Sydenham Management Association (SMA)
The Sydenham Management Association (SMA) stands at the apex of the student committee structure at SIMSREE. SMA undertakes the important activity of coordination between the students and the management. The SMA includes the Joint Chairpersons, General Secretaries and the following Committees.
Ms. Vaishnavi Parekh
Mr. Kunal Parekh
The chairpersons are at the helm of the SMA. They are responsible for all the activities conducted, managed or organised by the institute. They act as a liaising agent between faculty and students. The onus of the smooth functioning of the committees, timely completion of academia and also the overall goodwill of everyone at the institute lies with the Chairpersons. They are not only the representatives of the batch, but also the face of the institute.
The ability of SIMSREE in creating strong leaders is proven by the qualities of individuals that have studied from the institute. The Alumni Committee undertakes the task of maintaining a strong link between our esteemed Alumni and the institute via various programs such as Mentorship Programs, Coffee with Alumni Sessions and various Alumni Meets through which the students get to interact with senior Alumni , who help to nurture and guide the students in the chosen field of interest. The Alumni Committee also organizes various Batch Meets and City Specific Chapter Meets throughout the year. Once every year, the Alumni Committee organizes an Annual Alumni Meet- Reminiscence, which is a mega reunion of all the batches of Alumni that have graduated from SIMSREE over the years.
The SIMSREE Alumni Committee is responsible for all engagements between the Alumni of the institute and the institute. Some key functions of the Committee are:
BUILDING, MAINTAINING AND LEVERAGING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ALUMNIMany Alumni of SIMSREE occupy important positions in industry and the Alumni are an important source of knowledge and opportunities for the students of the college. The Alumni Committee makes sure that this knowledge and opportunity is utilized for the growth and development of the college.
MANAGING THE ONLINE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE ALUMNIThe Alumni Committee keeps the Alumni informed about the various events and achievements of the college through various online channels like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, email and the Alumni website.
BUILDING AND MAINTAINING THE ALUMNI DATABASEWith a huge Alumni base of around 3500 over the past 30 years, maintaining the Alumni database is a very important task. The Alumni Committee maintains, expands and continuously updates the database.
IDENTIFYING ALUMNI AND INVITING THEM TO COLLEGE FOR GUEST LECTURES AND AS VISITING FACULTYOne of the strengths of SIMSREE is its visiting faculty that gives it great industry exposure. The Alumni Committee taps relevant Alumni from the industry for conducting guest lectures, coffee with Alumni sessions and entrepreneurship connect at SIMSREE. The Committee also encourages the Alumni to contribute to various publications of the institute to update students about currents happenings in the industry.
ORGANIZING EVENTS FOR THE ALUMNITo engage the huge Alumni base, the Alumni Committee organizes various events like batch meets and chapter meets throughout the year. The annual Alumni meet, ‘Reminiscence’ is organized for the Alumni to celebrate being part of the SIMSREE family. The Alumni eagerly look forward to this event.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAMThe Alumni Committee also conducts the mentorship program wherein interested students from SIMSREE are given a mentor from the Alumni who can guide them about the industry they are about to enter. It gives the students a chance to clear any doubts or apprehensions regarding the field they are about to choose.
MAINTAINING THE ALUMNI WEBSITE (simsreealumni.org)The Alumni committee is responsible for maintaining and updating the Alumni website of SIMSREE.
SIMAASIMAA (Sydenham Institute of Management Alumni Association) is a section 25 non-profit organization for the growth and development of SIMSREE. Its directors are illustrious Alumni of SIMSREE. The Alumni Committee arranges SIMAA meetings in the college, co-ordinates and updates the SIMAA directors about college activities and gets approvals for using SIMAA funds for development of the college.
Corporate Relations Committee (CRC) acts an interface between the SIMSREE academia and the corporate world. By facilitating the interaction between the students and industry leaders, CRC helps in broadening the horizon of students while simultaneously keeping them abreast of the challenges and opportunities in the corporate world.
CRC conducts multiple corporate events, conclaves and corporate connect sessions through which the students of SIMSREE get a chance to interact with eminent personalities of the corporate world.
CRC has also helped the students at SIMSREE engage with the think tanks of the government by inviting senior bureaucrats and personalities from the public service on campus.
The annual flagship event of CRC is SIM’ergence, organized in association with Bombay Stock Exchange, where eminent personalities from different areas of the industry share their views and insights on recent trends and challenges in the corporate world.
