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Prof. Amita Vaidya (Director) addresses alumni of NMIMS Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics



Alumni satisfaction is also an important measure of our quality. We now have over 100 alumni who have succeeded at attaining their degree at Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics, NMIMS and each year our most recent alumni tell us how satisfied they are with their academic experience, the skills they acquired and how both are helping them in the workplace and in places they have gone for further studies. We are connected with the Alumni through a portal 'Alma Connect'.

Snap Shot of Alumni:

Higher Studies


In India

  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Trichy
  • MDI, Gurgaon
  • Delhi University
  • SAMSOE-NMIMS University 
  • Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad 
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management 
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
  • Symbiosis University-Pune
  • St. Xavier's College (Mumbai University)
  • S.P. Jain Institute, Mumbai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University 
  • Madras School of Economics, Central University of Tamil Nadu 
  • XLRI, Jamshedpur 
  • JNU,Delhi 
  • Centre for Development studies,Kerala 
  • Gokhale Instutute,Pune

Out of India

  • Imperial College London 
  • Groningen University, Netherlands 
  • IE University, Spain 
  • Australian National University 
  • The University of Sydney
  • NYU
  • Singapore Management University 
  • University of Stirling
  • Tilburg
  • University of Oxford
  • London School of Economics 
  • Hertie University, Germany 
  • University of Edinburgh, UK 
  • Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland 
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (UPF) 
  • University of Warwick,UK 
  • London Business School 
  • University College of London

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Jahnavi Ghelani

Batch of 2010-13

It has been over 4 years since I graduated from the BSc. Economics programme at NMIMS - some parts seem as clear as yesterday and yet, some feel like decades old. Perhaps, the latter could be attributed to the many life changes since.

After my graduation in April’13, I worked as a qualitative analyst 7 months, moved to a quantitative research firm for about 2 years, and thereafter, joined back university for a Master’s in the quantitative aspects of data analysis. Through all these years, I have discovered my love for playing with numbers and more so, with the codes that make this possible – bringing me to my current work – running quantitative simulations for the Clean Space Team of the European Space Agency (ESA) at their office in Netherlands. It would be not be an overstatement to say the BSc. Economics programme played a foundational role in the same.

Though putting down learnings from three years of undergraduate study seems like a monumental task, I list down the highlights here.

Rigorous – This was one of the first and most-often used words used to describe the BSc. Economics programme. I remember the then-director’s introductory words – ‘you are like a sponge, and we are going to empty a bucket-full of water on you – absorb as much as you can.’ And, oh, he was being honest!

We had assignments, class tests, quizzes, presentations, group activities, and eventually a seminar paper and a bachelor thesis – and in short, I cannot be more thankful now. Week after weeks of presentations and rigorous workload prepared me for the same in my work life. My classmates and I often joked that work life would be a cake walk if we managed to pull through the course load. It is when I started working that I realized the head start I had over even MBAs from other universities in not only making and giving presentations, but also managing multiple tasks – both of which are essential in most fields.

Application-based – I still get calls from relatives and friends of friends asking about my experience in NMIMS, and BSc. Economics in particular. One of the things I proudly say is how relevant the programme felt while I was learning through it – the course material majorly comprised of lecture slides, loads of reference material, and the Economic Times! We rarely had mandatory textbooks – something that surprises all who hear about it – after all, the traditional Indian educational structure has been more based on books than class participation. I could not have been happier that I was studying a programme that was different.

Covering not only the traditional aspects of economics – As everybody who has studied economics knows – its applications are endless. Varied courses in the programme – from traditional courses of Developmental Economics, Game Theory and Econometrics, to the lesser known courses of Economics of Infrastructure and Geopolitics – ensured we knew about all aspects of economics before we had to decide on our future-paths. I have seen very few programmes since that offered such an experience through the world of economics.

Guest lectures – About 5% of all courses were comprised of external guest lectures by individuals from industry or academics. This was one of the best ways for us then to meet professionals working in a course we were then only studying – it added a practical perspective, often helping some of us decide if we wanted to be in the shoes of those speakers.

R – Among the three specializations offered then – Business, Finance and Economics – I chose Economics with a further focus on Econometrics. It is here that I learnt the R-software which has stayed with me since. One of the teachers used to tell us the that when we would go on to study a Master’s programme, we would find a lot of components overlapping with what we have already studied in the bachelor’s programme – most of us dismissed this then as an exaggeration. Only now, while studying my Master’s programme, do I realize how right that was. I have a hard time finding a programme that offered me something entirely additional to what I already knew – and even when I got admitted to my current programme at Erasmus University – I met so many fellow students who had no clue about R (even after years of work experience as data analysts). Of course, I skipped the introductory R course that was offered in my Master’s, but instead I spent time working on R projects with my professor, and helped others solve their R queries. As far as the course was concerned, I had aced it, and eventually received a fellowship from the European Space Agency (ESA).

Bachelor Thesis – currently, as I work on my Master thesis, I often remember the time I wrote my bachelor thesis – after all, it was the first time I wrote a complete academic paper. The experience then did not make me grow any fonder of academic writing, but I owe a lot to my learnings then – without some of which my Master thesis with ESA would not be at the expected standard. This, and so much more, I carry with me from the BSc. Economics programme at NMIMS, adding on to the foundation through various stages of life since.

