Great Lakes was founded in 2004 by Padma Shri Dr. Bala V. Balachandran with a vision of becoming the leading Management Institution in India providing Quality Education at an affordable cost and Human Capital for Emerging Economies.

Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council and buoyed by the international collaborations, Great Lakes has, within a short span of 10 years emerged as a top-ranked business school. Great Lakes was ranked 7th among 1 year MBA program by Outlook India, 7th under Executive Programs by Business Today, 7th among private B-schools by Careers 360, 10th among top Indian B-schools by Business India and 17th among best B-schools by Business World in 2014.

In 2014, Great Lakes was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA, UK) for its PGPM and PGXPM programs and became seventh and the youngest B-school in India to receive this prestigious international accreditation.

Dean's Message

Padma Shri Bala V Balachandran

Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management
J L Kellogg Distinguished Professor (Emeritus in Service) of Accounting and Information Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA

Dear friends,

While setting up Great Lakes Institute of Management in 2004, I had a very simple objective in mind – that of providing the best management education to the entire professional population in the country. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity of being associated with some of the best b-schools in the USA. At the same time I amassed a wealth of experience by actively participating in the management education landscape of not only India (with the MDI and the ISB) but also in other Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Seoul and Hong Kong. While each experience provided valuable learnings, the moot points of consideration were quality, affordability and flexibility. Setting up Great Lakes was therefore a natural progression – a b-school where I wished to integrate the western management thought with the Asian ethos and value systems.

Thus, throughout the last decade Great Lakes has been a pioneer in delivering perfectly crafted courses to suit the needs of the entire bandwidth of professionals in the country. Once again,as we enter our next decade of services to the cause of Management education, Great Lakes is proud to present yet another custom-created program. In conjunction with our e-Learning partner ‘Great Learning’ we are delighted to offer the ePGPM program - an completely re-imagined management program for working professionals. ePGPM has been designed to enable unparalleled flexibility to participants while ensuring the requisite academic rigor to accomplish relevant and impactful learning outcomes. Though the program is unique and transformational in many ways, I would like to draw your kind attention to two salient aspects:

Academic elegance: The ePGPM program is drawn from the decade long experience and learnings from Great Lakes' top ranked PGPM program. We have ensured that we retain the same academic quality and learning experience, thereby combining the best of PGPM program with technology to deliver a high quality program that is convenient and impactful in equal measure.  

Business relevance: ePGPM program follows an industry relevant curriculum that enables candidates to choose and develop the competencies that will help accelerate their career progression. These competencies include areas such as Product Management, Digital Marketing, Data Analytics, Project Management, etc that are most wanted in today's business environment.

As I said at the beginning, Affordable excellence and Adorable technology are the other two arms that come together to present an exclusive and mature learning platform that provides you the flexibility to learn what you want to learn and when. I welcome you to explore the ePGPM program and experience a uniquely crafted learning experience that blends academic elegance with business relevance.

Best wishes,
Bala V Balachandran

Great Lakes Advantage
Ranked among Top 10

Great Lakes is one of the premier business schools in the country and has been ranked within the top ten in the country by Outlook, Business Today, Business India and Careers 360.

Centres of Excellence

Great Lakes in its quest to become a hub for management research and thought leadership, has created multiple Centers of Excellence, which are guided by some of the foremost management thinkers. The Centers of Excellence conduct research, training and advisory in the domains such as Analytics, E-commerce, Retail Management, Technopreneurship, Banking and Marketing Research.


Advisory Council

Some of the eminent dignitaries associated with Great Lakes include Dr Ratan Tata (Business Advisory Council), Mr Kumaramanglam Birla (Business Advisory Council), Mr Narayana Murthy (Business Advisory Council), Ms Indra Nooyi (Business Advisory Council), Mr Deepak Parekh (Business Advisory Council), Dr Philip Kotler (Academic Advisory Council), Prof Aswath Damodaran (Academic Advisory Council), etc.

Eminent Faculty

The faculty pool at Great Lakes comprises leading faculty from Indian and International institutions such as Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Kellog School of Business, Stern School of Business, University of Chicago, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kolzhikode, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, etc.


Great Lakes pedagogy is benchmarked with global gold standards in management education. Great Lakes has academic collaborations with leading institutions such as Nanyang Technical University, University of Houston, Illinois Institute of Technology. These collaborations include student exchange, faculty training, pedagogy design and academic research.

Knowledge Capital

Great Lakes has been recognized by industry and academic fraternity as an institute of pre-eminence in management research and thought capital. Great Lakes publications include academic journals and magazines containing well researched articles and papers from faculty and students.

Students Speak
  • Shailen M. Merchant

    Head HR, Parry Agro Industries Ltd.

    I would like to thank Great Lakes for providing me with a perfect executive learning program that helps me enrich knowledge without interrupting my career. The entire experience of going back to classroom once in a while, meeting new friends, networking and the feeling of becoming a student all over again is priceless.

  • Shailendra Salvi

    Managing Director, M/s Vacon Drives & Controls Pvt. Ltd.
    Member of Board, M/s Kemppi India Pvt. Ltd.

    Great Lakes' reputation added to its well-designed executive program made it possible for me to take up the challenge of mid-career learning without affecting my professional commitments.

  • Sangeeta Gulati

    Joint President, Jaypee Associates

    Great Lakes' program for working professionals is not just another academic program but a 'thought process' shaping course. The content delivered by experienced faculty is very practical, innovative & easily implementable

  • N. S. Abhishek

    Company Secretary, L&T Ship Building Ltd

    I chose the Great Lakes executive program over other MBA courses for its reputation and brand recognition. Excellent infrastructure, vibrant course content and delivery make learning fun and enjoyable. Weekend format allows flexibility on work front as well as helps in understanding business challenges better.

  • Lahari Parthasarathy

    Publishing Specialist – Legal Editorial Operations, Thomson Reuters

    The executive program gives a strong flavor of the regular PGPM program, as there is absolutely no compromise on the core subjects or the assignments compared to the full time program. The program helped me grow in my company in terms of gathering insights on Management activities within the team and on an organizational front. It also helped me strengthen my network by introducing me to people from different industries

  • Sudhanshu Pathak

    Consultant at KPMG

    My journey in Great Lakes so far has been incredibly informative. Each faculty member is a recognized expert in their respective domain

  • Clarence Wong

    Consultant at Value Labs

    The diverse professional experience of the batch is leveraged by the professors, who let us decide the breadth and depth of topics covered. Two thumbs up for Great Lakes Executive Education