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Dr. Meena Chintamaneni, Registrar, SVKM’s NMIMS has been awarded for her Excellent Contribution in the field Academics and Administration by Health & Wellness Conclave 2021.

Extreme Right: SVKM NMIMS Registrar Dr Meena Chintamanneni Receiving the Award

Dr. Meena has a doctorate in pharma sciences with 20 years of experience in research and academic administration. With many awards and recognitions to her credit, she has been instrumental in bringing various research projects. She is a life member of a lot of pharma associations like Indian Pharmaceutical Association, All India Pharmacy Teacher’s Association, etc. and is a national coordinator for training programmes nominated by the National Board of Accreditation. SVKM congratulates Dr. Meena Chintamaneni on this amazing achievement and milestone, many more to come!

MPSTME Celebrates Woman’s Day with Former Indian Cricketer Reema Malhotra

Voices in collaboration with the Students’ Council Sports Committee organised, Mic’d Up with Reema on 8th March 2021, on the occasion of Women’s Day. It was an hour long, one on one talk with Reema Malhotra where she answered our questions focusing on women empowerment and the struggles a woman has to go through to achieve their goals and prove themselves. Reema Malhotra is a Former Indian Cricketer who has represented the nation in 6 Women’s World Cup Championships. She is currently a well-known cricket commentator.

Mr. Tushar Gandhi, Great Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi in Session with SoBA Students

A session on Gandhian Principles in the Modern Times was organized by NMIMS School of Branding & Advertising. Mr Tushar Gandhi is a well-known journalist & politician. The session was a part of Think-Tank series underwhich NMIMS SoBA holds its guest lectures. The students were delighted to have a candid conversation with the great grandson of bapu himself.

SVKM’s BNCP students recreated history for the 9th time at Rx ENVISAGE 2021

BNCP Students Next to the Rx ENVISAGE Trophy

BNCP students recreated history for the 9th time at Rx ENVISAGE 2021, a Maharashtra State level competition. Despite the new challenges faced due to COVID lockdown, the students still managed to deliver a phenomenal performance and bring back the coveted “Best College” trophy at the Indian Pharmaceutical Association- Students Forum-Maharashtra State Branch (IPA-SF-MSB) organized annual Rx festival March 05-07, 2021. We won prizes galore: First prize in Rx Technical, Sports, PHO Shield, Best Participation Trophy, Best World Health day Campaign Trophy, Best Innovation Campaign Trophy, Best Community Outreach Campaign” and Best Lockdown Health Awareness Campaign.

NMIMS Bengaluru Ranks 6th in the South Zone & 2nd in Bengaluru Metro

A Screenshot of NMIMS Bengaluru’s Ranking in Business Today

As per Business Today B School ranking, NMIMS Bengaluru was ranked the second best B School in Bengaluru Metro & the 6th best B School in the south Zone. SVKM congratulates NMIMS Bengaluru & hopes for a brighter future for the institute. All of SVKM’s institutions are always among the top 10 ranks in their respective fields & the trust is extremely proud of the same.

SVKM School, Dhule Wins the British Council International School Award

Principal Sunanda Menon holding the Certificate & the Winner’s Trophy

SVKM School, Dhule has bagged the British Council International School Award. The school had undertaken a series of international dimension projects on various fields of study and global cultural exchange and other tasks related to curriculum and co-curricular activities following which the award was presented to the school. The International School Award rewards schools that have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within their class or school. It couldn’t have happened without the support of management, staff, students & parents & hence, kudos to everyone for taking the school a step ahead in the right direction.

SVKM’s NMIMS Wins ET Ascent Exemplar of Success 2021

L to R: Asmita Kolte, Aditi Govitrikar, Meena Chintamanneni Receiving the Certificate, Manish Dalmia with the Trophy

SVKM’s NMIMS Deemed to be University has been facilitated for its exemplary achievements in the category of education by ET Ascent EXEMPLAR OF SUCCESS 2021. This has been conferred for providing consistent academic quality and research focus across campuses. SVKM congratulates NMIMS Deemed to be University & is confident that the University will keep achieving greater heights. Here’s to NMIMS Deemed to be University!

Film Made by Final Year Students of UPGC Gains Recognition at National & International Platforms

One of the films made by students of TYBAFTNMP for their final year project has achieved various awards and recognitions at various national and international platforms. It has been an Official selection at Druk International Film Festival (Bhutan), Virgin Spring Cine-fest and also won the outstanding achievement award in Calcutta International film festival and Cult critic movie awards. The production house titled ‘THE DRAMATIC MANDIR’ who has been a pioneer for shaping up this project is started by students of the same group as an incubation activity

SVKM’s NMIMS MPSTME Awarded Resolution Fellowships at Harvard World Model United Nations

After intense competition, two teams from SVKM’s NMIMS’ Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering (MPSTME), one of India’s leading educational institutions with a 40-year legacy of academic excellence, were granted Resolution Fellowships by the Social Venture Challenge (SVC), at the Harvard World Model United Nations 2021, held in Tokyo. Their performance continues MPSTME’s successful run at the Harvard WorldMUN, with seven teams securing the fellowship in the past four years. Under the fellowship program, the teams received a total funding of USD 8,150 (approx. INR 5,90,000), which will be increased further when the teams achieve their targets. In addition, the students will be mentored by well-known personalities,  including Harvard alumni, in their ventures.

Dr Arti Hadap, MPSTME Wins International Innovative Women Scientist Award, 2021


Dr Arti Hadap, MPSTME

Dr Arti Hadap from Basic Sciences and humanities department of MPSTME, Mumbai was awarded International Innovative Women scientist award 2021 in physics organised by centre for professional advancement at Vijaywada Andhra Pradesh AP, India on 8th March, 2021.

Prof. Deoyani Joshi, MPSTME Wins Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Excellence Award


Dr Deoyani Joshi, MPSTME

Prof. Deoyani Joshi from civil engineering department of MPSTME, Mumbai was awarded for her outstanding contribution in the field of education by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Excellence Award of Education for the year 2020 organised by Shikshak Kalyaan Foundation.

Rohan Karmakar, JV Parekh Wins Multiple Medals at Maharashtra Level Equestrian Games

Rohan Karmakar with his Horse & His Medals

In the recently held Japalouppe Equestrian Games, Rohan Karmakar of IBDP Grade 12 came first in Show Jumping Top Score & Pole Bending. He came 4th in Normal Show Jumping & Relay Show Jumping. The Japalouppe Equestrian Games is one of the biggest Equestrian tournaments held at the State Level in Maharashtra. Hearty congratulations to Rohan Karmakar for his win!

Two of NMIMS Alumni Feature in ET 40 under 40

       

L to R: Gaurav Munjal & Kabeer Biswas featuring in Economics Times 40 under 40

On page 12 & 13 of Economics Times, featuring a 40 under 40 section of hottest young business leaders, were found two alumni of NMIMS deemed to be University. Gaurav Munjal, who finished his B. Tech in Computer Engineering and Kabeer Biswas, MBA. Kabeer Biswas is the CEO and Co-founder of Dunzo while Gaurav Munjal is the CEO and Co-founder of UNACADEMY Group.

SVKM implements Oracle across all institutes.

A Picture Marking the Signing of the Agreement with Oracle; Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel shaking hands with Oracle Country Manager Mr Shailesh Singla; Others from L to R: Ms Khyati Bhatt, Mr Rajesh Sharma, Dr Sharad Mhaiskar, Mr Arun Jagtiani, Mr M N Welling, Mr Abhay Kharade, Mr Bappaditya Roy, Ms Shynu Johnny, Mr Raj Jhaveri

Oracle fusion HCM HRMS software has been implemented to achieve the vision of our Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel. His emphasis was on Key Business Objectives which are follows –

• Having one common integrated HR platform catering to all HR business needs.
• Single source of truth for all employee related information
• To improve/simplify and standardize HR processes
• Aid in decision making
• Increase in HR efficiency
• To provide a state of the art experience to various users according to SVKM’s premium brand. All HR Services are provided on any device be it mobile, laptop or desktop, at anytime from anywhere.

The following Oracle Fusion HCM modules are implemented as part of functional scope:

• Oracle Recruitment Module
• Core HR - Employee Data Management & Self-Service
• Absence and Attendance Management
• Goal and Performance Management.
• Learn and Development (Learning)
• Talent Review & Succession Planning
• Platform for further enhancements developments

SVKM has gone live in two phases and now all functions and processes of HR are fully digitized. This platform will pave a way for making our trust as one of the preferred employment destinations. It will result in building a database and foundation of the most talented faculty and staff members.

At present, the staff, faculty, employees and Heads of the Schools/Departments/Institutions of SVKM are undergoing training. However, the journey to this destination has not been without obstacles.

It is believed that as the processes evolve and settle down, they will make life easy for everyone. In order for this to happen, inputs from the end user are both, expected and welcome.

However, this isn’t the end of the journey! In fact, it is only the beginning! On completion of Phase II of Oracle HCM project, the following projects will be kickstarted -

• SAP S4 HANA Migration for using advanced In-memory HANA Technology for fast and efficient Education ERP processes.
• Fully automated prospects management and Pre-Admission System
• Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Labs, Azure Labs , an Experiential Learning Platform

It is first time in India that an educational institution has implemented Oracle for its’s HR process. One can safely say that, with this step, SVKM is all set to transcend Horizons.

AGM Held on 18th October 2020 at Mukesh Patel Auditorium

All safety and sanitization protocols were followed. Attendees and non-attendees were provided with a link since not everyone was physically present, patia Sir and Amrishbhai Patel gave a speech through video conferencing. Some members of the trust were present at the auditorium. Unfortunately, Shri Tapanbhai Mukeshbhai Patel passed away on the 10th of September and a homage was paid to him before beginning the meeting. patiaji prayed that the Patel family gets strength & courage to bear this unbearable loss. After this, the proceedings of the meeting began.

Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel took over the podium (virtually) and expressed grief over the loss of Shri Utpalbhai Bhayani and Shri Tapanbhai Patel. He was grateful to everyone for the condolences.

He then moved on to matters of the trust. He said that SVKM has been progressing consistently and it has been visible. He said that the gross revenue back in 1996-97 was 15 crore 35 lakhs and 1034 crores in 2019-20, yet, last year, revenue was 9040 crores. Thus, SVKM has been growing at a steady rate of 20%. In the year 2019-20 the cash surplus was 334 crores and in 2018-19, it was 322 crores. As per the government norms, the 7th pay was levied because of which an effect of 34 crores was felt. Still, the cash surplus has increased and it has been more than what was predicted.

Over the last year, institutes of SVKM have received Priscilla ratings of A1 and A+, AACSB and ABET. It is a matter of extreme pride because barely any institutes have both, AACSB as well as ABET accreditation. SPTM was ranked 13th by NIRF, NM College was ranked 3rd best in Mumbai and 37th best in India. BNCP was ranked 30th by NIRF. DJSCE College was also granted autonomous status this year. All the institutes of SVKM find themselves between the first 5 or 10 ranks.

He ended his speech saying that SVKM’s future looks bright and positive and he only hopes for the best.

MPTP Makes Its Mark in the Education Technology Space with an Award!

MPTP, Shirpur Campus received “Innovation in Teaching – Learning Technologies’’ award at “The Internet Entrepreneur Awards (EDUTECH)”, presented by “The Future of Tech Congress & Awards.”

Jay Mehta – Grade 11, IB Section – Bronze in Karate in International Karate Tournament

Jay Mehta (Student of IBY1 Batch 2020-22) won the Bronze Medal in the Karate competition organised annually by Associação Funakoshi De Karate De Esparança-Brazil (Campeonato internacional de karate do virtual). This year the competition was virtual due to Covid -19 pandemic.

Dr Narayan Murthy, Founder of Infosys, in a Special Think-Tank Session with NMIMS Students

The Think Tank Series is part of the school’s experiential approach in learning where students get an opportunity to interact and learn from business leaders and creative professionals. The aim is to provide them with a better insight into brand building and entrepreneurship. In a stimulating hour-long virtual question and answer session, organized by SVKM’s NMIMS School of Branding and Advertising, visionary business leader N.R. Narayana Murthy advised students that entrepreneurs should avoid keeping a Plan B and should instead be giving their all to their venture. He was speaking at the Think Tank Series, an interactive session with business leaders organized by the school. He answered queries on a range of topics, from challenges and mistakes faced by entrepreneurs to his own ideology and beliefs.

