A Budget 2020-2021 panel discussion held at XISS

A panel discussion on the Budget 2020-21, which was recently presented in the Parliament, was held at XISS Ranchi on 7th February, 2020. The members of panel included Dr. Amar E. Tigga, Acting Director, XISS; Father Pradeep Kerketta, Assistant Director, XISS; Dr Himadri Sinha, Head of Programme, Rural Management; Dr. R.K. Agrawal, Head of Programme, Human Resource Management, Prof. Prashant Jha, Faculty, Finance Programme; Dr. Bhabani Prasad Mahapatra, Faculty, Marketing Programme along with faculty members from across other Programmes. Dr. Tigga began the panel discussion with the introduction on the Budget 2020-2021 highlighting its importance and the implication it is going to make on the Management Institutions. He also discussed that how the budget is never made in a day and involves a lot of effort from Ministry of Finance. Dr. Mahapatra, who was also moderator of the panel, set the tone for the discussion with highlighting the interesting points of the budget planning and its history. He stressed on the pre-budget discussion to be a practice so that the citizen can come together, discuss and understand the nuances of the budget. The students across various departments also participated in the panel discussion.

Ankita Chaudhry, a student of RM spoke about the reduction of fertilizer subsidy and its implication while Akshat Uniyal from HRM spoke about the need for the educated and bright minds of India to go back to the rural areas and contribute the agricultural and non-agricultural sectors to prosper. Another student, Nupur from IT spoke about bridging the gap between the digital awareness and financial independence in the rural areas and how this issue has been addressed in the budget while Ankit Kumar from Marketing spoke about the new tax slabs introduced in the budget and how it has led to a lot of confusion among the citizens. Dr. Agrawal threw light upon the increase of fiscal deficit and its implications talking about how it leaves little scope for investment in the private sector. He also spoke on the budget estimates for being too optimistic. Meanwhile, Dr. Sinha pointed out that the budget is more vision driven rather than mission driven. There has been a slack in the implementation programmes for the funds allotted during the last budget. He also stated that the funds allotted to MNREGA have reduced from last year which is a matter of concern. Father Pradeep Kerketta spoke about the social development and posed an open question as to whether the budget has given a roadmap for the future.

Adding further to the session, Prof. Prashant Jha stated facts about the expectations of the citizens and what was actually delivered through the budget. He spoke in detail about how the trade wars were not addressed in the budget and how DDT was a boon for foreign investors and capital market. The session ended with a question and answer round by the students. The panel discussion was effortlessly carried on by Behazat, a student from Marketing-1; while the student moderator was Sakshi Sukrity a student from HRM-2 and the vote of thanks was given by Prateek Gupta, a student from HRM-2 marking the end of the

Team Aawaz at IIM ,Ranchi

The Dramatics club of XISS-Aawaz participated in Rush 5.0, the Sports and Cultural festival of IIM, Ranchi organized from 1st- 2nd February 2020.Team Aawaz highlighted various societal issues such as human trafficking, Alcohol abuse and injustice towards the women in the society through the Nukkad Natak. The event was held on 2nd February ,2020 at the Sports Complex, Khelgaon.,Ranchi in which Team Aawaz secured 1st position. XISS congratulates the team on their achievement and wishes them all the best for their future endeavours.

Faculty Development Program at XISS

A Two -Day Faculty Development Program titled “Embracing Self Learning in Research with SWAYAM” was organized by Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) in association with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur from 15th to 16th January 2020. Mr.Shib Sankar Das from the Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur, Director (Acting ), XISS, Dr. Amar E. Tigga; Assistant Director, Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J; Superior XISS, Fr. Xavier Soreng, S.J; Head of Programs, Faculty members and research scholars from various academic institution and students of XISS were present at the occasion.

The Acting Director, XISS, Dr. Amar E. Tigga in his inaugural address highlighted the importance of self learning in the field of academia and research. Dr. Tigga also added that more than 300 students as well as many faculty members of XISS have registered themselves in various courses offered through the SWAYAM Platform. Fr. Pradeep Kerketta, Assistant Director, XISS in his inaugural address, shared with the participants the meaning of the Jesuit values and the alignment of the Jesuit values with self-learning which would ensure overall development of an individual.

