THE ART OF BEING INDEPENDENT- A HOSTELLER’S TAKE

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Does being homesick resonate with you more than anything else?
Does every bite of food you take remind you of home?
Does the urge to go home instead of a party on every long weekend, kill you too?

Well, welcome to adulthood.

While we waited to start with our MBA, what we didn’t know was that hostel life awaited all of us with equal enthusiasm! 2 months into it, and it looks like we’ve learnt a lot more than in the past 23 years. The whole idea of being independent, making your own decisions, not having to take parents’ permission for stepping out every time sounds all hunky-dory, till you actually have to live it. Your mother wouldn’t wake you up every day with a hot cup of tea and your father wouldn’t pamper you at every little step. Add to it the pressure of exams, assignments and mandatory “late night chit chats” in hostel rooms, nothing will ever come in as easy as it used to, a couple of months back.

So here are five things every first-time hosteller would not only relate to but also have learnt from, one step at a time:

  1. The first time you fall ill:
    It starts with a simple sneeze and you think it will vanish, but it doesn’t. The next day you can’t even rise from your bed and miss your mother’s soup and love. And then comes your roommate, in her own little mess, bringing you food, reminding you to take medicines on time, giving you cold compresses, and making you realize you didn’t really lose a family, in fact you gained another.
  2. The first time you wash clothes:
    Yes yes yes, the whites become pinks and the pinks become blacks. You run to the hostel in every little break you get to check if the washing machine is free. If it is, you wonder if God really answered all your prayers?!??! With every lot of clothes going and coming out of the dryer, you realize the importance of keeping those clothes clean, more than anything else.
  3. The first time you face “that money crunch”:
    Money comes in quick, goes away even quicker! You ask for 5000 and spend 10,000, and calling up your father to ask for money every single time seems like the most difficult task at hand. So you learn to spend less. You learn to eat more at the mess and less at the food joints. You learn to do with your existing set of clothes than order new ones online. In short, you become more considerate about your parents’ money than you had ever been.
  4. The first time you miss your alarm:
    There’s always a first time for everything. With alarms, there are seconds and thirds and every days. The late-night project meetings and assignment submissions have an indirect relationship with your alarm. The more you work on them, lesser are your chances of hearing that morning alarm, and missing classes are affordable in no way at all. But then there’s that new family you made, your roommate and all those friends, who make sure they wake you up, with water, brooms, and everything else available in your room.
  5. The first time you lose something:
    Your room keys, your mobile charger, your money, sometimes even your clothes. Every lost thing makes you realize its importance, but more than that, it teaches you to be doubly careful there on. So, you learn to take care of your belongings, and thereby my friend, learn the art of independence.

Then one day, you’re sitting with your friends in your cozy little space, listening to your favorite songs, sipping your coffee, and it hits you. This is it. You’re living life, on your own, the way you wanted, and doing a pretty great job at it. In those songs, and in that silence, you realize you’re probably making a few of the closest relations for life.

Here’s to us millennials! Our ambitions, our independence, and the roller coaster of a life this hostel is!

A tête-à-tête with Dr.Kheya Furtado, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Management and featured Rising Star by NITI Aayog

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Recently Mr Amitabh Kant- CEO of NITI Aayog, retweeted a tweet from the organization’s official Twitter handle that we are ecstatic about. Our very own, Dr.Kheya Furtado, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Management is featured in it- as a Rising Star!

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For those of you who don’t know, NITI Aayog, known as National Institution for Transforming India, is the policy think tank of the Government of India. It was established in 2015 with the aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach.

We spoke to Dr. Kheya and here are excerpts from what she had to say about her time at NITI Aayog:

1. What was your job profile in NITI Aayog?

I joined NITI Aayog as a ‘Young Professional’ in the Health Division and was offered a promotion to the role of Research Associate/ Consultant after less than two years. The job profile envisaged providing domain-specific inputs on all the works undertaken by the Division and NITI as a whole. These included policy inputs to new and existing health schemes/interventions that required approvals from Committees of which NITI formed a part. NITI also undertakes special projects on its own as the policy think-tank. I functioned as a project manager for some of these and assisted the team on others. The scope of work was large and the teams were small, therefore all members of the Division worked closely on all works of the Aayog.