Alumni Feedback

Ketan Jain

(Batch 2018 – 2021) Strategy Liablities,
AU Small Finance Bank

With a unique pedagogy structured around interactive and collaborative learning, I got exposed to diverse perspectives in and out of the classroom at SAMSOE. It encouraged me to seek inspiration and learn from my peers rather than compete aimlessly. The rigour of the course continually kept us on our toes, but provided enough space and time to pursue our interests. I am truly grateful to SAMSOE for equipping me with critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, thereby opening up unlimited opportunities for me ahead.


Rakshita Narsinghani

(Batch 2018 – 2021) Deputy Manager
AU Small Finance Bank

Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics at NMIMS offers a well-rounded course which helped me enhance my academic as well as interpersonal skills. The entire faculty and department leave no stone unturned to shape one’s future. The exposure this course provides helps you work hard to achieve your goals and prepares you to be ready for everything. The three years that I got to spend at SAMSOE were easily the most challenging as well as the most memorable years of my life.”


Manmath Agarwal

(Batch 2018 – 2021)
Analyst at Satwa Consulting

Three years at SAMSOE provided a comprehensive learning experience. The enlightenment received was not limited to the rigorous academic curriculum of Bsc Economics; the course also enabled learnings pursuant to data analysis, research, content writing, public speaking, and most importantly, time management. To encapsulate, it was a good step towards personal growth


Shristi Salian

(Batch 2018 – 2021)
M. Sc. Economics

Studying at SAMSOE was a great experience. The well designed curriculum, though challenging at times, equipped me with the skills necessary to understand the intricate workings of different economic phenomena. The various extra curricular activities offered by the college have helped me improve my interpersonal skills and have a well rounded growth.The erudite faculty, supportive batchmates and the amazing friends that I've made here are some things that I will always cherish about this college.


Hanisha Kochhar

(Batch 2018 – 2021)
Business Consulting Risk Analysis E&Y, Mumbai

Although my three-year episode with Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics felt momentary, the lessons reaped under its tutelage and experiences incurred have stimulated my growth both personally and professionally. Throughout the duration of my undergraduate degree I was elated with the excellency of academic instruction and the holistic and comprehensive curriculum of the BSc Economics program. In addition, due to the supportive outlook of the faculties and the director, hardly did I experience an overwhelming juncture amidst this demanding program. Moreover, SAMSOE also gave me the opportunity to co-found and lead the Entrepreneurship Cell of our college, which I’ll forever be grateful for. Additionally, the relationships stemming from extracurricular activities like Fury and Shastrarth have lived with me till date. Ultimately, I can proudly say that SAMSOE has played a pivotal role in advancing in my career goals. In fact, even in my current role at Ernst & Young India, I incorporate the knowledge gathered from this prestigious institution as an ecstatic SAMSOE Alumni.


Abhijeet Didwania

(Batch 2018 – 2021)
MBA – IIM Bangalore

The curriculum at SAMSOE was built in a manner that equipped us with the necessary skills and knowledge for real-life application while also giving us avenues to develop leadership and team-working skills through the various group projects, clubs and college festivals. While the rigour was our most dreaded aspect back in the day, once we graduated, we realised that it was this rigour that made us able to always be agile and think on our feet.
Looking back, I believe that SAMSOE gave me an opportunity to explore my potential by challenging my limits and pushing me to strive harder in pursuit of excellence.


Shreya Tosniwal

(Batch 2017 – 20)

SAMSOE is an institution which provides just the right balance of academic rigor and extra curricular learning. This institution has given me an opportunity to study from some of the best faculties in the country and work with amazing peers on events and college festivals. I came here with many insecurities, inhibitions and fears, and left with immense learning, knowledge and memories. Looking back, I cannot thank SAMSOE enough for making me what I am today. Once a SAMSOEite, always a SAMSOEite.

Nisant Mohta

Batch of 2013-16

Warwick Course name: M. Sc. International Business

Scholarship name: Warwick Business School Scholarship


While commencing the B. Sc. Economics program, I knew that I was up for a taxing journey; however, little did I know that it would be so enjoyable and fruitful at the same time. During the start of my first term here, it honestly felt like someone woke me up from my slumber. Over time, some of the modules not only helped me get an insight into Economics but also helped me really enhance my interest. A key part of this course is that it is much updated. To quote an example, we had a course module called, ‘Ecode’ which was completely dedicated to current economic affairs; something that is unheard of in Indian universities. In our final year, we had to choose an elective between Economics, Finance and Business; this forced us to think about which area we wanted to explore ahead that eventually helped a lot of us find our calling. Even the assignments given by our professors were very unique, some of the most interesting assignments that we’ve had involved analysing movies from a certain economic standpoint, analysing policies and its impact on various parties, finding out pure retaliatory trade barriers between countries and analysing corporate cases and critically solving their problems.

Since we were a small group of students, there was also scope for everyone to take part in organising co-curricular activities, which helped us learn a lot about group dynamics and the world outside college. A combination of good course content, innovative teaching, close faculty interaction, co-curricular activities and a brilliant peer group makes the B. Sc. Economics program, a perfect fit for anyone wanting to explore the world of economics, finance, business or policy.


Adrita Bagchi

Year of graduation: 2013

We were the first batch of the school and I am proud to be part of Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics. The inter-disciplinary choice of courses, professional approach, attention to detail, practical application of theory, constant revision, and different learning methods, all equipped me with skills that helped pave the pathway to my career ahead. The school, especially the professors, made a constant effort and shared their knowledge, gave us timely feedback, engaged us in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and encouraged us to explore our varying interests. I took a keen interest in development economics which led me to pursue my Masters in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, Germany. The approach of the school is at par with international standards and that really helps me cope with my studies now.

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