June 17, 2014: XLRI - Xavier School of Management today announced commencement of the new academic session 2014. A total of 480 students of the three flagship programmes: Business Management (BM - 180 students), Human Resource Management (HRM - 180 students) and one year General Management Programme (GMP - 120 students) joined the illustrious student fraternity of XLRI.
Also, 14 students in Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), 16 students in Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM) have enrolled themselves for the doctoral programme and 56 students have been selected for the Business Management Evening (BME) Programme.
The new students were welcomed at an inaugural prayer service function at XLRI in presence of all the current students, faculty and staff members. The welcome ceremony was addressed by Fr. E. Abraham, S.J., Director of XLRI and Prof. Pranabesh Ray, Dean- Academics at XLRI.
Fr. E. Abraham, S.J. (Director), welcomed the students and impressed upon them the need to evaluate as to how they could contribute in the task of nation-building. "The creation of "world-class skills" is assumed to be a route to economic prosperity, reduced income inequalities and social cohesion. Such policy prescriptions rest on the idea of a "knowledge economy" where innovative ideas and technical expertise hold the key to the new global competitive challenge", he commented.
"Globalisation has been motivating all of us in management education to do almost everything differently. Strategically, the implications of globalisation continue to reveal themselves; a new and fundamentally different global landscape continues to emerge. An endless stream of new opportunities is available for us to rethink the scope of our missions, join forces with other institutions, ﬁnance our activities, and strengthen the quality and scope of our business schools.
The end results of the globalisation of management education process should be:
1) Greater competence and conﬁdence of graduates for doing business with global impact;
2) More research insights into the global complexity of the managers, enterprises, and markets studied; and;
3) Ultimately better service of the global management profession and society at large. XLRI, as an institute, has always had this global outlook since beginning", he added.
XLRI has drawn up a Special Orientation Programme for the new students to refresh their knowledge-base before regular classes commence.
Prof. Pranabesh Ray (Dean, Academics), introduced the new batch of students to the accomplished faculty members across different functional streams of management. Prof. Ray also highlighted XLRI's continual efforts in molding responsible managers with ethical values and said, "XLRI is known for its academic excellence as well as instilling in its students the right values through courses, activities, events and the environment it creates. A unique feature in the first term will be the Village Exposure Programme and the Outbound Programme. Both the programmes have been designed to create awareness among the students of life in rural India, as well as the importance of team spirit. Such an integral and value-based formation will impel the future managers to be innovative, competent and creative leaders."
XLRI is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the ‘steel city' of Jamshedpur. Over the last six decades, it has grown into a top-ranking business school with a wide portfolio of educational programs. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organisations. It continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of innumerable organisations that serve the public good in a variety of sectors.
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