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International Conference on
Sustainable Workforce – HR

Report of AICTE Sponsored International Conference on Sustainable Workforce 17 & 18 June 2022.

The Human Resources Department of Lala Lajpatrai Institute of Management organized the Two – day AICTE Sponsored International Conference on Sustainable Workforce ,17 & 18 June 2022 in online mode from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Dr.Kamalji Gupta ,Chairman Governing Council welcomed the gathering and introduced the Keynote Speaker,Mr.Ashok Sethi Chairman, Tata Consulting Engineers, Mumbai. Dr.V.B. Angadi- Director, LLIM spoke about the relevance of sustainability and its significance in Business. Mr.Arvinder Anand – Vice President E2E Solutions North America Digital Services, USA; Ms. Payal Nanjiani- Founder & CEO, Success within Leadership Company USA; Mr. Sunny Nathani- Senior Strategy Consultant, Monitor Deloitte,USA; Dr. Mehul Chhatbar- Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University,U.K., Dr. Mahalaxmi Parajuli- Faculty Abertay University, Scotland; Mr. Darshan Desai- Marketing Coordination, Ellerca Health Corp,Canada; Ms. Gautami Mhatre- Human Recourses Associate, North York General Hospital,Canada; Mr. Mahendra Kapadia- A Futurist and Peak Performance & Happiness Coach were the distinguished speakers. They emphasized that a focus on sustainability appears to be a must for a business to succeed today. For those willing to become more sustainable in business, focus is on shifting away from consumer-based economy to conserver-based one. A panel discussion on ‘ Innovative approaches to Sustainability’ with panelists drawn from highly reputed and diverse companies across India, the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and Scotland discussed about the development of sustainability strategies, marketing sustainable products and services of companies in their countries.

Day One of the Conference started with the lighting of the lamp.Dr. Kamalji Gupta, Chairman Governing Council welcomed the gathering and thanked AICTE for offering financial grant to organize the Conference. He declared the Conference open with the thought that “A focus on building a sustainable workforce is a must if an organization aims to connect and produce results authentically and successfully”.

The keynote address ‘Reimagining the World of Work’ was delivered by Dr. Shanmukh Kamble, Professor & Renowned Collaborative Researcher, Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka. He urged all to create a psychological ownership among all those stakeholders who desire to galvanize a company around sustainability.

This was followed by a Masterclass on Power of I- How Great Leaders Lead Through Intuitiveness by Ms. Payal Nanjiani, Globally Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Founder of Success Within Leadership, New York, USA. The Masterclass emphasized that the Power of I helps one to unlock and unleash the forces inside that can help one to breakthrough any limit, make better decisions, build more confidence and grow at work.

Next was a panel discussion on ‘Sustaining Workforce – Corporate Dilemmas’ which was moderated by Dr. C. Satyanarayana. The Panelists were Dr. Shreedhar Sherigar, Ms. Isha Khot, Assistant Manager-HR, Organization Effectiveness, Marico Limited, Mumbai, Maharashtra. and Ms. Priya Sawhney, Senior Analyst- Human Capital Deloitte US-India. The panel gave four thrust areas for any organization to transit to a Hybrid Workplace which are Engaging Leadership, Talent Management, The Employee Experience and Agility & Nimbleness. Once these issues have been thoughtfully considered, the panel was of the view that organizations must ensure they have the right people, leaders, experiences and tools to effectively manage a hybrid workforce.

This was followed by a workshop on Dealing with Anxieties, Fears and Insecurities by Dr Nirmala S. Rao Director, Aavishkar Centre for Self-Enrichment, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The highlight of the workshop was the ways of overpowering the Stockholm syndrome and discriminating between expectations and irrational demands. Day one session ended with the vote of thanks by Prof.Anusha Patil, HOD-HR and Conference Convener.

The Day- Two proceedings began with the welcome address by Dr.V.B. Angadi. Prof. Anusha Patil then reviewed the proceedings of Day One. This was followed by the Keynote Address ‘Health & Wellness a “Mantra” for Sustainable Workforce’ delivered by Dr.R.G. Allagi, Director, B. V. V. Sangha’s Institute of Management Studies, Bagalkot, Karnataka. The focal point was that Healthy workplace initiatives can be cultivated in three spheres of influence which are physical work environment, psychosocial work environment and personal health resources to create a Sustainable Workforce.

The next keynote address on ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Pillars of Sustainable Workplace’ was by Dr.F.M. Nadaf, Deputy Director of Higher Education, Government of Goa, Goa. The key takeaways were|: Diversity, equity and inclusion are of paramount importance because they bring fairness in the society and provide equal opportunities to all, which is necessary for the success and growth of any organization. People irrespective of their race and ethnicity, gender, religion, language, culture, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and disabilities can positively contribute to the work culture and help create powerful bonds among individuals and stronger.

This was followed by a key note address ‘Integrated Study of Health Care Laws and Sustainability’ of Dr. Lily Srivastava, Professor of Law, Associate College of Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The main points were-The Sustainable Development (Agenda for 2030) and Sustainable Development Goals 17 present a promising agenda for building a better world. Health and well-being are specifically addressed through SDG3, which calls for efforts to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for everyone at all ages. Achieving the SDG3 targets, while leaving no one behind, can only be done through Primary Health Centre.

After a brief lunch break, a key note on ‘Changing Business Landscape’ was delivered by Mr. Praveen Kamath K., General Manager HR – Global Strategic Talent Acquisition & Redeployment, WIPRO, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Gig workers, AI, Automation, Capability Building were some of the new themes that were discussed. This was followed by the technical session which was chaired by Dr. Nilesh Thakre, Prof.& HOD-Psychology, Member of Management Council, Member of Senate, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Twenty-seven papers were received for the Conference publication and presentations from different states of India like Karnataka, Goa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala, Telangana, Maharashtra to name a few. Mrs.Kanthi Viswanath of MET Institute of Management, Maharashtra was awarded the Best Research Paper for her research paper on ‘Impact of Gender Diversity on Financial Performance of Companies’. Mr. Akash K.M of Karnatak University, Dharwad was adjudged the Best Presenter for his research presentation on ‘Depression, Self-Efficacy and Hope of Competitive Examination Aspirants’.

The next session was devoted was to Students Project Competition: Enabling Lives and Livelihood chaired by Dr. Narayan AB. Iyer, CEO & National Coordinator, Indian Development Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The project entries on Solid Waste Management, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Fostering Voluntary Blood Donation and Sustainable Agricultural Practices were received. Mr. Rohan Hiremath of Lala Lajpatrai Institute of Management, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai secured the first place for his project on ‘Anchoring Sustainable Agricultural Practices in a Livelihoods Approach’. Mr. Anmol Seth, Mr. Siddesh Desai and Mr. Aakash Suryavanshi secured the second place for their project on ‘Clash with Trash: Approaching the Nuance of Waste Management’.

A special issue of Conference Journal of research papers contributed by both academia and practitioners from different states was released. The Conference was attended by more than 500 delegates and was a huge success and widely appreciated. The Conference ended with a vote of thanks by the Conference Convener Prof.Anusha Patil.