Summer Hues 2011

TAPMI organized its annual alumni meet, Summer Hues 2011, on the 22nd of May 2011, across 4 cities – Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. It was another occasion for the alumni to share their memories from the past and also the changes that have happened in TAPMI over the years.

An assortment of pictures from all 4 locations of the meet follows:

The Chennai leg of the event was held at Hotel Benz in T. Nagar and was chaired by Prof. Chowdari Prasad. The event was also attended by Prof. Srivatsa from TAPMI and Prof. T.N.Badri, an ex-professor from TAPMI. It started with Prof Chowdari Prasad welcoming the gathering. He gave everyone the latest news about TAPMI, regarding the new campus, which was inaugurated by the Honourable President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil. He also talked about the Blue Ocean Research center started by TAPMI in Bengaluru and about ICAF and about last year’s highlights. This was followed by an informal introduction session where the alumni and the students introduced themselves. Two senior alumni from the 96 and 97 batch also shared some of their experiences during their time in the college. The group then discussed about various ways by which TAPMI’s alumni connections can be improved. The group came with quite a number of good suggestions like bi-yearly meets and to and fro communication between alumni and the college. The discussion progressed through dinner.

The Hyderabad meet was held at Aditya Park Hotel in Ameerpet, and chaired by Prof. R C Natarajan. The variation in the batches of the alumni was vast.  Alumni from batches as early as 1988 till as recent as 2010 turned up for the event. Prachi Gupta, organizer and member of AAC, welcomed the gathering on behalf of TAPMI. Prof R C Natarajan then set the ball rolling by recollecting some memories involving those who had come.  Others chipped in and soon everyone was sharing their experiences of TAPMI. The topics covered all aspects of life @ TAPMI, from assignments, quizzes and exams, to hostel perm timings and canteen food. The discussions also involved infrastructure, sport and facilities and other aspects, but mainly focused on the current status of the faculty. Many expressed genuine interest in learning more about the teachers who taught them. Finally they also gave valuable advice regarding career choices to the present students.

The Kolkata meet took place at Saurav’s- The Food Pavilion, and was chaired by Prof. Jaba Gupta. The alumni reached the venue by noon, and everyone got busy talking about their experiences. A round of introductions took place, and soon the conversation drifted to old TAPMI days, comparison of the old campus with the new campus, and memories of the outbound learning program. Announcements about the Bangalore meet and other initiatives taken by AAC were made. Intense discussions about strengthening of alumni network took place, with a lot of suggestions poured in from different alumni.  Everyone had a great afternoon, reminiscing old days and promising to stay connected in a mutually beneficial relationship with TAPMI.

The Mumbai leg of the meet was held at Hotel Saffron Spice. The event was a grand success with alumni from varied batches right from 1993 to 2011. The largest number of alumni came from the 2009 batch. The event began with an informal interaction between the alumni from different batches. Dinakaran, President of the current Students Council at TAPMI, gave a brief talk about the developments at TAPMI in the last year. The alumni were proud to know that TAPMI will very soon become the first institute in the country to get the prestigious AACSB accreditation. This was followed by an introduction session, where the alumni spoke about the current roles in their organizations, as well as the highlights of their life at TAPMI, along with memories of their batch-mates and professors. After the introduction, everyone proceeded for a lavish spread organized for dinner. The Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) received constructive feedback and suggestions from various alumni, which will be implemented to further strengthen the bond between the alumni and the institute.

In essence, the meet was able to fulfil its intended purpose of strengthening the bond between the institute and its beloved alumni. The Alumni Affairs Committee will undoubtedly work on the various suggestions provided by alumni and strive to make these meets even more fruitful in the coming years.

-Media & Industry Relations Committee


Alumnus of the Month (March 2011)

Mr. Faizal K E (PGDM 1988-90)

The Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Faizal K E (PGDM 1988-90) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for March 2011.

Mr. Faizal is the Founder-Chairman of KEF Holdings, a $400 Million enterprise based in the UAE, which caters to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries with cutting edge engineering products. KEF Holdings is the holding company for ETC Foundries, ETC Corrosion Engineering and JCF Valves. KEF Holdings is also a very socially responsible company. It recycles most of its wastes and uses the least amount of virgin raw materials, which has helped it maintain a very low carbon footprint.

