By Monica Sather | Student Reporter
Arup Varma, PhD, professor of management, was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, XLRI – Xavier School of Management, at its annual Homecoming in December 2017.
Varma received his Master’s in Human Resources from the Jesuit school, which is located in Jamshedpur, India.
“The visit back to XLRI to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award was very special to me,” says Varma, “Visiting the campus more than three decades after I graduated indeed brought home why the ceremony is called homecoming.”
The Distinguished Alumnus Awards are given each year to alumni who have made a significant contribution in their field of expertise. Each year, nominations are sought from alumni inviting them to nominate their fellow alumni who they feel ought to be recognized and celebrated. A selection committee then decides on the final recipients each year.
“I have kept in touch with friends from XLRI, and they let me know that they were going to get the ball rolling and nominate me for the award,” says Varma. “I’m very honored and grateful to have their support.”
Varma was one of nine XLRI alumni recognized and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in the academic category, due to his strong research publishing record and multiple awards over the years for teaching, research, and service.
The recognition comes on the heels of his recent Fulbright Scholarship. Varma begins his tenure as a Fulbright Scholar in Lucknow, India, in January 2018 where he will work on developing a model that can be used by multinational companies worldwide to evaluate expatriates.
“The award itself is very meaningful, as it is recognition from one's alma mater, but the warm welcome really makes it significant,” says Varma. “I have already made up my mind to go back to XLRI soon.”