IMI Bhubaneswar & NHRD Roundtable on “Repositioning HR in Changing Business Scenario”


 Dynamic changes in economic and competitive landscape are forcing the modern-day organizations to explore newer and more sustainable approaches for survival. Management of future has to believe in trust building measures with the workforce rather than relying on arm-twisting measures, either to increase productivity or to reduce manpower or to tighten their hold on the levels of discipline among the workforce. IR scenario of the country is looking up to their HR & IR leaders to design such HR/IR systems and processes which will not only help them navigate through the challenging times but also generate significant business value and strike a balance between interests of management as well labour. Therefore, in today’s global business context, the HR function is increasingly being expected to partner with the business and develop scalable solutions for business problems.

With this HR round table, International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar in association with National HRD Network aims to provide a forum to experts from the corporate, academia, and government, to share their expert opinions and insights on Repositioning HR in Changing Business Scenario.

Roundtable of CSR Heads

 A “Roundtable of CSR Heads” was conducted at IMI Bhubaneswar premises. The participants in the Round Table were CSR and Company Heads from nearly 15 companies operating in Odisha. Mr. S. C. Padhi, Director (HR), MCL, Mr. Joy Verghese, Director (HR) NALCO, Mr. Rajesh Chintak, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel, Mr. Sanjay Pattnaik, VP (HR), Vedant, Mr. Pramod Panda, Head Development Centre, Infosys, Ms. Priya S. Mahapatra, GM (CSR), TCS, Dr. S. Das, GM (HR), PPL, Mr. T. C. Hota, Exec. VP, IMFA, and many other top executives from Essar, CESC, NTPC, PPL, IPICOL, and Tata Power took active participation in the discussion. Mr. T. Ramachandru, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Govt. of Odisha was the Chief Guest who inaugurated the event. Mr. C. J. Venugopal, IAS, CMD, IPICOL was the Guest of Honor for the valedictory session. Dr. Supriti Mishra of IMI Bhubaneswar presented her research findings on the status of CSR in the local (Odisha) and national (India) context and invited the participants to share their perspectives on CSR, their strategies, response mechanism to global challenges and mandatory requirements by the government.

CSR Roundtable for Civil Society

 International Management Institute(IMI), Bhubaneswar conducted a CSR Round Table for Civil Society Organizations in its campus in which noted activists and opinion leaders including Mr. P.K. Sahoo, Mr. Jagadish Pradhan, and Mr. D.K. Roy from leading national and international NGOs such as UNDP, CYSD, SVA, BISWA, OVHA, WOSCA and YCDA participated. The participants discussed their perspectives about the status of CSR in Odisha, relevance of mandatory guidelines of the Government of India and roles and expectations of the civil society towards ensuring a better delivery mechanism of CSR. The discussion in the Round Table was steered by Prof. Supriti Mishra, Professor, IMI Bhubaneswar who tabled her research findings on CSR in the context of including Odisha.