SIIB celebrates its Silver Jubilee
SIIB completed 25 years since its inception this year, and witnessed a grand celebration to mark the occasion on 16th July, 2017 at SIIB, Pune.
The chief guest for the day was Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister for Railways, Govt. of India. Dr.S.B.Mujumdar (Founder and President, Symbiosis and Chancellor, Symbiosis International University), Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar (Principal Director, Symbiosis Society) along with the Director Dr. Asmita Chitnis. In addition, other dignitaries from SIU, industries and the alumni graced the occasion.
The event started with a short video depicting the wonderful journey of SIIB from its humble beginnings. As is the tradition at SIIB, lighting of the lamp by the esteemed guests marked the beginning of the event
Moving forward, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar spoke about how the dreams and vision of having completed 25 years has now become a reality. She said that the hallmark of any great institution is not only the infrastructure but also the software- the teaching and the non-teaching staff.
Mr. Dara Damania, Vice Chairman, Thyssenkrupp India Ltd. took the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of Dr. S. B . Mujumdar and SIIB for providing quality education to students who have gone on to contribute meaningfully to society.
Dr. S.B. Mujumdar spoke about the journey of the institute through the years. He said that the silver jubilee of SIIB is a momentous occasion and also a time to look back and reflect. He shared anecdotes from the past and spoke about how the directors and the advisory board have shaped SIIB over the years into what it is today. He also stressed on education, especially higher education being the oxygen of the nation as it provides valuable human resource.
Further, noted alumnus of SIIB, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Senior Vice-President, Wells Fargo Bank, from the batch of 1994-1996 said that the Silver Jubilee of SIIB is a proud moment for everyone and went on to recall the modest origins of the college.
Mr. Venkatesalu P, Batch of 1999-2001, now the CFO at Trent ltd., spoke about how the ethos of the institute has been instrumental in shaping the lives of all those who have passed out of SIIB. He said his biggest take away from his alma mater is - “Be on a learning mission throughout life”. His address was followed by the release of the coffee table book and felicitation of the Advisory Committee members who graced the occasion.
Our Chief Guest and Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Govt. of India - Shri. Suresh Prabhu started his address by saying that he always looks forward to meeting students as they infuse him with energy and enthusiasm. In true sense of the term, to impart knowledge is to empower people to deal with any situation that comes their way. He said the focus should be on managing the unknown and not the known. He congratulated Dr. S. B Mujumdar for his great vision and SIIB for coming a long way over the last 25 years to become an institution of high caliber. He also gave insights on his challenges as Minister for Railways and the way forward to make the Indian Railways the best in the world.
Dr. Asmita Chitnis said that she feels privileged to be a part of this great institution which has nurtured and developed more than 3500 business professionals who are working across the globe and keeping the flag of SIIB flying high. She spoke about the contribution of the past directors, faculty and non teaching staff- both past and present, alumni and students in making this institution a force to reckon with.
The event concluded with a music concert by world renowned artistes- Ustad Shujaat Khan, Pt. Ronu Majumdar and Pt. Arvind Kumar Azaad who filled the air with their melodious tunes.