The Asia Pacific International Conference

6 participating countries, hosted at SIMSREE

SIMSREE shines at B-School Awards

Another 6 feathers added to SIMSREE's already well adorned hat when the institute bagged accolades at Dewang Mehta and Dainik Bhaskar Awards

Guest Lecture by Lord Meghnad Desai;

A phenomenal Guest lecture by a celebrity economist in the institute campus

SIMSREE Annual Finance Summit FISCUS'13

SIMSREE had the honour of having Mr. Seshagiri Rao – the JMD and group CFO for JSW Steel , on Campus for FISCUS'13 organised by the Finance Forum

SIMSREE Foundation Day

30 glourious years in the field of education

SIMSREE Annual Finance Summit FISCUS'12

SIMSREE had the honour of having Dr.Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor RBI on Campus for FISCUS'12 organised by Finance Forum.

SIMSREE Students meet US First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama

The winning SIMSREE team consisted of Akanksha Sharma, Michelle Rodrigues, Akanksha Bhalla, Upasana Koul and Pratik Mittal.


SIMSREE had the privilege of having Mr.Vishwas Nagre Patil,IPS officer and addl. Commissioner of police (West zone)on campus for Sankalp'13 organized by the SSR committee

SIMSREE Students win Dandekar trophy 2011

Michelle Rodrigues and Clitus Fernandes, have won the prestigious Dandekar Trophy 2011 presented by the Bombay Management Association.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Guest Lecture by Mr. Ramu Menon

SIMSREE was honoured to have Mr. Ramu Menon, (Director Consulting - Consumer Goods/FMCG at Cognizant Business Consulting) on 7th August, 2014. He is an alumnus of IIM-K & an IT leader with 23+years of global experience in managing IT value creation for the consumer goods industry leaders namely P&G and PepsiCo.

The topic for the guest lecture was - Breakthrough Technologies in IT Sector like Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud (SMAC).
The enthralling session began with what traditional business meant. In earlier days, traditional business was characterised by Captive Markets, Brand Driven Messaging (which was one way i. e from producers to consumers), Limited Choice, Lack of Information (Both ways – From producers to consumers & vice versa), Reined in by umpteen regulations and Unfulfilled Regulations to go beyond. On the other hand, current business is characterised by Open Market Access, Customer Driven Communication, Inclusive Organisations, Democratisation of Information, Open Regulations and Abundance of Supply and Opportunity Creators.

Next topic was drivers of this transformation in business. The below factors responsible for bringing about this change were discussed.
  • Digital Metamorphosis
  • Inclusive Internet
  • Belongingness
  • Magnification
  • Sliver Casting – Self Directed Communication (Fetching information from small group)
Then the discussion veered to impact of business. The new business comes with new rules and new players, for example - Kishore Biyani’s new model for Big Bazaar. New business has also led to extreme transformation, for example Philips foraying in to an entirely new category of Healthcare. Challenging core competency is one of the important changes happening due to new nature of businesses.  Also the concepts of Fluid Core, Radical Adjacencies and Externalisation were duly explained.

Next in line were the technologies enabling these transformations collectively named as SMACSocial, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. At the centre of SMAC there are intense social users, volumes of data created by consumers, leveraging footprint i.e. electronic DNA, multitude of platforms, own control & drive your own experience kind of things.

Some of the popular examples of application of SMAC are:- 

  • Amazon Pre Shop – Shipping products to consumers based on forecasting
  • Coke Freestyle Fountain – A dispenser giving coke with customized flavours
  • Miller Colors Smart SKU – Based on Customer spread anticipate sales & perform community sensing
  • Dynamic Car Insurance

Active participation of the students was marked by the number of quality questions asked by them and Mr. Ramu Menon answered each of them with due diligence. SIMSREE thanks him for taking out his valuable time and coming on to the campus to interact with students through a guest lecture.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mrs Sangeeta Pandit addressing new batch of 2014-16

Director ma'am, faculty colleagues and my dear students,

At the outset, a warm welcome to the batch of 2014-16. Hearty congratulations on getting admission in this esteemed institution.  Your seniors in this orientation period will familiarize you with the culture and ethos of Sydenham Institute of Management.

