Knowledge, Skills & Opportunities.. That’s what Alumnate Ahmedabad 2017 was all about!

Alumnate, Brainchild of AlmaShines (an Ed-Tech Start-Up), is the most Career-Centric Student Conference conducted with prestigious Institutions of Ahmedabad. The main aim behind Alumnate is to utilize the untapped, yet closest, resource available to the students – their Alumni – and all that they have to offer in terms of Knowledge, Skills, and Opportunities.
In the second edition of the Student Conference, Out of 400+ Applications, 100 of the best students from colleges of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar were handpicked as the Student Delegates, to be a part of this insightful conference which was a source of inspiration and motivation, to not give in to the hurdles and achieve the apex through constant perseverance.
Alumnate was honored to host speakers who cut through fierce competition and made their mark in their respective field.
The Founder & Director of AlmaShines,Mr. Kapil Dev Advani, delivered the Key Note Speech, where he emphasized the importance of one’s Alumni pool and reiterated it through his personal example of being inspired by former students of IIT Kanpur, his Alma Mater.

Words of Wisdom-This was a session where the top leaders, shared their success story, and the Highs and Lows they had witnessed to reach the apex of personal and professional growth.

This year, the session was graced by:
Mr. Alpesh Patel (Director, Dutron PVCs)

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Dr. Krishna Mehta (Lawyer & Assistant Professor of Law, Nirma University)

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This year’s Inspire Series was on:

1)      Entrepreneurship & Off-Beat Careers

Guest Speakers:

  • Mr. Vivek Chaudhary (Founder, Videowala&Travrse)
  • Mr. Dhaivat Jani (Drummer, Meghdhanush)

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Both the speakers talked about following one’s passion. They emphasized on the ground reality that comes with pursuing any unconventional career – that of being financially unsecure initially and harboring criticism – but overcoming them by sheer hard work and patience.

1)      Corporate Culture

Guest Speakers by:

  • Mr. Kaushik Patel (Senior Business Analyst, TCS)
  • Ms. HarshitaPincha (Senior Tax Consultant, EY)
  • Mr. Tej Shah (Venture Capitalist, MayField Advisors LLP)

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This gave them a firsthand perspective of the Corporate Culture, and key learning on what values and attitudes can take them high towards success and prosperity.

The Mentors’ Studio (Workshops)

In Mentor’s Studio, the students are given hands on experience on the professional skills, that can help them in their professional growth. This year the mentors guided students for subjects like:

1)      Public Speaking, by Parth Trivedi (Public Speaking Enthusiast)

2)      Cracking Placements, by RaunakMundhra (Sales Manager, ICICI Lombard),

3)      Building a Start-Up, by ChiranjivMelwani (CA, Assistant Manager – Deloitte Haskins and Sells)

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Start – Up Career Expo

A new feather added to the Alumnate hat this year was that of connecting promising start ups of the city to the resource pool of bright students creating a win-win situation for both the sides. Start-Ups like the following presented their workings and interested students applied for an internship experience with them:

-          Quicko (e-filing of IT Return),

-          Cash Basket (coupons for online shopping)

-          Konnect Health (health tracking tools)

-          Pole Talks (location based review interaction)

-          Dialogue Makers (for-profit social venture creating empathy for the Deaf & Blind)

-          Funkaar Gigs (online curated marketplace to discover and book live music)

All in all, the Alumnate conferences have been successful in connecting the students with their Alumni, extracting the best tips and encouraging the student pool to gain from it.

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5 Tremendous Benefits That Indian Institutions With Strong Alumni Network are Gaining

Premium Institutes like IITs, IIMs, ISB, all possess an extremely strong Alumni Network and here is list of the invaluable benefits that they reap from maintaining strong communications with their alumni.

 A COLLEGE SUCCEEDS WHEN ITS ALUMNI SUCCEED

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Success of Alumni is like feather in the cap for the Institute as well. Recognising achievers and awarding them can inspire young students and also bring laurels to the Institute’s name.

 

 ALUMNI ARE EVANGELISTS OF THEIR ALMA MATER

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Alumni are probably the most loyal supporters of an institute. They generate invaluable word of mouth publicity in their respective professional as well as social networks. None other than Alumni have the power to be evangelists for an institute.

 FINANCIAL SUPPORT BY ALUMNI

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“Nobody is bothered about an institution more than its alumni”- Sh. N R Narayana Murthy.

Call it for fund raising, infrastructure developments, sponsorships and research projects or just for event organising… Alumni are the ones who look for ways to give back to their Institute. Alumni feel immense gratitude for their alma mater and wish to stay connected and updated.

 ALUMNI BRING INDUSTRY EXPOSURE

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Alumni are capable of bringing real world corporate exposure for the college students. And students can benefit from the experiences of their seniors in terms of Job trends, Skill sets required, Referrals and various other opportunities.

 

 ALUMNI ARE THE BEST MENTORS

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Alumni act as role models for many, and are often well placed to offer practical support to students when they are about to start their career. Counselling and networking with alumni can enhance the career path of current students and lead to institute’s advancement.

The sense lies in making alumni a part of the institute’s future and not just its past.