As the dust settles on the grounds of XLRI, which were resounding till recently with the war-cries of students from top One-Year MBA courses across India who had converged on the XLRI campus to fight for top honours at XLerate, we bring you the highlights of the event.
The second edition of XLerate has drawn to a close after a roller coaster ride and in what turned out to be a repeat performance, XLRI, the host and defending champions, were crowned champions at XLerate for second year in a row.
XLerate is a national level sports and cultural fest organized by XLRI exclusively for students of the One Year MBA programs in India. The tagline for the event says ‘the war that unites’ and XLRI says that this event puts forth a platform for collaboration for the community of future leaders.
The event witnessed participation from students of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Indian Institue of Management, Ahemadabad, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, SP Jain, Mumbai, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and XLRI, Jamshedpur.
The curtain raiser saw Charles Borromeo, an Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee, address the students. Now the head of sports department at Tata Steel, he stressed on the need to participate in such events rather than to focus on winning. “One has to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat”.
Fr. James Santhanam, S.J., associate dean of Student Affairs and Dr. Pranabesh Ray, Dean Academics also addressed the gathering. Keeping up with the XL culture, traditional lighting of the lamps marked the opening of the meet.
The first event of the extravaganza was a case study competition where students were given a live case study which the students had to solve. IIM C came out triumphant and XLRI were the runners up at this event.
As the day progressed, the teams collided in the sports arena. While Great lakes took the honours in Volleyball by beating SP Jain Mumbai, IIM C displayed their acumen in Carrom and was clear winner as XLRI followed suit. SP Jain came back triumphant in Badminton while Great Lakes again proved their mettle in Chess by winning the event. The hosts eventually bagged their first win of the event by winning Pool that dragged way beyond midnight.
While sports were the order of the day on Day 1, cultural events stole the limelight on Day 2.
XLRI dominated the cultural events by winning Solo dance, Skit and Solo singing where as Great Lakes won the coveted Group Dance event and the Fashion Show.
As the night descended, ‘Underground Authority’, a rock band, took to the stage and enthralled students.
The last day of the meet began early with a flurry of finals to be played. Students of XLRI were victorious in Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Futsal and Cricket and got the better of Great Lakes in all of the events.
Eventually XLRI was crowned the overall champion and Great Lakes was crowned runners up. The event concluded with the award distribution ceremony.
As participants packed their bags to leave for their respective destinations, a sense of nostalgia prevailed. Though teams fought it out hard on field, there was lot of camaraderie and bonding off the field.