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Trailblazers #5: An Interview With Mr. Sashwata Roy

KGEC E-CELL has recently been successful in reaching another milestone as IIT Bombay set foot on KGEC for the very first time ever in the form of an entrepreneurial workshop named “SYMPOSIUM-DE-ILLUMINATE”.

KGEC E-CELL was glad to host Mr Sashwata Roy, the representative of IIT Bombay E-CELL and the main speaker of the event. Mr Sashwata Roy, who has over 23 years of hard-core experience in the Telecom/ISP domain working with major Telecom/ISP companies across various geographies spearheading their Enterprise Business function has been an experienced business leader with 24+ years of diversified experience in business operations and has been an integral position holder in corporates like Aircel, Reliance Communications, Dishnet DSL Ltd., Global Electronic Commerce Services Ltd., Elnet Technologies Ltd(ENT), ICNET Limited. Presently, he has been associated with his own start-up, “SHUSABIITH IT SERVICES LLP”, a Customer-Centric organization, being the authorized Business Partner for multiple Companies and primarily focussed on the B2B Segment, focusing on providing quality solutions and services to the Enterprise Customers.

Kalyani Government Engineering College Entrepreneurship Cell is proud to have an interactive session with him and here are some of the excerpts:-

KGEC E Cell: What is the inspiration behind you choosing Entrepreneurship?

Sashwata Roy: In my opinion, definitely there have been 2 main reasons behind me starting over something of my own.

Firstly, I have been holding integral positions in various Corporates, where there is fame, scope and money, but I was in hesitation whether I am fit to reach the CXO level in that company because if a person in his early 40’s has not been able to reach that position, then maybe he is not the right person for that CXO position. There, it was the moment, which gave me the boost to start something of my own and become an entrepreneur.

Secondly, If anyone is doing Corporate Jobs with so much experience, It always strikes at the back of the mind to embrace into starting something of oneself, where one will be the job creator and there came my will into play which inspired me to start over my start-up in October 2017.

KEC: How have you been associated with IIT BOMBAY E-CELL?

SR: I have not been directly associated with IIT BOMBAY E-CELL.I have been a part of the Prowisdom Growth Private Limited Group, wherein professionals, subject experts & industry leaders across the world, step into the network and connect online as well as offline, to share their knowledge, best practices, Industry & functional awareness, merits & demerits of a role, industry trends, an industry expected skills, & their professional wisdom with the youth (15 – 35 yrs.), to help them identify their strengths, build capabilities, learn new skills to help them in progressing towards achieving their personal & professional goals.
I have been listed as a mentor on their platform and they have collaborations with IIT BOMBAY E-CELL and thus I have this opportunity to be a part of their NEC 2K19 workshop session as a Speaker.

KEC: What is your opinion on the difference of opportunities and facilities provided between an IIT and a Govt. College like KGEC?

SR: In my personal point of view, I believe that there is no basic difference in terms of entrepreneurship genre getting into the roots of the youths in any place, be it an IIT or KGEC, as everyone in their prospect is doing their best to enhance start-up culture. Yeah there may be hindrances in Govt Colleges like the will to organize this session, convincing the HOD’s, etc, but it is just benefitting you all as “Entrepreneurship is all about overcoming hardships and obstacles and emerging victorious” and thus these hindrances are preparing you all in this long run of entrepreneurship journey. It’s just the determination and will to make things possible.

KEC: How different is it for you to be a part of the professional mentorship and part of student grooming?

SR: Well, I have been associated in conducting training programmes in specific professional domains(initiatives like “TRAIN THE TEACHER”)and also sessions for budding students. What I feel is that students are more receptive to learn and moreover other places, these workshops have a strength of around 60-70, but I am really excited and honoured to be a part of this workshop in KGEC as the strength is great(nearly 90)and there is a very healthy response from the students.

KEC: What are your views on privatization being an entrepreneur?

SR: Well, I won’t comment much but privatization has been beneficial all over the world and thus I believe it will have positive implications in India too, because facilities will enhance and the process of privatization is based on the pulse of the nation and it is not possible for an organization like Railways to manage the behemoth of workload. There may be questions arising on the future stake of jobs, etc but overall it will be beneficial for the nation.

KEC: Well last but not the least, what will be your words of motivation for young students who in this I should be Job Creators rather than Job Seekers?

