XIMB celebrates 30 years of excellence with Business Excellence Summit
Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar celebrated 30 years of distinguished service in the field of academics, business and its contributions to the society by commemorating it with a "Business Excellence Summit" on the 22nd and 23rd of September.
The summit was embellished by the presence of 26 of XIMB's distinguished alumni, spanning across the wide spectra of 30 years. This celebration was intended to bring together alumni from veritable industries, creating an amalgamation of ideas, to make the next leg of the journey even more successful. Alumni gracing this event were Chandra Sekhar Chitrala (1988-90), Rakesh Kumar(1988-91), P C Joseph(1989-91), Ashok Singha(1990-92), Sidharth Rath(1990-92), Sanjay Nayak(1990-92), Zafrullah Khan(1990-92), A.L. Jagannath(1990-93), Ashok Dash(1990-93), Susanta Mishra(1990-93), Sunita Raut(1992-94), Om Prakash Agarwal(1992-95), Ashish Pati(1993-95), Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra (1994-97), Sanjib K Ambasta(1995-97), Simanta Mohanty(1996-99), Subrat Sarangi(1999-01), Lalit Desiraju(1999-01), Chittaranjan Mohanty(2000-02), Krishna K V(2000-02), Mrinalini Khusape(2001-03), Nilanjan Roy(2001-03), Dipankar Das(2001-03), Shreeprakash Hota(2002-04), Prithwish Mukherjee(2002-04), Vijay Sinha(2003-06)
The summit was inaugurated by Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, Vice Chancellor and Director of Xavier University, who delivered a speech on excellence and universal education. He spoke of "wings of excellence". He mentioned that there is a need to, "think, reflect, inspire, and empower" minds to achieve this excellence.
The second day of the summit comprised of panel discussions on topics that aimed to discuss the challenges that XIMB would have to surmount in the next ten years. On how management education could foster entrepreneurship, Mr. Chandra Sekhar Chitrala (Managing Director, Catalyst IT Solutions) stated that management education is giving a huge boost to the employment of our country. Mr. Om Prakash Agarwal (CEO, Plastend) believed that entrepreneurship could be taught but a calculative risk is needed while speakers like Mr. Susanta Mishra (CEO, Placidivision Pvt Ltd), Mr. Zafrullah Khan (President HR, Emcure Pharmaceuticals) and Mr. Ashok Singha (Managing Director, CTRAN Consulting Ltd.) discussed the topic further, with Mr. Singha noting, "Being an entrepreneur, we consistently have to be innovative".
Another panel discussed upon how management education inculcates leadership capabilities. Moderated by Ms. Sunita Raut(Chief Inspiration Officer at her Own consulting practice), the panel consisting of eminent guests like Mr. Sanjib K Ambasta (Senior VP, Aftermarket Business CV & Vespa 2W, Piaggio) and Mr. Prithwish Mukherjee (Marketing Head, Vodafone, Kolkata) put forward their constructive thoughts and views on leadership. "Without compassion, you cannot become a good leader," Mr. Sidharth Rath (Group Executive, Axis Bank) quoted. "Leadership is not a part of education system. It is something we develop over time," Mr. Ashish Pati (COO, Care Hospitals) said, concluding the discussion.
The summit was also witness to leadership talks by esteemed alumni like Mr. Shreeprakash Hota (Associate Director, HSBC), Mr. Subrat Sarangi (Associate Professor in Marketing, KIIT University) and Mr. Dipankar Das (Business Development Head & APAC Sales Leader, BridgeI2I). "90 percent of what I learnt was from XIMB," Mr. Simanta Mohanty (VP HR, Community Empowerment Lab) said in his insightful leadership talk. Mr. Nilanjan Roy (Business Head, Global Health & Group Benefits, Cigna TTK) gave a heartfelt talk about how having a mentor is very important. Ms. Mrinalini Khusape (Head Special Projects- Sales and After Sales, Skoda India), Mr. Lalit Desiraju (Senior Director, Capgemini), Mr. Krishna K V (Senior VP, Transactional Banking, Yes Bank), Mr. Vijay Sinha (Senior VP HR, JSW Energy Ltd) and Mr. Sanjay Nayak (Strategic Business Practice Head-Industry Solutions, Infosys BPO) delivered motivational speeches during the session and insisted upon the importance of using persuasive leadership to get people to contribute. "If you create values, money comes on its own," said Mr. Chittaranjan Mohanty (Own Venture, Former Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase) while Mr. Ashok Dash (Director-Partner Development (Tier I System Integrators), Microsoft) ended the session with a brilliant sermon on "Growth Mindset".
"Try to help others; if you can't, at least don't harm them," a quote by Mr. Rakesh Kumar (Senior Consultant and Program Director, International Solar Alliance) was the sweet note on which the talks culminated.
VUCA was a major theme in another panel discussion, which saw leaders like Mr. Sidharth Rath (Group Executive, Axis Bank) marvelling at how impactful the change in the next thirty years will be in the industry. He stated that, "India is at the cusp of a big change, the seeds of which are already sown". The panel discussed about strategies which XIMB needs to adopt to transcend these challenges and be an enabler in the VUCA world, with Mr. A.L. Jagannath (Senior Director, Dell-EMC Alliance, VMware) noting, "If we are not prepared to change, we will be VUCA-ed."
"Be industry fit and industry relevant," said Mr. Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra (Chief Safety Officer, (National President XIMB Alumni),East Coast Railway) as the panel consisting of Mr. Chandra Sekhar Chitrala (Managing Director, Catalyst IT Solutions) and Ms. Sunita Raut (Chief Inspiration Officer at Own consulting practice) discussed on the Industry-Academy interface and how the industry's linkage with XIMB would create excellent opportunities. "Use network to get data out of business," Mr. P C Joseph (Head – Technology Operations, Wells Fargo) opined.
The summit concluded with the alumni recapitulating all that was discussed over the span of two days. The event was successful in fostering as well as rekindling the alum-student relationship of the prestigious institute. The alumni got to interact amongst themselves, spanning across batches; which proved to enrich the existing deliberations. The fruitful interactions with the alumni laid the foundations of how the XIMB fraternity can pave the way to reach a successful "XIMB@40" years' milestone. The summit provided a hope to the current batches and it set a milestone in XIMB's journey to continue being one of the prestigious B-Schools of India.
XIMB, a 30 years old business school of global repute is the Flagship School of Xavier University. Inspired by the Jesuit spirit of 'Magis', or excellence, XIMB strives to be a premier institute globally recognized for management education, training, research, and consulting that help build a just and humane society. The Institute today has become widely recognized for its excellence in imparting management education. It is counted among the leading management institutions in the country.
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