Induction 2021: Panel Discussion by Alumni

Date: 15/09/2021

Speakers:

Ms. Sonam Chugh (Batch: 2004 – 07)

Mr. Rohit Jindal (Batch 2006 – 09)

Mr. Moiz Anwer Kamil (Batch 2016 – 19)


Ms. Sonam Chugh completed BBA and went on to do Masters in Business Management from University of Strathclyde. She is currently working as Sales Account Director UAE at COBONE for last five years.


Mr. Rohit Jindal completed is BBA and then did his MBA marketing from SIBM, Bengaluru. He has 12 years of Experience in Sales & Business Development in Banking Industry & Tech Start-ups. Currently he is the Director of Sales at My Gate India, where he currently leads a sales team of 300+ Business Development Managers across India.





Mr. Moiz Anwer Kamil is a Marketer, Humanitarian and Environmentalist and dedicates his time and efforts for humanitarian activities and educating people that social and technological innovation can be leveraged for development (not only economic) with appropriate engagement for societal impact. He is the Director of KaenatCorp India.
The alumni interacted with the fresh batch 2021-24 and discussed and shared their learning and nostalgic memories @ SCMS Pune.




AMA & Guest Lectures conducted by Alumni

1.

Date: 23/11/2021

Name: Mr. Rohan Kapadia, Strategic Business Consultant with Ustartup

Batch: 2006-09

Topic: Do western business Models apply for India

Mr. Rohan Kapadia completed his BBA from Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune in 2009 and went on to pursue his M.Sc. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in technopreneurship and innovation. He is currently working as Strategic Business Consultant with Ustartup. Mr. Rohan threw light on the topic “Do western business Models apply for India”.


2.

Date: 04/12/2021

Name: Deeksha Chaturvedi, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Desi Creative Group

Batch: 2013-15

Topic: Journey from SCMS to my Own Company

Ms Deeksha Dadlani during her time at SCMS, Pune co-founded Enactus, a non-profit organization run by students of SCMS Pune with the support of Director, faculty and staff. After working in Sales and Marketing roles in Singapore for 5 years, she started an entrepreneurial venture of her own. She shared her insights and excerpts from her career with our students.


3.

Date: 20/01/2022

Name: Mr. Udrrek Vikram Dharnidharka, CFO of Johnson Modi Capital Ltd.

Batch: 2006-09

Topic: Creating your own brand vs Working with an established brand

Ms Deeksha Dadlani during her time at SCMS, Pune co-founded Enactus, a non-profit organization run by students of SCMS Pune with the support of Director, faculty and staff. After working in Sales and Marketing roles in Singapore for 5 years, she started an entrepreneurial venture of her own. She shared her insights and excerpts from her career with our students.


4.

Date: 25/01/2022

Name: Ms. Pawani Khandelwal, Founder of Aatm Nirbhar

Batch: 2014-17

Topic: Startup and Societal Impact

In 2017 she set up Fitato Health Solutions and in the same year, she also started Aatm Nirbhar Learning, a social venture enabling inclusivity in sustainable micro-mobility. She aims to take micro-mobility to girls and women in the remotest parts of India. Here she has mobilized a team of 250+ women training 10,000+ women in 12 cities to ride scooters and work in gig economies. She has partnered with nonprofits, private firms and garnered support from national incubation programmes and govt bodies.

She is also a member of the Global Shapers Hub initiated by the world economic forum that is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. She has also worked in projects with Doordarshan Bihar to create video tutorials to teach practical skills to children who couldn’t go to school due to pandemic and has partnered with the UP Govt in 2020 for the pro- poor tourism project funded by world bank to create sustainable livelihoods among women.

She is a recipient of multiple awards such as from the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for creating sustainable livelihoods for women and the Young change makers creating a better world for all award from world economic forum.

She was part of the accelerating women entrepreneur’s cohort conveyed by HSBC bank and Start up India and has been featured in several articles in times of India business standard quint and many more. She spoke about the challenges faced in her startup and why she felt it was important to address them. She mentioned how convincing people about her ideas were hard. It was an extremely insightful session on social entrepreneurship and its lack and importance in today’s society.


5.

