Mega Digital ‘HR Konclave’: Panel Discussions & Workshops by KIIT School of Civil Engineering

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The School of Civil Engineering, KIIT Deemed to be University organized two panel discussions and nine workshops during 28th-29th August 2020 as a part of the Mega Digital ‘HR Konclave 2020’.

On 28th August, the School conducted Panel Discussion on ‘Building Culture of a Digital Future: Challenges Here and Now’.  Two panels deliberated upon People’s Perspective and Technology Perspective of the topic respectively.

The Panel-1 was moderated by Mr. Jagannath Oleti, Vice President & Head HR, L&T Defence and the panelists included Ms. Annie Lim, TA Head & Diversity Outreach, Citrix Singapore; Mr. Sreenu Ambati, VP HR, Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd. and Mr. Shaun Tooray, Head of Talent Attraction Africa and Europe, Puma Energy – South Africa. The discussion was hosted and coordinated by Prof. Ipsita Panda, Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering.

Welcoming the panelists, Dr. B. G. Mohapatra, Director, SCE introduced KIIT and outlined its achievements. Mr. Jagannath Oleti spoke on the topic ‘Building Culture of a Digital Future: Challenges Here and Now’. Panel members emphasized that innovation holds the future of industry and interdisciplinary education has an important role to play. They suggested students go beyond their curriculum and learn new things; groom themselves and brush up their skills. The smooth conduct of the session was ensured by Dr. D. K. Bera, Associate Dean (T&P) and Mr. Utkarsh Tiwari as student coordinator.

The Panel-2 was moderated by Dr. Tanaya Mishra, Global CHRO Essar Projects Ltd (Dubai) and the panelists included, Mr. Ramamurthi Karthikeyan, Senior Director – Strategy CBRE; Mr. Chandrajit Pati, Senior Vice President (HR), Reliance India Ltd; Mr. Ram Reddy Gummi, Chairman and Managing Director, ARK Infra Developers Pvt Ltd; and Mr. Narayan Rao K, Head – HR, NCC Ltd.

The Panel was set with the initial context with an interesting retrospection on the ‘Industry 4.0’ by the moderator. The panelists provided an excellent coverage on how to scale up in the latest technologies and build capabilities which have business values. They focused on continuous learning and acquiring of new skills. They briefed the students on the use of IOT, AI, AR & VR and Drone technology. They also discussed the industry at the time and how technology turned out to be a game changer during these times. The discussion was hosted and coordinated by Prof. Ipsita Mohanty, Assistant Professor of School of Civil Engineering. Dr. B. G. Mohapatra, Director welcomed the panelists, while the smooth conduct of the session was ensured by Dr. D. R. Biswal, Associate Professor and Mr. Apurba Panigrahi, student coordinator.

On 29th August, nine workshops were conducted through different online platforms like Google Meet, Cisco Webex, and Facebook Live streaming.

The Workshop-1 titled “Becoming industry ready” had Mr. Arabinda Nandy, General Manager HR, Strata India as the resource person. It was hosted and coordinated by faculty coordinator Prof. P. Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, SCE and jointly coordinated by Prof. A.K. Pani, Asst. Professor and Mr. Siddharth Singh as student coordinator.

The Workshop-2 titled “Becoming industry ready” had Mr. Tridip Sarma, General Manager HR, Patel Engineering Ltd. as resource person. It was hosted and coordinated by faculty coordinator Prof. Brundaban Beriha and jointly coordinated by Dr. K. P. Samal, Associate Professor, SCE and Ms. Alisha Kumari as student coordinator.

The Workshop-3 titled “HR and People Practices during Crisis” had Ms. Meenakshi Cornelius, HR Head, JLL India as resource person. It was hosted and coordinated by faculty coordinator Prof. S. R. Samal, Assistant Professor and jointly coordinated by Prof. Gaurav Udgata, Assistant Professor SCE and Mr. Amanuel Tafere as student coordinator.

The Workshop-4 titled “Building the organization of the future” had Ms. Rashmi Mansharamani, CHRO of The Wave Group as resource person. It was jointly hosted and coordinated by faculty coordinator Prof. K. K. Sahoo, Prof. Ipsita Mohanty and Mr. Sudhanshu Upadhyay as student coordinator.

The Workshop-5 titled “Becoming Industry ready” had Ms. Ramila Chhotaray Tank, Head, HR Vijay Suraksha as resource person. It was hosted by Prof. B. Paikaray and jointly coordinated by Dr. D. R. Biswaland Ms. Shaswati Sarma as student coordinators.

The Workshop-6 titled “Agile Talent & HR: Preparing Organizations for the Future of Work” had Mr. Chandra Sekhar D., Asst. Vice President – HR, TATA Projects Ltd. as a resource person. It was hosted by Prof. Mohibullah and jointly coordinated by Prof. R. Chhotray andMr.Debdatta Chakraborty as student coordinators.

The Workshop-7 titled: “HR in Workplace: Past, Present and Future” had Dr. Rasheed M. L., Head HR of My Homes Construction Ltd as resource person. It was hosted by Prof. D. B. Kumar and coordinated by Mr. Apurba Panigrahi as student coordinator.

The Workshop-8 titled: “Emerging Technologies in Building Construction in India” had Mr. Rajesh Sriramshetty, VP – Hyderabad Operations, Brigade Group as resource person. It was hosted and coordinated by Prof. S. S. Panda and Ms. Sagarika Roy as student coordinator.

The Workshop-9 titled: “Future of Work: HR Competencies” had Mr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Director- HR, Hilti India as resource person. It was hosted and coordinated by Prof. M. Mohanty and Mr. Utkarsh Tiwari as student coordinator.

Dr. D. K. Bera, Associate Dean (T&P) coordinated all the Panel Discussions and Workshops along with his IE team members Prof. D. R. Biswal, Prof. Mohibulah, Prof. Kirti Kanta Sahoo and Mr. D. K. Samantasinghar of School of Civil Engineering. Prof. Mohar Biswas and Prof. Surya Mishra from School of Management, KIIT-DU were the faculty coordinators. Mr. Mrutyunjay Ray, Deputy Director CR from corporate relations KIIT-DU acted as the interface between the speakers and the School. Mr.  Utkarsh and Mr. Apurba were the overall student coordinators of SCE.

The entire program was conducted under the supervision of Dr. B. G. Mohapatra, Director, SCE. As many as 20 dignitaries belonging to top companies in India and abroad along with more than 1000 students attended the conclave.

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