Another annual event conducted by CRC is the HR Conclave where eminent HR leaders and corporates from around the country are invited for a panel discussion on relevant issues faced by the industry. This conclave provides the students with an excellent platform for gathering insightful learnings and engaging with leaders who define the trends in the field of Human Resource.
Along with the conclave, CRC also invites industry leaders for guest lectures at SIMSREE campus to share their experiences, success stories, journeys and achievements with the students which helps prepare them for the challenges of corporate life ahead.
In addition to the corporate interactions, CRC also organises ‘Mindz’, a simulation based competition in association with JLT. The competition helps students understand the insurance sector well and gives an exposure into the different roles of the insurance sector.
The Corporate Relations Committee builds associations between the institute and different industry and non-industry associations. One such association was with Jagriti Yatra.
Through all such interactions, CRC ensures a continuous engagement between the corporate world and the institute.
Sydenham Institute of ManagementStudies Research and Entrepreneurship Education, popularly known as SIMSREE is a management institute of its kind. In its more than three decades of existence, the institute has empowered and enriched its students by allowing them to drive the college on their own. Such are the situations when we learn to lead and take responsibility of what we do. The Course Co-ordinators or CC’s as we are known, form the backbone of the institute’s daily operation. We are the face of the batch and are elected representatives of the institution to the world outside.
Key roles of a CC include on-boarding new faculties, scheduling academic lectures, co-ordinating between students and professors and maintainingthe existing infrastructure. We looks after the daily attendance of the entire batch and makes sure all the students maintain a proper attendance record. Not only this but also once the faculty is on campus, we ensure the batch is attentive and respectful towards the faculty and all the pre-requisites of the visiting faculties are taken care of.
We need to be efficient in time management, need to think on our feet, and need to have good communication skills. Not to forget that a CC has to be a tough taskmaster yet approachable and a diligent problem solver of his or her batch mates. So far, all the people on this position have done an amazing job and have done it with the good wishes of all our batch mates and the admin staff. Every year, the faces change, but the responsibilities and the contribution of a course co-ordinator remains the same.
It’s indeed a position of grit, value and collective responsibility and only a CC with a passion to serve his batch mates and a strong sense of affiliation towards the institute shall survive and emerge as a better leader for tomorrow.
The Entrepreneurship Cell of SIMSREE aims at inculcating and nurturing entrepreneurial values amongst our students through various competitions and workshops. We also conduct various interactive sessions with industry stalwarts from diverse domains which helps in inculcating the entrepreneurial spirit among potential go-getters at SIMSREE.
What we do?
Springboard is our flagship event that is held every year in the month of February to celebrate the ethos Entrepreneurship. The event consists of two main formats. The first format is a Panel Discussion where eminent speakers coming from different industries and domains discuss on a topic pertaining to the field of entrepreneurship and put forward their views on the same in front of an eager audience of 180 students who are hungry to learn from the exposure given by the panellists. The second format consists of a National Level Business-Plan competition ‘Avsar’ in which students from various Business Schools across India participate, compete and are given a chance to take the centre stage and present their winning idea.
SIMSREE values the importance of Entrepreneurship and aims to educate the students in Entrepreneurship. This will not only help the students willing to start their own business but also will bring about a sense of responsibility and passion, shown by an entrepreneur, in their future daily work life. To take forward this goal, we are working on setting up a much needed Incubation Centre in our very own Campus. This is of much value as over the past couple of years and even in the current batch, more than 20% of the batch strength has shown inclination towards starting a venture and exploring entrepreneurship.
Guest Lectures and Entrepreneur Meets:
Industry Exposure and Stories of successful and even unsuccessful ventures is extremely important for the students to be inspired and also to be able to identify the sectors in the world where they could solve real problems. To achieve this, we aim to bring the Industry to the Students and we focus on inviting experienced Entrepreneurs from different domains.
- A community of students who can come together to share opinions, interact with classmates who
- Involves activities like Book Reviews, Case Studies, Interviews with Entrepreneurs, Opportunity to attend Start Up Events, etc. and overall efforts to rid students of their stage fear and improve on
- The interested students attended the Mumbai chapter Meet of CII and CAYE to be associated with YI which is a youth wing of Entrepreneurs with Global Presence.
With the full-fledged support from the institute and chairpersons, the committee is heading towards success. And success meter for us is the increasing number of SIMSREE students turning to entrepreneurs.
We here at the Events Committee bring colour and joy into SIMSREE.
From the flagship event – Simerations to the Gujarati Garba Night and the Annual House Cup – we bring it all to town! We strive to get the best possible events to campus, for our peers to enjoy!
