Wednesday, June 22, 2011

XLRI Faculty Visit to Washington DC

Fr.E. Abraham, Director XLRI and Prof. Jitender Singh, Chairperson International Relations are visiting Washington D.C., during 16-17 July 2011.

They have expressed there keen interest to meet XLers in Washington. Quick response of Alumni from Washington will be appreciated.

Dr. MG Jomon
Chairperson, Alumni

Sunday, June 19, 2011

XLRI alumni meet Singapore - save the date - 19th august


It's been a while since we all met so it's time to plan the next alumni meet :)

We are arranging this meet at the American club - hence the advance booking/notice :)) A special thanks to the salwans who are helping with the venue/ organization :)

Details on the meet will come shortly - but would love to hear thoughts on what would people like to do apart from meet & greet!

And as always, enthu junta who would like to help organize, pls send me an email!

Do block the date in your calendar and share this with all XLers you know who'll be in and around Singapore but not on this group!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Pooja Arora

Sunday, June 12, 2011

XLRI Canada Summer Picnic Invite - July 9 ,2011 (Saturday)

It is that time of the year again. Last year for the first time we had two
picnics one in Summer and one in Fall.

Hoping to do the same this year.
Since the Sunnybrook Park location has been our traditional Summer Picnic spot,
would like to keep it the same this year also.

Date : July 9, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 pm onwards
Location : Sunnybrook Park, Toronto (will give exact spot closer to the time)
Format: Potluck

Hoping to see most of you there. Please e-mail/call with your suggestions and

Friday, June 03, 2011

"A Flawed God" - novel by Arjun Shekhar (90PMIR)


A Flawed God is Arjun Shekhar's (90PMIR) first book published by Hachette, which presents a compelling point-of-view about corporate ownership through a fast, funny story/ spoof.

Arjun Shekhar is one of the founders of Pravah, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to encourage urban youth to become active citizens. He worked as an HR professional for several years before that, and now runs a consulting firm called Vyaktitva which explores the relationship between an organization and its people. He has used his consulting experiences to write A Flawed God, a novel set in the corporate world.

An ordinary corporate executive turns assassin to save his firm from ruin with the help of the master of a secret guild out to revolutionize the corporation... Sanchit Mishra a.k.a. Sancho is staring bleakly at his performance appraisal form when an invitation from the mysterious Progress in Work Collective lands on his desk. His colleague and confidante, Pause Daniels, urges him to dig deeper. Soon he finds himself sucked into a secret world of anonymous superheroes out to revolutionize the business world by attacking that flawed god it worships – the share market. This parallel life pumps some self-esteem into Sancho, preparing him to do what’s needed when the firm is taken over by a multinational and an ugly industrial relations situation ensues. The case for the transfer of ownership from shareholders to employees is made through Sancho and Pause’s story in this witty, fast-paced corporate allegory.

XLRI ushers in job creators, batch 2

From The Telegraph

Jamshedpur, June 1: XLRI today inducted another group of aspiring entrepreneurs into its fold.

The premier B-school’s entrepreneurship development centre (EDC) on XLRI campus inaugurated its second batch of postgraduate programme for certificate in entrepreneurship management (PGP-CEM), with 53 students, three up from the first batch. 

The inductees also got a chance to interact with M.J. Xavier, director, IIM-Ranchi, who was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.
Also present were XLRI director Father E. Abraham, dean (academics) Pranabesh Ray, dean (administration and finance) Father C.L. George, and EDC chairperson Prabal K. Sen.

This year, the entrepreneurship course has two new subjects — advertising and market research — based on feedback from the first batch. Many students had said these were a crucial part of any 21st century enterprise.

“Advertising is vital for an entrepreneur. A good advertising strategy means that a company has an edge over the others in the same segment. Market research, on the other hand, helps one to find the opportunities that need to be tapped and how,” said Sen.

Unlike last year, projects will be formulated only under the guidance of a faculty member instead of an organisation.

The new students, chosen out of 300 applicants, have come from across the country. They have diverse backgrounds such as management, law and others, but a single aim of being job creators instead of seekers.
It’s for them that the B-school started the entrepreneurship course.

“The programme will help nurture young and dynamic job creators,” said Father Abraham.
And going by the performance of the first batch, a fair start has been made. Around 60 per cent of the students already have their own start-ups.

Sen added that the state government had given a Rs 2-crore grant to develop EDC infrastructure. Hopefully by next year, the PGP-CEM will be a residential programme, if a dedicated building comes up on XITE (Xavier Institute of Technical Education) campus, Gamharia.
Classes will start from tomorrow.

Interestingly, 16 of the new entrants are already self-employed. 

But as Xavier said: “Students enrolled in the PGP-CEM course must feel lucky because as soon as you enter the XLRI campus, your market value increases.”


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