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100 attend XISS meet

A biennial event that celebrates memories together promises to be bigger, better and of course more nostalgic for a bunch of old students of Ranchi’s XISS who have come home for Reminiscenza 2012. The two-day event kicked off at the institute’s auditorium on Friday morning.

The event, which was started in 2010 with an attempt to give the former students of the rural management department of XISS a platform to share ideas, has 100-odd alumni members who have signed up and are participating in it this year.

However, as M.H. Ansari, the head of the rural management department who is also the chief co-ordinator of the meet put it, the event will be more than just “fun and frolic”.

“They are here to relive old memories. But instead of limiting the event to just fun, we have tried to make it a learning process for the current students,” Ansari explained the reasons behind holding a seminar on CSR and development on the inaugural day.

He added that all the speakers during the seminar, barring Tata Steel corporate social responsibility chief Biren Bhuta, were former students of the rural management department of XISS.

Addressing the gathering here after the inauguration, Bhuta talked about the best practises adopted by Tata Steel on CSR and said the steel major was focussed on improving the lifestyle and living conditions of select groups.

“We are trying our best and have even started promoting adventure sports by facilitating the Everest expeditions of mountaineers like Premlata Agarwal and Binita Soren,” Bhuta said.

Manish Kumar of Ranchi-based Dynamic Tarang, in his turn, spoke about CSR and public-private-partnerships and explained how it was a viable option. “CSR in future is likely to be shaped by the public-private-partnership model,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Ansari had welcomed the 100-odd alumni in the presence of state’s principal secretary Mridula Sinha, who graced the occasion as its chief guest.

XISS director Alex Ekka gave the inaugural speech.