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Reverberating Your Thoughts

BE YOUR OWN BOSS

Events & happenings SCIT

Interview Dr Dhanya Pramod

Contributions Poems Quizzes Book Review

COVER STORY

A Drishtikon Initiative


WELCOME NOTE As Director -SCIT I am glad to write the first welcome note for

“Reflections“.

Although at its heart SCIT is about academic and intellectual pursuits, the residential campus takes all management students of SCIT to immerse in extracurricular activities that happen outside the classroom. The stage plays and skits by Eklavya, discussions at Drishtikon, lectures by corporate experts arranged by GL committees, events to encourage entrepreneurship by ITELF, activities for the society by SSR, the gala event of SCIT - Graffiti and many more cannot be ignored while defining life at SCIT. When I take a stroll at the faculty lounge, I many a time see faculty members busy working on journal papers, researching conference presentations, redrafting papers for sharing it at Prowess and Quest and sometimes glued on to their desk top looking for secondary data and statistics. SCIT is about the creation of new knowledge and the interpretation and transfer of existing knowledge. The faculty members do it very well. Although many of these are captured in the website, there is no single place where all this information is available and this was pointed out by some SCITians, and hence “Reflections” took its birth. “Reflections” is a magazine of SCIT completely managed by SCITians. “Reflections” intends to update SCIT fraternity and its stake holders with the latest happenings in SCIT. This monthly magazine would cover the events and news across SCIT from the different clubs of SCIT along with the latest event and sporting activities. I wish “Reflections” a very long journey and sincerely hope that the readers would enjoy reading it as much as the student team enjoyed writing, designing and producing it.

Dr R Raman Director- SCIT


CONT ENTS Faculty Corner 1 Candid Interview Dr Dhanya Pramod Cover Story 2 Be Your Own Boss Evonix Technologies

Events & Happenings

INSIDE

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SSR

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Induction Session

Eklavya Induction Session

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SnC

Freshers, Independence Cup etc

18 Guest Lectures Banking Upon IT 19 Guest Lectures Ristsumeikan Internship 20

iTELF

Induction

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batch 2012-14

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SCIT

Foundation Day

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SSD

Ritsumeikan University , Japan

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SIC

ONAM

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Prayatna

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Drishtikon

Students’ Space

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Rajesh Khanna Night

Induction Language of Finance

Book Review,experiences , Poetries , Laurels etc


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FACULTY CORNER

RENDEZVOUS

Abhay Patodi & Abhishek Dutta Interviewed Dr. Dhanya Pramod (Our Beloved Dhanya Ma’am)

Abhay: Ma’am can you tell us about your experience at SCIT. How did you start and how you went on to become the Deputy Director?

Ma’am: I was doing my PhD at Symbiosis during 2006-09.During that time, I

had interacted with the previous Director of SCIT, Shaila Kagal Ma’am. She used to be there during my intermediate PhD presentations. So, I used to get lots of inputs from her. When I thought of changing my job, first option of SCIT came to me because of my interaction with Kagal Ma’am. With the kind of motivation she had given, I thought SCIT would provide me a good environment to work. My interview was taken by Anil Vaidya Sir, who was the then Director of SCIT. By the time I joined, Anil Sir had left….Rajni Gupte Ma’am was the officiating Director for a couple of months. After that, Raman Sir joined; Pradnya Ma’am was the acting Deputy Director at that time. She was doing her PhD then, and hence she had a lot of administrative work to take care off. She wanted to get relieved of some of the administrative work. As a result, she requested Sir to relieve her from the post and hand over the responsibilities to some other person. In the meanwhile, Pradnya Ma’am was on leave for a month and I was the acting Deputy Director for that period. Finally after 4-5 months of joining SCIT, I became the deputy director

Abhishek: What is one special thing you like about SCIT? 1


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RENDEZVOUS

Ma’am: The main thing I would say is the culture. Also, I would say that the

students are very well behaved. Somehow, I find that discipline is one thing that we need not impose on the students out here. Also, half of the students come from professional background, so what I find is students out here have better maturity level than those in similar institutions. It is easy to handle them as their understanding level is high. Abhay: If not a professor, what would you like to have been?

Ma’am: (laughs)… It’s a very good question. Definitely, I would have been a researcher

Abhishek: How do you maintain a balance between your personal and professional life?

Ma’am: Hmm….well the first thing that I should tell is that my parents were

also working. My mother used to come during weekends. I was brought up by father and grandmother till I was 11 years. From the childhood only, I developed the feeling that I should become independent when I grow up. I also had to adjust a bit. What I feel is, whatever I missed during my childhood, is what my children shouldn’t miss now. I’ve never been too harsh to them, but at the same time ensuring that they maintain discipline. I devote adequate time to them. So, I hardly take work home. Even there is some extra work some extra work; I make sure that I finish it off here itself.

Abhay: Any message you would like to give to the students of SCIT. 2


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RENDEZVOUS

Ma’am: Well, I would like to advise them on what to focus on, during their career. Now, people are more focussed areas, where they can easily find in a job, more than their interest area. They actually grab the areas where opportunities are available. That is not the right attitude. It may happen that a few years, students might not feel great while working in that area.

Abhay & Abhishek : Thank You Ma’am for your time , it was a privilege for us

Ma’am : you’re welcome (smiles).

