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As the very theme suggests the ERA Annual Convention dealt with ‘Engaging the Unemployed Talent’ was a concentrated effort to bring together some of India’s best minds to provoke thought on one of the biggest paradoxes of our country. On the one hand, we are in no dearth of ’employable youth’. But this fact remains mere ‘data’ because in reality, the said youth are not always the ideal choice of the organizations and businesses which desire to engage and utilize educated/ skilled youth.


The ERA Annual Convention brochure


The sole objective of this convention is the uplift of this vast section of society whose amazing talent and prowess (usually unrecognized because of factors such as amateur soft skills) can be tapped and exploited to benefit themselves, the corporates and subsequently the nation as a whole.

It was envisaged that through this convention, the leaders on the dais and those in the audience would be positively sensitized to the plight of the youth and would step up to the daunting task that they are faced with!

The youth of India need to be empowered with all the required knowledge and skills to realize India’s potential to become a superpower; else the same youth might well  be reduced to a potent tool in the hands of misguiding, degenerative forces that work against the interests of a progressive, developing India!

The ERA Annual Convention, in other words, was a call to all the leaders to join forces and do their bit towards nurturing the future generations and, in the process, fortify our country with the power of youth with all its magnificent capabilities. We as ERA members realize that it is high time for us facilitate the entry of our talented resource pool so that they carve out their own niches as responsible sons and daughters of the nation.


The AscendersTech stall - Dynamics CRM for Sale!!!

Business Development Executives prowled the floor outside the auditorium and scanned the crowds for potential business deals.

The Convention Guide

The AscendersTech Kit Bag for the ERA event

AscendersTech Business Development Team


The Inaugural Session was comprised of the Welcome Address given by our CEO, Dr. Thiru who also happens to be the Convenor – ERA Chennai Chapter as well as the Chairman of the Annual Convention.


Dr.Thiru welcoming our guests and dignitaries


The Inaugural of the ERA 8th Annual Convention


Dignitaries such as Mr. Veerendra Mathur, the Chairman of ERA, Mr. K. Purushothaman, Regional Director, NASSCOM, Captain Suresh Bhardwaj, Vice Chancellor, AMET University graced the occasion and Mr. Ayaz Mohammad, the Co Convenor of the ERA Chennai Chapter presented the concluding remarks.

After the tea break, the convention got rolling with the serious business of knowledge sharing ses sions. The very first session of the day was on ‘Harnessing Talent – Our March towards the Lead’. This interesting session was chaired by none other than the renowned Mr. K. Pandiarajan, the Chairman of Ma Foi Randstad and also, one of the founding members of ERA. His panel consisted of Mr. Santosh K. Misra IAS, Director, Employment & Training and also the MD, Overseas Manpower Corporation. Another leading personality on the panel was Ms. J. Sabita the AVP – HR of Steria India.

The eminent panelists of the first session do the honours for ERA


The panelists along with the ERA (& NASSCOM) bigwigs


The discussion has begun

An ERA CSR activity took place to the delight of all the ERA members and the guests for the day. A whopping amount of nearly two lakhs had been collected at the spur of the moment last year during the Annual Sports Meet when we had announced the auction of all the sports items bought for the purpose. The fun and frolic that we had experienced then can be recollected via This spontaneous and jocular activity had culminated in this magnificent gesture. Ms. Shanta of the Cancer Society was present to receive the cheque which was handed over by our founding member Mr. K. Pandiarajan.

The ERA CSR Activity for the Cancer Society-1.82 Lakhs recd by Ms. Shanta

The second session of the day was of relevance to the entire Recruitment and HR community : ‘Compensation – A 3D Approach’. This session was chaired by the talented and witty speaker, Mr. David Nallathambi, the Senior VP & Head HR of Scope International. His panel consisted of Mr. Narayan Kumar, Specialist – Compensation, Motorola and Mr. Saurabh Nigam, VP – HR, Beroe Inc.

Saurabh, David & Narayan Kumar discussing Compensation

Post lunch did not see the audience yawning as we had a set of absolutely brilliant speakers all ready to take us to the next level with their topic ‘New Age Leaders – Key Focus Areas’. The team was chaired by Mr. K. Jayaramakrishnan, VP – Global Alliance, TCS. He had the audience in splits as he seriously laid down the ground rules about unwittingly nodding off during his session. He led his panel into a smooth discussion sprinkled with his comments and witticisms. The panel consisted of Mr. Subhomoy Sengupta, Group Director – Microsoft Business Solutions, Mr. Ranjith Sivasankaran, Head HR, KLA Tencor and Mr. Krishna Prasad, GM – India, Head – Chennai, UST Global.

