Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday asked graduating management students of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi to use their “Smart Management’ skills for the development of the country and the State. The CM was addressing students as Chief Guest of the 59th Convocation Ceremony of the premier management institute organised virtually here on Saturday.
“I urge our management warriors to give back to the State and the country. The country is in high need of smart management and I believe and trust that our students will use their talents in this direction. You are now heading towards a new world, and before you embark on this journey, I urge you to keep the blessings, teachings and morals of your elders and teachers close to your heart because the road ahead will not always be easy and the only way you can be sure of success is never forgetting your roots and the people who helped you throughout this journey,” said the CM to students.
“The 304 students graduating here today will go out into the world as conscious and contributing citizens. I urge these young professionals to take their responsibilities with utmost seriousness and give back to the society. These students will not only be celebrated here in this ceremony but numerous households across the country,” he said.
The CM congratulated XISS for achieving many laurels in its history. “Convocation ceremonies have been celebrated before but this one stands out amongst all the previous ones. The distinction has been felt most acutely. It is supposed to be an occasion of great happiness but now it is reduced to a shadow of the former good times due to the pandemic COVID-19. The pandemic has affected the sector of education more grievously than any other sector, but we must rise to this challenge with great enthusiasm. I believe we have figured out a way to keep the noble pursuit of education going and the celebration of the post graduate milestone in the form of this virtual ceremony,” he said.
“XISS is known for helping not only the privileged but the under privileged in particular to stand on their feet,” said the CM.
Earlier, the ceremony began with the opening remarks by Fr. Ajit Xess SJ, President, Governing Body, XISS, who declared the Convocation ceremony open and in his address congratulated XISS and the graduating students for their achievements. He wished the students his best for their career and future ahead and said, “Management education is all about holistic growth and if you are able to leverage your excellent quality education from XISS and combine it with a positive attitude, I am sure you all will have something meaningful that you can contribute too.”
A total of 304 students of Batch 2018-20 were awarded their diplomas virtually in the ceremony. As many as 26 students from all five programmes were declared the top rank holders and amongst them 11 gold, 08 silver and 05 bronze medals along with 2 cash prizes were distributed respectively.
Dr. Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Director, XISS addressed the students and invitees of the online ceremony. He cheered the diploma recipients and extended his congratulations to the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals along with the families of the students, faculty and staff of XISS.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Pradeep Kerketta, Assistant Director, XISS amidst the presence of Fr. Xavier Soreng, Superior, XISS; Fr. Francis David Kullu, Finance Officer, XISS along with Dr. Ramakant Agrawal, Head PGDM (Human Resource Management); Dr. Himadri Sinha, Head, PGDM (Rural Management); Dr. Mahua Banerjee, Head, PGDM (IT); Dr. Arup Mukherjee, Head, PGDM (Finance) and Dr. Amar E. Tigga, (On behalf of) Head, PGDM (Marketing) respectively. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of mementos to the Dignitaries.