Bhubaneswar,01/09/18:IlluminatiX – the Media and PR Cell of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar hosted its flagship Media Conclave – Communiqué’18 XUB. The conclave revolved around the theme of Media: Still a Mouthpiece for Free Speech?
The event was graced by four eminent media influencers, including Meghnad Bose(Senior Correspondent, The Quint), Anna M.M. Vetticad(Independent Journalist and Author), Tejas Mehta (Communications Trainer and Political Commentator, Former Bureau Chief and Anchor at NDTV) and lastly, Sudhi Ranjan Sen (Editor, India Today Group). They, along with Prof. Dr. Nadira Khatun, the Moderator for the day, inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp and briefed about the importance of the theme.
The moderator for the conclave, Prof. Dr. Nadira Khatun, opened the forum by discussing in brief about the theme. She started by talking about her own experience as a media student, and then commenced the conclave by inviting the esteemed speakers on to the podium, which was appropriately rechristened as the Free Speech Zone for the day.
The first speaker for the day was Mr.Sudhi Ranjan Sen (Editor, India Today Group). He started talking about the neutrality of media these days and told about the shift of media from ‘Also Profit’ to ‘Just Profit’. He quoted that “Good Media cannot exist without the support of people” and that “Free Content isn’t always the best way to get your news”.
The next speaker in the Free Speech Zone was Mr. Tejas Mehta (Communications Trainer and Political Commentator, Former Bureau Chief and Anchor at NDTV). Initially he talked about the two major players: Media and the Controllers. He further pointed out the fact that half-truths, censorships and political bias have become the rulers of the show these days, and to be completely neutral should be a journalist’s USP. He concluded by quoting that “In the political context, we are not enemies, we are just rivals” and that “A journalist’s credibility depends uponhis/her neutrality”.
The third speaker for the day was Ms. Anna M.M. Vetticad(Independent Journalist and Author). She began by mentioning that politics is not a simplistic term and that the curbs on Freedom of Expression are always put on the vehicles of culture. Following this, she ended by stating that a whole gamut of opinions is being oppressed and that the Freedom of Expression has to include the Right to Offend.
Communiqué’18 XUB, for its final speaker, had Mr. Meghnad Bose(Senior Correspondent, The Quint). He presented numerous examples from the world of media regarding the political compromise and mentioned that we should learn to question the media for all its omissions and commotions and posed a concluding question asking, “Is self-censorship today also not an act of the government?”
The sessions were followed by an interactive and enriching question and answer round in which the students asked intricate questions about the current media industry, and to what extent does media acknowledges the creation of a Free Speech Zone. This event also marked the release of Xperience- the Monthly Newsletter of XUB, presented by IlluminatiX- the Media and PR Cell of XUB. Following this, the winners for Communiquiz- a Quiz Competition and Critique- a National Article Writing Competition, organized as a run up for Communiqué’18 XUB, were awarded with their cash prizes and certificates by the esteemed panel. The conclave was concluded by a vote of thanks by Mr. Ashutosh Chaudhary (Co-Ordinator- IlluminatiX XUB).
Bhubaneswar,31/08/18:Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS) in collaboration with ConXerv (the Sustainability committee) of Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar (XUB) hosted its annual business conclave, Parivartan, on August 31st, 2018. The conclave aimed to provide the students of Sustainability Management (SM) a comprehensive view on “Sustainability: Investment or Financial Liability”, which was the theme for the event.
The gathering was graced by the presence of renowned industry experts. The speakers for the session were Ms. Anita Rajan (Chief Operating Officer, Tata STRIVE), Mr. Indra Guha (Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, Thinkthrough Consulting Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Nimai Lila Das (Chief Sustainability Officer, Govardhan Ecovillage), Mr. Sandeep RoyChoudhury (Co-Founder, VNV Advisory Services). They, along with Dr. S Peppin(Dean, XSoS) and Prof. Dr. SutapaPati (Co-Ordinator,XUB Student Affairs) inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp and elucidated briefly about the importance of the theme.
