After IIM-Ranchi, it is XLRI-Jamshedpur’s turn to bestow degrees on its graduating students.
The premier B-school will host its 57th convocation at Tata Auditorium on March 23.
In all, 236 students who completed postgraduate management programmes, four students of Fellow Programme in Management, Jamshedpur campus, and 25 students from the ex-PGP course, Dubai campus, will receive their certificates and medals on that day. Pratip Chaudhuri, chairman of State Bank of India, will deliver the convocation address.
Keeping true to tradition, the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace will be conferred on the occasion. Shiv Nadar, founder & chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation will receive the honour from H.M. Nerurkar, chairman of board of governors, XLRI, and managing director of Tata Steel.
Nadar founded HCL in mid-1970s. In 2008, he was awarded Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the IT industry. Since mid-1990s, the industrialist has been focusing on developing the education system through Shiv Nadar Foundation.
“Convocation is an important milestone in the life of every student, faculty member and employee. It is the culmination of all efforts put in by an individual during their stay on the campus. This year, we have decided to honour Shiv Nadar with the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace,” said Father E. Abraham, director, XLRI.
In the past, Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal was awarded to heads of states and leaders from different walks of life for their contribution towards economic development, social welfare and peace in the country.
Some of the big names are Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, JRD Tata, P.A. Sangma, Jyoti Basu, Azim Premji, Ratan N. Tata, Narayana Murthy and also metro man E. Sreedharan.
The Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal was instituted by XLRI in 1966 in honour of the Late Sir Jehangir Ghandy, former chairman of the board of governors, XLRI.
One of the oldest honours to be introduced by a higher education institution, the medal is awarded at XLRI’s convocation in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of industry and social peace.
XLRI will also felicitate Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the programme.
The ceremony will commence with Fr. E. Abraham reading out the director’s report, highlighting the initiatives the management cradle had taken throughout the year followed by the presidential address to be delivered by Nerurkar.