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.
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!