“Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It was the perfect day and the perfect start to embark upon an enriching operations management career. The 10th batch of Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (MBA 2014-16) was inducted into the fascinating world of Operations Management on the 11th of June, 2014. The Induction programme held on the 12th Foundation day of SIOM was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest Mr. Anshu Gupta – Founder and Director of Goonj, a non-monetary social organization.
The event was inaugurated by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Mr. Anshu Gupta, Dr. Vandana Sonwaney (Director, Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management) and representatives from the faculty members and students. This was followed by the inspirational SIU video which showcased the vision of Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Founder and President of Symbiosis Society.
Dr. Vandana Sonwaney thereafter, formally welcomed the fresh batch of aspiring Operations Managers into the Symbiosis family. She encouraged the students to make the most of their two years in the college and find inspiration from the highly accomplished and versatile faculty at SIOM. The Director emphasized on the need of fresh minds in the industry, as they bring a unique outlook and new ideas into focus.
Mr. Anshu Gupta then captivated the SIOM family with an interesting discussion on his brainchild – Goonj. Mr. Gupta, a prominent social entrepreneur started Goonj as a platform for improving the quality of life of the underprivileged in India. Popularly known as ‘The Clothing Man’, he focused on the unavailability of the basic need of clothing for a larger part of the Indian population and under his patronage, Goonj has started many initiatives to provide clothing to the destitute. This non-profit organization also aids women to become financially independent through self-employment.
Mr. Gupta urged upon the audience to become more socially aware and responsible. He inspired everyone to do their bit for alleviating poverty in India. And with his thought provoking words on everyone’s mind, the eventful day finally drew to a close.
Nishitha Ann George
Class of 2016