 

2. What inspired you to enter the healthcare sector and eventually join NITI Aayog?

Health was a sector that I always knew I wanted to work in, but at the same time, I didn’t want to be a doctor. I wanted to do things that would impact populations. Back then I didn’t know Public Health as a subject. I picked subjects that were most closely related to what I eventually wanted to do, graduating in Microbiology, which taught me about disease pathologies and human physiology. By then, I came across Masters in Public Health and went on to graduate at the top of my class and was awarded a DST-INSPIRE fellowship to pursue a full-time PhD which I did at the University of Pune, after completing a year of work experience. The PhD gave me the research skills needed for developing evidence-based policy. I applied for the position at NITI Aayog by the end of my PhD because I knew it was the perfect place to do what I had trained to do and was passionate about.

 

3. What was your role/contribution to NITI Aayog?

With regards to the special projects undertaken, I was responsible for three projects mainly, and worked with the team on several others. My largest project was the ‘NITI Health Index’(the first edition of which came out in February 2018), wherein we developed an index to measure the performance of all States and Union Territories in terms of health outcomes and outputs. States were further ranked on the basis of their year-on-year incremental performance. This project was initiated and encouraged by Mr. Kant to give the much needed impetus to the social sector in a spirit of competitive federalism and on the lines of the Ease of Doing Business rankings. We worked with the World Bank as a technical partner, were in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and also had a plethora of partner organizations in various technical and mentor capacities. I was the overall project manager for the Index, but was required to undertake technical and managerial aspects relating to the States/UTs and partner agencies. We also developed a framework for measuring the performance of ‘District Hospitals’ wherein I was responsible for developing the index and its finalization. The country-wide implementation was undertaken by my colleague. The third and one of the most interesting policy level works was the drafting of the ‘Three Year Action Agenda’ 2017-18 to 2019-20 to follow the Five Year Plans of the Planning Commission. I was responsible for developing the chapter on health at the division level and along with my adviser Mr Alok Kumar, drafted the sections on Public and Preventive Health and the Assurance of HealthCare.

As part of the policy inputs to schemes which form a routine part of NITI Aayog’s work, I worked closely with the team on the National Health Policy 2015, Cabinet Note for the National Health Protection Scheme (revised RSBY), formation of the National Health Authority and continuation of the National Health Mission for 2017-22.

I also published a paper, book chapter and few articles along with Mr Kumar on NSSO data interpretations, ‘Private sector engagement for disease surveillance’, ‘Options for organization of health financing and service delivery in India in the context of moving towards Universal Health Coverage’, ‘ Health financing in India – increasing efficiency of spending’ and ‘Policy questions arising from evaluations of the Janani Suraksha Yojana’.

 

4. How was your experience working with NITI Aayog?

Working at NITI was indeed an experience of a life-time. I was blessed to have a great team and incredible bosses to work with. The senior officers didn’t impose hierarchy, like you’d generally expect in a government body. There was a lot of room for what the youngsters had to say and wanted to bring to the table. I was even given international exposure and represented NITI abroad. There were various things that were new to me and challenging about the way Government works, and I took time to get accustomed to those, but the challenges are what make the work more enthralling, isn’t it? Other than that, we were directly associated with the highest levels Government. The stakes were high and we worked hard, day in and out. We were answerable to our bosses who were eventually accountable and answerable to the Prime Minister’s Office. So, there was no fooling around and everyone meant business. Everyone was there to make a difference and bring about transformation. Being a domain specialist, I was able to contribute through my inputs. The IAS officers brought in their intelligent cross-sector and implementation experience and practicality at each and every step. As a team, each one of us worked hard and used our skills to the best of our abilities to make things work together for the best.

