The Institute of Management, Nirma University celebrated Alumni Day on 6th October, 2018. Around 200 alumni along with their family members attended the nostalgic reunion. This two-day event was organized by the Kaizen Committee of IMNU. The alumni were welcomed with goodie bags. After the registration process, they were free to move around the campus. The committee had stalls for purchase of Nirma merchandise. Also, a stall of craft items prepared by the children of Nirmaan Foundation (formerly, Saral) was put up to raise funds for them. The alumni didn’t miss the chance to get themselves clicked at the photo booth near the registration desk. A faculty interaction session followed. The alumni met with and spoke to the faculty members during this session and relived their classroom memories.
Mr. Mahesh Joshi, the Chief Executive and Director, L&T Valves, was the Chief Guest to address IMNU students on the occasion of Alumni Day 2018. He spoke about how important life at IMNU had proven to be. The skills of prioritizing and balancing a multitude of activities that he learned at Nirma University has helped him throughout his career so far. He laid special emphasis on the need to network with not just the alumni of the college but also with the whole peer network and faculty, as a vital path to success in personal as well as corporate life. He shared hisa experiences to drive home the fact that ideas and mindsets played a major role in shaping the contemporary business world. Mr. Joshi chose today’s special event and his alma mater as a platform to launch his book “Global Business”.
The alumni then proceeded for lunch. The next sessions planned for the day were curriculum review sessions and a general body meeting. The post lunch session was an Action Seminar with the main aim of formulating new ideas to upgrade the curriculum for the Family Business and Entrepreneurship (FB&E) stream of MBA. This session was conducted by Mr. Anay A. Mashruwala, of Venus Engineering Works. The Action Seminar follows the principles of The Value Web which is an international conglomerate of individual consultants. Under the umbrella of The Value Web, important global issues and organizations like OPEC, World Economic Forum, are discussed to arrive at viewpoints and possible solutions to issues of global importance like the situation in North Korea and US Relations. Faculty, alumni and current students actively and jointly come up with ideas to upgrade the course so as to perpetuate the legacy of creating a large job pool from FB&E.
Simultaneously, with the Action Seminar, the curriculum review for the full time MBA course was under way, where alumni and faculty pool their thoughts and resources to come up with ways to improve and upgrade the syllabus taught. A general body meeting followed the curriculum review sessions, wherein contemporary business practices, trends and their relevance in MBA were discussed.
Alumni Day’s activities continued with various fun cultural activities with performances by the Nirmaan Foundation, Chehre & Fiesta. Some of the other events were Action Replayyy conducted by Prof. Nina Muncherji, a football match, cricket match, karaoke and dinner. These gave the alumni a chance to relive their college days, interact with old friends and colleagues and let loose in an evening of fun and frolic. Alumni Day gave alumni the perfect opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater and the present students to interact with experienced professionals in an informal way, while learning about their experiences.
This article is contributed by Kavya Shah –
Picture Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club