The discussion on New Age Leaders

Tea was followed by Sponsors Time which had our prime sponsors Talent Now showcasing their product to a captivated audience. ‘Working smart’ is their mantra.

Devang expounding on the virtues of Talent Now

The final session for the Annual Convention had Mr. Sivakumar, CEO of the ICT Academy of Tamilnadu chairing the panel who discussed ‘Current Trends in Freshers’ Recruitment’. The panel consisted of Capt. Bhardwaj, VC of AMET University, Ms. Shyamala Nagasundaram, Head HR, Logica Pvt. Ltd., and Mr. Raj Prabhakar, the CEO of FYMC. It was a fun filled session as each speaker had a unique brand of humour that had the audience begging for more.

The 8th Annual Convention was followed by the 5th Leadership Summit that very same evening and was termed by general consensus, the highlight of the entire two day mega affair.

Lighting the Lamp

The session was titled ‘Encouraging Entrepreneurs in Recruitment and HR Industry’. It was chaired by none other than the inimitable, one and only, Arun Jain, Founder Chairman & CEO of Polaris. The panel was an equally illustrious group made up of Dr. Sandhya Shekhar, CEO of IIT Madras Research Park, Mr. Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO of Click Jobs and Mr. B. Ravishankar, Sr. VP – HR of HCL Technologies. There were amazing analogies created spontaneously, a well thought of presentation with facts and figures and brilliant speeches that sparkled with gems of wisdom and experience.

Arun Jain begins the discussion

The next day was a semi casual affair marking the 6th CEO Conclave. The inaugural session had Mr. Veerendra Mathur announcing the Satish Doshi Best Chapter Award. Mr. Kannan and Mr. John Quadros of Sampoorna Computers read out the touching message of Mrs. Rajul Doshi.

Auspicious Beginning

The inaugural address was made by Shri K. Srinivasan, the Addl. Central PF Commissioner from the Government of India. The key note address was delivered by the MD of ELCOT, the vibrant and energetic Dr. Santosh Babu who managed, within a span of few minutes, to share his dream and vision of a sophisticated and poverty- free rural India.

The ERA Convenor in Serious Discussion with the MD of ELCOT

The Inaugural Committee (CEO Conclave)

The ERA Chennai Chapter Secretary, Mr. Alexander A. Kumar delivered the vote of thanks.

People, especially the organizers were in a relaxed mood and the audience was brimming with the enthusiasm of unfettered learning. And the CEO Conclave was just that: a learning marathon that had only the best instructors giving their audience (dominated by the recruiting fraternity) their money’s worth.

Prakash doing the honours for Dr. John Alexander

Sudha Sastri recieving her due

Mr. Hari Cherukuri after his amazing session on Head Hunting

John Quadros - the witty speaker per se

Sudarshan appreciating Rohin for his excellent session

Mr. Varghese felicitating Mr. Sounderajan

The talented Viral Vora of Talent Now being felicitated by Ayaz




The Satish Doshi Award

 The entire two day mega event of the year was smartly summed up by the Chairman of ERA, Mr. Veerendra Mathur. People disbursed with the sense of having achieved a lifetime award!

And then….


19th March saw the start of the fourth year of operations for Ascenders Technologies. It was a loud and noisy affair wherein which all our ERA fraternity got together to celebrate our remarkable milestone right after the CEO Conclave.

The Celebration of yet another year!


Got the cake...

and ate it too!!!

The Icing on the Cake...

ERA honouring Dr.Thiru for his magnificent contribution as Convention Chairman



Three years have quickly flown by and this is the time to sit back and take stock of our achievements and our failures.

 Our achievements are plenty; we have, primarily, established “AscendersTech” which is no small achievement. We have decided that if growth is what we are aiming for, then change will definitely be a way of life at AscendersTech and we are game for change.

 To facilitate growth, we appreciate the need for a more self disciplined, orderly and professional attitude when it comes to the work place. We understand that the right attitude and the right perspective will go a long way in building Brand Ascenders. And this is what our ongoing theme for the New Year will be: creating Brand Ascenders.

Last year we made a mention of a byline that spoke about ‘the fittest’ and ‘the ascent to survival’; this year proves that yes, Team Ascenders is rightfully comprised of only the fittest and truly they have ascended in every sense. We salute those who chose to ride the rollercoaster with us and have only got down excited and wanting some more.