In the recently held PhD Entrance Examination (PET) of SIU, our faculty member, Prof Anuradha Goswami has cleared the entrance and also got through into the course by clearing the succeeding presentation and viva voce.

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Cover Story

Evonix Technologies

BE YOUR OWN BOSS COVER STORY SIDDHARTH IYER ANURAG VERMA PRATIK VIMAL

They say big companies start with humble beginnings. A lot of big companies like Apple, Amazon and HP were all started in a garage. These companies were not backed up by huge investments but by the sheer determination of its founders. Well, the ‘Head Quarters’ of Evonix is the Proof of Concept (POC) Lab at SCIT, is far from being like a garage in terms of comfort and ambience. In fact, the lab could easily qualify for one of the most conducive spaces. It may look like a good start for a start-up then, but that doesn’t make this entrepreneurial journey any less comforting. Evonix Technologies is a company started by the entrepreneur trio of Mubaid Syed, Niladri Shekhar Roy and Chandra Vardhan, students of MBA 2011-13 batch of SCIT. 4


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Evonix Technologies

In a short span of 4-5 months, Evonix Technologies has made huge progress as a company, by providing consulting services & IT Solutions to about 8-10 big clients and launching ColorSplash.in as an online customized T-shirt e-commerce business. The Slow Beginning The start was not as smooth as expected. The first and the basic problem was the capital money. No business can start without any investment and the founders had ZERO capital to start with. ColorSplash needed investment. The revenues from Evonix Technologies were used to invest in ColorpSplash. Evonix Technologies was formed in October 2011 Packing the T-Shirts on their own 1 with constant motivation and support from DR. R. Raman, Director - SCIT. Before that both the founders Mubaid and Niladri used to take up projects as freelancers.

Evonix Technologies was formed in October 2011 with constant motivation and support from DR. R. Raman, Director - SCIT. Before that both the founders Mubaid and Niladri used to take up projects as freelancers

When they met and worked together in the 1st year of MBA, they realized a common passion and formed bonding among themselves. This resulted in converting their part time hobby of web development into full-fledged business. After the huge success of Why this Kolaveri di Video, shot for SCIT promotion the two came to know that there is one more brain itching guy like them – Chandra Vardhan. Thus the team was formed but with assignments and classes to attend, the growth of the company was very slow and there was no road map to go ahead.

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The Eureka Moment Every business is backed up by an idea. Even though you have a great idea but its actual worth is known only when you start implementing it. “Designing is my passion, so along with the IT solutions we should do something which has great market opportunity and gives a chance to build my passion. Being involved in a lot of activities of college, we observed that there were several clubs and events of colleges and each wanted to establish their own identity. Each of these would come up with their own customized T-Shirt to represent themselves.

ColorSplash Logo

From L to R : Chandra Vardhan , Mubaid Syed , Niladri Roy

Students contacted local vendors, quality differed every time and there was total chaos” says Mubaid. “What others saw as a problem, we saw it as a business opportunity which has a great scope for evolving as a online t-shirt selling brand” adds Niladri. So the three zeroed in on the idea and named it “ColorSplash.in”

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The First Bold Step- Choosing the Path Less Travelled Like everyone else, the trio also started preparing for Internship interviews for companies coming to college and they had offers from reputed companies. But still the zeal of doing something on their own tickled their brains. After a lot of brain-storming and interacting with seniors, alumni etc they decided to utilize the internship period for starting their venture. “It is better to try and fail rather than wonder for the rest of my life what it would have been if I had tried it? And we did not want that and hence opted out of the Internship process” quotes Mubaid.When the same thing was conveyed by the Director, he was indeed very happy and extended all the support needed to encourage these young entrepreneurs. Arrival of the Sleepless Nights Although they have learned the importance of a proper business plan and financial planning, the trio had everything except the proper business plan. Instead of spending time on making business models, delivery models and financial planning, they just jumped right into the waters. Looking at the creative and impressive work they had done earlier for college and as freelancers, Dr. R. Raman shared few contacts. It was not difficult to convert them into deals. The projects at Evonix Technologies range from Website Development, Mobile Application Development, Creative Designs and Online Marketing. Mubaid and Niladri were good in programming and designing so they started working on the projects while Chandra started handling all the operations and communication area. The 1st Major Breakthrough The 1st big client was Thomson Press, an ‘India Today’ Group of company (One of the top 5 largest printing press in Asia). They wanted an MIS Application for their Delhi setup and Evonix Tech. agreed to provide Consulting Services to them. So, Team Evonix went to Delhi and stayed there for 15 days to help Thomson Press in Architectural Design, Database Development of entire application and provided technical training to staff along with development support to their team. “It was a great 7


