HR Conclave - 2021 organised by BSSS-IAS

The grandest conglomerate of the Business Leaders joined for the National HR CONCLAVE - 2021 organised by BSSS IAS on 18th - 19th December 2022. Following the theme "Carving Young Managers as Brands for Revolutionizing Business", the meeting of great minds provided solutions to the recent challenges in Human Resource and Operations. The mega event brought together eminent professionals from the industry on a common stage where they shared their experiences and knowledge pertaining to the evolutions in the world of business. Young managers from different colleges of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Indore and Bhillai participated in the platform for HR Conclave.

Addressing the Conclave, the Director of BSSS Institute of Advanced Studies, Dr. Fr. John P.J. said that the Conclave is more about grooming young managers to future with a dream. The perception of HR is moving from being a purely qualitative domain to an analytical one. He assured the august audience that BSSS IAS will strive towards organising such mega events in all the fields of management to carve a holistic personality of the students.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Arvind Prakash, Team Lead Advisory of Pricewatercoopers Capital Project Infrastructure highlighted how rapid changes in technology are influencing both the people and their workplaces. He mentioned how the field of HR has substantially evolved with time and has embraced technology for day-to-day activities of recruiting, skill development of employees and performance reviews. He further talked about the need of developing competencies should be based on various methods so that they can develop themselves to work for the society. He emphasised upon the importance of skilling the youth for a better tomorrow.

Post the panel discussion, Dr. Arvind Prakash along with all the dignitaries unveiled the newsletter of BSSS IAS titled "Manthan"

The first session of the panel was based on the sub-theme 'The Challenges faced by Organisations across various sectors in the Economic Age'. The eminent panelists were Mr. Kirti Mishra, Co-Founder, Ecociate Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Mohammad Hanif Mevati, Director - Khadi & Village Industries, Ministry of MSME, GOI, Mr. Biju Sebastian, Vice - President Corporate - HR, Somany Ceramics, Mr. Rakesh Singal, Training Cluster Head - Lupin Ltd. and Mr. Amit Tyagi, DGM-HR, IR and Admin, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. The panel discussion focused on the three basic ingredients i.e. driving economic growth for productivity, capital and labor. As businesses across verticals are facing new challenges in a changing business world and the foremost among the drivers of change has been technology, spearheaded by digital transformation.

'Developing Resilient Managers as Brands' was the sub-theme of the second session on the first day of the Conclave and the panel which deliberated on this subtheme were Mr. Avilash Dwivedi, GM-CSR, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Mr. Arun Shukla, Vice President - Sales, Growth Jockey, Ms. Mahua Roy Choudhary, Project Coordinator - Governance & Knowledge Management and Ms. Radhika Chandorkar, HR - Varun Beverages Ltd. The panel discussion focused on the developing future managers as brands.

The first day of the conclave culminated with an enriching panel discussion in the evening session which was chaired by Dr. Jessy John, HOD, BSSS IAS and the industry panelists who discussed on the topics stakeholder's inputs for academic updation for managerial competency development program and industry/organisation's expectation from B-schools and budding managers.

The sesond day of the conclave witnessed distinguished panelists discussing the sub-theme 'Upskilling and Reskilling Young Managers'. The galaxy of speakers included Mr. Pankaj Ojha, VP, Deutsche Bank, Dr. Arvind Prakash, Team Lead Advisory, Pricewatercooper Advisory Services, Mr. Arun Kumbhat, Advisor, Access Health Digital, Ms. Namita Pandey, HR, Srijan, Mr. Rishu Kumar, Regional Business Head, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank and Mr. Ashish Thekekara, Senior Director & Head, Financial Institutions & Digital Business, Northern Arc. The panel concluded that employers should train their workforce to acquire new skills, ultimately enabling workers to grow in their current positions and bring added value to the business.

This was followed by another session titled 'Dynamic Workforce - An Opportunity' where the panelists were Mr. Ratikanta Dutta, People Management Manager - India, Avgol Non Wovens Ltd., Mr. Gyanendra Singh Bhadoria, Cluster Head, Yes Bank, Mr. Biju Mathew Thomas, Head - Manufacturing Operations - Mulan Laboratories and Mr. Arsh maini, COO, Azentio Software. The panel highlighted that the principle of dynamic working is to focus on the output and key deliverables of an individual rather than the number of the hours spent at work.

The discussion revolved on the need to reinvent people, places and practices to embracr digitization and prepare brick and mortar companies for a future world. The panel members discussed the belief that organisations need to prepare for the future age with clear strategy, clarity of the leadership team for embracing technology and enabling stakeholders with right skills, maturity and strategy.

The emerging idea in the conclave was that digitization is an irreversible reality and can benefit organisations and people. The discussion revolved on the need to reinvent people, places and practices to embrace digitization and prepare brick and mortar companies for a future world. The panel members discussed the belief that organisations need to prepare for the future age with clear strategy, clarity of the leadership team for embracing technology and enabling stakeholders with right skills, maturity and strategy. But for the transformational process to be successful, it is necessary to embrace the idea and accept the change in totality.

The event ended with the vote of thanks by the Head of the Department, Dr. Jessy John.


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