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 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.
Business Development Executives prowled the floor outside the auditorium and scanned the crowds for potential business deals.
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.
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.
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 https://ascenderstech.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/ascenderstechera-sports-finals-2010/. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
THE ASCENDERSTECH ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATIONS @ THE ERA EVENT!
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.