For the third consecutive year, Premier Ltd. partnered with MindSpark, the intercollegiate technical festival of College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), as the official Engineering Sponsor. This annual event drew over 10,000 collegians from 175 colleges across Maharashtra. To add to the cheer, the RiO was proudly put on display, much to the delight of 400 Mechanical Engineering students. As a key partner, Premier worked closely with the organising student committee to develop stimulating contests and workshops.
This year, we gave this contest an 'environmental twist'. Each contestant played 'inventor' for a day, building the most creative device to conserve energy from articles we use in our daily lives. Ms. Charulata Inkar, who designed a single-trigger operated apparatus, was selected as the winner from among 11 shortlisted teams. The gadget was devised to conduct three tasks simultaneously – generating artificial rain, drawing water from a well, and using that water to create energy.
Premier Utkarsh was a design challenge that entailed contestants to arrive at feasible and optimised solutions to a real-time problem statement in the CNC Machines space. The statement, provided by Mr. S.D. Joshi, General Manager Design, CNC Machines Division, Premier Ltd., invited design solutions for 'positive locking of the gripper fingers during rotation'. The competition was judged by Mr. Kothari, AGM, Application Engineer, Premier Ltd. and Mr. Khasnis, AGM Manufacturing, CNC Machines Division, Premier Ltd.
A CNC Lathe workshop, conducted by Mr. BB Gawas, a Premier employee, made participants aware about the importance of CNC on the production shop. A MindSpark staple, this workshop gained such an overwhelming response that registrations for the event closed after 250 entries with several clamouring for more.
Cicero Challenge, judged by Erica de Souze
Cicero’s Challenge, the intercollegiate B-school festival of IIPM, Mumbai, is a one-of-its-kind debate competition. Erica de Souza, Head - Corporate Communication, Premier Ltd., was invited to judge the event, which was held on July 27 and 28 this year.
On October 5, 2012, Erica de Souza, Head - Corporate Communication, Premier Ltd. was invited as a guest lecturer at ISB&M (International School of Business and Media), Pune, as part of their Institute-Industry interaction programme. ISB&M is known for the overall development of its management students and this engaging session oriented aspiring managers with corporate expectations.