Jamshedpur, Dec 11: XLRI- Xavier School of Management hosted Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony to felicitate its illustrious alumni on the occasion of “Annual Alumni Homecoming 2022.” This year 10 distinguished alumni of the institute received the Distinguished Alumnus Awards in 6 categories.
The two-day long celebration of XLRI’s “Annual Alumni Homecoming 2022” is being held on December 10-11, 2022. Over 250+ XL Alumni participated in this year’s Homecoming held at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur. This year, 1972 Batch joined for their Golden Jubilee Celebration. Many alumni of Batch of 1980 and 1984 also joined for Homecoming 2022 celebrations this year.
The “Distinguished Alumnus Awards Ceremony” was hosted on December 10, 2022 at the Tata Auditorium. Fr. S George S.J., Director, XLRI; Mr. Rana Sinha, President of the XLRI Alumni Association and Prof. M G Jomon, Chairperson, XLRI Alumni Association were also present on the occasion.
The Winners in different categories of Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2022 are: Lifetime Achievement Distinguished Alumnus Award: Pushp Joshi – Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd [PMIR 1986]. Practicing Manager Distinguished Alumnus Award: Uday Shankar Sinha – Regional Managing Director, Heineken Asia [PGDM BM 1994] and Anuradha Razdan – Executive Director HR & CHRO Hindustan Unilever & Unilever South Asia [PMIR 1999]. Academician Distinguished Alumnus Award: Dr. Vanitha Swaminathan – Thomas Marshall Professor of Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the Katz Center for Branding [PGDM BM 1990] and Ravi Dharwadkar – Whitman Advisory Council Professor of Management and Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. [PMIR 1990].
Young Achiever Distinguished Alumnus Award: Chaitanya Peddi – Co-Founder and Product Hea, Darwinbox [PMIR 2012]. Entrepreneur Distinguished Alumnus Award: Varun Alagh – Co-founder & CEO, Honasa Consumer Pvt. Ltd. [PGDM BM 2007]. Allied Field Distinguished Alumnus Award: P N Subramanian – Serial Entrepreneur & An Empathetic Leader [PGDM BM 1983], Vikram Misri – Deputy National Security Advisor (Strategic Affairs) of India [PGDM BM 1986] and K Pandiarajan – Chairperson at CIEL HR [PMIR 1984].
On receiving the award, Vikram Misri, an XLRI alumnus of PGDM BM 1986 and a career diplomat from 1989 batch of Indian Forgein Service who received the Distinguished Alumni Awards 2022 in the Allied Fields Category said, “11 years down the lane, I had received a call from the Director’s office of XLRI, but I couldn’t receive it as I was travelling and couldn’t come 11 years ago for this award but here I am today. In 1981, I joined University in Delhi, I wasn’t destined to come to XLRI but it happened and I am so glad for it. My experience has been very different than other XLers. What I learnt here has made me what I have I am today since the last 35 years in civil years. Thank you everyone for my 2 year journey at XLRI. I congratulate each and every student for what they have shown throughout today. It feels great to be back on the same stage once again.”
Pushp Kumar Joshi, Chairman & MD at HPCL and an alumnus of PMIR – 1986 received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I am grateful for this privilege. I feel that this recognition is the privilege of that great XL spirit and I am just the medium through which the spirit is recognised and this spirit is so unique and special that makes our institute the best institute in the world. Whatever my professional journey has been of 36 long years is all because of the 2 years that I had spent at XLRI Jamshedpur. There is something very special in XL and that is the XL spirit and XLRI teaches you to be yourself and try something on your own. My biggest lesson is that there is a wise way and otherwise way of doing things. And that otherwise way of doing things is also a wise way of doing things. There cannot be a better mentor than Fr. McGrath at XLRI during my stay here”, he said.
Varun Alagh, Co-Founder & CEO of Honasa Consumer Pvt Ltd and an XLRI alumnus of PGDM BM 2007 on receiving the award said, “Any organisation is build on 4 pillars – business, capitalisation, culture and values. I have built the same in my own organisation like it’s here in XLRI. XLRI has amazing way to preserve its ritual, culture, and values. They call us XL Mafias, and we all truly deserve it.” He sang “Kar ke bekarar meri jaan, XL” and thanked everyone.