Date: 25/01/2022

Name: Mr. Jivitesh Jadwani, Head of events of Hubilo

Batch: 2011-14

Topic: How to build your own company right after college

Mr. Jivitesh of 2014 batch has begun his career as an analyst at PWC in 2015. In the same year he founded the company “WorkSocial”, a social platform for remote teams to celebrate wins and enhance productivity.

Currently, he is working at Hubilo, where he started as the Brand later promoted to the Head of Events. Along with this he also has a podcast called ‘Being Entrepreneur’ for aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and young leaders.


6.

Date: 07/02/2022

Name: Mr. Deepak Bansal, pursuing MBA from IIM Ahmedabad

Batch: 2018-21

Topic: Journey from SCMS to Top B-Schools in India

Mr. Deepak Bansal completed his BBA from SCMS Pune in 2021 and is currently pursuing MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (Batch 2021-23). He has published a paper “Assessing Total Quality Management Adoption Rates as A Comparative Study Among the Three Sectors of Indian Economy" in International Journal of Creative Research Thoughts in Nov 5, 2020. He spoke about his time in college and on how he managed doing an internship, studying and preparing for GMAT at the same time


7.

Date: 21/03/2022

Name: Ms. Ratula Halder, Assistant Vice President (AVP) at Credit Suisse in Mumbai

Batch: 2010-13

Topic: Financial Reporting

Ms. Ratula Halder has a cumulative work experience of close to 6 years, and is currently working as an Assistant Vice President (AVP) at Credit Suisse in Mumbai and leading the India Product Central Services Team for Wealth Management APAC. She has rich experience in Finance, Business Management and Leadership. Her areas of expertise are Financial Planning and Analysis, Forecasting, Budgeting, Finance and Business Reporting, Cost Management and Variance Analysis, Finance Controllership, Headcount Management, Outsourcing Governance, Special Initiatives. She has strong Stakeholder Management skills and have received numerous Awards at Credit Suisse for excellence in the Partnership, Accountability and Trust categories, having worked seamlessly with EMEA and APAC Stakeholders.


8.

Date: 30/03/2022

Name: Mr. Nitij Garg, Head of Sales & Marketing- Garg Transport Company

Batch: 2015-18

Topic: MBA/ MIM in India or abroad

Mr. Nitij shared his valuable experience with the students. He explained the importance of cold calling and why it is an important aspect of sales. He also explained the usage of LUSHA, a cold calling tool. Lastly, he briefed the students on the pros and cons of doing an MBA in India and abroad. It was an engaging session where both the students and the speaker interacted amongst themselves.


9.

Date: 31/03/2022

Name: Shairal Dang, Associate Analyst at Deloitte Consulting

Batch: 2018-21

Topic: Post-college opportunities- masters in India and abroad, GMAT, and job.

Ms. Shairal Dang (Batch 2018-21) has received admits from two prestigious business schools for masters.

Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (for their MBA class of 2024; through their YLP program)

Imperial College Business School, London (for their 1 Year full-time MSc. in International Management). 

She briefed about the opportunities a student will be getting after their UG studies, especially in the field of business. She also explained to the students, the importance of balancing both studies and preparation for competitive examinations. Lastly, she shared her experience in her MBA journey, the preparatory phase.


 


AMA 1.0 Report

On the 18th of July, our alumnus from the 2008-11 batch, ByungUk Suk (Alan), conducted an AMA session in the FY B class between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. He covered a wide range of topics, from his own personal experience at SCMS and tips for college life to his journey post SCMS and advice on how to plan for the future. Mr. Alan is a Global Business and Strategy Development manager at the Woori Bank. He has had experience in diplomacy, interacting with such figures as Sashi Tharoor and Manohar Parrikar. He has also served two years in the Army along with having completed his Master's in Banking and Finance from South Korea. He advised the students to follow their passion and make sure that the work they were doing excited them. Mr Alan was also formerly on the Student Council at SCMS as an International Representative.


Interactions with students
Interactions with students

 


AMA 2.0 Report

The Alumni Cell organised an AMA session on 7th August, 2018, Tuesday, with alumnus Shivam Singh (batch 2012-15). The AMA was conducted in classes – FY-A, FY-B and FY-E.

