Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace conferred on Sanjiv Mehta of Hindustan Unilever
XLRI-Xavier School of Management celebrated its 64th annual convocation virtually, bidding farewell to the 2018-20 batch.
Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, graced the convocation ceremony as chief guest.
A total of 527 students received their graduating certificates and medals virtually.
Congratulating the students on their graduation day, T. V. Narendran, chairman, board of governors, XLRI, said, “As you join the remarkable network of XLRI alumni, let the valuable education that has been imparted to you in the preceding two years, be a guiding force to help enable you to make this world more sustainable and liveable for future generations. I urge you to espouse a professional and ethical attitude in your work-life journey and try to give back to society to the extent possible.”
Fr. P Christie S.J., director, XLRI, advised the graduating students to uphold the values they have imbibed at XLRI, to be responsible leaders who are extraordinary professionals with a sensitive conscience. “It is indeed my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of you. This convocation was scheduled to be held on March 21, 2020, nearly a year ago, but we had to cancel the event at the last moment because of lockdown. Though we would have been delighted to see all of you on the campus, witnessing the graduates receiving your medals and diplomas physically, considering the circumstances, we opted for a virtual convocation. We are proud of your achievements and brilliant accomplishments, my heartfelt appreciation to the faculty and staff of XLRI for assisting you on your academic journey. We had a successful year in 2019-20 and it is the result of our teamwork and our determination to take this institution forward and make it globally renowned and a top-ranked business school in the country.”
XLRI conferred the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace on Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He also delivered the convocation address.
Father Christie described Mehta as “an exceptional corporate leader, whose vision, innovativeness, and commitment to compassionate capitalism has taken Unilever to prodigious heights both in India and worldwide”.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the governing board of XLRI for bestowing on me the prestigious Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace. It is a big honour and a great privilege to receive this medal,” Mehta said.
Delivering the convocation speech, he told the students, “If you don’t keep learning and reinventing yourself, how will you reinvent the businesses you lead? Agility and adaptability are the two important traits of successful leaders, especially during turbulent times. The pandemic taught us that we need to stay alert and responsive and adapt to the changing conditions. The past few months also reminded us of the need for compassion and kindness. The degrees you have earned are not the passports to a fulfilling life but should be treated as a call to action as you get set to seize the opportunity with your wisdom. You have been entrusted with the responsibility of making the world a much better place to live in.”
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