Students attend the national industrial relations conference at XLRI on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Industrial relations can make or mar the economy.
It’s a thought that made future managers and current big guns of the country don their thinking caps to deliberate on the changing scope of industrial relations.
XLRI’s FIRE@X, a students’ committee, hosted the two-day Sixth National Industrial Relations Conference that concluded on campus on Sunday.
The meet focussed on a contemporary topic: “The changing workforce and the transforming industrial relations scenario”.
K. Ramkumar, executive director of ICICI Bank Limited, was the keynote speaker, while E.A. Ramaswamy, a former professor of sociology and industrial relations of Delhi School of Economics, was the guest of honour.
The meet was a minefield of intellectuals, including Prasenjit Bose, a leading columnist and social activist, Alfred Osta, senior VP (human resources) of Mahindra & Mahindra, and Karthik Shekhar, the general secretary of Unites Professionals.
The conference shed light on some of the most pertinent aspects of management in an era of globalisation and changing expectations and aspirations of today’s workforce.
“Over time, the aspirations of the workforce have changed drastically. Workers have become more individualistic and their needs are also growing with time. The conference discussed the pros and cons of the change that is taking place in the economy on a large scale,” said secretary of FIRE@X Sunil Kamath.
B-school students, as managers of tomorrow, also got the chance to voice their thoughts on the subject in the biennial conference.
Six finalists from leading B-schools took part in the paper presentation session. All were short-listed from over 50 entries from the country.
They included students from hosts XLRI, Delhi’s Faculty of Management Studies, Bhubaneswar’s Xavier Institute of Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, SIES College of Management Studies and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies from Mumbai. XLRI’s Fire@X is one of the leading B-school committees of India that focuses on promoting industrial relations.