XLRI's Human Resource programis considered as one of the finest in Asia-Pacific while the Business Management program is counted amongst the top five in the country. Ever since its inception in 1949, XLRI has always strove to be a management school with a difference. Pursuit of academic excellence and fostering whole-person integral growth - intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social persona of students has been the hallmark of XLRI. Talking about the journey so far, Director of XLRI, Fr E Abraham, S.J. says, "Our presence in a non-metro city had been a challenge in earlier days; however, in today's age of information, being situated in a non-metro city does not make much of a difference. On the other hand, XLRI's presence in 'Bharat'gives the students a first-hand experience of non-metro, rural India and the challenges that our less privileged citizens face on a day-to-day basis even when it comes to meeting basic needs." Consequently, XLRI students have a better insight into underserved markets and can empathize with the unmet needs of Indians in non-metro cities and villages of India. Perhaps, the availability of socially committed professionals with high potential for managerial skills is the reason for multinational baggies considering XLRI ahead of most of the IIMs in the country for recruiting their future executives.
In 2015, XLRI had a little over 300 students who opted for final placements and laudably, XLRI placed all of them in a short window of 3.5 days. The final recruitment process saw participation from 108 recruiters, including 45 new recruiters and 321 offers were made with a median salary of Rs. 17 lakh per annum. In the recently completed recruitment process for the 360 strong batch of 2014 ' 16, the largest batch to ever have sat for final placements in the history of XLRI, the institute has further improved the placement outcomes. This time, as many as 132 recruiters, including 36 first timers, participated in the final recruitment process for grabbing 361 students by offering an average salary of Rs. 18.5 lakh per annum.
"Inspired by the Jesuit spirit of 'Magis', XLRI has always been true to its mission to offer enriching learning experiences to aspiring managers, to enable them to realize their full potential, to ensure that they serve as agents of continuous improvement and change, to encourage entrepreneurship and service, to extend the frontiers of knowledge in management through cutting-edge research and disseminate knowledge through a portfolio of educational programs and publications," says Fr E Abraham. The institute spares no effort to make its curriculum world-class and deliver it in the most effective manner. They constantly scan the developments in business and in society and tries to proactively meet the challenges. XLRI's world-class faculty with commitment and deep sense of service delivers the curriculum very effectively.
With such highly experienced academicians on the board, the Research and Innovation Cell at XLRI aims to bridge the gap between the industry and academia. Over the years, the institute has forged long term associations and partnerships with leading global corporate houses to foster a symbiotic environment where researchers have the opportunity to work with real time issues faced by organizations. These organizations in turn get pragmatic, effective and cost effective business solutions from the distinguished faculty and bright, savvy and technology driven researchers and academics resources of XLRI. "There has been substantial increase in the research output during the academic year 2014-15. We have been upgrading our research infrastructure in terms of addition of many journals and software needed by our faculty and doctoral scholars to cutting-edge research. It also helps in designing innovative and relevant educational programmes valued by industry and society,\" claims Fr E Abraham.
As XLRI moves forward to establishtheir presence in the global arena, the domain knowledge of management, tempered with contextual insights and fresh perspectives will play a crucial role. Last year, the institute organised the 1st Doctoral Colloquium with enthusiastic participation of doctoral scholars from 11 other institutes. Hence, from the given facts it is safe to say that culture and ethos is cultivated in the students not only in classrooms, but everywhere at XLRI. Today, with more than 12,000 alumni members who are working and serving reputed institutions across the world, XLRI can claim to have the most active networking of alumni amongst Indian business schools. Ultimately, the XLRI experience plays a vital role in the entire corporate life of a student. "At XLRI, we profess and try to bring about in the students the best spirit of bonding together, team building and leadership through classroom learning, various extracurricular activities, adventure program, village visits etc. Infact, bonding together is a very important aspect of XLRI culture," concludes Fr. E. Abraham.
Fr E Abraham, S.J., Director
Fr. E. Abraham, S.J. is currently the Director of XLRI Jamshedpur. A Jesuit priest, Fr. Abraham obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XLRI Jamshedpur in 1978. Thereafter, he obtained his doctorate in Human Resources Development from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad andhe has been Member on the Board of Governors of many prestigious institutions, both in India and abroad.