A B h a r a t P a r i v a r N e w s l e t t e r N o v e m b e r 2 0 0 9 A n E l e c t i o n I s s u e I n s i d e t h i s i s s u e : W e l c o m i n g T h e N e w P - P r o f e s s i o n a l 2 N o m i n a t i o n s Dear Friends, committee and the first C o n t d . hope to see the new 3
professional committee. elected members bringing I n t e r v i e w s o f 4 This special issue of 7 O’
B P S C _ U o B 0 8 - 0 9 in new flavours to BP. Clock has been conceptu- The idea behind having a C o n t d .
5 alised to introduce the separate professional So friends, have a dekko at B P S C _ U o B 7 contestants for this year’s body is triggered by the N o m i n a t i o n s the contestants for this
Bharat Parivar (BP) elec- growing and positive par-
year’s student and profes- tions and publish the ex- ticipation by professionals sional committee, and
periences and views of the in our events and activi- what they have to say to presiding student com- ties. We at BP increasingly you. We hope this will help mittee members. Concur- felt the need to provide a you in deciding the candi- rently we announce the common meeting place dates of your choice. Go start of a new chapter in and platform where pro- ahead and vote for the our organisation’s jour- fessionals can socialise, right candidate. ney. network and have some
fun. The professional Till later... Just as a planter beams body would also be a
when his tree bears fruits source of guidance and
and just as a couple prides advice for BP’s student
on the growth of their members as experienced
child, we at BP are de- by some of us during a
lighted to inform you the professional – student
establishment of the first meet. BP professional working
committee. The elections The combined effort of Panchi Goswami- Editor, 7’oclock on 27th November 2009 both these committees shall ascertain the flag could pave a new path for bearers of the new student our organisation and we
N o m i n a t i o n s f o r B P P r o f e s s i o n a l Post: Co-Chair achieved. work done rather than help the Nominee:
members develop their skills
Karthik Kamalakannan I am a team player to the core and also
genuinely believe that someone who is Dear Members, I would like to not a good team player will never make nominate myself to the post of a good leader ,The position of the co the Co chair of Bharat Parivar chair definitely needs someone who is a Professionals as I could bring good leader Personally I will be open to my passion and enthusiasm to any new ideas and innovations that attain the overall growth and might help the performance of the development of the BPP’s main Group. I do listen constructively to my objectives. According to me a members and prioritize issues that need chair /co chair is someone who to be tackled. I will always help mem- provides guidance, instruction, bers of the BP to coach, direct, support direction, leadership to their or delegate as is appropriate, rather group at the same time moni- than the approach “Let me show you tors the quantitative and quali- how" as this is probably just to get the tative result that is to be
Post: Finance Officer Nominee: Anandan Kumar
First, extending my thanks to BP for this opportunity to submit this nomination. I join the list of nominees for BP professional and at the moment for the role of Finance Officer. So far I do not have much experience in simi- lar role except bit of academic base, let me try to serve to the best of BP's interests. I have been part of technical conclave organising committee during my graduation days and I also served as Placement representative. So with that brief spell, I hope to serve to the best of my ability. Hopefully, I can use some of the Business School learning!!
As I am aware that the BP is growing at a faster pace with more and more new members joining the family I would like to introduce myself as Sudhakar Sagi working at Aston University. I would like to nominate myself for the post of marketing officer of the BP professional committee. I have been living abroad since 2001 and to admit very frankly I have never come across any organisation or association like BP. I have lived in Germany for close to 7 years and al- ways felt away from home. After coming to Birmingham, I have never realised that I am away from India (thanks to all the members of the family). I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their friendly gesture. Post: Marketing Officer Nominee: Sudhakar Sagi
Nomination for Post of President : Ketan Sharma
Nomination for Post of Administration Officer: Shagun Bawa
What BPSC_UoB 2008-09 have to say? Dhivya Raj Amshika Amar – President Worst: nothing The next committee should keep up the good work and also try What do u think were the best As the president of BP, how far do you ac hi e ve mor e c oor di n ati on and the worst things of BP in think BP has gone towards achieving its amongst its the last one year? goals? members Best things: we had a vey ac- As the president I think we have
tive year with loads of different achieved a lot in this year.
events popularity of our soci- What do you think the to-be- ety increased manifold the committee must do in order to carry professional body expanded the torch forward?
