Published : Thursday, 01 December, 2016 4:30 PM

XLRI to host National HR-IR Conference 2016

XLRI- Xavier School of Management is to host the ‘National HR-IR Conference 2016’ on 3rd – 4th December, 2016 at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur. The theme of conference is “Dynamics of HR-IR: Realigning skills, systems and practices in the face of globalization”.

This is for the first time the SAPPHIRE (Students Association for Promotion of Personnel Management, Human Resources and Industrial Relations) – XLRI and FIRE@X (Forum for Indus-trial Relations at XLRI) have joined together to conduct this 2-days long joint conference on HR and IR at XLRI. The conference aims to provide a platform for the bigwigs and authorities from various industries, academics and legal practitioners to discuss and debate on the various challenges in India’s HR-IR land-scape.

The conference will consist of lectures by industry experts along with line-ups of panel discussions and paper presentations.

The speakers at the conference to include – Mr. Vivek Patwardhan (Executive Coach and Eminent HR Consultant) as the keynote speaker for the inaugural session                                                                                                                               with Mr. Suresh Dutt Tripathi (VP-HR, Tata Steel Ltd.), Dr. Subesh Kumar Das (Director General, Administrative Training Institute, West Bengal), Mr. Anindya Shee (Global Head, Organization Development, Cipla) and Dr. Pravin Sinha (Senior Project Advisor - Labor and Industrial Relations, FES and member of the World Economic Association).

Three panel discussions would be organized in a span of the two days conference.

The panelists at the three sessions to include -  Dr. Shio Kumar Singh (Chief of Capability Development, Tata Steel Ltd), Mr. Neeraj Sanan (CMO, Spire Technologies), Mr. George Thomas (VP- Corporate HR and Administration, MSP Steel and Power Ltd.), Mr. Prakash Rao (Founding Member, PeopleStrong) and Prof. Gloryson R.B. Chalil (Co-ordinator, OB Area, XLRI Jamshedpur) in the first panel discussion session on the topic – ‘Changes in Technology and its effect on HR’, dwelling upon the growing presence of the Digital natives in the workforce, and how the HR professionals must keep pace with their needs, in this age of big data, cloud, and HR analytics.

The second panel revolving around ‘Skill India: The Road ahead’, shall shed light on the government’s initiative on providing solutions across sectors, and how opportunistic the scheme seems to be. The panelists to include Mr. Indranil Aich (Director, Aich Group of Companies), Dr. Shio Kumar Singh (Chief of Capability Development, Tata Steel Ltd), Mr. Sanjay Singhvi (General Secretary, Trade Union Centre of India), Mr. Vinod Behari (CEO, Power Sector Skill Council), Mr. Saurabh Prasad (Head- Human Resources in Commercial Vehicles India, Metalsa) and Dr. Pranabesh Ray (Professor, HRM, XLRI Jamshedpur).

The third panel discussion on Industrial Relations to have eminent panelists – Mr. Sumit Neogi (Head Business HR, Cipla), Dr. Siddhartha Pandey (VP-HR, EMC Power Ltd.), Prof. E.M. Rao (Professor of HR and IR, XIMB), Shri Chandraprakash (State President, INTUC, Bihar), Mr. Vasanth Kumar N Hittanagi (Rtd Joint Commissioner, Ministry of Labor, Karnataka) and Dr. Jerome Joseph (Chair Professor, Industrial Relations, XLRI, Jamshedpur) discussing the topic, ‘Impact of Globalization on Labor Markets’. The topic will focus on how our labor forces shall evolve, and demand the better working conditions and policies with the world becoming a global marketplace.

The Paper Presentations would be on the tracks – ‘Emerging Metrics to Track Workforce Effectiveness’, ‘Rewriting the Roles: Advancing Employment Relations in Work Environment’.

Prof. K. R. Shyam Sundar, Professor, HRM Area, XLRI said, “Over the last decade, various industries have undergone massive changes. Techno-logical changes, generational changes and most importantly changes in the mindset of employees and employers have rendered the existing skills and systems in place archaic and somewhat obsolete. The challenge that HR-IR professionals now face is to redevelop, redesign and realign these systems and practices to combat these changes.”

“XLRI has been at the forefront in the field of Human Resources and Industrial Relations since its inception in 1949. This conference will have industry dignitaries discuss on new approach to adapt to the changes in their fields and talk about their experiences to adapt to these changes,” he added.

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