E-Alumni and E-Farewell Meet
Some Memories to Treasure 28th June 2020
Amidst the pandemic that we all are facing this year, we decided to organize our Alumni meet and Farewell on an E-platform. The meet started with the Director’s welcome note and was then taken over by a team of our student hosts to read the appreciations written for alumni and MBA II students in an activity called ‘Fishponds.’ The next activity named as ‘Memory se connect karo’ refreshed the lovely memories of all the participants where they were asked to narrate a fun/loving memory with another participant they cherished at SVIMS. The challenge of repeating the tongue twisters followed the narration of lovely memories and a small fun-loving competition was held between alumni, MBA-II students and the faculty members.The last session of our programme was exclusively planned for alumni where they were requested to share their experiences in life after SVIMS. Every alumna who spoke expressed her gratitude towards SVIMS for teaching them the lessons of life, imparting values that keep them grounded in the corporate world and for instilling confidence in them at every stage and every task. Like every programme has a happy ending, the last segment of our meet was filled with awards for alumni and for MBA II students along with the coveted award of ‘Best Student of the Year’ award which was given to Ms. Siddhika Pawar.
We represent the myriad and diverse culture of our country showcased through our various programmes and events throughout the year.
12th February 2020
Sports Day Celebration
A show of enthusiasm, true spirit and valour is what our Sports Day was! The day was planned in a manner which ensured that the students warmed-up before competing for the series of activities then had a little fun through a lighter activity and finally, again got into fierce play of a game. Hence, after the Inauguration of Sports Day at the hands of our Director, a warm-up session in the form of Zumba was conducted by 2 of our students namely, Ms. Sanjana Rohara and Ms. Sneha Mistry. Then started the most awaited competition of the day which was as follows:
In a team of 6 members, students had to accomplish below mentioned physical tasks in the least amount of time and it was Ms. Sweta Ojha and team who won this competition:
- 100 Skips
- 20 Squat Jumps
- 10 Burpees
- 10 Pushup planks
- 100 Crunches
- 3-Legged race
- Relay race
- Sack race
After lunch, we had Musical Chair followed by Lemon and Spoon race and in both, the faculty members also participated equally. The day ended with a Dodge Ball game for fun.
06th January 2020
Inauguration of the Yoga Foundation Course
Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls in association with Kaivalydham, Lonavala has introduced a Foundation Course in Yoga which was inaugurated on 6th Jan. 2020 by Dr. Bhalekar who is an Ayurvedacharya and Principal in charge at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalydhama, Lonavala. Dr. Bhalekar while stating the importance of Yoga in life explained about the pain and pleasure centers in human body and how Yoga can help in controlling these centers.
Trainers Ms. Deeplaxmi Ballal, Ms. Dipti Kale and Ms. Anjali were also part of the inauguration. Ms. Deeplaxmi explained the syllabus of the course and answered to the queries of the students.
01st January 2020
In line with our objectives of educating our students on ‘Unity amongst all religions’ and to emphasise on human values, we invited Ms. Harsheen Kaur, our alumna and a volunteer at Hollywood Gurudwara for the celebration of birth anniversary of a great hero, a great philosopher, Guru Gobind Singhji. She started with a soulful Punjabi Bhajan and then went on to explain to us the meaning of it. She then continued with enlightening us about Guru Gobind Singhji, how he inculcated basic human values in people around him and how he became a great hero in the eyes of so many. ‘Following a particular religion is an individual choice and inclusion of people from all religions is the foundation of a society’ was amongst his fundamental teachings which was enumerated by way of a story by Ms. Harsheen. We ended this celebration with another beautiful Bhajan sung for us by Ms. Harsheen Kaur.
21th November 2019
To portray glimpses from revered Sadhu T L Vaswani’s life is a challenging task. However, 14 students of our institute attempted to enact on 3 soul-stirring stories from his life, the script of which was written by our Director and was executed by Dr Smita Iyer. This play struck an emotional chord with the young audience and helped them understand the greatness of revered Sadhu T L Vaswani. Sadhu T L Vaswani was a noble soul who never bothered about materialistic possessions, fame, name and likewise. How was this seen in the his behaviour, his conduct and his lifestyle was depicted through a soulful act of Raah Nurani. His simplicity, his wisdom portrayed in the act left everyone mesmerised. The highlight of the play: a dialogue which said, “Dada, Nar nahi, Narayan hai” left the hall echoing with a round of applause from one and all.
