Nov 27, 2014

Getting the Distinguished Alumnus award from XLRI

This month I was humbled and honored when my alma mater XLRI said they wanted to give me an award for being a Distinguished Alumnus - Young Achiever.

At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me. But after some digging around I found that the email was legit. The Director of XLRI, Fr. E. Abraham had actually emailed me.

So on 8th November I walked up to the stage of the Tata Auditorium at XLRI (where I last collected my MBA diploma)

Collecting the award from Rana Sinha, Fr. E. Abraham and Prof. Sharad Sarin

Lifetime Achievement award was given to B L Raina, CEO of Tinplate Company of India, David D’Costa, Founder of Pure Water House, Mario Lobo, Founder of Personnel Search Services.

Distinguished Alumnus Award was divided among the categories of Practicing Manager, Academician, Young Achiever, Entrepreneur, Public Service, Communication & performing Arts.

The recipients of this award in various categories were

  • Madhukar Kamath MD of DDB Mudra 
  • Rekha Menon Managing Director for Geographic Operations for ASEAN, India & APAC Delivery Centers at Accenture 
  • Johnson Alexander irector, Human Resources and Quality,Health, Safety & Environment at Dulsco
  • Dr. N S Rajan CHRO of the Tata Group
  • S V Nathan, Director of Talent at Deloitte
  • Sandeep Bakshi, MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential
  • Ajay Kaul, CEO of Jubilant FoodWorks
  • Dr. Girish Punj, Marketing Professor at University of Connecticut
  • Kannan Srinivasan, Prof of Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sanjeev Kapoor, Chief Marketing Officer & Country Head - Customer Franchise Management at Citi
  • Kumar Ankit, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Green Leaf Energy Pvt. Ltd
  • Ronald D’Costa, ‎Owner, The Boulevard Hotel
  • Vivek Das, Advertising Photographer
  • Ashraf Patel, Founder of Pravah and the Youth Collective
  • Vikram Misri (IFS), Currently the Ambassador to Kingdom of Spain
  • Ankur Gupta(IAS)
  • Ministhy Nair IAS
  • Mohan Raman, Actor
  • Akash Khurana, Actor and Screenwriter
  • Gargi Banerji, Co-Founder of Pragya

It was fascinating to talk to the students and see how many things (student batch size, new courses, the institute logo and branding) have changed and yet the core values of the institute remain the same.

We had a semi structured interaction with the students on HR as a career and what is the future of the function. Dr, Jitu Singh brought up Ram Charan's article recently and a lively debate ensued. The increase in importance of Industrial Relations after incidents in NCR over the last few years was also discussed.

Some more pics from the event:

(Above pics are courtesy the XLRI Alumni Committee)