8th April, 2013:
XLRI, one of the premier B-Schools in India, held Graduation Ceremony for students of its Virtual Interactive Learning (VIL), Entrepreneurship Development, Agri-Business Management and Executive Diploma in Human Resource Management Programmes at their campus in Jamshedpur. The chief guest for the ceremony, Mr. Bijou Kurien, the President, & Chief Executive (Lifestyle) for Reliance Retail Ltd delivered the Graduation speech at the event.
At the ceremony, 522 students from VIL Programme under Postgraduate certificate programme in Business Management (PGCBM) and Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGCHRM), 55 students of the Post Graduate Programme for Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGP-CEM), 22 students from Agri-Business Management Programme, 23 students from Executive Diploma in Human Resource Management Programme [India and Dubai campuses] received their graduating certificates and medals.
On the occasion, Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI wished outgoing students all the success in their future endeavors.“XLRI with its singular vision of Magis, i.e., pursuit of excellence, focuses on three areas- academic excellence, personal values and social concern. Our Executive Diploma and Certificate programs have helped many working people to upskill their management knowledge-base and thus make rapid progress in their respective careers. With these multiple programmes we aim to serve diverse sections of professionals across many industry sectors” he said.
“I thank Mr. Bijou Kurien for accepting our invitation to be with us this evening and deliver the graduation address” he added.
Congratulating the students on their graduating day, the Chief Guest, Mr. Bijou Kurien delivered his Graduation Address.
XLRI pioneered satellite programme for practicing managers in India in technical collaboration with Hughes Communication India Ltd (HCIL) in 2002. XLRI currently offers full-fledged Postgraduate Certificate Programmes in Business Management (PGCBM), Human Resource Management (PGCHRM), Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PGCLSCM) in collaboration with Reliance World, Sales and Marketing Management (PGCSMM)and Retail Management (PGCRM).
Commenting on the occasion, Prof. A K Pani, Associate Dean, XLRI VIL Programmes said, “The Virtual Interactive Learning (VIL) earlier known as Satellite programmes provide working professionals with the opportunity of formal learning at a convenient time schedule from various locations of choice without disrupting their professional work-schedule. Currently there are around 700 students who are pursuing VIL programmes across various management streams such as Business Management, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply chain management and Sales & Marketing Management across the country in 114 locations of HCIL and 72 locations of Reliance World”.
The Post Graduate Programme for Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGP-CEM) is designed to provide competency-based education with a view to promoting entrepreneurship in the country. The programme is pursued in a manner to encourage critical and lateral thinking and integrate theory with practice.
“The students of this programme are encouraged to participate in Entrepreneurship Summits and Business Plan competitions held at national and international levels. I would like to mention project proposals of our students have been selected for the final round of processing under Indo-US Science & Technology Endowment Fund (IUSTEF); also, business proposals of almost 11 students received idea validation support from The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Mumbai. Around 80 % of the graduates of the programme have either already launched or are in the final phase of launching entrepreneurial ventures in varying fields”, commented Prof. Prabal K. Sen, Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC).
The “Six month on-line Certificate Programme in Agri-Business Management” is a virtual, self-learning programme for working professionals in Agriculture Sector, that has been conceptualized with the objective to supplement their agricultural knowledge with business skills to enhance effectiveness.
The Executive Diploma in Human Resource Management provides executives an opportunity to study and earn an Executive Diploma in HRM, whilst working and without interrupting their work-life. Four batches of EDHRM students have graduated in the preceding years.