OdishaLIVE Bureau

Xavier Institute of Management recently celebrated 30 years of successful functioning in the field of academics , business, and society aimed at bringing together alumni from diversified realms to create a vision for the future.
XIMB Business Excellence Summit took place on 22-23 September at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. The central theme of the event was, ‘Building the vision for XIMB at 40 in accordance with the VUCA world’.The summit commenced with Vice Chancellor and Director of Xavier University, Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, delivering a speech on excellence and universal education. “We need to put on and make sure we are able to have conviction and commitment in the future.” He believed that there is a need to, “think, reflect, inspire, and empower” minds to achieve excellence.
The summit comprised of panel discussions on topics that aimed to discuss the challenges XIMB would have to surmount in the next ten years. The alumni put forward their thoughts and views on leadership. “Leadership is not a part of education system. It is something we develop over time,” Mr. Ashish Pati (COO, Care Hospitals) said.
Mr. Sanjay Nayak (Strategic Business Practice Head-Industry Solutions, Infosys BPO) delivered motivational talk during the session on using persuasive leadership to get people to contribute. “If you create values, money comes on its own,” said Mr. Chittaranjan Mohanty (Own Venture, Former Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase) while Mr. Ashok Dash (Director-Partner Development (Tier I System Integrators), Microsoft) ended the session with a brilliant sermon on Growth Mindset.
There were also panel discussions on certain industry relevant topics like that of VUCA, which saw leaders like Mr. Sidharth Rath (Group Executive, Axis Bank) stating that, “India is at the cusp of a big change, the seeds of which are already sown.” Mr. A.L. Jagannath (Senior Director, Dell-EMC Alliance, VMware) noted, “If we are not prepared to change, we will be VUCA-ed.”
On how management education could foster entrepreneurship, Mr. Chandra Sekhar Chitrala (Managing Director, Catalyst IT Solutions) stated that management education is giving a huge boost to the employment of our country. Mr. Om Prakash Agarwal (CEO, Plastend) believed that entrepreneurship can be taught but a calculative risk is needed while other speakers discussed the topic further, with Mr. Singha noting, “Being an entrepreneur, we consistently have to be innovative”.
“Be Industry fit and industry relevant,” Mr. Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra (Chief Safety Officer, (National President XIMB Alumni),East Coast Railway) said as the panel consisting of Mr. Chandra Sekhar Chitrala (Managing Director, Catalyst IT Solutions) and Ms. Sunita Raut (Chief Inspiration Officer at Own consulting practice) discussed on the Industry-Academy interface and how the industry’s linkage with XIMB would create excellent opportunities. “Use network to get data out of business,” Mr. P C Joseph (Head – Technology Operations, Wells Fargo) opined.
Mr. Rahul Patnaik, Student Representative of XIMB, thanked the management and the alumni along with the core team, the volunteers and the students of XIMB for making the Business Excellence Summit ’17 an event to cherish for years to come.
Mr. Ipsit Bibhudarshi, Student Media & PR Coordinator of XIMB, credited the grand success of the Summit to the management and the esteemed alumni who graced the event with their presence. He also extended a round of thanks to all the Media Partners for their support.