November 20, 2014: XLRI- Xavier School of Management, one of India's premier B-Schools recently celebrated its Annual Management Summit "ENSEMBLE 2014" with great fervour. The theme of "Ensemble 2014" was ‘Reinventing Leadership, Redefining Strategies'.
With a legacy of 14 years, XLRI Ensemble is viewed among the most awaited events in the business school circuit. This year, Ensemble witnessed participation of around 4000 teams from business schools across India including the IIMs, FMS, SIBM, SCMHRD, MDI, TISS and IIFT. Along with intense competitions, the 3-day event also witnessed an array of entertaining cultural and sporting events. The event was partnered by prominent corporate names like, Colgate Palmolive, Airtel, Hindustan Petroleum and State Bank of India, Woodland, Axis Bank, London Bridge, Turtle, Samsung among others.
The event was inaugurated in presence of Fr. E Abraham (Director of XLRI), Dr. Pranabesh Ray (Dean - Academics, XLRI), Fr. S George (Dean - Administration, XLRI), Fr. James Santhanam (Associate Dean - Student Affairs) and Mr. Alok Ramdev Kanagat (VP, Engineering & Projects at Tata Steel Ltd. and CEO, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd) as the Chief Guest of the programme. Mr. Kanagat, in his speech, recounted his personal experiences in working in various sectors of the industry and emphasised on the importance of humility, compassion and the ability to take tough decisions and risks for a leader.
Over 40 events were held in 3 days cutting across all business domains, from finance and marketing to operations, IR and HR.
Events like Strategikon (the flagship Consulting event), Prometheus (the flagship event in Finance), Helios (the flagship operations event), Poseidon and Apollo (The domain events of BM and HR) along with the flagship events of Ensemble - Circus Maximus and War of Wits witnessed intense competitions among teams from the participating institutes. Manthan, a case study competition and social event organized by Sigma, XLRI in association with Kalamandir saw participation of close to 120 students from all over India.
Another flagship event of the summit was the Ideakon, conducted by the Entrepreneurship Cell of XLRI. The event provided platform for start-up business owners, practitioners and academicians to network with each other and aimed to inculcate entrepreneurial spirit among students by motivating them with personal and professional experiences shared by the speakers.
In "Ensemble 2014", Mock United Nations: Security Council was held in XLRI for the first time, where delegates were given a chance to articulate their country's stand on an issue before the council.
The key leadership event of Ensemble, the Idea Summit was conducted with two notable speakers - Sudhir Mishra, Padma Bhushan winner acclaimed film director, known for directing critically acclaimed films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli and Dr. Devi Shetty, renowned for his contribution to increasing affordability of heart surgery the chairman and Founder, Narayana Health and is famous. Dr. Shetty spoke at length about the importance of innovation which is affordable.
A number of fun-events such as MasterChef - a culinary competition, bon- fire, Paintball, Mono Acting, face painting, XLArena by Sports Committee were also lineed-up.
"ENSEMBLE 2014" also organised a series of cultural events including Kathakali performance organised in association with SPICMACAY Society, Chitrahaar- Bollywood musical programme, Comedy night featuring Nitin Gupta, aka Rivaldo, theatrical performance by students - ‘Ek Ruka Hua Faisla' in association with DRACULA- the Dramatis society of XLRI, performance by XLRI's famous rock band Bodhi Tree and Surjo.
It was the gala Coke Studio with MTV Concert featuring The Raghu Dixit Project that brought curtains down to the three-day long extravaganza- "ENSEMBLE 2014" and had the audience grooving to the refreshing recreation of folk music.
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. To know more, visit www.xlri.ac.in