Goa: The Goa Institute of Management (GIM), one of the premier B-schools in the country, recently organized ‘Imprints 2017’ in various cities across India including Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The event was an annual alumni summer meet across cities in the country with an aim to discuss the road-map for GIM and identify key areas where alumni can be more engaged with the institute. The 2017 edition of Imprints has strengthened bonds between the alumni, their alma mater and current students. A total of 205 former students attended Imprints 2017 and reminisced the good old days while reconnecting with old batch mates and making new connections with former students from various work environments including Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents among others.
Imprints is hosted by the institute, the process of planning and execution is done by the Alumni Chair, Alumni Executive Committee and the Student Alumni Relations Cell (SARC) wherein the Executive Committee consists of a few selected alumni that serve as a link between the institute and the alumni network. The 2017 edition of Imprints was organised by the first year students of the Post Graduate programme. The event provided the students of GIM a platform to interact with their seniors who provide invaluable insights into their professional life and various work environments.
At the meet discussions were held over Skype calls with GIMs Director, Prof. Ajit Parulekar which covered different aspects ranging from how to further strengthen the students’ skills in terms of industry expectations to subjects that can be introduced or modified to keep up with companies’ requirements. Apart from the discussion on the agenda, GIM professors addressed the alumni, fun quizzes related to GIM were organised and a section on ‘What’s your story’ was planned, where a few alumni who have embarked on an entrepreneurial journey shared their story with everyone present. This acted as a medium not only for them to share their journey and offer visibility to their ventures but also for those who are aspiring to have their own venture and hence can learn from them.
The city meets were attended by prominent alumni in various top positions at leading companies across the country. Sagnik Ghosh, General Manager & Business Head at Life OK, Star India; Salil Kumar, Executive Director, Dept Capital Markets at Yes Bank; Sachin Agrawal, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Religare Capital Markets Ltd.; Jason Rego Vice President at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance; Sameer Chhabra- Director, Julius Baer, Ketan Hajarnavis- Founder & Managing Director at ScaleFactor Consulting Labs, Gaurav Golwalkar- Co Founder at BuyTestSeries, and Anuj Seth- Director Growth Strategy at GetActive, Lakshmi Ramaswamy- Co- Founder at BeingYou to name a few.
GIM hosts a Grand Alumni Meet each year in August at the Sanquelim campus and many alumni are unable to make it on campus for the Grand Alumni Meet. Hosting city meets across all major cities ensures that more alumni can be reached out to and a strong network between alumni and the institute can be created and maintained. These meets in turn facilitate networking amongst the alumni as well as the institute and the alumni. It will also help in creating opportunities for the students to interact with the alumni network. The Alumni Executive Committee, the Alumni Chair and SARC are planning to extend Imprints internationally in addition to the US meets. Some of the places that Imprints could likely take place next year are Toronto, Hong Kong and London.