Gopal Poruri – Vice President takes. Did BP in any way help you in your career or just to develop as a per- What do How would you rate the relations that BP son? If so how ? you think has with other societies in the Guild of are the students in comparison with the last Being in BP developed me to be best and year? more collaborative and be a part of worst things a good team. It also helped me to I do not have any particular statistic or of BP in the understand the different dynamics figures to show the relations of BP with last one of a team , which comprises of dif- other societies in this year as well as last year? ferent individuals with different mind- year, but i can say this that reasonable sets. It has been a good experience I would rather say there were 2 number of events were organized in co- to work as part of this team and from things which were really best for ordination with other societies. The anti- my experience of working in corpo- BP. One was most innovative terrorism discussion and other events rate teams and student teams like society award and the Republic were organized. The relations of BP with this, day function. These are the hall- other societies were always cordial and marks of the BP in the year 2008- friendly. 09. Whilst Holi gave us the chance to learn from our mis-
Debasmitha Sarkar –Cultural group functioned. If the rate of growth remains the coordinator same, how long do you think before Backdraw- BP can perform at national events? What do you think were the best Lack of communication had occurred and the worst things of BP in the Performing at National events will couple of times which led to one of our last one year? require much more co-ordinated events getting a bad name in the Uni- efforts, dedication and time from I think the past year has seen BP versity. the organizers and performers. We grow enormously and achieve have been having very good events I think many a times it becomes ideas tremendous success in all its but most of it has been spur of the and suggestions of maybe one individ- events. Every student society I moment activities. A lot more is re- ual rather than the board / group func- think faces different phases of quired if we are to go national…..but tioning as a whole. All events have not ups and downs, I think we will soon be there. seen involvement mainly because ad- The best things that have hap- vertisement was not done well in ad- pened in BP was The Republic vance, I think we can improve on that. Day celebrations, where we As cultural coordinator what do you had representation from the have to say about the quality of events Indian Consulate. at BP? -Extension of BP as BP-Liverpool, I personally think the quality of events at the University of Liverpool. has been good, but there could be -Organization of the Sports much better events. With the launch of week. ‘Tammanna’ , I am sure the quality will increase in leaps and bounds. All these reflect on how well the
Viraj Joshi – Finance officer worst thing I would recall is the Holi and UoB.
event, where things went awry.
W h a t
Did being the treasurer help you de- do you The best part of being in BP was to get to velop yourself in any way? t h i n k know people from different back-
w e r e grounds, bonding with them and having First of all, by being member of BP, I the best fun together. All these guys are wonder- got to know many fellow students and the ful. I love being part of this family. I can't who have become good friends of w o r s t see any cons here. mine. In an alien country, I feel this t h i n g s
helps make oneself comfortable and in the As the finance officer, what would your I really thank BP for it. past one year? comments be about the financial status
of BP? As treasurer, I understood the under- The best things about BP when it
lying financial facts that engrossed comes to occasions and func- Currently, BP has GBP 170 in its A/c. Last BP. It helped me understand the fi- tions include the Republic Day year was quite a profitable. We organ- nancial requirements of a commit- Celebrations, The Independ- ized several functions that helped us tee and how the fund needs to be ence Day Celebrations and, gather funds, though during most of raised. It facilitated me to develop The Discussions on Terrorism Fo- events we broke-even. I would like to say commercial acumen towards han- rum that were conducted last that with this status we can positively dling the money that's needed if we year and of course launch of 7 move forward. Guild would be facilitat- want to keep BP Accounts green. o'Clock. All these occasions ing with rolling-grants (per sem) if we turned out to be much better proved that we need the money for than originally anticipated. The events that promote the image of BP Vnothini Shankar – Health and have a long way to go before we can I would say around 6 to 7 in most Safety Officer achieve the aims of the society... events...even though we have had a few where we fell badly and could What do you think were the best What do you think should be the prime improve ourselves.. The fact that we and the worst things in the past focus of the new committee ? didn't have any serious injuries or one year? accidents during any of the event, The prime focus for the new committee, i s u g g e s t s The Best thing about BP last year think, should be to popularise our society that we are was the enthusiastic participa- among other societies and have col- man agi n g tion of the members in organiz- laborative events...so that we can get to very well in ing, attending and enjoying the know other cultures, interests, practices, terms of various activities.. I also should etc .... Health and make a note of the fact that we Safety of On a scale of 1 to 10 , how would you were able to start most of the the organi- rate BP in terms of following health and events on time which is an Hi- zation as a safety rules? malayan task by itself.. :) I
