Sunday, February 5, 2023

National HR-IR Conference at XLRI: Experts brainstorm on emerging trends


Jamshedpur, Jan. 20 : A nip in the air, and excitement on the faces, marked the inception of the first day of the two-day National HR-IR Conference. XLRI has been a premier B-School and a traditional forerunner for Management Education in Human Resources in all of Asia Pacific.

In line with its theme, ĎFortifying the Future: Managing the Changing Workforce and its Needsí,the conference witnessed participation from industry stalwarts, academicians, government officials, researchers and students from the top B-Schools of the country. The session was inaugurated by Inderjeet Sengupta, CHRO Johnson and Johnson, who gave the keynote a personal touch by stressing on the importance of human resource and business through life examples.

The theme for IR Panel was introduced by renowned Professor P.K. Padhi of XLRI Jamshedpur who briefed about the IR theme i.e. Consolidation of Labour Laws to the audience.

The first panel discussion for the day on the theme Emerging Workforce and its Impact on Human Resources, was chaired by Professor Raghuram Tata of XLRI Jamshedpur, with the other panelists including Shalini Lal (Founder, Infinity OD), Inderjeet Sengupta (CHRO Johnson and Johnson), Indrajit Gupta (VP HR SREI Financial Services) and Avijit Shastri (XLRI Alumnus and Independent Consultant).

The second session of day one began with the Compensation and Benefits Workshop by Avijit Shastri which provided insight to the students preparing themselves to soon delve into the HR industry. The interactive session that could answer numerous queries of the students on the complexity of Compensation and Benefits, the session also saw the presence of the renowned Professor EM Rao. Parallel to the workshop was the Leadership Talk by Mr. Sumesh Nair (Founder, Boardinfinity) who introduced the students and delegates into the criticalities of starting a new venture.
Moneyball and Wordsmith(part of student event HR Triathlon) were the key highlights of the third session where students competed in case presentations and compensation based competitions of HR Triathlon to better their HR skills.

Towards the end of the day, was the Talk Show with Ms. Shalini Lal on her entrepreneurial journey and the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the existing workforce. Students were especially keen to seek answers on how the modern workforce must adapt with times to be best equipped for the workforce and Lal answered all such queries and gave valuable insight into the matter.
Day two of the Conference will be held tomorrow where the thrust will shift to Industrial Relations with a panel discussion followed by a special session on changing nature of Labour Laws by Professor EM Rao. There will also be competitive events engaging all present student delegates.

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