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HR conference at XLRI, Day two focuses on economic implications of globalization

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Jamshedpur: The day 2 of the National HR-IR conference held at XLRI began on a wonderful note on Sunday Morning.

The venue was packed with students, academicians and industry experts who gathered to discuss and deliberate on the various issues being faced by the Indian HR-IR community.

XLRI- a pioneer in the field of Human Resources in India, in association with Bank of Baroda, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is conducting this landmark event.

All the events were in line with the theme, ‘Dynamics of HR-IR: Realigning Skills, Systems and Practices in the face of Globalization’. The list of both the participants as well as the speakers was a diverse mix of those in the world of scholarship as well as those in the world of practice.

The day began with a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Socio-political and economic implications of globalization of labor force’. Chairperson for the panel was Professor Jerome Joseph, Chair Professor, Industrial Relations, XLRI.

Panel comprised of Mr. Sumit Neogi, Head Business HR- Corporate Functions at Cipla Ltd.; Dr. Siddhartha Pandey, Vice President, Group HR at EMC Limited; Professor E.M. Rao, visiting faculty, Industrial Relations Area, XLRI; Mr. Vasant Kumar Hittanagi, retired Joint Labor Commissioner, Ministry of Labor, Karnataka and Mr. Chandra Prakash Singh, President, INTUC Bihar.

The panelists spoke of the need to identify the problems, raise questions and most importantly seek answers to those critical questions pertaining to the various implications of globalization. The discussion was followed by a round of Q&A between the participants and the panelists.

The Panel discussion was followed by the Paper Presentation event which consisted of parallel tracks of HR and IR- Emerging Metrics to track workforce effectiveness (HR) and Rewriting the roles: Advancing Employment relations in work environment (IR). The former panel was chaired by Mr. George Thomas, Vice President- Corporate HR and Admin, MSP Steel & Power Limited while the latter panel was chaired by Dr. Siddhartha Pandey- Vice President, Group HR at EMC Limited.

The final rounds of the mega quizzing leagues organized by student committees of XLRI -FIRE@X (Forum for Industrial Relations at XLRI) and SAPPHIRE (Students’ Association for Promotion of Personnel Management, Human Resources and Industrial Relations) were also held on day 2 of the conference. Trial By Fire is conducted by FIRE@X while Battle HR Royale was conducted by SAPPHIRE.

An HR-IR survey was conducted by XLRI as a part of this conference, with more than 65 participating companies across 14 industries.

The results and findings of this survey were presented to the audience after the lunch break.

Post lunch was the valedictory session which was graced by Professor E.M. Rao, Visiting Faculty, Industrial Relations Area, XLRI and Mr. Anindya Shee, Global Head, Organizational Development, Cipla Ltd.

Opening remarks were made by Professor Rao to a thundering applause which was followed by the valedictory address Mr. Anindya Shee. The audience listened with rapt attention as Mr. Shee spoke about the changing HR-IR scenario in the wake of globalization plaguing the country.

After the valedictory speech, prizes were distributed to the winners of the paper presentation event along with the winning team of Trial by Fire Season and Battle HR Royale.

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