Workshops & Seminars

Workshops, Seminars and Guest Lectures

Guest Talk on Clean Rivers - A lifeline for Punekars' by Jeevitnadi

The CSR club of SVIMS invited members of Jeevitnadi, an organization committed to reducing pollution in Mula-Mutha river in Pune for a talk on ' Clean Rivers - A lifeline for Punekars' followed by a workshop on making biodegradable toiletries. The session was a eye opener for students as the harmful effects of chemicals used in cosmetics and toiletries on health and environment were revealed by Mrs Shailaja Deshpande, Director of Jeevitnadi.

Workshop on biodegradable toiletries by Jeevitnadi

The workshop on biodegradable toiletries conducted by Dr. Sheetal Chopade and Mrs. Veena Bagade was attended by students and faculty of SVIMS as well as residents from nearby housing societies. Formulations of biodegradable floor cleaner, body wash, tooth cleaner and dish washing powders were demonstrated. All participants were given samples to ensure trial of these environment friendly products.



Workshop on ‘Prevention of Sexual harassment at Workplace’

A workshop on ‘Prevention of Sexual harassment at Workplace’ was conducted by Dr. Tejaswini Malegaonkar, Assistant  Professor, ILS Law College, Pune on 27 th February, 2017.

Dr. Malegaonkar weaved in Hindi songs, ancient stories and real life cases to explain important concepts and terms given under The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. She emphasized that such training and awareness programmes are the need of the hour given that sexual harassment violates fundamental rights of women- Right to Equality under Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India and Right to life, and to live with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

Dr. Malegaonkar further stressed that it is the prime responsibility of the employer to provide safe working environment and constitute an internal committee to look into creating awareness about sexual harassment and also to look into complaints of aggrieved women in this regard.

The talk ended with an interesting quiz, in which the students participated enthusiastically.




On 16th Feb 2017, Padmashree Ms. Suchet Dalal conducted a workshop on financial literacy under the Financial Literacy initiative of the RBI. Ms. Dalal expounded the need to treat financial products differently from other consumer products.  She presented some important ‘Mantras’ to handle our hard earned money.  They are, don’t lose money, buy insurance, focus on few safe financial products, avoid emotional credit and investment traps. Ms Dalal advised against mortgaging gold for financial crisis and indiscriminate use of credit cards.   

Mr. Yogesh Sapkale, Deputy Editor of Money life, lucidly explained several frauds related to Net banking and use of Credit and Debit Cards. He gave numerous strategies for safe online transactions.

All in all, the workshop helped in turning the participants to become financially savvy!


 Entrepreneurship Development Program

 ‘The Best way to predict the future is to create it’. On 3rd & 4th February, young creators of the future came together to learn Entrepreneurship from a well – known trainer, Mr. Nitinkumar Kale - National Young Entrepreneurs Development Centre. In the two days workshop, students gained insights into finding business opportunities, business planning, regulatory requirements, fund raising, banking process et al. Equipped with the knowledge some of them are our to create a different future for themselves…to become job creators rather than job seekers!   




On 1st and 2nd of February, 2017, MBTI program was conducted by Mr. Nari Mirchandani, former Director (HRD), Crompton Greaves, distinguished Corporate Trainer and one of the first MBTI certified trainers in India.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) gave deep insights to the students on their personality types. Moreover,the students were also given individual counselling to bring out the strengths and weaknesses with strategies to improve on them. This self-awareness assists them to make better decisions regarding their choice of specialisation, career and other major life decisions


7 days FDP workshop on ‘ Effective Educational Leaders –II ” was conducted from 30th Jan to 5th Feb, 2017

Date : 30th Jan to 5th Feb, 2017

A seven day workshop on ‘ Effective Educational Leaders –II ” was conducted from 30th Jan to 5th Feb, 2017 at SVIMS with an aim to enhance pedagogical skills of faculty members by using technology in the teaching – learning processes. Technology is going to play an increasingly important role in education sector. A large number of academic institutes all across the globe have adopted Learning Management Systems like Moodle.

Day1 In his opening session, Mr. Gaurav stressed upon the need to adopt and adapt to technology. An overview of many softwares and their numerous features was presented by him. He stressed on the need to use open source programmes and are user friendly. The day concluded with a demo on installation process of Moodle.

Day2 The topics of discussion on day two of FDP were user management, course management, registration and enrolment of students. Each process was demonstrated by the resource person in ‘a hands on manner’. Site administration and control process were also explained. The rights of each registered user of Moodle are defined according to the role, and this is an inbuilt feature in the system.

Day3 The third day of FDP commenced with discussion of customization features which can be integrated in Moodle. Moodle plugins, as they are commonly referred to as, can be installed to make Moodle meet specific requirements of the organisation. These plugins are available freely on Net and are user friendly with graphic interface. One distinguishing feature of Moodle is the integration of tests and assignments. Using Notepad 2 version, online tests can be created and installed in Moodle which can be accessed by students and attempted in the allocated time.

Day4 The fourth day session on integration of payment gateways into Moodle. He also cautioned the participants of security breaches and vulnerability of such system and preventive measures. Video conference is one of the tools which can be used to enhance the teaching learning effectiveness. The participants were familiarised with use of and integration of this feature with Moodle. Virtual classroom can be created using this platform where two way live chat can be generated. The session ended with a demo on certificate creation and customisation for programs held in the institute.

