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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FINDING YOUR SPOT- 5 Creative spaces in GIM

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  1. Sunset Point: Whether its personal or professional goal setting or reflecting on life in general, the sunset point at GIM is a an ideal space for creative exploration and self actualisation. Be inspired by the colours of the setting setting sun or the westward wind blowing by.

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  2. Lawns: Perfect for informal group discussions and project planning, the lawns at GIM let you soak up the Goan sun while letting your ideas and creativity flourish. You could also find a spot in the shade in along the sidelines if the sun isn’t your cup of tea.

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  3. Finance Lab: If Wall Street is one of the must visit places on your bucket list, this space maybe your go to on campus. Equipped with 10 Thompson Reuters terminal, CMIE, Capitaline, CRISIL Fund Analyser, Stock price Ticker and access to news channels, the lab provides you with all the information you need and an environment to hone your stock market trading skills.

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    P.C: Venkatesh S.J

  4.  By the Pool – if you are a water baby or you just need to cool off, the pool at GIM is where you want to be. It’s the perfect spot to beat the Goan summer heat.

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  5. Breakout rooms- Want to share and discuss your ideas but your hostel room is too much of a mess to have your friends over? The break-out rooms are perfect for impromptu meet ups.

THE ‘UNOFFICIAL’ TIPS ON CRACKING THE INTERVIEW

With applications closing soon (4th Jan 2019 to be more specific), it’s now time to prepare for what’s next- group discussions and personal interviews. Here are some ‘unofficial’ tips that might help you in that next phase.

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Know what you are going to say: We aren’t saying you should hard code what you are going to say at the interview but vaguely knowing how you are going to respond to certain questions could help you calm those nerves. While the questions at your interview may differ with the interviewer across the table, certain questions are inevitable and preparing for those will give you a boost of confidence as you step in. For eg: In all probability you will be asked, “Can you tell me something about yourself?” or “Why do you want to get into GIM?”; practice enough to remain calm and composed, but don’t overdo it, lest you sound robotic.

 

Bring specific questions:

Your interviewer may expect you to ask some questions about the institute and talk about how you are going to add to the campus community. Put some effort into coming up with creative questions; preferably answers to which cannot be found on the FAQs section of our website.

Be yourself…but be your best self: The interview is not the time to talk about your CAT/ XAT or GMAT scores, it’s the time to talk about your life and who you are. The most important part of the interview is letting your stellar personality shine through; now you may have many sides to you, but showcasing your professional, mature and poised side might be your best bet. Showing up like you just peeled yourself off the couch may not be a great idea, but grooming yourself to be pleasant and presentable might.

Know what’s going on:

Not only with regards to business and management, but also about the things that matter to you. If football is a passion, then you should at-least know who is at the top of the table of the English Premier league. Or if the financial markets are your thing, then you should have a POV on how to improve the strength of the slipping Indian Rupee.

Breathe in, Breathe out: Having a one-on-one interview could be nerve-wracking. But you shouldn’t feel like you are on trial.  Try to be as comfortable as you can possibly be and remember that your interviewer also wants your interview to go well.

 

The bottom line here is to be yourself and not overthink the situation.

 

5 technological innovations that can change India’s healthcare industry

Technology has helped increase life spans, minimise recovery times and improve quality of life. At GIM’s recent conference on universal healthcare in India, vice president of One Ethicon Surgical Businesses and J & J Medical India Ashish Kohli pointed out that it isn’t just new innovations that change the healthcare industry, but also the proliferation of technology. He joined Punit Kohli, managing director of Fresenius Medical Care India, in listing out five technological innovations currently changing the healthcare industry in the country

 

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One method of assisted vaginal deliveries is the use of obstetrical forceps, which guide the baby out of the birth canal. However, this has been found to sometimes cause trauma to the mother and child. A lower-risk option is vacuum extraction which applies relatively less force on the baby. Punit Kohli suggested that the World Health Organization (WHO) is working on a way to bring this to the developing world where maternal mortality is currently high.

 

Dialysis canisters
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Dialysis requires large amounts of water, which is a scarce resource in many developing countries, including India. Researchers are working on a method that uses a five-litre canister which will reduce the need for water by up to 10 times.

