12 May 2020 19:59 IST

Great Lakes Chennai plans sessions with global thought leaders

Term Zero initiative will enable incoming students gain insights, perspectives from management gurus

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai has announced a high-impact initiative to support the incoming students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will help the students gain insights and perspectives from some of the world’s leading management gurus and CXOs apart from masterclasses and workshops which would help them build leadership and business skills, says a press release from the B-school.

A major highlight of the Term Zero, as the B-school calls it, is the global thought leaders series which will run from May 18-30th and will feature online interactive sessions with reputed management education stalwarts such as Dr Ashwath Damodaran (NYU Stern), Dr Dipak Jain (President, CEIBS, Former Dean, Kellogg and INSEAD), Dr Hayagreeva Rao (Stanford), Dr John Bilson (Dean, IIT Stuart), Dr Madhav Rajan (Dean, Chicago Booth), Dr V.G. Narayanan (Harvard), Dr Sam Pitroda (telecom pioneer), Dr Seenu Srinivasan (Stanford), Dr Shyam Sunder (Yale), Dr Srikant Datar (Harvard) and Dr Sunil Chopra (Kellogg).

Zero-cost, value-add programme

The CXO Talks include sessions by Suresh Narayanan (Chairman and MD, Nestle India), R. Seshasayee, (Former Chairman, Infosys and Former MD, Ashok Leyland), Mohan Nair (Sr. VP & CIO, Cambia), Ganesan Ramachandran (MD, Accenture Strategy) and Ananth Krishnan (CTO, TCS).

While the academic year start has been deferred to Aug 2020 as per AICTE guidelines, Term Zero will support and prepare the aspiring management graduates for a transformational journey prior to the commencement of the academic year. An optional value-added programme available at zero cost to the incoming students, the initiative serves to supplement the curricula of the management programmes offered by Great Lakes, Chennai.

Converting challenge to opportunity

Dr Suresh Ramanathan, Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai saidthat while the current situation has been challenging for many educational institutions, “Great Lakes Chennai has leveraged its unrivalled access to a global network of thought leaders and its experience in the online space to ensure that students fully utilise the time available by gaining valuable global perspectives and management skills.”

Dr Bala V. Balachandran, Founder & Chairman – Great Lakes Institute of Management and J.L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor, mentioned that “In line with our motto of Global Mindset – Indian Roots, Great Lakes always attracted global faculty to share their perspectives and this year students are getting to interact with many global thought leaders and top CEOs even before the start of the programme. This is how innovative organisations work by converting a challenge in to an opportunity.”