Saturday, 23 January 2016


Continuing with the Leadership Development Series, Mr. Afzal Sulaiman, Director at Deloitte and Mr. Arnab Choudhury, Director at Deloitte Consulting took a session at the SIHS Auditorium on 21st January 2016 at 12:10 PM.
 The session started with a brief welcome and introductory speech by the students followed by felicitation of the guests by Dr. A.P. Pandit.

 The guests started the session by introducing themselves and about their sphere of work in Deloitte. They shared about different work domains of the Deloitte viz Accounting, Taxing, Consultancy, Financial advisory etc. Both of them being from the Consultancy domain shared about their line of work which is Technology Consultancy under which they handle the Application management services of the Healthcare IT.
They spoke about the basic usage of the EMRs and the ERPs in the Consultancy and made us aware of the big EMRs across the globe like CERNER, AllScripts, and McKesson among others. They mentioned about EPIC being the most prevalent EMR package having 16-20% market share and which is growing at steady rate of 2-4% per year. They mentioned about EVERGREEN which is a Deloitte specific solution which makes extensive use of ERP.
After giving this brief overview about Deloitte and their work profiles they invited questions from the audience as they wanted the session to be more of an interactive one, rather than being a monologue.

 Students asked them what the driving force was for the U.S healthcare delivery system. Mr. Afzal briefed about the shift in the driving force from being money few decades back to quality care in the present day context. He believes that while a few years back the United States was on the same lines in terms of healthcare delivery as India is today, ie, Hospitals worked more like Hotels where sick people were their biggest boon, they needed them to make money, today the trend has shifted more to Preventive healthcare. The insurance companies of the U.S also promote this concept so as to avoid the label of making money by denying healthcare as promotion of preventive healthcare would ensure less people falling sick which in turn would benefit them as well as the people. Students also asked them about why quality healthcare is so costly? The biggest reasons, according to Arnab Sir, were the high costs of drugs and R & D while Afzal Sir believes it is the aversion to preventive and promotive healthcare which causes people to suffer at later stages and the costs of treatment at advanced stages sour quite high. When asked about whether technology can be a solution to revert the high costs of healthcare, Afzal Sir said he believes that technology is not end-all and be-all solution. It is about adoption of right technology at right time and the ability of technology to adapt to changes and requirements which serves well. He vehemently reiterated the importance of CHANGE. He believes that it is the only thing constant. And anything or anyone which/who is change-aversive has to fall. He cited examples of Nokia and Goldman Sachs, to fortify his views. Mr. Arnab strongly supported these views of Mr. Afzal. Mr. Arnab also gave insights about HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and about PHI (Protected Health Information Services) and about how these laws affect their working as healthcare consultants. Someone also asked about the CSR activities of the Deloitte to which Afzal sir apprised us with the various CSR activities Deloitte employees undertake from cleaning lakes to educating underprivileged children to taking care of the sick. He said they in Deloitte believe in cause.

 A student wanted to know about how Deloitte digitization can aid healthcare delivery in public sector to which Mr. Arnab replied that his segment is more U.S centric which is less into the public sector, and that it is Deloitte India which serves public sector as well. One of the students asked a candid yet very apt question as to what recruiters at Deloitte look for in their potential recruitees to which Mr. Afzal very tersely answered that they look for people with passion and dynamism, people who want to work hard, seek knowledge and are willing to learn & grow. They want people who are bold and proactive with a committed mind, body & soul to succeed. He said recruiters at Deloitte do not look for people with extraordinary IQ but  above average people with extraordinary zeal to learn and succeed. He emphasized on the importance of problem solving skills and good communication skills as he believes these two are the forte for being a contributor to Deloitte. A student was keen on knowing if Deloitte believes in Payment transparency. Mr. Afzal appreciated the stretch of imagination of this student and said payment system in healthcare largely remains opaque or rather is kept opaque as he believes that is by design and there cant be a formula to calculate the costs. There can be clinical pathways to calculate costs but surety of those pathways remains uncertain according to him and therefore transparency in this system is a tough job. He believes keeping this system opaque serves the people in this industry well, hence it is kept so along with the herculean difficulty in estimation of exact costs. Students were keen on asking more questions but due to constraint of time the session had to end after one hour. All in all, it was a very enlightening and educative session and students could very well bank upon the knowledge and expertise of these two stalwarts of the industry. Both the guests were also impressed by the ambience and hospitality of the SIHS as well as by the enthusiasm and knowledge-seeking attribute of the students.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Proud moment : SIHS Bags Silver Award By American Heart Association for the second consecutive year...

