XAHR Alumni Committee focuses on developing and associating with alumni for strengthening our bond for college engagements. This year we took a few extra steps to achieve our goal and mission by conducting various events. We collaborated with the Dean’s Office for the HR Symposium’19 and a Leadership talk by Ms Sunita Rout. We worked with Ximahr during Kshitij ’19 and conducted a KYA (Know Your Alumni) session with our alumnus, Mr Ayaskant Sarangi. We also held an impromptu Leadership Talk with our alumnus, Mr Abhiroop Saha, who visited the campus for recruitment. Our major events for the Academic year, 2019-20, were ‘Tathagat ’19’ and ‘LeadX ’19’.
Senior alumni with experience in the industry delivered insightful sessions to the first-year students on current HR affairs as a part of LeadX. We hosted several talks, which were invaluable in guiding us. Mr Ankush Arora, Senior VP & Head Human Resources, Grofers, delivered a lecture on ‘The Changing online supermarket and developing leaders as per industry demands.’ Mr Dhritiman Indranil, HR Manager, L&T, engaged us with a session on ‘Emotional Intelligence and the Journey from being an HR Student to a successful HR Professional,’.Ms. Vinnata Rout and Mr Ankit Chatterjee shared their experiences in the corporate world right after completing MBA.
In June 2019, the Xavier School of Rural Management hosted Mr Himanshu Rai and Mr Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, for the first Industry Connect Talk. The first edition of Safarnama’19 was special as we invited Mr Sibasis Das and Ms Anjali Sood, our alumni from the 2017-19 batch. Mr Das is the Director at Blitzkrieg Ventures Pvt. Ltd. Ms Sood is a young professional working at the Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS). XSRM also hosted Mr Arnab Gazi, CEO, B3B Real Estate, an alumnus from the 2001-03 batch, for the 2nd Chapter of the Industry Connect Talk Series for the 2019-21 batch.
Like every year, the RM Alumni Committee put up the Dighir Ganguly Memorial Stall in ‘Gramostava’ in fond memory of our alumni the Late Dighir Ganguly. This time, the theme of the booth was ‘Ama Gaan, Ama Subidha, ‘ which was in line with this year’s Gramostava theme. The committee also conducted its rural leadership summit, ‘XpectRM’, at the Xavier City Campus. The theme for the session was, ‘Indian Economic Slowdown and Rural Scenario.’ Industry stalwarts like Ms Neelima Burra, VP, Marketing HP, Mrs Itishree Kanungo, and Mr Prakash Panda, NABARD, to name a few, graced the summit with their presence.
The year 2019-2020 has been a milestone in the journey of the Alumni Committee of Xavier School of Sustainability. We had four alumni talks, this year which were beneficial to all the students of the school. Ms Parika Mahajan (2017-2019), Sustainability & EHS specialist, Flipkart, shared her knowledge on how LinkedIn could be a useful platform in attracting companies. Ms Greeshma Biswal (2016-2018), Partnership Solution and Governance Manager, TATA Strive, emphasised the importance of participating in business competitions and encouraged the students to keep creating and seeking opportunities to learn new skills. Mr Dev Kumar Dutta and Ms Arundhati Panda, Associate consultants,CTRAN Consulting Pvt. Ltd., encouraged the students to boost their knowledge on topics like climate change impact, State Action Plan on Climate Change, and the objectives of NDC and INDC.
Mr Vivek Balachandra, Mr Biswa Bhushan Samantray (Batch of 2015-2017), shared their experience of the corporate world while advising students to step out of their comfort zones and work hard. Mr Satyabrata Praadhan and Mr Smruti Ranjan (Batch of 2017-2019) shared their experience of MBA life and advised the students not to limit their knowledge only to textbooks. Apart from conducting Alumni Talks, we also started working on our bi-monthly newsletter.
The XAHS Alumni Committee conducted two Alumni Talks in the last financial year. Mr Amit Kumar Sharma, Associate, PwC, and Mr Gourav Pradhan, PMO Executive for Quess Corp Limited, were the speakers for the first alumni talk. Mr Biswaprakash Kar, PMO Executive, Quess Corp Limited, gave the second.
They gave insights about competitiveness in the industry and how XAHS students have the edge over others when it comes to the spectrum of knowledge base and its application. They mentioned the importance of ‘people skills’ and the need to make a unique mark in the industry with various skillsets and techniques of Real Estate Valuation and Financial Modelling.
This year was the first time that XUB saw representations from MBA-SM and MBA-UMG in its Summer School Program. The IRC played an instrumental role in facilitating students from MBA-SM, MBA-RM, and MBA-UMG for their Summer School Programs at Kedge Business School, France, and the School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland. The incoming batch of 2019-21 received insight regarding the International HRM, from their interaction with Prof. Jose Maria from Magellan Institute, France.