These 2 years are going to be quite rigorous. You need to attend lectures, make presentations, prepare reports, become part of committees, get sponsorship, participate in competitions, organize events etc .
Your seniors have given you the legacy of Simerations, Simergence, Fiscus, Literathon, Sankalp, SMR and various other gems. You need to retain their glow, further polish them, and perhaps reset them to be aligned to today’s happenings.

Finance is all about balance. For instance, too much of a cash balance means idle cash, dead asset not earning any return, but too little cash would stop the wheels of your very business, one needs the optimum cash balance. Similarly, too much of raw materials stock is unnecessarily locking your cash, not earning anything, risk of the stock getting spoilt or getting obsolete. Too little stock could halt production; lose opportunity to meet unexpected demand. One needs to strike a balance and have the optimum stock.

Likewise, in your 2 years here, you will learn the life skill of striking a balance. You need to bond and make friends that are everlasting but still compete with them to top the class. Sit down together and prepare as one but compete for the same job. Sydenham Management Institute will provide you with the foundation to build on this as well as other skills required to succeed in the business world.

We will introduce you to the complexities of Finance, Marketing, HR and Operations.  However, I also urge you to pick up leadership skills, team spirit, communication skills and acquire strengths that will help you excel in whatever you do.

I exhort each of you to passionately contribute to your institute, for you will get back far more than what you give.

Your time here will be a journey. As your professor, I can say that in the process of teaching you, I will be learning a lot from you. I hope you take this opportunity to learn from the esteemed faculty of this institution, we have a galaxy of experts from the Industry coming as visiting faculty, also from your very capable peers and make the most of this academic atmosphere. At the end of 2 years, I am confident that you will be glad you had joined this Institute and will be equipped to take on the challenges of your chosen profession. God bless you and bless our Institute.

Thank you.

Mrs. Sangeeta Pandit,
Head of Department, Finance
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guest Lecture by Mr. Ashutosh Zawar

The SIMSREE campus witnessed yet another important and enlightening guest lecture, delivered by Mr. Ashutosh Zawar.

Mr. Ashutosh is a rank-holder C.A. (13th All India Rank in May 2002 CA Foundation and 29th Rank in November 2003 CA PE-II exams) and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Pune. Over the last 3 years after co-founding Academy of Financial Training (AFT), apart from managing the Business Development and day-to-day activities of the business, he has over 1,000 hours of professional training experience. He has been instrumental in launching new training programs and innovating curriculum and training delivery style. The firm has successful training across Basics of Finance, Financial Modeling, Corporate & Project Finance, and Financial Risk Management. Mr. Zawar also provides advisory services to Small and Medium businesses for fund-raising.

Prior to AFT, Mr. Zawar has had around 5 years of experience ranging from Auditing, Investment Banking, Corporate Advisory and Financing Transactions. He worked for over 3 years with the Project Finance team at IDFC, a leading financial services company in the Infrastructure domain, he has worked on sectors such as Healthcare, Education, Tourism, Telecom and Power. His work profile included Operational and Financial Modeling, Business Appraisal, Valuation Analysis, Drafting of Terms and Commercial Negotiations. Before joining IDFC in 2007, he worked with Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking team for around 2 years

In his addressal to the batch, Mr. Zawar touched upon various topics in Finance, like Fund raising through agencies like Private Equity, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, etc. He explained in detail the roles which a Finance MBA graduate can take up after graduation

In the lecture, Mr. Zawar emphasized on the importance of Microsoft Office in the financial sector. He stressed that fluency in softwares like MS Excel, MS word is extremely important and it is an indispensable part of the career.

The session was quite interactive throughout, and Mr. Zawar fielded the questions asked by the students with comfort, answering each of them.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HER initiative (Hi) - A step towards forming 'Women Entrepreneurs'

8th March saw a flurry of activity on the campus at Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE). It had to be, after all it was the 8th Of March’14- Launch of the movement ‘HER initiative’ (Hi)!

Hi’ says that women are already empowered & now it’s time to take initiative! Women could be a true driving force, if only they could take those initiatives, howsoever small!

