Sunday, December 30, 2012

SIIB hosts Maruti Suzuki Colors of Youth 2012

        Symbiosis Institute Of International Business hosted Maruti Suzuki Colors of Youth 2012. It’s a hunt for the most versatile, talented and skilled student in B Schools & Professional colleges across India. The event is sponsored by Maruti Suzuki Colors of Youth in association with Dun & Bradstreet. It's an event where participants are judged on skills such as quiz, singing, dancing, music, standup comedy, innovation, quizzing, painting etc. The idea is  to find a perfect combination of intellect, personality & outstanding talent.

     The celebrity judges present for the occasion were Subir Malik. Isha Koppikar & Anousha Dandekar. The event was also attended by Brand Manager Maruti – Mr. Gaurav Gupta. SIIB campus was jam packed with students from more than 30 colleges in Pune & many students from symbiosis family.

     The ambience was eccentric and the occasion was big, there were singers & dancers and there were painters & actors and other artists, all waiting for their moment of fame.

Students from SIIB who made it to the finals of MSCOY 12’

1. Sankar, MBA-E&E, Batch 2011-2013 - Solo Dance
2. Utsav Tayade & Nishesh Pandit, MBA - E&E, Batch 2011-2013 - Painting
3. Apurav Singh - Singing
4. Somil Singhal - Painting

The celebrity  judges @ Maruti Suzuki Colors of Youth - Anusha Dandekar,
 Isha Koppikar & Subir Malik

Participants performing at the SIIB Auditorium

Registration Kiosk

Winners of the Pune Audition !

SIIB Public Relations Team - Debdeep, Naurula, Jain, Mansee & Santanu 

Article contributed by Santanu Das. Santanu is a International Business student , SIIB Pune
( Batch of 2012-14). Management consulting interests him and when not in class you would find him quizzing, debating and going aorund doing PR activities. He can be reached at

Guest lecture by Associate Director, CRISIL

Mr.Vishal Parwani, Associate Director,
Vishal Parwani, associate director at CRISIL Global Research & Analytics, visited SIIB few days ago to enlighten the students on ‘Investment Banking’.  India's leading ratings agency - CRISIL is a global analytical player providing ratings, research and risk and policy advisory services.

      Mr.Parwani stressed on the areas of operation of the investment banks – capital raising, underwriting, equity research, merger & acquisitions and finally sales & trading. CRISIL’s fort is equity research. According to Mr.Parwani, investment services involves the primary investors, buy side and sell side parties.

Primary InvestorsRetail investors, corporations, government entities, trusts & HNIs
Buy SideAsset management companies, insurance companies, pension fund managers, hedge funds & private banker
Sell SideStock brokers, broking division of investment banks

He also described the roles of research analyst, sales analyst and trader. According to him, research analyst analyses fundamentals, arrive at valuation & recommendation (financial models & research reports) and meets management of clients for financial advisory purposes. Sales analyst aids in servicing of existing clients and adding new ones. They facilitates meeting between buy side clients and research analysts. Trader executes trade.

The brokerage earned is allocated in the following ratio – research 40%, sales 40% and trading 20%. Apart from the core services described above, there are support services in I-banks like legal & compliance, treasury, tax, audit, corporate services and infrastructure support.

Article contributed by Santanu Das. Santanu is a International Business student , SIIB Pune
( Batch of 2012-14). Management consulting interests him and when not in class you would find him quizzing, debating and going aorund doing PR activities. He can be reached at


SIIB’s annual PR event, Crack It With SIIB ( CIWS ) was held across 13 cities this year. A dedicated team of thirty students visited different cities of India to help their prospective juniors in their quest for the MBA dreams.The idea of the meet was to reach out to the aspirants, solve their queries and provide them insights into  the SNAP test and life at MBA & SIIB. The aspirants would also get a chance to meet the alumni of SIIB and get a feel of what is happening in the industry.

CWIS Venue at Kolkata - The Birla Planetarium

CIWS received a very good response across the country - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kochi Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. It was attended by hundreds of aspirants. 

CIWS offered the aspirants a paper-pencil based mock test exactly replicating the real SNAP. After the test, students of SIIB interacted with the aspirants – gave them a glance of MBA life and life @SIIB and clarified their doubts. The aspirants were given smart tips & strategies to maximize their score at the SNAP tests.  The test takers were given all India rankings to enable them gauge their standing before the real test.

