Thursday, 6 September 2018

Dr.Rajan Saxena, VC-NMIMS joins Rotary Bombay West as Hon.Member


RCBW Welcomes Dr.Rajan Saxena as Honorary Member 

Rotary Club of Bombay West is proud to induct Dr.Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor of prestigious NMIMS (Deemed to be University) and Distinguished Professor of Marketing as its Honorary Member for Rotary Year 2018-19.
Dr. Saxena, who set up the IIM-Indore as its first Director, took over as Vice Chancellor of NMIMS in 2009. Under his leadership, NMIMS improved its tie-ups with reputed foreign universities and was also invited by GMAC to be its member. Dr. Saxena was instrumental in establishing School of Economics and School of Law and other NMIMS campuses at Bengaluru and Hyderabad. 
Dr. Saxena also contributed to make NMIMS degrees more contemporary and industry relevant. During his previous tenure as VC, he was instrumental in transforming students experience by focusing on holistic development of graduates through both Class Room and Non-Class Room processes including field projects & soft skills etc. He focused on enhancing quality of programmes and their delivery. Faculty development assumed high significance in his leadership. Making admission process transparent by introducing computer based tests, which were psychometrically validated, helped change the quality and profile of the incoming student batches across all schools and programmes especially at the School of Business Management. Dr. Saxena ensured significant improvement in competitive position of each school of NMIMS.
He has over 46 years of professional experience in management education, research, consulting and institution building. He is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He did Ph.D. work at Delhi School of Economics in marketing area and was awarded the degree by Delhi University. He has taught at XLRI- Jamshedpur, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore and NMIMS.  He has also taught in University of Calgary, Canada and has been a British Council visitor at the University of Sterling, U.K. where he was involved in the entrepreneurship program. He is a Visiting Professor at Pace University, New York, USA. Dr.Saxena’s teaching & research interests are Marketing Strategy, Services Marketing & Customer Relationship Management.
He is widely respected in India as a marketing educator and institution builder. He has consulted over 50 Indian and multinational companies. He has published over 60 articles in Indian and Foreign journals. He has authored two books titled Marketing Management and International Marketing Concepts, Cases and Text, both published by McGraw-Hill. 
He has been conferred several awards by different organisations and media. Some of these are Bombay Management Association’s Best Teacher of Management in 1990; Best Marketing Teacher in 1998; Shri Ram College of Commerce’s `Distinguish Alumnus’ in 2002; Higher Education Forum, Dr. Suresh Ghai Memorial Award for the Outstanding contribution to Management Leadership in 2013; ET NOW `Visionary Leadership’ Award in Education in 2013 and `Leadership Award by Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning (FEIL)
Dr.Rajan Saxena was introduced and pinned by Ex-Sheriff of Bombay and Past President of our Club, Dr.Mohanbhai Patel in presence of Dr.Manjula Nichani, Director – Hiranandani Institute of Learning, Anand Gupta, President and Nilesh Samant, Secretary of the Club at the Club’s regular meeting held on 5th September, 2018 which is celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day.


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Dr.Raghunath Mashelkar’s Most Powerful Equation – “ E = F “


It was an honour and a rare privilege for Rotary Club of Bombay West when Padma Vibhushan Dr.Raghunath Mashelkar presided over as Chief Guest at the Annual Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Rotary Excellence Awards on Monday, 30th July at Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Homeopathic College Auditorium in Vile Parle West Mumbai.

Speaking to the young minds – around 200 top ranking SSC students from around 60 schools in western suburbs of Mumbai – Dr.Mashelkar (a globally recognised genius scientist himself) narrated an incident when there was a discussion on what is possibly the most powerful equation that was ever developed by scientists. Someone said that it was the equation describing Newton’s second law, giving the relationship between force (F), mass (m) and acceleration (a), namely, F = ma. Someone else said that it is Einstein’s equation linking Energy (E) to mass (m) and the velocity of light (c), namely, E = mc2. The others came out with some other suggestions.

