Learning to lead: HR Meets and Business Conferences in Sri Balaji Society
Sri Balaji Society and its four institutes: BIMM, BITM, BIIB and BIMHRD are one of the best management institutes in India and routinely features at the top on the various rankings maintained by magazines, trade journals, publications and newspapers in the country. As part of its mandate to train its students to be the ‘best’, the society arranges corporate get-together events in its campus, giving its students an opportunity to listen, learn and interact with the who’s who of the corporate world: Directors, CEO’s, Entrepneurs and so on. Each Business conference is arranged around a ‘theme’ unique to it and is one of the most sought after events in the society.

BIMM HR MEET 15th National Business Convention, 01 to 03 September 2017

The ‘Crown jewel’ of Sri Balaji Society, Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM) is an institute of repute for management education in India and is one of the topmost ranked B-Schools in the country. Driven by its mandate for preparing its students for excellence, the institute routinely organizes HR Meets, business conferences and other corporate interaction events such as HR Meets, Business Conferences and so on. This year it organized the 15th National Business Convention from the first to third of September 2017, wherein its students were addressed to by the who’s who of the corporate world.

Day 1 of the conference saw discussions and interactions between the speakers (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. G.K.Pillai, CEO, Walchandnagar Co ltd. (2.) Mr. Binesh Menon, Head, L&D Emerson Co ltd. (3.) Mr. Rajat Mathur, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Ltd. (4.) Mr. S. Bhattacharya, Head - HR and HR Analytics, Bajaj Allianz ltd. (5.) Mr, Ajay Jhunjhunwala, Senior VP and Head – HR, Anand Rathi Co ltd and (6.) Mr. Parag Kulkarni, Managing Director, AO Smith India Water Products Pvt Ltd and the students in the auditorium.


The speakers spoke about disruptive technologies and their challenges in the business environment along with the role of soft skills in management, HR trends and work place diversity in the workplace. They concluded the day by exhorting the students to gain more skills for improving their value as potential leaders of the future.

The second day began with interactive sessions between the speakers (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Venkatesh Palabatla, Chief Human Resources Officer, GMR Co ltd. (2.) Mr. Shreyas Munot, Director Sales, Doehler India Pvt. (3.) Mr. Ganesh Chandan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Greaves Cotton ltd. (4.) Mr. Dinesh Pillai, CEO Mahindra Special Services Group Ltd. (5.) Mr. Anish Philip, AVP People Function, Mind Tree Co Pvt Ltd and (6.) Mr. Prem Singh, President Global HR, Wockhardt Hospitals Ltd and the audience as they increased the stock of information and knowledge held within the students.


The speakers spoke about various issues, trends and developments that are making an impact on businesses, companies and its employees and urged the audience to step out of their comfort zones and spoke about the importance of time management and described the benefits gained by developing functional expertise skills, information and knowledge in their workplaces in a strong and focused way.

The conference concluded on the third day with a series of productive interactions between the audience and the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Gautam Sinha, CPO, Century Textiles Pvt ltd. (2.) Ms. Tripti Diwakar Verma, Associate Director-TIAA Pvt Ltd. (3.) Mr. Vikas Shinde, Director Human Resources, ADP Inc. (4.) Mr. Pravin Paritkar, Corporate HR, Poonawalla Group Ltd and (5.) Mr. Ponnuswamy, GM – HR, Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd.


The speakers discussed about the various challenges faced by businesses today along with the current HR trends with millenials. They spoke about the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world of today, AI and the world of business in the future along with managing difficult times in the industry. The audience learnt about managing future business challenges and learnt about the speaker’s view on the future of the IT industry in India enriching the audience’s knowledge about life in the corporate world on passing out from the society.

BITM HR MEET: 12th Business Conclave, 11 to 13 August, 2017

Balaji Institute of Telecom Management (BITM), a management institution of excellence in the field of telecommunications, communications and other allied fields arranged its 12th Business Conclave from 11 to 13 August 2017, giving its students an opportunity to ‘plug-in’ from the source so to speak, increasing their knowledge of the latest practices, trends and developments in the world of business, the industry and the corporate world.

Addressing the students on the first day, 11 August 217 were: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Krishna Gopal, Global Head, Tech Mahindra Ltd. (2.) Mr. Prateek N Kumar, Founder & CEO Ne Niche Integrated Solutions Pvt Ltd. (3.) Mr. Kundan Das, Director APIC and Russia CIS Business Development, Parawell Wireless Pvt Ltd. (4.) Mr. Vikram Berry, Director – Sales and marketing Vivanta by TAJ Ltd. (5.) Mr. Pankaj Sachdeva, Director and Country Head - Telecom and Director Business Development Ramball India Ltd and (6.) Ms. Annapurna A, Director HR, Inspirage Ltd.


The speakers spoke about the futuristic trends and challenges facing B Schools today. They discussed about the various issues and developments related to the automobile sector and spoke about the peple who matter the most in organizations and discussed about creation of new ideas. They also shed some light on the current ‘robotization’ of workforce in companies and disclosed the secrets of enjoying a stable and successful career in the corporate world.