Day5 The fifth day of FDP began with introduction to Content Management System (CMS). Mr. Gaurav explained the difference between CMS and LMS. Many free and open source CMS are available, like Joomla, which are user friendly and can be adopted without any software knowledge. Research plays an important part in efficacy of any academic program. Use of softwares like Mendeley, not only makes the process quicker but also comprehensive. Mr Gaurav Kumar also gave a demonstration on open conference system (OCS) and open journal system (OJS)

Day6 Mr. Anil Gupte, Founder Layer3 Media, presented the concept of Blended learning to the participants and showed how it can be implemented in the classrooms. He explained that adopting technology is no longer an option. . IT enabled teachers are a basic survival mechanism for any academic institute. He also gave strategies which can be adopted by faculties to be prepared for the inevitable future. According to Mr. Gupte, preparing and maintaining database in a systematic way is the first step towards adopting technology.

Day7 Following the tradition of SVIMS where values and spirituality are embedded in day to day activities, the seventh day of FDP was set aside for a session on inculcating values in pedagogy. Swami Siddheshananda from Chinmayanand Mission, Pune, was the apt choice for the resource person on this topic. He gave insights into the working and thinking patterns peoples’ minds. Throughout his discussion he laid emphasis on the need to have a stable mind if any learning or growth has to happen. The session ended with realisation that the best education a teacher can give to a student is value-based education.


International Conference on –“From a Brave Gene Pool: Startups,E Commerce and Tech Cos ”

Date: 20-21 January, 2017

Entrepreneurs, Startup Founders, CEOs and Techies, as well as Faculty and students from B Schools in the region were present in large numbers at the Inauguration of the 3rd International Conference at SVIMS, Pune. The two-day conference had academics, professionals and entrepreneurs coming together for Panel Discussions, paper presentations and interactions on the emerging ecosystem for new age companies which are both global and Indian.

The Conference opened with a message from Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani who emphasised the unchanging nature of core values even in a fast changing ecosystem like the present. The Director, Dr. B.H. Nanwani gave a bird’s eye view of the scenario for start-ups and tech corps with its ups and downs, pros and cons, pointing out that technology will be both the differentiator and the destroyer for emerging companies.

In a riveting Inaugural address, Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar, felicitated by the President and the WCD Ministry of the GOI as one of the top 100 women Influencers in India, described the current scenario of changing work environment, attitudes to work and the way emerging technology and social media were contributing to the work culture of the present. Her prognosis for India was very positive, based on research conducted by Adobe and her own startup, SHeroes.

Mr. Daanish Suhail- ( Co-founder and VP Marketing –PLAYO  Bengaluru ) held the audience spell bound as he took them through the ‘highs and lows’ in the journey of his start up – Playo.  He compared the journey to the thrills and scares of a motorcycle ride.

Ms. Jincy Samuel- ( COO & Center Head-Coinsecure  Bengaluru ) - simplified the otherwise complex terminology around crypto currency and also gave insights about the ecosystem  for Bitcoins.

Panel Discussion-1 (Young Startups ):Ms. Priyanka Agarwal ( Connect2teach) Ms. Siya Nitin Rajore (Green Carrot ), Ms. Rashika Chanchlani ( Jugni ), Mr. Chirag Sabunani (Only Great Foods) mesmerized the audience with their zest and commitment to their businesses. Their stories, their attitudes and approach to business clearly brought out the fact….they are from a brave gene pool.

Panel Discussion-2 (Well established Businessmen): Mr. Rajan Navani- (MD Jetline Group of Companies, India Jetline), Mr.Aniruddha Gupte (CEO Layer 3 ), Mr.Prakash Dhoka (Chairman, Deccan Chamber of Commerce,  Industry and Agriculture),  Mr.Rahul Pandey ( CEO & Co-Founder Bonzai, Pune) addressed a wide spectrum of issues on startups, e-commerce and tech corps with élan. They impressed with their repartee and wisdom.

The second day of the conference started with paper reading session followed by a talk by Mr. Chetan  Krishnaswamy –( Director Public Policy at ‘Google’ Gurgaon Haryana ). He spoke about the incredible journey of Google and the platforms Google offers to startups,  e-commerce and tech corps to materialize their dreams.

Mr. Hitesh Sahijwaala- (Director Sales- Red Hat India Pvt. Ltd.) made the audience aware of the fast changing landscape of business today, the newly emerging business models and the race for providing unique customer experiences.

Mr. Karthik Anand- (Founder & President at XDBS Corporation, San Francisco Bay Area) presented an enlightening overview of Indian Startup ecosystem.

Mr. Praveen Sinha- (Former Co-Founder and Managing Director of Jabong, Gurgaon Haryana) shared his experiences and journey of Jabong over a video conference.

The Conference organised by SVIMS had MCCIA and Rotary Club of Poona Airport as its Knowledge Partners, and Yourstory as Media Partner.


Guest Talk On “An  Overview on  Cement Industry and CSR Practices”


Mr.Nitin Paliwal( DGM(Marketing)- Chettinad Cement  [2/1/2017]covered a wide expanse of topics ranging from Market outlook of the Cement Industry the world over with specific emphasis on India, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Post Demonetization Scenario,  


CSR initiatives

Chettinad Group is an established name in the industrial, infrastructural, educational and health care sectors. The Chettinad Group has had a long tradition of contribution towards social and community issues.Some of their prominent CSR activities are

Skill development programmes for the rural youth, Free medical camps, Setting up old age homes, Day care centers and such other facilities for senior citizens, Promoting preventive health care etc.



