Xavier Institute of Management is celebrating 30 years of distinguished service in the field of academics and business, and to the society. This celebration aims to bring together alumni from diversified realms of business and to create an insightful blend of ideas, which will make the next leg of the journey even more fulfilling.
In this pursuit, the institute inaugurated a Business Excellence Summit on the 22nd of September at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, in the presence of twenty six distinguished alumni of the college spanning across the 30 years. This was done to initiate an opportunity to interact, celebrate, discuss, reflect and collaborate. The central theme of the event is, ‘Building the vision for XIMB at 40 in accordance with the VUCA world’.
Reminiscing over the glorious history of XIMB, it is evident that this milestone has been possible due to the collaborative efforts of the management, faculty, students and the entire Xavier fraternity. This event will be a great opportunity for the institute to celebrate its past, acknowledge the present, and share the collective vision with renewed enthusiasm.
The summit commenced with Father Augustine delivering the welcome address. Father took a trip down the memory lane and spoke about how XIMB came into being 30 years ago. He spoke with immense pride the achievements of the college and the students. He mentioned how reflecting and building a vision acts as a roadmap for the future. This was followed by the Dean of XIMB, Dr. Subhajyoti Ray introducing the alumni to the audience and felicitating them. Vice Chancellor and Director of Xavier University, Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, concluded the inauguration ceremony by delivering an enlightening speech on excellence and universal education. Following the tea break, the moderators for the panel discussions scheduled for the next day, introduced their respective topics and expressed their expectations from the panel. Mr Sidharth Rath (Group Executive, Axis Bank) marveled at how impactful the change in the next thirty years will be, stating that, ‘India is at the cusp of a big change, the seeds of which are already sown.’ Mr Krishna K V (SVP, Transactional Banking, Yes Bank) shared his insights on VUCA and the challenges posed by it. The discussion moderated by him tomorrow would delve into the strategies XIMB needs to adapt to surmount these challenges.
Mr. Chandra Sekhar Chitrala (Managing Director, Catalyst IT Solutions), gave a heartfelt talk on Entrepreneurship, a topic, he professed, was very close to his heart because he, himself, is an entrepreneur. Mr. Simanta Mohanty (VP, HR, Community Empowerment Lab) spoke on Industry-Academy interface and how Industry’s linkage with XIMB would create excellent opportunities. Finally, Ms. Sunita Raut, (Chief Inspiration Officer at Own consulting practice) concluded the session with an entertaining speech on leadership, musing on how leaders not just deliver significant results but also inspire and impact other people.
As with all events in XIMB, this one as well concluded with the cultural gala performed by students.