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.

"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!