Felicitates Eminent Alumni at ‘Distinguished Alumnus Awards’
12th December, 2016: XLRI- Xavier School of Management hosted two days long celebrations of ‘Annual Homecoming 2016’ on 10th – 11th December, 2016. Around 250 XL Alumni participated in this year’s Homecoming held at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur.
On the occasion, a book on Fr. E.H. McGrath S.J. (Former Director, XLRI) was released at the inaugural session by Fr. E. Abraham S.J. Director, XLRI in presence of Fr. McGrath himself, the XLRI Alumni and the entire XL family.
The book titled – ‘The Legendary Fr. Ed McGrath S.J. – Revered Teacher, Inspiring Forever’ is an initiative of his students and XL alumni which contains photos of Fr. Edward McGrath, S.J. and tributes from generations of his students. The foreword of the book written by Mr. Ratan Tata, the interim chairman of Tata Sons, where he reminisces his interactions with Fr. McGrath, “Father McGrath was amongst the first few people I met when I was assigned to Jamshedpur. Over the years I have met Fr. McGrath on many occasions and have watched with admiration, the growth of XLRI in Jamshedpur to an institution of significance and standing. Fr. McGrath has become as much of an institution himself in Jamshedpur as the formal institution with which he has been so closely associated.”
Fr. E.H. McGrath, S.J was Director of XLRI from 1959 to 62, and 1981-82.Father conducted several courses for management and trade union groups at XLRI. Under his guidance, during the 60s, XLRI started offering courses for unions in collaboration with the steel unions at the Steel Worker College.
The highlight of XLRI Annual Homecoming the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Awards Ceremony’ was hosted on 10th December. This year 8 prominent alumni of the institute received the Distinguished Alumnus Awards in five categories.
The Winners in different categories of ‘Distinguished Alumnus Awards’ 2016:
Distinguished Alumnus Award (Practicing Manager)
Distinguished Alumnus Award (Academician)
Distinguished Alumnus Award – Allied Fields
Mr. T. V. Narendran (Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI & MD – Tata Steel India and South East Asia), Mr. Rana Sinha (Former Managing Director, Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd & National President, XLRI Alumni Association) and Prof. Pranabesh Ray (Chairperson, Alumni, XLRI) were also present on the occasion.
Mr. T V Narendran, Chairman- Board of Governors, XLRI said on the occasion, “To the outside world the reputation of any business school is invariably linked to the contribution rendered by its alumni to the world at large and the world of business in particular. For over six decades thousands of post-graduate management students like you all have graduated from the portals of XLRI and rendered yeoman service to organizations and institutions across public and private sectors and various other walks of life. Needless to say, most organizations have come to expect outstanding performance from an XL graduate. XLRI persistently strives to help shape students to consistently meet the high expectations of the world and industry at large for decades – perhaps it is this single-minded focus that helps XLRI in upholding its reputation as a top ranking B-School brand in India.”
Fr. E. Abraham S.J., Director, XLRI said at the event, “The momentum that the College is presently experiencing is due in large measure to the alumni of XLRI. Your lives and career achievements are critical building-blocks impacting XLRI’s reputation. If you are successful, people know that XLRI had a helping hand in that success and they admire the institute. If you pursue your professional journeys with integrity and responsibility then we have fulfilled our mission. We would like to believe that your career and your character were shaped to some extent by the values that you imbibed at XLRI.”
Addressing the alumni at the award function, Fr. Abraham said, “You have been a source of inspiration for our students, you have given your time and your moral and financial support to this institute, and you have been XLRI’s finest ambassadors to the outside world. I would like to envision the role of XL Alumni in leaving behind a lasting legacy. Most of you hold key positions of responsibility and can strive to use your power and influence for sustainable development for our society, which is crucial for lasting economic and human progress for our future generations.”
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