XLRI to hold 61st Annual Convocation; Adi Godrej to be conferred with Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace

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Jamshedpur: XLRI- Xavier School of Management, one of India’s premier B-School, is all set to hold its 61st Annual Convocation on 25th March, 2017.

On this significant day, 606 XLRI students will receive their graduating certificates and medals including – 358 students of Postgraduate Programmes in Management – BM and HRM; 117 students of 15-months PGDM (General Management) Programme; 11 students of Fellow Program in Management (FPM) from Jamshedpur Campus 56 students of 2014–2017 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Evening); 29 students of 2013 –2016 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Dubai) and 17 students of 2014 – 2017 batch of PGDM-BM Programme (Dubai).

18 Indian students of the third batch (2015- 17) of the Global MBA Programme by XLRI in partnership with Weatherhead School of Management, USA and School of Economics & Management of Tongji University Shanghai, China will receive their graduating certificates. Besides certificate and medal from their home school – XLRI they will also be awarded a joint certification from the 3-schools’ consortium on the occasion.

Speaking about this momentous occasion Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director, XLRI said, “Convocation is considered the most significant event in the academic year for every student, faculty, and staff as it is the culmination of all the efforts put in by an individual during their time at the campus. This year is an important milestone for us at XLRI as we celebrate the 61st Convocation of our institution”.

Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI & MD – Tata Steel India and South East Asia said, “For over six decades XLRI has steadfastly held on to its mission of proffering world-class education across various management-centric programs. XLRI diligently strives to create a value-based and ethics driven teaching and learning environment whilst underscoring the need for all- round development. This emphasis on inculcating certain core- values is what sets XLRI apart from other B-schools in the country.”

This year XLRI would confer the prestigious ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace’ to Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, The Godrej Group. He will also deliver the convocation address to the graduating students at the event.

Father Abraham, Director, XLRI further added, “We are immensely happy to present this year’s ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ to Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman of The Godrej Group.”

Mr. Adi Godrej has been president of several Indian trade and industrial bodies and educational institutions. He is Chairman of the Board of the Indian School of Business, and past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, and a member of the Wharton Asian Executive Board. Mr. Godrej is also a patron of the Himalayan Club.

He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002, the American India Foundation (AIF) Leadership in Philanthropy Award 2010, the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010, the Best Businessman of the Year for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2010, Chemexcil’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, the AIMA – JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award 2010, the Bombay Management Association – Management Man of the Year Award 2010-2011, the Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Business in 2011, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, the Padma Bhushan 2012, the Asian Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, the All India Management Association – Business Leader of the Year 2015 and the Golden Peacock Lifetime Achievement Award for Ethical Leadership 2016.

Mr. Godrej holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace, instituted by XLRI in 1966, in honour of the Late Sir Jehangir Ghandy, former Chairman of the Board of Governors- XLRI is awarded to Heroic Leaders who have contributed towards the growth of their respective organizations and also impacted the growth of our nation in a significant way. The medal was instituted by XLRI in gratitude for Sir Jehangir Ghandy’s yeoman contribution to XLRI and the society at large. One of the oldest medals instituted by a higher education institution, the medal is awarded during XLRI’s Annual Convocation Ceremony to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of industrial and social peace in the country. In the past years, the medal was conferred on eminent business leaders like Mr. N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd. in 2012, Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2013, Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India in 2014, Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited) in 2015 and Dr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt. Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp & Chairman, Hero Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd. in 2016.