Symbi Haat is a carnival where students of SIBM Pune set up their enterprises under the categories of food, games or merchandise for three days. It was conceptualized in order to give the students a chance to experience the thrill of running their own business for a short period of time. This year, SymbiHaat was extended to other colleges of SIU, atop Lavale hill. They are invited to apply for stalls by sending in their business plans which are then shortlisted based on the creativity and feasibility of the idea. The stalls are then auctioned to the shortlisted teams. Some of the attractions in 2014 included a photo booth with colourful props, a party games setup, a competitive sports setup, a cookie and chocolate kiosk, etc. Food stalls did roaring business all day long with Chaat, Dosas, Burgers, Sandwiches, Kebabs, Biryanis, Momos, Parathas, Chocolate Paan and Chinese leaving the customers spoilt for choice.
In addition to Symi Haat, ‘HaatNites’ were also planned for the three days in association with the Co- Curricular Team. HaatNites attracted crowds for the DJ-night on the 14th as well the open-mic nights on 15th and 16th of August.
Not only did these nights see a great crowd turnout as students from various SIU colleges turned up to enjoy the music and ambience, HaatNites also helped to significantly boost sales at Symbi Haat during those hours where footfall would have been otherwise low.