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TAPMI Manipal organised DISHA 2014 – The Annual HR Conclave

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Disha 2014 – The six day Annual HR Conclave of TAPMI, Manipal started on a high note on the 18th of august 2014. The inaugural ceremony began with the blessings of the almighty, with a prayer song. The lamp was lit by the Chief Guest Mr.Rajat Jain, MD, Xerox India, the Key Note Speaker Mr.Krishnan V., Head Talent Development, HCL and  Dr. R. C. Natarajan, Director TAPMI and Col. P.S. James, Area Chair Human resources, TAPMI. Col James explained about Disha to the audience followed by Dr. Natarajan who introduced the theme for Disha 2014-Talent Race in Emerging Economies-will India win?The Chief Guest, Mr. Rajat Jain talked about variance between plan and reality. He also spoke about his experiences during his college and industry life. Thereafter Mr. Krishnan V talked about talent management and challenges associated with it. Later in the day the students got an opportunity to attend panel discussion and guest lectures delivered by the various eminent guests at Disha 2014.

The second day of Disha 2014, the Annual HR conclave of TAPMI Manipal, saw a continuation of the corporate sensation which is currently trending in every space. The Sophos, guest lecture series saw the presence of the following eminent personalities – 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 ; Mr. Ragupathy L, Senior Manager – Talent acquisition, Beroe and Ms. Charu Gulati , Associate Director HR, Axis Risk Consulting. The speakers touched upon various aspects related to challenges in human resource procurement and the building of social capital in organizations. The second edition of Onimia continued with the high powered discussion on the talent race in emerging economies with a focus on innovative recruitment strategies.

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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 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 organizations in handling them.

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The panel discussion on the 5th day of Disha 2014 – The Annual HR Conclave of TAPMI, was attended by large number of students. The topic of the discussion was “Managing Talent, in the Transition Economy of India”. The panellists for the discussion were Mr Raghavendra,  Infosys BPO; Mr Arun Kumar Kaimal, DHR Holdings; Mr. Prem Velayudan, CISCO and Ms Ivy Saldanha, Actuant India. Discussion varied by covering insights regarding best practices to be followed in managing talent better. There were points related to the personal and professional development of the employees and how that can be achieved by proper training and skill development activities.

The second round of Onimia Panel discussion on Day five of Disha 2014 led the discussion on Talent race forward by focusing on Employee Value Proposition to attract multi-generational talent. Corporate giants who led the discussion were Mr. Pritpal Kular, Vice President - Human Resources, General Motors ; Mr. Ramunni Nair, Vice President HR&GA-Renault Nissan; Mr. Jothibasu S, Deputy General Manager-HR, BIAL, Prof. Col P S James, HRM Area Chair TAPMI. Most panellists agreed that the concept of Employee Value Proposition was an evolving perception varying across different industries and time. They took up the differing methods which need to be applied to blue-collared workers and white-collared employees.

Disha 2014 concluded on 23rd of August 2014 with lot of reverie and excitement. After 6 eventful days with 10 Onimia panel discussions, more than 30 Sophos Guest Lectures and 50+ guests on campus, TAPMI showed the magnitude of this conclave to the world. Prof. (Col.) P S James in his valedictory address spoke about the new perspectives discussed during these 6 days. He stressed on the importance of grounding and display of work experience in a new context. The industry stalwarts spoke about the way to do things which requires everything to be taken as a challenge in life and professional career.

Followed by this, the winners for the various events were announced. The Vrondi – Mock Press event was won by Ms Niharika Drolia and Ms Ramayani Chakravarty. We the people – debate competition was won by Ms Naomi Raphael (for the motion), Mr Bibin George Varghese (against the motion) and Ms Naomi Raphael and Mr Abhishek Rajan (best team).

Ms Devika Shenoy, Convenor, HR Forum summerised about Disha 2014 and extended her gratitude towards, Dr R C Natarajan, Director, TAPMI, faculties, faculty moderators for Panel Discussion and the students of TAPMI for being a wonderful audience. With this one of the biggest HR Conclaves of India “Disha 2014” was concluded.