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Interactive Session in collaboration with MARKBUZZ

On 13th September 2018, the department of Marketing Management organised an interactive session for its first and second year students. The session was organized in collaboration with MARKBUZZ – The marketing club of XISS.
Mr. Jagannath Ojha, head of retail operations, Landmark Group, was the resource person for the session. The dignitaries present on the occasion were Director Rev. Fr. Dr. Alexius Ekka S.J., Dr. Pinaki Ghosh- H.O.D, Marketing Management and other faculty members of the department.
Mr. Jagannath Ojha addressed the students and shared his remarkable journey of 10 years, starting from being a store manager at ITC group’s Choupal Saagar to heading the retail operations and designing the national operation strategies for the Landmark Group. During the session Mr. Ojha gave case studies to the students and asked them to develop strategies for promoting the market share of few companies. He appreciated the approach and strategies adopted by the students while solving the case study. He also gave the details about what actually a company does to achieve targets and how they maintain regular growths trends in the retail world.
The students were very happy with the practical exposure they received from the session as they were able to relate their academic theories with the steps taken in real world for target achievement.
Toward the end of the session there was a question and answer round in which students asked questions related to retail business competitions, territory management strategies, target allocations, the SOPs adopted and many more, to which Mr. Ojha answered all the queries patiently and cleared all the doubts that the students had.
The guest lecture was a huge success as the students had a lot of practical exposure related to the retail industry.

MARKBUZZ – The Marketing Club of XISS

25th August, 2018 has been registered in the history of Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi as one of the prominent days, as it marked the beginning of MARKBUZZ- The official Marketing Club of XISS. Mark Buzz is an initiative of the Department of Marketing Management of XISS, Ranchi. It aims to enhance the learning of the marketing students regarding best practices and trends adopted by various organizations by conducting guest lectures, panel discussions, events, contests and programs.
In order to mark the launch of the marketing club two events were organized on the same day namely: MARKET KING and MARKET CONNECT.
CA Ranjeet Garodia, President-Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce was invited as the Chief Guest. The director of the institute Rev. Fr. Dr. Alexious Ekka S.J. along with Prof. Dr. Pinaki Ghosh, HOD- Marketing, Prof. A.R. Bodra, former HOD-Marketing, XISS and the honourable guests of the occasion, Mr. Gautam Borah-Vice President Customer Operations-Vodafone and Mr. Awadh Poddar, Owner- Premsons Motor group lighted the lamp for the occasion.
MARKET CONNECT event was about building a bridge between the current industry practices and the theories taught in classes. It had an experience sharing session where the entrepreneurs shared their ideologies, viewpoints and success mantras.
The Panellists for the event MARKET CONNECT comprised of successful entrepreneurs of Ranchi. Mr. Abhinav Shah- Founder, OSAM Dairy, Mr. Piyush More-Owner- Panchratna Promoters, a real estate and construction company, Mr. Ankit Jain, Regional Director of Business Network International, Mr. Nitesh Garodia, Owner of Blue Tree aroma, an aroma solutions company graced the occasion as the panellists for the event.
Mr. Abhinav Shah spoke about the inception of OSAM , the hurdles that he encountered and creation of reputation, awareness and acceptance for his start-up OSAM Dairy which is now a household name.
Mr. Piyush More shared his version of success and inspired the young mind through his words “Work in silence and let your works make the noise”.
Mr Ritesh Garodia stressed on the importance of spirituality and how it can help one in achieving their dreams.
The session ended with question and answer round amongst the entrepreneurs and the students.
Another event of the day, MARKET KING aimed to test the business skills of the students. It saw participation from various colleges including XISS, Ranchi, BIT-Lalpur and St. Xaviers College, Ranchi. The participants were provided with facilities and infrastructure in order to set up their stalls. The participants had to compete against each other with their respective business ideas. Later they were evaluated by the judges on the basis of various parameters such as cost of investment, return on investment etc. Team SWAD including Kushal, Rashmi, Rangani and Shreya from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi won the first prize of Rs 10000/- and team Just Chill of St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi won the second prize with a cash reward of Rs 5000/-. The stall of the event went to stall no.5 of the Rural Management department at XISS.
In order to cheer the participants and the visitors, a flash mob was performed by the students of the Marketing department. The event was a huge success with a footfall of an excess of 450 participants and visitors.

Workshop on Gender Sensitization

Xavier Institute of Social Service had conducted a “Workshop on Gender Sensitization” from 2nd May to 4th May,2018 under the guidance of Director Fr. Dr. Alexius Ekka S.J. The workshop was conducted for the Staff members, for the Internal Complaint committee members of XISS and XIPT and also for the Faculty members of XISS. Mrs Sunita Tawani was the resource person to facilitate the workshop. She is the Founder CEO of “Full Circle” and has 25 years of rich work experience with Tata Group. Mrs Sunita Thawani retired as Chief of Legal from JUSCO. She has conducted around 140 workshop. She is a lawyer by profession and has also worked in the Supreme Court of Delhi. The workshop was to bring awareness to the staff and faculty members of the Institute about the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act,2013. This program was coordinated by Prof. Mary Bodra along with the Internal Committee members, Prof Dr R. K. Agarwal, Prof Mahua Banerjee, Prof Nidhi Shukla,Dr Raj Shree and Ms Sabina.

XISS Alumni Meet of UP Chapter

Alumni meet of XISS Uttar Pradesh chapter was organized on 11th November 2017 at Lucknow. The meeting started with welcome and self-introduction. The meeting was attended by 25 alumni where they discussed various issues concerning alumni. The alumni also discussed forming alumni association representing all streams and batched which was endorsed by all. It was also discussed and decided that the next meeting will be organized in December in Lucknow during study tour visit of XISS students. The date, time and venue of meeting will be communicated in consultation with XISS study tour visiting team.

Congratulations Mr. Nabhojit Dey

Chevening Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship given to mid career professionals who wish to pursue higher education in United Kingdom. The scholarship is provided by the British High Commission through a rigorous process of selection.

This year more than 50,000 people applied for this prestigious scholarship worldwide out of which only 1065 were selected. One of the Chevening Fellows for this year is Mr. Nabhojit Dey.

