Saturday, March 27, 2004

48th Annual Convocation Concludes on Grand Note

* 186 Managers Including First Executive Batch From Dubai Take The Oath
* Peace Medal Presented To Missionaries of Charity
* XLRI Director Retires After 10-year Service

It was a solemn occasion and the Auditorium was decked in maroon and yellow – the traditional colours of XLRI as the batch of 2004 gathered to receive their diploma in the Ceremony. This batch, in addition to the regular BM and PMIR students, included the first batch of Executive Post Graduate Programme students from Dubai who successfully completed their three-year course for working Executives.

Following the annual Report by the Director Fr. P. D. Thomas, Mr. B Muthuraman, Chairman of the Board of Governors, XLRI gave the presidential address. He also made the official announcement that Fr Thomas, the Director would be retiring from XLRI on April 30, 2004 after a 10-year tenure.

The Thirty Seventh Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace was then presented to the the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata. Sister Nirmala, Superior General, humbly accepted the “gift of love”.

The next on the agenda was the presentation of Diplomas and Medals for Academic Excellence by Mr Muthuraman.

Dr. J J Irani, Director, Tata Sons, then delivered the Convocation Speech in his inimitable style that had a liberal dose of wit and humour.

After a short reminiscent speech by the Alumnus Jubilarian of the batch of 1977 and the National Anthem, the convocation session was declared closed.

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