Onimia Panel Discussion 8 – Disha 2014, The Annual HR Conclave of TAPMI, Manipal


Topic – “Talent creation through learning and development.”

The last day of Onimia, Day 6 at Disha 2014, saw eminent personalities from Technological space Mr. AshitRanjan, VP, Tecnova Global, Mr. Santosh Mishra, Director –HR 24×7 Innovation Labs; Mr Karuna Kumar Vempala, Head – Talent Acquisition, Cigniti Technologies and MrSushanta Kumar Sarma, Associate Professor at T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipalfor the 1st panel discussion of the ultimate day of Disha 2014, a day which all the TAPMIans had wished would not have come so soon. The mode at TAPMI was changed since the past 5 days of Disha 2014, experiencing the deep insights with learning .The same was being sought for from the last day of the panel discussion as well.The panel started with the introduction of the topicTalent creation through learning and development.”

 MrAshitRanjan, VP, Tecnova Global: Mr. Ashit emphasised that young graduates should develop the ability to observe their surroundings and should be able to decipher the business logic from it. Then only they can learn by example and thus become efficient manager in changing times as well. Each employee is responsible for socially enhancing himself/herself to coach others and hence make good future leaders. Today the traditional Indian “mugging framework” has created a tall task of unlearning the whole framework and replacing it with a practical based framework has become a huge task for us especially at Management institutes. Finding the psychological motivator within ourselves and working according to it can automatically bring us to limelight.He said,“Your books do not teach you everything, go to your local “chai wala” and observe how he runs his business. It will teach you more than your books ever can”. He believed, “You will get very limited means, what you make of these means is what defines you” He concluded by saying, “Don’t have expectations from your first job, and don’t be hesitant to get your hands dirty. Whatever you face, try to make the most out of it”

 Mr Santosh Mishra, Director –HR 24×7 Innovation Labs:Mr Santosh began his dialogueby emphasizing the need of  analysing that how should the management institutions create foundation for developing the concept base in students in today’s day and age which ultimately affects the field work practices of employees of an organisation.“To complete the virtuous knowledge cycle of academics to corporate is requisite today to be complete.” he said.A transition from “one man warriors” to a “Collaborative leader“is the need in today’s leader. Changing times will always pose a shift of paradigm and employees should adapt themselves to that. Mr. Santosh also said that Human Resources managers provide the enabler platform for the employees to showcase their innovative skills and strength. He concluded by saying, “Coaching is impromptu; therefore, continuous engagement programmes are required in the organisation.”

 Mr. Karuna Kumar Vempala, Head Talent Acquisition, Cigniti Technologies:Mr Karuna put on table many valuable points pondering over,the high competitive level the current world is into. At this juncture a multi-domain experience is very much essential to sustain. The requisite for any business scenario is to adopt different ways of thinking and be always open to ideas. There is a need of alignment of their job with the interest of the employees.

 Mr. Sushanta Kumar Sarma, Associate Professor at T.A. Pai Management Institute Manipal: Mr. Sushanta was of the premise that how can the elderly generation induce the upcoming generation to work together for the better of the organisation as a whole. Only the higher generation cannot be always expected to change the paradigm of the work with change in the challenges of today. He also lay stress on the point that there is a need of self-awareness in people. They should know their fundamental strengths which they can use to take their organisations to greater heights. People need to look for opportunities around them.

 With such diverse insights on the various perspectives of the topic, the panel concluded that even though there will always be a gap between the generations at work but this gap has to be gauged mutually by both the generations putting extra efforts to work as a team and for the betterment of the organisation as a whole. There is a need to realise that their success is defined by the success of the organisation in which they are.


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