Corporate Interface – Guest Talks

Guest Talks in 2022-2023

DateName & designation of Guest speakerTopic NameFaculty In-charge
24 January 2023Mrs. Pragati Chopada ShahManaging Cultural Diversity in Professional SpaceSonali Joshi
27 January 2023Ms. Uzma MullaPanel Discussion Women EntrepreneursSonali Joshi
14 January 2022Ms. Viddulata Gawade, Director, Vivant Holistic Skill Development Center, PuneSession on Gender SensitivityDr. Divya Lakhan
20 January 2022Mr. Hitendra Soneji, Founder Will to WinSession on Goal SettingDr. Divya Lakhan
12 February 2022CS Rachana KokalGuest Session On Corporate GovernanceDr. Divya Lakhan
5 March 2022Mr. Kalpit Tiwari
Manager – Business Consulting 
Capgemini Technology, Pune. 
Digital Disruptions post covid Era – Industry connectDr. Abhijeet Kaiwade
28 June 2022CA Hemant GodseRatio Analysis: A Practical Approach in Business DecisionMs Vaishali Patil
2 July 2022Mr. Ravinder Singh ChawlaE-Filing of Income Tax ReturnDr. Divya Lakhan
29th December 2022Mrs Himanshi Kharb, Indian Patent Office (IPO), MumbaiSESSION ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
21st December 2022Mr. Rohit WarmanFINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR YOUNG CITIZEN by Kona Kona Siksha (A Kotak Securities CSR initiative)Ms Vaishali Patil
28 January 2023Dr. Dipti Nashine, Consultant DBA in ATOS Global IT Solutions Is Java Still Used In 2023?Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade

Managing Cultural Diversity in Professional Space


Mrs. Pragati Chopra Shah, spoke about her experience dealing with cultural diversity in a workplace during her career as an HR professional. Began her session by asking the attendants about their understanding of the terms, culture, diversity, profession and workplaces. She opined that Millennials are influencing workplaces now and in the future as such as redefining the term cultural diversity – the presence of several ethnic or cultural groups within a society. It’s a trend that will undoubtedly endure the coming tests of time, societal changes at global levels. We all are moving towards being considered as aa population that is inclusive of all differences. Race, ethnicity, age, ability, language, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, or sexual orientation are examples of workplace diversity from a business perspective.

She further discussed the various forms of diversity in the HR industry. There are a few key types of diversity characteristics that HR should consider – Age, LGBTQIA, gender, differently abled, mindfulness neurodiversity, thought process to name a few.

The class concluded with a fruitful round of questions and answers because most of the students wanted to express their opinions and get any questions they had about cultural diversity in the workplace answered, which the Guest speaker gracefully obliged.

Panel Discussion Women Entrepreneurs


Ms. Monica Lundh, Fashion Designer, Ms. Uzema Mulla, Founder of Delectable Dishes (Online Cake Business), Mrs. Prachi Mohindra, Photographer (Maternity, Family & Portfolio), a professional Ms. Rajeshree M Kirtikar, Audiologist & Speech Therapist, Ms. Pallavi Patil, IT Recruiter for Startup and Ms. Rameshwari Wadgule, Dietician & Nutritionist were the panel for the day. The women first shared their journey as to how they thought of staring the venture. Most of these ambitious ladies had quit a regular job to start their venture. They started their enterprise with very little or no capital investment. However these women entrepreneurs had varied experiences in balancing their work and home after starting their venture. They also had varied experiences with regards to the challenges faced by them like marketing their venture, getting clients and approaching them. Another challenge they faced were self-inducted as all wanted to do their home chores along with their business tasks. However, all the ladies expressed that they got ample support form their family so that they could make their dreams come true.

Is Java Still Used In 2023?

Date: 28 Jan 2023

Dr. Dipti Nashine, Consultant DBA in ATOS Global IT Solution

She started her session by coating – Java language was created to make things easier for programmers and has been doing it successfully for 25 years.

She explained various job in Java, Java future, Skills to become a java developer. She also taught us about Spring Boot and its advantages and about Spring framework and Advantages of java. She said about relevance of java in 2023 As the world moves more towards mobile apps and convenience, Java is becoming more and more instrumental as a language. It’s one of the strongest languages we see, ranked third most popular with recruiters in the last two years. It is widely recognized for its performance, platform independence, and security. Java is used as a server-side language for back-end development, android development, desktop computing, games, numerical computing, and contributing to advance technology.

She also informed – 10130 companies reportedly use Java in their tech stacks. The United States is the leader among the companies utilizing Java, with more than 60% market share of Java clients on a google search result.

She also told us about important concepts and tricks for IOT, AI , Android development. Ms. Aariya Parve  gave the vote of thanks.

FINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR YOUNG CITIZEN by Kona Kona Siksha (A Kotak Securities CSR initiative)

21st and 22nd December 2022

The program started with a brief introduction of Mr. Rohit Warman. While explaining the importance of savings and investments he said one should take into consideration risk, return, term of investment, and long-term and short-term goal of the investment. Further, he said safety, liquidity and returns are the three pillars of investment. He also gave useful tips on savings and Dos and Don’ts of Investing:

Useful tips for Saving:

1. Savings are not done once, save regularly

2. Spend less to save more, record your expenses

3. Save to avoid debt

4. Save and invest first and spend later

5. Classify expenses in need and want

Dos and Don’ts of Investing


  • Get started early and start small.
  • Get an education on basics of investments.
  • Research before investing.
  • Invest only the surplus amount and have an investment goal.
  • Build a diversified stock portfolio and invest for the long term.
  • Review your portfolio periodically.
  • Invest only through a SEBI-registered entity.
  • Be emotionless and weed out losers


  •  Do not confuse investment with gambling.
  •  Do not invest blindly on tips and recommendations.
  •  Do not have unrealistic expectations.
  •  Do not invest through unregulated entities.
  •  Do not follow the herd and over trade.
  •  Do not take emotional decisions.
  •  Do not trade beyond your risk-taking ability
The event ended by a vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Vaishali Patil



29th December 2022

Mrs Himanshi Kharb was the speaker for the session. Having an experience of 10+ years in Indian Patent Office (IPO), Mumbai she was the most suitable speaker for the topic.  Mrs Himanshi explained the various concepts involved in IPR. The main objective was to make the audience aware of what IPR is. She gave a detailed description of Patents, Innovation, Creativity, Discovery, Copyright, trademark, design, etc. She gave examples so as to clarify the concepts. She further mentioned the importance of applying and getting a patent for a developing country like India. The speaker was gracious enough to answer the questions put forth by the audience.

E-Filing of Income Tax Return

2 July 2022

The program commenced with the welcome address by Dr. Divya Lakhani. Mr. Ravinder Singh Chawla explained the different heads of income – Salary, Income from House Property, Business/Profession, Capital Gains, and Income from Other Sources. He touched upon the avenues for tax planning like – S80C, S80D, etc. He then took a case study with income from salary, LTCG and IOS and explained the calculation of IT on EXCEL sheets as maintained by tax professionals. This helped the audience to get a practical exposure to tax filing process. The session then proceeded towards E-filing of returns on income tax portal. However, since the site was inaccessible, the same is being rescheduled. Mr. Chawla answered questions relating to capital gains – long term and short term. The program concluded with vote of thanks

Topic: Ratio Analysis: A Practical Approach in Business Decision

Date: 28-06-2022

Speaker Name: CA Hemant Godse

CA Hemant Godse started his session by explaining the importance of ratio analysis in business organizations. Ratios Analysis is used by Tax Authorities, Bankers, Investors & Advisors in analyzing the past to take future decisions and it is also helpful to take investment, lending decisions, and other decisions within the enterprise.

He explained the prerequisites of ratio analysis: an analytical mind, common sense, knowledge of industry, Balance Sheet with all its links, notes, reports, laws, & allied documents. Further he explained different ratios: Liquidity, Activity, Profitability, Capital Structure / Leverage ratios.

Mr. Godse said that while doing Ratio analysis of any business organization one should take into consideration following factors:

  • Find out correlations between the ratios. No ratio should be interpreted in isolation. Standards prescribed for different ratios are idealistic. Counter-effect of each ratio should be studied very carefully. Find out complimentary ratios & analyze all such ratios together.
  • Ratio Analysis is not conclusive analysis. One requires other corroborative information to draw conclusions about financial health.
  • Always remember basic financial management rules:
  • Do not divert short term funds for long term uses.
  • Strike perfect balance between profitability & liquidity.
  • Rotate liquidity wheel maximum number of times to increase profitability
  • Assets & income should be at one place.

Guest Session On Corporate Governance

12 February 2022

To bring out the importance of corporate governance practices – SVIMS conducted a session on ‘Corporate Governance’ by Ms. Rachana Kokal on Saturday, 12 February 2022.

Rachana Kokal is a Qualified Company Secretary with over 10 years of rich experience in ensuring adherence to and compliance of Corporate Governance norms as mandated by Listed and Unlisted entities with the Companies Act, 2013; under Secretarial Standards, SEBI Act and its Regulations including SEBI (Listing Obligation and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. She has experience in companies engaged in the business of Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing Pipes and Media. She is Presently the Company Secretary in Sun Pharma Laboratories Limited.

The session started with the welcome address by Dr. Divya Lakhani. Ms. Kanizfatema Khan introduced the guest.

Ms. Rachana explained the concept of corporate governance and gave day-to-day examples bringing out the importance of CG practices. The case of ICICI Bank – Videocon was discussed wherein she emphasized on misuse of position by the directors, Related Party Transactions [RPT], Performance evaluation of board, Role of independent directors, etc.

She further explained that independent directors must exercise due diligence in case of RPTs. They can demand requisite information from the company to arrive at correct decisions and if they are not satisfied, they can record their dissent. This is crucial as in the unfortunate event of foul play in such RPTs, independent directors can be held accountable.

She then went on to explain that if a company is earning good profits and follows good governance practices, then this leads to building trust in investors and results in gain on the stock prices.

The program concluded with Mr. Rachana Kokal advising the students to invest in various instruments and also in stock market, so that they can themselves experience the concepts that they are learning during their MBA program.

Session on Goal Setting

20 January 2022

To bring out the importance of goal setting – SVIMS conducted a session on “Goal Setting” by Mr. Hitendra Soneji on Thursday, 20 January 2022.

Mr. Hitendra Soneji is the Founder CEO of Will to win, Soft Skills Development Training Centre, which is based in Vadodara, Gujarat. He has a rich experience of 30 years in marketing. He has trained more than 40000 people within 10 years of establishment of Will to Win. He has been associated with more than 150 reputed companies, like, L & T, Adani Power, Lupin, Cadila, Asian Paints, Crompton Greaves, to name a few.

Mr. Hitendra Soneji shared his valuable insights on Goal setting. He emphasized on setting the long-term goals and then breaking it down into short term goals. Having some desires in your subconscious mind cannot be called as goals, for they wither away with time. Hence, it is very important to write down these goals so that we can revisit them at regular intervals and change our strategy if we observe deviation in achievement of these goals.

He encouraged the students to follow SMART philosophy, i.e., Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. For this he encouraged the students to analyze the existing talent, knowledge and skills that they possess to develop SMART goals.

Some tips were given by him to setting the goals –

· What is the purpose of your life?

· Discover the purpose

· Visualize the end in sight

· Self-awareness of what knowledge and skills you possess,

· Always being ready to do your work,

· Self-confidence

· Realization that obstacles will always be there and we need to overcome them for reaching towards your goals

· Have alternative strategies, i.e., backup plans.

All in all, this session helped students to understand supreme power and potential of mind. It also taught them how to rewire our brain towards achievement of one’s goals and overcome adversities and face challenges with grit and determination.

Session on Gender Sensitivity

14 January 2022

Ms. Viddulata Gawade, commenced the session by undertaking an activity wherein she asked the students to identify – which gender they associate with a particular word. For example – Cook, Pilot, Smoker, etc. This activity brought forward the fact that we have some stereotypes in our mind regarding certain roles being played by a particular gender. She went on to emphasize that all men and women need to be more open in their thinking and come out of traditional way of thinking.

She explained the Banwari Devi incident and brought about the importance of Vishakha Judgement. She then went on to discuss Rupan Bajaj and Gill case on outraging the modesty of women. Besides this, she discussed the cases where the girls are filing false cases against men for rape, in the event of relationship going sour. These cases bring to fore the need to be more gender sensitive and practice gender equity.

In conclusion, it can be said that though we talk about gender sensitivity and equality – we need to make conscious efforts to understand that men and women are different, and that they need to be accepted as being unique individuals, who have their own thinking and ideologies.

The program concluded with vote of thanks by Ms. Vaishali Patil, Asst Professor, SVIMS.

Digital Disruptions post covid Era – Industry connect

Mr Kalpit Tiwari, Manager – Business Consulting, Capgemini Technology, Pune, started his session by quoting newspaper article – A new survey finds that responses to COVID-19 have speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years—and that many of these changes could be here for the long haul. He presented pre and post pandemic digital transformation statistics by businesses and responses by customers. 

During the pandemic, consumers also have moved dramatically towards online channels for fulfilling their daily needs due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by Central Government. Following Case studies were discussed –  

  • FinTech: Finance industry transformation and regulation  
  • Digital transformation in financial services 
  • mHealth solutions 
  • daily needs (Grocery, veggies)
  • OTT (Entertainment)

Along with students, he listed out the routine activities that are undertaken by an individual on digital business. Through this, it was clearly established that digital transactions are affecting us on a day-to-day basis and its effects cannot be ignored by us or businesses.  

