Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Invitation from XLRI: Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology & Sustainability

Dear friends

I am happy to invite you for inauguration of
Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES)
at the
Learning Centre, XLRI
at
11:00am on January 14th, 2012

I am happy to share that Dr Ajoy Kumar, MP East Singhbhumi has accepted to be the chief guest at the function. Dr Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO-India and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee 2011 will deliver the keynote speech on the theme of “Sustainable Energy for Rural and Under-served Markets” on the occasion.

While Dr Ajoy Kumar needs no introduction for the citizens of Jamshedpur, I am pasting a short note on the Centre and on SELCO and Dr Hande below.

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Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary activity centre at XLRI to provide thought leadership to promote policies, practices and dialogue which have impact on holistic and sustainable development of society and enterprises. The Centre will engage in three key activities of

(1) Knowledge Creation (e.g., undertaking and sponsoring research on and documentation of sustainable programmes, enterprise models and practices),
(2) Knowledge Dissemination (e.g., organizing conferences and roundtables to provide a platform for sharing sustainable models of development) and
(3) Knowledge Application (e.g., providing thought leadership for “Embedded Sustainability” through consultancy / MDP / capacity building programs).

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SELCO Solar Light Private Ltd. (SELCO-India)  is one of the largest solar technology providers in India, having reached more than half-a-million people by installing solar lights in 120,000 households, microenterprises, and community facilities.

By achieving this scale, SELCO has demonstrated that the poor can indeed afford sustainable technologies and maintain them. SELCO adopts a three-prong strategy for reaching the poor -  it offers “customized products” by designing solar technology applications to specific needs of the customers (e.g., 2- or 4-light system for the home, head lamps for night workers like midwives and rose pickers, or electricity for sewing machines); it provides “doorstep financing” by linking the customers with credit institutions, like rural banks, cooperatives, even self-help groups; and it provides “doorstep service” through prompt, personalized help through its wide network of service centers.

For his work Dr Harish Hande was awarded the 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Award (considered to be the Nobel Prize of Asia)  as a recognition of “his passionate and pragmatic efforts to build social enterprise that brings customized, affordable and sustainable electricity to India’s vast rural population, encouraging the poor to become asset creators.”

Dr Harish Hande is a B.Tech (Hons.) from IIT, Kharagpur, and holds a PhD degree in Energy Engineering from University of Massachusetts, U.S.A. He was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, and was also the recipient of Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (U.K.) 2005 and 2007, and Tech Museum Award (USA) 2005. In 2008, he as featured by Business Today as one of the 21 Young Leaders for India’s 21st Century, and by India Today among the 50 Pioneers of Change in India

Besides being the Managing Director, Board Member and Co-Founder of SELCO Solar Light Private Ltd. (SELCO-India), Dr Hande is also a Board Member of E+CO (USA), Greenpeace-India and Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF), India.

We look forward to your presence and request for appropriate coverage of the event

Thanks and regards

Madhukar
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Dr Madhukar Shukla
Prof (Strategic Mgt & Organisational Behaviour)
& Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability
XLRI School of Business and Human Resources
CH Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001, Jharkhand (India)

XLRI Alumni Meet - Dubai

Dear Friends,

You may be happy to note that Fr. Abraham E, Director XLRI; Fr. George CL, Dean [A & F]; Prof. Jittu Singh are visiting Dubai during January 16th & 17th 2012 in connection with offering a joint MBA programme with Case Western Reserve University, USA and Tongji University, Shanghai. We propose to hold the alumni get-together on 17th evening at a suitable venue. Mr. Murali Krishnan  has taken initiatives in organizing the event and he will pass on to us the details of the event soon.

Looking forward to your active participation,

With warm regards,
Dr. MG Jomon
Chairperson - Alumni

XLRI Class of 76 Sponsored Unnati Training Program for Children of Farmers who Have Committed suicide In Nagpur

The first batch of 18 students have completed the first Vocational program designated 'Office Assistant' and all 18 have been placed.

The second batch has now commenced.We hope to progressively enroll more children affected by parental suicide. For the moment--the beneficiaries are other rural and marginalised  poor  in the Vidharba region

To date we have contributed about Rs. 4.7 lakhs--which is partially paying for the program.

Donations: Donations are accepted towards:
1) Corpus of the trust
2) General purpose of the trust
Donation cheques should be made payable to "Research and Development Association of India, Nagpur". All donations are eligible for tax exemption u/s 80-G of the Income Tax Act.  Please mention your name and address so that we are able to send the receipt with the 80-G income tax exemption certificate.

Contact Details:
1)
Dr. Dadarao Bankar (Secretary): dada_bankar@yahoo.com ; (M) 09422152551
2)
Professor Prabhu Shende (Treasurer): prshende@rediffmail.com ; (M) 09822699031
RDAI_NAGPUR - Research and Development Association of India
 Mandar
 108, Surve Layout
 Chhota Tajbag,Nagpur
 Nagpur - 440024.
 Maharashtra
 Karmayogi : Dr. Dadarao B. Bankar
 Tel : 0712- 2744300  (9 am - 9 pm)

Feel free to call Dr. Bankar directly .Please mention, Class of XLRI'76 ',when you send your donations

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Obituary of Fr. Eugene Power S.J.

Fr. Eugene J. Power S.J. was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on September 29, 1919, the son of John Power and Helen Ciemneski. He was baptized into the holy Catholic faith in St. Mary's Church in Plainsfield, NJ, and graduated from St. Peter's High School, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1938. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on September 22, 1938 at St. Isaac Jogues Novitiate in Wernersville, PA, where he made his first ascetical and literary studies from 1938 to 1942. Weston College, Weston, MA, conferred on him an A.B. degree in 1948 and an MA on completion of his philosophy program there in 1945.

Fr. Power was then assigned to Georgetown Preparatory School, Garrett Park, MD, where he taught the sophomores mathematics and French from 1945 to 1948. He came to Woodstock College, MD, in 1948 to begin theological studies, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June 17, 1951 by Baltimore Archbishop Francis P. Keough. He completed studies in spirituality and ascetical theology at the Jesuit House at Auriesville, NY, in 1953, and made solemn profession in the Society at St. Mary's Church, Jamshedpur, India, on February 2, 1956.
 
Fr. Power's first priestly assignment, after a year of preparation for the Maryland Province Jamshedpur mission, was to Jamshedpur, India, in 1957. Here he taught both in Loyola School and in the Xavier Labour Relations Institute from 1954 to 1970. From 1970 to 1974 he functioned as teacher and administrator in De Nobili School, Dhanbad, India. The year 1995 saw Fr. Power return to the United States to undertake pastoral ministry and Jesuit Community services at St. Isaac Jogues Community at Wernersville. This he did until 2001, with a two year hiatus from 1997 to 1999 when he functioned as chaplain to the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Cherry Hill, NJ.
 
Health problems prompted Fr. Power's 2008 move to the Manresa Hall care facilities in Merion Station, PA, where he continued his prayerful support for the Church, his brother Jesuits, especially the several Jamshedpur colleagues there with him, and for all who sought his help, until God called him home on January 1, 2012.
 
Reverend clergy, religious, friends are invited to his Concelebrated Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Manresa Hall Sunroom, 261 City Ave., Merion Station, PA 19066, on Thursday, January 5. Interment in Jesuit Cemetery, Wernersville, PA. Friends may call at Manresa Hall Sunroom on Thursday morning from 10:15 until 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Father's name to the Jesuit Seminary Guild, Maryland Province Jesuits, 8600 LaSalle Rd., Towson, Maryland 21286.

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