SCMC takes learning beyond desks and chairs and enables the student to venture out for various field visits and educational tours. The places for these visits are planned at the beginning of every academic semester and the visits are scheduled to be interspersed between the academic days.
The various excursions that students of SCMC have undertaken so far are –
Kaun Banega Crorepati shoot at Film City
The students have visited the shooting of Kaun Banega Crorepati at Film City in Mumbai. Witnessing the inaugural episode of a new season, the students also got the rare opportunity to interact with the famed hosts Amitabh Bacchan and Shah Rukh Khan during the visit.
Cleaning of Mula Mutha River
Taking up the cause of environmental pollution, the clean-up of the Mulla Mutha River in the Kalyani Nagar area of Pune is to inculcate a sense of responsibility in the students towards upkeep of the city’s water bodies. As a part of campaign organised by Ocean Conservancy, USA, these efforts develop team spirit and bonding between the students.
With mystical legends attached to the place, Vetal Tekdi in Pune provides one of the best opportunities for some early morning trek. Students embarking on this trip see themselves reaching a cliff that provides a serene and picturesque view of the beautiful city.
Karla Bhaja Caves and Lohagad Fort
Signifying the Buddhist traditions associated with the country, the Karla-Bhaja caves give insights into the practices of the ancient Buddhist Monks. The insignias related to this philosophy like the stupa and meditation rooms are placed for viewing. This is followed by the muscle-wrenching yet exciting trek towards one of the many forts in Pune – Lohagad.
Chinmaya Vibhooti Mission
Understanding the quintessential element of spirituality in the Indian context cannot be understood better than visiting a venerated aashram. Located in the Lonavala district of Maharashtra, this aashram is founded on the principles of Swami Chinmayananda.
Keeping the students abreast with alternative forms of education systems, the students of SCMC are taken for a visit to Vigyan Aashram. It is a vocational school of engineering with a distinct philosophy situated in the Pabal district of Pune.
To stir students from their sedentary states, the college organises a trip to Avanti Kalagram. An art & craft Village, this destination also acts as an avenue for adventure sports, picnic stay, rain dance, outbound training for corporate schools and other institutions or simply a retreat to a territory of thick vegetation and natural beauty.
Ralegan Siddhi and an afternoon with Anna Hazare
This famed ‘modern’ village of India is also one of the important destinations of the educational field trip. Through this visit, the students understand the evolution and development that one can expect from the rural parts of the country. This tour is followed by an enriching conversation with the leading force behind this development and someone who has been at the center of activism and media buzz in the country – Anna Hazare
Prince of Wales Museum
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, or the Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai becomes a popular site for visit especially because of its new acquisition and exhibition of Egyptian paraphernalia. This museum is decked with a vast array of archeological artifacts, Indian miniature paintings, Indian decorative arts and the Chinese and Japanese collection of artifacts.
Students have also visited the premises of Forbes Marshall Ltd which is located near Pimpri district in Pune. Being an industrial visit, the purpose is to sensitise the students with the process of manufacturing and help them understand the intricacies which are only available as read-only matter in books and over the internet. Students also get a chance to take a guided tour of the factory and understand the details from the engineers themselves.
Presented as the country’s first planned city, Lavasa provides another interesting field trip to gauge the development of ‘new-age’ India. Through such field trips, students learn to understand the reality of a place and situation beyond its controversial coverage and experience the feel of a new architectural project real time.
Study Tours usually are extended arms of field trips that involve out-bound trips for more than a night. During the course of these tours, a student is encouraged to imbibe like skills and build camaraderie with one’s batch mates through shared learning.
Asia Plateau at Panchgani
This marks the inaugural out bound trip for students of SCMC. Undertaken a few weeks from their induction into the college, this study tour provides an opportunity for students to learn effective living and leadership in hands of seasoned trainers. This programme with its fair share of fun and frolic invigorates the student an gears him to start this journey on a memorable note.
SIMC PG – Lavale Campus
This 4-day trip to Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (Post Graduate) in Lavale is an exciting and enriching experience for the students. Here they are provided with hands on training and use of the latest technology used by the media institute. Students get to experience the shooting floor and news broadcast simulations alike. The beautiful setting of the Lavale Campus on the top of a hill brings a unique experience to the students who are more enriched and fresh by the end of the tour.
A tour spanning up to 2 days, this tour provides the much needed break and refreshment during the latter half of the semester. Kune Mission is situated in the Lonavala district of Maharashtra and is considered to be one of the earliest Missionary set ups in the state. A few steps away from the premise gives a view of the waterfall spot where the first Liril soap television advertisement was shot. Students also engage in learning through lectures set up in a novel surrounding.
SIOM, Coin Museum and Sula Vineyard
A two day study tour to Symbiosis Institute of Operational Management (SIOM) in Nasik is another study tour that students can look forward to. The tour begins with a visit to the Coin Musem en route to SIOM, Nasik. This tour is also marked with a visit to the most successful and famous Vineyards in the country – Sula Vineyard. A guided tour of the Vineyard gives the students an opportunity to understanding the process of wine making – right from the initial process of sowing seeds for the grapes to the brewing to the final bottling process.