Maratha Mandir’s Babasaheb Gawde Institute of Management Studies organized an Industrial Visit cum Outbound Training Program for its students to a bottling unit in Khopoli on Monday 8 th August 2022. The entire program was arranged in co-ordination with Mr. Yateen Gharat who is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), known for his outdoor adventure programs which he conducts for corporates. He started the Outbound Facilitation in the year 2000 and graduated to Group Process Facilitation in 2012. He completed his CPF in 2015.
On reaching Khopoli, the students were first taken to the mineral water bottling plant owned by Mr. Kunal Paygude. There the students were given an insight into the plastic bottle production process, water purification process and the process of filling and packaging of purified water. Besides owning his own brand of purified water, the roprietor also undertakes job works for other bottled water manufacturers. The proprietor also shared the reasons for him venturing into setting up his own business unit after losing his job during the pandemic. Besides gaining fair amount of knowledge about a workplace and the processes adopted in a manufacturing unit, the students also became aware of the benefits of venturing into one’s own business and what it took to do so. The students were very appreciative about the industrial visit since they felt better equipped to use the knowledge gained by them and put it to practice as and when required.
This was subsequently followed by a visit to the Kalekars campsite which is about 19 kms. from Imagica, Khopoli. The said campsite Resort was the location for conduct of the outbound training activities by Mr. Yateen Gharat and his team. The outbound training program began after the students had their breakfast at the campsite. They were divided into various teams and made to do activities with the aim of making them realise the importance of good team work, benefits of leadership skills and the importance of proper planning to achieve the ultimate goal (to win). Post lunch, the students were taken for a trek through a forest to give them a feel of adventure combined with team spirit. A mock drill of saving an injured teammate and carrying him back to safety on a makeshift tretcher was done, to familiarize the students with the modus operandi in case of such a mishap happening in reality. The final activity for the day was a dip in the cool waters of a river nearby. The program ended with a note of thanks by the faculty to the organizers for the thoughtful arrangements and care taken of all articipants.
The bus journey to Khopoli and back, added to the fun and frolic and promoted great bonding amongst the students and the faculties present. The students admitted to carrying good memories and a better understanding of each of their batchmates who had participated in the outing, besides learning lifetime lessons on leadership, importance of team building and planning strategies.