He is an alumni of XISS who completed his post graduate studies in Rural Development in the year 2006. He plans to use this fully funded scholarship to pursue Masters in Social Research Methods from University of Sussex this year. He has more than a decade of experience in the field of development and has worked with organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, CRY, Childfund India and FES. He also qualified UGC NET in 2016 in Social Work.

XISS wishes him all success for his endeavour.

Congratulations Dr. Amit K. Giri

Dr. Amit K. Giri, an Assistant Professor of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), received the prestigious RDW fellowship from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the year 2017. ILO is an agency of the United Nations and primarily works for the welfare of labourers around the world. In 2017, The fellowship was awarded to only 20 researchers in the world. The fellowship recipient gets cash award of USD 1000 and are invited to present their research works in the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The ILO covers the full cost of the fellowship winners travel cost from their home country to Geneva and back from Geneva to their home country. Dr. Giri participated and presented a paper titled “Labour Conditions in the Global Value Chains in India: The Case of Handknotted Carpet Manufacturing Cluster” in the 5th Regulating for Decent Work Conference in ILO’s headquarters in Geneva on 3-5 July, 2017. Dr. Giri’s article, based on extensive field work, held responsible not only the local formal and informal institutions but also all other key stakestakeholders in the carpet global value chain, mainly the lead firms, for the deplorable working conditions of the workers in the hand-knotted carpet industry. The paper suggested various ways and means to improve the working conditions of workers in the industry.

Congratulations Prof. Rik Das

Congratulations to Prof. Rik Das on getting the article “Partition selection with sparse autoencoders for content based image classification” published in Neural Computing and Applications
ISSN: 0941-0643 (Print) 1433-3058 (Online)
Volumes: 28
Issues: 148

Diamond Jubilee Festivities

The five day Diamond Jubilee Festivities celebration at XISS begun on 14th February,2017 with a theme of Sustainability. The entire campus in order to promote the theme of sustainability had been decorated with the help of reusable, recyclable and eco-friendly products like old papers, paper cups, old magazines, cardboard boxes.
Amidst the entire buzz, enthusiasm, preparation and planning the first event marathon marked the start of the celebration of sixty glorious years.
On the start of the event the Heads of the Department, Professors and the Director were all present. Reverent Father Alexius Ekka SJ inaugurated the event and motivated the students and highlighted the importance of sustainability and sustainable life. The students of St. Xavier’s College and Birla Institute of Technology also were a part of the marathon.
On the evening of the first day of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee Festivities, a holy mass was organized. The esteemed guests for the mass were His Excellency T. Mascarenhas, SFX (Auxiliary bishop Ranchi Archdiocese and Secretary General CBCI, New Delhi) for “Breaking the Word”, Paul Tighe (Adjunct Secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture VATICAN CITY) and Telesphore P.Cardinal Toppo (Archbishop of Ranchi). The Chief Guest for the event was Dr. James F Stoner (Fordham University, USA) while the guest of honour was Dr. Frank Werner (Fordham University, USA).
The holy gathering was followed by a tribal extravaganza. Tribal dance, tribal songs and a tribal walk adorned the event. The tribal walk witnessed the students walking down the ramp adorning tribal outfits sponsored by Jharkraft, Jharkhand.
The academic sessions were divided into two main segments. The first part of which was the “International Conference on Management Education for Sustainable World” on 15th Feb 2017. It was inaugurated with a welcome speech by Dr. Fr. Alexius Ekka. SJ. Prof. James Stoner from Fordham University, USA was the keynote speaker of the event. Students from all departments presented their papers, each with a different theme while the third day witnessed paper presentations by the faculties of all the departments on 16th Feb, 2017 on the theme of “Leadership and Innovation for a Sustainable World” where Prof. Frank Werner from Fordham University, USA was the keynote speaker
After 2 days of academic oriented sessions at XISS, day 4 pumped in a lot of oomph and excitement with fun events galore. Events like Business Baazigar (developing a business plan and exhibiting their marketing skills where the winners met M.S. Dhoni), Scavengers (based on the theme of Beg, Borrow and Steal), Paintopia (Face Painting), Biochrome (Rangoli Making), Politicomania (political event), and Click-It Out (Photography) and Sur Sangram (Music Competition) were organised.
This five day long grand Celebration ended on 18th February 2017 with the Inaugural of Alumni Association of Xavier Institute of Social Service (AAXISS) during the day while the evening was adorned with the starry combination of cultural events, highlight being the Title of Mister and Miss Diamond Jubilee.
The entire faculty played monumental role under the lead of Rev. Fr. Alex Ekka SJ, Fr. Pradeep Kerketta, the Director and Assistant Director of XISS. College Clubs like Team Obscura which is the Media Club of XISS played the silent significant role while covering the whole event and promoting it on various platforms. They have been the most important link between the outside world and the college. Team Embark took the charge of Registrations. The Sustainability Drive launched by XCEED in partnership with Rotaract Club of XISS collected huge amount of clothes and waste materials which were utilised for decoration and would now be donated at various Service Centres of XISS and other places by Rotaract Club. XISS has created and made legendary professionals in the last 60 years and envisions to take it to further heights in the coming future.

Blood Donation Camp @ XISS

On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016; a Blood Donation Camp was successfully organised by the students of Human Resource Department of XISS, Ranchi. It was organised in collaboration with HDFC Bank, Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS) and Lifesavers, a club constituted by the NGO ‘Doctors for You’. Mr. Gulam Mujtaba and Mr. Pawan Kumar Thakur from HDFC Bank were present to look after the on-going blood donation camp. Mr. Atul Gera from Lifesavers volunteered for the cause. Dr. Viplava Thakur from XISS monitored the proceedings of the camp.
During the camp, Tulika Sneha, Yaman Kishlay Kujur ,Shubham Bharadwaj and many more volunteers participated in the donation after preliminary onsite medical screening for donor’s health history ,haemoglobin level ,body weight and blood pressure. 45 units of blood were collected in total. The donors will be acknowledged with certificates from JSACS.
This was the third blood donation camp organised by XISS in a span of four months .This initiative showcases the oath taken by XISS –resolving to help the needy in the society. The values inculcated at XISS continue to imbibe pupils with the drive and desire to give back to the society.

