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Saturday 24th March was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable days in the history of MBA IIT Kanpur because it is the very day when the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering embarked the journey towards panel discussions with the first episode of its talk series- Vimarsh. This introductory version of Vimarsh with four eminent personalities and thought-leaders from different business industries as the panelists, saw deliberation on the topic, “Impact of Next Generation Technologies on Employee, Employer and Employability”. The list of honored guests Included Dr. Shiva Kumar R, AVP Talent Acquisition Sodexo as the moderator and panelists were Mr. Sai Chandran, Director OD, Culture: Sapient, Mrs. Poonam Tharad, AVP HR: Mahindra Comviva and Mr. Unmesh Pawar, Director HR, Accenture.
The session commenced with the opening speech by Dr. Devlina Chatterjee, Professor at IME Department, IIT Kanpur. She explained the relevance of the topic of discussion in view of the fresh management graduates who are planning their careers, stressing on the furious pace of change and the need for constant upgradation to match this.
With the commencement of this engaging session, the panelists separated the topic of discussion into three phases. The first phase of discussion focused on the disrupting effect of modern technologies in different sectors on the Indian industries like telecommunication, e-commerce, banking etc. Next Mr. Sai emphasized on the fact that the present-day projects are not straight forward engineering or management or just service delivery jobs, it is rather an integrated system encompassing all the factors that add value to the lives of the customers. Mrs. Tharad then explained the importance of understanding the real needs and pain points of the end-user and how every individual can put their entrepreneurial skill to use, to help the consumer in this constantly shifting market environment. Mr. Pawar emphasized on the fact how the operating model of a business keeps changing with the dynamic business models and how technology not just creates automation but also leads of the augmentation of work. He said if technology takes over the easy routine jobs, then the average human needs to work at the higher level of spectrum using true insights while analyzing a task and the organizations. The modern business man or entrepreneur should look from the ground up and bring about values that truly change all the scenarios of involvement, creation of jobs among mankind. The current generation of should also work towards building an environment where there can be a symbiotic relationship between man and machine. He explained how humans have the roles of trainers, explainers and sustainers where people can utilize their talent to train the machine, perform the tasks that cannot be accomplished by the machine and also the importance of generating truly Indian business models to sustain the system, something that will genuinely solve the third world problem.
Moving to the next phase of discussion, the panelists discussed the requirement of fluid, agile workforce that will take from the changing scenario of the business. They also discussed the significance of re-skilling and individual improvements in the modern digitalized world and the requirement of creating an eco-system of co-existence and synergy around the business considering different employees and their diverse nature of skills. They also emphasized on taking a holistic view of all business roles and design an effective career model accordingly by changing and developing through different dimensions.
Finally, during the last phase, the panelists discussed about the standpoint of HR in the ever-changing processes of the business world. Mr. Sai highlighted three imperatives that included the Man-Machine interface, Individual attention on the human workforce and change management. Mr. Pawar emphasized that HR needs to address the different aspects of expectations of the new generation and support the multiple talents present in the workforce and definitely shift the talent when necessary to make them relevant according to the need of time. At the same time, HR should be giving multiple exposures to the new-generation of workforce to provide them a phenomenal experience and it also needs to engage passion and help them meet their aspirations. They also emphasized that AI and machines actually helps to create different job dimensions and helps people to reach the customized career path while crafting a great learning experience. The discussion ended with the panelists giving the final words of advice to the students. While, Mr. Sai advised that whole is always better than the sum of parts so Integration is extremely important, Mrs. Tharad gave the idea the effective use of machine and technology to solve problem. Mr. Pawar advised the students to always stay hungry and strive for big innovations but at the same time they should keep their intentions noble and contribute towards building an ethical organization. Vimarsh the first episode of the talk series by MBA IIT Kanpur undeniably provided an immense learning experience to the students which rightfully ended with thunderous applause!


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