The 55th Annual Conference of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ASISC) 2012 was held from 21st-23rd November 2012 at Science City, Kolkata, which was attended by representatives of schools affiliated to the ASISC from all over the country. Needless to say, that this was a very important and a high profile conference, attended by eminent personalities like Mr. Soumitra Chatterjee, who made the character of ‘Feluda’ come alive on the silver-screen, Bengali movie star Papiya Adhikari, Motivational speaker Shiv Khera and the honorable Governor of West Bengal Shri. M.K.Narayanan among others.
What made this event even more memorable for us, is the fact that the UWSB Kolkata campus was also chosen to help St. Sebastian School to help organize the event.This was a unique opportunity for the students of UWSB to learn about event-management and to showcase the caliber of the students of UWSB to the corporate, who organized the event and came to visit as well.
We as students learnt how a big event is organized and the hard work that goes behind it.The organizers let us know that a few of them hadn’t even got the time to go home for the past couple of days and were actually sleeping on site.
The day we first went for the event was actually a day before the main seminar took place, so that we could see and learn the fundamentals like setting up the stall, recording and tracking inventory, interact and manage the workers and also dealing with irate clients, (vendors who weren’t happy with the allocation of their respective stalls).The clients were actually the publishers who had put up their stall for the visiting school dignitaries, so that if the dignitaries liked the books or study materials from any particular publisher they could place an order with them then and there itself.
The challenges for us for the next three days were varied and very interesting. We were exposed to the art of hospitality, that is, how to treat special guests, and make them feel welcome; including what kind of arrangements should be made for them depending on their importance. UWSB students had a hand in every aspect of the event whether it was picking up guests from the hotel or taking care of the backstage arrangements.
As we were posted in every imaginable department we came back with a great deal of learning. From inside the Auditorium we had a bird’s eye view of all the proceedings. This included not only the minutes of the conference which took place but also a host of cultural events which were held. These cultural events were organized by the school children from some of the schools themselves which showcased the talents that are hidden in every child. The Grand Finale at the closing ceremony was performed by a school from Darjeeling, which included a twelve foot dragon with the adorable mannerism of a puppy that went down from the stage and into the crowd much to their delight. It was fascinating to see the delight on the faces of these till now serene gentlemen who now suddenly burst into laughter shedding any reservations which they had earlier of showing their emotions in public