Careers Day
Brief Report on
Careers Day Organized
CMS Personality Development & Career Counselling Department
on Sunday, 23 April 2017, at Kanpur Road Campus

Careers Day was organised by CMS Career Counselling Department on 23 April 2017 with a purpose to give children an exposure to variety of conceivable career options at this crucial juncture of their student life.


City Montessori School organised a Careers Day for CMS senior students on Sunday 23 April 2017 at Kanpur Road Campus from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at its Kanpur Road Campus. More than over thousand students from class X to XII from eleven different campuses of CMS participated in this event. It was a unique opportunity for CMS children to get in touch with so many different career specialists of different fields under one roof at one time. The event was also opened to all the other schools in Lucknow.

The Proceedings

Welcome Address

Mr Shashank Srivastava, Coordinator, Career Counselling Cell, extended a very warm welcome to the Chief Guest, Dr Vikram Singh, Pro Chancellor, Noida International University, Noida and all eminent guests & experts in various fields and all the principals and students of various CMS Campuses who arrived to participate on the occasion.

Introduction of the Chief Guest

Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, Founder-Manager, CMS; formally introduce the chief guest and all eminent dignitaries to the audience. He also highlighted the Class XII is turning point where the students have to choose their goal that becomes the base of their lives. The student should choose career according to their choice and CMS has become successful in doing so.

Introduction of the Guests

The name of the various eminent speakers were introduced who were the part of the Careers Day. Delegates from renowned organizations, industry representatives, domain experts, academicians, counsellors, psychologists and opinion leaders guided the students with their meaningful speeches. Besides this, several other dignitaries who guided the students include Mrs Nupur Wali, Senior Counsellor, Institute for Career Studies (ICS); Sq Leader Abhishek Dutt and Flight Lt. Priti Yadav, Indian Air Force; Capt. Alok Nanda, Indian Navy; Brig, Ajeet Kapoor, Indian Army; Ms Praveen Talha, Retd. IAS; Mr Parth Sarthy Sen Sharma, IAS; Prof Shirin Abbas, Dean, Faculty of Media Studies, SRMU ;  Mr Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director, Planning & Research, Integral University; Mr Jayant Krishna, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, National Skill Development Corporation; Ms Heena Jethanandani, Ashoka University; Mr Gaurav Chicker, The Princeton Review - USA; Mr Nadeem Ahmad Khan, Director, Institute of European Languages and Consultancy;  Mrs Surabhi Modi Sahai, CLAT Possible; MrVipul Gaur, Radio Jockey; Group Captain Prafulla Chandra, Aviation Career Counsellor; Mr S.P.S Oberoi, Anglo East Ship Management, New Delhi; Mrs Shipra Anand, Founder  Director, Academy for Fashion Careers ; Mr Raman Sharma, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC); Dr Rajeev Lochan, Oncologist, Lucknow; Dr Amogh A Sahasrabuddhe Molecular & Structural Biology, CDRI; CA Devesh Agarwal, ICAI; Mr Mukesh Sharma, Director Advisory Board, RSACE; Mr Hiroshi Yoshino, University of Tokyo; Mr Shigeki Ashida, Ritsumeikan University; Mr Yuji Nishikawa, Japanese Science & Technology Agency (JST), Mr Daisuke Kodama, First Secretary of Embassy of Japan; Mr Vishnu Vankayala, South India Operations, (Ritsumeikan) Asia Pacific University; Ms Samreen Khan, Country Recruitment Adviser, University of Nottingham; Mr Devesh Anand, Country Adviser, University of Bristol; Ms Mansi Sharma, Admission Consultant, University of Warwick; Ms Aarti Natarajan Sharma, Global Education Specialist; Mr Animesh Atray, Recruitment Representative, University of Victoria.

Lighting of Lamp

The solemn lighting the lamp ceremony was solemnized by our chief guest, eminent resource persons. All the eminent guests of honour, Prof Geeta Gandhi, President, CMS; Mr Roshan Gandhi, Director of Strategy, CMS and all the eminent guests and principals did the honours of joining the chief guest in lighting of the lamp ceremony as many multi pronged lamps were arranged on the stage. Entire group of distinguished personalities were photographed subsequently.

Keynote Address

The day's activities commenced with welcome address by Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, President, CMS. She at the very outset, on behalf of all the students and personnel of CMS, extended a very warm welcome to all the eminent guests and profusely thanked them for their generosity in accepting the invitation and giving their precious time gratuitously and edifying, inspiring and guiding the students in choosing correct career options. She also said that children have lots of difficulties in deciding their career due to little information they can obtain to base their choices and little exposure and unproductability to the rewards of their chosen career. This Careers Day provides sufficient information to students enabling them to choose career as per their interest. In his speech Mr Roshan Forouhi, Director Strategy, CMS advised students not only to take advantage of career options here but to find out ways to study abroad as many counsellors were present to guide them. He assured students that CMS will provide all possible support to them and they can also avail scholarship facility.

Dr Vikram Singh, Pro Chancellor, Noida International University, Noida: He started his speech by sharing good thoughts and advised that in earlier times parents decided the career and marriage of their children as per their own choices. But in modern times there is luxury of legendry people to guide and mentor the children to choose their career. He stated that however, there were lots of distractions also like TV and internet. God loves CMS children for being CMS students and having bright future. He gave very important advice that if parents wanted their children to excel in academics, then they should convert homes into hermits for the two years. Parents have to play spiritual role for progress of children and not only to boast of providing best facilities to children. In order to corroborate his thoughts, he showed a video clip of a child who focused on discipline, took pain and became a genius. He motivated the children by guiding them to always say “I am a winner, I can do it, I have tremendous potential, God is by my side”.

Vote of Thanks

On conclusion of the plenary session, Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, President, CMS personally proposed vote of thanks to the chief guest and other eminent guests.

Parallel session in the Main Auditorium

Mrs. Prema Subramaniam, Senior Principal, Rajajipuram Campus I efficiently conducted the session and invited the penalists for their valuable inputs and guiding the students about their respective careers.


Mr Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director, Planning & Research, Integral University, informed students about 'Engineering & IT' saying that information technology industry has changed the face of India. One should pursue a long term vision to achieve success in this field, he said.

Gp Capt Prafulla Chandra, while guiding the student on 'Aviation Studies', said that whatever you chose do it with love and work hard. You are never given desire for a job unless you have the capacity to do it Similar parallel sessions were held at the other basement halls, CISV building and training centre at first floor. Army and Air force session was chaired by Brig. Ajeet Kapoor, Sqd. Ldr Abhishek Dutt and Capt. Alok Ananda. Civil Services by very intelligent Ms Praven Talha and Mr Parth Sarthy Sen Sharma, Journalism by Ms Sunita Aron and Prof. Shirin Abbas, Radio Jockey by RJ Vipul Gaur, Pilot Training by Capt.  Prafulla Chandra, Design by Mrs. Shipra Anand, Careers in Animation by Mr Raman Shharma, Music, Law was anchored by Mrs. Surabhi Modi Sahai. Law was described as good option with financial gains at CISV building. All spoke with authority and answered all relevant questions by students and parents alike.


The above event finally concluded at 1.30 pm which marked conclusion of glorious Careers Day.