Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas observed at XISS
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.
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 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.
A National Conference on Voices of the Unheard: Putting the Last First
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
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
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 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
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.
It was an opportunity where everyone reminiscence on the old times and discussed on the current happenings of the College. This opportunity to catch up with classmates, teachers, and live those golden days yet again was grabbed by each one present.
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
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
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’
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”
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
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
Ashoka University provides a Liberal Arts program for U. G, M. A., Ph. D and has a fellowship program known as ‘Young India Fellowship’ (YIP), as it’s flagship, started in the year 2011 and is a one year program. The Fellowship brings together a group of bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country and trains them to become socially committed citizens of the country. YIF exposes them to a diverse set of subjects and perspectives, delivered by some of the finest teachers from India and around the world. The aim is to help Fellows become well-rounded individuals who can think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and go on to become self-aware leaders with a commitment to public service.
Ms. Anuja Sinha Choudhary gave us insights about the YIF program, the concept of liberal education, which is a pedagogy with multiple disciplines, has a holistic approach and it’s relevance and importance in the present corporate world. She mentioned the concept of ‘T’ shaped model students and how they are different from ‘I’ shaped model students.
The students were informed about the application and selection process which is based on merit and the need-based scholarships provided by the University.
Besides this, she also shared the special programs like the Critical Writing Program (based on think, reflect, argue, express), mentorship (which is student-friendly), beyond the classroom learning and unique assessment process for an overall development for the students. The session was viewed as of immense importance for the students who wants to pursue further academic qualifications.
Guest Lecture on Mutual Fund – Attractive Domain for Fulfilling Career and Stupendous Growth held at XISS
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.
Serving the society should be your motto: Dr. Sunil Barnwal inspires young professionals at XISS
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.
Mr. Sunil Kumar Barnwal, an IAS officer and a topper of the 1997 batch, shared his pearls of wisdom and experience in administration with the students.
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
Congratulations to Dr. Sudeep Kumar
Workshop on Gender Sensitization
XISS Alumni Meet of UP Chapter
Congratulations Mr. Nabhojit Dey
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
Congratulations to Prof. Rik Das
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