 

5. Any words of advice for the present and prospective students? Especially ones that wish to venture into the healthcare sector?

I really wish for every student to realize where his/her passion lies, and that each one of them should take from their respective degrees the knowledge and skills one tries to teach them here. A Masters programme prepares you to be a professional, so every subject and supplementary course counts. Students tend to have pre-set minds about what aspects of the course they want to focus on and what aspects don’t matter. However, irrespective of what they currently think they need, they should internalize knowledge from all sources available to them because they’re going to end up needing stuff they didn’t think was important.

If you wish to enter the healthcare sector, remember you’ll be dealing with people and their lives at most points in time. People doing an MBA generally tend to have their focus on the for-profit business of healthcare, but when you work in public policy and administration, you impact the entire system. At NITI, one was exposed to all domains of healthcare. The private sector is largely influenced by the policy environment. All these come together to create the Health System and there’s much to be done for this System, especially in India (also globally). So learn as much as you possibly can, develop a passion, and work hard and smart to effectively bring about change wherever you are.

 

 

5 Traps Of Bad Management

We are in the habit of imparting good management practices, but today we take a look at the other side. Because we know that sometimes (just sometimes) knowing what not to do could be the best thing too. Here are some of the common traps of bad management that we have come across and ways to work around them:

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  1. Knowing Everything

When this happens: You confuse having an opinion about everything with actually knowing everything! You THINK you know it all, but in reality, nobody does.

How to fix it: We say this all the time at GIM – the learning never (and should not ever) stop! So start by believing in people’s abilities and respecting their opinions. Listen to what your colleagues have to say, it may differ from your thoughts but at-least it will give a broader perspective to the subject matter.

 

  1. Breaking Your Word

When this happens: You make too many promises and don’t deliver on them. While this holds true to life in general it is especially important to you as a manager or leader. Failing to deliver on your word, takes the trust off you leading to your colleagues not being inspired or motivated by you and the thereby affecting the overall quality of work

How to fix it:

First of all make fewer promises. Your colleagues will forgive the occasional slip up, but that doesn’t warrant the use of empty promises to get yourself out of tight situations. In a nutshell – under promise and over deliver.

 

  1. Pride And Prejudice

When this happens: Most of us have grown up with certain attitudes and assumptions. That’s fine; we are who we are. But when your behaviour, attitude and even language sends out messages of what is the ‘preferred’ and what is ‘excluded’ around you, it’s safe to say Houston, we have a problem.

How to fix it:

Be aware that as a manager or leader your attitude, bias or prejudice will be laid bare and will have an impact on those around you. Make no mistake, bias and prejudice have no place in leadership – you represent truth, balance, positivity and the best interests of all your people.

 

  1. Being A Control Freak:

When this happens:  It is you responsibility to get certain things done within a certain time frame. But you believe that you also need to command how is it done and why it is done in a certain way. Sometimes this also leads to the ‘I’ll do it myself syndrome’.

How to fix it:

Draw a line and stop at it. You’re a leader. So, lead.

Empower your people, coach them, mentor them, inspire them and engage them with the vision. Guide them don’t dictate them.

 

  1. Inconsistency

When this happens:  When you have a tonne of ‘great ideas’ that don’t all necessarily align to a particular vision. You leap from one ‘great idea’ to another and could have a paranoid need to appear frantically busy.

How to fix it:

Collect your thoughts and ideas together before you announce them to the team. For each idea, consider how fits into your existing framework. Then plan the roll-out of that idea, the training and the implementation. Take a step back and re-affirm that the idea contributes to your overall vision and then announce it to the team.

 

What do you think are the other mistakes of management? Let us know in the comments below.

Settling into your new Job – A letter to our fresh graduates

Starting out in a new job is both challenging and exciting!

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This is an open letter to our fresh batch of graduates that have just started their journey on conquering the business world.

Dear (immediate)Alumni,

Truth be told- college days and the luxuries that come with it  – getting pocket monies, and being carefree- will soon become a thing of the past. But that’s okay, cos the world is now your oyster and it’s up to you to find the pearls!