Mr. Faizal is a Civil Engineer from MIT, Manipal and PGDM-Finance from TAPMI. He has also completed his MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chicago, USA. After his education, he worked in Inductotherm, USA for 2 years. He later came back to India to head his family business. He went to UAE in 1996 and set up his first ETC foundry in 1997.

Mr. Faizal and his wife Mariam Shabana are blessed with four children, Sophiya, Sarah, Zachariah & Czarina. Mrs. Shabana Faizal is also a Director of KEF Holdings and she currently heads the Admin/HR Department.

Mr Faizal is an avid sportsperson and has represented all his universities in various games. He plays tennis and basketball. In spite of his busy schedule, he religiously practices Yoga and Meditation in his daily routine.

Mr. Faizal has established the Shabana Faizal Foundation which supports many humanitarian causes like support of special needs children by running ‘Shanti’, a school in Mahe, India and actively supports the Sharjah Humanitarian Services in their programs for special needs children. A fully equipped charitable hospital with modern technology with a capacity of 100 beds is also being funded by KEF Holdings.

As a testament to its achievements, the Government of Dubai awarded KEF Holdings with the prestigious MRM Business Excellence Award for Manufacturing, 2010.

The Alumni Affairs Committee wishes Mr. Faizal success in all his future ventures and hopes that he continues to win laurels and accolades!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

A day spent with our Alumni…

The Alumni Affairs Committee was happy to welcome a group of 5 alumni on campus on Tuesday. The alumni from the batches of 2003, 2004 and 2005, all of whom are doing exceedingly well in their corporate careers, were on campus to participate in the AACSB accreditation process going on at TAPMI. TAPMI is on its way to become the first college in the country to be accredited by the AACSB, one of the most respected accreditation for business schools in the world.

In the evening, the alumni and the AAC members proceeded for dinner at Blue Waters, a famous restaurant in Manipal. All the alumni had a great time reliving their memories of parties and eating out in Manipal, five years after graduating from TAPMI.

At around midnight, the music committee of TAPMI met up for a fun session of music and singing with the alumni at the TAPMI greens. There were renditions of the TAPMI song – “Seekhi thi Zindagi” and various other tracks which are famous amongst TAPMI students. The current batch of students also had an informative discussion about corporate life and skills required for success.

All in all, it was an evening of fun and frolic which the students will remember for a long time to come.


-Alumni affairs committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (February 2011)


Ambuja Hegde (PGDM 1988-90)

It gives us immense pleasure at Alumni Affairs Committee to announce Ms. Ambuja Hegde (PGDM 1988-90) as our Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for February 2011.

Having majored in HR and Marketing at TAPMI, Ms. Hegde currently works with Wrigley, the world’s number 1 Chewing Gum company as HR Director for Middle East & Africa. Some of Wrigley brands include Extra, Orbit, Juicy Fruit, 5, etc. Wrigley is also a part of MARS, the makers of Mars bars, Snickers, M&Ms, Malteasers, etc.

Ms. Ambuja Hegde got her first break in a marketing role at NIIT, Mumbai. She then switched to corporate recruitment at BPL in Bangalore after which she moved to Siemens as a HR Manager. In 1998 Ms. Hegde moved with her husband and daughter to Dubai to join IKEA. She’s been in Dubai since then. After four years at IKEA, Ms. Hegde joined Black & Decker as HR Manager for the Middle East & Africa region.

Ms. Hegde’s job takes her all around the world through which she’s been able to fulfill and live her passion of meeting and developing relationships with a diverse spread of people.

On the personal front, her husband Pravin, daughters Nikita and Rhea also love to travel and spend time with friends. Ms. Hegde says that she’s blessed to have been able to continue friendships with some good ole classmates from TAPMI in Dubai. Music is her passion. She also loves reading, cooking and of course eatingJ. Her nicknames at TAPMI were Amby, JAZZ and Ambax.

We at TAPMI hope that Ms. Ambuja Hegde would continue to live her life with the same passion and bring more laurels in her career and personal life.

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (January 2011)

Mr. Ganesh Baliga (PGDM 1996-98)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Ganesh Baliga (PGDM 1996-98) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for January 2011.

