12 Apr 2018 18:44 IST

XLRI holds 16th graduation ceremony of Executive Diploma Programmes

649 students received their graduating certificates and medals

XLRI-Xavier School of Management recently organised its 16th graduation ceremony for students of its Executive Diploma Programmes.

On the day, 649 students — 526 students of Virtual Interactive Learning Programmes (VIL), including 265 students of Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Management and 261 students of Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management; 40 students of Executive Diploma in Human Resource Management Programme (EDHRM); 32 students of Post-Graduate Certificate in HRM- Accenture (PGCHRM); 11 students of Agribusiness Management Programme (PGP-ABM); and 40 students of the 8th batch of the Post-Graduate Programme for certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGP-CEM) — received their graduating certificates and medals.

The event was graced by Ashok Agarwal (Founder and Non-Executive Director of Transcorp International Limited) as the chief guest, Fr E Abraham SJ (Director, XLRI), Ashis K Pani (Dean – Academics, XLRI), Ram Kumar Kakani (Associate Dean, VIL Programmes, XLRI), Vishwa Ballabh (Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) – XLRI), MG Jomon (Chairperson, In-Company Programmes (ICP) – XLRI), P Venugopal (Chairperson, Agribusiness Programme – XLRI) and other dignitaries.

Ashok Agarwal delivered the graduation address.

The top-ranking students of the VIL programme were awarded XLRI Medals for Academic Excellence sponsored by Unified Collaboration Services. The students who secured the highest CQPI, in programmes such as EDHRM, PGP-ABM and PGP-CEM, received Gold Medals.

Fr E Abraham SJ congratulated the students and wished them success in their endeavours. He said, “Since its inception, over 6,500 students have graduated from the various post-graduate certificate courses conducted under the aegis of VIL. We offered 17 eMDPs with over 2,700 participants including some from far away regions such as the USA and the Middle East. Web portal ‘Virtual Placement Notice Board’ was further enhanced. It facilitated discussion between corporates and students. About 60 companies are registered & over 120 job postings have been floated via this portal.”

He also congratulated the faculty for their contribution in research and scholarly activities. He commented, “I am very happy that our research and publications continue to be acknowledged worldwide. I thank Pitabas Mohanty, Associate Dean, Research and Publications, for taking us to greater heights.”

Congratulating the outgoing students, Ram Kumar Kakani, said, “XLRI VIL programme was launched in 2002 with the primary objective of offering management education to working executives without disrupting their job schedule. Among the students graduating from VIL PGC programmes this year, women comprised of 20 per cent of the PGCBM batch strength and 50 per cent of PGCHRM. More than half of the students attended classes from study centers in Bengaluru, Mumbai and National Capital Region (NCR). And in recent years, the participation from non-metro cities such as Ahmedabad, Jamshedpur and Visakhapatnam has increased significantly.”