NHRDN Silver Jubilee Conference

NHRDN Silver Jubilee Conference

A Summary

On 6th December, 2011, National  HRD Network completed 25 years. In its Journey of 25 years many milestones were achieved. NHRDN Board decided to organise a grand celebration of twenty five years of the NHRDN. The Network was founded by Dr TV Rao along with professionals from renowned enterprises. 25 years reflects a long journey. Prominent personalities from the Human Resource fraternity gathered to relish the dreams of the Network which was so lovingly sowed in 1986. The HRD needs an attention to be nurtured, harnessed.The skills and competencies of the people have to be implemented to achieve a global competitiveness. The Theme of the Silver Jubilee Conference was “Building India Inc.- The People Agenda” a subject apt for the turbulent times that we are in. Several dignitaries including Mr Mohan Das, National President- NIPM, Mr. Ravindran, MD-SHRM India Ltd. along with Mr SY SIddiqui, National President, NHRDN, Mr S Daspatnaik, Regional President (East), NHRDN and Mr Sujoy Banerjee, Chapter President-Kolkata, NHRDN, Inaugurated the occasion by lighting the lamp. Mr SY Siddiqui, National President-NHRDN & Cheif Operating Officer Administration (HR, Finance, IT & COSL), Maruti Suzuki, India Ltd elucidated on contribution and need of NHRDN, he discussed the alteration in business environment in last 25 years. He pointed the Big Challenge- How to manage the GEN Y and also about the management of the new DNA of leadership. He said “Always be cautious, someone is working on new ideas (business).” He emphasised that Employee Relations  need a catalyser. Welcome speech was followed by a tributary narrations by colleagues, relatives and friends of Late Dr Udai Pareek captures over video. Mr Mohan Das, National President- NIPM & Director Personnel, Coal India Ltd. In his special address mentioned the role of HR down the line, the guidance required for the young generation and the methods to synergise the resources to the criticality of HR. Mr Ravindran, MD SHRM India Ltd. Expressed; understanding people is the most difficult rocket science, contradictorily he believes; Hum Mein Hai Dum! (We, the people have the power). He shared the thought that conflicts; the business is here for the society or the vice versa?

The talent is relative; it’s all about fitting of right key into the right lock. It is time for HR professionals to dig for the HR need, that HR is not being fulfilled. It’s an hour when HR needs standard & metrics for measurement. Mr Sourav Daspatnaik, Regional President- East, NHRDN and Chairperson Skill Development Taskforce – Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry discussed regarding the convergence of thought leaders. Humans will evolve with more challenges in this despairing economic scenario, however HR needs to gear up and glorify the changes forecasted.

Plenary Session 1

Chaired by Mr Dilip Chenoy, CEO& MD, NSDC stated HR is about enabling contribution extra ordinarily, it’s about “Unlearn” and “Retain”. In the current economic situation the equipments are most sustainable over resources. Current demographic pattern of India reflects majority of working population and less dependents, however pattern of Indian education system will be responsible to fuel India globally. If the education system does not synchronise with the employment criteria it might lead to a disaster. Mr NS Rajan, Partner & Global Leader- People and Organisation, Ernst & Young figured the skill gap and the lack of connecting bridge to employability. He discussed about the Indian’s talent paradox- there is a huge amount of unemployment in disguise. There is a probable debate in the brain between Deserve and Desire. The riot has to be streamlined and settled by the HR professionals. He concluded that irrespective of the competition, the common sectors should meet a common facet to escort India ahead globally.

