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12185272_984567591603565_2867003868894980232_oStudents of XLRI under the banner of “Samarthya”, a student body dedicated to the cause of the development of potential of school children of Jamshedpur, organised Disha’15 on campus grounds to provide career guidance to students. This event was organized in association with the Federal Bank and Brubeck Bakery.

Disha, the career counselling workshop, saw a participation of a total of 300 students of both class X and XII along with their parents. Students from Loyola School, Motilal Nehru Public School, DBMS, ADLS Sunshine, Kerala Samajam Model School, Rajendra Vidyalaya, Beldih Church School, DAV, Narbheram Hansraj English School, JH Tarapore, Little Flower, KPS Burma Mines, Carmel Junior College and St. Mary’s English High School participated in the event.

The key speakers were: Fr. Sebastian Puthenpura (Principal, Loyola School), Ms. Indrani Singh (Principal, ADLS Sunshine School), Mr. Ronald D’Costa (Hotelier and XLRI alumnus – 1968 Batch), Sr. Doris D’Souza (Professor, XLRI) and Prof. ISF Irudayaraj (Professor, XLRI), Coordinator (CEMLR) and Chief Advisor (Samarthya). The event began with the lighting of the lamps and an enlightening welcome address by Prof. Irudayaraj. This was followed by several key note speeches by the dignitaries present. Fr. Sebastian spoke of dissonance caused by wrong career choices and encouraged students to live by the dictum of “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”. Ms. Indrani Singh talked about teachers as guides, mentors as well as friends and inspired students to break stereotypes. Sr. Doris talked about three pillars of life-nature, nurture and teacher. Mr. Ronald D’Costa talked of entrepreneurship and taking the road less travelled.


The counselling session started with a discussion by experts on the process of selecting a career followed by other events in which the students of XLRI from as diverse as 20 backgrounds talking to them about their own career paths in life. There were kiosks for various career options like Law, Sociology, Commerce, Arts, Medicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Mass Media, Hotel Management and Armed Forces where XLRI students of the relevant background took the individual questions and doubts that the students raised.



The whole process garnered a lot of interest  and enthusiasm from the students  as well as parents with them asking many inquisitive questions. They were elated as they got to talk to an XLer who had served the Indian Air Force and one who had been a scientist in DRDO for 4 years before coming to XLRI. One of the students seemed particularly hopeful. She said “I always wanted to become a journalist but my father insists that I should become an engineer. I hope Samarthya will help me in understanding how I can explore this career option further and help me achieve my dream in life.”


Arun and Himanshu, the Convenors of Samarthya said “When I had just graduated of my school, I always felt that had there been someone who could have guided me according to my abilities and my interests; it would have been so great. We at Samarthya, are just trying to provide that opportunity to the young students of Jamshedpur.”

XLRI faculty member, Professor ISF Irudayaraj, who is the guiding force behind Samarthya, commented: “It is indeed a great initiative on the part of XLRI students to reach out to school youth to help them understand the purpose and meaningfulness of a happy life.

It is a commendable activity which our students have undertaken as a part of ‘Centre for Education, Research and Leadership’ of XLRI. I wish them all the best.”



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