The season of 'Basant' begins in March, bringing with it the colors of joy and life. Flowers bloom, birds frolic and the trees give succulent fruit. The month breaths in new life to the society, as it welcomes the potential new students, tests their potential as future corporate citizens for the society and accepts the best as students in its hallowed grounds. Summer being the season of heat, water conservation is a priority. Waste not, want not and one can live a happy life.

Colors of joy and life: Holi celebrations in Sri Balaji Society

Sri Balaji Society celebrated the festival of ‘Basant Panchami’, also known as ‘Holi’ on the 2nd of March, 2018. The event is one of the most popular festivals of India, not only in the country but also throughout the world. Holi is the day wherein one gets the ‘license’ to perform mischievous tricks and pranks in the spirit of wholesome fun and good humor on one’s friends and relatives and to spread joy and happiness in all shades of colors.

The celebrations began a day before on the first of March, 2018 with the ‘Holika Dahan’, lighting of the traditional bonfire near the SBS Hostel building. A traditional part of the festival, the bonfire signifies the destruction of evil and the protection of good and is seen as the ‘kick off’ for the fun and revelry associated with Holi.

Dressed in traditional clothes, students gathered at the SBS Lawn, eager to greet each other with the colors of life. They made the best use of the various drums of water, Pichkaris and plates of colors in all shades and hues to have fun with their friends and colleagues to the beat of various songs from Bollywood movies both old and new. And as expected from students of management, decorum was maintained during the celebrations which was made more memorable with the society declaring an ‘off’ for the day.

Raising the flag of hope: Gudi Padva Celebrations in Sri Balaji Society

Sri Balaji Society celebrated the festival of ‘Gudi Padva’ on the 18th of March. One of the most important festivals, Gudi Padva is also known by various other names such as ‘Ugadi’, ‘Naba Barsha’, ‘Nau Roz’, ‘Vishu’ and ‘Putunandu’ in various parts of India and is celebrated with pomp and glory as the day marks the commencement of the Hindu Calendar. Rangolis are drawn, flowers are placed and a special ‘Gudi’ is raised in the house and is consecrated with prayers and mantras.

This year, the honor for raising the ‘Gudi’ was given to the youngest institute of Sri Balaji Society, the Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resources Development (BIMHRD). The Gudi was raised by a student of BIMHRD, Akshay Shirke in the presence of the Director BIMHRD, Dr. G. Gopalakrishnan, the students and the other key members of the society.

The festival has a deep rooted history in Maharashtra as it was celebrated with pomp and glory since the days of Shivaji Maharaj, his descendants and the Peshwas of Pune who once ruled over the entire India. As a mark of the bitter-sweet realities of life, leaves of Neem are eaten along with various sweets. Regarded as one of the most auspicious days in the year, major business and investment decisions are taken on this day.

How we choose our students: Admission process in Sri Balaji Society

Sri Balaji Society comprising of four management institutes: BIMM, BITM, BIIB and BIMHRD is one of the premier management education institutes in India. Ranked at the top in prominent and noteworthy magazines, periodicals, journals and newsletters it is one of the few institutes in the country which can truly say that ‘we place all our students’, a statement that can be verified as the truth based on its placement statistics, available on its website.

Every year lakhs of students pass out from the many thousands colleges and universities in the country. Majority of them wish to pursue various courses in management ranging from Marketing to Human Resources, no doubt attracted by the lucrative job offers, good packages and job descriptions offered by companies all over the country and the world. India our country is being seen as a premier destination for foreign investment, thanks to the various policy measures and decisions enacted under the Modi Government. This has given a new impetus for individuals to turn themselves into entrepneurs, with startups and new companies started left, right and center.

Naturally one cannot expect anyone but the best, to bear the responsibility of managing these companies but the students of management, and thus, thousands and thousands of students vie to write management institute entrance exams: CAT, MAT, SNAP, XAT, etc. to attend and hopefully secure these jobs via campus placement in their respective institutes.

What marks Sri Balaji Society apart from this ‘crowd’ of management colleges and institutes is the ‘uniqueness’ of its admission process. While other institutes concentrate on ‘percentile’, Sri Balaji Society places an emphasis on ‘performance’ as it sees its three tier admission process as a ‘litmus test’ to assess whether a candidate has ‘what it takes’ to be a part of the society.

From its side, the society has made it ‘easy’ for the candidates to contest themselves for the opportunity to be one with the society. Its application forms are priced at economic rates and its admission process admission tickets have ‘pan-India’ validity, in other words, a ticket issued for a center in New Delhi can also be used to attend the admission process in Goa, in Bangalore and in Dehradun via prior notification by the candidate to the admission process representatives of the society. However, one admission ticket can be only used by the candidate for one center only and it cannot be used for more than one center at one time.

The admission process begins in the third week of February and concludes in the fourth week of March in 31 centres located in the metro and non-metro cities in India. Teams of the Society’s Admission Process Representatives and student volunteers visit each city and assess hundreds of candidates to filter out those who make the ‘cut’ post formation of the merit lists. The admission process is a ‘test of assessment’ of the candidate’s skills: Communication skills, inter-personal skills, negotiation skills, current knowledge level, people skills and so on. Those who make the cut can expect to receive a letter, confirming their admission, verily the visa stamp on their passport to a better career.

Watch a few glimpses of the admission process here:

Paving the way for water conservation in Sri Balaji Society

Water is the fluid of life. This heavenly molecule comprised of Hydrogen and Oxygen is the reason why there is life on Earth. Civilizations, kingdoms and empires have been founded, maintained and destroyed because of water. Summer is the season of heat and potable water and its availability becomes a hot topic of discussion in various countries around the world. A good example can be given of Cape Town, the Capital of South Africa which has ‘run out’ of water.

Experts believe that in the future, water will become as valuable as oil and new jobs and industries will be created in the area of water production, desalination, water purification, delivery and storage. An example can be given of Israel, which has shown the way in efficient utilization of water as a resource and has succeeded in growing lemons the size of cricket balls and regularly reaps bumper harvests much to the envy of its surrounding nations.

Sri Balaji Society, is one of the premier management institutes of India and is one amongst the best B-Schools in the country. It’s four institutes BIMM, BITM, BIIB and BIMHRD are the ‘hubs’ of excellence in management sciences and its students routinely make their parent institutes proud through their achievements and accomplishments in the industry. The society is covered in a carpet of greenery and gives an aura of peace and contentment in the society.

The society has paved the way for water conservation by digging a large sized ‘reservoir’ of water next to its hostel building. The society has dug a network of closed drains, culverts and other channels for the water to flow into the lake during the monsoon, preventing rainwater from being wasted and raising the water level of the lake to a generous extent. Since the day it was dug, the lake, also known as SBS Lake remains ever full with water and is a haven of life for the birds who live there and those who fly over the society coming there to drink and rest on the trees surrounding the lake.

The water stored in the lake is subjected to a process of cleaning, softening and purification and is used to irrigate the green cover of the society. The lake provides an oases of peace for the students enabling them to sit in its surroundings and discuss Peter Drucker, Kotler’s theory of marketing, Dr. Abraham Maslow’s need hierarchy etc. over a cup of tea with their friends and acquaintances. The lake is also seen as an ‘additional’ source of water (post application of further purification measures) for the entire society, to be used for the day when the municipal water supply runs dry or is cut short due to some reason or the other. In life we often overlook the importance of water and disrespect it by wasting it and polluting it. However, the society, not only teaches its students the importance of respecting this fluid of life, but also practices it in real life setting an example for the future.