Panel Discussion 1

The First Panel Discussion was about Journey and Evolution of Human Resource in the growth of Indian Economy, the Chairperson for the discussion was Dr Arvind Agarwal- President HR & Corporate Development, RPG Enterprises. Mr P Dwarakanath, Director- Group Human Capital,  Max Group distinguished the HR professional in 70s, 90s now and future. In 70s the HR managed the unions. The 80s were dominated by issues; fixing the compensation, structuring a tax friendly reimbursement, getting foreign exchange was an issue. Year 2000 was marked by the triumph of the internet. Dr Aquil Busrai - Founder, Aquil Busrai Consulting illustrated the industrial relation of 70s and 80s is a womb of HRS. Training and Learning was expensive in 80s, it was only in late 90s that HR moved to training. It’s the call of the time when work will go to people and not vice versa. HR is no more restricted to hiring rather it requires nourishment and nurture. Future has a goal setting for multiple employment opportunity with ethical value and transparency. Mr Marcel Parker, Chairman, Ikya Human Capital Solutions Ltd., highlighted the edge of HR has been diluted due to technology; reciprocally connectivity has become easier due to technology. GEN Y needs personalised attention departed by GEN X. 1980’s were the age of social reforming, compensation agenda, employee satisfaction, later it transformed to networking, learning, ability to collect information and implementation. HR people have to concentrate to change the bottom and need to be tech savvy in present global scenario. Communication has to be regularised to provide security.

Special Session 1

The Session was conducted by Session Chairperson, Mr SY Siddiqui and Mr Hemant Kanoria, Chairman SREI Group, remarked that agriculture is driving the economy of India. Farmers should be trained of scientific methods for productivity. Agriculture has to be trained for developing India. Industrial production accelerated within last 20 years bit is much beyond China. HR should upgrade, they should act as advisor and not a complain department. Growth through partnership is a Win- Win philosophy. It can be concluded that Line Managers with specialised function can be the mediator to bridge the gap.

The last session of the day was for felicitations. NHRDN recognised the gallant efforts of the founders as well as other HR Thought Leaders, who in some way out the other drove the Network to what it is today. Notable achievements by Individuals and Organisations were applauded and felicitations awarded.The list of Recipient of Awardees (Individuals & Organisations) is below:

- Dr Anil Khandelwal
- Dr D M Pestonjee
- Mr K K Verma
- Mr G K Ghosh
- Dr Kakoli Saha
- Mr J K Parikh
- Larsen & Toubro
- Aditya Birla Group
- Ernst & Young
- Maruti Suzuki
- Sri Balaji Society
- We School-Welingkar Education
- MDI, Gurgaon
- Dr YRK Reddy
- Mr Ashok Reddy B
- Dr Keith C D’Souza
- Late Dr N R Dixit
- Dr J M Sampath
- Mr S Varadarajan
- Late Mr MRR Nair
- Late Mr V S Mahesh
- Mr Rajesh Vidyasagar
- Mr Debashish Mitra
- Mr Arvind Pande
- Dr Arvind Agrawal
- Dr Santrupt Misra
- Mr P Dwarakanath
- Dr Aquil Busrai
- Mr N S Rajan
Presidential Recognition for Contribution to NHRDN
- Late Dr Udai Pareek
- Dr TV Rao
- Fr E Abraham SJ
- Dr PVR Murthy
- Mr G P Rao
- Mr K Satyanarayana
- Mr Marcel R Parker
- Dr Pritam Singh
- Mr Anand Nayak

The ceremony concluded with the felicitation of Guest of Honour, Mr Partha Chaterjee, Minister in Charge, Commerce & Industries, Industrial Reconstruction, Public Enterprises, IT & Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal who remembered the nostalgic days when he was a part of the HR fraternity and how the priorities of work-life has been modified. Finally, the Day 1 came to a closure with a gala cultural programme, networking and dinner.

Special Session 2

After a successful first day of the conference, the second day’s Special Session 2 was hosted by the Session Chairperson, Mr Sourav Daspatnaik, Regional President- East, NHRDN and Chairperson Skill Development Taskforce - Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Honorable Speaker Mr B Muthuraman, Vice Chairman, Tata Steel, presented an overview of several aspects of India Inc. being only 100 years in comparison to other industries of the world with 500 years of experience. India is under the learning process, its evolving. HR is lagging behind the race of other business processes. Growth occurred in the 20th Century due to availability of ample raw materials, 21st Century has a different story of HR professionals, now the modern technology is a barrier in development of HR. HR managers are advised to act as the custodians of the HR processes like Leadership Development in workplace, reward system etc. The education system in India is an issue because unlike Japan and China they are not tailored upon corporate education. It is a high time to look at the man in the mirror and make the change in actions and develop the right brain characteristics of being highly decisive, listen and make listen, learning from experiences etc; to create a balanced human being which leads to a balanced organisation and thus status of the nation in global arena.