 Better Communication- Better Workplaces for staff of Gardenia Cosmocare, Mumbai.


Date: 17th December 2016 Time : 9:00am To 5:00pm

Resource Person: Dr. B. H. Nanwani Director, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies, Pune 

Dr. B. Nanwani conducted a training programme titled Better Communication- Better Workplaces for staff of Gardenia Cosmocare, Mumbai. Case Studies, Management Games and Activities interspersed with formal discussion on how communication can make or mar organisations and individual careers was discussed. The programme was conducted as part of a year long contract to train Gardenia employees pan India and Dubai.


MDP on Effective Communication & Improving Interpersonal Skills, Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd, Pune

Date: 17 December 2016 Time : 9:00am To 5:00pm at Hotel Central Park Bundgarden Pune.

Resource Person: Dr. Joe. Lopez, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies, Pune 

Dr. Joe. Lopez of ‘Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies For Girls conducted an MDP on “Effective Communication & Improving Interpersonal Skills ” for ‘Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd’ Pune on 17/12/2016 at Hotel Central Park Bundgarden Pune.

A Talk on Equity-investment

Mr Mahantesh Sabarat, Dy Head- Equity Research at SBICap Securities delivered a talk on 'Let's talk stocks - Beginner's guide' to the students on 4th October'2016 in the campus. In his comprehensive session he addressed myths about stockk investment and provided valuable guidance on stocks for a novice.


A four day workshop on Rediscovering Happiness


Date: 29 July 2016 to 01 September 2016

Resource Person: Dr. Aashiesh Tavkarr, Psychotherapist & Integrated Behavioural Coach  

A four day workshop on ' Rediscovering Happiness' was conducted by Dr. Aashiesh Tavkarr (Renowned Psychotherapist and Integrated Behavioural Coach) from August 29th to 1st September, 2016. The faculty members & students enjoyed the programme and came out as more confident individuals.


Special Lecture on 'What MBA is not'

Mr Balasubramanium, VP and CFO, Zensar Technologies gave a Special Address to the freshers on 'What MBA is not' on 19th August'2016. In his interactive session Mr Balasubramanium highlighted extensive reading, writing, active listening, patience and humility as being five essential habits of a successful corporate citizen.


Talk on Anatomy of Success by Dr Rakesh Sinha

Renowned laparoscopic surgeon, Guinness world record holder, powerful motivational speaker and founder-Director of Womens Hospital, Dr Rakesh Sinha delivered a talk on 'Anatomy of success' on 18th August'16 at SVIMS. Dr Sinha mesmerized the audience with his impressive talk on mantra of success which is the culmination of his challenges and experiences in his long & illustrious career spanning 25 years.



Date: 17 August 2016 Time : 9:00am To 5:00pm

Resource Person: Col. Pawah(Retd) 

A full day workshop on Campus to Corporate was held on 17th August as part of ongoing induction program for new batch of MBA students. The speaker was Col Pawah ( Retd), who has had a long and illustrious career in Army before he became a motivational speaker. Col. Pawah gave the mantra of Eight Ps such as Purpose, Passion, Personality, Perception, Potential, Patience, Persistence and People which accelerate the transformation process. He also spoke of the F syndrome (Fear, Forgetting, Failure) which can adversely affect growth. The workshop left all students feeling inspired and ready to take on world with all its challenges!

MDP on 'Corporate Karma' for Gardenia Cosmocare Pvt. Ltd.


Date: 17 July 2016 Time : 9:00am To 2:00pm

Resource Person: Dr. B. H. Nanwani Director, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies, Pune 

SVIMS was commissioned by Gardenia Cosmocare Pvt. Ltd. a leading Trade and Distribution company, to conduct an MDP on 'Corporate Karma'. Dr. Nanwani, the Director, was the Resource person for the training session, and held her audience spellbound with her sound insights, her intuitive understanding of the nuances of corporate success, her amazing fluency and her knack of choosing the right blend of fascinating corporate anecdotes and recent business trends. The programme was deeply appreciated by the participants who were given the chance to understand the essential techniques and attributes to create good karma at the work place.

Workshop on First Aid and CSR

Rtn Dr. Saroj Bande from the Rotary Club of Pune Central and her team conducted a First Aid Workshop on Friday, 4th March 2016,  at SVIMS. The students and faculty of SVIMS learnt how to recognize life threatening situations and offer vital assistance before medical help arrives.


A talk on Personal Investment Planning

A talk on Personal Investment Planning was delivered by Mrs Mona Shah-PAtel, who is a trainer with NSE. It was aimed at spreading awareness about investments, mutual funds, tax planning, ELSS amongst the students. The talk encouraged the students to cultivate the habit of saving and making investment.



Date: 13th February 2016


Resource Person: Mr. Aroon Khattar, CEO, Virrea Technologies Pvt. Ltd 


SVIMS organized a guest talk by Mr. Aroon Khattar, CEO, Virrea Technologies Pvt. Ltd on Product Development. Mr. Khattar shared his experience of developing a cashless sanitary towels dispensing machine. 


A Four Workshop on “Critical Skills for Career and Personal Success”

Date: 25, 27, 28 & 29 January 2016

Resource Person: Mr. Dharmendra Rai, Trainer, Mind Map, Mumbai 

The Workshop That Helps You Discover The Power Of Your Brain!

