Enriching its legacy spanning seven decades, Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur celebrated its 65th Annual Convocation on July 19, 2021 giving away graduation certificates to 506 students from different management programmes. The virtual Convocation ceremony was held to bid a final farewell to the 2019-21 batch.
Mr. Sandeep Kataria, Global CEO, Bata Corporation, was the Chief Guest at the XLRI Convocation Ceremony and delivered the Convocation Address. Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI & MD - Tata Steel India and South East Asia, Fr. Paul Fernandes. S.J., Director of XLRI, Dr. Ashis K. Pani, Dean, Academics at XLRI, graduating students, and their parents connected virtually.
506 XLRI students get PG Diplomas
On this significant day, 506 XLRI students virtually received their graduating certificates and medals. This included:
- 178 Students of PGDM-BM 2019-21 Batch
- 181 students PGDM-HRM 2019-21 Batch
- 101 students of 15-months PGDM (General Management) Program
- 06 students of Fellow Program in Management (FPM)
- 40 students of the 2018–2021 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Evening).
Delivering his Convocation Address, Sandeep Kataria shared some leadership tips in order to succeed in this age of disruption with the graduating students, who are all set to enter the corporate world and said, “You are ready to take on the new normal of this VUCA world. As you step out with the tremendous education that XLRI has given you, you will have the privilege to work in large and illustrious organizations with lots of smart people. At the beginning of your career, you may feel intimidated by all the seniors around you. Remember to speak up and be heard, as you will undoubtedly add a useful perspective and enrich the discussion. Never let the small voice in your head hold you back. As you grow and lead big teams, you will often be called to take the final decision. But again, remember to pause, listen and learn from the whole team before you decide. Leadership is anything but doing the popular thing. It is about doing the right thing AND taking people along. One thing that I can promise you all today is that there are going to be ups and downs in your careers. As surely as you will have the highs, wins, successes, and lots to celebrate, you will also have the misses and lows. Remember to take both in your stride, keeping your eyes on doing the best that you can without a sense of victimization or entitlement”
Leave the Worries Behind, Emphasizes the Global CEO of Bata
Addressing the graduating students in his speech ‘Reimagining Our Future,’ Mr. Kataria further said, “you are graduating at an amazing moment in time for the Global Economy and especially India. I am not referring just to the pandemic, which has impacted almost everything over the last 15 months. There are worries about the pandemic, probably the most significant world event of our lifetime. It has managed to touch everyone in a most personal way and unarguably pushed back the world economy and people 5 to 10 years. But with the innovativeness and ingenuity of the human race that has been displayed over the last 15 months, I believe we will soon have medical worries behind us. When I look at the future with optimism, I refer to the inevitable rise of the new order, a new normal, an opportunity to recast many of the notions that we have taken for granted over the last 50 years and provide an opportunity like never before. Combined with the continuing changes in the geopolitical map of the world and the triple disruption of technology, global warming, and markets that have been gathering pace over the last decade, we will see significant changes in the workplace within your career spans”.
Congratulating the students on their graduation day, Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors, XLRI said, “It is rare that we come across multiple large challenges in such a short period - a life-threatening pandemic, climate weirding as a consequence of climate change and an economic downturn. As aspiring business leaders of tomorrow, these unprecedented challenges offer valuable learnings as we have all suddenly moved into a scenario where the managerial acronym VUCA (short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) has acquired totally different meanings. The new VUCA world challenges you to build your resilience quotient, take care of your own health and those of your loved ones and friends and also beckons you to support to the extent possible, all the marginalized people who live life on a day-to-day basis”.
Fr. Paul Fernandes. S.J., Director, XLRI, congratulated the graduating students and advised them to uphold the values they have imbibed at XLRI – to be responsible leaders who are extraordinary professionals with a sensitive conscience. In his address, he said, “This is the second time the convocation is being held virtually due to COVID restrictions. We would have been delighted to see all of you on the campus witnessing the graduates receiving your medals and diplomas physically. We are proud of your achievements and brilliant accomplishments, my heartfelt appreciation to the faculty and staff of XLRI for assisting you on your academic journey. We had a successful year in 2020-21, and it is the result of our teamwork and our determination to take this institution forward and make it globally renowned and a top-ranked Business School in the country.”
Dr Arindam Saha, Doctoral program pass out-2021, and Managing Director, Vista Intelligence said “XLRI not only imparts quality education with thrust on the latest research findings, case studies etc, but also teaches values of life. It has transformed me from a corporate executive to an entrepreneur.”
Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal conferred on the Chief Guest
In continuation of fifty five years tradition, this year XLRI conferred the prestigious ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ on Sandeep Kataria, Global CEO, Bata Corporation. On the occasion, Father Paul said, " XLRI feels proud to present the Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace to Shri Sandeep Kataria, first Indian to be the Global CEO of Bata Corporation.”
Accepting the medal, Mr. Kataria said, “I am truly humbled and feel privileged to accept the Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace. I want to express my gratitude to the governing board of XLRI for bestowing on me the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace. While any recognition is a privilege, one received from the alma mater is truly special. I am told that I am the first alumni to be bestowed upon this honor – and while I humbly accept this esteemed medal, I am sure there are many more deserving alumni members. We will be seeing more familiar names on this list soon”.
Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace, instituted by XLRI in 1966, in honour of the Late Sir Jehangir Ghandy, Kt. C.I.E., the first Chairman of the Board of Governors of XLRI and Director-Tata Steel is awarded to Heroic Leaders who have contributed towards the growth of their respective organizations and also impacted the growth of our nation in a significant way. The medal was instituted by XLRI in gratitude for Sir Jehangir Ghandy’s yeoman contribution to XLRI and the society at large. One of the oldest medals instituted by a higher education institution, the medal is awarded during XLRI’s Annual Convocation Ceremony to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of industrial and social peace in the country.
In the past years, the medal was conferred on eminent leaders like Mr. JRD Tata in 1975, Mr. Verghese Kurien in 1992, Mr. Jyoti Basu in 1997, Azim Premji in 2005, Ratan N Tata in 2009 and Mr. N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd. in 2012, Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2013, Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India in 2014, Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited) in 2015, Dr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt. Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp & Chairman, Hero Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd. in 2016, Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, The Godrej Group in 2017, Mr. TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education and Aarin Capital & President of AIMA in 2018, Ms. Anu Aga, Former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd in 2019 and Mr. Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd in 2020.
XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier, private management institute in India. XLRI was founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J., in the ‘steel city’ Jamshedpur. Over the last seven decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organizations. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organizations and institutions across industry sectors. XLRI has been awarded two prestigious International Accreditations, viz. AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and AMBA - Association of MBAs. XLRI has also earned the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation.
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