BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized its first HR Director’s Conclave on 13 March 2015 at SCOPE Complex Conference Hall, New Delhi. The theme of the conclave was: Building and enabling eco system for success of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skilled India’. Honorable Dr. Pritam Singh, Padma Shree Awardee, inaugurated the event. The event started with an address by President of BRICS CCI Mr. B.R. Saini followed by Welcome address by the Secretary General, Dr. B.B.L. Madhukar. The conclave had 3 panel
discussions with eminent Industry experts sharing their thoughts and experiences on how to take this agenda of ‘Make in India’ forward; how to make it successful. In his welcome address Dr. Madhukar mentioned:
• Majority of skilled population is middle class with several aspirations
• Only 10% of the working population is skilled
• Most people possess hard skills and not soft skills
• BRICS CCI focuses not only on wealth creation, but also on equitable distribution
Dr. UD Choubey, Director General of SCOPE spoke about:
• Global integration, post liberalization and open economic policy
• People have to go outside and compete with the global market
• Fragility of community relations
• Enterprises have to change their approach – synchronize trust relationship for sustainability of the enterprise
Dr. Pritam Singh in his key note address:
• Gandhi Ji believed that a great person is someone who makes others believe that he is also great.
• Need tocreate a relevant mindset for success of any enterprise.
• India’s focus is on quantity and not quality.
• It is time we start thinking about ‘Competitive Collaboration’.
• People in India must move from the strategy of survival to survival with excellence.
• One solution offered by him was the introduction of Innovation audit for companies in order to ensure initiative and innovation.
1 st panel: Reflection – Youth, Talent and Skills in India
The focus of the panel was youth: the myths about youth, their commitment and passion, components of
digital commerce and the three pillars of the ecosystem: Education, Youth and Employers.
• Atul Chug (Former HR Head- Middle East South Asia Rolls-Royce)
• Raghavendra K, VP and Head- Human Resource Development, Infosys BPO
• Rakesh Seth, Senior VP- Group HR, Lloyd Group
• AjaiMehrotra, VP Human Resources, Communal Technology India (P)
• Saurabh Nigam, VP-HR, Snapdeal Key Points made during the session:
• Youth of the country today is ready to challenge any and everything, and then come up with solutions too.
• HR must move outside the four walls of its office.
• We must ultimately look for commitment in individuals.
• Mindset has to change as technology changes
• Need for soft skills like reading, communication, collaboration and engagement.
• Changes are required making education accessible and available for all, and secondly bringing changes in the elementary education system.
• Need to build a culture of innovation, thereby promoting a learning culture.
2 nd panel: Policy Framework That Delivers Result
The focus of this session was importance of discipline and collaboration in achieving success in education system, skilling of labor, designing of policy framework, training methodology, brand building, role of Board of Directors and Government.
• Dr. Yasho V. Verma, ex-COO LG Electronics India
• A.K. Munjal, VP-HR, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
• Deepak Singh, President HR, Adhunik Group
• Col. PankajDhingra, VP-HR, SITI Cable Network Ltd-Zee Network
• Prashant Das, Head-HR, Morepen Laboratories Ltd.
• Rajeev Bhadauria, Director and Head Group HR, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. Key Points made during the session:
• Around 5, 00,000 people need to be skilled every month.
• We are quantitative rather than qualitative in our education system.
• Importance of discipline and the need of collaborating to achieve success.
• India must become a global manufacturing hub in order to forge ahead.
• Broadcast is turning into a narrow-cast today.
• Designing of policy framework according to the needs and aspiration of the young
• Training can transform an average employee into a good performer.
• India needs to have entrepreneurial-based policies.
• Need for building a brand for the Indian products.
• A new phenomenon of ‘active inertia’ afflicts Indian employees.
3 panel: Strategies for Future
The focus of discussion was lack of entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, right attitude and technology in India, association of industries with the educational institutes and redefining talent.
• Gen (Retd.) DV Kalra
• Sameer Khanna, VP and Head- HR at Ericsson
• Ms. Jayantika Dave, Non-Executive Director, Ingersoll Rand India
• Ms. Saloni Malhotra, AVP – HR, Paytm
• Naveen Coomar, Managing Partner, Naveen & Naveen, Honor Advisor, BRICS CCI
Key Points made during the session:
• Entrepreneurship mindset is missing from India.
• Industries must connect with the educational institutes in order to get an efficient supply of manpower.
• Ethics, values, and moral behavior needed for HR development.
• There are four major skills missing in people today – Lack of team-work, entrepreneurial spirit, ownership
and the right attitude towards work.
• Structure of skill and talent development needs redefinition. Current definition and understanding is
legacy based which comes from colonial mindset.
• In India we focus on training the left-brain prominence that creates compliance while lower emphasis is
on Right brain where innovation comes from.
• Need for community based learning.
• People may be illiterate but not unintelligent.