The 13 th Convocation Festival at Chennai Great lakes institute of management.
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, held its 13 th Annualconvocation today at Convention Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai. Chief Guest Mr. Ajay Piramal, Chairman – Piramal Group & Shriram Group and Guest of Honor - Dr. John F.O. Bilson, Dean – Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Dean & Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chancellor – Great Lakes International University, Sri City along with the board of directors, dignitaries from the industry and academia, students and their families, faculty, and staff of Great Lakes were present at the occasion. Over 600 students across full-time and executive programs consisting of the Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM), the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), the Post Graduate Executive Program in Management (PGXPM) and Post Graduate Program in Management – Flex (PGPM - Flex) were felicitated during the graduation ceremony. Gold medals were awarded to 5 Academic toppers and 7 best outgoing students across the different programs. Besides these gold medals, certificate of merit and medals were also awarded under the categories - Dean’s Merit List, Domain toppers, best Empirical Study and Committee contributors. Delivering the graduation address, Dr. John F.O. Bilson, Dean - Stuart School of Business, IIT Chicago, said, “As an academic you are the product of our work. We appreciate not only when you graduate but also as you progress in your career”. Talking on how people need to adapt to technological change, Dr. Bilson cited the example of mobile phones. “Cell Phones are probably the most disruptive instrument in the history of the world. With this disruption, have come a number of Technological advances and opportunities. People must understand that technology only creates more job opportunities and one should not be afraid to embrace it”, he said.