‘The corporate world look out for people comfortable with volatility,’ says Dr. (Fr.) Alexius Ekka, Director, XISS Ranchi
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius Ekka, Director, XISS Ranchi, speaks to Careers360 on how the corporate world is changing, and the steps taken to make students industry-ready. In the interview Dr. (Fr.) Alexius Ekka also shares how the institute maintains sync between industry and academia. Read the complete interview with Dr. (Fr.) Alexius Ekka below.
For the aspirants of XISS Ranchi, Dr. Ekka mentions the admission process and placement data of 2017 batch. While sharing the initiatives planned for the upcoming years, he talks about the emphasis laid on areas like analytics, machine learning, AI and live projects.
Excerpts of the interview:
Careers360: With top recruiters being cautious in hiring, how are you preparing your students for the emerging challenges in the job market?
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius: Definitely, the world market is undergoing major changes with automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and government decisions making organisations hire with caution. We understand this and we have already started to make students more prepared for the changing requirements. Jobs are there but it needs different kind and level of skills as well as full commitment to deliver. We feel that analysing the industry trends and their requirements are the key for preparing students for the future need of various organizations. We are ensuring active involvement and participation of students in various activities and preparing them as per the “job descriptions” of last year’s job offers, collecting and analysing feedback of students placed during campus placement processes.
Careers360: How has been the placement of the 2017 batch?
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius: Our 291 students received 247 offers from 93 participating companies. There were 32 companies, which were first-time recruiters. Average salary offered was Rs. 6.12 lakh per annum (LPA) whereas the lowest salary was Rs. 3.8 LPA. The highest salary package was Rs. 15.5 LPA. BFSI was the highest recruiting sector and the profiles for which maximum offers were made included Business Development and Sales & Marketing.
Careers360: Which companies made the highest number of offers to students?
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius: ITC made the highest offer. Other top recruiters included General Electric (GE), ITC, BPCL, Vedanta, CISCO, HUL, Quess Corp, Ujjivan Financial Services, Exide, Godrej & Boyce, Atria Convergence Technologies, Hero Moto Corp, Maruti Suzuki, etc.
Careers360: Any unique academic initiatives you are planning to launch in the upcoming academic years?
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius: We understand the importance of analytics, machine learning, AI. Thus, greater emphasis will be on these areas. We are also encouraging the students for live projects.
Careers360: Please share details of admission cut-off and other admission criteria?
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius: XISS invites applications through CAT, XAT as well as CMAT. For the department of Human Resource management, the cut-off marks were 60, 60 and 65 (percentile) for CAT, XAT and CMAT respectively. Similarly, for the departments of Marketing and Finance, it was 50, 50 and 55 (percentile). Departments of Rural Management and Information Technology required a cut-off of 40, 40 and 45 (percentile). The cut-off marks are most likely to remain the same.
Careers360: How is industry-academia sync at your institute?
Dr. (Fr.) Alexius: The institute ensures that every student has some opportunity or the other to visit and interact with industry professionals, mainly in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata. Live projects and assignments from the corporate world are entertained and students are assigned time-bound tasks. Moreover, stalwarts from the corporate world frequently visit XISS and address the students where the explain their growth path and the realities of corporate life.
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i have been selected for Admission in IMS Ghaziabad in pgdm marketing and IT.Today I got an offer from XISS Ranchi for pgdm rural management. I have already deposited 65000 to IMS ghaziabad which is refundable if declined. My parents want me to go to xiss ranchi but NGO and villages dont appeal me.
If we compare IMS Gaziabad and Xiss ranchi for it's specific specialisation, then undoubtedly with past records rural management at xiss ranchi stands at a better position. Rural management may involve you in NGo and travelling to villages to work in those areas but that's not always the case. MBA graduates in rural management is also required in CSR wings of the corporate and public sector, livelihoods focused organisations, micro-finance institutions, small finance banks among others.But moreover it's your decision and you should choose the field which interest you the most. Also if you are taking admission this year, then I'll recommend you to please take college reputation in the industry into consideration as placements are going to be severally affected due to covid-19.
how is pgdm rural management from XISS Ranchi
XISS ranchi is a renowed Institute for management studies. There are two management courses at xiss ranchi which are considered very good in terms of placement and education. One is human resource and other one is rural development. And if you are looking for admission in rural development at xiss then you can definitely go for it..
Nirma Mba or Xiss Hr which should i join?
No offense against any institutes as both of this institute are very well known and have their own pros and advantages. But if I were about to choose, I would have gone with NIRMA UNIVERSITY, AHMEDABAD. It's ranked among the top 30 B-schools of India and is one of the best in the field as well as it has great faculty and educational facilities along with well equipped labs and infrastructure. The placement opportunities are also decent.
Refer to the sites below to know about detail about both of the colleges...
Both of them have fees close to 10 lakhs per annum.
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Can I apply in XISS without XAT score card??/
XISS admissions are ongoing, if you are desirous of seeking admission at Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi will have to appear in an all India level management admission test. XISS, Ranchi considers only the following three admission test scores for shortlisting the candidates i.e. XAT, CAT and CMAT.
If you have not given XAT 2020, you can apply through CAT, CMAT as well.
One last GDPI session is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd March, 2020 at Ranchi. For more information, please check XISS Ranchi Admission 2020 .
which is better for MBA - XISS Ranchi or icfai business school gurgaon
Talking about XISS RANCHI if you are getting HR from that college than it will be a best option for you because it is one of the best college for Human Resource Management in India. Other than HR all other options like finance marketing and rural is just an average option which I won't recommend you. Talking about ICFAI gurgaon it is a branch college of ICFAI business school Hyedrabad and it is also an average MBA college which I won't recommend you to do. So from my side XISS HRM is best option if you are not able to get it don't go for anything work hard and try for getting some good MBA college.
I hope the above information is beneficial for you.
All the best.