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Human Resource Conference 2014

Emerging Practices in People Management

“Is HR the Game Changer for Business Success”

 School of Management Sciences, Lucknow, affiliated with U.P. Technical University, Lucknow jointly organized a two day Human Resource Conference on the theme Emerging Practices in People Management  “Is HR the Game Changer for Business Success?”  with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from  February 21st 2014.The aim of conference was to create a platform and facilitate knowledge sharing on critical role of human resource management in achieving corporate objectives.

The Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, Govt. of U.P. Prof. Shiva Kant Ojha, and Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Member-Executive Management & Head, HR, Marketing & Strategy Planning, HDFC Ergo General Insurance, were the ‘Chief Guest’ and ‘Guest of Honour’ respectively for the aforesaid event.

The dignitaries who were present at the inaugural session were Dr. Chandra Mauli Dwivedi, President & Global Head, HRD & CSR, Datamatics Global Services, Mr. Sachin Kumar, V.C., CII UP State Council & MD, PTC Industries Ltd, Dr. Virendra Pratap Singh, Director HR, RJ Corp Ltd.

In other plenary sessions some of the well known speakers from the industry were:

Session I-  Mr. Rajesh Tiwari, Chairman UPICO & DG- ICCSR, Mr. Praveen Singh, M.D, UPICO, Mr. Gaurav Prakash, Chairman, Yi Lucknow Chapter, Mr. Shivendra Sahay, DGM Retail and Trade, Satya Paul Retail Ltd, Ms Sagorika Kantharia, Chief People Officer, Radio City, Mr. Mohit Kumar, V.P. – HR & TQM- UPE., Idea Cellular.

Session II-  Mr. Ved Krishna, Past Chairman, CII-UP State Council & Group Head, Mr. Yash Group,  Mr. Puneet Pandey, Sr. Director,  HR, HCL Technologies Ltd., Mr. Mani M Dan, GM – HR, Godfrey Phillips Ltd.

Session III-  Mr. Suresh Sahu, National Head- HR Operations, Reliance Communications, Mr. Rishi Raj Gupta, Head HR, CIPLA Ltd, Mr. Nilanjan  Mukherji, Training Head (North)  Proplarity Infrastructure Private  Ltd.

The Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, Govt. of U.P. Prof. Shiva Kant Ojha highlighted the critical role of human resource in national development. He focused on channelization of human resource and also emphasized on guidance of it to achieve competence. “U.P. Government is aggressively implementing various skill building initiatives to make the state a reservoir of trained manpower”, he informed. However, he cautioned that, talent migration is an issue that requires serious attention. He reiterated the commitment of government towards instilling employability skills amongst youth of economically weaker section of the state. He accentuated that, U.P has a big infrastructure of human resource and proper use of it is required. Majority of youth are between 15 to 35, coming from villages, should be shown the right path to become skilled professionals. Youth are full of capacity and enthusiasm, which can put forward the state in all directions. There is no dearth of talent but the need of hour is to show them a right path.

Welcoming the dignitaries and the top HR brass of India Inc., The CEO & Secretary of SMS, Lucknow Mr. Sharad Singh expressed hope that the deliberations over two days of the event will bring out actionable insights in the field of Human Resource Management.

Dr. M. Mehrotra, Director, SMS Lucknow orated, organizations are built by its ‘people’, not by the bricks or gems on the walls.

Representing CII, The Director HR, Devyani International, Dr. Virendra Pratap Singh spoke about High Productivity levels of Indian manpower settled abroad. He was highly concerned about global HR competencies and said that it can be achieved by acquiring four kind of intelligence i.e. mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. At the same time he quoted that, “don’t judge the person by his answers but by his questions”.

Dr. C.M. Dwivedi, President & Global Head HR Datamatics, shared innovative HR practices being followed across the world. He said that, right people with right skills at right time are assets for the organization and emphasized on employability of manpower. He mentioned that, trust and confidence are the two pillars of HR to empower any organization.

The guest of Honor Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head, HR, HDFC shared his views on tremendous contribution of human resource and its potential for India. Speaking on different facets of HR Mr. Kumar focused on gender diversity and women’s role in Human Resource Management.

Mr. Gaurav Prakash, Chairman Young India Lucknow Chapter, augmented by saying that, there is a need to go down at grassroot level to create first generation entrepreneurs.

Mr. Shivendra Sahay, Head-HR & Marketing Satya Paul Retail Ltd., very rightly said that, “the performance of an employee is directly proportional with the kind of relationship which they have with their superiors”.

Ms. Sagorika Kantharia, Chief People Officer, Radiocity 91.1, talked about succession planning, job enhancement and leadership competencies in order to meet out the challenges of present scenario.

