It’s that time of the year when it is time to say our good byes to the outgoing batch of 2015-17; a time to cherish and preserve the memories. And what better way to do that than having the last lecture for batch 2015-2017 delivered by Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson, State Bank of India.
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the 30th most powerful woman on the planet, as per Forbes and her journey from a probationary officer at the age of 22 to becoming the Chairperson of the State Bank of India has been nothing short of magnanimous. Given the inspirational figure that she is, it is needless to mention that having her as the Chief Guest for "Adyanta -The Last Guest Lecture", was a moment of pride for the institution. She shared the stage with Mr.Pradeep Bharghav, Director Cummins (India). The welcome address was delivered by Dr.Rajani Gupte (Vice Chancellor SIU) and Dr. Vidya Yerwadekar (Principal Director of Symbiosis) also addressed the students. The best students’ award was conferred to students by Honourable Smt.Arundhathi Bhatacharya.
Mr.Pradeep Bharghav spoke about the 4 principles that he would follow if he would graduate today- sanskar (ethics), sthirtha (stability), samman (honour) and santulan (balance).
Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya spoke about 3 main principles that one should follow as we move ahead in the ladder of life. The first one is to try to surround ourselves with people who are more intelligent than us. The second is that one should be a good listener and the third is integrity. One should selflessly give up oneself to inspire rather than to motivate. She ended her speech by saying that our priorities should be well defined starting from the nation, to the organization and lastly self.
This was followed by a CEO’s roundtable, with an intent to connect with the Industry at Nashik .We had people from companies like Crompton Greaves, Bosch, Mahindra and Mahindra, ABB, MACCIA, Nashik Engineering Cluster, BIZSOL, Reliable Autotech, EPCOS, Rishabh Instruments and Positive Metering Pump,pose questions and interact with SBI Chairman. Answering to various questions raised during the session, she shared her view point about the macroeconomic conditions of India and how India is a very favourable place for investments. She stressed on being proactive on issues that will crop up due to technology and automation .She emphasized on tackling unemployment and creating additional jobs in these new areas of technology and automation. She shared SBI’s ongoing program about training differentially abled employees and bringing them at par with other employees. She termed this program to be very close to her heart.
It was really a special, memorable and inspiring day for the class of 2017 to have heard such a great leader in their last lecture.