Business Management Symposium- 2018

28th and 29th September 2018
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  • HR Conclave Samavesh- 2018

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    School of Petroleum Management (SPM), Pandit Deendayal Energy University, Gandhinagar had successfully organized SAMAVESH 2018- The HR Conclave on 4-5 Oct’2018 in its 3rd edition with a vision & path to discuss the key issues related to managing Human Resources with reference to the emerging role of digitisation and business analytics.

    Day 1 started with an opening speech by Prof. Ashutosh Muduli, Chairperson, Samavesh 2018, SPM. Prof. Muduli briefed about the evolving role of HR and all-around tracks of the event.

    Track 1: “Integrating HR strategy with Business strategy" started with the first speaker, Mr. Amit Karandikar, General Manager & Head-HR at Netafim Irrigation Pvt Ltd., Vadodara. “People create the differential effects" says Mr. Amit Karandikar. He shared his insights on the evolution of Human Resource and Business Strategy. He believes that the allocation of employees is the biggest challenge in Human Resource Management. He is of the strong opinion that Value based Human Resource Management supports the organisation in long visioned growth. The 2nd speaker of the track was Mr. Lokesh Pandey, General Manager(HR) at Experion Developers Pvt Ltd., Delhi. Mr. Pandey is of the strong opinion that talent acquisition plays a significant role in human resource management. He believes implementing unique industrial Practices to fight employee resistance and increase growth prospects.

    Track 2: "Technology & HR - Digitisation, Robotics & HR Analytics" started with the first speaker, Mr. Debasish Samal, General Manager-HR at Tech Mahindra, Bengaluru. Mr. Samal discussed the journey of Human Resources Management from Employee Administration to Employee development. He also touched upon the concept of Employee Value Proposition wherein employees get great developmental curve via HRM. The second speaker of the track was Ms. Sonali Banerjee, Head-HR at Imagination Technologies, Pune. Ms. Banerjee spoke about HR transformation through Automation. She also added how Analytics can help managers in decision making and work more efficiently. The next speaker for the session was Mr. Uday Sinh, Head Business HR & Communication with a leading SME FMCG, Ahmedabad. Mr. Sinh educated the students on how important technology is and more importantly transcending it. He also triggered points like digital mindset, workflow analytics, people analytics etc. The 4th speak er of the session was Ms. Poulami Basu Sinha, Learning & Development Lead HR at JCH AC India Ltd., Ahmedabad. Ms. Basu a strong believer of "Ordinary People, an extraordinary result" shared her insights about systematic employee allocation and technological up gradation in Human Resource Management. The next speaker of the session was Mr. Shyam Sharma, President- HRM & Corp. Communications at Claris Lifesciences Ltd., Ahmedabad. Mr. Sharma explained about people development and integration of technology. Also adding to his talk about the psychological aspects and induction of employees. The sixth speaker of the session was Mr. Alok Jain, Vice President at NCPL, Ahmedabad. Mr. Jain mainly focused on the importance of the human touch in the industry. He also shared his experiences on emotional aspects and technological disruptions helping employees to cater customer needs.

    Track 3: "New age talent aspirations amidst changing employee expectations" The second day of the event kick-started with Track 3: "New age talent aspirations amidst changing employee expectations". The first speaker for the session was Mr. Sushil Tripathi, Head HR at Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd., Mumbai. Mr. Tripathi spoke on how to tackle managerial inconsistencies and uncertainties in human resource management. The next speaker for the session was Mr. Lokesh Pandey, General Manager(HR) at Experion Developers Pvt Ltd., Delhi. Mr. Pandey discussed job prices among different age employees. He also touched upon why employee retention is becoming a debatable issue in modern era business. The 3rd speaker for the session was Mr. Anand Bhatnagar, AVP HR at Reliance Industries Ltd., Mumbai. Mr. Bhatnagar started his talk with great enthusiasm and refreshing activity. He explained about why human psychology resists full potentiality in employees. He also added on how influential effect requi res uniqueness in HRM.

    Track 4: "Employee Engagement to Employee Experience" was initiated by Mr. Sanjay Ayachit, AVP ER, Hindalco Ltd-Birla Copper, Bharuch. Mr. Ayachit interacted with students on the importance of Industrial Relations and its disruptions. He also touched upon how proper communication can help in building a strong relationship between employer and unions. The next speaker for the session was Mr. Chirag Shah, Associate General Manager HR, Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd., Ahmedabad. Mr. Shah focused on corporate set up and team building. He also introduced a real-life example of how HR policies proportionately relate to employee engagement. The 3rd speaker for the session was Mr. Dhruwang Mehta, General Manager & Head HR at Deepak Phenolics Ltd., Vadodara. Mr. Mehta enlightened students on working flow from employee experience to employee engagement. He also spoke about strategies to be adopted for employee satisfaction. The 4th speaker for the session was Mr. Ravi Shankar, Senior VP HR at Welspun India Ltd., Anjar, Kutch. Mr. Shankar discussed HR engagements towards different behavioural problems and challenges. Further, he added about legal disruptions in HRM.

