Chandigarh University in association with SHRM launches North India’s 1st MBA in Strategic HR


Chandigarh : Chandigarh University, Gharuan in association with SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) has launched a 2 year MBA degree in the field of strategic HR. It is first of its kind MBA Program in North India to be jointly launched by SHRM, which is world’s largest HR Professional society with 300,000 members in more than 165 countries and a premier university of the region. The program was announced today during a launch ceremony at CII headquarters (North Region) Chandigarh where Dr. R.S Bawa, Vice Chancellor, Chandigarh University and Achal Khanna, CEO -SHRM India & Business Head – APAC & MENA exchanged the formal MOU. Senior Vice President, Chandigarh University and former Vice President HR at IBM India, Mr. DP Singh was also present during the launch ceremony. Eminent HR leaders which included Mamta Sharma, Vice President, HR, Fiserv; Pooja Atal Singh, Senior Director People Strategy, Sapient; Sofi Zahoor, Director HR & Business, Quark India and Richa Jayaswal, Head Human Resource, Steel Strips Wheel took part in the panel discussion on the theme “The changing role of HR in continuously changing world”. Budding HR Professionals of Apex Institute of Technology (AIT), Chandigarh University interacted with the HR leaders to understand the changing role of the HR Professionals in the global organizations.

While discussing the importance of MBA Strategic HR Program, Ms. Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM said “SHRM’s Academic Initiatives mission is to create better prepared entry level HR professionals through education, competency assessment and internships. Chandigarh University is one of the few forward thinking universities which are making substantial investments in developing HR professionals for tomorrow. We at SHRM are excited to partner with CU to bring out a unique curriculum which embeds SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM CP), the most coveted Global certification.” This will equip them with comprehensive Online Learning System, various study aids and certification study material with the necessary competencies linked to job performance, she added. She disclosed that the final year students of MBA course can now take up SHRM CP certification exam and get certified.

“With the changing times the role of HR department in an organization has even got more importance as it is no longer considered to be just an hiring division but it is also responsible for the overall development of the human resource along with taking care of their welfare, growth and training for futuristic roles in an organization” said DP singh, Senior Vice President, Chandigarh University. He further added that the newly launched MBA strategic HR program in association with SHRM will go a long way in training the next generation of HR leaders for corporate world who with the changing global scenario have to understand the changing requirements of organizations world over.

While deliberating over the panel discussion, Pooja Atal Singh, Senior Director -HR, Sapient said, “The HR Professionals are required to attain inter personal skills that can act as bridge between the organization and the professionals”. Sofi Zahoor, Director HR & Business, Quark India highlighted the role of HR in the overall growth of any organization by adding that “The major challenge for HR professionals today is to match the fast pace of changing technology being adopted by organizations as there would be a demand of different category of professionals every time there is a shift towards new technology”. Richa Jayaswal, Head Human Resource, Steel Strips Wheel talked about the increasing scope in the field of Human resource as it is strikes a balance between organizational goals and individual goals.