“A trip to nostalgia now and then is good for the spirit.”
NOSTOS, the Grand Alumni Meet(GAM) 2017, was held on 13th August, 2017, celebrating the 25 glorious years of Goa Institute of Management, at the Sanquelim Campus. It was presided over by Father Romuald – Founder of GIM, Dr. Ajit Parulekar – Director, as the chief guests. Batches over the past 24 years flew in to attend the nostalgic extravaganza, welcomed by the 25th batch.
The Annual General Body Meeting was held in the morning, which was attended by all the alumni present. The prime objective was to discuss issues regarding the college and about optimizing the available resources for a meaningful outcome with respect to the welfare of GIM.
The afternoon event started off with lamp-lighting, followed by the Director’s address, highlighting the major role alumni plays towards the developmental regime of GIM and about the multiple accolades that GIM has won so far. After that, Father Romuald delivered a short speech on his vision about the changing role of alumni and how that will contribute towards a brighter future of GIM.
This year, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Mr. Gagan Banga, VC & MD, Indiabulls Housing Finance, who was also a student of the 1998 batch of GIM. In his acceptance speech, he spoke about his reminiscences from his college days, his goals, aspirations and journey to the pinnacle of success.
After the insightful talk by Mr. Banga, the students were directed towards the five classrooms, one each for the four sections of PGDM course and one for the HCM course for Buddy Talk, which was the Student-Alumni interactive session. Five such talks were held were organized in which distinguished alumni from various domains of the industry, mentored the students and shared their experiences.
At the same time frame, Opportunity Mapping was being conducted which was an incubatory /mentoring session by the alumni towards budding entrepreneurs of GIM. The students presented their ideas in front of a panel who, in return, weighed the pros and cons of their business models, to polish them into better and effective plans.
The evening wrapped up with a standup comedy by a PGP1 student, Osama Kamran and musical performances by GIM’s very own musical band, Midnight Jam. The Grand Alumni Meet ended on a note of everlasting bonds between the alumni and the current students, of recollection of memories and promises to make more.