Seminar Cell PUMBA Annual Report 2017-18

The academic year 2017-18 was an eventful for the Seminar Cell. Interesting and thought provoking Seminars were conducted, keeping PUMBA abreast with the changing landscape of the business world.

Chat with HR –Chat with HR – This was a first of its type event hosted by Seminar Cell with a view to help the students, gain insights about facing an interview during their placements. The guest for the event was our own alumnus, Mr. Ravish Saily (VP-HR, Royal Bank of Scotland). Mr. Saily shared his insights and talked in length about grooming oneself and ways to tackle tricky situations in an interview.

Anupreksha 2017– Anupreksha is the induction which is hosted every year by Seminar Cell for the new joining batch to help them understand the MBA life and help them to get acquainted with the legacy of PUMBA. This year Anupreksha was graced by eminent industrial guests like Mr. Shailesh Naik (County Head - GxP Pharmaceuticals), Mr. Pradeep Bhargava (Director – Cummins India Ltd.), Mr. Kailash Katkar (MD & CEO, Quick Heal Technologies), Mr. Vithal Madyalkar (Country Manager – IBM Innovation center for Education), Mr. Anand Binani (Director Talent Acquisition – First Data Corporation India) and Mr. Vivekanand Sangle (Senior Marketing Professional). Besides the guest sessions the Anupreksha was instrumental to help students get insights into Group Discussion, Personal Interviews, Functional Specializations and Innovative Learning. The highlight of Anupreksha 2017, was the buddy system which was introduced by the Seminar Cell.

Workshop (When Change Happens..) – This event was hosted by Seminar Cell for the PUMBA students to help them realize how changes in the Digital Economy are affecting the business scenario globally. The convener of the workshop Mr. Lalit Jagtiani (Consultant for SAP) who is also the author for the book titled “When Change Happens..”. The workshop introduced the students to innovative learning and making a business model canvas and helped them to learn to tackle the changes happening globally.

Guest Talk (Mr. Philip Altbatch) – Seminar Cell in collaboration with the International Center of Savitribai Phule Pune University hosted Prof. Philip Altbatch (Founding Director, Boston University), for a session to gain insights on Global Trends in Higher Education.

Guest Talk (Mr. Anuj Nagpal) – Seminar Cell hosted our Alumnus and visiting faculty Mr. Anuj Nagpal to help students decide on choosing Marketing as a specialization. He discussed about various opportunities and scope for Marketing in the industry and other related questions to help people to select Marketing as a final specialization.

23rd National Seminar 2018- The flagship event of Seminar Cell, the 23rd National Seminar was held on the on 20th January 2018. The theme of NatSem was “Tectonic Shifts: Small Change, Big Impact!” Three sub themes namely shifts in Global Reforms, Technology and Industrial Requirements and Skill set, were discussed in length by industry stalwarts. The highlight of the National Seminar was the first ever Open Council organized by the Seminar Cell, which provided a platform for students to voice their opinions about the theme.The Guests for The 23rd National Seminar, 2018 were Mr. Amit Bivalkar (Director, Sapient Wealth Advisors and Brokers), Mr. Nitin Pangam (MD, Maeflower Consulting), Mr. Sameer Pande (Sr. General Manager MKCL), Mr. Lalit Kathpalia (Director, SICSR), Mr. Ravi Krishnamachari (MD, Hassia Packaging Pvt. Ltd.) and Mr. Suyog Patki ( Co-founder and Director, Rapid Circle).