The momentous occasion of 62nd Annual Convocation was recently celebrated at XLRI- Xavier School of Management with great zeal on 24th March, 2018. 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, 524 XLRI students received their graduating certificates and medals including – 178 & 181 students of Postgraduate Programmes in Management - BM and HRM; 116 students of 15-months PGDM (General Management) Programme; 10 students of Fellow Program in Management (FPM) and 39 students of 2015–2018 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Evening).
Congratulating the students on their graduation day, Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors, XLRI said, “As you join the remarkable network of XLRI alumni; let the value education that has been imparted to you in the preceding two years be a guiding force to help enable you to make this world more sustainable and livable for future generations. I urge you to espouse a professional and ethical attitude in your work-life journey and try to give back to the society to the extent possible.”
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.
In continuation of forty- nine years tradition, this year XLRI conferred the prestigious ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ on Padmashri TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education and Aarin Capital & President of AIMA.
Father Abraham further added, “Padmashri TV Mohandas Pai is an extremely accomplished professional, influential start-up evangelist and a notable philanthropist. He is a role model of social impact innovation and responsible leadership. We are immensely happy to present this year’s ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ to Mr. TV Mohandas Pai in appreciation of his multi-dimensional accomplishments.”
Delivering his Convocation Address, TV Mohandas Pai shared some tips in order to succeed in leadership in this age of disruption with the graduating students, who are all set to enter the corporate world – to have a problem solving attitude, to be able to re-architect rigid organizational structure to keep up with innovation and to able to identify and get the right set of people to manage.
About Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal :
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, Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India in 2014, Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, The Godrej Group in 2017.
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