SR: Well, it was great to be part of this whole programme and my words of advice to young budding student entrepreneurs will be to keep thinking, read a lot, analyse the local common problems and be knowledgeable. Everyone has ideas but A true entrepreneur is someone who converts those ideas into reality for the larger benefit of the society. Moreover, there is no hard and fast rule for the chapter of entrepreneurship, but it totally depends on the will and determination of either an individual or a team of individuals aligned to the same common objective. By putting forward those ideas, we can analyse how much adaptable it is, how much scalable it is and how to earn profits from the business. Failures may come but it’s not the end, never stop thinking and trying; you will succeed one day with this power of self -belief and determination.

Interview Taken and Written By : Sayan Seth & Sarthak Mazumdar

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Symposium–de-illuminate : A KGEC E-CELL and IIT-B Collaboration.

“ The only way to do great work is to love what you do.“

-Steve Jobs

And this love for entrepreneurship helped KGEC E-CELL to reach another milestone as IIT Bombay set foot on KGEC for the first time ever.It was indeed a very proud moment for Kalyani Government Engineering College as KGEC E-CELL in collaboration with the E Cell of IIT Bombay organized an entrepreneurial workshop named Symposium–de-illuminate for the benefit of the students. Students from various colleges took part in it. Sashwata Roy, the representative of IIT Bombay E Cell, was the main speaker of the event. Dr. Shantanu Das(Chairman of KGEC E-cell), Prof. Supriyo Banerjee (Secretary of KGEC E-cell), Prof. Md. Iqbal Qureshi(Treasurer of KGEC E-cell) also graced the event with their precious presence.

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Mr. Sashwata Roy started his lecture explaining what Entrepreneurship actually is-

“ The capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks, in order to add value and make profit. In other words, the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. “

He then went on talking  about a lot of business terms and gave valuable info about them. The overall project was on finding out the major problems we face in our society, generating practical solutions of those problems and make a business model canvas on it.

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“The way an artist fills up a blank white canvas with colors and turn that into a lively painting, entrepreneurs in the same way, give solutions to problems in a form of start-up in their business model canvas.”

For that Mr. Sashwata Roy at first divided the whole audience into 9 teams. Each team had to prepare one business model and pitch it in front of the audience.

The first half of the workshop consisted of the discussions on various topics related to business. Mr. Roy explained them in details. He clarified what are the basic requirements to be a successful entrepreneur and what his mind-set should be. He gave detailed explanation about unique value proposition, customer services, revenue streams, cost structure, key metrics and many such terms that are essential for a business model.

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Then there was a breather after a contiguous session of discussion. In the second half, it was all about the teams to prepare the business model canvas and pitch it. To help the teams in making the canvas, Mr. Roy showed the BMCs(Business model canvas) of AIRBNB, OLA, AMAZON etc. and explained their success stories. He cited the likes of Mr. Ratan Tata, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and many other successful entrepreneurs in order to enlighten the lamp inside the budding entrepreneurs. To speak about start-up, he stated that,

“A start-up is a company working to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed.So, it is all about taking risks, failures are parts and parcels of it. People who overcome all these barriers, are the ones who survive in this field.”

We are glad to share that Mr. Sashwata Roy was ‘hugely impressed’  by the pitching event as each and every team came up with innovative ideas and their B-Plan looked quite promising. Mr. Roy and Prof. Supriyo Banerjee monitored the event and gave invaluable advice and suggestions to the teams for the betterment of their ideas.

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So, in overall, it was a great learning experience for the participants as they got a chance  to get familiar with the terms that are required for every businessman to get success in their field. Moreover, they got to know how to pitch and the basics of business model canvas.

All the credits though goes to the KGEC E-CELL and its members as they worked really hard to organize the workshop successfully in such a short period of time and their hard work literally paid off. Mr. Roy was amazed as his last speech summed up the whole story of the day.

 

“I am glad to be a part of this workshop. The enthusiasm and energy shown by the participants is really appreciable and we would be looking towards organizing more such events in future. Thank you all.”

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Written By-Sarthak Mazumdar

Edited By- Sohini Ghosh

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Trailblazers #4 : An Interview With ‘Catch Them Young’ Participants.

It  all started on 23rdDecember, 2018,when Kaushikee Banerjee along with our Joint Secretary Mr. Ankan Chattopadhyay and fellow member Ms. Shubhangi Dey witnessed some entrepreneurs discussing about their start-ups and success stories at a networking meet organized by CTY in American Centre, Kolkata.

After a day long session, they were notified about the campus ambassador programme which was open to college students.