The audience consisted of a mix of students from different colleges and streams - all of whom who were very curious to know about ‘Hi’. It focused on creating a platform where women students could get inspired & imbibe the initiative-taking qualities of esteemed women entrepreneurs! This was followed by a business-plan workshop to train students and aspiring entrepreneurs with specific techniques and tools to create a road map for actualizing their personal business idea.

The women speakers who graciously agreed to address the audience were all fabulous achievers in their own right and in their own fields! The initiatives spoken of in their respective fields helped the students gain perspective of the manner in which one can take the proverbial plunge into entrepreneurship. Overall, the audience absolutely loved the concept & supported the movement. Our speakers also lauded the initiative and wished it the best of luck.

Hi’ now aims to become a full-fledged movement & become an organization which helps women, especially students, by training and mentoring them with the help of accomplished women entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs. All this whilst trying to create a brand out of ‘HER initiative’ & utilize the same in fashion apparel; the revenue of which would be used to self-sustain and spread further the movement of ‘Hi’.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sankalp'14 - A social event of SIMSREE

Sankalp '14, a social of SIMSREE, was held with great fanfare on March 2, 2014. Organized by the Student Social Responsibility (SSR) Committee at SIMSREE, Sankalp is about creating an impact in society by creating awareness about burning social issues. It counts on the decision-making capability of MBA students to generate solutions for social organizations in need.

Last year, Sankalp’s theme was ‘Empowerment of Women’ and it was a resounding success. This year, in light of the 2014 elections, ‘Voting Awareness’ theme was chosen casting a spotlight on voting in India. Factors such as social media, the AAP, endless scams and indecisive leaders have led to a reinvigorated voter base, including a huge youth group. However, in the past, this has seldom resulted in a high voter turnout. 
(Link : - 'Article - Voter Registration Drive')

To remedy this problem, the SSR committee kicked off Sankalp '14 with a hugely successful voter registration drive – in association with ‘Vote for a Better India’ – on Republic Day. This was followed up by a viral video competition on social media, which reached thousands of people in the youth demographic.

On March 2, the main event kicked off with an addressal by eminent filmmaker and activist Mr. Ashoke Pandit and Prof. Sangeeta Pandit (HOD Finance, SIMSREE). After a short break, the case competition kicked off with Dr. Anup Ramani and Prof. Sangeeta Pandit serving as judges. This competition was tailored around a live case in association with the ‘Indian Cancer Society’. Participants were tasked with solving a problem faced by ICS.

After this, the event continued with a social B-plan competition judged by Mr. Anil Agarwal (Head of Corporate Financial Planning and Analytics at Syntel), Mr. Sugato Basu (GM - Corporate MarketingSyntel) and Mr. Sandeep Varma. The four finalists in this event presented fascinating ideas backed by facts and figures.

The final event of the day was a debate competition with three invigorating and vociferous rounds. The debate was judged by Ms. Charulata Ravi Kumar, Dr. Agnelo Menezes and Mr. Roy Varghese. High calibre participants and jury members ensured that the three events were very successful.

We are thankful to our sponsors Union Bank of India, HDFC Mutual Fund and Charagh Din; without whom it wouldn't have been possible for us to conduct this event on such a grand scale. We are also grateful to Prof. Sangeeta Pandit, Dr. R.K.Srivastava and Prof. Aashish Pawaskar who constantly encouraged us and helped us whenever required.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Guest Lecture by Mr. Prasad Akerkar

On 28th February 2014, SIMCON organized a guest lecture by Mr. Prasad Akerkar, SAP Practice Head & Learning and Development Department Head at Larsen & Toubro InfoTech Ltd. Mr. Akerkar spoke on “ERP System Implementation & Change Management”.

Mr. Akerkar started his lecture by explaining basics of ERP, its use and implementation in a company, methodology and benefits in different departments. He also gave students the information about the history of ERP and how it modified the technology over the years. He gave insights to the students about supply chain, bottlenecks in supply chain and the role ERP plays while dealing with these bottlenecks.

