18 years of calling the shots yet Learning never took back seat for Sayju Karim Andani of GIM’s PGDM- PT program (Batch of 2014-17)

It isn't daily that you meet men like Sayju Karim Andani. Sayju is the proprietor of Andani Ventures, a firm that operates six franchise stores for brands like Titan Eye Plus, Liberty Shoes, Baggit, Spykar Jeans and Fastrack in Goa. However, what makes Sayju really stand out among the crowd is his insatiable appetite to learn about new business trends. Having spent 18 years in the organized retail sector, you would think he might want to rest things there, but Sayju had plans. He joined Goa Institute of Management's PGDM-PT program to take things to the next level.

The PGDM-PT program of Goa Institute of Management is quite extraordinary.The professional diversity that exists inside the classroom is absolutely stunning: you might spot an entrepreneur to your right and a veteran IT professional to your left. The course focuses on business practices and emerging trends across various industries. For Sayju, it couldn't get better.

The PGDM Part Time course is a weekend program approved by AICTE. In addition, distinguished faculties and industry practitioners build the curriculum and manage classroom instruction. "When one signs up for a program such as this, you are expected to invest longer hours at work and over the weekends," explains Sayju. "It comes with the territory and must be taken in one's stride."

Classes, case studies, assignments, group discussions, guest lectures, and workshops are evenly distributed across the program, but what stole the show for Sayju is the Capstone Simulation game. This game focusses on many different aspects of management that are relevant to real life business situations. Topping that as well is the final year project known as Work Improvement. "It gives the participants an opportunity to use the newly acquired knowledge to their own work areas," elaborates the proprietor of Andani Ventures.

Naturally, the immediate question comes to mind is: What benefit did the program offer for Sayju? "The program has reoriented my beliefs and made me an effective leader," he answers. "This has further helped me bring noticeable change in my workplace by implementing systems and processes based on better problem identification." Sayju's story clearly shows that it is never too late to continue one's education - and to improve one's abilities.