Vocational Studies

TOURISM AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

 ‘TecNomad’:

With the students’ initiative, the first BVoc department festival was organized, titled ‘TecNomad’. The idea was initially presented by Shreeyash Yende and a team of students from the second year BVoc class. It was held on 5th and 6th December, 2017. It was a blend of tourism and software events. On the first day, a series of lectures was conducted by scholars in the Travel and Software industry.

  1. Cruise Tourism: An introductory session on cruise tourism and its scope in India and abroad. – Smeeta Gulvady (BCD Travel and Head of School of Excellence – Travel Institution)

  2. MICE tourism and its future prospects- Pritesh Prabhu (BCD Travels and specialists in MICE)

  3. Tourism then and now – Navaz Karanjia (Faculty at Kesari, Garware, Thomas Cook and St. Xavier’s College)

  4. Ethical Hacking-  Lionel Faleiro (Cybersecurity Analyst at Network Intelligence Pvt. Ltd. and also a faculty at KC College)

Exhibition: displaying the various project models made by the students explaining the importance of career role and job opportunities in the field of Travel & Tourism and Software related industries. 

Events:

  • Cultural (Fashion) Show: Theme based Costume show – eachteam was allotted a continent and they were supposed to dress up displaying the cultural element of that particular continent. It was an inter-collegiate competition.  It was judged based on the concept note, set up, music, costume and team co-ordination pertaining to the theme.HR college team bagged the first prize and St. Xavier’s team were runners up. Judges include Jaspreet Kaur (Model and Mrs. India 2017), Cean Alphonso (Makeup Artist) and Balnit Kaur (Travel & Tourism Faculty with Kesari, Garware, Thomas Cook and St. Xavier’s college).

  • Continental Drift: A Travel Quiz competition. It was an inter-collegiate competition. Six teams participated with a total of three levels to win.  St. Xavier’s College team bagged the first prize.

  • Game of codes- Showcasing talent of software (Adobe) and languages to resolve coding challenges. 

  • FIFA- Football game battle using technology like PS4

 

  • BVOC (TOURISM) LECTURE SERIES:

The BVoc. (Tourism) department organized a series of interactions with various professionals from the tourism industry. It was intended to expose the students to a range of career options and encourage them to envision creative possibilities of engaging with this vibrant field. The speakers ranged from bureaucrats to entrepreneurs.

Vinod Sridhar,a social entrepreneur and the founder of “Journeys with Meaning”, spoke to students about tourism’s impact on nature and means of promoting environmentally sustainable travel.

The Chairman of MTDC, Vijay Waghmare and his chief secretary, Chandrashekhar Jaishwalhad had a vibrant interaction with students regarding the scope of tourist activities in Maharashtra and new projects initiated by the government. 

Aloke Bajpai, the founder and CEO of popular adventure-based travel company ‘Explorers’, spoke to students about the various aspects of starting a business and creating a niche for it.

Pritesh Prabhu (BCD Travel), who has a vast experience in numerous verticals of the hospitality sector, had a very engaging session with the students regarding careers in travel and tourism.

In keeping with our annual theme of “Inclusion”, there was a session with Debolin Sen, the head of Enable Travels, a subsidiary of Cox and Kings. He was accompanied by rights’ activists Virali Modi and Rustom Irani, who discussed their experiences of difficulties faced while accessing public spaces and the desire to travel far and wide. Mr. Sen spoke about the various special facilities provided by their organisation to help differently-abled travellers enjoy the specially-curated itineraries.

Mahendran Sankaran, the regional head of Swiss Education Group, spoke to students regarding current global trends in travel and tourism.

Santosh Menon,the founder and CEO of Brandmela,a company that provides an umbrella of services related to event management and travel, illustrated through a range of experiences,the creative waysof catering to the varied needs of clients, especially when touring abroad.

Professor Graham Miller (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey, UK)spoke to students regarding contemporary global trends in academic research promoting sustainable tourism.

Mayuresh Bhadsavle,a journalisthad a very engaging session with students on the history of Mumbai and its relationship with the nature of tourists that visit it.

  • BVOC (TOURISM) EVENTS:

As a part of their final assessment for the course on Event Management, the students of third year BVT organised a trek to Sudhagad fort in Pali, Maharashtra.

In our continuous efforts to equip students with skills, a two-day training workshop on Central Reservation System was organised at the Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, University of Mumbai for the students of third year BVT.