whole... wouldn't say there was any worst thing as such...But we still Administration Officer: pretty nervous during my nomination a family to me. The fun we had and speech in the Council Chamber in 2008. also those innumerable get- Saurabh Kulkarni (Best Family togethers, events and dance after Member Award) Message from It has been an eventful year for BP, those events, cant forget. I hope the Mumbai.. where we got a recognition from the new committee continues to make Guild and also had various events held BP as great as it has been since its
throughout the year. I feel proud to be formation in 2006. associated with BP and contribute
something towards its successful journey. All the best for the new members and Congratulations to the out go-
I held the post of Administrative Officer, ing members, it was truly a joy work- which was a very challenging job. I
ing with you people. Stay in touch, hope I discharged my duties to the best Missing Birmingham, Missing Bharat of my abilities. Contesting elections and
Parivar, Missing all of you!!!! then taking up some post adds a lot of I hope everyone is doing great. responsibilities. It also helps you in your I read about the elections and day to day life. It makes you responsible thought conveying something in every aspect of life. Jai Hind !!!!!! from my end. BP elections was BP is one family, and if it was not BP, I something really big for me last would'nt have survived in Birmingham. I year. It transformed me com- found many friends, who were more like pletely. I still recollect, I was
Nominations and Manifestos for BPSC_UoB 2009-10 Post: President Nominee: Vinothini Sangaralingam Hello Everyone, I am Vinothini Sangaralingam. I am currently doing my 3 year PhD in Astrophysics. I have been part of Bharat Parivar for the past two years and found it to be an organization, which has seen enormous growth and has the potential for much more. Having been actively involved in its activities for the past year, I have encoun- tered both its positive aspects as well the regions where it has scope to grow more. With this insight, encouragement of its members and my enthusiasm, I would like to take this group the next step of communicating our aims and objectives to others and reaching out to the larger Indian community in UK. To this effect, I would like work towards co-operation among other societies in our university and Indian societies of other universities. I would also like to co-ordinate with the Bharat parivar professional body in helping our members take the next step after their graduation. I have been a part of various student bodies during my school and college days. Recently as Health and Safety Officer of BP during the year 2008-09, where I had helped in the organization of the various events, celebration of festivals, etc. throughout the course of the year. I am also the co- founder and ex-director of the Astronautical Society of India - Students Chapter (ASISC), which is the students division of ISRO, where I have gained much of my organizational experience working with students from all levels. With your support and the vision of the founders, I am sure we can take this society to scale greater heights. With warm regards and best wishes. Second Nominee for the Post of President Vivek Malik Hi Friends, I am Vivek Malik, student of MBA, Birmingham Business School. I have been linked to BP from less than a year. BP provided me the much needed support and confidence during my first week in UK. I will always remember that first meeting, which provided me the joy and courage that helped me to move on in new dimensions by leaving behind the thoughts of home. I am Mechanical Engineer by profession and have worked in multina- tional environment in past. I have marketed my organization to gain new projects and have also handled financially live construction projects. I have not contributed much till today to the society but now I would like to take a serious role so as to give back to the society what I gained from it and to guide fellow colleagues with what I have gained from my earlier experiences. Way back to my school days, I have been actively linked to so- cial and voluntary works in villages. Under the due guidance of my favorite teacher I have voluntary initiated First - Aid and Health & Safety programs by encouraging other school friends. I have al- ways tried to learn from the community leaders and practitioners, and herein, I am immensely touched by extreme enthusiasm of the BP committee members which have motivated me to stand here in front of you and help the community to achieve goals and objectives. I hope that the BP will find me worthy of letting me work close with each other so as to step forward together in this com- petitive world with a confident face. Thanking you.