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Within the dialysis sector itself is the development of wearable kidneys. This could be life-changing for patients with kidney issues, eliminating the need for frequent dialysis. It provides continuous renal replacement 24 hours a day and is expected to be more affordable and feasible in the long run.

 

Biodegradable dialysis bags
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Companies like Fresenius Medical Care India are drastically reducing environmental waste by moving to biodegradable stoma bags. Peritoneal dialysis involves each patient using three bags per session, which causes a huge stress on the environment. With biodegradable bags, this burden is lifted.

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Ashish Kohli suggested that digital surgery solutions will be a global gamechanger, offering examples such as advanced ablation devices to deal with small tumours and minimal invasive procedures for hysterectomy which allow women to get back on their feet faster than ever before.

 

We at GIM believe that a strong and inclusive healthcare environment ensures sustainable economic development, that’s why our Healthcare Management programme (HCM) is focussed on developing students to make a fulfilling career in management of healthcare organizations.

Adding the ‘V’ for Victory in Big Data Analytics – a GIM contribution

‘Big Data’ is the new Buzz Word in business today and while the world gets up close with the 10 big V’s of this new buzz (Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity, Visualization, Venue, Value, Virality, Variability and Viscosity); we at GIM are attempting to add another ‘V’ that we believe stands for ‘Victory’ in the field of Big Data Analytics. How are we doing this you may ask – well, we are applying the philosophies of business management on Big Data Analytics (BDA) through our PGDM in BDA.

Here’s the low down of a few simple things that help us in our endeavor of creating future-ready, data-fluent managers:

  1. WHAT WE TEACH – READ. LEARN. REVIEW. REPEAT.
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    Knowing to read data and understand the inferences it throws are 2 very different capabilities and luckily our program in BDA gets our students to acquire both of those skills. As part of the program you will not only learn statistical theory, data management, business intelligence systems including artificial intelligence (another buzz word) as well as deep learning and related tools, techniques and algorithms; but also understand their application in business.

    Old may be gold- but it sure doesn’t hold true in the field of Big Data and the velocity that comes with it. Therefore we are constantly engaging with business and industry to make sure that our program reflects their needs – all these to make sure that you are never outdated.


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    Our Pedagogy:

    Teaching with innovative techniques is what keeps us at the top of our game – read as NO detention for talking in class (unless it’s campus gossip or lunch menu discussions)! We are all about participative learning, since we could all learn a thing or two from each other.

     

    Our Data Science Laboratory: Now this may sound fancy but we think it’s essential that our students get their basics right. Therefore, before taking on the challenge of making sense of big data in the dynamic business world, our students are exposed to hands-on training in our data science lab enabled with cloud service. This allows you to apply case-based learning on actual data sets.

     

    On-the-Job learning: With 2 well-spaced opportunities for in-company experience during the program itself, you can be stand a better chance to find your place in the industry to apply what you have learnt at GIM in the real world during the program itself– 1) A summer internship at the end of Term 3 and 2) A full last term that is dedicated to in-company training. So you not only learn, but can also exhibit.

  3. WHO’S ON-BOARD:

    Who better to be the founding blocks of our program than the maestros themselves? Our board of studies formed for this program is comprised of a galaxy of stars from renowned universities and pioneering companies in the field of big data analytics. Name-dropping really isn’t our thing, but with the names we have below, who can blame us.

    • Prof Károly Böröczky, Professor and Head of Department of Mathematics and Its Applications, Central European University.
    • Prof Chandrasekhar Subramanyam, Sr. Professor and Director Business Analytics Centre, IFIM Business School, Bangalore.
    • Sandeep Mittal, Managing Director, Cartesian Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Singapore & Mumbai.
    • Prof Prithwis Mukherjee, Programme Director, Business Analytics, Praxis Business School, Kolkata.
    • Prof Arnab K Laha, Professor, Production and Quantitative Methods, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
    • Shailendra Singh, Head, eCommerce, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Mumbai, India.
    • Prof Niloy Ganguly, Professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Karagpur.
    • Prof Pulak Ghosh, Professor, Quantitative Methods and Information Systems, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
    • Dr Anshuman Gupta, Director Data Science at Pitney Bowes and Ex-Head of Data Science Program at Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bangalore.
    • Soumitra Das, Senior Consultant, Analytics Training, SAS Institute, Mumbai.

