FINDING YOUR SPOT- 5 Creative spaces in GIM


  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.


  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.


  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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  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.


  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.


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.


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


Vacuum-assisted deliveries

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

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.

Wearable kidneys

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
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.

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:


    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.


    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.



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.



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).



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).



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.




Application to all our programs is digitized and needs to be done through 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.



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.

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.


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 Early bird applications close soon – don’t miss them, they are a steal.

Utsav 2018

“You never lose in business; either you win; or you learn”
-Melinda Emerson

‘Utsav’ – a word that carries with it the meaning of delight and merriment at GIM is more than just another event on campus, it is an experience to embrace. For the E-Cell it held a greater meaning as this being their flagship event, it gave the students a sneak peek into the life of an entrepreneur. For the budding businessmen it turned out to be a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and test the waters with their business ideas. For the rest of the GIM community, it was a night full of merry filled with scrumptious food, foot tapping music and stirring games.

Tony Gaskins once said, “If you don’t build on your own dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs”. This thought of doing something different and succeeding at it, is often what pulls many of us to business school. The secret to getting ahead is actually getting started and Utsav 2018 provided the exciting opportunity to reignite the passion and fervour for business.

The quadrangle between the library and the cafeteria lit up with the energy of young entrepreneurs navigating the way through their first business venture. Right from bidding for their stalls, to planning, budgeting, marketing, the stall owners had to do it all.
The stalls displayed a beautiful blend of culture – Kerala’s Banana chips, Pune’s famous Kayani Shrewsbury Biscuits, Pav Bhaji Mumbai style, the famous Goan Ros Omlette, Chicken Afghani and anything else that could be named, the stalls had it all. Adding flavour to the delicious food was music by our in-house band OxyGIM which brought the biggest smiles on people’s faces, adding up on a night to cherish.


“Utsav provided a platform to bring out the entrepreneur in us. I got a chance to meet people I never interacted with earlier. It created not only a fun filled environment but proved to be a great learning experience.”
– Tannya Babbar



“Utsav for me was imbibing the entrepreneurial spirit as well as testing the somewhat present chef skills in me.
It was an evening packed with innovation and delicious cuisines. Tasting the pav bhaji from Mumbai to Ros Omlete from Goa was mouth watering. Students here really pushed themselves to give us a long lasting memory.

Even I did put a stall selling nachos and tarts. Got to learn a lot about the art of selling and attracting customers to atleast attain my break even.”
– Rijul Handa


Mr. Piyush Pandey On Campus- Ribandar Talks

“You are not going to know something completely from day one. You have to be inspired to learn more; and inspiration comes from communication”
– Mr. Piyush Pandey

Goa Institute of Management in association with Ribandar Talks was proud to host the most renowned and talented name in the Indian advertising industry, Mr Piyush Pandey, Indian Advertising Guru and Co-Executive Chairman, Ogilvy and Mather Private Limited.
Accolades are just a synonym with his name as he has won multiple awards for his work in advertising over the years with his Fevikwik and Cadbury commercials awarded as the Advertisement and Campaign of the century respectively. It all culminated for him in the year 2016 when he was honoured with the Padma Shri award for his contribution towards the Indian Advertising Industry.
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Speaking on the topic “Think local and influence a nation”, he emphasised on the fact that advertising is not rocket science and relating his journey through the years with our own lives would help us understand the nuances in a better way.
Further elaborating on the topic, he mentioned how locations play an important role in cultures and said ‘’Respect location and learn from them, everyone has a distinct location and we can learn from them by getting exposed and communicating with each other”. He also explained that he observed what was around him and respected it, which is the reason his Ads travelled everywhere, even abroad and so he wants the young minds to use these locations and cultures around them as an emotion and not as a symbol to garner success like him.

He played a snippet of the advertisements created by him and run by his media house over the years, which included the Fevicol ads in various languages, creating a mood of nostalgia amongst the students. He said that the reason behind these advertisements becoming a runaway hit throughout the nation despite being in regional languages was because, there were no such heavy local nuances present in the ad that might alienate the audience. The primary motive behind localising the theme is not to offend anyone but instead use the opportunity to bring together our cultures and festivities so that the entire country understands the common emotion pertaining to them.


Most of his advertisements have had the strong essence of underlying emotional connect to the audience, which was visible in the next segment that he played which consisted of the ads of Asian Paints, Cadbury and Madhya Pradesh-Incredible India. According to him the local scenarios, which he observed around, inspired all of these ads and he said, “Inspiration is relevant to emotional context, and since we are a country of great folklore and whole lot of other stuff, it is both easy and important to find things that people would enjoy and connect to on a personal level”.

Furthermore he played the famous 5 Star and Centre Fresh ads which sent ripples of laughter across  the audience and also sent the message across that it is not only the location or society that influences an idea but our own memories and sense of humour also play an essential role in creation of the theme for an advertisement.

The final portion had the Times of India, The Hindu and Red Label ads wherein all of them had the theme of challenging the social norms or the ideas prevalent in our society. Mr. Pandey strongly believed that the country is going through a social change and there is a tenacious need of highlighting this shift in ideologies in a positive light.

Following the talk, Mr. Pandey addressed the questions raised by the excited students who were waiting eagerly for a chance to interact with him. On being asked about what breeds creativity he replied, “Creativity is having confidence in yourself, having belief in yourself and not being restricted by our own fear and the society. Being creative means thinking differently which is a healthy habit unless you offend anyone”. Another topic raised was digital media taking over traditional advertising industry on which he commented, “Digital media is just a tool to exhibit stories and is a common vehicle available to all. Just like books are available to every person but few make proper use of it so in a similar manner the effectiveness of a media depends on how you use it”.

