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Discussions around "HR and The Workplace Revolution" at DSE

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Student Development Cell of the MBA (Human Resource and Development), Delhi School of Economics (DSE) organized its annual event, HR Symposia 2014 on 30th-31st October 2014. An initiative under The Department of Commerce, D-School, this event was held at The Institute of Life Long Learning, North Campus, University of Delhi. Distinguished speakers, who were primarily HR executives from companies like Samsung, Jindal Steel and Power and Lanco, to name a few, were invited to address an audience of aspiring HR professionals on the theme, “HR and The Workplace Revolution.”

Day 1

On Day 1, Sahil Ramchandani, a member of Student Development Cell delivered the welcome speech. To start with the session, N. Suresh Kumar, Business HR Head and Senior Manager HR of Lanco Power Ltd. spoke on “HR Analytics”. This was followed by a session on “The Rise and Staying Power of Virtual Teams” by Jappreet Sethi, Managing Partner of Idea Katalyst Ventures. The first day ended with Chief People Officer (Zee Media), Geetanjali Pandit Gupta addressing the students. Ms. Gupta’s session revolved around the topic“Talent Mobility: 2020 and Beyond”.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm of all the participants on Day 1. The highly charged atmosphere at the session was stimulating enough to help all the students learn and grow”, said Shailja Singhal, the event Convenor.

Day 2

“Social media is a boon for HR because it helps the future employer gauge the true personality of the prospective employee, by watching her or his footprints on Facebook and Twitter etc.” – Dr. Deepak Malhotra

Day 2 began with the first lecture being delivered by Dr. Deepak Malhotra, PhD, Vice President HR, IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Service Ltd. He spoke at length to the students on ‘Leadership, Social Media & HR and the Road-Ahead for Gen Y’. He highlighted the importance of social media in the HR workspace, the point which all the participants found interesting.

Second lecture by Amulya Sah, Head HR, Samsung R&D Institute was on the topic – ‘Soaring High: How to be successful in life?’ His personality, which according to the audience was vivacious and charming, enraptured them all. His presentation was interactive, with a large dose of humour very cleverly camouflaged into it. He imparted essential life lessons, which, in hindsight, seem universally applicable. Some of these were ‘grow up and be real’, ‘don’t expect a genie for yourself’, ‘set big and scary goals’, and ‘be passionately curious’.

For the final lecture, there was a last minute replacement. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director Group HR, Jindal Steel and Power could not attend the seminar and so, Dr.Prabhu Aggarwal, Chief Learning Officer, Jindal Steel and Power very kindly offered to interact with the students instead. Lack of prior intimation did not permit him to deliver a specific lecture. However, he converted the seminar session into an engaging Q&A session, where he invited questions from the students in the audience. He spoke about the immense opportunities in the United States of America, India’s need to invest in its higher education curriculum and the crucial role that private universities of India can play to improve the quality of workforce.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by the students of MBA (HRD). Sitanshu Tiwari, a first year student of MBA(HRD) says, “ HR Symposia always provides us with a great learning avenue. This year too, the speakers gave us valuable inputs that we can apply to the career we hope to pursue in the future.”

The event culminated with an address by the Student Development Cell, the organizers for HR Symposia 2014. Divya Gupta, a senior member of the SDC thanked her team for their support and effort and signed off by declaring HR Symposia, 2015 ‘open’.

Feature Image Credits: Student Development Cell, Delhi School of Economics

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