Innovation and Upskilling in Human Resources Emerge as Thrust Area at IIT Kharagpur’s Vinod Gupta School of Management

Kharagpur: In the age of Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 while many business functions are undergoing momentous changes, the human resource is emerging as the most critical area of management functions considering the not-so-futuristic alarming trends. The Vinod Gupta School of Management organized an HR Conclave this weekend addressing new avenues in Human Resource Management through HR Innovation and Upskilling.

A panel of India’s top HR experts who attended the Conclave at the IIT Kharagpur campus debated on impact of technological innovation on HRM. Satyajit Mohanty, CHRO, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals opined that despite the improvement in technology through offline management and the automation of HR Processes, there hasn’t been a proportionate improvement in employee experience. Sonia Sahgal, Director of University Recruiting, Microsoft India, furthered the point with emphasis on human element being fundamental to organizational success. She substantiated her claim by providing the example of decreased synergy in the workplace despite the provisions afforded by modern technology. The panel deliberated further on the importance of upskilling to increase employee engagement with Sonali Misra, Head-HR, Bain & Company (India) speaking about the holistic aspect of upskilling and how it can be leveraged to value addition of industry professionals.

Vivek Vyas, Country Head, Employee Relations, Royal Bank of Scotland focused on the point of employee driven organizational growth which was further elaborated by Yamini Krishnan, Director – HR, IQVIA who advocated upskilling as the only method in case organizations want more innovative solutions. The panel on Rethinking people management to propel organizational growth was moderated by Hetal Sonpal, a TEDx speaker, Angel Investor and a Mentor of Change at Atal Innovation Mission.

Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, Officiating Director of IIT Kharagpur, keeping in mind the ever changing market demands said, “In this day and age, the dynamic paradigm of Industry 4.0 demands constant upskilling by employees who wish to stay relevant.”

In the recent years Vinod Gupta School of Management has emerged among India’s top ranking management schools within 25 year of its establishment by QS and MHRD’s NIRF rankings. With its unique mix of management programmes backed by the interdisciplinary engineering, science and mathematics platforms of IIT Kharagpur, the School presents a unique opportunity to its students to pursue electives in various subjects other than Management.