GLS University's inter-college festival celebrated 'Innovation' with a mix of the arts

GLS students bring management into practice by organising the full-fledged national level management festival Vishleshan Plus 2018, exploring art, literature and design.


GLS University‘s undergraduate business school celebrated the 9th edition of its national level management festival Vishleshan Plus 2018 on 14th and 15th September. With the efforts and participation of more than 800 students from the Faculty of Business Administration – formerly known as the N R Institute of Business Administration – the festival hosted over 40 happenings within the GLS campus. These included workshops, symposiums and performances in both the creative as well as academic domains.

Celebrated to ‘foster the intellectual, social and emotional growth of the students’, Vishleshan Festival was started in 2009 as an inter-college case analysis competition. It gradually evolved into a full-blown management festival that also went on to include participation from the BBA, BCom, and design colleges of GLS.

Each year, Vishleshan Festival is themed on a particular topic, with Vishleshan Plus 2018 being centred on the theme of ‘Innovation’. Gurmeet Singh Bhutani, Director of Disruptive Innovation PepsiCo, was invited to speak on the topic at the valedictory event. Bhutani, who is a mechanical engineer and has formerly worked with multinational corporations like LG and Dell Inc, spoke to students about the significant differences between creation/invention and innovation. “When creative ideas and inventions start fetching you money they become innovation,” he said.


The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Shri Sudhir Nanavati, President of GLS University, and Dr Avani Desai, Professor and Dean at Faculty of Business Administration. Desai, who was overwhelmed  to see students be entirely self-sufficient in organising Vishleshan Plus 2018, said, “the celebration is a great example of how management can be brought into practice beyond classrooms.”

At Vishleshan Plus 2018, students attended a workshop on writing micro-fiction, held by Terribly Tiny Tales, and relished a live music performance by the local band GJ 01. Students also exhibited their creativity at toran-making, rangoli-making and poster-making competitions and street plays. It is a welcome initiative to see students of Commerce and Business Administration, engage with creative fields and expand their lateral thinking capacities.

Photograph Courtesy: Organisers

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