Fr. Paul. Fernandes, S.J. has taken over the responsibilities as the new director of XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur with immediate effect, succeeding Fr. P. Christie, S.J. who has completed his term.
An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur Fr. Paul. Fernandes (BM '86 Batch) had worked at XLRI for many years in various capacities. Besides being a Faculty member, he was the Financial Controller. He was also the Founder Chairperson of Father Arrupe Centre for Excellence (FACE), now rechristened as ‘FACES.' Fr. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Economics and Ethics from KU, WWF Ingolstadt, Germany and also completed M. Sc. in Economics and M. A. Licentiate in Applied Ethics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
He was appointed as the Director of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) in December 2012. He is the first Vice-Chancellor of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB). Besides being an educationist and administrator, Fr. Paul Fernandes has been a researcher and writer.
Speaking on his appointment, Fr. Paul. Fernandes, S.J., Director, XLRI, said, “It is a huge responsibility to help shepherd XLRI in these challenging times. One of the goals of XLRI is to nurture global responsible leaders who are conscious and sensitive towards the needs of lesser privileged sections of society and inspire them to work for the greater common good. We will continue to place a strong emphasis on our ethos.”