Here are 4 reminders that we think will help make the start to your new role smooth and easy:

  1. Understand the office culture

First things thing first! It’s time to put the observational skills that you mastered at GIM to use. Every company has a unique culture that works for them and it will help you in a great deal in making it work for you. The company orientation program will most likely familiarise you to the written law of the land (aka work environment); but take your time to observe and understand the unwritten rules of your workplace – the earlier you understand and appreciate the culture, the better. Besides improving your efficiency it will also help you have a good time at work soon enough.

  1. Get the first one right, but make each one count!

Cliched and age old, but still very true – The first impression is the last(ing) impression. But that doesn’t make any of the subsequent ones any less important. It is essential that you show them what you showed us -the BEST version of YOU! Make the little things count –  show up on time and put your best foot forward and we are sure they’ll love you.

  1. Work hard, but don’t stress yourself

Getting into a new job generally means that  your enthusiasm is at its peak and you want to excel in every task you take on – we get it and think you should too! But  be careful not to overwork yourself as  this could result in more harm than good affecting both your productivity and creativity alike! Recognize when you’re overworked and take regular timeouts throughout the day, keep in mind it’s not always about how much, but how well you can deliver.

  1. Be true to yourself

Starting off at a new place, fitting in is on top of the list. As you walk in, everyone around you might appear to you as knowledgeable, experienced, brilliant and sometimes intimidating. While you take the initiative to strike a conversation, build a connect and fit in, remember not to lose touch with your real self because that’s why you were chosen to be where you are.


Hope these help. We wish you all the best for the path you have chosen and we are certain you will make us proud!

With love and luck,

Your Alma Mater

How an E-MBA changed the lives of some of Goa’s brightest business brains

We all have dreams and ambitions; we all have goals we want to achieve. But the difference between those who succeed and those that don’t, is that the former have a deep thirst for knowledge and a continuous desire to better themselves. And while the academic route is not the only one available to better oneself – it is one that has proven to deliver.

Let’s take a look at how GIM’S Executive MBA shaped the lives of 6 extraordinary individuals and helped them become the successful leaders they are today:

1. Dr. Viney Naresh Jindal – Former Dean of Goa Medical College, one of the oldest medical colleges in Asia

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Although Dr. Jindal enrolled himself for the E-MBA program without any goal in mind, he admits that he has greatly benefited from it. He says “GMC is a very diverse institution with employees ranging from highly educated professors to sweepers and managing all of them is not an easy task. Studying organizational behaviour helped me a lot in dealing with various complex situations that arose during my tenure”.  In addition to that, it prepared him to handle financial issues within his organization and also refined his communication and interpersonal skills. He feels that real-time implementation of concepts is a lot more effective than studying it and then later implementing it when you get a job.

2. Dr. Radhika Nayak – Principal of S. S. Dempo College of Commerce and Economics

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It was around the same time of joining the E-MBA program that she was offered the position of Principal; which, she accepted. She was excited by the two huge challenges, beginning together. All the subjects suited her job requirements – accountancy, communication skills, strategic management, interview techniques, HRM, leadership and so on. She says “I benefited a great deal from the program! The tangibles were of course the degree with a grade sheet that I was proud of but of greater importance were the intangibles – admiration for excellent teachers, friendships for life, renewed enthusiasm in the midst of young colleagues and the satisfaction of having spent 3 years productively! This is an experience that one should never miss!!”

3. Mr. Anirudha Walawalkar- Director-Fluid & Power Automations LLP Turnkey Electrical Works Ltd (responsible for the lighting of the Iconic Atal Sethu Bridge)

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Mr. Walawalkar refused to take the easy route and delayed joining his family business because he knew he would be treated as royalty and would never be able to learn any real-life lessons. He joined J & J Precision India after completing his engineering and around the same time joined the E-MBA course at GIM. He says “EMBA definitely helped me a lot. It has expanded the horizon of my thinking capacity. As an engineer I would focus only on production related activities. EMBA has taught me the importance and art of management. It has given me a broader perspective of how to run a successful business.” He is someone who loves to challenge himself and make the impossible possible. One of his earliest work was electrifying Surla village in 2006.  Some of his other notable lighting work is that of the iconic Atal Sethu and IFFI.