He signed off from the event with a final word on significance of creativity, storytelling and emotional connect whilst pointing out that, “It’s not about what things you say in an Ad, what matters is how you say things in the Ad”.

Ayushman Bharat and its implications for universal health coverage in India

We at Goa Institute of management are fortunate enough to be a part of, one of the first of its kind Healthcare Management conclave on “Ayushman Bharat”.

The much awaited day started with an address by our director, Dr Ajit Parulekar wherein he highlighted how the healthcare management program, one of our pet programs has come a long way despite being started just 6 years back and how conclaves and seminars like these are advantageous for the students and the faculty members. He appreciated the amount of exponential growth Goa’s healthcare sector has seen under the leadership of Mr.Manohar Parrikar, chief minister, state of Goa and Mr.Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane, Minister of Health, Government of Goa. Next he went on to speak about the changes from then to now in the healthcare ecosystem and how developmental schemes like Ayushman Bharat would help us even more.


Mr.Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane, Minister of health, Government of Goa, give his views cents on the issues Indian healthcare sector is facing right now and how only a collaboration between the government and private sector can solve them. He also gave his insights on how the central government has become more vigilant about the healthcare infrastructure and the recent developments under PMSSY. He emphasised on how GIM, by creating responsible leaders in the Healthcare Management field is doing its bit. Next we had the keynote speaker for the event, Dr.Indubhushan, CEO, Ayushman Bharat & PMJEY, who spoke about how dire the healthcare needs of people in India are and after comparing numbers it was brought to everyone’s notice how India has much higher out of pocket expenditure on healthcare when compared to our neighbours and competitors. Next he spoke about how Ayushman Bharat would be a game-changing scheme and would change the landscape of healthcare management in the country.


After the inaugural ceremony, the conference started with the first panel discussion moderated by Mr.Shaktivel Selvaraj, Senior Health Economist, PHFI India. The panellists for this discussion were Ms.K.Sujatha Rao, Former Union Health Secretary, Government of India; Dr.Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Vice Chairman, Narayana Health Care; Dr.Indubhushan, CEO, PMJEY & Ayushman Bharat and Mr.Joy Chakraborty. The topic of the discussion was “Ayushman Bharat and its implications for universal health coverage in India”. The discussion revolved around how it is a huge responsibility on various leaders of the industry to aggregate policies and resources in order to accommodate people from all the strata of the society.

This was followed by a second panel discussion moderated by Dr.Ajit Parulekar, Director, GIM and the panellists were, Mr.Puneet Kohli, Vice Chairman, Fresenius Medical Care India Pvt. Ltd; Mr.Ashish Kohli and Mr.Shaktivel Selvaraj. The topic was “Is the healthcare product industry adaptable to the changing healthcare market due to Ayushman Bharat?”. The discussion mainly focused around how there’s 2 players in the healthcare industry: Patients and Providers and how is Ayushman Bharat going to change the bargaining power of these players. Also the speakers spoke about how this is a path breaking and bold step in the right direction and will change the way medical care will be delivered in India.

Diwali 2018

Diwali, a season when festivities and happiness blend around you like fog around a mountain. In GIM it is no less than a spectacle with fun filled moments keeping all the students in a merry mood. This year was no different as RaZzMaTaZz- The Cultural Club of GIM left no stone unturned in keeping the Diwali aura shining around the campus with 3 complete days of Yaaron Sang Diwali.


Day 1 started with the prelims of the much beloved Antakshari competition, as the teams were eager to churn out melodies for gaining that harmonic edge over the others. The contest ran long into the night as the gala feeling took over the contestants as they divulged heartily into the music and merry.

Day 2 started off on even better note as the mighty Narakasura, was revealed much akin to the joy of GIMites. The giant dummy soared over everything and stood as a testimony to the sweat of the students who had spent sleepless nights building it from scratch. The Narakasura was circled throughout the campus and finally placed near the amphitheatre. The highly anticipated DJ Night followed it as everyone danced their feet off without a care in the world. The night ended with the Narkasur burnt as per the tradition followed over years, with the flames roaring into the night sky and forging the beautiful fiery hue all around.



Even with exams on their heads, nothing could keep away this bunch of students from celebrating diwali at their home, away from home! A lot of competitions like rangoli making and diya decoration took up most of our day 3. The evening started with a peaceful and serene Pooja in one of the hostels to kick start the long night of festivities. The event was graced by our beloved director and faculty members as well. A huge pomp and show of crackers followed this bringing into the air the celebratory diwali feeling. From there everyone moved towards the amphitheater for a fun musical antakshari finals wherein students showed off their bollywood knowledge and singing prowess! The cherry on the cake, literally and figuratively was the spread of delicacies for the diwali special dinner, truly reminding all the students of their homes. Diwali being one of the largest festivals to be celebrated in our country was the same here at GIM both in its spirit and its rigour. Students decorated their rooms and dressed up in their best traditional attires to make the event a huge success and a beloved memory!



The social club of our institute,RaZzMaTaZz, spent many a sleepless nights preparing for this event and I know I speak everyone’s minds when I say that they did a wonderful job at it! We hope that this festival of lights enlightened your homes and hearts like it did ours for the years to come!