IIM Raipur started its two day-long HR Summit, being held on the 27th and 28th September, on an extremely eventful note today. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Evolution Through Innovation: The New HR Era’, and the day’s speakers presented some fascinating ideas that left young minds buzzing with intrigue.

IIM Raipur HR Summit 2019

The Summit began with an address by Dr. Satyasiba Das, Chairman Corporate Affairs, IIM Raipur who introduced the guests to the proceedings of the event. He also touched upon the development of the event over the years while highlighting the importance of the connect between corporate and students to keep abreast of the recent market trends.

This was followed by an address by the Director of IIM Raipur, Prof. Bharat Bhasker, who touched upon the fast-changing nature of the world, the economy, and the employment scenario in general. He identified the five major forces that would cause the same - mobility, cloud, analytics, social media, autonomous systems – and used the analogy of “Second Life” to illustrate his point. He concluded organizations could still make it with a tight “IT handshake”, but things would get topsy-turvy.

IIM Raipur HR Summit

The 1st panel discussion focusing on the topic “Tackling the Tech Leap: Impact of Technological Advancements on HR ", was moderated by Mr. Agniwesh Thakur. He stated that any transformation must begin by the human transformation. He also noted that adoption, stakeholder management and managing all processes in one global template are the core challenges HRs face. 

Mr. Swapnakant Samal, Head Digitization, Talent Acquisition, Reliance Industries Ltd, stated the recent trend of every organization portraying it as a technology organization led to the necessity of innovation in HR as well. He expressed his concern over the distancing human relations in work force despite connecting them. Mr. Sandeep Batra, HR Head B2B Business, Digital Transformation and Corporate Functions at Vodafone Idea Limited, elucidated on the three typical buckets that impact the organizations which are - traditional way of serving the customers, potential change in demographics and ecosystem change within the organization.

Mr. Gaurav Gupta, senior HR Leader, an author and a peak performance strategist broadly spoke about the enablers for different kinds of generations of workforce that impact their behavior and allow them to align with the organization goals.

Mr. Deepak Gupta


This was followed by Panel 2 discussion which focused on the topic “Embracing the Change: Talent Acquisition in Today’s World” and was moderated by Mr. Swapnakant Samal, Head Digitization, Talent Acquisition, Reliance Industries Ltd. He talked about the transforming interview scenarios, candidate experience and how the perception of loyalty has changed. 

Deepak Gupta, Head Human Resources & CHRO, Karvy Group, gave insights about the blend of employment experience and problems facing large firms due to non-seamlessness of technology. He also talked about the importance of feedback mechanism leveraging technology and benefits of frequent appraisal system.

Mr. Dinesh Khanna, Head Talent Attraction, AB InBev India elucidated about the key evolutions in work environment and the way employees envision it. He highlighted the importance of choosing the right technology environment for driving them seamlessly. He advised the students to be quick and adaptable to succeed in their careers.

Mr. Vikas Baghel, Associate General Manager - Talent Acquisition Centre of Excellence, HCL Technologies, shed some light on the transformative power of technology, gig economy and dichotomy in the corporate world. He enlightened how progress of a company also depends on brand propagation, good governance and candidate feedback system.


The last and third panel of the day discussed on the topic “People Matter: Training, Development and Continuous Learning” which was moderated by Dr. Jagrook Dawra, Associate Professor, IIM Raipur who described the importance of innovation in the modern world.

Mr. Sunil Omanwar, Vice President, Fortis Healthcare Ltd, spoke about training as the highest form of engagement. He also provided deeper insights on the skills required at each level of management career while also building superior service capability.

Ms. Vandana Ravi, a professional performance consultant, spoke at length about how the students must self assess right from the campus life, even before entering the corporate world. She nicely summed it up by the quote “Proficiency comes with experience”.

Dr. Anubha Dadhich elaborated how learning and leadership are inseparable things and how social learning is the most effective skill to learn. She advised the students to excel in every aspect of management.


Mr. Pranav Prasoon


Mr. Pranav Prasoon further continued the discussion and stressed on how learning and leadership are inseparable things. “Sweat more in peace so that you bleed less in war” were the golden words of wisdom by Mr. Pranav Prasoon, Head - Talent & Training, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India.

The first day concluded leaving future managers brimming with ideas to implement throughout their careers. The event is set to continue 28th September 2019 with many other esteemed industry leaders set to light up the stage with their insights on the evolution through innovation in the business world.

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