Commencement Ceremony is one of the most awaited events in SCMHRD’s calendar. Falling on the last working day of March, traditionally and symbolically, this day celebrates the ‘coming of age’ of the students as they gear up for their corporate lives that lay ahead. It’s on this day, that they officially become a member of the glorious ‘alumni’ community of SCMHRD and get their names etched on its pantheons forever.
This year too, the aspirations were sky high. More so, because the silver jubilee batch of the flagship MBA programme was slated to pass out on this day, duly accompanied by the batch of MBA (IDM), MBA (BA) and MBA (Executive). As a proof of the pudding, these were the first batches to pass out post the coveted AACSB Accreditation of SCMHRD in February, 2020. However, the global pandemic of COVID 19 and the ensuing lockdowns played spoilsport. But the spirits of the SCMHRD clan were never to be bogged down by earthly woes. Team SCMHRD, led by its Director Dr. Pratima Sheorey, burnt the proverbial ‘midnight oil’ and came up with a solution – a virtual commencement ceremony. Adaptability to change being the name of the game, all hands were on deck to ensure a flawless preparation and execution. The result was there for all to see. On the 22nd of April, 2020, SCMHRD conducted its first ever online commencement ceremony for the MBA batch of 2018-20. Followed by the commencement of MBA (IDM), MBA (BA) and MBA (Executive) batches on the 23rd of April, 2020. Also joining on the 23rd of April, were the 27 Afghan students, who too officially completed their MBA on that day.
On the 22nd of April, the commencement ceremony was graced by Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar – Honourable Pro-chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) and Dr. Ramesh Darbha – Vice President, Global Insurance Services, Capgemini. The former logged in from Pune, whereas the latter joined in from Hyderabad. Over 200 students of the batch joined the online ceremony from almost all parts of India. Technology did bring hearts and minds across the country a lot closer that day. Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar was all praises for the outgoing 25th batch of MBA students of SCMHRD for their course completion and 100% placement. She also pat the back (albeit virtually) of team SCMHRD for organizing the ceremony in this fashion. She went on to apprise everyone about the 500 beds, 30 ICU beds, 155 doctors, 250 nurses and over 400 health workers that the Symbiosis University hospital has dedicated towards battling the COVID-19 pandemic. It dawned upon everyone that currently the hospital was treating 186 COVID-19 positive patients and had already discharged 15 fully cured patients.
Guest-of-Honour, Dr. Ramesh Darbha congratulated the outgoing students on their successful completion of MBA. He also congratulated his alma mater – SCMHRD for daring to subvert the paradigm and seeking to engage graduating students virtually on their commencement ceremony. He then went on to stress on the importance of being open to change, harnessing spiritual and emotional quotient for a healthy and better life ahead. He also stressed on being authentic in one’s life and showing gratitude whenever the opportunity arose. Dr. Netra Neelam, Deputy Director proposed a vote of thanks with her poem ‘Show an attitude of gratitude’.
Gracing the ceremony on the second day was Dr. Anita Patankar, Deputy Director – Symbiosis Centre for International Education and Mr. Shantanu Deo, Vice President- Data Science at Credit Suisse. Dr. Anita Patankar shared her experiences with international students especially with the Afghan batch of SCMHRD. She further informed the batch about the activities and efforts undertaken by SCIE in addressing issues of international students. Mr. Shantanu Deo, alumnus of PGDBA batch 2015-16, congratulated the students on this one of its kind Commencement ceremony. He gave insights about changes in technological, economic and human dimensions of business in current unexpected situation. Dr. Netra Neelam proposed a vote of thanks.
On both the days (22nd & 23rd April), the awards for best outgoing students from all batches were announced. The winners received merit certificates through mail on the same day. All the students were awarded with participation certificates and a copy of year book. The entire two-day event was coordinated by Mr. Suhas Ambekar with the support from administrative staff.