SPJIMR Celebrated its 40th Foundation Day – SPJIMR Day on April 17, 2021. Students, staff, faculty and alumni came together virtually to celebrate SPJIMR Day. The event was live on Zoom and Facebook and had 484 participants on Zoom.
On this day in 1981, the foundation stone of the institute was laid by UK’s then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and today it stands as one of the top business schools in the country and is proud of its mission and vision.
The virtual event hosted by Prof. Vineeta Dwivedi and Prof. Ratika Gore started off with an address by SPJIMR Associate Dean, Dr. Vasant Sivaraman who spoke about the legacy of the institute and its future. Dr. Sesha Iyer, Advisor to the Dean, then spoke about the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the origins of SPJIMR and the early days.
Prof. Ratika Gore then hosted a chat with SPJIMR PGDM Class of 1999 alum Madan Padaki, Serial Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor – UNICEF India & President, TiE Bangalore. Mr. Padaki spoke about his many learnings and memories from his time at SPJIMR, how business schools can promote entrepreneurship and the importance of collaborative effort.
Alumni and students from across programmes through short speeches and poetry spoke about the essence of SPJIMR, what defines the institute and how they see the institute from their own unique perspective.
Prof. Vineeta Dwivedi then had a chat with Ms. Jayashree Thampi from SPJIMR’s IT Team, who has been part of the institute for the past 25 years. She spoke about the transformation that has happened in the institute in this time period and the many firsts that the institute has achieved from a technology perspective.
The event also had a video consisting of a collection of pictures and memories of the institute over the past 40 years and it showcased its legacy and evolution in the last four decades. The pictures were collected from the institute’s library and from the SPJIMR family as part of the #40YearsofSPJIMR social media campaign.
The event rounded off with a beautiful virtual tour of the SPJIMR campus. The video was put together by PGDM 2022 students, Debapriya Paul, Saurabh Dubey and Amritesh Srivastava from Tasveer – The Creative Club of SPJIMR.