Laid the foundation in 2004 in a rented building in Chennai, Padmashree awardee, Dr. Bala V Balachandran initiated Great Lakes Institute of Management centring the mission of emerging as a Center of Excellence in fostering managerial leadership and entrepreneurship in the development of human capital through quality research, teaching, residential learning, and professional management services. Also, the Professor Emeritus at Kellogg School of Management, Dr. Balachandran since the very early days of the establishment of Great Lakes Institute of Management has been remaining dedicated to imparting quality management education to the student who aspires to achieve big in the business arena. At Great Lakes, Institute of Management students is imparted education by a group of exceptional faculty members who are equally passionate about instilling the best values and skills in the tomorrow’s leaders.
Today, counted amongst India’s leading Business Schools with campuses in Chennai & Delhi-NCR, the institute offers specialized PG executive programme in Management and a two-year full-time PGDM programme (accredited by NBA) keeping a clear focus on emerging economies and their growth. Notably, Great Lakes is the first school to introduce Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as a specialization for the full-time PGPM program. The institute is affiliated to South Asian Quality Assurance System and has achieved the status of being the youngest and the B-School in India receiving AMBA accreditation. Apart from the regular academic activities which are designed strategically considering the industry demands, the institute also regularly keeps on organizing workshops and conferences in small and large scales. Under the Kotler-Srinivasan Centre for Research in Marketing (KSCRM) which was launched with an objective to address and enhance marketing-based research in India, the institute organized NASMEI (North American Society for Marketing Education in India) annual marketing conference that is regarded as one among the finest international conferences in the marketing area in India.
The institute also has taken ample efforts in providing blissful campus experience to its students through incorporating avant-garde facilities like a state of the art gym, a library that caters to the needs of every reader, a football field, a basketball court and an auditorium that provides the perfect backdrop for every occasion or performance. The Great Lakes 27 acre green campus in Chennai has been enabled to become the first campus in South Asia to be given the LEED Platinum rating considering the campus’ greenery and tranquil environment with an ideal setting for pursuing extremely rigorous and intellectually challenging programs. On the students’ placement front as well, the institute takes the responsibility of smoothening the students’ transition from campus and corporate by grooming them rigorously throughout and eventually placing them in companies such as Accenture, Aditya Birla Sun Life, Amazon, Airtel, Barclays, just to name a few.