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SIMS Celebrates 25 th Foundation Day

Beyond classrooms! Outside the mundane box where books and theories govern the rules, where rote and logic synergise to leave you bewildered, there lies an environment alive and real, fraught with the elements! The elements of business: Money, Men and Managers! Their interplay: how the market moves; how teams realise goals; how failures are turned into opportunities! The genesis of the curriculum at SIMS in the 25 years gone by has been an amalgam of just that – training efficient managers and nurturing good human beings!

While Oxford and Harvard paved our passage through the 19th & 20th century and beyond it is their newer avatars that now wield the baton. Resultantly newer centres of excellence are emerging. The strength of these centres is manifested in how their alumni contribute to their respective domains.

Founded on principles of nobility and universal good, Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies traces its origins back to one man's dream which took shape in 1971. With the motto, 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' – World is One Family, the institute embarked on its mission and has given the industry individuals who have been harbingers of discipline, responsibility, innovation and application! These ideals are imbibed into the alumni through a meticulously planned, ably structured and socially responsible curriculum thus living up to its vision of ‘Promoting international understanding through quality education.’ Here we stand commemorating 25 years of how this institution carves neophytes into able and efficient managers.

The Foundation Week of SIMS started on a noble front with the college paying homage to the Armed Forces with its event ‘Letters to the Military’. With post cards capturing their emotions, students and faculty came together to express their gratitude to the soldiers for their selfless service to the Nation. ‘Division Wars’, centred around testing how the students would collaborate and work together when confronted with a difficult situation. The different specialisations of Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, and Operations got together for a face-off through a series of games designed to test the teams across different attributes. The week also saw a range of activities that gave the students a chance to step out of the disciplined corporate environment of the college. Breaking the Monday blues, No-Shave- Casual Monday allowed the students to ditch those Business suits and ‘ease it up’ with a pair
of Jeans and t-shirts. Events such as Mad Night and Cultural Gali induced an element of fun and frolic with music, art and dance to supplement the vibrant ambience. “The idea of Cultural Gali sprung from a love for Street food that all of us share! The students wanted to create a traditional set-up with vendors offering a wide range of delicacies.” says Krishna, sharing her experience of organising the Cultural Gali.

Twenty Fifth Foundation Day Ceremony of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies took place on 8th of February 2017 at its own campus. The ceremony was presided over by the Chancellor of SIU and Founder of Symbiosis Society, Dr. S.B. Mujumdar; Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rajani Gupte; Principal Director, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar; Guest of Honor, Dr. (Col.) A. Balasubramanian (Founder of SIMS) and Chief Guest; Lt. Gen. Raymond Joseph Noronha. Senior Alumni, Members from SIU and Symbiosis Society, Managing Committee, Standing Committee, Ex- members (staff and faculty) of SIMS also attended the Silver Jubilee Ceremony including the present faculty, staff and students.

On the day, SIMS also recognized and felicitated Dr. (Col.) A Balasubramanian, who came up with the idea of starting an institute solely for Defence Personnel and their Dependents. SIMS also felicitated Former Directors-Mr. Ranjeet Mudholkar; Prof. David S. Kadam; Brig. H. Chukerbuti, Standing Committee Member, Lt. Gen. Moti Dar and Late Dr. Ashwini Purandare, who helped SIMS in shaping the way it is today.

A movie on SIMS illustrious existence, titled “The Silver Saga” was shown on this occasion. "The Silver Chronicles", which is the coffee table book of SIMS, was also released on this day. The book showcases the glorious history of SIMS over these twenty five years.

Sur, the music club, brought in melody and left the audience humming to their beats which was soon followed by a contemporary performance by Vibes depicting the vices that plague mankind and how one can overcome them. All were captivated by the actors of AKS who explored the dynamics of the relationship between a soldier and his son.

The informal event began with the Faculty games which allowed the staff to unwind through a series of fun activities. With the intention of creating a buzz akin to the Oscars, the Awards night highlighted the achievements of certain students who kindle energy and vitality in the batch!

The Foundation Week activities were truly a concise compilation of the ethos of SIMS: a judicious mix of fun and formal, of cerebral and cultural, of tradition and technology! SIMS is moving steadily with rigour and deftness, on the path of management education to
Make a Difference….

The Silver Chronicles

The Silver Saga Movie


Celebration of the 67 th Republic Day

26th January 2017, marked the 67th Republic Day of India. As is the tradition in SIMS, all students of the senior and junior batches congregated under the clear morning sky for flag hoisting which was accompanied by a mellifluous rendition of Vande Mataram by the music club- Sur. Following this, the SIMS’ Director made an opening speech and listed out laudable individual as well club and cell achievements.

The event also showcased the second issue of Editorial and Media Relations' biannual video- Wayfare, which encapsulates all noticeable accomplishments of the institute and students. The Director was appreciative of the efforts of all students and encouraged them to strive for more as the ceremony came to a close.


Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, (SIMS) held its Annual International Research Conference, SIMSARC16 on the theme – “Make in India- Opportunities and Challenges” on 15-16 December, 2016. The theme, “Make in India”, was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to encourage multinational as well as domestic enterprises to manufacture in India and this move presents a plethora of opportunities but it comes with a host of challenges as well. Mr. Neeraj Kulshrestha, Chief of Business Operations, BSE Ltd was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function of the conference. He stressed upon as to how the job creation is the need of hour in order to “Make in India” to succeed.


