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9th Annual Convocation Ceremony of MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT) for the Batch (2015-17)

The 9th Annual Convocation Ceremony of MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT), for the Batch: 2015-17 students, was held at Sant Dnyaneshwara Hall, MIT College Campus, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune on 9th September 2017.Dr. Milind Pande, Project Director, MITOST welcomed the guest and highlighted the various achievements like MITSOT being ranked amongst top 50 b Schools in NIRF ranking by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, brand ambassadorship of Digital India, Outstanding Placements and recent developments at the Institution.The chief Guest Mr. Himanshu Goel, MD, Syniverse(India Middle East & Africa ) complimented MITSOT for its great achievements. He appealed the students to have an open mind, imagination and being ambitious. He underlined that the students are fortunate and are privileged to be in the Telecom Sector. He concluded the speech with simple message that student should have self-belief and follow their passion.Mr. Mr. Kalpan Desai, VP HR, Janalakshmi Financial Services, Maharashtra,  the guest of honour shared his words of wisdom and showed the willingness to help the young minds. He highlighted the opportunities in digital world, staggering data consumption and evolution of connected Intelligence.Mr. Vivek Golani, Regional Director -West, Spice Digital Ltd complimented for its various achievements. He reinforced the importance of continuous learning, dignity in work, discovering the virtues and challenging oneself.Dr. Vishwanath D Karad, Founder- President and Director General, MAEER’s MIT Pune, presided over the ceremony. He first of all congratulated the parents, awardees and all the post-graduating students. He reminded that the words of Swami Vivekananda will be realised in the 21st Century and India will be emerge as the Knowledge corridor of the world. This will be the century of mother India. He also said that religion is nothing but performing one’s duties. Religion is simply a way of life. The whole universe is the manifestation of pure intelligence and pure consciousness. He concluded that Union of Science and Spirituality alone will bring peace to the mankind. Dr. Karad dwelled upon the need for research on understanding networking and chemistry of minds. He urged the students to be physically fit, mentally alert, spirituality elevated, and intellectually sharp. The passing out students were blessed by the Founder & Executive President of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, Hon. Dr Vishwanath. D. Karad, in his Presidential Speech.

The ceremony was graced by stalwarts from the Industry, Board of Studies members, Academia and Digital and Print Media besides Alumni participants of MITSOT.

The function was attended by the both visiting and regular faculty members, non-teaching staff & students of the Institution.

The number of students who were awarded Degree Certificates at this convocation was 118. Besides the award of degree at the Institute, students were also awarded various prizes and medals for their meritorious and extracurricular performance. This reciprocal speech was given by Ms. Sayali Dipankar, Ms. Priyamvada Chauhan, Ms. Shruti Shrivastava and Mr. Lucky Wadhwani.

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Mr. Anand Munshi’s Invited Talk on “Paradigms for Peak Performance”

MIT School of Telecom management (MTSOT) Pune organized an invited talk by Mr. Anand Munshi on 9th of September 2017 for the students of Batch 2017-19.Profile of Mr. Anand Munshi – Anand Munshi is a mechanical engineer who pursued his management education in computer science and finance specialization. Further he also had his future education with MIT in e-commerce and programming. He is a Futurist, Management Thinker and Success Coach having more than 15 years of experience in Strategic Consulting for internationally reputed Telecom & Financial Institutes. He is Peak Performance Author & Corporate Coach with focus on Thought Leadership & Business Transformation. He consults US Fortune 500 & British MNCs to develop mind-set for excellence. His Engaging & Thought Provoking Modules are designed based on years of research on Fundamental Success Principles of Employee Engagement and Empowerment to bring Sustainable & Meaningful Competitive Edge. He reaches over 20 million readers everyday with his Life-Coach Columns. At present he works as FOUNDER & DIRECTOR at Paradigms for Peak Performance, Melbourne. Australia. He has traveled all across the globe as a speaker, thought leader corporate coach business consultant and peak performance expert. His areas of expertise are employee engagement, leaders’ empowerment and organizational transformation. He is India’s most searched Motivational Speaker & Corporate Coach in Google in 2016. He is the only Indian author who incorporated Peak Performance with Personal Effectiveness & Business Transformation. He has written 5 books and speaks 4 languages. He contributes to academia by conducting workshops on 7 modules titled Personal Effectiveness, Lateral Leadership, Employee Engagement & Empowerment, Customer Centricity, Sales Business Transformation, and Innovation & Competitive Edge. These modules are developed after 20 years of international research and competitive intelligence.Summary of a talk on “Paradigms for Peak Performance”Mr. Munshi addressed a gathering of more than 120 students of MITSOT (Batch-2017-19) at seminar hall on a theme titled ‘Paradigms for Peak Performance’ from 10:45am- 12.45pm. Prof. Sangeeta Dokey welcomed him for the session and introduced him to the audience. In his address Mr. Munshi emphasized on various aspects related to self-management for improving individual’s own performance. According to him it is the sense of meaningful incompleteness that leads to peak performance. Further he also mentioned that individuals’ having better control on their own actions are leading the world. He appealed all the tsudents that at this stage of Post-graduation they should start taking their own decisions and also taking the responsibility of their own decisions.   He emphasized that habits like being decisive and being in present are the keys for being peak performer. According to him fixing error on time, less dependence on technology as well individuals and not giving excuses are the essentials to be a peak performer. He added that VUCA-volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are the characteristics of the future. He justified that great readers are great leaders. He mentioned that adapting the changes, dealing with complexities and addressing the competition would be the challenges for future. He asked students not to get trapped by fear of failure, poor self-image and negative conditioning as future is not leap of logic it’s leap of faith. All students enjoyed the session very much .The session was concluded by Ms. Saloni Saxena who proposed vote of thanks.