Dr. S Peppin opened the forum with his welcome address and enlightened what led to the formation of XSoS. Prof. Dr.SutapaPati, the moderator of the discussion, stressed on the constant tug of war between investment and financial liability. The first speaker for the panel was Ms. Anita Rajan, who advocated the importance of long-term survival with inclusive growth. She also instilled the concept of liability in the minds of the students and urged the future managers to think of liability as an opportunity. She focused on concepts varying from automation to energy consumption to urban crisis. The next speaker, Mr. Nimai Lila Das stressed on how it’s very easy to be eco-friendly but very difficult to be ego-friendly. He reinforced why ethics and values should always be at core and rest can be built around it. He made a strong point on how sustainability should be looked from a human perspective and not based on accounting principles. The third speaker for the day was Mr. Sandeep Roy Choudhury and he spoke in lengths about the LDC (Least Developed Countries) and the Paris Agreement. He stated what matters is how you sell the idea. Mr. Indra Guha, spoke next on ecological bottom line in a broader sphere. He also statedthat investors drive the sustainability agenda.
The session was followed by an interactive and enriching question-answer round, that helped the students of Sustainability Management clear their doubts. All the guest speakers were presented with a token of appreciation and the conclave concluded with a vote of thanks byMs.N. Elakiya Priya,the student coordinator of ConXerv.
Bhubaneswar,30/08/18:IlluminatiX – the Media and PR Cell of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar will be hosting its annual Media Conclave – Communiqué’18 XUB. The conclave aims to wrap around the theme of Media: Still a Mouthpiece for Free Speech?
A free press gives a practical effect to the individual’s right to free speech. It allows one’s voice to be heard by many. In a democracy like ours, media is a factual necessity. Free Speech and Media sail together to set things on track. For all its fundamental importance, however, free speech is constrained on occasions when it collides with other values and factors such as Media Violence and Political Biasness of Media Houses. Thus, to ponder over the issues pertaining to Media and Free Speech, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, brings to you Communiqué’18 XUB.
The event will be graced by eminent media influencers, the likes of which include Meghnad Bose (Senior Correspondent, The Quint), Anna M.M. Vetticad (Independent Journalist and Author), Tejas Mehta (Communications Trainer and Political Commentator, Former Bureau Chief and Anchor at NDTV) and lastly, Sudhi Ranjan Sen (Editor, India Today Group).
XUB believes in providing a platform for premium discussions on pressing issues and trends. It organizes a plethora of top-notch business conclaves to fortify and hone the skills of its students. Communiqué’18 XUB is one such conclave which intends at delivering an enriching and interactive session with respect to Media and its role in providing a medium for Free Speech.
Bhubaneswar,31/08/18:Xavier School of Sustainability, (XSoS), will be hosting its annual business conclave, Parivartan, on August 31st, 2018, which is organised with the aim of facilitating greater interaction between students, academia and the industry. The conclave intends to induce the students of Sustainability Management to deliberate over the theme for the event, which is, “Sustainability: Investment or Financial Liability?”
Sustainable investing enables individuals to select investments based on values and personal priorities. Initially, sustainable investing negatively screened companies and industries, which often led investors to sacrifice returns for value-aligned investment choices. In recent years, however, investors have used positive screening of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) risk factors to create a modern ‘best-in-class’ investment approach that generates performance that is in line with — and often exceeds — market benchmarks. This shift toward market outperformance in several sustainable investing products has contributed to the increase in demand for these products as fiduciaries look to serve their clients by not only generating returns, but also assessing impact. Providing sustainable investing opportunities enables firms to not only capture financial returns for clients, but also to realize intrinsic returns not replicated elsewhere.
The conclave will be graced by several eminent industry veterans who will be addressing this issue and sharing their perspective with the students. The speakers include Ms. Anita Rajan (Chief Operating Officer, Tata STRIVE), Mr. Indra Guha (Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, Thinkthrough Consulting Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Nimai Lila Das (Chief Sustainability Officer, Govardhan Ecovillage), Mr. Sandeep Roy Choudhury (Co-Founder, VNV Advisory Services).
XUB believes in offering a platform for quality discussions on emerging issues and trends. The university organises a plethora of superlative conclaves to ameliorate the students’ learning experience. Parivartan is one such business conclave aimed at providing an enriching and interactive session about the various sustainable investing opportunities.
Dhenkanal (28th August 2018): Remembering the contributions of, Professor K M Shrivastava, to the domain of mass media education, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Dhenkanal organized a memorial lecture in the campus on his 3rd death anniversary here on Tuesday. Delivering the lecture on ‘Broadcasting in India: now and beyond’, Former DDG of Prasar Bharati Abhaya Padhi informed the students regarding the evolution and future possibilities of the broadcast sector in India.