Shivam is the co-founder of ExploreIT, a startup that he initiated with a couple of friends. ExploreIT is a research consultancy that tries to connect students and resourceful mentors, to help spread valuable knowledge and information. He has also done his MBA in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur, just before launching his start up.

The session was very insightful and helped the first year students to know more about the startup and what ExploreIT offers to the students, including –

  1. Real life learning opportunities through treks and heritage walks.
  2. Guidance and assistance with writing research papers.
  3. Events organised by them like – open mics, gaming events, etc, which the students can be a part, both as organisers and volunteers.
  4. Helping students in get in touch with companies for internships and contribute to the society by volunteering at NGOs.

Interactions with students
Interactions with students

 


AMA 3.0 Report

The first AMA session conducted by the alumni of the Batch 2011-14 was held amongst the third years on Friday, August 23rd 2019. The guest talked to the students about his journey starting from his own experience as a third year of SCMS wherein he started his own company and how he later gave it up for a job at PWC he obtained via campus placements. He talked in great detail of his struggles of venturing into entrepreneurship and starting another company named ‘Malt’ based off of Jaipur, now established in four cities across the countries and valuation to the north of 5cr. With this he proceeded to discussing the importance of franchising and its benefits as a very successful business model for growth. Jivitesh then individually asked the students to share with him their future plans and the cities they belonged to in order to discuss varying work cultures and the current scenarios along with imparting his helpful personal tips and opinions for the fellow students that he had collected through his experiences in the past couple of years. He also answered questions relating to that of the importance of a post graduate degree and of the work-ex break. Ending a long an interesting session of over an hour with revelations of work life balance and emotional coping with regards to venturing out alone with special mentions of his time at the incubation in Ahmedabad, he wrapped up the session with a satisfied set of students who heartily thanked him for his presence and the alumni, was grateful for the same.


Interactions with students
Interactions with students

 


AMA 4.0 Report

On the 18th of July, our alumnus from the 2004-07 batch, Mr. Gunjan Punjabi, conducted an AMA session in the TY D class on the 6th floor of our Scms building between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. He covered a wide range of topics, from his own personal experience at SCMS and tips for college life to his journey post SCMS and advice on how to plan for the future. Mr. Gunjan is the Director and founder of a new enterprise st up by him after gaining a vast experience of about 10 years in the Industry in the field of Marketing and Operations. He advised the students to follow their passion and make sure that the work they were doing excited them. He also gave students suggestions on how to go about campus placements and get the most out of the experience. He introduced parameters on how to go about finding a job you like and shared life experiences regarding what advice he would have wanted to be given when he was in our shoes.


Interactions with students

 


AMA 5.0 REPORT

Our alumnus from the 2004-07 batch, Mr. Gunjan Panjabi, conducted an AMA session in FY D between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. He covered a wide range of topics, from his own personal experience at SCMS and tips for college life to his journey post SCMS and advice on how to plan for the future. Mr. Gunjan is the Director and founder of a new enterprise st up by him after gaining a vast experience of about 10 years in the Industry in the field of Marketing and Operations. He advised the students to follow their passion and make sure that the work they were doing excited them. He also gave students suggestions on how to go about campus placements and get the most out of the experience. He introduced parameters on how to go about finding a job you like and shared life experiences regarding what advice he would have wanted to be given when he was in our shoes.


Interactions with students

 


AMA 1.0

On 22nd June, 2018 the Alumni Cell conducted the first Alumni session for 2018-19 with Alumnus Ali Hashmi (2013-16) who is currently working as an Executive in Retail Measurement Service at Nielsen in Saudi Arabia. He was the head of Dramebaaz, the drama club of SCMS and was also the HOD of the Security Department in Sympulse’16. He spoke on the following topics:

  1. External job opportunities, jobs in sustainable business sector.
  2. He gave career advice to students and answered their questions regarding life after college.
  3. He also spoke about his life in college and the various challenges that helped him grow as an individual in his journey. Along with this, he gave students an insight about the amount of exposure that can be gained through SCMS and shared his experiences to justify the same.
  4. During the AMA session, Ali Hashmi spoke about the corporate sector and the hurdles that come along the way.

