The 11th batch of students (2017-19) joined MITSOT on Saturday, 10th June 2017 and the traditional Induction Day programme was held in the presence of senior Industry leaders & experts from across sectors at the Swami Vivekanand Auditorium at the MIT Kothrud Campus, Pune.
Mr. Sunil Khanna, President & MD, Emerson Network Power India was the Chief Guest while Mr. Nandadeep Pandharkar, Head – 1298 India, Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd.; Mr. Kapil Iyer, General Manager – Marketing, Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Ms. Renuka Krishna, Ex. Assoc. Vice President – Talent Acquisition, KPIT Technologies Ltd. were the Special Guests of Honor on the occasion.
Dr. Milind Pande, Project Director, MITSOT delivered the Welcome Address. In his brief speech, Dr. Pande highlighted the salient features of MITSOT & MIT Group of Institutions for the benefit of the Parents & new students. He shared the vision of the Founder President, Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad that one day, in the near future, MIT will produce atleast one Noble Laureate. Dr. Pande also congratulated the new batch and termed them as the ‘Golden Batch’ since they have joined the Institute at a time when the MIT Kothrud Campus has just been notified, vide the recent Government of Maharashtra notification, as Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad MIT World Peace University.
He also informed the audience that MITSOT is scaling newer heights which could be witnessed from being ranked amongst TOP 50 Management Institutes in the country as per the recent National Institutional Ranking Framework 2017 (NIRF 2017) constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. In fact, MITSOT is one of the only two institutions from Pune who featured in this list, he added.
Mr. Sunil Khanna, President & MD, Emerson Network Power India in his address as the Chief Guest lauded MIT for its focus on value based education, which he felt, was the need of the hour. He said that he is a firm believer in the concept of a strong Industry-Academia Interface and that he practices it diligently by visiting atleast one college every month to interact with the students on different subjects. He highlighted the importance of Innovation, Creativity, Connected World etc. and shared Steve Jobs mantra of Innovation being the key differentiator between leaders & followers.
Mr. Kapil Iyer, General Manager – Marketing, Tata Teleservices shared some of his experiences and how it is important to learn from your mistakes as well so that they are not repeated again. Curiosity, Experiment & Fear of Failure – these were the mantras that he shared with the students, which he had followed in his career and stressed how relevant it is to be curious in order to question and learn new things. Experiment new ideas, concepts without the Fear of Failure will make you stronger and strengthen your decision making skills too, he added.
Mr. Nandadeep Pandharkar, Head – 1298 India, Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd. too focused on inculcating the right attitude and that this is the right time to think differently. Addressing the parents, he told them to take their children more positively and develop a healthy interactive relationship with their children which will reap rich dividends in the times to come. And to the students, he added that they will need to be ever-ready to face new challenges as they are now living in a challenging times and they will always be ready on their toes in whatever they do.
Ms. Renuka Krishna, Ex. Assoc. Vice President – Talent Acquisition, KPIT Technologies Ltd. told the students to identify a purpose in their life and act accordingly. She said that it was imperative for them to excel in whatever they do but excel at it and not remain average. Everyone should strive to excel as per their capabilities and rise above being average as the rest. She told them to Dream and Dream BIG, Fly Off… Because unless you dream, you will have no target or ambition to achieve your dreams. She also told the students to identify Mentors & Role Models and try to emulate them and learn from their mistakes as well as their positive traits. She said that it is a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) that we are all now living now and we will need to be better than the best in order to excel in life.
Prof. Suhrud Neurgaonkar, Head – Student Section, MITSOT presented the Vote of Thanks. This programme was followed by a separation interaction by the Project Director with the Parents and the students’ introduction to their faculties & their specialization.