Workshop @ Jain University

Major Akshay Girish Memorial Trust along with Jain (Deemed-to-be) University held a workshop titled:

‘A LIFE OF HONOUR – CAREERS IN UNIFORMED SERVICES’, at Jain University Auditorium in Jayanagar, Bengaluru on 28 November 2018 from 10 am to 1pm

The Workshop was attended by about 150 students, both girls and boys studying in Degree Courses of Jain University.

Three major sessions were conducted by the Resource Team.

Introduction: The mission of Major Akshay Girish Memorial Trust was explained to the participants by Wg. Cdr Girish Kumar followed by the purpose of the workshop.

Session 1: The Information Session

This session gave indepth information on the many career opportunities in the uniformed services, i.e., the Army, the Air Force, Navy, the Coast Guard and the Paramilitary services. This session was conducted by Gp. Capt. Ashwani Bhakoo VSM. He talked about the short service and permanent commissions in the Military and the Paramilitary Forces. He touched upon areas like entrance examinations and selection processes, required qualifications, types of careers, pay scale, benefits and challenges. He also specified the current career opportunities for female candidates as not all options are as yet open to them.

Session 2: The Inspiration Session

This session was an interactive question and answer session with the panelists comprised of serving and retired Defense personnel with wide ranging experience. The panelists were Wg. Cdr. Pratap Deshpande (Retd), Lt. Col Sanjay Mishra (Retd), Lt. Col Sachin Bhatia and Capt Supriya Patil (Retd). Questions asked by the audience were related to preparation for the entrance examinations – both written and Services Selection Board (SSB). The panelists discussed these in detail, especially the SSB as many in the audience had queries related to this. Other topics of discussion were the diverse roles of uniformed personnel, women in service, facilities, opportunities for sports and adventure, family life in the services, competition and difficulty in rendering service. One very relevant question asked was how an aspirant could convince the parents to allow him/her to join the service as it involves physical danger. Another was the openings for non-technical (non-science stream) students in services. There were some in the audience who had tried a couple of times to join services, had been unsuccessful but still eager to join. All the questions were efficiently answered by the panelists.

Session 3: Scholarship Program and Achievement Awards

The Trust has collaborated with Jain University to provide awards announced by Meghna Girish and Major Arvind Kumar. The session explained the requirements and eligibility for these scholarships and awards. The scholarships are for the students of the Jain University who are in their undergraduate studies and motivated to try and join the uniformed services. The Achievement award is for any student from Jain Deemed-to-be University who makes it to the Military or the Paramilitary forces (Details in Annexure 2). To ascertain awardees for the academic year 2018-19, a questionnaire was given to the eligible candidates to fill up after the workshop (Annexure 3).

Vote of Thanks: Capt Rekha Sinha thanked the Trust members, the panelists, guests, the students of Jain Deemed-to-be University who were part of the workshop, the organizers and all those who contributed to make the workshop a success. 

The Chief Guest was Shri M S Santhosh, Joint Registrar, Jain University. Guests of Honour included Dr B A Vasu, Centre Head, School of Commerce Studies, Dr. B T Venkatesh, Examination Advisor-Jain University and Director for Pre-University Programs and Dr Nalini Satishchandra, Principal, Jain PU College.

  • Resource Team for this Workshop included the following Facilitators and Volunteers:
  • Capt. Ashwani Bhakoo VSM
  • Cdr. Pratap Deshpande
  • Col Sanjay Mishra
  • Col Sachin Bhatia
  • Capt Supriya Patil
  • Major Arvind Kumar
  • Capt Rekha Sinha
  • Cdr Girish Kumar
  • Mrs Meghna Girish
  • Nikunj Trivedi
  • Sonali Singh
  • Neha Girish
  • Sarita Deshpande
  • Tejas Saligram


Very positive feedback has been received from students who attended. While Major Akshay Girish Memorial Trust thanks all for their comments, this brief report includes few representative responses.

  • The workshop conducted by the whole team was very motivational and inspiring as well. I would like to thank all of you to guide us as it helped us gain knowledge about the process of selection in the armed forces and for preparing for the entrance into the defence. The whole workshop conducted was systematic and the way of explaining and clearing the doubts were really clear and easy to understand. – Abhishek Mehta
  • The seminar (workshop) conducted by Major Akshay Girish memorial trust was an eye-opener. We gained a lot of information about the hundreds of job opportunities in the armed forces. It was an amazing session and gave us a clear picture about the life in defence. Truly inspired me to join the armed forces and thus encouraged me to join. Thank you so very much. – Machamma C B
  • The seminar was very interesting and encouraging. I as an individual learned so much about my own country and armed forces. They spoke about opportunities we get in army and also about few exams we can opt like PC, SCC through OTA, Chennai, IMA, we came to know about Air Force, Indian Coast Guard, Central armed Police forces, BSF, CRPF, CISF, BSF etc. They spoke about own experiences, which encouraged us to join the forces. – Iram.

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