Mr. Akerkar talked about Business Development Process. He made students familiar with various concepts like Make to Order, Make to Stock etc. He shared his experiences and gave real time examples for better understanding of students. He said that the approach, consulting attitude, exploring and expansion plays a crucial role in development of any business process. Sir made the session very interactive by taking the example of ERP implementation in a college (say SIMSREE) and asking students how it could be used in various college activities like admission, lecture schedules and finance.

Mr. Akerkar also explained the role of ERP implementation Life Cycle in Project Management.  He gave a brief idea to the students related to the stages through which a new Project goes like Project Preparation, Business Blueprint, Realization, Final Preparation and Post Go Live Support and how the real time examples are solved. He also spoke about the role of ERP in benefit realization and improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of processes.

Students also got to know about ‘Change Acceleration Process’ (CAP) module and 7 steps involved in implementation of CAP.  They also got insights about Proposed Framework for Change management.

The lecture was very informative and engaging. Being able to listen to and ask questions of such an informative speaker was a real benefit to the SIMSREE students. We thank Mr. Akerkar for his valuable guidance.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Literathon is the flagship literature event of SIMSREE, organized by Sydenham Management Review (SMR) Committee. Literathon’14, sponsored by LeadstartTM publishing, was organized on 23rd February, 2014 in the Sydenham Management Excellence Center at SIMSREE.

It comprised of two events: -
1.       Acumen: Acumen is a research paper writing competition which aims at providing a platform for young management students to present their ideas and views to the business community.

2.       Bibliophilia: A book review competition which gives young management students a way to showcase how a thought provoking book has imprinted their minds.

Inauguration ceremony of Literathon started at sharp 9:00 AM in a packed auditorium, first with the national anthem. It was followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp by our dignitaries Mr. Suresh Nimbalkar - Senior Vice President, Hansa Research, Mr. Ninad KarpeCEO, Aptech and Professor Agnello MenezesEconomics, St. Xaviers College, who were also the judges of Acumen. The inauguration ceremony ended with a short video showing a glimpse of the activities conducted at SIMSREE to the audience.

Acumen was the first event. The finalists for Acumen were from JBIMS, SIMS, IIM-I, IIM-L and NMIMS. Each team tried to showcase their research to the esteemed jury. The research papers covered different fields of management viz. Marketing, Finance, Operations and HR. The presentations were followed by a Q&A round, where the jury not only asked insightful questions, but also suggested future avenues to the teams for their research.

Finally the team from SIMS (Mr. Atish Bakhru and Ms. Shivani Sharan) emerged victorious, their topic of research being ‘Customer Perception Analogy for In-store retail vs. Online Retail of same electronic company’.

Team from JBIMS (Mr. Manish Tewani and Ms. Ajita Ranade) finished a close second with their paper ‘Revamping the Sales and Marketing Strategy for the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry’. The dignitaries were especially pleased by the effort put in by the students and also advised them to use such analytical skills in all walks of life.

The jury then shared their experience and feedback about the papers and the event with the audience. Acumen ended with the prize distribution to the winners which included cash prizes and books from our sponsors.

Post-lunch, Bibliophilia started with the same pomp and fervor as Acumen. The judges for Bibliophilia were Dr. Ambi Parameswaram - Advisor and Former CEO, DraftFCB Ulka, Ms. Anjali KriplaniAuthor “Never Say Never” and Prof. Leslie RebelloDirector at LRMEI & L.R. Associates. Teams for Bibliophilia were from institutes like SIMS, SIMSR, PUMBA and SIMSREE.

After the presentation and a grilling Q&A Round the winner was Ms. Harsha Dharmaskar, who reviewed the book ‘1984’ by George Orwell and the runner-up was Mr. Ayush Samantroy, who reviewed ‘For God’s Sake’ by Dr. Ambi Parameswaram, both from SIMSREE. The jury was impressed by the details with which the books were reviewed and the intuitive way in which various management concepts were explained citing examples through the books. With the feedback from panelists and prize distribution to the winners, Bibliophilia and in turn Literathon’14 signed off a successful completion of its 3rd year and with plans of becoming bigger and better in the form of Literathon’15.