‘6th National Industrial Relations Conference’ concludes at XLRI

The final round of the Inter B-School Paper presentation competition – Sameeksha was also held during the conference

January 14, 2014 4:45 IST | India Infoline News Service
Xavier School of Management recently concluded the ‘6th National Industrial Relations Conference’. Organized by FIRE@X (Forum for industrial relations at XLRI) witnessed participation of eminent academicians, industry experts, union activists, and budding managers from premium institutes like TISS, XIMB,FMS, XISS Ranchi and IIM Ranchi apart from the host institute XLRI, providing a platform for a stimulating discussion on the theme ‘Changing workforce and the transforming IR scenario’. 

In the keynote address delivered by Mr. Ramkumar, Executive Director ICICI Bank Ltd, he emphasized upon the importance of the managers being the custodians of the people who are working under them, and also of the capital of the shareholders. He also raised pertinent questions about the increasing use of contract labour in organizations and the increasing use of hire and fire policies used. He explicated that the role of the managers was to ensure social justice and productivity of capital. Mr. Ramkumar is also responsible for Human Resources and Operations of ICICI Bank Ltd.Professor E. A. Ramaswamy, eminent academician and a stalwart in the field of Indian Industrial Relations was the guest of honour.

While the first day witnessed an engrossing panel discussion on “Changing Workforce- their aspirations and expectations” amongst bigwigs like Mr. Alfred Osta,EVP- Mahinda & Mahindra, Dr. Debi Saini from MDI, Gautam Mody, General secretary, NTUI, Dr. Prasenjit Bose, Social activist and Dr. N. Ernesto from IIM-A, the second day had the audience captivated by the panel discussion on the theme “Management in an era of globalization” with speakers like Mr. Dharm Rakshit, AVP, Mondelez International, Prof. Jerome Joseph from IIM-A, Mr. Karthik Shekhar from UNITES, Mr. N. Vasudevan, President, NTUI, Mr. Salil Lal, Head ER, Maruti Suzuki, Manesar plant, Prof. Ratna Sen, HOD, IISWBM and Mr. P. N. Prasad, Chief-HRM, TATA Steel. Both the panel discussions witnessed some stimulating exchange of ideas by the enthusiastic participants.

The final round of the Inter B-School Paper presentation competition – Sameeksha was also held during the conference, where 6 teams out of the more than 50 which had applied for it, vied for the top spot. While IIM-Ranchi walked away with the first prizein the competition, XLRI bagged the second spot with FMS trailing close behind at the third spot.

The conference, which had been envisioned by the institute and the students of the committee with the objective of underscoring the increasing relevance of industrial relations in the contemporary context, concluded with the hope of re-igniting the spark vis-a-vis industrial relations amongst all the students and guests present.

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