The narrow stretch on XLRI campus, Jamshedpur, that opens towards Jubilee Park and Marine Drive, is used by all and sundry as a short cut. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A local worry is hounding XLRI’s global management programme.
The B-school, which in 2013 started a prestigious programme partnered by universities in the United States and China, has noticed that Marine Drive slum-dwellers, among others, use the narrow 100m track on its new 10-acre campus as a shortcut to Jubilee Park.
XLRI, which has 60 students, including 20 US and 20 Chinese citizens on its rolls in the two-year global programme, doesn’t want to take any chances as far as security of foreign nationals when they arrive in Jamshedpur in January 2014 to spend a semester.
The B-school wants official permission to seal its grounds.
XLRI administrator and financial controller Fr George Fernandes, who wrote to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal recently, said they were anxious to prevent their campus from being used as a freeway by outsiders.
Kaushal, on his part, said he had asked Dhalbhum subdivisional magistrate Prem Ranjan to personally look into the matter.
“I’ve asked the subdivisional magistrate to make a personal inspection. We will take a decision fast,” he said.
XLRI’s two-year residential global MBA programme is being partnered by Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, US, and School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai in China.
According to the course design, it will be taught for equal terms in Shanghai (China), Jamshedpur (India) and Cleveland (US). In September, the first term began at Tongji University, Shanghai.
For the fourth term, students will attend their home B-schools. Students will also work in three projects in leading American, Chinese and Indian companies.
For this global management course, XLRI acquired from Tata Steel 10 extra acres. The campus, connected to the north of its old 40-acre one, has new learning and international centres and a 40-seater hostel. Construction work is in full swing.
The only snag is the 100m road criss-crossing the new campus — it opens at Marine Drive and Jubilee Park at one end and Jamshedpur Cooperative College and adjoining shanties at the other — frequented by residents of slums and college students to reach Jubilee Park.
Adjacent to the campus, there is a large area of wild overgrowth where incidents of crimes, including murder, have taken place in the past.
“Our demand to seal grounds is justified. We need maximum security in the entire campus especially after dusk. Global management programme students from the US, China and India will stay on campus. Classes will also be held in the evening,” Fr Fernandes said.
He added that the 24/7 study culture of XLRI meant students frequenting the library or picking each other’s brains at all hours on campus.
“Construction of a wall is a must to bar the entry of outsiders,” he stressed.