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Two days long celebrations of ‘Annual Homecoming 2015’ commenced from 7th November at XLRI- Xavier School of Management. Around 250 XL Alumni participated in this year’s Homecoming.

On the occasion, the name of the new Hostel at the XLRI campus was unveiled as – “Fr. McGrath Residence”.

The highlight of XLRI Annual Homecoming the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Awards Ceremony’ was hosted at the Tata Auditorium. 9 prominent alumni of the institute received the Distinguished Alumnus Trophy from Fr. E. Abraham S.J., Director, XLRI in six categories.

The Winners in different categories of ‘Distinguished Alumnus Awards’ 2015:

Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Aquil Busrai,  CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting (PMIR ’72)


Distinguished Alumnus Award (Practicing Manager)


Mr. Amar Babu, COO, Lenovo Asia Pacific and Chairman Lenovo India (BM ’89)
Mr. Chandramouli Venkatesan, MD, Mondelez India Foods Limited (BM ’91)
Mr.  PS Jayakumar, CEO, MD and Director of Bank of Baroda (BM ’86)

Distinguished Alumnus Award (Academician)


Dr. Sarosh Kuruvilla,  Professor of Comparative Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs, Cornell University,

Ithaca, NY (PMIR ’81)

Dr. Raghu Garud,  Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management & Organization; Research Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pennsylvania State University (BM ’80)
Distinguished Alumnus Award (Young Achiever) Mr. DNV Kumara Guru, Director, External Relations and Human Resources, Indian School of Business  (GMP-2005)
Distinguished Alumnus Award (Entrepreneur) Mr.  Mahesh Yagnaraman,  Co-Founder & MD, First Energy Private Ltd. (BM ’88)
Distinguished Alumnus Award – Allied Fields (Public Service / Communication & Performing Arts)  

Mr.  Anurag Behar,  CEO, Azim Premji Foundation (BM ’92)

Mr. T. V. Narendran, Chairman, Board of Governors at XLRI & MD – Tata Steel India and South East Asia, Mr. Rana Sinha, Former Managing Director, Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd & National President, XLRI Alumni Associationand Prof. Sharad Sarin, Chairperson, Alumni, XLRI were also present on the occasion.

Mr. T V Narendran, Chairman- Board of Governors, XLRI commented on the occasion, “To the outside world the reputation of any business school is invariably linked to the contribution rendered by its alumni to the world at large and the business sphere in particular. For over six decades thousands of post-graduate management students have graduated from the portals of XLRI and rendered yeoman service to organisations and institutions across public and private sectors and various other walks of life. Very few management schools in India have the DNA that XLRI possesses given its understated Jesuit management background and the emphasis the institute lays on ethical and responsible conduct by its alumni. I once again wish all XL alumni a hearty welcome to Homecoming 2015 and applaud their remarkable contribution in helping XLRI retain its place as a highly respected management school with a difference.”

Fr. E. Abraham S.J., Director, XLRI said on the occasion, “We extend a hearty welcome to all XLers who have come to attend the 2015 Alumni Homecoming. I want to express our earnest pride when we read about the achievements of Xlers across academia, industry and services both nationally and abroad. Our alumni are the brand ambassadors of our institution. They are the torch-bearers of the XL-Culture and have taken the vision and mission of XLRI to the world. They are the role models for our present and future students and are the ones who truly inspire them to carry forward their legacy. It is a proud moment for us to welcome them back to the campus and felicitate them for their achievements.”

 “The preceding year has been an eventful one. XLRI has added yet another feather to its cap by receiving the coveted international accreditation by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programs globally. This accreditation will further enhance the credibility of the management programs offered by XLRI to prospective Indian and foreign students ensuring them the finest business education available, and thereby positively impact their careers. Also, XLRI is at an advanced stage of receiving the AACSB and NBA accreditation,” Fr. Abraham further added.

 Mr. Rana Sinha, Former Managing Director, Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd & National President, XLRI Alumni Association said, “I am privileged to welcome the alumni across all batches back to our beloved institution. I also swell with pride when I see the recent surveys that place XLRI among the top most private business schools and 3rd best in the country. Apart from the quality education, infrastructure, affiliation with Industry, etc. brand XLRI has also been greatly strengthened by the number of alumni holding key positions across the globe in academia and industry and the power that they wield.”

 “I am elated that Homecoming which started in 2004 has now evolved into an annual event where over 200 alumni get together to reconnect with friends and the institute. This event will give the alumni not only a chance to connect and visit old haunts but also give them an opportunity to see and appreciate XLRI’s growth and help the current students and faculty to tackle relevant topics for the present-day business requirements. Welcome home once again!” he added.

 XLRI Alumni Association has Alumni Chapters both in India and abroad. In India, the XLRI Alumni Chapters are in Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune. XLRI also has Alumni Chapters in Singapore and Dubai. In U.S.A. it has chapters in San Jose (covering Bay Area), Dallas (covering the State of Texas), Washington DC, New Jersey, New York, Boston (covering New England), Chicago (covering mid-west region), as well as in Toronto (Canada).