NMIMS Indore Campus Construction in Full Swing

The mission of NMIMS, Indore is to be an institution of excellence for learning & collaborative research in Management with a deep commitment to people. In order to attain the stated mission, the campus has identified certain niche disciplines in the field of management to excel in and accordingly the stated vision is to inculcate the ‘learner centric’ approach in management education. NMIMS Indore plans on establishing Centres of Excellence in Business Analytics, Technology Management, and Infrastructure Management.

Students of NMIMS SBM’s Social Responsibility Forum Exchange
Love and Diwali Greetings with Jawans at the Border

On the occasion of Diwali, Social Responsibility Forum, SBM, NMIMS Mumbai in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of Bombay Midtown spearheaded “Project Roshni” urging citizens to express their gratitude to the real heroes of our country – the soldiers of India! The aim of the project was to ‘light’ the lives of our brave jawaans through personalised Diwali greetings. People of all ages and gender participated with great enthusiasm including students, alumnus and faculty of SBM, members of the Rotaract Club, and children from a Mumbai based NGO, who mesmerized everyone with their artwork and heartfelt messages. The box full of diya’s, greeting cards, messages, and poems were sent to the border brighten up their smiles!

The Film Grey by UPGC Students gets selected across Film Festivals

‘Grey’, A Film Made for Basis of Visual Communication/Film Aesthetics Assignment; Finds its way into innumerable film festivals. The film has been selected for screening at Prague International Monthly Film Festival, Shorted, Sprouting seeds international film festival and Kosice International Monthly Film Festival.

SVKM School Ranked Number One School in Dhule by Education World Magazine

Education World is one of the most renowned magazines in the Education industry. SVKM School, Dhule was ranked as the best school in Dhule district by the Education World, India.

Stars from Popular Soap Opera Tarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma Invited for a Virtual Speaker Session

Students of NM College report that their celebrations twinkled even brighter with very famous celebrities such as Dilip Joshi, Mandar Chandwadkar, (Jethalal and Bhide from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah). These TV stars are household names thanks to the very popular show and are a hit with all age groups. Both of them were in conversation with the students in the core team of Umang. They shared their experiences from the sets and answered questions about themselves and their journeys.

SBMP All set for Renovations by End of 2021

SVKM’s Shri Bhagubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic is all set for renovation. The phase I of the project is already complete and Phase II is well in progress. The target is to finish 2 floors of the second building by June, 2021. The project team has been working on it throughout lockdown and has since finished the basement and the ground floor.

Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel Ranked among the 50 Leaders whi can Revive Education by Education World Magazine

Shri. Amrish Patel, Managing Trustee, SVKM Trust & Shirpur Education Society and Chancellor, SVKM’s NMIMS is an
inspirational leader is someone who earns respect through his rightful actions and mass following without any dictatorship.

He inspires others to follow his footsteps and become the guiding light for the humanity. Everyone in the SVKM
family is thrilled to know that, Hon. President Shri. Amrish Patel has been listed amongst the Top 50 Leaders who can
revive Indian Education by EducationWorld 2020.

He was asked How have SVKM institutions responded to the Covid-19 challenge? in his interview with the magazine.|
He said “Fortunately, SVKM institutions have been investing in digital technology to strengthen learning and academic processes for the past several years. Therefore, the already existing technology infrastructure helped us to make quick use of installed technology in programme delivery and evaluation, to ensure academic continuity. SVKM institutions include several colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai, autonomous institutions and NMIMS Deemed University.

A positive outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it provided all our institutions the opportunity to transform themselves, adopt new technology and handle the process of change management effectively.”

He was also asked the following questions in the same interview:

• What are your Top 3 proposals for reviving and reforming higher education in India?
• What are the major challenges confronting higher education in the new Covid-19 era?
• You are also the managing trustee of the Shirpur Education Society (SES) which has done extraordinary work in rural education. What’s your prescription for reviving/advancing rural education?

He answered each of these questions with utmost dignity and poise. To summarise, one would say that, he wanted to deliver best quality education through the means of virtual classrooms in the lockdown. He also said “With the GER (gross enrolment ratio) in higher education in India averaging 30 percent against 60-80 percent in industrially developed OECD countries, there is urgent need for major reforms in higher education. The critical challenges confronting HEIs are: employability of graduates; improving quality of the teaching-learning ecosystem; insufficient funding and technology support; lack of institutional autonomy and excessive regulation of even highly rated and well-performing HEIs.” You can read the rest of the interview on the following link - 
https://www.educationworld.in/50-leaders-who-can-revive-indian-education-amrish-patel/

Laying the Foundation Stone for SVKM Hospital!

Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel and Hon.Chief Guest, Ex Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis

The Bhumi Pujan for a 750 bed SVKM Hospital at Shirpur was performed on 3rd August by the ex-CM of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel and Hon. Joint President Shri Bhupeshbhai Patel. Other MPs like Heena Gavitji, Shri Subhash Bhamre were also present on the occasion. The hospital will ensure that the poor and tribal residing in Shirpur have access to the urban medical facilities. Shri Devendra Fadnavis also tweeted about the event later in the same day and congratulated Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel on his visionary approach.

NMIMS Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering collaborates with TCS

 

MPSTME and TCS collaborate to formulate a 4-year undergraduate B.Tech program that specialises in Computer Science and Business Systems (CSBS). It is a program that blends analytics, humanities and management. Students are exposed to machine learning, IoT, Analytics, Cloud Computing.

 

SAMSOE receives letter of Recommendation from the Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas: Steel, Govt. of India

 

 

SVKM is very happy and proud to share that, NMIMS Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics (SAMSOE) has got a recommendation from the Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas: Steel, Govt. of India for the Economic Justice Conclave SAMSOE had organized in the month of Jan 2020. Today, the school has received this commendation from the Union Minister himself. Across the 3 days of the conclave from 27 to 29 January, panel discussions, debates and town hall sessions were held wherein the youth got a chance to learn from the knowledge and experience of eminent personalities and leaders. SAMSOE had overwhelming response where students had applied not only from several states in India but also from UK. SVKM and NMIMS congratulate Prof. Amita Vaidya, Director (SAMSOE) and her faculty/staff/students members for this commendable recommendation from Govt. of India!

Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering receives ABET Accreditation

SVKM’s NMIMS’s Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME) received ABET Accreditation for 5 programs – B.Tech. degree programs in Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering have been accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET while B.Tech. in Information Technology has been accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. NMIMS is the first engineering institution in Maharashtra and in Western India to receive ABET accreditation for its programs. NMIMS will join a small number of elite universities around the world to receive this honour. ABET accreditation assures that programs meet global standards and produce graduates that are ready to enter critical technical fields and lead the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

NMIMS SPPSPTM Ranked 13th by NIRF in 2020

The National Institute Ranking Framework, the new ranking system set by the MHRD, GOI in 2018, has ranked NMIMS SPPSPTM 13th best pharmaceutical institute in India. The institutes are scored across perimeters before such ranking is reached. SVKM and NMIMS are glad for SPPSPTM and congratulate them on their achievements! This is SPPSPTM’s ranking for the year 2020.

CNMS is conferred upon with a NABET Accreditation

CNMS received the NABET [National Accreditation Board of Education and Training] Accreditation on 27 May, 2020. It was something the entire team of CNMS was working hard to achieve. They were guided by Additional CEO of SVKM, Dr Mohan Awate and were supported by the management. Thus, SVKM family as a whole was very happy to receive the news.

NMIMS finds itself in Countless India Today Rankings

NMIMS has always been a thriving institute. This year NMIMS Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce was ranked

first in the list of Best Emerging College of this century in India. The second and third places in this list were taken up by

Mukesh Patel School of Technology and Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics Respectively. Consequently, ASMSOC was also ranked the second best BBA College of India and MPSTME was ranked the fourth best private engineering college in the Western Region of India. SAMSOE was the 37th best arts college in the country!

SBM Alumnus Mr. Anil Parmar in news for equipping medical, support staff with PPEs, protocols during pandemic COVID19

 

Anil Parmar, A Public Health Professional with United Way (An NGO) has provided 1000 PPE kits, 11900 pairs of nitrile gloves and hand sanitisation in 12 hospitals in Mumbai. Mr. Anil Parmar is an alumnus of the Part-Time MBA in Social Entrepreneurship program. Mr. Parmar’s and his NGO’s notable work is published in Mumbai Mirror on 6th April 2020.

Dr Niranjan Hiranandani of Hiranandani Group Hosts a Webinar for NMIMS ASMSOC

A Screenshot of Dr Niranjan Hiranandani Mid-Webinar

On 25th June: - Hosting Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group, President of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), on Zoom, the webinar was “How to be successful” and was moderated by the club’s president Mr. Prakhar Pandey. Listening to Dr. Hiranandani speak gave the students a direction in the field of study they want to pursue. He also made sure that this session helped each and every student of ASMSOC by answering all the queries. The webinar welcomed over 100+ attendees.

Students and Faculty of IoT do their Bit for Migrant Workers Stuck in the Lockdown

Distribution of Food Packets by SVKM’s IoT on NH3

Migrant workers returning to their homeland during Lockdown faced many problems, some were walking bare foot with their small children. They didn’t had enough money even to buy food to feed their children. Many people were unaware about the safety precautions to be taken for their own safety. Medical facility and aid was another gigantic problem for these migrant people. Team IOT came up with some small campaigns in their inpidual capacity through which we could provide some relief to those people who were in dire need of Food, Water, Medicines and Money. As Dhule city is situated on NH 3 – Mumbai - Agra National Highway and many of the migrant workers along with their families were provided with Food packets, Drinking water bottles in the month of April. Beds were also donated for time being to quarantine center at Ujambavadi, Amravati by some of our faculty members. Contribution was made towards PM Care Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Fund. One month’s ration was distributed to the poor and needy. Students also contributed towards their social responsibility by giving one month’s ration to 30 homes by their student’s welfare group.

UPGC’s Anuraj Rajadhyaksha Makes An Advertisement for Facebook Inc

Anuraj Rajadhyaksha, UPGC

Anuraj Rajadhyaksha, in the third year of the BAFTNMP course in UPG College. Facebook is currently running an advertisement campaign named ‘More Together’ and I got an opportunity to shoot an advertisement casting my own parents in it. The advertisement is streaming on most of the social media platforms like Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. It is also being televised on many tv channels like Sony Tv and Zee Tv. SVKM congratulates Anuraj on his achievements.

A Grand and Emotional Farewell for Dr. Rajan Saxena, Former VC, NMIMS Deemed-to-be University

From L to R: Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel, Hon. Vice Chancellor of NMIMS - Mr Rajan Saxena, Hon. Joint President Shri Bhupeshbhai Patel, Hon. Joint Secratary Shri Jayant P Gandhi

The Vice Chancellor of NMIMS Deemed to be University Dr. Rajan Saxena was accorded a touching farewell by hiscolleagues and management. Held at the Mukesh Patel auditorium, on the dais were present President of SVKM and Chancellor of NMIMS, Shri. Amrish Patel, Jt. President & Trustee of SVKM Shri. Bhupesh Patel, Vice President & Trustee of SVKM Shri. Bharat Sanghvi, Hon. Joint Secretary of SVKM Shri. Shalin patia, Hon. Joint Secretary, Dr. Jayant Gandhi, Pro-VCs Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar and Dr. Shubhajyoti Ray, Officiating VC and Provost, Dean (School of Business Management) Dr. Ramesh Bhat, and the man of the moment, Dr. Rajan Saxena, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Preeti Saxena. The audience comprised members of the management committee, executive members, members of the academic council,board members, faculty, student and staff representatives.

UPGC’s Asthir Kushwaha Wins Third Place in National Level Tech Competition!

Mr Asthir Kushwaha, UPGC

Mr. Asthir Kushwaha from TYBSCIT , UPG college has Won as the 2nd Runner-up(3rd place) and a cash prize* at AI CHATBOT DEVELOPMENT WO R K S H O P * o r g a n i s e d by the *THE MAD TEAM* This was a 5 day workshop which covered basics of NLP, text preprocessing, data driven chatbots to machine learning chatbots and developing chatbots.

