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The element of compassion
Vandana Ramnani, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 29, 2012
First Published: 12:26 IST(29/5/2012)
Last Updated: 12:39 IST(29/5/2012)

While Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar’s (XIMB’s) aim is to create managers who view business growth in the context of social development, its pool of future leaders are equally adept at having fun at the weekend JLTs or the Just Like That parties, eating out in the evenings at the local food joint Sudupsadap (named after the slurpy sounds you make while eating), or designing business simulation games such as Kurukshetra, Skill City, Gladiator and Helios for their annual festival called Xpressions.

The institute also hosts a rock show called Decibels during the festival. This year 61 bands participated from across the country.

XIMB’s 20-acre campus in Bhubaneswar’s institutional area has modern classrooms, hostels, studio apartments, gym, a sports club and a multi-purpose auditorium. It owes its origin to a social contract between the stategovernment and the Orissa Jesuit Society in 1987. It is managed by a board of governors, consisting of representatives of the governments of India and Odisha, the Jesuit Society, and eminent industrialists and educationists.

A second, 35-acre campus will come up at Pipli, for which Rs. 70 crore have been earmarked.

XIMB’s entrepreneurship cell Manjee (seed in Oriya) was incubated on campus recently. Yet another innovative initiative is the community enterprise, Nava Jyoti, which is engaged in providing sustainability to small/marginal farmers in rural Odisha. The institute also sends students for a month-long rural living and learning experience (RRLE) to different parts of the country under the guidance of recognised civil society organisations.

About Rs. 20 lakh is available as need-cum-merit scholarships for students, says the director.

Connecting business and society — XIMB inculcates the values of sustainable and inclusive action and compassionate management in students, thereby, creating a pool of future managers who view business growth in the context of social development

The institute offers management programmes, executive development programmes and social engineering programmes across sectors. It offers four postgraduate, one doctoral and several certificate programmes. Some of the courses it conducts include: Postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM), a two-year full-time residential course; PGDM (human resource management), a two-year full-time residential course; PGDM (RM), a two-year full-time residential course. The institute recently started a 3C MGM Programme (three continent master of global management programme).

IT Quotient:
The institute has a fibre optic network and 100 MBPS Ethernet technology. There are wireless hotspots all over the campus.

The campus boasts of state-of-the-art facilities. This will be duplicated at the second campus at Pipli. There are six hostels with a combined capacity of 480 seats.

Clubs and societies:
There are a number of student committees which look into every aspect of the institute and student life.  XIMB has four core committees — IlluminatiX (the media and PR cell), placement committee, alumni committee and International Relations Committee. Apart from this, it has committees for every stream — XIMAHR (for HR), Maxim (for marketing), XOps (for operations), etc.

For the 2010-12 postgraduate diploma in rural management (PGDM-RM) batch, 100% placements was achieved with the highest domestic salary of R9.5 lakh per annum.

“Most institutes outsource simulation games but we design them here after classes. During the three-day festival, which we all look forward to in November, business schools and even corporates compete at simulation games such as Kurukshetra and Skill City,” says Abhilasha, a student (who uses only her first name).

XIMB has a 20-acre campus in the institutional area of Bhubaneswar. The institute owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Orissa and the Orissa Jesuit Society in 1987. It is managed by a board of governors, consisting of representatives of government of India, government of Orissa, the Jesuit Society, and eminent industrialists and educationists

Though the college has everything that students could ask for, they wish there was a swimming pool and perhaps a dance room with mirror-covered walls

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