Dr Cyrus Poonawalla felicitated during BMCC’s anniv celebrations

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

On the occasion, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, who was conferred with an honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ by the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently, was felicitated.

PUNE: The alumni organisation of Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) launched the BMCC song and film ‘Ropya Mudra’ produced by the alumni group on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of BMCC at Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium  on Tuesday.

Former student and Guardian Minister, Girish Bapat, and Chairman of KPIT Ravi Pandit were present as the chief guests of the event. On the occasion, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, who was conferred with an honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ by the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently, was felicitated.

Recalling that he was a most mischievous student in college, former student of BMCC Poonawala said, “I wanted to do business, which contributed to the masses and not only be part of my family business of horse riding. I would like to advice and encourage students that they can do wonders by taking the straight and honest path to doing business.”

“During my time, very few students took up commerce course, but now, a large number of students are choosing the stream. Many young students are realising the value of commerce education and in the world of tomorrow, original thinking and innovation will lead us,” said Pandit.

On the occasion, Pandit offered financial aid of Rs 5 lakh and taking the opportunity, Poonawala also wished to offer Rs 25 lakh to the alumni organisation.

Bapat acknowledged and appreciated the great education the college has been imparting and with pride stated, “I am a minister today because of my foundation and learning in BMCC. Commerce has a great potential and I would request that the college keeps working towards progressing it.”

Former student and actor, Mohan Joshi, and Principal of BMCC Chandrakant Rawat were present among many other eminent alumni of BMCC at the event.

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