The second day of the Business Convention saw productive interactions and discussions between the audience and the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Sathya Kalyanasundaram, CEO, Mobme Wireless Solutions ltd. (2.) Mr. Prabhash Nirbhay, Founder and CEO, Flipcarbon Integrated Solutions Pvt Ltd. (3.) Mr. IVS Ranganathan, HR Head, Signode India ltd. (4.) Mr. Barttanu Das, Senior Vice President and Head HR, Blue Dart Express Ltd. (5.) Mr. Vinod Bidwike, Director HR – DSM India Pvt ltd and (6.) Mr. Kulwinder Singh, VP marketing, Round Glass Pvt Ltd.


In the course of the discussion, the participants spoke about the importance of innovation, imagination and exhorted the audience to keep their internal fires of passion, ever burning. The speakers spoke about the importance of logistics and creating safe working spaces for employees along with artificial intelligence based paradigm shifting changes in today’s world of business. The speakers explained how one can gain a stable work-life balance in the corporate world and urged the audience to keep themselves updated and well informed for the future.

The Business convention concluded on the third day with a series of productive discussions courtesy the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Ketan Doshi, Managing Director – Paypoint India Pvt Ltd. (2.) Mr. Sandip Pable, Co-Founder and CEO, Rewants Lifestyle and Etaash Consultants Pvt Ltd. (3.) Mr. R.N Mohanty, President Technology- Pidilite Industries, Parekh Group of Companies Ltd. (4.) Mr. Anand Garg, Director Head India Supply Chain, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Pvt Ltd. (5.) Mr. Anshuman Ray, Senior Director, HR & International, Synopsys Co Ltd. (6.) Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director and Country Head, Polaris India Pvt Ltd and the students seated in the auditorium.


The students learnt a lot through the course of the three day conference as the speakers spoke to them on various issues, developments and business practices related to customer creation and retention strategies, personal branding and on supply chain management practices and strategies. The audience also learnt how to improve on cost efficiency and reduction of risks in business. They were also informed about the relationship between competencies and personal edge and on monetizing one’s passion and manifestation of one’s dreams into reality.

BIIB HR Meet 11th National Business Convention, 06 to 08 October 2017

As part of its tradition of delivering excellence in managerial sciences and for providing its students a glimpse of the dynamic side of management to its students, The Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB) held its 11 th National Business Convention from 06 to 08 October in the Sri Balaji Society.

The business convention started off with a series of discussions and interactions between the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Ms. Renu Bohra, Senior Director HR, Schenker India Pvt ltd.(2.) Mr. Porus Doctor, Partner and Asia PacIfic Regional Leader – Internal Audit, Deloitte Ltd. (3.) Mr. Rajesh Jain, Head Corporate HR, Srei Group Ltd and (4.) Mr. Dinesh Bharadwaj, AVP HR, Mangalam Cement Ltd and the students seated in the auditorium.


The speakers spoke about preparing for and managing in unforeseen situations by thinking the unthinkable and discussed about leadership skills and shed light on the benefits of technology. They spoke about the importance of learning and teaching in the digital age and discussed about the guiding principles in life necessary for transformation and metamorphosis as per one’s desire.

Further, a panel discussion was arranged in the conference for providing an additional perspective view of the world of business. The topic of the panel discussion was on the current trend of ‘sharing’ economy and emerging leadership practices and paradigms in the world and was participated by (Clockwise from left) Mr. Balaji Raman, National Head – Energy, Indus Towers Ltd, Mr. Rajiv Burman, Head Human Resources, Kronos Incorporated, Ms. Joyeeta Chatterjee, Former Chief of Human Resources South Asia, OLX Company Pvt Ltd who also served as the moderator for the panel and Mr. Navpreet Singh, AVP – HR Business Partner, Home Credit India ltd.

In discussion with the audience on the second day were the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Uday Gupta, Managing Director, Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel Pvt Ltd. (2.) Mr. D. Muthukumaran, CEO - Aditya Birla Private Equity Ltd. (3.) Mr. Anand Agarwal, Director Finance, Amazon India Ltd and (4.) Mr. Dinesh Bhojwani, Head-HR, Star Union Dai Ichi Life Insurance.


The speakers spoke about risk management and tailoring business models for changing situations and paradigm shifts brought by emerging technologies in the world. They discussed about personal leadership skills and exhorted the students to make themselves ready for the future. The session also gave the audience an insight on the working of the biggest e-commerce company in the world – Amazon.

Participating in the panel discussion on the second day of the conference were: (From left to right) Mr. Bapuji Chikkanaggapa, Head HR - Training and Admin Flipcart Co ltd, Mr. Nayan Mehta, CFO Bombay Stock Exchange Limited, Mr. Balasubramanian N, CEO, Sresta Natural Bio Products Ltd, Mr Apurv Choubey, Global Director HR, Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd and Mr. Amitabh Prasad, VP and Head of Sourcing, Ericcson India Pvt Ltd.

