The GNIMS Alumni Meet was like most of the alumni meets, full of nostalgia, entertainment…and of course much more. GNIMS – Once a place where today’s entrepreneurs, business professionals and reputed Industry executives sat under one roof assimilating knowledge & learnings from their well-experienced professors while dreaming about their future, was flooded in on Saturday by its alumni for celebrating the Institute’s 17 years of success in nurturing entrepreneurial spirit among its MBA students. There was a jubilant atmosphere of homecoming encompassing the Multi-purpose hall of the new GNIMS building. The GNIMS Alumni Association (GAA) Support Team volunteers were rushing here and there, looking after the requisites for the event – registering the alumni, providing them with their gift bags as mementos, escorting them to their seats as per the batch wise arrangements; all while executing their management skills imbibed at the institute.
The dignitaries lighted the lamp, the soothing music of an old song (I believe in yesterday – Beatles) played in the background, taking the alumni present for a stroll through the memory lane of those golden days of college. The traditional prayer song “Deh Shiva bar Mohe” made the alumni nostalgic remembering their college days when they used to listen the same hymn during every event.
The event proceeded with the Director Sir’s address to the alumni on the updates about GNIMS since past few years, the wide array of courses started by the Institute and appealed the alumni to stay in touch with the alma matter and strengthen the bonding.
Later, Chief guest Dr. Mangaonkar Sir (Principal of Guru Nanak Khalsa College) praised GNIMS for its phenomenal progress and initiatives such as International Industrial Visits, ISEC, Intensive Industry Immersion Program and so on.
An Institute can rise to greater heights or tumble down by the sheer power of its alumni. Therefore, GNIMS took a historic decision of establishing an independent alumni association for the mutual benefit of its Alumni, Students and the Institute as a whole. The GAA committee members made an important presentation informing the alumni about the whole formation process, vision & objectives, and the future for the association.
The highlight of this magnificent event was the felicitation of the 1st batch for successful completion of 15 years by Dr. D. Y. Patil Sir & shout outs for rest of the batches (2003 to 2016). An array of short emotional speeches was displayed during this ceremony making everyone smile and teary eyed at the same time.
As the event progressed, someone from each batch started sharing their experiences. Some of the Institute’s faculty being the alumni also shared their thoughts on the same. Prof. Kapil Bhopatkar from 2008 MMS-Finance Batch stated humorously that he was so much in love with the institute that he has never left and has remained a part of it since so long.
Last but not the least was the amazing performances by the first-year students as an entertaining treat to the alumni. It all started with the heart-warming shayaris and continued towards soul-stirring singing performances. The evening was filled with music and amplifying its beauty was the bollywood & hip-hop style dance performances.
Looking at his energetic performance the whole crowd got on the dance floor as the event was brought to a cheerful end, with faculty and students dancing along with the alumni. A sumptuous buffet dinner was organized on the terrace outside the hall, where there was a networking dinner session as the DJ and dance continued inside.
A stunning evening full of nostalgia, singing, dance, delicious food and celebration came to an end with a promise to be present at reVibe 2020!