Nominations and Manifestos for BPSC_UoB 2009-10 Post: Vice-President hair-cut! At a reasonable price etc. member of the organising commit- tee for various national level confer- Nominee: Sandeep Koul During all these, the solace, guidance ences and technical project competi- and help I got was from BP. It also Hello friends, I’m calling your tions at my college level. shared my joys during celebrations of attention this time for a specific Dussehra & Diwali. I therefore decided My idea is to keep our flag flying purpose. I’m standing for the to be formally a part of BP, so that the high & I’m sure you’d be with me in post of “vice president” for same help & support I can provide to all this endeavour of mine. Let us make BPSC_UoB for the year 2009- existing and in- coming students, which this a joint endeavour by putting 10. I remember the time when I I & many of you got from former office- your aye to my came to Birmingham, five thou- bearers of BP. selection. sand miles away from home, to pursue my dreams. I had gone During my UG, I was the industrial and JAI HIND!!!! through many problems like educational liaison officer of the depart- looking for an accommodation, mental community. The responsibilities looking for guidance, looking include developing contacts between the for tips to find cheap transpor- department and the industries, organis- tation, where one can have a ing the seminars etc. I was also the Post: Finance Officer Cultural Society at my college during my been missing though, is the Indian UG and also won several medals for my touch and our beloved BP is one Nominee: Vishal Tewari acting and voice modulation in Skits good place to get it back. By being a and Drama events. I was also the Chief Hi! I’m treasurer here, I will have the huge Student Editor of my college magazine V i s h a l responsibility of ensuring that the and the Sports Secretary; a testimony of T e w a r i ! lifeline of this capitalistic world : which are the many major sports events Y o u r ‘FUNDS’ are managed properly. that I have organised at the district treasurer In return, I wish to garner your trust level. for the in giving me this responsibility. To next one At the UoB, with a totally different cul- those who’ve met me before, I am year (hopefully). I am an MSc ture and atmosphere, I’ve tried to be in confident that you consider me reli- Electronic and Computer Engi- the thick of the things during the short able and capable enough to do the neering student with more than period of two months that I’ve spent job. To those who haven’t, MEET two years of work experience with here. During this time, I have become ME and find out! CSC and Motorola. the Postgraduate Student Ambassador Well if that isn’t enough useful of my School and also a member of In-
information, then I must add that ternational Student Focus groups and I was the chief co-ordinator of the the Eco-Power Rangers, etc. What has
Nominations and Manifestos for BPSC_UoB 2009-10 Post: Cultural Co-ordinator Nominee: Abhishek Yende Hi, my name is Abhishek, I am currently pursuing my LLM from Birmingham Law School and contest- ing for the position of cultural coordinator at “Bharat Parivar”. Having been a University representative during my undergraduate degree, I am well equipped to be the voice of Bharat Parivar.
Being a part of Bharat Parivar and representing fellow Indians by voicing their opinion as their representative would be a great opportunity.I have won many national and college level dance competition one of which was hosted by the MTV channel. I also run a dance troupe named “Zeal” in India. One of my major achievements was organising classical concert by Zakir Hussein, Shankar Mahadevan and Kavita Krish- namurti, this event was hosted by Nana Patekar in my university. I also had the opportunity to perform in Bharat Parivar during the Diwali festival 2009.
Considering my above experience in the field of cultural events, I decided to contest for this post as it will benefit the society in hosting future events. I believe I can help make a positive difference, once elected I will work closely with Post: Technical Officer Nominee: Deepak Manoharan Hi folks, my name in Deepak Manoharan and I am currently pursing my MBA from Bir- mingham Business School. I would like to contest for the post of “Technical Officer” at Bharat Parivar -2009.
“Bharat Parivar” is one of the best Indian communities in the University and being a part of its team and representing my fellow Indians is a great opportunity. During my undergradu- ate degree I was a part of the Technical committee in organizing Fashion Shows(Finesse 2K1 & Finesse 2K2) in the university. The responsibilities included the arrangements of the instruments for the show, selection of music, lighting and promotions for the show. Apart from these, I was nicknamed as the “Photographer” and the “Gadget Guru” by my friends. Also a very socially active person, as you can find me on most of the social web- sites (facebook, Orkut, Linkedin) and the founder of three very active groups (PSG_FT04, AMPIANS06 and Spinney “The 11”)
With all my experience in conducting shows and being a very active person, I decided to contest for the Post of Tech- nical Officer, which I feel needs a bit of experience and loads of enthusiasm. Once elected, I will work closely and give all my support to the team in efficient functioning of the society. Post: Administration Officer Nominee: Rajdeep