Overall, the students found the session very helpful and could relate to his college life experiences as well. It was a very interactive session and the students got an idea about corporate life.

SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumnus Ali Hashmi
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumnus Ali Hashmi

AMA 2.0

The Alumni Cell organised an AMA session on 7th August, 2018, Tuesday, with alumnus Shivam Singh (batch 2012-15). The AMA was conducted in classes – FY-A, FY-B and FY-E.

Shivam is the co-founder of ExploreIT, a startup that he initiated with a couple of friends. ExploreIT is a research consultancy that tries to connect students and resourceful mentors, to help spread valuable knowledge and information. He has also done his MBA in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur, just before launching his start up.

The session was very insightful and helped the first year students to know more about the startup and what ExploreIT offers to the students, including –

  1. Real life learning opportunities through treks and heritage walks.
  2. Guidance and assistance with writing research papers.
  3. Events organised by them like – open mics, gaming events, etc, which the students can be a part, both as organisers and volunteers.
  4. Helping students in get in touch with companies for internships and contribute to the society by volunteering at NGOs.

SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Shivam Singh
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Shivam Singh

AMA 3.0

Harinder Singh Pelia, Marketing Head of Diesel addressed the students of SY-A on 7th September 2018 and enlightened them with his insights about the various organisational departments. He was asked various questions regarding marketing field and the presumptions about it which he diligently answered, adding anecdotes to support his viewpoint.

He spoke about how SCMS has been a right choice in his life as he has taken back a lot from this institute and proudly associates himself as one of the founding members of Sympulse. He shared with students how Sympulse was formed and discussed how it’s growing day by day.

He also shared his career journey and emphasised on how one can learn better the hard way because that will help them to hone their skills which will eventually benefit them and ended the AMA on a positive note to visit SCMS again.

SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Harinder Singh Pelia

AMA 4.0

John Tushar, a freelance entrepreneur in the field of design, enlightened the students of SY-B on 28th November, 2018. He provided the students with a practical output of life after BBA, elucidating them about his various experiences, challenges and the problems faced. He took a brief introduction of each student asking their name, their hobbies and the reason as to why they opted for BBA as their path of career. He further went on to talk about how he got into designing after BBA, how he got his first assignment/job and how his business further escalated. Not only that, he even educated the students with regards to how the biggest marketing and sales company, Google, goes on about making money thereby widening the horizon of available opportunities to students. He also mentioned his work experience with various restaurants like Malabar, Agent Jacks, Shiv Sagar etc. which helped him grow in his designated field of occupation. Lastly, he chose four topics selected by the students namely Purpose, Hustle, Mission and Passion and as to how their interconnection, interdependency, cohesiveness, reliability and congruency help shape the life of an individual and as to how to imbibe all of them as per his experiences and challenges in life.

SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - John Tushar
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - John Tushar

AMA 5.0

Pratik Sonawane, an expert instructor at Jaguar India, the marketing manager at Indikarting (Pune), a racing instructor at Rayo Racing Academy and a consultant for RR Motorsports Managements. Pratik also took part in Saloon Racing and finished 4th in the national championship, held earlier this year. Handling 4 different job profiles has certainly made him a professional multi-tasker as well. The AMA was conducted on 3rd December, 2018, Monday in TY-B and the alumni spoke about his life after BBA and how he multitasked his way through handling a restaurant, a photography studio and also his passion for car and bike customization. He further motivated students to be bold take a leap of faith, believe in themselves and do something productive and not sit idle. He also spoke about health – social, mental and physical and how it is very important in shaping up a person completely. The students had a very interactive session with Pratik and loved his passion for what he does. Pratik will soon be apply for his master’s degree in the field of marketing, we wish him all the best and hope to see him again at SCMS, Pune..

SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Pratik Sonawane
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Pratik Sonawane

Ask me Anything (AMA)

AMA, a slang that originated on Reddit, refers to a Question and Answer session with a guest who is accepting to answer your any and all questions. AMA is an open forum, an experiment to "reinvent pedagogy" at SCMS - a platform where it’s just students and the guest (Alumni). There are no teachers present, nor any rules except "be respectful, be curious, be honest."