BNCP Students Won the ANVESHAN 2019-20 West Zone Research Convention

West Zone Research Convention Winning Team

BNCP students from across streams and levels won accolades at the Western Zone Convention eventually winning BNCP a place in the competition. ANVESHAN 2019-20 saw participation from 20 Universities across the state of Maharashtra and about 600 students across six categories and four levels organized by the University of Mumbai under the aegis of the Association of Indian Universities in February 2020.

Dr. Meena Chintamaneni won the ‘Best Professor in Pharmacology’ Award

Dr Meena Chintamaneni, Registrar, NMIMS

Dr. Meena Chintamaneni, Registrar SVKM’s NMIMS has made all proud by winning prestigious award of Best Professor in Pharmacology. This award has been presented by Golden Aim Awards for her Excellence & Leadership in Education. Dr. Meena has a doctorate in pharma sciences with 20 years of experience in research and academic administration. With many awards and recognitions to her credit, she has been instrumental in bringing various research projects. SVKM is extremely overjoyed to hear of her achievements and congratulates her for the same!

NMIMS SOD Wins Prizes in International Competitions

Winner of Corona Design Challenge

SOD won competitions at both national as well as international level. The students of year III Students, Arushi Shukla, Shweta Mandwale & Damiya Jaswani under the guidance of Prof. Manisha Phadke, Aakash Patel & Dr. Shreya Maulik submitted their Student Project at Core77 Design Awards 2020, and they were ranked First Runner Up under the Social Impact category. “Zyada Hero Maat Bano” a campaign design by year II student Preshita Deshmukh won the Communication Design category of D’source Corona Design Challenge on 30th June 2020. This competition was organized by IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, D’source, and DesignIndia.net supported by Cumulus, International Council of Design (ico-D), World Design Organisation (WDO), Benaras Hindu University and IIT Guwahati, The entries were selected from a pool of 2116 entries with over 3000 participants from 54 countries. The jury panel consisted of around 40 designers, educators, design thinkers, and practitioners from different countries.

Vainy Kacharia Wins National Research Manuscript Writing Challenge

Vainy Kacharia, NMIMS School of Law, Navi Mumbai

Ms. Vainy Chetan Kacharia (student of NMIMS School of Law, Navi Mumbai) for winning the 1st Juriscriptor National Research Manuscript Writing Competition, 2020 presented by La Senatus Scriptors. She made a mark with her research piece titled ‘Green Criminology.’ La Senatus Sriptors is an open access, standard peer-reviewed journal. This platform encourages expressionism from young minds. Research topics are not explored just by lawmakers but the society at large in this technologically-backed and ever-changing framework. A publication in this journal equips one to write flawlessly and aids in claiming proficiency. The Editorial Committee attaches a report along with research manuscripts.

NMIMS Signs an MoU with University of Wollongong for perse Global Programmes

A General MOU has been signed to facilitate collaboration and discussions regarding activities of mutual benefit, de- velop and expand the co-operative relationship between parties, etc. We are working on an 2+1+1  Articulation Agree- ment for students from NMIMS School of Commerce and School of Economics.

NMIMS Signs an MoU with Bristol University

A general MOU has been signed to promote academic coop- eration between both institutions, in areas of common inter- est. We also have an Articulation agreement with University of Bristol with NMIMS -School of Commerce & School of Eco- nomics under which graduates of these two schools would be accepted into Bristol University Masters programs with Schol- arships. Apart from these, NMIMS has collaborated with 22 Universities and Institutions across the globe for purposes such as Student Exchange, Academic interchange of facul- ty, Research projects, Exchange of publications, reports or other academic information, Doctoral student exchange, Joint research etc.

Western Sydney University, Australia and NMIMS sign MoU

A general MOU has been signed for Mutual hosting of staff/student visits, identify opportunity for joint research, ar- ticulation arrangements for NMIMS students to study at UniSA (University of South Australia). We also have a 2+1+1 Articulation Agreement with NMIMS School of Commerce - BSc Finance and BBA students

Tie-up with State University of Stony Brook at New York

An agreement for Bachelors and Masters Degree Collaboration has been entered into. This provides opportunities for qualified participants from NMIMS to enter SBU graduate programs after their Undergraduate studies at NMIMS.

Tie-up with University of Dallas, USA

This is a Graduate Program Articulation Agreement for NMIMS School of Commerce Students (BBA, BBA-MMS, B. Com, BSc Finance). Students after completing their Bachelors at NMIMS can pursue different Masters programs at UD. 

Virginia Tech, USA Tie-up with NMIMS

This agreement is with NMIMS School of Engineering. The collaboration is for M Tech Data Science Program. A faculty from Virginia Tech would vis- it NMIMS to teach certain courses to students. Students who successfully complete this program would receive a certificate of completion in Data Sci- ence from Virginia Tech.

Tie-up with Clark University, USA

This agreement provides opportunity for NMIMS Bachelors students into Clark University Graduate Programs (MS & MBA).  Applicants from NMIMS that meet the admission requirements for programs, will be eligible for scholarships – 20% -40% based on their GPA. In addition, application fees have been waived. 

Tie-up with The Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

NMIMS has entered into a Coordinated Academic Program Agreement for NMIMS MPSTME’s MBA Tech Students. According to which, Students study for 9 semesters at NMIMS and then go to Stevens for their MS/ MBA studies Thus, students receive B Tech and MBA Tech degree from NMIMS and  MS / MBA degree from The Stevens Insti- tute of Technology. Further on, NMIMS has also tied up with University of California, Berkeley which shall help NMIMS students to pursue Summer School at U C Berkeley

Mr. Pulkit Khurana, Mr. Abhi Korde and Mr. Amay Jain Won National Level Marketing Competition

SVKM NMIMS MPSTME’s MBA Tech. Computer Science students - Mr. Pulkit Khurana, Mr. Abhi Korde and Mr. Amay Jain Won national level marketing competition 3 Marketeers 2019 organised by Institute of Management Technology, (IMT) Ghaziabad on 13 October, 2019. The team was mentored by Prof. Yashodhan Karulkar & Prof. Ramanan Balakrishnan.

Pranav Bhasin from UPGC Wins at the Mumbai International Film Festival 

The Mumbai International Film Festival organized by MAMI – Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, is one of the oldest film festivals in the country. In the festival’s category of large short films, Pranav Bhasin’s movie New Year’s Even won the Best film title. Congratulations to Mr. Pranav Bhasin on the win!

NMIMS Hyderabad Students Win at National Level, All set to Represent India in the Internationals 

NMIMS Hyderabad is extremely delighted to announce that Abhishek Srivastava, Sankalp Sahu and Deep Parekh [Team Lumos] have won the National Level Round of ISCEA SCNext Ptak Global Competition 2019 where they are amongst the top 3 teams and will be representing India at the International Round along with Team Sigma (IIM Raipur) and Team Starks (IIM Rohtak). As part of the competition, participants were required to present several recommendations in order to decipher the Business Case. SVKM and NMIMS applaud the efforts made by these students that have made the College proud and would like to wish them luck for the International Round. 

JV Parekh Students Come on Top in the Cambridge IGCSE Exam

 

SVKM’s JV Parekh International’s Students Outshone in the Academic Field and came off as World Toppers in the Cambridge IGCSE Exams. Dhruv Jumlia was the best student securing first place in all eight subjects and was the world topper in Mathematics. Isha Singh, Sachita Mittal and Jay Savla were also world toppers in Mathematics.

Dr Nazima Munshi Awarded for her Contribution towards Implementing IP Practice

Dr. Nazima Munshi received an award for achievements and contribution for imple- menting IP practice and was honored with a “IP Gems Recognition” by Questel.  The Questel Executive IP Summit – Steering Real-World IP & R&D Challenges” was held on 23rd August 2019 at The Lalit Sahar Airport Rd, Navpada, Andheri East, Mumbai. Con- gratulations to Dr. Nazima Munshi on this major achievement. SVKM wishes her a bright and successful future. 

Prof. Dhirendra Mishra of MPSTME Receives an Award from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Scholarship

SVKM’s NMIMS – Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, Mumbai Campus Faculty Prof. Dhirendra Mishra, Assistant Professor has received an award from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. The Shastri Faculty Develop- ment Programme for Vocational Education (SFDPVE) aims at “bringing an inter- national perspective to the training imparted to students at Indian institutions”. Prof. Mishra will be visiting the University of Waterloo and few other institutions in Canada to share,learn and adopt best practices with regards to Additive Manu- facturing education and pedagogy. We congratulate Prof. Dhirendra Mishra for his achievement and wish him luck for his future research work.

Mr. Rahul Sanjay Sharma of SVKM’S IOT, Dhule won University Level Research Convention

Mr. Rahul Sanjay Sharma a student of third year B.Tech Mechanical Engg. of SVKM'S IOT,Dhule won the prize in university level avishkar event and also qualified for state level Avishkar event 2019-20 which is going to be held at university of Mumbai on 28th to 30th January 2020. Vice chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Techno- logical University, Lonere, Raigad Dr. V. Rama Sastry sir congratulated Mr. Rahul sharma and coordinator Prof. Dattatray Doifode and also gave the prize with certificate to him. Principal of SVKM'S IOT,Dhule Dr. Nilesh Salunke also congratulated Mr. Rahul Sanjay Sharma for his success in Avishkar. Avishkar is a State Level Re- search Convention Program organised by Mum- bai University. The finals will be held at the Ka- lina Campus in Santacruz. SVKM congratulates Rahul Sharma on his University Level win and wishes him all the very best for the State Level Research Convention - Avishkar. 

NMIMS Mumbai National Level Winners of Oyo Catalyst 

NMIMS Mumbai proves its mettle once again! Congratulations to Anumeha Sharma, Rihen Shah and Kaustubh Ravi Chhaunkar of Team Karma for becoming the National Winners of OYO The Catalyst! OYO The Catalyst is a case study competition where next-gen leaders become a part of OYO’s growth story. Based on OYO’s new-age business of co-liv- ing, The Catalyst presents a great opportunity for students to be a part of the world’s 3rd largest hospitality chain and solve real-life business problems. 

Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel welcomes Mrs. Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Women and Child Development at the Vaayu’ 18 Fest of NMIMS-ASMSOC

Vaayu, the national level fest of NMIMS-ASMSOC, is known for providing a platform for empowering youth. Smt. Smriti Irani Ji, Union Cabinet Minister, actively engaged with the youth on some pressing issues. She entered into a lively conversation on the topic- “Daring to dream and building a new India”.

Ms Nishtha Dudeja of Mithibai College Wins Miss Deaf Asia Competition

Nishtha Dudeja is an Indian model and the winner of the Miss Deaf Asia 2018 title. She represented the state of Delhi at the AIDACS Miss and Mister Deaf India pageant in which she won. Dudeja is the first representative from India to win any title at Miss and Mister Deaf World pageant since its inception 18

MPSTME Shirpur and Mumb ai Camp uses are now EquippPPed with 3D Printing Facilities

Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, Mumbai became the first Indian educational institution that received a grant from American giant GE’s Additive Education Programme. As a part of this grant, the college will receive two 3D printers, supporting software and STEAMtrax curriculum (integrates 3D printing technology with engineering). It has made it easier for the students to try their designs on the printer.

CNMS Badminton Star Manya Avlani Ranks 5 in the Under-15 International Rankings

Manya Avlani of Std. VIII stood first in the Junior Dubai International Badminton Series U – 15 held in Dubai from 26th to 30 September 2018. As per the latest rankings in May 2019, issued by Badminton Asia Junior she has climbed up from no. 11 to no. 5 in a matter of one month in the Girls Singles U15 category.

Professor Nagindas Sanghvi -Ex Principal of Mithibai College Has Been Conferred Upon the Padmashri Award (Literature and Education-Journamism ) 2019

Nagindas Sanghavi is an Indian political professor, author and columnist writing in English, Hindi and Gujarati. He received Padma Shri, Indian’s 4th highest civilian honour in 2019. Padmashree Nagindas Sanghavi was Professor of History & Politics in Mithibai College from 1962 to 1982. He was also Vice Principal from 1981 to 1982. It is proud moment for SVKM that an Ex. faculty and Vice Principal was awarded Padmashree by the Government of India (Literature & Education-Journalism) 2019. Due Congratulations to him!