    The event concluded with Samavesh Co-chairperson, Prof. Satish Pandey giving his closing remarks about the success of the conclave with vote of thanks to all the speakers, participants, sponsors, PDEU faculty, staff and the university management.

    The quantum of knowledge and rich industry experience shared by the distinguished guest speakers and their takeaway by the students signifies the success and effectiveness of the HR Conclave. The TEAM SAMAVESH is thankful to everybody who has been instrumental in making this event at the School of Petroleum Management, PDEU a memorable one.

    Business Management Symposium- 2016

    August 26-27,2016

    School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Energy University, Gandhinagar had organised Business Symposium 2016 on 26th and 27th August. The symposium was an attempt to have a deeper understanding of recent trends, market dynamics, issues and challenges faced by the industry across varied sectors. The 2 days Business Management Symposium was divided in 3 sessions as INVESTMENT BANKING, DIGITAL MARKETING and BUSINESS DATA ANALYTICS with speakers and their profiles as mentioned below.

    The First Session on “Investment Banking: Empowering India” (August 26, 2016, 11:00-1:00 PM)

    Speakers - Investment Banking: Empowering India
    Name Designation Organisation
    Mr. Killol Pandya Head - Fixed Income Peerless Funds Management Co Ltd
    Ms. Bekxy Kuriakose Head-Fixed Income Principal PNB Asset Management Co Pvt Ltd
    Mr. Sonjai Kumar Vice President (Business Risk) Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited
    Ms. Simmi Sareen Director- SMEs Segment Loans4SME
    Mr. Akash Bansal Co-founder ZoukLoans

    The session discussed Indian financial sector and how it is becoming the major catalyst of economic transformation. Experts had past experiences of working in the fields of finance like mutual funds, risk management, start-ups, seed funding, small and medium enterprises, insurance sector, etc. They gave insights about the boom of start-ups in the past two years, stating the helping hand extended by state governments as one of the major propelling factors. The session also discussed about the intricacies and governing the insurance sector, the pivotal role played by mutual funds in the capital market, and also highlighting importance of investment banks and the key challenges faced by developing countries like India and the strategies implemented to combat the same.


    The second session on“Digital Marketing: What’s more in store?” (August 26, 2016, 2:30 -4:30 PM)

    Speakers: Digital Marketing: What’s more in store?
    Name Designation Organisation
    Mr. Aalap Gandhi State Brand Head- Gujarat, Marketing and Advertising Divya Bhaskar Digital
    Mr. Aditya Shah Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
    Mr. Hardeep Pathak Co- founder Writopedia
    Mr. Shekar Singh & Mr. Prakhar Gupta Head Corporate Communications & Program Manager Infibeam

    The session discussed how digital marketing is shaping the future of marketing. The session started with the various elements that digital marketing encompasses. The session also discussed how traditional marketing and the need for a presence in the offline market still persists. Key discussion was also on the type and quality of content which has become critical for the success of any digital organisation. The significance of storytelling to engage the consumer and to further make them the consumers who also promote your products was discussed. Simultaneously the panel members also touched upon the technology intervention through virtual & augmented reality in the digital marketing field.


    The third session “Business Data Analytics” (August 26, 2016, 11:00-1:00 PM)

    Speakers: “Business Data Analytics: Growing with the growing data”
    Name Designation Organisation
    Ms. Ujjyaini Mitra Associate Director, Analytics, Business Finance Flipkart
    Mr. Manoj Jain Data Analytics Professional Merck
    Dr. Hamendra Kumar Dangi Associate Professor Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics
    Mr. Ankit Gupta Director-Strategy Snapdeal
    Mr. Rajesh Iyer Associate Vice President, Category Head-Home PayTM
    Mr. Terence Rebello Retail & Digital Marketing Head IQR Consulting
    Mr. Mayank Agarwal Founder and Head Geek Creative Agency

    The discussion focused on how the data analytics can be a game changer for various organisations and corporate. Data analytics is gaining popularity because it is that one tool that’s helping things getting measured and managed. Not only e-commerce but also various sectors like health care, investment, politics and many others are using data analytics and companies who have mastered this tool have been able to outperform the competitors. Within the organisation data analytics has permeated in all the functional areas like the supply chain management, sales, human resource management, etc. Increased digitization has lead to consumer leaving data trails everywhere which has resulted in better understanding of consumer behaviour and making it easier for top management to make decisions of their products. Tools like SAS, Hadoop, MATLAB, Statistica and are helping huge volumes of data with more efficient computing capability. The session rounded off on an interesting insight about bridging the gap pertaining to skills between industry and academics.


