"The program was a huge value-add to my business as it gave me an integrated view of the entire business system," says Dipti Deepak Chaphekar (GIM, PGDM-PT 2014-17)

A partner with Krishna Industries, Dipti Deepak Chaphekar (GIM, PGDM-PT 2014-17), wanted to harness her professional knowledge in order to take her career to the next level. She had heard about the Executive MBA programme being offered by Goa Institute of Management (GIM) and was told about the excellent faculty with "loads of experience." Moreover the program suited her as she was busy with various engagements most week days.

A weekend program for working executives, entrepreneurs and family managed businesses, the PGDM-PT or Executive MBA is designed to meet the career advancement aspirations of working executives and the business growth objectives of family-owned small and medium businesses. The program,which is approved by AICTE, provides the full content of a rigorous MBA.

Dipti admits that her firm used to function in a very informal manner and the course enabled her to get essential systems in place at work. Since the class was encouraged to do assignments and submissions based on the industry in which they were currently working, studentsgot more insights into their own business segments and this helped her to identify areas of improvement.

Dipti says she learnt a great deal from her professors and colleagues who shared their varied workplace experiences. The program also offers many electives in all disciplines (Operations, Finance, HR, Marketing), "making us well equipped to understand and solve the problems of all departments." Studying with entrepreneurs and individuals from business families as well as working executives from varied industries- pharmaceutical, mining, manufacturing, hospitality, franchisees, etc - created a stimulating environment in the classroom. This helped Dipti better understand how the same concept or theory can be applied in many different ways in different industries. It also encouraged interesting views during case study discussions.

Managing work and also meeting deadlines for assignments could not have been an easy task but as Dipti says, "Managing time together withqualities of utmost commitment and dedication are very important for this program."However, as she explains, the professors ensure that students get enough time for submissions, reading case studies, etc.

So, just how important was it exactly for Dipti to get back to books once again while she already had things running well for her? According to Dipti, it was absolutely imperative- plus a very win-win situation. While her business was already running full-swing back at work, she was picking up on some amazing theories, concepts and ideas to take things next level. Add to that, the mileage she got from networking and a diverse classroom!