Wednesday, May 25, 2011

XLRI Alumni Meet Dubai - 27th May 2011

Dear all,

Further to the mail sent earlier regarding the alumni meet , this will be held on Friday 27th May from 7 pm onwards at the Four Points Sheraton in Mankool, Dubai.  A separate banquet hall will be available (directions in the lobby).

The cost will be AED 100 per head (Indian menu with unlimited soft drinks / juice).  Those who would like to have an alcoholic drink, can pay for it separately at the counter.

I would request all those who have not confirmed to do so asap so that final numbers can be given to the hotel. Gurvit is the summer meet coordinator and his mail ID is   



Thursday, May 19, 2011

XLRI Alumni meet in UK

Arifa and Sharky are planning a gala dinner with private room hire at Crowne Plaza hotel , St James Square, London on June 11th evening  for xlers in London.

Estimated cost per person GBP50
Will update more details when I have them

XLRI Alumni Meet in Basel, Switzerland

Dear XLer,

I would like to cordially invite you all to the XL Alumni Meet 2011, to be held at Basel, Switzerland.

The plan is to have the meet on the first weekend of June. However, since Thursday and Friday are holidays, we could meet either on Wednesday (1st of June) or Thursday (2nd of June). Please fill the form below to confirm your participation and give your preference for the date -

We shall meet at 5:30 pm for drinks and then head for dinner at around 7:30 pm. The venue shall be finalized soon and communicated to you.

I hope that we will have a great time and re-live the fond memories at XL :)

Warm Regards,
Maneesh Dhooper
PMIR 2010-12

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Intelius’ Naveen Jain (BMD82) Turns to Moon Mining, Philanthropy

From India West

BERKELEY, Calif. – Naveen Jain is the chief executive officer of Intelius, a Bellevue, Wash.-based Web security firm with annual revenues of $150 million and more than 350 employees.

Before that he founded and headed InfoSpace, which became a very successful publicly traded data aggregation company before encountering problems at the end of the dotcom era.

Jain in April launched Mountain View, Calif.-based Moon Express, which he co-founded with the plan to mine the moon for its rare materials.

But all that the serial entrepreneur wanted to talk about while being interviewed here by India-West on the sidelines of the Economist conference (I-W, April 8), was h is philanthropic work – that and the fact that his children are following in his footsteps.

“I’m spending 60 to 70 percent of my time on my philanthropic work,” he exclaimed on a rainy day at a Berkeley coffeehouse.

“Entrepreneurship can solve basic human problems and many of these fundamental problems relate to health care and education.”

Jain currently sits on a number of science, technology and education boards, including chairing the education and global development initiative of the X Prize Foundation.

He wants to fund a $1 million incentive challenge at X Prize for an entrepreneur who creates software running on a mobile device, able to be operated by minimally-trained individuals, that can diagnose common diseases in the developing world.

A trained village person would perform the tests and the results would be sent to medical experts at nearby hospitals for follow-up care. “The device could be rented out for $5 a day by a village girl,” he enthused.

The inventor who comes up with a solution, maybe even if the device tests just the five or six most common diseases, could win $1 million, depending on the X Prize panel’s decision.

“The reason I like challenge grants is that you get what you incentivize,” Jain said, adding, “There’s lots of smart people out there.”

Another X Prize grant he may fund is $1 million related to one of Jain’s favorite fields of study, neuroscience. “The brain has a plasticity. It is constantly being wired and rewired,” he said, pointing out that only a fraction of brainpower is used in such activities as reading.

Jain wants to fund accelerated learning made possible through game technology.

He will award a grant to someone who can come up with a “multi-sensory game, with motion, sound and an intense emotional experience, in a video game system, that is effective, addictive and viral, and that enables learning.”

He imagines hundreds of thousands of people online playing and learning. “If this country can create better learners, we will leave a better country for our children,” he said.

Jain is a director on the board of Singularity University and also a board member of the nonprofit Kairos Society, a global network of undergraduate students using entrepreneurship to solve world challenges.

If the concept sounds familiar, it is because Kairos was founded by Jain’s son, Ankur Jain, a student at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania who has been profiled by the national media. The New York Stock Exchange and the United Nations co-hosted the 2011 Kairos Global Summit Feb. 25-26 in New York.

Young entrepreneurs from around the world, including 24 from India, attended the event, Jain said, clearly proud that his son is following in philanthropy.

In addition, he said, “Our daughter, Priyanka, has started the IcareWEcare organization to do social good socially,” he told India-West. “Previously, she was the founder of Circle of Women for high school girls to build schools for girls in developing countries.”

His latest venture, Moon Express, which Jain chairs, is building robotic rovers alongside scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center near South San Francisco. The machines are designed to look for materials that are scarce on Earth.

“From an entrepreneur’s perspective, the moon has never truly been explored,” Jain told the Los Angeles Times. "We think it could hold resources that benefit Earth and all humanity.”

The other two cofounders are CTO Barney Pell, former head architect of Microsoft’s Bing Internet search engine; and CEO Robert “Bob” Richards, founder of International Space University, and a former NASA manager.

MoonEx has received a NASA contract that could be worth up to $10 million. The company is among several teams hoping to win Google’s Lunar X Prize competition, a $30-million race to the moon in which a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface and have it explore at least one-third of a mile. The team also must transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth before 2016.

“Mankind is standing on the threshold of finding precious minerals and metals on the moon that in the future will power everything from electric car batteries to aerospace applications,” Jain told India-West last week by e-mail.

“This is just beginning. The non-radioactive isotope, Helium-3, which is rare on Earth, but believed to be more abundant on the moon, is sought for use in nuclear fusion research.

