Goa Institute of Management (GIM) organised its annual Grand Alumni Meet 2019 – a platform for alumni of various batches to interact with students of the current batch.
This year’s meet was the largest GIM alumni gathering in the history of its 25 years. In his address director of GIM, Ajit Parulekar said: “The quality of an institution depends on two things – the impact of the research they do and the performance of their alumni. This evening is a testimony to that thought.”
On the occasion, GIM felicitated its first six pioneer batches with mementos as a token of gratitude. Srinivas Chunduru, alumni of GIM Batch of 1996-98 who is presently the Senior Advisor on the Board of Directors for Ola was awarded the 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.” He added that the secret to happiness is when you know the purpose behind what you are doing.
The alumni shared their thoughts on the occasion. Director and partner in Fourth Signal, Ajay Furtado said: “The habits we picked up in the two years at GIM help us even now, in all our business endeavours.”
Founder of Buy Test Series, Gaurav Golwalkar 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.” Vice president, Strategic Initiatives at K K Birla Group Company, Manoj John 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.” Perry Goes spoke about how the college has been growing in its stature over the past few years.
The meet included band performances and a stand-up comedy act.