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Bhubaneswar: “HR is the pivot which balances the entire organisation,” said Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT & KISS while inaugurating the 8th National HR Conclave of KIIT School of Management here on Saturday.
Dr. Samanta shared his experience and insights on and cited the example of two very successful organisations – KIIT and KISS – to make the point that HR is more practical than conceptual knowledge
The theme of the conclave was “Beyond HR: Transcending Functional Boundaries”.
Panel discussions were organized on different aspects of HR during the conclave. The first panel on the theme comprised Ajay Kaul, Ex-President & CEO, Jubilant Foodworks; Lata Menon, Senior VP-HR; Aegis Ltd.; Ashok Kumar Mohanty, VP – Strategic Transformation, Business Excellence, Tata Housing & Development; Tojo Jose, CHRO, Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. and Sandeep Banerjee, VP – HR, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.
The discussions concentrated on the changing roles of HR leaders in a fast emerging digitalized world. Given the importance and the work ehtics of Gen Z in today’s organization, HR professionals need to capitalize on building human quotient. The panel also discussed the importance of mentoring and coaching for employees.
The second panel discussion comprised Chandrashekhar Pingali, Founder & Managing Director, ICube Consortium Pte. Ltd.; Meenaa Sharma, CHRO, Reliance Money; Chandrashekhar Mukherjee, Group Chief People Officer, SREI Infrastructure Ltd.; Vivekanand Roy, VP & Head FTTX, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Umesh Kamath, Director – HR, Robosoft.
The theme of the second track was “Impact of Technology on Restructuring Traditional Human Resource Practices”. The panel started the discussion by talking about the relationship between Human Capital and Human Resource Management. The panel felt that at a strategic level human touch would always retain its importance despite the all-pervasive nature of technology. Hence, the biggest challenge today is the unification of human touch and technology.
The third track on the theme “New Frontiers in HR and Business”. The panellists were Himanshu Chakrawarti, CEO, HiCare Services; Prabir Kumar Ray, Advisor – Strategy and Business Development, Prism Cement, Johnson Tiles and RMC India; Prashant Srivastava, President – Human Capital and People’s Excellence, Reliance Group.; Vijay Sinha, Sr. VP-HR, JSW Energy Ltd.; Ashish Anand, Director and Head of HR, Religare Finvest Ltd.
The panel concurred that with the gradual disappearance of vertical boundaries and the greater use of technology, new challenges and opportunities have emerged for the spectrum of HR in aligning with the larger vision of the organization.
The final session of the conclave had ten informative and interactive workshops with thought-provoking discussions on topics such as Role of HR in Building and Engaging a Virtual Workforce; Sweeping Changes in Labor Legislations; Role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions.
The conclave was one of the three National Level events organized by KIIT School of Management in the areas of HR, Marketing and Finance to bring industry closer to academia, which provided students an opportunity to interact with business leaders and policy makers for holistic learning.