Congratulations to Prof. H. K. Singh

Congratulations to Prof. H. K. Singh for receiving the gold medal for the best paper titled “Information Technology Diffusion and its Role in Management Education : A Paradigm Shift Towards Digital India” at the 28th Annual Management Convention, 2016 of Association of Indian Management School (AIMS).

Congratulations to Dr. Niranjan Sahoo

Hearty Congratulation to Dr. Niranjan Sahoo, Associate Professor of Disaster Management, Department of Rural Management for being selected as a Member to the Apex Committee of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. The UCIL has seven underground mines, one opencast mine and three uranium ore processing plants in the states of Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. There are also new projects in the pipeline in the states of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telengana and in Meghalaya. With view to develop public awareness on radiation and review radiological surveillance in the public domain in and around its different units, UCIL has proposed to constitute an Apex Committees.
The Apex Committee shall also review the implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Committee constituted by the Hon’ble High Court of Jharkhand for carrying out a fresh survey of the radiological environment in and around Jaduguda with reference to a writ petition. The Chairman & managing Director of UCIL has selected Dr. Niranjan Sahoo as a Member to this committee to enrich efforts needed in the field of Disaster Management and Rural Management for higher level of engagement of UCIL with the society at large.

Vigilance Awareness Week

The last day of the Vigilance Awareness Week concluded with several competitions which were organized at the XISS Campus. The guests of the event were Mr. Dhiraj Kumar and Mr. Phool Jha – Senior Managers, CCL.
The event started with the Welcome Speech by Rev. Fr. Pradeep Kerketta, S. J., Asst. Director, XISS, followed by the speech of Mr. Dhiraj Kumar where he spoke about CCL’s contribution against corruption and how can the youth play an important role for shaping a corruption-free country.
The Debate Competition witnessed a participation of 10 teams debating over 3 topics related to Corruption. The students expressed their views on the present situation of corruption in India and how can we achieve the desired goal of a corruption-free nation. The Debate participants also addressed the questions from the judges and audience. The judges for the same were Prof. Nidhi Shukla, Prof. Arana Kausar and Mr. Dhiraj Kumar.
The Digital Poster Making Competition was launched a day before where the participants had to gather maximum number of ‘Likes’ on the XISS Media Club Facebook page. The total reach of the posters crossed 11,000 on the digital space. The Nukkad Naatak event was enjoyed by the audience, with a strong message delivered on anti-corruption. The on-the spot poster making led to great presentations of opinions through colors and paints.
The event came to an end with a closing speech by Prof. Dr. Pinaki Ghosh and Vote of Thanks by Ms. Shiwangi Khanna.

Jharkhand Development Dialogue Lecture Series

On 3rd November 2016, XISS successfully hosted a conference, an initiative of UNICEF “Jharkhand Development Dialogue Lecture Series” on the occasion of UNICEF’s 70th year celebration and XISS’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The theme of the conference was “Prioritizing Children in the Development Agenda”.
The event started off with the lighting up of the lamp. Ms. Moira Dawa, Chief Communication Officer, UNICEF delivered the welcome speech, inviting the guests to the podium. Professor Dr. K. K. Bhagat hosted the event with an introduction of the dignitaries. The panel of dignitaries included Ms. Nina Nayak, Member of Governing Council, Indian Law Institute, Ms. Madhulika Jonathan, Chief of UNICEF, Jharkhand, Mr. Harivanshji, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and senior journalist and Dr. Fr. Alexius Ekka SJ, Director, XISS.
The dialogue series was organized with the sole purpose of creating an awareness regarding early child development and inhibiting cognitive skills among children within the first 1000 days of the child’s life. Child development needs inclusion of security for the child, respect from the environment and delegating responsibility. Professor Bhagat highlighted that early childhood development is less than 2%. Jharkhand has been facing many cases of child trafficking and child abuse. Hence, he emphasized that there is a need of many ‘Kailash Satyarthi’ among people.
Ms. Madhulika Jonathan highlighted that child poverty and stunting are the indicators of chronic malnourishment. She elaborated how the first 1000 days of child’s life was of utmost importance for early child development and how it can impact the economy of the nation. Some actions that were undertaken by UNICEF are nurturing care to the children through anganwadi, foster-care systems, family-care systems and other similar social schemes.
Mr. Harivanshji presented many facts regarding stunted growth, underweight and weakness among children in his speech. Also, statistics regarding anemic women and mothers with inefficient chronic energy for breastfeeding were presented, Dhanbad having the worst case with 50% weak mothers. Ms. Nina Nayak encouraged the youth to contribute towards child’s development. She appealed to prioiritse children and give very child a fair chance for good health and development.
XISS students take up projects related to children and women health, which are some of the issues which UNICEF also works on. Hence, we look forward for a stronger relationship of both the institutions for the broader and greater development of children.
The event concluded with an interactive session of the students with the dignitaries. The gathering comprised of faculty members and students of various departments of XISS. The Vote of Thanks was extended by Prof. Dr. K. K. Bhagat.

Visit of Governor of Jharkhand to the XISS Campus

On 25th October 2016, Her Excellency Governor of State of Jharkhand, Mrs. Draupadi Murmu visited the XISS Campus. This was her second visit in a short span of 7 months after chairing as the Chief Guest in the Convocation Ceremony 2015-2016 of XISS. This time her visit was an ‘awareness tour’ to the campus in order to know more about the institute. She was received by our Director and HOD’s in the staff room, following which she visited and interacted with all the faculty members, support staff and took keen interest in knowing about the system. She took a comprehensive tour of the whole campus visiting the staff rooms, all the departments, lecture rooms, computer lab, library, conference room and auditorium. Our Governor has repeatedly shown her enthusiasm and interest in developing the education sector in Jharkhand and thereby promote literacy. We take pride on her interest shown towards the institute and its activities. We look forward to her visits and working together in the future for the mutual benefit of the state of Jharkhand and the institute. At the end she expressed her satisfaction with the visit and the arrangement made by the institute.