Guest Talks in 2021-2022

DateName & designation of Guest speakerTopic NameParticipationFaculty Incharge
20 March 2021Mr. Amol Mehsram, Assistant Store Manager at a Reliance retail store, PuneTowards becoming the Store Manager15Ms Bindiya Rangwani
30th March 2021Mr. Manish Kumar Singh (Demand planning Manager, JSW Steel)AI in Demand Planning and Forecasting386Dr Smita Iyer
14 May 2021Ms. Anu Krishna [Director, L& D, Emotional and Mental Health Wellness Coach]Mental Health during COVID42Dr Smita Iyer
02 June 2021Amit Kothari
Nishtha Shukla
Sunita Bharadwaj
Biz-a-Thon126Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
15 June 2021Mr. Suresh Gaikwad Manager (ADM cadre) Chief Life Insurance Adviser
Mr. GokulRaykar, Director of G.B. Raykar& Co.
Mr. JafarAnasri, Unit Manager (NJ India Pvt. Ltd.)
Topic: Insurance and NPS: Security for your future (Staff Welfare Program)
Insurance and NPS security for your future117Ms Vaishali Patil
19th June, 2021Mr. Pralhad Jadhav, Associate Director-Library, Khaitan & Co., Mumbai.Strategy to Improve Reading Culture in Digital Era27Ms Sanyukta Borse
19th June, 2021Mr. Jaswanth Kumar Arthala, Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager Prodigy Education, Pune.Best Practices in Organizational Development27Ms Sanyukta Borse
19 June 2021Mr Priyank AhujaProduct Management and Product Marketing Strategy21Ms Bindiya Rangwani
6 July 2021Ms Rekha NairI am a Brand32Ms Bindiya Rangwani
10 July 2021Ms. Sonal Makhijani, Assistant Vice president, Credit Suisse, PuneJob opportunities in Risk Management25Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade
24th July 2021Ms. Maya Shinde, Social Worker, H.O.P.E.Challenges of SHG management During COVID 1937Dr Smita Iyer
1 Aug 2021Mr. Sarthak Vyas, Marketing Lead at Mercedes Benz CentralMarketing luxurious lifestyle products56
3 August 2021Mr Ashok Pattar, Trainer MCED, PuneSkill, Entrepreneurship Development & Employability: Challenge and Opportunities40Ms Vaishali Patil
09 August 2021Mrs. Sunanda Yadav, Head, Department of Research, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapith, PuneQuality Education Accreditation and Teacher Development40Ms Vaishali Patil
5 August 2021Mr Rahul GulabaniSales trends in Real Estate55
6 August 2021Mr. Rishi Moolani, Financial Consultant [ LIC, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company ]Financial Planning: Insurance and Mediclaim25Ms Vaishali Patil
7th August, 2021Mr. Arindam Saha, Marketing Manager, UnileverMarketing for Bottom of the Pyramid Strategy by Unilever37Dr Smita Iyer
07 August 2021Mr. Vinayak KumarDigital Supply Chain54Ms Bindiya Rangwani
11 August 2021Mr. Rohit Warman –Financial Analyst and Trainer (SEBI empanelled)Wealth Management25Ms Vaishali Patil
13 August 2021Ms Rachana Desai and Mr Milind, the Managing Partners of Bambooli, Cloud KitchenCloud Kitchen67Ms Bindiya Rangwani
16 August 2021Mr. Sanjeev Dawar, Personal Finance Professional, and Founder- Dream Big Financial ServicesFinancial Planning for Beginners35Ms Vaiahsli Patil
21 August 2021Mr. Javedali Rauthar, the brand manager at BayerBranding during COVID 1940Dr Smita Iyer
28 August 2021Ms. Aditi Khot, Founder, Des RangeelaThe Financial Strengths and Challenges of Women Entrepreneurs in India31Ms Sonali Joshi
13 September 2021Ms. Swati DyahadhroyA Session on Gender Equity17Ms. Sanyukta Borse
16th September 2021Ms. Elisa Giyeon Rim, 
Programme Management Officer for South Asia, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, Region of Asia and Pacific
Youth Action – Implementing Montreal Protocol37Dr Smita Iyer
26 Nov 2021CA Harshal MutthaRetirement Planning & Succession – CA Harshal Muttha47Ms Vaishali Patil
26 Nov 2021CA Jayesh JainBasics of Capital & Revenue Budgeting- CA Jayesh Jain47Ms Vaishali Patil
21 Dec 2021CA Shushant S. KarbhariCareer Guidance21Ms Vaishali Patil
11th December 2021Mr Shon Shitole – Head Program, Ray of joy Foundation 
Mr Ashish Kumar – Head Revenue Generation, Ray of Joy Foundation




  1. Biz-a-thon: Final Round – Business Model took place on 23rd June 2021 at 11:30 am.
  2. Microsoft Teams Link was provided to the participants on 22nd June.
  3. 10 teams were chosen which qualified the 1st two rounds.
  4. We started the entire event at 11:30 am once all the required participants joined the link.
  5. We introduced the Judges and gave a brief introduction about them.
  6. Our Panel of Judges for the final round were: Ms. Sunitha Bharadwaj, Ms. Nishtha Shukla and Mr. Amit Kothari
  7. We started the Round with a small Sanskrit prayer.
  8. All the teams started giving their presentation.  
  9. Time given for all the presentations was 10 minutes and was followed by a series of Questions and Answers related to their presentations.
  10. The presentations made by the participants brought in new ideas and all of the audience were intrigued by them.
  11. Participants were also given word of advice on how they can carry out their respective business models in a practical environment.
  12. Winner and Runner up were announced.
  13. We thanked our panel of judges for giving us their time.
  14. The Event lasted for 5 hours 30 minutes. It ended at 5 pm. 

A Session on Gender Equity


Dr. Dhyadroy highlighted the problems which women are facing while entering in the field of Higher Education in the context of discrimination in their caste, class, religion, region etc. She mentioned that as institutional responsibilities, the institute needs to know the women who are entering in the space of higher education and what these women will do after completing the higher education. Dr. Dhyadroy gave example of Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule who fought for women’s education. She said that it is the responsibility of institution to create such an environment in context of higher education where girl students can aspire for something which is beyond the gender stereotypes. She added that Higher Education institutions must take responsibility to treat young women students regardless of their gender. They need to be treated as citizens who have the right to education, right to equal opportunities and safety. College, institution and all of us together as individuals need to make an effort that if Indian constitution has given right as a woman student to be part of any stream then the institution needs to assist them in terms of accessing education. therefore the institution needs to create the learning environment where physically, emotionally and intellectually a woman student can feel safe and respected.

Session on PoSH                                                                                                                             


Adv. Ruby Chhatwal, member of our Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee and our speaker for this session explained to our students the formation, composition and functions of an Internal Committee for prevention of Sexual harassment at workplace. In a very simple language, she explained the provisions of law and then went on to give real-life examples of sexual harassment at workplace. There is a subtle difference between being funny and harassing a lady sexually through words spoken and this difference was clarified by our speaker by speaking out statements which mean fun and those that form a part of harassment. Our students asked her questions regarding how can they seek redressal if they face sexual harassment at workplace or even when travelling through public transport, whether fake cases around sexual harassment are reported, how are they identified, what is the grievance and redressal mechanism like, for men and Adv. Chhatwal answered all these questions patiently.

Towards becoming the Store Manager


Mr. Amol Mehsram, currently an Assistant Store Manager at a Reliance retail store was invited for a virtual interview to know the practical applications of basic terminologies under the subject of Marketing. He was asked a series of questions ranging from the start of his career to his current position. His responses enlightened us on the vital role that visual merchandising plays for inside store promotion. He further told us a key promotional strategy used by Godrej Nature’s Basket of approaching institutional customers during festive periods in India and making a sale of minimum of 5 L to one customer at a time. One of the questions also asked him to differentiate between working at Nature’s Basket and Reliance Retail. In reply to this question, he said that the procedures followed are different, for e.g.: At Reliance, he is required to first review the inventory available while at Godrej, a team meeting was conducted. While Godrej was also engaged into selling customized platters to institutional customers, Reliance focuses on end consumers’ everyday needs. Hence, the interaction with these different types of customers also was different respectively. He also threw light on involvement of a Store Manager in decisions relating to Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning. All in all, this session gave us a perspective on range of concepts of Marketing and gave us an opportunity to connect on practical projects with Reliance Retail.

Marketing luxurious lifestyle products


Mr. Sarthak Vyas, Marketing Lead at Mercedes Benz Central Star firstly deep-dived into differences between customers for premium segment of products and those of non-premium segment of products. Some of the differences stated below were mind-boggling for the students:

a. Customers for non-premium products are emotional and in fact, those of premium segments are rational and very logical

b. It is more difficult to convince a customer of a premium segment of the value of the product

c. Customers of premium segment of products have complete knowledge of the products they buy and pay for, so highly

He then gave his insights and shared his experiences of how the customers for luxurious products can be tapped in, at membership clubs, at various charity events, in shopping malls. He further with the help of an example explained that a customer who carries shopping bags of Zara, Gucci are the customers whom the executives of AmEx cards approach and not that of Shoppers Stop or Lifestyle. With real-time calculations of promotional activities like that of WhatsApp broadcast message or an ad on radio, he explained how the marketing budget is planned and spent, how is it justified and where do the challenges lie. 

Mr. Sarthak presented an entire analysis of marketing the luxurious products with insights on consumer behaviour, by stating examples of Micheal Kors, Zara, H&M, Gucci, Rolls Royce throughout his talk and all in all made it very interesting for students to learn from.

Career Guidance

Speaker Name: CA Shushant S. Karbhari

Date: 21-12-2021

CA Shushant Karbhari, member, WIRC of ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India), Pune Branch, was invited for a Guest session on the topic ‘Career Guidance’. He explained the career path and opportunities of a CA professional.

He shared information about the infrastructure, internship, job opportunities, scholarship, partnership of ICAI with NITI Aayog for launching ‘women entrepreneurship platform’, Earn and Learn scheme available at ICAI.

He said that along with MBA if students do a course in CA then it could serve profitable and open more opportunities in all possible avenues of commerce such as Entrepreneur, Information technology consulting, advisory services, management consultancy services.CA aspirants also have opportunities in academics.

He explained the registration and exam process of CA course. He said there are 2 routes to opt for the course. Those who want to do CA after 10th and 12th need to enroll through foundation route in which candidate is required to complete intermediate course. Graduate and postgraduate students can enroll for CA course through direct entry route, where candidate is required to complete 3 years of practical training, and need to appear for final exam.

At the end of the session, he emphasized on hard work, dedication, commitment, optimistic attitude, commitment for learning as the main attributes to become successful in personal and professional life.


11 Dec 2021

Dada J.P Vaswani says “If you have impulse to give something away, give it away and without hesitation. Give it readily and cheerfully”. 

Resource person: 

Mr Shon Shitole – Head Program, Ray of joy Foundation 

Mr Ashish Kumar – Head Revenue Generation, Ray of Joy Foundation  

Mr Shon Shitole, shared with the students about Ray of Joy Foundation, which aims to make food available for as many underprivileged people as possible as Foundation believes that food is a fundamental right and nobody should be deprived of it. 

Ray of Joy is an initiative which brings joy and happiness to the children who are suffering from health ailments. This Foundation is committed to help the families who are below poverty line and to help them with the best possible health care facilities to their children. The motive of the Ray of Joy Foundation is that each child deserves a healthy future, irrespective of the caste, creed, gender and category. 

He also shared about the activities of the Foundation through audio visuals: 

  • Food distribution in Pune, Mumbai, Hydrabad, Kolkatta and as per the need 
  • Ventilators support during COVID time 
  • Toy Distribution 
  • Renovation support to under privilege people 
  • As and when required during disaster 

He also spoke about the career opportunities in CSR. CSR practitioners have a community of peers and colleagues that support each other and try and expand this space in all horizons. The motivation and satisfaction are not all monetary driven but also by what you can do for the society. Each volunteer or a team member makes a difference in a corresponding life.  

Mr. Shom also shared about CSR Interns opportunities in Ray of Joy foundation with attractive stipend. The Open House witnessed healthy and informative discussions amongst the student and the guest speaker. The session was conducted in hybrid mode. 

The SVIMS students expressed their willingness to support CSR activities. The first event where the NSS students collaborated with the Foundation was joy of gifting for Christmas. The SVIMS volunteers joined the Ray of Joy Foundation volunteers and contributed by collecting and packing the gifts for underprivileged children. They also approached the public and created awareness about the foundation and its purpose. The students shared about their feeling of contentment and satisfaction after their one day spent at Ray of Joy.

Topic – Challenges of SHG management During COVID 19

Subject – Current Trends and Cases in Finance – Sem IV

Speaker- Ms. Maya Shinde  

Designation and Organization- Social Worker, H.O.P.E.

Date – 24th July 2021

Time – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Report: Ms. Maya started the session with basic introduction to SHG followed by a display of the documents that are maintained like, register, passbooks, checkbooks, etc. She shared that H.O.P.E was fully functional during COVID, and their engagements resulted in budding 20 women lead enterprises. During her talk she shared that even though COVID had put restrictions on engaging with community, they redesigned the engagements by digitally equipping women through trainings and workshop online. This resulted in smooth functioning of the SHGs resulting in profitable business for the SHG enterprises in the projects run by H.O.P.E. Though the organization faced challenges as they are belonging to private sector, the corporate engagements through CSR initiatives helped them sustain during the COVID crisis. 

Recording link:

AI in Demand Planning and Forecasting

30th March 2021

The speaker Mr. Manish Kumar Singh (Demand planning Manager, JSW Steel) explained the concept of artificial intelligence, demand planning and demand forecasting and how demand planning can help in better forecasting, increased profitability, lower inventory and customer retention.

The evolution of forecasting has helped in the evolution of AI technology and the speaker in a lucid way and with examples explained artificial intelligence is being used for accurate demand planning and forecasting.

The session was attended by 386 participants

Cloud Kitchen 13.08.2021

Ms Rachana Desai and Mr Milind, the Managing Partners of Bambooli Cloud Kitchen started right from how it was founded. Ms Rachana Desai had moved to Sindhudurg to work and the central problem that was identified by her was that there was no home-cooked normal food available for people who do not belong to Sindhudurg but work there. She took this up in her hand and decided to open a restaurant that would cater to this need. Hence, took birth Bambooli Cloud Kitchen. Mr Milind joined her in this journey after she had already founded this restaurant. After Covid hit, they had to move the operations from a dine-in restaurant to a Cloud Kitchen. Few most important points they stated were:

1. We have 3 food start-ups besides Bambooli Kitchen, and we prefer to keep its operations separate even though we serve food through all 3 of them. This is because the customer base and their respective needs are different.

2. Since, the network connectivity is not very strong in this district. We take orders on Whatsapp, a call, a text message, Facebook messenger, a chit or even verbally. This provides our customers with accessibility and ease of usage.

3. We source our vegetables and spices locally. In fact, we have generated employment for numerous farmers through this and hence, we have got a financial support from the Government of India as well.

4. The customer base that we have built is a result of a strong bond we have built with each one of them. We have truly helped them in pandemic times by delivering medicines, by picking up their children in times of distress or even by offering shelter

5. The uniformity and standardisation is taste has been maintained because it is mandatory for all our cooks to follow the one recipe for a dish/Biryani that we provide and none of them can divert from that one recipe.

Digital Supply Chain 07.08.2021

Mr. Vinayak Kumar set the foundation for the topic by explaining the process of manufacturing and distribution of Lays. He further listed down the risks associated with manufacturing the Potato chips which are:

1. Risks and costs associated with ordering excess inventory

2. Spoilage of seeds

3. Poor utilisation of working capital and loss of liquidity

4. Poor forecast leading to loss of sales

5. Unsatisfied customers

Similarly, he also explained the concerns and issues faced in production. After laying the entire base, he then moved on to how Industry 4.0 and Digital disruption led to efficient supply chains. Under this, he spoke of:

a. Supply Chain 4.0: digitally connected Farmers, Suppliers, Distributors, Retailers and Customers

b. Maintenance and security of data by individuals

c. In his opinion, by 2030, supply chain will be flexible and have agility

d. Automatic simulation

e. Predictive Analysis

Here, he stated the example of Amazon’s one day delivery policy. Amazon can deliver in a day because they undertake predictive analysis. So, if in a day, a customer has searched for a product 5 times then the probability of he/she buying the product is high. In that case, Amazon ships the product that time itself from its warehouse for the delivery to be made in next 24 hours and that is how we as customers get the product in a day.

