Great Lakes Institute of Management hosted its 8th Annual Inter-College Management Fest on 12th December, 2018 at its Gurgaon campus. The fest was centered around the theme “Chrysalis”, which stands for Metamorphosis, or complete transformation. The event had participants coming from over 60 of some of the most prestigious business schools across the country, including MDI Gurgaon, FMS New Delhi, IIM Kashipur, Welingkar School, IMT Ghaziabad, IMI New Delhi and many more. Out of 1660 teams that participated in the preliminary rounds, 150 made it to the final rounds to showcase their entrepreneurial goals, analytical skills, business acumen, and sheer creativity.
The event commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Mr. Ajay Davessar, Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Atvitti Technologies, India’s leading Artificial Intelligence Consultancy, Research and Training organization& Former Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Communications & Corporate Affairs at HCL Technologies. He was accompanied by Dr. DebasishSanyal, Institute Director, Prof. S.K. Palhan, Dr. Umashankar Venkatesh, PGPM Director, Dr. Vikas Prakash Singh, PGDM Director, and other Senior Faculty and Management of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon.
Dr. Sanyal set the tone for the event with his opening address to the esteemed guests, faculty, students, and all participants by emphasizing on the idea of Chrysalis and how a business school student’s journey is nothing short of a metamorphosis.
Mr. Ajay Davessar then took the podium to deliver his keynote address around the importance of continuous change in order to survive in the present world.
Crest 8.0 had a variety of events and competitions lined up for the participants. The esteemed panel of jury for each event comprised of industry leaders from all around the country. The competitions, meticulously curated by the students of the institute, tested the participants on a number of aspects including analytical thinking, critical reasoning, pitching and negotiating, teamwork and interpersonal skills, creativity, and many more. These competitions spanned across every possible discipline of management education including entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, operations, human resources, and even analytics.
The fest kick-started with the flagship event – Meraki – the B-Plan competition where future entrepreneurs of tomorrow competed on the merits of their business acumen to guide the future of start-ups. To remain in sync with the central theme, Chrysalis, budding entrepreneurs shared their ideas where they integrated technology with indigenous pain-points of the country. Some of these included waste-management, travel, women’s hygiene, and content publishing, among others. The event had Mr. Siddhartha Ahluwalia, the Co-Founder of Sheroes, as the jury, along with Mr. Surajit Banerjee, CEO and Founder of Ostino.