Career prospects in Financial and Investment Banking by Dr. Sunder Ram Korivi :
The current education era has now transformed to CPD i.e. Continuing Professional Development. Knowledge of economics is of first and foremost importance. Next comes, being updated with market developments. Expertise in Financial Statement Analysis is the key here. Regulated and Restricted markets, knowledge of both is important. Regulated markets includes the bodies such as RBI, SEBI, Investment Advisory and Wealth Management Services, IRDA, PFRDA, IBC, Companies Act - NCLT and NCLAT, Arbitrators etc. which primarily forms Noah's Ark of economy.
Inputs of CISI Executives, Mr. Jasneet and Mrs. Viyanza :
In India, the office is present only in Mumbai. CISI links with 70% of top 10 institutes and 50% of top 20 institutes. People from companies like BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Barclays, Wipro, Credit Suisse, Nomura, HSBC etc. take up the exams which have 7 levels. Level 1 to 5 have objective type questions without negative marking. Level 6 and 7 comprises of subjective papers. These 7 levels are spread amongst various verticals.
DATE: 1st and 2nd September 2018
CONDUCTED BY: EVENTS CELL
There is no easy way to bring together 70-odd people to put together a national-level managerial fest in under a month's time. But Barcode-2018 showed the world how to do it- and do it splendidly.
It all started with team selections where a varied bunch of over 100 applicants were screened by the senior team for their suitability to the event. After an exhaustive screening session lasting two weeks, a team of 70 students - seniors and juniors - were handpicked to join hands across the various Barcode teams of Event Conceptualisation, Marketing and Sponsorship, Public Relations, Logistics, Moments, Creatives and the specialisation games.
In the month that it took to prepare for the event scheduled in September, 2018, all the teams put in their very best as they burnt the midnight oil upto 2 am each night in preparation for Barcode. While the Events Conceptualisation team took over the green room as they set the gears in motion for the 36-hour marathon Best Manager event in full secrecy, the Marketing and Sponsorship team could be found running from pillar to post outside college everyday in their quest to gather sponsors for the event. The specialisation games of Conundrum (Marketing), SmoothOps (Operations), Interpreter (HR) and Simstreet (Finance), too, went over and above what was required of them in preparing for their particular competitions.
Pulling their weight equally, if not more, was the PR team that had the arduous task of spreading the word about Barcode on social media, aligning various team schedules and coordinating with judges, all of which they did over endless cups of coffee and conversation.
The Creatives and Moments team, too, were kept busy all through as they tried to capture the whirlwind of activity and energy on display through the medium of art. But one team that made all these disparate activities come together to make an event in the true sense was the Logistics team who operated in the background but were, in all honesty, the real stars of the show.
Coming to the 2-days of the event itself, out of over 350 applications received from a hundred different colleges all over the country, only a select few were invited on campus. The non-SIMS students were treated to a small glimpse of the famous SIMS hospitality as students, both within Barcode and outside, strove extra-hard to make the participants feel at home. The title sponsors for the event, Vistaar 360, played a pivotal role towards facilitating the same as they held free craniosacral therapy sessions for the participants that helped their minds and bodies relax for the much-required boost in order to take on the various challenges in store for them. But it wasn't all strict and professional as multiple arrangements made for non-participants ensured they had their share of fun, too. A PlayStation arena, a treasure hunt and a tug of war; LAN gaming; food stalls etc., made sure that there was something for everyone to take back home. A special highlight of the event was the performance by stand up comedian Gaurav Kapoor who had the audience in splits with his gags on Delhi, the Tata Nano and air travel.
Barcode concluded with the winners being awarded their prizes by the SIMS Campus Administrator Lt Col (Retd) MN Bade and Events Cell faculty coordinator Dr Ruby Chanda following which the curtains went down on the event amidst a huge round of applause.
CONDUCTED BY: SIMSETT CLUB
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER: ASHISH KULKARNI
THEME: HOW TO THINK LIKE AN ECONOMIST
The session was conducted on the topic “How to think like an economist ”. The session started at 10:30 am on 6th September 2018. The speaker of the session was DR. ASHISH KULKARNI.
The session started with the topic “INCENTIVES MATTER.” The speaker talked about how everything in life has an incentive attached to it. He mentioned the example of an instance that happened in England where in order to increase the population of Australia after England captured Australia, (Englishmen did not know what to do with Australia and they were putting people in Australia by force) they made use of incentives wherein they were paid according to the people who are alive at the end of the journey. At this stage, the speaker hilariously mentioned about the abbreviation TMKK, Toh mai kya karoon? (what should I do with the information you have provided?”
The next topic he talked about was “COSTS MATTER.” He talked about the concept of opportunity cost, the cost of the opportunity forgone. Another concept which he talked about was sunk cost fallacy, an important topic of behavioural economics. An important and informative example was used by him where in talked about how people tend to use amazon prime. He talked about how people tend to use Flipkart less when they take a subscription of amazon tend to use Flipkart as they think about using amazon as they already paid money for it. The same concept applies when we sit to watch a movie even though the movie is not good as we have already paid money for the tickets.
The next topic was about “INFORMATION MATTERS”. He mentioned about how google, Facebook and other such services are free of cost as they depend on information we provide to them for their profits. Information we provide to google such as our location are sold to advertisers to generate profit. He emphasised on the fact that information is priceless in this world.
The next topic was about “EXTERNALITIES MATTER.” While addressing this topic, he talked about how different commercial activities start when people start moving to a particular place. For example, because there are people who are willing to work in colleges, more colleges, coaching institutions, discos and other such commercial businesses start coming up. He talked about how there are externalities to every economic policy and very situation.
The next topic which he addressed was “TRADE MATTERS”. He talked about how economics is a non- zero sum game and how our economy depends on our trade. He addressed the question of why people hire cooks. He talked about how the reason behind hiring cooks is mutual benefit, as in both we and the cook benefit when we hire them. While answering the question of whether we should buy Chinese goods, he talked about how Indian economy should be benefited by the cheap products of China rather than loosing out on them.
