20th January, 2010 was a momentous day at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, as it witnessed the Inauguration of the Tecpro Faculty Block by none other than Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Group in the presence of Mr. A K Bishnoi, CMD of Tecpro Systems Ltd. and Mr. Amul Gabrani, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Tecpro Systems Ltd. At this occasion Mr S. Ramadorai, Vice Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services was conferred the first ever Great Lakes Lifetime Achievement Award. The inaugural lamp was lit by Mr. Ratan Tata alongwith with Mr. Ramodorai, Mr. Gabrani and Mr. Bisnoi. Professor Bala V. Balachandran, Dean, Great Lakes, who is affectionately referred to as Uncle Bala by students and alumni alike , honored all the dignitaries and invited Mr. Ratan Tata to share his words of wisdom with the students at Great Lakes.
Addressing the young minds of future India, Mr. Tata gave three key business principles which would help them take the country forward as leaders. He urged the students to should look at themselves as leaders of tomorrow instead of mere followers and at the same time be ethical and compassionate in their conduct. Mr. Tata expressed grief at the fact that there is a large section of the society that doe not get opportunities to grow in life and it is obligatory for a true leader to ensure, equality of opportunity. When asked about the kind of successor he would be looking for, Mr. Tata promptly answered that he would like to have someone who truly upholds the values of the Tata Group while maintaining an audacious entrepreneurial spirit and ability. He envisioned India in the year 2020 as a land of equal opportunities for all, irrespective to the caste, religion, social status or geography. It was truly a captivating moment for the students at Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes Lifetime achievement Award was conferred to Mr. Ramadorai, by Mr. Ratan Tata. Mr. Ramadorai, who is a visionary leader and innovator himself is frequently credited with the birth as well as the India IT industry.
The event marked the signing of MoU between Great Lakes and Tecpro Systems Ltd. Which intends to bring the Academia and the Industry on one platform to deliver value through innovation and collaboration. Next Mr. Ajay Kumar Bishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director, Tecpro Systems Ltd. addressed the audience with a delightful talk.
Professor Sriram, Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management, delivered the vote of thanks to the occasion