60 years of Professional Service and still going strong…. Prof Philip, Founder & Chairman of XIME

By | Ramesh Ranjan | Editor | www.humanengineers.com 

He is batting on 60 and still not out……

I strongly believe that Age is only a number and is not an impediment to live life to the full. Prof J Philip, Founder & Chairman of Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) is a living example.

Prof J Philip aged about 84 years is completing 60 years of Public Service in the field of Management and Education. A rare feat for any individual. At a time when most people retire at the age of 60 years, Prof Philip is celebrating 60 years of active Professional Service. He is actively working (10am-6pm) every day 6 day a week and leads from the front. Work is like Oxygen for him and he breathes XIME day in and day out.

He is a rare mix of Industry and Academia professional representing the best of both worlds. He is a visionary leader with a credo of his own, and a mission sublime. A thorough gentleman, a scholar, a mentor, a story teller and a person with strong opinions; and straight forward — he will mince no words and tell it as it is. He is firm, unflappable and demanding, an intellect, conscientious, dedicated, disciplined and ingenious.

In him, we see a visionary, a man with a disciplined mind ready to cultivate the art of the possible and works with a Never say Die attitude. For him high standards matter, details matter and in him knowledge reigns & wisdom prevail.

He is an inspiration to students & faculty, with dreams to dream and mountains to climb and shows an indefatigable spirit but always projecting a calm demeanor.

The biggest lessons are not from a book but from experiences like working with people like Prof Philip. I have been fortunate to be associated with him and be inspired in my pursuit of learning & sharing my knowledge & experiences at the Institute. He has been a friend, philosopher and mentor to me.

He is a great net-worker and an Institution builder as can be seen from the many Institutions of repute that he has built in his illustrious career over the years. He strongly believes that Leaders must build an Organisation Culture that is based on

  • Innovation
  • Aggression
  • Outcome oriented

In great appreciation for his years of dedication to education, and especially for all the lives that he has impacted over the years! May the blessings of good health, the joy of good friends, a loving family, and the contentment of a job well done, fill his remaining life with good health and happiness!

We congratulate him on this memorable feat and day! and wish bright long days ahead.


About Prof Philip

Prof. J. Philip is the Founder of Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) and is currently the Chairman of XIME. It is one of the leading Business Schools in India. He started XIME in Bangalore 25 years back and subsequently set up two more center’s in Kochi and Chennai.

Educated at XLRI, Jamshedpur and Harvard Business School,USA, Prof. Philip has a rich blend of experience in management, both in public and private sectors, in human resources development and in educational administration.

Prof. Philip started his career at Xavier Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur in 1960, where he became Dean and Professor of Management in March 1970. He was one of the founders of the MBA programme of XLRI. In fact, he was the first non-Jesuit Dean of XLRI and that too at the age of 34.

He left XLRI and joined SAIL in 1971 and served them till 1980. Among his many notable achievements at SAIL he was the Principal of the Management Training Institute.

In January 1980 he joined Oberoi Hotels Group as its Vice President (Human Resources), managing its Human Resources world-wide.

He was the President of the Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) during 1979-1980, and currently its National Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Prof. Philip made an impact in management education field as:

  • The Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore from 1985 to 1991, the top B-School among the 4000 in India.
  • The Founder President of the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) – the National Association of All top Business Schools of India.
  • He is also the Founder President of the Association of BRICS Business Schools (ABBS), the first association of management schools of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) established in Jan. 2009.
  • Founded in 1991, and built XIME as a top B-School of India.

He is the recipient of many awards like:

  • J. Mathai National Fellow Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Cause of Management Education in India-1999.
  • XLRI’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Profession and Societal Contribution – Nov. 2010.
  • AIMA’s [National Managers Association], Delhi – KewalNohria Award for Academic Leadership in Management Education for 2011 on 14th September, 2011.
  • Le Matina Educational Leadership Award at Mauritius in December 2011.

He is author of many books in the area of Management, the latest one being:

‘Human Resource Practices and Labour Laws: An International Perspective’.



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