Plenary Session 2

The Chairperson for Plenary Session 2 was Dr Aquil Busrai who intervened on developing talent in an Indian MNC- Challenges & Opportunities. Mr Rajeev Dubey, President (HR, After-Market & Corporate Services) & Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. enumerated that transformation in business can be brought by the transformation of culture. Shared values need to be co- created with qualities like; accepting no limits, alternative thinking, driving the positive change. Leadership quality has to be engraved among all level to incorporate a situation of thinking, saying, doing and being. Dr Santrupt Misra, Director HR & CEO Carbon Black Business, Aditya Birla Corporation guided the mass in the conference to take a glance at the talent beyond CAT, MAT. He stressed that there should be a factor which holds the MNC’s. A person with genuine interest in other culture has to be identified and trained, the superficial training leads to spurious resource with limitations as the only excelling factor.

Panel Discussion 2

The Panel Discussion was about the enthusiastic young India. Mr. Steve Correa, Executive Coach & HR Consultant, armed with thought provoking video clips and emerging young leaders hosted the session about the GEN Y of India. Ms Sonali Roychoudhary, Head - Human Resources, Proctor & Gamble India believes on the survival of the relevant in the current economic doldrums. Vishal Talreja, Founder Dream a Dream, visualises the youth to be assets of India, only the people need to trust them. Swami Sarvapriyananda, Ram Krishna Mission (and an MBA from XIMB) charmed the listeners by the thought; Take Home, take to corporate, bring in your lives, “Spirituality”! Ms Ester Martinez, Founder Editor People Matters underlined the fact that present generation has a passion in their heart and it is brainstorming to select from the infinite choice. GEN Y is dissatisfied and has aspirations to add & is looking ready to break the barriers. As per the psychology multitasking is hampering, therefore technology has to be enabler for the youth. The session ended with the hope that the accumulated knowledge and heritage has to be handed to the young India for welfare.

Panel Discussion 3

Prof Ranjan Das, IIM Kolkata the Chairperson of Panel Discussion 3 observes that in present world there is a battle for marketplace. Where you sell is important. Mr Aroop Hoon, Director Marketing & OD, Century Ply focused on quality of production, cost effectiveness, the right product at the right place are the objectives for good marketing which has to be searched at home. Mr Viresh Oberoi Founder CEO & Managing Director at Metal Junction Services Limited, mentioned that India has to think long term, research and development should not be encouraged rather an instant solutions should cover the problems. Prof Ranjan Das IIM Kolkata concluded the session insight note that although India is opaque but picture abhi baki hai, depicting India is learning and evolving! He requested to spice up the task with entertainment to make it a passion and the outcome will be colourful.

Panel Discussion 4

The Panel Discussion covered the topic developing the Global Indian Manager- Learning from personal experiences. The chairperson was Dr Prem Saran, IAS (Retd.) Mr Subhas Dhar, Founder MD, Enterprise Nube, flaunted the hindrances of developing Indian Global Managers. He discussed his experiences of working abroad, challenges related to travel in context to visa, time zone management, adaptability with the local business culture and attention required for the world of business and the changes ahead. Mr Himanshu Tambe, Managing Partner, Global Talent Innovation Network, Accenture stated that global business environment is VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguos). The emerging market companies are broadening their reach. Necessarily, the top teams are not always the effective, going global add the challenge. Individual managers need to concentrate on mastering global teams. People are corporate athletes, so its advisable not to multitask. People need to focus on Energy Management rather than Time Management because time cannot be conserved but energy can be balanced.

The two day sharing, learning, interacting, networking session came to an end forwarded by Mr SY Siddiqui, concluded by Mr Prince Augustin, National Secretary, NHRDN and EVP (Group Human Capital & Leadership Development), Mahindra & Mahindra a Vote of Thanks from Mr Sujoy Banerjee, President, NHRDN, Kolkata Chapter and President Groupe HR & OD, McNally Bharat Engineering Company Limited.

Silver Jubilee Coffee Table Book - Dr Aquil Busrai, Past National President, NHRDN led the initiative of compiling work of National HRD Network in a Coffee Table book form. To view the book, please click here.



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