Alumni Cell 2016 - 17

AMA 10.0

Alumni Cell @ Symbiosis Centre For Management Studies conducted AMA 10.0 on 10/01/2017 and the guest was a special Alumni from 2009 – 12 batch, Bhavana Srinivasan. She is working as a Relationship Manager with Standard Chartered Bank in Pune. She has a work experience of 2 years working with CBRE Asia Pacific. She interacted with students on Brand Management and Life after BBA. She also focused on what companies look for in candidates for students wanting to join the corporate.

Interactions with students

Interactions with students




AMA 9.0

Alumni Cell @ Symbiosis Centre For Management Studies conducted AMA 9.0 on 07/12/2016 and the guest was a special Alumni from 2008 – 10 batch, Aishwarya Thapa. An entrepreneur at heart, Aishwarya started her career as a Communication and Branding Coordinator with En Route Media. After working for the company she planned to work single handedly as a freelance consultant for PR and Marketing before finally starting up her own venture in 2014 Launchpad Communications.

Aishwarya Thapa Interactions with students

Aishwarya Thapa Interactions with students




AMA 8.0

Alumni Cell @ Symbiosis Centre For Management Studies conducted AMA 8.0 on 06/12/2016 and the guest was a special Alumni from 2010 – 13 batch, Vishakha Hegade. She is presently working as a Fellow for an NGO Teach for India and is placed at Kilbil English Medium School a low income private school at Janwadi near SB road, Pune. She has completed a Diploma in Graphic Arts right after my BBA and worked as a graphic designer for a year and a half. She has also worked as an officer (retail banking) at Axis Bank for 6 months. She is extremely passionate about art and imparting and sharing what I have with others. Truly believe in the idea that one should let oneself be drawn towards that strange pull of what one is passionate about.

Vishakha interacting with the students.

Vishakha interacting with the students.



AMA 6.0

AMA 6.0 by Alumni Cell was conducted on 21/07/2016 and the guest was ‘Sagar Papneja’ from the 2009 – 12 batch. He is currently exploring the opportunities available in the education sector and creating value additions as co-head of an NGO Pathshala which is dedicated towards the education of lesser privileged kids from slums. His internships have revolved around SDJ Group of Institutions as a Marketing and PR Head. Student enjoyed his session on activity based learning and campus life development.

Sagar interacting with the students.

Sagar interacting with the students.




AMA 5.0

AMA 5.0 by Alumni Cell was conducted on 21/07/2016 and the guest was ‘Priyanjali Karbas’ alumni from the first 2004 – 2007 batch. She has more than 7 years of experience as an HR trainer and Manager working for Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd), Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. and Infosys. Currently she is HR Leader for OLA - West (across all business) and is responsible for things like succession planning, employee productivity, training and employee motivation etc.

Priyanjali Kharbas Sharing her experience

Priyanjali Kharbas Sharing her experience



AMA 4.0

AMA 4.0 by Alumni Cell was conducted on 18/07/2016 and the guest was ‘Satyam Khandelwal’ alumni from 2007 – 2010 batch. He has worked with Godfrey Philips India and SABMiller India on areas like Branding Strategy, GTM Strategy, New Product Development, Sales Analysis, E-tailing, Talent Engagement, Business Modelling, Value Chain Analysis. Since last 2 years he has started many Entrepreneurship Ventures like Buddy4Study (India's largest scholarship search engine), Quest Consulting Hub (An admission, training & placement consultancy for Commerce & Management Institutes in India) and Quest Academy of Counseling (An online counseling platform for +2 students in India). His talk on emerging corporate trends, training areas as desired by the recruiters, corporate & entrepreneurship experience, education industry was appreciated by the students.

Satyam Khandelwal Sharing his experience

Satyam Khandelwal Sharing his experience




AMA 3.0

AMA 3.0 by Alumni Cell was conducted on 05/07/2016 and the guest was ‘Poonam Lalwani’ an Alumnus from the 2006-09 batch of BBA at SCMS-UG. Poonam Lalwani is a Hair and Makeup Stylist. She owns and runs Cut Inc. Hair Studio in Koregaon Park. After her BBA, she specialized in make-up and hairstyling in Bombay and Singapore. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria. She has lived in Pune for the last ten years. She has undertaken an interesting journey beginning as a student new to India to taking over a salon business and running it successfully. There is no turning back for this young entrepreneur. Students found the session very interactive and rewarding.

