The 5th Business Conclave on the theme “The Future of work – Role of HR” was held by VJIM, Hyderabad on the 4th of November, 2016. The session brought together reputed industry names along with the bigwigs from the institute who discussed what the future holds for HR professionals. It was an enriching session where the panelists made eyeopening points that were taken on board by the participants. The students also had an opportunity to have their questions answered, which made it an engaging session on the whole.
Mr. Harish Raichandani, Founder CEO-Potentia, Ms. Kiranmai Pendyala, Corporate Vice President, Greater Asia, Mr. Stanley George, Head-HR, Hexaware Technologies, Mr. Yusuf Gararai, General Manager – R&T, Sivsshakthi Group and Ms. Mira Vempati, Head-Learning and Development, Hyundai Mobis were the industry names that expressed their views on the topic. The proceedings began with a welcome speech by Dr. CH Durgaprasad, Director, VJIM. Dr. DN Rao, General Secretary then explained business pragmatics to the students.
According to Dr. Rao, “The future at VJIM should be about “Question the Answer”. What defines beautiful organization are concepts like do the necessary, create intimacy, be ugly and most importantly remain incomplete.” Mr. Raichandani focused on the importance of Artificial Intelligence in connecting the dots between the present and the future. Ms. Pendyala on the other hand believes, “Future is unknown and we are moving from inter-dependence to completely independent. Humans will exist even in presence of artificial intelligence because of hard work.”
Like Ms. Pendyala who offered the example of GPS replacing Yellow Pages to find directions, all the talks were filled with anecdotes to keep the students riveted. Talking about the future of technologies, Mr. George said, “There will be a few switches including in Analytics (Bug Data), Robotics (technology overtaking human effort), Mobility (present generation attachment to mobile phones), Bricks and Clicks (launch of car “Qwid” with the help of application) and Zero (zero-collision, zero-emission).”
Mr. Gararai offered the example of Ms. Anita Roddick, Body Shop, who adopted climatic stop agriculture which meant no animal testing, and use of natural products. Ms. Vempati the final speaker talked about L&D future and said, “In this era, distance is no more a concern and people are very comfortable putting forward their idea without hesitation. Young generation with less than 10 years experience has more transparency and less ambiguity. This category of people will ask questions, communicate and be open.”
If any proof of that statement was needed, it was offered quickly by the students who engaged the speakers in a lively question and answer session. They also had an opportunity to interact with the professionals making it a truly fruitful conclave.