“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for those friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun”
- Charles R Swindoll
It was a day to revisit the old times and rekindle the cherished moments experienced before. It was SIIB’s Annual Alumni Reunion Meet – ANUSMRUTI 2017 held on the first Saturday of the New Year, 7th of January, 2017
The host batches for this year were 1995-97 and 2005-07 who celebrated their 20 years and 10 years respectively. Also, all the guest batches were invited to be a part of the celebration. More than 100 alumni from across all the batches along with their family members came from all parts of the world to attend the event and made it a resounding success. Not only did they take a walk down the memory lane and remembered their time in SIIB but also interacted with the current batches thus giving them a flavour of their rich experience and industry expertise.
The day began with a panel discussion for the current batches where four eminent alumni – Mr. Vijay Ghadge (1995-97), Mr. Uddhav Nikam (1995-97), Mr. Inderjeet Singh Dhingra (2005-07) and Mr. Varun Somani(2005-07) interacted with the students and helped them understand the intricacies of corporate world and what they should expect from a job along with what the job expects of them.
We started welcoming alumni from afternoon with the registrations. It was indeed a delight for the alumni to wear ID cards again bearing the words #ProudAlumnus. The event began with an address by Director Dr. Asmita Chitnis.
The event continued with Prof. Godbole and Prof. Viraja Bhat addressing the alumni and sharing with them their experiences of having taught them.
The evening then turned towards a series of colourful cultural events performed by the Kshitij (SIIB’s very own CSR initiative) kids, the music club of SIIB – The Richman & Co, and I-Beats, SIIB’s official dance club. Their power packed performances held the audience enthralled.
This was followed by the host batches and guest batches being felicitated by Dr. Asmita Chitnis, and Dr. Prakash Rao where the alumni shared their insights recreating nostalgia in air.
We also awarded the newly introduced SIIB Entrepreneurship Award – “Udyami Award 2017” to Mr. Sandeep Nulkar (1992-93) for challenging the conventional and running a startup with over 80+ employees along with the SIIB Excellence Award - “Sarvashreshtha Award 2017” to Ms. Sabina Jain(1996-98) for her outstanding achievements in her area of work. These awards depict the pride that SIIB takes in its alumni.
When memories light the corner of your mind, you tend to rejoice the time you spend and hence we try to provide a platform to our alumni for sharing the industry insights and their valuable inputs to SIIB. We are proud of our alumni who have embarked upon success in various sectors and with Anusmruti every year, we feel glad that SIIB is connected to them.