Then they asked him as to what he thought. He said neither Newton nor Einstein. The most powerful equation is E = F. Here E is Education and F is Future! This means education is equal to the future. This equation is universal and eternal. If there is no education, there is no future. No future for the individual, no future for the nation.
He went to add that there was new challenge for education vis a vis industry.  Industry 1.0, the first industrial revolution, was mechanization of production using steam. Industry 2.0, the second industrial revolution, was mass production using electricity. Industry3.0, the third industrial revolution used ‘simple’ digitization. ‘Complex’ digitization gave birth to the terminology Industry 4.0. Here cyber-physical systems are bringing in dramatic shifts. Internet of things, advanced automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and big data analytics are going to be the major drivers.
Students need to be future ready.
Lastly, he gave 5 Mantras – what he called as Mashelkar Mantras based on his own personal experience –
1.      Your aspirations are your possibilities, so keep them always high.
2.      Like instant coffee, there is no instant success. Work hard and success will follow.
3.      But work hard in silence. Let success make the noise.
4.      Don’t wait for opportunities to knock on your door, create opportunities, build your own doors.
5.      There is a no limit to human imagination and achievement, excepting the limits you yourself put on your mind. So go limitless. Outperform yourself.

He concluded his talk by quoting the famous words of US President John F. Kennedy - ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country.".  He urged the students to ask themselves every night before going to sleep as to what they did today for their country and get up in the morning with the question as to what they will do for their country today. (Read more about Dr.Raghunath Mashelkar on his official website www.mashelkar.com)
Earlier, Dr.Mohanbhai Patel, the Guest of Honour, explained what he thought was “Excellence” quoting anecdotes from Mahabharata.  He also gave recent life examples of Mary Kom, Bansal brothers of Flipkart fame and the rescue operations in Thailand to save children trapped in the cave as epitome of “Excellence”.  Rotary International District Governor Rtn.Shashi Sharma too addressed the students and motivated them to study further and achieve success in their lives.  President of Rotary Club of Bombay West, Dr.Anand Gupta welcomed the gathering, gave glimpses of the community service activities of the Club and wished the students a great future ahead.  The event was graced by several educationists and members and spouses of the Club and Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West.
The students were later handed over Merit Certificates with cash awards along with an information booklet on Guide to Education Loans & Skill Loans from Banks in India published by the Club.
-          Report by PP Rtn.Aslam Merchant





Thursday, 26 July 2018

Supa Farm Rotary Excellence Awards 2018

One more year of celebrating Excellence! Excellence that would create future! On 22nd July 2018, under the presidentship of Rtn  Anand Gupta, Rotary Club of Bombay West once again celebrated the eve of excellence at Dahanu, i.e. SUPA FARM ROTARY EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018, where around 170 students from 61 schools and colleges of Dahanu, Palghar and Talasari were felicitated for scoring 1st 2nd and 3rd ranks in their respective schools and colleges in SSC and higher classes with Certificates of appreciation along with cash award of Rs.5000, Rs.3000 and Rs.2000 respectively.

This prestigious “SUPA FARM Rotary Excellence Award” is supported by the corpus created of Rs. 50 Lakh by Industrialist and philanthropist PP Rtn Mohanbhai Patel, Ex Sheriff of Mumbai.  

Chief Guest of the function was a prominent educationist Dr. A.D Sawant. Ex Vice Chancellor Rajasthan University Jaipur, Ex Pro Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University. The Guest of honour was PP Rtn Mohanbhai Patel. The meaning of excellence was explained by Dr. Sawant and Mohanbhai in such a simplified manner with examples of Ashwathama, Sardar Vallbhbhai Patel and many more those cannot be forgotten by anybody. Mohanbhai explained the importance of good company to all students and also recited the poem of famous Marathi Poet Moropanth. Mohanbhai also emphasized about the importance of learning Sanskrit and also requested all the schools principals present to make students learn Sanskrit despite being out of current curriculum so that our children can get the knowledge of rich traditional Bharat. Dr Sawant spoke about the excellence in the field of technology and all other fields. He explained about how the excellence achieved by our country in nuclear power. At the same time he also explained about the underutilized various resources and talent of the nation. He encouraged students to develop skills and excel in their fields.