Four day Workshop on Critical Skills for career and personal success was conducted by Dharmendra Rai, Mumbai’s First Mind Map Trainer. He has to his credit over 200 Mind Map seminars conducted for top brass and executives of numerous Fortune 500 Cos, IITs, IIMs, Harvard Business School, Johns Hopkins & London School of Economics ( LSE ).

DAY 1: Mind Maps

The first day of workshop started with Dharmendra’s   mainstay, Mind Maps. Mind map is an easy to use tool to enhance creativity, remember more, and solve problems more effectively.  Mind map is a visual representation of person’s thinking. The mind map encourages creativity and flexibility and it helps a person to think outside the box.

Day 2: Memory management

Mr Dharmendra Rai covered the topic of Memory Management on the second day of the workshop. He focussed on challenges faced by all in their daily lives and shared the tips to remember names, people, numbers and concepts in the long term.

The trainer suggested tools of memory enhancement such as learning numbers, list of items, face and names of the people. The training was impactful due to the aid of the  video clips of world famous psychologist Mr Peter Vishton. 

Day3: Invisible Selling

Having empowered the participants with Mind Map and techniques of Memory management, Mr.Dharmendra Rai turned to ‘Invisible selling’, a powerful idea for personal success and effectiveness. The central theme behind this concept is the need for influencing and persuading people around us for greater individual achievements.

Day 4: The science of willpower

On fourth and the final day of the workshop  Mr Dharmendra introduced another interesting topic,  the science of will power. He enlightened everyone with unfamiliar aspects related to will power.   

According to psychologist Roy Boumister  will power is the persistence in the face of failure. An individual’s willpower is a limited resource and  it depletes every time one uses it.  One should conserve it for the crucial moments in his life. He shared practical tips on optimizing the will power, such as minimizing decision making in our daily routine.

The four day workshop was self-transforming experience for all the participants.


International Conference on Recontouring Business 22 & 23 January, 2016


The International Conference organized by SVIMS saw over 150 participants including eminent academicians, senior corporate executives entrepreneurs, journalists, and students. In his opening message to the delegates, Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani emphasized the idea that recontouring, evolving with context to the times, was not just a matter of survival and overcoming competition; but for individuals and institutions, it is a matter of staying relevant and coping constructively with change. The real challenge of recontouring, he said, is that we change what needs to be changed and preserve what must not be changed. Honesty, Probity in dealings, Integrity  and Public Welfare are non negotiable ideals.

Dr. B.H. Nanwani, Director, SVIMS, outlined the growth of SVIMS over the last five years and emphasized the team spirit that had made this possible. Touching on the themes of the Conference, she pointed out that tectonic shifts have occurred within the business landscape reflecting changing emphasis from manufacturing to service industry to IT. Recontouring is also happening in terms of a dramatic shift in the balance of global corporate power. There is a change in the very DNA of business impacting its shape, size and way of operation.  A new science and craft of engineering, managing  and sustaining business is evolving and more emphatically now than ever before. Welcoming the speakers and participants, she invited them to make their interactions and presentations productive and insightful.

In a well researched and well presented Keynote Address, Mr.Suhas Kelkar, -Chief Technology Officer, BMC Software,  Pune, emphasized the idea that the Future is in the Past.  Focussing on technological disruptions, he gave examples of how technical, organizational and behavioural disruptions have recontoured our lives in the last two decades. 

In the Pre-lunch session II, Dr. Subhash Bhatnagar, Faculty IIM Ahmedabad, spoke on ‘Digital India; Opportunities and Challenges in Improving Governance’. He outlined the challenges facing e-governance in India and also the tremendous advantages that the common man and businesses could reap, in terms of saving time and effort and weeding out corruption,  if the digital initiatives could be implemented successfully.


Addressing the conference participants on ‘Reinventing Sales Force: Winning Digital Fights’ , Mr. Krishna Gopal,  Global Talent Head, Tech Mahindra, said that traditional sales methods faced a tremendous challenge from the digital marketplace. Big businesses had to move from their old theatres to emerging new platforms to stay relevant and effective.


The post Lunch session featured two distinguished speakers: Dr. Manoj Motiani, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Indore and Dr. Rajesh Chandwani, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Speaking on ‘Recontouring Marketing: neuromarketing and big data analysis in focus’, Dr. Motiani observed that digital footprints and neuro analysis of customer behaviour are changing the dynamics of Marketing today. He pointed out the changing focus of advertising and market research which tries to understand and exploit unconscious behaviour patterns in the consumers’ minds.


‘The Missing ‘H’ in HRM’ was the theme of Dr. Chandwani’s talk. Tracing the evolution of the Human Resource Management Functions in organisations over the years, he pointed out that the ‘H” has traditionally been ignored, with employees being treated as machines, unions or knowledge/skills resources. It is only with the rise of the Service Economy that hand and head functions have been superseded by the “h” or the heart. When this is finally appreciated, HRM will become truly humanistic. 



Digital communication and Web Videoconferencing set the focus for the second day’s session. In a sense, SVIMS recontoured the academic conference format, bridging the gap between continents with technology and making live audience participation exciting.

Taking the virtual podium for the Conference on ‘recontouring Business’, at the start of the second day’s session, Professor Aneel Karnani,  faculty member of the Strategy group at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, US, spoke on ‘Strategic Management and the role of   top management’. He shattered several myths about strategic decision making and emphasized that trite truths (such as pious statements about high quality products and low prices) that pass in the name of strategy are no longer valid or relevant today. Strategy is about tough decisions; and it involves asking and answering difficult questions.