“Broadcast media has come a long way since its beginning in 1924. We have seen a phenomenal growth in the sector in last few decades in the industry. However with development of new technologies, the face of Broadcast Media is likely to change in near future. Today, smart phones have partially replaced television sets. In the future, role of journalists will also change with introduction of Artificial Intelligence in the field,” he said.
Padhi also spoke on topics like the growth of fake news and changing ownership patterns in the broadcast media sector in his lecture. Regional Director of IIMC Dhenkanal Professor Mrinal Chatterjee was also present at the event.
One of the most renowned faces in Indian Media Academia, Professor Shrivastava died on 28th August 2015 at the age of 63 when he collapsed at the Nizammuddin Railway Station and was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead.
He was professor at IIMC for more than 25 years and served as the Head of IIMC Dhenkanal for around two years. Shrivastava, besides teaching and training journalists, also authored several books like 'News Reporting and Editing', 'Broadcast Journalism in 21st Century', 'News Agencies: from Pigeon to Internet' and 'Radio and TV Journalism'.
Talcher,28/08/18:NTPC Talcher Kaniha organized the annual quiz competition “Regional Medha Pratiyogita” on 27thAugust 2018. Participants from NTPC Eastern Region I & II participated in the four categories consisting Junior Group, Middle Group, Senior Group and Employees & Spouses.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Ram Kuber, Executive Director, NTPC Kaniha congratulated all the participants who made into the regional round after qualifying station level round. Shri Kuber all spoke on the various NTPC avenues like Quality Circle , Business Mind and Medha Pratiyogita which provides platform to the employees show their creativity and IQ skills.
At the conclusion of the competition ,NTPC Talcher Kaniha was declared winner in the Group-I (Class IV to VI), Bangaigaon was adjudged as winner in the Group-II (Class VII to IX), Talcher Thermal claimed as winner in the Group-III (Class x to XII) senior levels and in group-IV(Employees & Spouses) Kahalgaon team was winner respectively.
The teams qualified in the regional round will participate in the national level of Medha Pratiyogita
Bhubaneswar,August 26, 2018:Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR) in collaboration with the HR Association of XAHR (XIMAHR) of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) hosted its annual business conclave, Kshitij, on August 26th, 2018. The conclave aimed at providing the students of Human Resource Management (HRM) a comprehensive view of “Agile HR”, which was the theme for the event.
Attended by the enthusiastic and erudite batch of future HR managers, the gathering was graced by the presence of eminent leaders from different industries. The speakers for the session were Ms. Upasna Nischal(Global Head - Talent Management, ACC, Evalueserve) Mr. Rajesh Hurkat (Head HR, Mattel India) and Ms. Annapurna A (Director - Human Resources, Inspiring). The speakers, along with Dr.Sasmit Patra (Associate Dean, International Programmes), Dr. Andrew Dutta (Associate Dean, XAHR) and Dr. Arup Roy Chowdhury (Assistant Professor, XAHR), inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp and elucidated briefly how the theme is important and should be widely discussed.
Dr. Andrew Dutta opened the forum with his welcome address by stating that Kshitij is a prestigious, student-driven HR conclave which aims at the creation of finest HR stalwarts. Prof. Arup Roy Chowdhury also addressed the audience by defining the need of a robust HR system in the present-day complex and ambiguous nature of the industry. He expressed Agile HR as a function of anticipation, innovation, responsiveness, collaboration and execution of HR practices.
Dr.Sasmit Patra, the moderator of the discussion, in his address called for shifting the conventional form of panel discussion towards a more agile approach. The first speaker for the panel was Ms. Upasna Nischal, who stressed upon the need to go beyond classroom education. She also iterated that technology, political scenarios and demographics have been the “movers &shakers” of the HR industry. She reinterpreted the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world as VUCA - Vision, Understanding, Collaboration, Adaptability for success.
The second speaker, Ms. Annapurna A focused on developing curiosity, humility and collaborative abilities in an HR manager. She also endorsed the inclusion of design thinking as an essential course in every MBA college’s curriculum. Mr. Rajesh Hurkat spoke next about how to overcome the hindrance of laws and regulations while executing Agile HR strategies. He also suggested that one should customize their own Agile framework instead of following any template.
