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Three day national conference on ‘The Game Changers’ concludes at GIM

Updated on Thu, 28 August 2014 at 11:41 IST
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Panjim

The annual business festival of Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Samriddhi, was recently held at the institute’s Sanquelim campus. This year, the theme for Samriddhi was ‘The Game Changers’ which featured achievers who made it big in their respective fields and significantly changed the game. A wide range of events, workshops and simulation games were also organised that attracted participants from institutes all over the country.

Said Mr. PFX D’Lima, Director GIM at the inauguration of the event, “Samriddhi is entirely a student driven initiative which the institute is happy to support. Our endeavour at GIM is to not only create effective managers but also to provide all round development to our students. In the area of game changers we are very limited compared to the game changers in the west. We have some of those game changers among us today who have brought about a difference in everybody’s life.” Also present at the inauguration was Fr Romauld D’souza, Founder, GIM.

Eminent personalities from different walks of life visited the campus to discuss ideas and inspire the students. Speaking at the event, Taufiq Qureshi, son of the legendary tabla maestro, Ustad Allarakha and brother of Tabla player and music composer Zakir Hussain said, “I am thankful
to God to be born in family of musicians but I felt like a goat between two lions (Ustad Allarakha and Zakir Hussain) because it is difficult to create something different. So, I changed my game completely & jumped the fence by getting into percussions. With God’s grace I have never looked back and I kept going ahead.”

Siddhant Vats, Indian Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Androidly Systems said, “It is important for people to learn and go out of their way to do different things. You create your own future and simultaneously shape the future of your peers. Because I believed in my dream and worked towards it I was able to create the world’s first Android smart-watch along with my team. Through this watch one can make calls, browse the Internet, use Whatsapp, listen to music, click pictures and practically do anything that a phone can do.”

Another noted musician who enthralled the audience with an inspirational speech was Nikhil D’souza. The young musician who was the winner of South Asia Soloist at SUTASI’09 spoke about his roots in Goa and his journey to stardom. With his subtle humour and impromptu gig, he had the students both mesmerised and inspired.

Besides them, Nandini Vaidyanath, a renowned TED speaker, an academician and the author of the book “Entrepedia”, Parminder Gill, co-founder of EduSports, India’s largest sports education company and Gloria Benny, co-founder and managing director of MAD (Make A Difference), a platform that empowers youth to take responsibility also spoke at the event.

As an attempt to go beyond the classroom lectures and enhance skills of the participants, the Google AdWords workshop which helps students write Google Certification examination and Private Equity workshop which familiarizes them with private equity funds, deals, investment
tactics, leveraged buyout mechanics and exit strategies were also held.

Nivesh, a mock trading event based on the trading skills of the participants to test their acumen to generate maximum return on their investment on a real-time platform was held. GIM won the event and the 2nd Resource Development and Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.

Beer Game 3.0, a game based on the principles of supply chain management tested how adapt students are in handling the nuances and intricacies of the Supply Chain. Symbiosis Institute of Operation Management bagged the first prize while GIM stood at 2nd Various other events The Smart Manager, E-Commerce Simulation, The Problem Solver were also held at Samriddhi 2014. Delegates and dignitaries who attended the event now look forward to an equally exciting edition of Samriddhi in the coming year.

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