Dr. Rik Das, the SPOC of (SWAYAM Program at XISS) discussed in detail the need of SWAYAM and its relevance in today’s time. He added that the purpose of SWAYAM is to stay relevant in the context of contemporary dynamic knowledge pursuits. He also stated that this program will help in developing strong problem solving skills, experience meaningful learning and increase one’s curiosity of learning.

The Session was then carried forward by Mr. Shib Sankar Das, Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur who was the resource person for the first day of the FDP. In his address, Mr. Das stated the importance of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and SWAYAM in today’s ever-evolving time for academicians, researchers and practitioners. Mr. as also provided hands on training to the participants about SWAYAM platform and addressed their queries and concern with great zeal and enthusiasm.

The second day of the FDP started with Dr. Anant Kumar , Associate Professor from the Program of Rural Management program discussing about the importance of literature review and the methods of qualitative data analysis. The Methods of Quantitative data analysis was discussed by Dr. Amit Kumar Giri from the Program of Finance at XISS. Selecting quality indexed journals for publishing one’s research work was effectively discussed by Dr. Rik Das from the Program of Information technology Management. Dr. Pooja from the Program of Marketing Management talked about the format and structure to be adopted while writing research papers and report. The research methods used in the field of Operations Research and supply chain management were covered by Dr. Mrityunjay Roy, Program of Human Resource Management at XISS. Dr. Pramil Kumar Panda shared with the participants various aspects which fall under the category of academic misconduct and discussed with the participants various types of citation and referencing Styles. An Interactive session with the participants at the end of the program helped the participants and the resource persons exchange valuable insights.

The Program saw participation of around 20 participants from various academic institutions and concluded with a valedictory session where the certificates were distributed to the participants by the Director (Acting ) and Assistant Director of XISS.

Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas observed at XISS

On 26th November 2019, Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi, observed the auspicious occasion of the 70th ‘Constitution Day’ or ‘Samvidhan Diwas’, the day India’s Constitution was adopted in November 26, 1949, and came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. The event was attended by around 300 participants namely Dr. Amar E. Tigga, Acting Director, XISS; Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J., Assistant Director, XISS; Head of Programmes, Faculty Members, Staff & Students of all five programmes. The event began with a background introduction of the Constitution Day by Dr. Raj Shree Verma, Assistant Professor, XISS who put forward the purpose of the day.

Dr. Amar E. Tigga in his address stressed on the importance of the words of the preamble of the Indian Constitution and said that the Constitution is ‘the vehicle of life’ and wished for the long life of the Constitution.

The gathering was then addressed by Prof. Nidhi Shukla who stated that the Constitution is our ‘holiest and sacred book’ and talked about the importance of the Constitution, the functions and importance of the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary, the meaning of the Preamble and the need to live, strive and congregate to uphold the Constitution of our nation.

Abhishek Singh a student of Rural Management, first year, shared some important facts about the Constitution and its makers. The event concluded with an oath of the Preamble of the Constitution initiated by Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J., Assistant Director XISS followed by everyone present in the auditorium.

Markbuzzz 2.0

On 16th November 2019, Markbuzzz 2.0 was organized by the Programme of Marketing Management at XISS. Markbuzzz is the official Marketing club of XISS and Markbuzzz 2.0 was organized under its aegis. The annual management fest of the Programme of Marketing Management started with welcoming the dignitaries, Director (Acting), Assistant Director and faculty members followed by a lamp lighting ceremony which officially marked the opening of the daylong event.

The event started with a panel discussion based on the topic “Speed of technological change, Start up Culture, Sustainable development and traditional business –The Challenges to co –exist” which had Mr.Anurag Mazumdar (Co Founder- The Logical Indian),Mr. Ravi Ranjan (Entrepreneurship Evangelist and TEDx Speaker),RJ Gaurav (Brand Ambassador of Swach Indore and Mentor at Atal Innovation Mission) and Prof. A.R Bodra (Associate Professor and former Head of the Department, Marketing Management ) as the panellists. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Pinaki Ghosh, Head of the Program, Marketing Management. The Panel discussion was attended by students from both the first and second year of the Marketing Management Program and had rich experience sharing session by the panellists.

