If you thought the beautiful sunny state of Goa, India was all about the sun, sand and surf, well then you’ve got a lot more catching up to do. Move away from the busy coastal tourist belts of Candolim / Calangute in North Goa or the virgin, unexplored beaches of South Goa and you will find plenty of unexplored treasures in the Goan hinterland with quaint villages, lush landscapes and babbling brooks. Goa is also one of the more progressive states in India with the highest per capita income in the country. Goa mushrooming into an industrial hub bears testament to this. While there is no denying that tourism contributes to a major chunk of Goa’s GDP, the state is now looking to wake up to the possibility of life outside tourism and mining, thus far the mainstays of the Goan economy. Goa has also transformed into some sort of a pharma hub with major pharmaceutical companies setting shop in the state. It is also one of the most literate states and numerous educational institutions have been established in the state. The Goa Institute of Management has emerged as a pioneer of management education in the country ranked amongst the top 20 business schools in India.
Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats in the charming village of Sanquelim, the sprawling state of the art campus spread over 50 acres is fast becoming the go-too place for quality management education. The fact that it boasts of excellent infrastructure, world class faculty, cultural diversity and excellent placements only strengthens the brand GIM. Being a student at GIM myself, I feel proud of such a top notch educational institution that greatly belies the often mistaken perception of the famous Goan susegado/relaxed lifestyle. Goa isn’t just about xit-codi or the siesta; it has also served the mould future business leaders! Waking up at the Goa Institute of Management is quite thrilling actually; with the clouds peeping in at your window in the campus in the hills, the palms swishing, the peacocks strutting about as you make your way to the lecture halls. I’ve often wondered sometimes if I’m pursuing an MBA or embarking on a 2 year long vacation. The nights are magical; little lights glistening everywhere in the cool breeze, students hurrying about completing assignments, crickets chirping and even the occasional leopard showing its face once in a while. For those petrified by this alarming thought, fear not; proper security is provided at all times. And the best bit; staying in Goa is a year long holiday, a short ride will take you to all the fun hotspots. Doing an MBA has never been more fun than at the Goa Institute of Management; and yes wait, there’s a plum job placement waiting for you at the end of it all. Believe it I say!