Bloomberg Olympiad 2016 was held during TAPMI’s Finance Forum’s flagship event, “Finomenal 2016” on October 14 & 15, 2016. The aim of this unique event in collaboration with Bloomberg LP, was to test Bloomberg Champions from premier B-Schools across a wide range of competitive rounds which included their knowledge of the Bloomberg Terminal and their ability to translate the capabilities of the Terminal in its implementation into practical Financial activities. The second edition of the Bloomberg Olympiad witnessed Bloomberg Champions from across ten of India’s premier B-Schools such as IIT-Kharagpur, Great Lakes, N L Dalmia and others taking part in it. SIMS, Pune came overall first in the first three rounds on Day 1, and emerged as Runner Up for the whole event of Bloomberg Olympiad 2016.

Deshpande & Nandal Sports Olympiad

SIMS Batch of 2003-05 proposed sponsoring a Sports Olympiad in the memory of two of their dear, revered and loved batchmates, Late Nitin Deshpande and Late Jaswinder Nandal. It has now been named “Deshpande & Nandal Sports Olympiad”. SIMS was honoured to have the inauguration of the event on 3rd Aug at the hands Mrs Bhakti Deshpande (wife of Late Nitin Deshpande) and her young son. Mr Tushar Gaikwad of batch 2003-05, Mr Yayati Zende of batch 2004-06 and Ms Aishwarya Gupta of batch 2014-16 attended the inaugural ceremony.

The Sports Olympiad comprises of 14 disciplines ranging from football, basketball, volleyball, swimming to mini marathon, physical fitness, carom, chess and table tennis for its students. The aim and purpose is to encourage sports, develop team spirit, inculcate physical fitness and give opportunity to every student to play atleast one sport.

We thank SIMS batch of 2003-05 for sponsoring the Sports Olympiad which will be a yearly feature and are sanguine that physical fitness and sports culture will improve in SIMS.

70th Independence Day

On the august occasion of our country’s 70th Independence Day, we at Pranay invited 120 children from Tara Mobile Crèche to our campus. A drawing competition was organized for them where we witnessed each and every child unleash their creative side. From the very colorful landscapes to Independence Day celebrations, they covered it all. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony and a sumptuous lunch. Our very own Aks and Vibes teams performed to entertain the kids and tickle their funny bones. The result of the competition was declared where the top three Picasso Juniors were given prizes. After a string of fun activities it was time for good byes; sseeing them clutching their goody bags and waving back at us happily is what truly made our day.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our Director, Dr. Brig. Rajiv Divekar (Retd.), our faculty – in – charge Prof. Dr. Pradnya Chitrao and the SIMS family.


As a heartfelt and a solemn gesture to thank our diligent security team, housekeeping and mess staff for their devout services, the Women’s cell of SIMS organised a Raksha-bandhan function where gifts and sweets were distributed to the entire staff. The cell members including few female student managers from the rest of the batch, wishfully tied rakhi to the male staff to thank them for all the hard work that they do.

Our stress busters at college, the two most lovable, playful and energetic creatures “Franc” and “Ruble” were also tied rakhi by the female student managers.

Our Director, Retd. Brig. Divekar sir graced the occasion with his presence. The whole function was covered by the Editorial and media relations cell.

Special Award Function

SIMS, Pune is a top tier Management institute which is part of the prestigious Symbiosis International University. SIMS has been consistently ranked amongst the top 25 MBA institutes and we are proud of the fact that we are ISO 9001:2008 certified and the only one which is recognized by National Foundation for Corporate Governance by setting up Corporate Governance cell in SIMS.

We run 2 years MBA course of 300 students, Executive PGPM for middle level executives and part time MBA and PG Diploma courses. In each of these courses meritorious students in the field of academics, sports, and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are felicitated and awarded prizes in a special function called ‘Special Awards Function’. This year special awards function was scheduled on 23rd March 2016.

As part of the tradition, we invite a Corporate luminary as the Chief Guest to the Special awards function. This gives an opportunity to the students of the passed out batch to interact as also get some valuable advice which will help them in the career path and stand them in good in future.

The inaugural ceremony of the 23rd batch of the Master of Business Administration degree programme

The inaugural ceremony of the 23rd batch of the Master of Business Administration degree programme and the Post Graduate Programme in Management Programme batch was held on 06th June 2015 at the SIMS auditorium in the institute campus. Dr. S. B Mujumdar, founder and President of Symbiosis, honourable Chancellor of Symbiosis International University,Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director , Symbiosis Society and Dr Rajani Gupte, Vice-Chancellor of Symbiosis International University graced the occasion with their presence. As is the tradition, an eminent corporate personality was invited as the Chief Guest, Dr Prince Augustin, Vice-President Group Human Capital and Leadership Development of the Mahindra group. The ceremony, attended by student managers and their parents began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and the Director of the Institute Brig Rajiv Divekar (Retd.). The Director welcomed the batch to the institute with words of inspiration and motivation to excel. This was followed by speeches from Dr Rajani Gupte, Dr Vidya Yeravdekar and Dr SB Mujumdar.The ceremony ended with the Vote of Thanks given by Dr Ravinder Kaur (HOD Academics, HOD Alumni cell and the Orientation programme faculty in-charge at SIMS) for a successful inauguration ceremony.