Second CSR Choupal

On 23rd September, 2016, Second CSR Choupal was successfully organised by TSRDS in collaboration with the Dept. of Rural Management, XISS. The visiting members were Mr. Ambika Nanda, Head CSR, TSRDS CSR Wing, Odisha, Mr. Dibyahas Ray, Sr. Manager as the Unit head in Kalinganagar, Odisha, Ms. Sreya Ganguly, Executive HR, TSRDS and Ms. Neha Kumari, Development Trainee.
TSRDS has its main operating units in Jharkhand and Odisha. It has been ranked the number one position by the Economic Times. It has successfully maintained its position in the top 5 rank, for the last 5 years, owing to its sustainable projects. TSRDS is an umbrella society housing projects like Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), Tata Steel Skill Development Society (TSSDS), and Urban Services. TSRDS has various areas of interventions, few of which are Health, Education, Empowerment, Ethnicity, Agriculture and Sports.
This program has been coordinated by Dr. Raj Shree Verma. Ms. Navya Bali, Second year student, Dept. of Rural Management, XISS hosted the event which started off with lighting up of lamp by the esteemed guests followed by a welcome speech presented by Prof. Dr. M. H. Ansari, HOD, Dept. Of Rural management, XISS. He briefed about the main objective of the seminar that being providing a good platform for the interaction between possible recruiters and the students. Also, he emphasised that how this event is a platform for the budding professionals to put forward their suggestions on how to enhance future CSR activities. It was followed by Ms. Sreya Ganguly’s briefing on how TSRDS has been successful in spreading the awareness of its CSR activities. The stage was then shared by Ms. Neha Kumari, an alumna of XISS batch 2014-16 who shared her journey with TSRDS so far. The event was further proceeded by Mr. Dibyahas Ray who pointed out the best thing in TSRDS being the opportunity of freedom of work, irrespective of the position one holds. With his simple stories, Mr. Ambika Nanda inspired the students and made them understand the importance of CSR activities.
The event was concluded with a fruitful interactive session between the TSRDS team and the students of Rural management. The lively discussion gave the students an opportunity to clarify even the most basic doubts. A first year student, Dept. of Rural Management raised the question about TSRDS’s intervention plans which was addressed by Mr. Ambika Nanda. Few other questions were raised about TSRDS’s work with their own stakeholders and the monitoring of the vendors. The event was concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Nisha, Second year student, Dept, of Rural Management, XISS. Many questions were raised and ideas were shared by the rural management students which was positively received the TSRDS team.


Two weeks of Faculty Development Programme for the Principals, Professors, Lecturers and Technical Officers of different Engineering college and Government Sector of Jharkhand and Orissa is started at XISS by the Department of Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP).
Mr. Harpreet Singh Ahluwalia, HoD, EDP, XISS in his welcome speech gave the brief introduction about the programme and welcomed the participants. Chief Guest Dr. Fr. Alex Ekka S.J., Director, XISS highlighted the need and importance of entrepreneurship in present scenario. Guest of Honour Fr. Pradeep Kerkeeta, S.J., Assistant Director, XISS in his speech elaborated the participants about skill training, creativity, new ideas, marketing and the motivation with respect to entrepreneurship development.

PhD from Durham University UK

XISS adds another laurel to its ever increasing list of notable achievers with alumni Ayushman Bhagat being offered to do his PhD (Geography) from Durham University UK.
Ayushman Bhagat was a student of the 2 year Full Time Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management and passed out in the year 2012.
His proposed research is in the field of “Risk and Resilience towards Human trafficking in South Asian Countries”. He will join as Full Time PhD Scholar in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health of the University. His course duration is from 1st October 2016 till 30th September 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Siobhan McGrath and Dr. Deirde McCann
Currently Durham University is considered as one of the leading Universities in the world in this area. His accommodation has been arranged by the University itself and based on his performance in the selection process his entire course fees and a certain part his living cost is covered under the scholarship of Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship.
XISS wishes him all the best for his academic pursuit ahead

70th Independence Day Celebration

“Xavier Institute of Social Service” celebrated the 70th Independence Day of India with pride and dream in its heart. The occasion started with a welcome speech by Kumar Abhishek from the first year. The Director, Rev. Father Dr. Alex Ekka S.J. hoisted the National Flag which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Father in his speech enkindled the spirit of patriotism and love for the motherland. The HOD’s for all the departments, faculty members and students, all had gathered together to celebrate the day.
The entire programme was organised by the Marketing Department under the leadership of the Head of Marketing Department Prof. A. R. Bodra. Apart from our National Anthem the programme included, patriotic songs by Himanshu, Manish, Frank and group, Dance by Kanak, Abhishek, Bhaskar and their group and a Skit by juniors which aimed at removing the differences prevailing in the society. In the end, a traditional dance was performed which exhibited the culture of Jharkhand. The stage was managed by Abhilasha and Raichal Raj and the programme was concluded with a vote of thanks by Shivangi.
XISS celebrates this day in pomp of flaming colors, not only within the college campus but also in the shanties across the city. To show solidarity with the underprivileged section of the society, the students of XISS celebrated Independence day at various centres- MMK High School, Cheshire Home, St. Michael School for the blind and Gurunanak Home, to name a few.
The celebrations in the all these centres were graced by renowned personalities of Ranchi as chief guests. Much to the delight of the children in the centres, the National Flag was hoisted, the National Anthem was sung, cultural programmes were organized and sweets were distributed. The children and the college students were equally upbeat about celebrating the day in a splendid way. Such initiatives taken up by XISS help individuals to build a rapport with the entire society.

Overview of Securities Markets and Career Opportunities

Mr. Sahil Malik, Member of Faculty in School of Regulatory Studies and Supervision within NISM, also the Deputy General Manager at SEBI, was present at Xavier Institute of Social Service for a talk on the topic “Overview of Securities Markets and Career Opportunities”.
In his talk he spoke about different regulations of SEBI with a simplified meaning of each term in the banking sector. Be it the security markets, inside training. SEBI describes itself as the Regulators who makes the law and executes the law.
Mr Malik talked about different scams like the sahara scam, satyam scam which in a way contributed for the rise of SEBI. He also talked about their efficient work where they use the real time system, where they can track all the data of the investor or buyers of the shares, they work online and no check or paper work is done.
On the context of the career Mr. Malik guided us to keep our mission and the vision to track their path to the achievement. We got a deeper knowledge of custodians which acts like the settlement body for an institutional investor. Apart from these we got a knowledge about the merchant bankers and how they play a role in IPO and book building. Apart from this Mr. Malik talked about the mutual fund and how the students of management see their future in the securities. He also told that getting a certificate from NISM plays a major role in setting an impact to get into securities and SEBI as well. The stage was coordinated by Shreyasee, Tanushree, Manisha and Sneha.

