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XLRI School of Business & Human Resources to Celebrate 53rd Annual Convocation
On March 28, 2009
"Not to walk on the beaten path but to strike new routes; not to benchmark but to be benchmarked, to be second to none but to be the first to respond to the needs of the people and the nation, by taking up the tasks which are bold but necessary which nobody has hitherto taken up."
XLRI School of Business & Human Resources will celebrate its 53rd Annual Convocation on March 28, 2009. This Diamond Jubilee Year, 180 students of the institute will walk up to the dais to receive their Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations.
The convocation will be declared open with a presidential address by Mr. B. Muthuraman, Managing Director of Tata Steel and Chairman, Board of Governors, XLRI. Mr. O. P. Bhatt, Chairman, SBI, will inspire the graduating batch of XLRI with his convocation address. As Chairman, Mr. Bhatt is not only the Chief Executive of India's largest commercial bank, he is also the Head of the entire State Bank Group which consists of 8 domestic and 5 international banking subsidiaries, besides 10 non-banking subsidiaries, and 2 Joint Ventures. Besides chairing these companies, Mr. Bhatt is also the Chairman of the Banking & Financial Institutions Committee of FICCI, Director on the board of several other companies like EXIM Bank and GIC.
In line with the tradition, the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial & Social Peace will be conferred on Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, the Tata Group of Companies. The Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal was instituted by XLRI in 1966. Previous recipients of the Medal include respected names from diverse fields such as J. R. D. Tata, Arvind Mafatlal, Holck-Larsen, Rajmohan Gandhi, P. N. Bhagwati, V. Kurien and M. S. Banga. Mr. Ratan Tata has already been conferred with the XLRI Honorary Fellow Award.
On the occasion of India's 58th Republic Day on 26 January 2000, Ratan Tata was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest decoration that may be awarded to a civilian. On 26 January 2008, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian decoration. He was one of the recipients of the NASSCOM Global Leadership Awards 2008 given away at a ceremony on February 14, 2008 in Mumbai. Ratan Tata accepted the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007 on behalf of the Tata Family.
Ratan Tata serves in senior capacities in various organizations in India and he is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry. In March 2006, Tata was honoured by Cornell University as the 26th Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education, considered the highest honor the university awards to distinguished individuals from the corporate sector. He recently received an honorary doctorate from the London School of Economics and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He was listed among the 25 most powerful people in business named by Fortune Magazine in November 2007. In May 2008, Mr. Tata made it to the Time Magazine's 2008 list of the World's 100 Most Influential People. Tata was hailed for unveiling his tiny Rs. One lakh car 'Nano'.
On 29th August 2008, the Government of Singapore conferred Honorary Citizenship on Ratan Tata, in recognition of his abiding business relationship with the island nation and his contribution to the growth of high-tech sectors in Singapore. Ratan Tata is the first Indian to receive this honour.
XLRI School of Business & Human Resources is indeed privileged to bestow the Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial & Social Peace on Mr. Ratan Tata, who will continue to be a great source of inspiration and motivation to the graduates of XLRI Jamshedpur.
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