1. Retirement Planning & Succession – CA Harshal Muttha

2. Basics of Capital & Revenue Budgeting- CA Jayesh Jain

Date: 26-11-2021

Time: 2.00 pm-5.00 pm

This session was conducted as part of a Financial and Tax Literacy Drive of ICAI. The aim of the session was to enable students to understand the concept and working of a budget with the latest updates and practices in the financial sector. CA Harshal Muttha stressed upon the various aspects of a budget and delved deeper into why it is needed and how it helps in predicting the future financial position of the company. Further, he said that at individual level and for every organization, success is dependent upon the budget, hence proper preparation of budget is an important task in any organization.

CA Jayesh Jain explained the importance of retirement planning and emphasized that retirement planning is

· saving and investing the investible amounts;

· in various financial assets;

· to fund the life post-working phase;

· and maintain a certain level of lifestyle.

He said retirement planning is necessary to secure one’s future and one should start it in his/her early age. He discussed about the various types of financial products to invest in for retirement planning such as NPS, PPF and Mutual Fund. In addition, he said while planning for retirement one should identify goals and link investments and plans with these goals. It is also important to take into consideration monthly expenses, inflation and increase in salary over the years.

He explained succession planning as a method of transferring leadership duties, such as firm ownership, to an individual or group of employees. Succession planning guarantees that a company’s operations continue to run efficiently after most key members retire or leave.

Insurance and NPS security for your future

Date: 15th June, 2021


Mr. Suresh Gaikwad Manager (ADM cadre) Chief Life Insurance Adviser

Mr. GokulRaykar, Director of G.B. Raykar& Co.

Mr. JafarAnasri, Unit Manager (NJ India Pvt. Ltd.)

Topic: Insurance and NPS: Security for your future (Staff Welfare Program)

Mr. Gaikwad and Raykar started their session by explaining various types of insurance policies and importance of insurance in an individual’s life. Further, both of them illustrated how an individual’s insurance value is derived with few examples. Both the speakers stressed on below points that one should consider before purchasing an Insurance policy:

1. Objective of buying an Insurance policy

2. Terms and conditions of the policy

3. Financial Budget for purchasing policy

4. Insurance coverage one requires.

5. Reputation and image of the insurance company

While, Mr. Jafar briefed the participants on NPS (National Pension System) introduced by the Central Government for citizens of India between the ages of 18 and 65. He also explained how NPS is helpful to an individual to create a retirement fund and thus secure their retirement.

All the speakers highlighted the importance of early investment to get benefits in future.

Mental Health during COVID

14th May 2021

The speaker Ms. Anu Krishna [Director, L& D, Emotional and Mental Health Wellness Coach] explained that COVID has brought about fear, anxiety, stress and loss of freedom. Often adverse conditions such as COVID influence our thoughts and thought patterns leading to fear and stress.  The antidote to negative thinking and fear is to break the chain by filling yourself with positive thoughts of HOPE. Hope removes the fear of uncertainty and helps to move from a negative state of mind to a positive one. It is also hope which helps us to respond rather than to react to situations and the courage to accept some situations, which are not within our control.

She suggested the use and practice of STAR technique and breathing exercises to handle fear, uncertainty and stress:

Stop the negative thoughts of fear as these will make you react rather than respond to a situation. Replace such thoughts with HOPE

Think about what is happening to help you understand the situation better and to control the situation, rather than being controlled by it

Analyze why and where of the situation and what will happen

Respond rather than react. Reacting is being impulsive, whereas responding is more logical and grounded  Ms. Anu demonstrated some breathing exercises and techniques that can be used to help in situations of stress and anxiety. When situations are overwhelming, there is shallow breathing, reducing the flow of oxygen in the body, which results in breathlessness and palpitations. Deep breathing up to 5 counts, followed by holding breath for 10 seconds helps to temporarily cut off negative thoughts; improves supply of oxygen and allows the brain to start functioning and thinking clearly.

Youth Action – Implementing Montreal Protocol 

16th September 2021

A session to commemorate World Ozone Day was organized on 16th September 2021. The objective was broadly to understand the Montreal Protocol designed to protect the ozone layer and various actions that youth can take in implementing this protocol. ​  

Guest Speaker,  Ms. Elisa Giyeon Rim, Programme Management Officer for South Asia, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, Region of Asia and Pacific explained the Montreal Protocol, its establishment, amendments, it’s impact on climate change, global warming and UN SDGs in general, milestones achieved and the future plans. Scientific and commercial aspects of Ozone and its depletion were also discussed.  Ozone Depletion Substances (ODS) used in the industries along with the emissions caused due to the use of finished goods and rapid modernization were pointed out by her as areas of concern in conserving the Ozone layer.  

 The latter part of the session focused on a discussion on people’s contribution towards protecting the ozone layer by avoiding the purchase and use of ozone depleting substances and simple things like maintaining refrigerator and air conditioner and other gadgets in good condition and using electricity efficient appliances.  

The session ended with a powerful video by NASA on the Ozone Hole. 

Skill, Entrepreneurship Development & Employability: Challenge and Opportunities

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Speaker: Mr. Ashok Pattar, Trainer and Consultant Entrepreneurship

Topic: ‘Skill Development and Employability Challenges and Opportunities’

Date: 03-08-2021

Time: 3.00pm-4.00pm

Mr. Pattar started by sharing skills required for employability and career management. Further he stressed on building entrepreneurial skills to address the challenges of unemployment. While discussing employability he took the participants through the companies’ expectations from their employees, cycle of survivability for employment, and the consequences of unemployment. While explaining the main causes of unemployment in India he mentioned that the youth lack vocational skills and has a low education level. Further, he shared the essential skills for a successful career which include:

1. Minimum Qualifications

2. Communication skills

3. Positive Attitude

4. Aptitude skills

5. Adaptability

6. Time Management

At the end of the session, he said that entrepreneurship is the solution for unemployment, to cater to a poor economy and stiff global competition. Additionally he explained the benefits of entrepreneurship such as:

1. Creating Wealth for Self and Associated Businesses.

2. Improves the Standard of Living.

3. Creates Businesses and Job Opportunities for People.

4. Developing the Economy.

5. Creating Social Impact.

6. Flexibility in Schedule.

7. Boosts Self-Esteem.

8. Getting to Learn New Things.

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Quality Education Accreditation and Teacher Development

09 August 2021

Mrs. Sunanda Yadav, Head, Department of Research, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapith, Pune , enlightened students and staff about accreditation bodies- UGC, AICTE, AIU, ISO, NAAC, NBA, etc. She highlighted benefits of Accreditation to all stakeholders namely, Students, Parents, Faculty, Educational institutes and others. While it pushes institutions to meet and maintain high standards, it also helps them in gaining trust and confidence of the public and boosting accountability. It helps employers to determine the programs credibility and knowledge level of students. 

Accreditation – a quality assurance process helps educational institutions to attain their academic goals by meeting the guidelines and standards set by accreditation granting agencies. Educational institutions are required to undergo an extensive process that requires them to successfully pass the quality checks in terms of managing accurate institutional data, designing courses, carrying out assessments and enhances students’ performance.

Students often make accreditation a key factor while choosing a degree course in higher learning institutes across India and abroad. In other words, the worthiness of a degree awarded by an institute depends on its accreditation.  Accreditation helps students while undertaking higher studies abroad. Many universities outside India prefer students, who have passed out from accredited institutes or courses. 

Sales trends in Real Estate 05.08.2021

Mr Rahul Gulabani started his talk by stating some key figures about real estate. He mentioned that Real Estate is the 02nd largest employer in India and directly contributes 7% to our country’s GDP. He continued his talk saying that with the introduction of RERA, projects are advertised carefully and similarly, commitments are made diligently. After this brief introduction, he moved on to brief us about the trends in Real Estate, these are:

a. Sole selling

b. There has been a rise for properties in one’s hometown

c. Premium segment for homes has seen a rise since people are now preferring larger spaces due to work-from-home arrangements

d. Homes in sub-urban areas are being preferred over other areas

e. Large cities have been witnessing reverse migration

f. Owners of commercial spaces have been facing losses currently and this is a short-term effect

g. Ready-to-move in houses and houses near completion are being preferred over houses that will take a few years to complete

Guest Session on Marketing for Bottom of the Pyramid Strategy by Unilever

Speaker – Mr. Arindam Saha, Marketing Manager, Unilever

Date- 7th August, 2021 

Time- 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm  


“Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom, but an oceanic circle whose centre will be the individual’  

Mahatma Gandhi   Mr. Arindam Saha, Marketing Manager, Unilever resonating with M. Gandhi’s words, shared that at Unilever, Bottom of the Pyramid [ BOP] is called as India 1 2 3 as a mark of adding dignity to the customers/consumers of this segment. Unilever is committed to understanding the special issues of migration and remigration, abundance drive and scarcity drive, etc connected with this segment. He then explained the process of analyzing abundance drive which is connected to low priced-long term value items where, the focus is on ‘indulge-display-bite size’. Then he moved to explain higher level of product category with high priced-long term value where the focus is on building long term future. He explained both the strategies with examples of products such as Chavanprash, Maggi, Cornflakes, Kurkure, Lux, men’s fairness creams etc. He concluded by saying that though this market is challenging it is not a ‘cheap market’. Quality matters here and one of the largest markets for Unilever in fact is West Bengal. This segment has huge potential and targets housewives.  Unilever has equal or more share of women representing product designing and marketing teams which have helped it to achieve success in penetrating this segment.

Financial Planning: Insurance and Mediclaim

Name of Guest Speaker: Mr. Rishi Moolani, Financial Consultant [ LIC, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company ]

Mr. Moolani started by explaining the importance of Insurance and Mediclaim policy in an individual’s life. Financial planning includes contingency, insurance, retirement and wealth planning. He explained how an individual’s financial planning goals can be achieved by availing Insurance and Mediclaim policies.

He explained, Mediclaim policy is an insurance cover that shields an individual against increasing medical costs arising out of hospitalization. It offers financial protection in case of hospitalization due to illness or an accident.

While explaining the importance of the Insurance and Mediclaim policy, he stated benefits such as:

1. Improves Lifestyle

2. Insured’s family is safeguarded

3. It helps in borrowing loans

4. Compulsory Savings

5. Helps to overcome uncertainties

6. Benefits under Section 80 C and 10 (10) D

7. Source of Income in Old Age

8. Tax benefits

9. Financial safety

10. Peace of mind

11. Great returns

Wealth Management

Mr. Rohit Warman –Financial Analyst and Trainer (SEBI empanelled)

Date: 11-08-2021 Time: 1.30-2.30pm

Mr. Rohit explained meaning of Wealth preservation, protection, and transfer. While explaining wealth management, he expressed that one should consider aspects like objective of investment, risk involved, tax benefits, retirement planning and protection of funds. Further he conducted a live demo using HDFC Mutual Fund for selecting financial instruments. He mentioned that choice of selecting a financial instrument should be on the basis of consistent returns.

At the end of the session, he shared tips about careers in wealth management. He emphasized on skills such as communication, relationship management, and knowledge of fintech and reasoning skills for a successful career in wealth management.

Branding during COVID 19

21 Aug. 2021

Mr. Javedali Rauthar, Brand Manager at Bayer

In his talk, Mr. Javedali Rauthar, Brand Manager at Bayer spoke about brand management, practical management principles in context of branding and  branding practices during COVID 19. He substantiated his talk with examples of how Amul carried COVID messages on its product packaging and  customer and brand engagement during COVID 19.

The speaker also showed different videos of brands like Hyundai, Coca-Cola, Amazon to explain how they have advertised their product and brand in COVID times.

 Ms. Gangotri Oza proposed the vote of thanks.

The Financial Strengths and Challenges of Women Entrepreneurs in India

28th August 2021

Ms. Aditi Khot, Founder, Des Rangeela

SVIMS, under the aegis of the Entrepreneurship Cell, had invited Ms. Aditi Khot, Founder of Des Rangeela, Pune, for a Guest Lecture.

Aditi is a young Social entrepreneur who is working towards connecting the rural handicraft industry to the urban markets. She is working towards bridging the gap between modern India and the rural handicraft heritage that is the treasure trove of our country.

Aditi shared her entrepreneurial journey experiences with the attendees. She touched upon various obstacles the young girls, who want to become entrepreneurs, face in their familial and societal environment, especially those who come from rural background.

‘Des Rangeela’ is a Pune city based Social Enterprise that works for providing Sustainable livelihood to Indian Artisans, aiming to preserve Indian culture, strengthen local communities & economy. Established in 2017, Des Rangeela has grown tremendously and is now ready to enter into ecommerce business.

Being from a humble background herself, Aditi addressed the financial strengths and challenges that woman entrepreneurs have to deal with in their businesses. She emphasized upon the need to have clarity, passion and adhere to the routine and discipline so as to meet the set goals. Self- doubting may be good as it helps to push the limits to perform better.

She motivated the students to broaden their horizons and spread their wings and not be afraid of taking risks. Aditi also touched upon the gender issues that become a part of the woman entrepreneur’s journey and how does she deal with such situations. “I cannot run away and close my business and leave my goal because of these incidences. Therefore, I find a way through them.”

Product Management and Product Marketing Strategy

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No. of participants: 52
Mr Priyank Ahuja very smoothly took our students through the concept of Product and Product Management with examples of Instagram and the devices we use to log in to online sessions. Further, through comparison between roles of Project Manager, Program manager, Product owner and Product manager he clarified to us the difference between them. 
At this point he moved on to the strategies implemented and adopted at different stages of PLC. He highlighted a few astonishing facts like:a. If an organisation fails to launch a product successfully at the first instance itself, it incurs cost equivalent to 6 times the original cost to re-launch the product.b. 8/10 times once a product reaches a saturation point, it falls down into decline stage.
He cited an example of those iPhone users who stand in a line even at midnight 12 to purchase it on the day of its launch to explain the concept of Innovator customers in the Technology Adoption Cycle along side the PLC. We were told about the Chasm stage which falls between the Introduction and Growth stage. This stage in his view is very critical because this is the stage where the product takes a flight to the growth stage.He made a remarkable statement of: “Your complete business model is Solution being offered as a Product.”
He explained that to introduce a product first identify where is it that you want to hit: the pain level of the customer or do you want to provide ease of accessibility to the customer or offer a product at a price point. Alongside this analysis, an organisation then needs to identify the risks associated with the product offering.
Only after giving his insights on all the above, he moved on to talking about the 5 key metrics of Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Revenue and Referral for Product Management.
Lastly, he spoke about Product-Market fit and Pricing Techniques. He stated the following steps to create Product-Market fit:

  1.  Find a sizeable market
  2. Identify a problem worth solving
  3. Develop a Minimum Viable Product to solve it
  4. Find a business model to support it
  5. Test, Measure, Learn
  6. Repeat 

Pricing Techniques:

  1. Promotional Pricing
  2. Psychological Pricing
  3. Premium Pricing
  4. Bundle Pricing
  5. Freemium Pricing
  6. Economy Pricing
  7. Penetration Pricing

Job opportunities in Risk Management

10 July 2021

Ms. Sonal Makhijani, Assistant Vice president, Credit Suisse, Pune – explained the concept of Risk management as the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization’s capital and earnings. These threats, or risks, could stem from a wide variety of sources, including financial uncertainty, legal liabilities, strategic management errors, accidents and natural disasters, IT security and data theft. Risk management strategies to alleviate these, have become a top priority for digitized companies.