 

4. Mr. Kabir K Shirgaonkar- Deputy Collector – Goa Government- Mapusa

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Mr. Shirgaonkar, currently the Deputy Collector of Mapusa is a force to reckon with and EMBA has greatly contributed in him reaching his current position. He says “The EMBA course at GIM has been a great contributor towards the development of my personality and fulfilment of my professional goals. The leadership, time management, man management, group discussions and workshops on team skills have aided me immensely to augment my existing repertoire an all new level. From a job in the Corporate sector to a job in the Goa Police dept. as a Police Sub Inspector to my present job as a Deputy Collector & SDM of Bardez, brand GIM has thought me to be more ambitious and constantly strive to reach higher standards.”

 

5. Mr. Mishal Maganlal- Director, Magsons Group

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Magsons Group is Goa’s largest retail chain. Mr. Mishal, the director says “The EMBA program at GIM enabled me to apply my learnings in real time at work. Coming from a science background, the course curriculum and guidance of the professors has helped me develop a strong business foundation.”

 

6. Mr. Ketan Pradip Kenkre- Director of Operations – Sanaya Energy LLP

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Mr. Kenkre is a very respected member of the Goan business community. He is also very passionate about making India energy sufficient through the use of alternative energy. He says “My journey at GIM was so stupendous; it not only gave me more logical ways of looking at a problem but brought over a complete paradigm from pin to piano in me. From the interpersonal skill development, to the confidence in facing large audiences, not to forget the numerous benefits of NLP, & AMP; also, to bring out and polish all my skills that were in abeyance to me and much more.”

While these are the stories of only a few of our alumni, you must know that the rest of them too are have paved success routes and reached notable heights in their careers across various industries.

 

There is no denying that pursuing an E-MBA can have a life changing effect and GIM has always produced individuals who stand apart in society for their entrepreneurial and professional contributions. Now that you are aware of all that you stand to gain through this transformative journey, we’d suggest you don’t waste any time and Apply to our PGDM Part Time program today! You can apply on http://www.gim.ac.in

 

8 reasons why Goan Businessmen & Executives should pursue a Part-Time MBA

In Goa, we are known for our susegad – a relaxed and laid-back- way of life. Sounds perfect, right? Well, it may work for the rest of life, but when it comes to business – you may want to think again! With the rapidly changing business environment globally it has become imperative to keep up-to its pace, if growth is what you are after. And we believe that a  well-rounded management programme will not only enable you to effectively respond to these changes, but will also give you an edge that’ll ensure you are always one step ahead.

 

Here are 8 reasons why you should pursue a Part-Time MBA:

  1. To grow your business

A Part-Time MBA is perfect for you, if you are already into the realms of business. It gives you the opportunity  to hone your business acumen and entrepreneurial skills that will supplement your industry experience. Pursuing an MBA will also help you develop the ability to have a larger macro perspective of your business that will help you make informed decisions – which means – You  win AND your business wins.

 

  1. To climb up the corporate ladder

Climbing up the ladder in the corporate world can be a long and tiresome journey; speed it up by adding an MBA to your creds. Besides providing you with the ammunition of better management it will equip you with a peek into the workings of all business faculties whether it be finance, marketing, HR or operations. This in turn will result in you being a step ahead of the herd in claiming that promotion you’ve been eyeing. You will also increase your prospects of getting a much better job outside your current organization which is most often accompanied by a fatter pay cheque.

 

  1. You don’t have to give up your weekly schedule

Yes. You can have your cake and have it with ice-cream too! An Executive (or part-time) MBA is designed specifically for working individuals and therefore classes are conducted on the weekends. Which means you do not need to take time off from work; you can simply pursue both, your career and education hand in hand.