The events we put up help students (and the faculty) to get their brains out of their textbooks and their dozy faces into the sun. Not to mention, this brings them back to their lectures with better and fresher minds.
The Simerations Fest is something all students at SIMSREE look forward to. It’s a 3 day extravaganza with so much fun being brought to the table! From the grandeur and classy feeling it thrives on, to the wonderful events put up in the fest itself – Simerations stands out for a new reason every year, whether it’s Sports, Management or Cultural events!
After this vicious display of strength, skill and stamina, the students gear up later in the year for the Garba Night. Wearing traditional outfits and their smiles, Garba Night has students showing off the Desi culture with friends, teachers and guests all through.
The House Cup would NOT be the same without us. The event brings guys and gals out to the tracks, putting on their sneakers and shorts after a tiring semester. And the cut throat competition to win various events makes everything oh so interesting!!
We here at the Events Committee don’t claim to bring all the fun to these parties, but you have to remember, that without us – there’d be no party.
We, the SIMSREE Finance Forum, aim at bridging the gap between students and the corporate world through various competitions, publications and interactive sessions.
FISCUS is our annual finance summit intended to enlighten the students through the discussion amongst eminent personalities on various topics impacting the economy. The event is a panel discussion over different current themes every year. The theme for Fiscus’18, that was held in February, 2018, was “Advent of Blockchain: The new superpower…revolution that will change our planet”. Industry stalwarts from Microsoft, Deloitte, Boston Consultancy Group, Morgan Stanley amongst others graced the occasion.
The official publications of Finance Forum include Market Roundup and Arthneeti. Finance Forum also conducts Fin-o-buzz, an intra-college competition.
Arthneeti is our quarterly magazine which consists of corporate interviews of prominent industry experts, articles from distinguished personalities who are our alumni, articles from committee members and major happenings in the quarter. We also conduct a national level article writing competition, and the award-winning essays from this competition are published as a part of Arthneeti.
Market Roundup is a fortnightly magazine that presents a holistic view of core industries.
This magazine has articles written by the Finance Forum committee members, which helps the students keep themselves updated about the current happenings in various sectors.
Fin-o-buzz is an intra-college competition to test the basic financial knowledge and acumen of students. It is conducted in three rounds; first round is a written quiz containing financial buzz words. The second round is a quiz that tests the students’ familiarity with latest happenings in the domain of finance, and knowledge of financial ratios. The final winners are chosen after the third round which is a research paper presentation round.
Fin-o-pedia is a weekly publication mainly aimed at helping the first semester students to get well versed with basic financial terms and concepts.
Finomania is a National Level Finance Case Study Competition. Teams from eminent B-schools go through 3 rigorous rounds and the final 5 teams get a chance to present the case solutions at campus round.
Apart from this, Finance Forum periodically conducts Knowledge Transfer Sessions for the batch to provide a stage for fresh perspectives and ideas with simultaneous learning for every student involved in the session.
Marketing and Media Committee (MMC) is the central point for all communication, media and public relations for SIMSREE.
MMC advances information and communications related to the institution’s mission of excellence in teaching, learning, and research through a variety of managed channels and other means including the revamped SIMSREE website, its Social Media Handles, and Markos, which is the in-house Marketing Forum.
To put things into perspective, MMC is authorized to manage all Earned (Public Relations, Journals, Rankings), Owned (Website, Official Content, Social Media, Blog) and Paid media (Strategic Partnerships, Sponsors) for the institution.
MMC also takes pride and credit in the advent of Markos, which is SIMSREE’s in house Marketing Forum. Markos takes care of all the grooming requirements that an MBA student needs for a successful career in the dynamic world of Marketing. This is done through hosting Guest Lectures, Marketing Competitions, Workshops and publishing Newsletters.
MMC also oversees the intricate process of admissions, answers to doubts of MBA aspirants (Pagalguy, Shiksha, E-mails) and is the pivotal point of communication for any external doubts.
Marketing and Media Committee is one of the vital cogs that contributes in ways far greater and more important, that it has evolved into being one of the most celebrated committees of SIMSREE.
The aim of Social Responsibility is not charity – It is Upliftment!
In a world where profits are the ultimate aim, it is important that as a society we also contribute to the overall development of all the sections. With this view in mind, the Student Social Responsibility Committee of SIMSREE makes efforts to ensure that the students while pursuing their MBA are also aware of social issues and conscious towards their duty in creating a better society. Many activities are undertaken to ensure we support the less privileged sections of our society, contribute in environmental sustainability, increase awareness and provide solutions to various social issues.
