Additional secretary, Union rural development, SM Vijayanand (fourth from left) with XISS functionaries at the convocation in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Girls outshone boys at the 53rd annual convocation of XISS, Ranchi, held on Wednesday evening.
In all five departments of this premier Xaverian institution that prides itself on teaching “value-driven management and development”, the XISS girls got six golds, eight silvers and five bronzes, leaving just two golds for their male counterparts.
Girls also won both the cash awards on offer.
Specially invited on this occasion was Union rural development ministry’s additional secretary S.M. Vijayanand, who stressed on doable idealism in his convocation address.
Among the high-achieving girls were Adrija Moitra (human resource management), Nikita Kumari Bhadani (rural management), Anshu Kujur (the best SC/ST student in rural management), Bhavna Priya (IT) and Himani Mahajan (finance).
Alakananda Bhattacharjee bagged two silvers for human resource management (HRM) and in the social worker category in HRM.
Among the two medallist boys, A.P.W. Tirkey won gold for topping among SC/ST students and Chandrakant Rath for standing first in marketing.
The newly instituted Father M.V. dBogaert Memorial Award for “distinguished alumnus” was also handed over to Zephyr Limited chief managing director Ashok Singh.
XISS director Father Alex Ekka outlined the achievements of the institute and the students in his address.
“Out of the total 298 students who got their diplomas today (Wednesday), 160 have already been recruited by 60 companies that had visited the campus for the purpose,” he said.
“The highest package offered was Rs 13.25 lakh per annum,” he added.
A beaming gold medallist Adrija, when asked about her future plans, said: “I am joining Tata Steel.”
Union rural development ministry’s additional secretary Vijayanand gave the graduating students some sound advice.
“Don’t treat the poor as a mere statistic or market opportunity. They are also potential contributors to the human civilisation,” Vijayanand told the graduating students in his erudite speech.
The senior bureaucrat added that time was ripe for a new kind of “rights-based development”, which includes various forms of capital — social, financial, natural, human, civil and political.
“We speak of justice that is based on the laws of the land but rights are the basic laws of humanity. A nation is more civilised when the difference between justice and rights is minimum,” he said.