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IIM joins elite national HR league

Wannabe human resource managers at IIM-Ranchi could not have asked for more.

The premier management cradle on Wednesday entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Human Resource Development Network (NHRDN) — an association of professionals committed to promoting the HRD movement in the country.

The MoU was inked with the aim to groom, through case studies and projects, HR managers who have holistic understanding of the society and the environment to provide a strong foundation for any business.

IIM-R director M.J. Xavier said the tie-up would help the institute’s budding HR professionals in their overall development. “We are the only institute among IIMs in the country to start a full-time programme in human resource management. The tie-up will expose our students to the best of brains in the HR industry so that they can pick up winning trends and practices,” he said.

Established in 1985, the NRHDN is today considered to be the only organised network of HR professionals across industries. IIM-R is the second institute, after XLRI, to join the elite network.

Explaining the initiative, national president of NHRDN S.Y. Siddiqui said as a part of the tie-up, students and faculty members of IIM-R could instantly network with a wide galaxy of HR professionals across the globe. “We help our partners interact with and learn from the best of brains in the world,” he said.

Siddiqui stressed that the job of an HR manager wasn’t just hiring, firing or poaching. “It is a vast sea of activity that cannot be defined up to satisfaction. But, some core functions include tapping and managing best talents, providing equilibrium to an organisation and managing owner-employee relationship. I hope students here will be largely benefited,” he said.

According to Xavier, HR development has become a critical field that can steer any organisation/business establishment to great heights, if managed well. “There was a time, when non-performing engineers in the manufacturing sector were shunted to handle the HR department. But, today this field has emerged as an important sector that can make or break any organisation,” he said.

Akshat Gupta, a student and head of IIM's HR Club, sounded excited about their future “symbiotic relationship” with industry leaders. “We expect our students to get preference in on-job training, internships and exchange programmes,” he said.