She explained that a Risk Manager has to communicate risk policies and processes of an organisation;  develop  risk mitigation models;  provide research and analytical support and ensure that  controls are operating effectively. A risk manager has to make sure that the company only takes the risks that will help it achieve its primary objectives while keeping all other risks under control. 

Ms. Makhijani also spoke about career options in this space: 

  • Risk Analyst
  • Insurance Analyst
  • Loss Control Representative
  • Risk Consultant
  • Risk Control Consultant
  • Risk Management Consultant
  • Risk Manager
  • Business Risk Manager

SKILLS required for successful Risk Management:

  • Financial acumen
  • Analytical skills and an eye for detail
  • Industry and Market knowledge
  • Ability to endure and work under stress
  • Technical skills, negotiation skills and the ability to influence people
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Corporate governance
  • Enterprise risk management 
  • Information and security risk 
  • Market and credit risk
  • Regulatory risk
  • Operational and technology risk 
  • Business continuity management

I am a Brand

6 July 2021

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The entire session was based on the journey that a person undertakes from ‘I am unknown’ to ‘I am trustworthy.’ Ms Rekha Nair deep dived into how a person can take on this journey to be able to successfully build trust for himself/herself. In her opinion, building a personal brand equals to building trust, influence and opportunities for oneself.
Any person who has a purpose, a vision and a dream to achieve should get on to building a personal brand and thus, the age, the gender or success achieved does not matter when starting to do so. The core of Personal branding, she said lies in this statement of: People May forget what you did but they will not forget how you made them feel.

The triangle of Personal branding that she explained consists of: The person-The brand he/she wants to build-The Audience. The person represents the credibility and authenticity, the brand represents the Unique Value offering and the audience represents the emotional connection a person builds. She concluded the session with explaining the essential building blocks of Personal Branding which are:
a. Purpose and Vision
b. Values and beliefs
c. Unique value proposition
d. Goals and audience
e. Brand story
f. Online and offline strategy
g. Skills and sustainable interests

Guest Lecture on “Strategy to Improve Reading Culture in Digital Era”.

Date: 19th June, 2021

Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Resource Person: Mr. Pralhad Jadhav, Associate Director-Library, Khaitan & Co., Mumbai.

Total Attendees: 27

The National Reading Day is celebrated to honour the father of ‘Library Movement in Kerala’, the late P. N. Panicker, whose death anniversary falls on 19th June. In 2021, 26th National Reading Day has been celebrated and it is marked the Silver Jubilee year for this event. This day is officially started in 1996 to enhance the habit of reading in all and to motivate students to read. Reading helps to improve concentration, vocabulary as well as knowledge and understanding of the world. This year the event is celebrated virtually due to the pandemic.

Mr. Jadhav explained the importance of reading and emphasized that reading is the key for understanding to interpret information and preserve it. He explained various types of reading material. He explained difference between e-Edition and Web Edition as well as Google and Library. He explained features of Google Books Search such as search option, view option, download, maps, and Google Scholars. Mr. Jadhav emphasized how reading gives health benefits. He explained that Open Access is the practice of providing online access to scientific information that is free of charge to the reader and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. He enlightened open access resources such as Directory of Open Access Journals, Directory of Open Access Books, Global Open Access Portal, Open Access Stories, Directory of Open Access Repository, etc.

World Energy Conservation Day

Guest Session on Energy Conservation

(Date: 14.12.2021)

Dr. Phunde shed light on the concept of Energy Conservation, its need, importance and the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. Energy Conservation is an important Sustainable Development Goal and has a direct impact on the Environment and quality of Life.  In that sense it has a bearing on all UN – SDGs. He explained how energy conservation is influenced by factors such as Global Direct Primary Energy Consumption, Human Development Index (HDI), Per Capita Primary Power Consumption, World Primary Energy Consumption and other matrices. He also spoke about career opportunities in the field of energy conservation in the Energy Service Companies as also under different programmes under EC Act, 2001. 

Guest Lecture on “Best Practices in Organizational Development”.

Date: 19th June, 2021

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Resource Person: Mr. Jaswanth Kumar Arthala, Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager Prodigy Education, Pune.

Total Attendees: 27

Mr. Jaswanth addressed students about Models for Managing Strategic Plans such as Top-down, Transformational and Strategic approaches. He enlightened students about Organizational Development Interventions such as Strategic interventions, Techno-Structural Interventions, HRM Interventions, Human Process Interventions etc. Mr. Jaswanth practiced a case study with the students. He explained students the organizational cultural values as well as organizational culture in an interactive way.

Guest Talks in 2020-2021

DateName & designation of Guest speakerTopic NameParticipationFaculty Incharge
30 March 2020 Dr.Swapan Banerjee, DieticianWhat Nutrition and diet we should follow to be healthy under the Poshan Pakhwada?55
19 Sept 2020 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMMr Satish
Anerao, Sr Manager, Tech Mahindra, Pune
Current trends in Digital Business : Artificial Intelligence using PEGA56Dr A J Kaiwade
26 Sept 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOONMr.Suresh
Budhani, Senior Vice President, HDFC Bank , Mumbai
Introduction of New Products and Services under Digital Banking due to innovation in Technology68Ms. Vaishali Pati
3 Oct 2020, 11:00 AM to 12:00 NoonMs. Novina Ahuja 
Senior Business Associate 
Tech Mahindra, Pune
Technological Innovations, Trends and Services in the field of  Human Resource Information Systems52Dr A J Kaiwade
16 Oct 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 NoonDr. Murthy, Ex-Chairman and MD, The Jute Corporation of IndiaStrategies Unequalled92Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
24 Oct 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 NoonMr. Akshat Bharani, Founder and Director, 10XDigitalsWhen marketing your own service firm51Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
31 Oct 2020
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
CA Abhay D Gubdecha,
M/S Abhay D Gundecha & Co
Working Capital Management: A Key to Business Success Startup Perspective20Ms. Vaishali Pati
1 Nov 2020 1:00PM to 2:00 PMCA Nagesh Jadhav,
N.S.Jadhav & Co. Nanded
Input Tax Credit latest amendments in GST17Ms. Vaishali Pati
14 December 2021
Mr. Sarvashreshtha Chaudhary, AID Services Vertical, Asian Paints,
Asian Paints – Journeying into the Unexpected34
11.00-1.00pmMr. Amit GuptaIntroduction to Securities Market86Ms. Vaishali Patil
23.01.2021Adv. Ruby ChhatwalSession on PoSH91Ms. Vaishali Patil
15-02-2021 11:00 to 12:30PMMr. Amogh GothoskarInvestment Awareness Program on Capital Market94Ms. Vaishali Patil
08-02-21 11:00 to 12:30 PMMs Karuna BajajPersonal Branding and Image Management59Ms. Vaishali Patil
22.03.2021 9:00 AMMr. Aditya SenguptaB2B and B2C Sales from Industry Perspective78Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
30/03/2021Adv. Asif ShaikhA session on Anti-ragging​​​​​​​​112Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
10/04/21 11:00am to 12:00pmLt.Col Alok kumar Das HRBuilding your image as a leader and establishing your Leadership in HR108Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
10/04/21 4:00pm to 5:00pmMr Jiigar Jhaveri FINANCEHow women can leverage Diversity and Inclusion102Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
12/04/21 10:30am to 11:30amMr Piyush Chaudhari FINANCEReality check and trendsMs. Bindiya Rangwani
15/04/21 11:30am to 12:30pmMr Ankit Gupta MARKETINGMapping skills to career opportunities in marketingMs. Bindiya Rangwani
16/04/21 11:00am to 12:00pmMr Pranam Kundap HRBroad View on Careers in HRMs. Bindiya Rangwani
16/04/21 2:00pm to 3:00pmMs Gurpreet Singh HRChanges and Trends that Technology has brought about in HRMs. Bindiya Rangwani
17/04/21 10:00am to 11:00amMr Siddharth Sabari MARKETINGCareers in Marketing – in relation with People, Process and TechnologyMs. Bindiya Rangwani
23/04/21 Ms. Charu Mudholkar, Aks Foundation.Ehsaaas – Observe the Sexual Assault Awareness month119Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
02/06/2021Ms. Shweta OjhaHow to build your network on linkedin118Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
04/06/2021Foundation Day of the Mira Movement in Education120
04/06/2021Dr. Adwait DeshpandeNirbhaya Kanya Yojana – Become Confident and Flex Some Muscles – A Self-defense108Dr. Smita Iyer
10/06/2021Dr Sweta Singh, Founder and CEO, Enable IPIntellectual Property Rights 64Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade
09/06/2021Mr. Narendra MansukhaniCRM in Hospitality Industry66Ms Bindiya Rangwani
12/06/2021Ms Sameeksha Makhijani, Sr Consultant Cyber Security, Infosys, PuneIntroduction to Cyber Security (Job Profile and responsibility of cyber security expert in private organization)74Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade
12/06/2021Ms. Meenakshi, Branch Head, Karur Vysya Bank Ltd, BengaluruCredit Management and Bank Lending47Ms Vaishali Patil
12.06.2021Mr. Libin SamuelProject Management in IT industry54Ms Bindiya Rangwani
17.06.2021 2:00 PM to 4:00PMMr. Swapnil Admane, Dy.General Manager of NJ Wealth Financial Products distributors Network Pvt. LtdInvestment in Mutual Funds and Bond55Ms Vaishali Patil
17.06.2021Ms. Pooja HirwadeNational competition – The Talent Maze35Ms. Bindiya Rangwani
19.06.2021 12:30 PM to 1:30PMMr. Jaswanth Kumar Arthala
Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager
Prodigy Education, Pune.
Best Practices in Organizational Development29Ms Sanyukta Borse
19.06.2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMMr. Pralhad Jadhav
Associate Director-Library
Khaitan & Co., Mumbai.
Strategy to Improve Reading Culture in Digital Era47Ms Sanyukta Borse
11.06.2021Kavita GhoranBecome Confident and Flex Some Muscles – A Self-defence workshop78Dr. Smita Iyer
05/06/2021Ravi BodaniUnlock your subconscious Intelligence69Ms. Bindiya Rangwani

National competition – The Talent Maze


  1. The Talent Maze – for a Cause, National Level Competition started at 10 am on 17th June 2021
  2. Microsoft Teams Link was provided to the participants on 16th June.
  3. Only 5 participants showed up for the Virtual Relay – Online Game Marathon.
  4. We started the entire event at 10:20am once all the required participants joined the link.
  5. The 1st game played was Scribbl, link was shared on the respective WhatsApp group.
  6. All the 5 Participants joined the Scribbl room, the winners of which were qualified for the next game.
  1. We had 4 Participants for Ludo, among which 3 of them carried on for the next round: Quiz
  2. Only 1 winner was to be chosen from the final round: Quiz.
  3. After the end of Virtual Relay, we continued the event further by introducing our Panel of Judges for the Dance Competition and the Painting Competition.
  4. Our Panel of Judges for Dance Competition were: Ms. Pooja Hirwade and Mr. Ramesh Vishwakarma; for Painting Competition: Mr. Amit Thorat, Mr. Niranjan Nawale.
  5. A short video was played containing all the paintings made by our participants.
  6. Few words were spoken about the judges followed by a short clip of their respective career achievements.
  7. We announced the winner of the Dance Competition followed by the video of the Winner.
  8. After announcing the winner for the Painting Competition, we displayed the respective Painting.
  9. We also shared a Thank You posters for all our Judges as a token of appreciation.
  10. We ended the Event by playing our National Anthem.
  11. Event ended at 1:00pm.

Nirbhaya Kanya Yojana – Become Confident and Flex Some Muscles – A Self-defense


The Chief Guest for the event, Adv. Mrs. Nevagi and Ms. Nikita Panhalkar spoke about issues of women’s safety, Me Too Movement, sexual harassment at workplaces and different Acts and provisions meant to ensure women’s safety. Some of these being: Hindu Marriage Act 1955, Special Marriage Act, 1954, Guardians and Wards Act 1890, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956, the IT Act 2000, The POSH Act 2013, et al.  

A video on the use of the Pratisaad App was launched by the Mumbai Police to ensure women safety was also shown to the audience. 

Unlock your subconscious Intelligence


We partnered with Neurointelligence Training Solutions to arrange this 2-days workshop for our students. The objective was to restore their mental health and emotional power in times of Pandemic. It was arranged under the Capability Enhancement and Skill Building Initiative of the Training and Placement Committee.

This workshop taught them the powerful techniques of Visualisation and Hypnosis. It further enhanced their mental well-being.

Foundation Day of the Mira Movement in Education


How to build your network on LinkedIn

Ms Shweta Ojha, a LinkedIn Growth Consultant and a Personal Branding Strategist was invited for this workshop under the Capability enhancement and Skill building initiative of our Placement Committee. She started with explaining the basics of LinkedIn network. For example, how are people in your network tagged basis whether they are in your immediate circle or are in network of those who are in your immediate circle. Similarly, she also mentioned that one can connect to a maximum of 3000 people and then people have the option to follow you. Then she spoke of the membership to LinkedIn Premium and how can a student utilise the first month free subscription of this membership. Only after explaining the basics, did she move on to enlighten us with the pull and the push strategies of building and then growing the network. 

Few of the ones that she spoke on, across the length and breadth of them are:

  1. Engage with people in your first circle of network. 
  2. Follow the rule of 1-2-3. Post once in a day, comment and engage with at least 2 posts in a day and personally engage with at least 3 people in your network. 
  3. Even if you are sharing a photo/video from social media, customise it with your understanding or learning from it.

Her presentation covered every aspect of networking on LinkedIn so well that she answered majority of the questions in her talk itself. But, nonetheless we had a small QnA session at the end. Students from a total of 36 institutions across Maharashtra participated in this workshop.

Introduction to Cyber Security (Job Profile and responsibility of cyber security expert in private organization)


Ms Sameeksha Makhijani, Sr Consultant Cyber Security, Infosys, Pune
Ms. Sameekasha, started her session with cybercrime and threats while using internet, smartphones,
social media, and online meetings.
She enlightened students about the latest cyber threats —

  1. Cloud vulnerability – enterprises are leveraging cloud applications and storing sensitive data
    related to their employees and business operations on the cloud.
  2. AI-Enhanced Cyberthreats, AI Fuzzing
  3. Smart Contract Hacking
  4. Social engineering attacks like phishing have always been used by attackers to trick victims into
    surrendering sensitive information like login details and credit card information.
  5. Deepfake- is a fake video or audio recording that cybercriminals use for illicit purposes.
  6. Handing over the keys to the kingdom in terms of personal information, OTP, UPI payment,
    posting your activities on social media, etc.
    She cautioned students against the above crimes and urged everyone to increase their level of
    awareness and education. She stated that one must never click on the links in the unknown messages,
    unknown offer link, responding to unknown mails with your personal details.

Become Confident and Flex Some Muscles – A Self-defence workshop


The Chief Guest for the event, Adv. Mrs. Nevagi and Ms. Nikita Panhalkar spoke about issues of women’s safety, Me Too Movement, sexual harassment at workplaces and different Acts and provisions meant to ensure women’s safety. Some of these being: Hindu Marriage Act 1955, Special Marriage Act, 1954, Guardians and Wards Act 1890, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956, the IT Act 2000, The POSH Act 2013, et al.  

