Celebrating the 80 Years of Dr Bala V. Balachandran

It was the day of Guru Purnima when we were to meet the founder of our prestigious institute, Dr Bala V. Balachandran and it was an honour to be with him to celebrate his 80th Birthday on this auspicious day. All 270 students on campus were extremely excited to be the first ones to welcome him here in India. The campus was bussing with hyperactivity, students were preparing for the cultural event in every corner of the campus with never seen before passion, and kaleidoscopic colours of ethnic dresses could be seen everywhere. The entire aura of the campus was exuding enthusiasm as we were looking forward to celebrating our Guru’s birthday on the eve of Guru Purnima.

The amphitheatre had massive arrangements to make the upcoming evening etched in our hearts forever. A great stage was setup with a potpourri of decorations, lights and cameras, and each one of us was instilled with delight to welcome our founder with sparkling energy and zest.

Everyone was spellbound when he finally arrived. The energy that he has even at the age of 80 is something you’ll have to see to believe.

The evening started with birthday greetings given by great dignitaries and our dear faculty members. The heart touching poem on the journey of Dr. Bala written and recited by our very own professor, Dr. V.P. Singh awestruck everyone present in the amphitheatre. This poem was all about struggle and challenges faced by Uncle Bala and how he managed to overcome all the challenges to shine bright like a star. In the words of Uncle Bala, “A great aptitude with a good attitude takes us to a higher altitude” and he has gone way beyond the extra mile to prove it.

Next, it was time for students to showcase their talents for which they had put in a lot of effort, taking out time from their busy schedules and practising rigorously to greet Uncle Bala. There were some fabulously mesmerising performances comprising of dance, drama, singing and the stage was completely on fire. The energy of the Great Lakers didn’t end here, we had a spectacular flash mob where all the students joined and performed an amazing random act.  We also had an electrifying power-packed dance performance which was a mix of Bollywood, Bhangra and Fusion. I really enjoyed being part of the flash mob and the group dance performance. Not only did we had relentless practise sessions (helped me lose some weight as well :P), but also learnt so much from peers, made great friends and had the most memorable time of our lives.






Uncle Bala was fascinated and spell bound by the amount of energy and creative young talent we have at our institute. He gave us his blessings and sang a beautiful song for all of us. It was an unforgettable moment for everyone in attendance. All his teachings and inspirational words have motivated us to move ahead and achieve great heights with a positive attitude. The heart-felt memories of this day would be cherished by us forever.

Last but not the least, we all wish that you keep on climbing the ladder of success and keep on inspiring us for many more years to come. Wish you an amazing year ahead, Uncle Bala.

Author: Sakshi Khurana

PGPM, Class of 2018, Great Lakes, Gurgaon

The Great Lakes Bike Squad – Roadtrip #1 – AGRA

It was the Sunday of the penultimate week of term 1 when the examination schedule arrived and noticing that we have a 2 day holiday post exams, was enough to lift our spirits after the 7 weeks of rigorous classes, assignments, quizzes and projects. Being the kind of travel enthusiast and an adventure junkie that I am, I immediately started planning a road trip.

Post extensive deliberations and discussions, “The Squad” decided that Agra was the best place to visit in this limited span of time.

Introducing the squad:



With the exams done and dusted, we nut heads, Chinmay, Rishi and I (Ashwin) were super pumped up for this trip. We got our bikes washed and fueled them up for the ride.

The Kickstart: Day 1: Saturday

We started our journey early in the morning at 6 AM and were greeted by foggy clouds, slight drizzle and curvy roads. As we cruised through the countryside with cool breeze caressing our bodies and ruffling our hair, a kind of indescribable euphoria took over.

The benefit of starting at 6 in the morning is that we covered good ground in no time and by the time we reached the National Highway, we were starving. After devouring a few parathas, we were on our way to our first major stop, Mathura, the birth place of ‘Lord Krishna’. We explored the town for a while and then made our way to Vrindavan to seek the Lord’s blessings. Following which, it was now time to head towards Agra and the gorgeous Yamuna Expressway, with its scenic beauty, embraced us with open arms.


Yamuna Expressway was a full-throttle adrenaline rush!!! Cruising at 120 KMPH and pushing our vehicles to their limits, it was an amazing feeling altogether. Post all that adventure, we stopped for our mandatory photo shoot and reached Agra at 2PM. Later in the evening, we explored the former capital of India gazed at the beauty of the TAJ in awe.

Day 2: Sunday – TAJ, definitely worth every superlative description out there

Being the early birds that we are, we visited Taj at 6AM and it was truly a feast for the eyes. After gazing endlessly upon the monument of love in a peaceful environment devoid of any noisy tourists, we started our journey to Fatehpur Sikri and reached there by 11 AM, visited all the historic monuments and by 3 PM we were back on the road.

