Fr. E. Abraham S.J. Former Director, XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur passed away 14th July 2021 due to a cardiac arrest at XIM Bhubaneswar. He was 70 years old and an alumnus of XLRI (PGDPMIR- 1978). Fr. E. Abraham was the longest-serving Director of XLRI. His total tenure as Director spanned over 16 years across two terms, from 1989 to 1994 and from 2008 to 2019.

All India Management Association (AIMA) conferred on  Fr. E. Abraham the "AIMA -“ Kewal Nohria Award for Academic Leadership in Management Education" -2019.


Fr. Abraham was also conferred the 'AIM - ASMA Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 3rd ASMA Annual Convention & Awards -2019.


Fr. Abraham was highly regarded as a champion of India's management academia and an eminent thought leader in academic governance who has immensely contributed to management education in India. He was the Founder-Secretary of the National HRD Network and the Founder-President of the Indian Association of Autonomous Business Schools. He was also on the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools and Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools boards. He has been the President of the Association of Indian Management Schools and was a board member at IRMA. He has also been a member of the National Board of Accreditation(NBA) and member of the All India Board of Management Studies. Fr. Abraham served as a member of the Board of Governors at many Indian and foreign business schools, like XLRI Jamshedpur, St Xavier University Kolkata, St Xavier University Bhubaneswar, and Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He has received numerous accolades for his contribution to management education. 

 Funeral Service

Friday 16 July 2021 at Jamshedpur.

  • 10.30 am – 12.00 noon: Homage to Fr Abraham by XLRI faculty, staff, alumni, and close friends at Prabhu Hall (XLRI Campus). The XLRI family will arrange a memorial prayer service.
  • 12.30 pm – 02.00 pm: Homage to Fr Abraham by Religious clergy and faithful at Loyola School Chapel.
  • 02.00 pm – 03.30 pm: Requiem mass at Loyola Chapel with select members only
  • 03.30 pm – 4.30 pm:  Burial at Jesu Bhavan Jesuit Cemetery

Covid-19 protocols will be observed strictly in every place.

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