A video on the use of the Pratisaad App was launched by the Mumbai Police to ensure women safety was also shown to the audience. 

Date: 10th February 2020

Name of Session: Investment Awareness Program

Guest Name: Mr. Esmail Colombowala

The program started with insightful thoughts of Warren Buffet such as “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving” and “Never depend on single income, make investment to create a second source”. Mr. Esmail Colombowala, who was invited to create financial awareness among students, spoke about investing in assets with specific financial goals. There are many options available for investment such as Property, Bank deposits, Gold, Stocks, Bonds, Insurance and mutual funds. He said there should be proper asset allocation and one should take into account Inflation rate, appreciation in value and costs while taking investment decisions. Further he discussed how to calculate returns on investment, how to recognize whether our money is appreciating or depreciating in value and impact of inflation on income and savings.

05th November 2019

Hold their hands and lead them to Success

Ms Steffi Gard, Senior HR Recruiter at eClerx and our alumna was invited to set the perspective of our students right in terms of what is expected out of an Associate at eClerx and where is it that, that eClerx as an organization stands. She clearly laid out the expectations in terms of knowledge, its practical application and flexibility required out of the prospective candidates. Ms Steffi further shared her journey of career and how each experience helped her to reach where she is today.  Ms Steffi clearly displayed how alumni play an important role in hand holding for the current students so that they succeed in their respective careers.

14th October 2019

Topic: Change Management and Leadership

Resource Person: Ms.Pradnya Kulkarni, Regional Head-Talent and Learning, Western Union

The session started with a beautiful small video on Sandpiper where the message was “The key to change is to accept the change and adopt new methods to incorporate it.  She informed students about “FIT” the strategy which stands for Focus on change, Improve your attitude towards it and Transform your actions towards the change.  During the Change process/phase the role of leaders becomes very critical; the leader has to communicate effectively to get a buy-in and encourage participation.

Ms.Pradnya also enlightened the students on the “Change Curve” which covers Anticipation, Letting Go, Disorientation, Reappraisal, and Recommitment. She explained the change curve by giving the examples from organizations like Kodak, Nokia, Yahoo and, XEROX.

The take away from her session was that one should never resist any change, always observe, do not be a carrier of rumors, be adaptive and be a reason for a positive change

Session on PoSH                                                                                                                              23.01.202

Adv. Ruby Chhatwal, member of our Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee and our speaker for this session explained to our students the formation, composition and functions of an Internal Committee for prevention of Sexual harassment at workplace. In a very simple language, she explained the provisions of law and then went on to give real-life examples of sexual harassment at workplace. There is a subtle difference between being funny and harassing a lady sexually through words spoken and this difference was clarified by our speaker by speaking out statements which mean fun and those that form a part of harassment. Our students asked her questions regarding how can they seek redressal if they face sexual harassment at workplace or even when travelling through public transport, whether fake cases around sexual harassment are reported, how are they identified, what is the grievance and redressal mechanism like, for men and Adv. Chhatwal answered all these questions patiently.

12th October 2019

Topic: Human Resources Theory and Practice”

Resource Person:  Mr. Rahul Bagale

Mr. Rahul Bagale, Dy. Director HR, Faurecia Interiors Systems Pvt. Ltd. spoke about current HR practices in HR such as talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, organizational development, compensation and benefits, industrial relations, training and development and administration and relevant skills required to deal with these functions. For example for talent acquisition one needs skills such as leadership hiring, attrition analysis, retention and referrals.

He added that employees can take up roles of reactor, partner or anticipator in an organization, but an HR  employee will always be expected to act as an anticipator so that she can suitably respond to situations.

He finished his session with a piece of advice for students “ choose an organization where you  will get an opportunity to learn and grow”.

28th September 2019

Topic:  Millennial’s, Gen Z and the changes they bring to the workplace 

Resource Person: Ms Karishma Kashikar

Senior executive for Employee Branding at Springer Nature and our alumna, Ms Karishma Kashikar took a different and a very relevant approach to explaining the concept of ‘Work Ethic’ and how to build it. She addressed this concept in context of Millennials and Gen Z by stating the facts and figures relating to this mix of the population and breaking certain misconceptions that Gen X has about Millennials/Millennials have about the Gen Z. Towards the end of this session, she also stated couple of priceless corporate lessons she gathered in her past work experience.

23st August 2019 Time: 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Topic:   The Application of Labour Laws in manufacturing sector

Resource Person: Mr. Pravin Bhosale, HR, Forbes Marshal

The talk began with a brief mention of the unfortunate Bhopal gas tragedy which, Mr. Bhosale attributed to a gross violation of safety norms stipulated under the Factories Act, 1948. He emphasized that machinery and plant layout significantly impact industrial safety and attention must be paid to this aspect.

The talk continued with some elaboration on the importance of conciliation and arbitration during an industrial dispute, by mentioning a few cases from MIDC Pune. These mentions implied that the conflicts which arose during those disputes could have been handled with enough care and consideration to avoid unfavorable outcomes.

His talk also shed some light on the important sections which are applicable to the manufacturing industries from The Minimum Wages Act 1936, and The Payment of Wages Act, 1948. Abiding by these simple sections ensure an overall positive outset within the industry.

Towards the end, he mentioned that it is important for the inspectors and labour officers to follow the labour laws with utmost diligence. This reiterates the point that the negligence and inconsiderateness of any kind may turn out to be catastrophic. Hence, responsible people of the industry should ensure carrying out their part in a way to avoid any possibility of disaster

21st August 2019

Consumer Behaviour: An Industry Perspective

Speaker: Mr Arun Kondpalle

Mr Arun Kondpalle started with explaining Consumer biases with examples from the industry and by asking analytical questions to the students for them to draw an understanding on how these consumer biases play a role in consumer-decision making. He, then moved on to explain the implications that these biases have on Market Research, Pricing, Segmentation and Promotion. He also explained the Gains vs Losses in the form of a concept of ‘Loss Aversion’ and ended his talk with an amusing example from his Vodafone days answering the question raised by one in the audience.

Guest Lecture: 21-08-2019

Speaker: Dr.Virendra Tatake

Time: 2.00 to 3.15 Pm

The Guest talk started with the Investment Mantra of Warren Buffet, “Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing”. The resource person Dr. Virendra Tatake reflected his profound knowledge on the topic “Financial planning using mutual funds”. He started with the basic concept of financial planning and highlighted the difference between the stock market and mutual funds. He said, the mutual fund is the pool of investment and contains less risk as compared to the stock market. Thereafter, he discussed components of financial planning and the financial life cycle. He explained that Equity mutual funds have high risks but give high rewards, Debt mutual funds possess low risk and low returns and Gold mutual funds traditionally serve as a hedge.

He ended his talk with some Do’s and Don’ts of investing and advised that one should set realistic investment goals, invest systematically and avoid timing the market.

Date: 18 March 2019.

Speaker: Mr. Sachin Jaju

Topic: Financial Analysis

Mr. Sachin Jaju, Founder of Anupal Investments, used a Balance Sheet to explain how a financial analysis is done and used to evaluate economic trends, set financial policies, build long-term business plans and identify investment options.  He also explained different ways in which data analysis can be done.

He gave students an understanding of the strong fundamentals of our blue chip Indian companies and our robust economy.

Guest Lecture: 6 March 2019

Speaker: Mr. Niraj Mathur,

Time: 9.30 to 11.00 Am

Mr. Niraj Mathur, having worked as Senior Assessor and Trainer at Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, Dubai and a much sought after Lead Auditor by national and international companies spoke about the modern buzz word ‘Sustainability’, UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG), Principles of Sustainability and effective ways to manage sustainability.

In his talk, he sensitized students about the alarming speed of industrialization, urbanization and societal and environmental issues brought about by such developments. Sustainable Development models are required to balance the three important pillars- Economics, Environment and Society.

The talk was supported by a video on Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 and measures such as Management System International Standards such as ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems and ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility.

He also conducted an activity to assess the understanding of sustainability among the students.

Guest Lecture: 23 February 2019

Speaker: CA Nagesh Jadhav

Time: 3.00 to 6.00 Pm

CA Nagesh Jadhav [Laxmi Kumaran & Sridharan Attorneys Pune], was invited to speak on “Application of Input Tax Credit”. In his session he discussed points related to application of Input Tax Credit, ITC Process, Negative list for Input Tax Credit, Input Tax Credit Utilization, Input Tax Credit Reversal, Types of GST returns and their Due dates, late filing, late fee and interest.

He further, enlightened the students on emerging opportunities in Finance sector in GST.

Date: 22 February 2019

Time: 9:00 -10:00 am

Resource Person: Ms. Awantika Bhardwaj

Topic:   Automations in HR

Ms. Awantika Bhardwaj, HR head at Tieto, Pune, was invited to speak on the topic – “Automations in HR “. She discussed how Automation is invading the HR space, and very soon everything that can be automated, will be automated. She justified her statement by giving examples of a restaurant in Nagoya, Japan where all systems are automated and chefs too are robots and a bank in Shanghai, China which is fully operated by robots.

Ms. Avantika shared both the sides of the coin by explaining that although automation will increase efficiency and reduce costs there will be an increasing need of managing emotions at workplace as robots will lack these skills

Responding to a query by a student ‘whether automation would eliminate workers’, Ms. Avantika stated that automation would change the nature of jobs and in fact create new ones such drone traffic controllers, human and technology integration specialists and human opportunity spotters. Hence, she advised students to strengthen their skills by taking specific courses in the area of their interests.

21th February 2019

Resource Person: Mr. Jitendra Jaju, Manager, Preventive Maintainence at Leadec India Pvt Ltd

Topic: How Preventive Maintenance leads to Quality and Safety         

Mr. Jitendra Jaju, Manager, Preventive Maintainence at Leadec India Pvt Ltd was invited to talk on the above-mentioned topic and he led to the benefits of Preventive Maintainence in a very logical manner. He first explained the basics of it in the form of its meaning, types of Preventive Maintainence, the logical procedure of it and then went on to explain the benefits of it. Parallelly, he gave practical examples from his experience to explain each point and the session ended with a query-solving session.

20th December 2018

Resource Person: Ms. Gurdayal Kaur Panjwan & Ms. Deepa Walimbe

Topic: The leap from Campus to Corporate 

A battle is already half won when you are well prepared for it! Hence, we decided to provide our HR students with an interface with the experts to draw from their experience and smoothly sail through the waters of corporate interviews. We invited Ms. Gurdayal Kaur Panjwani, our alumna and an HR analyst and Ms. Deepa Walimbe, an HR Admin, Talent Acquisition from Northern Trust Corporation to assist our students in preparation for the interview at a top-notch organization. By sharing their insights and experiences in the area of recruitment, they addressed the queries relating to a recruiter’s responsibilities, challenges encountered and how to overcome them, how to tap the sources of recruitment and certain special strategies that are used by them as top-notch recruiters.

03 November 2018,

Time: 10:30 -11:30 am

Resource Person: Ms. Prajakta Joshi

Topic:   The Applicability and calculation of Gratuity and Provident Fund in Industries

Ms. Prajakta Joshi, Sr.Executive Corporate HR, Thermax, Pune, discussed important rules, provisions in context of payment, working hours, overtime rates and legal requirements of keeping records of The Payment of Gratuity Act 1972, The Employees Provident Fund and Misc. Provisions Act 1952 and The Maternity Benefit Act  1961.

She also detailed out legal problems and challenges faced by employers, employees in context of application and distribution of Provident Funds and Gratuity Payment’s through few cases. Towards the end of the session, Ms. Joshi highlighted aspects and rules for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace.

3rd Nov 2018

Resource person: Mr. Abhinav Kumar, Vice President Barclays.

Topic: Performance Evaluation Parameters for an Organization

Mr. Abhinav explained the importance and interrelationship of an organizational mission and vision with corporate strategy and its relationship with investment cost. He detailed out how an investment decision is viewed by the corporate board in terms of expected sales, market expansion and Return on Investment.

He dwelled upon organizational structure and its relation with  Costing and Capital model; how cost and revenue centers are aligned to organizational structure. He explained how costing model works in corporates,  profit calculation of each SBU and evaluation of SBUs on parameters such as Net Profit, Net Marginal Profits and Total Assets/Equity. He also introduced the concepts of Risk Weighted Assets.

While explaining costing models, he introduced Direct and Indirect costs and how business uses the information to drive operating cost efficiency and business initiatives. He summarised by explaining how these performance parameters are applied across various sectors/industries – Banking and Financial Services, Manufacturing, and E-Commerce.

15th October 2018

Resource person: Ms.Kshitija Bhandari

Topic: Decision making

An interactive session on Decision Making was conducted by Ms. Kshtija Bhandari, Vice President, Northern Trust. She enlightened the students on how one should take decisions in good and bad situations. She shared tips to help take calculated risks in decisions. Ms.Bhandari also explained factors and circumstances which may affect one’s decision making abilities. She conducted series of exercises in which students decision making abilities were assessed and challenged. The learning’s will go a long way in helping students become wise and effective managers/decision makers.

28th September 2018

Resource Persons: Mr Dilip Bhonde, Vice President, KPIT, Pune

Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Critical Thinking

Mr Dilip. S.Bhonde, a charismatic, versatile, high profiled person with a vast experience spanning over 33 years was invited to conduct a workshop on “Critical Thinking”. He detailed out the theory of critical thinking and its application as given by Mr. Edward De Bono of Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT).

During the workshop he also conducted three activities on Mind Mapping based on the PMI (Plus, Minus, Interest) which is a directional tool for better establishment of goals. Mr. Bhonde also explained the concepts of “The Six Thinking Hats” Technique for “clarity in vision” through a very simple activity. Towards the end of the session he emphasized on the power of thinking and stated the two core values of thinking i.e.

  • Learning to learn
  • Thinking to think

19th September 2018

Resource Persons: Ms. Shama Sarode

Financial Planning for youngsters

“Don’t get cheated, there is no free lunch” cautioned Ms. Shama Sarode, Financial Counselor of Disha Trust Pune, in her session on financial planning for youngsters. She advised on deciding short term and long – term financial goals, understanding fundamentals of financial planning, systematic investment plans, precautions to be taken while undertaking online banking transactions etc. Ms. Shama also explained the key concepts of investments and advised that one should take into consideration the rate of return, nature of risk involved, historical returns and tax benefits while making investments.

An interesting Q-A session followed and we are positive the answers left the students financially more intelligent.

15th September 2018

Resource Persons: Mr.Rohan Kulkarni

Time: 10.00am-11.15am.

Emerging Careers in Financial Domain

Mr. Rohan Kulkarni, the Channel Head, for Institutional Business at FinTree Pune, was invited to speak on ‘Emerging Careers in Financial Domain’. In his session,  he discussed points related to, Accounting and Reporting, Fiduciary Services, Cash Flow Management, Investment Planning, Legal Advice, Trust and Estate Planning and Tax planning.

He further, enlightened the students on emerging roles in Finance sector like that of, Financial Planner, a Researcher, a Trainer, Academicians and Journalist.