While addressing three questions related to macroeconomics. “what does the world look like?”, “why does it look the way it does” “what can we do to make it better?”. He showed the economics tool ‘gapminder.org” to explain the concept better. He used the tool and showed how India has developed over time when compared to other countries
This topic was concluded,
CONDUCTED BY:NOESIS – The Operations Club
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER: Prof. Kiran Rakhe
NOESIS - The Operations Club of SIMS conducted SRIJAN -The Internship Presentation Competition on 23rd August'18. This was an inter college event conducted for second year students who completed their internship in operations domain. The event was a success and involved entries from various colleges across Maharashtra. The judge for the event was Prof. Kiran Rakhe - Head in Supply Chain domain in Leap2Excel Consulting LLP. Final round was conducted in campus in Chanakya Hall and involved 8 participants from business schools such as JBIMS, Prin. L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, SIIB and SIMS. Operations batch 2017-18, SIMS was also present to attend the event. Faculty-in-charge Prof. M. K Gandhi accompanied the chief guest in the judgement. The event went smoothly with interesting and knowledgeable presentations describing the projects performed during internships. Prof. Kiran Rakhe and Prof. M K Gandhi complimented the students for such interesting projects.
Winners of the event were Manasi Padalkar from L.N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Parikshit Gaikwad from SIIB and Akhil Satheesh from SIMS. Prize distribution was done by our worthy Director, Brig (Dr.) Rajiv Divekar. Sir highly appreciated the operations club for successfully organising the event.
DATE: 7 September 2018
CONDUCTED BY: SMark – THE MARKETING CLUB OF SIMS
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER : 1. Sudhir Rao - Ex Sr. Director, Cognizant
2. Madhuri Varma - Analyst with Barclays, Author, ISB Graduate
3. Prakash Rao - Deputy Director at SIIB
4. Uday Sindhe - Head OSH, Region India, Thyssenkurpp India Pvt Ltd
5. Sebastian Mony - Sr. Consultant & Advisor; Strategy, Innovation and Transformation at McKinsey and Company
THEME: Sustainability, Strategic Planning and Green Marketing
4THOUGHT is the annual flagship event of SMark -The Marketing Club of SIMS. It is a panel discussion related to marketing with a specific theme, where in the expert panellists, who have immense knowledge and expertise on the topic, speak and discuss about the same theme, which is driven by a moderator. This year’s theme was ‘Sustainability, Strategic Planning and Green Marketing’.
We had 5 expert panellists to discuss on the topic. The names and designation of the speakers are listed above.
We had organized lunch for the speakers. The lunch started at 1:00 p.m. Post Lunch, at 2:15 p.m, the speakers were escorted to the auditorium. Detailed introduction was given to the audience about all the panellists post which they were felicitated by the Director.
The discussion started at 2:30 p.m. The moderator for today’s event was Dr. Sanjay Pawar. One by one the panellists spoke about the topic for around 7 minutes post which they started adding on to each other’s points. Later they started taking Questions as well. The discussion was very enlightening for the student managers. Two of the best questions were also awarded prizes by SMark.
The event concluded at 4:30 p.m. Post which high tea was organized for the speakers.
DATE: 7th September 2018
CONDUCTED BY: INFINITE CLUB
THEME: Application of AI and Machine learning in Service sector
The important learnings for the audience which constituted all first year students along with few second year students were
CONDUCTED BY: SIMS
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER: Mr. Ashok Bhansali
THEME: Introduction to Block chain and the paradigm shift in the digital age
A workshop was conducted by Mr. Ashok Bhansali on “Introduction to Block chain and the paradigm shift in the digital age” . He explained the concept of money from the barter system and how a contract does takes place. He further gave insight into the mechanism of block and how a chain is being formed. He made the session interesting by engaging students to make the block chain using plastic blocks which made the concept very easy to understand. He also gave insight into the used cases of the block chain in the corporate world along with the areas where block chain can be effectively used. He also discussed the regulatory framework and cyber laws governing block chain. Mr. Bhansali concluded session by giving insight into the career opportunities which this field offers along with how block chain is going to the game changer.
There were around 30 students who participated in the workshop. This workshop was organised by Bloomberg club to give insight into the latest happenings in the outside world. Mr. Bhansali was felicitated by memento along with a bamboo shoot by Dr. Arti Chandani, faculty in-charge, Bloomberg Club.
CONDUCTED BY: Bloomberg club, SIMS
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER:Mr. Saurabh Prakash
THEME: Visit to Bloomberg lab, Mumbai
A study visit to Bloomberg was organised by Bloomberg club on 11 Sept., 2018. The students visited Bloomberg lab, Mumbai, along with Prof. Rahul Dhaigude and Dr. Vaishali Jain. There were students from batch 2017-19, 2018-20 and PGADM.
The students were given training on various functions of Bloomberg and this training was given by Mr. Saurabh Prakash, Bloomberg. They were also exposed to the commonly used functions in Bloomberg by Portfolio managers, research analyst. It also covered various corporate governance reports along with fixed income securities. The trainer also covered intraday trade data and how this data can be extracted from Bloomberg data to make decision. The most commonly used function EQS, equity screener was also dealt and explained to the students along with work flow analysis.
Overall, this was an interesting and interacting session which helped the students to gain insight into functionalities of Bloomberg terminals. The students also learnt the various ways in which the data can be extracted and used to make various research reports.
THEME:Kaleidoscope 2018 – National Level Case Study Contest
CONDUCTED BY:People Tree- The HR club in association with NHRD Pune Chapter
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER:Mr. V.J. Rao, Mr. Joice Samuel, Mr. Ganesh Ghule, Mr.Chenthil Iyer, Ms. Pallavi Naphade, Mr Sanjay Verma
Kaleidoscope 2018 was a thrilling HR case study competition and was organised jointly by SIMS and NHRD Pune Chapter. SIMS has been organising Kaleidoscope for several years. This year, the event had received a tremendous response. 256 teams registered for Kaleidoscope. Out of this, 186 teams cleared the first round and only 46 got through the second round. The top 20 teams were invited to SIMS campus for the semi-final and final rounds. Since morning, the teams had started working on the case study designed by Dr. Vasanthi (IIM-B). Their case studies were screened by a panel of 4 academicians and 4 industry experts. The industry experts included V.J. Rao, Joice Samuel, Ganesh Ghule, Chenthil Iyer. They were accompanied by Dr. Pradnya Chitrao, Dr. Tajamul Islam, Dr. Naval Lavande and Dr. Ruby Chanda from SIMS.
