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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:45 Written by


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.

Artificial Intelligence to change the role of journalists in future: Abhay Padhee”

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 03:45 Written by


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'.

Organization of Regional Medha Pratiyogita

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 03:40 Written by


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

Xavier School of Human Resource Management’s Business Conclave – Kshitij

Sunday, 26 August 2018 13:16 Written by


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.

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Rural Management Business Conclave – Abhivyakti

Sunday, 19 August 2018 15:57 Written by


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.

Xavier School of Rural Management Business Conclave – Abhivyakti

Friday, 17 August 2018 12:09 Written by


Bhubaneswar,18/08/18:Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM) will be hosting its annual business conclave, Abhivyakti, on August 19th, 2018. The conclave aims to provide the students of Rural Management (RM) a comprehensive view on “Rural Business: Impact in Digital Era”, which is also the theme for the event.

India's rural market is a powerful economic engine. The business organizations are optimistic about the growth of the country's rural consumer markets and say that it will be faster than the urban consumer markets, given the bounty of available opportunities. With our country rapidly progressing towards becoming a digital nation, we must bridge the gap between rural and urban India. Digital penetration in rural India is slow but definite. Starting from health care initiatives to financial inclusion, to boosting the agrarian economy by developing farmer friendly applications, digital innovations have surely contributed to the process of empowering India by empowering the rural sector. The onset of digital era will bring about a revolutionary change in the rural business sector.

The event will be graced by eleven eminent industry experts addressing the issues surrounding the theme and imparting their knowledge and experience to the students. The speakers include Mr. Vijay Sardana (Independent Director, Nabkisan Finance Limited and Chairman, ASSOCHAM Task Force), Mr. Emmanuel V. Murray (Senior Advisor, Caspian Impact Investment Adviser Private Limited and Director, Trimaz Machines Limited),Mr.SasankaSekhar Singh (Director, Sutra Consulting Private Limited), Mr. Gowrisankara Rao Alamanda (Vice President, RBL Bank), Mr. SankarSastri (Head of Credit and Risk, ADANI Capital Limited), Mr. Manish Kumar Raj (Business Head – Branch Banking, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited), Mr. BalayaMoharana (Chief Technical, Officer, DeHaat and co-founder, DoVo Health) , Mr. Alok Shukla (National Head-Rural Sector Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance), Mr. Praful Ranjan (Vice President, Sales, Finova Capital Private Limited) and Mr. Satyajit Kumar (Marketing Head-ESP Agri, Larsen & Toubro)

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. Abhivyakti is one such business conclave which intents at delivering an enriching interactive session with respect to rural businesses in today’s digital world.


Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:10 Written by


Students urge SP,Keonjhar to order impartial probe into ragging 

Keonjhar,11/08/18:Upset over an incident of ragging at Government Degree Engineering College in Keonjhar which allegedly took place August 8, students of 4th year met SP Jaynarayan Pankaj Saturday and urged him to order an impartial probe into the matter. 

Fourth year students were accused of ragging 3rd year students. After the news incident became public, their career was in jeopardy. 

They alleged To the SP, that some lecturers were behind the screen and by playing a vital role (?). 

As per the allegation sought by senior students some Faculty members  instigated junior students to bring up false charges against us. 

 Following the incident, studies and peace in the college have hampered. 

The 4th year students alleged that some 3rd year students had gone to the residence of the hostel superintendent to complaint about the frequent power cuts Wednesday night. 

 A meeting was held at the hostel in the presence of the 3rd year students. In order that the meeting was not disturbed, food serving was stopped while a student fell sick all of a sudden, the senior students alleged. 

200 girl students have been staying in the college hostel, but they have been facing a lot of problems due to frequent power cuts. Water is not available to them when electricity goes out. 

Some 3rd year students had taken up the issue with the hostel-in-charge. Before that, the 4th year students had appraised the hostel-in-charge of the problem. 

It was alleged that the senior students were angry with junior students because the former did not like the latter to intimate the issue to the authorities again. 

When the senior students asked the juniors about it, heated arguments ensured between them. 

Thereafter, junior students had not taken dinner and alleged that their seniors had abused them and not allowed them to eat. 

A complaint of ragging had been lodged with the hostel superintendent. The college authorities had ordered a probe by an anti-ragging squad.



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Urban Management &Governance Business Conclave –Samavesh’18

Friday, 10 August 2018 13:27 Written by


Bhubaneswar,10/08/18:HabituX - The Students Association of Xavier Centre for Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) conducted its first Business Conclave of the year, Samavesh 2018, at the Xavier City campus, on August 10, 2018. The theme of the event was “Complex Cities – Managing Urban Challenges”.

