30 Oct 2019 20:46 IST

XIMB celebrates 32nd Foundation Day

RPG group Chairman Sanjiv Goenka delivers address; awarded honorary doctorate by Xavier Univ

Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), established in October 1987, celebrated its annual “Foundation Day” on Wednesday. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP Group, was the chief guest and delivered the Foundation Day lecture. The RPG Group is an industrial conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai, with interests across sectors such as power and n natural resources, carbon black, IT and education, infrastructure, retail, media, entertainment and sports.

Sanjiv Goenka is a former President of All-India Management Association (AIMA). Goenka is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Global Leader for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum, Davos in 1993, the Outstanding Achievers Award from Indian Chamber of Commerce Young Leaders Forum 2005, the Indian Business Leader of the Year at Belfast Global India Business in 2013, the Banga Bibhushan Award for his contribution to the state of West Bengal in 2015, the Distinguished Fellowship Award of Institute of Directors, India at their 16th London Global Convention, 2016 and the Asian Leadership Award 2019 from Asian Association of Management Organization. Goenka is ranked No.18 in India Today’s list of 50 most powerful people in India in 2019.

Xavier University Bhubaneswar conferred an honorary doctorate in Business Management on Sanjiv Goenka. This is the third honorary degree conferred by the University since its inception in 2013. Fr. George Fernandes, Chairman, Board of Governors, XIMB and XUB presided over the function. Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Engineering Services, Kolkata, and Chairman Emeritus, introduced the chief guest to the audience. The new Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Fr. Antony R. Uvari, in the citation shed light on Sanjiv Goenka’s achievements as an industry stalwart.

In his speech, Goenka, shared his experience of managing the power utility business in CESC. He emphasised the essential role that motivation plays in any team, how the sense of pride in one’s organisation can propel any employee to achieve success. He mentioned how focused he has been on building customer services and customer relations which has led the business becoming acknowledged as a customer-friendly utility. He told the students that one success mantra to live by is: “Speak from the heart. Speak the truth. And you will be able to win the hearts of your customers.”

The occasion provided a good opportunity for the emerging managers of XIMB to interact with the chief guest. On the occasion, 28 faculty and staff were felicitated for their long and meritorious service to the institute. The celebration concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof Shridhar Kumar Dash, Dean, XIMB.