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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 03:11 Written by


Dhenkanal,14/01/19:Filmi Chakkar 2, a three day bouquet of film related programmes begins this morning at IIMC, Dhenkanal. A monograph of Entertainment Journalism in Odia and a compilation of Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee's weekly column Pathe Prantare and special edition of Daily Reporter in English and Odia have been released.  

National Award winner film writer Dr. Piyush is conducting Film Appreciation Workshop on 14 and 15 Jan. Seminar on Political Narratives in Indian Cinema will be held on 16 Jan. Noted film writer Dr. Shoma A. Chatterjee, Director CBFC Regional Office  Sri Gopal Mahapatra will participate in the seminar as resource persons.

XIMB Organising TEDx event on the 20th of January 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019 11:20 Written by


Bhubaneswar,11/01/19:A rich mix of speakers coming from diverse backgrounds will share their views and ideas about "Chakravyuh, the inescapable formation". XIMB requests to  join and share experience the  amazing journey of discussion, exploration and learning.The Registrations for the fifth edition of TEDxXIMB 2019 are now open.


Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:19 Written by


Bhubaneswar,10/01/19:Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM) will be hosting its annual RLLE (Rural Living and Learning Experience) MELA which is a flagship event for the students of rural management on 11th January, 2019. It is a one-day event where students display stalls of various states spread all over India based upon their respective RLLE locations.

As part of the RLLE, students of Rural Management went to different places to experience the diverse rural livelihoods, and undertake various activities like preparation of a village report, working on the development project with the host organization (NGO’s and many other renowned organisations involved with the betterment of Rural areas), and develop a case study. During the RLLE programme students of XSRM stayed in 45 villages, covering 12 States and one Union Territory spread across India. The RLLE MELA every year is able to display a diverse range of cultural and social aspects of rural society, and this time the event would be flaunting various stalls where students will be displaying the following aspects of rural life: 

Various artifacts collected from the respective villages

Unique food materials and food habits

Attires and other cultural aspects

Models of village depicting the landscape

Ongoing development interventions in the villages

A slide showing photos of rural India.

Towards the end, the students will also be performing a skit on a social issue. 

XSRM believes in offering a platform for a quality learning experience on emerging issues and trends in the rural world. The school organises a plethora of events to enrich the students with multifarious experiences. One of the deliverables of RLLE MELA, and the most pertinent one at that is to provide an opportunity for the students’ creativity to reach its summitand thereby express the culture, costumes, developmental activities, challenges and opportunities from across rural India.


Tuesday, 08 January 2019 10:20 Written by


Bhubaneswar,06/01/19:It was an honor for Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) to host Mr. Sumit Sabharwal- the Head of HR at Fujitsu Consulting India, a global information and communication technology (ICT) company known to be one of the world's most admired organisations. It is also a Fortune Global 500 company. The topic of the leadership talk held on 6th January 2019 was “What organizations are looking from Management Graduates.” 

Mr. Sumit, who manages the end-to-end HR for close to 5000 employees at Fujitsu Consulting India, has worked towards creating a sustainable work experience for engaging and empowering the professionals along with organizational development and implementing industry best practices. He has spearheaded large scale HR Transformation Projects and has also instituted Global Learning and Development. He has been instrumental in paving way for Fujitsu India to retain its leadership position for three consecutive years in High Performing Norm category for Employee Satisfaction score. He loves engaging in conversations with people from diverse groundings. He enjoys co-creating undertakings that are interdisciplinary in their essence and efficacious when translated. Mr. Sumit strongly believes in revolutionizingemployee experience, as a buoyant workplace boosts productivity. He also advocates digitization of HR, diversity and collaborative learning as the key players in bringing about a change.  

While addressing an enthusiastic batch of students at XIMB, Mr. Sumit Sabharwal elucidated the roles of an HR Manager in multinational companies like Fujitsu where people from various backgrounds amalgamate together to make the company successful as it is now. By integrating the work ethics of different individuals, and channelizing their potential towards the greater goal, an HR manager handles some of the most crucial issues of any company. He also tried to break some stereotypes usually attached to the HR department witty anecdotes. He shed some light upon the importance of inclusivity, mutual respect, proactive decisions, and seamless coordination among various organizations which are facilitated by the HR department to cope up with the fast-changing landscape of the business environment. By giving some hard-hitting examples from the ruthless realities of corporate life, he made the session enriching for the students who were previously unaware about the importance of HR department in any organization. 