The top 4 teams presented their cases in the final round to 3 judges. The panel included Pallavi Naphade (head HR Energy and Resources at Tata Consultancy Services), Mr Sanjay Verma (An Alumnus of the XLRI and ex- HR Head at Tata Steel) and Brig Dr Rajiv Divekar( Director, SIMS). The presentations by the finalist were followed by a rigorous Q&A round and we finally had our winners!
The winning teams were:
Winners - Team Mavericks (SIMS) – (Team members: Ramya Lather, Sagarika Datta, Urvashi Bhatia)
1st RunnerUp – Team Chrysalis (Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research) – (Team members: Shweta Chikhodrawala, Sunaina Girish Bhat, Sayali Sarode ) .
Date: 17th February 2018
Shivani Shetty (batch 2017-19) received Shiv Chattrapati award declared by the Govt. of Maharashtra
The award is given for excellence in the sports ( speed roller skating ) by Maharashtra state Government. This is the most respected award in the state of Maharashtra for sports. She received this award on 17th February 2018 at the Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Conducted two days Orientation Program in "Defence Acquisition Management". The objective of the program was to provide an opportunity to the participants to get familiar with Defence Procurement Process and explains the various policies and procedures related to procurement for in-service military equipment in India. This program was directed and delivered by Maj Gen Mrinal Suman who is the most prominent faculty for Defence Procurement Process in the country. He is Head of Defence Technical Assessment and Advisory Group (CII) and Defence Acquisition Management Studies. Along with him, Lt Gen Bhat took “Vendor Assessment” session and Comdr Alok Bhagwat conducted one case study on “ Indigenous Capability Building via Technology Transfer route in Naval Warship Projects – Case Studies and way ahead”. There were 29 participants sponsored from different Industries namely L&T, TATA Motors, Endurance Technologies Ltd, Vidarbha Defence Industrial Hub Pvt. Ltd, Valveworks India Private Limited and Cologicx Systems Pvt. Ltd. (Theta Controls). All the participants sowed their interest in joining Certificate course which is scheduled in coming semester.
On the 29th of January, Team Yoddhas organized a Panel Discussion with many eminent doctors and speakers which included Dr Gayarti Bhat, a doctor and patient counselor; Brig (Dr) K K Lahiri, a clinical microbiologist; Col (Doctor) Sanjeevan Sharma, a clinical Hematologist; Major General (Doctor) S N Yadav, the father of late Mr Rahul Yadav.
The Panel Discussion was followed by a short Quiz consisting of simple questions related to Cancer which kept the audience engaged throughout. This was then followed bya Gatka Martial Art Performance which kept the audience spellbound. .
Date: 27th & 28th January 2018
NAME OF THE GUEST / SPEAKER: Major General Tajuddin Mhaisale (Retd)
Providing a platform to make a difference is one of the hallmarks of SIMS’ 25 years of excellence and we at SIMSMUN are committed to it. After organizing two Model United Nations and giving the students the opportunity to expose themselves to various facets of national & international relations along with policy making, we organized the third iteration in January of 2018. Participants are representatives of the assigned countries wherein they discuss internationally pertinent issues and arrive at a consensus. This year we simulated the following committees:.
1) UNSC- United Nations Security Council
• The necessity of military aid with special emphasis on the proliferation of weapons in East Asia.
• Demilitarization of Afghanistan
2) DISEC- Disarmament and International Security Committee
• Rendition and Extradition of Global Terrorists.
• Measures to regulate military intervention in transnational Conflicts
3) UNHRC- United Nations Human Rights Council
• Asylum for LGBT Individuals Fleeing Persecution
4) SPECPOL- Special Political and Decolonization Committee
• Effects of Foreign Military Bases in the Sovereign States
5) Lok Sabha
• Discussion on the Term "Nationalism" and its Implementation in Democratic Institution.
It was a proud moment for SIMS when our students won Special Mention as follows:
1.Alice Longman - UNSC
2.Akhilesh Singh Rathore & Akshay Gaurav- Lok Sabha
3.Rahul Badhwar - SPECPOL
4.Vijaylakshmi Yadav - UNHRC
UNSC- Demilitarization of Afghanistan SIMS MUN TEAM –Together we made it happen!
This over, the Director General, Mr.Naveen Mechu gave the Vote of Thanks and the Conference was declared closed by our Secretary General, Ms Pavni Mishra.
Date: 13th, 14th January 2018
Orion is the Annual Management Sports &Cultural Festival of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune. As its namesake rises in the sky the entire college starts working towards the execution of ‘Orion’. In the quest to reach the zenith Orion has come a long way since 2009. Each year it morphs into a phenomena that leaves a poignant memory behind. Orion has something for everyone, ranging from the race to become the ‘Best Manage’ to head banging at the ‘Battle of Bands’. The entire college gets enveloped in the beats of dance, tunes of music and the emotions of drama. In this 25th year of SIMS, ORION is back with the theme Excelsior promising to reach new heights. This year as part of pre Orion, Santa delivered secret messages all over the campus. Each day until Orion will be something new and out of box in accordance with its tagline “Unexpect the expected”. There were various pre Orion days for the students, staff and faculty to enjoy like the monochrome day, twining day, kala chasma day, traditional day and the most famous of them all the casual day. In memory of Harshvardhan Singh Raghav 9th January was the red and white day.As a part of pre Orion celebrations there was a flash mob conducted in SI (DU), Lavale and Westend mall. The week leading up to Orion was full of interesting evening events like karaoke, jamming session and Movie.Ed.