 

  1. To make an immediate impact

Since an Executive MBA is part-time program, you will have a prompt effect at work and can  apply the concepts and knowledge you gain in the classroom almost immediately. The learning is profound and connecting since you can test your new learnings when you return to the workplace. Moreover, there are numerous functional components such as projects that are part of the program and will give you valuable insights and cross-functional learning. You might even consider  taking a shot at solving a problem you are currently facing at work or at your own business with inputs from your classmates and professors alike.

  1. To enhance your Leadership potential

The idea and routine with regards to leadership in business includes substantially more than overseeing others. It is likewise about helping your association adjust to the obscure. Leaders must be adaptable, mindful of their specific situation, and ready to alter their authority style to the current circumstance. In this way, creating and improving your authority abilities is urgently significant to successfully run an organisation, and an EMBA offers you the chance to do just that.

 

  1. To adapt to the constantly changing business environment

Knowledge and skills acquired by conventional degrees quickly become out-dated due to the dynamic nature of the modern business environment. An Executive MBA will prepare you for these changes by refining your skill set to match current business requirements and banish your fears linked to constant change. It is also greatly helpful to working individuals with a non- management background level one’s own playing field in business world.

 

  1. To gain new skills and enhance your current skill set

The programme will provide you with opportunities to hone crucial business and life skills-  some that you already have and some that you are yet to develop. Communication skills, Problem solving skills and Analytical thinking skills are just a few of what an MBA would help you with.

 

  1. To build a powerful network

A Part-Time MBA gives you the priceless opportunity to meet and connect with people from various industries and different walks of life all at once.  Amid the program you will profit by the wide variety of members in your group, amplifying your learning by testing your suppositions and widening your points of view. Furthermore, you will access to our crème de la crème faculty who you could leverage as mentors in your business and career growth paths.

 

 

We have  made our case pretty clear -pursuing an Executive MBA is a transformative journey that will enable you to broaden your horizon, reach new heights and accomplish your professional goals. Scoring an Executive MBA is guaranteed to help you challenge existing boundaries and help bring about significant changes in your business and your life. If you haven’t got one already, now is the time. Apply at gim.ac.in to get started on this upwards and onwards journey with Goa’s premier institute in Management Studies.

 

 

Inception 2019

This weekend, GIMites took time off to make more than just memories. Each one of them gathered together for Inception 2019 – Annual Cultural Festival of GIM organized by our very own talented students. Our college, beautifully lit and decorated, gave out the vibes of a grand festival, indeed. Amidst the various activities taking place on campus, the students took an opportunity to socialise and relax with a calm mind.
Inception, Day1 was kicked off with sparkling display of fireworks lighting up the sky, declaring the event open. Followed by dance performances, the students definitely managed to set the stage on fire. Pool of participants included brilliant students from various colleges across the country. The enthusiastic performances kept the audience entertained and cheerful throughout the evening. Following which, we got to witness an extremely thrilling Fire Act by Kanan-The Fire Eaters which left each and every one present in the amphitheatre with Goosebumps.
Towards the end to this exceedingly eventful evening, The judges felicitated the winners of the dance competition. We congratulate all winners for their success.
That’s not where the night ended, the students gathered and danced the night away, grooving to the beats by DJ Snigdha – organized by Inception in collaboration with RaZzMaTaZz.
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Students gathered with much zeal and excitement for day 2 of INCEPTION 2019 and what better way to start the evening than on a musical note. Students from across the country brought the amphitheatre alive with their melodious voices during the event ‘Stereoheads’ – a singing competition.

The competition was followed by an extraordinary performance by Mr. Silvester Stephen. He thoroughly entertained the audience with his extraordinary beat boxing skills, well complimented by his humour. The audience roared with laughter through his entire gig.

Following their power packed band performance and keeping with the high spirits, Inception 2019 continued with ‘Battle on the Rocks.’ Various bands kept the audience up and going well through the night as they competed against each other for the prize.

