Disha 2016 – the five-day annual HR conclave of T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal started off on 23rd August, with the theme “VUCA World: HR at Crossroads?” The event started off with the Master of Ceremony of the event welcoming the guest along with the audience. This was followed by the invocation song and the lamp lighting ceremony. The Chief Guest of this year’s event was Mr. Dilpreet Singh-VP and Head HR IBM India/South Asia and the keynote speaker was Mr. Abhay Gupte- CEO Manipal Technologies. Mr. Pramod N Fernandes- Group CHRO Manipal group, Dr. R. C. Natrajan- Director TAPMI and Prof. Col. P. S. James- Area Chair of Human Resources TAPMI were also among the present dignitaries.
Ms. Puja Agarwal, the Convenor of Disha and HR Forum welcomed the guests to TAPMI and gave a brief introduction of the theme. Dr. R. C. Natrajan was invited on stage to give his overview on the topic and address the guests, faculty and the students present. He told the students “the best way to learn is to listen and ask questions because no question is foolish.” He urged the students to have a curiosity and a thirst to learn which will also encourage knowledge sharing. He then invited Mr. Abhay Gupte, the keynote speaker to address the theme of the event. According to him, there are three generations at workplace now which is creating a lot of new jobs both known and unknown. The new challenge today is that the tech savvy generation is competing against a generation with experience. Integrating these generation gaps and integrating its workers is the disruption necessary today. We now need to select leaders who do not need much nurturing and can work efficiently with a clarity of thought.
Mr. Dilpreet Singh summed up his preceding speakers, both agreeing and disagreeing with their views. He said, “HR is not at crossroads because there is only one entry to the VUCA world.” He believes that the trigger behind the change is emerging technology, which can be disruptive and transformative. But technology is going to get smarter and smarter and we need to keep up. Mr. Singh stated that a consumer-centric economy is the cause of uncertainty in today’s world. The role of an HR personnel is to anticipate and predict the change, there is a need for the shift from predictive analytics to prescriptive analytics. He mentioned that TAPMI Bloomberg lab is what all HR personnel need to analyse and anticipate the market. In the future, the major differentiator of an individual will be their talent. Mr. Singh believes talent will be diversified and dynamic in nature.
With these dignitaries imparting their insights, the inauguration came to a close but marked the opening of Disha 2016. If morning shows the day, then the next five days of Disha are surely going to be a memorable event.