India is a country where kids can be seen playing in every nook and corner of the country with anything in hand that can be remotely made similar to a bat. Though India has given some incredible talents like Tendulkar and Dravid, the game of cricket has majorly been male dominated. It is only recently that women cricketers have started appearing on the national television. In the current scenario where the Indian society generally remains male dominated, one girl has risen against all odds in a game that is nothing less than a religion in India. Tamanna Nigam, student of Masters of Journalism and Mass Communication at Jagran School of Journalism and Communication is nothing short of an inspiration to all the young ladies out there looking for a career in sports. Having played professional cricket for the past seven years, Tamanna is currently playing for the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association in the under 23 women’s team. To her credits, she has played for the under 19 team and under her captaincy, the team was declared champions of the Central Zone. She also was Vice Captain to the Central Zone under 19 team. Being a part of the state team is a laurel in itself, however, Tamanna had no plans to stop. She has numerous titles to her name, the most valuable of which, is being rewarded the best figures in the bowling statistics given by BCCI. She tops the charts amongst players from all over India at 1.66 being her economy rate. Juggling sports and studies at such level is no piece of cake but Tamanna does it flawlessly. She is an inspiration for all the women out there looking forward to a career in male dominated sports as she proves to the world on a daily basis that it is only passion and the never-giving-up attitude that takes you to enormous heights in your life.
Purnima S Das
To the place which triggers senses Where are you from? Jagran Lakecity University (JLU) Where is this university? The place where I had the time of my life! JLU – the name sends warm tingles of nostalgia up my spine. As soon as I entered the campus, I was blown away. It was too picturesque with lush green surroundings and startling infrastructure. And then came the best part – the professors. Dr Ruchi Sharma, head of School of Humanities and Arts, has been there for me since the first day. My poor performances left her worried while the best ones were appreciated with a warm hug. In a span of three years, she saw all of it – from a little girl who was petrified whether she has joined the right college to the confident woman I had become when I left the university. I have always loved psychology but somewhat, I was inclined towards journalism. The word itself excited me. After my second year, I got an opportunity to be an intern at the Times of India which acted as a confidence builder. I later took admission in the Asian College of Journalism which is one of the premier journalism colleges in the country. The fondest memory has to be my hostel life. I miss those breezy nights, long walks after dinner, the first swimming class, going to the gym in the morning and innumerable such things. Life was beautiful. Jagran Lakecity university will always be a part of me and a part of me will always be there
JLU stood out across all parameters I had in mind while I was looking to finalize a University to pursue B.Com (Hons.). It has best things to offer, be it the course design, number of courses on offer, faculty members, infrastructure, sporting facilities etc.. I entered the college as a shy and timid individual who would not dare open his mouth on a public forum. The continuous exposure to various industry programs, inter/intra college debates, not only made me confident but also gave me unforgettable experiences that I will cherish for the rest of life. My biggest achievement at JLU came in the form of being bestowed with Chancellor’s and Academic Excellence scholarships for all the three years of my program and ultimately receiving the Gold Medal for securing 1st rank. After graduating from JLU, I decided to pursue masters in management. With the support of the faculty members at JLU, I successfully cleared the CAT examination alongside the college examinations and got admission into the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK). At IIMK I was selected by Asian Paints for the summer internship program and consequently awarded a Pre-placement offer (PPO) by the company. The contribution of JLU in my success is something that cannot be ignored. The learning and exposure provided is at par with the best colleges in the country and is something that has helped me shine out across IIMK and in my brief stint with Asian Paints.
I took admission in Jagran Lakecity University with the belief that it will give wings to my dreams. In the first year itself, I was inducted into AIESEC, a youth run organization through an event hosted by the university. AIESEC is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization present in 126 countries determined to provide young people leadership development. It is in a consultative state with the United Nations. I further contacted the organization to join them and became the member of the organization in September 2016. There was no looking back after that. In 2016 I applied for Vice President Position with the head quarters competing along with really strong candidates and was selected to become Vice President for Bhopal’s chapter for 2017. The position gave me an experience to work alongside Mr. Sameer Pathak, MD (Operations ), Coca Cola India, Mr. Anurag Asathi, Co-Founder, Kabadiwala.com, (MP’s biggest start up), Mr. Firdaus Mehta, Head HR, Samsung India and many more such names. I am now working as President for the local chapter and truly believe in how a university can change your career. Today, when I look back at the journey that still continues, I can see a strong international network for myself with impeccable professional development. I see various career options open for me now including working at UN or World Bank. I truly feel indebted to Jagran Lakecity University for providing a pool of opportunities for me and all the other students.
My experience at JLU Bhopal was adventurous and life changing. My batch of 2014 was energetic and very much involved in sports. I used to stay in hostel which was the best part of JLU life. In 3 years at JLU, I learnt to play sports like volleyball, table tennis, basketball and most importantly FOOTBALL. My first big tournament was West zone All India; in fact, it was my first competitive game. My life took a turn in the second year of college, thanks to my football coach. I had never thought of becoming a professional footballer. I used to play as a striker but in one of the tournaments, one of our defender got injured and there was no replacement available. My coach asked me to play as a defender which was not my forte back then. In that tournament I realised that I played better as a defender. During my final year, the Bhopal district team trials were on and my coach sent me along with other team mates for the trials. I was awarded the best defender in the state for that team. That was my first big achievement that encouraged me to pursue the sport professionally. Later on my team at JLU won the JLU Football League and I was awarded the ‘Best Defender’. After graduating from JLU, I gave the trials for DENA BANK and got selected. I currently play for them. This reminds me about people asking me, “Why JLU Bhopal?” My life transformation is the answer to that question.
Aditya took admission in B.Sc (Hotel Management) program in 2014. An introvert by nature, Aditya, however, found it easy to open up to his faculties and was happy to be in the environment provided by JLU. Aditya worked hard and took his assignments and practical classes seriously. “I gained a lot from the industry designed curriculum at JLU and the periodic Igniting Minds Lecture Series wherein we interacted with leading professionals from the industry”, says Aditya. Although he was anxious about his placements, Aditya did well in his campus interviews and eventually received offers from 3 hotels. Of all the offers, he chose to work for The Oberoi, Mumbai. Aditya worked diligently for which he received fantastic feedback from his superiors in a very short period of time. He currently works at ITC Grand Bharat