Hon. Chief Guest Mr Ashutosh Tyagi, Hon. Vice Chancellor Dr Rajan Saxena, Hon. Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Sharad Mhaiskar, Hon. Registrar Dr Meena Chintamanneni

Chief Guest Mr. Ashutosh Tyagi, India Head, India Education Outcome Fund delivered University Day speech on January 14, 2019. Release of University Day issues of NMIMS Management Review & NMIMS Journal of Economic and Public Policy, Biomedical Research Journal and NMIMS, Engineering & Technology Review Journa also took place on the same day!

Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation, Invited as Chief-Guest at the Intent Leadership Summit

At the Intent Leadership Summit organised by NM College, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation was invited as the Chief-Guest. The Leadership Summit is an initiative taken by Intent - The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. The 2-day long Leadership Summit offers a perfect concoction of keynote speaker sessions, panel discussions, workshops, competitions, etc. to the aspiring leaders helping them enhance their personality and find the true value and essence of their ventures. To quote from Mr Suresh Prabhu’s Keynote Address “Change is an opportunity. The change caused by others provides an opportunity for you. Change tinkered by you will offer the opportunity to others. This makes you a change agent in society. You will bring about economic change.”

Prof. Swapnali Lotikar won Best Paper Presentation at the VUCA International Conference

An International Conference was organised by IQAC and the Research cell of College on 23rd of January 2018 on the topic “Impact on Education in a VUCA world”. Towards the end of the conference Best Paper Awards were given. The winning prize went to prof. Swapnali Lotlikar.

Team Stormtroopers from NMIMS School of Business Management won the BRANDSTORM 2018

NMIMS School of Business Management won Loréal BRANDSTORM 2018, under the Tech Category. Team Stormtroopers from NMIMS, Mumbai represented India at BRANDSTORM 2018 held in Paris as the National Winners and out of the 50 teams,Team Stormtroopers won. The team comprised of Kushal Gupta, Anirudh Mittal, Visakha Agarwal and Dr. Sreeram Sivaramakrishnan mentored the team. The team was awarded the coveted Loréal PPI and a prize amount of 10,000 Euros. Many congratulations from both, SVKM and NMIMS to Team Stormtroopers, for making India  proud!

Hrythm Gupta Becomes an Ambassador of the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports

Egyptian Leadership For Peace (ELFP )was an event which was organised by Eg-Youth organisation and Ministry of Youth and Sports of Egypt in which Future leaders all over the world were called to discuss their B-Plans on Social Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment. Hrythm Gupta of ASMSoC was selected as one of the Ambassadors of Ministry of Youth and Sports of Egypt.

Dr Priya Shah, I/C Principal of Jitendra Chauhan School of Law was Felicitated by the UNO for Her Contribution to the Marine Debris Problem

 

United Nations Environment (UNEP) selects one country to host Environment day at International level. This year India hosted the World Environment day at international Level. It was during this ceremony that Dr Priya Shah was felicitated for her contribution to the Marine Debris Problem. SVKM duly congratulates her for being felicitated by the UNO!

CMO Asia Confers the Award of Best Director upon Dr P N Mukherjee, Director of NMIMS Navi Mumbai

Dr P N Mukherjee

CMO Awards for Excellence in Education are given as an acknowledgement of achievement acquired by the entrepreneur/business or leadership. Dr P N Mukherjee was awarded the best director award at the Le Meridien Sentosa in Singapore on 1st August,2018. SVKM is proud of the founding director of NMIMS Navi Mumbai and congratulates him on this wonderful achievement.

Advocate Afroz Shah, Professor at JCCL was Conferred upon the Titles of ‘Champion of the Earth' and ‘Indian of the Year’ by the UNEP

Advocate Afroz Shah, Alumni and professor at Jitendra Chauhan College of law was conferred upon the title ‘Champion of the Earth 'and ‘Indian of the year’ by the UNO at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) hosted in India this year. The event was celebrated on 27th May, 2018 at Versova Beach. SVKM congratulates Advocate Afroz Shah and wishes him good luck for the future.

Ishaan Kamath from CNMS Secures the First Position at the World Robotics Olympiad

The World Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competion for young people. Ishaan Kamath of Class VI-E from CNMS secured the first position at the World Robotics Olympiad which was held at New Delhi. It is a great achievement and has made everyone proud. SVKM congratulates him and wishes him a bright future ahead.

Aarav Parekh & Vansh Diora Win Prizes at the RFACTOR 6024 in Sydney and USA!

 

Both Aarav Parikh and Vansh Diora grade 9 students of JV Parekh International School participated in RFACTOR 6024 held at In Sydney and USA as a team. Aarav bagged the Most Prestigious "Chairman's Award" as the team went on to win countless trophies for the school. The team also represented JV Parekh International School at the international level competition to beheld in the USA.

NMIMS University, Mumbai Bestowed Upon with FICCI Higher Education Excellence Award

R Subrahmanyam, Secretary-Higher Education, MHRD, Government of India, has given away the 5th FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards to 13 Educational Institutions and eminent personalities in the field of education. The award recognises the achievements of educational institutions and personalities that have contributed towards the development of the sector in the country. NMIMS was one of the 13 institutions to win the Award for Excellence in Higher Education.

NMIMS launches School of Performing Arts in 2018!

NMIMS School of Performing Arts is a historical move, as it is the very first time in India that such course or degree is being offered. The school as of now offers two programs Bachelors of Performing Arts and Diploma in Performing Arts. The Diploma program shall last for a year whilst the Bachelor’s Program is for three years. The selection process for both the programs is stringent. For the Diploma, one needs to pass an audition, for the degree, it is necessary to be a 10+2 and also give an audition. As per the structure of audition, the students are going to be marked on the following four criteria -

  • Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Aural
  • Personal Interview

Thus, NMIMS’ full time, three years degree programme has clearly stated that being a musician is no longer an alternative option. It is mainstream. The all new campus for School of Performing Arts is getting ready at CNM School Campus, Dadabhai Road, Vile Parle West. It will be a state-of-art facility with studios of Guitar, Piano, Drums , Vocals and Audio Production Labs. The admission procedure shall come to an end on the 12th of September and soon, academic classes shall began.

Construction Begins at NMIMS Chandigarh Campus!

Work has begun at plot no 5, Sarangpur Institutional Area, Chandigarh. The plan is to build a full-fledged NMIMS campus in Chandigarh just like there is in Mumbai, Indore, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Navi Mumbai and Shirpur. The institute is to be spread over 6 acres of land. Courses in the field of entrepreneurship, healthcare, management, family-integrated business etc. have been planned. Heavy enrolment is to be expected as NMIMS shall be one of the most prominent institutes in North India after its launch. SVKM eagerly looks forward to this project as it will be the Mandal's first foothold in North India.

SVKM School, Dhule, Extended to 7th Std

SVKM School started at a pre-primary level in 2016. Today, in 2018, SVKM School, Dhule has expanded to 7th Standard and should ideally be having its first batch of 10th Std ready in no time!

SVKM’s Institute of International Studies ties up with Canberra University

SVKM’s IIS in collaboration with Canberra University, Australia will be providing Bachelor of Accounting and Master of Business Administration and Bachelor in Graphic Design and Masters in Design Strategies. Those who enrol, will be studying the first 2 years in Mumbai and then, complete the next 2.5 years at University of Canberra, Australia. After course completion, a student can spend 2 more years in Australia on a Work Visa. The first batch is already on board and SVKM looks forward to its success.

SVKM’s 84th AGM and Counting of Votes...

The 82nd Annual General Meeting was held on the 6th of May, this year. The presidential elections and the counting of votes also took place on the same day. A president, 30 members of the managing committee and 6 trustees were elected for a term of 5 years (2019 – 2023). Hon. President Shri Amrishbhai Patel, spoke about the work done by SVKM for the society over the years. He spoke of the goals accomplished in the year 2017-18 and those set for 2018-19. He said that the focus has always been on education for employability. Since the courses offered are at par with global standards, there is 100% placement every year and the average annual package is about 5 to 6 lakhs or more depending on the course. He also spoke about renovation and new infrastructure for CNMS, SBMP, Mithibai College and NM College which has been planned in the future. 

NMIMS School of Business Management, Mumbai Campus Receives AACSB Accreditation

 

The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation, an institution and its business programs can earn. The School of Business Management (SBM) at NMIMS Deemed-to-be University, Mumbai has earned the AACSB Accreditation given by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s premier accreditation agency for business education globally.

NMIMS SPP SPTM Ranks 9th as per NIRF!

SVKM’s NMIMS Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, Mumbai was ranked 9th in the country amongst all Pharmacy Schools as per National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2018 and Ministry of Human Resource Development. MHRD Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar himself awarded a certificate and Plaque at the ceremony held at New Delhi in the presence of eminent dignitaries. 

Kabir Nanavati selected in Maharashta Team, wins ASISC football tournament!

CNMS student Kabir Nanavati of standard XI was selected in Maharashta Team to play ASISC football tournament. The football team won the All India Football Championship 2017. Due congratulations to him!

BNCP Ranks 32 as per NIRF!

As per the latest ranking and standings in Pharmacy education sector by MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), BNCP was ranked 32nd amongst all Pharmacy Colleges as per National Institutional Ranking Framework.
Compared to 2017, BNCP has improved by 10 ranks. They were 42nd last year.

Best Cultural Trophy at the Rx Melange

The students of SVKM’SNMIMS Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy and Technology Management (SPPSPTM), Mumbai participated in Rx Melange 2017-18 which is the annual inter-collegiate festival for pharmacy colleges. This event, organized by IPA-MSB-SF (Indian Pharmaceutical Association- Maharashtra State Branch-Student Forum), was held from 25th Jan to 28th Jan,2018 and saw a host of winners from SVKM’S NMIMS SPPSPTM. Given the persity of events conducted at Rx Melange 2017-18,the students of NMIMS SPPSPTM participated and proved to be victorious in most of them. NMIMS SPPSPTM was declared the Winner of Rx Melange 2017-18 where they won the Best Sports Trophy, the Best Cultural Trophy Shield and are awarded with the Best College Shield.

NMIMS ASMSOC topped the list of Best Schools for BBA Program in India Today

NMIMS ASMSOC topped the list of Best Schools for BBA Program in the India Today Magazine, June Issue. This is no surprise as all the courses at NMIMS Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce are at par with global requirements.

CMO Confers Asia's Best Emerging Business School Award upon NMIMS, Navi Mumbai Campus

CMO Asia conferred the Asia’s Best Emerging Business School at the Le Meridien Sentosa in Singapore on 1st August, 2018. It is a great honor to receive an award in the first two academic years of the university. SVKM looks forward to the success of Navi-Mumbai Campus. 

Rahul Mistry of JV Parekh Grade 8 Received a Perfect 6 in all Subjects in Grade 8 Checkpoint Exams

The Cambridge Board has Checkpoint Exams at Grade 8 Level to assess the standing of the learners before the boards.English, Maths and Science are the Checkpoint Examination Subjects. The Checkpoint Exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 6. Rahul Mistry of JV Parekh, scored a perfect 6 in all his subjects in the Checkpoint Exam.

Priyanka Sharma of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics Wins ‘The Professor S V Ghatalia Gold Award’ by Mumbai University

Priyanka Sharma won ‘The Professor S V Ghatalia Gold Award’ for Scoring Maximum Marks in Financial Accounting & Auditing. It is awarded annually to candidates who clear in the first attempt itself and with the highest number of marks in all three papers in Financial Accounting and Auditing as the special subject at the B.Com. Degree examination.

BNCP’s Pragya Kumari Stands Second in Mumbai University

Kumari Pragya, a final year B.Pharm student at BNCP, stood second in Mumbai University. She scored 81.13% and her GPA totalled to 8.56. Both, BNCP and SVKM congratulate her and wish her a bright future.

Hon. CM of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief-Guest at the Education to Entrepreneurship Workshop at NMIMS, Mumbai

 

Shri Devendra Fadnavis at the Education to Entrepreneurship Workshop Jointly Organised by NMIMS and Taleem O Tarbiyat

The Education to Entrepreneurship Workshop was jointly organised by NMIMS and Taleem O Tarbiyat. The workshop emphasized on ‘How holistic education can transform and energize communities and in character building of the youth.’ Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, said it is important for the country to learn about blockchain technology or else it will be left behind. He further stated that it is highly-secure. While addressing the students at the Taalim O Tarbiyat – NMIMS Workshop, he said, “There are changes that are taking place due to technology. We have reached till blockchain technology. It has helped us create a platform where there is no intermediary.” He added, “It is a highly- secure system. There is no chance for corruption or cheating. And there is no need for regulator also.” While talking about the need to be skilled, he stressed that digital technology has helped to innovate. He added, “We are living in exciting times.” He also added that by 2020 India will be the world’s youngest country and the country has to prepare its young population to grab the new opportunities. “The critical question is whether we are ready to turn this young population into demographic pidends. If the youth are not trained and absorbed in gainful employment, they can be dangerous too,” he warned.