 The last year has seen a much better and fine tuned process orientation and integration within the AscendersTech system. Our ISO 9001:2008 certification has kept us in good stead as each and every Ascender, I am proud to state, has become a vigilant process owner. Our customers too, have experienced the well planned and organized efforts placed into their projects by seeing first hand our efficient utilization of time, technological know-how and resources.

 We are still respectfully and actively associated with Nimbus Partners, UK, Redington (India) Limited, SUN, IBM, NASSCOM, ERA, ESC, Tasmia, Microsoft, and TIE. We have achieved the Microsoft Gold Partner status last year and we will soon, on the strength of our sales transactions, become preferred partners to Microsoft. As regards ERA, AscendersTech is proud to share the exciting news that Our CEO, Dr Thiru, has been elected as the Honorary Treasurer for the Executive Council (EC) in ERA at the PAN India level for the year 2011-12. The Executive Recruiters Association (ERA) represents the executive recruitment firms of India. It establishes professional and ethical standards for its members and provides information to the media and public in the field of Executive Recruitment which is a specialized profession that helps organizations identify, evaluate and recruit executives at various levels. AscendersTech has been an ERA member all these years and has also, more significantly, been actively involved with ERA. In the year 2009-10, our CEO, Dr. Thiru had held the position of Co-Convenor of the ERA Chennai Chapter. He has been holding the position of Convenor for the ERA Chennai Chapter during the year 2010-11. The annual elections for ERA (Executive Recruiters’ Association) have finally put an end to all the speculation regarding the new pillars of the Association for the coming financial year. And we have very proudly announced to the world that Our CEO, Dr. Thiru, has been elected as the Honorary Treasurer for the Executive Council of ERA for 2011-12, needless to say, because of his dedicated and tireless efforts to raise the bar of “ethics & integrity” and above all, ensuring that his efforts manifest in concrete benefits to all ERA members and the recruiting community, at large.

 As far as our own HRO (Human Resources Outsourcing) Division is concerned, we have a large team of professional recruiters doing their job with the enthusiasm and gusto of youngsters playing contact sports! Our clientele has increased considerably and the requirements coming with them are getting larger and more complicated by the day. This keeps our HRO division totally occupied. Speed and smart work are the watchwords of their division and as professionals they aim for big numbers every day.

 In the Technology section, we have grown highly focused over the years and this has been communicated to our customers in no uncertain terms. We are armed with a fortified resource pool of Microsoft Dynamics Axapta certified professionals. Most of these uniquely endowed youngsters have been deployed at various customer locations tending to the customer pain areas and providing relief in terms of instantaneous and effective solutions. As qualified and experienced Dynamics Axapta resources are scarce, it has become a policy at AscendersTech to breed talent in house. We hope to continue in our mission to dominate the Dynamics Axapta market, not only in terms of talented and certified resources but also in terms of exceptionally smart technological consulting and solution building. Brand Ascenders is now slowly and steadily being sought out from many other established Microsoft partners as the partner who really partners in every sense.

 It is interesting to note that we had actually started off as a Technology Company but had, along the way, diversified by entering the staffing sector. Staffing as a division is doing very well but there had always been a yearning to do the things we had actually set out to do. The last year has been very satisfying in the sense that we have been doing just that. Our Technology division is growing in leaps and bounds. This is perhaps because we have opened our eyes to becoming a sales driven organization.

 So now we can boast of having a HRO division, a Technology division and a Sales division vying with each other to outdo the other. There is camaraderie in the air and the competition, though fierce, is friendly. Kudos to the young leaders who have created this excellent and enviable environment within the organization! That brings me to an essential objective that the company will strive for this coming year. We will strive to make AscendersTech a happier place. A happy environment will go a long way in reaching our goals. Team Ascenders, bring out your smiles and put your hearts and souls into your jobs. Open your minds to the concept of mentorship. It will do you a world of good in the long run.

Enablement is other concept that we would like to practice wholeheartedly at all levels. The upcoming young leaders of AscendersTech have to be aligned to this idea and need to adapt themselves and their next-in-line to the same. Another concept that I truly believe in establishing within AscendersTech is the acceptance of Diversity and subsequently, creating the inclusive mindset. Let us focus on talent alone and see if we are capable of handling it without being blinded by other insignificant factors such as language, appearance, gender, physical impairments etc. Talent acquisition, retention and management will be the top agenda of the coming year and we expect each and every one of you to be an integral part of this exercise. Team Ascenders, we have expanded in terms of size and consequently, in terms of infrastructure too. And it looks as if this expansion will only continue in the coming months.

