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On 1st September 2018, Mr. Debashis Sen – IAS, Chairman and MD, WBHIDCO (West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation), New Town, Kolkata

He delivered a lecture on “Opportunities of Information Technology in West Bengal. He initiated the delivery by stating the facts and undercurrents about the rising trends of IT in West Bengal, emphasizing on the increasing number of permanent employees and the total exports in the year 2016-17. He pointed out many enterprises such as Genpact, Wipro, Infosys also came up for the Bengal Global Business summit, the main objective of which was to nurture the future of IT in West Bengal and to position West Bengal at the IT hub of the country. He also mentioned that West Bengal has its advantages which will help in developing IT infrastructure; rich culture and leading growth engine of the country. He further stated that Bengal’s Silicon Valley Hub is also a major step taken towards creating opportunities of IT in West Bengal. It is spread over 100 acres plot of land. The main objective is to increase job opportunities for creative and non-creative work which requires specific skill set. This helps to build an ecosystem to draw people in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud storage servers, 3D printing techniques, Block Chain technology etc. He pointed out that today, data analytics and IT are developing at a very fast rate and has become the most important resource for business organizations. Data is now being used to store information and records of hospitals and schools, to get signals from ambulances and police for quick co-ordination and disaster management. He concluded by saying that data is for the general public’s benefit.

On 10th October, 2018 Mr. Jayanta Saha, Vice President – HR, Khadims India Ltd. delivered a lecture in the area of Performance Management and discussed how it is conducted in his organization.

He delivered a lecture on “Opportunities of Information Technology in West Bengal. He initiated the delivery by stating the facts and undercurrents about the rising trends of IT in West Bengal, emphasizing on the increasing number of permanent employees and the total exports in the year 2016-17. He pointed out many enterprises such as Genpact, Wipro, Infosys also came up for the Bengal Global Business summit, the main objective of which was to nurture the future of IT in West Bengal and to position West Bengal at the IT hub of the country. He also mentioned that West Bengal has its advantages which will help in developing IT infrastructure; rich culture and leading growth engine of the country. He further stated that Bengal’s Silicon Valley Hub is also a major step taken towards creating opportunities of IT in West Bengal. It is spread over 100 acres plot of land. The main objective is to increase job opportunities for creative and non-creative work which requires specific skill set. This helps to build an ecosystem to draw people in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud storage servers, 3D printing techniques, Block Chain technology etc. He pointed out that today, data analytics and IT are developing at a very fast rate and has become the most important resource for business organizations. Data is now being used to store information and records of hospitals and schools, to get signals from ambulances and police for quick co-ordination and disaster management. He concluded by saying that data is for the general public’s benefit.

An Interactive session on "India-Korea bilateral relationship: Prospects ahead" was conducted by Mr.Yoo Chang Ho, Minister Counsellor, Korean Embassy on December 10, 2018.

It was an evening packed with students of XBS, Faculty Members, Deans. The other Guest of Honor for this occasion was Mr. Rajib Kaul, Chairman of the Nicco Engineering Services Limited (NESL).

On 28th January, 2019 Mr. Shankha Ghosh delivered a lecture on Enterprise Resource Planning.

Sir has been serving as the Principal Consultant of Genpact India, with over 16 years of overall experience in diverse industries like Finance and Accounting and Manufacturing. He initiated his delivery by stating the meaning of an ERP system, a single system that integrates the data and processes of an organization. He told the students about how an ERP allows managers to look vertically and horizontally across the organization to see the information that they must see in order to be predictive in their managerial roles. He then talked about the time when there was no ERP. Each unit of a business had to be accesses and processed separately which would result in delays, lost orders and errors. He then also gave an outlook of the scenario of a business after the implementation of an ERP system. The ERP system integrated and secured self-service processes of a business. Towards the end he mentioned about the various return on organization can get by implementing an ERP system. He said how ERP eliminates redundant data, can help produce goods and services quickly therefore resulting in increased sales volume.

