Published: 10th November 2020
How MOP Vaishnav College for Women took it's Annual Bazaar online. And the results are awesome!
The three-day MOP E-Bazaar on Facebook has students from various departments selling their handcrafted products
The MOP Vaishnav College for Women has taken its annual MOP Bazaar online this year. Organised by the college's students' council, under which is their Ministry of Entrepreneurship, this event is now live on Facebook. This year, the college has renamed the event as E-Bazaar.
Kicking off the activities on November 9, the students took to Facebook Live to sell their products. "This year there are around 40 virtual stalls. We have created a page on Facebook where students can go live to display their products. There are food items, clothing, accessories and handmade items as well," says Shyamala Krishnamurthy, a professor of the BBA department.
Speaking about how successful the event is for students, Shyamala narrates the incident of how one of the students sold sweets worth almost Rs 20,000 on the first day of the event. "Shruthi BS, a first-year BCom student, who usually makes traditional sweets during Diwali, sold sweets worth Rs 19,400," says Krishnamurthy. Shruthi's virtual stall has been set up in collaboration with an alumna of the college, Asha N.
MOP Bazaar has been a long-standing event of the college. "This is the 23rd edition. Usually, this event would be conducted like an expo inside the college campus, where visitors would come from outside. Last year, we had over 20,000 people visiting the campus during the two-day event. However, owing to the pandemic we have had to take the event online this year," adds Krishnamurthy.
The event is aimed at empowering the students to become entrepreneurs once they graduate and also give them an idea about how small businesses work. "Students earn their own money by selling the items that they have created. The college provides this platform for them to showcase their entrepreneurial skills," says Krishnamurthy, adding, "The event is not just restricted to sales though. We also have entertainment like stand-up comedy and an online concert."
The students are shipping their products like clothing and accessories all over the country, but the baked and food items are only restricted to the people in Chennai and surrounding areas. The event ends on November 11 and you can check it out at facebook.com/groups/mopebazaar