After the Panel discussion, there were 5 major events as part of the day namely Bech Sako toh Bech lo (Live sales), Pitch your idea, Business Quiz, Treasure hunt and Business case study. All these events tested the Business acumen, mental agility and intelligence of the participants and also gave them a taste of real world challenges and problems related to Business. The second edition of the annual marketing fest, Markbuzzz 2.0 was a grand success as it received a huge participation from renowned Business Schools such as Wellingker (Mumbai), IIM (Ranchi),BIT MESRA and NMIMS (Mumbai).

A prize distribution ceremony was organized where the winners of all the five events were awarded with cash prizes and Gift Vouchers. Mussolaza- The Musical evening was organized in the later part of the day to provide the participants, students and the faculty members a chance to relax and unwind after a day full of plethora of events and activities.

Memories revived at Bihar’s Alumni Meet “Aagaz-ae-Safar”

The Alumni Association of XISS, Bihar Chapter took place on 10th November, 2019.

The meet was titled “Aagaz-ae-Safar”, which recaptured the memories and the essence of meeting old and dear ones.

The meet with friends and colleagues brought back old memories to reminisce and cherish.

Being a part of this prestigious Institute, everyone spoke and admired the philosophy of ‘Nurturing Professionals with a Difference’, that has driven this Institute for many decades and were proud to have an alumni base who give back to the society, thus making this Institution proud of itself in all facets of the society and the professional world.

The occasion was graced by Dr. Amar E. Tigga Director, XISS; Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J. Assistant Director, XISS and Dr. Pinaki Ghosh Head of Programme – Marketing, XISS.

Mr. Anand Shankar Singh of batch 2005-2007, an alumnus of XISS, currently serving as an MLA in the Bihar Legislature also showed his warm presence.

The meet and greet was a huge success and there were many hands working behind to make the Bihar Chapter Meet a memorable one.

It gives us immense pleasure to thank Mr. David Toppo, Mr. Amardip Surin,Mr. Shahid Maswood, Mr. MD Zahid and Mr. Dharmendra Mishra, who made the event a huge success along with the contribution of Mr. Himanshu Shankar, Mr. Shivam Bhardwaj, Mr. Saurav Sharma, Mr. Kushagra Verma, Mr. Robin Decruze, Mr. Pradeep Hembrom, Mr. Prashant Kumar, Miss Namrata Kumari, Mr.Akshat Gupta and Mr. Ajay Singh.

XISS Ranchi and AAXISS looks forward towards organizing many such occasions in various cities in the near future.

Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas observed at XISS

A two day National Conference on ‘Voices of the Unheard: Putting the Last First’ was organized by Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) in collaboration with Plan India and Save the Children on 8-9 November 2019 at XISS, Ranchi.

The conference began with an inaugural function held on 8 November 2019. The Guest Speaker for the session was Ms. Aruna Roy, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee & Founder, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. Ms. Aruna Roy in her inaugural address said: “Language is the biggest barrier and also the biggest tool to understand the voices of the unheard.” In her address, she talked about the lives of the unheard and marginalized in front of the audience captivating them with how a small change like ensuring work in every hand might change the lives of these marginalized. She concluded saying that the main concern of every poor is to have a job, be it a poor from anywhere in India.

The inaugural session also saw the attendance of Prof. Amar E. Tigga, Acting Director, XISS; Prof. Himadri Sinha, HoP-Rural Management, XISS; Mr. Anindit Roy Choudhary, Save the Children; Mr. Tushar Anchal, Plan India, and Dr. Anant Kumar, the Conference Convener.

Download detailed report on National Conference.

Team XISS at XLRI- Ensemble Valhalla

The students of XISS participated in Ensemble Valhalla held at XLRI, Jamshedpur. The three daylong fest (1st – 3rd November, 2019) had a series of events and competitions where various academic institutions across the country participated. The students from all the five programs at XISS viz Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Rural Management, Information Technology and Finance participated in various events held at XLRI.

Team Awaaz, the dramatics club of XISS was declared the first runner up in the event “Nukkad Natak” held on day 1. Anshujeet Kumar from the Rural Management program (First year) secured second position in “ Kavishala” on Day 2 of the fest.

Team Awaaz also secured the 2nd position in the “Theatre” which was held on Day 3.Shilpi Sha from the Marketing Management Program (Batch 2019-21) and Rohit James from Finance Management Program (Batch 2019-21) secured First and second position respectively in “Monoact”. Ramit Tandon, Karan Khanna, Rashmeet Kaur, Animesh Murmu, Vishal Balmiki, Kunaljeet Roy and Rishav James (Batch 2019-21) secured second position in the event “ Mad –Ad”.