Cricketer Wasim Jaffer was the Chief-Guest for Annual Sports’ Day at JV Parekh International

Cricketer Wasim Jaffer at the Podium

JV Parekh had its annual sports day on the 13th of January, 2018. Various sports such as athletics, team sports etc. were organised for the students. Wasim Jaffer, one of the finest cricketers of the Indian national team was a chief guest at this event. The students were more than happy to see Mr Wasim Jaffer in person. The winners were elated to receive their prizes at his hands. All in all, the sports day at JV Parekh was a field day in every sense of the word. Mr Wasim Jaffer was also more than happy to be a part of the event.

USA Presidential Candidate 2020 Robby Wells Visits NMIMS whilst on his Tour

L to R: Dr Debashish Sanyal, Dr Rajan Saxena, Mr. Robby Wells and Dr Sharad Mhaiskar

Robby Wells, the presidential candidate for 2020 election was at the NMIMS University. A board room meeting along with all the dignitaries of NMIMS was held specifically for him. He delivered a speech listing down his agenda for his election campaign and gave everyone a fair idea of his plans for countries like India and China. He also explained the concept behind his campaign slogan ‘Rise Up.’ As per the ‘Rise Up’ Campaign, people of all classes shall rise to a higher class; e.g. poverty stricken shall rise above poverty line, poor shall rise to middle class and middle and lower middle shall rise to upper middle or rich. NMIMS also discussed prospects of tying up with US universities in the future. Some problems unique to US such as student loans, single moms etc. were also discussed. Robby Wells also brought up the subject of an energy compliant economy which would raise employment opportunities.

Justice Dr S Radhakrishnan at National Library workshop by NMIMS and JCCL

Justice Dr S Radhakrishnan Speaking at the National Library Workshop

The workshop was held in order to spread awareness regarding Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights, Plagiarism, Digital Rights Management and Fair Use. The lighting of the lamp was done by Dr S Radhakrishnan who was the Chief Guest at the event. A Welcome Speech by Dr Shivanand Sadlapur marked the beginning of the event followed by Dr Priya Shah speaking on the importance of copyright in contemporary times. Dr L.R Dwivedi spoke on the importance of referencing whilst Dr Rajan Saxena spoke on the subject of copyright in today’s academic scenario. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by senior librarian Mr Hemant Shetye.

Veteran Actor Shri Amitabh Bachchan Visits NMIMS Mumbai Campus

Shri Amithabh Bachchan, Shri Amrish Patel, Shri Anand Pandit and Shri Bhupesh Patel 

Shri Amitabh Bachchan was a Chief Guest at one of the events being held at the Mukesh Patel Auditorium located in the NMIMS New Building. He obliged us with a visit and took a tour of the entire university along with our Hon. President Shri Amrishbai Patel. He was given a detailed tour of the entire campus including the board room where he indulged in some banter with the dignitaries of SVKM. SVKM is honoured to have had an actor of his calibre on campus.

NMIMS Deemed to be University was Granted Category I Graded Autonomy by UGC/MHRM

NMIMS New Building, Mumbai Campus

As per the new UGC norms, NMIMS has been declared as Category-I university in the graded autonomy declared by UGC / MHRD. As per the graded autonomy scheme, NMIMS can now start new courses, departments and off-campus centres, research parks, appoint foreign faculty, admit foreign students, pay variable incentive packages to their teachers and enter into academic collaboration with top universities of the world without seeking UGC’s permission.

Mithibai College was Granted Graded Category I Grade Autonomy by the UGC/MHRM

Hon. President of SVKM, Shri Amrish Patel Congratulates Mithibai Principal Rajpal Hande

As per the new UGC norms, Mithibai was granted full autonomy. As per the autonomy, Mithibai can now set its own syllabus as well as hold examinations. Evaluation as well as results can be carried out by the institute itself. However, the degree will be awarded by Mumbai University. Plans to restructure course curriculum, add a number of skill-based courses are already in process.

Students of NM College make an Educational Visit to Thane Central Jail

Students Pose for a Picture Outside Thane Central Jail

Department of Business law had organised an educational tour at Thane Central Jail in association with State Human Rights Commission Mumbai on 22nd June 2017. Nine students from SY and Ty B.Com under the guidance of Mrs. Deepa Chitnis (Head Business Law) had participated. As per the information given by the inspectors at the jail- the total area of jail is 67 acres covered by lush greenery, various workshops and cells, the total number of prisoners is 3200 which included 91 females, 6 children and 3103 males (both under trials and convicts though the capacity of the jail is 1105 prisoners, the staff comprised of 200 policemen of various designations. The jail premises comprises of a bakery, carpentry factory, power loom factory, laundry section, tailoring section, library, a multi-purpose hall and a study room, where the prisoners can learn new skills, educate themselves, and earn waged based on the work done by them. The residents of jail are provided with highly nutritious and hygienic food cooked by the prisoners themselves and was also tasted by the students. The students visited the conference courtroom which was connected to the Thane High Court where 30-40 trials are conducted daily. Various workshops, guest lectures, festivals etc. are conducted which act as a catalyst for rehabilitation.

CNMS Hosts the Albert Barrow Memorial All India Inter School Creative Writing Competition

Students Registering for theAlbert Barrow Competition

The All India Albert Barrow Creative Writing Competition is an initiative by the CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination) to give students a platform to express themselves through the written word. The competition is held in all ICSE schools across India on an annual basis. This year CNMS had the honour of hosting it. The competition was held as per the rules and regulations of the competition. Complete privacy was given to the students while they were also supervised strictly.

UPGCM Kicks Off its First Lit Fest with a Blast!

The Core Organising Team of UPGCM Lit Fest

SVKM’s UPGCM held its very first Lit Fest on 16th and 17th September. The festival was a one of a kind experience for both, the participants as well as the organisers because it wasn’t limited by a theme or a competition. It also wasn’t limited to just college students. It was a free for all, come one, come all, life changing and learning experience. UPGCM’s principal, Dr Anju Kapoor opened the ceremony by lighting the lamp. Events such as kagaz, kalam aur kamil, Libraries Buried Alive, The Green Screen, Once upon a Tale, Of Lyrics and Strings, Think before you act, ‘Stuck in Sur, Trapped in Taal’, Unsilenced voices, Beyond Mainstream, City Poets by Unerase Poetry etc. were organised. The lit fest saw celebrities such as Durjoy Dutta, Abhishek Upmanyu, Rahul Dholakia, Yahya Bootwalla among others. The festival was covered in newspapers such as Maharashtra Times and The Afternoon: Dispatch and Courier. Around 180 people came together to organise the fest and around 700 people participated as audience members in the 2 day Lit fest. Everyone collectively agreed that the UPGCM Lit Fest was a once in a lifetime experience.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs signs MoU with NMIMS Mumbai

Dr Sharad Mhaiskar and the Director General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan at the Signing of the Memorandum.

Taiwan Ministry of Economic affairs delegation led by Director General of the department accompanied consisting of 17 prominent companies from Taiwan has signed a MoU with NMIMS University on 8th September 2017 at the Mumbai Campus. As per MoU, NMIMS will support Taiwan government in talent exchange and resourcing to increase trade and investment between the territories through a series of recruitment drives and research and consultancy in the field of management, technology and Science. The delegation exchanged the idea of utilising senior faculties for conducting international trade and investment research in India to educate Taiwanese industries. Mediatek, ASUS computers, Eternal Material and Advantech were a few globally renowned companies that visited the Mumbai Campus through this delegation. NMIMS looks forward to further development and progress after the signing of this very eminent Mou. The MoU will enable wider cooperation between Taiwan Ministry of Economics for conducting research and consultancy in the area of International trade, Economic development and balance of trade between India and Taiwan. The 17 companies visited along with trade delegation are keen to recruit NMIMS students for upcoming and existing vacancies in South Asia region and Taiwan. The delegation offered to our students a Taiwanese language training and technical internship with leading microprocessor, automobile and textile companies. NMIMS is keen to prepare students for these opportunities.

SVKM Inaugurates Shri Chottabhai Patel Skill Centre at Shri CB Patel Research Centre

Chief Guest Dr Kerkar (Former Principal of CB Patel Reserch Centre) at the Opening Ceremony of CB Patel Skill Centre

A Skill Enhancement Centre for Science Students (SENSS) was inaugurated on 14th July 2017. Various skill based courses would be started for students. Medical Laboratory Technology and Management course was started from this year. Prin. C. P. Kelkar Former Director, also guided students regarding the need to acquire various skills to get better jobs. Dr. D. V. Kamat has taken over as the Director of Shri C. B. Patel Research Centre. The center has been recognized by DSRI, Govt. of India to undertake research projects. One research project is underway in collaboration with BARC, Mumbai. CB Patel Skill Centre actively participates in Thalassemia detection and counselling amongst the citizens. Recently 525 students were screened at Dalmia College Mumbai. It has taken lead in analyzing water samples for Potability. Water samples of our institutes are regularly analyzed for its quality. CB Patel Skill centre has been recognized by the Drug Controller General, India (DCGI). We have established an Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) and provide approvals to Clinical trials and BA/BE studies.

Ms Eman Choudhary is Crowned ‘Golden Girl!’

Ms Eman Choudhary

Not only did Mithibai win the 15th Inter-state Youth Festival ‘Indradhanushya’ but Eman Choudhary of Mithibai also bagged the ‘Golden Girl’ Award while representing University of Mumbai. They were judged through 6 strenuous events and won Gold in Western Group Songs, Indian Group songs, Light Vocal Solo, Western Vocal Solo, Silver in One Act Play, and Bronze in Folk Orchestra. Hearty Congratulations to Mithibai College and Eman Choudhary for the win!

Mithibai won the Mumbai University Zonal Cultural Trophy 5th Time in a Row

The Winning Trophy

A very hearty congratulations to Mithibai College for its consecutive wins at Mumbai University. Mumbai University organises the Inter-Collegiate Zonal Youth Festival every year for the development of students. This competition has been consecutively won by Mithibai since the last 5 years. In addition to that, Mithibai Student Malavika Raghunath was crowned Miss University. SVKM and Mithibai couldn’t be more proud of the wonderful achievements at the Zonal Level. SVKM congratulates Mithibai on yet another wonderful win.

CNMS Boys Football Team, Runner-up in inter-school District!

CNMS Boys’ Football Team

The District Sports Office – Mumbai, organises sports to promote sports and team spirit. Among many other sports, they also organise football. The CNMS boys’ football team not only participated in the district level inter-school tournament but also won the second place! SVKM and CNMS are very proud of the boys! A very hearty congratulations to them.

SVKM’s Lockdown Story

 

#globalcrisis #lockdown #quarantine #Coronavirus #Shutdown #pandemic #corona #Covid19 Students were milling about in the streets outside NMIMS and inside the building, Mithibai Campus was vibrant with colours, the corridors of JV Parekh, CNMS and Gokalibai buzzed with the cacophony of young ones. The picture was no different in the campuses of SVKM outside of Mumbai. Then, Bam! Before anyone knew it, the world shut down. Kaput! Despair loomed across the empty grounds that were once full of life. However, one can’t sit and sulk forever. One must move on with the times. The entire SVKM family did just that. All the members of SVKM went the extra mile to ensure that a new system was in place. A system that would help the Mandal to keep functioning. Like everyone else, SVKM also turned to technology. Microsoft Teams was placed across institutes to conduct lectures. The IT team came to fore to train everyone. However, quite a few institutions used other systems that better suited their needs. Zoom, Google Meets, Whatsapp were just as much in use as Teams. Software was put in place to take admissions, to pay fees, for various administrative processes etc. However, simply putting software, system and technology wasn’t going to do it. A lot more was needed to make it work. This was definitely a sea of change for the teachers.

Their classroom was now their small laptop screen! Teachers and students were trained and oriented towards online classes.

