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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alumni Meet Photo (24th Sept 2016)
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!