After filling up the form of Campus Ambassador programme, Kaushikee Banerjee received a mail from CTY with a few questions like why would she want to be a part of this, if she had any business idea or not etc. Based upon the answers the final selection was to be made. She cleared this round and got a call by one CTY representative that she had been shortlisted as the campus ambassador. Her work was to spread the word and inspire students to take part in it.

Few months down the lane,

it was a proud moment for all KGECians as 5 out of 5 participants of ‘Catch them young‘ competition had qualified for the next round and grabbed the chance of attending a business summit.

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The selected students were:

  1. Hosneara Khatoon (CSE, 4th Year)
  2. Sanghamitra Biswas(IT, 3rd Year)
  3. Devsmita Mukherjee (CSE, 3rd Year)
  4. Shubhangi Dey (EE, 2nd Year)
  5. Tirtharaj Chakraborty (IT, 1st Year)

KGEC E-CELL ,delighted with  this achievement decided to have an interactive session with them and hear from them about their experience and ideas and many things more…

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It started with just a general enquiry about how they came to know about CTY contest .

Sanghamitra Biswas explained that CTY had come to the college during April 2019 and had a session with the E Cell. During that session, Suman Mukhopadhyay came and encouraged the students to present their ideas, whatsoever it maybe and the selected few would then get a chance to participate in the bootcamp.

All the participants were very excited and few of them didn’t really expect that their idea would be shortlisted among the top 50 ideas. So before attending the camp, some of them were nervous at the same time confident enough to present their realistic B-Plan in front of the judge’s desk.

When asked about their B-plans, Sanghamitra Biswas said,

 “My idea is that by connecting ordinary tailoring institutions to customers, there will be a better fit at an affordable price.”

Husna Khatoon’s idea is based on Internet technology. She wants to create a website like shiksha.com or collegedunia.com, but it would be different from them and helpful to the students and their parents.

Devsmita Mukherjee had a plan which revolves around fashion and boutique. To open a boutique for a local brand which will be only for women, her motto is to enhance women empowerment.

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Shubhangi Dey explained her B-Plan which deals with a serious and real issue,

“My business plan was rural sector. I aimed at water scarcity in Purulia district of West Bengal which is the 2nd most water scarce area after Rajasthan. So, I made a B-Plan which highlighted that we can make water booths out of Moringa oleifera which is drumsticks or “duta” as we know it in Bengali. Drumsticks seed are very helpful to get purified water and thus eliminate the impurities in water and the general health will be be better.”

 

Tirtharaj demonstrated that his B-Plan is to provide digital marketing services and to make it easily available for every entrepreneur and businessman and salesperson. And to provide proper value proposition and to maintain customer relationships.

It was 3-day session with Subhangi Dey being the only participant to make it to the final day. During these 3 days the participants learnt quite a few things about how to make a presentation of their B-Plan. All the participants had one thing in common.  They were hugely impressed by the session by Data Sutram founder, Rajit Bhattacharya.

In the words of Subhangi,

“ We were taught value propositions, revenue model, how to do financial projections. We got to know how to make a B-Plan and how to implement it. We were asked to solve certain exercises and it helped us in knowing our idea to greater depth. So as we can understand that the sessions did not just test their B-Plan but also made them learn quite a few essential things which will be required in the entrepreneurship field.”

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Tirtharaj Chakraborty had an amazing experience just like all the other participants but it was all the more precious for a 1st Year. He is extremely thankful for the help he got from the other participants in making a presentation as well as in making his idea better. Let’s hear from him on this,

“I was helped a lot by my seniors. They helped me in shaping my idea so that it is well presented. I was encouraged to interact with the guest lecturers as well as with other participants.” He is very much excited to join KGEC E-CELL as according to him it would help him to, “get more opportunities like these as CTY and to learn a lot more from the other members and discuss my idea as well as other marketing strategies with them.”

Year after year one thing remains constant, and that is the excitement of freshers to join KGEC E-CELL.

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Most of the participants harbour future plans regarding their B-Plan and we hope they would  implement all the lessons they have learnt in the bootcamp to make their B-Plan get a little edge over the other ones. It’s good to see students actually being interested to launch their own start-ups rather than a daily job.

This gets more consolidated with Sanghamitra Biswas saying,

“Being a student at KGEC and member of E Cell from the first year, I have come to realise that there are not so many quality jobs out there. Most of the jobs that are out there is either underpaid or very tiring or on a completely different domain that you would like to work on. But being an entrepreneur, you can actually convert your own skills and create your own start-up.”

