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A two-day orientation programme for the PUC student council members of St Aloysius College, Harihar titled ‘Building leaders for the future’ was held on October 3-4 at AIMIT, St Aloysius College (Deemed to be University). A total of 50 I and II PUC students attended the programme. The students were accompanied by Fr Vinod AJ SJ and the Dean (Coomerce) Ms Vilisha D’Souza.

Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director AIMIT, inaugurated the programme. Dr Rajani Suresh, Dean (MBA) welcomed the gathering. In his inaugural address, Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ urged the participants to develop leadership skills. He also stressed the importance of developing leadership qualities in attaining personal success and also in serving the less fortunate.

The workshop consisted of eight sessions – four sessions per day. Justine James, faculty of MBA Department was the resource person for the first session on ‘Redefining leadership’, where he demonstrated how leaders are not just ‘born’ or ‘made’ but rather are something more complex and context based and ‘situational’ in nature. Mr Justine James was also in charge of session 2 with Dr Rajani Suresh being the facilitator. In this session he conducted some activities that help participants imbibe and practice the role of leadership skills in conflict management. The third session was very dynamic in nature and was conducted by Dr Pooja Nagpal, faculty MBA Department. The fourth and last session for the day was conducted by Fr Alwyn D’Souza SJ. Both sessions involved the students actively participating in strategically designed leadership training activities.

The day 2 also involved four sessions. The first and second sessions by Dr Swapna Rose and Ms Divya Pereira, faculty MBA, saw the students letting off a lot of steam via classroom activities on leadership that involved them moving in and out of the class and performing individual and group tasks like bursting balloons and the like. The third session by Dr Rajani Suresh on ‘Building leadership communication skills’ involved an experiential exercise to highlight the role of communication in building trust. The final session by Vinay Krishna, faculty MBA, was based on team building and leadership.

The programme concluded with the customary vote of thanks and collection of feedback from the participants. The students expressed their delight on being part of this two-day leadership journey. The organisers thanked the participants for their active participation in the programme.