24th October 2019
When a team of Raconteurs arrived
Effective storytelling involves a deep understanding of human emotions, motivations and psychology in order to truly move an audience and this is what Mr. Peter Veigas and his team exactly did by narrating a story based out of a typical Indian set-up but with an amusing end to it. The story was written by Padma Shri Vijaydan Detha in Marwadi and then translated in Hindi and eventually into English. This team demonstrated to our students, why storytelling is called an art and why it has become a crucial component of most of the Marketing campaigns. Since, Mr. Peter is the person who pioneered Pune’s Storytellers Group, towards the end of the session, he welcomed all those who are interested to join this group.
Celebrated 5th International Yoga Day (21st June 2019)
The Institute observed the International Yoga Day by inviting Ceetified Yoga teachers and trainers from Kaivalya Dham. Ms. Deeplaxmi Ballal delivered a talk on “Yoga for Healthy & Happy Lifestyle” followed by Yogasanas. Ms. Deeplaxmi with her two volunteers taught different yoga postures like Vrikshasana, Trikonaasana, Bhadrasana, Bhujangasana, Pawana Muktaasana, finally ended with Pranayama and Meditation. Prayers were recited before and after the program. The program ended with an oath being taken by all the participants to practice Yoga every day to keep the bodies, minds and souls healthy and happy.
The session was attended by both students and staff of SVIMS. The participants felt enlightened and energetic after the session.
Ms. Supriya Bhagat(Faculty member) introducing Ms. Deepalxmi Ballal dressed in black accompanied by Dr. B. H. Nanwani(Director, SVIMS)
Ms. Deeplaxmi Ballal Addressing the audience
Performing Yoga with Devyani
10th March 2019
Global Mentoring Walk
Like every year, this year too, we organized a mentoring session for our students in partnership with Vital Voices. This session named as ‘Global Mentoring Walk’ was our way of extending our International Women’s day celebration. In this session, below mentioned self-created iconic women leaders who have with courage proved their mettle in the corporate world, were invited to guide and provide a correct outlook to the dreams relating to professional career of our students. The session started with an introduction to Vital Voices and the profile of mentors by Ms. Sweta Mohapatra, Flagbearer of Vital Voices in Pune. Ms. Vinita Gera then addressed the students with her keynote speech on ‘Attracting, retaining and growing women talent in Corporates.’ Then, each of the mentors took over a group of students for a focused mentorship session. This session helped a lot of our students to broaden their outlook and clarify their doubts. The session ended with a question-answer round and felicitation of each mentor.
Name and Designation of the Mentors:
- Amarjeet Labana: HR Head, APAC region, MediaOcean
- Shweta Shukla: Director, HR, Mastercard
- Stueti Gupta: President, Society of Women Engineers and Senior Manager, John Deere
- Vinita Gera: General Manager, India, Dell EMC
- Taru Gardonia: Programming Head, Radio Mirchi
- Nandini De: Director, Engineer, Veritas
08th March 2019
Musical celebration on International Women’s Day
This year we decided to celebrate International Women’s Day with a musical twist. LiveJam Foundation was invited to our institute to engage our students and faculty members through a live musical programme and a short motivational talk by their facilitator Ms. Rachel. This programme was organized to address the issues that stem from crisis of identity and sexual abuse, however, in a subtle manner. Their message of ‘Live Life Loud’ was clear and melodious throughout this celebration. Through this interesting set-up, they helped our students to live with higher meaning of purpose and self-love.
Janmashtami Day Celebration 31st August 2018
This colourful and blissful celebration started with welcoming the children of our staff members dressed up like Kanhas and Gopis and like our tradition goes, with a Pooja of all of them and distribution of small matkis filled with Butter, Chocolates and Sweets. This evening then proceeded with a soulful Bharatnatyam performance by Kamya Singh, daughter of our HoD, Dr. Prabha Singh, a solo Garba performance by our student-Neha Advani, 3 group dance performances by MBA Part I and MBA part II students and a hilarious yet smartly put up dance performance by our student- Kajal Borhade.