The next virtual session featured a Webinar/Panel Discussion with a galaxy of speakers including Dr.Hemant Purohit - (George Mason University) Mr. Prasad Muthuswamy - (Webex Division, CISCO, California).  Moderating the discussions from the Pune end were  Mr. Kishore Sidhwani, Former VP, Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment and Mr. Anil Gupte,  Innovator, Entrepreneur, Visiting Faculty & Mentor, SVIMS.

Dr. Purohit spoke of recontouring decision making with the help of technology, while Mr. Prasad pointed out that technology is not just disruptive but also transformational.


The intercontinental interaction was ably moderated by Mr. Kishor Sidhwani. The session came to a close with Dr. Nanwani’s closing remarks thanking the participants for their participation.

Audience questions to the speakers included everything from Facebook’s Free Basics to KLOUT scores that are now being monitored by recruiters. 

The second day’s pre-lunch session was dedicated to a paper reading and presentation session by participants of the conference. The Session was ably chaired by Dr. G.H. Gidwani and Mr. Anil Gupte. Each research scholar made a brief presentation of his/her research and this was followed by a Q & A Session with the audience.

The Post Lunch Session featured a talk by Dr. Radha Ladkani, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Indore. Speaking on “Changing Contours of Finance: M&A in focus’, Dr. Ladkani pointed out that crowdfunding, investor activism and fraudulent practices were reshaping the contours of investments today. She focused on her core area of research, M & A to draw out the special features of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Indian context.

The Valedictory Address was delivered by Mr. Suhas Gopinath,  named the world’s  youngest ever CEO when he started his own company and presently, founder, CEO and Chairman of Global INC., an IT multinational company. Focussing on the positive impact of Disruptions in Business and Technology, Mr. Gopinath encouraged the students to dream big, start early and focus with passion on their life’s goals.


Participants from various city colleges shared their experiences of the conference and expressed their appreciation for the high benchmarks set by the speakers and the excellent arrangements of the same. 


Seven Day workshop on Effective Educational Leaders

A seven day workshop was conducted from 1st Dec to 7th Dec, 2015 for faculty across schools and colleges with an aim to enhance their pedagogical efforts, psychological influence on students and making them effective mentors and social integrators.  The FDP on Effective Educational Leaders brought together participants from Institutions in Pune, other Universities of Maharashtra as well as from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

Day1-3: NLP and Emotional Fitness Gym

The First Session on NLP was ably conducted by Mr. Anil Dagia, one of the foremost NLP and Emotional Fitness trainers in India. In a highly interactive 3 day session, Mr. Dagia took the participants through Changing Negative Thought Patterns, Understanding Student Types and also an Emotional Fitness Training.


Day 4-5: Multiple intelligence

Mr. Jitendra Sandhu, COO TalentMat, conducted a two day session on multipleintelligence and its role in enhancing the “learning teaching experience”.  He spoke about the eight different intelligence types present in all humans in varying proportions .Mr. Sandhu  also stressed the need to develop skills sets amongst  students that are linked to the type of intelligences  which they majorly possess In order to enhance the effectiveness of pedagogy.


Day 6- Mind Maps

Mr. Dharmendra Rai , Mind Map Trainer and coach ,began the day with a small exercise on memory and creativity  to bring out  the concept of mind maps . A mind map is a powerful graphical technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain and can be applied to every aspect of life. The various activities conducted during the session helped the participants to understand how persons differ significantly in their thought processes. Mr. Rai showed how this tool has been an effective medium for enhancing the performances in the corporate world and simulation of the same in the classroom can improve the memory and develop logical thinking amongst students.

Day 7- TQM and Value Education

Mr. Anil Gupte,Founder Layer3 Media, introduced Total Quality Management to the participants and showed how it can be extended in the classrooms.  TQM is not just an individual or departmental function but is an organisational function. TQM can be achieved in an educational organization by focusing on customers, better leadership, strong internal systems and better processes.


Swami Siddeshananda from Chinmaya Mission conducted a session on Value Education. Acknowledging  that he could reach thousands of students through the faculty members attending the programme, he  explained the importance of values in life and how teachers should translate values into actions which would be the best way to impart value based education to students. 

Some Pearls of Wisdom from Ms. Reshma Chordia talk

Date:20th October 2015

Resource Person: Ms. Resham Chordia, Graduate from the University of Virginia and VP (Finance), Panchshil Realities

Ms. Resham Chordia, a young graduate from the University of Virginia and VP (Finance), Panchshil Realities, interacted with the students  and shared with them her strong belief system that helped her scale enviable heights in business. Some pearls of wisdom from her talk... 'Never hesitate to ask questions, overcome fear instantly, always listen and always try, build a support system for sustenance and success'.



A talk on 'Hits and Misses' in her Entrepreneurial Journey

Date:19th October 2015

Resource Person: Ms. Parul Bhatt young entrepreneur [Llynkr] 

Ms. Parul Bhatt, a young entrepreneur [Llynkr] in her address to the students spoke about the 'hits and misses' in her entrepreneurial journey. The key takeaways from her talk: 

1.       Before taking up any venture, develop expertise in the related subject

2.       Always know your commercial break - even

3.       Before developing any product take into account the customer's perspective.

The Lecture ended with a question - answer session


A three day workshop on Online Business Boot Camp

Date:16, 17 & 18 October 2015

Resource Person: Mr Gaurav Gurbaxani, Director, Pragmites Consulting

Indian startups are at an all time high. As per the reports of Nasscom, India is the world’s youngest start up nation, as 72 % of its founders are younger than 35 years. In tune with this startup ecosystem, SVIMS organised a three day Online Business Boot Camp for their students. Mr. Gaurav Gurbaxani along with his team helped the young minds to convert their business ideas in to realty. 

