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Double fun at XIMB

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 29: The Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), today clubbed its silver jubilee celebrations with the grand homecoming of its first batch that joined the institute in 1987.

Former Odisha chief minister and present Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik was the chief guest ofthe occasion. Patnaik felicitated Father Romuald D’Souza, the founding director of XIMB, on the occasion.

Sixty students had graduated from the XIMB in its first batch of 1987. Almost all of them are now placed in various companies in India and abroad.

“Several among them are entrepreneurs in both corporate and social sectors, who have generated substantial employment in the state and outside, apart from giving a boost to the state’s economy. All the alumni of the first batch have come to the institute from various parts of the institute to join the silver jubilee celebrations of the institute,” said Father Paul Fernandes, the director of XIMB.

Pritish Gupta, the founder and chief executive officer of Reachout Consulting, who was also the topper of the first batch, said: “Coming here makes me feel 25 years younger. It is a great feeling to see our families bond with each other. Though the campus has metamorphosed a lot from what it was during our time, we still remain very much close to it.”

Sarita Mohapatra and her husband Raj N. Singh, both of whom were the students of the first batch, said: “It feels like we have never left this place and the fact that this time our son is with us and he gets to see the place where his parents met for the first time adds to the beauty of the event.”