The Orion opening ceremony had a wonderful performance by kinds of Kamiyani School and our own Sur and Vibes. Finally Orion 2018 began on 13th January with starting of Arjuna, the forty hour long flagship managerial event of Orion. There were events like Maverick, Footloose (group), Kala and Ozyris on day one. Day two of Orion had Avant Garde – the fashion show and Footloose (solo). Each and every event of Orion had participants from various colleges across the country. The event ended with the awards ceremony in the evening. The highlight of the closing of Orion was a performance by a band named Coshish.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on January 2, 2018.
Hon’ble Union Minister of State, MOD, Government of India, was the chief guest at the Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw Memorial Lecture held at the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune, on June 22nd ,2018. The lecture is conducted every year in honor of the legend and aims to provide leadership perspective to students and other members of the public. The theme of the lecture was ‘Role of Youth in Nation Building’. The session was also addressed by Dr S.B Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU).
The vote of thanks for the event was proposed by Brig (Dr) Rajiv Divekar, Director, SIMS. Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, SIU; Dr Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, SIU; and distinguished army personnel were amongst the other invitees at the lecture.
The 14th Convocation Ceremony of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Pune, was held on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
The Chief Guest for the 14th Convocation was Shri. Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Government of India.
Here are the glimpses of SIMS students while receiving the Degree.
Diwali celebrations at seems enthusiastically witnessed a great pomp with many team building activities organised by the Admin department on Friday, 13th Oct 2017. The show initially started with distribution of sweets to the staff members and gift vouchers to the Teaching and Non-teaching staff. Everyone was overwhelmed with joy to receive the token from the hands of our esteemed Director symbolising the very essence of the motto that we build upon “Vasudhaiva kutumbakam”. The campus had gala time having the Monthly meet followed by Special lunch and Monthly Birthday’s Cake cutting organised for the staff and faculty. Team building games and activities involved Musical Chair, Pictionary and Dumb Shell Arts wherein the game was played in group highlighting the importance of team spirit. The winning team won exciting prizes. Overall the day ended on a hilarious note.
Alumni were welcomed back to SIMS for the 4th Annual Alumni Meet on Sunday 8th October. We were delighted that this year we had a good turn out with over 70 Alumni and Guests in attendance. The meet was highly anticipated by both the Alumni and the current Students and nostalgia surrounded each one of them to meet every old face and to see every old corner they had lived in. The occasion started with welcoming them with a bouquet and a memento slowly driving it towards games filled with fun. It was very fascinating to see them remember the journey over the years and to come across the stories that was almost forgotten.
Some of the Alumni hold very responsible positions in Organisations like Wipro, Amdocs, Atlas Copco, Cummins, Symantec, Tata Motors, Infosys, Emerson while others are now Entrepreneurs. After some great conversation, the Deputy Director Dr. Pravin announced that SIMS had been ranked 25th by Economic times among the top B school in the country. He commended them for shining so bright in the corporate world and building ye high and building ye true. He also thanked them to have supported their Alma mater in all the possible ways that they could. Reunion was kept more informal so that everyone should relish in recollecting their old memories not just with their buddies but also with their faculty and juniors. It could be seen that the relationship once established is forever.
Alumni then had Lunch and while they slowly dispersed they had something True Deep and Unseen that said “You Memory SIMS will remain forever Green.”
This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on January 2, 2018.
To take a walk down the corridors of nostalgia, the First PGPM Alumni Meet 2017-18, was inaugurated by the Deputy Director of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune, Dr. Pravin Kumar Bhoyar on 7th October, 2017. The Meet started traditionally with welcoming the Alumni followed by more interactive and fun filled management games. The occasion was graced by 23 Alumni and their family members ranging across various batches from different parts of the country.
The Meet was also attended by Dr. Asha Nagendra (PGPM and Ex-PGDM former head) and Dr. Jaya Chitranshi (PGPM head). Dr. Asha Nagendra highlighted the journey of Ex-PGDM to PGPM till date. Dr. Jaya Chitranshi welcomed the Alumni with a brief introduction to Alumni Meet schedule and fondly remembering her association with previous batches of PGPM.
The Meet witnessed active involvement of the Alumni along with commendable suggestions and proposals. It was decided to strengthen the link between the current SIMS PGPM student managers and Alumni by extending their support to current students in the area of training, placement, career counselling etc. The Meet ended with Dr. Jaya Chitranshi’s poem on Alumni with the promise to meet again. Everyone bid emotional farewell to each other and their beloved SIMS. In all the meet was electrifying !!!
The tradition of performing Saraswati Pooja was begun in the year 1995.Since then, every year, Saraswati Pooja is performed during Navratri in the library of SIMS. This year, the pooja was held on Navmi, the ninth day of Navratri on 29th September, 2017. Students, faculty and staff –all were invited to take the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. After the Pooja Prasad vitran was done and a satwik lunch was organized for everyone.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on January 2, 2018.
Every year, SIMS celebrates Durga Puja with active participation of student managers and faculties cutting across all communities and regional boundaries. This year was no exception. Preparation for the festival started early in the month of September and was finally celebrated in on 28th of September. As part of the celebration, lunch was prepared by student managers themselves and served to everyone in the college mess. Kheer and Chutney drew special attraction among other items in the menu. The decorations done for the Durga Puja by the campus decorations team of the event, which included a facial representation of Mother Goddess Durga put up outside the auditorium drew everyone’s attention and appreciation. Other part of campus decorations included colourful Rangolis, Alpana (traditional Bengali version of the Rangoli done with a special type of soil called Khori Maati), traditional earthen pots painted by student managers and the auspicious coconut and mango leaves placed over it and the flower decorations. A Cultural program was also organized which started with lighting of the traditional lamp and welcome song by student managers. Audience was briefed about the importance and history of Durga Puja. This year’s theme of Durga Puja was “Women Empowerment”. Special attraction of this year’s celebration were Dhaakis from Bengal, who enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing performance. Mahishasur Mardini, a small act depicting the triumph of Mother Goddess Durga over the symbol of darkness Mahishasur was enacted by student managers. The cultural programme concluded with a traditional and free style dance performance by student managers and the thank you note.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on January 2, 2018.
