Disha 2015 – the five day annual HR conclave of T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal started off on 18th August, with the theme, “Game Changing Strategies 2020 – Transformational HR”. The event started off with the Master of Ceremony of the event welcoming the guests along with the audience and was followed by the invocation song and the lamp lighting ceremony. The Chief Guest for this year’s event was Mr. Jacob Jacob, Chief People Officer, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and the Keynote speaker was Mr. Vikas Gupta, Head HR, Deloitte. Dr. R. C. Natarajan, Director, TAPMI and Prof. Col. P.S. James, Area Chair of Human Resources, TAPMI, were also among the dignitaries present.

Dr. Natarajan began his speech by speaking about his dream of having TAPMI’s students recruited, not for the name of the degree of the institute, but for the innate qualities possessed by the students. To stress on how TAPMI facilitates learning, he mentioned a Latin phrase which meant “You don’t learn for school, you don’t learn for exams, but for life”. His speech was followed by a short speech by the Convener of HR Forum – “Danielle Pareira”, who gave a glimpse about Disha and how it has evolved over the years. She also gave a brief overview of the events held during the event. Thereafter, Col. James gave a brief overview of Disha and spoke about transformational and transactional HR.

Mr. Jacob Jacob, who is also an alumni of TAPMI, then shared his thoughts. He expressed pleasure at having come back to the institute after almost 20 years and spoke about the paradox – “The power to earn your place wherever you are.”

The four things to introspect, he said, were the four powers – absolute integrity, absolute inquisitiveness, emotional quotient and the power to act and implement. He stressed on how the values that people imbibe and practice give them the power to earn their place wherever they are and also helps in making a successful enterprise. Further, he also spoke about the Indian environment is changing to a scenario where companies look at how HR helps in enterprise growth.

Mr. Vikas Gupta mentioned in his speech the quote, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” He spoke in detail about transformational HR and compared traditional recruitment policies with those of the new age policies. He also spoke about open talent economy, where people provide services for free or in an open community and compared it with the likes of balance sheet, partnership, borrowed and freelance talents.

To end with he spoke about predictive people analytics and how the learning focus has shifted from what it was in the past, what it is now and what it will be in the future.

The ceremony ended with a question and answer session where Mr. Gupta answered the queries of the students followed by a vote of thanks on behalf of the Master of Ceremony of Event.