The XLRI Alumni Association Presidents of different India chapters gathered together on June 17, 2023 at XLRI Jamshedpur Campus and addressed our new academic batch. Mr. Mario Lobo, Chairman at PSS-R&B-LOBO Group of Companies (Batch 1975-1977); Mr. Ronald DCosta, Owner at The Boulevard Hotel (Batch 1965-1968); Mr. Raj Narayan, Mentor, Coach & Advisor (Batch 1982-1984), Mr. Srini Vudumala, Chief People Officer, Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (Batch 1989-1991) and Mr. Suresh Ramasubramanian (Batch 1989-1991) were a part of the event.
Mr. Ranaveer Sinha, President, XLRI Alumni Association; Prof. TAS Vijayraghavan, Chairman, XLRI Alumni Association; Prof. Sanjay Patro, Dean (Academics) also joined in to grace the occasion.
Mr. Ranaveer Sinha (President, XLRI Alumni Association) addressed the gathering and welcomed the guests for the event. Mr. Sinha is an XLRI Alumnus. He shared his experience as a student at XLRI and said, “XLRI has produced many leaders in the industry and these leaders control the intake of freshers into their organisations. That’s why they are called the XL Mafias. Hindustan Unilever’s CHRO is an XLRI Alumni. ICICI Bank’s CEO & CHRO is an XLRI Alumni. Axis Bank’s CHRO is an XLRI Alumni. You name any top organisations; we have our XL Mafia there. Make the best use of your time at XLRI, grow your network and it will carry on for life.”
Mr. Sinha also highlighted the male-female ratio in the BM & HRM Batch. He stressed on the fact that some of the first women to study management in India are from XLRI. XLRI has always had a very conducive environment for females. XLRI, being a Jesuit institution with strong values, not only pays great respect to women but also makes them feel secure & empowered.
Mr. Ronald DCosta, President of Jamshedpur Chapter of XLRI Alumni Association welcomed the students. “Money doesn’t come first. Ideas & Projects come in. Money follows good ideas and it will follow you too”, he shared these wise words from his mentor Fr. William N Tome, SJ – one of the Founding Father of XLRI and has immensely contributed to the growth of XLRI.
Mr. Mario Lobo, President of Mumbai Chapter of XLRI Alumni Association discussed about how the process of hiring has evolved over the last 42 years. “Give more than you take”, he shared these words of wisdom said by Fr. E. H. McGrath, his mentor and one of the Founding Father of XLRI.
Mr. Srini Vudumala, President of Hyderabad Chapter of XLRI Alumni Association discussed about why XLers progress a lot in the HR Domain. “Reason being, as an HRM student you are exposed not only to the HR subjects but you get to learn and have an understanding of all the different aspects of a business. XLers score better in the quizzes that life throws on them as compared to other students from any other B-Schools”, he said.
Mr. Raj Narayan, President of Bangalore Chapter of XLRI Alumni Association shared his mentor’s words of wisdom “Who is Who & Who is Who’s?” He advised the students saying, “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be able to laugh at yourself, take a joke on yourself. Make others more important and take them seriously. Explore and embrace the different opportunities you get, different committees. Learn outside classroom. Make as many friends as you can, networking is the best! The answer what you make out of the 2 years at XLRI, is in your own hands.”
Mr. Suresh Ramasubramanian, President of Delhi Chapter of XLRI Alumni Association addressed the students saying, “Network is equal to net worth. We can pull together anytime anything across the world. We have global CEOs too. Alumni system works globally only at XLRI.”
Prof. Sanjay Patro, Dean (Academics), XLRI Jamshedpur delivered the vote of thanks.
At XLRI, alumnus is called the XL MAFIAs – Wherever XLers go, they uphold the XL values and cultures. The session arranged by XLRI Alumni Association encouraged the new students to explore their passions, take calculated risks, and pursue their dreams fearlessly. The personal anecdotes shared by alumni speakers humanized success, making it more relatable and attainable for students, fostering a sense of ambition & self-belief. The exposure to practical knowledge shared with the students today will enhance their preparedness for the future world of work.
“Once an XL MAFIA, always an XL MAFIA: We wear it on our sleeve all the time, till our last breath”, said an XL Alumni.