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

On the 31st of July XISS celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius. Every year this feast day is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur and this year was no different.
Preparations for the feast day started a month in advance with regular choir practises till late into the night and the decorations committee pouring in their blood and sweat to make sure the auditorium looks well decorated on the occasion.
This year, the theme for the Feast of St. Ignatius was “Eco-Spirituality”.
The prayer service started at 8am with the opening song, “Chala Chala Re”, a popular Hindi worship song. The Opening note was given by Father Alexius Ekka, Director of XISS. Father Xavier Soren officiated the Eucharistic celebrations and the special guest for the day was George John, VC of The Birsa Agricultural University in keeping with theme of the feast.
Father Soreng started the ceremony with a brief history of the life and works of St.Ignatius which was followed by the Bible procession ceremony and Bible readings in Hindi and English. Books, saplings, and a model of XISS was presented at the altar of St.Ignatius for blessing from the priests. The service was followed by breakfast with a cake cutting ceremony and a Praise and Worship programme where performances were put up by students of all departments, and HRM emerged as the winner.

Congratulation to Dr. Himadri Sinha

Hearty Congratulation to Dr. Himadri Sinha Professor and Head – Department of Research and Planning, XISS, for winning VIFA 2016 Award of DISTINGUISHED FACULTY in the field of Natural Resource Management.​

Once again congratulations to Dr. Himadri Sinha on getting the article ‘Rediscovering the traditional paddy varieties in Jharkhand: Conservation priority in Hybrid rice era’, published in Journal of Rural Development, Vol. 35 No. (2) (April-June 2016)pp. 285-307 published by NIRD, Hyderabad.

Memorial Service of Lt. Dr.(Fr.) Ranjit P. Toppo S.J.

Xavier Institute of Social Service conducted a Memorial Service for its former Asst. Director, Late Dr. Fr. Ranjit P. Toppo S.J. who left for heavenly abode on 23rd May, 2016. The ceremony was headed by Fr. Xavier Soreng S.J, Fr. Alex Ekka S.J. & Fr. Pradeep Kerketta S.J.

Late Dr.(Fr.) Ranjit P. Toppo S.J., who was born on March 30th 1961 at Gumla was a talented educationist, a visionary and an avid reader. He did his doctoral studies from Ranchi University in Migration & Development Studies. He joined XISS in 1995 and served the institute as a lecturer till 2001. He joined as the Asst. Director in the year 2011. His late detection of cancer led to a great loss for XISS family and also his demise, thereby leading to the end of his tenure on 23rd May 2016.

Fr. Xavier Soreng, who was also a childhood friend of Late Dr. Fr. Toppo grieved about his unlucky departure and shared memories with the XISS family during the memorial service. He said, “Fr. Ranjit was an excellent actor during his schooldays and embodied the values given to him in his way of life.” Fr. Ekka said, “Fr. Ranjit remained very calm during tough times and exhibited immense strength even during the last days of his life.”

The memorial service was then followed by a tribute ceremony, attended by all the students, alumnus and faculty members of XISS. The ceremony was conducted by Prof. M.S.Bodra. She invited all the H.O.Ds of XISS (Prof. S R Shauq – HRM, Prof. K K Bhagat – RM, Prof. A R Bodra – Marketing, Prof. S R Roy – IT, Dr. Ratnesh Chaturvedi – Finance)to pay a tribute in the loving memory of Fr. Ranjit. All the speakers fondly recollected their last interactions with Fr. Ranjit and expressed sorrow for the loss of such a great personality.

The event was made successful by the contribution of Dr. Shyamal Gomes, Dr. M K Spring, Prof. Nidhi Shukla, Prof. Bhaskar Bhavani, Prof. Sajeet Lakra, Prof. H K Singh and the media club – Obscura. The evening concluded with a fellowship dinner.

Congratulations Prof. H.K.Singh

Congratulations to Prof. H.K.Singh for presenting a paper titled “E-Governance and Use of Information Communication Technology in Land Management Systems in the Jharkhand state: Problems and Prospects” in 3rd IEEE International Conference on Recent Advances in Information Technology (RAIT) organised by Department of Computer Science and Engineering at ISM Dhanbad.

He also coauthored a paper “Poverty and Migration: Its future approach in Post Millennium Development Goal era in Jharkhand” in the journal Women’s Link, Vol 22, Issue 2, April-June 2016″

Congratulations Dr. Himadri Sinha

Congratulations to Dr. Himadri Sinha Professor and Head – Department of Research and Planning, XISS for being invited by Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India to be a member of First Common Review Mission to look at all programmes of rural development and their performance in 8 (eight) states to be held during May 4-12, 2016.

Article Published : March, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Anant Kumar on getting the article “Cleft Lip Surgical Intervention in Resource Constraint Settings: A Case Report” published in Health.

Health, Vol.8 No.5, March 2016

How to cite this paper: Kumar, A. and Kalliainen, L.K. (2016) Cleft Lip Surgical Intervention in Resource Constraint Settings: A Case Report. Health, 8, 472-478.


Article Published : February, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Anant Kumar on getting the article “Menstruation, Purity and Right to Worship” published in Economic and Political Weekly.

Volume 51, Issue 9, 27 February 2016

Article : “Menstruation, Purity and Right to Worship”

Case Published : 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Shyamal Gomes on getting the second case “Social Engagement’ in Nurturing Gen -Y as a Professional with a Difference: XISS as a brand master” published by ET Cases in an edited book “Indian Management Cases” by Dr Vinita Sahay & Dr. P.R.S Sharma (Page no.285-307).