IRC lit up Xamboree with a three-pronged event, ‘X-Safar’, that generated a lot of curiosity and interest among the students and provided participants with an excellent opportunity to show their prowess in World Trivia.
IRC strives to collaborate with foreign universities and host international students, and this year was no exception. The committee hosted thirteen students from Xavier Emlyon Business School (XEBS), for a short session at the new campus and had an excellent exchange of ideas with them. IRC also hosted seventeen students from the San Diego State University (SDSU), for their SDSU Cultural Exchange Student (CES) India Study Abroad Programme. The students had broad fields of study ranging from Public Health to Sustainability and had a great time experiencing different aspects of the same in an Indian context. We also hosted representatives from Campus France, Kolkata, to discuss possibilities for higher studies, scholarships, and linguistic exchanges.
IRC also hosted fellows for the International Certificate Programme in Compassion and Social Communication that was jointly delivered by SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) and Xavier Centre for New Humanities and Compassion Studies, Xavier University Bhubaneswar.
IlluminatiX organised a LinkedIn Profile Building Workshop to provide an opportunity for first-year students to learn the knack of creating a professional LinkedIn profile. The speaker Mr Nirmit Shah is the founder of The Evening Project and speaker at LinkedIn Local, Bengaluru. The annual media conclave of Xavier University Bhubaneswar, ‘Communiqué19 XUB’, was conducted on the theme ‘Truth, Lies and Quibbles – Is Media Literacy the Only Solution?’
We conducted ‘TedxXUB ‘in October with the theme ‘Mind and Matter, ‘ which focused on how both internal and external factors blend to shape one’s life. General Bikram Singh, retired Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the army’s Eastern Command, Ms Bhavya Arora, Mental Health Professional, Trainer, and an internationally trained psychotherapist, Ms Dimple Parmar, Founder and CEO of Love Heals Cancer and ZenOnco.io, and Dr Amrit Pattojoshi, Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist at The Healing Touch, Co-chair of IPS task force on LGBT were the eminent speakers for the event.
The Sports Committee of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, prepares students to have well-rounded personalities, by inculcating values such as fairness, equality, team-building, inclusion, perseverance, and respect through various sports events conducted all-round the year. The committee encourages both indoor games and outdoor sports, and lives by the motto, ‘Play with Passion.’
‘X-SPORTS’ was the first major sports tournament of the year conducted for the freshers. It was an ice-breaking event of the academic year held for the freshers of different streams and served as an excellent platform for the students to interact.
To raise awareness about the environment, we collaborated with the local authorities and organised a ‘Green Marathon.’ The event was a grand success with around three hundred participants running for the cause, i.e., moving towards a greener future.
X – Box Cricket tournament – a variant of cricket that shares many basic concepts with the game was conducted during the annual cultural fest of the university – At Xamboree, we organised the ‘X-Box’ knock-out cricket tournament where twenty-five teams from different colleges participated.
Sportscomm also organised a workshop for all the Zumba, Aerobics, and fitness enthusiasts in XUB. Mr Ashutosh Pradhan, the instructor from High on Zumba, and his experienced team conducted the workshop.
We organised a five-a-side football tournament, ‘Red Bull Neymar Jr’s’ and many teams from in and around Odisha participated in the event. The objective was to unite players from all over, to celebrate one passion: football.
We also organised a gamut of sporting events including UG Vs PG series, Xavier Premier League, XUB vs TCS cricket match, and ‘The Xavier Cup’ (an inter-branch sports event).
We facilitated the participation of the university contingent in various reputed tournaments, including Athlos ’19 and Valhalla ’19.
The Social Responsibility Cell of XUB started the year by conducting a yoga session on the eve of International Yoga Day in association with Spicmacay and yoga guru Ms Rupal Shah from The Art of Living Foundation. We held our flagship event ‘Khwahish‘ soon after, in which the students volunteered to visit the Mother Teresa Rehabilitation Centre for interaction with its residents and the donation of daily usable items.
SRC conducted a cultural event ‘Umeed‘ for the support staff of XUB on 16th August for which the students prepared various performances. This event was a small way of showing respect and appreciation for the hard work that the staff put in for us.
SRC organised the first CSR event of Xamboree, ‘Pratibha‘, which saw specially-abled students from Jewels International Chetana College of Special Education taking part in various sports and indoor activities which was followed by a prize distribution ceremony. ‘Samriddhi‘, the social action plan competition, was also a part of Xamboree. On the occasion of Diwali, we organised ‘Aasha‘ where interested students visited Jeevan Jyoti Ashram and Ananth Krupa Seva Ashram to spend time with the residents and celebrate the festival. We also conducted Blood Donation Camps and a week-long donation drive ‘Joy of Giving‘ which witnessed enthusiastic participation from all the students, faculty and staff.