Bhubaneswar: KIIT School of Management organized its 10th National HR Conclave here in Odisha on Saturday. This year, the theme of the event was “Critical Competencies for the Future: Is Change the only Constant?”
Inaugurating the conclave Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, HR is very vital for any organization, industry. KIIT & KISS can be considered as shining examples of organisations which have achieved excellence in managing human resources. The rise of KIIT to be amongst the top 20 Institutions of Eminence in India is a testimony to this.
Dr. Samanta said that in today’s knowledge-driven world, practical experience matters more than bookish knowledge, he added. Giving context of the conclave Dr. Sanjay Muthal, CEO, Kontempore Leadership Solutions and Services said engagement quotient of employer and employee, increase in global competition and quality competitiveness of people.
Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed to be University said, in the real-life experience, you can turn to human resources. As the world is changing a lot, so the employees usually loiter between the rural world and the cyber world.
Prof. Anil Bajpai, Director, KSOM outlined the genesis of HR Conclave and other activities carried out by SOM at this University for engaging with the Industry. He said that SOM has engaged lots of industry stalwarts to share their view, vision and wisdom and that brings an opportunity for the students to build their career.
The panel discussion on the topic ‘Critical Competencies for the Future: Is Change the only Constant?’, comprised of Anil Bhasin, President, Havells India Ltd.; Lopamudra Banerjee, Head, Human Resource, Carrier Midea India Private Limited & Deputy Director SE Asia, Midea; Nadeem Kazim, CHRO, TIL “Tractors India limited” and Shailen Merchant, Vice President & Head HR, Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Co. Ltd and Anirudddha Khekale, Group Director, HR, Emerson Automation Solutions. The panel felt that in today’s competitive scenario agility, adaptability and empathy are critical for future managers. Gaining cross-functional exposure is essential. People connect will become a critical competency in the future.
The second panel discussion on the theme “Gearing Organizations for Change: Issues, Challenges and the Path Ahead.” comprised of Reetu Raina, Head of HR, Network Software and Group Head for Talent and Culture at Sterlite Tech; Chander Thapar, CHRO, Hiranandani Group of Companies; Ganesh Subramanian, Vice President, Human Resources, Ola & Amit Das, Director, HR & CHRO, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. (Times of India Group) had a wonderful debate.
The panel concurred that the challenges before organizations today are the rapid pace of change and the increasing demand from stakeholders. In this scenario, speed of response and building adaptability is the key to dealing with change. The path ahead for organizations is to develop employees by getting them to acquire new skills to compete, excel and grow.