Bhubaneswar,22/02/19:The Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM), which offers MBA in Rural Management under Xavier University Bhubaneswar, recently concluded its placement season for the batch of 2017-2019 in record time. This batch being out of the largest since its inception, witnessed a good run where the average package increased by 4.3%, 7 students securing the highest package of 15 LPA.
The placements bears testimony to the high-quality education and training at the school of rural management and the level of preparedness the students are subjected to. The recruitment of students in varied roles in various sectors speaks volumes of the successes of the institution over the years.
The placements this year witnessed a multitude of roles encompassing all the sectors like Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Development, Consultancy, Marketing, amongst others, offered by the 32 companies that participated in the process. The present trend of placements highlighted a special focus on financial inclusion and revival of the micro finance sector. Along with the regular recruiters of the RM program in XUB, such as AMUL, Deloitte, ICICI Bank, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, PRADAN several new companies like AISECT, Satin Credit care Network, Rural Yellow, Usha International, Greenlight Planet, etc., showed a keen interest in the batch.
The marketing sector stood first in terms of pay package being offered whereas the job profiles being offered by Amul, Usha International, Rural Yellow and Greenlight Planet stood the winner with their job offers being most coveted extending to the batch.
Second in line, in terms of package was the consulting sector with job offers from Deloitte and Nu Socia.
The BFSI cluster witnessed an impressive growth with 36.4percent of the offers coming from the key financial industry recruiters like ICICI Lombard, ICICI Bank, TATA AIG General Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance Co.Ltd., Muthoot Fincorp, Fincare Small Finance Bank, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.
A total of 20 students took up offers from government development agencies and NGOs. Organisations such as Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society –Jeevika, Odisha Livelihood Mission, PRADAN recruited through campus placements.
Xuberance’19 witnessed the batch of 112candidates of MBA(Rural Management) programme participating in the placement process.32 companies participated of which, 15 were new recruiters.The highest domestic salary stood at INR 15 Lakhs per annum.The average annual compensation stood at INR 8 Lakhs per annum.The Median annual compensation stood at INR 7.2 Lakhs per annum.The average annual compensation of top 20% students of the batch stood at INR 11.60 Lakhs per annum.The average annual compensation of top 50% students of the batch stood at INR 9.69 Lakhs per annum.
Cuttack,22/02/19:An hour after the commencement of the Matriculation examination across Odisha today, question papers of Odia reportedly surfaced on social media in Nuapada district and Kamakhyanagar of Dhenkanal district.
Though the question papers were reportedly found to be viral on WhatsApp and other social media, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra rubbished the reports stating that mobile phones were completely prohibited at the exam centres.
“As per the system, question paper is being transported to nodal centres and kept there in police custody. Moreover, it was dispatched to exam centres at 8 am under tight police security. There is no way question paper could leak as the packets were opened in presence of officials,” Patra said.
“It is being verified whether the leaked question paper is of this year or previous years. Allegations of question paper leak in Kandhamal and other places are also not true,” added Patra.
Meanwhile, Congress media cell head Satya Prakash Nayak said, “It is very unfortunate. Leak of question papers of Matric and Plus II examinations has become an annual affair now. They are playing with the future of students. The government is only claiming in media that they have taken steps for foolproof security. We want a probe into the matter and immediate action should be taken against higher officials of the department.”
Koraput,21/02/19:Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty the Vice Chancellor of Central University of Orissa, Koraput has stepped down from his position on personal ground. He joined the CUO on 7 August 2015 after a distinguished service at the Central University of Hyderabad for more than 25 years.
His resignation has been accepted by the Hon’ble President of India. Prof. Mohanty will hand over the charge to the senior most Professor of the University on 28.02.2019.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mohanty has thanked the University community, students, staffs and the faculty for their co-operation he received during his tenure at the Central University of Orissa, Koraput. He also thanks the University community for significant milestones like NAAC accreditation, functioning of two hostels for boys and girls, functioning of two computer centres, internal roads, high-mast lights, drainage system, 24 X 7 electricity and water supply, free Wi-fi temporary shopping complex, temporary gymnasium, badminton courts, parking complex, NANDANAM-park, beatification of the campus by tree plantation, MoU with HAL and COATS, formation of student council, successful entrance examinations in 22 centres, Distinguished Lecture series, formation of Poetry club, Drama club, NSS cell, UBA cell and ICC.