At the end of the workshop, Ms. Tasneem Hakamjiwala was good to go with her startup business for mobile covers. We proudly congratulate her for this new venture and hope to be a seedbed for such entrepreneurial activity. 


Workshop on ‘Stock Mind’ by ICICI

Date: 15th October 2015 

Resource Person:  Mr. Nihal Khan, Regional Manager, ICICI Direct

A workshop on ‘Stock Mind’ was conducted on October 15, 2015 by Mr. Nihal Khan, Regional Manager, ICICI Direct Centre for Financial Learning. The objective of the workshop was to impart skill sets for helping students become wise investors. The workshop Career options in included BFSI Sector, Basics of Stock Market and a Stock Mind Game


Guest Lectures on Accounting Procedures

Date: 13th October 2015 

Resource Person:  CA Shalini Jain, CFO, Express Clinics

CA Shalini Jain, CFO, Express Clinics, was invited to speak on Accounting Procedures and ERP. Real time information and big data analysis is sine qua non for accuracy in decision making and therefore success in business and Ms. Jain explained how ERP aids in meeting this  important business need. 





‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Training

Date: 13th October 2015 

Resource Person:  Ms. Karuna BallaniCo-Founder and Trainer at Peepal Tree Training  and Consultancy

Ms. Karuna Ballani,  in her inimitable style enlightened the HR students on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of training by extensively quoting experiences from her career as Co-Founder and Trainer at Peepal Tree Training  and Consultancy

‘Careers in Digital Marketing'

Date: 12th October 2015 

Resource Person: Mr. Anand Kumar, founder of LIPS Digital Marketing Institute, Pune

Mr. Anand Kumar, founder of LIPS Digital Marketing Institute, Pune conducted a session on 12th Oct 2015 on ' Careers in Digital Marketing'. He enlightened and enthused students to take up 'newer' careers and entrepreneurship opportunities in the digital space. 


The Challenges and Joys of Entrepreneurship

Date: 12th October 2015

Resource Person: Ms. Nanda Ramswami, Founder of

On 12th Oct, 2015, students had the privilege of hearing Ms. Nanda Ramswami, Founder of, on the Challenges and Joys of Entrepreneurship. She spoke to students about her metamorphosis from an employed IT Engineer to an Entrepreneur and the joys, thrills and tribulations this transition brought about. On any day, she said “I would vote to be an entrepreneur”.   

Graphology Workshop

Date: 10th October 2015

Resource Person: Ms. Namita Joshi, Founder of Aatman

Ms. Namita Joshi, founder of Atman, conducted a Graphology Workshop for the Rotaract Club of SVIMS on 10th Oct 2015 from 2.00-5.00pm. The participants were delighted to learn how Graphology can be used to enhance one's personal and professional life.

A talk on ‘Industry Expectations and You’

Date: 09th October 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Sangram Kadam, Head – Business (India and Asia ) KPIT

In our pursuit to enhance industry -academia interface, a talk on ‘Industry Expectations and You’ was organised on 9th October, 2015. The resource person, Mr. Sangram Kadam, Head – Business (India and Asia ), KPIT  lucidly explained how students can get industry ready. 


Guest Lecture on Entrepreneurship

Date: 05th October 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Sanjeev Swamy ,CEO, Livingard Technologies

Mr. Sanjeev Swamy ,CEO, Livingard Technologies, spoke about the wherewithal required to sustain and succeed in the corporate world. He emphasized that one should be loyal towards the organization rather than the boss, have a strong conviction in values, clarity of thought and meticulous planning.

He passed on practical guidelines of converting an idea into a startup, the importance of taking calculated risks and backing it up with proper insurance. Above all he urged students from taking shortcuts or engineering a ‘jugaad’. Success in entrepreneurship, he said may be attributed to ‘Kairos’ meaning luck and avoiding ‘hubris’- a combination of arrogance, over confidence and stupidity.

Students were enthralled by his entrepreneurial endeavor - a saga of grit, commitment and pure genius. 


Guest Lecture on “Performance Management and Measurement”

Date: 03th October 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Dattattraya W. Ambulkar,  IR & HR Consultant, Trainer& Management Columnist 

On 3rd October, Mr. Dattattraya W. Ambulkar,  IR & HR Consultant, Trainer& Management Columnist was invited to speak on “Performance Management and Measurement”. He gave industry insights on recruitment, selection, person- job fit and performance management system which reflected his experience of over 40 years in various organisations like Suzlon Energy,Sunflag Iron and Steel, Garware Nylon Ltd etc.

Guest Lecture on Entrepreneurship

Date: 24th September 2015

Resource Person: Mr Raja Kharadkar, Promoter-Director, Aspha Boards P Ltd.

