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SIMSR Alumni Newsletter

2016 Team ALCOM Speaks

SIMSR Rated #1

The Alumni Committee proudly presents Imprints – November Edition.

Another feather in our cap! SIMSR has been rated as #1 in the of Top Private B-Schools in ‘Super Excellence’ Category and #2 in the Private B-Schools in the State of Maharashtra in a survey conducted by GHRDC-CSR (Competition Success Review) BSchool Survey 2016.

Team ALCOM always takes great pleasure in hosting our Alumni on campus and is ever grateful for their generosity in terms of their experiences, knowledge and participation. Our team thrives on strengthening the bond that you share with your Alma Mater and shall constantly strive to do so.

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Alumni High Tea The Alumni Committee organized the annual High-Tea for MCA, MMM, MHRDM, MFM, MIM and PGExecutive Alumni on 15th October, 2016 at SIMSR.

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Alumni Achievement Mr. Kunal Shah, SIMSR Alum of batch 2002-2004, as a part of the NGOMake A Difference (M.A.D), along with Mumbai First, spearheaded the ‘Humara Station Humari Shaan’ project for the beautification of railway stations in Mumbai. The project was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Railway Minister, Mr. Suresh Prabhu and many celebrities.

Exclusive Interview with Ms. Loveena Khatwani Chief Client Experience Officer & Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategy, Edelweiss Capital SIMSR Alum of batch 1993-1995 Ms. Loveena Khatwani has been a Senior executive, strategist & leader with more than 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry across areas of client experience, operations & compliance, strategy & leadership.

Q. Could you share your experience at Milaap Q. What was your key learning from the two 2015 –Reunion of Batch of 1995? years spent at SIMSR? It was a very nice experience! Batch mates from abroad as well came to attend it. We have a WhatsApp group of our batch and we are in touch with each other on a personal as well as professional front. We were all awestruck looking at the transformation the college has undergone. We were very happy meeting Professor Hariharan.

Q. What is your most memorable moment at SIMSR? Many memorable moments – my first presentation; my good times with friends but the most memorable moment was getting a job. I got placed on Day 2! It was a sense of freedom- and excitement to enter the corporate world.

Q. What have been the turning points in your life?

You learn to spend 12 to 14 hours in college focusing on academics- which is tough initially. You also develop team working skills as you are doing a lot of group projects, which exposes you to different spheres and expands your knowledge. You suddenly start looking at things from a different perspective! Also, your leadership skills are enhanced.

Q. What was your key learning when you were with NSE and then you switched to IIFL? Being employed with NSE, you are able to understand market dynamics and learn to suggest controls and measures. You learn the value of the highest integrity and gets grained in you to the core. At IIFL, I learnt how implement these policies in addition to being process driven, how to go by the book, how to comply with rules and regulations. Working with different people with varied academic backgrounds helps you develop people management skills that is a key requirement for success in any stream.

In 2007, the market was booming and movement from being a regulator- (working with NSE) to the other side- i.e. the markets with IIFL. Being a regulator was able to see what it is to lay and implement rules and policies and at IIFL was able to see how to make the company compliant with the same. Q. What is your advice to SIMSR students?

Q. What is your approach in taking strategic You should question every theory with a decisions? practical approach. Gone are the days of Jack of You need to be able to visualize and think out of the box. You need to think how you can make changes in a big way. Once you think ahead- you start strategizing on how to get there and then start taking steps in that direction. One needs to think where he wants to be 5 years ahead and strategize accordingly!

all trades, master of none! You have to have a niche area where you are the master. Be clear on what is your area of interest and don’t worry about leadership. Identify one hour in a day that would be your most productive hour and make time to have a date with yourself. In this one hour, prioritize your work, put your task together and move ahead in a planned manner.

Guest Lecture by Kazakhstan Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Bulat Sarsenbayev, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to India, addressed the students of SIMSR, on 30th September, 2016. He spoke about his continued relations with the Somaiya Trust along with economic conditions of the country and the upcoming Energy expo.

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A New Initiative with Alumni Involvement A soft skills workshop was organized for the students by the committee, General Management Department & Alumni Relations Team, on 23rd October, 2016. Our distinguished Alumni ·

Mr. Dhananjay Parchure, batch 1991-1993, Director, Insights Infinite


Mr. Tapasvi Jhalani, batch 2004-2006, Senior Trader, Trafigura


Mr. Mehul Dave, batch 2006-2008, Supply Chain Manager, HUL


Ms. Akhila Ramganesh, batch 2007-2009, Research Associate, Interlink



Consultancy came to the campus to help the students enhance their GD/PI skills. Dr. Radha Iyer, Prof. Gita Sashidharan & Dr. Uma Bhushan also helped with CV evaluation and GD sessions.

Outreach As part of the Outreach Initiative of ALCOM, students get the opportunity to interact with SIMSR Alumni. Our team conducted Outreach with the following Alumni in the month of October 2016.



Designation Market Development Manager


Mr. Vijay Savant


Acetyls Asia at British Petroleum

Mr. Mehernosh Subedar

2003-2005 Brand Manager

VIP Industries

Mr. Aditya Khandekar

2005-2008 Product Manager

Idea Cellular

Mr. Sunny Budhwani

2005-2008 Area Agency Manager

Bajaj Allianz–General Insurance

Mr. Deepak Chaudhary

2006-2008 DGM– Dealer Network Development

Mahindra First Choice Service Ltd.

Guest Lecture On Creativity and Innovation 

Dandiya Night

Mr. Kaushal Thakkar, Alumnus of batch 200204, delivered a guest lecture on ‘Creativity and Innovation’.

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The lecture highlighted the practical challenges encountered by Mr. Thakkar and team while working on the ‘End of Reason Sale’ for Myntra.

The lecture gave the students insight on how the team created hype by concentrating on User Generated Content and print media for the sale and how they tackled all problems and ensured sales of 23X.


The theme for Melange, the flagship event of SIMSR this year is Get Set Startup which calls upon students to Ideate, Innovate & Initiate. It was unveiled with great fanfare.

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Job Opportunities Top Recruiting Companies

Total No of recruiting

Total No of

(in November)



HSBC, Raymond, Trafigura, Michael Page, Reliance General Insurance, HP Enterprise Services



The Alumni Committee has created a SIMSR Jobs Google Group which serves as a platform for Alumni to share lateral job opportunities with each other directly. To share a job opportunity at your organisation write to us at simsrjobs@googlegroups.com

Team Imprints 

Priyanka Mirajkar and Parul Pathak

Alumni Relations 

(Head - Alumni Relations, SVV)

(Chief Editors ) 

Suryani Sinha Ray, Vatsala Rajvanshi, Tulika Singh, Binaisha D’souza, Aditya Sankhe, Sreya

Vikram Gupte (Convener, Alumni Committee)

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Dr. Bharati VW (Chairperson, Alumni Relations, SIMSR)

Mukherjee, Tanvi Vassa (Contributors) 

Vidhya Sharma

Arvind Pandi Dorai (Manager, Alumni Relations, SIMSR)

Shriya Pawar (Officer, Alumni Relations, SIMSR) Write to us/ Contact us alcom.simsr@somaiya.edu 022-6728 3120/3185

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SIMSR Alumni Newsletter : November 2016 Edition

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SIMSR Alumni Newsletter : November 2016 Edition