This enlightening and simulating talk helped the students understand what organizations expect from them and which all skills do they need to develop or improve. The talk wasconcluded with an interactive Q&A session whereinMr. Sumit answered thoughtful and challenging questions posed by the students.


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Pre Event for Xavier Meet 2019

Monday, 07 January 2019 10:14 Written by


Bhubaneswar,07/01/19:Xavier University Bhubaneswar is all set to host the very first edition of Xavier Meet - a sports meet organized especially for the Jesuit family, which is going to be held on 18th-20th January 2019. The sports fest is planned as a rotating event, where every year, a new Jesuit B-school will host the event. This year,XUB plans to conduct many events, ranging from PUBG to poker night and from cricket to foosball, with an amazing comedy night planned, to end the Sports Extravaganza with fervour and warmth. It will see the top Jesuit B-Schools participate.

The Jesuit tradition of education is directed towards the integral development of students, while sports enable individuals to grow by working as a team and experiencing the sportsman spirit. By launching Xavier Meet, XUB wishes to bring together the various Jesuit institutes, thus providing an opportunity to the students to experience a sense of community. This will not only deepen the bond but will also help the students to incorporate in them the Jesuit spirit of excellence.

XUB believes in offering a plethora of events ranging from Business Conclaves to the Annual Cultural Fest, to provide the students with a holistic environment of learning and development. Xavier Meet is one such endeavour to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship and provide a platform to the young community across B-schools to explore their talents in various games and sports.

O.P. Jindal School Celebrates 9th Annual Function "SAMAVESH"

Saturday, 05 January 2019 15:59 Written by


Angul, 5th Jan, 2019:The students and staff members of O.P.Jindal School situated at Jindal Nagar, Angul, celebrated their 9th Annual Function called as “Samavesh” at the school premises today. Mr. Pankaj Gautam, Chief Operating Officer of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL); Mr. Damodar Mittal, EVP & Head-Iron Making; Brig. K.K. Chopra, VSM (Retd.) and Mr Alok Malhotra, Head- HR & ES of JSPL, graced the occasion as Chief-Guest and Guest-of-Honours respectively. 

The function started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest and other dignitaries. Addressing on this occasion, Mr. Pankaj Gautam advised the students to focus more on their responsibilities towards their studies and society to become a responsible citizen in coming years. 

Mr. Chhanda Charana Das, Principal O.P. Jindal School, welcomed the gathering and highlighted the characteristic magnanimity of the school in a vivid comprehensive Annual Report presented on the occasion.  

The evening enthralled with symmetry of choreography, dynamism and orchestration that reflected in their each and every performances like Taal, Style, Twinkle Toes, Rhythm Divine, Dance Mataaz, Kolis Charisma, Folk Fantasma, Sketch Santirico, Beat Busters, Musicorum, Kinetic Kumaonis, and so on. 

Mr. Damodar Mittal, in his message, emphasized on building students’ personality through the series of scholastic and co-scholastic events conducted in the School. 

The 9th edition of the annual school magazine “VOYAGE” and 7th anthology of Odia lyrics 'Mo Gaon-Mu-O-Semane' composed by Mr Chhanda Chhanda Das were also released on the occasion. Various meritorious whiz-kids of the school were felicitated with prizes and certificates from the respected guests. 

Various other HoDs, members of OPJS SMC & SWC, Principals of Angul-based reputed schools, parents of pupils and other respected invitees from the periphery were present on the occasion. Vote of thanks was accorded by Mrs. Sangeeta Sharma.



Sunday, 30 December 2018 04:35 Written by


Bhubaneswar,29/12/18: The Odisha Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday enhanced the salary of teachers working in government and aided colleges. 

The Cabinet approved the report of the Fitment Committee for Revision of pay scales of Teachers in Universities and colleges who are in receipt of the UGC Scale. 