Prof. Mohanty thanks the MHRD, UGC, state government, district administration and the people of Odisha for their cooperation and good wishes. He also wishes the CUO the very best in the coming years.
Bhubaneswar,19/02/19:X-SEED, The Entrepreneurship Cell of XIMB recently concluded its flagship event, XAVION’19, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The event was spread over 3 days, with a plethora of keynote sessions, workshops, panel discussion, webinars and competitions. The event saw participants from all over Odisha and also from several renowned MBA students from across the country.
A number of notable speakers such as Mr. Aakarsh Naidu, Founder, The Startupreneur, Mr. Prasanta Biswal, Evangelist, Startup Odisha, Mr. SubratKar, Co-Founder, Vidooly Media Tech., Ms. Sukriti Patnaik, Founder, Indulge, Mr. Annada Prasad Padhy, Owner and MD, AuroIN, Ms. SumonaKarjee, Founder, Prantae Solutions, Mr. Satish Kataria, Founder and MD, Catapooolt and Mr. Siddhartha Sthitapragyan, Founder of Max Solutions and many more graced the summit. The speakers shared the experiences of their respective entrepreneurial journeys, discussed the opportunities in the present start-up world, discussed the oft feared topic of funding and how to secure it and motivated the students to chase their dreams.
Various workshops were conducted by TiE Bhubaneswar and Startup Odisha which saw enthusiastic participation from the huge turnout of attendees. The summit catered not just to college students but also to several working professionals and start-ups, recognizing the young generation’s inclination towards entrepreneurship. Blurring the international boundaries, X-SEED also conducted a webinar session on "How good are your Ideas" by Mr. Alberto Levy, Associate Professor, International MBA, IE Business School, Spain and Co-Founder of Plentie Inc.
The final day of XAVION’19 saw the most awaited event of the E-Summit, I-Pitch, The National Level Pitching Competition. In a bid to showcase their next big idea several teams participating from the premier institutes across the length and breadth of the country battled it out in the pitching competition. Students from IMI Delhi bagged the coveted prize with their innovative Pill Smart idea.
The Summit endeavored towards the theme of “Triangle of Possibility” encompassing the three sides of entrepreneurship, the first being the successes, and the second being the failures and lastly the most crucial side, of the never dying spirit to persevere until dream become reality.
Report; Bureau, Odishabarta
New Delhi,18/02,19:More than 1000 international students set to start their university studies in Perth have been personally welcomed by the Governor of Western Australia at an inaugural event for the state.
In a move to help position Perth as a world-class international education city, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC hosted the official welcome event in the grounds of Government House last night, in partnership with StudyPerth.
The event was also attended by the Honourable Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia, as well as the Vice-Chancellors of WA’s five universities, including Curtin University’s Professor Deborah Terry, Edith Cowan University’s Professor Steve Chapman, Murdoch University’s Professor Eeva Leinonen, Notre Dame University’s Professor Celia Hammond and The University of Western Australia’s Professor Dawn Freshwater.
Mr Beazley said the welcome event was the first of its kind in WA and aimed to offer international university students, some accompanied by their parents, a warm welcome to Perth.
“I am proud and delighted to host our State’s first international student welcome event in the beautiful heritage-listed grounds of Government House,” Mr Beazley said.
“As well as showcasing Western Australia’s great hospitality, this initiative is a first step in better promoting Perth as an excellent place to study. Not only for students to realise truly rewarding education and career opportunities but also to enjoy a remarkably clean, safe, culturally diverse, and breathtakingly beautiful destination like no other.
“International students are helping to build our State’s future. They are critical to our diplomacy and also serve to enrich our own cultural appreciation and enlightenment. It is important that we celebrate them and their families, and ensure that their experience is enjoyable, with opportunities to learn more about our home and our people.”
StudyPerth Executive Director Phil Payne said the Governor, WA’s higher education sector and the State Government had worked together to support the event.
“We know Western Australia is a popular place for young people from all over the world to live, learn and launch their careers so this welcome event is all about making sure our students feel at home before the start of their university studies,” Mr Payne said.
