Encore North 2015, arrived back in Delhi on September 26th, 2015 after a gap of a year. Encore is an event organised by SIBM Pune for its alumni. It combines the formal setting of an alumni meet with the informal environment of a batch reunion. Unlike reunions and alumni events, it involves attendees from every batch of SIBM Pune leading to an experience that cannot be achieved in any other format. It enhances the connection the alumni have with their alma mater whilst ensuring that the alumni have an entertaining evening and accumulate many new memories.
It was the awaited event, the gathering of all the batches, the coming together of the two worlds – family and friends. Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel residing in the heart of the city, was the venue for the event this year. Exquisite and full of grandeur, with all preparations in place, we were ready to welcome our alumni after a long year. The registration began with our recent pass out from the batch of 2015 and from there on, it was a non-stop process.
The event started with the Encore North promotional video, the teaser to the main event which was launched on social media. This was followed by the factual video for the alumni, demonstrating the activities that happen in SIBM today. It took the alumni on a walk through the new campus (for the batches before 2008), the infrastructure, the student council, the competitions won and everything that would make our alumni be proud of their institute.
The crowd was then welcomed by the coordinator of the Alumni Team and addressed by the Director. The batches were excited to see each other. The unique attribute of Encore is that all the batches are invited together. This gives the batches the opportunity to interact, network and relive the memories with their own batch mates.
Our keynote speaker was Mr. Pradeep Gidwani from the batch of 1986. Mr. Gidwani, known as the serial entrepreneur with 7 start ups graced the occasion with not just his presence but also his kind words and the lessons from his experience.
The launch of the Alumni Portal was done in the presence of all our alumni from the North. The students introduced the Alumni Portal with utmost passion and it was appreciated by the Alumni. With the release of the portal the evening finally broke into the social mingling session, where all the alumni met each other and enjoyed the rest of the evening discussing things as diverse as old memories and world economy.
The team was extremely thrilled at the response and the success of the event when the hard work was praised by the guests and the alumni left the venue with a smile on their faces.