Monday, August 27, 2012

SIIB Leadership Series 2012


         The theme of SIIB Leadership Series 2012 was ‘ Rediscovering the middle east ‘. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the honorary guests - Dr.Vidya YeravdekarPrincipal,Director Symbiosis, Dr.Rajani Gupte, Director, SIIB ,Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chancellor , SIU, Dr. Talmiz Ahmad, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Pankaj Khimji , Omani Business tycoon , KR Group and Dr.Dileep Padgaonkar , veteran journalist, consulting editor TOI, and head of the R.K.Lakshman chair in Symbiosis.

The honororary guests lighting the Lamp . (From Left)  Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar ,
Dr. Talmiz Ahmad, Dr.Dileep Padgaonkar, Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan ,
Mr. Pankaj Khimji and  Dr.Rajani Gupte.
             Dr.Rajani Gupte enlightened us about the theme - the political scenario in the middle east and its relevance in world affairs. Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar , shared her experiences as a doctor in Oman and the close links the country shares with India.

               The honorary guests enlightened us on the affairs of Middle-East.
Mr. Talmiz Ahmad , chief guest throwing light on the Arab Spring

Dr. Talmiz Ahmad spoke on  ‘The Arab Spring: Present Scenario and Implications for India’ . He enlightened us about the incidents of the uprising , their causes and ramifications that shook the Arab World.

         Mr. Pankaj Khimji highlighted  the strong connect Oman has with India - one in five Omani has Indian roots and Hindi is easily understood in Oman. He also understored how Oman braved the economic downturn and that his country is one of the better performing economies of the world today.He stressed on the opportunities the gulf nation brings to the Indians.

     Dr.Dileep Padgaonkar was one of the three interlocutors appointed by the Govt of India to undertake a sustained dialogue with the people of Jammu & Kashmir.He shared his experiences with us and threw light on the interest the Kashmiris showed in the Arab spring.

             Our guests speakers also entertained a Q & A session and patiently answered all the questioned raised by the SIIB students .
Q & A session with the audience
             The SIIB Leadership Series 2012 ended with a vote of thanks to the honorary guests , faculty , LS 2012 team , the SIIB students and everybody who all strived to make it a big success !

SIIB Leadership Series 2012 team 
The SIIB audience during LS 12
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The story has been reported by Santanu Das. Santanu is a International Business student , SIIB Pune ( Batch of 2012-14).When not in class you will find him quizzing, debating or running around for PR activities. He took care of Media & Buzz Creation activities of Leadership Series 2012. He can be reached at

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


               We celebrated India’s 66th Independence Day at the Symbiosis Infotech campus. The chief guest to grace the occasion was Dr.K.Subramaniam.Other dignitaries to share the dais were Directors of SIC, SIIB and SCMHRD and the campus administrator, Colonel Kadamb.The event was also attended by the faculties of the Symbiosis fraternity . After the flag hoisting and singing of the national anthem, directors of all three institutes and the campus administrator addressed the gathering. The Chief guest inspired us to make contributions towards the welfare of our country and  discharge ourselves from the guilt of not having done enough for the country.               

Dr.Rajani Gupte addressing the gathering
The Students of Symbiosis at SIC 

          Dr.Rajani Gupte , our director, enlightened us on an aspect of cognitive psychology called Attribute Bias in which a person tends to attribute success to himself, while finding external causes for the failures. She also suggested us possible means to overcome this problem which can help us in taking our India ahead. After the session, young children and members of the Prayatna team sung patriotic songs to add more grandeur to the occasion.

         I have attended many independence days since my school days. But there was something unique about this one which made me hit the keyboard. Today there was an incident which not only accurately described India’s current plight but also gave us the direction to take India to newer heights. During the course of the event , a bunch of saffron , white & green balloons were released but they got stuck in the strings which hung the paper flags . Isn’t it symbolic of India's inability to touch the sky  because it is constrained by the strings of illiteracy, poverty, corruption and crime. But wait !  Followed by this, we also witnessed the solution -Two young students of SIIB , who  went up to the terrace to disentagle the strings and freed the balloons. 

          So, it is us the youngsters who can cut the strings that restricts India’s growth. We need to understand that this is our country and we are responsible for its success and failure . Let us all contribute in every possible way we can and be a proud INDIAN !

Authored by Rahul Tiwari . Rahul is a first year student of International Business at SIIB , Pune (Batch 2012-14). His hobbies include observing and studying the behavior of animals and birds and capturing them in his camera. He can be reached at