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experience as we got to train the employees who had an average experience of 12 years in Industry” says Chandra. The ‘Color Splash’ Journey ColorSplash.in which started as a passion was a difficult business than Evonix. Unlike Evonix Tech., ColorSplash required capital money and knowledge of textile industry. “We didn’t even have money to open a Current Account for our business and had to borrow money from a friend”, says Niladri. They started by hosting a few T-shirts designs on the website. “We were not really sure about the orders so decided to just create the website. After a few weeks of the website being created the orders started coming in” adds Niladri. The next hurdle for the trio was to set up a reliable supply chain in place. They had to find a suitable T-shirt manufacturer who could offer them T-shirts at best prices. For this they did intensive research, figured out the major textile hubs in India and even went ahead to visit many places. Then Evonix Technologies collaborated with DTDC courier services for taking care of shipping and tracking of t-shirts, meanwhile Mubaid and Niladri integrated the payment gateway on the ColorSplash website. The website was fully functional and ready to take orders. But you can’t expect sales without any marketing. The young entrepreneurs applied many marketing fundas they had learned in their academics. After thorough market research and competitor analysis, they decided that the only way to topple competitors like inkfruit.com and bewkoof.com is to employ the ‘best-price’ strategy, and with the supply chain optimization they could reduce costs and price the creatively designed tshirts very competitively. The problem of almost no human resources in the company was tackled by hiring interns from different colleges for 2-3 months period; this not only reduced costs for Evonix, but actually turned out to be a great learning experience for the interns. Amazing how the three who were seeking internships a few months back actually ended up giving internships to other students from IITs, NITs, and BITS Pilani and even from a University of France for marketing and sales purpose.

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Looking at the dedication and concept of his friends, Chintan Sanghvi of 2011-13 batch finished his internship in other company quickly and joined the trio to help them. After his entry it became easier for the trio to manage the work. They went to graduation and post-graduation colleges, sent out e-mailers and also utilized the power of Social Media for creating awareness and ‘buzz’ about ColorSplash. One such social media marketing campaign, the ‘Batman T-Shirt design’ contest, gained immense attention and generated huge traction for the website. The contest was intentionally launched around the dates of release of the mega Batman flick ‘TDKR’. It attracted entries from more than 10 countries and 70+ different designs, and with close to 4000 likes on their Facebook page, ColorSplash was quickly becoming a brand in itself. The dream of 3 young men was slowly turning into reality; a sustaining business model, with the likes of IIIT-H, Tender Leaves, NIT Rourkela and British Telecom as their esteemed clientele. Not only this, ColorSplash t-shirts are now featured on SnapDeal.com, Junglee.com (Amazon) and eBay.in and lots of other major players are also in talks. But ColorSplash is not the only sustaining business under the widening umbrella of Evonix Technologies. They have done many projects that consist of Website Designing and Deployment, providing E-Commerce Solutions and developing Mobile Applications. They have also done SEO and Online Marketing for many reputed organizations like ThomsonPress, HitsYouLike.com, YogaGuru.com and our very own SCIT. On being asked “How do you manage so many things with MBA academics? “. Mubaid says, “Well, coding has always been a passion for me, and the amazing feeling of getting to be my own boss, and tasting success by realizing a longtime dream of having my own company keeps me motivated.”

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The Road Ahead The terrific trio have ambitious future plans for Evonix Technologies. With many creative ideas and innovative strategies, they plan to establish the brand ColorSplash as a major t-shirt provider among the college student fraternity and e-commerce market. They have growth plans on the other business lines of Evonix as well, such as, Website Design and Deployment, IT consulting and Mobile Applications Development. “Well, the entire batch is going in one direction and we three are pursuing the other; sometimes it’s exciting and sometimes it’s scary, but we are determined and committed to fulfil our dream” says Chandra. The Entrepreneurs of SCIT have now become a source of inspiration for many of their batch-mates. The Entrepreneurs of SCIT have now become a source of inspiration for many of their batch-mates. They have truly inculcated the spirit of Entrepreneurship and have become a living example for the famous quote of SCIT’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Forum – “Take the journey of life by choice and not by chance”.

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Events & Happenings

SSR

Induction Session LOKESH JAIN

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NAVYA

NEERAJ RAI Based on their motto, the students of SCIT’s MBA-ITBM 2009-2011 batch started Student Social Responsibility club (SSR) in 2009.

Every new batch that enters this prestigious institution has carried on this onus with great concern and objectivity to promote it, not only within the institute’s boundaries but even to the outside world. Already SCIT SSR since its inception two years back has been associated with a lot of NGO’s and corporate houses in its initiatives. To make the event more interactive, participants were asked to prepare paper bags from the waste material available around, sketch and enact a play on any social issues, chalk out a plan of events that would be conducted on a day trip to any orphanage

This year the “Enlightening Baton” was passed on to 2011-13 batch who have already chalked out plans as to how they will try to assist the society in a much more sustainable way rather than just spreading the word of awareness, because, everyone believes that “Actions speak louder than Words”. And what could have been a better way to start the journey, other than carrying out a well-crafted “Induction Program” on Aug 13th, 2012 for the newly inducted batch of 2012-2014, thus leaving an indelible imprint on their minds regarding this great initiative’s noble cause.

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The event was presided over by honourable SCIT Director, Dr. R. Raman, who in a pertinent way adorably blended the genesis of the club along with the mission, vision and motivation behind the initiative. He also adroitly explained how socially and professionally beneficial it can prove to everyone associated and the society on a whole. His words that described SSR were “ I didn’t see any one working as hard as these members of SSR to make this program as strong and socially bound, but not for the benefits of oneself, instead for the benefit of the society”. The event was also addressed by Prof. SVK Bharathi and Prof. Sadhana Ghalsasi who have always been supportive of the club and have always willingly participated in many of the activities held by SSR.