The audience really got mesmerized by hearing the words of both the scholars.


The award function was held at H. M. Parekh High School, Dahanu.
Function started with National anthem lighting the lamp by all dignitaries present. Shri Rajubhai Parekh made the welcome address. At the beginning of the event Dr B A Rajput briefed all the students, parents, teachers & other audience about the history of Supa Farm Rotary Excellence Awards. President Anand Gupta astonished everyone by his flawless fluent Marathi address. President Anand Gupta expressed his gratitude towards a great industrialist , philanthropist and scholar Mohanbhai Patel for his nature of giving and contributing for the betterment of society and uplifting the lives of underprivileged.

The introductions of Chief Guest and guest of honour were given by Rtn Rajul Doshi and PE Rtn Samapti Patel. Rtn Nandivardan anchored the event. Vote of thanks was given by PP Rtn Arvind Shah. The first lady Anita Gupta, PP Shirish Rege and Rtn Mohan Lal Gupta inspired all the members with their presence.  The entire coordination and execution of the event including all background work was done efficiently by Rtn Dharmendra Sharma. Rtn Paresh and Nishant Bafana supported the smooth flow of the awards distribution. Rtn/Ann Deepali and Sonali along with kids also witnessed the event. Rotaractors Sakshi and Rishabh extended their support during execution of the event. Photographer Ajay captured all the memorable moments in his camera. 

Post event the entire team headed to empyrean land Supa Farm where Mohanbhai hosted the excellent traditional toothsome lunch. PP Mohanlal Gupta thanked Mohanbhai for his hospitality in his own style by reciting his poem.

This day of Excellence Celebration was really a never forgettable event for all.    

Report Written by Rtn Dharmendra Sharma

Friday, 20 July 2018

Yoga @ Rotary


Yoga@Rotary

Yoga is for All
Rotary Club of Bombay West in association with The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East have commenced regular Yoga Classes at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai.  Convenient early morning batches are being conducted by certified and experienced teachers from the Institute which is the oldest organized yoga centre in the world celebrating its 100 years.  The curriculum covers Asana, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Diet, Meditation and much more… designed to rejuvenate and revitalize your body, mind and spirit.

For Rotarians and Rotary Anns of District 3141, the Club is offering a special 10% discount on the fees for the regular Yoga Classes at Rotary Service Centre.

As a part of Rotary’s objective of promoting awareness about Yoga and its health benefits, the Club has organized two Yoga Workshops in the month of August –

1.       Workshop on Yoga for 40+ Women – on Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM; and
2.       Workshop on Prayanamas (for men and women) on Saturday, 25th August, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Both these Workshops are being held at Rotary Service Centre for a nominal fee of Rs.500/- per participant.  These Workshops are extremely beneficial and are very popular at The Yoga Institute receiving tremendous response.  It’s a great opportunity to experience the teachings by the expert instructors from the Institute which will motivate you to adopt Yoga as a Way of Life.

For further details about regular Yoga Classes, one Free Trial Session or participating in the Workshops please call Rotary Club of Bombay West on 022- 26609847 / 7217 or Rtn.Naresh Merchant on 9820381956  / 8779639583 or email to secy@rcbw.org.

Achieve your health goals…  register today!
R/Ann Shahin Merchant
Yoga Counsellor & Project Chair – Yoga@Rotary

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Inauguration of lecture series : Layman & Housing Laws


One of the flagship projects of 2018-19 – a knowledge sharing lecture series titled “Layman & Housing Laws” was inaugurated on Sunday, 11th July, 2018 by Chief Guest Past District Governor Rtn.Sajjan Goenka at Rotary Service Centre.  Speaking on the occasion, President Anand Gupta explained the need for this lecture series for the community. PDG Sajjan Goenka lauded the efforts of the Club as well as the partners in the project viz. Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA)

The inaugural lecture on ‘Success Story of MahaRERA’ was given by housing guru CA Ramesh Prabhu, Founder Chairman of MSWA.  His talk was full of statistics about success of MahaRERA. He informed that more 20000 complaints were received in MahaRERAtill date out of which about 15000 have been resolved in forty-five to fifty days from the date of complaint. He further highlighted that there is a provision for appeal to Appellate Tribunal wherein till date about two hundred appeals have been filed out of which more than 60% appeals were decided within forty-five days. He clarified that redevelopment projects of housing societies are also covered under RERA and the housing societies are also liable jointly with the developer for obligations under the Law.

