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Indore HR Summit-2013

Acropolis Faculty of Management and Research has organized “Second Indore HR Summit-2013” on 27 April 2013 on the theme“Enhancing the Multi-dimensional Potential of Human Capital”. The objective of this summit has been to share a common platform for top HR managers of the country to discuss relevant HR issues in context with current business environment. Acropolis has taken second initiative of inviting top HR professionals from reputed organizations.
The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Sumer Singh, Director of Acropolis Faculty of Management and Research. He elaborated the need of conducting this HR summit and threw light upon significant HR issues prevalent in the industry posing threats and opportunities for the corporate world. He said that such events are needed to link up industry with academia. Shri Ashok Sojatia, Shri Ashish Sojatia, Shri Gaurav Sojatia, Prof. M. K. Dube, Dr. M. D. Agrawal, Dr. Kamal Bharani welcomed all the Guests.
There were four sessions in HR Summit. The inaugural session was on Employee Engagement, Learning Management & Organisation Development [A Way Ahead for Sustenance], where speakers Mr. Prabir Jha [Sr. Vice President & Chief HR Officer, Tata Motors], Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee, [Founder and Vice President- Learning, Mindtree], Mr. Geet Anand [General Manager, Corporate HR, JM Baxi Group], Mr. Anil Sethi [Associate GM, HCL Technologies], and Mr. Vishal Khanna [CEO, Gestalt Intervention India Ltd.] have shared their valuable inputs on the subject matter. In their speech, the guests have congratulated Acropolis for organizing such events.
Mr. Prabir Jha has elaborated on the theme of employee engagement and said that learning can be done at any place. He threw light upon mentoring and reverse mentoring. A senior manager can learn many things from subordinates. The will to learn should be prevalent in all the managers. Identification of potential of the employees and using it in proper manner is the main element of employee engagement. He explained learning approach by the model which consisted of Define, Design, Deliver, Drive, Deploy and Document. Mr. Banerjee highlighted the key role of manpower towards brining productivity in the long run. He said that there are many resources in an organization, but most important resource is human resource which moves the other resources and ensures the development of the organization.
Mr. Anil Sethi said that creative thinking is the core of a business. He started his speech with a documentary of Edward de Bono and said that idea generation is the first step of innovation. The organization where creativity is most prevalent shows higher productivity and diversity. Innovativeness is the continuous flow of process without which the organization can not develop, he said. Mr. Anand emphasized on updation of human resource skills and role of organisation. He shared his thoughts on employee engagement with interesting stories and said that there is difference between employee engagement and employee satisfaction. An employee working in organization can be satisfied, but not engaged. Now the HR has become strategic partner and has moved beyond this. Mr. Khanna threw light upon fair HR practices in an organisation. He said that the most important duty of an HR manager is to constantly motivate the employees. In today’s world, competition has been like a rat race and more than competition, talent management is compulsory for an organization.
The first post-lunch session was on Quality of Work Life in Tandem with Social Service [The Mantra for Living, Growing and Progressing Together], where Swami Someswaranand ji [Director, Vivekanand Center for Indian Management] has emphasized on the need of quality of work life. He emphasized on the need of quality of work life. He said that values and ethics form an integral part of business and it should inculcate the sense of social responsibility. Along with service to organization and family, social service is also important.
The next session was on Developing Women Leaders: To ensure accomplishment of equal participation in corporate world, where Ms. Shailaja Jha [Assistant Vice President, Cognizant Technology, Mumbai] and Ms. Surabhi Kaul [Associate Director, DrReddy’s Laboratories Limited, Hyderabad] have given useful insights. They have spoken on efficiency of women leaders and their capabilities in the organisation. They highlighted the significance of leadership qualities among women managers. The final session was on Diversity Handling and Talent Supply Chain: Creating Value at Global Level, where Mr. Jeff Ericson and Mr. Dave Crumbo have elaborated on the theme. He emphasized that people management is the mantra for accomplishment of organization objectives.
In this event, there were many industry delegates from Dainik Bhaskar, Mphasis, Rajratan, Hindustan Motors, AVTEC, CHL Hospitals, Indo-German Tool Room, Mphasis, TNT, Crisil, Inspire, Flexituff, Cummins Turbo and academicians and students from reputed business schools like Shri Vaishnav Institute of Management, Jaipuria Institute, Sanghvi Institute of Management & Science and Swami Vivekanand College. The event was anchored by Prof. Priyanka Mokshmar and Prof. Silky Janglani. The event ended with sum up of the sessions and vote of thanks by Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sharma.
It has been for the second time in Central India that an institution has invited top HR professionals to discuss relevant HR issues. It is expected that this ‘Maha-kumbh’ of HR will generate thought provoking inputs for all concerned. It will be a milestone towards linking industry-institution partnership for the betterment of the society as a whole.
Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sharma
30 April 2013

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