PHOTOS : AYAN HORE

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EKLAVYA

LOKESH JAIN , VARUN MANKODI , ABHAY PATODI

Eklavya – The most happening group of SCIT is one of the student driven clubs in SCIT. Inspired from the Dedication and single minded devotion of “Eklavya” the master of archery from the Epic Mahabharata, students of SCIT initiated ‘Team Eklavya -The Mavericks of Theatre’ in making people aware of the various issues like corporate, social, political, environmental; in the form of street plays, mimes, road shows, experimental theatre and also processions. Eklavya also organizes peace processions to bring awareness about topics like child labour, female foeticide, patriotism, business ethics etc. It was started in 2008 by ‘Aman Kumar’, ‘Rishikant Gautam’ , ‘Avinash Iyer’ and ‘Manas Jayaram’ with an intention of providing a platform to express themselves

Achievements by Eklavya 

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FIRST Prize in MIME - IIT Mumbai 'Mood Indigo' Competition FIRST Prize in Street Play SIMC Annual Fest 'Fest-OComm' FIRST Prize in Zonal Round Channel [V] Fest, GOA - Street Play FIRST Prize in Stage Play FLAME College SECOND Prize in Street Play FLAME College Annual Fest Performed in FINAL 8 teams for Street Play - IIM Ahmadabad 'Chaos' Competition Performed in FINAL 10 teams for Street Play - IIT Mumbai 'Mood Indigo' Competition

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and raise social issues they truly believe in. Since its inception, Eklavya has become one of the most interesting and eager-to-join club for every coming batch of SCIT MBA-ITBM. Eklavya endorses the fact that creativity cannot be the bastion of a few individuals. More the number of people, more suggestions, better plays. Hence the tag line- Open Source Nautanki...!!!! Eklavya 4.0 – team of management students from 2011-13 batch showcased their tremendous acting skills via magical MIME performance at SCIT Foundation day followed by stupendous street play at the time of the introduction of Eklavya 5.0. The talent of the group was there to be seen and justifies the laurels that they have won over the last year. Spurred by the performance of the senior batch, the 2012-14 batch were eager to prove their metal. The response for the Eklavya 5.0 was overwhelming. Each participant had to go through various rounds of screening. There were 2-3 levels of screening activities where participants

Like Robert Frost said…“Woods are lovely, dark and deep; but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep”, Eklavya believes that the ultimate objective is the age old showman’s mantra “THE SHOW MUST GO ON...!” The Brainstorming, the art, the feverish passion continues... Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!!!

were asked to perform on randomly given topics. The way some of the participants performed was really appreciating. After two days of auditions, the final list Eklavya 5.0 was announced. Congratulations to all the selected members, main coordinators of Eklavya 4.0 Deeksha and Niladri and the entire Eklavya 4.0 for putting up such a wonderful act.

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SnC

Events and Happenings

SnC

Where the fun never stops

ABHISHEK GUPTA TANUSHREE ABHAY PATODI

It’s that time of the year again, when the campus vibrates Informal Get-Together with positive energy, the new junior batch filled with @ Courtyard Marriott excitement and anticipation takes on the journey of MBA. As the tradition goes, senior batch welcomes the juniors by throwing a Informal Get-together and this time they did it in style.

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SnC

The Informal Get-together was held on 18th Aug 2012, at Courtyard Marriott. What added to the ardour and excitement was the condition for junior boys to ask senior girls and junior girls to ask senior boys for company in the party. The evening began with a cake cutting ceremony for juniors, then began the DJ which drew everyone to the dance floor, followed by a sumptuous dinner and delicious deserts. The titles of Mr Fresher went to Sourav Roy Chaudhary and Ms Fresher to Prerna Bet

INDEPENDENCE CUP

The most happening sports cup of SCIT ‘The Independence Cup’ was held from 9th to 12th August @ SIC Campus 2012. Played in the flood-lit SIC ground the seniors v/s juniors sporting event is a fight for supremacy in sports, the juniors gets a chance to showcase their talents and have the seniors fight for their legacy.

CRICKET

Four junior and four senior teams were formed in cricket and one senior and three junior teams were formed in football. Cricket was played on knock out basis whereas football was played on round robin basis.

After the division wise matches, Jnrs Div. D team and Snrs Div A team played an absolute hum-dinger of a final which the seniors won, batting first. The Seniors Div. A struggled to a meagre total of 42 in 10 overs. Juniors started off to a rollicking start with openers Sourav Roy and Abhishek Maid setting up the chase by an opening stand of 28. But an inspired spell of bowling by Urmil Khamar turned the match on its head, in the end Jnrs needed 6 runs of 2 overs but another bit of brilliance by Sandipan Pal who bowled a wicket-maiden penultimate over saved the day for seniors.

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The Football Tournament held at SIC was on a round robin basis with three teams from 2012-14 batch and one team from 2011-13 batch. Team C (captained by

SnC FOOTBALL

Subarna) dominated the whole tournament scoring a total of 18 goals in 4 matches. Sourav Roy Choyudary emerged as the player of the tournament finishing with a tally of 9 goals to his credit.

A novel and innovative initiative by the Senior SnC ICEBREAKER EVENT committee turned out to be a totally fun filled evening at the SIC ground. Held on 7th August 2012, The Icebreaker was planned to break the ice between seniors and juniors and developed a bonding. Despite intermittent rain, juniors came out in numbers to the SIC ground to take part in the various activities contrived specifically to increase interaction between juniors and seniors. After the informal introductions and activities, seniors and juniors tripped the light fantastic together at the popular foot tapping Hindi and Punjabi numbers played by the DJ. The results of the Icebreaker evening were clearly evident on Facebook, where many friend requests were sent and received.

