Second HR Symposium of XAHR, XUB held on 15th July 2017


The second HR Symposium of Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, was held on 15th July 2017 revolving around the themes: “Overview of contemporary HR practices” and “Pushing the boundaries of HR”.

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The value of the human resource (HR) function elicits sharply contradictory views within organizations. Shattering HR’s boundaries is more than just an idea or an inspiration. In today’s competitive global markets, the “war for talent” is understood to be crucial to almost every business. Taking this into context, a plethora of eminent panelists gathered around to provide their valuable insights to the students.

The conference was inaugurated by Fr. Augustine, Registrar, Xavier University Bhubaneswar along with Prof. Snigdha Pattnaik, Dean of Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR). Prof. Dr. Dipak Kumar Bhattacharya and Prof. Sasmit Patra, professors from Xavier University Bhubaneswar acted as the moderators of the event.

The first phase of the symposium on “Contemporary HR Practices” witnessed eminent panelists from various domains of HR engaging in discussions related to performance management, employee engagement, learning and development and work culture in the era of digitization and artificial intelligence. Ms. Arpita Sahu, Senior Manager- Talent and Development, Bharti Airtel

Services spoke about how performance management should not end with just a rating but a future plan as performance is past but potential is future. Mr. Ankush Arora, Head of OD and Business HR, at Havells India Ltd spoke about HR being a paramount driver for leadership and ethics. He stated, “It’s okay to unlearn something to learn something. Always think like a business head, and not only as an HR”. Mr. Gaurav Khandelwal, HR Leader, Honeywell Process Solutions spoke about driving innovation by having people in the organization who challenge the status quo.

The second phase of the symposium was on “Pushing the Boundaries of HR”. Prof. Jose Maria Aulotte, Director of Studies, Magellan Institute for International HR MBA program and also a visiting faculty of Xavier School of Human Resource Management stressed on HR being one of the key players of the business for pushing the existing soft boundaries. Mr. Abhishek Mohanty, Management Consulting professional, PwC India’s People & Organisation Advisory talked about “Audacious Rethink” that consisted of fierce catch up, significant leap and leapfrog resulting in creating quality as opposed to quantity. “Technology is driving this shift and it means that employees and customer experiences must converge”, he added. Mr. A B Chandrasekhar,  Assistant Vice President, EXL Service, Kochi Area during the discussion questioned the concepts of employee engagement, leadership development, performance vis a vis potential and attrition. He said, “HR management is uniquely driven by client’s business goals”.

The symposium ended with the speakers being felicitated and a customary vote of thanks.


In 2013, XIMB received University status and is now Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB), the first Jesuit University and Digital University in the country. The 2-year programs of XIMB are now offered by different Schools of XUB. The 2-year program of Human Resource Management, MBA-HRM, is now offered by the newly formed Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR). The MBA-HRM curriculum is known for continuous Industry Interface, industry relevant curriculum, focused new practices, rigorous academic process, experienced faculty from industry and academics with rich publications and study exchange programme with foreign universities. The curriculum is recognised by Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) USA as aligned with global standards.


Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) was established in accordance with the Xavier University Act 2013 and was inaugurated on the 7th of July 2014. The University is India’s first digital University and an institution of higher learning for imparting professional and technical education. It is a self-financing institution of higher learning for imparting professional and technical education.XUB offers its Masters in Business Management through its flagship school, XIMB. It also offers Masters in Human Resource Management through Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Rural Management through Xavier School of Rural Management, Sustainability Management through Xavier School of Sustainability, undergraduate programme in commerce through Xavier School of Commerce and programs in Media studies through the Xavier School of Communication. It also has proposed to set up other schools of higher learning in various areas like Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Policy, Finance, Education and Centers of Research in Public Policy & others.

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