Raja Kharadkar, technocrat, entrepreneur, Director of Unisource Papers Pvt. Ltd. and member of Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association and Indian Institute of Packing in his motivating talk spoke to the students about the basic characteristics of a successful entrepreneur viz: . 1)Strong Will and Belief in your idea 2)Innovative and Risk taking ability 3)Streak of a gambler 4)Optimistic 5)Passion 6)Self  7)Motivator 8)Out of the box thinker

Apart from sharing his own journey as an entrepreneur, he interspersed his talk with real life examples of the ‘generation of entrepreneurial ideas’, trials and tribulations of other entrepreneurs et al. He also enumerated the ‘D theory’ with the students. Ds which an entrepreneur must have and Ds that must be avoided.

Must Have: Dream, Desire, Devotion, Dedication, Dynamism and Discipline

Avoid: Disheartenment, Disappointment and Depression.



A Talk on Entrepreneurship opportunities in Social Sector

Date: 19th September 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Swapnil Chaturvedi, Founder, Samagra Foundation

Social issues/problems can cause frustration but to those with a strong will and a sharp social conscience, these very problems offer an opportunity to bring about positive change and also a business opportunity. Mr Swapnil Chaturvedi, an Ashoka fellow, social entrepreneur and founder of Samagra Foundation is one such Indian with a huge social conscience index. A well settled software engineer in US, Swapnil was moved by the lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities especially in the slum areas of India. Determined to act as a change agent, he conceived the idea of community toilets under the name - Samagra Sanitation [2011].

Mr. Swapnil explained how he utilised three inputs viz. psychology, technology and operational model to make Samagraha a successful sanitation model. Using ‘out of box’ techniques, he started incentivising the use of toilets among the poor by offering loyalty schemes, discounts on products and even bringing banking facilities during their ‘relieving’ visit.

Swapnil’s project, purpose and profits left the students in awe! 

One day Workshop on 

“Mind, Body and Spirit” was engineered to help students evolve at their personal, professional and spiritual levels

Date: 16th September 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Harshvardhan Dafre, Co-Founder of RightPath 

Mr. Harshvardhan Dafre with over 27 years in the corporate world and cofounder of RightPath brought to fore important virtues of a successful leader…these being humility, simplicity, integrity, going out of comfort zone, and lifelong learning. He interspersed his talk with interesting sports related video clips and games. He also trained students in sharpening their personal impact by working on their Visual Vocal and Verbal Impact.  

Mr. Shyam taught simple yoga exercises to help strengthen the mind, body and spirit.  



A Talk on Online Marketing

Date: 10th September 2015

Resource Person: Mr Gaurav Gurbaxani, Director, Pragmites Consulting

On 10th September, 2015, Mr Gaurav Gurbaxani,  a young entrepreneur and the Director at Pragmites Consulting, delivered a talk on Online marketing to the students of SVIMS. In the interactive session he highlighted essentials of Online advertising and also demonstrated how social media can be used as a powerful Marketing Tool. 


Workshop on (Eco friendly) Ganapati Making

Date: 08th September 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Mandar Marathe, renowned artist

Mr. Mandar Marathe, a renowned Pune based artist conducted a Shadu Maati (Eco friendly) Ganpati Making Workshop at SVIMS on 8th September 2015. It was attended by SVCON faculty members, St. Mira College students and students and faculty members of SVIMS.


Swaraksha – Women’s Safety 

Date: 31st August 2015

Resource PersonCapt.Sanjivv Batish Capt. Sanjivv Batish

Capt.Sanjivv Batish delivered  a talk on Swaraksha – Women’s Safety on 31-8-15 in the Seminar Hall. The focus was on preparing  women to take charge of their personal safety and  to develop a strategy for safety in their daily life. The key learnings were:  a) Mental Preparation b) Planning in advance to  assess and anticipate threats; and  c) Use of the right aids and tools  to defend oneself.



Workshop on newspaper bag making at SVIMS

Date: 27th August 2015

Resource Person: Mrs. Vishakha Vichare

Mrs. Vishakha Vichare conducted a newspaper bag making workshop for the Rotaract Club of SVIMS on August 27th, 2015. The Rotaractors learnt how to make bags out of old newspaper and other easily available material to replace plastic bags.



Importance of personal Insurance and Financial Planning 

Date: 12 August 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Dhiraj Baadkar of ND Consultants and Trainers

Mr. Dhiraj Baadkar of ND Consultants and Trainers conducted a session on the importance of personal Insurance and Financial Planning for the second year students at SVIMS  on August 12th, 2015. It was an informative session well received by the students. 

Essentials of Entreprenership – Mr. Sekhar Seshan

Date: 05 August 2015

Resource Person: Mr. Sekhar Seshan, Consulting Editor, Business India. 

On 5th August, 2015 Mr. Sekhar Seshan, Consulting Editor, Business India ,spoke on his recent book No Holy Cows in Business which highlights the nine principles of entrepreneurship.  Live case histories and an interactive Q & A session kept his audience involved throughout the talk. 




Faculty Development Programme on Mentoring

Date: 15- 16 September 2014

Resource Person: Mr. Clifford De Silva, Director, Goa Institute of Counselling.

 Mr. De Silva is a renowned personal counsellor and corporate trainer and expert in the field of Psychology and BehaviouralSciences. He has conducted workshops on diverse topics such as Person Centred Therapy, Ericksonian Conversational Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Almost fifty faculty members from various institutions and training companies attended the programme.  The FDP was inaugurated by Dr E.B Khedkar, Dean- Faculty of Management,  Savitribai Phule Pune University.