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GUEST LECTURE

NIDHI JOSHI DEEPALI SARDANA ADHIRAJ DARE

SPEAKERS 

Mr Rajiv Gerela, VP, Deutsche Bank

Mr. Ravi Eppaturi, Chairman, Mumbai Chapter, Computer Society of India.

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“IT in Banking” was the buzz word as a very enthusiastic session commenced in the SIU auditorium on 12th August, 2012. This affair was planned in a very interesting manner, with the two guests enacting an on-stage question- answer session among themselves.

Mr. Gerela played the role of the CEO while Mr. Eppaturi took up the role of the IT consultant, debating and explaining the critical issues faced by organisations like banks, exchanges and SMEs. Throughout this discourse, the stress was on the 3S i.e. Stability, Scalability and Security in addition to the technological upgrades and 24X7 availability, necessary in the banking domain. Lots of comparative analysis was put forward by these esteemed speakers in their own style, making the session both entertaining and informative at the same time. It was clearly one among the many enthralling sessions that we had at SCIT.

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GUEST LECTURE

NIDHI JOSHI DEEPALI SARDANA ADHIRAJ DARE

A guest lecture on the topic “Internship Opportunities at Ritsumeikan University� was held at the SIU auditorium on 22nd of August 2012. Prof. Takada, Vice Dean of International Affairs at College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Japan The discourse started with Prof. Tadaka briefing the audience with Ritsumeikan University, and its well organized infrastructure. He went on to inform the students, with the different courses being offered by the university and the current researches being conducted there. The highlight of the session was a video on the research work done in the university in which researchers were shown exploring various new-age technological platforms, including application development for devices such as the iPad and the iPhone. The students from SCIT who had an opportunity to complete their internship at the Ritsumeikan University, shared their wonderful experience with the audience as well. Through this session, the students at SCIT, especially the juniors, got a fair understanding of the research being conducted there and the life at the campus of Ritsumeikan. It is to be noted that the Ritsumeikan University offers internship to students from SCIT every year. And judging by the enthusiasm of the students this year too, the internship being offered by Ritsumeikan will have many looking forward to it with high hopes. 19


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iTELF

ABHAY PATODI PRATIK BEEDKAR ADHIRAJ DARE

iTELF-The Information Technology Entrepreneurship and Leadership Forumendorses the mission to inculcate the entrepreneurial spirit among SCIT students and educate them about entrepreneurship as a career opportunity. ITELF, along with National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), supports and nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit. The team started this year’s proceedings with the introduction of the committee to the juniors with an awesome video. Innovations have always been the trademark of iTELF, as was seen the last year too. The team has got a resounding response from the junior batch, as 45 candidatures nominated themselves for 8 core team positions and 10 volunteer positions. The entrepreneurship cell is also all set to present the yearly flagship entrepreneurial event – SproutIT for the academic year 2012-13 on 8th of September 2012. Being the first event of this academic year, it has been a busy start of the year for iTELF team. But with hopes held high, iTELF, under the mentorship of Prof. Apoorva Kulkarni, is all geared up towards making the event a success. The theme of the event this year is “En-route- A journey by Choice not by Chance”. Panel discussion being the main event, it is expected to enrich the audiences with valuable insights from Industry experts and SMEs. Other notable events under the SproutIT umbrella are Ek Din ka CEO, Future Eye, KnockDown, Megamind, Paisa Vasool, on your feet and the TurnCoat Debate.

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RAJESH KHANNA NIGHT

Mayur Pawar SCIT 2012-14

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27th July 2012: It was a regular day at SCIT. Assignments, classes, lectures, gym, cricket, football, music and everything else were happening as usual. 18th July, Wednesday – middle of the week late in the afternoon when Bollywood’s first Superstar, Rajesh Khanna passed away. For those, who knew the charisma of this actor

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RAJESH KHANNA NIGHT

were terribly shocked and grieved. That’s when a bunch of us decided that this magnum opus star needs a special tribute! The gathering was held at the open air auditorium just outside the dining hall. Prior to this, a lot of arrangement was made – starting with the selection of the best songs of Kaka, as he was called affectionately, to creating a Facebook event and inviting everyone. Among the ones who were to perform, it was a motley crew of singers, a percussionist, a guitarist and a few enthusiasts who had the songs on the tip of their tongues. Babumoshai, hum toh rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jiski dor uss upar wale ke haathon main hai. Kab, kaun, kaise uthega ye koi nahin janta.. Lines from the film –‘ANAND’

Finally the evening began! Though it was the month of July, the rain gods showed mercy and the weather was fantastic. We kicked off the event with peppy songs like Zindagi ek safar hain suhaana, Jai Jai Shivshankar, Gulaabi aankhen and the evergreen Mere sapno ki rani had the crowd going crazy on their feet. Even folks who were unaware of the magic of Rajesh Khanna were jubilant and dancing in the open air! The percussionist with his fingers rollicking on the tabla was in perfect sync with the zany guitarist. Slowly we drifted the mood towards more romantic songs – songs like O mere dil ke chain, Hume tumse pyaar kitna elevated the mood of the crowd to a higher level. Since it was an open air event, folks from other colleges such as SIIB and SCMHRD also started pooling in. The area around the dining hall and the sitting area around was jam packed by the time, SCITians started off with some poignant and heart wrenching songs. Kuch toh log kahenge and Zindagi ke safar mein made the crowd sit back and ponder over things of the mind. The event was nearing its end.. And the song had to be Zindagi kaisi hain paheli from Anand, one of the finest movies ever made in Indian cinema. This got the whole crowd swinging in unison, everyone remembering what a great actor they are going to miss! Some folks became so emotional that they started crying. But then, Kaka hates