The three daylong event at XLRI helped the students to show case their managerial as well as creative best .

XISS congratulates the students on their achievement.

iCT Conclave – An Industry Academia Dialogue held at XISS in association with CII

On 19th October 2019, the Department of Information Technology of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) along with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), conducted an iCT Conclave and Industry Academia dialogue at the XISS auditorium. The session was attended by the students of Information Technology Programme. The key note and the welcome address was presented by Mr. Sarajit Jha, Convener CII Jharkhand ICTE Panel and Chief Business Transformation and Digital Solution, Tata Steel Ltd.

He talked about the importance of technology in India’s paranoma. The theme address was facilitated by Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J., Assistant Director, XISS along with Prof. Amar Eron Tigga, Acting Director, XISS who shared their insights on today’s technology, mentioning the relevance of the change in functionality of organisation for whom, technology has become a backbone in today’s era.

The session covered three major segments, firstly about the emerging trends in Disruptive Technology where Mr. Jha and Mr. Subrata Sarma Chaudhuri both provided their considerable insights on major areas like cloud computing, big data analysis, talking about the fourth revolution with respect to industrial interface.

In the second session, the topic for discussion was about Cyber Security in finding and fixing security problems, which was presented by dignitaries like Prof. Sushil Ranjan Roy, Mr. Mrinal Kanti Pal and Mr. Mansoor Ahmed, where each of them talked about how the security of data is becoming a big concern, and also on the ways to be secure, citing examples from their personal front.

The last session was about the “Plenary Session that focused on HR Analytics in identifying Right skills” that were discussed by experts like Dr.Satya Narayan Singh Mrs.Shilpi Shiwangi and also Mr.Pranod Kumar Dubey, where major emphasis was laid on the role of information technology that may help manpower work more effectively and efficiently.

Also, Technext, the official club of Information Technology Department, launched their yearly magazine along with an article by Prof. Rik Das that discussed about “Identity Theft in Cyber Space: Invading Privacy”.

The concluding remarks for the session were presented by Dr. Mahua Banerjee, Head of programme PGDM-IT, XISS, Ranchi. It was indeed an insightful and an interactive event.

Clarity of objective leads to achievement of goals in the field of Mutual Funds

Mr. Purusartha Tripathi, Assistant Manager at HDFC Asset Management Company Limited, initiated his interactive talk session on ‘Mutual funds’ under the on-going ‘World Investor Week’ at XISS, on 30th September, 2019. During his talk session he emphasised on the importance of saving to the students from the beginning of their careers while informing about the HDFC Group of Companies. In the beginning of the session, he was felicitated with a bouquet by the students of Human Resource Management, Finance, Marketing and Information Technology Programmes as a token of gratitude.

Mr Tripathi gave insights on how we can convert income into wealth. He also said that investment is objective while he presented the growth rate of investment in mutual funds, shares and debentures stating the opportunities of investment in them, and urged the students to start investing at personal levels as well.

He said that mutual funds are a pool of money with a particular objective and also discussed about various benefits of investing in equity with a target in mind.

The session was accompanied by a Question and Answer segment and was concluded with a vote of thanks given to Mr Tripathi. The session was coordinated by Prof. Prashant Kumar Jha from the programme of Finance. XISS looks forward to more of these interactions in the near future.

Re-connect, remember and rewinding the old times at Alumni Association of XISS (AAXISS) Alumni Meet

Friends and memories are always cherished and here is the time to create lifelong relics.

The premises of XISS Ranchi, on the 21st September 2019 had an ambience of joy, nostalgia and fun on the occasion of the alumni meet of Alumni Association of XISS (AAXISS), Re-connect.

The meet was inaugurated with welcome of the dignitaries, heads of the departments, faculty members and guests of the institution with a tribal song and dance and felicitation of the heads of the institution. The audience was welcomed by Fr. Alex Ekka S. J. who encouraged the participation in the association and advised to expand it in the coming days. The program was followed by a cultural dance performance by the present students of XISS. Dr. Amar Tigga Acting Director XISS also shared his views and said: “Connect and make the world better for tomorrow” .This was followed by an interaction with the ex-students through an interesting question answer session. There were several performances by the present batch students and a beautiful tribal dance.

