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Over the last three years, BIMTECH has conducted 12 HR Round Tables on the theme the “Art and Science of Developing Leaders”, with different subthemes, across various metros in India, and received tremendous response from the HR fraternity at all the places. This year we decided to proceed with a new theme, “Engaging the 21st Century Workforce”.

The second HR Round Table focusing on ‘Talent Acquisition and Access’ was organized in association with National HRD Network and knowledge partner Deloitte, at Le Meridien, Bengaluru on September 26, 2014. It was well attended by leading thought leaders from both industry and academia, who have been actively involved in encouraging and engaging talent.

In his Welcome Address, Dr. H Chaturvedi, Director BIMTECH, Greater Noida, highlighted the challenge of talent acquisition and access in the 21st century, what the millennials look for in a job, how to attract them and ensure that they perform to the best of their abilities.

Mr. P Thiruvengadam, Senior Director, Deloitte moderated and guided the panel discussion. He opened the discussion by presenting the results of the global survey of 2594 professionals, including CHROs and CEOs, conducted by Deloitte in 2014 on Global Human Capital Trends.

The panelists included Mr. Prince Augustin, Executive Vice President, Group Human Capital, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.; Mr. Rajesh Sahay, Vice President – HR, Wipro Consumer Care; Mr. Sudip Banerjee, Ex. CEO, L&T InfoTech; Mr. Suraj Chettri, Director –HR, Airbus India Operation Pvt. Ltd. and Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Associate Professor (OB/HR), IIM Bangalore.

Mr. Sudip Banerjee talked about the globalization of talent and the increasing need of training and development as a regular part of curriculum to fill the leadership gap that exists in various companies. Mr. Suraj Chetri suggested the need of managing HR ecosystem and the emerging role of HR bounty hunters to track the complete data of talent. Mr. Rajesh Sahay focused on the management of reputation at individual and organizational levels and being focused on one’s purpose. According to Prince Augustin, in this technology driven environment, getting at the emotional state of mind of talent is challenging but crucial to create engagement. However, Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan said that the gap between local and global is widening and scaling of technology for better talent acquisition is a challenge.

After listening to the opinions of the eminent panelists, the moderator asked several questions to the panel, followed by a question and answer round from the audience. Participants posed many interesting questions making the discussion lively and adding new angles to the issue. The appreciation by the delegates at the end of the event was worth noting.

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