Erudition '17

Erudition is the Annual Business Convention of Delhi School of Economics, organized jointly by MBA(HRD) and MBA(IB) of Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Erudition provides a common platform to educationists, industrialists, entrepreneurs, financial gurus, and students to share practical knowledge and put their insights on current on-goings in business globally. Till now, the course has hosted 22 successful conventions, including Erudition ’17.

The Institute proudly hosted the 22nd Annual convention – ERUDITION’17 on 13th – 14th October 2017. The theme for this year was Innovative Solutions for Emerging Markets.

Developing affordable solutions for emerging markets has become an important skill for professionals in any disciplines. Engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policy-makers alike face a changing global landscape in which the gross domestic product(GDP) of the developing world has surpassed that of the developed world. “Innovation is the change that unlocks new values”, was rightly said by Jamie Notter. We must realise that the future is here and the future is now and the onus is on us that how geared up we are for the challenging, unpredictable and often cut-throat competition in emerging markets. We cannot wait for things to happen. It is incumbent upon us to make things happen. We shall achieve this by broadening our limits and thinking out of the box. Or so to say, as this year’s theme suggests, “Innovative Solutions for Emerging Markets”, it is all about innovation even if it means “Coming up with a product that the customer didn’t even know they needed.” Through this year’s convention, we hope to apprise all about developing affordable and innovative solutions that are needed and are very important for expanding into emerging markets. We are witnessing an emergence of newer more dynamic economic systems and along with it come the challenge of providing greater availability of affordable solutions. The world cannot subsist by resorting to makeshift solutions.

At 09:00 am, the inauguration ceremony by lighting the lamp. The lamp lighting ceremony included Chief Guest, Mr. K. T. S. Tulsi; Guest of Honor, Mr. A. Thiru; Keynote Speaker, Mr. Shishir Sinha; Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Vaid; Head of Department of Commerce, Prof. Kavita Sharma and Course Coordinator, Dr. Urvashi Sharma.

The event was divided into three panels and a special speaker session.

The topic for panel one was Talent Acquisition in the Digital Age. The panel included distinguished personalities including Mr. Subhankar Ghose, Chief People Officer, Zoom Insurance Broker Pvt. Ltd.; Vartul Mittal, Independent Director, Technology and Innovation; Archana Kumar, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ireo; Mamta Wasan, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Fidelity National Information systems; Ambika Wadhwa, Leadership Hiring, Uber; and Asmita Dutta, Chief Recruiting officer, Daiva Human Capital. The discussion included Digital transformation in talent acquisition brings together online, mobile, social, video and cloud technologies to make the candidate experience richer. With easy job listing sand transparency on online talent platforms such as LinkedIn and Monster.com, the recruitment process has become seemless. Companies are also using gamification to attract talent and make the recruitment process more interesting and engaging. The use of social media, Twitter and Facebook to attract talent presents new opportunities and challenges for HR professionals. 

Panel two had eminent speakers, Vikram Jit Singh, Director HR, IPE Global Ltd.; Mayank Verma, Head T&D, Samsung Electronics; Ajay Sonkar, VP-People Function, Aviva India; Tarun Pal Singh, Head HR-AMEA R&D, GBS and IT, Boston Scientific; Shalu Sood, Head HR, Service Delivery Unit, Sterlite Technologies Ltd.; Sujoy Basu, Head HR, ABC Consultants. The topic was Empowering HR for Business Growth, which was discussed in detail. The steps to empowering HR are: Empowering the workforce. To ensure the analysis drives business actions. Understanding the organization and the changes happening in the organization facilitate better decisions.

The topic for third Panel was Data is the Key to Strategic HR Decisions. Panelists included Mr. Pankaj Thakar, PadUp Ventures; Mona Bali, Head TM&OD, Easy Day (Future Retail); Ms. Smriti Ahuja Head HR & LD, Cognizant Technology Solutions; Ms. Deepa Kakkar, Vice President -HR India and Global HR Operations- Talent Acquisition, Colt Technology Ltd.; Mr. Shaakun Khanna, Senior Director, HCM strategy and Transformation, Asia Pacific, Oracle; Alok Narain, Executive Vice President-HR, Quatrro Global Services. The discussion was open to Data has become an inseparable part of every business area you can think of. With the change in role of HR over the last two decades or so, the job of an HR has become even more complex and a challenge. The HR works closely with the business heads. Every organization is dependent on the data. It is helpful in making strategic decisions on problems relating to attrition, retention, employee engagement, risk to name a few.

Mr. V P Singh, who worked as Adviser - Organization Development at Patanjali Ayurved Limited, had a special speaker session. Although his session was short, it was crisp and most engaging for the audiences and well-received too.

As the Erudition ’17 was Officially announced close by the Convener of Team Convention, the happiness and relief was visible on everyone’s face because ERUDITION ’17 was a success, setting the stage high for Erudition ’18.

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