“By working together, we are committed to strengthening Perth’s position as a world-class study destination and achieving our goal to welcome 100,000 international students to Perth by 2025.”
The international students who attended the inaugural ceremony hail from various countries including China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Italy and Brazil.
The welcome ceremony included an Australian barbecue for students, as well as performances by local talent from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and The University of Western Australia.
Dhenkanal,01/02/19:The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Dhenkanal organised a Roundtable conference on 'Social Media as a PR Tool' in association with Public Relation Society of India (PRSI)’s Bhubaneswar chapter here on Friday. Addressing the budding journalists, Shahanka Pattnaik, AVP of Aditya Birla Group highlighted the important role played by social media in the democratic society.
He said, “In our profession three stakeholders used to be quite important, politicians, bureaucracy and journalists. But with the emergence of social media, common people are having a much more important role. Apart from that, social media has made it is easier to collect and circulate important information.”
Chief Manager of PPL Sudhi Ranjan Mishra, in his deliberation said, “Recently we have come across incidents where big shots have faced huge backlashes on social media for their careless actions and statements. Managing the media and getting away with such deplorable actions are not possible now.”
Speaking on this occasion, senior media academician Professor Subir Ghosh said, "Until the arrival of social media, common people were at the receiving end of the mass communication process. Social media has led to the democratization of mass media. More than a medium of communication, it has become a tool for empowerment. Today, every news reader can publish his own opinion and his version of the truth,” he said.
He also expressed his concerns regarding this trend. He said, “However, this brings us to a tricky situation as the speed and diversity of this medium makes it extraordinarily powerful. And the common people, who have acquired this power, don't always have a sense of responsibility. Hence, with strategic use of social media, organisations, and individuals can not only protect their interests but also establish their version truth.”
AGM of JSPL group and PRSI’s Secretary Sanjay Sahoo said, “These days people receive more news from their social media feed than mainstream media these days. This is definitely a step towards empowerment of the common people.”
The annual magazines of the institute, and wall magazines, containing literary works of the current batch students were released on this occasion. Students of the premier media institute produce such magazines every year. Regional Director of the Institute Prof. Dr. Mrinal Chhatterjee also addressed the students.
Dhenkanal,29/01/19: Indian Institute of Mass Communication Dhenkanal on Tuesday organised a special lecture on ‘Future of Newspapers in India’ on the occasion of Indian Newspapers Day here on the campus. Speaking on this occasion, senior media academician Professor Subir Ghosh said that Indian newspaper Industry has a bright future ahead as with the increase of literacy rate, the number of newspaper readers will rise rapidly in India.
“Around a fourth of India's population is yet to receive primary education. When these people are educated, they will start consuming newspapers. Though the Digital Media is catching up real fast, it will not be able to dominate the news industry until a hundred percent internet penetration and digital literacy becomes a reality. Till then, there is no existential crisis for the newspapers,” he opined.
Sambit Pal,Asst. Professor spoke about the technological and content-wise developments in the print media industry.
On this occasion, students belonging to the North Eastern States delivered presentations about the history and current status of the newspaper industry in their respective state. Animesh Deb and Athoibee explained about the status of print media in Assam and Manipur respectively.
Indian Newspapers Day is celebrated on 29th January to commemorate the beginning of publication of the first Indian newspaper Hicky's Bengal Gazette or the Original Calcutta General Advertiser. The English language weekly, founded by James Augustus Hicky in 1780, was also the first newspaper printed in Asia.
Bhubaneswar,30/01/19:Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR) held an International Conference on the theme ‘Organisational Metamorphosis for Innovation, Inclusion and Agility', on 28th-30th January, 2019 in the Xavier City Campus, the new campus ofXUB. The event witnessed the participation of various stakeholders of the Xavier fraternity, as well as stalwarts from the Human Resource Fraternity.
