• WHAT IS IT' A B-school in Jamshedpur.
• WHO’S THE BOSS' Fr N. Casimir Raj is the director.
• HOW TO GET IN' Through the XLRI Aptitude Test (XAT).
• HOW CHEAP IS IT' PM & IR: Rs 3,34,000 (four semesters), Executive postgraduate programme: Rs 34,000. (six semesters), GMP : Rs 2, 23500 (four semesters)
• WHERE IS IT' XLRI Jamshedpur,
Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur: 831001. East Singhbhum, Jharkhand. Phone: 0657-2225506; Fax: 2227814; Website: www.xlri.edu or www.xlri.ac.in
The name needs no introduction. The serene ambience of academic brilliance welcomes you the moment you set foot on the campus of the prestigious Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur.
Over the last 50 years, XLRI Jamshedpur has contributed to the professional growth and management of innumerable institutions that serve the public and has become a B-school to reckon with. It has left its mark in every sector, be it industry, the service sector, agencies engaged in rural development, education, health or other public systems.
Right from its inception, XLRI has adopted a global outlook. Founded by the international group of Jesuits, XLRI was the first institute to internationalise its programmes and several eminent foreigners have served on its board.
Arguably one of the best B-schools in the country for human resource development (HRD) studies, XLRI offers four full-time residential programmes: a two-year postgraduate programme in personnel management and industrial relations (PM & IR), a postgraduate programme in business management, a four-year fellow programme in management (FPM) and a one-year general management programme (GMP) for working executives.
Admission is through XAT, the common admission conducted in all major cities in the first week of January.
Candidates appearing for the FPM can also submit their GMAT/GRE/GATE scores.
The institute also offers a part-time, three-year postgraduate programme for working executives. All the five courses offered under this category are of 14 months' duration and the options to choose from are ' business management, human resource management, financial management, software management, logistics and supply chain management.
Unlike other premier B-schools, XLRI believes that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and hence promotes extra-curricular activities in a big way. 'The most unique aspect of XLRI is that co-curricular activities are given the same importance as academics and each student is involved in some activity or the other,' says Sandhya, a first-year personnel management & industrial relations student.
Though the institute's calendar is choc-a-bloc with academic activities throughout the year, certain events have today become a sort of tradition with the students. Ensemble, the annual fest, is the main event on the institute's events calendar. It brings industry stalwarts and the student community together, thereby increasing interaction between the classroom and the real world outside.
Other than this, the International IT seminar (Inits), the Maxi fair, the HR conference and the FINAX mela too are some of the popular events of the institute.
The annual sporting competition between XLRI and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, is also one of the most awaited events of the year. Apart from this, XLutsav, the annual fete at the institute campus is also quite a rage.
In addition to academic brilliance and a flurry of extra-curricular activities, XLRI also gives a lot of importance to a student's social responsibility.
That XLRI is a top class institute is also evident from the quality of its alumni. They include a veritable who's who of the corporate world. Ajay Kaul, CEO, Domino's Pizza (India), Vineet Nayar, President, HCL Technologies, Bijou Kurian, CEO, Titan Watches, and K.P. Naidu, director of Infrastructure Solutions, Asia Pacific, Sun Microsystems are among XLRI's illustrious alumni.
Nilanjana Ghosh Choudhury
Bushen Raina, MD, TCIL, remembers his days at XLRI
What makes XLRI different from other institutes is that it has been successful in roping in the 'people factor' in training and development management programmes.
The kind of exposure I got there helped me tremendously during my tenure in the industrial sector. I do feel that my days there were some of the best in my life. Being on the governing body of the institute today, I have seen XLRI grow in the last few decades.
I am also the president of its alumni association. It is because of the excellence of the institute that XLers have proved their merit wherever they have gone and are today in the top brackets of the corporate world.
As told to Nilanjana Ghosh Choudhury