14th September 2018

Resource Persons: Mr.Shirish Dandekar

Time: 9:00 am to 10:00am

How knowledge of Organizational Behavior is being applied in the real world to improve Organizational effectiveness

Mr. Shirish Dandekar, a dynamic person who has worked with IBM, PwC, L&T Infotech and SAIL as a HR manager and is now working as corporate trainer various MNCs in Pune, was invited to speak on ‘How knowledge of Organizational Behavior is being applied in the real world to improve Organizational effectiveness. In his session, he discussed points related to, Personality, attitude, job satisfaction, motivation and group dynamics and group conflicts.

He further, enlightened the students on the diverse roles that HR managers are expected to play in the organizations. Towards the end of the session, he took up a couple of leadership and team building exercises for the students.

Topic : Role of Services Marketing in IT sector  

Date : 6th April 2018 

Time: 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.  

Resource Person: Durgasankar Mandal  

Designation & Organization:  Manager  & Global Head of Application Delivery for Marketing and Communication, HSBC Software Development (India) Pvt Limited, Pune 

 IT Organizations often emphasizes on compiling and using data and information to appropriately strategize marketing techniques. But before one can develop and implement their marketing strategies one has to understand the business environment. 

Durgasankar Mandal,Manager  & Global Head of Application Delivery for Marketing and Communication, HSBC Software Development (India) Pvt Limited, was invited for a guest lecture for 2nd year MBA marketing students.  

He started the lecture by giving a brief about the classification IT organization Product Offerings viz  

  1. a)Generic Product Offerings-Microsoft Office,SAP ERP, Oracle  
  2. b)Specialized Industrial Products-Medical: Drchrono EHR, NueMD; Car Industry, Electronics and Telecom, Financial and Accounting 
  3. c)Web/ Mobile Based Products

He stated that profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them. He mentioned that IT organization should follow Inform, Persuade, Action and Repeat technique. He then explained the various marketing strategies adopted by companies like IBM,Wipro, Accenture and Cognizant. The students  

Mr. Mandal, ended the session with his views on the Next generation technology disruptors in biotech, space and data analytics.

GST : Implementation and Issues

22 March 2018

Mr. Manas Joshi, Director, Proficient Partners Consultancy Pvt. Ltd and a committee member for GST Council, MCCIA addressed the students on 22nd March,2018 on the practical issues of GST implementation.

Starting from the need to change the indirect tax regime in India to the ease of doing business in the pre and post GST era, he spoke about the classification of goods and services, cases of input tax credit reversal and the revenue neutral rates. His lecture was interspersed with real cases that he had handled making the lecture truly informative and interesting.

Topic : Application of Decision Science in Industry  

Date : 7th March 2018 

Resource Person: Ms. Jaysri Murli  

Designation & Organization:  Assistant professor, D.Y.Patil Institute of Management ,Pune  

Time: 9.30 – 10.30 a.m.  

 Decision science holds a focal position in major business scenarios. It acts as an advantage for an organisation if they use and apply it in the proper way.  

Mr Jaysri Murli was invited as a guest speaker to give insights of the role of Decision Science in Industry. She initiated her talk by informing the various tools and techniques which are used by an organization for its decision making.  

She emphasised on the point that Optimization techniques are the key to for managing resources in any industry. 

She then spoke in detail about the mathematical models which are used for business decision making. The students were engrossed in the way she explained the working of these mathematical models. 

She concluded by stating by that data analytics trend is the talk of the town  and encouraged the students to go for certified course of data analytics.

15th February 2018

Resource Persons: Ms. Manasi Purandare, Mr. Pradeep Bodke and Mr. Trishul Gorde

Managing Employee Relations: Management and Trade Union Perspectives

Ms. Manasi (HR Manager) from Thermax Limited, detailed out the evolution of Industrial Relations till date. She opined that today there is more of collaboration rather than combustion in employer – employee relations. Unions and Management broadly operate as a team rather than competitors. Ms. Purandare kept the students engrossed by conducting activities on breaking one’s comfort zone, listening skills and creativity – all of which are essential for maintaining healthy relations.

Mr. Pradeep Bodke and Mr. Trishul Gorde both members of the Trade Union of Thermax Limited, Pune, highlighted the changing scenario covering the role, growth and opportunities for unions in industries. Mr. Bodke highlighted the evolution of 3 “Rs” for trade unions which are React, Reflect and Respond and their application. He explained how these 3Rs have changed the approach of unions towards the management and workers and led to peaceful and productive employee relationships.

16th October 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Ayush Agarwal

Performance Management in Retail Sector

Mr. Ayush Agarwal, CEO and Co-founder of Senority, an RPG group company delivered a talk on ‘Performance Management in Retail sector’on 16th October 2017. He explained the challenges faced by companies in the traditional retail sector especially in context of the necessity of using online platforms. He highlighted the fact that both online and offline sales platforms are needed by retail companiesand substantiated his stand by citing examples of Lifestyle, Urban Ladder and Myntra.

Towards the end of his lecture he explained the ‘Sales Funnel’ model and how an organisation must make use of it to evaluate their marketing strategies because at the end, what matters most is sales figures.

7th October 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Sudhir Mateti

Human Capital Assessment – A Managerial Perspective

Mr. Sudhir Mateti, Deputy General Manager-HR –Syntel Telecom, Pune was invited to speak on the topic Human Capital Assessment – A Managerial Perspective.He explained that a well-defined job description forms a base for scientific selection and appraisal procedures. Very often assessors use Motivational Assessment to gauge whether the unfulfilled needs of appraisee are in alignment with goals of the organization. It is only when these two are aligned that high level of performance can be expected.

He also explained that performance is dependent not just on competence and knowledge of how to do a job but also on the Willingness and Ability to do the job. Therefore, nowadays HR managers conduct cognitive and other psychological tests to assess knowledge and predict performance. Besides, Mr. Mateti shared some interesting examples along with role-play to explain biases in performance appraisal.

23rd September 2017

Topic : Application of Marketing & Sales Research in Banking Sector

Resource Person: Dhaval Ashar

Designation & Organization: Product Sales Manager Trade Finance, Yes Bank, Pune

Time: 4.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Marketing research is vital to improve service delivery and quality. Keeping in view of the growing importance of marketing and sales research in service sector Dhaval Ashar was invited as a guest speaker.

He started his session by introducing the concept of designing the financial product for banks. He mentioned the underlying importance of marketing research as every bank looks to provide innovative product for its customers.

He then provided details on the lifecycle of banks and various, marketing research activities done at each stage. He shared his experience from his days at ICICI bank and how they launched an innovative product which was technological advance through the inputs of sales research. He ended his session by quoting, ’Marketing research is the key driver to provide innovation in service delivery and technology.”

Guest Lecture: 26-09-2017

Speaker: Mr. Sharat Chand Vishwakarma

Time: 10.00am-11.00am.

Mr. Sharat Chand Vishwakarma, Associate Manager, Deutsche Bank Pune, was invited to speak on the topic: E Filling of Income Tax Returns. In his session he covered topics such as ‘who files the return? For whom it is mandatory, due date of E-filing, consequences of delay, applicability of forms, ITR-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7’. He also discussed major changes in E- forms for the A.Y.2016-17 and the benefits of E-filing of returns.

The session concluded with a question – answer session.

Topic : Application of Marketing & Sales Research in Banking Sector

Resource Person: Dhaval Ashar

Designation & Organization: Product Sales Manager Trade Finance, Yes Bank, Pune

Date : 23rd September 2017

Time: 4.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Marketing research is vital to improve service delivery and quality. Keeping in view of the growing importance of marketing and sales research in service sector Dhaval Ashar was invited as a guest speaker.

He started his session by introducing the concept of designing the financial product for banks. He mentioned the underlying importance of marketing research as every bank looks to provide innovative product for its customers.

He then provided details on the lifecycle of banks and various, marketing research activities done at each stage. He shared his experience from his days at ICICI bank and how they launched an innovative product which was technological advance through the inputs of sales research. He ended his session by quoting, ’Marketing research is the key driver to provide innovation in service delivery and technology.”

Guest Speaker: Ms. Manisha Sahoo

Date: 23/09/2017

Time: 3.00pm-4.00pm

Guest Lecture Ms. Manisha Sahoo on 23/09/2017

Ms. Manisha Sahoo, Head of Legal Department of ICICI Bank [ Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh] spoke on: Documentation, Security and Security Creation: A Bank Perspective. In her talk, she discussed details related to Bank loans, KYB, importance and execution of documents, defective documentation, capacity to contract, stamping, security and security creation, Hypothecation, Pledge, Perfection of security and other relevant compliances.

The interactive session helped the students to gain practical legal aspects about the Banking industry.

23rd September 2017

Entrepreneurs role and challenges in setting up a Manufacturing unit

Resource Person: Chandrashekhar Khapre

Designation & Organization: Owner, Syscraft Global Enterprises , Pune

Time: 4.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Entrepreneurs hold a focal position in a market economy. For it’s the entrepreneurs who serve as the spark plug in the economy’s engine, actuating and empowering all financial movement.

The dynamic Entrepreneur Mr Chandrashekhar Khapre was invited as a guest speaker to give insights into the role of Entrepreneurs and challenges faced. He initiated his talk by telling how an Entrepreneur identifies the opportunities and converts it into an Entrepreneurial venture. The road from an idea to a business encounters a number of challenges and opportunities.

He then shared his valuable knowledge on how he setup his venture, Syscraft Global Enterprises in the year1998.He engaged the students with the journey of his venture and how he overcame the various challenges in production and marketing .He spoke in detail about the necessities required to set up a

manufacturing unit and problems related to skilled labour, capital raising and government policies.

Mr.Khapre then shared his views on the changing role of entrepreneur and how business in India today is empowering. He advised the students to keep in touch with their core values and that staying committed is of utmost importance to succed as an Entrepreneur.

He encouraged the students to break out of their comfort zone and start a venture. He concluded by stating, ‘Remember always be a GIVER every time you grow’.

Buying Decision Process in Credit Rating Industry

22 September 2017

Mr Rakesh Jahera, Marketing Analyst, Fitch India,  addressed the students at SVIMS on 22nd September 2017. He shared his insights and knowledge on Credit Rating Industry.  

Mr Jahera explained the importance of Credit Rating. A credit rating is a measurement of a person or business entity’s ability to repay a financial obligation based on income and past repayment histories. Usually expressed as a credit score, banks and lenders use a credit rating as one of the factors to determine whether to lend money. It, therefore, is done to find out the health of a company in an unbiased manner and the debtor’s ability to clear their debts in time.  

He emphasized on the role of credit ratings in the financial health of countries. He gave an example of the credit rating of India, where agencies such as Standard and Poors Global Rating have given India a moderate credit rating (BBB). He also quoted the Chief Economic Advisor, Mr. Arvind Subramaniam, stating that Credit Rating Agencies are being inconsistent, in particular with their dealings with India. He shared with the students that Credit Rating Agencies in India are governed by the SEBI, and they have to work in accordance with their rules. 

Mr Jahera concluded his lecture by enlightening the students about the various career opportunities available in the Credit Rating Industry and encouraged them to take an interest in this field. 

The students were much intrigued in a relatively new concept and divulged into a healthy discussion open house with the guest speaker.  

16th September  2017

The Role of Marketing Research in the IT industry

Mr. Nikhil N Paratwar, Project Manager, Cognizant Technology Solutions delivered a talk on ‘The Role of Marketing Research in the IT industry’ on 16th September, 2017. He commenced his lecture by explaining how Marketing Research is the starting point of marketing – as planning, collecting and analyzing of data is imperative for taking marketing decisions for an organisation. Then, he explained about the benefits of Marketing Research and how it helps businesses to strengthen their market position. He discussed about the brand – Patanjali Ayurveda, which was founded in 2006, but has gained popularity only in the last two years, as the
company started investing its financial resources into Marketing Research to help understand their consumers.He also gave the example of Microsoft – how the firm made use of marketing research that helped them to analyze
the macro and micro environments in order to understand the needs of the consumers.

16th September  2017

Resource Person: CA Ashok Bhansali [CFO, Barnet India Pvt.Ltd, Pune]

Cost Optimization Techniques in Manufacturing Sector

In view of the complexity of businesses and increasing changes in industry, trade and commerce, costing is becoming very important. Managers who aren’t very involved with their company’s finances don’t usually do well. The ultimate goal is to make a profit by eliminating unnecessary costs.

With the growing significance of cost management, CA Ashok Bhansali was invited to speak on the topic of Cost optimization. He introduced the topic by understanding how value is created in an organization. He spoke about the paradigm shift in cost optimization techniques. He went on to explain creative cost control techniques in the domain of cost avoidance, cost reduction and target costing.

He shared his own experience of optimising manufacturing cost at Force Motors by using Just in time technique. He stressed on doing a cost – benefit analysis before adopting cost optimization techniques.

He gave insights on innovative ways of cost optimization for the Next Gen Managers and concluded with the mantra, ‘Do it right the first time and think out of the box.’

16th  September 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Shivaji Daundkar

Application of Labour Laws in Industry

Mr. Shivaji Daundkar, Chief Labour Officer from Pune Municipal Corporation, discussed important sections of The Payment of Wages Act 1936, The Minimum Wages Act 1948, and The Factories Act 1948 in context of wage payment, time of payment, working hours, weekly off, overtime rates and legal requirements of keeping records.

He also detailed out legal problems and challenges faced by employers, employees and trade unions in context of application of the above laws. He advised students to set goals based on their potential and acquire and sharpen relevant skills, if, they wished to take up an HR Role.

9th  September 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Akshay Deo

Role of Human Resource Managers In Industry

Mr. Akshay Deo, Sr. HR Manager-Carraro group, Pune was invited to speak on Role of Human Resource Managers in Industry.

Mr. Deo informed students that entry level jobs in HR start with the designation of HR executive followed by Generalist and Specialist and that HR has to deal with people at all levels starting from their Entry to Exit.

Typically, besides the usual functions of recruitments and training, an HR manager needs to creatively and innovatively design and undertake team building exercises, employee engagement programs, employee learning activities to help align employees to their jobs and prepare them for higher levels in the corporate world.

To discharge functions effectively, he stressed that HR managers must necessarily have presence of mind while handling people and difficult situations.

The session ended with Mr. Deo brilliantly fielding some interesting questions.

Resource Person: Mr. Manoj Gurshani

Connecting the Dots

Mr. Manoj Gursahani is ‎Director – Network & Strategy at KAM Analytics.  He is a Professional Trainer & Speaker and has spoken at various National and International Forums and regularly conducts programs/workshops for Corporates &Leading Institutions.
He is known as a Networking Guru & his passionate subject is “Art of Effective Networking and Communication.”  He is currently authoring a book “Connecting the Dots” and Co-authoring another one on Artificial Intelligence.

We live in a digital era and students cannot be out of sync with contemporary trends and skills such as Social Media and Digital Marketing. Mr. Gursahani emphasized the need for students to try and add more employable skills, learning to connect dots in the real world by becoming savvy on platforms as Twitter, LinkedIn et al. This is a networked world where students must learn how to increase their worth by expanding their own networks in the digital space. Mr. Gursahani supported his talk with real life illustrations of how the adage ‘shape up or ship out’ holds true.

