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XLRI PGDM(GM) has completed the Fire Chat Interview: Gaurav Ahluwalia

22nd July, 2022

The event began with an Inaugural Address by Imran Farookh, XLRI Jamshedpur, who welcomed the guest speaker, Mr. Gaurav Ahluwalia, and the GST members offered a bouquet.

The session’s guest was Mr. Gaurav Ahluwalia, Managing Director, Head Human Resources, Corporate Centers at J.P. Morgan.

Gaurav Ahluwalia spoke about several issues and provided a great insight into the fire chat questions posed by the audience. He began discussing the qualities required to be a successful leader in any firm. Imran Farookh and Surbhi Sinha, the moderators of the event, queried

Mr. Ahluwalia on the challenges that he had faced in his professional experience to date, and he explained how tactfully he has been dealing with all his challenges and balancing his work and life by prioritizing his priorities. He was asked about his views on the demographic shifts in India and America. He added how JPMC welcomes recruitments from diversified roles and gels them together in its work culture. In further conversation with the batch, Mr. Gaurav emphasized how it is part and parcel of our life to operate in uncertainties, how JPMC has put on its sail smoothly through the deadly pandemic years, and its futuristic acceptance of opportunities and threats through uncertainties.

The session ended with a few questions from the audience on technological advancements and adaptations undertaken by the company. Mr. Gaurav put forth his end notes on the mission and vision of JPMC, throwing some light on its unbeatable journey and tailoring its way to a promising future in the upcoming years.


In totality, around 8000+ applications were received for the XLRI Online Learning Programs out of which 3000+ applications were shortlisted and only 110 students got their seats in the program. Great conscious decisions have been made to select the best candidates and help them be the next great future leaders. XLRI is always known for Magis & Excellence. XLRI is one of the oldest institutions in the country to look at executives as leaders of the future and help them contribute to the growth.

The event was then taken over by Prof. Ashish K Pani - Dean Academics at XLRI. He introduced the students to the key people involved and the faculty list of the XOL programs.

Prof. Sanjay Patro, Chairperson of the XLRI-XOL Programs addressed the students and said, “The online post graduate diploma programs aim at bridging the gap between the aspirations of the participants and the requirements from qualified professionals; suitable for the industry. You will get involved in both synchronous and asynchronous learning and will get an opportunity to learn from the best experienced XLRI faculty as well as industry experts and peers over an interactive online platform.”

All the 110 new students were then given a chance to introduce themselves in 20 seconds each. This enabled the participants to know and understand each other. The program then ended with an introduction of the Program Directors of each online program - PGDHRM, PGDBM & PGDF.