Dr. Nitin Parab’s Invited Talk on Think Tomorrow -“Future Enterprise”

MIT School of Telecom management (MTSOT) Pune organized an invited talk by Dr. Nitin Parab on 1st of September 2017 for the marketing and finance students of Batch 2016-18.

Profile of Dr. Nitin Parab

Dr. Nitin is an author-strategist-evangelist. He is presently associated with Crosslink International as a founder and CEO and also the India Head for SRE- USA. He is global advisor at Adroit – Mexico- India Trade and Business and a project director at I-Watch-NGO. He is also associated with Navkar Skills Training as an advisor. Dr. Parab was also with Sakal Infotek and Sakal Printers as a Chief Operating Officer and with Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture as Chairman- MSME Council.  Dr. Parab was also associated with Indo American Society as Chairman and Editor- Publications. Dr. Parab authored 3 books till now and one more in the process of publication. Other than the books Dr. Parab holds scholarly publications presented at various conferences and symposiums. He is a coach, mentor and regular column writer for newspapers.

Summary of a talk on “Future Enterprise”

Dr. Parab addressed a gathering of more than 50 students of MITSOT at seminar hall on a theme titled Think Tomorrow -‘Future Enterprise’ from 10:45am- 12.45pm. Prof. Sangeeta Dokey welcomed him for the session and introduced him to the audience.

To begin with, Dr. Parab selected two boys and 2 girl student to know the view on what they think about tomorrow’s Business Context ,  The  students expressed their view about tomorrow and what would they like to focus on . In his address Dr. Parab emphasized on the 3 key aspects in context of future organizations. According to him these are the 3 E’s which future organizations looking for. He justified that Energy, Economics and Enterprise would be pillars of the future. He enforced on the fact that material, mental, emotional and spiritual energy are the various forms of energy which offers competitive advantage in the drastically changing environment. The constantly changing environment is going to offer three choices to the job seekers. These are Sink- because of lack of knowledge, Swim-with little knowledge and Surf- with enhancing learning attitude. In order to elaborate these perspective he shared his experiential learning with the audience. According to him, future enterprises would be small in size and would believe in collaborations and value creation. These organizations would be game changer and overshadow the ruling ones. Therefore, according to him in order to be a part of such organizations the job seekers must know the process and stages of transformation.

Dr. Parab also spoke about inside view of the future enterprise, characteristics of future employees and characteristics of future manager. He provided a systematic approach for the future organizations that focuses on LURE i.e. Learn, Unlearn, Re-learn and experience.  In order to justify his thought process he quoted relevant examples of the world’s renowned organizations to name a few Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, and Redbus. He highlighted the importance of continuous learning in the context of entrepreneurship. He concluded the session by mentioning a case emphasizing on Akshay Kumar.

The session was formally concluded by the Deputy GS of student cabinet, Mr. Aman Mohgaonkar who proposed the vote of thanks.

An Industrial Visit to Reliance Jio

Industrial visit was carried out at Reliance Jio on 17th August, 2017 especially for MBA System semester III student. The main objective behind the visit was to make student aware about how various activities related to telecom industries are carried out and give them feel of managers as soon as they start there new course work. I along with Mr. Bharat and 28 students left for visit at 6.30 a.m. and took about three hour to cover the distance. The company is located at Ghansoli in Mumbai city.After reaching at Jio office , we were welcomed and guided by Dr. Munir Sayyed (Head Innovations).  The orientation of company, was given by heads of individual department regarding launching and practicing of new technology.  Digital Smart Home appliances were the best innovations which were built inside the company itself that works on LTE technology and operated with mobile phones.  They also explained technicalities, development and future of their new technologies.