On February 28, 2019, Mr. Debashis Mukherjee, Area Sales Manager of Adani Wilmar Limited motivated the students of Xavier Business School to embark upon an enigmatic journey of how to transform oneself into an efficient leader.

His words reverberated the phrase, "Life is like a ten-speed bicycle, most of us have gears but we never use". He believed in identifying the strength within one's own self in order to taste the flavor of a sumptuous exploration of life.

On 24th September, Mr. Dhruba Mukherjee, Vice President, The Telegraph, ABP Pvt. Ltd. addressed our students at Xavier Business School on the topic "Career scope and prospects in Marketing"

He spoke about how the concept of brand value is changing now and about various current issues and challenges that marketers are facing today. He also introduced the concepts of Need Value Matrix and Dating Matrix in the seminar.

On 31 October, 2018, Mr. Arka Adhya, the Regional Head (East) of Paytm enlightened the MBA students at Xavier Business School, about Paytm's journey where he elaborated about flexible marketing strategies, security measures and innovations of Paytm.

Mr. Arka stated that Paytm will leave no stones unturned in order to revolutionize the global economy. Paytm has turned conspicuous as a digital wallet and an e-commerce payment system and it further proposes to extend its innovations to deem superior in the world ecosystem. Mr. Arka further indicated that Paytm acknowledges the challenges today but he sincerely believes that the company's upheaval is interminable since they believe in surpassing yesterday's success for a brighter tomorrow.

On 7th January, 2019 Mr. Maharshi Chakrabarti – Senior Manager – Industry and Corporate Strategy, Accenture delivered a Seminar Lecture for the students of Xavier Business School on the topic “Automation Spectrum and Artificial Intelligence”.

Mr. Chakrabarti initiated by stating the facts and undercurrents about how Artificial Intelligence will impact the future of work, emphasizing on the increasing risk of jobs in banking sector due to AI and also about how AI will take over the world in the upcoming years. He also talked about what AI can do in automation sector and how intelligent forms of automation are changing the ways companies operate. He also talked about the increasing rate of production in China and how the country is drawing up technical standards with which they are putting strategic plans with Chinese government to wire the world with AI.

The seminar was conducted on February 22, 2019 on interpersonal relationships by Mr. Sudipto Roy, Managing Director, Accenture.

He started the session by saying "Professional excellence is very different from academic excellence". He enlightened the students by saying that behavioral skills should have 3 C's that is context, content and confidence and that one should also understand relationship.

On 18th March, 2019 Ms. Swati Ghosh, HR Manager, SREI visited the campus on 8th March, 2019 to deliver a lecture on “Emotional Intelligence”.

She mentioned few emotions that the students come across everyday like anger happiness, fear, love etc. and how understanding Emotional Intelligence helps to control emotions and manage impulses. She explained what Response vs. Reaction is. She emphasized on the importance of self-awareness. She mentioned about the six components that constitute Emotional Intelligence. She even had put up some facts on how emotions affect health and told how to manage emotions through engaging in hobbies, listening music, taking a quite walk, empathy etc. This session was extremely important and beneficial as being a manager the most crucial aspect is to manage people while keeping oneself calm and composed and this is possible only when one knows about emotions and how to control actions following those emotions.

Ms. Jayeeta Nandi, Regional HR - East, Kellogg India Private Ltd.

The Covid-19 pandemic, needless to say, has got us confined to our homes. But Xavier Business School (XBS), despite these constrictions, continues to provide its students with excellent practical exposure by means of insightful webinars, fascinating interactive sessions, and a lot more. The students and faculty members of XBS got an incredible opportunity on 8th August, 2020, to host Ms. Jayeeta Nandi, Regional HR - East, Kellogg India Private Ltd., where she truly enriched the students with her gamut of knowledge and experience as they had some priceless takeaways from her session on “Changing Trends in the Job Market in the New Normal”.