This get-together was organized to provide a platform upon which senior alumni working in Public sector undertaking, Central Govt, State Govt, Pvt Sector and others self-employed will act as a resource centre for the students of XISS. Regular academic input, career counseling, help in placement training etc. are other areas in which alumni may work as key contributors in consultation with XISS management.

The event concluded with a note to meet again and sincere vote of thanks from respected alumna Mr. Alok Gupta. The event was organized by alumni Mr. Jasbir Singh Khurana, Mr. Alok Gupta, Mr. Abhishek Victor, Mr. Himalay and others.

Blood donation camp and awareness program organised at XISS

A Blood donation camp and awareness program was organised on 18th September 2019 in the college auditorium. The purpose behind the camp was to make students aware about benefits of donating blood and helping the society fight with the deficiency related to less amount of blood available in blood banks of Jharkhand. Less amount of blood available in the blood banks is particularly a matter of concern in case of ailments such as Thalassemia, Sickle cell anaemia and Haemophilia. Patients suffering from thalassemia require around 800 units of blood every month.

The camp was organized by Mr Atul Gera (Founder, Life savers and Jharkhand Thalassemia foundation) and the Programme of Marketing Management, XISS, Ranchi. Mr. Gera told that the blood donation drive is particularly for the children suffering from blood related ailment such as Thalassemia in Sadar hospital situated in Purulia road, Ranchi. Thalassemia Day Care is an 18 bed facility in Sadar Hospital Ranchi supported by Jharkhand Thalassemia Foundation. More than 400 children across Jharkhand come to the centre for their fortnight transfusion.

Mr. Gera also informed that it takes 21 days to regenerate the RBC (red blood cells) in a human body, hence, the more an individual donates blood, faster the body will regenerate blood. He also added that donating blood frequently by a healthy individual makes the body more immune to diseases. He urged everyone to take part in the noble cause. The student donors were first examined for their blood pressure, blood group, weight and other medical conditions. Around 30 students across various programs at XISS donated blood for the Thalassemia children of Day Care Centre, Sadar Hospital Ranchi making this event a success.

Guest lecture on growing Microfinance Institutions and emerging career opportunities

On 19th September 2019, a guest lecture on ‘ Empowering the feet on street in the Financial Inclusion Industry’ was organized in the auditorium of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. The speaker of the session was Mr. Prashant Rai, VP- Head HR, Admin, Training & CSR of Arohan Financial Services Limited. Dr. Amar Tigga, Acting Director XISS was also present in this informative session. Around 120 students from Rural Management, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management and Information Management Programme were present during the session.

The session was inaugurated by welcoming Mr. Rai who then began with his insight on the scope of Rural Management. He discussed its importance in the current scenario relevant in the country along with highlighting the growing start-ups and various types of funding.

He then provided the students with the understanding about Arohan Financial Inclusion Industry which is a part of Aavishkaar Group Company. He told the audience about the various financial services being provided by the organization in form of equity funding and unsecured loans and that the loans are given for business purpose and to economically active person. He also talked about the Sankalp foundation which is a part of the same and welcomes ideas from people, funders and NGOs. Through a presentation he showed the growth which the organization has been through and the huge career prospects which this industry has to offer as 85% of the Indians face difficulties in accessing financial services.

During the session various dimensions of financial inclusions were discussed like banks, NBFC and MFI. He talked about the changing consumer behaviour, the E- Bazaar application offered by it and the expansions being carried out because of the requirement of manpower diversity. He also laid stress about the increasing application of technology in every field.

The session was then followed by an interactive question- answer session in which the students cleared their doubts about micro finance industry and their future career prospects in it. Mr. Prashant Rai suggested and impressed upon the students to develop a positive attitude, technical skills, smart dressing sense, skills to strike smart conversations, and not to just go by brands. He advised the students to focus on learning in their early years of their career and only monetary benefits for a prosperous career as the tolerance of companies at present is going down as talent availability is going up. The session was lastly taken over by the Dr. Tigga who threw light on the importance of the session and how to use the learnings in their career. He also advised students to enhance their skills keeping the latest trends of market in knowledge. The session proved to be a good learning experience for all the students who are looking forward to their placements and internship programmes.