Dr. Gomes had presented this case in the Second Global Summit at IIM – Raipur on 5th Feb. 2016

Case : “Social Engagement’ in Nurturing Gen -Y as a Professional with a Difference: XISS as a brand master”


It gets bigger and it gets better, PANACHE is here to stay.

In the monotonous life cycle of a student, which mainly includes eating, sleeping, lectures, and repeating, ‘College Fests’ show certain degree of fluctuations in the excitement levels of students. Why wouldn’t it? As every student can taste the sweet scent of hard work; hard work of not only the students organizing it but also of the ones killing themselves with incessant practices to win that victory title.

3 days , more than 20 events, musical performances that leave you breathless PANACHE’16 the cultural and management fest of XAVIER INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SERVICE was held from 17th to 19th of February 2016, with the theme ‘KRITYA’ which means karma, the festival was be a blend of demonstrations, competitions, workshops, exhibitions and talks spread across three days. As expected it was bigger and grander than all the previous years, since the inception of PANACHE in 2009, as 2016 saw the completion of 60 years of excellence of XISS-the diamond jubilee year.

Fests are the time when one can break out of the monotonous routine of college and studies and showcase one’s talent and make the most of workshops and activities.

The 3 day long extravaganza held a plethora of events and competitions for the students. Be it a person with a creative streak or someone with a knack for politics, music enthusiast , adrenaline and sport junkies, PANACHE’16 was an unforgettable experience for everyone.

The foodies weren’t left out either.

The PANACHE experience did not just stay in the campus but was offered outside too in the form of the marathon called ‘CLEANATHON’ with the idea of “run for cleanliness”.

Some of the most awaited and cherished events and performances were crossroads, battle of bands, Scavengers, Politicomania, Man v/s Food, fashion show, Mr. and Miss PANACHE and ofcourse the musical performance by the Bangalore fame ‘LAGORI’.

But like all good things come to an end so did PANACHE, leaving the students overwhelmed, tired and in sleep debts but we all agree, that it was worth it!



Xavier institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi stands among the best B-schools in India that develops professionals with a difference and has an alumni base working in esteemed organisations all over the country and abroad.

A small group of alumni based at Ranchi came up with the idea of developing a common platform where institute can connect with their alma mater, organize fruitful events /seminars, conduct social work and support the Institute in placements etc. Thus with the support of Director XISS and a team of faculties of all the disciplines a body of alumni under the name of ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF XISS (AAXISS) was created.

AAXISS, Ranchi would have its own legal identity and the chapters of all the other states would function under it. The Institute organised its first alumni meet in XISS campus by the name of AAXISS: RECONNECT: YAADEIN on 5th February, 2016 from 3:30 pm to 7:00pm. Recognizing AAXISS as an integral part of the XISS fraternity, the college inaugurated the AAXISS cell in the campus.

Next, keeping in view the culture of XISS the Reconnect program started with an introductory session including an address to the alumni by the director, XISS Fr. Alexius Ekka S.J. who was also the chief guest for the event. This was followed by the welcome speech and the genesis of AAXISS as it stands today. This event was also graced by the honourable presence of Father Franklin, Ex-Director of the institute.

One of the main highlights of the program included the felicitation of two super senior Alumni of the PM ’72 batch, Sri Kamal Ashraf and Sri R. C Sarkar. XISS has a very strong alumni base and it grows in collaboration with the alumnus. The guest of honour for the program, Mrs Mridula Sinha IAS, Spl. Secretary, Rural Development Department, Sri Paritosh Yadav, CEO JSLPS and Sri R.S Mahapatra, Director, CCL which also happens to be one of the major recruiter at XISS, engaged in an interactive session with the audience to help students be better prepared for their placements and enrich their academic knowledge.

It is the intent of the AAXISS team, to engage the alumnus base of the institute not only academically but also through various non-academic initiatives like tree plantation , eye check-up camps, health camps, orphanage visits and sport activities. Through his speech, the Assistant Director of the institute, Father Ranjit Toppo expressed his support for the initiatives as an opportunity for the XISS fraternity to evolve.

As an expression of their gratitude and support towards the AAXISS RECONNECT initiative the students of XISS organised a cultural programme on this occasion. Other fun activities and cultural performances by the alumni was also a part of this event. The program ended with an extravagant Musical performance. This initiative aims to help build a co-operative and symbiotic growth experience for both the college and the alumnus.


MDP on Implementation of CSR for Power Grid

A Two day Management Development Programme (MDP) was organized at XISS on 29th-30th January 2016 by the MDP team of the institute supported by the Assistant Director Fr. Ranjit Toppo. The program was designed by Prof. Pinaki Ghosh for the Nodal officers of Power Grid who are responsible for the implementation of CSR Projects of the company. The participants of the programme represented the entire length and breadth of the country ranging from Leh and Kargil in J&K to Chennai in South India and from Guwahati in Assam to Baroda in Gujarat This MDP was considered very important by the participants keeping in mind the New Company Act 2013 -Guidelines on CSR coming into force since April 2014.

The 2 Day program was delivered by internal resource persons namely Fr. Ranjit Pascal Toppo Prof. Pinaki Ghosh, Dr. Himadri Sinha, and Industry Experts from ONGC and Jindal Steel and Power. The MDP developed a holistic understanding of the concept and practices in CSR for the participants. It covered the areas of Conceptual Understanding of CSR, Section 135 of the New Company Act 2013, Success stories and cases of CSR approaches and implementation by XISS and the participating companies. All the participants including the Power Grid Chief Manager ( HR)-CSR found the programme very useful to them. All the participants expressed their desire to participate in such interventions in the future The Senior Level Representative of the company opined that they are looking forward to organizing such a programme for a longer duration with Senior level Managers as participants. The MDP team headed by Prof. Ignatius Xaxa, Prof. Mary Bodra and Prof. Pinaki Ghosh worked enthusiastically to make this MDP on CSR a grand success.

Anant Kumar

Paper Published (January 2016)

Congratulations to Dr. Anant Kumar on getting the Article ‘Complementing Gender Analysis Methods’ published in Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work

[Volume 13, Issue 1, 2016].