Lectures, Exams, Assignments, Projects

While online classes and webinars were navigated easily, the dispute of how to conduct exams online was yet to be settled. However, the teachers and principals came up with innovative ideas. From MCQs to timed tests to watching the students over video calls, all hands were on deck!

MS Team ID was generated for the students of Degree & Diploma in Pharmacy. E-learning sessions for students were initiated via MS Teams and Zoom.

One of the most unique challenges that the teachers faced was interaction with the students through props. Especially teachers of music, art, languages etc. As you read on, you shall find out how they came up with creative ideas to overcome these challenges.

 

Teachers were also recording video lessons in various subjects for students of grade Jr KG to II. In a bid to help Kindergarten students beat their lockdown blues, SVKM School, Dhule conducted “Virtual Spirit Week” where they had Manic Monday, Talented Tuesday,

Wacky Wednesday, Tired Thursday, Funky Friday and Superhero Saturday. JV Parekh on the other hand, conducted a Snack Attack activity. Students were engaged in many online celebrations and constructive activities like International Yoga Day, Inter-School Solo Singing Competition, and Dance Competition etc. SVKM School also conducted online contests, parent-teacher meetings and monthly exams. Students were also urged to make use of Diksha app, developed by National Council of Teacher Education, which offers chapter-wise content and activities for each class.

 

Teachers from technological courses started using Augmented Reality (AR), a technology that can overlay interactive digital elements such as text, images, video clips, sounds, 3D models and animations into real-world environments. Teachers are able to improve  earning outcomes through increased engagement and interactivity and enhance the ability of students to remember what they’ve learned– and lead to faster acquisition of information and skills. These institutions also used Google Meet, Google Class, Google Clouds, Google G Suite, MOODLE etc. MOOCs platform such as COURSERA / SWAYAM / Udemy / Unacademy were also extensively used. The National E-Library was also heavily depended upon.

 

Dealing with Mental Well-Being

 

Though this was all about lectures and webinars, the elephant in the room in this pandemic was mental health. Dealing with such massive change was a challenge for all and sundry. Both the counsellors, Ms Hoori Deshpande and Ms Karuna Jaggi put their heart and soul into making this difficult period comfortable for everyone.

 

Software such as Google Duo, WhatsApp, Zoom, and Microsoft Team were used to conduct these sessions. Some of the sessions were also taken either over a phone call or through text messaging. They conducted online counselling sessions, workshops, put up live posts on Instagram that would help students open up and interact about their issues, reached out to all principals to let them know that they were available for students, staff and faculty at all hours, handled difficult situations caused by the lockdown and are still doing everything that they can.

 

Questions regarding quarantine related anxiety and stress were a common recurrence. Therefore, numerous sessions and workshops were conducted to help students cope with the situations. Around 40 to 50 students have been counselled each month during the lockdown. This couldn’t have been easy since problems such as losing close ones to the virus to not having access to acutely necessary medicines had to be tackled. Kudos to the counsellors for having risen to these challenges!

 

However, while aspects such as lectures and mental health were taken care of, not all was done. A lot more was needed to keep up.

 

Other Miscellaneous Activities

 

Activities such as payments to vendors, salaries, filing of papers (metaphorically speaking) and as the unlock is slowly coming into place, re-opening with the new module, etc. needed to be taken care of. SVKM has set new guidelines on how to handle these in changing times.

 

This new situation also meant that there couldn’t be in-person admission enquiries. Therefore, all the institutions made sure that the courses were detailed and up to date on their websites. All institutions also conducted relevant webinars for the orientation of the offered courses. The range of participants was from 250-750.

 

The Admission procedure was shifted online and the SAP software was used to fill forms, register students, collect fees etc. The details of admission process were uploaded on the website by all the institutes. In order to finish the admission formalities, the students were sent the SAP link to the email address with which they registered at the college. Through the link, the process of filling the details and choosing the subjects took place. Fees were paid using the PAYU portal, the link of which was also provided on email. The students are

then supposed to save the SAP form and the fee receipt for future references if needed. Merit lists were declared online. Colleges under UGC had to register new entrants through the MKCL portal. In-house students could simply go online and pay the fees directly through PAYU portal.

 

If in-person enquiries were absolutely necessary, they were allowed. More than two people at a time weren’t allowed on the premises. Moreover, proper measures were followed to keep the whole interaction infection-free.

 

Coordination between Students, Teachers and Heads of the Institution - The Other Elephant in the Room

 

WhatsApp groups of different divisions were made by coordinators or teachers. Google Groups was also used to coordinate course batches. Through the WhatsApp Study groups of Standard 9th and 10th guidance to students continued. For the new academic year, WhatsApp Study Groups of Standard V to Standard VIII were formed for online teaching learning process. Timetable was framed & accordingly Teachers forwarded educational videos through Diksha app, Worksheets and voice explanatory messages. Students solved

worksheets & performed the activities assigned to them with great interest. Parents gave feedback through voice messages. Teachers were advised to think positively, be optimistic and engage the students through the WhatsApp groups.

 

NMIMS branches of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Shirpur, Indore, Hyderabad and Bengaluru need to be in tandem on the curriculum. Therefore, the heads of the institutions held meetings via zoom. Staff meeting through MS teams was held to discuss about the teaching & learning process in Covid-19 situation. Gokalibai School had to face special challenges in terms of distribution of free textbooks to the students and uploading student data on Government portals. Free textbooks under “Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan” for standard fifth to standard eight were obtained from Education Department. Textbooks where distributed to the parents by calling 15 parents daily. Computer teachers helped the Principal to promote the students on the “SARAL student database portal”. They also uploaded the Aadhar Card details of standard fifth and standard sixth on the portal.

 

However, the biggest and the most important thing obviously was sanitization. How does one keep the premises clean while still following the lockdown guidelines? As per SVKM guidelines, each institute was allowed two sweepers at a time. Sensitive materials such as answer sheets were fumigated. All the rooms were sanitized every day. Sadguru Personnel were sought for all these things.

 

It is indeed important to take care of the present day crisis. At the same time, one needs to be prepared for the future. The end of the lockdown seems to be nowhere in sight. However, from here on, SVKM is focused on moving forward with a sense of purpose

and positivity. As always, we shall continue to create rank holders, notable alumni and more. In order to achieve this, our members have put in the best of efforts to encourage students by – i] facilitating them ii] cheering them on and iii] offering them platforms to improvise and hone themselves.

 

How do we plan to take it forward?

 

SVKM’s mantra has always been ‘Beyond Education’ and the SVKM family shall always give its 100% to stand behind it.

 

The plans for operation in the future are as follows:

 

• Sanitization of the whole institution

• Complete cleanse of the whole institution more than once

• Allowing a limited number of people on campus at a given time

• Systems are in place for conducting lectures online for as long as possible and whenever need be

• Systems are also in place for online admissions among other things

• As far as possible, flexible working hours

• Classrooms with a limited number of students that maintain social distancing norms

• Posters for guidelines as prescribed by the govt. put up on the main notice boards.

• Completion of Construction of New Buildings

 

Lastly and most importantly, SVKM will do its best to look at this whole fiasco positively. Thus, some of the

positives that come forth from the debacle are as follows –

 

• Even in the worst of times, with enough good vibes, you can survive

• Sometimes, complete strangers will come together to help each other form something beautiful

• The feeling that someone is standing behind you and is there for you is a wonderful feeling and SVKM feels

proud to have stood behind its students, teachers, faculty, staff and helpers

• Sometimes you surprise yourself at how strong you are.

Dhruv Sitwala - International Billiard Player and Alumnus of NM College

The only valuable contribution an educational institution can make towards society is via its students. If the students graduate not just with flying colours but also with strong principles, they shall definitely succeed in life. It is then little wonder that SVKM alumni are spread across industries. Corporate honchos, filmmakers, sportspeople, philanthropists, academicians, research scholars and more, SVKM has enough to be proud of. The following is an interview of Dhruv Sitwala, an alumnus of NM College. He is a world-renowned Billiards player. He graduated in 1992 with a B.Com Degree. “I wasn’t a very bright student. I passed B.Com with just 52% marks” he says. For someone who is internationally ranked five, has been rank two four times and has won the Asian Championship twice, this would be nothing but an indication of his humility. He was kind enough to answer the questions that we asked him and here’s a full-fledged interview of international Billiards champion and the recipient of Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Award, Dhruv Sitwala –

How did you get into professional billiards?

I first tried my hand at Chartered Accountancy, but within 5 months realised that it wasn’t meant for me. I then quit that and started to work in his uncle’s office. Here, I would get half a day off to play billiards. As of now, I am working as the Chief Manager at ONGC wherein I am on a payroll but don’t have official duties so that I can concentrate on my sport. ONGC provides similar facilities to a large number of international players.  

How did Billiards pique your interest?

Since childhood, I wanted to pursue sports. I used to be a regular at the Juhu Club, which is near NM College. We used to play a lot of squash, which was very tiring, and we would sweat a lot. In order to get rid of the fatigue, we would move to snooker which was very relaxing. Eventually, I thought, why play squash at all when you can just play billiards. 

Even today, Dhruv is an honorary member of the Juhu Club. Additionally, he is also an honorary member of The Hindu Gymkhana and The Rotary Club of Bombay. 

How was life like at NM College? 

Life was a bit dull back then. I was just a regular guy. I always passed but not with very good marks. I attended college regularly and did not indulge in any unruly activities. I was very shy to talk to girls and things are still the same. He also felt that he was surrounded by very intelligent students. 

What are your plans for the future?

I want to be internationally ranked 1. One must always hunger for more and strive for more. At every level, there is pressure to do better. Once you do better, there’s pressure to maintain your standard. I hope to win the World Cham- pionships this year. 

Dhruv Sitwala already has 25 international medals in his pocket. 

What is your advice to the current students? 

One mustn’t give up on their goals. I worked hard for 10 long years before my labour actually bore fruit. I have lost the World Championship four times but I hope to win it this year. 

Dhruv is currently in Pune playing the National Snooker Championship. 

How do you keep at it?

I have the following concepts deeply enshrined in my subconscious – Inspire yourself with Higher Thoughts because a human being cannot go beyond his thoughts

It’s not the smarter guy who’s successful, it’s the guy who procrastinates less and has fewer excuses who’s successful 

The quality of your thoughts while doing your homework will determine how far you will go in your field or in life.

 What are your favourite books?

I rely heavily on self-help books. I read the 3-4 books repeatedly and they help me keep my head in the game. They are – The Vedanta Treaty, Bhagwad Gita, Who’ll cry when you Die and The Magic of Thinking Big.

Which is your most memorable game?

I will never forget the Asian Championship of 2015 that was being held in China. I played against Pankaj Advani and beat him by 6-3. Another most memorable game for me is when I beat my idol and 9 times World Champion, Geet Sethi. It was the 2010 World Championship being played in England and I won by 1 point. 

Irrespective of whether he wins or loses, SVKM shall always remember Dhruv Sitwala as a valuable alumnus. The trust wishes him all the best for the current and all the future tournaments. We also congratulate him on all his achieve- ments so far. May God’s blessings always be upon him and may he always succeed in all his endeavours.

An interview of Dr Urmila Rai

 “It takes a lot to be able to oppose the student, as that makes you unpopular with them” – quips Dr Urmila Rai who has served SVKM for 34 years. She has worked as the Head of Department under both, Dr Gadgil and Dr U R Kohli and later, took over as principal. She esta¬blished strict standards of discipline, which are prevalent even today. 

“Back in those days, NM College didn’t have a building and classes were conducted in Mithibai.” She fondly recalls. “There was a sense of adventure to the entire endeavour. She, Dr Kohli, Dr Gadgil and other teachers started the whole thing with a lot of gusto.” She adds. On the very first day of the college, the steps were still to be constructed; all of them entered the classroom using a wooden plank. 

Slowly, gradually, with all the hard work put in by everyone, NM College grew room-by-room, floor by floor and today, it is one of the most reputed colleges in the country. She reminisces “The very first batch consisted of 40 students and even the students were aware that this is a new college in the making. The atmosphere was such that even the students worked hard to achieve good results.” It all felt like the beginning of a new era. 