Guest lecture on ‘Environment Entrepreneurship and Awareness’

Ms. Khushboo Kataruka, a member of Jharkhand Civil Society and an advocate in the Jharkhand High Court, conducted a guest lecture session on Environmental Entrepreneurship and Awareness for the Finance Management Programme students at XISS on September 19, 2019.

She discussed the several elements of Environment Pollution, specifically noise pollution and water pollution which were the most significant topic. She also brought light to the importance of Environmental entrepreneurship, and that how students can play an important role and be more aware and sensitive towards the cleanliness of the society and country. The students then took a pledge for their active participation in the anti-pollution drives.

The session ended with Dr. Arup Mukherjee Head of Programme Finance Management, sharing an instance from his life regarding anti-pollution drive and Ms. Vartika Choudhary proposing the vote of thanks.

A Guest Lecture session on “Emerging Trends on Information Management”

A guest lecture session was organized on “Emerging Trends on Information Management” for the students of XISS on 16th September, 2019 by the Post Graduate Programme in Information Technology.

The keynote speaker was Mr. Mrityunjoy Panday. He is an MS in Software Engineering from BITS Pilani and an Adaptive Foundation and Machine Learning Researcher at Cognizant with 13+ years of experience in Software Testing.

The session focused on the use and importance of Data Analytics and provided insights on Machine Learning to develop Predictive and Probabilistic Models. Mr. Panday emphasized on the use of What-If Analysis in making Economic, Banking, Retail and IT decisions. Emphasizing the vigilant use of computers, Mr. Panday said that ‘computer is a brain outside our body’.

We are extremely thankful to Mr. Mrityunjoy for taking out time from his busy schedule and for sharing his vast galore of knowledge. We would also like to extend our thanks to Calcutta University Data Science Group, for providing a platform for this Industry-Academia relationship.

The lecture concluded with an engaging question-answer session with tons of learnings to take home.

XISS looks forward for interactive sessions like these in the near future.

Guest lecture on ‘Retail Store Operations 2.0’ for Marketing Management Programme held at XISS

A guest lecture cum workshop was organised by the Programme of Marketing Management at Xavier Institute of Social Service on the 13th of September 2019. It was attended by all the faculty members and the students of the Marketing Department. Mr. Jagannath Ojha was present to be the keynote speaker for this event. He is the Deputy General Manager-Retail Operations at Max India. Mr. Ojha has an experience of more than 12 years in the retail industry and specializes in the areas of store operations, planning, merchandising and training for channels.

He spoke on the subject ‘Retail Store Operations 2.0’. In this event, which was more of a workshop on Retail Chain Management, the students were given a practical case to work upon.The case required the students to come up with a working business model for the festive season collection for Max India and the operation and review mechanism for it. The students were divided into groups with each group presenting their solutions to the speaker. The goal was to make the students aware about the different processes and about the working of different departments to develop a basic understanding about the management of these teams.

There was a question and answer round towards the end of the event, where all the questions asked by the students were addressed by the speaker with his due expertise. The event ended with a Vote of Thanks being given by Shilpi Shah, a student of first year batch of Marketing. The token of appreciation was offered by Head of Programme, Dr. Pinaki Ghosh and Professor A.R. Bodra from the Programme of Marketing. This event was coordinated by Dr. B.P. Mohapatra.

Guest Lecture Session on ‘Young India Fellowship’ for Marketing students held at XISS

A guest lecture cum workshop was organised by the Programme of Marketing Management at Xavier Institute of Social Service on the 13th of September 2019. It was attended by all the faculty members and the students of the Marketing Department. Mr. Jagannath Ojha was present to be the keynote speaker for this event. He is the Deputy General Manager-Retail Operations at Max India. Mr. Ojha has an experience of more than 12 years in the retail industry and specializes in the areas of store operations, planning, merchandising and training for channels.

He spoke on the subject ‘Retail Store Operations 2.0’. In this event, which was more of a workshop on Retail Chain Management, the students were given a practical case to work upon.The case required the students to come up with a working business model for the festive season collection for Max India and the operation and review mechanism for it. The students were divided into groups with each group presenting their solutions to the speaker. The goal was to make the students aware about the different processes and about the working of different departments to develop a basic understanding about the management of these teams.