31st  March 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Viraj Khabiya    

 Industrial Legislation & its Practical Applications

Mr. Viraj Khabiya, HR Manager-Bajaj Allianz was invited to speak on Industrial Legislation & its Practical Applications. He gave a bird’s eye view about  the Factory’s Act, 1948, Minimum Wages Act, Industrial Disputes Act et al. Citing cases and examples from his work life, he brought out the need and importance of IR, its changing role and the importance of having a Trade Union in the industrial unit. An absence of the same can lead to serious IR issues. Simultaneously he brought out the ills of having multiple Trade Unions in the same organisation. This he said is counter productive and poses challenges during wage settlements and other labour disputes.

30th March 2017

Resource Person:Mr. Amit Mehendale

B2B Marketing – Handling the Marketing Team at Armacell India Pvt Ltd.

Mr. Amit Mehendale, Head Marketing, Armacell India Pvt. Ltd. spoke about nuances of team handling such as managing team members with different competencies and performance levels and motivation. Drawing from his rich experience, the teacher exemplified the use of performance appraisal and monetary and non-monetary incentives in effective team management.  He also brought forth the importance of  developing cross-functional capabilities for advancement up the corporate ladder.

30th March 2017

Resource Person: Advocate Shrikant Malegaonkar

Labour Laws in India: Reforms and Challenges  

Advocate Shrikant Malegaonkar, practising at Pune Labour / Industrial Courts and also at the Bombay High Court and consultant explained the evolution of Labour Laws which is intertwined with the history of our nation. He also touched upon recent reforms proposed by Modi government especially in context of the Maternity Benefit Act. He also spoke about important sections of Acts like Industrial Dispute Act, Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) etc., which he stressed a student of MBA (HR) should be aware about. He also informed them that average membership in Trade Unions in India is way below membership in countries like UK. Whereas the membership in UK is 40000, in India the number is a mere 9.

Adv. Malegaonkar’s talk was replete with cases he had handled in his rich career spanning 22 years. He answered legal queries of students in context of employment bonds, notice period, probation period and working hours etc.

29th March 2017

Resource Person: Ms. Priti Kibe

CSR Philosophy at Forbes Marshall

To address the concept of Gender equity, Ms. Priti Kibe, Section Manager – CSR, Forbes Marshall Pvt. Ltd. was invited on 29th March 2017 to discuss the various CSR initiatives of the organization, challenges faced and exemplary achievements in areas such as creating awareness about detriments of early marriages, sexual awareness, financial literacy and skill development for girls in rural areas Ms.Kibe explained how in our country, early marriage for girls affects the physical development of a girl, how it leads to hormonal imbalances in her body and how her development is obstructed because she is not educated so as to become independent.She expressed her point of view by further adding that rights of a woman and as a person remain unfamiliar to her as she does not dare to dream of an education or a future of her own According to her, this is the greatest gender inequality that happens anywhere.She concluded her session by motivating and appealing to the students to consider CSR as a career option and try to bring change in the lives of others

29th March 2017

Resource Person: CA Mr. Rajesh Agrawal


Mr. Rajesh Agrawal, partner in SRA & CO. gave a comprehensive talk on GST explaining the concept, impact on the tax structure, tax incidence, tax computation, tax payment, compliance, credit utilization, reporting and returns to be filed et al. GST he averred will lead to a complete overhaul of the current indirect tax system. He also explained about reverse charge mechanism and threshold limits applicable to GST.

24th March 2017

Resource Person: CA Ms. Shalini Sinha

Corporate Life and Finance Functions

CA Ms. Shalini Sinha,  CFO, Express Clinics Private Limited sensitized students about the growing importance and role of ERP in modern Finance Departments. Students are usually all at sea regarding the real functions of a Finance Department, but CA Shalini’s talk helped students gain practical insights into the working of Finance Departments in context of Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable, use of MIS for collections and consolidating accounting transactions of other departments.

21st March 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Anwar Tamboli

Retail Banking – Winning Strategies of ICICI Bank 

Mr. Anwar Tamboli, Branch Head, Nagras Rd, ICICI Bank Pune was invited to speak on ‘Retail Banking – Winning Strategies of ICICI Bank’.  Apart from sharing  winning strategies like using cutting edge technology to generate leads, customer segmentation, building long term relationships the speaker also shared  various career options within banking like managing asset and liability side of Balance Sheet, treasury, operations and credit rating for loans etc . The talk was very well received by students.

20th March 2017

Resource Person: Mr. Shambhu  Thakur

Current Scenario of the Indian Pharmaceutical Sector

Mr. Shambhu Thakur, Director,Vito Therapeutics Pvt Ltd. stated thatthe Indian Pharmaceutical Sector IPM) accounts for approx.1.4% of the global pharmaceutical industry in value terms and 20% in the volume terms. The IPM is valued at Rs 860 bn for the year ending March 2016. The growth in 2016 stood at 12.6%. Owing to robust historical growth, many MNC companies have active presence in the Indian pharma space.

The IPM is highly fragmented with about 24,000 players (330 in the organised sector). The top ten companies including domestic and MNC companies make up for more than a third of the market. The market is dominated majorly by branded generics, which constitutes nearly 70% of the overall market. Over the counter (OTC) medicines and patented drugs constitute 21% and 9% respectively.  Mr. Shambhu Thakur emphasised on the use of Four P’s of Marketing to attain success in any business.

The future plans of the company were discussed:

-By the end of this financial year 2016-17, VitoTherapeutics Pvt Ltd intends to go global.

-By the year 2025 VitoTherapeutics Pvt Ltd aspires to be amongst the top global Pharmaceutical Companies.

18th March 2017

Resource Person: Mr Amit Kadam

Marketing Strategies in BFSI Sector

Mr Amit Kadam, Regional Manager(Marketing) ICICI Direct threw light on the marketing aspects of the banking industry. He began by giving a brief on ICICI and it’s various services. He said that banking is one of the fastest growing industry. During this interactive session, He explained the students as to how ICICI carries its branding activities and how it’s branding strategy is different from FMCG products by giving an example of P&G.

Mr Amit also spoke of Stockmind being one of their smart marketing move along with a CSR activity. He concluded by enlightening the class on the growing importance of digital marketing and it’s scope. “In this disruptive world of rapid digitalisation one can’t afford to be conservative with ones approach.  Digital marketing is the future.” He encouraged the students to follow their passion and not trends.

The resource person closed the session by his words of wisdom “It’s not about doing what gets you more money but about making money by being the best at what you like.”

Resource Person: Mr. M. Lalwani

Innovations at American Spraytech

American Spraytech functions as contractor, innovator, formulator, and filler of aerosol spray products. It focuses on high end cosmetics and tropical pharma spray categories like hair-care, hair-styling as well as personal care. The company innovates and formulates products in-house in their R&D Labs.  In the cosmetics category they are suppliers to L’Oreal and Revlon. They also supply several drug products to chain retail stores in the U.S like Wal-Mart, Target, CVS etc.

Mr. Lalwani – Vice President, American Spraytech is passionate about innovation and sees it as a mechanism for survival and success and as a panacea for improving lives of consumers. Innovation requires a learning mindset and environment. At American Spraytech their innovation processes are based on a simple premise captured in a quote: “ In a world of change the learner shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world which no longer exists”.  Such learning comes primarily from customers and also from employees. American Spraytech uses both these sources to engineer innovative solutions. Citing interesting examples, Mr. Lalwani explained hacks of innovation such as

-Spitball- ( Lunch and Learn- brainstorming of ideas )

-Roll-up –( Latest and greatest of new material )

-Complete the box- ( ‘ A Shampoo with a Conditioner’  )

-Map to Market ( Read the  reviews of consumers and fill and cater to unfulfilled needs).

21st January 2017

Resource Person: Mr.Nitin Paliwal

Cement Industry and CSR Practices

Mr.Nitin Paliwal, DGM (Marketing) – Chettinad Cement  covered a wide expanse of issues ranging from market outlook of the Cement Industry the world over with specific emphasis on India, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Post Demonetization Scenario in context of the Cement Industry.

He also spoke of the CSR initiatives of Chettinad Group 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.

4th October 2016

Resource Person: Mr. Mahantesh Sabarat

Equity Investment – Let’s Talk Stocks – Beginner’s Guide

Mr Mahantesh Sabarat, Dy Head- Equity Research at SBI Cap Securities spoke on myths about stock investment and provided valuable guidance on stocks for a novice.

13th February 2016

Resource Person: Mr. Aroon Khattar

 Product Development

Mr. Khattar shared his experience of developing a cashless sanitary towels dispensing machine.

20th October 2015

Resource Person: Ms. Reshma Chordia

Pearls of Wisdom

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. During her talk, she discussed the sad state of women where she told that a lot of work done by women in India is unpaid, and almost all of it is informal and unprotected. She strongly said that, Indian women are not well represented in many sectors, including business.

She emphasized that we need to break the myth that women cannot engage in productive employment and instead, they should be encouraged to set up small and medium scale industries on their own initiative.

Some pearls of wisdom from her talk.were :

1.Never hesitate to ask questions

2.Overcome fear instantly

3.Build a support system for sustenance and success

13th October 2015 

Resource Person:  CA Shalini Jain

Accounting Procedures and ERP

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.

13th October 2015

Resource Person:  Ms. Karuna Ballani

Nuts and Bolts of Training

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

3rd October 2015

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

Performance Management and Measurement

Mr. Ambulkar gave industry insights on recruitment, selection, person- job fit and performance management systems which reflected his experience of over 40 years in various organisations like Suzlon Energy,Sunflag Iron and Steel, Garware Nylon Ltd etc.

12th  August 2015

Resource PersonMr. Dhiraj Baadkar

Personal Insurance and Financial Planning 

Mr. Dhiraj Baadkar of ND Consultants and Trainers conducted an informative session on the importance of personal Insurance and Financial Planning for the second year students.

10th September 2015

Resource Person: Mr Gaurav Gurbaxani

Online Marketing

Mr Gaurav Gurbaxani,  a young entrepreneur and the Director at Pragmites Consulting  highlighted essentials of online advertising and also demonstrated how social media can be used as a powerful Marketing Tool.

31st August 2015

Resource Person: Captain Sanjivv Batish


Captain Sanjivv Batish delivered a talk  in our seminar hall, focusing on preparing women to take charge of their personal safety and to develop a strategy for safety in their daily life.

He specifically chose this topic for discussion because, in his view, physical or mental violence against women is the result of power inequity and perceptions around gender roles. In a patriarchal country like India, gender roles, overt gender discrimination and devaluation of women is deeply rooted into our daily lives. He felt that, it is extremely important to identify and address this problem from a very young age and hence, bridging this gender disparity is the need of the hour.He further added that education or schooling is a process through which society creates the kind of individuals we wish to see in the world. Hence, role of school / college curriculum lays strong emphasis on inculcating values of equality, inclusivity and diversity, all of which are essential for building a healthy society.

The overall key learning’s from the session were:

  1.  Strong mental preparation by women
  2.  Planning in advance to assess and anticipate threats and
  3. Use of the right aids and tools to defend oneself.

27th August 2013

Resource Person: Mr. Prasanta Choudhury

Some Hits and Some Misses

Mr. Prasanta Choudhury, former President and MD, VIP Industries and Formica, presently Director and Partner in Renaissance Strategic Consultants Pvt. Ltd, and author of the best selling book Some Hits and Some Misses, visited SVIMS to interact with the students. His presentation was interlaced with the insights and experiences he had gained as a corporate executive for over forty years.

20th September 2013

Resource Person: Mr. Prakash Gurbaxani

The Impact of  Social Media on Marketing

Mr. Prakash Gurbaxani, Social Media Consultant, and Trainer, and CEO, Pragmites Internet Consulting spoke of the increasing use of social media which now stands as multi-way communication network for companies and customers and has overruled the old school marketing techniques of one way communication. He drew attention to the many individuals, teams and various organisations  which have leveraged social media for their business. They have a definite competitive advantage over other organizations. Today in India, as many as  40 million people may be  using online reviews to make  purchase decisions. There are various business uses of social media such  as establishing corporate/ personal brand, building trust, credibility & authority, developing network and building customer relationships.

27th September 2013

Resource Person: Mr. Sanjay Ambhorkar [General Manager-Country HR Head, Chassis Brakes International]

Challenges in an HR Role

11th October 2013

Resource Person: Ms. Samidha Kolhatkar

Creating Brand Equity

Ms. Kolhatkar from Atlas Copco, stated that brands touch every aspect of our lives, and we contribute to creating brand value at work and the workplace. The session included an inspiring  video on Atlas Copco.

24th September 2012

Resource Person: Ms. Vaishali Apte

Workshop on Financial Statement Analysis

The day long work shop gave students and faculty hands-on guidance to analyse financial statements. Ms. Vaishali Apte, the faculty for the workshop came from BSE Institute Ltd.

14th September 2012

Resource Person: Mr. Inder Moorjani

Indian Retail Industry

It was a very interesting talk about the world of retail marketing and the interesting career opportunities it had to offer. Our visiting expert, Mr. Inder Moorjani, Senior Associate Consultant, Infosysexplained to us how the whole concept evolved and also shared a few fascinating insights on consumer psychology with our students.

1st September 2012

Resource Person:Mr. Ketan Kulkarni [Head – Supply Chain Management, Garware – Wall Ropes Ltd.]

Global Supply Chain in Current Market Scenario

August 2012

Resource Person: Mr. Rohit Sumant

Marketing Plans

Mr. Rohit Sumant’s  [DC Designs] talk revolved around the concept of satisfying customer’s needs and wants. Mr. Sumant  also  discussed  the annual  marketing plans of DC  Designs, and  how  they  use  social  media  and  on-ground activities to win their niche market.

Introduction to Six Sigma

Resource Person: Mr. G.K. Singh

Mr. G.K. Singh, Director, Asian Institute of Quality Management spoke about Six Sigma and how it can achieve fast track growth for organizations and individuals. Lean six sigma benefits manufacturing and service business by process mapping and value analysis which in turn helps to reduce defects and wastage at all levels and in all functions.  Mr.Singh explained how this new way of managing the organization and consistently improving its profitability can be achieved in spite of the growing competition and recessionary period.


Resource Person: Ribhu Ranjan Barua

The seminar helped the students to understand the various sources from which equity reports can be prepared, which can be used for decision making at corporate levels. Mr. Barua  also helped students to construct a hypothesis which is the foundation writing reports.

Asian Paints – Journeying into the Unexpected

14th December 2020.

The Guest Speaker,  Mr. Sarvashreshtha Chaudhary, AID Services Vertical, Asian Paints, talked about his work experience and how doing MBA has helped him in shaping his career. He further talked about the strategies of the company and also gave Insights on how Asian Paints is driven by Consumers. This is the secret of its innovations and success.

He talked about how the company had introduced paints for bathroom, kitchen, wardrobe etc. in line with changing consumer demands and preferences. He also spoke of how marketing techniques, distribution, data and determination (how they provide their products to their suppliers) is again aligned to suit customer preferences. It is these innovations and integration that has helped the growth of Asian Paints.

The Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Smita Iyer, after which the session ended.

What Nutrition and diet we should follow to be healthy under the Poshan Pakhwada?