The People Tree, HR Club of SIMS had organized Colosseum 2017 – a Panel Discussion on 16th September, 2017. The topic for the discussion was – “VUCA – Redefining the HR world”. The speakers in the panel comprised of eminent HR Corporate professionals from diverse industries to give the student managers a quick peek into how VUCA is impacting the business world. This event was organized to provide the student managers an opportunity to take a look at the real life corporate issues from a professional’s point of view. Student managers from MBA batch 2016-18(HR Managers), MBA Batch 2017-19 and the PGPM batch were invited.
As SIMS is celebrating it’s glorious silver jubilee year 2017-18, PGPM event cell offers a tribute by launching an all new initiative called SIMS.Live.25. This initiative is of a talk series where student managers of SIMS are encouraged to deliver a talk on any topic. While launching the series of talk, first talk was on a topic as “IoT (Internet of Things) – when things go online” and presented by Rohit Raut (PGPM-Marketing).
This event was held on Sept 14, 2017 at Chanakya.
The session had an Agenda as follows:
Student managers were immensely benefited after attending the talk and were encouraged to build their own story based on IoT concepts learned. The session was interactive as participants were radioactively participating while explaining their own stories of IoT. SIMS.Live.25 is all set and super excited to hold future talks for making a difference to student managers of SIMS.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister addressed a student Leaders Convention on 11st September 2017 at 10.30 am.
This was live-telecast at SIMS. Director, students, faculty and staff attended this session.
TEDxSIUKirkee was organized on 10 th September, 2017 on the theme Excogitating the Unfolding at Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune. The event hosted speakers from diverse fields including a lawyer, poet, social worker, corporate, and sports player. The speakers with their vast experience and professional backgrounds shed light on the theme of the event which meant unveiling the happenings of the future.
Sometimes the simplest things mean the most. The students tried to show each of us a glimpse of Kerala on that day by celebrating Onam and Sadhya in the traditional way.The faculty, staff and students all were part of this celebration.Traditional Onam food was prepared and served in the traditional way. The cultural evening was meticulously planned matching with the theme.
Silver Jubilee Teachers’ Day Celebration at SIMS The People Tree – HR Club organised the 25th Teachers’ Day this year. The morning session was a formal session. Dr. Dhirendra Deshpande,Vice Chancellor of ISBM University, Chhattisgarh, India (Former Professor at SIMS) was the Chief Guest for the session. Ms. Rashi Anand, Director – HR in KPIT alumnus of PGDMA 2003 batch and Ms. Garima Sangwan, HR in Propalms technology, alumnus of MBA 2014 batch shared their experience when they were students at SIMS.
SIMS released a book, The Silver Moments, dedicated to its faculty and staff who have served SIMS during SIMS journey of 25 years. The book is conceptualized, compiled and designed by the Ed Cell, SIMS. In the Second session after lunch, there were activities planned for faculty and staff. During the informal session there were faculty appreciations, followed by students’ cultural programme. There were a couple of fun-games too for them. It was great to see the adventurous side of the Professors and Staff-members.Mr. Bhupendra Singh Rathore, alumnus of PGDBA programme shared his life journey with students.
Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS) celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on 25th of August 217 and visarjan was done on 26th of August 2017.Ganesh Chaturthi, marking the birth of Lord Ganesha, is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. The idol of Lord Ganesha is brought to the place of worship in a huge procession with a lot of pomp and ceremony. Ganesh Chaturthi is often celebrated in social circles or homes. It dates back to the Pre Independence era when Balgangadhar Tilak started Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav in Maharashtra to promote unity. Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on 25th of August 2017.
SIMS is a second home to 600+ students and all of them come together to celebrate this auspicious moment. The celebrations began at 10AM with the arrival of the Shrimant Morya Vaadyapathak mandali which had drummers of all ages. Watching the children perform with such gusto and devotion was quite a sight. The entire campus had dressed up for the occasion in Marathmoli sarees and Fetas.The rains welcomed the procession, making the entire atmosphere even more festive. The Ganesha idol was placed on an altar lovingly decorated by the students followed by a puja (prayer) wherein all the faculty, staff and student managers payed their respects. The day was concluded with Rangoli, mehndi making and a variety of other activities. The entire event wad specially curated for the students and by the students. The students witnessed chanting of “Atharva Shirsha” in the evening which added to the sanctity of the festival.The following day an eloborate arti in the morning was followed by visarjan in the evening in Aundh, Pune where the devotees bid Him adeiu with the famous phrase “Pudhlya Varshi Lavkar Ya” (Come soon next year)Write-up Courtesy: Nidhi Gopal, MBA Batch 2017-2019, SIMS
Picture Courtesy: Joshua Fernandez
The Special Award Distribution ceremony for batch of 2014-16 and batch of 2015-17 was organized at SIMS. The programme is organized every year to award and celebrate achievement of excellence, which is a never ending endeavour for a student and the teacher alike. SIMS has a system of rewarding meritorious students who have performed superlatively during the year not only on the academic front but also in other aspects like research, discipline, general proficiency and extra-curricular activities.
The Chief Guest for the day was Mr. Anant Deshpande, distinguished Alumnus of SIMS. He is the Collaboration Sales Leader – Enterprise and Public Sector at Cisco Systems (Mumbai). SIMS conferred the award of SIMS Distinguished alumnus of the year award to Mr. Anant Deshpande for his recognition and contribution. The guest of honour for the day is Mr. Mohit Bedi, who is an alumnus of 1998-2000 batch. He is currently working as VP and Head- consumer card products, Axis Bank. In recognition of his association and contributions, SIMS is conferring the award of Alumnus of the Year to Mr. Mohit Bedi.
On the special occasion of Women’s Day (8th March 2017) the Women’s Cell of SIMS acknowledged and appreciated the hard work of the female housekeeping staff, security guards and Faculty. The Cell started the proceedings for the day by organizing a movie show for the Female housekeeping staff and guards at E Square, which was followed by Special Lunch at the premises. For the Faculty, the Cell organized the Cake cutting ceremony, High Tea and Games in Chanakya. The occasion was graced by Director Sir and Ganesha-idols were presented to male and female faculty.
Another Gift Distribution Ceremony for the Male Guards and Housekeeping Staff was alsoorganized. The gift distribution was done by Director Sir.