The weekend was exhausting but exhilarating. Inception 2019 might have come to an end but, it will take a long time for it to leave our minds and hearts.

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Anveshan 2019

“Be proud of your past, but don’t become a prisoner of your legacy and education. Discover your passion and uncover your true north” ~Mr. Prabir Jha, President and Global Chief People Officer, Cipla

The first day of Anveshan, 2019 started on a very enthusiastic and positive note with the lighting of the lamp by the keynote speaker of the event, Mr.Prabir Jha, Prof. Venkatesh Naga and Prof. Padmanabhan. Prof. Venkatesh Naga opened Gyaanodaya – the first event of Anveshan 2019 – with an address where he spoke about the GIM difference and commended HRiday, the HR club of GIM, for their hardwork in organizing the event.

Mr. Jha took over the stage to share his experiences in HR and advise students in their personal and career choices. Believing that “the ability to think beyond the obvious” is the core to becoming a great leader he said, “in your life and career you will be making decisions that will be momentous. Look assymetrical and do not lose out on the risks and opportunities that come with it.”

 

In just Day 1 of Anveshan 2019, HRiday successfully executed yet another event:
‘Margdarshan’ – in association with TOPSIM provided by Tata Interactive Systems.

Case study competitions are a big part of management school. Albert Einstein said, “the value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”

Samiksha, the flagship event of Anveshan, is India’s biggest national level live HR case study competition. The uniqueness of the event stems from the fact that the case study’s have been written in collaboration with companies such an Syngenta, Make a Difference and Sanofi who, post the event, get exclusive rights to the solutions as well. This year, the event saw participation from B-schools across the country.

Team Nocturnal Beings (Surbhi Gupta and Juie S Shah) from MICA bagged the 1st position and Team Rampage (Pallabi and Tanya Anand) from MICA bagged the 2nd position.

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They also gave us the opportunity to beat some djembe’s for the afternoon and enjoy the feeling of being one with music whilst simultaneously being amongst a circle of friends. There was something therapeutic and euphoric about the whole experience.

The workshop Drum-e-Baazi was organised by Machhli – the art space and conducted by their founder Vartika Gupta and her team. We thank them for their palpable and infectious energy that left us all with a skip in our step.

A perfect end to Anveshan 2019. Signing off for now and until next year…

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Prabodhan 2019

With an aim to provide practical learning opportunities to minimize risk and maximize success in ventures, SCOPES, the supply chain & operations club of GIM organised Prabodhan – a national level supply Chain & operations conclave.

Prabodhan 2019 began on a peaceful note with the traditional lighting of the lamp by Mr. Ravindra Tulsyan, Effective Change Leader, ERP/SCM/ Business Process Guru & Professor Raj Amonkar, PGP Chair of GIM. This was followed by a melodious performance by the GIM Choir. Moving ahead, professor Raj Amonkar addressed the audience and spoke about ‘Autonomous Learning’ – how GIM facilitates learning beyond classrooms, & excitingly unveiled the annual Supply Chain & Operations newsletter ‘Samhita’.

The stage was then taken over by Mr. Tulsyan who spoke about ” New Trends in Supply Change Management”. He explained to the students of GIM the different roles in this sector, it’s evolution over the years and inspired them to consider careers in the field. He also clarified common misconceptions associated with SCM and said, “earlier, SCM was limited to a small geographical area but now it has become a lot more complex and is affecting the global society.”

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Day 2 of Prabodhan the national level Supply Chain and Operations Conclave began with a talk conducted by Mr. Procyon Mukherjee, Chief Procurement Officer- India, LafargeHolcim.
“Goods will be replaced by services as we move up the value chain” he said while talking about factors that would impact 2019.