    The event was well supported by DEW Journal, Eagle News & as media partners. Dr. Kaushal Kishore, Chairperson, Business Management Symposium 2016 appreciate the sincere efforts of all students and core committee members Mr. Amrit Sharma, Mr. Ashish Kumar Jha , Mr. Ayush Saxena, Mr. Ronak Sani & Ms. Anushri Bhatt.

    HR Conclave Samavesh- 2016

    HR beyond 2020

    19 August 2016

    Samavesh means ‘inclusion’. The HR department in any organization is meant to involve people in different job functions, organizational roles and processes for best results expected by stakeholders. The human resource management function has evolved very much from administrative control to human involvement by improving knowledge and practices in sync with new technology development. SPM’s Samavesh is a forum to discuss emerging challenges being faced by HR thinkers and practitioners across industries. Samavesh also means to include HR academicians and practitioners in a symbiotic process for preparing HR managers to handle critical human challenges in 21st century organizations beyond 2020.

    Track 1: Emerging fields of Human Resource Management

    • HR Analytics: Its critical role in strategic HRM
    • Green HR: Emerging HR practices for sustainable development
    • Use of social media tools in HR strategies and practices

    Track 2: Critical human relations issues at workplaces

    • Gender equity: Concerns for different genders in workplace
    • Sexual harassment- challenges for HR management
    • Mental health issues in workplace: HR manager’s dilemma
    • Generation gaps in workplaces: Intergenerational issues for HR managers
    • Workplace bullying: Concerns and challenges for HR managers

    Team Samavesh invites HR thinkers and practitioners working in different industries to share their views, concerns, opinions, experiences in context of any of the above theme. The purpose of Samavesh is to create healthy discourse of the above critical HR issues and discover new ways to overcome these challenges.

    For any inquiry, please contact:

    Dr. Satish Pandey, Chairperson, Samavesh-2016
    (079-23275118; +919428597853)


    Energy Conclave - 2016

    9TH & 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Energy is one of the most crucial aspects for survival of human kind on the planet. Going by the year 2015 this sector saw ultra-low-oil prices, coal plant closures, a landmark climate change deal in Paris and records set for global solar projects. All of these events signalled continuous massive significance underway for world’s Energy & Infrastructure. Change is often slow in the Energy sector but when it happens, it occurs in a truly massive way and year 2016 is no exception.

    In order to have a better insight of the energy trends in India versus rest of the world, School of Petroleum Management is organising the Energy Conclave 2016 in 1st week of September. This two day event will put emphasis on three major energy verticals, namely, Oil& Gas, Power and Renewable sources of energy. It will be an open platform for open discussion between the industry and the academia.

    Theme 1: Power: Indian Power Sector Growth Prospects- Roadmap to be Energy Sufficient

    • Scope & Challenges of Digitization of Power Transmission & Distribution
    • Implementation of Public Private Partnership(PPP) models in Power Transmission
    • Power theft issues
    • Role of Indian Regulatory board
    • Attracting Foreign Investments in India (100% FDI in Power)

    Theme 2: Renewables: Growth Prospects of Green Energy- Opportunities, Challenges & Innovation

    • Current Scenario & Growth Opportunities in Renewables
    • Regulations, Policy Framework and its challenges
    • Role of Public & Private Players
    • Complex Process in Implementation
    • Challenges in Financing Renewable Projects

    Theme 3: Oil & Gas: Petrochemical Industry Growth- Is India leveraging the opportunity?

    • Current Scenario of refineries in India
    • Petrochemical Products and their penetration
    • Challenges involved in the growth of this industry
    • Upcoming Technological Advancements- Feasibility in India
    • Role of Indian Regulatory System

    Theme 4: Oil & Gas: Liquefied Natural Gas –Redrawing the map of gas in Indian Context

    • Current LNG Infrastructure Scenario
    • Technology & Innovation in LNG Business
    • Regulatory framework-Opportunities & Limitations
    • Issues faced in RLNG Marketing- Contracts & Pricing Dilemma

    Dr. Ashutosh Muduli
    Chairperson, Energy Conclave
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    1) AnandKrishna Pandey-
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    2) Arnab Chatterjee-
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    3) Brinda Shah-
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    4) Drashti Shah-
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    5) Pranali Baxi-
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    6) Raj Vadukul-
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