     

    Well, that’s how we are going for ‘Victory’, and we hope it excites you as much as us. Don’t waste a minute more; apply to our PGDM in BDA now.

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ADMISSIONS INTO GIM

1. MERIT FOR THE WIN:

At GIM we believe that actions (and accomplishments) speak louder than words. Therefore admissions to any of our courses are based purely on MERIT –and no amount of money can buy that. With no management quota or reservations, we are sure that each of our students are truly deserving of their place at GIM.

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2. SAY HELLO TO THE ACHIEVER’S ROUND:

What you are today is a result of what you did yesterday! We believe that the achievements that our students have to their name enhances the overall charisma of our campus community.  Enter the ACHIEVER’S ROUND– a unique round of interviews that credits applicants with significant past achievements (as agreed by us) – such as being a national level hockey player or a star performer in the previous appraisal cycle at work- with an advantage of early interviews. Don’t get us wrong, your past achievements do not replace the importance of your score in competitive examinations, it simply means that you have an advantage. Meeting the cut-off scores in the competitive examinations is still mandatory. (Applications to the Achiever’s round closes on 15th December 2018).

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3. THE FIRST MOVER AND EARLY BIRD ADVANTAGE:

GIM rewards students that make a smart choice and apply early on, with reduced application fees. You can avail this advantage irrespective of the type of competitive examination score that you choose to submit. For the record we accept XAT, CAT, GMAT and CMAT scores(Score validity can be checked on our website).

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4. MORE MAY BE MERRIER:

If 2 of our programs excite you, you can apply to both (For an additional fee of Rs.300). Of course we can’t guarantee you a place in either of the courses; however, once you go through the group discussion and personal interview rounds, both you and us will be in a healthier position to judge which program would suit you best.

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5. APPLICATION AT YOU FINGERTIPS:

Application to all our programs is digitized and needs to be done through forms.gim.ac.in. All you need to do is fill in your details, upload relevant documents as specified and make the payment – we’ll take from there on.

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TOP 6 REASONS YOU WANT TO GET INTO GIM

Learning here is INTENSE!

We are always learning – but it isn’t restricted to our classrooms. You can learn wherever you want to; on and off the campus. We must tell you though, that with the many things that we almost always have going on – cultural, inspirational, charitable, spiritual or athletic – you may not want to leave campus at all!

 

 

You can be whoever you want to be (except a public nuisance):

GIM doesn’t define who you are or will be; we simply help you be the best version of yourself. You could be a Rubik’s cube champion or the Wolf of Wallstreet- No talent is overlooked, in-fact every talent is celebrated here. With a Student’s club for almost everything you could imagine doing, you can be assured that you will find your place and your clan here.

 

 

We are a Global Village – quite literally!

The Humans of GIM come from all walks of life – students and faculty alike. Some of people are constants (and have been with the institute since its inception), while others pass the baton on, to take the GIM name forward.  The people you meet at GIM are fascinating, who will be a bridge to unexpected and wonderful opportunities throughout your life.
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We take inspiration from the best!

We had a tete-a tete with THE Dalai Lama on our campus this year! Now where else will you get that? Interacting with the best in the business (and the world at large) runs in our DNA and you won’t even have to Google most of the names that come visiting. What is more important though, is that we try and imbibe the teachings and philosophies of these great leaders, that we believe will help make our students better world citizens.

 

 

We don’t settle – we excel!

Consistently ranked among the TOP 15 Private B-Schools in the country, we are always looking to improve and strive to be pioneers in whatever we take on. Take our PGDM in Big Data Analytics or PGDM in Healthcare Management for example; which are some of the first management programs in these fields in the country. Our students are equipped to excel in the world of today and take on the challenges of tomorrow. But you don’t have to take our word for it; just have a look at our Alumni.
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We are in GOA! This may sound cliché, but who doesn’t love Goa?! As if that wasn’t good enough, our campus is atop a hillock, which makes reaching for the stars so much easier.

 

 

 

This list could go on but we think you’ve pretty much got the point as to why you should choose GIM!

To apply, visit www.gim.ac.in. Early bird applications close soon – don’t miss them, they are a steal.