Out of the 5 participants, 4 were part of KGEC E-CELL. Sanghamitra Biswas and Devsmita Mukherjee was asked about their mantra to the 1st Years and both of them had one common thing to say, that was the 1st years should definitely join E-CELL if they are interested in the entrepreneurship field. According to Devsmita Mukherjee even if they are not interested in the business field they should give it a go as it would help in their personal development which will be beneficial when they would going for job interviews and all that.

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Last but not the least KGEC E-Cell is extremely proud of all 5 the participants of CTY contest and wishes them all the best for their future endeavours.

Written By: Sarthak Mazumder and Subhadeep Bose

Edited By: Sohini Ghosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KGEC E-CELL AIM 2019-2020

From the very childhood, it has been fed into our blood lines that ‘Life is a Race’. In fact, in this modern corporate world it is pretty hard to disagree with it. But instead of running on someone else’s track, why not choose your own path?

Here in KGEC E- Cell, we are of the same mind. To all KGEC-ians this Cell is like the companion in the journey to become an entrepreneur. KGEC E-Cell endeavors to give the students of the college proper exposure, experience and skill set to succeed with their venture in this corporate world.

The two key ingredients of entrepreneurship are innovative thinking and dedication to achieve your goal. If you have these two, KGEC E-Cell will provide you with the structure, guidance and support any budding entrepreneur requires.

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Starting in late 2014, the KGEC E-Cell’s aim was to spread the Entrepreneurship culture among the students of Kalyani Government Engineering College. Our alumni and our current student entrepreneurs are witness and proof to the same. In almost 5 years of E-Cell, we have organized various workshops, training programs, internship drives along with our annual and flagship events (e.g. E-Summit, Egnition, etc.).

This upcoming academic session is going to be very special as our E-Cell will complete it’s five years as a part of our college. We are looking forward to setting new heights this year with the help of our students and respected faculty members.

PLANS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

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Weekly Blogs: In this 21st century the world is changing so rapidly that almost nothing can be said to be impossible. Be it technology, industries or the environment surrounding us. We, at E-Cell are trying to increase the general awareness about the developments and problems going around us with the help of our weekly blogs on relevant topics. Other than this we are also planning to take new initiatives like Biz-The-Sauras, where our aim will be to familiarize the students with the business terms and whereabouts by interesting posts.

Yearlong Various Workshops: A student when he comes as a fresher he may not be a Jack of all trades but this corporate world demands you to be an Ace of at least two or three. That is why, across the year E-Cell is planning to organize different workshops on IOT, Coding, Soft skills etc. conducted by Professionals.

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Egnition 2k19: Egnition 2k19 is going to be the first event hosted by KGEC E-Cell in the academic year of 2019-20. It is an engaging one day annual event hosted specially for the freshers of KGEC. Filled with interactive sessions, reputed guest speakers this event is the platform which provides the basic knowledge about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship culture in our college.

E-Summit 2k20: E-Summit is KGEC E-Cell’s flagship event. E-Summit is a two day event filled with various interactive activities and orations by various speakers. Pitch-a-thon is the main event of E-Summit. Here you can pitch your start-up ideas in front of a respected panel of judges.

Internship Opportunities: Experience is vital in any field. That is why KGEC E-Cell looks to present the opportunity to get internships in Non-technical and technical field both in our own college start-ups and external start-ups.

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Exposure Tours: Like the previous years this year we are also planning to visit the different IITs and IIMs. This provides the much needed expertise and knowledge of the present start-up scene. Also develops the relation with other colleges in and around the outskirts of Kolkata like Presidency College, IISER Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur, IIM Kolkata, IIEST Shibpur etc. Also interaction with associates of such esteemed institutes would not only provide a remarkable chance of becoming a part of a network but it might also give one the chance to convert their dream start-up into reality.

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Incubation Center: It has been the dream of KGEC E-Cell for many years- An Incubation Center which will provide the proper infrastructure to the start-ups of our college and other surrounding startups in the locality. After years of hard work by the members and faculty members of KGEC E-Cell finally this year the phase one of building an Incubation Center will begin with the help of IIM Kolkata Innovation Park.

And last but not the least,

E-Cell Recruitment Test: It is a screening process to select only the best and deserving candidates to shoulder the responsibilities of E-Cell. This is the first opportunity for freshers to be a member of E-Cell.  Like every year it will not only to test the candidates’ knowledge and intelligence but their dedication towards their goal.