Attended by the enthusiastic and eager-to-learn batch of future urban managers, the gathering was graced by the presence of experts from both core industry and the industries ancillary to the urban sector, along with the reputed faculty members of XUB, including Prof. KajriMisra (Dean, Xavier School of Rural Management), Fr. E. A. Augustine, S.J. (Registrar, XUB), Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. (Vice Chancellor &Director, XUB), Mr. Susanta Sharma (Head-Global Alliance, Smart Cities, TATA Projects), Mr. Kiran Kumar (Deputy General Manager, Smart Cities and Safe Cities, L&T), Mr. Vikas Chandra (Advisor, Deloitte), Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik (Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities, Surat), Mr. Ashish Khare (General Manager and Global Head, Smart Cities and IoT, Wipro), Ms. Annie Phillip (Lead - compliance and regulatory policy, Saahas Zero Waste), Mr. Sai Vidya Sagar Manthina (Vice President, Fluent Grid Ltd.), Mr. Rajesh Jain (HR Head, SREI), Mr. Saurabh Jain (Business Advisory Head, Feedback Infra), Col. Prakash Tewari (Executive Director, CSR DLF), CA Shomdip Ghosh (Finance, Accounting and Institutional Reforms Specialist, Darashaw) and Mr. RipuBhamjan Singh (Monitoring and Evaluation - Knowledge Management Specialist, Deloitte).

The conclave started by lighting of the ceremonial lamp, followed by an address delivered by Prof. KajriMisra, Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. and Fr. E. A. Augustine, S.J., who briefly delineated how the theme is important and should be widely discussed. They further elucidated how students of urban management and governance can contribute and learn the industry scenario from the experts addressing today. They also highlighted how the new venture of urban management and governance came into inception, and how the industry has responded in the most positive way by appreciating the college for pioneering the course. The business conclave was conducted in three sessions; each with varied sub-theme, with industry veterans addressing the same.

The first session began on a high note with Prof. Tathagata Chatterjee moderating with panel consisting of five industry experts. Mr. Susanta Sharma discussed about the importance of governance quoting “Governance is said to be successful, when the benefit reaches the poorest of the poor”. Stating the importance of smart governance, he highlighted the need for citizen participation, and employment being the key of development. Topics regarding Smart transportation systems like ATCS (Adaptive Traffic Control System) and ITMS (Interim Traffic Management System) were briefly conferred. Mr. Kiran Kumar from L&T was the next panellist, questioning the audience on the readiness of infrastructure, followed by a briefing on Smart Cities, E-Governance and command-control base. He also focussed on artificial intelligence, video analytics and face recognition; further questioning how secure we are digitally, protection of data and data collection. Next up from the panel was Mr. Vikas Chandra, who started his presentation with a video showcasing varied projects taken up and executed by the government, like the Kanha Riverfront Development, Bhopal Public Bike Sharing, Social Equity Centre, Pune Smart Roads, etc. in varied cities. He also explained how we have come a long way from “reluctant urbanisers” to making “urban-centric plans”. Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik, engaged the audience with resilient city features and how resilience and ‘smart’ go hand in hand. He focused on the city of Surat, where he is the Chief Resilience Officer, explaining how different factors are used to measure a city Liveability Index and compared different cities to highlight how each city is different, and how the challenges faced by each of them varies. Mr. Ashish Khare took the dais quoting “We created cities, scarcity of clean water, violence and crime, Yet, who do people blame?”.

The second session began with bustling energy from the previous session with Prof. Mayank Dubey as the moderator. Ms. Annie Philip majorly focused on solid waste management; providing varied ways to start catering to this major issue from the very basic level, which is our households. She also shed light on the informal and formal workers and various firms catering to this specific problem and handling it at thegrassroot level. Mr. Manthina took a very interactive approach, showcasing opportunities in urbanization with two hundred odd fields being connected to urban. Accentuating the transport facilities, including the roads, and comparing it to the conditions in previous years, he elucidated on how they have improved tremendously due to the Golden Corridor. Last on this panel was Mr. Rajesh Jain, with an extensive experience across different domains,within the industry.  He stressed on the virtuous cycle of growth and the importance of proper infrastructure at the same time. He highlighted how difficult it is to fund risky projects, talking about times when they come to a standstill.

Post lunch, the third session started with moderator, Prof. Nalin Ranjan, briefing the audience about non-metro cities. Mr. Saurabh Jain emphasized the challenges of urban development in non-metro cities while comparing two of the largest urban cities, Delhi NCR and Mumbai; and how only municipality is covered under smart city out of the four. The drastic increase in population and factors of migration like the push and pull factors were the focus of his presentation. Col. Prakash Tewari was an engaging speaker, interacting with the students with every new topic. He catered to the informative session on Public-Private Partnership mode in Gurgaon, along with how it has grown through the years, with the challenges it faces. The second last speaker for the day was Mr. Shomdip Ghosh who stressed on water supply projects and lack of urban local body level reforms. Last to take the dais was Mr. RipuBhamjan Singh, who emphasized on the resource generation from reusable sources of energy, which is available in abundance like the solar power, wind etc.

The session was concluded with an insightful question and answers round with the experts; followed by Ms. Manisha Choraria, the Coordinator of HabituX, giving the vote of thanks to all the experts and the faculty.

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