Within a span of 48 hours, we covered a distance of 500 KMS and reached our campus safe and sound by 7 PM.

With this adventurous trip behind us, we realised that this was first official Bike Squad of Great Lakes. The three of us mutually agreed to carry forward this tradition of road trip whenever the opportunity presents itself and keep on adding more members to The Squad in the future.


Author: Ashwin AN

PGPM, Class of 2018, Great Lakes, Gurgaon




Great-Lakes-Gurgaon-Student-CouncilSASHI LAVANYA APPAVURAJ


Shashi Lavanya Appavuraj, a skilled interlocutor came into power with a clear majority with a whopping number of 42 votes. Lavanya, an Electronics and Communications engineer did her B. Tech. from Avinashilingam University post which she was handpicked by Accenture where she worked for a total of two and a half years. A native of Chandipur, Orissa, she has been in leadership positions right from the school level and has actively participated in social service activities during her college days. With a wide range of hobbies such as photography, writing poems, listening to music and traveling, she defines herself as a people’s person. Lavanya aims at helping each one of the Samurais find the ‘true-self’ they came searching for. Her go-getter attitude and impulsive nature have helped her in all facets of her life and she aims at setting an example for others of what a dedicated stuco should be like.

Great-Lakes-Student-CouncilVIKGNESH SAMPATH


He graduated from Dr. M.G.R Educational and Research Institute specializing in the field of Electrical and Electronics in the year 2011, post which HCL Technologies took him places (Chennai, Banglore and Noida) for the next three and a half years. A cosmopolitan who has travelled to six different countries, Vikgnesh has handled the post of Joint Secretary of the student body in the final year of his B. Tech. studies. He further honed his leadership skills by playing an active role in HCL One India scheme, a CSR initiative by HCL Technologies. A cricket buff, who has represented Tamil Nadu Cricket Association at the divisional level, Vikgnesh aims at increasing both the output and quality of the current PGPM batch thereby setting a benchmark for the upcoming batches. He humbly acknowledges the immense responsibility that the current batch of Samurais has entrusted upon him and he vows to do justice with the job he has signed up for.

Great-Lakes-Student-CouncilVIKAS KUMAR


His three minute “What I stand for speech” attracted the maximum adulation and applause from the students. Alumni of NIT Jamshedpur, Vikas worked with Jindal South West Steel Ltd. for three and a half years. Having handled several leadership positions such as scout head at the school level and General Secretary student council in college, his statement “Been there done that” surely has a lot of weight. His experience of independently handling large and complex projects during his stint with JSW has further honed his leadership skills which the current batch of Samurais can certainly benefit from. Vikas loves cooking, gardening and is an avid reader. Also, he has actively been associated with several NGOs since his school days and still continues to provide them his assistance whenever required. His long-term plan as the member of the student council is to help each one of us develop the confidence required to succeed in our areas of interest. He describes himself as “Man of my words” and aims at making Great Lakes Institute of Management home away from home at least for the next one year for all the Samurais.


Samurais, PGPM Gurgaon Class of 2016

Vyaktitva- A club on a mission


My hobby was to talk. Yak, yak and yak. Be it any topic, any place, with any person and in any situation, I just could not keep my mouth shut. Yet, I was the first one to hide behind the taller head during the assembly hour in school. After successfully beating Father D’ Souza’s eagle gaze for 9 long years, I was caught and that unfortunate probability of .001 was realized on a Monday when I was sharing the details of how Sachin blasted Warne off even in a dust storm last night with my friend. My serial no. was called upon and I did not react for a moment. I acted dead, hoping that Father would move on, but luck just wasn’t on my side that day. My serial no. was recalled and I couldn’t feign ignorance any more. I had to move. My distance and time measuring neurons were disabled and all I could do was walk towards the stage. And on reaching there, I saw 1000 black dots facing towards me; all quiet and expectant. I could not utter a word and I dropped the mike which was handed to me due to nervousness. I was a wreck. That day I came to know what stage fright was.

What that day did to me was made me realize the fears associated with public speaking and pressed the importance of overcoming it. Public speaking not only improves one’s personality and gives a major boost to his/her internal confidence levels but also helps them discover their hidden abilities.

Our personalities are also shaped by the deeds we do. We generally do contribute to the society: by working, by creating employment, by paying taxes, by voting and by other smaller unappreciated activities. Still, a lot more can be done to restore the balance. As future aspiring leaders in our respective fields, we need to cultivate the feeling of redistributing the extra to the needy; after all we are a sovereign, socialist, democratic secular republic. The more one gives back to the society selflessly, the more ethical aspects of his/her personality develop. Helping the society not only gives us happiness but transforms us. More importantly, helping society aids us in staying connected to the roots and keeps us in touch with the reality.