She goes on to narrate the 25th anniversary of NM College wherein they all were so proud that every month they held a function. On the day itself, a classical music program was held at Bhaidas Hall. Pandit Chaurasia and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma had agreed to perform free of cost as a token of appreciation; since both the musicians’ sons were students of NM College at the time. The program was a huge hit; the hall was full of music lovers who stayed beyond 11 pm. She still hasn’t forgotten the rapport that built up between the audience and the performers. 

NM College stands where it does today because academicians like Dr Urmila Rai, Dr Gadgil and Dr Kohli put in their blood and sweat into it during the founding years. There was a time when inter and the 10+2+3 system classes had to be taken together. College would begin at 7 am in the morning and go on until evening. Even Mithibai College was just a ground + 2 building at the time and both, NM and Mithibai were conducting classes in the same building. 

She goes on to narrate how friendly the management was even back in the day. Chatrabhuj Narsee was the president for most of her serving years. The management made it a point to thank the staff members that retired from the college. The admission system that NM College follows today was set in place by her. As per her system, parents or relatives weren’t allowed inside the premises, the students would enter from one gate and leave from another. She also changed the name of the ‘Discipline committee’ to ‘Help and Guidance committee.’ Since the admissions went off very smoothly, she became a favourite with the faculty and the staff. 

She also fought against the ‘first come, first serve’ system of admission and strove to bring in the merit basis so that the deserving students weren’t left out. The categories were different back then, there was a category for students of Vile-Parle, there was another for those who scored 80% & above which was called Category A and those below 80% fell under Category B.

While she was to retire at 60, she got a special extension for three years and she retired at 63. Until last year, she continued to teach NMIMS as a visiting professor. She goes on to narrate how Dr Gadgil had set an extra-curricular activity for all the faculty members of the college and it was one of the things she misses the most. 

Dr Gadgil had made it compulsory that every month, each professor would write a paper and it would then be read and discussed among the staff members. He himself read out the first paper. This continued for several years and everyone got to participate in the discussion and read papers. An award of 100 rupees in the form of books was given to the best paper. These books were stamped “Staff Academy Award” and some of these books might still be found in NM College’s library. It was upon her suggestion that these papers were later sent to experts for examination. In fact, this very practice encouraged her to pursue her Ph.D. This activity was started by Dr Gadgil right from the time the college began. He initiated the reading of papers from the onset of the very first staff meeting. 

Her Ph.D. thesis is titled Nonsense Verse in English in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. “It was a very scholarly atmosphere,” she goes on to say.

She also ruminates about the time when Dr Kohli was the principal. He was the one who built up the ex¬tra-curricular activities. Until today, NM College holds the reputation of being a strict disciplinarian. Back in the day, Dr Urmila Rai was one of the key persons to set the tone for maintaining the disciplinary standards. 

Even when she was the principal, a lot of ex-students would want their children or relatives to go to NM College just because they’d learnt to value the disciplinary attitude instilled within them during their time. From 1964 unto today, it is known that only serious minded students who want to make a career come to NM. 

Dr Urmila Rai is currently writing a Business Communication textbook for Amity University. She started her teaching career in 1957, joined NM College in 1964 and served for 34 whole years. She retired in 1998. 

It is people like her who have a huge hand in the making of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics into what it is today. SVKM not only thanks her for her service but is also grateful to her for con¬ceding to this interview.

At SVKM, You shall be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise!

SVKM cares about the mental and physical health of its students and hence, adequate facilities have been provided for the same. A doctor is available on campus from 9 am to 6.30 pm on the 2nd floor in the NM College Building. Counsellors are also available for any kind of help from 8 am onwards until late evening. Both the counsellors are located in the BNCP building, 3rd floor whilst the NMIMS counsellors can be found on the 9th floor.

Medical Facilities

Dr. Geeta Shah's timings are from 9 am to 1.30 pm and Dr. Goyal’s timings are from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm. The following medical facilities are provided by the on-campus Doctor -

  • First-aid
  • Antibiotics for viral diseases such as cold, cough, fever etc.
  • Ointments for injuries
  • Painkillers for muscles, wounds and menses

The first aid box consists of cotton, hydrogen peroxide, cotton, bandage, ointment. PainKillers such as Crocin, Meftal, Meftalspas, Cyclopam etc. are available at the clinic.    

In case of any kind of emergencies such as stitches or operation, the doctors will get in touch with the nearby hospital so that the patient can be attended to immediately. In case of any delay, the doctor will issue a letter of recommendation and if necessary, the doctors accompany the patient to the hospital. The patient is usually taken to the nearby hospitals such as Cooper, Nanavati.  

The doctors check around 5-25 patients daily. The doctors have had to deal with everything from bleeding to casual diseases to epilepsies. Records of the patients are also maintained in order to follow up with them in future if required.

While checking a patient the following four vital parameters are looked into -

1. Pulse rate

2. Blood Pressure  

3. Heartbeat rate and sound.  

4. Breathing Rate.  

Other than the doctors on the second floor of NM College Building, a full-time nurse is available at CNMS and JV Parekh. These nurses help out whenever the toddlers are in need or if a student is in need of first aid administration.

Regular health check-up campaigns are also organised by SVKM for senior management and officials. The health check-up camps are organized at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.   

Mediclaim facilities at SVKM

SVKM has a tie-up with Bajaj Allianz for Mediclaim facilities for employees. There are 2 types of policies, namely -

1. Group Mediclaim Policy

2. Personal Accident Mediclaim Policy

Group Medical Mediclaim Policy covers employees, their spouses, and 2 children. It is known as family floater policy and the sum insured is Rs. 1 lakh.  The claim processing is done in-house. If one has opted for cashless mediclaim facility, then they shall be reimbursed after having provided the requisite hospital documents. At the time of treatment, the policy holder is required to pay a security amount.

As per the personal Accident policy, only employees are insured, this doesn’t extend to any family members. Insurance facility of up to Rs. 10,000,00 is provided to the policy holders. Appropriate compensation is made in case of treatment and recovery. If, unfortunately, the patient doesn’t survive the accident, a sum of Rs 10, 000, 00 is paid to the next of kin.

Counselling Facilities

Counselling facilities are provided by Ms Hoori Deshpande, Ms Karuna Jaggi for SVKM institutes and by Dr Meeta Shah and Dr Joel Gibbs for NMIMS. Here’s a detailed look at the kind of counselling facilities that are made available to the students.

These facilities are available to not just students but also to the authorities, staff, faculty, Ph.D. pursuers, parents and everyone who is a part of the SVKM family. SVKM’s counsellors conduct teacher meetings at all colleges and institutes on a regular basis in order to spread awareness. An orientation programme for all the classes is conducted every year. All small to big problems for instance anger management, time management, family issues, losing essence of one’s being, decision making, inability to stay focused or concentrate etc. are dealt with. The code of confidentiality is followed strictly and is only broken if, unfortunately, the student is suicidal.

Various types of activities like debates, personality quizzes, group tests etc. are conducted to generate interest amongst students. This will help to increase awareness and help them to solve life-related issues with fun activities and without any pressure or stress. It will also help counsellors understand the psychology of the students.

The counsellors do everything in their power to understand the mind-set of the student. They also keep abreast with the latest trends amongst the youngsters. They accordingly conduct orientation programs to spread awareness and to let the students know that they are available. The contact information of the counsellors has also been updated on all the college websites. Just like the doctors, the counsellors also make a record of everything so that it is easy to follow-up. More often than not, the focus is on one-to-one counselling over group counselling because problems are specific to inpiduals. If the person seeking counselling isn’t comfortable with a face to face conversation, then, the counsellors are also available via whatsapp, call, SMS and email.

Issues undertaken are-  

  • Social Counselling
  • Education Counselling.
  • Personal Counselling
  • Family issues such as porce, Communication gap.  
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Domestic violence, suicide cases, OCD, Drug addiction.
  • Molestation, domestic violence by parents.

Students caught copying are often unable to cope with it and special counselling sessions are taken for such students. It is not easy for the students to deal with the repercussions of such situation; after all, they are but teenagers. Unfair means committee for students who are caught copying during exams.

 Family Counselling sessions are conducted by professional psychologists or psychiatrists whenever necessary. For, very often, it becomes necessary to involve the parents and/or teachers in order for the counsellor to be able to help the student.

Students who are disturbed due to career issues or pressure of studies are helped and guided to overcome the problems by providing a strong external support system. The students can come anytime during the term to solve problems.

Lastly, the counsellors have started a buddy system, through which a select group of students keeps an eye on potential victims of depression or loneliness. This group also makes friends with those students who are isolated by the rest of the society. If things seem urgent, they connect with the counsellor. The students of the buddy group and the counsellors meet once a month.

Thus, efforts are made via all ends to ensure that the students have a safe and secure environment both, emotionally as well as physically. 

patia Ni Haveli

The purpose of studying his haveli in the ‘off-beat’ section is the fact that the Haveli carries a legacy of history through its architecture, its mood resonates of the quintessential antiquity that has been embedded within its bricks and walls. Standing strong since 1835, it gives us a glimpse into the culture, practices, tradition and bonding of not just the lineage of the patia’s but also of a part of India, of the Gujarati and the Maratha communities and of the lanes of Ahmedabad in times long past. So, let’s delve deep into the chronicles of history through the Haveli! The haveli was built by the great-great grandfather of Shri Sunandan patiaji, Shri Chhotabhai Bappabhai in 1835. At the time the Haveli was constructed, members of the same caste lived in a singular lane. Lakha Patel ni Pol, the place where the haveli is located was no different. Thereby, the home is a strong reflection of the bygones of the Gujarati sub-sect and the Marathas that resided here. It has been through numerous situations of political unrest and hence, an escape door has been constructed towards the other end of the bungalow.

The place is well-equipped with a tank that harvests rain-water, two wells in its backyard. Back in its day, it was the tallest structure in all of Ahmedabad complete with a Raavthi (terrace) which served as a vantage ob-servation point and was later used to enjoy flying kites. The Raavthi was lost in the 2001 earth-quake that hit Gujarat. As of today, the house is used for marriages, family gatherings and festivals. It has housed 5 generations of patias and is still a fairly equipped house. The entire haveli is connected to the Chowk. The chowk used to be a place of family gathering and prattle back in its glory days. It is still a very strong base that holds fort for the whole 2 floors of the haveli. In fact, the entire house gets water supply from the water tank stored beneath the chowk.

This tank is used for water harvesting. This over a century old Haveli has been a fascination for historians, journalists and architects alike. It has therefore been covered by numerous Gujarati newspapers such as Madhyama, gujarati samachar plus etc. These newspapers give a detailed account of how Chhotabhai Bappabhai back in 1835 was involved in the construction and pision of the haveli. He was very fond of  beautiful and elaborate buildings. They also give a detailed account of the intricate artwork done by potters, painters and artists across the walls, floorings and pillars.

The Newspaper article tells us about the intricate artwork on the walls of the Haveli. Kotharni and Nishkam are traditional skills that have been used on the walls and pillars both inside as well as outside the haveli. In fact, the creator of the haveli, Sri Chhotabhai Bappabhai was responsible for the removal of the Marathas who at that point in time unfairly ruled Ahemdabad. He joined hands with the British in order to get rid of the Marathas. The entire heritage indeed makes for an interesting history! The above information and pictures have been kindly lent to us by Shri Sunandan patia. We are deeply thankful to him for furnishing us with such fine details.

Harkishanbai is Writing Upstairs 

“Harkisanbhai upar lakhe chhe....” the watchman would say explaining the lights at midnight at Chitralekha’s office. Harkisan Mehta, the founding father of SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media Research and Analysis (HMMRA) were the editor at Chitralekha from 1958 to 1998 i.e. to say, most of his lifetime. Chitralekha was the rank three magazine in India during his tenure. His writing style was very simple and he had the reputation of being able to continue the story without ever referring back to his previous chapters. It was quite a marvel given the fact that Chitralekha was a weekly magazine. While he wasn’t a very short-tempered person, he was quite moody. He wasn’t easy to deal with and as editors often are, was of a demanding nature. So much so that until today, HMMRA runs on the principles guided by him. Even at a time like his, much before the digital revolution, he saw through the future of mass communication. Hence, the need to donate to SVKM for a journalism institute. His dream was to present mass communication and journalism in such way that it was literally a way to communicate with the masses rather than bookish learning. He often said that one cannot become a journalist by simply reading a book. Journalism is a lifestyle. He dreamt of changing the way of learning journalism. Back in the day, there weren’t many institutes presenting journalism courses and thanks to Sri Harkisan Mehta, HMMRA was one of the first institutes to offer a course in mass media. He wanted mass communication to scale new heights in India. He also wanted the intelligentsia from the Gujarati community to rise. Hence, until today, HMMRA offers a heavily subsidised course in Gujarati mass media in his honour. His favourite student Smt. Bhawana Somaaya, has written a heart-rending account of him in ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Golden Soul’, an international magazine.

