KURLA, DECEMBER 05, 2011: iCreate India is an organization that helps create entrepreneurs through its entrepreneur development program. Its focus is on the disadvantaged segments of society and works at the grassroots level. iCreate recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Don Bosco Centre for Learning through which it would run Enterprise Development Programs for the Faculty, training them to be creators of entrepreneurs.
The inaugural five day Train the Trainer (TOT) program for the Faculty of the various Institutions on the campus of DBCL was held from November 21-25, 2011. The total number of participants was thirty seven. They included Principals and Senior Faculty members of the campus as well as some invitees from outside the campus.
The program's content addressed very complex topics which are needed to be understood to start a business in a very simple way. And this was amply acknowledged in the feedback which was given by the participants. The energy level and enthusiasm of the participants was something which needed to be seen to be believed. Fr. Mario, in his closing remarks mentioned that he was used to seeing Faculty glide into their classrooms and glide out of them in a very routine manner but here these same Faculty seemed transformed. They were involved and ready to learn and very focussed.
The presentations at the end of the program more than adequately showcased the effectiveness of the program. The presentations were judged by Mr. Ulhas Kamath, CEO, iCreate India, Mr. Neelesh Wagle, M.D. Suyash Advisors, and Mr. Conrad Saldanha, Principal Advisor, DBCL.
For value additions, the following speakers addressed the participants viz. Mr. Chandu Chavan, Chairman, Innoventive Industries Ltd., who is working on a variety of innovative ventures which include membrane technology for water purification. DBCL would be examining the use of this technology for a water purification project on campus. Another speaker was Mr. Atul Ambavat, C.A. who shared with the participant's knowledge in the various areas of corporate law. And lastly there was Mr. M.V. Subramaniam, President and Head, Business Banking who regaled the participants in a very humorous way with the basics of banking.
Mr. Ulhas Kamath, CEO, iCreate India remarked at the end of the program; "This year we conducted ten TOTs at different locations in the country. The one at Kurla was by far the best. Arrangements were excellent and participation was energetic. All were very learned people; but they came in to the training as "students - that too well behaved ones". They left their egos (......if any) outside the room! That made all the difference and hence the TOT became such a grand success."
Mr. Satish Kini, COO, Nation Buiding Mission, PanIIT, who has supported this venture with iCreate and was present on the last day had this to say "I must congratulate both Ulhas ( and his iCreate team ) and Dr Sarika ( and her DBCL team ) for the examplary manner in which this entire TOT was conducted."
Dr. Sarika Kulkarni, Head, Centre for Social Change, very efficiently and effectively planned and implemented this program and infused it with her never ending reservoir of energy and enthusiasm. She is now planning on the follow-up.