Rtn. Adv. Hiralal Suthar spoke on the “Disputes and Resolutions” under co-operative laws and highlighted the nature of disputes in co-operative housing and premises societies and the reasons for the same. He brought to the notice avenues for resolutions of these disputes. He further observed that the national policy on co-operatives formulated in 2002 has been implemented through 97thAmendments of the Constitution. He highlighted various issues the adjudication of which comes within the jurisdiction of Registrar as well as certain other issued over which the Co-operative Courts exercise jurisdiction. He also highlighted that arbitration, reconciliation, Lok Adalat and mediation are also integral part of the dispute resolution mechanism.

The meeting was well attended despite heavy rains and there was a lively question and answers session.

Concluding the talk,CA Shri Ramesh Prabhu informed that the next topic for discussion on Sunday, 5th August 2018 will be “Redevelopment” and Adv. Rtn. Hiralal Suthar confirmed that the next topic fordiscussions will be transfer of shares and interest in a co-operative housing and premises societies on sale, gift, release of interest or part thereof, transfer to the nominee and transfer to legal heirs on demise of member as well as transfers following the Will of a deceased member and will also analyse the Supreme Court Judgement in re. “IndraniWahi” dealing with transfer to a nominee which has gone viral on social media creating serious confusion.

Rtn. Adv. Hiralal Suthar

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Rotary Bombay West honours Dr.Hansaji Yogendra and CA Ramesh Prabhu

Rotary Clubs world over invite people from the community who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service and embody Rotary ideals, or those considered friends of Rotary for their support of Rotary's causes to join Rotary as HONORARY MEMBERS for one Rotary Year at a time.  This year, we take pride in announcing that two such accomplished individuals who meet the criteria for Honorary Membership have been inducted as HONORARY MEMBERS of Rotary Club of Bombay West for Rotary Year 2018-19.  They are CA RAMESH PRABHU, Founder Chairman of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association and Dr. HANSAJI YOGENDRA, Director of The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East – the world’s oldest organized YOGA CENTRE.

Both the honorary members have promised their support to the Club in its community service initiatives.

The Club has already launched Yoga Classes at Rotary Service Centre in association with The Yoga Institute and the initial response is overwhelming.

CA Ramesh Prabhu and Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association have joined hands with the Club to launch a Knowledge Series for Mumbaikars titled LAYMAN & HOUSING LAWS on first Sundays of the months.  The inaugural session is being held on Sunday 8th July 2018 at Rotary Service Centre and is open to public.  CA Ramesh Prabhu will be making a presentation on "Success of MahaRERA" while Rtn.Adv.Hiralal Suthar will talk about "Disputes & Resolutions in Co-op.Housing Societies".



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Yoga Classes @ Rotary Juhu



Rotary Club of Bombay West join hands with The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East to promote YOGA – A Way of Life by commencing regular Yoga Classes at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai.

A formal inauguration of the project was done by none other than Dr.Hansaji Yogendra, Director, The Yoga Institute – the world’s oldest organized Yoga Centre – at a ceremony held on Sunday, 1st July, 2018.  The regular Yoga Classes are now being conducted on all week days, from 6:30 AM onwards to 8:30 AM.  The Yoga Institute promises teaching authentic Classical Ashtanga Hatha Yoga, from expert certified teachers of Asanas, Pranayams, Sukshma Vyayam, Kriyas, Meditation and Asthanga Yogic concepts.  It’s a great way to rejuvenate and revitalize the body, mind and spirit.

Contact The Yoga Institute on 9821367588 or Rotary Club of Bombay West on 022-26609847 / 26607217 for further details.