Alumni Association of GDGWS
An organization’s alumni are torchbearers and brand ambassadors of all institutions. They are the reflection of its past, representation of its present and a link to its future.
Educational institutions are changing the way they see and interact with their alumni community. Earlier, alumni and their alma-mater were treated as separate entities wherein one’s existence was independent of the other.
With the spurt in the advent of Social Media, alumni relationship has taken a complete turn. An engaged alumni allows the schools to benefit from the skills and experience of our graduates. If we keep them well informed and engaged, alumni are our most loyal supporters and our best ambassadors. Talented alumni will likely have a wealth of experience and skills to share with current students via talks and meets. Alumni can play an active role in voluntary programs like mentoring students in their areas of expertise. Leveraging the alumni community can be a win-win for both the institution and the alumni. Many of them are willing to ‘Give-Back’ to their alma-mater as a sign of their gratitude and affinity towards the institution. We have started this page so that we can reconnectand reminisce with fellow graduates; see what everyone’s been up to; Make meaningful connections, speak to students and advise fellow alumni.
Alumnus of the Month- IBDP- Batch of 2010
Yuvraj Jain, M.S. Orthopaedic Surgery, DR. D.Y Patil University
M.B.B.S from MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai
A short interview…
Q: What inspired you to choose medicine? What triggered your interest in your chosen field?
A: In grade 10 I was playing around with a blood pressure monitor at home and incidentally found out that I was hypertensive. My overwhelming parents rushed me to several specialists who put me through a battery of tests and scans looking for a reason. They couldn’t find one, but after all those hours spent wandering in hospitals and clinics, I found my calling. Every step I took from that point on was a move towards becoming a doctor, right from choosing my subjects in high school to even the television shows I watched in my free time. Once I was in medical school already, I was drawn to the musculoskeletal system while studying Anatomy in the first year. Iparticularly enjoyed looking at the mechanics and movements of muscles and ligaments all over the body and understoodover time how even the slightest derangement or just plain wear-and-tear in these intricate structures could severely impact a senior citizen’smobility and ability to perform simple everyday tasks, prevent a family’s sole breadwinner from doing their job, or keep a budding athlete away from their sport… and this inspired my decision to further specialize in Orthopaedic surgery where I may improve my patients’ quality of life.
Q: Any difficulty you surmounted in achieving your ambition?
A: I got into my dream college in the Early Decision round and life seemed to be going perfectly at first but I did hit a few roadblocks, and was faced with the question of where I saw myself settling down long term. I came back to India and restarted my college education, hoping to work hard to become an important member of society and taking our nation forward instead of remaining a face in the crowd in a foreign country.
Q: Share your reminiscences about the time spent at G.D. Goenka World School.
A: In spite of having attended 3others schools in different cities before, I identify as a proud Goenkan and truly believe that this school made me the person I am today. My faculty and fellow students inspired me to work hard, multi-task, and accomplish more than I could ever imagine. They helped me strike the perfect balance between my academics, extra-curriculars, sports, and social life and to this day I feel I really lived it up in high school. We graduated a decade ago but I’ve still remained in close touch with my old friends and some teachers too. I think that speaks volumes about the bonds we forged at GDGWS.
Q: What is your message for young Goenkans?
A: Maximize your experiences.Don’t shy away from trying new things, whether it’s a sport you’ve never played, a musical instrument you’ve never held before, a volunteering opportunity in the middle of nowhere, or even a subject in IB that intrigues you and isn’t one that you need for your college major. The best memories might just be created while getting out of your comfort zone and doing things you wouldn’t normally do!
Alumnus of the Month- IBDP- Batch of 2009
PriyankaKanwar, Founder and CEO, Kite
Kite is one of Money Control’s top 10 most innovative startups of 2018
Kite chosen among “50 Startups to Look Out for in 2019” by Entrepreneur India
Kite Founder selected among Forbes 30 under 30 Asia & GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians
Priyanka is passionate about helping people from all backgrounds access modern finance. She founded Kite to empower businesses and their workforce with innovative and low-cost payments, credit, and financial services. Launched in 2017, Kite’s platform has processed over USD 100 million in transactions and served 250,000 users from 2,000 cities, building financial identities with more than 10 million data points. Priyanka has been recognized as one of India’s top 5 women in Fintech. Prior to founding Kite, Priyanka developed extensive experience at the intersection of finance, technology, and academia. She founded the nonprofit, Global Undergraduate Economic Forum (GUEF) with support from the World Economic Forum. She was Chairperson of the nonprofit Global Brigades, and has had work stints at HSBC Bank, The Economist, and Accenture. Priyanka graduated Magna cum Laude from Yale University with a degree in Economics.