Published: 10th September 2018
Now, you can be Dell's ambassador in your college and organise events out of your regular curriculum
The programme, born out of Dell’s focus towards the college student community — which not only has a dynamic use of personal technology but are also advocates for the adoption of novel technologies
If you want to do more than just study and participate in the regular extra-curricular activities that your college has to offer Dell has the best program for you. The company just concluded the third edition of Dell Campassadors and in the last three years has successfully appointed around 316 Campassadors reaching out to over 6 lakh students in 193 colleges, across 48 Indian cities.
"The Dell Campassador program is an interactive platform to help ambitious youth to develop skills towards fulfilling their aspirations. Dell recognizes that many young people in colleges are ambition chasers with skills that need honing and development," said P Krishnakumar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer and Small Business, Dell India. "A participant is handed a responsibility by Dell to be one of the exclusive campus ambassadors for their college. They get to be the face of their college to create, host and lead events apart from participating in varied engagements themselves."
Based on the strength of the college, the programme appoints one to three campassadors in each college who help conduct the activities as well as any student body engagement with Dell. They are tasked with ensuring that their college actively participates in various co-curricular activities and events by Dell. "Their participation will earn them performance-based incentives and rewards, as well as an opportunity to engage in various conversations with Dell and various influencers throughout the year. This will further their learning and enable their professional growth," added Krishnakumar.
Be a Campassador: The skills of sharing knowledge with their peers, and working collaboratively towards achieving deadlines and managing teams are an important part of the student skill set
The programme was born out of Dell’s focus towards the college student community, which not only exhibits a dynamic use of personal technology but are also advocates for the adoption of novel technologies. "Technology in education is a key aspect of today’s millennial life. We launched the on-campus initiative to deeply engage with intelligent and creative youth and give them a platform where they can work towards the development of their skill sets," explained Krishnakumar. "Any college student from any stream of study is eligible to be a part of the program and is required to undergo a selection process."
The skills of sharing knowledge with their peers, and working collaboratively towards achieving deadlines and managing teams are an important addition to a students skill set. "This programme helps them polish their organizational and managerial skills, which are key to professional success," said the GM. "The Campassadors program also adds value to a student’s resume, apart from giving them direct access to the alumni network, where they will not just interact with other participants, but also get an opportunity to groom upcoming Campassadors. There is also a chance to work on projects with Dell."
Dell also has some other programmes to offer. The Big Idea programme is aimed at 'encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in energetic, ambitious youth'; encouraging students to think aloud and come up with ideas to solve a problem. Dell Futurist, through which Dell provides an opportunity for youth to interact with ‘millennial influencers’ who have built successful careers in technology-centric domains such as blogging, vlogging, application development, ethical hacking, music production, visual effects designing and PC gaming, among others, has seen an amazing participation across colleges.
"Some of the influencers who partnered this initiative include — Ankit ‘v3nom’ Panth of Team Brutality (esports), Siddhartha Joshi (photographer), Mounic Tata (artist), Anish Sood (DJ) etc. The sessions not only offers hands-on experience to students on new-age career opportunities but a chance to interact with successful professionals who have carved a niche for themselves in these segments," said Krishnakumar.
Dell Captures is a contest for students to try their hand at photography on different themes for each week, like nature, lifestyle, candid, architecture etc., which gives them an exposure to different kinds of photography.