Vocational Studies

Every year we organize field visits, facilitate internships, invite guest lecturers in addition to conducting other co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and this year was no different. Thanks to the concerted efforts of both the faculty and students.

 

B.VOC. (TRAVEL & TOURISM)

 

  • CERTIFICATE COURSES:

The department of B.Voc.(Tourism) conducted two certificate training courses in collaboration with BCD Travels and The School of Excellence, Mumbai:

Destination Planning- Thai Tourism: 

A one-day certificate course on Destination Planning – Thailand was conducted on the 28th July 2018 for the students of TYB.Voc.(Travel and Tourism).  It was in collaboration with BCD Travels, School of Excellence and Thailand Tourism Board. It was co-ordinated by Ms. Smeeta Gulvady. The resource person for the course was Mr. Pritesh Prabhu, BCD travels. The session covered different norms of destination planning and management, using Thailand and its tourism as a case study.

 Cruise Tourism

A one-day certificate course on Cruise Tourismwas conducted on the 18th of January 2019 for the students of SYB.Voc.(Travel and Tourism).  It was in collaboration with BCD Travels, School of Excellence. The coordinator and resource person was Ms. Smeeta Gulvady, BCD travels. It included training in cruise operations, itinerary planning, and awareness about governmental, national & international policies. It also covered the scope in this industry in India and abroad. She also guided the students on various career opportunities in Cruise Tourism and allied services. 

CRS-GDS Training in Galileo Software:

In our continuous efforts to equip students with skills, a two-day training workshop followed by assessment on Central Reservation System was organized at the Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, University of Mumbai for the students of TY B.Voc.(Tourism).

 

  • GUEST LECTURES:

  • A guest lecture was conducted on,‘International Tourism’ by Mr. Uday Purandare, who has been in the industry for past 24 years and also has been a part of Pune University. This lecture was conducted for the students of SYB.Voc. to give them practical knowledge of the norms, feasibility, regulations in association with international circuits. It was conducted on 9th February 2019. 

  • B.Voc. (Travel & Tourism) department through our faculty member, Ms. Darshita Shah organized a lecture on,‘Career Prospects inFrance’ and information on their ‘Immersion program-10 Day educational tour to Paris’ was also shared. It was conductedby Mr. Vikash Golla from the French Embassy in assistance with Ms. Bijal Menon from the Indo French Hub on 11th March 2019.

 

  • EVENTS:

  • Heritage Walk:

The Department of B.Voc. in collaboration with Indo-French hub conducted a heritage walk in the Mazgaon area. Indo-French hub is an organization that arranges heritage walks in Mumbai ina mix of English & French. One of their experts Ms. Bijal Menon conducted a walk on the theme,‘Exploring the unexplored in Mazgaon region’. The students were provided with basic training on conducting heritage walks using a foreign language with a blend of English. The sites explored include a Chinese temple of 1919, Matharpacady, a UNESCO world heritage site and theOld Village of Hasnabad. This was conducted on 2nd December 2018. 

  • Event Management and Field Visit:

The students of TYB.Voc. were divided into two batches and a 2-dayactivity was conducted on 1st& 2nd September, 2018 and on 7th&  8th September, 2018 as part of the Event Planning and Management Course. The two batches, Jugnu and Muskaan conducted a donation drive for a week before the two-day activity. The activity involved a visit to the Navodaya Movement in Kalyan and a trek in Karnala, Panvel. The students in collaboration with the NGO, and conducted various activities for the children of ragpickers on the first day. The following day a trek was organized by the students and supervised by the in-charge Mr. Benoj Mathews. The entire activity was organized by students who were supposed to perform roles of different departments required to handle events. 

  • Outbound Travel Mart, Goregaon:

The students were given charge of one of the stalls at the OTM festival which is organized each year where travel agents from across the globe meet and interact. Two students from TYB.Voc., Ms. Deboshree Chatterjee and Ms. Karishma Revankar attended the session from 23rd-25th January, 2019. 

  • Khandala Seminar:

A visit to the new Khandala Villa was organized for the students of TY B.Voc. (Tourism) on 2nd& 3rd February, 2019. The students had sessions on itinerary planning and were allotted a task to present customized itineraries where the faculty members acted as customers.  A small trail to Kolegaon was organized by the students. Faculty members involved were Ms. Zeena Cooper, Ms. Balnit Kaur and Ms. Siddhi Bhathgara. 

  • Times Travel Show Expo:

Two students from SYB.Voc. (Tourism) - Ms. Drisya Fernandes and Ms. Yuganti Tandel attended participated in the two-day seminar and were also part of the Safari Plus Stallon 23rd& 24th February, 2019. 

  • INTERNSHIPS:

`Like the previous academic year, the internship programme was continued and our third year students interned for 6-8 weeks in the month of March and April.Students were encouraged to search for internships of their interest in the quest ofexploring the field better and in a way to enhance future employability. Of the 45 registered students,44 students successfully completed their internship in companies like Countryside, Trailblazer, Thomas Cook, Seventh Sky, India Tourism and so on. These travel companies seemed keen on taking the students for a full-time post rather than mere internship. Around 8 students were placed on campus and 15 off campusfor full-time posts.

  • STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS:

Two students of TYB.Voc. Ms. Deboshree Chatterjee and Mr. Calvin Pereira were top finalists in the Travel Quiz,an event combinedly organized by SVPKM’s Mithibai College of Art, Chauhan Institute of Science and Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce in association with BCD Travel – The School of Excellence at Mithibai College, Mumbai.

 

BVOC (SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT)

  • NEW TEACHING METHODS

  • Prof. Aaron Johns introduced use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) in the B.Voc. (SD) program, it is called Canvas, and was introduced to B.Voc students on a trial basis. Students were evaluated online. They could hold online conferences with their professor and the system allowed the students to access notes from one unified place. Special `project sessions were held to make students understand the way of implementing applications in the enterprise. The students were encouraged to use open source tools to build their projects. 

  • An experimental notes site was created for the students to grasp the concepts with ease. Link: https://sites.google.com/xaviers.edu/and1notes/units

  • Special VM for Advanced Java and Advanced SQL was built by Mr. Johns. He introduced students to visualizing SQL queries using oracle apex. They had interactive sessions where students could execute live SQL queries through their smart phones in the classroom.
    Link:https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B_kfmiJ-L7RTUZ2Q0FnNksxWFU

  • INTERNSHIPS:

Of the 33 students around 15 students from SYB.Voc. completed summer internships in software and allied companies like IIFL, Rolling Stone India, Ultra Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd and so on. Four students got placed at Endurance International Group and Accenture through college’s placement cell.

 

  • STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Two students have turned entrepreneurs and have a Start-up “DwzWal”, an IT service provider for small and large enterprises.

  • Two students have found off-campus placement in an IT company, Endurance as aweb solutions specialist and another in Directi (flock TNET) as an application support specialist.

COMBINED ACTIVITIES FOR B.VOC. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • The students of TYB.Voc. Tourism and Software achieved runners up position in the Travel Quiz Organised by the Garware Institute of Mumbai University in their fest Sanskruti 2018 organised as part of World Tourism Day.

  • The students of TYB.Voc. SD and TT saw one show of the movie ‘Kaala’ at Cinemax Thane as a part of theircourse on Popular Culture. This was conducted by Ms. Uma Ranade in September.

  • The students of SYB.Voc. organized a farewell for the students of TYB.Voc. in the month of February. 

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