Great Lakers Win Hearts at Akshayam, MDI, Gurgaon!

While the world sleeps, the Knight Riders rule the night. It all started with a mail for participation at Akshayam 2012, the sports cum cultural fest at MDI, Gurgaon and so, when most people were sleeping last night in their cozy blankets, there was this group of around 24 people all excited and pumped up to challenge the best management teams of India.

Basketball (2200 hrs):The day started with a very enthusiastic performance on the basketball field where Great Lakers had one of the close matches of the tournament till now. The only glitch being the captain Varun Anand from PGPM 1 year getting injured and dislocating his shoulder. He was rushed to the hospital then and there and has been advised bed rest for a few weeks now. Despite getting injured, his words were all to cheer up his team mates while leaving the field, that what SPORTMANSHIP is all about. Piyush from 1st year energy batch stepped up to responsibility and despite landing on the other side, Great Lakers left the field with pride. The final score 49 – 38 in the favor of our opponents.

Badminton (2340 hrs): The focus then moved on to the Badminton courts but despite some valiant efforts in the court by  the captain, Rohit Parimal the team could not move past the pre quarter finals. The final score 3 – 0 to the opponents.

Table Tennis (0200 hrs): With the confidence a little shaky after two first round exits and one important member of the sports contingent getting injured, it was left upto captain Kiran Lingam(PGPM 1 year) to lift up the spirits of all with a win against a stronger Narsi Munji Team from Mumbai in table tennis. Kiran delivered what the doctor just ordered, a flurry of top spins to the right, whacking back hand shots and his impeccable services left the NMIMS team stunned as he toppled their Rank 1 player. Despite losing a close ladies singles match(2 sets to 1) and a valiant mixed doubles, the college bounced back with the duo of Kiran Lingam and Mohit Taneja(PGPM 1 year)  in men’s doubles. So it was all left upto Mohit Taneja to win the decider mens singles match. Mohit played the match with his trademark finesse and with his clinical serves and clean shots, left the opponents speechless. He won the match with 3 sets to nil, with the score in the final set being 11-0. The final score , Great Lakers play the quarter finals at 1700 hrs today.

Football: The positivity of the table tennis spread through to the football team and they won a challenging first round match with the score being 4-2 in penalty shoot outs. In quarters, they met the team from NMIMS, Mumbai in the quarter finals. The match started on an even note and both the quarters saw some good attacking moves set up by Mathew, Nitin (1 yr PGPME) for Rohit Parimal (PGPM 1 year) and some good strong defense by Jitendra Lakhwani, Mithun, Sudhanshu (PGPM 1 year). The score after the final whistle being nil all, the match entered the penalty shootouts. This time luck just happened to slip through out hands and a valiant effort saw the score line reading 4-2 in favour of NMIMS. The Man of the match(Based on the team feedback) being Mr. Rohit Singh (1 Year PGPM), the goal keeper.

And yes, not to forget the efforts of our special  cheer leading team , lead by Vivek Sankhyan(PGPM 1 year) and Karanjot (PGPME 1st Year) and ably supported by all crew members. The heights of dedication and passion are shown by our football team members, when all of them chose to stay there for their next futsal match at 0700 hrs.

Great Lakes Win Hearts @ Akshayam, MDI

While the world slept, the Knight Riders ruled the night. It all started with a mail of participation at Akshayam 2012, the Sports cum Cultural fest at MDI, Gurgaon. When most people were sleeping last night in their cozy blankets, there was this group of around 24 people all excited and pumped up to challenge the best B-school teams of India.

The day started with a very enthusiastic performance on the basketball field where Great Lakers had one of the closest matches of the tournament till now. The only glitch being the captain Varun Anand from PGPM 1 year getting injured and dislocating his shoulder. He was rushed to the hospital then and there and has been advised bed rest for a few weeks now. Despite getting injured, his words were all to cheer up his teammates while leaving the field, that what SPORTSMANSHIP is all about. Piyush from 1st yr PGPME stepped up to responsibility and despite landing on the other side, Great Lakers left the field with pride. The final score 49 – 38 in the favor of our opponents.

The focus then moved on to the Badminton courts but despite some valiant efforts in the court by  the captain, Rohit Parimal the team could not move past the pre quarter finals. The final score 3 – 0 to the opponents.

With the confidence a little shaky after two first round exits and one important member of the sports contingent getting injured, it was left to captain Kiran Lingam(PGPM 1 year) to lift up the spirits of all with a win against a stronger Narsee Monjee Team from Mumbai in table tennis. Kiran delivered what the doctor just ordered, a flurry of top spins to the right, whacking backhand shots and his impeccable services left the NMIMS team stunned as he toppled their Rank 1 player. Despite losing a close ladies singles match(2 sets to 1) and a valiant mixed doubles, the college bounced back with the duo of Kiran Lingam and Mohit Taneja(PGPM 1 year)  in men’s doubles. Eventually Mohit Taneja was up for the decider mens singles match. Mohit played the match with his trademark finesse and with his clinical serves and clean shots, left the opponents speechless. He won the match with 3 sets to nil, with the score in the final set being 11-0, the final score.