There was a question and answer round towards the end of the event, where all the questions asked by the students were addressed by the speaker with his due expertise. The event ended with a Vote of Thanks being given by Shilpi Shah, a student of first year batch of Marketing. The token of appreciation was offered by Head of Programme, Dr. Pinaki Ghosh and Professor A.R. Bodra from the Programme of Marketing. This event was coordinated by Dr. B.P. Mohapatra.

Guest Lecture on Mutual Fund – Attractive Domain for Fulfilling Career and Stupendous Growth held at XISS

On 3rd September 2019, XISS students of Finance Management welcomed Mr. Lagan Agarwal, Assistant Vice President and Regional Head, SBI Mutual Fund, Uttar Pradesh in XISS Campus for a guest lecture.

He arrived in the institution to impart his knowledge to the students on “Mutual Fund- Attractive Domain for Fulfilling Career and Stupendous Growth” as the Guest Lecturer.

The event marked it’s beginning with Director XISS, Dr. Amar Eron Tigga presenting Mr. Lagan Agarwal with a bouquet of flowers as a token of gratitude.

Mr. Lagan Agarwal mentioned, that mutual fund is a business of making people happy and making them realise their dreams and goals by growing their money through mutual funds.

He discussed the potential of mutual funds, a business which has grown from ₹50,000cr in 2004, when he ventured into this sector, to now a staggering ₹25 lakh crore business in the year 2019. He also elaborated and discussed about the job opportunities available in the mutual fund sector. He urged the students to start investing on a personal level so that they get a dry run on how mutual funds work and how SBI Mutual Fund is different from it’s competitive counterparts. The session was accompanied by a Question and Answer Interaction segment and concluded with Dr. Arup Mukherjee (Head of Programme – Finance) presenting a Memento to our Guest of Honour as a token of appreciation. XISS looks forward to more such interactions in future.

Guest Lecture on Mutual Fund – Attractive Domain for Fulfilling Career and Stupendous Growth held at XISS

“It’s not about what you achieve; it’s about how you can serve the society.”

These were the inspiring words quoted by Dr. Sunil Kumar Barnwal as he initiated his interaction on ‘Role of Stakeholders in Rural Development’ in XISS auditorium on August 31, 2019. This event was attended by Head of Program, faculty members and students of all departments of the institute.

Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi played host to Dr. Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Jharkhand in its campus on Saturday.

Mr. Sunil Barnwal was given a warm welcome and was felicitated with a sapling by the Director of the Institute, Dr. Amar Eron Tigga. In his welcome address Dr. Tigga discussed on the idea of inclusion of Administration and Government oriented lectures by field professionals for the wider exposure of the students. He said that the collaborative efforts of Administration, Academicians and Organizations would move the cause of building a highly developed country further.

During his tenure in the field of Administration for the past 22 years, he contributed in various verticals of the Government of Jharkhand. He earned laurels by working in notable programs like ‘Momentum Jharkhand’, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and projects that involved bringing Industrial Reforms and Investments in the State of Jharkhand. He enlightened the audience by sharing important yet accurate facts and figures of the State, that 76% of the population lives in Rural Areas. He also stated that the projects run by the government have a mission to bring positive changes in these rural areas. However in order to make these changes effective, contributions from civil society organization, private companies and professionals are also crucial. Thereby, bringing to light the ‘Role of Stakeholders in Rural Development’.

He emphasized on the combined efforts undertaken by the elder generation who possess experience and the young generation who are embedded with the knowledge of technology to bring change in rural areas. He also stressed on the fact that time, knowledge, technology, investments and the management of the plethora of natural resources as well as human resources available in the state play a vital role in the development of rural areas of Jharkhand.

The programme concluded with a question and answer session, where inquisitive students asked questions while Mr. related to the subject, its relation with the future of Jharkhand and how these young professionals can contribute towards the cause and become ‘Professionals with a Difference’. The session ended with a Vote of Thanks by Assistant Director Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J.

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Dr Ranbir Kumar Biswas, former Head, Department of Personnel Management & Industrial Relations, passed away on 07th January, 2019 at Bangalore. His demise came to all of us as a shocking reminder of life’s uncertainty. A Condolence Meeting was held at XISS auditorium on 08thJanuary, 2019. The meeting was attended by the Director, Heads of Departments, Faculty Members, Ranchi-based Members of Alumni, Project Officers, Staff and students of Human Resource Management. The Director, Faculty Members and a member of the alumni reminisced about the legacy left behind by Dr Biswas and resolved that the best tribute to the departed soul would be to continue his legacy. May his soul rest in peace and may the Lord give courage to the bereaved family to overcome grief and sorrow.

