Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon, held its 12th Annual Convocation on 26 August 2023. In total, 358 students from the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) 2021-23 and Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) 2022-23, graduated successfully. This marked the largest-ever convocation of the Gurgaon campus of Great Lakes Institute of Management.

The ceremony was graced by Chief Guest Mr. Vijay Chandok - Managing Director of ICICI Securities, India’s leading wealth-tech firm. Mr. Chandok has been associated with the ICICI Group for over three decades, serving in various capacities. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, and also holds a postgraduate management degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

The graduating Class of 2023 received an ever-inspiring address from Mr. Chandok where he motivated the students to appreciate the small moments in life. In his thought-provoking address, he said, “As a young generation, we need to work smart and have a solution-oriented mindset. In life, we will face situations that may look like a dead end but the most important part is to not give up and find a solution to the problem. We have to welcome challenges and constantly upgrade ourselves with the ever-changing environment.”

Dr. Debashis Sanyal then presented the Director's Report and outlined the key accomplishments of the institute. Prominent among those are a recent MOU with Ural Federal University (Russia) and Great Lakes, Gurgaon, being ranked among the top 8% of management institutions all over India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

Congratulating the graduating batch, Mr. Moham Lakhamraju - Chairman of the Great Lakes Institute of Management, said, “One must understand the importance of time. Make time your friend. Give yourself the time to build expertise, master what you do and big things will happen. Believe in the power of compounding because big efforts compound over time. Think in the long term. Back yourself and have faith that if you keep doing the right thing, those big things moments will follow.”

As a part of the convocation ceremony, academic honors were announced for the meritorious students. The gold medalists from the PGDM Class of 2023 were Divij Verma - Academic Topper, and Anagha Venugopalan Kartha - Best Outgoing Student. The gold medalists from the PGPM Class of 2023 were Athira Vinod - Academic Topper, and Neha Makin - Best Outgoing Student.

The ceremony was concluded with a vote of thanks by Professor Umashankar Venkatesh - Director, Center for Online Learning and professor of Marketing. He mentioned how Great Lakes sets an example for students of how planning and preparation backed by integrity can make changes in their lives. With this, he thanked everyone for gracing the event with their presence.

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