Chairman's Message

Dear friends,

Let me take you back a couple of decades. The PC was just starting to become popular and we in India were using GPRS at 64kbps speeds to commence our love affair with the Internet. With the turn of the century, there was the dotcom revolution, a little later it was the subprime crisis followed by the spotlight on the BRICS economies, the Arab Spring, Brexit. A couple of years ago, it was the 4th Industrial revolution spearheaded by disruptive technologies, IoT, Analytics, bots and innovative best practices. Today it is the turn of AI, Machine Learning and Block Chains. The world is facing the onslaught of technology in its myriad ways that politics, government, alliances, trade & commerce and even day to day life as we know it have all changed beyond recognition.

You may wonder why I am talking about IT and AI when all that you are interested in is getting Management education! The reason is that Technology has come a long way from being a measly, pain-in-the-back enabler and now occupies an iconic status in the strategic leagues as that single critical variable that can make or break businesses. Which is why companies worldwide are looking to hire smart and responsible managers who are in the know of how to use Technology to enhance profitability and grow sustainably. This is why, as a b-school that prides itself on customer delight, we have pioneered a complete overhaul of our syllabus in order to include the newest and cutting-edge concepts and subjects while incorporating a healthy dose of practical and relevant ‘best-practices’ from the Industry.

Our objective is to wow the students (as world-class education providers) and the corporate community (as a place where they can find peerless talent). We believe in the power of ‘you’ and provide you with the experience and grooming that you need to achieve your personal and professional goals. Our internationally accredited PGPM course has participants from all over the country. Each class of 400 odd students brings such an eclectic mix of work experience, cultural background, value systems and perspectives that the learning truly never ceases even outside the classroom. The teachers, mentors and luminaries that you will see at Great Lakes are ‘gurus’ in their chosen fields and interactions with them will inspire and motivate you to achieve great things.

The ‘Gurukulam’ ambience that we have strived to create in our LEED Platinum rated 27.5 acres campus at Chennai, with its pristine surroundings and liberal faculty-student interactions is aimed at maximizing these learnings. This apart, we are painfully aware that the capitalistic underpinnings of the global economy have substantially eroded the fabric of ethical and moral beliefs of society and to fix this, we bring to you, our award-winning ‘Karma-Yoga’ practice – this is a compulsory interlude for all students that is designed to sensitize you to the plight of the common man, the ways in which we can help our society and understand that the decisions we make have far-reaching consequences. Overall, your stay at Great Lakes will provide you with skillsets, education and progress as well as provide a moral and value-based learning experience that will hold you in good stead in the years to come – personally and professionally. How you choose to build on this and leap into the higher orbit of accomplishment is totally up to you.

As a part of the demographic called ‘millennial’ you are adventurous, focused and not satisfied with the normal. You have extraordinary capabilities and look for experiences that are new and challenging. Great Lakes celebrates this spirit of the millennial and we look forward to being able to give you the wings you need to fly into the world of opportunity! The doors of Great Lakes are open – all you need to do is enter!

Best wishes,

Prof. Bala V Balachandran,
JL Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Information Management, Northwestern University, USA
Founder, Dean & Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, India
Founder & Chancellor, Great Lakes International University, AP, India


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