Monday, February 6, 2023

Father Paul Fernandes takes charge as the new XLRI director


Jamshedpur: XLRI – Xavier School of Management announced a leadership change. After completing his term, Father P Christie has handed over the reins to Father Paul Fernandes as the new director of the country’s leading management institute. Fernandes has taken over the responsibilities as the new Director of XLRI with immediate effect.

An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur Fernandes (BM ’86 Batch) had worked at XLRI for many years in various capacities. Besides being a faculty member, he was the financial controller. He was also the founder chairperson of Father Arrupe Centre for Excellence (FACE), now rechristened as ‘FACES.’ Fr. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Economics and Ethics from KU, WWF Ingolstadt, Germany. Paul also completed M. Sc. in Economics and M. A. Licentiate in Applied Ethics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Fr. Paul Fernandes was appointed as the Director of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) in December 2012. He is the first Vice-Chancellor of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB).

Besides being an educationist and administrator, Fr. Paul Fernandes has been an accomplished researcher and writer. His books include:  Economic Ethics and the Moral Perspective of the Golden Rule; Business Ethics and Corporate Governance (4 books of 2 units each) and  Corporate Governance. He has also co-authored other books including Ethics of Marketing Research, Ethics of Supply Chain Management – empirical research on Indian Supply Chains; International Ethics (a unit written for IGNOU programme on MA in Philosophy).

 Speaking on his appointment, Fernandes said, “It is indeed a privilege to be a part of XLRI, and it is a huge responsibility to help shepherd XLRI in these challenging times. Four important hallmarks of Jesuit education have guided XLRI’s mission-led growth over seven decades – ‘Excellence,’ ‘Integrity and Ethics,’ ‘Holistic Growth of an Individual’ and ‘Social Consciousness.’ Excellence and Ethics are important elements of XLRI’s DNA and are passed on to every student. One of the goals of XLRI is to nurture global responsible leaders who are conscious and sensitive towards the needs of lesser privileged sections of society and inspire them to work for the greater common good. We will continue to place a strong emphasis on our ethos.”

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