‘Empresario’ in Christ University, Bengaluru

Shreysee Banka from Department of Finance (First Year) and Nipun Jain from Department of Marketing (First Year) won the First Prize at ‘Empresario‘ – a National level Business Plan Competition organised by the Entrepreneurship Cell ‘Pioneer‘ of Christ University, Bengaluru on January 21, 2016.

They had to present their detailed Business Plan with its value proposition, problem-solving offerings and covering all managerial aspects like Finance, Human Resource, Marketing, sustainability, Information Technology etc.

The entire competition consisted of 2 online and 3 on-campus rounds where they competed with colleges from different parts of India including IIFT-New Delhi, ITM Business School – Navi Mumbai, etc. The finale was conducted in the Institute’s Main Auditorium with audiences of students, faculties and entrepreneurs.

They received a Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000 from Christ University, Bangalore along with the winner’s trophy.
Their business idea was highly appreciated and recognised by the jury members and entrepreneurs present there.

Dr. Shubhajit Bhattacharya

Paper Published (January 2016)

Congratulations to Dr. Shubhajit Bhattacharya & Anurag Singh on getting the Article ‘Achieving Distribution Equity Through Emotional Functionalities and Value-Based Bonding: An Analysis with Structural Equation Modeling’ published in Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science(Routledge)


EAD (30th October, 2015)

An Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive was organised by Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur at XISS, Ranchi. E-Cell, IIT KGP is a student body, formed in 2006 solely with the purpose of inspiring and guiding start-ups in IIT Kharagpur and to foster an entrepreneurial culture in its campus and beyond.

The 1st edition of EAD was held in 2009 and was conducted in 10 major cities in India spanning over a period of 10 days promoting entrepreneurship and creating awareness about opportunities for entrepreneurs. This year it is being held in 24 cities across India, Ranchi being one of them.

The session was graced by the following honourable speakers :

(1) Sridhar Rao , Co- Founder and CEO of Novopay Solutions, Bengaluru, which is a startup in the payments and banking services space founded in 2014, illuminated the talk on start-ups and helped the students to understand that genuine prosperity comes with the largest social good .His talk was rich with fact and ideas.

(2) ) Franz Gastler, an American social activist, teacher and football coach, co-founder and executive director of Yuwa a NGO based in India, He shared his life experiences and about his new team YUWA which works for the welfare for underprivileged girl children through football. One of his students named Pooja Kumari also shared her delightful experience with YUWA.

(3) Ravitej Yadalam, CEO and Founder at Ravitej Yadalam simple in his approach explained the importance and worth of capital and gave the students the tips to handle start-ups and to never to hesitate to become an entrepreneur.

(4) Ravi Shankar Mishra, Co-founder & CEO, Medinfi Healthcare which has recently launched its easy-to-use Android Mobile Application for finding nearest doctors & hospitals. Mr. Ravi Shankar Mishra motivated the students by putting emphasis on failure and taught how to learn from failure.

(5) S. Shadab Hassan is the Founder Director of Hamid Hassan High School, Brambe, a school that provides free education to the orphans and underprivileged children. Mr.Shadab Hassan told the importance of self-dependent and social work. He mainly emphasised on the upliftment of the poor child through our new ideas .
The event had a successful conclusion with the foundation laid for the future budding entrepreneurs.


AGON-2015 (4th October, 2015)

The Students of Xavier’s Institute of Social Service claimed a glorious victory at “AGON”-The annual management fest at IIM Ranchi. On its last day, in an event called “The Final Stint” that tested one’s creativity and innovation quotients along with core HR Knowledge, the team from XISS “Team Diversity” won the first prize.

The problem statement was framed as a movie video clip. The teams were required to identify the problems in the video and give solutions to that problem which were innovative and different from those shown in the original video clip. The solution was to be presented in any format, such as, a role play, a presentation, an audio or a video clip. This is where the creativity factor played its role. The teams were required to understand the problem from the HR perspective which entailed a clear understanding of the Human Resource management concepts.

The judge, Mr Gaurav Manohar Marathe, Professor, Organisational Behavior, IIM Ranchi and an alumnus from XLRI, Jamshedpur, appreciated the efforts made by each team, and gave an individual critique to all the participants. All the teams came up with innovative ideas. Competing with 5 other teams from institutions such as IIM Ranchi and IIT Kharagpur, the team from XISS emerged victorious.


KATASTASI 2015 (5th September 2015)

FCRC, the Case Research Centre at Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB) organized KATASTASI 2015, a pan- India Case Writing Competition. The event witnessed participation from top Institutions of the country such as IIM- Kozhikode, Symbiosis, XIMB and NIRMA. The students were required to write a case based on the Summer Internship or Live Project undertaken during the course of their MBA/ PGDM or other allied program.

Two teams from XISS participated in the event and made it to the top 10 list. The team XISSians comprised of Ms. Swati Singh and Mr. Roy J. Joseph and were mentored by Major Indrajeet Banerjee). They presented a case study on “Customer Relationship Management at Uflex Ltd”. The second team KXISS-MET comprised of Mr. Kumar Pranjal and Ms. Shruti Mishra under the guidance of Dr. Rohit Vishal Kumar. They presented a case on “Expansion of Urban Coverage and Quality of Service of Godrej Consumers Product Ltd”

The Team XISSians were declared as a 1st Runners-Up jointly with the team from XIMB and thereby received certificates and cash prize of Rs. 20,000. The second team KXISS-MET received “Certificate of Appreciation” from the judges and the jury for their presentation. All the students were from the PGDM-Marketing course at XISS. Internship based Case writing experience helped students develop a critical intellectual skill for deeper understanding of business issues/ problems.

Farewell to Dr. Mahadeo Sahu (30th July 2015)

Dr. Mahadeo Sahu, after a service period of 37 years in XISS, was superannuated on 30th July, 2015. Dr. Sahu was in the second batch of Rural Development course (1976-78) and after completion of his studies, was assigned as the Project Officer in Bero Block. Although a graduate in Commerce, he specialized in Social Forestry. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Forestry. With his expertise, he was also engaging classes for the students of Rural Development. In XISS, Dr. Sahu was associated with the Development Resource Centre (DRC), which is a training and development wing. Publication is an important area in DRC. Dr. Sahu was engaged in the publication of booklets, training materials, news letter and wall paper Hal-chal and Hamara Vikas. XISS will be ever grateful to Dr. Sahu for his committed service all these years. He was very popular among the students as well as the people in the field. XISS family wishes him good health and happy life in the days to come.