 In the course of our business expansion and all the energy spent on it, we have forgotten a crucial thing and this could be termed as a failure on our part. As a corporate entity, we have not done as much as we should have in terms of CSR activities. We need to compensate for this oversight and this year, we will make amends.

 In the meanwhile, as we set these goals for ourselves, let us, simultaneously gear ourselves to achieve them. Achievements are not a big thing for AscendersTech; the question still remains: are we capable of handling achievement and taking it to the next level? To do this, we must be able to envision the next level as a collective effort. Let each of us blend into one entity and exploit our individual strengths for one common cause – AscendersTech.

In other words: Are you ready to be a BRAND ASCENDER?


Dr. Thiru, our beloved CEO and Convenor, ERA Chennai Chapter, attended the ERA Event this year which in association with FAPCCI organized an “Entrepreneur Summit” on January 21, 2011 at Hotel Green Park.

Dr. Thiru & Mr. Veeren representing the Chennai Chapter

The main topics that came under the ERA scanner was the SME segment which constitutes a major chunk of Revenue in the Indian Economy and is extremely buoyant today. However it suffers from certain ills on account of issues related to size, scale, professionalism, systemic approach, funding and human capital. The Hyderabad Conference focused on these issues and gave a ring side view providing success stories of Companies which have grown and become big. By focusing on the SME segment, ERA is trying its bit to aid, guide and handhold these Companies to scale up, grow, attract talent and thereby reach their true potential. The chief guest for the event was Mr. Devendra Surana, VP at FAPCCI. The event was attended by around 200 delegates and Dr. Thiru and Mr. Veerendra Mathur, Chairman, Executive Recruiters’ Association, were available to give their valuable input.


The Ascenders' Championship Trophy...ok, ok, we're the Runners!

It was a beautiful morning as the ERA member organizations prepared to meet at the Pachaiyappa’s ground for the Final Countdown to the Championship Trophy. Everyone was in high spirits as they geared up for the events by warming up and practicing. There was a general hustle and bustle as people from various teams and companies came together in a pleasant camaraderie eager to get started and very excited to enter the showdown.

The day started with the Tennikoit finals that had the Ascenders pitched against the Covenant team. It was a close and hard match with both teams neck to neck till the finish. Ascenders won a beautiful victory after a tense game.

The Big Win!

This was followed by Volley ball. A pending semifinal from last week events had Korcomptenz pitted against Covenant wherein Covenant had a stupendous victory thus pushing themselves forward to the finals where they played against AscendersTech. It was a long and hard game where both the teams were equally spirited and played aggressively t ill the end. Ascenders won the game amidst a lot of applause and wild cheering from the spectators.

Close Encounter

Volley Ball Team exhausted after the Win

As these games took place in the sidelines, the cricket match between Sampoorna and Zen HR progressed amidst a hilarious commentary going on in the pavilion by the Ma Foi team.

The Wisecracks which were called the 'Commentary'!

They had the audience in splits with their bilingual and at times trilingual observations (the third language being unintelligible). Sampoorna managed to win the Cricket finals squashing the Zen HR team with panache.

The Chief Guest, none other than the Regional Director of Nasscom, Mr. Purushothaman, made his appearance a few minutes before the Guest of Honor, Mr. Jagadish from News Today.

The Chief Guest-Mr.Purushothaman-Regional Director, NASSCOM

The Guest of Honour-Mr.Jagadish- NEWS TODAY

The Valedictory

The guests were visibly thrilled to have been just in time to witness the Relay races for both men and women.

The relay for women was comfortably won by Covenant, followed by Axis HR. Ascenders, with a lot of effort made it to the finish line in the third position.

The Ascenders Relay Team flashing their nervous smiles...

Ravi raring to race!

In the men’s relay race, Covenant took the first place amidst a lot of fanfare.

The Valedictory and Awards ceremony took place quickly after the events. The guests did the honors very graciously and there was a lot of cheering as Teams vied for their hard earned cups.

Volley Ball Winners!

All the events were announced and the Winners and Runners Cups were distributed. There was continuous thundering applause and cheering as teams clambered for their awards. The kids’ certificates were also distributed. Because of the low turnout of the children, the certificates were grouped according to the Companies and distributed.

