Institute of Career Studies, Lucknow Organised a seminar on NEVER TO BE DEFEATED at Mercury Auditorium , Indira Gandhi Prathisthan, Lucknow, UP on 4 Aug 18, in the first half. This seminar was for those students who might need encouragement, who for whatever reason were feeling left out and lost. Accordingly, 13 students (Class V – Class IX) from Seth Anandram Jaipuria, Sushant Golf City were selected and could participate.
During the pre seminar Dr (Mrs) Amrita Dass, Founder Director, Institute for Career Studies and also one of the leading India’s Educationist and Career-Consultant demonstrated motivational thoughts through their slide show edited with a pleasant song created a positive vibe in the auditorium filled with students and accompanied mentors from 22 leading schools of Lucknow, UP. Dr. Amrita interacted with as many students and mentors what they have learned from their presentation. Response, involvement, explanation given by the audience was marvellous and created further excitement to the seminar. The seminar started with lighting of brass lamp by the guest speakers, which emitted divine consciousness, radiant energy (chaitanya) and Tej tattva (absolute fire principle) in the auditorium.
Mr Keshav Varma, IAS (Retd) belongs to 1976 batch of Gujarat Cadre. In his short and crisp speech, he explained how he was bought up in Rampur Distt in UP by his Hindu Father and Muslim Mother in the 60’s. He was not good in his studies till graduation and was forced to switch over from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as he could not explain (A+B)2, this enabled him to become a rank holder in History, which eventually lead to the selection of IPS. As he was wearing spectacle, he was declared medically unfit to join IPS. Around this time one of his friend dragged him into an examination hall where Bank Probationary Officer’s exam was going on and he was selected. After training, he was posted in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh and served there for more than a year, While serving in Bank, Mr. Varma never gave up studies and finally got selected into IAS. Plenty of challenges in his career as Municpal commissioner of Ahmedabad, subsequently he joined the World Bank as sector Director of East Asia Urban Development and Disaster Management, where he led the reconstruction and recovery works in response to major natural disasters. Mr Varma teaches urban policy in eminent universities such as Harvard, Clemson and Duke. Mr Varma has conceived and mobilized a broad coalition of partners for the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI). As its founding Director and now its CEO and Executive Director, he facilitated a collaboration of 13 tiger range countries for conservation of wild tigers.
Mrs Pallavi Fauzdar, at the age of 35, has decided to live her dream of driving motor bike in high altitude. When she did, she shocked everyone. Pallavi has entered the Limca Book of Records thrice. First woman to ride eight mountain passes above 5000m in a single trip, First woman solo motorcyclist to ride to Mana Pass at an altitude of 5638m or 18774’ and First woman motorcyclist to ride to the highest freshwater lake, Lake Deotal situated at 5471 m or 17950’. She has been awarded Nari Shakti Award by President of India and Outstanding global woman of Uttar Pradesh (UP) by the Chief Minister of UP. Pallavi has recently biked through seven North Eastern states, through rain, flood and areas with insurgency.
Having lost one leg in a hang gliding incident Major Ashok Kumar Singh, known to friends as AK never gave up nor gave in to the cruelty of fate. In the true spirit of a soldier he fought the battle of life and came out with flying colors. In 1984 AK was a part of a sailing crew of a yatch called Trishna, and he sailed around the world, creating a world record of being the only person with disability to do so. The army bestowed Kirti Chakra on its brave heart. Major Singh has recently penned his journey in a book called Beyond Horizons. Maj Singh’s thirst for adventure and determination to push his limits know no bounds. He recently bungee jumped from the world’s highest point in South Africa, he swims like a champ, drives an SUV and regularly participates in 10 km Marathons in India and abroad.