“Honorary Fellow Award” to Rev. Fr Romuald D'Souza, S.J. Former Director of XLRI, Jamshedpur and Founder- Director, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and Goa Institute of Management
On this significant day, 526 XLRI students received their graduating certificates and medals including - 300 students of Two-years Post Graduate Programmes in Management - BM and HRM (2013-15); 112 students of 2014 batch of 15-months PGDM (General Management) Programme; 3 students of Fellow Program in Management from Jamshedpur Campus; 63 students of Three-Year [Part-Time] PGDM-BM Programme 2012 – 15 batch and 23 students of Three-Year [Part-Time] PGDM-BM Programme 2012 – 15 batch from Dubai Campus.
This year, the first batch of the Global MBA Programme launched by XLRI in partnership with Weatherhead School of Management, USA and School of Economics & Management of Tongji University Shanghai, China also received their graduating certificates on completion of their 2-year course. 20 Indian students of the 2013-15 batch of the GMBA Programme were awarded the certificates and medals from their home school - XLRI and a joint certification from the 3-schools’ consortium at the Convocation.
Congratulating the students on their graduation day, Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI said, “There will be tough decisions for you to make, ethical dilemmas to confront. Remember, that no matter what be the outcome, you will need to choose the righteous path. Remember, that it is you who can make a difference to those around you. This is what XLRI strives to be and this is what each and every one who leaves this portal today must be known by”.
“XLRI stands for partnering progressive growth of our nation. This institution epitomises value-based education and all-round development of individuals. It is these values that set XLRI apart from other business schools in the country”, Mr. Narendran further added.
In continuation of almost forty-six years tradition XLRI conferred the prestigious ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ on Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited). Ms. Srinivasan also delivered the convocation speech to the graduating students. She congratulated and inspired the students with her words and shared some of her experiences on approaching work-life challenges which they may face in the corporate workplace.
Expressing her gratitude to XLRI, Ms. Mallika Srinivasan said, “I am really honoured and humbled at being conferred the prestigious ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’.
At the ceremony, XLRI also presented the ‘Honorary Fellow Award’ to Rev. Fr Romuald D'Souza, S.J. Former Director of XLRI, Jamshedpur and Founder- Director, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and Goa Institute of Management.
Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI said, “We are extremely happy to honour two eminent personalities this year, who have enriched our nation with immense contributions in their respective fields. We are presenting the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace to Ms. Mallika Srinivasan. A tireless advocate of education and healthcare development in India, Her firm focus has been on designing and developing farm equipment that meets the requirement of small farms and is cost effective for Indian farmers. The recipient of our Honorary Fellow Award, Fr Romuald D'Souza, S.J. was a visionary and an Institution Builder in the true sense. He was our Director from 1983-1989. His contribution in the field of management education in India can be witnessed in the three institutions he helped to build and flourish – XLRI, XIMB and GIM, all of which are considered premier institutions in India today.”
Reading out the annual report of the institute for the academic session 2014- 15 at the ceremony Father Abraham said, “This academic year has once again brought laurels to XLRI in different spheres, which have done us proud. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of faculty and staff of the institute in strengthening the teaching pedagogy, research output and program relevancy”.
Addressing the students he said, “Have a successful and meaningful work-life balance. Whilst excelling in your work-life, engage in healthy hobbies and contribute your mite in making XLRI a global-ranking B-School”.