The session began with a self-awareness exercise that propelled individuals to examine their attitude, thoughts, behaviour and communicative skills.   All the teachers who participated mentioned that the FDP will serve as a foundation for a stronger interpersonal relationship between teachers and students as well as be instrumental in building the character and value-system of the students.




Team Building Workshop

Date: 16th September2014

Resource Person:Mr. MilindDatar

Students participated in a workshop on Team Building by Mr.  MilindDatar, a corporate trainer and Director, Circles of Influence.

Through various team games and activities students learnt about the significance of various skills and  abilities such as  listening skills, questioning skills,  co-ordination, effort, creativity and patience for effective team performance.It was a day of learning with fun and games.



Workshop on “Synergy is Energy” 

Date: 15th September 2014

Resource Person:  Mr. Dinesh Nathani

A One day workshop on ‘Synergy is energy ‘was organized for the first year students.  The workshop was conducted by Mr. Dinesh Nathani, Mentor and Director of “Synergy with Energy”. Our guest participants in this event were trainee nurses from SVCON.

Mr. Nathani began with the universal principle that the world outside of us is a reflection of our inner thoughts. The day long programme included many fun-filled activities like dancing to demonstrate that it was possible to leave all our worries and troubles aside and be happy if we wanted to. He also gave the students various motivational mantras such as   ‘Save yourself by yourself.’ ’As you sow, So shall you reap’, ’ Explore the Genius within you’ to highlight this point.



Workshop on “Multiple Intelligences”


Date:22nd August, 2014

Resource Person:Rtn. Mr. JitenSandu

Mr.  JitenSandu, Chief Operations Officer at TalentMAT , a start-up specializing in cutting-edge educational software, services and solutions,  demonstrated  through his interactive session  that he was indeed a  subtle and effective change agent.

 Referring to the bestselling book Rethinking the MBA he spoke of the three successive roles of an MBA – knowing (gaining knowledge), doing (application of knowledge) andbeing (inspiring others). It is doing and being that MBA students need to focus on.

 Citing exemplars of few of the famous personalities he revealed three best aspects of  Sachin Tendulkar as intrapersonal, visual-spatial and kinesthetic . Vishwanathan  Anand  has logical-mathematical,  intrapersonal visual intelligences.

It is necessary that a student should identify his three top modalities of intelligence using the multiple intelligence tests and choose an apt career for better job-satisfaction and finest performance



A Green Hero Amongest Us


Date: 18th August 2014

Resource Person: Rtn. Surendra Shroff

RtSurendra Shroff visited SVIMS for a special awareness-creation and demonstration session. Mr. Shroff has dedicated considerable time, effort and resources to the social cause of creating livelihood for the blind & underprivileged sections of the society, and protecting Planet Earth in the process. He spoke on his environment-conservation project of making carry bags from newspapers. He has trained thousands of  blind people,  as well as the orphans, the underprivileged and inmates of prisons to make different kinds of carry-bags out of newspapers  & waste products. He demonstrated the technique of making strong paper bags of different shapes and sizes that can carry up to 15 kg. His project is based on the concept of entrepreneurship of the self-help model.

 He requested the MBA students to take up this issue by personally visiting small shops in their neighbourhood to promote awareness of paper bags among shopkeepers.



Pre-placement Training Workshop (Campus to Corporate)

Date: 11th, 12th 13th December, 2014

Resource Person:Mr. VikramNayak

Mr. Nayak has 22 years of managerial  experience with well-know organizations such as Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Reliance Communicatons etc. and believes that true behavioral training can be imparted through games and activities

Mr Nayak spoke about constituents of the oral communication- visual, verbal and voice and enlightened students about the impact of each element for impression-management in an interview. Through an innovative activity session he helped the students understand themselves and identify their goals. The students were also provided hands on training on resume-writing and group discussion. The two and a half day workshop provided an exhaustive and elaborate training to students for success in the upcoming corporate life.



International Conference on

I3: Sutra to Unlock India’s Potential: (Inclusion, Innovation, Indianness)

23-24January 2015


The International Conference organized by SVIMS saw over 150 participants including eminent academicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and students. In his opening message to the delegates, Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani emphasized that India has always upheld the principles of global thinking and Inclusiveness, while remaining true to her own values and ideals.

Dr. B.H. Nanwani, Director, SVIMS, outlined the growth of SVIMS over the last four years. Touching on the themes of the Conference, she pointed to recent statistics that showed that real development was still to percolate to the grassroots.

In the Inaugural address, Mr. HåkanKingstedt – Chairman of Sweden-India Business Council and former CEO, Sandvik Asia, emphasized that Innovation was the key driver for India’s growth.

This conference brought together eminent scholars and professionals on the same platform: Mr. Kishore Sidhwani, former VP, CP Construction and Equipment; Mr. AniruddhaGupte, Innovator and Entrepreneur; Ms. Vinita Deshmukh, senior journalist; Ms. Vasudha Joshi, Vice Principal, Ness Wadia College; Ms. Sadhana Kulkarni, Constitutional Expert and Professor of Politics and Public Administaration; Mr. ManavLalwani, young entrepreneur from the U.S. Dr. Vishwamber Chaudhary, Founder of the Oasis Environmental Foundationand Mr. Kingstedt himself.

There were two simultaneous sessions of Paper Reading by delegates who had sent their Research as well as Conceptual Papers for presentation and publication at the Conference.

The Valedictory address was delivered by Mr. Ashok  Sajjanhar, Former Ambassador to Sweden and presently Chairman, National Foundation for Communal Harmony.