Poonam Lalwani discussing with Students

Poonam Lalwani discussing with Students




AMA 2.0

AMA 2.0 by Alumni Cell was conducted on 30/06/2016 and the guest was ‘Sharan Singh’ an Alumnus from the 2004-07 batch of BBA at SCMS-UG. His work experience of over 8 years is with renowned brands like JetSynthesys Pvt. Ltd, Cool Logistics India Pvt. Ltd, ITC Limited, DNA Newspapers, Bajaj Auto Ltd and Zensar Technologies working at majorly all levels in the organization. His talk on the topic ‘College to Career’ was accompanied with lot of discussions and interesting games. Students found the session very interacting and fruitful.

Sharan Singh discussion with Students

Sharan Singh discussion with Students




AMA 1.0

First AMA, a QnA activity between interested students and Alumni, by Alumni Cell for the academic year 2016 – 17 was conducted on 28/06/2016. The guest was ‘Shivam Singh’ an Alumnus from the 2012-15 batch of BBA at SCMS-UG. Born on 22ND JULY, 1994, this enthusiastic Alumni is pursuing management at XLRI. He has participated as a Youth Diplomat at Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India. He is the member of Diplomacy Panel representing India in COP21, Paris. His suggestions for policy change has resulted in generation of more than expected revenue for an NGO.

His talk on Tuesday included jobs in sustainable business sector, Internship opportunities at UN and other reputed institutions, scholarships for higher education and Roadmap for venture formation and starting up with start-ups. The students found the session interactive and fruitful.

Shivam Singh delivering his talk

Shivam Singh delivering his talk

Students listening attentively

Students listening attentively


REPORT ON ALUMNI MEET 24th Sept 2016

Symbiosis Center For Management Studies, Pune

SCMS, Pune Viman-nagar campus hosted the tenth Alumni Meet on September 24th, 2016. To take a walk down the memory lane many Alumni from the first 7 batches [2004 – 07 to 2010 – 1] joined us for an eventful evening followed by high tea. SCMS, Pune Director, Dr. Adya Sharma graced the occasion.



SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet

The air was nostalgic, the music in the background ecstatic and the ambience absolutely a toast to the evening. The meet started with welcoming the Alumni. Nearly 12 Alumni from across various batches and from various parts of the country. Speaking on the occasion, the director underlined and praised the achievements of Alumni and further emphasized the need for strengthening the linkage between the Alumni and institute.



SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet

A small cultural programme was presented by our students in the form of skit and songs. This was followed by interactions by Alumni about their days at SCMS and their desire to be in touch with the institute. Alumni also talked about the role of faculty and institute in shaping their personality and guiding them in their life ahead. As the crowd queued up for light refreshments, the ambience was electric with people chatting in groups.



SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet




Alumni Meet Photo (24th Sept 2016)

SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet
SCMS Pune - Alumni Event - Alumni Meet

AMA 1.0

On July 14, 2017, the Alumni Cell conducted its 1st AMA for the session 2017-18 with Palak Sachdeva.


Palak is an alumnus from the batch 2009-12. Even though she graduated from SCMS with a BBA degree in Accounts and Finance, her love for photography and marketing pushed her towards the world of Digital Marketing. Soon after graduating, she began working with a renowned digital marketing agency – Convonix, where she worked on clients like Kotak Securities, Pride Hotels and Resort, and Kodak.

A while after, she moved back to Pune and Joined Xebec. While at Xebec, she got opportunities to work on Ramoji Film City, Maharashtra Tourism, Phoenix Market City, Symbiosis International University and lots more. Next, Palak flew to Cox & Kings India, Mumbai which was a life changing experience for her. She handled special projects like Masterchef Travel, GOSF, and promotions of New Zealand Tourism Board, South Africa Tourism Board, Australia Tourism Board, etc.

Finally, after a year of virtual travel with Cox & Kings, Palak founded WIZTRAH in 2015, with the goal of creating and executing the most unique, fresh and par excellence brand and marketing ideas. Starting with a single resource – Palak herself – in 2015, today Wiztrah has grown to a team of 10 dedicated professionals in the span of just 10 months.

