Thursday, August 30, 2012

Business class experience

From Hindustan Times

It is an institution where learning is a life-changing experience,” says Anusheel Shrivastava, who is pursuing an MBA in human resource management at XLRI, Jamshedpur. For students at the institute, studying for an MBA degree is not just about learning from books, it’s about gaining knowledge from everyday activities.

“XLRI gives you tremendous scope to be part of a plethora of academic and extra-curricular activities that make learning  fun and interesting,” he adds.

USP: Established a few years after Independence, the business school has earned an impeccable reputation both for academic rigour and its emphasis on a value-based managerial approach. The facilities it offers are comparable to any top-ranked institute.

“It produces not just students with management degrees but also inculcates a sense of social responsibility and ethical behaviour in them. We strive towards producing responsible global business leaders of tomorrow,” says Pranabesh Ray, dean (academics), XLRI. The institute boasts of an excellent placements record and a very strong alumni network.

Programmes: XLRI runs a range of full-time and part-time courses. The flagship ones are the two-year full-time postgraduate programmes in business management and human resource management and the 15-month, full-time general management programme. It also offers a doctoral-level qualification through a fellow programme in management and one-year certificate courses via satellite links called virtual interactive learning (VIL) programmes. The VIL programme is accessed by students in 100 classrooms across India. An executive fellow programme in management, a certificate in entrepreneurship management, an international students’ exchange programme, a certificate course in agri-business management, an executive management programme for defence personnel, PGDM for working professionals and entrepreneurs are in place as well.

Proposed programmes include a master’s in positive organisational development and change in partnership with Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, United States, and the three-country global MBA programme.

To get admission to a flagship programme, candidates have to appear for the Xavier Admission Test (XAT) conducted in the first week of January every year. The candidate has to first register for XAT and use the XAT ID and password to apply to XLRI. The process starts in mid-August every year.

Faculty: XLRI has more than 80 members in the faculty, including 65 permanent.

IT quotient: The IT network helps students learn and collaborate with peers. The campus is Wi-Fi-enabled. The computing facilities  include latest servers and workstations. There are high-end servers, which host the XLRI web page, mail and SNTP server, Oracle, Lotus notes, SAS, DB2 and other software. The institute also has video conferencing facilities.

Infrastructure: The campus is spread over 50 acres and has excellent classrooms and comfortable residential facilities. It has a mix of heritage buildings and modern architecture, a world-class library, top-of-the-line IT backbone, besides a good support system necessary for value-added management research and publications. Residential facilities include four hostel blocks with around 500 rooms for students in two-year programmes. For sports, there’s an indoor badminton court, football and cricket fields and basketball courts and an auditorium with a capacity for about 1,500 people. The institute recently set up an inter-disciplinary behavioural laboratory on campus to enable researchers to explore the minds of prospective consumers across categories.

Clubs and societies: CRUX - consulting and research undertaking at XLRI, aims to nurture research initiatives to develop consultancy skills among students. ECT (Ensemble core team) is responsible for managing the institute's annual international management festival. FINAX is the finance association at XLRI, a committee focused on increasing the knowledge and enthusiasm for finance among students. MAXI, the oldest committee on campus, is a forum for discussions, event, conferences and industry interaction. SIGMA - the social initiative group for managerial assistance creates a platform to network with NGOs, corporate governance cells and government departments for community capacity building.

FactfileFounded by Father Quinn Enright, SJ, XLRI started its journey in 1949 in Jamshedpur

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