I along with student would like to extend our gratitude to company for permission and support they gave to make our visit a success with accomplishment of objective and our director Dr. Milind Pande for arranging this visit for our student.

Industrial visit to Indus Towers,Pune

Management is all about practical implications of the theoretical concepts. In regards to this we students of MBA System, III Semester visited ‘Indus Towers Limited’ which is India’s largest telecom tower company. This visit was organized by “MITSOT” on 21st August 2017 and accompanied by the faculty coordinators (Dr. Nutan Nigade, Ms Dipti Mandke).The group of students along with faculty members reached the warehouse by 11am. After giving the briefing of the rules and guidelines to be followed, the students were taken to the actual plant.An introductory session was conducted by Mr. Ashwin Tikale( Telecom System Head) Who provided us very useful information about  5 pillars of Indus towers

  • Excellence, Integrity, Team work, Environment care (to reduce use of diesel as their power back) and Safety (safety shoes /helmets for all the employees are compulsory).

Mentioned about various alarms on site which are maintained through software solutions and also the working of Vodafone BTS. The overall experience was worth learning which expanded our knowledge and provided hands on experience of the telecom tower site. We felicitated Mr Ashwin Tikale & thanked him at the end of Visit.

Industrial Visit Tata Communication Ltd (TCL)

Being located in one of the densest industrialized belts of the country has its own perks and MITSOT misses no opportunity to make the most of it. The plant visit to Tata Communication Ltd Dighi, Pune, marked the second industrial tour of the MBA 2017-19 batch of MITSOT pune. It started with the screening of a virtual tour of a satellite communication and an overview of the telecom industry.

Mr Shriram Kodulkar along with Mr Ashish Gupta, explained about INMARSAT (International Maritime Satellite Organisation), which operates a constellation of geo-stationary satellites and designed to extend phone, fax and data communications all over the world.Network Operating Center(NOC) section elaborates transmission and  distribution of  the data through the cables of different capacity.

TCL also serving as a disaster recovery facility for enterprises that are present in other key business centers across India or nearby countries. Students also experienced how to make ISD call using INMARSAT.

We felicitated Mr Ashish Gupta, Manager – Tata Communications & thanked him at the end of Visit. Mr Rahul Patil was guiding students in this visit.

Condolence Meeting of Mr. Bipul Raj (Batch 2017-19)

It was a sad moment for the Team MITSOT (Hon. Executive Director, Hon. Project Director, Faculty members, Staff and Students) to hold a condolence meet on the occasion of accidental demise of Mr. Bipul Raj (One of students from batch 2017-19). This meeting happened on 31st August 2017. The meet began with speeches by the faculty members and students of MITSOT who expressed their feelings towards Mr. Bipul. The series of speeches began with a speech by Prof. Suhrudh who appealed students to take care of their precious life. Prof. Shashank continued on the same note and highlighted importance of following rules and regulations enforced by the law and organization. Further, Prof. Amit Sinha and Mr. Rishabh conveyed their feeling about the incident. Ms. Avani nad Mr. Vipul shared their sentiments and their experiences they had with Mr. Bipul

Dr. S. N. Pathan who was present on this occasion advised students to take life seriously and not to get carried away by the experience called as thrill at the cost of their lives. Dr. Pande (Hon. Project Director MITSOT) prayed to almighty for Mr. Bipul’s soul.

Everybody assembled for the meet observed two minutes silence as a respect for Mr. Bipul.

Dr. Suresh Borkar visited MITSOT from 5th August to 12th August.

Dr. Borkar  is a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago. He is President of Telek Solutions, a knowledge share company, and also a Senior Principal Investigator with Roberson and Associates, a technology and management company based in Chicago.He conducted formal classes with PGDM Systems Senior batch on “Career Management in ICT “from 5th August to 11th August. The deliberations emphasized on the current trends and practices of ICT utilization further the lecture has also covered the career prospects related to ICT.  The key aspect of the session was also emphasizing on leveraging differentiation and competitive advantage through ICT. The traditional career model was introduced first. The current emphasis on silo developments with platform based solutions is covered and the associated roles and responsibilities from testing to customer management are identified. Soft skills, e.g., teamwork, decision making, and the imperative of being solutions oriented are emphasized. In the coming future, the need for multi-disciplinary solutions based on thematic approach to meet the requirements for smart City applications are discussed. He also gave some insights on IoT solution requiring skills in areas of massive data crunching and operating in collaborative global teams.On 11th August he conducted an MDP session for Industry Delegates on “Artificial Intelligence – The Growth Engine”. It was very much appreciated by the Industry delegates because of its novel and relevant content with special reference to the given Industry context.