The three-day event was graced by eminent speakers from academia and various industries in the domain of Human Resource. On Day 1, Prof. Arup Varma (Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago) conducted a pre-conference workshop on the theme, “Diversity and Inclusion: Bridging the Library – Boardroom Divide”. The second day of the International HR Conference started with the keynote session which was graced by the presence of Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. (Vice Chancellor & Director, XUB), Dr. Snigdha Pattnaik (Dean, XAHR), Prof. Arup Varma and Prof. Sanket Sunand Dash (Assistant Professor, XAHR). After inaugurating the session, Dr. Pattnaik and Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes addressed the gathering on the importance of organizational coexistence and reinvention, and shared their understanding of creating space for metamorphosis, in line with the theme for the conference, “Organizational Metamorphosis for Innovation, Inclusion, & Agility”. Prof. Varma in his keynote address stated how despite changes in the external environment, organizations cannot replace the HR function, as in the end, it is people management. The session ended with a vote of thanks from Prof. Sanket Sunand Dash. The first session on Day 2 witnessed Dr. BB Mohanty (HOD (retd.) PM&IR, Utkal University), Dr. Aquil Busrai (CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting) and Dr. Tania S Rath(Assistant Professor, XAHR) discussing the theme - ‘Inclusion. The session was, moderated by Dr. GP Rao (Founder and Managing Partner, Good People Relations LLP). Dr. Rao started the session by pointing out to various factors like VUCA, disruptive technology, social changes and the entry of millennials into the workforce that were causing an impact in today’s organization, and mentioned that Collaborative Work design is the key. Dr. Tania raised the question as to why would ‘care’ work not be considered as part of the productive work and be left out of consideration in many domains. Mr. Aquil B stressed that exclusivity is something that happens sub-consciously and we being aware of the same, must work consciously to overcome it. Dr. Mohanty stressed on two dimensions to be considered while bringing change in the organization namely Personal Dimension and Organizational Culture and stressed on Executive support and leadership, Communication and Involvement as the important things needed to bring about inclusion in the organization.
The second session was addressed by Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria (Group Director HR, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.)
wherein he shared that technological advancements change governance, climate, and geopolitical norms and
insisted on utilizing self-propelled inspiration as a replacement for motivation. The third session on Day 2 of theInternational HR Conference at Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR), XavierUniversity, Bhubaneswar (XUB), witnessed Mr. Pradeep Dasan (VP & Head – Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, Nayara Energy Ltd.), Dr. GP Rao (Founder and Managing Partner, Good People Relations LLP) and Ms. Malvika Naik (Former GM – HR, IOCL) discussing the theme ‘Agility’, moderated by Prof. (Dr.) Arup RoyChaudhury (Assistant Professor, XAHR). Mr. GP Rao, the first speaker for the session described agileorganizations as ones that go through creative destruction to remove incumbent practices in order to welcomechanges and identified an agile workforce as one which is more receptive to learning and feedback. Ms. Naik,who took the podium next, stressed on organizations being receptive to cross-functional and multidisciplinarychange and expertly stated out the difference that while change is fixed, transformation creates the future. Thefinal speaker for the day, Mr. Dasan shared that his organization has adapted to the demands of the environment,and rejects candidates who do not exhibit agility. He acknowledged the role of the youth in being harbingers ofchange. Prof. Roy Choudhury encouraged students and academicians to keep themselves updated withapplications of concepts and stretching the boundaries of his courses.
The first session of the third day was a plenary address by Dr. Paul Hempel (Professor at City University of Hong Kong).He commented at the appearance of the western models of innovation as being useful at the structural level, whereas considerable adaptation is required at the implementation practical level in non- western context.This valuable address was followed by Paper Presentations by research scholars and students of MBAHRM course. The next event was a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Girish Balasubramaniam wherein heasked the panel to elucidate on the models of innovation and how does innovation take place. Ms. SubhashiniAcharya, (Learning Leader – R&D India, Schneider Electric) gave her viewpoint on the need for leveragingdifferent resources and depending on others for innovation. Mr. Iyer spoke on the importance of the purposefor innovation in an organisation and further laid stress that it needs to be focussed and in tandem with theindustrial structure. Mr. Mishra shared his experience in the industry as he emphasised on innovating internallyin an organization, for there are no separate Research and Department work in the IT sector. The Valedictory sessionbegan with Fr. E.A Augustine S.J (Registrar, XUB) addressing the audience on the need for organisations to be more innovative, rather than being shaped by it. The Chief Guest, Ms. Praveena Kala (CGM, SBI) in her addresssuggested that“change is the only constant and only those organisations survive which learn to live with change”. The sessionended with Prof. Dr. Andrew Dutta proposing the vote of thanks, thereby marking the end of the International Conference.