Farewell to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (28th July 2015)

Together with the entire nation, Director, Dr. Fr. Alex Ekka led the institute to pay homage to the great and beloved leader Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and offered prayers for the eternal reward of his departed soul. While the main condolence meeting was held in the auditorium, students in each class stood in a prayerful silence. Along with the sharing of personal experiences with Dr. Kalam, rich tributes were paid to the departed soul. XISS was in the process of inviting Dr. A.P. J Abdul Kalam on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Institute.

Nomination as Member JPSC

Dr. Krityanand Kumar Bhagat, Associate Professor in the department of Rural Management was appointed as a Member, Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) by the Honorable Governor of Jharkhand. As a member JPSC, he would be advising on methods of recruitment to various Civil Services; principles to be followed in making appointments to civil services of the State and granting promotions, transfers from one service to another, and the suitability of candidates for such appointments, promotions and transfers. The XISS family wishes him all success for the future.

Award of Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Anant Kumar, Assistant Professor in the department of Rural Management has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellowship. Dr. Kumar will join Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA as a visiting Fulbright scholar for nine months (September 2015- May 2016). Dr. Kumar will lecture and research on the topic “Use of technology in promoting Community Public Health”. We wish him success and hope that on his return the students of XISS benefit from his extended knowledge.

Inauguration Class of 2015-17 (17th June 2015)

The new academic session for the batch of 2015-17 began on 17th of June 2015 with a solemn inauguration session held in the XISS auditorium. Dr. George John, Vice Chancellor Birsa Agricultural University was the chief guest at the occasion. Dr. John exhorted the students to explore creativity and not be bogged down in mediocrity. The function began with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and the Head of the Departments. There after Fr. Alex Ekka (sj), Director XISS, welcomed the students and introduced the faculty members to the students.

In-House Faculty Development Program (11th & 12th May 2015)

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi hosted a two day in-house Faculty Development Program (FDP) at their campus in Ranchi on 11th and 12th of May 2015. The topic of the FDP was – “Pedagogies in Teaching & Learning with special reference to ‘Case Method’” The FDP was coordinated by Dr. Shyamal Gomes in collaboration with a team of faculty members and with the blessings of Dr. (Fr.) Alex Ekka SJ. (Director, XISS) and Dr. (Fr.) Ranjit Pascal Toppo SJ. (Assistant Director, XISS). “Case Method” is the de-facto teaching methodology followed in almost all business schools second only to lectures. However this tool – which was pioneered by the Harvard Business School – is perhaps the most misunderstood of all the teaching methodologies used in the business schools. Many a practitioners confuse Case Study Method (which is problem based learning approach) with Case Study (which is a research based methodology especially popular in Ethnographic Research). The in-house FDP aimed at clearing this confusion and helping the faculty members do a better job at delivering value to the management students of XISS.

On day 1 of the session, Ms. Shyamlee Minz, Deputy General Manager (Human Resources), General Motors Technical Centre India Pvt .Ltd. took an introductory session on “Management Education in Global Context: a competitive scenario”. Thus her discourse helped to put management education in perspective. Dr. Subhojit Bhattacharya and Dr. Rohit Vishal Kumar took the second session on “Management Education and Pedagogical Issues” where they highlighted the traditional and the new modes of pedagogy and the crisis facing the Indian management education. Dr. Shyamal Gomes took the post lunch session in which he delivered “Case Study with practical example of strategic management cases” followed by Management Games which was conducted by Prof. Ignatius Xaxa. The last session was the feedback session which was conducted by Dr. (Fr.) Ranjit Pascal Toppo SJ (Assistant Director, XISS) and Dr. Rajshree Verma.

On day 2 of the FDP, Dr. Soumya Sarkar of IIM Ranchi was the key speaker and he took two sessions on “Management Teaching & Learning Process through Cases” and “How to engage students in Case Assignments”. The post lunch session saw people put the learning into practice where teams of faculty members tried to solve multi-disciplinary cases and give presentations. Dr. Rajshree Vema would acted as the Master of ceremonies and was responsible for time management.

Besides the above, Prof. Baby Sebastian was responsible for the financial aspect of the program and Prof. Sajeet Lakra was responsible for the smooth running of the program. Prof. Lakra was supported by Mr. Christopher Crasto, Mr. Himanshu Mahanta, Mr. Pankaj Tirkey, Md. Sabir and Ms. Koyel Mukherjee. Finally Dr. (Fr.) Alex Ekka SJ, Director of XISS concluded the entire session and proposed vote of thanks.

Convocation 2015 (9th April 2015)

It is tough to make it to XISS. It is equally tough to let go

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi held its 54th Annual Convocation on 9th of April 2015 in a gala ceremony held at XISS Campus. It was a day of emotions at XISS. 301 diplomas were handed out to the students of the five postgraduate courses of the institute namely Human Resource Management (HRM), Rural Management (RM), Information Technology (IT), Marketing and Finance. The chief guest was Shri SD Tripathy (Vice President Human Resources of Tata Steel) who in his stirring speech told the students that along with the academics, the human touch (or the empathy for fellow human beings) is very important in the hands of the manager. Sharing his experiences he told the students that life will provide them with many opportunities and that they should make or capitalise on the opportunities to make their own identities.

XISS–THMC store (5th November 2014)

In another long list of additions to the formal and informal institutions of XISS, the XISS-THMC Retail Outlet was inaugurated and blessed on 5th of November 2014. The XISS-THMC Store was set up with two fold objectives – providing XISS memorabilia to the present and past students of XISS and to act as an outlet for the Tribal Handicraft Marketing Cell (THMC) so that the tribal handicrafts could reach the urban markets and give reasonable prices to their makers. The shop has attracted a lot of attraction from the day of inauguration and there are plans of taking it online so that alumni living in other corners of the world can connect with their alma mater.