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XLRI Celebrates 63rd Annual Convocation

23rd March, 2019

XLRI confers 'Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace' on Padmashri Anu Aga, Former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd.

The momentous occasion of 63rd Annual Convocation was celebrated at  XLRI- Xavier School of Management with great zeal today. Students donned their graduation hats and gowns and received their medals and certificates in the presence of Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI & MD - Tata Steel India and South East Asia, Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI, Dr. Ashis K. Pani, Dean, Academics at XLRI and other dignitaries.

On this significant day, 518 XLRI students received their graduating certificates and medals including - 182 & 179 students of Postgraduate Programmes in Management - BM and HRM; 109 students of 15- months PGDM (General Management) Programme; 11 students of Fellow Program in Management (FPM) and 37 students of 2016-2019 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Evening).

The first five rank holders in the Two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) 2017-19 batch are Parishmita Basu, Gunika Bahal, Jasdeep Singh, Prakhar Pathak and Shashank respectively.

The first five rank holders in the Two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (BM) 2017-19 batch are Varsha Bondada, Pratik Agarwal, Saurabh Mathur, Aishwarya Hemant Jain and Mahesh Venkatasubramanian respectively.

The first five rank holders in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (GM) - 15 - Months Programme 2017-18 batch are V Ravi, Mayukh Chaudhuri, Arindam Roy Chowdhury, Ananya Nagar and Vinay Mall (both fourth rank) and Shekhar Suman respectively.

The first five rank holders in the Three-Year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management - Evening Programme 2016 - 19 batch are Zia Ahmad, Mohseen Azad Kadarbhai, Prasanjit Saha, Payal Banerjee and Rishi Gupta respectively.

Addressing the graduating students, Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI gave insight on the changing dynamics of the corporate world and the thinking process of corporate leaders. He especially stressed on 5 points which has had immense impact on the corporate universe - Geo-Political Environment and how it impacts a country's economy; Emergence of Africa in the world economic arena; the impact of Sustainability And Climate Change in today's corporate world and economy of countries; Inequality and how it creates societal upheavals and thereby impact economic progress; and, the impact of Digitalization and Technology on professional and personal lives of people today.

Fr. E Abraham 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. He said in his address, "We have had successful year in 2018-19 and it is the result of our teamwork and our determination to take this institution forward and make it globally competitive while ensuring we help shape responsible and ethical business leaders for the greater common good."

This year XLRI conferred the prestigious 'Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace' on Padmashri Anu Aga, Former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd. She also delivered the Convocation Address.

Father Abraham further added, "Padmashri Anu Aga is one of India's most influential corporate leaders and a notable philanthropist. Her work as a responsible leader and contribution to the society echoes XLRI's philosophy - 'For the Greater Good'. We are immensely happy to present this year's 'Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace' to Mrs. Anu Aga in appreciation of her multi-dimensional accomplishments."

In her convocation address, Ms. Anu Aga shared the inspiring story of her corporate and life's journey. She advised the graduating students to always learn the positive lessons from life's tough experiences. Addressing the students she said, "I would urge you to give a thought to not just your career but also in finding a deeper meaning and wider purpose in life."

About XLRI:

XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the 'steel city' of Jamshedpur (www.xlri.ac.in). Over the last six 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.