Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi

Location: Ranchi
Director: Dr Alexius Ekka s.j
Approval/Accreditation: AICTE approved
Flagship programme: PGD in Personnel Management
Student intake
: 75
Fees (full course): Rs. 158,000,
Board & lodging (two years): Rs. 31,200
Admission test cut-off: XAT - 30
Full-time faculty: 11 (Professors: 1; Asst Professors: 7; Asso. Professors: 2) Faculty with industry experience (over 10 years): Nil
Average placement salary
: Rs. 4 lakhs
Top recruiters
: Vedanta, Tata Steel, GMR, Lehman Brothers, VSNL, ITC Future Group
Student festival: Panache, PHONiX, MArT Voice
Web site: www.xiss.ac.in
Other programmes: PGDM (Rural Development), PGDM 
(Information Management), PGDM(Financial Management) PGDM(Marketing) All are of 24 months’ duration

XISS, governed by the Jesuit Society, is considered by many who specifically want to pursue higher studies in personnel management or rural development. XISS has come a long way from being just a centre of the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, which offered a nine-month diploma in social service to a batch of 20-25 students. Today, it has 350 seats a year and offers five programmes. Other programmes comprise Information Management, finance and marketing. Dr. Alexius, Director, who resumed office in September 2009, emphasises on research and planning activities in great detail. He outlines long and short duration research projects, publication records and XISS’ initiatives in advocacy and activism.

According to Dr. Anant K Pandey, Assistant Professor, XISS is also known for its initiatives on social and developmental issues such as the livelihood and rights of tribal people, health concerns of people particularly in the mining region and issues related to education, women and child welfare. The PGDM programme in personnel management receives the maximum number of applications, at least three times more than PGDM in marketing. The core subjects cover various aspects of human resource management including industrial relations, labour legislations and community development apart from the foundation subjects comprising research methodology, principles of management and managerial economics etc.

According to a student, the USP of the course is the intensive practical training involving 10 days of industrial camp, where they are exposed to HR practices, six weeks of summer training in factories that essentially include a survey on a relevant HR topic and finally, an industrial tour of at least 10 factories. Other factors which go down well with students include field projects, entrepreneur development programmes, the faculty and a  well-stocked library.

SR Shauq, HoD, Personnel management, states in the annual report Axis 2009 that many students were placed in the corporate sector in 2007-’09, and  remuneration ranged between Rs. 2.4 lakhs and Rs 17 lakhs, including international placements.

“Most of the present achievements are due to the dynamism of Father Dr. Beni A. Ekka, our previous director,” says a student. “Faculty is good but we need more with industry experience,” he says. XISS currently has 44 core faculty members across all five programmes, with 30 percent possessing a PhD.

The campus, located in the city centre, is not fully residential. While the girls’ hostel accommodates 200, and faculty quarters are in a separate campus, there’s limited accommodation available for boys who can stay at Loyola Hostel or the YMCA hostel. The academic day winds up at 5 p.m, after which students are free to be associated with the Cultural and Sports Committee (CASC), PHONiX or MArT Voice, and participate in management games, business quizzes, academic and social debates, research projects and many other activities.