November 12, 2011: The second day at XLRI Ensemble 2011 continued the promise of providing intellectual stimulation in diverse fields of Management along with entertainment in the form of adventure sports and cultural events. The highlights of the day included thought-provoking sessions by Dr. Kiran Bedi and Mr. Rajeev Dubey, President (Group HR and After- Market) and Member, Group Executive Board, Mahindra and Mahindra as part of the Idea Summit speaker series.
Dr Kiran Bedi arrived at XLRI at 1 pm and her talk lasted for an hour and a half. She spoke about the Leadership of Today and Tomorrow. She started the session by talking about the poor state of affairs in Jharkhand, MP, UP and Bihar whose human development indices are comparable to some of the poorest countries of Africa. Dr. Bedi urged the students of XLRI and other management schools to take up a more proactive role on the national front. She asked the faculty member of XLRI to include such courses and projects in the curriculum which make the corporate leaders of tomorrow more empathetic and sensitive to the grave problems our country is facing. To quote her, she asked the youth to “Take charge. This country is ours”. Motivating the educational institutions to invoke patriotism in the youth, she said, “More than a professional degree, it is the spiritual degree which is important.”
While Dr Bedi’s talk stimulated patriotism in the minds of the listeners, the session by Mr. Rajeev Dubey satisfied the hunger for business knowledge amongst the future corporate leaders from the top B Schools of the country. The session by Mr. Rajeev Dubey emphasized that the source behind a successful business is human resources and thus their potential must be completely utilized. He stressed upon “Trust” to develop strong relations with the employees so as to makes them walk that extra mile which results in excellent performance by the organization.
XLRI witnessed massive participation in the events throughout the day. The result for Flagship Event War of Wits (HR Management Event) was announced where the team from ISB Hyderabad stood first followed by Delhi School of Economics at the second position. In Prometheus, Flagship event for Finance Management, XLRI stood first, followed by IIM Indore. Helios, flagship event for Operations Management was won again by XLRI followed by Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. In ENT(HR)ONE, domain event for HR Management, XLRI stood first followed by ISB Hyderabad at the second place. XLRI maintained leadership in CASCADE, domain event of Operations Management followed closely by IIM Ahmedabad at the second position.
The day concluded with a rocking performance by the original Bodhi Tree! Satadru Bagchi and Abhishek Narain delighted the current batc h of XLers with their scintillating performances.