Featured Alumni

  • Name : Niraj Ashok Zanzad
  • Batch : 2006-2008
  • Current Designation : Manager, HR at Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Current Firm : Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Industry : HR
  • Current Location : Pune, India

In Niraj’s own words

Am the only son of Dr. Ashok Zanzad & Prof. Bhagyashree Zanzad, accompanied by two extremely identical twin sisters who are also proud Alumni of Sri Balaji Society.

I have been in sports for more than 15 years. I'm a national level basketball champion. Being a sportsman and the only son of working parents, looking back, I was at an early stage of becoming a "spoiled brat". So my mom decided to offer me two options on menu as always "Take it or leave it". I was growing fast and so were my wants. You know well, what most of the young boys wants are... fast food, advanced mobile phones, fancy bikes etc. I had to take some step as I could not take what options my mom had to offer me. So I decided to plunge in an "ongoing trend" of working for a BPO" in year 2004/05. At least, I would be able to fund myself. Right? 

Like many, working at BPO did fascinate me too for fast & easy earnings. But I quickly realised one thing ... Having a title "Manager" before your name would fetch you more money, more respect, more responsibilities too. THE METAMORPHOSIS HAD ALREADY BEGUN. And I was determined to giving it a shot. 

Prepared for competitive exams. After passing several exams and appearing for few GDs in various B-schools , I finally choose Sri Balaji Society.


1st Shock of the life "365 days working in college". 

2nd Shock, rather a sweet surprise, I was the only guy in a class of random 27-28 girls of Human Resource (HR) batch. Trust me, this did help like a motivational capsule for me. No doubt I was happy with my 1st ever individual decision. 

Journey began… I was a part of Sri Balaji Society Student Council. This gave me and the Student Council members an incredible opportunity to work in a professional environment as a corporate like functioning team- to work for various Institute’s initiatives – organizing national events, co-ordination, planning, managing expectations, under the guidance of few amazing mentors and faculty. Being a Student Council member was an additional effort to groom myself well for this corporate world. I quickly learnt the three mantras thought at Sri Balaji Society – Discipline, Dedication and Determination. These qualities and an environment to study and work in a team framework, has helped me shape my professional corporate journey so far.

I got an opportunity to be an intern with one of the Fortune 500 companies - Honeywell Automation in Pune. I did put in 100% in this project as I was absolutely unaware about the campus placement scenario for a male HR candidate, without technical background in graduation, efforts were more and the aim was to secure a job. Many ‘critics’ had an eye in this spoil brat, but my efforts and with God’s grace was able to secure the pre-placement offer (PPO), first person to get that in 2006-08 at Sri Balaji Society and the first student manager to join corporate world in 2007.


Further Journey from Campus to Corporate:

In Honeywell, I worked as Staffing Specialist from Nov 2007- May 2010. 

Then moved to Schneider Electric in June 2010 to Jun 2012 managing Western region as HR Business Partner. Later, short stint with Cummins India for 7 months as RPO consultant. Then in Jan 2013 moved to Schindler India, managing western region as HR Business Partner. Currently working with Mahindra & Mahindra as an HR Manager. So far, 9.3 years of rich experience in core HR domain and really loving & enjoying my work.

I enjoy travelling, watching TV, occasional cooking and spending time with family. Happily married to my lovely wife – Shraddha who is also a working professional. (Not a SBS alumni). She is presently handling a role of Project Manager with SunGard Availability Services Pune. Am proud of her accomplishments.

I know several Alumni who themselves have been able to build a successful career after graduating from Sri Balaji Society. The true testimony – lies in the fact, like in my case, I recommended my own family – my younger siblings twin sisters who are also Alumni from Sri Balaji Society and successfully pursuing their professional journeys.

Apart from usual work and family life, my whole family is engaged in running a small school for mentally disabled children in Nagpur.

A small piece of advice and message to all who are looking to apply for Sri Balaji Society and Alumni friends -

"A man sacrifices his health and family life to earn money and more money, instead just sacrifice some money for your health and family. You will be the happiest person with less worries." 

Keep in touch. And find me always for any kind of help.