level Experiential Workshop on Research Methodology was conducted by the SJCC- Research Center from 6th - 12th December, 2018. Forty participants from all over the country including faculty members, research scholars and professionals participated in this workshop. The resource people from eminent institutes of the country conducted the sessions upon advanced research techniques. Hands-on training was given on research software by them to the participants.

Student Seminars and Workshops

Sustainable Development and Green Practices
The B.Com Department organized a seminar on the topic ‘Sustainable Development and Green Practices’ on the 27th of November, 2018. The idea of sustainability, its viability and the type of development that should take place in order to accommodate sustainability in the 21st century, was discussed in detail by the speakers- Mr. Suresh Hiblikar, Mr. Ullas Kumar and Mr. Akshay Hiblikar.

Block Chain
B.Com (International Accounting and Finance) in collaboration with Comorin 62 2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT Consulting Services conducted a City level seminar, ‘Block chain’ on 18th July 2018. The speakers for the session were Mr. Mohamed Ijaz (Block chain Architect, Comorin Consulting Services), Mr. Jeeva Chelladhurai (Founder, Comorin Consulting Services) and they helped the audience gain better understanding of Block chain and Bitcoins. The seminar saw an overwhelming participation of more than 200 students.

Current Issues in Corporate Ethics and Governance
On the 23rd of August, 2018, the Department of Commerce in collaboration with Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI-CMA), held a student seminar on the topic ‘Current Issues in Corporate Ethics and Governance’ through three sessions. These sessions were conducted by CMA N R Kaushik, CMA Vivek Mishra and CMA Murali S on the topics ‘Provisions of Companies Act, 2013 on Corporate Ethics and Governance’, ‘Cases of Corporate Frauds and Lessons Thereof’ and ‘Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility’ respectively.

I year - The B.Com Industry Integrated programme conducted Vistara for the first year students on 24th August, 2018 on the topic ‘Current trends and Innovations in banking’ and the panel for the discussion was presided over by guest speaker Mr. Kaushal Kishore- senior Manager at Baroda Academy, Mr. Udesh Kumar- Chief Manager, BOB (Brigade road) Bangalore and Riya Joseph, second year B.Com II. student. II year - On 10th January 2019, a special session was organized for the second year BPM students attended a two hour session on the topic ‘Ethics in Marketing’ conducted by Mr. Zubair Pradhan, Professional Trainer in Marketing and Commerce, where he dicussed the idea of ethics, the difference between ‘ethical’ and ‘legal’ - using the grid and ethics in marketing. III year – For the third year students, Vistara was conducted on the 11th of September, 2018 on the topic of ‘Financial Planning’ with Mr. Kaushal Kishore, Senior Manager, faculty at Baroda Academy, and Ms. Pushpa Mohanty, an investment banker, as the speakers. They focused on systematic investment planning (SIP), the importance of investment decision and significance of assets and liabilities management.

A city-level seminar, ‘Envisage’ was conducted on 24th August 2018, in collaboration with TCS for the B.Com Industry Integrated students of the college. The first session, organised for third year students was held on the topic of lean and six sigma. The guest speaker, Mr. Roopesh Lochan, associate vice president, TCS Bangalore gave insights about the concepts but also provided us with the practical aspects of these concepts in the industry. through

The Leadership Development Cell of the BBA department organised ‘Nirmana’ - a one day state-level workshop on research, for the second year BBA students on 4th January, 2019. The speakers, Dr. M Guruswamy, Prof. Shrinidhi V R, Prof. Manjunath inculcated the spirit and importance of research among the students and familiarized them with the process involved in Research Methodology.

The Leadership Development Cell of the BBA department held a one day seminar St. Joseph’s College of Commerce 63 ‘Ithikos’ for the first year students on the 6th of February, 2019 on the topic ‘Value Conflicts and Contemporary Business’. The speakers, Mrs. CA Lakshmi Balaji - a consultant and author, Prof. M V Sridhar - specialized trainer in GST and a consultant, and Mr. Zubair Pradhan - professional trainer in Marketing & Commerce.

On the 23rd of August, 2018 the B.Com Travel and Tourism organised ‘Derive’. The topic for the same was ‘Augmented Reality’ and the students gained vital insights on the concept of augmented reality, its future in the market and its relevance in the field of Travel and Tourism.

En Route
En route, a city level seminar was organized by the B.Com Travel and Tourism Programme on 17th September, 2018, for students from the travel and tourism background across Bangalore. The first session of En route focused on the emerging trends in tourism and the effect of tourism on the community as a whole and the second session included a panel discussion consisting of four panelists who focused on the love for festivals and hatred for waste.

Gaming Workshop
This workshop was held on 17th of December, 2018 in collaboration with ProcessBee whose founder, Mr. Sandeep, was the guest speaker for the day. Stratup was an immersive gaming workshop to bridge the gap between knowledge acquired in classrooms to the skills required to operate in the corporate world. It was a simulation of a start-up, where students learnt to apply the concepts of resource allocation, budgeting, organizational dynamics etc., in a risk free environment.

The workshop on photography conducted by Mr. Alex Paul, an alumnus of the college, showcased various aspects of life and nature, giving an insight into the plethora of vibrant colours and frames. He demonstrated an effective use of the camera to capture photographs. He also taught colour correction and basic photo editing.

The Right to Dissent
The Centre for Social Action (CSA) at St. Joseph’s College of Commerce advocates the need for representation of suppressed voices and acts as the spokesperson for communicating social issues to the masses. On this note, CSA organized a One Day Seminar on the topic, “Right to Dissent” in association with Center for Amenities, Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) on 14th February 2018. Mr. Leo Saldanha — Coordinator-Environment Support Group, declared the seminar open by sharing his views on the contextual significance of right to dissent.

Dr. Arvind Narrain — founding member of Alternative Law Forum Bangalore, India, conducted a session on “Freedom of speech - a Myth or Reality”. Prof. Ravivarma Kumar—Former Advocate General Karnataka high court and Former Chairperson Karnataka state backward classes’ commission, elaborated on the topic “Why should we dissent?” Ms. Akkai Padmashaali— Social Activist, Founder ONEDE, Ms.Madhubhushan— Independent Activist—Writer, Researcher, CIEDS Collective, Ms.Shiba Kurain— Deputy News Editor- News Minute, Ms.Brinda Adige — Founder Global Concerns India and Mr.Syed Junaid —Student Representative animatedly shared their views on the

“Many Forms” of dissent during the panel discussion, which was moderated by Vinay Kambipura — Asst. Professor and Association Coordinator, SJCC.

Around 180 students from various colleges across the city participated in the seminar. The seminar ended with a procession by the members of CSA outside the college campus to build a higher volume of community awareness about dissent in the present society.

A one-day state-level seminar, ‘Scolaire’ was held on 10th August, 2018, by the Placement Cell to generate awareness about the prospective professional and public service roles, bank related jobs, the various competitive exams, national and state level exams, and alternative knowledge avenues for the first year undergraduate students. Two local colleges participated in this event as well.



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