Published : Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 5:05 PM

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai held its 12th Annual Convocation

  • 725 students graduated across 5 different full time and executive programs
  • 6 Best outgoing students and 4 academic toppers awarded with gold medals

Great Lakes Institute of Management, a premier B-School in India held its Annual Convocation at the CTC Convention Center, Chennai. Dr. Subra Suresh, President of Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, delivered the presidential address. Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder of M.S. Swaminathan Research foundation and former Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research addressed the graduands through video and delivered the convocation address.

A total of 725 students graduated this year across five different full-time and executive programs including PGPM, PGDM, PGXPM, PGPM (Flex) and PGP-BABI. Six best outgoing students and four academic toppers received Gold medals during the graduation ceremony. 

Welcoming the gathering, Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Dean & Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, said, “I am proud that every year Great Lakes has been reaching newer heights and we have been able to become one amongst the top 10 B-Schools in the country in such a short span of time. This is a testimony to our unique curriculum, world-class infrastructure, faculty and the quality of students we produce. To all the graduands here, I would like to emphasize the importance that Internet of Thongs (IoT) is going to have in your work place. Make yourselves prepared for the impact of IoT. I am positive that as an alumnus of this institute, you will continue to add value to your alma mater and your organization.” 

Delivering his convocation address through a video message, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan said, “I am glad to be able to address this graduating class coming out of a great institute. Stepping out from a center of excellence such as this is going to help you all become great leaders. By graduating today, you are ending one phase and beginning the next phase of your career. Always remember the three M’s – Monitoring, Measurement and Management to progress ahead. ”

12 Annual Convocation | Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai

While addressing the graduands, Dr. Suresh Subra said, “As I celebrate your day, I remark that there is more work ahead which will draw into practice each one of the lessons you learnt. You are graduating at a time, when our country is undergoing unprecedented changes. You are all the products of Industrial revolution 4.4 that is impacting our economy. Your generation is more blessed and exposed than the previous ones.”

Further highlighting about the economy changes, and advising the graduands, Dr Subra added, “One of the areas to pay more attention is not just the creation of Science and Technology but also how it intersects human behavior. As we look forward to solve the issues of 21st century, I would like to add that focus on your career, focus on your individuality, and focus on your society – socially, locally, nationally and globally. Stay Curious and keep learning, he concluded. 

Besides academic toppers, medals were awarded to nearly 70 graduands in the following categories - Dean’s Merit List, Domain toppers, best Empirical Study and Committee contributors.

12 Annual Convocation | Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai

One of the highlights of this year was, 31 graduands from PGPM and PGDM also received an additional AMP from University of Bordeaux. The AMP is a part of Great Lakes MOU with IAE Bordeaux University School of Management. These 31 students received their MBA (Level- M2) degree in European Business Administration and International Business from University of Bordeaux during Bordeaux University’s graduation ceremony earlier in May this year. These 31 students now have an European AMP in addition to PGPM or PGDM from Great lakes. Great Lakes is one of the few top B-Schools in the country that offers a dual MBA option from an international University.

About Great Lakes Institute of Management :

Great Lakes was founded in 2004 by Padma Shri Dr. Bala V. Balachandran with a vision of becoming the leading Management Institution in India providing Quality Education at an affordable cost and Human Capital for Emerging Economies. In 2014, Great Lakes was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA, UK) for its PGPM and PGXPM programs and became the youngest B-school in India to receive this prestigious international accreditation. In 2015, Great Lakes received international SAQS accreditation from AMDISSA making it one of the few B-Schools in India to receive two prestigious international accreditations. Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council and buoyed by the international collaborations, Great Lakes has, within a short span of 10 years emerged as a top-ranked business school. 

For the year 2015, Great Lakes has been ranked No.1 for its Analytics program by Analytics India, 2nd in research productivity in a comprehensive study by IIM-B & XIMB faculty, 5th among private B-Schools in India by Careers 360, 7th among India’s top one-year executive MBA/PGP programmes by Business Today, 9th under the category of top one-year programs in the country by Business World, 9th among one year MBA program by Outlook India, and 10th among top ten B-Schools in India by Business India. 

Great Lakes has 80+ full time faculty and 130+ visiting faculty including over 20 international faculty from top global schools like Yale, Kellogg, Stanford, etc. Further collaborations with world’s leading institutions like Georgia State University, University of Houston, University of Bordeaux, Hongkong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) etc. have helped Great Lakes in globally benchmarking its programs. 

Great Lakes has a 27.5 acres LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Delhi-NCR. Great Lakes offers One Year full time MBA for experienced professionals, Two year MBA with focus on Emerging Markets, Part Time Executive MBA Program, Weekend Executive MBA Program, Specialized sectoral management programs in Information Technology, Retail, Analytics, Health Care and Energy. Students graduating from Great Lakes are recruited by world renowned Organizations both in India and overseas.

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