In midst of all the high-energy dance performances, the main attraction of this celebration was the breaking of Dahi Handi by our little ones, which was followed by a Jalebi eating competition between the kids and the students. We ended the programme by distributing eateries to all our students, a feast for all the small children and having a small get together.
International Yoga day
Yoga is a legacy passed to us by our ancestors. It is a heritage that we Indians proudly own.
On International Yoga day, we organized an hour’s Yoga session, conducted by Yoga experts, Mr. Mathews and Ms. Jomini from Patanjali Yog Samiti, who very sincerely observed the protocol of the International Yoga Day. They taught us various Yoga Asanas, explaining to us, the significance of each of the asana to reenergize our body and our mind.
RAYS – ‘SHINE TO GLORY’
Every year, students organise RAYS, an Inter institutional Management Fest which is divided into three days – Management Events Day, Sports Day and Cultural Day
We have staged dramas conceived, scripted and directed with staff and students of SVIMS
RABB DA CONNECTION 
RAB KA SAAMNA-SIX PACKS OF SPIRITUALITY 
SVIMS performed a thought- provoking play named Rab-Ka-Saamna-Build Six Packs of Spirituality during the Thanks giving week celebrated at Sadhu Vaswani Mission(SVM), Pune. The play was with its gripping tale, engaging characters, lovely visuals and music aimed at reconciling and strengthening the audience’s faith in God.
Mr. DJ Narain, Director, Film and Television Inst of India (FTII) was Chief Guest of the event. Mrs. Trisha Narain, Director of Bank of Patiala, his wife too was present on the occasion.
RABB DA SHUKRANA
A play devoted to bring forth the point that attitude of gratitude is the best philosophy to live by and that God is too wise to make a mistake and too loving to punish!
RAINBOW IN MY LIFE
Incidents which show how Sadhu Vaswani brought a rainbow in the lives of people and how a rainbow can be brought about in each of our lives by practising three principles:
Let God in [Bring God into your lives]
The Principle of Gratitude
Principle of Forgiveness
Republic Day & Independence Day Celebrations
Date: 15th Aug 2018
72nd INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Students and Staff celebrated Independence Day by unfurling the National Flag at St. Mira’s College for Girls. The occasion was marked by speeches by Ms. Dipeshri Kadam, Ms. Shraddha Ghute and Ms. Shivani Deokar. They spoke about our freedom fighters, the true meaning of freedom and recalled sacrifices of some of the youngest male and female freedom fighters. After the wonderful speeches Ms. Smarnika Wankhede, a student of MBA IInd year sung melodious patriotic songs. Her rendition of ‘Ae mere watan ke logo’ left many with tear filled eyes. The program came to an end with a group dance performed by students on a patriotic song
Date: 26th Jan 2018
Republic Day and Independence Days are celebrated by staff and students of SVIMS at St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune, sister institute of SVIMS. Songs like ‘Vande Mataram’, Ae Vatan’ lend patriotic fervour while spectacular yoga and taekwondo displays by students leave one speechless.
Women’s Day Celebrations
8th March – The premise wears a festive look as girls come dressed to celebrate their special day. Pasted on walls are impressive messages about the greatness of women. This is a day to reflect on and appreciate the progress, achievements of women. Video clips of some great women, their learnings, messages are shown to inspire the young girls. Various fun games and competitions are organized for staff and students. There is joie de vivre and a spirit of bonhomie everywhere.
8th March 2018
Ms. Kavita Kalikar [Director Ognibene India Limited, Pune] was invited to share her journey from a frontline employee to the Director of an MNC. She spoke of ‘all it takes’ to become successful in one’s chosen career.
WOMEN’S DAY- RIGHT TO EDUCATION
The students of SVIMS celebrated Women’s day on 8th March 2017. A student from MBA Ist year Ms. Riya Mathew delivered speech on the great achievements and contributions of Women leaders in India. Along with the speech, she also showed a documentary on Malalla Yousafzai where she narrated the story of Malalla on how she defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive education. Ms. Mathew highlighted her achievements and explained how her focus on education and women’s rights, forced world leaders to change their policies.