Some of the activities performed by the Committee for the year include –
MRUDGANDHA– 2019 marked the first year of the flagship initiative Mrudgandha with the theme of ‘Attaining Equalities’. A total of 4 events were organized as a part of the same.
• DRISHTIKON: A social conclave encompassing esteemed corporate professionals, social activists and CSR heads who have significantly contributed towards the cause of equality. Mrs. Parul Kumtha – Principal Architect, Nature Nurture Architecture and President, Forum for Autism, Mr. Prakash Reddy- Editor-in- chief and CEO at Corporate Social Focus- A CSR Magazine, Mr. Sahil Nayar – Associate Director, Human Resources, KPMG, Mr. R. Kannan- Head, Corporate Performance Management, Hinduja Group and Mrs. Madhu Sajnani- Public Relations Officer, SPJ Sadhana School graced the occasion as a part of the panel.
• SAMYAK: A national-level case study competition intended to provide the NGO partner TEACH (Training & Education Centre for Hearing Impaired), a solution that will assist them to proliferate their reach and deepen their efforts in attaining educational equality. The competition received numerous entries across India and was judged by the founder members of TEACH and Mr. Rohan Potdar.
• PRATIBIMB: A photography competition inviting renowned and amateur photographers to interpret the theme judged by Shri Pramod Kamble.
• URJAA: Constituted of live performances to create awareness. Diverse acts were performed by renowned artists like Mr. Nadeem Raj, Mrs.Mehak Mirza Prabhu, Ms.Helly Shah and Mr. Krishna Iyer to extend the effort in raising awareness through MRUDGANDHA.
ENACTUS -ENACTUS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. The SSR team came up with the idea of making edible spoons which will have a dual impact of reducing plastic waste and providing a means of livelihood to women from economically weak backgrounds. The SSR Team has been selected as one of the 20 teams from India to receive the Business Ethics Grant 2019 for this idea.
Blood Donation Camp– The Student Social Responsibility Committee in collaboration with Tata Memorial Hospital organizes a blood donation drive every year at the SIMSREE campus. 2019 marked the 8th year of successful collaboration with Tata Hospital.
AAKAAR– NGO mentoring session- AAKAAR is organized every year in association with CII IWN (Confederation of Indian Industries- Indian Women Network). CII invites NGOs involved in making products like handicrafts, imitation jewellery, kurtis, etc. on our campus who interact with students to gain insights on product development and better marketing and financial planning. The sessions culminate with Diwali Melas organized by CII IWN.
CII IWN WomeNation Summit- Every year, the SSR team attends and helps with on-day execution of the CII IWN WomeNation summit which has panel discussions and powerful talks by leading female entrepreneurs, CEOs, social activists and reformers.
MUNIJAN– The SSR Committee organizes MUNIJAN, which is a Mumbai University initiative, every year along with other leading MBA institutes of Mumbai. The theme for MUNIJAN 2019 was ‘Social Equality and Inclusiveness’.
Lakshya– Lakshya is an initiative started in June 2015 with the vision to support the ‘Education for All’ initiative. Under this initiative, kids of ‘SPARC’ night shelter are taught by SIMSREE Students. The kids have different levels of education and are in the age group of 8 to 16 years.
Visit to Children’s Home- The SSR Committee visited Ankur Bal Vikas Kendra, a children’s home in Titwala and donated the money which had been collectively raised by the batch of 2018-20. Ankur Bal Vikas Kendra is doing a wonderful job by giving the children access to education and a healthy environment to grow up in.
Driving the rich legacy of SIMSREE pedagogy ahead and with synergies of SIMSREE’s formerly existing research wing (SMR) and consulting wing (SIMCON) coming together, SIMSREE Research and Consulting club (RECON) is established in the year 2018. The club aims to promote research activities of business students and make them equipped with relevant skillset required to work effectively in consulting firms. In coherence with the objective of the club, RECON arranges several guest lectures for students and thereby promotes Industry Institute Interaction. To promote literary and research work in students, RECON publishes its own research journal and annual magazine. It hosts annual events like Convergence, Asia Pacific International Conference, Paraamarsh and Literathon. Let it be competition related to solving industrial case study, presenting a book review on renowned business books, battling to become a “Bizsquad of the Year” by showing guesstimate skills or presenting research work in international conference, these events substantiate the wide scope and sui generis nature of working of the RECON club.