Interactions with students

AMA 2.0

On July 21, 2017, the Alumni Cell conducted its 2nd AMA with alumnus Rushil Walia, from batch 2008-11.

After graduation from SCMS, Rushil worked as a marketing executive at Thomas Cook for one year, moving on to working as a Research Apprentice at Evershine Consultancy Services for another year.

Rushil then moved on to working at Zomato, which was something he had wanted to do ever since he graduated college. There, he headed the Subscription Sales vertical for Zomato India West, with revenue accountability for Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Indore, while leading a sales team of 25. During his time there, he was also sent to Brazil for 6 months, to set up international teams for Zomato.

His career progression till then was: Sales Manager (Aug '12) -> Key Account Manager (Jun '13) -> Area Sales Manager (June '14) -> Head, Subscription Sales - Mumbai (Jan '15).

In 2015, Rushil got the wonderful opportunity to work at Google. He worked as a Business acquisition manager for 1 year and is currently working as the Agency Relationship Manager.

After 6 years of hard work and dedication towards his professional life, Rushil is now planning to go forward with an MBA. The session was very interactive and had students engaged till the very end. We wish Rushil all the best for his future endeavors!

Interactions with students



AMA 3.0 & 4.0

On July 25, 2017, the Alumni Cell conducted its 3rd and 4th AMA with alumnus Shivam Singh, from batch 2012-15. AMA 3.0 was conducted in FY A to discuss about the internship opportunities available. AMA 4.0 was for environment specialization TY students to give details about the Climate Reality Project.

After graduation from SCMS, Shivam completed his PG degree from XLRI, JAMSHEDPUR. He is not only an avid academician but has participated as Youth Diplomat at Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India. He is a Member of Diplomacy Panel representing India in COP21, Paris. He also helped to change the donation policy of ‘BHUMI’ NGO, which generated 50% more donation

He is currently holding position as Vice-President at Indian Youth Congress and is the mentor for Climate Reality Project. His talk was mostly directed for environmental specialization students about the internship opportunities etc. We wish Shivam all the best for his future endeavors!

Interactions with students

Ask Me Anything 5.0 & 6.0

The Alumni cell organised the AMA 5.0 & 6.0 on 8th September'17 in FY – E and FY- C respectively. The AMA was conducted by Vishal Keswani and Akshay Mukund of batch 2013-16. Vishal Keswani is former International Representative, Student Council 2015-16 whereas Akshay Mukund is former Encore head, and Technical and Productions HOD, Sympulse '16. Currently, Vishal is an Account Manager at Mazkara Internet, and Akshay is serving as an Account Executive at Jumbo Electronics. The two created an instant connect with the classes discussing about the recently concluded Cult nights. The two covered multifarious topics ranging from their first day at college to their mesmerizing Sympulse journey. The first years also poured out their inquisitive minds, settling all doubts they had. All in all, Vishal and Akshay

Interactions with students
Interactions with students Interactions with students

presented a blue print to the three good years ahead at SCMS for the first years, giving the first years a lot to lookout for.

Interactions with students

Ask Me Anything 7.0

The alumni cell organized the AMA 7.0 on 21st September 2017 in FY-E. The AMA session was conducted by John Tushar of batch 2009-12. John Tushar was a highly active and participative student during his college days. He has been the part of the creative department for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also the part of the headlines department for the year 2012.

John was also the part of organizing team of Conoscenza . He also was the part of the hospitality department. Currently John runs his own business and is the owner of morph studios and has gained work experience across the following platforms:

  • SMG Convonix-APM(Google certified)
  • Worked in hospitality industry as a designer
  • Turned to being an independent brand and visual designer and worked with 150 odd clients

Through the session John shared his experience during college time and also shared his experience on his way to becoming a successful entrepreneur. The first years had a lot of fun as they learnt a lot about the corporate world. The audience asked a lot of questions to John about the problems that they might face after college. Overall the session was a learning and joyful experience not only for the first years but also for John as he relived his old memories that he had from his college days.

