On 9th Sept 2010, KJ Somaiya celebrated 50 years of imparting quality education over one lakh students. The event was graced by the presence of Mr. Rajesh Tope (Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra), Mr. B. Chandrasekhar (Post Master General – Mumbai Region), Mr. Samir Somaiya (Trustee), Prof. P.V. Narasimham (Director General of SIMSR) and Dr. Suresh C. Ghai (Director of SIMSR).
Over the years, KJ Somaiya has maintained its culture of blending modern professional education with Indian ethos and culture, as envisaged by the founder Shri K.J. Somaiya. He perceived Somaiya Vidyavihar as the modern-day Nalanda University where students and teachers would live in an intellectual and spiritual fellowship. With these values firmly in mind, Somaiya brand has grown from an Arts & Science college in 1960 to 34 institutes spread across the state. The Somaiya brand now includes a management college, a medical college, technical institutes, journalism, IT college, a state-of-the-art Buddhist Studies & Yoga Academy, institute for South & South East Asian Studies to name a few.
The celebratory events began with an act of daredevilry by an NCC cadet, who demonstrated her abseiling skills by rappelling, suspended by just a rope, down the new building, Chanakya, of KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR). This was followed by the inauguration of the new building of the by the Chief Guests, Mr. Tope and Mr. Chandrasekhar. On the occasion, the Post Master General (Mumbai Region), B. Chandrasekhar also released the First Day stamp cover to mark the Golden Jubilee of Somaiya Vidyavihar. The Chief guests then attended an exhibition organized in Chanakya by various groups including SAHAS –a Somaiya initiative to empower the lives of HIV positive individuals – and the social cell of the Institute, who demonstrated all the endeavors of the college during the past 50 years. They then briefly assembled in the amphitheatre of the new building, where girls from the junior college had put up a puppet show about the effects of the recent oil spill on the marine ecosystem. After that, the students assembled in the auditorium of the engineering college where the Chief Guests addressed the crowd and shared some of their experiences with the students.
Prof. Rajaraman then delivered a speech on behalf of Mr. Kapil Sibal, the HRD minister of India, who couldn’t make it to the event owing to certain last minute changes in his schedule. In his speech, he regretted not being there and heartily congratulated KJ Somaiya for reaching this landmark. Prof. Rajaraman, then, gave the vote of thanks and concluded the celebrations. The festivities continued in the hearts and minds of the students even after the conclusion of the day’s events.