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Mumbai, Jun 25 (UNI) Alpha Arts and Science College representing Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) India in western suburbs here has been awarded at Indian Education Institute Competition, for providing an alternative occupation to Tsunami hit fisherman community.

Alpha undertook seaweed cultivation project and successfully made it an alternative occupation for fisherman community hit by Tsunami.

Tsunami waves completely ravaged Pannayarkuppam village of Tamilnadu. Government funds ceased and the fisherman community was badly affected.

They were in a need of an alternative occupation. As their expertise lay in sea related activities, these children of the sea were unable to adapt to any other occupation. Alpha Arts and Science College representing Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) India undertook the seaweed cultivation project and successfully made it an alternative occupation for the Fisherman community, the release issued by SIFE said.

This team ensured the profitability of the project and analysed the global market statistics to establish it among the fisherman community. They identified buyers and suppliers of seaweed across India and made PEPSICO a major buyer of this community.

SIFE India Chairman Keshav R Murugesh is the main guiding force behind the success story of SIFE in India. Being the President and COO, Syntel Inc Keshav has grown SIFE in leaps and bounds in the past four years.

On SIFE's growth in India, Mr Keshav said, ''Launched in 2003, SIFE India has grown rapidly and attracted top student talents from more than 40 active universities in Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Bangalore and Chandigarh.'' SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process, he said.

''Syntel's aim is to provide the best guidance by topmost corporates and business leaders to the SIFE students. We endeavor to teach important concepts to college students through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics to better themselves, their communities and their countries,'' Mr Keshav explained.

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