Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The XLRI Social Entrepreneurship Trust is supporting 3 Social Entrepreneuship Ventures by XL students who have decided to take the “road less travelled” as a career option. These are nascent ventures, currently in the form of partnership firms. We are trying to provide them support through the initial incubation loans (thanks to the Rs 10.5lac contributions received from the XLRI batch of ‘81 and from the Jamshedpur Alumni Chapter)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The team of three — Abhilash Somen, Ankur Saboo and Anand Raghvendra — all business management students, has developed an animal powered prime mover (generator) where mechanical energy can be converted to electrical energy will the help of oxen.
The students today invited eight NGOs of Jamshedpur to present the idea before them.
The concept of the project was born when the students visited some villages last year as part of their curriculum.
"When we visited the villages last year, we thought of doing something constructive. We began our research that time. The technical specification is not completed as yet. The project would benefit the villagers as it is low on cost compared to solar energy," said Ankur.
The generator consists of a shaft, a bearing, a battery and CFL lamps. The shaft attached with the generator has to be rotated by an oxen to charge the battery connected to it, generating electricity.
A generator is connected to a battery of 44 lamps that can light up four houses. A single generator can also be connected to three generators or more. Electricity will be generated depending upon the power of the batteries.
The students have presented their project before Tata Motors and will be working in a village near Rakha Mines.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
XLRI is all set to increase the PM&IR seats to 120 from the 2009 session:
The ever-increasing demand for its personnel management and industrial relations (PMIR) course has prompted the XLRI School of Business and Human Resource to double the number of seats.
At present, XLRI’s flagship course has room for 60 students, but from the next academic session, beginning June 2009, it will house as many as 120 business enthusiasts.
XLRI director Father E. Abraham said students and representatives of top-notch corporate houses were making a beeline for the PMIR course, which is the oldest and the most prestigious among the institute’s teaching programmes. Though business-oriented, it emphasises on understanding human values.
Abraham said the institute had sought a stamp of approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on seat increase last year, and it was cleared recently. “Admission was then in the last stage. So, we can only make room for more students from the next academic session,” he said.
Officials said the school was developing infrastructure to make room for 120 students. New faculty members would also be appointed soon.
Interestingly, the XLRI had increased the number of seats in the business management stream in 2005, but the demand for the course has gone up further. Even MNCs are making a beeline to rope in XLRI students. Last year’s recruitment record shows that each student in the PMIR stream had two offers to choose from.
“The demand has exceeded the supply. In fact, we have had to turn down offers from some of the elite recruiters because we had no students to give them,” Jeevan Kumar, secretary of XLRI’s placement committee, said, explaining the reason behind the decision to increase PMIR seats
Actually two honors according to this news report:
XLRI has bagged the prestigious Dewang Mehta Business School Award 2008 for the “best academic input (syllabus) in human resource”.
This is not the only award that the institute bagged in the prestigious award ceremony. Jeetu Singh, a professor of human resource management and organisational behaviour of the institute, was adjudged the “best teacher in human resource”.
“This is the first time XLRI has bagged Dewang Mehta Business School Award. This is one of the business schools, which has now come to the forefront,” said R.L. Bhatia, a senior functionary of the Dewang Mehta Foundation that organises the business awards.
“Awards like these will encourage the morale of not only the faculty but also the students. It is a kind of appreciation for the work we do,” said P. Venugopal, dean (academics), XLRI.
“The information had come almost as a surprise to us. Although teaching cannot be judged by awards, it can be considered one of the ways of recognising the teachers,” said Jeetu Singh.