Once upon a time, a professor from Kellogg School of Management painted a picture of having a B-School in India which would walk the same steps with the best in business. In 2004, the first batch entered and since then the school has travelled a long way. It was a journey marked with innumerable potholes, speed-breakers, railway crossings and dead snakes. At times it was raining, so heavy that the umbrellas would seem like leaves. The trip went on. And when the school reached a certain amount of stability, the pressing need for a new campus was felt deeply by the Great Lakes fraternity. One said” The school has the best faculty that other Indian B-Schools can only stare with an eye of un-diminishing envy.
A curriculum that is well merged with the global scheme of things and the quality of the batches is getting exponentially better with each passing year. What we perhaps need to think about is an icing on the cake. And what better way to have that than have a full fledged state of the art campus” . The thought was put on paper, the plan frozen and sent off for implementation. Varsha & Pradeep, celebrated architects were roped in to come up with the campus blueprint. It wasn’t a matter of any surprise when they proposed a beautiful prototype of the structure. Mr. Godrej (of the Godrej industries fame) was one of the pioneers of the concept of Green Building (The Godrej CII Green Business Center, Hyderabad) . Inspired by the same it was decided that Great Lakes would have a platinum rated, state of the art , green campus, the first of its kind in the country. MARG, a major infrastructure firm won the contract of making the campus ready for the Class of 2010.
Work went underway about fifteen months back and the first phase of the construction is a few days away from completion. The next batch is all set to enter the brand new glass and concrete package from the session starting April 2009 .
A couple of features that stand out as far as the infrastructure and facilities are concerned :
– 0% waste: Upon completion , Great Lakes would contribute zero % waste ( this includes smoke, paper, organic , sewage) to the ecosphere. All garbage would be recycled into something environmentally useful and stratospherically friendly. A good percentage of the power that would be generated for in-house consumption would come from renewable sources. It’s a small way of saying “long-live-planet-Earth”
– For the Finance Czars and the D-MAT-fortune makers, the campus will have Virtual Trading Terminals where live feeds of BSE,NSE and other stock indices would populate the various screens .
– A Transcendental Meditation Center for the students , where the folks would get an opportunity to lift themselves up and leave behind the vagaries of a materialistic life and enter the realm of infinite calm. This would be a sure shot place for mind-enhancement, IQ booster and the numerous positive things that one needs to crack any cryptic crossword that The New York Times has ever published.
Apart from that the campus would also have a well-equipped gymnasium for the folks to sweat the stress out , a 24*7 canteen and an open air amphitheatre . Let alone the common study room, library, general store, air-conditioned and furnished accommodation/classrooms etc. Also, the beach is just a couple of miles away.
With the campus unfolding each passing day the excitement is gripping tighter and tighter. We are all waiting for the day when the lamps are lit and the first class happens.
(Prakash Randheer & Suryya Sarkar, Class of 2009)