The crux of the discussion was on disruptive leadership and the changes needed to be done by organizations to prepare themselves for weathering the changes brought forth by emerging technologies and changing business practice in the future.

The session was concluded on the third day with a series of productive discussions and interactions between the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Rajesh Kurup, Executive Director, North Milward Brown Ltd. (2.) Mr. K.V. Ganesh, President Finance and CFO, TVS Srichakra Ltd. (3.) Mr. Bhaskar Das, President and Chief Growth and Innovation Officer, Zee Unimedia Ltd and (4.) Mr. Shailendra Abhyankar, Innovative Leader India & Technology Head, BNY Mellon (Inautix) Ltd and the students in the auditorium.


The participants spoke about the VUCA world of today (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambigious) and shed some light on laws regarding foreign exchange in India. The speakers also spoke about lessons learnt from the journey that is life and discussed on the current issues, trends, developments and paradigm shifting changes, decisions innovations and disruptions brought forth by geo political, economic and technological disruptions in the field of business management, human resources, the way business is conducted and its effects and implications on the companies, the organizations, the employees and the customers.

BIMHRD HR MEET: ‘Adhisthan: 13th National Seminar on Human Resources and Business Practices 22 to 24 September 2017

In line with its mandate of providing quality management education to its students, the Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resources Development (BIMHRD) organized the three day ‘Adhisthan: The 13th National Seminar on Human Resources and Business Practices’ from 22 to 24 September 2017, enabling its students to ‘drink from the source’ of knowledge and information by listening to leaders of eminence from the corporate world.

During the first day, the students were addressed by (Clockwise from left) (1.) Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Chauhan, Head HR, Kewal Kiran Clothing Ltd. (2.) Dr. Harish Pant, Managing Director, Hampson Industries Pvt Ltd. (3.) Mr. Saurabh Nigam, Vice President, Human Capital Specialist, Omidyar Network Ltd. (4.) Mr. A.K.Munjal, VP-HR, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (5.) Mr. Neeraj Sharma, MD and CEO Indian School Finance Company Pvt Ltd. (6.) Mr. Purnachand Upadrashta, Business Head - ICL Foods Specialities India Ltd and (7.) Mr. Santanu Ghoshal, VP-HR India, Schaeffler India Pvt Ltd.


The speakers exhorted the audience to build a strong foundation in life by focusing on their knowledge base and asks them to be true to their core ethics and values in life. The speakers spoke about the digital world of today and explained what the students need to do to thrive in it and concluded the day advising the students, not to take ‘shortcuts’ in their professional lives.

After a knowledge packed first day, the students welcomed the speakers of the second day of the National Seminar: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Mr. Biswaroop Mukherjee, HR Leader South Asia Region GE Power Ltd. (2.) Mr. Sandeep Ranade Deputy Managing Director- Mumbai, Millward Brown India Pvt Ltd. (3.) Mr. Varadrajan Srinivasan, Senior HR Leader Tata SIA Airlines Ltd. (4.) Dr. Pramod Sadarjoshi, Senior Director - HCM Strategy and Transformation, Oracle India Pvt Ltd. (5.) Lt. Gen. V.M. Patil, PVSM, AVSM (Retd). (6.) Mr. Robin Banerjee, Managing Director Caprihans India Ltd. (7.) Mr. Salil Kumar Sharma, Head Human Resource Mobile Manufacturing - Intex Pvt Ltd. And (8.) Mr. Umesh Revankar, CEO and MD Sriram Transport Finance Co. Ltd.


The speakers explained to the audience, the process for becoming a 'star' in the corporate world and spoke on business-customer relationships. The speakers also spoke about the latest geo political and economic developments in the world and its implications on businesses and on the importance of being a team players. The day's session came to a close with a description about the consequences of poor financial planning along with an urge from the speakers to the students to develop employable skills.

The session was concluded on the third day with interactive discussions between the students and the speakers: (Clockwise from left) (1.) Dr. Harish Chaturvedi, Vice President HR, Reliance Industries Ltd. (2.) Mr. Harish Sharma, Group Vice President and Head - HR, IT and Admin Toyota Financial Services India Ltd. (3.) Mr. Sujoy Basu, Head-HR ABC Consultants Pvt Ltd. (4.) Mr. Rohit Khurana, VP-HR Operations and Rewards, Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance Company Ltd. (5.) Mr. Prashant Salgaonkar, VP-HR, Anchor Electricals Pvt. Ltd. (6.) Mr. Vikesh Wallia, Director General, Times Group Ltd. (7.) Mr Mohit Puri, Group HR Head, Fedders Electric Ltd and (8.) Mr. Kanvindra Pant, Head-HR, Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas Ltd.


The speakers urged the students to learn the skills needed for improving their employability for increasing their chances for getting recruited after passing out from the institute. The conference concluded on a positive note as the audience learned about the secrets for a positive work environment and for acquiring better and more productive opportunities in the future.