WOMEN’S DAY-AN INSPIRATIONAL TALK BY SINDHUTAI SAPKAL ON WOMEN, WORK AND LEADERSHIP
SVIMS co-sponsored a glittering Women’s Day Event organised by Moneylife Foundation and Magarpatta City. Chief Guest of the evening Sindutai Sapkal, known as Mai, and noted social activist and social worker, who has nurtured and protected over thousand five hundred orphan children and destitute and abandoned women, although she herself was an abandoned daughter and wife! During her talk, she mentioned about the obstacles faced by her resultant of perceptions based on gender. These perceptions, according to her, led to poor social and cultural acceptance of women, lack of self-belief by women and denial of financial funding. Further she added how women face greater constraints in geographic mobility imposed by safety concerns and social norms.
Sindhutai held the packed auditorium spellbound with her inspiring anecdotes and poignant episodes from her life. SVIMS Faculty and students were present at the gathering, led by our Director, Dr. Nanwani.
” A woman can never be defeated. But she needs to keep her heart strong and learn to forgive,” was Sindhutai’s message to the young women present at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium.
WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION: QUALITY MATTERS
SVIMS celebrated Women’s Day on 8th March 2014. Ms. Smita Mehandale our faculty member delivered a speech and showed a short movie on Marry Barra, the Chairman and CEO of General Motors. The messages that Ms. Smita Mehendale wanted to convey through her speech were:
1.Talent not Gender earns the positions.
2.Women are not meant to do only sober or non-strenuous work; they may go into engineering or any of the technical fields and can get their hands greased.
SVIMS played host for the Global Mentoring Walk -2018, an international event organised by Vital Voices, across 60 countries. The event affords women leaders across different cultures and generations to share their talent, experience, wisdom and power with women in their fledgling careers.
The program was organized commemorating the International Women’s Day on 10th March 2018. Ms. Sweta Mohapatra, Founder – Diversity Vision, a certified coach, and consultant in HR for leading corporates and empaneled with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women as a mentor for budding women leaders organised the function and brought together well known women leaders to share their experiences and expertise with women readying to enter the corporate world.
With an aim to actualize the thought of ‘Woman stands for Woman’ the Saturday morning saw leading Women Professionals from Pune, taking time out from their busy schedules to mentor the students of SVIMS.
Forty students were selected and divided into groups of five. Each group had the opportunity of interacting with mentors like Amarjeet Labana -Director HR Asia Pacefic-Mediaocean, Adhishree Gupte-Location People Office Head-FIS, Shivani Kaul-Product Marketing Manager -John Deer Technology Centre, Stueti Gupta- Manager- John Deer Technology Centre and Shweta Shukla- Director and Sr. HRBP Mastercard. The students asked a series of questions on how to make initial impression, balance family and work especially post marriage and motherhood, fixing of financial goals and achieving career persistency. The mentors poured in their experience in answering these questions. The programme also had a ‘mentoring walk’ where in corporate women leaders guided, motivated and mentored their junior female workforce for leadership roles as they walked together.
Post this, there was a talk by Ms. Priya Tandon -Head of Healthcare Welfare Education India Unit at Tieto. She Spoke about her journey from being an engineer to key managerial personnel, motivating the audience to identify and write their own success story with a belief that each one had a story to tell.
The programme concluded with a panel discussion where in prominent management leaders across Pune participated and reasoned out that strong aspiration amongst women is the only essential ingredient required for taking up leadership roles. The Panel consisted of names like: Vinita Gera – General Manager India COE, Sonia Chand – General Manager Corporate Social Responsibilty, Nandini De- Director of Engineering Veritas, Rinku Basu- Director & Head – Productivity Solutions Group-HCL Tehnologies, Dr. B.H. Nanwani- Director, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies and Mr. Kishor Siddwani- Former VP at Atlas Copco.
Celebration of Hero Days and Other Days of National Importance
The Institute ovserves Yoga Day, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas ‘, Maharashtra Day, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Birth Anniversary, Matribhasha Divas, National Youth Day, Constitution Day, National Education Day Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, World Students Day, Gandhi Jayanti et al.
The Days are usually marked by speeches and remembrances of the work and life of great men of our country.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Birth Anniversary [13th April] …incidents from his life are narrated and his contribution to drafting the Constitution are discussed.