The revised salary will be effective retrospective from January 2016. Near about 5203 teachers working in different State Universities, Govt. Colleges and Non-Government Aided Colleges will be benefited. 

The State Cabinet also approved the proposal for enhancement of corpus of Odisha Contingency Fund through an Ordinance amending the Odisha Contingency Fund Act. 1967 (Odisha Act 18 of 1967). 

To further accelerate agricultural prosperity in the State and to reduce poverty, the Cabinet decided to implement the “Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation – “KALIA” Scheme amounting to Rs 10.180 crore over a period of three years. 

The Cabinet also approved the appointment of Dr. (Ms.) Namita Mohanty and Puma Chandra Pathy as Members in Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC). 

In order to attract meritorious and physically fit candidates for engagement as Forester, the cabinet has proposed to introduce the Odisha Subordinate Forest Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Foresters) Rules, 2018 by repealing the Odisha Subordinate Forest Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Foresters) Rules, 1998. 

In order to maintain openness and transparency in the recruitment of Forester there is provision for conduct of examination by the Odisha Subordinate Staff Selection Commission. 

There shall be a Selection Board for physical efficiency test under the approval of Odisha Subordinate Staff Selection Commission, in which the Collector of concerned District shall be the Chairman, the DFO of concerned Division, DWO of the concerned District, Medical Officer in the rank of Asst. Surgeon shall be the members and the ACF Headquarters shall be the Member Secretary. 

The Cabinet has decided for sanction of alienation of Government land measuring Ac.2.045 dec. in mouza-Tangi under Tangi Tahasil in favour of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on a token premium of Rs.1/- for construction of developing training and residential facilities for students of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. The land value, incidental charges and capitalized value amounting to Rs.1,27,96,865 is decided to be waived.



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Friday, 28 December 2018 11:05 Written by


New Delhi,28/12/18: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has always stood by the students and strived to address their concerns from time to time. Considering the dynamic global scenario, ICAI has taken proactive and exemplary initiatives to facilitate best resources, catering to learning needs of its students, be it regarding publications, online lectures, webcasts or mentoring sessions. 

ICAI, being the largest accounting education body in the world, is compliant with the principles enlisted in the International Education Standards issued by the IAESB of International Federation of Accountants. Further, the New Scheme of Education and Training which was launched last year, is also in line with the International Education Standards. Some of the latest initiatives being undertaken by ICAI towards reforms in the CA Course and Examination System are mentioned below: 

Focusing on emerging Areas 

Today, the world is focusing on specialization. The new age successful professionals are the ones who are delivering qualitative services in one area rather than knowing little in every area. To this effect, Electives in the emerging areas of Risk Management, International Taxation, Financial and Capital Markets, Global Financial Reporting Standards, have been introduced in New CA course which will prepare the coming generation of CAs as experts, specializing in their chosen respective areas. 

Moving towards objective Examination and Evaluation 

Assessment of electives is based on case studies to sharpen application, analytical and comprehension skills. In Electives, 40% MCQ based questions have been introduced to reduce subjectivity, steering the system towards objective examination and evaluation. Further, Electives are open book exams and from November 2018 exams, students have been allowed to bring their own study material for reference during the exam,  which is  itself  a big reform. 

Revised Study Material 

Updating the study material is a continuous process and this entails meticulous quality review of the syllabus and contents by subject experts. ICAI conducts this review exercise periodically and this year, syllabus is again being reviewed and rationalized. The latest editions of rationalized and revised study material will be released soon in January, 2019.   

Robust Examination System 

There is misconception amongst stakeholders about the results which are declared by the ICAI that hardly 3-4% of the examinees only pass such exams. In this context, it is pertinent to mention that ICAI has a robust examination system with three tier system of examination for examiners and paper setters. The system has an in-built performance monitoring mechanism preceded by requisite extensive training. 

  1. Naveen N. D. Gupta, President, ICAI said “Reforms are a continuous process and ICAI is in seize of problems and is continuously working towards resolving issues of the students.  The students & CA fraternity is working together for a common objective i.e. to enhance the glory and dignity of the Institute and CA profession. He added “As a team, we must work in collaboration to improve systems and practices.”


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