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NMIMS PDSE&FBM Welcomes New MBA Batch with Inspiring Inauguration Ceremony and Immersive Orientation

Mumbai, 11th June 2024 – NMIMS Pravin Dalal School of Entrepreneurship and Family Business Management (PDSE&FBM) officially welcomed the students of new batch of MBA (Entrepreneurship & Family Business), MBA (Entrepreneurship), and MBA (Real Estate Management) on June 11, 2024, with an inauguration ceremony held at the Mukesh Patel Auditorium at NMIMS Mumbai. The ceremony marked the beginning of an exciting academic journey for the new batch.

The event commenced with the NMIMS anthem and Saraswati Vandana, alongside the traditional lamp lighting, setting an auspicious tone for the day.

The inauguration was graced by the presence of Dr. Ramesh Bhat, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS, Prof. Seema Mahajan, Director of PDSE&FBM, Mr. Tejash Somaiya, Deputy Registrar, SBM, Mr. Ashish Apte, Controller of Examination, Dr. Beena Nair, Associate Dean (PDSE&FBM) & Programme Chairperson, MBA (E&FB), Dr. Kalika Bansal, Programme Chairperson, MBA (Entrepreneurship) and Dr. Arif Anwar, Programme Chairperson, MBA (REM).

Esteemed alumni, Mr. Darshil Shah, VP – Supply Chain & Strategy at Ator Healthcare, Mr. Divyam Sanghavi, Director, Optiline Eyewear Pvt Ltd. and Partner, Eye Story Opticians and Mr. Jacob George, Director, Duroflex P Ltd. were present as chief guests and offered valuable advice to the new students.

Student Ambassador Mr. Aditya Sherasiya inspired the incoming students with his address, followed by a vote of thanks from Mr. Varan Mahesh, Vice President of the Student Council.

Meanwhile, spread across 5 days, the orientation programme will include immersive workshops and addresses from programme chairs and industry experts that will focus on topics like family business expansion, financial understanding, AI-powered customer-centric marketing strategies, enhancing critical thinking, emotional strength, finance mapping and building connections through ice-breaking activities. Students will also participate in sessions on marketing, building an entrepreneurial mindset, nurturing growth and gaining insights from business leaders. The programme will conclude with a tour of Mumbai to enrich their understanding of the city’s business landscape.

Welcoming the new batch to NMIMS PDSE&FBM, Dr. Ramesh Bhat said, “Our curriculum aims to transform you into value creators through Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, and Habits (KASH). Seek knowledge, develop skills with the right attitude, and treat classes like board meetings. Studies show prepared students learn 30-40% more. Optimize KASH for success by collaborating, networking, reflecting on learning, and minimizing distractions. Make this world-class education a life-defining experience.”

Prof. Seema Mahajan, in her address, said, “Thank you for choosing NMIMS. As future leaders, adaptability, resilience and innovative thinking will be your assets. At PDSE, we focus on quality education and a strong business foundation, along with networking opportunities because your network is your net worth. Be open-minded, collaborative and proactive, ready to unlearn and relearn and I am confident you will emerge as successful business leaders.”

Mr. Darshil Shah said, “Like all of you here, I dared to dream and challenge the status quo of building something from the ground up. Over the years, I have learnt the importance of continuous consumer innovation, diversity and inclusion; leveraging data to make informed decisions and the power of purpose-driven leadership. I urge you to take risks but with humility and a willingness to learn.”

Reminiscing his days at PDSE, Divyam Sanghavi said, “NMIMS has taught us to be ready for all the challenges, opportunities and ideas that will come our way; to be relevant by continuously learning; to meet interesting people across industries and to be resourceful towards everyone we meet. It is important to stick to your ethics and do the right thing. I wish you all the best.”

Mr. Jacob George said, “At NMIMS, I learnt to work with peers and how to pitch ideas. In 2019, when I expanded my business to an acquisition, there were long negotiations where my interactions with my classmates came in handy. In the end, for an entrepreneur, it is about having grit, learning from failures and embracing them.”


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