30 March 2020

 Dr.Swapan Banerjee,  Dietician began  his talk by emphasising on importance of maintaining a healthy diet for people of all age groups. A healthy lifestyle is the cultivation of a healthy mind set with a balanced diet and exercises. He explained how cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and many more diseases are caused due to unhealthy lifestyle and how viruses such as  Dengue Virus and Corona Virus with comorbidities can lead to early death.

He cautioned against Stress and Obesity. Stress is a silent killer- 46% people suffer from stress and face various mental disorders and poor immunity.  


1. Reasons of Obesity- fast foods, adds sugar rich foods, alcohol, smoking, tobacco products, trans fat and unnecessary saturated fat foods, excess starch foods.

2. Consider for obesity- low carbohydrate-based foods, low fat foods, consuming enough fibre rich food

3. Exercise- practice yoga every morning and do meditation. All adults should exercise at least 150 min/week.

Dr Swapan also advised against studying in the night as it may increase stress and other mental illness including lifestyle disorders. He suggested some immunity boosting foods which would help us to increase immunity. He ended his talk with Swami Vivekananda quote “Build up your health, do not dwell in silence upon your sorrows”.

Financial Planning for Beginners

Date:16.8.21 Time:4pm-5pm

Name of the Speaker: Mr. Sanjeev Dawar, Personal Finance Professional, and Founder- Dream Big Financial Services

Mr. Dawar explained the importance of financial planning in an individual’s life. He advised the students to start personal financial planning right from the first pay cheque, and make a comprehensive plan, which will provide direction and add value to savings and time. Further, he said, a diversified portfolio is the key to optimize returns, and while investing one should take into consideration risk involved, returns, tax benefits, period, and fluctuations in Market. Further, he said, “Don’t put all the eggs in one basket.”

He said as compared to our previous generation our number of working years has shrunk and number of years after retirement has gone up due to higher life expectancy so one should start financial planning at early age. At the end, he explained three easy steps in financial planning which includes:

1. Draw a Plan

2. Earn + Invest

3. Let Money Grow.

Changes and Trends that Technology has brought about in HR

How technology has brought about a changes in HR
Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Senior HRBP at Sterlite pointed out how the level of tech-centricity and WFH due to Covid have been introducing new roles in HR and below are the career options that have come up or will already come up till the year 2025:

  1.  Starting with those that require a lower level of tech-centricity:

a. Head of Business Behaviourb. Gig economy managerc. Human-Machine Teaming Manager

  1.  Those that would require more tech-centricity:

a. Strategic HR Business Continuity Directorb. Chatbot and Human Facilitatorc. WFH Facilitatord. Climate Change Response Leader
Amongst those that he mentioned will emerge between 2025 and 2030 were:

  1. Distraction Prevention Coach
  2. Chief Purpose Planner
  3. Director of Well-being
  4. Employee Enablement Coach

While, these positions he said will emerge at senior levels, simultaneously there will arise need for junior level roles in the same verticals. These roles can be picked up by the students.

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Investment in Mutual Funds and Bonds

Date 17-06-2021 Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Mr. Swapnil Admane, Dy.General Manager of NJ Wealth Financial Products distributors Network Pvt. Ltd. was invited to speak on the topic “Investment in Mutual Funds and Bonds”. He explained the trends and reach of mutual funds and bonds in India and around the globe. Further he explained taxation benefits, risks involved in the mutual Funds and Bond market. He concluded by highlighting the following factors while investing in mutual funds:

1. Individual Level:

· Investment Objectives

· Risk Tolerance

· Time Horizon

2. In context of Mutual Funds

· Consistency of performance of Mutual Funds

· Performance against benchmarks etc.

Project Management in IT industry

Time: 11:30 am-12:33 pm On: 12.06.2021 No. of Participants: 54

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Mr. Libin Samuel covered the length and the breadth of this topic in his address to our students. The scope of his talk included:

  • Introduction to Project Management and the 4 Ps of Project Management: Plan, Process, People and Power
  • Use of Project Effectiveness Techniques: Benefits Realisation Management and Lean project management 
  • Qualifications and Certifications for Career in Project Management: 12 different types of certifications depending on the stage of career one is in. At inception, a person may require certifications mentioned below: 
  • a. Associate in Project Management
  • b. BVOP Certified Project Manager
  • c. Certified Associate in Project Management
  • Software and tools used in Project Management : JIRA, SAP, MS Office Project, Trello and Workfront
  • In the QnA session, he pointed out the difference between Technical Project Manager[TPM] and Project Manager [PM]. He said that while a TPM possesses the skill of app development, JAVA, a PM is good at managerial functions of planning and controlling and often a team might consist of both of them.

Credit Management and Bank Lending

Date: 12th June, 2021

Ms. Meenakshi, Branch Head, Karur Vysya Bank Ltd, Bengaluru was invited to speak on the topic “Credit Management and Bank Lending”. She started the session explaining financial system and components of Indian Financial System. Further she explained day to day banking activities and banking allied operations. She then headed to the second main topic-Credit Management Process in which she gave information related to criteria for granting of credit, terms of the credit, credit recovery procedure, compliances related to the credit and how revenue and profits are earned on credit. She gave valuable information about CIBIL score which is one of the important bases for lending loans. She also explained how loans become NPAs (Non-Performing Assets).

At the end she enlightened students about various career opportunities available in banking sector such as, Investment Banking, Business Banking, Retail/ Consumer Banking, Portfolio/ Asset Management, Wealth Management/ Private Banking, Personal Finance, Accounting and Audit Services, Financial Consulting, Corporate Finance etc.

Introduction to Cyber Security


Ms Sameeksha Makhijani, Sr Consultant Cyber Security, Infosys, Pune

Ms. Sameekasha, started her session with cybercrime and threats while using internet, smartphones, social media, and online meetings.

She enlightened students about the latest cyber threats —

Cloud vulnerability – enterprises are leveraging cloud applications and storing sensitive data related to their employees and business operations on the cloud.

AI-Enhanced Cyberthreats, AI Fuzzing

Smart Contract Hacking

Social engineering attacks like phishing have always been used by attackers to trick victims into surrendering sensitive information like login details and credit card information.

Deepfake- is a fake video or audio recording that cybercriminals use for illicit purposes.

Handing over the keys to the kingdom in terms of personal information, OTP, UPI payment, posting your activities on social media, etc.

She cautioned students against the above crimes and urged everyone to increase their level of awareness and education. She stated that one must never click on the links in the unknown messages, unknown offer link, responding to unknown mails with your personal details.

Her nuggets of wisdom:

Educate yourself on the importance of data protection and security protocols. Focus on cyber security awareness.

Create a unique and strong password combination and complement it with two-factor authentication to access the system.

Invest in cybersecurity tools like antivirus software, firewall, and other privacy tools to automatically scan threats. Install and update your antivirus software.

CRM in Hospitality Industry


Mr. Narendra Mansukhani, and Executive Leader whose last held position was as the Global Head-Customer Services at VFX Global took up this topic from scratch. Before he shared the CRM strategies that he implemented and the systems he set up, he first took the students through the basic concepts of CRM. Slowly building the momentum, he went on to tell everyone about how the departments under CRM were fragmented and how they have now been integrated. He emphasised the importance of technology management in CRM equally. People Management is now enhanced by Technology Management in Hospitality. Before the QnA session, he gave us a summary of his 26 years stint at Oberoi Hotel, Jet Airways and VFX Global and a few below mentioned remarkable initiatives he had taken at these organisations were:

  1. Training the employees at VFX Global for a transition in their mindset of considering a lead as a Customer rather than a Client
  2. Implementation of organisation-wide CRM automation 

Intellectual Property Rights   

Resource Person: Dr Sweta Singh, Founder and CEO, Enable IP 

On Ms Teams

Date & Time : 10.06.2021, 09.30 AM – 10.30 AM 

Participants: 64

 Dr. Sweta Singh, Founder & CEO, Enable IP Ltd, Mumbai  began with the History of Intellectual and then went on to  explaining the formation of World Intellectual Property Organization and its roles and functions i.e., IPR agreement administration, IPR Practices harmonization. 

She also explained the process of filing  Patent applications, Copyright applications, Trademark applications, Design application and the Scheme for Facilitating Start-ups Intellectual Property Protection. 

She kindled an interest in the young minds to work towards getting a patent in their names. 



To observe the Sexual Assault Awareness month, we had joined hands with Aks Foundation. Aks Foundation is a Pune based Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) working to combat gender-based violence. Firstly, we organised and conducted a Poem-writing competition the theme of which was Sexual Assault. We had a total of 21 entries and the results were announced on 20th April 2021. The 2 winners declared were Ms. Aathira Nair and Ms. Laveena Dias. While, the judges for this competition were: our Director, Dr. B Nanwani and Ms. Charu Mudholkar, Aks Foundation. On 23rd April 2021, we had the Director of Operations at Aks Foundation as the speaker for a short programme. She started the session right from the basics where she mentioned that even calling a lady by a name which outrages her modesty is a form of sexual harassment. She clearly laid down the various forms of sexual harassment and explained the meaning and differences between: Sexual harassment at workplace, stalking, Voyeurism, disrobing a woman, outraging a woman’s modesty and insulting a woman’s modesty. With statistics from National Crime Record Bureau, 2019, National Commission for Women, 2020 and Business Standard Newspaper she revealed to us some astonishing facts of: a. one case of stalking takes place every 55 minutes, b. about 88 cases of rape take place every day, c. while the conviction rate is under 30%. She continued to explain the dynamics of sexual assault and the 4 trauma responses of: Flight, Fight, Freeze and Fawn. She ended the session by sharing the Aks helpline numbers with all of us

A session on Anti-ragging​​​​​​​​


Adv. Asif Shaikh first read the rules laid down against ragging and explained them to us in simple language. One of the rules he mentioned was setting up of an Anti-ragging committee in every educational institution and the constitution of that committee. He then went on to explain which forms of behavior amount to ragging. One example he gave was: a senior forcing a junior to write down notes for him/her is also a form of academics-related ragging. He narrated a case of a Girls institution in Rajasthan that hid a case of ragging to protect their reputation. In this case, a girl student was bullied by 2 senior students to an extent that she lost her life.
We then moved on to the Question and Answer session. Under this segment of his talk, he answered numerous questions, some of which were:
a. Is calling names a part of ragging?
b. How does one over-come the mental trauma caused by ragging?
c. How do we educate school going kids about anti-ragging?

Topic: B2B and B2C Sales from Industry Perspective


In the 1st half of this session, Mr. Aditya Sengupta gave a basic scenario of how B2B and B2C sales operate in the industry. For example, he mentioned that to complete one B2B transaction, it might take 2 months even because in a B2B sales scenario, there are many participants involved. With his experience of working with Birla as one of his clients, he also explained how to build trust in your client. While the 2nd half of the session was entirely interactive where he answered the questions asked by the students and participants. In his endeavour of answering questions, he spoke about:

  1. 3 key points to be researched about, before meeting a B2B customer. Those being: the organization itself, the person who you are going to meet and the industry at large
  2. Customers do not fall for discounts, but value trustworthy relationships built over time

You cannot be nervous for a Sales meeting, if you have prepared well. Always try to 1st meet the person at a lower level, do not always aim to meet the top-ranking person of the organization.

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Topic: Personal Branding and Image Management

Date: 08-02-21 Time 11:00 to 12:30PM

Speaker: Karuna Bajaj

Ms. Karuna Bajaj, a practicing Image Consultant, soft skills trainer, a fashion stylist and an entrepreneur was invited to speak on “Personal Branding and Image Management”

She explained the four ‘A’s of Professional Standards i.e. Appropriateness, Authenticity, Attractiveness and Affordability. Further she spoke on formal Attire, communication and gave grooming tips before appearing for an interview.

While speaking about Body Language and Social Etiquettes, she gave the following tips:

1. Always Smile

2. Make eye Contact

3. Do not fold arms

4. Do not sit with one leg over the other

5. Remember a person’s name

6. Be polite

7. Be punctual

Topic: Investment Awareness Program on Capital Market

Guest Speaker: Mr. Amogh Gothoskar

Date: 15-02-2021

Time: 11.00-12.00

Mr. Amogh Gothoskar Trainer NSE and BSE was invited to conduct session on ‘Investment Awareness Program on Capital Market’. With apt examples, he explained financial terms of Capital gain, Asset allocation, equity shares, debentures, mutual funds and fixed deposits. Further, he said, while investing one should take into consideration factors such as, Goal of investment, Individual priorities, Liquidity, Tax benefits, and Transaction costs. He also added that before investing in any scheme one should verify all credentials of the organization or the person one is dealing with.

He advised taking the following precautions while dealing with the stock market:

1. Deal with only registered brokers/sub brokers

2. Receive contract notes from your broker

3. Do not be misled by market rumors, hot tips etc.

4. Do not be attracted to stocks, based on what internet websites promote (Do your study)

5. Be especially cautious when there are sudden spurts in stock prices .

Topic: Introduction to Securities Market

Guest Speaker: Mr. Amit Gupta

Time: 11.00-1.00pm

“Everyone has the ability to build a financial ark to survive and flourish in the future .But you must invest time in your financial education to build an ark with a solid foundation”

SEBI securities market empanelled trainer Mr. Amit Gupta was invited to speak on “Introduction to Securities Market.” He listed and explained the key mandates by SEBI in protection of interests of investors, to promote development of securities market and for regulation of securities market. Further he explained concepts of primary and secondary market, types of issues, rights of a shareholder, SEBI recent investor protection measures and mutual funds with practical examples.

At the end of the session he gave a practical demo of how to open Demat Account, how to do trading, how to apply in Public Issue in Online Mode and Offline Mode

Topic: Latest amendments in Input Tax Credit [ITC] in GST

Date: 1-11-2020 Time: 3-00pm-4.00pm

Speaker Name: CA Nagesh Jadhav

CA Nagesh Jadhav started off by giving a background of Indirect Taxation in India. He clarified the eligibility and conditions underwhich one can avail ITC, and the negative list given in the Act.

Further he explained latest amendments in ITC Section 16 to 21. He explained amendments carried out under Section 17(5) and the scope of ITC availability regarding Clause (a) – Motor vehicles used for transportation of persons, Clause (aa) -Vessels or aircraft, Clause (ab) -Services of general insurance, servicing, repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, vessels or aircraft, Clause (b) – Services of leasing, renting or hiring of motor vehicles, vessels or aircraft etc.

Topic: Working Capital Management: A Key to Business Success [Startup Perspective]

Date: 31-10-2020 Time: 4-00pm-5.00pm

Speaker Name: CA Abhay Gundecha

CA Abhay Gundecha emphasized that efficient working capital management is an important constituent of sustainable growth of a business organization. The benefits of efficient Working Capital Management especially for startups are:

a. Helps in streamlining processes

b. Reduces the cases of theft and frauds

c. Cutting down sundry expenses.

Further he said in working capital management, Cash in hand is majorly used for three purposes, namely – Speculation, Precaution and Transaction. All the three are quite pivotal in deciding the growth of a small business. He said inefficient working capital management can lead to insolvency and failure of business organization. He explained all the components of working capital management namely, Inventory Management, Cash management, Account receivable management, account payables, operating cycle etc.

Guest Talks in 2019-2020