Directly quoting from her article, she says – “Today, as I attempt to piece the legendary writer on paper, memories gush on me like a waterfall. His scathing words... his childlike laughter... his faith in friendship... his quest for quality... his sense of propriety and his uncompromising ideals... I remember his pride for language and the country. The ink blue wall behind his chair and the always open window because he was allergic to air conditioners. I recall the click of his car door in the parking. It was a signal for everyone to get alert. The peon buttoned his shirt, the receptionist put on her sandals beneath her desk and, as editors we lowered our voices” Smt Bhawana Somaaya expresses the marvel of Sri Harkisan Mehta as far as possible in these many words. He succumbed to low BP and malaria on 3rd April, 1998. The family had planned a trip to Haridwar with him long before his death; tickets were already booked and in the end, they ended up carrying his ashes to the Ganges! His family informed us that though he was very broad-minded with his children and completely trusted them, he was also a very simple and down to earth man. While he did not put too many restrictions on his children, he ensured that the family spent time together on a daily basis. He also gave away all his earnings to his mother dutifully. Here, it would be interesting to note that his novels would usually have titles in antonyms; for instance, his last novel was titled Anth: Aarambh. He is a respected laureate in the Gujarati literature community even today. A large number of his works are adapted into television shows and dramas and are enjoyed as immensely by the younger generation as they were by its predecessors. A legendary writer with 23 novels under his belt, SVKM is proud to be associated with Sri Harkisan Mehta and even prouder of being able to run the institution on his ideals all these years.

At SVKM, It will always be Safety First!

For SVKM, safety of students and faculty members is foremost. Therefore, a hi-tech security system aligned with ample security guards and latest gadgets has been put into place at all the institutes of SVKM. Additionally, constant efforts are made to improvise and implement the security system that is in place. The thoroughness put into securing the institute buildings by SVKM have also often been lauded by the media. The following facilities are provided in order to maintain the security of students, faculty and staff members –

• Biometric for entry and exit of internal members
• Register entry for all outsiders
• Security guards on each floor and on entrance
• CCTV Monitoring
• One female guard on all gates
• Security guards outside as well as inside libraries, gymkhana etc.
• Emergency protocol numbers for each institute
• Fire alarm and fire extinguishers

Similar security measures have also been implemented outside of Mumbai campuses as well. Work is on in full swing to implement a full-fledged security system on the new campuses at Dhule, Indore and Navi Mumbai. A bio-metric system and an entry register is well in place for all the employees.Installation of CCTV cameras at the Indore campus is on and should be complete soon.

The criteria for hiring security guards is also very stringent. All guards need to be physically fit and between the age racket of 21-45. During events, special security measures are taken as events tend to be high-risk and more so, if they involve a well-known celebrity or minister. An entry and exit plan is chalked out for the guests and VIPs and for the audience. The plans are kept confidential for obvious reasons. Bouncers are hired to ensure smooth implementation of the plan. Extra security guards are employed if need be. While the security system at each and every institute for SVKM is extremely strong, intense plans are in place to strengthen the facilities. The following have been planned for the future:

 

• SMS to be sent to parents once students sign in

• Hand held metal detectors (to arrive soon)

• Door frame metal detectors

• Light batons

• Traffic cones

• Security Tape for cordoning off certain areas

 

Moreover, continuous checks are carried out to identify risks as well as opportunities for improvement.

Down the Memory Lane!

1922 – The foundation stone of Rashtriya Shala was laid by Srimati Kasturba Gandhi

1930 – Rashtriya Shala was registered

1932 – The school was under pressure from the British Government. In the wake of the Charkha Movement, they were asked to shut down. Mr. Khan, the local police chief who had a liking for the educational institution and didn’t want the school to close, suggested that he formally arrest two members who will accept the responsibility of conducting illegal or objectionable activities while the shala kept running.

1934 –Sri Bhaidas Bhuta made a handsome donation and at the same time, SVKM was registered as an education society. Shri Jinnabhai joined Rashtriya Shala as the Principal

1936 – Srimati Goklibai donated INR 50,000 to Rashtriya Shala. Thus, the school was renamed Gokalibai Punamchand Pitamber High School as a mark of respect for the donation. Honorary Secratory Shri Sunandan Divatia was kind to let us know that Sri Bhaidas Bhuta had a significant hand behind convincing Goklibai to make a donation.

1937 – The proposal of shifting the location of Goklibai High School to Dadabhai Road from Rashtriyashala Road was met with resistance since it was inconvenient for the students to travel to Dadabhai Road which wasn’t very developed back then. Shri Jinabhai Desai was also given a teary eyed farewell by one and all.

1939 – After the Mandal members offered to resign and said that they’d be happy to let others run the mandal, the residents saw that the intent behind the shifting was good and hence, relented to it. Thus, Goklibai stands where it does today! Honorary Secratory Sri Sunandan Divatia also told us that important trustees such as Shri CT Sanghvi and Shri Chatrabhuj Narsee have been the alumni of Goklibai.

1940 - 1950

While the foundation stone of Rashtriya Shala was laid by Kasturba Gandhi, the opening ceremony of Goklibai Punamchand Pitamber High School was led by the first Chief Minister of Bombay, Shri Balasaheb Kher. It will delight you to know that renowned Gujarati poet Shri Umashankar Joshi was a teacher at Goklibai during this time. Shri Umashankar Joshi is one of the foremost Gujarati writers and poets.

India as a country was going through a crisis at this time. While the Indian Army fought for the British in World War II, the residents partook in the Quit India Movement. Gokalibai High School responded by granting a war allowance to its helpers such as watchmen, bhangi, peons etc. so that they could survive the burden of such difficult times.

It was also during this time that Jawaharlal Nehru was arrested and students across the country responded by calling a protest march. Mahatma Gandhi advised them against the strike and asked them to concentrate on academics. The students of Gokalibai were very much a part of this strike.

However, riots broke out in the country after Gandhiji was arrested. By this time, the entire country had completely shut down. Thus, the schools were no longer functioning. Gokalibai also issued a notice stating that the school will remain shut owing to the tense situation. Sadly, some property of the school was affected in the stone pelting, shooting etc. that took place during the riots.

1951 – The Bombay Public Trust Act (1950) came into force during this year. As a result of which societies that had been registered under the Society’s Registration Act 1860 were also required to register under the Bombay Public Trust Act as charitable trusts. SVKM also registered under this act in-keeping with the law.

1954 – A portion of Goklibai School was handed over to the BMC to run a pre-primary school which until today runs as the Manilal Vadilal Prathmik Shala

1956 - Shishu Vihar School was established

1959 - SVKM Completed 25 Glorious Years!

1961 - Mithibai College was established in this year. An ashram by the name of Matushri Mithibai Balashram was owned by the quintessential and popular Kapoor family of Bollywood. They later sold off the plot of land and the money that was gained from the sale was donated to SVKM. It was on this plot that Mithibai College was constructed under the Balashram’s namesake.  Acharya Yagnik was the first principal of Mithibai College.

1963 – Establishment of Shri Bhagubai Mafatlal Polytechnic under Prof. P. W. Dharap

1964 – Establishment of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics under Dr. Gangadhar Gopal Gadgil as the founding principal

1967 – Prof. Dharap is given a very special extension of 5 years beyond the normal retirement age

1969 – Selection of Mafatlal Polytechnic as Experimental Polytechnic which was the only one of its kind back then. SBMP was granted partial autonomy by the state government at this point.

1975 – Establishment of Juhu Jagruti Hall and Santokba Sanskar Sadan

1977 – Establishment of Jitendra Chauhan College of Law under founding principal P V Mehta

1980 – Foundation stone laying ceremony of Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics opposite Mithibai College. A separate wing for commerce. Mithibai completes 20 years.

1981 – Establishment of NMIMS under Prof. Y. K. Bhushan

1981 - Shri Bhaidas Bhutia expires

1984 – Dr. Urmila Rai takes charge as principal of NM College

1985 - SVKM Completes 50 Golden Years

1990 – Establishment of Shri. Chottabhai B. Patel Research Centre for Chemistry and Biological Science

1990 - Foundation of Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media Research and Analysis was laid

1992 - Acharya Ambalal V Patel was then the principal of Gokalibai, who retired in 1992. He donated

around a lakh rupees in order to fund the construction of a Junior College under gokalibai’s wing. Thus,

Acharya Ambalal V Patel College was established. 

 

Acharya A V Patel (Far left; wearing formal pant and shirt) 

 

1994 - DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering’ was founded

 

 

1997 - Foundation of Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School was laid

 

1999 - NMIMS gets A plus Accreditation for the First Time

 

 

2000 - The popular annual inter- collegiate festival

 

 

There is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish, said Michelle Obama and she isn’t far from the truth. However, a powerful trust like Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal never needed to be told this. Our very foundation was laid by a woman. From the revered Smt. Kasturba Gandhi laying the foundation stone of Rashtriya Shala to the revered Gokalibai making a generous donation for the Gokalibai Punamchand Pitamber High School, SVKM has always been a powerhouse of women. It is then but natural that our in-house newsletter should have a section dedicated to bringing out stories of women who have had a strong hand behind the makings of SVKM. In each issue, we shall bring you stories of these women, what inspired them, who were they as inpiduals, what led them to found an educational institution with SVKM & more.

Since this is the opening of this section & Smt. Gokalibaiji was one of the very first founders of an institute associated with SVKM, we’ll bring to you, her story in the very first section. Here’s to the women of SVKM! 

Smt. Gokalibai Punamchand Pitambar Bhatt was a kind hearted, generous gentlelady belonging to the noble merchant family of Bhatt’s. The Bhatt’s were the rich tobacco merchants of “Hathal” a small village, 35 km from Rajasthan in Sirohi district near Abu Road. Their family was a well-known merchant family in Rajasthan, specially the Hathal area during the British rule. Smt. Gokalibai was an ardent, selfless social worker who took keen interest in helping poor families of her village by contributing for their education or providing livelihood or sponsoring their children’s marriages.

Gokalibaiji believed that the greatest form of donation was the “Shikshadaan”.

She had three daughters - Godavariben, Champaben and Vidhyaben. To continue their family name and legacy forward Smt. Gokalibai and Shri Punamchand Bhatt adopted a son, and named him Shantilal bhai. Smt. Gokalibai was always ready for “Samaj seva” and Shikshadaan.After the death of her husband in 1929, she immersed herself completely into various social activities for the upliftment of poor people. In 1936 she donated a huge sum of Rs 50,000/- to the Rashtriya Shala at Vile Parle for growth of various educational activities. Her son Shri Shantilalbhai took active interest in his mother’s philanthropic activities, and was majorly engaged spreading education to pupils in their own mother tongue. The Rashtriya Shaala was renamed as “Smt. Gokalibai Punamchand Pitambar High School” to respect her Noble educational philanthropist deed.

Her granddaughter Ms Ushaben, daughter of Vidyaben studied at Gokalibai School and later became a sincere dedicated teacher here. Few other grandchildren of Smt Gokalibai also studied in the same school and some of them have gone abroad while some of them are still residing in Mumbai. Shri Lalit bhai son of Shri Shantilal bhai , grandson of Smt Gokalibai still resides in the ancestral home of Smt Gokalibai and Shri Punamchand Pitambar Bhatt at “Hathal.”

The benevolent gesture of Smt Gokalibai in form of a small sapling of a Gujarati medium school grew into a huge tree where thousands of Students studied and became successful in their lives settling in various parts of India and abroad. Not only that, she also laid the base or as the current Principal of GPP High School would call it, ‘sapling’ for what we now know as SVKM. Our School Mentor and Jt. Treasurer of SVKM Shri Haritbhai Chitalia takes pride in being the Student of Smt Gokalibai high School. Many other SVKM Managing Committee members, like Shri Vinodbhai Goradia, Shri Vamanrai Parekh are ex-students of Gokalibai Punamchand Pitambar High School.