Jamshedpur, Nov 14 (IBNS) Ensemble 2011, the 10th edition annual management festival of XLRI concluded on Sunday, bringing to a close a succession of arduous multi-domain contests in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Strategy and Operations accompanied by high emotions and unadulterated entertainment.
With a participation by more than 200 participants from top B-schools of the country like like ISB Hyderabad, IIM A, B, C, L, I, MDI Gurgaon, IIFT Delhi, IMT-G, NITIE, IIM Ranchi and Delhi School of Economics, the fest certainly turned out to be an amalgamation of the passion, business acumen and self-expression.
Teams from these B-Schools vied for top honors and an astonishing total cash prize of Rs 12 Lakh in various business competitions spanning all the management domains. Mahindra & Mahindra Group was the title sponsor for the extravaganza.
Ensemble 2011, three-day annual Business Schools Extravaganza at XLRI, kick started with a grand ceremony.
The fest was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Allen Sequeira - Executive Vice President, Mahindra Group along with Guest of Honor, Fr Michael Thanaraj - President Jamshedpur Jesuits Society and Fr. Abraham - Director XLRI.
One of the main draws of the Ensemble 2011 was Idea summit presentations which revolved around the theme of Ensemble "Bridging the gap".
Speakers panel at the idea summit were Kiran Bedi, Rajiv Dubey, the President Group HR and After-Market of the Mahindra Group S Siva Kumar, Chief Executive of Agri-Business Division of ITC and Krishna Kumar, MD, SBI.
Bedi spoke about the Leadership of Today and Tomorrow.
She encouraged the students of XLRI and other management schools to take up a more proactive role on the national front.
She urged 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.
The session by Rajeev Dubey emphasized that the fountainhead 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 make them walk that extra mile resulting in excellent performance by the organization.
S Siva Kumar, Chief Executive of Agri-Business Division of ITC, who is the architect of ITCs famous e-Chaupal concept, addressed the audience by first stating the reason of the divide between haves and have-nots in the world and then broadened it to India by bringing forth the plight of Indian farmers.
Banking on his experience of working with the farmers through the e-Choupal, he stated how information technology could be leveraged for that strata and giving them what they deserve. Mr Krishna Kumar, the Managing Director of the State Bank of India gave a lecture on the Role of banking in Indian growth story. He dwelled upon various causes of income disparity throughout the world. He accentuated the need of financial literacy to fill this gap.
XLRI witnessed massive participation in the events throughout the three days.
The Flagship Event War of Wits (HR Management Event) was won by the team from ISB Hyderabad and the team from Delhi School of Economics were runners-up. 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.
XLRI grabbed top two positions at the Biz quiz conducted by quiz master Bishwabijoy Sen with team from IIM Lucknow emerging as third. GENESIS a social B-plan event was won by DIMAT-Raipur, NITIE and IIT-Kharagpur emerged as first and second runner ups.
St. Xavier's College Kolkata won the quizzing event El Dorado followed by XLRI as runner up. Clairvoyant a Sales & Marketing sponsored by SHELL was won by XLRI followed by IIM-Shillong.
XLRI maintained their dominance in field of IR by winning IR event "Strike or Yield". XLRI also won Evolvere a marketing case study event brought in association with Aircel, with IIM-A being runner-up.
XLRI got first position and NMIMS-Mumbai second at the Banker's Dilemma. Quest Adventura, an adventure sports event, which was conducted in association with Jharkhand Tourism, continued for the third day with participants sweating it out for the thrill of competition.
Cultural committee Dracula was organised with assemblage of cultural & informal events, street plays on social issues, couple mania and Face painting events.
Final day of Ensemble commenced with Jamshedpur mini run.
This was Jamshedpur City's first ever mini-marathon and it championed the cause of waking up an entire city to our nation's obvious and subtle socioeconomic inequalities.
The day continued with cluster of events in diverse domains: Marketing strategy event Circus Maximus, Pandora-an event based on game theory and strategy, Banker's dilemma-a competition based on banking sector cases, business strategy event-Strategikon and general quizzing event-El Dorado.