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


Going down the memory lane

Faculty-Alumni @ Mumbai and Bangalore

We could not have asked for a better occasion to travel back into time!! It was the Alumni-Faculty get-together, as they met to share their memories from the past and also the changes that have happened in TAPMI over the years. We students managed to arrange such a get-together at two locations, Mumbai on (17th April 2010) and Bangalore (on 24th April 2010).

Planned at a very short notice, the Mumbai’s Faculty and Alumni Dinner got an enthusiastic response. The venue was finalized and invitations were sent just a day before but still a total of 44 heads were present at the event. And the presence of four of our senior Alumni of the ‘89 and ‘90 batches was an icing on the cake. It is not every day that we get to meet a financial wizard who rather ‘would not be interested in a deal anything less than 2000 crores’. The astonishing part of ‘89 batch turnout was the bonhomie they still shared after 20 years of graduation from TAPMI. It was quite amazing to know that they are still very much aware of the whereabouts of their fellow batch mates. The event started with a short introduction by each of the Alumni and faculty members present. In fact the way introductions were done was indeed a lot of fun. Now we know what to do if we get those ‘nasty’ calls from a Bank’s credit cards department; we just need to remember our dear alumnus managing the business units there and take the cards! An alumnus working for Perfetti Van Melle was sweet enough to bring a jar of the Perfetti chocolates. A lot of novel ideas came up while the discussions went on with the Alumni. Everyone was very appreciative of the values which TAPMIans bring with them. It became a really memorable occasion, when the members together took the pledge to take TAPMI to new heights, with a resounding ‘Yes, We Can’.

The get-together at Bangalore was significant in a way, with the presence of over 30 members including the Executive-PGDM alumni. The occasion was kicked off with a short video presentation on life at TAPMI’s new campus. It was followed by a short introduction by each of the alumni and the faculty members present. The faculty briefed about the various initiatives taken up by the institute this year, followed by handing copies of Update 2010 and brochures to the alumni. The gathering then dispersed for High tea and an informal interaction ensued. It was an occasion to remember as alumni shared with the students about industry requirements and provided inputs as to how they can excel in their own interest areas. We also got a chance to explore through our conversations with CEE alumni as to how different an executive PGDM course was when compared to our regular full time course.

We eagerly look forward to meeting all the alumni at the Summer Hues this year. TAPMI invites all alumni for the annual meets ‘Summer Hues‘, held in various cities across India. ‘Summer Hues 2010’ is scheduled for the 22nd of May in Bangalore and the 13th of June in Mumbai. The detailed announcement and dates for other cities will be communicated by our Alumni Affairs Committee soon.

– Media and Public Relations Group