To reach where we are aiming for, we have to accomplish what we are here for and that is to get a glimpse of the nitty-gritty of business. We are here to do MBA so that we can connect the dots of the various industries and understand the events taking place around us. For that to happen, we have to practice what we learn and share the knowledge with our peers. Business awareness gives us a deep understanding of what the industry is going through and how these events would affect the shortcomings.

vyaktitva wallpaper

This new club at GLIM Gurgaon is filled with colorful seriousness.

I realized that to develop a better personality, I needed to do all three – enhance my public speaking skills, contribute to the society and gain a deep understanding of the world of business and that too in a short span. The solution: a club which would help everyone develop new and old traits of personality.

Once I was convinced of it, I took this idea to my friends. They loved it and we started working on it. A week later we had the structure and there were 25 membership requests. With this overwhelming response, we were ready to conduct our first session. Comprising of speeches, debates, a thrilling business quiz and an informative news session, it was a roaring success.

All ready for the rigorous debate session

All ready for the rigorous debate session

That’s how ‘Vyaktitva’ begun its journey towards honing personalities and serving the society.

– Animesh Bajpai

  PGPM Class of 2015

Annual Sports Meet: the fight to win!

It was one helluva of an event that had the perfect mix of enthusiasm, dedication and the fight to win.


The annual sports day concluded on Sunday, 27th October with much fanfare and fun minus all the mishaps (READ: Injuries, pains, muscle tears) etc. The games had all the teams of Vulcans-PGPM Energy’15, Ojas-PGPM Energy’14 and Titans PGPM’14 along with Alumni and Faculty teams meeting each other for the first time on fun grounds and playing against each other, with ferocious spirit of winning the game and upholding the spirit of being fair… with one and all… So, whether it was football or cricket everyone came out with their set of ploys for the game and played with their full might.

When it comes to sports the common myth of girls not being sporty enough went for a complete toss when even the girls of the three teams came out in the open and played with full enthusiasm and aplomb. On the other hand no game is complete without the perfect audience and our fellow Lakers were very dedicated when it came to a fan base… So be it braving the cold or the harsh sun… the Lakers were all game for the GAME!!!


As the games ended it was time to savour some hot piping pooris with rice, sabjis et al at our very own Swiss cottage kitchen! Which was a foodie’s delight for those two days of pure fun.

As the curtains closed for the sports day, it was time to announce the winners and the losers; but all in the spirit of game!


Wish this wouldn’t have ended so soon! Hope to come back again with more fun unlimited!

Happy reading 🙂

Warm Regards,
Events Committee
Great Lakes, Gurgaon

Sports Meet @ GLIEMR

The student community of Great Lakes, Gurgaon organized a two day Annual Sports meet which aimed at providing a platform to the sporting talent present in the campus. The event was well supported by the management, again proving the emphasis laid on all-round development and learning. The event was a mix of outdoor and indoor games and saw an active participation from the student community. The event also witnessed participation of alumni’s and people from college management with the vice-chairman himself taking the lead and portraying his passion for sports. The event saw a mix of emotions, ranging from the hurrahs of the winners to the excitement of the participants. The support for the audience repeatedly motivated the players to sweat hard and play hard. The level of competition was intense and the level of energy exhibited on the field was incredible. Each level of tiredness was matched with a level of motivation coming from crowd and hence uplifting the spirit again and again. The hampering attempts by the unprecedented rain and the chilly weather only added to the spirit of the participants and the team work executed on field both by the organizers and participants helped in achieving the dream work. Victory hurrahs, bingo were the words which dwelled all around the field and an unmatched level of ethics was displayed by the participants. The winners were presented with laurels but the learning which came through the event goes as follows:

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination and a hard – to- find alloy called GUTS.”

Written by: Saurav Shridhar

Class of 2014, PGPM Energy

Blood Donation @ GLIEMR Gurgaon…Every drop counts

Social Welfare club of GLIEMR, Gurgaon organized a blood donation camp in its premises with the support of Rotary club on 12th of February, 2013. The camp got a very good response from the students of all the three batches of the institute. At the end of the day approximately 55 units (1 unit of blood=350 ml) of blood were collected which showed the enthusiasm of the students towards the noble cause. The doctor present at the camp informed that each unit of blood is used to save two human lives. Even the Rotary club staff was impressed by the huge turnout of students at the camp.

The students before donating blood had to undergo some basic check up like blood pressure and hemoglobin. After the donation each donor was given a memento, a certificate of appreciation and a blood donor card which entitled them to receive blood free of cost for a period of one year.

The event wouldn’t have been successful without the support and co-operation of the faculty and the house-keeping staff. Social Welfare club promises to organize more such noble events regularly at the campus.

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.