The Certificates Distribution Ceremony and Farewell of MBA Batch 2015-17 was held on March 6, 2017. Students were given certificates for various extra-curricular activities that they had taken part in and had brought laurels to the Institute.
SIMS BALL 2017 was thought of by Events Cell to make the farewell of Batch 2015-17 a memorable one.
Please find the link to the FAREWELL VIDEO FOR BATCH 2015-17.
A Student Development Program on “SIMULATED STOCK MARKET WORSHOP” was successfully organized on 6 th March, 2017. It was well received by all finance & non finance students for its Knowledgeable, Interactive, & Entertaining exercise.
In this simulation, participants took part in stock trading. The stocks being offered are from BSE Sensex 30 companies. The portfolio given to each team was a combination of Shares and Virtual cash of the companies across different sectors. Participants were required to watch the market prices and buy shares with the trigger of news flash, which was displayed at intervals. This gave an idea to the students regarding trading and how stock market works. The event was well received by the participants through knowledge enrichment in understanding the terminology used by the players in the stock market. It enabled the participant to understand the workings and operations of stock market through evaluating the portfolio construction and analysis.
Beyond classrooms! Outside the mundane box where books and theories govern the rules, where rote and logic synergise to leave you bewildered, there lies an environment alive and real, fraught with the elements! The elements of business: Money, Men and Managers! Their interplay: how the market moves; how teams realise goals; how failures are turned into opportunities! The genesis of the curriculum at SIMS in the 25 years gone by has been an amalgam of just that – training efficient managers and nurturing good human beings!
While Oxford and Harvard paved our passage through the 19th & 20th century and beyond it is their newer avatars that now wield the baton. Resultantly newer centres of excellence are emerging. The strength of these centres is manifested in how their alumni contribute to their respective domains. Founded on principles of nobility and universal good, Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies traces its origins back to one man's dream which took shape in 1971. With the motto, 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' – World is One Family, the institute embarked on its mission and has given the industry individuals who have been harbingers of discipline, responsibility, innovation and application! These ideals are imbibed into the alumni through a meticulously planned, ably structured and socially responsible curriculum thus living up to its vision of ‘Promoting international understanding through quality education.’ Here we stand commemorating 25 years of how this institution carves neophytes into able and efficient managers.
The Foundation Week of SIMS started on a noble front with the college paying homage to the Armed Forces with its event ‘Letters to the Military’. With post cards capturing their emotions, students and faculty came together to express their gratitude to the soldiers for their selfless service to the Nation. ‘Division Wars’, centred around testing how the students would collaborate and work together when confronted with a difficult situation. The different specialisations of Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, and Operations got together for a face-off through a series of games designed to test the teams across different attributes. The week also saw a range of activities that gave the students a chance to step out of the disciplined corporate environment of the college. Breaking the Monday blues, No-Shave- Casual Monday allowed the students to ditch those Business suits and ‘ease it up’ with a pair of Jeans and t-shirts. Events such as Mad Night and Cultural Gali induced an element of fun and frolic with music, art and dance to supplement the vibrant ambience. “The idea of Cultural Gali sprung from a love for Street food that all of us share! The students wanted to create a traditional set-up with vendors offering a wide range of delicacies.” says Krishna, sharing her experience of organising the Cultural Gali.
Twenty Fifth Foundation Day Ceremony of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies took place on 8th of February 2017 at its own campus. The ceremony was presided over by the Chancellor of SIU and Founder of Symbiosis Society, Dr. S.B. Mujumdar; Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rajani Gupte; Principal Director, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar; Guest of Honor, Dr. (Col.) A. Balasubramanian (Founder of SIMS) and Chief Guest; Lt. Gen. Raymond Joseph Noronha. Senior Alumni, Members from SIU and Symbiosis Society, Managing Committee, Standing Committee, Ex- members (staff and faculty) of SIMS also attended the Silver Jubilee Ceremony including the present faculty, staff and students.
On the day, SIMS also recognized and felicitated Dr. (Col.) A Balasubramanian, who came up with the idea of starting an institute solely for Defence Personnel and their Dependents. SIMS also felicitated Former Directors-Mr. Ranjeet Mudholkar; Prof. David S. Kadam; Brig. H. Chukerbuti, Standing Committee Member, Lt. Gen. Moti Dar and Late Dr. Ashwini Purandare, who helped SIMS in shaping the way it is today.
A movie on SIMS illustrious existence, titled “The Silver Saga” was shown on this occasion. "The Silver Chronicles", which is the coffee table book of SIMS, was also released on this day. The book showcases the glorious history of SIMS over these twenty five years.
Sur, the music club, brought in melody and left the audience humming to their beats which was soon followed by a contemporary performance by Vibes depicting the vices that plague mankind and how one can overcome them. All were captivated by the actors of AKS who explored the dynamics of the relationship between a soldier and his son.
The informal event began with the Faculty games which allowed the staff to unwind through a series of fun activities. With the intention of creating a buzz akin to the Oscars, the Awards night highlighted the achievements of certain students who kindle energy and vitality in the batch!
The Foundation Week activities were truly a concise compilation of the ethos of SIMS: a judicious mix of fun and formal, of cerebral and cultural, of tradition and technology! SIMS is moving steadily with rigour and deftness, on the path of management education to
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The Silver Chronicles
Celebration of the 67 th Republic Day
26th January 2017, marked the 67th Republic Day of India. As is the tradition in SIMS, all students of the senior and junior batches congregated under the clear morning sky for flag hoisting which was accompanied by a mellifluous rendition of Vande Mataram by the music club- Sur. Following this, the SIMS’ Director made an opening speech and listed out laudable individual as well club and cell achievements.
The event also showcased the second issue of Editorial and Media Relations' biannual video- Wayfare, which encapsulates all noticeable accomplishments of the institute and students. The Director was appreciative of the efforts of all students and encouraged them to strive for more as the ceremony came to a close.
Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, (SIMS) held its Annual International Research Conference, SIMSARC16 on the theme – “Make in India- Opportunities and Challenges” on 15-16 December, 2016. The theme, “Make in India”, was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to encourage multinational as well as domestic enterprises to manufacture in India and this move presents a plethora of opportunities but it comes with a host of challenges as well. Mr. Neeraj Kulshrestha, Chief of Business Operations, BSE Ltd was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function of the conference. He stressed upon as to how the job creation is the need of hour in order to “Make in India” to succeed.
Bloomberg Olympiad 2016 was held during TAPMI’s Finance Forum’s flagship event, “Finomenal 2016” on October 14 & 15, 2016. The aim of this unique event in collaboration with Bloomberg LP, was to test Bloomberg Champions from premier B-Schools across a wide range of competitive rounds which included their knowledge of the Bloomberg Terminal and their ability to translate the capabilities of the Terminal in its implementation into practical Financial activities. The second edition of the Bloomberg Olympiad witnessed Bloomberg Champions from across ten of India’s premier B-Schools such as IIT-Kharagpur, Great Lakes, N L Dalmia and others taking part in it. SIMS, Pune came overall first in the first three rounds on Day 1, and emerged as Runner Up for the whole event of Bloomberg Olympiad 2016.
SIMS Batch of 2003-05 proposed sponsoring a Sports Olympiad in the memory of two of their dear, revered and loved batchmates, Late Nitin Deshpande and Late Jaswinder Nandal. It has now been named “Deshpande & Nandal Sports Olympiad”. SIMS was honoured to have the inauguration of the event on 3rd Aug at the hands Mrs Bhakti Deshpande (wife of Late Nitin Deshpande) and her young son. Mr Tushar Gaikwad of batch 2003-05, Mr Yayati Zende of batch 2004-06 and Ms Aishwarya Gupta of batch 2014-16 attended the inaugural ceremony.
The Sports Olympiad comprises of 14 disciplines ranging from football, basketball, volleyball, swimming to mini marathon, physical fitness, carom, chess and table tennis for its students. The aim and purpose is to encourage sports, develop team spirit, inculcate physical fitness and give opportunity to every student to play atleast one sport.
We thank SIMS batch of 2003-05 for sponsoring the Sports Olympiad which will be a yearly feature and are sanguine that physical fitness and sports culture will improve in SIMS.
On the august occasion of our country’s 70th Independence Day, we at Pranay invited 120 children from Tara Mobile Crèche to our campus. A drawing competition was organized for them where we witnessed each and every child unleash their creative side. From the very colorful landscapes to Independence Day celebrations, they covered it all. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony and a sumptuous lunch. Our very own Aks and Vibes teams performed to entertain the kids and tickle their funny bones. The result of the competition was declared where the top three Picasso Juniors were given prizes. After a string of fun activities it was time for good byes; sseeing them clutching their goody bags and waving back at us happily is what truly made our day.
This event would not have been possible without the support of our Director, Dr. Brig. Rajiv Divekar (Retd.), our faculty – in – charge Prof. Dr. Pradnya Chitrao and the SIMS family.
As a heartfelt and a solemn gesture to thank our diligent security team, housekeeping and mess staff for their devout services, the Women’s cell of SIMS organised a Raksha-bandhan function where gifts and sweets were distributed to the entire staff. The cell members including few female student managers from the rest of the batch, wishfully tied rakhi to the male staff to thank them for all the hard work that they do.
Our stress busters at college, the two most lovable, playful and energetic creatures “Franc” and “Ruble” were also tied rakhi by the female student managers.
Our Director, Retd. Brig. Divekar sir graced the occasion with his presence. The whole function was covered by the Editorial and media relations cell.
SIMS, Pune is a top tier Management institute which is part of the prestigious Symbiosis International University. SIMS has been consistently ranked amongst the top 25 MBA institutes and we are proud of the fact that we are ISO 9001:2008 certified and the only one which is recognized by National Foundation for Corporate Governance by setting up Corporate Governance cell in SIMS.
We run 2 years MBA course of 300 students, Executive PGPM for middle level executives and part time MBA and PG Diploma courses. In each of these courses meritorious students in the field of academics, sports, and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are felicitated and awarded prizes in a special function called ‘Special Awards Function’. This year special awards function was scheduled on 23rd March 2016.
As part of the tradition, we invite a Corporate luminary as the Chief Guest to the Special awards function. This gives an opportunity to the students of the passed out batch to interact as also get some valuable advice which will help them in the career path and stand them in good in future.
The inaugural ceremony of the 23rd batch of the Master of Business Administration degree programme and the Post Graduate Programme in Management Programme batch was held on 06th June 2015 at the SIMS auditorium in the institute campus. Dr. S. B Mujumdar, founder and President of Symbiosis, honourable Chancellor of Symbiosis International University,Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director , Symbiosis Society and Dr Rajani Gupte, Vice-Chancellor of Symbiosis International University graced the occasion with their presence. As is the tradition, an eminent corporate personality was invited as the Chief Guest, Dr Prince Augustin, Vice-President Group Human Capital and Leadership Development of the Mahindra group. The ceremony, attended by student managers and their parents began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and the Director of the Institute Brig Rajiv Divekar (Retd.). The Director welcomed the batch to the institute with words of inspiration and motivation to excel. This was followed by speeches from Dr Rajani Gupte, Dr Vidya Yeravdekar and Dr SB Mujumdar.The ceremony ended with the Vote of Thanks given by Dr Ravinder Kaur (HOD Academics, HOD Alumni cell and the Orientation programme faculty in-charge at SIMS) for a successful inauguration ceremony.
The 360 Degree Team of SIMS, organized a talk on ‘Building Self Confidence and Integration: The Key to become an Effective Leader’ which was given by Mr. Neville Lobo, VP, Corporate HR and L&T Leadership Director.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on June 29, 2015.
SIMS holds The Special Award Ceremony each year to award and celebrate achievement of excellence, which is a never ending endeavour for a student and the teacher alike. At SIMS, we have a system of rewarding the outstanding students who had brought laurels to the institute in the tenure of Three Academic years. This includes appreciating the students for their excellence in various disciplines like the academics, discipline, general proficiency, and extra-curricular activities.
This year SIMS MUN saw delegates from various B-Schools participate in large numbers. The committee in motion was UNFCCC.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on June 29, 2015.