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SCIT FOUNDATION DAY

NEERAJ KUMAR RAI

Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) made its educational stage debut on the auspicious day of 3rd August 1999, with the notion to become a “Premier IT Business School Nurturing Genuine IT Talent”. Every year, we celebrate this day with lots of zeal & ardour, thereby, reinstating our faith in the institute’s foundation inspiration. This year was no different, with loads of social & cultural performances,

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meticulously planned and well organized by the college management, staff and students. The institute’s esteemed director, Dr. R. Raman, presided over the function. Let’s have a brief look at the assortment of commotions conducted during the function – Director Sir initiated event’s proceedings in quite innovative manner. Rather than delivering a routine oration, he organized a SCIT’s history based quiz and delivered prizes to those who answered correctly. Its main agenda was to impart lesser known facts about the college to the gathered student community. OPENING SPEECH

The informative quiz session was followed by some classic stage performances, both, by the core SKIT MBA course seniors & juniors. Especially, the MIME act performed by senior Eklavya (SCIT’s Dramatics Committee) members on “Addiction – The Silent Killer” was an absolutely mesmerizing performance. The spice of the event was some engrossing singing done by native budding vocalists, who SONG PERFORMANCES completely enthralled the present audience. The SCIT’s indigenous musical band “Mantra” stole the show with their riveting audio performance coordinated with some awesome instrumental melodies. The surprise package of the event was a classical Kathak dance appearance, given by institute’s DANCE PRESENTATIONS faculty Mrs Rashmi Sondriyal Gairola. After watching this show, anyone would have easily believed the saying that “Once a Dancer, Always a Dancer”. It was a scintillating act, coupled with some dazzling expressions and astounding movements. All in all, every feat was garnered with heavy praises by the spectators, who thoroughly enjoyed the evening. After watching such ceremonies, anyone can say that every experience in SCIT is a “Lifetime Experience”. 24


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PRATIK BEEDKAR

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Symbiosis International University (SIU) is always known for its collaborations with various prestigious international universities with a mission of building and maintaining relationship between different people across the globe, for accomplishing its adage of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the whole world is one single family. Symbiosis Centre for information technology (SCIT), a constituent of SIU is continuing the legacy by launching one month program in Software Solution Design for students from Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. Under this program 16 students are participating to enhance their learning in the field of Software Solution 25


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The program is not only focused on grooming students on academic fronts but also to enable cross cultural exchange by making them feel and enjoy Indian culture

Design. The program was inaugurated on 21th Aug 2012 and Prof. Hideyuki Takada, ViceDean, College for Information Science and Engineering, RITS University, was the chief guest and the inaugural speaker along with Ms. Kshipra Potdar and Mr. Kenichi Yoshida MD from Cubist Edunet Pvt Ltd. Cubist Edunet along with SCIT is jointly hosting this program. The students are given extensive learning on various technicalities of Software Solution Design. The program is not only focused on grooming students on academic fronts but also to enable cross cultural exchange by making them feel and enjoy Indian culture and learning arts like ‘Origami’ from Japanese. They are also involved in various extra-curricular activities like sports, dance, and out-bound tours. To make their stay enriching at SCIT, college has started a unique “buddy system” program. The main purpose of buddy system is to assist them in various day to day activities including studies, communication and help them to gel seamlessly with Indian culture. More than 20 students had shown voluntary participation to work as buddies for these students. This SSD program is mentored by is Prof. Sadhana Ghalsasi, Assistant Professor – SCIT. She has always been a motivational force and key person behind the success of this program. Ensuring that the participants have an enjoyable academic experience mixed with a lot of fun filled extracurricular activities during this one month, SCIT is continuing its endeavor towards a premier IT B-school.

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ONAM

GEORGE MATHEW Onam @ SIC

Onam is the first cultural event in the academic year conducted jointly by all the three colleges SCIT, SCMHRD, and SIIB. It is a full day event starting at 7 in the morning going all the way up to 12 in the night. Onam is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm in SCIT. The flower carpet is arranged to welcome King Mahabali to everyone’s houses in Kerala. Here in SIC we conduct it as a competition event among the three colleges. The designs are first drawn on the previous night and early morning the flowers are

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prepared for decoration. The competition gets over by 10.00 am and judges representing from three colleges come and judge the designs. The highlight of the day is the Onam Sadhya (lunch). A sadhya is traditional lunch prepared mainly from coconut and vegetables. The elaborate meal consists of 11 to 13 strictly vegetarian dishes and is served on banana leaves. There is a fixed order of serving the meal and a set place to serve the various dishes on the leaf. A lot of preparation and hard work goes in making of the scrumptious Onasadya. All the malayalis from three campuses jointly serve the Students, faculty and staff of the three colleges. From 12.30 to 3 in the afternoon the proceedings of lunch goes on. Every year we have special guests coming to enjoy this feast. This year we had 16 Japanese students who are doing their short term courses in the campus. Also a special guest for the lunch was Dr Vidya Yeravdekar who blessed us with her esteemed presence.

