Our curriculum blends liberal studies with business curricula: Dr. Parag Diwan, President, Great Lakes College, Gurgaon

An initiative by Great Lakes Institute of Management, Great Lakes College has been launched to offer Bachelors in Business Management programme. In conversation with Careers360, Dr. Parag Diwan, President, Great Lakes College Gurgaon talks about the USPs of the institute and programme. Dr. Diwan also talks about the vision and mission of Great Lakes College and how the pedagogy involves industry integration.


Dr. Diwan shares insights on the qualities that prospective students of Great Lakes College must have along with the admission procedure and curriculum design. According to Dr. Diwan, industry integration is practised in every aspect of the programme, right from curriculum building to pedagogy.


Read the full interview below.


Careers360: What are the USPs of Great Lakes College Gurgaon?

Dr. Parag Diwan: The Great Lakes College has vision to be a high quality undergraduate college offering unique business programmes. We aim to build professional tri-athletes from our student body. The ultimate fit for industry demands characteristics like engaging personality, relevant competence and problem solving attitude.


In line with our motto of “Global, Liberal, Cerebral” our graduates will be adept at a Global stage with Liberal instincts that ingrain in them an intellectual curiosity and Cerebral approach to ‘think bigger’ and ‘connect the dots’ in different situations.


Careers360: What are the vision and mission behind the establishment of Great Lakes College?

Dr. Parag Diwan: Our vision is to become a globally recognised centre of academic excellence and to nurture future leaders armed with intellectual curiosity, confidence derived from values and a global perspective.


Our mission is to foster success of our students by Inculcating business and technology concepts necessary for being a Global representative. We would also provide broad-based learning experience through multi-dimensional Liberal Studies to reinforce core values for tomorrow’s world. Igniting students’ cerebral curiosities through critical reasoning, developing ability for confident expression and strengthening the principles of ethical governance, transparency and environmental sensitivity to create an emphatic attitude are some other areas we intend to work upon. Last but not the least, we aim to facilitate the capacity to imagine and applying design thinking for creative problem solution.


Careers360: How is the BBM programme offered by Great Lakes College different from the undergraduate management programmes offered by other top universities of India?

Dr. Parag Diwan: Our BBM programme at Great Lakes is different from others in the sense that it has a wide ranging Liberal Studies foundation, a strong core of Business and Digital Economy expertise. Our curricular design follows the paradigm of blending liberal studies with business curricula, to produce business graduates with a liberal bent. Some components that we have embedded include Critical Thinking, Historical Perspective, Basic Public Policy, Art Appreciation, Elements of Social and Applied Psychology, and Literature. We strongly feel that exposure to such courses will provide our graduates a framework to think more broadly outside the narrow confines of business studies and develop abilities to think about and deal with the increasingly “VUCA” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world.


We are different as our BBM model is that merges liberal studies with business education in a way that teaches graduates to think critically and analytically and also provides them with digital economy specific skills.


Careers360: What are the qualities that you look for in prospective candidates? Please mention the admission process in detail.

Dr. Parag Diwan: Among our prospective students, we seek well rounded people who not only have good academic background but also have distinguished themselves in other fields such as sports, debates, theatre, entrepreneurship to name a few.


The four steps admission is as follows;

(i)                 Online application,

(ii)               GLUE online Test

(iii)             Personal Interview & Interaction

(iv)             Admission Decision.


Careers360: Based on the curriculum design, what kind of industry exposure will the students receive?

Dr. Parag Diwan: We offer students a triple-play, which include constituting of Innovation & Venture Creation Experience for those who plan to start their own enterprise. We offer well-designed Industry Internship for those planning to join a Corporate organisation. The third aspect includes acquiring global experience through a Summer Term Abroad for those planning to go for higher studies abroad.


Careers360: Are there any specialisations offered in the BBM programme?

Dr. Parag Diwan: Yes, there are four specialisms offered in the BBM programmes, namely, Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Financial Analysis and Technology and E-Commerce and Supply Chain.


Careers360: What are your plans for industry integration?

Dr. Parag Diwan: Great Lakes College, Gurgaon has a locational advantage being situated in the hub of several multinational companies. Therefore, the industry interaction can happen in multiple ways, some of which are concurrent internship which can happen on virtual/onsite mode alongwith the classroom delivery, Industry guest speakers on specialist topics, Industrial visit and tours and we have Industry advisory groups as well.


Careers360: Do stakeholders from the industry play any role in curriculum development?

Dr. Parag Diwan: Certainly, the stakeholders from industry were consulted in creating this unique design and several focus group discussion were held with different sections of the industry. In future, the curriculum would be constantly tweaked as the new technologies and new business paradigm emerge.


Careers360: Will Great Lakes College offer placement assistance to the students of final year?

Dr. Parag Diwan: Great Lakes College has well established Career Services office to take care or providing placements and internship assistance, in line with the track record of Great Lakes Institute of Management which has consistently provided outstanding placements opportunities for its student. 


Careers360: Please share your plans for the institute which would contribute towards the development and growth of the institute.

Dr. Parag Diwan: The campus is already developed and the building has been to configured to the international standards to provide outstanding ambience for teaching and learning. Some of the partnerships with international universities have been established for purpose of visiting faculty from abroad. We have the privilege of utilising some of the outstanding faculty of the Great Lakes Institute of Management for our BBM program.


Careers360: What is your message for the aspirants or future students of Great Lakes College?

Dr. Parag Diwan: As the aspirant of Great Lakes College, must be wondering what the future holds for you. We would like you to relish these challenging times, as the future work environment calls for an infusion of confident, cross-skilled and open-minded youth into the workforce.


At Great Lakes, we are pioneering an education experience that focuses on new age technology, and is built on a bedrock of liberal studies that will broaden your outlook in life. Come and be a part of this unique journey!


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