Symbiosis International University & Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research & Training Institute (BARTI) signed an MOU

Press Note:

In continuation with the national initiative of promoting Skill Development, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences a constituent of Symbiosis International University & Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research & Training Institute (BARTI) signed an MOU for skill based training in the healthcare sector. This training aims to foster inclusivity for the marginalised section of society. The programmes for which Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), will provide training to BARTI candidates include General Duty Assistant, Home Healthcare Provider, Dental Assistant, Diet Assistant & Diabetic Educator.

A career counselling fair is being organised at BARTI, Pune on 17th January for the same. Interested candidates can register online through BARTI website

Lt to Rt: Dr.Lalit Kathpaliya, Director SICSR; Dr.Parihar, DG, BARTI; Shri.Dinesh Dingale, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Social Justice, Govt. of Maharashtra; Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health & Biomedical Sciences, SIU; Dr. Parag Rishipathak, Deputy Director, SIHS; Dr, Manisha Ketkar, Director, SSBF & Registrar, SIU

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Yoga shivir by Baba Ramdev on Rashtriya Yuva Diwas(National Youth Day) - 12 January 2016

The day of 12th January 2016 witnessed a merge of two major events, Swami Vivekananda Jayanthi and the Yoga shivir. On this auspicious day, we Symbians had a life time opportunity of witnessing Shri Baba Ramdev Maharaj, the guru who is so highly spoken of and whose yoga demonstrations are known all over the world, was amidst us. Eager and curious, the enthusiastic crowd of 6500 students and staff of SIU, had assembled at the Symbiosis International University ground Lavale at 3:30 pm. The esteemed dignitaries and the Guest of Honour Baba Ramdev arrived at the venue at 4pm.
The occasion began with the lamp lighting. Symbiosis International University carries the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam-The world is one family. It has  an assembly of students from 85 countries of the world. As a mark of appreciation and love from all these countries, a flag of each country was presented to Shri Baba Ramdev ji by the student representatives.  The welcome address was delivered by  Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar , which was followed by an address by Founder  & President, Padmabhushan Dr S B Mujumdar. They expressed their immense delight on the occasion.

It was then time for the event of the day -Baba Ramdev Ji’s address. What we witnessed there was absolute knowledge, yoga and spirituality. The talk was enlightening. Not only did he elaborate on the importance of physical health, but also stressed on the fact that how important it is to remain mentally sound to find your way through life. The modern lifestyle, the food we consume and the rapid competition has left us unhealthy and stressful. He mesmerized   us by demonstrating how simple techniques like meditation, pranayama can build positivity and peace in our lives.
The talk was followed by Yoga session. Yoga is all about peace and concentration. 

The yoga session started off with various types of pranayamas followed by different postures or asanas. The crowd was totally amazed and speechless by the flexibility and easiness with which baba was performing the yoga postures. It was a visual treat to witness that huge crowd performing yoga in sync.
On the whole, it was a great experience. The session  didn’t just teach us yoga .It also gave us immense knowledge about life, ethics and spirituality. It was more than a delight to listen to Ramdev Baba ji and his experience of life .

The programme ended at 6 :30 with a excellent quote of Swami Vivekananda “Arise, Awake and stop not till you reach your goal”.

We all returned with a wiser mind, lighter heart and a mesmerizing experience!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Yog Shivir on the eve of Rashtriya Yuva Diwas(National Youth Day) on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 at SIU Lavale

Yog Shivir has been organised on the eve of Rashtriya Yuva Diwas(National Youth Day) on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 at SIU Lavale 

  Shri. Baba Ramdevji Maharaj will grace the occasion .

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Guest Lecture Report “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

The interactive workshop on SCRUM Project Management System took place on 5th Jan, 2016 at the Vishwabhavan Auditorium from 3:0-5:30 PM in Symbiosis Institute of Health Science, S B Road, Pune.
The guest speaker for the session was Mr. Rahul Kadri, Partner and Principle Architect, I.M. Kadri Architects from Mumbai. He is a known architect and designed townships for Tatas, Jindals and Reliance, Hotel and Resorts for Taj and Club Mahindra, College Campuses for Symbiosis and Supreme Court of India and more.