EVENTS: Pookalam (Floral Carpet Designing) Onam Sadhya (Special traditional Kerala Lunch) Cultural Events (Traditional Dance forms and songs) Movie Screening (Malayalam movie in auditorium)

Main Co-ordinators from SCIT: George Mathew , Reshmi Menon Volunteers: Aparna Nandakumar, Evin Abraham, Vasudha Jagannathan, Rohit Krishnan and Suraj Sugunan A Special Thanks to:Sandeep, Rohit, Gopikrishnan, Sara, Prerna, Stuti, Rose, Richa, Sabita, Sayali, Roshni and Prerit. 28


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PRAYATNA

Mamta Kumawat

Prayatna-An Initiative for Social Change, is a registered non-profit Non-Government Organization run by students from three colleges: Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) and Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD) at the Symbiosis Infotech Campus (SIC), Hinjewadi, Pune.

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Its aim is : “To help in the education of children from poor sections of the society; To give them guidance and inculcate moral values in them and assist them in their overall personality development." Continuing the legacy, there was an induction session on August 8 th for 2012-14 batch students which had the objective of making them aware about Prayatna, sharing the experiences and inviting them to join this noble cause. The event started with the Main Co-ordinator from SCIT, Mamta Kumawat asking questions related to relevance of education to under-privileged kids. Followed by that, a formal presentation and a soul-stirring video was also shown to the audience. Lastly, the existing team members of Prayatna shared their experiences, answered some questions and motivated the upcoming batch to be a part of this NGO. After a couple of round of interviews later, a dedicated team of 30 volunteers were selected and they are now a part of Prayatna .

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MANSI PUROHIT

From a macro perspective, Finance is merely the practical application of economics. The Financial System is the means by which an economy allocates money to its highest valued use. In this month DKON team with Mr.Avichal Sinha presented a Session on "Language of Finance�. This session was aimed at covering fundamental concepts of finance and its terminologies. This is kind of must for every MBA Grad to be well aware of. As students we may consider finance management as something distant from personal life. But having a little closer look, we can realize the fact that it will give us insights about which industries are growing at what pace, where we 30


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can expect higher recruitments and growth and which industries recession would hit first. Taxes can take 40% of what we would earn. Making the right investments can cut this tax burden. This is yet another reason to study basic terminology of finance that can enable us to explore our further knowledge about shares, equities, debentures etc. Let’s participate in DKON’s interactive knowledge sharing sessions. Visit us on http://www.scit.edu/drishtikon/index.html Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/drishtikon/

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BOOK REVIEW

SURAJ SUGUNAN MBA 2011-13

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In the final year of your MBA , you always crave to do best with your current life (as being an MBA student) because you know tomorrow when you step into the corporate world ,full of hassles and complication, you will not have that time which you cherish now. I made a note of this thought in my mind and came out with the things to do list, and in that list was a task to read top management books in the span of this one year. In the bookstore I was intrigued by this out of the box title “JUGAAD-INNOVATION”. The book is written by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu & Simone Ahuja, all three authors belonging to different fields of expertise. The book is written by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu & Simone Ahuja, all three authors belonging to different fields of expertise. They combined their thoughts about frugal and flexible approach to innovation for the 21st century in this book. The authors look into the strategic aspects of innovation and explained their stand with current corporates like 3M , TATA , GM , SIELCO , PHILIPS , ICICI , TCS , INFOSYS , COLGATE , P&G and others. A very prominent aspect of this book was that the authors where able to identify different stages of Innovation.

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It is a very interesting read for an MBA student. Although I tend to differ on some points with the authors , they had a secluded mindset about the traditional process and their standardization procedure specially SIX SIGMA, to their view point they often blamed that SIX SIGMA process don’t promote Innovation and they had exemplary examples of companies like 3M & Google. But in contrast six sigma focuses on process optimization with effective results.

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POETRIES

एक मासूम दिल है

SKETCHES BY MUBAID SYED

एक नमी छाई है आँखोंमें सूरत हस्ती है वहाँ तेरी महफिले सजाए बैठता है फिल बाते करती है वहाँ यािे तेरी वक्त कभी खींचता रहा है और हम युंही चले जा रहे है बाकी फिल इबाित में वहीं खडा है जहाँ हुई थी इनायत तेरी एक मासूम फिल है और कछ है खामोफियाँ

MANSI PUROHIT MBA ITBM 2011-13

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Sometimes I wonder! How beautiful a day can be? As I thought it can be only good or bad. Depending on whether we are happy or sad. Now I know It is better to be beautiful than to be good! And what about Bad one. But its true there is none.

POETRIES

Be it the pay day Wedding day or birthday Each Day is Beautiful Each day has its own aim Play it and be the winner of game Go beyond the Happiness and sadness Life is not just about these two Each day has to teach a lesson too Either we are ignored or wooed

HITESH BHASKAR MBA ITBM 2011-13

As no day is is good or bad. Each day is beautiful Sometimes the reason is earnings Sometimes the reason is learnings

Finding out ways to make it special Giving names to days to make the memorable Friendship day, Valentine day Mother’s day, Father’s day Its way to remember the days Beautiful is the day When sun shines for the first time in the morning Because each day is Beautiful As God created them to make our When it sets in the evening Lives meaningful. When a girl turns to be mother When a sportsman turns out to be a winner So live with the Spirit And learn with zeal Each day is Beautiful Play with action Even when we have fights Fight with courage And expect the other should make a move Love with Feelings To make the things go right Each day is beautiful Get its meaning.