On 18th January, a one day certificate course on Cruise tourism in collaboration with BCD travels and School of Excellence was held in the college Seminar Room. The lecture was conducted by Smeeta Gulvade of BCD travels and head of the School of Excellence. The lecture was about the growing scope in Cruise tourism, its challenges and new government policies. 

  • BVOC (TOURISM) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

Students of third year Tourism went for an internship programme of6-8 weeks in the month of March and April. It was an initiative taken by the department in consultation with the BOS to have mandatory internship as part of the course work to encourage them to search for internships of their interest, explore the field better and in a way that helps increase their job opportunity. Of the 37 registered students 33 students successfully completed their internship in companies like Veena World, Countryside, Trailblazer, Avalon Travel and so on. These travel companies seemed keen on taking the students for a full-time post rather than mere internship. Around 10 students got full-time posts.

  • BVOC (SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT) PROJECTS DEVELOPED &INTERNSHIPS BY STUDNETS:

One of the BVoc. Software Development students, Rushabh Picha, fascinated by the app“M-Indicator” (which provides complete information about the city of Mumbai), created something similar for Nashik, as he belongs to Nashik. He launched it on the play store and has received a great response. Ithas now crossed more than 1400 successful downloads. Encouraged by the response to the Nashik Explorer app he developed an app for the city of Ahmedabad named Ahmedabad Explorer. 

Links for the apps:

 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nashik.myNashik.dreams&hl=en_IN

 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rushabh.nasikapp.ahmedabadexplorer&hl=en_US

 

To help Xavier’s students maintain a proper record of their attendance, Rushabh also developed an app named Safe Bunking and launched it on the play store. Along with this feature the app also possesses the feature of saving important notes or any important instruction.

Link for the app:

 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rushabh.nasikapp.safebunking&hl=en_IN

 

Michael Diyora made ERP software for inventory management. 

Raymond Renee made two games using PlayCanvas which is a web based framework used for building games.

Blanche Fernandesdid her internship for Xavier’s Development Programme(XDP) for nearly a span of 6 months from which 2 months was full time. She helped with the database, alumni engagement, handling the CRM, digital marketing on Instagram and Facebook (@alumnixaviers) and graphics for those pages too.

Aman Khandewal implemented a website for the inter-religious studies department.

Edrion Ashirvadam completed an internship at ASSET summer program as the post of a Resident Coach for 1 month.

Shikha Chauhan interned at Vijay Gas Industry (summer 2018).

Abhishek Rai did an E-Commerce Internship Program with Wooplr in February 2018 

Meryl Sequeria experienced one year in a real estate company as a guest relationship manager.

Mrunmayee Nirantarhas did an internship in a company named iConnect Info Solutions Private Limited where she worked on Grails framework, Angular 5, Ionic 3 and ReactJs.

Sheldon Quinny did his internship as a "Resident Coach".

Alicia Mascarenhas did an internship via Frapp as a social media influencer.

 

  • STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS:

The students of Bvoc Tourism and Software bagged first prize at the Ruia College Travel and Tourism Festival. The individual events like First place in Fashion show won by Edrion and Meryl (second year Software), Paint It, won by Shikha (second year Software) and Quiz Hunt, won by Shyam, Akhilesh and Calvin (second year Tourism and Software) was held on 22nd December, 2017. 

 

A student from third year Tourism, Mohak Kaisar, was selected and participated in Harvard Project for Asian & International Relation(HPAIR). It was a conference on Environment and Sustainability held from16th – 19th February, 2018. He initiated a panel talk on The Ecological Footprint created by Tourism Industry Across Globe. Also part of the discussion on "ConnectED-Skills over Secondary Education in South-East Asia."

 

Edrion Ashirvadam second year (SD) formed the first ever AICUF band for the college and Composed nearly 12 songs related to the college and society including the College theme Inclusion (2017) and Innovation through community gains (2018)

Noah Sebastian second year (SD) was a co-pioneer in launching the BSc.IT Departmental Magazine called Bitmap and also being instrumental in creating a website xcite.com (Xavier's Confluence of Information Technology and Education).

Jason Patel second year(SD) was part of a committee that took an initiative to plant Casuarina trees on the Dahanu beach to prevent soil erosion, won tier four champions cup (SEA region) in the e-sport game - DotA 2 and assisted in website design for the salon Fleur De Lis.

Rushabh Picha third year (SD) has a job at Energos Technologies.

Vidhant Chettri third year (SD) is pursuing a Masters Degree.

 

Dr.Jyoti Singh and Ms. Siddhi Bhathgara

Co-ordinators, SD and Tourism BVoc



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