“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth" - Robert Southey
It was day to reminisce the old times and rejoice the cherished moments experienced before. It was SIIB’s Annual Alumni Reunion Meet – Anusmruti 2015 held on the first Saturday of the New Year, 3rd of January, 2015.
The host batches for this year were 1994-95 and 2003-05 who were celebrating their 20 years and 10 years respectively. Also, all the guest batches were invited to be a part of the celebration. About 50 alumni from all the batches along with their family members came to relive their memories. Five of them even planned their journey from abroad just to be with their batch-mates which was indeed commendable. The day began with a panel discussion for the current batches where three alumni – Mr. Susshrut Apshankar (1994-95), Mr. Rohit Agarwal (2003-05) and Mr. Mandar Vaijanapurkar (2003-05) interacted with the students making them understand the intricacies of corporate world and how they should work towards their goals with perseverance and patience.
We started welcoming alumni from afternoon with the registrations. The alumni were surprised to find ID Cards with their old photographs and a wristband with “SIIB Alumnus” written. The formal event began with address by Deputy Director, Mrs. Manisha Ketkar and our Alumni Head, Dr. Asmita Chitnis.
The event continued with the performance by Kshitij (an NGO run by SIIB) kids followed by speeches by Senior Faculty Members such as Prof. S. V. Godbole and Prof. Ajit Athalye. The host batches were then felicitated by Mrs. Manisha Ketkar and the guest batches by Dr. Asmita Chitnis where the alumni shared their insights recreating nostalgia in air. The formal event came to an end with a musical performance by current batch students.
We also awarded SIIB Alumni Excellence Award – “Sarvashreshtha Award 2015” to Mr. Manoj Mohanty (1992-93) for his outstanding achievements in the last 22 years. The award depicts the honour that SIIB awards to its alumni.
From this year, a new element was added “Skype Conversations” where the alumni who were unable to attend the event can talk to their friends via Skype. The host batch alumni were delighted when they heard from their friends and even their families who are far away from us. When memories light the corner of your mind, you tend to rejoice the time you spend and hence we provide the platform to our alumni for sharing the industry insights and their valuable inputs to SIIB. We are proud of our alumni who have embarked success in various sectors and with Anusmruti every year, we feel glad that SIIB is connected to them.