The session was followed by an interactive and enriching Q&A round, that helped the students of Human Resource Management clear their doubts regarding how organizations adapt and apply Agile HR methodologies. This event also marked the release of the 12th edition of “HRXpert”, an annual magazine by XIMAHR. All the guest speakers were presented with a token of appreciation and the conclave concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Shivam Sharma, the student coordinator of XIMAHR.
Bhubaneswar,19/08/18:Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM) in collaboration with Rural Manager’s Association (RMAX) of Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar (XUB) hosted its 5th annual business conclave, Abhivyakti, on August 19th, 2018. The conclave aimed to provide the students of Rural Management (RM) a comprehensive view on “Rural Business: Impact in Digital Era”, which was the theme for the event.
The speakers for the first session of the day were Mr. Sasanka Sekhar Singh(Director, Sutra Consulting Private Limited), Mr. Balaya Moharana (Chief TechnicalOfficer, DeHaat and Co-founder, DoVo Health) andMr. Satyajit Kumar (Marketing Head-ESP Agri, Larsen & Toubro). They, along with Prof. T. Kumar and Prof. Satyendra Nath Mishrafrom Xavier School of Rural Management, inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The other speakers who graced the conclave wereMr. Vijay Sardana (Independent Director, Nabkisan Finance Limited andChairman, ASSOCHAM Task Force), Mr. Emmanuel V. Murray (Senior Advisor, Caspian Impact Investment Adviser Private Limited and Director, Trimaz Machines Limited),Mr. Sankar Sastri (Head of Credit and Risk, ADANI Capital Limited), Mr. Manish Kumar Raj (Business Head – Branch Banking, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited),Mr. Alok Shukla (National Head-Rural Sector Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance),Mr. Gowrisankara Rao Alamanda (Vice President, RBL Bank), and Mr. Praful Ranjan (Vice President, Sales, Finova Capital Private Limited).
Prof. T. Kumar, the moderator of the discussion, opened the forum by stressing on the need for digitalization in rural business. Prof T. Kumar also added, “The RM Conclave is a conclave with a difference. We are the managers of transformation”. The first speaker for the first panel was Mr. Sasanka Sekhar Singh, who addressed the gathering on the issue of digital marginalization and how digital technology can be used as an infrastructure. He also stressed on the importance of how we need to think and act from a manager’s perspective, rather than from a marketing point of view. Mr. BalayaMoharana spoke next on the necessity to create a technology platform to bring farmers, financiers, and suppliers together in one marketplace. He further added how machine learning and social media lend the much requisite edge to rural business. The last speaker was Mr. Satyajit Kumar, who vocalized on how 10 years back marketers held the upper hand, but in due course of time, the customers are equally informed due to the readily available internet resources. Farmers now take informed decisions and awareness is on the higher side. He also discussed on the significance of SEO in the digital world, how social media these days can easily make or break a brand’s image and the need for a human to human interaction.
The second-panel discussion revolved around the policies and rural business in the digital era. Mr. Vijay Sardana spoke in lengths about how rural economy has an inbuilt potential. The need of the hour is to connect micro markets to mega markets for equal distribution and commercialization of unique resources. The next speaker, Mr. Emmanuel V. emphasized on digital technologies giving a breakthrough to the rural economy. Mr. Alok Shukla concluded the panel discussion by focusing on the ‘Go Rural’ campaign. He also discussed about various insurances such as life insurance, health insurance and livelihood insurance and their scope in the rural sector.
The third panel discussion centered on rural banking and financial services in the digital era. All the four panelists were esteemed alumni of XSRM. Mr. Gowrisankara Rao Alamanda discussed the broad areas where digitization disrupts rural economy and focused on the challenges in the digital environment. Mr. Sankar Sastri spoke in lengths about his experiences in the financial sector. Mr. Manish Kumar Raj talked about how micro-finance is helpful for the rural population and how Ujjivan helps in disbursing micro-finance services to them. Mr. Praful Ranjan explained how and why small finance banks were introduced in the rural areas and discussed on their penetration into the rural market.The session was concluded with the words of Prof. Kushankur Dey, the moderator for the session.
All the sessions were followed by an interactive and enriching Q&A round, that helped the students of rural management clear their doubts regarding the intricacies of rural business. This event also marked the release of “Abhigyaan”, a bi-monthly newsletter by RMAX.All the guest speakers were presented a token of appreciation. The conclave concluded with a vote of thanks by the student coordinator of RMAX, Mr. Abinash Sahoo.