Mr. Rajesh Tiwari, Chairman UPICO, Lucknow, spoke about CSR & said that it has four pillars i.e. marketplace, workplace, environment and society. He motivated everyone by his saying that, “90% of people give up when they were very near to success but that was the only time to double the efforts in order to succeed”.

Mr. Mohit Kumar, Vice President – HR and TQM-UPE, Idea Cellular talked about, leadership and challenges & focused on values like integrity, speed, passion and commitment.

Mr. Pravin Singh, MD, UPICO, Lucknow discussed about, system’s model for business and HR alignment & upgradation of skills as per the need of hour.

Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Member Executive Management & Head HR, Marketing & Strategy Planning, HDFC ERGO, General Insurance discussed about, three core domains of HR which is talent management, competency models & training.

Mr. Puneet Pandey, Associate VP, HR, HCL Technologies Ltd elaborated on, modern mechanism of recruitment and retention and said that recruitment is not an HR function but a sales function.

Mr. Mani M. Dan, Sr. VP, HR Godfrey Phillipes Ltd. explained about, simplifying every business processes and talked about various strategic issues regarding employee engagement.

On the first day of event the speakers emphasized on talent management, employee engagement, competency development, simplification, upgradation of skills, diversity management and overall employability and career enhancement aspect of the human resources.

The second day of Conference was bifurcated in two sessions of research paper presentations from both academia and industry with a total of 65 papers submitted.

Session-I has panelists as Dr. Prem Mohan (Associate Professor in Department of Commerce & Management, K.N.I.P.S.S., Sultanpur), Dr. M.A. Usmani (retired as Professor and Principal of MBA, ICCMRT), Dr. Vijay Dutta (learned personality with 35 yrs. of experience in FMCG) and Dr. B.B.Tiwari (Economist, Academician, Researcher, Analyst).

Session-II has panelists as Dr. B.R. Singh (Director, SMS IET, Lucknow), Dr. R.N. Rai (Associate Professor, Deptt. Of Management, Dr. RML Awadh University, Faizabad), Dr. Pooshan Upadhyay (Lawyer High Court, Social Activist), Dr. Peeyush Pandey (Executive Director, Faculty of Management Studies, KNIPSS, Sultanpur)
Issues addressed in both the sessions were really riveting. Highlights were knowledge and talent management, e- commerce, work – life balance, quality management, influence of TRIPS complying patent laws, People Capability Maturity Model, workplace spirituality, competency mapping, occupational health, lean sigma and dwindling situation of management education.

The concepts proposed were highly appreciated and acknowledged by the panelists, a few of them were:
1.    PCMM (a five step model which aligned organizational objectives with employees maturity)
2.    TIMWOOD (i.e. to eliminate various organizational waste such as transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, over-processing, over-production and defect)
3.    A working economic model (to improve literacy rate of imparting management education)
4.    Role of working women in economic development and to enhance their status in the society

Both the sessions were concluded by honorable panelists, Dr.M.A.Usmani and Dr.B.R.Singh, with their valuable words of wisdom and guidance, they emphasized on the topics covered and endowed their views on the issue of PEOPLE MANAGEMENT.

Amongst the above dignitaries some special guest had also attended the CII- SMS HR Conference namely- Mr. J.B. Singh (IAS), Mr. A.K. Singh (IAS), Mr. R.K. Gupta (IPS), Mr. Ajay Singh- Former G.M. Indo Gulf, Mr. V.V. Singh- CEO of  Proplarity Infrastructure private Ltd.

All beads require a connecting thread, the event convener Mr. Pankaj Aggrawal acted as a silent worker and contributed to the conference.

The event also had “K. L. Garg Memorial BEST PAPER” accolades. The first position for this honor was given to Ms. Devika Maitra (Christ University, Bangalore), second to Ms. Padma Tripathi  (Manager T&P, SMS Lucknow), third was won by Dr. Sishir Pandey (Bhavdiya Institute of Business Management, Faizabad). In addition to these there were also consolation prizes which were given to Ms. Kirti Karamchandani (CII, Lucknow), Ms. Priyanka Singh (Ass. Professor, Motilal Nehru School of Management, Lucknow), Mr. Rupesh Rastogi (Asstt. Professor, Dept. of Business Administration, Azad Technical Campus, Lucknow), Mr. Krishna Kant Pandey (Asstt. Professor, BBNITM, Lucknow), Mr. Mathew B. Singh (Asstt. Professor, KNIPSS, Institute of Management, Sultanpur). They all were honored with not only certificates but also with cash prizes.

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