Anti-Smoking Campaign and World Environment Day

“Trying to learn leadership in a classroom is like trying to learn swimming in a classroom” (Venkat R. Krishnan, 2013). As part of Karma-Yoga: Leadership Experiential Project, which is an exercise in relationship-building and transformational-leadership, students are encouraged to go out in the real world and work with people in order to truly understand leadership.

   To put these thoughts into practice Great Lakes has adopted 21 villages around the institute’s campus. These villages provide the students with a live setting with a pool of potential followers, wherein the students get to learn leadership from experience by serving the needs of the villagers, and thereby creating followers.

The “Anti-Smoking” campaign was organized by Karma-Yoga teams in different villages to focus on the suffering caused by smoking and motivate people to curtail smoking habits. The biggest task was to get all the villagers together at the same time. But after some efforts by the students, they were able to get together around 30 villagers for the event. A small brief-up of all the programs of the evening was followed by the screening of couple of videos highlighting the toll taken by smoking-related illnesses and the impact on smokers and their families. A skit was presented by our team to depict the plight of a person addicted to tobacco and alcohol.

  The campaign continued to a school where there was a turnout of 30-35 children. There were a lot of fun activities designed to both engage and teach them the ill effects of smoking, such as games, colorful chart displays, chocolates and balloon distribution with messages written on them. The motive was to make the children learn about all the evils associated with these malpractices even at a tender age. There were anti-smoking videos and skits which were shown to the children as well.

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Student Achievements

Winner of Ernst and Young Knowledge Quiz

Lathish Venugopal, Viral Patel. More than 2000 teams across India participated in this

Runners up at TATA Crucible Campus Quiz

Lathish Venugopal and Viral Patel.

Article published in March edition of Markathon – Marketing magazine of IIM- Shillong

Kriti Dua and Sankalp Parihar. The article was on Marketing Trends 2013

Winner at Hyundai Global Youth Marketing Camp

Shouvik Das. The event was held in S.Korea and the team comprising of 4 Korean students, 4 Indians and 1 Chinese student won the award for the Best BTL Strategy

Second Prize for Article writing in NMIMS Banking

Namratha and Mahesh. The article was on “Policy expectations for the Indian Economy” and was published in the BankAge Magazine of NMIMS.

First Place- The Clan,IFMR

Krishnan Chidambaram and Hariharan Subramaniyan. The event was Abhyudhaya, the flagship HR event of IFMR. They competed in the finals against teams from K.J. Somaiya, IIT Madras, BIM, Welinkar and LIBA

I Runner up at Goa Institute of Management

Gajendra Sisodia and Kriti Dua. This was a national level case study competition (Samiksha 2013). Total of 127 teams participated in the event

Article published in NITIE’s In-Fin-NITIE

Manshi Gandhi. The article was on “Quantitative Easing”

First prize in case study competition at SIMC

Harleen Wahi and Abhishek Jain. The case study was a real case of declining sales of next gen publishing magazines a unit of Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd. Great Lakes competed with 11 teams in the final campus round with the likes of SIMS,MICA, NITIE, Narsee Monjee,etc