In accordance with our Prime Minister’s initiative, the student managers also took part in the SwachataAbhiyaan.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on June 29, 2015.
Amit Patro secured the runners-up position in the B-Plan competition at NMIMS, Mumbai.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on March 29, 2015.
Pradyut Hande and Ramesh Pradhan secured third position in the Business Quiz Competition – Les Quizerables – at MIT SOM, Pune’s annual managerial fest; Mpower, 2015.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 28, 2015.
Jaideep Singh, Saamarth Bali, Narayan Arora and Vivek Sharma won the Bluff Master (Strategy Event) organised by SCIT Graffiti 15?.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 20, 2015.
Aditi Bhatt and KR Shyam secured 2nd Position in the Flagship B-Plan event of SDMIMD, MysoreThis news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 20, 2015.
Prannav Sood,Satish Tejankar, Kushal Mendiratta, Prabhu Dass begged the First position in the flagship event- ‘ADVITYA’ , held at SCIT’s Annual fest ‘GRAFFITI-2015?This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 19, 2015.
Anil Ummat and his Team won 5 a side football tournament in the fest of Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies “Sympulse 2015?This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 19, 2015.
Amit Agarwal, an alumnus of Batch 2005-2007 won a Gold medal for the Best Innovative Product among all the exhibitors at the Indian International Trade Fair held in Nov 2014 at New Delhi.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 18, 2015.
Atin Govil secured runner’s up position in the event ‘Just A Minute’ organized by, Pune University’s annual fest; Dhruv, 2015This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 16, 2015.
Pradyut Hande wrote a Research Paper titled “A Comparative Study on Factors Shaping Buying Behaviour on B2B and B2C e-commerce Platforms in India which has been selected for publication by Zenith Research in their March, 2015 edition.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on February 15, 2015.
Atish Clifton & Mahesh Pillai stood Second in the Business Quiz Competition – Les Quizerables – at MIT SOM, Pune’s annual managerial fest; Mpower, 2015.
Amit Agarwal, an alumnus of Batch 2005-2007 won a Gold medal for the Best Innovative Product among all the exhibitors at the Indian International Trade Fair held in Nov 2014 at New Delhi.
Pushpanjali Mitra wrote an article “ECB’s monetary injection: yet another Quantitative Easing stimulus” which is being published in ‘zamorins’ bazaar’ magazine of IIM Kozhikode.
Mr. Vinay Tomar was crowned “Mr Symbi Fit”. beating 1200 male contestants from Symbiosis and other colleges
Vivek Sharma, Jaideep Singh, Narayan Arora and Dhruv Tandon won the Runners-Up trophy in My Business My Plan competition of YUKTI’15 of Pune University MBA.
Ramesh Chandra Pradhan and Pradyut Hande won the Sports Quiz organised by Pune University’s annual fest; Dhruv, 2015.
Ishaan Sharma,Arshia Singh & Nishant Sirari won the marketing flagship event BIZWHIZ of IBS Hyderabad
Jerin George, Atish Clifton, Aditi Sharma, Bhupesh Dwivedi and Atin Govil won the “Markatti” competition of the Department of Management Studies, Pune University’s annual fest.
The theme of Ingenio’14 was specially chosen for all the student managers who are anxiously awaiting placements and are unsure about what an interviewer is looking for in a candidate.
SIMS Girls Volleyball team won SSE Volleyball Tournament held at Symbiosis campus Vimannagar while Boys Volleyball Team was runners-up in their category.
Ambika Sharma and Madhur Uppal begged the second place SIIB B School Ingnisense’s Halosphere event beating the particiapnts from SIBM, Welingkar, SCMHRD.
SIMS Squash Team won the SIU Squash Championship.
Madhur Uppal won the “Best Manager” event competition in the Annual Fest of PUMBA 2015.
Ishaan Sharma, Arshia Singh, Nishant Sirari were declared the First Runners Up place in IBS Hyderabad Flagship event B-plan competition Renaissance as part of their annual Fest Trishna
Chandeep Singh, an alumus of SIMS, has been listed in the LIMCA Book of Records for creating a record as the very first civilian in India to obtain the USPA A license in freefall and skydiving
Jaideep won Inquisition 2.0, an online quizzing event conducted by iSMaRT under the banner of Transcend 2015 (SIBM Pune’s annual cultural extravaganza)
Rakesh Kumar has been awarded the prestigious JP Morgan Chase Scholarship’14 of INR 1 Lakh.
Sriju Nair has been awarded the Consolation prize (Sales and Marketing) and Atish Bakhru has been awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for being the “Top 21? of E4- Intercollegiate Summer Trainee Awards 2014( India Region).
In accordance with our Prime Minister’s initiative, the student managers also took part in the SwachataAbhiyaan. The campaign involved the student managers cleaning the campus and its vicinity. With great zeal and enthusiasm the students took part in the campaign under the guidance of Diector Sir and Deputy Director Sir, making the campaign a success.
Pradyut Hande wrote a research paper titled “Mobile Banking – The Future of the Indian Telecom Sector” which has been selected for publication in ZENITH INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT RESEARCH’s (ISSN: 2249-8826) November, 2014 edition
Amit Patro won the Pitch Perfect competition during the SIMS National Alumni Meet 2014.
Pushpanjali Mitra wrote an article on, “ANALYSIS OF THE REASONS BEHIND RAGHURAM RAJAN’S SOUNDING ALARM ON ANOTHER BUBBLE” which has been published in the September edition of IBS Hyderabad’s monthly newsletter
Surjit Roy’s CPS has been selected by Tata Motors for their RMAI Case Study book.This news entry was posted on eventsatsims on October 17, 2014.
Pushpanjali Mitra wrote an article on, “ANALYSIS OF THE REASONS BEHIND RAGHURAM RAJAN’S SOUNDING ALARM ON ANOTHER BUBBLE” which has been published in the September edition of IBS Hyderabad’s monthly newsletter
Gaurav Nayal has successfully completed CSM (Certified Scrum Master) which is a certification awarded by The Scrum Alliance, USA for mastering the functioning of Agile process management.