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Startup India, Standup India

Ever since the liberalisation of the Indian economy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narsimha Rao and his then finance minister Manmohan Singh, Indian economic policies have been more market oriented which has expanded the role of foreign and private investment.
This has led to a tremendous growth to fledgling small scale industries and start-ups which in turn has had a domino effect and led to the vast and conducive climate of innovation and solution to problems via entrepreneurship that exists in the country today.
It was in the early 2000s that the first change was introduced and a drastic change occurred between 2008-09.
India is a young country with the majority of the population being unemployed. The placement scenario is not too good. We, the youth of India, are more keen on setting up our own business rather than working for some multinational company.
The 2010s, especially, has become the decade for startups with entrepreneurial ventures becoming the country’s favourite fascination. A 2017 NASSCOM report suggests that India is home to 5000 tech startups and third largest start-up ecosystem after US and UK. That ecosystem includes stakeholders in the government, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, institutions and market opportunities. India ranks among the top five countries in the world in terms of number of startups founded. The Startup-ecosystem in India has seen a very slow growth last year. However, the introduction of GST and Make In India initiatives have given a momentum for change.
Entrepreneurship is a game of patience and persistence. Indian startups have undergone many developments. From being selected in the Google’s accelerator program, to raising funds from the Chinese investors, the startup ecosystem has been quite encouraging.
Stories of success inspire the youth to act and work to bring their own ideas to fruition. India’s entrepreneurial scene seems to be better than ever. Government and international organizations alike are investing in innovative ideas. The ideas of co-working spaces or incubators, to accelerate the start-ups by providing monetary and infrastructure support is giving a good push to the system.
It was on 16 January,2016 that our honourable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi unveiled his ‘Startup India, Standup India’ plan, in front of the representatives of the startup community.
A closer look at the Indian startup ecosystem reveals that e-commerce and service-based startups primarily dominate the scene. One intriguing point can be made here that despite being one of the largest agricultural markets in the world, there is a severe lack of enough agro-based startups and solutions in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
And this goes just about becomes a metaphor of the current Indian startup scene. A large part of the Indian economy exists below poverty line and the geographical landscape of the country is dominated by villages and small towns. MNCs have a hard time penetrating and influencing these sectors and home-based and local startups are the only solution to existing issues.
With a flood of pitching events catered to startups, business meets, ideas workshops and entrepreneurial there is a host of opportunities but the question still remains at the end of the day as to whether they’re made good use of because there is plenty of room for improvement and development.

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Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019

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Winners of SIH 2019 – Kudos to Team Jobless_Coders  (L-R): Mayukh Sengupta, Indranil Chatterjee, Ankan Mukherjee, Komal Singh, Rupak Sarkar, Krishna Bose

Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving. The last edition of the hackathon saw over 5 million+ students from various engineering colleges compete for the top prize at 35+ locations. In SIH 2019, the students would also have the opportunity to work on challenges faced within the private sector organisations and create world class solutions for some of the top companies in the world, thus helping the Private sector hire the best minds from across the nation.

It’s an initiative by Ministry of HRD, AICTE, Persistent Systems, i4c and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini that involves 1 lakh+ technical students, 3000+ technical institutions, 200+ organizations from across India, being the world’s biggest Software and Hardware hackathon. SIH-2019 was the 3rd edition of highly successful Smart India Hackathon initiative. Technology Students across India have competed to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions. The aim of this program is to harness expertise of students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions.

Why is KGEC E-Cell, out of the blue, so much enthusiastic about Smart India Hackathon?! Well, Komal Singh Di- The Joint Secretary of KGEC E-Cell, and her team are the winners of the “Software Edition” theme in SIH-2019. KGEC has been participating in SIH since 2017; but this year weare the champions. “JOBLESS CODERS” of KGEC have secured 1st position in SIH-2019 held at Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology, Greater Noida from 2nd March to 3rd March. The Coding Team comprised Komal Singh, Krishna Bose, Rupak Sarkar, Mayukh Sengupta, Indranil Chatterjee and Ankan Mukherjee- who all are students of KGEC. They made an Augmented Reality based solution for Pepperfry which was the biggest presentation of all in the 36 hour long Hackathon in Noida. The prize money was a lump sum amount of Seventy Five Thousand Rupees!

Smart India Hackathon (2019) Trophy and Cheque, presented to the winners
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