Congratulations to Dr. Sudeep Kumar

Congratulations to Dr. Sudeep Kumar for successfully supervising his first Ph.D. scholar Mr. Sumeet Kumar Gupta of ICFAI University Jharkhand who successfully defended his thesis titled “Management of Man-Made Disasters in Secondary Schools of Ranchi District, with Special Reference to Prevention and Preparedness” during the viva-voce examination held on 20.11.2018 at ICFAI University, Ranchi. During the occasion, Dr. Sudeep Kumar was felicitated by Prof. O.R.S. Rao, Vice-Chancellor of the ICFAI University for his successful contribution in the award of the Ph.D. degree of his scholar.

Workshop on Gender Sensitization

Xavier Institute of Social Service had conducted a “Workshop on Gender Sensitization” from 2nd May to 4th May,2018 under the guidance of Director Fr. Dr. Alexius Ekka S.J. The workshop was conducted for the Staff members, for the Internal Complaint committee members of XISS and XIPT and also for the Faculty members of XISS. Mrs Sunita Tawani was the resource person to facilitate the workshop. She is the Founder CEO of “Full Circle” and has 25 years of rich work experience with Tata Group. Mrs Sunita Thawani retired as Chief of Legal from JUSCO. She has conducted around 140 workshop. She is a lawyer by profession and has also worked in the Supreme Court of Delhi. The workshop was to bring awareness to the staff and faculty members of the Institute about the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act,2013. This program was coordinated by Prof. Mary Bodra along with the Internal Committee members, Prof Dr R. K. Agarwal, Prof Mahua Banerjee, Prof Nidhi Shukla,Dr Raj Shree and Ms Sabina.

XISS Alumni Meet of UP Chapter

Alumni meet of XISS Uttar Pradesh chapter was organized on 11th November 2017 at Lucknow. The meeting started with welcome and self-introduction. The meeting was attended by 25 alumni where they discussed various issues concerning alumni. The alumni also discussed forming alumni association representing all streams and batched which was endorsed by all. It was also discussed and decided that the next meeting will be organized in December in Lucknow during study tour visit of XISS students. The date, time and venue of meeting will be communicated in consultation with XISS study tour visiting team.

Congratulations Mr. Nabhojit Dey

hevening Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship given to mid career professionals who wish to pursue higher education in United Kingdom. The scholarship is provided by the British High Commission through a rigorous process of selection. This year more than 50,000 people applied for this prestigious scholarship worldwide out of which only 1065 were selected. One of the Chevening Fellows for this year is Mr. Nabhojit Dey. He is an alumni of XISS who completed his post graduate studies in Rural Development in the year 2006. He plans to use this fully funded scholarship to pursue Masters in Social Research Methods from University of Sussex this year. He has more than a decade of experience in the field of development and has worked with organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, CRY, Childfund India and FES. He also qualified UGC NET in 2016 in Social Work. XISS wishes him all success for his endeavour.

Congratulations Dr. Amit K. Giri

Dr. Amit K. Giri, an Assistant Professor of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), received the prestigious RDW fellowship from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the year 2017. ILO is an agency of the United Nations and primarily works for the welfare of labourers around the world. In 2017, The fellowship was awarded to only 20 researchers in the world. The fellowship recipient gets cash award of USD 1000 and are invited to present their research works in the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The ILO covers the full cost of the fellowship winners travel cost from their home country to Geneva and back from Geneva to their home country. Dr. Giri participated and presented a paper titled “Labour Conditions in the Global Value Chains in India: The Case of Handknotted Carpet Manufacturing Cluster” in the 5th Regulating for Decent Work Conference in ILO’s headquarters in Geneva on 3-5 July, 2017. Dr. Giri’s article, based on extensive field work, held responsible not only the local formal and informal institutions but also all other key stakestakeholders in the carpet global value chain, mainly the lead firms, for the deplorable working conditions of the workers in the hand-knotted carpet industry. The paper suggested various ways and means to improve the working conditions of workers in the industry.