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Disha is the flagship HR conclave held by T.A Pai Management Institute, Manipal.  Disha 2014 is the sixth edition of the same. It will be held from August 18, 2014 to August 23, 2014 in Manipal. Spread over 6 days and with over 50 senior HR Managers across 18 industry sectors visiting, Disha 2014 promises to be bigger than ever before in both scope & scale.

Mr. Rajat Jain, Managing Director, Xerox India is the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony. Mr. Jain is currently responsible for strengthening Xerox's leadership in technology and services in the South Asia Region.  Mr. Krishnan V., Head-Talent Development of HCL Technologies will be the keynote speaker. Currently at HCL, Mr. Krishnan V., leads a team responsible for training delivery globally, leads strategic initiatives to enhance talent development, and also leads the team tasked with onboarding new employees.

The theme for Disha 2014 is “The Talent Race in Emerging Economies- Will India Win?” This theme was selected in the backdrop of the extraordinary shift in the global balance of economic power in the past decade. The developing markets, led by Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) have prospered remarkably. But to sustain their growth and development as they further transform and move up, the emerging nations will need an enhancement of their human capital. Hence, there is no doubt that today businesses based all over the globe are competing for talent. HR leaders are being challenged to mobilize talent internally or externally to help business grow. Organizations need to manage their talent supply chain with the same rigor they would with other parts of the organization. Finding the right people with the right skills in the right places still remains a major concern, more so for the emerging nations.

So the question is – will India win this talent race?

There are four main events planned for Disha 2014.

Onimia is the panel discussion where the eminent HR managers from around the country discuss on various topics pertaining to the theme.

Onimia, the Panel Discussion in “DISHA-2014”, took off with a great start on the topic “The Talent Race in Emerging Economies: Will India Win?” with involved participation from all the panellists as well as students. The panel consisted of eminent guests from the industry namely; Mr. Sridhar Krishnamurthy, Kelsa Solutions, Dr. Asit Mohapatra, Raymond, Ms. Sarojani Gaikwad, People Business, Ms. Ruth Singh, Emkay, Mr. Clive Van Buerle, ISGN. The panel was moderated by Mr. Rajat Jain, Xerox India. Panelists gave some thought provoking insights about the skill gap in India, capabilities required for recruitment and Talent supply chain. Panel concluded the discussion quoting that it not the corporate that makes the career choice but the workforce.


Onimia, the Panel Discussion for Day 2 of “DISHA-2014”, saw the presence of distinguished guests from the industry. The topic of the Panel Discussion was “Innovative Recruitment Strategies for Winning the Talent Race”. The students witnessed varied views about the topic from the guests. The panel consisted of; Ms Diptii Das, Head HR - South Asia, Aramex, Ms. Dr. Maria Christine Nirmala, Practice Head –Research, Great Place to Work, Mr. Rajesh Sahay, Vice President & Head HR, Wipro Consumer Care and Mr. TV Krishnamurthi, Group HR Head, Titan Company Ltd. The panel was moderated by Prof. (Col.) P S James, Area Chair – HR, TAPMI. The discussion centred on various aspects involved in recruitment and the challenges faced by the industry in hiring talent. The discussion was highly engrossing for the audience and helped them understand the industry perspective on matters related to recruitment strategies.


Day 3 of Disha 2014 began with the third panel discussion of the “Onimia” series, where four corporate titans Mr. Siddhartha Chandoke, Director-Talent Acquisition, Metlife GOSC, Mr. Amitabh Kumar, Head Human Resources, NEC India, Ms. Vijayanti Margassery, Head-Talent Management & Organization development, Biocon, Mr. Anish Philip, Head HR – India, Sasken;  who discussed on the topic – Talent strategies - Balancing Build vs. Buy. The panelists spoke about how talent can be developed through organic strategies from within the organization or can be acquired through inorganic methods. The discussion was adeptly moderated by Prof K J George, Chairman - Placement Committee, TAPMI. He ensured that aspects of the topic were covered and the audience received a wholesome insight about the nuances of human resource development.


Day 3 of Disha 2014 hosted the fourth panel discussion in the “Onimia” series, where four corporate titans Mr. Mohit Shetty, AVP – HR, Reliance Capital; Ms. Reena Tyagi,Head HR,Cigna TTK Health Insurance Company Limited; Mr. Jayakumar David Alexander, Head - Human Resources (Zonal), Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and Mr. Sunil Wariar, Sr. VP and Head Human Capital, Future Generali India Life Insurance Co.; collaborated to give their unique perspectives on the topic – Talent management in a cross-cultural environment. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof Sushanta Sharma, HR Area, TAPMI. The discussion revolved around how talent management is important when the organizations are going global, since several cultural dimensions come into play and the challenges are faced by these organizations in handling them. They also discussed how culture varies across the globe. The discussion ended on a positive note with great participation shown by both students and faculty with the guest panelists.


Sophos is the guest lecture series where the guests speak on various topics & interact with the students.

Vrondi is the mock press event where the students act as PR managers & defend the stance of their company in front of the press.

“We the people” is the debate where the students get to showcase their debating & analytical skills.

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