Date : 5th January, 2019
Anusmruti - the annual alumni reunion was organized by the SIIB Alumni Relations Team on 5th January, 2019. The event marked the homecoming for the all the alumni as they revived the old bonds, reconnected with their friends and returned to their Alma Mater.
The event commenced in the morning with a lively informal interaction wherein 4 of our esteemed alumni namely, Mr. Chetan Wangnoo, batch of 1997-99, Director at Wang Professionals Private Ltd, Mr. Sudev Rao, batch of 1997-99, Vice President Operations, Accenture, Ms. Dechen Mohanty, batch of 2007-09, Senior HR Generalist, Novozymes India and Ms. Nilisha Ferrao, batch of 2007-09, Founder and Partner, ZestVida Natural Solutions had a panel discussion. The alumni shared anecdotes from their time at SIIB and the students sought their guidance about the do’s and don’ts of the professional world.
Every year, there are 2 host batches for Anusmruti, to commemorate 20 and 10 years of their graduation respectively. This year, the host batches were 1997-1999 and 2007-2009. All the other alumni were invited as the guest batches.
The evening session was graced with the benevolent presence of dignitaries, Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice-Chancellor, Symbiosis International Deemed University, Dr. Neelesh Kumbhojkar, Director, Symbiosis Centre for Alumni Engagement, Dr. Santosh Bhave, Director HR and IR, Bharat Forge Ltd and Dr. Asmita Chitnis, Director, SIIB.
The event progressed with Prof. Godbole, a revered faculty member, addressing the alumni as he shared his fond memories of mentoring his former students. Dr. Viraja Bhatt Ma’am also shared her thoughts with the guests.
This was followed by the felicitation of the host batches and the guest batches with a token of gratitude being presented by Dr. Rajani Gupte and Director Ma’am. It was indeed a pleasure to honor Mr. Vikrant Shrotiya, batch of 1997-99, Corporate Vice President at Novo Nordisk, with the Sarvashreshtha Award, for his unparalled achievements in his field of endeavor. We also conferred the Udyami Award upon Mr. Sachin Chopra, batch of 2001-03, founder K.K. Fabrics, to salute his entrepreneurial spirit.
Following the award ceremony, the cultural extravaganza began and the students and alumni alike grooved to the tunes of melodious music and enjoyed dance performances. The host batches then proceeded for cake cutting.
Our alumni are the custodians of our heritage and true heirs to the rich legacy of SIIB. It was indeed a privilege to host them at the place they once called their home. At the end of the day, as the last goodbyes were exchanged, those wistful smiles and nostalgic eyes bore testament to the bonds they shared with their Alma Mater. Anusmruti’19 was indeed a memorable event, one that we all shall cherish for a long time to come.