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HARSHAL PATHRABE MBA 2012-14

MBA ITBM 201214

27 Aug 2012. What more one can expect in a single day. A usual hectic day in SCIT turns out to be a most adorable one. A Session on Japanese art Origami by Japanese Students and a pleasant meet with “Prayatna” Team and Prayatna’s Kids. Jo Imamoto with many students from RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY (JAPAN) conducted Origami Session. They come every year as a part of student exchange program in SCIT. Origami is an art of folding paper into decorative shapes & figures. They taught us how to make Paper Airplanes, Swans, Warriors Helmet, etc. Prayatna is a Non-Profit NGO of SCIT, SIIB & SCMHRD formed by former SIIB students. Prayatna’s aim is to help in the education of children from poor sections of the society & to give them guidance and inculcate moral values in them. 36


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Regular sessions are being conducted every day between 7 pm to 9 pm by volunteers to instil knowledge in little kids.

Origami is an art of folding paper into decorative shapes & figures. They taught us how to make Paper Airplanes, Swans, Warriors Helmet, etc. Innocent children of age 5-10 years also learned Origami. Japanese students hardly know English but humanity & friendship need no language. It was really a heart touching moment to see sparkling faces of Amar, Mayuresh, Roshni and many more kids. Kid named Amar surprised Japanese students by making Paper Frog. JAPANESE & SCIT students with so many kids, it was looking like a Carnival. No one was there for winning or losing anything, it was a self-less, fun-filled moment that brought out child hidden in everyone.

NAVEEN TITARE MBA 2012-14 MBA ITBM 2012-14 “Important thing in photography is to have a spirit of learning and sharing” When I came to SCIT, I just had a camera “FUJIFILM S1000FD” which is really good but I was not aware of that. I didn’t even know how to manipulate the setting as required by the scenario. But after we had our SCIT Photography Club Meet on 30th Sept. 2012, many things are pretty much clear now. The 37


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PHOTOS: AYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

session started with Clarification of the “Megapixel Myth” that people have while buying a new camera, and the technical difference between Compact Camera and DSLR, which was taken by Ayan Hore. It was really very informative & value addition for everyone present. Next in the session was “Basic Photography Concepts: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO” explained by Devesh Singh & Ayan Hore which was really good, since before that I just knew these terms but didn’t know what they actually do in photography and their effects.

The session started with clarification of the “Megapixel Myth” that people have while buying a new camera, and the technical difference between Compact Camera and DSLR, which was taken by Ayan Hore. 38


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After that Q&A session helped us in clarifying our queries on the new concepts learnt, followed by the “Photo Viewing” session in which we came to know about the talented people in 20122014 Batch as well as from 2011-2013 Batch. The photograph which I really loved was - “Emotions of Cats” by “Smruti Borkar” from 2012-2014 Batch. Finally, I’d like to thank Ayan Hore, Devesh Singh & Akash Boaz for organizing the session & we are eagerly waiting for the next session to happen. Till then trying to implement lessons learnt from this session to capture some good photographs.

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BRAIN TEASERS

QUIZ

ANIRUDHA INGLE

a

This POP star defies age

Q1. This Man redefined action ,

Identify the Celebrity?

bodybuilding and became a governor

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A patriotic freedom fighter, An excellent tailor, A veteran actor, An eminent activist And the list goes on.

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Q3. Which product started by MIRC Electronics got its name from the anagram of the location of the company which is in a town near Delhi?

Q4. "Where do you want to go today" is the corporate slogan of which company?

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Achievements

QUIZ_INE, SIIB Leadership Series

QUIZ_INE, SIIB Leadership Series

Eccentricity, SIIB Leadership Series

SUMMERS 2012

2nd

3rd

1st

1st

NIKHIL MOTLAG (2011-13) SANDEEP G (2012-14)

MADHURA HIRMUKHE (2011-13)

QUIZ

QUIZ

ANIRUDHA INGLE (2011-13)

RUCHI NANDITA SHERRY SHRUTI GARG

ONLINE VIDEO

(2012-14)

NIKHIL MOTLAG (2011-13)

SUMMERS PROJECT PRESENTATION

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TEAM REFLECTIONS TEAM

ABHAY PATODI MBA-ITBM 2011-13

ABHISHEK DUTTA

ABHISHEK GUPTA

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

AVICHAL SINHA

DEVESH MATHUR

HAMMAD MALIK

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

DESIGN & PUBLISHING

ABHIMANYU SINGH

TARUN JOSHI

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

ANKITA KULKARNI

PRIYAM SHAH

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MAYUR PAWAR

TANUSHREE KARKHANIS

ANURAG GOYAL

MBA-ITBM 2012-14

MBA-ITBM 2012-14

MBA-ITBM 2012-14


A N U R A G

CONTENT EDITORS

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ANURAG VERMA MBA-ITBM 2011-13

PRATIK VIMAL MBA-ITBM 2012-14

SIDDHARTH IYER MBA-ITBM 2011-13

CORRESPONDENTS

ADHIRAJ DARE

LOKESH JAIN

VARUN MANKODI

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2012-14

NAVYA NIDHI JOSHI MBA-ITBM 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2011-13

AKASHDEEP

PRATIK BEEDKAR

MBA 2011-13

MBA-ITBM 2012-14

NEERAJ RAI MBA-ITBM 2012-14

DEEPALI SARDANA MBA-ITBM 2012-14


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