The Rostrum At DMS, IIT Delhi

After the success of Parivartan ’06, Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi hosted the first Rostrum of the year, The RostrumHR, on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at the Department of Management Studies, Vishwakarma Bhavan, IIT Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Vinayshil Gautam, Former Director, IIM – K and Faculty of DMS, IIT Delhi and Mr. Rakesh Jaggi, VP & GM Schlumberger. Mr. Jaggi addressed the gathering on globalisation and integration of all sectors for seamless working. He also stressed on how the developed nations, particularly the West, will face a huge manpower shortage and how this deficit would be catered to by the Eastern world. He also threw light on female participation in today’s business environment.

The first session of the day addressed the theme of Flexibility and Globalisation in HR. Mr. V. Suresh CEO, Gold Souk, in his capacity as the moderator, addressed the challenges and issues regarding globalization of HRD. Mr. Anupam Bhasin, Director, Hero Corp, threw light on global practices with respect to HR. Mr. Sanjeev Sethi, Corporate Head, The Imperial, gave his insights into one of the fastest growing services sector, the hotel industry, that captured the essence of Globalised HRD.

The second session was moderated by Prof. D.K. Banwet, Faculty, DMS, IIT Delhi. The session addressed the Changes in the HR Scenario Today. Mr. Manjit Singh VP & Head HR, Bank of America, gave his perspective on the issue from Bank of America’s point of view. The second speaker for the session, Dr. P.L Sanjeev Reddy, Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration gave his insights into the important aspects of HR: flexibility, structures and strategies.

The concluding session was a panel discussion on Ethics, M&A;, Attrition and Labour laws in Globalised HRD. The session was moderated by Prof. Kanika T Bhal, Faculty, DMS, IITD. Mr. Arun Sahay, Director, Competitive Strategy Intelligence Asia, spoke about the process centric organisations and HR’s role in such organisations. The gathering was then addressed by Ms. Geetanjali Pandit, GM HR, India Today Group, who gave a reality check on today’s business environment and stressed the importance of employee engagement over employee satisfaction.

This was followed by an open house where a healthy discussion between the students and the panel ensued. The audience raised a lot of queries on the Globalised HRD and its implications, which were answered by the panel.

The Rostrum Seminar Series is held regularly on a topic that provides an insight into current and emerging issues. It finally culminates in the event Building India Inc, to be held in October 2006.

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