“I believe we are about to uncover the moon’s many vital resources, including large quantities of platinum that will solve Earth’s present resource and energy problems and make a better world for my children and for generations to come. I started Moon Express to find the resources to significantly improve the quality of life on Earth.”

“MoonEx should be ready to land on the lunar surface by 2013," Jain told the Times. “It’s our goal to be the first company there and stay there.”

Jain grew up in New Delhi in a poor family. He said his father worked for the government, but the family stayed poor because his father steadfastly refused to take any bribes, meaning he could never be promoted.

“My mother was not educated, but like most Indians, she cared deeply about education for her children. She thought it could make a difference in people’s lives.”

Jain received an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee in 1979 and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur School of Management in 1982.

In 1983, Burroughs accepted him for a business exchange program in New Jersey and in 1989, he was hired by Microsoft, where he later worked on the Windows NT and Windows 95 operating systems and was on the management team that launched the Microsoft Network.

Jain founded InfoSpace in March 1996 and served as CEO until 2000. His net worth ranked him high on the list of Forbes’ richest Americans, but problems at InfoSpace led to him finally resigning as CEO in 2001 and leaving the board of directors a few years later.

Jain said he bounced back and founded Intelius to help people “manage their own identity.”

“You have to protect your family, whether you are hiring a teacher or a gardener or anyone else.” The company does background and security checks. Many of those who worked under him at InfoSpace joined him at Intelius, he said.

Jain was awarded the “Light of India Business Leadership Award” for “visionary entrepreneurship,” by the Times Group April 25. Indians from around the world voted for the award.

XLRI Courses Go Green

From Edu Leaders

XLRI Jamshedpur, a premier B-school, has revamped its syllabus to make business professionals more sensitive towards environmental and social issues.

The issues have been integrated in the syllabus for students pursuing post graduation in management, personnel management and industrial relationship.

The institute has roped in its Associate Professor Tata L. Raghu Ram and US Fulbright scholar Gerard F. Farias to teach lessons on environment and social relationship under in its new course – Sustainable development to corporate strategies.

The course, Ram said, will help students evolve strategies for social concerns like environmental degeneration and also earn profit for business.

The syllabus also focuses on teaching students design for high performance organisations, application of complexity theory to organisation sciences and the role of business in sustainable development.

Monday, May 09, 2011

XL Alumni Meet Dubai Chapter Summer meet

Hi Greetings from XLRI !!! The time to connect with your Alma Mater is back!!! And we are very excited to invite you with your family to the Alumni Meet in Dubai. We are in process of finalizing the venue and the date of the event is 27th of May. We need some the following information about you though. It will be great if you could fill it up and send it across ASAP. For any other information please call me at the number mentioned below.
Thanks and Regards,
Gurvit Malhotra
+971 55 99 62 560

First Name *
Last Name *

Date of Birth *

Programme *

· ( ) BM

· () PM&IR

· ( ) Other:

Batch *

Organization *
Designation *
Contact Number *
Address *

What is the status of your availability? * It will be great to have you with us!!!

· ( ) Sorry but I won't be able to make it

· ( ) Its Tentative

· ( ) I am surely attending

How many from your family will be attending?


Gurvit Malhotra
Official Disc-Jockey
Sr. Executive Member - Placement Committee
PM&IR, XLRI Jamshedpur
Mobile: +971 55 99 62 560

Monday, May 02, 2011

Round up of Upcoming Alumni Meets

Dear All

XLRI Summer Alumni Meets, 2011 have been scheduled in the month of May. The batch of 2010-2012 is working really hard to make them a grand success, much bigger and magnificient than the last year.

Schedule for the meet:

Please spread the word.

7th May
Boulder Hills, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
14th May
The Parkland Retreat, Main Chhatarpur Mandir Road, Satbari, New Delhi
21st May
Railway Officer's Club, Sterling Road
21st May
Mayfair Banquet Hall, Worli, Mumbai
28th May
The Royal Orchid
21st May
Floatel 9/10, Kolkata jetty, Opp. SBI HQ, Strand Road, Kolkata.

However, they are really struggling with the sponsorship and I am afraid they might have to cancel a few venues due to lack of liquidity. The Summer Meets last year were a great success due to the support shown by the XLers in arranging sponsorship. I organized the meet last year and I know how tough it is for the organizing team while managing their internships.

On behalf of the organizing team, I request you to look into the matter and contact the undersigned if you wish to sponsor.

Raghuram Bommaraju
Secretary, Alumni Committee
Ph.: 9204 067 454

Shubham Singhal
XLRI, Jamshedpur

Block this Date- XL Big Bang - 28-May 2011

Hi Folks:

Just a quick note to let you know that we have finalised the Venue and Date for the

 XL Big Bang 2011.

It will be at

 The Royal Orchid on Saturday, 28th May, 2011.

So network with all your batch mates and let them know .


Those of you who can and wish to--please call

Sebastian Chandy:099018 99009
Ajit                         072095 41996
Chaitanya               087928 89477 

Look forward to seeing you there.

David D'Costa

Hyderabad Alumni Meet: May 7th: Boulder Hills

Dear XLers,

Just in case you didn't get the emails or the phone calls the interns have been making, The Alumni meet details are as follows :

When: 7th May 2011, 7:00 PM
Where: Boulder Hills, (Same place as last time), 
How (to reach there): It is located bang opposite the ISB campus, here is the map

Who (is the point of contact): Sayan (98668 89375) a

Please do register and participate in the discussion on Facebook at

The event still requires some sponsorship, any help/leads will be appreciated :).

With regards
PMIR 2005


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