Mr. Ganesh Baliga currently holds the position of Senior Vice President – Application Development Group Manager at Citi and is based out of London. In his current role, Mr. Ganesh is responsible for all developments in funds services technology in the EMEA region, including alternative investments as a part of Citi’s global transaction services’ technology. Additionally, he continues to be the area manager for alternative investments’ servicing in EMEA.

Mr. Ganesh Baliga graduated from TAPMI in 1998 and joined Citicorp Overseas Software Ltd. as an associate consultant. Over the years, he has progressed and grown in Citi taking up various roles including the role of Application Analyst in London on deputation from India where he  was involved in the support of the Recon Plus cash reconciliation system for European implementation.

Apart from his impressive career growth, Mr. Ganesh also holds many professional certifications that add to his credentials. Some of his certifications are-

• 2009 – Certified in Change Management from APM Group
• 2008 – Competent Communicator from Toastmasters’ International.
• 2007 – Prince 2 Practitioner
• 2005 – PMP certified project manager from Project Management Institute (PMI)
• 2004 – UK Securities Institute Regulatory paper

Mr. Ganesh graduated from Karnatak University specializing in Instrumentation Engineering. After having completed his engineering, he enrolled for TAPMI’s PGDM course (1996-98) specializing in Information Systems and General Management.  He was also an active member of the General Management Forum at TAPMI.

Apart from work, Mr. Ganesh loves reading books. Some of his reads include Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan, The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World 1776-1914 and The White Tiger.

We at TAPMI hope and wish to see Mr. Ganesh Baliga scale greater heights in his career!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (December 2010)

Mr.Sid Nair (PGDM 1993-95)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr.Siddharth V Nair (PGDM 1993-95) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for December 2010.

Sid Nair is Wipro’s Chief Sales & Operating Officer – North America. In his current role, Sid is responsible for driving higher revenue and profitable growth, with a strong focus on       growing faster than the competition in Wipro’s largest market. Sid will also focus on transforming the sales organization to mine deeper in existing accounts, win large deals, open new logos, leverage Wipro’s strong alliances and penetrate deeper with Wipro’s       world-class service lines. In his current role, Sid’s goal is to drive about 60% of Wipro Technologies revenue with high growth.

The business portfolio includes all the teams that focus on over Wipro’s 400+ existing accounts as well as new business across the North American market. Sid is also responsible for leading the teams that focus on special initiatives like Strategic Alliances, Global Programs, Program Management Group and the Atlanta Development Center. He also takes care of the functional teams that support North America that include Finance, HR, Recruitment, Marketing and Legal.

Sid joined Wipro in 1995 into the Software Products Division (India) where he held multiple roles across Business Development, Product Management, Channel Management & Operations Management. In 1999 he moved into a business strategy role and was responsible for creating Wipro’s entry strategy into the Asia Pacific market for software services.

Sid moved to the US in the year 2000 where he initiated and developed multiple strategic relationships for Wipro in the BFSI market for 7 years and became the General Manager & US Head for the Banking & Insurance business. In 2007, he joined the Retail, CPG, Transportation & Government (RCTG) SBU as Vice President & US Head. He has led his team to grow the RCTG US business over 300% in 3+ years.

Sid is a MBA in Marketing & Finance from TAPMI, Manipal and is based out of Dallas, Texas.

We at TAPMI hope and wish to see Sid scale greater heights in his career!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (November 2010)

Mr.Sapthagiri Chapalapalli (PGDM 1993-95)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr.Sapthagiri Chapalapalli (PGDM 1993-95) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for November 2010.

Mr.Sapthagiri Chapalapalli (Saptha) completed his PGDM from TAPMI and was a part of the 1993-95 batch. Saptha is the Director, Central Europe, at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He is responsible for leading Tata Consultancy Services in Deutschland and Austria.

Saptha has been with TCS for the past 15 years. Prior to moving to Germany, he was part of the TCS leadership team in the UK, based in London. He was also part of the leadership team in TCS North America before that.

He was also involved with the TCS Telecommunications Business Unit leadership team. Saptha has managed multiple global programmes, including many in consulting covering Business Strategy, Business Processes and Systems. Over the past 10 years, Saptha has been associated with some of TCS’ large relationships in North America, UK and India.

Saptha holds a PGDM degree from TAPMI specializing in Finance and a Bachelors degree in Management specializing in Systems.

We at TAPMI wish Saptha the very best in his career and we hope to see him scale greater heights!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)