Interactions with students

Ask Me Anything 8.0

The Alumni Cell organised AMA 8.0 on 26th September, 2017. It was the first AMA conducted via Skype in Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune. It also successfully kicked off our sessions of ‘AMA beyond the classrooms’ - E-AMA sessions for those alumni who are not able to come to SCMS, Pune personally, but are still interested in sharing their knowledge and experiences with our students.

The AMA session was conducted by Ashish Thadani of batch 2005-08. Ashish worked for KPMG, doing consulting for 6 years and then did his MBA from Esade in Barcelona. He is now working with AB InBev (the world’s largest brewery) in their Global Internal Audit team.

Through his session, Ashish gave his valuable suggestions on career choices and his stance about BBA and MBA from India and abroad. He shared his experiences in the industry and advised students to focus on skill development. Despite a few technical glitches and slight communication problems, our first Skype session conducted by the Alumni Cell was a wonderful learning experience for the first years.

Interactions with students
Interactions with students

AMA 9.0

On December 19th, 2017, the Alumni Cell conducted its 9th AMA with alumnus Jatin Maharao, from batch 2005-08. AMA 9.0 was conducted in FY D from 10 30 am onwards.

Jatin is currently working as a Senior Consultant, Strategic Sourcing with GEP in Mumbai. Prior to this he was working with Ashland Chemicals in Rotterdam Netherlands as a Sourcing analyst. He has an MSc in Supply Chain Management from the Rotterdam School of management and 7 years of experience in the supply chain management.

The session was intriguing and fruitful as there was tremendous two-way communication with the students throwing questions after questions and Jatin relinquishing their inquisitiveness with prompt answers. He even advised the students about certain decisions they must take in the coming year, leaving the students a lot to think about. He also talked about how BBA from SCMS, Pune helped in his professional career.

We wish Jatin all the best for his future endeavors!

Interactions with students
Interactions with students
Interactions with students
Interactions with students

AMA 10.0

On the Alumni Cell conducted its 10th AMA with alumnus Shivam Singh, from batch 2012-15. This AMA session was conducted for all first year students from FY A to FY E and aimed to instill in them an inclination and liking towards research. Shivam alongwith a team of aspiring entrepreneurs has started a new venture ExploreiT, to address the gap between research and the students, especially the ones pursuing their undergraduate.

The venture and session was aimed to provide academic support hold workshops for the college students, hold bridge courses for tough subjects for the college students, get corporate and service learning internships in prominent companies and NGOs, provide them with the counseling services, provide strong support to the students in writing research papers, organize Heritage walks, Inspirational visits, and Eco trails to promote practical Research.

The session ended by providing students with a hope to inculcate research atmosphere.

Interactions with students
Interactions with students

AMA 11.0

The Alumni Cell conducted it’s 12th AMA session in FY-E on the 6th of February at 2:30PM. Alumnus Amanjot Singh (Batch of 2012-15) came with his two colleagues - Mr. Seemanth and Mr. Bharat.

Amanjot is currently working as a scuba diver with Absolute Scuba in Yerwada, Pune. Absolute Scuba started in 2012 in Pune. It hold a world record of making the biggest human chain underwater. They certify and give people license for scuba diving. Prior to this he was working with KPMG where he worked for 2 years. He met Seemanth, who is the co-founder of Absolute Scuba, a year ago. Amanjot is a certified Scuba diver and has a license to practice the sport anywhere in the world. During the AMA session he shared his experiences about the life underwater and what goes unnoticed in the liquid world. His colleagues also brought the equipments that one uses to go underwater, showed and explained each part to the class.

It was a very interactive and intriguing session as the students learnt a lot in terms of scuba diving, which in Seemanth’s words is a “recreational noncompetitive buddy sport”. Amanjot also spoke about how being a part of Symbiosis and all the extra-curricular activities that it offers actually helped him built the confidence to take a step towards trying something new.

We wish Amanjot all the best!

Interactions with students
Interactions with students

Alumni Cell of Symbiosis Center For Management studies organized Alumni Meet on 20th of January 2019 for batches from 2004-07 to 2015-18. Alumni from various parts of the country graced the meet with their radiant presence. Some glimpses of the beautiful Sunday evening.


Interactions with students
Interactions with students
Interactions with students
Interactions with students
Interactions with students