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XLRI gets sporty

Premier management cradle XLRI is all set to host a sports festival for students of one-year management courses in B-schools across India.

This is the first time that an institute will organise a sports meet for those pursuing the one-year programme. XLerate 2014 is scheduled on March 1 and 2 on the city campus.

“We decided to organise it as there is no sporting event for students of the one-year course,” said Swatilekha Poddar, a student of XLRI’s 15-month General Management Programme.

Besides field events, the two-day meet also comprises a series of sports-related online contests. While aspiring managers from IIM-Calcutta, Great Lakes-Chennai and SP Jain Institute-Mumbai will be in city, their counterparts from IIM-Ahmedabad, ISB-Hyderabad, ISB-Mohali and IIM-Indore, among others, will participate in online contests.

The field events comprise cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, chess, carom, tug-of-war and athletics. Athletics is the only event scheduled at JRD Tata Sports Complex.

An online case competition is being organised in fields of management like finance, marketing, HR and Industrial Relations. The theme of the competition is based on football academies of the country. An online sports photography contest named The Moment is also being organised.

Prelims for online contest were floated on Tuesday and final will be held on XLRI campus on March 1 and 2.

The winners will be awarded cash prizes and certificates.

“XLerate promises to be a yearly meeting ground where executives pursuing one year management courses can showcase their talents. The meet will put the managerial acumen and strategic skills of future leaders to test on the sporting field as against the boardroom,” said Pranabesh Ray, dean (academics), XLRI.