Jamshedpur: XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, the oldest and amongst the forerunners in Management Education in India, with a strong social ethics is going global. Set up by the Jesuits in 1949, XLRI is entirely privately funded and hence needs to reach out to the alumni for raising the corpus of 100 crores envisaged for this ambitious vision. To facilitate this goal, the XLRI Bangalore Chapter, the most active in the world, held the first Pan South India alumni meet on 19th May. The Garden City Bangalore played host to this meet with largest gathering of 475 XLers ever from various cities like Hyderabad, Chennai, Baroda, Mumbai and of course Jampot (Jamshedpur).
Amongst the distinguished attendees at the alumni meet were Fr. E. Abraham, an alumnus from the batch of ‘78, and current Director of XLRI, Prof. Sharad Sarin, Endowment Fund Chair, Prof. Pranabesh Ray, an alumnus from the batch of ‘77, and current Dean, Prof. Madhukar Shukla, Prof M.G. Jomon, Alumni Chair.
The evening kicked off by David D’Costa of ‘76 batch, and President of the XLBang Chapter introducing Mrs. Sundari Thyagarjan from the '55 batch - the first batch of XLRI- and possibly the first lady Management Graduate in India, who was felicitated by Mr. Dominic Thomas of ‘59 batch.
As the evening progressed, the batch mates and friends started to mingle with each other and browse the books that XL authors had sent from across the country for the event. Various fun events were also held where winners were awarded with gift hampers. For XLers with kids a lovely room was available for the little kids to play darts, have yummy food.
Fr. Abe presented to the alumni on the various new initiatives being taken at XLRI. Prof. Sarin updated the alumni on the XLRI Endowment Fund.
Prof. Madhukar Shukla was felicitated by the XLBang Chapter for his outstanding contribution to the XLRI alumni committee over the last 14 years.
After all these excitement it was time for the festivities, with the band of the evening striking up music to which XLers from across the batches took pleasure in and had a merry time singing, and dancing on XL hits like “XL ki Kudiyan” and “XL meri Jaan” and also enjoying Indian and oriental foods.