In the midst of all this, a very memorable activity was conducted purely on the initiative of our beloved CEO, who is also the ERA Chennai Chapter’s Convenor this year. He announced an auction of all the sports goods and materials purchased for this year’s Sports Meet. And he also announced that the proceeds of the auction would be donated to the Cancer Society, Chennai.

All the companies present very generously bought the goods and there was a lot of good humored competition during the bidding. CEOs outdid themselves and the figure arrived at after the things were auctioned amounted to a neat Thirty Five thousand.

A desperate attempt to bid...but foiled!

The Chairman of ERA, Mr. Veerendra P. Mathur, also the MD of Future Focus very generously rounded off the figure to a cool fifty grand and as a parting gift, Mr. Purushothaman added a thousand finally making the amount a whopping Fifty One grand.

Sealing the deal (for the Cancer Society):))

The Core Team got well deserved recognition in the form of beautifully engraved plaques. The CEOs were in turn honored for their commitment to the ERA Chennai Chapter by “Going the Extra Mile’!

Finally, the much awaited event, that is, the announcement of the Winners and Runners for the Championship Trophy took place even as the entire audience listened with bated breath. Covenant was declared the undisputed Winner of the Championship Trophy while Ascenders bagged the Runners up Trophy!

Ascending to Victory!

On the whole the entire ERA Chennai Sports Meet 2010 was a furious flurry of activity, games and sports. The Companies were undaunted by the rains and happily took part in the suddenly planned and executed extension of the meet the following Sunday. All companies, with the true spirit and sense of sports and competition, jumped into the ERA bandwagon to make the occasion happy and memorable. A real spirit of charity was also displayed liberally.

After the entire event was over, teams trudged back home exhausted and content that they had given their very best.

Ascenders' First Place for Tennikoit, Volley Ball & Running (for men)





The ERA Chennai Chapter conducted the Annual Sports Meet 2010 on 26th June 2010 at the Pachaiyappa’s ground. The Sports meet was well coordinated and most of the planned games and athletic events took place like clockwork.


The Core Team


The day started on a positive note. The weather was pleasant. And the most surprising thing was that there was a bevy of beauties all set to play ball, sprint and jump like nobody’s business. The events started off with the Chairman of ERA, Mr. Veerendra P. Mathur (MD – Future Focus Infotech) flagging it off with his usual quick witted humor.


The Chairman of ERA was very happy to "let the games begin!"


There was a scurry of activity that followed what with the women initiating the Sports meet with a tennikoit match on one side and the men with a football match on the other.













This was followed by throw ball matches for the ladies and cricket for the gents.


Elizabeth - Our Star of the Season!



Good Catch!



Throw ball in progress...



Football Fury - we were so furious that we missed the football:(



Volleying away...



















On the far end of the field, well after the boundary line of the cricket court, ran an amazing event specially orchestrated for the kids of the employees of the ERA member organizations.


The Kids of ERA


While their parents battled it out there on the field, their children relaxed in the outdoors under the cool shade of a large tree. They played funny games and in general had a regular Kidrompics! All the kids left with broad smiles on their faces as they got lovely little gifts for their enthusiastic efforts in the games organized for them.






Finger Painting...










The painting competition in particular had their creative instincts unleashed and there was a flurry and whirlwind of riotous colors all over the place!




Finger Smudging!


The kids were exhausted at the end of their day, gleeful with a all the noisy activities such as number games, TT Relay, balloon games, crocodile racing, Mr. Wolf and a painting competition.


It's Playtime folks!



Hand Painting!



Kiddy Games



The judge & the jury...












The core team along  along with a few enthusiastic participants took over the commentaries. We were offered plenty of jokes, witticisms, funny imitations and plenty of seriously light hearted comments on the games and particularly on rival teams’ performance!



Yak, yak, yak...


The day on the whole was full of boisterous activity at every place as events, games and matches were being conducted simultaneously. The entire ‘B’ Ground in the Pachaiyappa’s Sports ground was filled with the noise and bustle of all the ERA Member Companies playing and cheering until the Rain Gods decided that there was just too much fun and frolic…


The ground immersed...


The sudden down pour put an end to all the activity and everybody ran amok to find shelter. It was just too bad that the day had to end on such a wet note.

The finals for cricket, volley ball and tennikoit, semifinal for volley ball and the relay for both men and women are pending. So the ERA Chennai Chapter Sports Meet 2010 has been extended to July 3, 2010 where the final battles will be fought for the overall Championship Trophy!


The Final Battle awaits on July 3


More news on the finals next week…

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