Maharashtra Day and Labour Day [1st May] .. Teachers speak about the rich and diverse culture of Maharashtra.
On the Hindi Divas [14th September] the programme covers readings from famous Hindi poets, a kavi sammelan, and a special quiz on Hindi idioms for teachers.
Gandhi Jayanti [2nd October] ..Rich tributes are paid to the Father of the Nation. usually some anecdotes are read and discussed from the book ‘My Experiments with Truth’.
World Students Day- Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam Birth Anniversary [15th October]…The day is observed as Vaachan Prerna Diwas or ‘Reading Day’. Students are encouraged to visit the Library and read inspirational books.
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas -Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Jayanti [31st October] ..Students and faculty members take the Unity Pledge. Student activities focussing on Teamwork and Unity / Unity Runs are organised. The ceaseless efforts of Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in promoting peace, unity and safety of our country are recognized and appreciated on this day. A 30 minute documentary film on the life of Sardar Patel is screened followed by the Unity Pledge, administered to all present.
National Education Day [11th November] is observed to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Rich tributes are paid to India’s first Education Minister.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm by students. They put up a well thought out cultural programme full of songs, dances, skits and games to shower their love and affection on their teachers.
Swachhata Pakhwada and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
A fifteen day cleanliness programme saw students cleaning classrooms, the campus, neighbourhoods, arranging competitions, observing ‘green day’ listening to lectures on ‘garbage management systems’ visiting “Maher Ashram” Bakhori to undertake a cleanliness drive et al. The fortnight saw students emerge as responsible citizens raring to do their bit to create clean environments.
Cleanliness begins with our Alma Mater! The Director Dr. B.H. Nanwani, Faculty and students clean the SVIMS campus under the PM’s Clean India Drive. Taking over all the brooms and dustpans and other implements from the store room, students and Faculty get down to cleaning the front drive and the green patches and the surroundings of the campus after class hours. Students also undertake visits to spread the mesage of keeping the environment clean.
Distributing saplings to passersby outside the institute conveying the message of tree plantation and cleanliness
Ganeshotsav is celebrated with a lot of enthu and gusto all over Maharashtra and so is it celebrated at SVIMS. Ganpati idol made of eco friendly shaadu maati is installed amidst the sounds of cymbals and singing of devotional songs. Skits are staged by the students on Ganesh’s childhood, songs, dance and information packed presentations mark the five day celebration at SVIMS.On the 5th day we had the Ganpati visarjan at SVIMS. The idol is later immersed in an eco friendly way. Potluck party is organised and the festival is credited with bringing bout bonding and love among students.
As a prelude to the Great Master, Sadhu Vaswani’s birthday celebrations [25th November], our students participate in the SAK [Stop All Killing] Peace March held every year in November. The event is an initiative that seeks to promote values such as compassion, non -violence and reverence for all life as a first step towards World Peace.
World Forgiveness Day ( Moment of Calm)
Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani’s birthday on 2nd August is celebrated as World Forgiveness Day. Our staff and students participate in this event to help promote Peace and Love.
We organise a Freshers’ party and a Farewell part every here. While the Freshers’ Part is full of fun and frolic to help new students assimilate the culture and know their seniors, the farewell party is emotional with students recalling their days at SVIMS and their contributions to the Institute.
It is our continous endeavour to stay in touch with our Alumni and strengthen the bonds even after our students leave the portals of SVIMS. It is thanks to the efforts of some of our dynamic alumnus that we now have a registered Alumni Association.
We touch base with our alumni through our monthly e newletter, Setu – The Connect. Some of our alumni are members of our committees while others stay connected by participating in social, cultural and humanitarian activities of our parent body – Sadhu Vaswani Mission.
We also have an annual alumni meet in February. Such events are fun-filled and nostalgic. It is a moment of pride and reckoning to see our ex-students turn into confident, responsible and hardworking corporate citizens working in prestigious organisations! These are events to remember indeed…regaling, reunion, and reverent recalls. The alumni share their pearls of wisdom, their life at SVIMS, Sanctuary and generally guide the students on developing networks and values and attitudes required for success in the corporate world. There are entertaining sound bites from alumni, dances, games and sumptuous and mouth watering snacks.