On 12th August he addresses the PGDM Junior Systems batch on New Telecom Technologies.

Management Development Programme (MDP) with Dr. Suresh Borkar, Sr. Faculty Member, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.

MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT), Pune recently organized the 10th edition of its annual initiative i.e. Management Development Programme (MDP) with Dr. Suresh Borkar, Sr. Faculty Member, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. The session this year was scheduled on Friday, 11th August 2017 from 3 pm to 5.30 pm at Hotel Deccan Rendezvous, Apte Road, Pune. Dr. Suresh Borkar, apart from his vast academic experience has also spent relatively long time in the Industry, as Former MD & CTO of Tata Lucent Telecom Joint Venture and Lucent India Inc. The focus of the Interaction was “Artificial Intelligence – The Growth Engine”, a subject which is very much relevant in today’s challenging times.The interaction focused on varied areas such as AI Framework comprising of Services, Architecture & Technology, AI – Utopia or Dystopia and its application in the Indian context. He highlighted that AI is currently used in different industry sectors such as Manufacturing, Logistics, Transportation, Healthcare, Financial Services & e-commerce, Education, Home, Agriculture, Military Systems etc. He also spoke on the Key factors enabling AI which include Internet of Things (IoT), Growth in Big Data and Innovations relying on Computer-based Vision, Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing. He also focused on current AI advances as well as Research Areas and key AI players such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, and Baidu as Users, Platform and Service Providers, and Researchers.In conclusion he also stressed on the areas of concern with relation to AI such as its Impact on Employment, likely domination by two or three large general purpose Cloud-based Commercial Enterprises, much bigger impact in developing economies than in rich ones, the ethical dimension and societal issues, Rights to Privacy and protection of personal data, diminishing interpersonal interaction etc.Around 35+ senior professionals from leading organizations such as Indus Valley Technologies, Indus Towers Ltd., Capgemini Technology Services, Sigma Systems India, Uberall Solutions India, Boston IT Solutions, GTL Ltd., Bhate & Ponkshe and many more as well as faculty members from select Management & Engineering Institutes participated in this Interactive Session.

The overall feedback at the end of the session was that it was a great learning for all those who were present & that these kind of sessions will certainly go a long way in enhancing the continuous engagement between institutions like MITSOT and the Industry.

Earlier, Dr. Milind Pande, Project Director, MITSOT felicitated Dr. Borkar and remarked on his long association with MITSOT over the past many years.

MITSOT Foundation Day Celebration 1st August 2017

It was a privilege for the Team MITSOT (Hon. Executive Director, Hon. Project Director, Faculty members, Staff and Students) to celebrate 10th Foundation Day of MITSOT. This celebration happened on 1st August 2017. The celebration began with a business quiz conducted for the faculty and staff members. This quiz was hosted by Prof. Shashank Diwekar and Prof. Amit Sinha. It was a tough fight for both group A and group B which was finally won by group B. Further, the celebration was continued by revisiting the MITSOT video.Dr. Yogesh Bhalerao (Principal, MIT AOE) attended the celebration as an esteemed guest who shared his experience with MITSOT and his feelings towards Dr. Milind Pande (Hon. Project Director MITSOT). His speech was followed by felicitation of dedicated staff and faculty members. Mr. Arun Patil, Mr. Avinash Patil, Ms. Rekha Phathak, Mr. Shikant and Prof. Rajashri Kadam were felicitated for their dedicated contributions. Prof. Suhrudh, Prof. Jaideep, Mr. Arun Patil and Mr. Avinash Patil shared their feelings about MITSOT.In his brief speech Dr. Milind Pande (Hon. Project Director MITSOT) discussed various aspects related to inception and journey of MITSOT. In his speech he has discussed about prospects and challenges of MITSOT. He mentioned that the united effort of everyone and timely achievements (like NIRF ranking) have helped MITSOT in creating its niche. He also mentioned about his expectations from the MITSOT team and mentioned that the team need to take the organization at new heights.Prof. Divekar was master of ceremony. Prof. Sharayu Patil has taken efforts in making the celebration memorable one. The MITSOT team members captured memories of the ceremony by having snaps with Hon. Project director. Mr. Utkastsh (Systems Student Batch-2017-19) clicked wonderful snaps of the ceremony.

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