Qriosity- Online Quiz based on supply chain and logistics was held in association with Brainvista
Winners – Ayesha faria & Shravani Naik
Runners up- Anupam Roy & Aishwarya Kamat

Continuum v5.0, the national case study competition was based on a live industry challenge, which engaged over 100 participants across B-schools in India. The competition was fierce while students came up with new ideas and innovative solutions. The Winners of Continuum were Neelansh Saini, Sumit Dhall and Nidhish Francis from National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai.

Samhita 4.0 the Annual Supply Chain and Operations Newsletter received contributions from students IIM-A, KJSIMSR, IIFT, DMS-NIT Trichy. The winner was announced to be Niyant Thakar from KJSIMSR for his insightful article.

The conclave ended with a vote of thanks by SCOPES thanking all the volunteers and the people involved in making the event a grand success.

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Grand Alumni Meet 2019

The Student Alumni Relations Cell, like every year, organised the Grand Alumni Meet 2019. The event kicked off with “Hangouts” – a platform for the alumni of various batches to interact with the current batch of students and reminisce about the good old times. During one of the six sessions, Mr. Ajay Furtado, director and partner in Fourth Signal said “the habits we picked up in the two years at GIM help us even now.” The sessions were a learning experience for GIMites as it allowed us to witness the growth of our esteemed institute through the eyes of our alumni. Another alum Mr. Gaurav Golwalkar, founder of Buy Test Series said, “The only thing I learnt here and remember all the time is I’ve been taking opportunities as they come. We can’t wait for the right one to come.”
Manoj john – batch of 1998, Vice President – Strategic Initiatives at K K Birla Group Company said, “At times things work out, at times they don’t, and when they don’t, you only need to be positive and keep moving ahead- what matters is the confidence in you”
The post lunch program started on a peaceful note with the lighting of the lamp by Fr.Romuald D’Souza, Dr. Ajit Parulekar, Prof. Ashoka Chandra, Prof. T.K.Nair, Mr. Peter FX D’Lima and Prof. Anamika Sinha. This was followed by a soulful performance by the GIM Choir, which sang melodious numbers to keep the audience engaged. Going ahead, our beloved director, Dr.Ajit Parulekar addressed the audience. He started by welcoming everyone and spoke about GIM’s growth this year in terms of admissions and placements. He talked about how the Big Data Analytics programme has attained immense recognition in just a matter of year and is expected to grow rapidly as the number of seats have been doubled this year. He also took pride in sharing that GAM-2019 was the largest ever GIM alumni gathering in the history of its 25 years. “Quality of an institution depends on two things – the impact of the research they do and the performance of their alumnus.” said Dr.Parulekar.

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Fr.Romuald D’Souza then addressed the gathering and expressed his gratitude and happiness for the success of the event. He said that this meet has not only helped to bring the past batches together, but also gave them a chance to reunite and bond and also gave the current students an opportunity to interact with them. With the 25 batches coming to the institute, it was an incredibly nostalgic and significant day. Post this, the felicitation of the first six pioneer batches, from the batch of 1995 to the batch of 2000 of GIM, took place wherein the alums were provided with mementos as a token of gratitude for the much-anticipated 25th year of the institute.

The Mr. Srinivas Chunduru, GIM Batch of 1996-98, Senior Advisor and Board of Directors, Ola was awarded with the distinguished alumni of the year award. In his address he said, “They say that opportunities knock at our door only once, but the reality is it never knocks. We need to take risks; we need to grab opportunities by ourselves”. Adding to that he also said, “Secret of happiness is when you know the purpose behind what you are doing”.

 

Mr. Perry Goes then addressed the crowd, reminisced about his time in college, and talked about how the college has been growing in its stature over the past few years.

The post tea session commenced with a fun filled performance by a very talented stand-up comedian, Mr. Karunesh Talwar, who made sure that the auditorium was filled with oodles of giggles and laughter. This gig was followed by a power-packed performance by the band- ‘The Family’. Their music echoed throughout evening uplifting the spirit & energy amongst the crowd.

It was, indeed, a day to remember, with many more memories to take back for our senior batches. We wish them luck and success for all their future endeavours!

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