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Published : Monday, 16 March, 2015 11:43 AM
  • To confer the prestigious “Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace” to Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, TAFE 
  • To confer the Honorary Fellow Award to Rev. Fr Romuald D'Souza, S.J. Former Director of XLRI, Jamshedpur and Founder Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and Goa Institute of Management

XLRI- Xavier School of Management, one of India’s premier B-School, is all set to hold the 59th Annual Convocation on 21st March, 2015. The event is to hold at the Tata Auditorium, XLRI campus, Jamshedpur. The event is to be graced by 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. Pranabesh Ray, Dean, Academics at XLRI and other dignitaries.
On this significant day, 526 XLRI students will receive their graduating certificates and medals including - 300 students of Post Graduate Programmes in Management - BM and HRM; 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 2012 – 15 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Part Time) and 23 students of 2012 – 15 batch of Executive PGP course 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 will also receive their graduating certificates on completion of their 2-year course. 20 Indian students of the 2013-15 batch of the GMBA Programme will be awarded the certificates and medals from their home school - XLRI and a joint certification from the 3-schools’ consortium at the Convocation.
Speaking about this momentous occasion Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI said, “Convocation is an important milestone event in the life of every student, faculty, and staff. It is the culmination of all the efforts put in by an individual during their time at the campus. I congratulate all the students”.
This year XLRI would confer the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace to Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited). She will also deliver the convocation address to the graduating students at the event.
Ms. Mallika Srinivasan has helped establish TAFE as a high-quality, mass manufacturer of tractors - a lean and resilient organisation that can effectively weather the cyclicality of the tractor business in a span of 25 years. Today, TAFE is the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world and the second largest in India, by volumes. She is also on the board of AGCO Corporation - USA, TATA Steel Limited and TATA Global Beverages Limited. She is a member of the Governing Board at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and the Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy.
In January 2014, she was honoured with the prestigious ‘Padma Shri’ award for her contribution to Trade and Industry.
Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace, instituted by XLRI in 1966, in honour of the Late Sir Jehangir Ghandy, former Chairman of the Board of Governors- XLRI 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 business leaders like Mr. N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd. in 2012, Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2013 and Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India in 2014.
This year, XLRI would also present the Honorary Fellow Award to Rev. Fr Romuald D'Souza, S.J. Former Director of XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Fr D'Souza has had immensely contribution in the field of Education and Literature. He was the Founder Director of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and was its Director till 1993. He also founded the Goa Institute of Management in 1993 and was its Director till 2004. He was President of the Association of Indian Management Schools, and was an active member of the Association of Management Development Institutes of South Asia, the All India Board of Management Studies, Government of India, the Executive Council of the Goa University, and the Academic Council of Utkal University. He is also a professional member of the Academy of Management (USA), International Council of Psychologists, British Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association.
On January 26, 2010, Fr. Romuald was announced as a recipient of the prestigious “Padma Shri” award for his contribution to Education and Literature.
Father Abraham, Director, XLRI further added, “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.” 

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 organisations and institutions across industry sectors.
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