Session Details-
The lecture was organized by the Symbiosis Institute of Health Science in Vishwabhavan Auditorium for the students of MBA-HHM programme and the faculties of health and biomedical science for the knowledge on the SCRUM Management System

The session started with welcome address by the Director of SIHS Dr. Rajeev Yeravdekar, who welcomed the guest speaker Mr. Rahul Kadri and gave an introduction about him to the audience.

The speaker started the lecture by introducing to us the book of

“Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, By Jeff Sutherland”  in which he talks about how the Scrum is an agile process, how to reduce the time for doing any work and how to increase efficiency on doing work in the stipulated time. People work best when they are happy, “Authentic happiness” was his starting agenda.

He spoke on what is a team, importance of teams- How to get a team to be effective, how to make an ordinary team into a good team using the scrum technique. He emphasized on the speed and accuracy of a team managed with scrum technique and its comparative study with the other ordinary teams. He focused that the main aim of any business is to create customers. He told us about the product and the scrum master which are included in an agile transition.

He spoke about how a scrum master doubles the speed of work and reduces the effort exerted on it by half. He also told us about the sprints and phases of the technique, how we should retrospect to improve. Then he gave us the motivational speech on how multitasking is different and is a way of restricting the distraction from the work. He told us to rate the stories- which gives maximum value and takes the least amount of effort, which is also responsible for the revenue. The product owner and the team, they are a cross functional team. A scrum master should be someone who will take charge and follow a process. There has to be be autonomy and alignment.

In the end he gave some examples of the companies who are using the SCRUM technique in their organization like Google, Oracle, Microsoft, a Sweden aircraft carrier designing company SAAB. The SAAB manufactures the fighter planes and aircraft carrier with the SCRUM technique which makes them the world’s greatest aircraft manufacturing company.  Finally we had a session of  Q&A with the audience and cleared their doubts and queries.

Outcomes of the Training Workshop-

At the end of this session, the students of MBA(HHM) and faculties of health and biomedical science gained knowledge on how the SCRUM/Agile transition works in an organization and how does it increases its efficiency while reducing the time period. They learnt about how the scrum technique can help the organization to work without distraction between its employees and giving the customer satisfaction at each and every stage.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

SIU XII Convocation Ceremony

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland.

SCRUM workshop was conducted for MBA HHM Students  by Mr. Rahul Kadri, Director,Kadri Consultants Architects & Planners.

 According to  Jeff Sutherland  We live in a world that is broken. For those who believe that there must be a more efficient way for people to get things done, here from Scrum pioneer Jeff Sutherland is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the management process that is changing the way we live.
In the future, historians may look back on human progress and draw a sharp line designating “before Scrum” and “after Scrum.”  Scrum is that ground-breaking.  It already drives most of the world’s top technology companies.  And now it’s starting to spread to every domain where people wrestle with complex projects.
If you’ve ever been startled by how fast the world is changing, Scrum is one of the reasons why. Productivity gains of as much as 1200% have been recorded, and there’s no more lucid – or compelling– explainer of Scrum and its bright promise than Jeff Sutherland, the man who put together the first Scrum team more than twenty years ago.
The thorny problem Jeff began tackling back then boils down to this: people are spectacularly bad at doing things quickly and efficiently. Best laid plans go up in smoke. Teams often work at cross purposes to each other. And when the pressure rises, unhappiness soars. Drawing on his experience as a West Point-educated fighter pilot, biometrics expert, early innovator of ATM technology, and V.P. of engineering or CTO at eleven different technology companies, Jeff began challenging those dysfunctional realities, looking  for solutions that would have global impact.
In this book you’ll journey to Scrum’s front lines where Jeff’s system of deep accountability, team interaction, and constant iterative improvement is, among other feats, bringing the FBI into the 21st century, perfecting the design of an affordable 140 mile per hour/100 mile per gallon car, helping NPR report fast-moving action in the Middle East, changing the way pharmacists interact with patients, reducing poverty in the Third World, and even helping people plan their weddings and accomplish weekend chores. 
Woven with insights from martial arts, judicial decision making, advanced aerial combat, robotics, and many other disciplines, Scrum is consistently riveting. But the most important reason to read this book is that it may just help you achieve what others consider unachievable – whether it be inventing a trailblazing technology, devising a new system of education, pioneering a way to feed the hungry, or, closer to home, a building a foundation for your family to thrive and prosper

 Reference  - Jeff Sutherland.