Learning is a lifelong endeavour that we embark on from the day we are born till our last breath. We are always learning, through the people we meet, the books we read, the movies we watch, and most importantly through introspection. Our early years consist of knowledge that helps us be a part of society, understanding the difference between good and evil while discovering our inner strengths and experimenting with interests that for some lead to fulfilling careers.
It isn’t till we reach the phase of higher education that we begin to acknowledge our hidden talents that may lie in academics, extracurricular activities, or as is the case with most, a harmonious blend of both.
An ideal institution is one where curriculum and culture get equal importance. At the Goa Institute of Management, there exists the perfect amalgamation of both, higher learning as well as an emphasis on the traditions that treasure the diversity of its student body.
GIM celebrates culture in a holistic manner where it is not only limited to religious festivals but takes into account sports, films, music, and our environment, all of which are essential aspects of a developing country. By inspiring students to partake in clubs and showcase their talent, the learning moves out of the classrooms into a more informal and entertaining setup. This is where individuals can broaden their minds in a light-hearted manner, often forming bonds with classmates that run thicker than blood.
Carrying forward a 25-year-old legacy, GIM has always been about providing the best education through the finest in various industries. Its location atop a hill in Goa adds to the charm of the institute where natural beauty becomes an integral part of life on campus. In addition to this, an active alumnus, influential guest speakers such as His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and a faculty par excellence make for a learning atmosphere that pushes students to become future world leaders.
The curriculum at the GIM follows the trend of providing a well-rounded education. Its diploma programs start with the Give Goa project where students are encouraged to be socially aware of their surrounding regions and to be a vital part of overall development. What follows is two years of intensive training in honing individual skills. Students learn about different aspects of management from leadership to presentations and working together as a team. The curriculum focuses on the changing nature of the business and how one must adapt to stay ahead and succeed.
GIM stimulates a sense of friendly competition among the students by awarding medals for excellence in performance at the end of the course. A Summer Internship Program is the final test where students can utilise their learning in the real world, and simultaneously get hands-on experience into the fields of their interest. However, the two years that students spend together is as much about learning from books and the experience of the lecturers as it is about educating each other.
A range of clubs that students can join during their course take teaching to a different level altogether. Here, students take the initiative to perform activities that interest them and may or may not be directly related to the course. The aim behind this is for students to indulge in fun and games but also acquire interpersonal skills by interacting with each other. From the HR Society and Marketing Club to the Sports, Culture, and Emotional Intellectuals groups, students enjoy diverse activities, all of which form an integral part of higher learning.
This mix of culture and curriculum extends further in a more traditional form through festival celebrations where the management, faculty, and students come together and relish the joy associated with the many religious holidays of India. Diwali is a time of great importance on the campus as are all the other major festivals like Eid, Holi, and Dussehra that are cherished by everyone with a sense of togetherness.
Students often await the more homegrown events at GIM that take place annually with enthusiasm and excitement. Utsav, the in-house festival is all about highlighting the entrepreneur spirit of the students. However, once again, the format is such that participants can showcase their interests be it in the culinary arts, tarot card reading, or music. Similarly, music and theatre festivals add merriment to the time spent on GIM, where life isn’t always about books.
India is a land of many attitudes, and GIM is a leader in bringing together brilliant individuals from all walks of life into one close-knit family. The present class of GIM has students from 28 states providing the opportunity to understand our country and its culturally vibrant regions through first-hand knowledge that each student brings to the campus.
This diversity is the ideal ground for sharing experiences, beliefs, and encouraging healthy debate, which when combined with a top-class curriculum, takes learning to a level that leads to the development of students into socially, culturally, and academically aware citizens of the world.