The positivity of the table tennis spread through to the football team and they won a challenging first round match with the score being 4-2 in penalty shootouts. In quarters, they met the team from NMIMS, Mumbai in the quarter finals. The match started on an even note and both the quarters saw some good attacking moves set up by Mathew, Nitin (1st yr PGPME) for Rohit Parimal (PGPM 1 year) and some good strong defense by Jitendra Lakhwani, Mithun, Sudhanshu (PGPM 1 year). The score after the final whistle being nil all, the match entered the penalty shootouts. This time luck just happened to slip through our hands and a valiant effort saw the scoreline reading 4-2 in favour of NMIMS.

And of all, not to forget the efforts of our special cheer leading team , lead by Vivek Sankhyan(PGPM 1 year) and Karanjot (1st yr PGPME) and ably supported by all crew members. The heights of dedication and passion are shown by our football team members, when all of them chose to stay there for their next futsal match in the morning.

We salute the bruised knees and sprained backs of our classmates and extend our concern for their well-being. Just back from one of our most memorable nights with alarm clock ringing now to inform me about the jogging time despite a sleepless night, we look forward to go and cheer for our friends, our family – the Great Lakes Family, in the forthcoming matches.

All Great Lakers @ MDI right now, RESPECT !!!

~ Pankaj

(PGPM 1yr)

Chairman’s Reconnect 5 – ‘Are we spiritual beings undergoing human experience?’

1 November, 2013

My dear young friends,

As I mentioned in my last letter, I attended “7th All India Students’ Conference on Science & Spiritual Quest” at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore on 1-2 Sept’12. Magnificent JN Tata Auditorium of IISc was filled to capacity with 750 participants. I felt honored to chair a Session on “Life, Science and Spirituality”, which was addressed by Prof. B.M. Hegde (Padma Bhushan) former Vice Chancellor, Manipal University, Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay, Professor  & Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine, AIIMS and Prof. Ramgopal Uppaluri, Deptt. Of Chemical Engineering, IIT, Guwahati.

Prof. Hegde talked about energy treatment based on eastern medical wisdom to be an essential part of future integrated system that works with quantum physics as the base. Prof. Mukhopadhyay opined that the journey from Higgs-Boson to consciousness would have several milestones still in the dark. Prof. Ramgopal Uppaluri attempted to compare the scientific and vedantic models of evolution.

With the recent discovery of sub-atomic “God particle” at the CERN’s 10 billion $ Atom smasher, which is believed to confer mass to other particles that make up matter; man has got a clue to generating mass. Einstein had already established the relationship between mass and energy; We seem to have a better understanding of mass and energy now, but all of it limited to only one side of the coin.

Other side of creation is consciousness or “Chetna” that is behind life manifesting metabolism, power of converting food into energy, capacity for growth, power of healing and reproduction. Given all the necessary cellular chemicals, no one can create a living cell in the test tube. A molecule, no matter how orderly and precisely arranged, is life-less. A surgeon with best of his skills, supported by modern medical electronics can’t heal a body. After his job, he depends on some power for self-healing and recovery. That healer, the life giver is yet to be discovered. Consciousness is in the realm of spirituality.

Today majority of youth tends to discard “Spirituality” and “Consciousness” saying these are not needed, not useful, out of course or opining that it is a waste of time to understand these aspects.

Spirituality is derived from “Spirit” which is “pure self” beyond the body. It is one’s consciousness, conscience, thinking & feeling part of existence, sensitivity, motivation and divinity.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has suggested that the younger generation should be trained in both scientific temper and spiritual pursuit. The nation’s overall growth is truly reflected in terms of a perfect blend of creative technical skill-sets with moral & ethical leadership, in other words integrating capabilities with values. Education with values is essential for national development. Science and spirituality are the two sides of the coin, if it has to circulate for the cause of sustainable progress of mankind across generations.

Albert Einstein said that science is blind without spirituality and the spiritual world is lame without science. What he meant was that we should blend science and spirituality to be able to use science for constructive purposes. Atomic research can lead us to Atom Bomb as well as Nuclear Energy. Chemical research can lead us to Chemical weapons as well as Chemotherapy. Modern science has airplanes, satellites, mobile and internet, DNA test and MRI on one hand and Green House effect, electronic and nuclear waste, weapons, tampering devices etc. on the other.

Was Mahatma Gandhi not spiritual? His discovery of truth, total commitment to non-violence, practicing before preaching, thinking of down trodden were all spiritual values at the highest level of consciousness!

It is disheartening to see a corrupt and valueless society-segment emerging today in India, which has been the hub of spirituality and righteousness. It is here human consciousness has been evolved to its fullest extent. In India, science and spirituality have been regarded as serving a common cause of understanding the purpose and meaning of existence and to serve the man and nature with renewed inspiration and with fullest of dedication and commitment.

By ignoring spirituality (Atmagyan) and consciousness (Chetna), we can learn quality management but not become quality conscious, we can learn energy but not become energy conscious, we may memorize history but not create history. Education without spirituality is like a flower without fragrance.

Sometimes I think “Are we human beings trying to avoid spiritual experience” or “Are we spiritual beings compulsorily undergoing human experience”. Please think over it !!

Satyamev Jayate !!!

Best wishes and Regards,

Dr. B.S.K.Naidu

M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI Scholar, D.Engg., FNAE, Hon.D.WRE

Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR, Gurgaon, NCR, Delhi
Co-Chairman, Advisory Council, Great Lakes-Bauer Global Energy Executive MBA program, University of Houston
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI / REL)

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