           CIWS also served as a wonderful opportunity to get back in touch with our respected alumni. Our alumni attended the meet across India and advised the aspirants on their career and provided invaluable insights about the industry happenings

Kolkata - Aspirants waiting anxiously for the test to begin

Ahmedabad . Aspirants during the mock SNAP

Kochi - Q & A session with the aspirants

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 Article contributed by Santanu Das. Santanu is a International Business student , SIIB Pune
( Batch of 2012-14). Management consulting interests him and when not in class you would find him quizzing, debating and going aorund doing PR activities. He can be reached at

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Swiss ambassador on Globalization

        Festival of Thinkers is a lecture series organised by Symbiosis International University. Students of SIIB got the opportunity to attend one such lecture by the honourable Swiss ambassador to India – Dr. Linus Von Castelmur. The theme for the lecture was ‘Globalisation’. The other dignitaries present in the session were Dr.S.B. Majumdar, Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar, Dr.Rajani Gupte, Dr.Prakash Shah and few Swiss delegates.

        Dr.Castelmur harped upon the importance of globalisation and centred its importance around five points:
  •  Access to mass production of goods
  •  Centralized services
  • Mobile labour force
  • More fragmented product chains
  • Decreasing linkage of companies to domestic country

He focussed on the fact that globalisation produces winners as well as losers. He cited the example where FDI into a country affects the domestic industry. Thus the need for effective and efficient formulation, implementation and governance of public policy. Speaking on Switzerland, he expressed his apprehension about the decreasing birth rate in Switzerland and the aging population. The aging population in Switzerland is making it extremely difficult for the government to finance pension and allocate funds for development and growth. He added that the technological development have led to decrease in employment rate. He also enlightened us about the public & private debt issues faced by the Swiss.

                 But in this era of globalisation, Switzerland remains an attractive investment destination thanks to the open economic policies adopted by the government. The country have had current account surplus for the last 30 years. The small and medium scale industries are driven by innovation. He summed up that the positive effects of globalization on any country can be achieved by few steps such as below which are already in place in Switzerland:
  • Liberal labour market and a flexible economy
  • Vocational training model
  • Research and minimum bureaucracy
  • Immigration of professionals fitting the needs across the various sectors of the industry
  •  High standard of living and excellent infrastructure

According to the Swiss ambassador, it is equally important to preserve the regional culture and customs during these times of globalization. 

Article contributed by Santanu Das. Santanu is a International Business student , SIIB Pune
( Batch of 2012-14). Management consulting interests him and when not in class you would find him quizzing, debating and going aorund doing PR activities. He can be reached at

Monday, October 15, 2012


We, the waked team had decided to teach students Basic Computer and English as per their syllabus. Learning without understanding practicality is of no use. We decided to teach them computer theory and simultaneously conduct practicals at their Computer Lab.
On our First visit to their computer Lab, we found the computers in dismal condition. Most of them were either not starting or had their connections loose or the hardware was not properly connected. One of the computers which eventually started did not have a functional keyboard. So we decided to repair and set the computer lab on the spot. The team was able to bring   4 out of 6 computers in working condition. Now the computers are useful for all the classes in practical education.
In our First computer Session, we decided to start from the scratch. In our first Interaction with class, we assessed their knowledge of the computer and its various components. Within few minutes of our interaction we came to know that our section 9 –B had very little knowledge about the Computer and its various features. They knew that Computer is very important for them and for their growth, but did not know what they should know about the computer. They were not familiar with the words like software and hardware.
 We decided to teach them from the basic. We started the session with introducing them Hardware and Software terminology. We taught them about what Hardware is and why it is called hardware. We draw a System Diagram to explain, Input devices and Output devices. What are their functioning and how to use them? How hardware is different from software. What are the Importance of both and how each of them Complement each other? We got them acquainted with some common software which is used in Day to Day life.
 After acquainting them with various components of Computer, we taught the class about the History of Computer. We started by telling them about early computing devices. Then we moved on to various calculators and First generation of computer. We taught them about various developments in this field and how this development has affected the Computer. How the size of Computer has shrunk and how its speed has increased tremendously. After this we moved on to Laptops and Various Tablets and what are the latest devices which are coming.
 In this whole interaction, we never knew where the time flew. We decided to end our session by having a query session about all the things which were explained. We also asked few question to know whether they have understood what has been taught. We ended our session by asking them to read about the internet and e-mails which will be conducted in the next session.
 Our first Interaction with the students was pleasant. They were enthusiastic and eager to learn. Yes there were certain naughty students, but what Fun will be there without them. We all left the Wakad School with smile on our faces and some good memories to cherish.