Saturday, 30 August 2014

Leadership Development Series - Session 3

GUEST LECTURE BY DR. A VELUMANI, Chairman, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.

The students of Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences’ MBA-HHM programme were privileged to attend a guest lecture by Dr. A. Velumani, Chairman of Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.  Dr. Velumani was the guest speaker at the Induction Programme-2014 for five courses offered by Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences, including M.Sc. Medical Technology and M.Sc. Nursing, at the Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium on August 19, 2014.

Dr. Velumani heads the world’s largest thyroid testing laboratory, which has been “accredited, networked and barcoded,” and has the clever tagline “A brand around a gland.”  The mission and vision of the 2,000-crore organization is to “reach to the common man at an affordable cost,” i.e. provide quality, yet inexpensive, economical thyroid testing at an astonishingly reasonable rate of INR.150/- per test.  There should, however, be no compromise in quality, he stated, for if you do not ensure quality, then customers will not return to you.

Originally a mathematics scholar, Dr. Velumani holds a Master’s degree in Thyroid Biochemistry and a doctorate in Thyroid Pathophysiology.  Although he hails from a small village near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, he had a dream of creating, in Mumbai, a 1,000-crore company centered around the “15-gram” thyroid gland, a concept which he nostalgically displayed through a 20-year-old handwritten transparency, emphasizing the humble beginnings of his organization.  When asked why, as a mathematician, he chose to specialize in only thyroid testing, he replied “Specialization rewards; generalization does not.”

A prolific speaker, he gave a step-by-step account via PowerPoint presentation of the purpose, growth and logistics of his company, stunning his enraptured audience with simple philosophies that he uses in daily living, such as “You can either decide [your future] or discuss[it], but not both,” and “A person who is ready to take risks in life really does not lose anything, but a person who is scared to risk anything will end up losing everything,” which drew hearty applause.

Dr. Velumani endeared himself to the students of MBA-HHM when, with his parting words of “Wish you all the best.  God bless you,” he added that he recruits only “freshers” i.e. graduates with no work experience as he can create dedicated and knowledgeable employees out of them through their hard work, consistency and fresh outlook on life.

From modest beginnings to a multi-crore company that benefits the healthcare industry and the community in general, Dr. A. Velumani is a true inspiration for an eager generation of budding healthcare managers.

Linda E. Fernandez

MBA-HHM (Batch 2014-16)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Leadership Development Series

The second session of Leadership Development Series was held on 23rd August 2014. The thought leader for the session was Mr. Lalit Mistry, Associate Director KPMG India Pvt. Ltd. The session was set in motion with the brief introduction of Mr. Mistry by Dr.Rasesh Mehta, Student, MBA-HHM (2013-2015) batch. Dr.Sammita Jadhav felicitated Mr.Lalit Mistry and Sir was called upon to address the gathering.

Mr. Mistry addressed the student crowd by introducing them to the vertical of Healthcare Consultancy and also briefed about KPMG India Pvt.Ltd. He highlighted on the top global consultancies and detailed about the types, future career prospects and also briefed about job description. It was a very interactive session as he addressed the queries of the students. The session was followed by the Case Study Analysis by the students of MBA-HHM (2013-15) who were divided in groups and were assigned this task and the prize winners were felicitated following the discussion.

The session post lunch concluded with self evaluation and analysis of the students on the group activity held.

Dr.Akhila Nayak,
Symbiosis International University

Thursday, 21 August 2014

‘Leadership Development Series - 2014’

Leaders aren’t born, they are made.”

This statement is being upheld in its truest sense, for the first time in the SIHS campus, in the form of ‘Leadership Development Series 2014’, an initiative by the Placement Team 2014.

The Leadership Development Series is the brainchild of Ms Devika Shetty, Placement Head and her team, which aims at infusing a sense of vision and leadership in the students of MBA batch 2013-2015, at the early stage of our career itself.

The series brings together different stalwarts of the healthcare industry, who have achieved immensely in their field of expertise, to come and share their valuable insights into the reality of the industry with our students. We believe that to endure and flourish in today’s dynamic business environment, it is imperative for young professionals to have the guidance of the leaders from the industry, which will help our students make right decisions and career moves. The focus is to provide an opportunity to students to interact with the leaders from various verticals of healthcare industry to enhance their leadership skills.

The  inaugural session of this event was presided by Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences, who obliged us in being the ‘Thought Leader’ of the day. Dr Rajiv was kind enough to share his success story of ‘The making of SIHS’, which has proved to be inspiring to all the students.

As part of the Leadership Development Series 2014, the first programme that was organized was the Passion for Posters, which aimed at bringing out marketing skills and creativity amongst our students. The theme was HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY AWAITS YOU!!!       LET YOUR IDEAS SHINE THROUGH…….. It celebrates the spirit of vision and innovation, which was evident with the success of the poster-making competition.

As we move further in our sessions in the coming days, we look forward to a mutually beneficial learning opportunity for all our students, which will not only bring out the strengths of our students, but also celebrate the LEADERS WITHIN US.

Team Placements 

Monday, 4 August 2014

"Symbiosis Participation in a country-wide Blood Donation Drive on 31st July 2014".

Symbiosis celebrated International Students Day on 31st July 2014, with traditional fervor and gaiety. Multiple social and cultural events were organized, most significant of which was Blood Donation Camp arranged simultaneously at seven campuses of Symbiosis in Pune and three campuses at Noida, Nashik and Bangalore. The Blood Donation Camp was arranged by Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC) in association with seven blood banks.

The campaigning and motivation drive to maximize the turnout for the blood donation camp was done by MBA (Hospital & Healthcare Management) students of Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences under the supervision of healthcare professionals of SCHC. The universal slogan delivered by the campaigning students was, Give mankind the greatest gift. Donate blood when blood bank comes to your place”.

To create awareness amongst the staff and student community, motivation campaigns were going on for a week in which presentation, skits & street plays enacted by the MBA students were performed on all campuses. Additionally posters competetion was conducted to create awareness for the camp.

A special motivation film made by Symbiosis Studios was shown to students at various campuses.
Due to the efforts taken, Symbiosis Centre of Health Care in collaboration with charitable blood banks of the city collected 1400 units of blood. Enthusiastic Symbiosis students and staff members voluntarily contributed to the noble cause of donating blood.