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HR Summit 2019

National HR Summit For Energy Sector Emerging HR Challenges

14-15 February, 2019
Venue : Sovereign-1 Hall, Le Meridien, New Delhi


The third version of National HR Summit on Energy sector – Emerging HR Challenges, 2019 jointly organised by Birla Institute of Management Technology and NHRDN on 14th and 15th February 2019, in association with Power HR forum, Deloitte and UN Global Compact Network witnessed rare presence of industry stalwarts, bureaucrats and academia. During the inaugural session, Dr H Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH welcomed the audience and the dignitaries like Dr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, GoI, Mr. R V Shahi, Chairman, Energy Infratech Pvt. Ltd. and Former Secretary, Ministry of Power, GOI and Padmashri Dr Pritam Singh, Chairman LEAD Centre and Former Director, IIM (L), MDI, Director General, IMI.

He expressed his thoughts on how technological changes have happened in the energy sector and emphasised upon the need to cope with future challenges with respect to constraints and opportunities in today’s India. Padma Shri Dr Pritam Singh emphasised on the relevance of strategy and explained how people factor is the most important aspect.  He opined that other challenges in the journey are causal variables but the most significant for organisations is to look beyond, look around, and look within. Mr. R.V. Shahi talked about that the real challenge for both management institutions and HR is to train people to become competent leaders with capability to foresee the future as competition is unstoppable.

During the summit, a book, ‘Return of the Surya: The Ever Rising and Transforming Human Resource’ edited by Prof K K Sinha, Dean-Executive Education, BIMTECH and Prof Himanshi Tiwari, Assistant Prof, BIMTECH was also launched. Overwhelmed by the grandeur of the Sun, the all-powerful, merciful, the creator of our solar system and all lives on our planet, the editors shared that the book attempts to look at the future of technology and HR in order to create a better future for tomorrow.

Various sessions planned for one and a half day long Summit, revolved around the themes like, “Emerging Energy Sector Landscape : The Unfolding HR Challenges and Opportunities”, “Building Leadership Pipeline”, “Transforming and Nurturing Talent”, “Employee Relationship and Engagement – The New Imperative” and “Future Strategy for Innovation - Role of HR”.

These sessions were chaired and moderated by who’s who of Indian energy sector like Mr. R V Shahi, Chairman, Energy Infratech Pvt. Ltd. and Former Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, Mr. Anil Sardana, MD and CEO, Adani Transmission Ltd., Dr. Santrupt B Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business; Director Chemicals; & Director, Group HR Aditya Birla Management Corporation, Mr. Sudhir K Chaturvedi, Former CMD, Power Grid and Former Chairperson, JERC (Goa & Union Territories), and Mr. S V Nathan, Partner & Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India.


Mr. Anil Sardana, MD and CEO, Adani Transmission Ltd., Dr. Ashok Balyan, Former CEO & MD, Petronet LNG and Former Director (HR), ONGC, Mr. Manoj Kohli, Executive Chairman, Soft Bank Energy, Mr. N L Sharma, CMD, SJVN, Mr. Rajeev Sharma, CMD, Power Finance Corpn. & REC, Mr. Sudhir K Chaturvedi, Former CMD, Power Grid and Former Chairperson, JERC (Goa & Union Territories) ,  Mr. Atul Srivastava, Director (Personnel), SAIL, Mr. Gautam Chainani, Group President (HR), JSW, Ms. Meenakshi Davar, Director (HR), POSOCO, Mr. P K Sinha, GM & Head PMI, NTPC, Ms. Rachna Mukherjee, CHRO, Schneider Electric, Mr. R Vikraman, Director (HR), NLC India, Mr. Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd., Dr. Asha Bhandarker, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behaviour, IMI, Mr. Nikhil Jain, Director Personnel, NHPC, Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Director (HR), Indian Oil Corporation, Mr. Ravi Parmeshwar, CHRO, ReNew Power, Mr. B S Dagar, Group Head - Employee Relations, Escorts, Mr. Sanjay Singh, GM (HR), NTPC, Mr. S Dev Roye, Secretary, CITU, Mr. V C Agrawal, President – Corporate HR, RPG Group, Mr. Vijay Bihari Lal, Sr. Executive VP (HR), BSES, Dr. Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University, Mr. Naresh Pinisetti, Group President – HR, Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals, Mr. P R Kumar, CEO, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Managing Partner, Ebullient and Former Director-Group HR, Jindal Steel & Power, Prof. Sunil Sangra, Prof. of Strategy & Innovation, Design Thinking Evangelist, BIMTECH, Mr. V K Singh, Sr. GM (HR) Power Grid & Secretary, Power HR Forum were the esteemed panellists who enlightened 160+ audience present with their rich experience and knowledge.


Valedictory Session started with the welcome address by Mr. Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network India. Mr. S V Nathan, Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India presented a brief summary of the issues discussed during last sessions. A thought provoking special Address by Guest of Honour, Mr. Sushil Tripathi, Former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum, and Natural Gas, Govt. of India was the highlight of the valedictory session. Valedictory Address by Chief Guest, Mr. Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General, International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Former Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India continued the spark and magnificence of the summit deliberations. Prof. K K Sinha, Dean-Executive Education, BIMTECH concluded the summit by giving a vote of thanks to all dignitaries and organising team members.



HR Summit 2017

National Summit on Energy Sector Transforming HR: Agenda for Action

From 02-03 March, 2017
Venue: Kamal Hall, ITC Maurya, New Delhi


BIMTECH & NHRDN in association with Power HR Forum & Deloitte organised National Summit on Energy Sector on 2nd & 3rd March, 2017 at ITC Maurya, New Delhi. The Summit highlighted the key changes that today’s energy sector is going through and the role that HR need to play so that these changes could be managed in a positive and innovative way without much disruptions.

The Summit witnessed the presence of who’s who of Energy sector and HR leaders. Padma Bhushan B K Chaturvedi, Former Cabinet Secretary and Member Planning Commission, Mr. R V Shahi Chairman, Energy Infratech, Padma Shri Dr. Pritam Singh, Chairman-LEAD Centre, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Pujari, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India were the dignitaries who benefitted the summit delegates with their insightful addresses.

Dr. Ashok Balyan, CEO - Oil & Gas Business, Reliance ADAG, Mr. Atul Sobti, CMD, BHEL,  Mr. Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC, Mr. I. S. Jha, CMD, Power Grid Corporation, Mr. Rajeev Sharma, CMD, Power Finance Corporation, Mr. Sujit Kumar, Managing Director - India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, Schlumberger, Mr. Vneet S Jaain, CEO & Whole Time Director, Adani Power, Dr. Asha Bhandarker, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behaviour, IMI, Mr. Ashwani Prashara, Head HR & IR, Group Manufacturing Services, Reliance Industries, Dr. Jayant Kumar, CHRO, Tata Power,Mr. Nikhil K. Jain, Director (Personnel), NHPC, Mr. Nikhil Shahane, Director (HR), Technip, Mr. S. P. Gathoo, Director (HR), Bharat Petroleum, Mr. Saptarshi Roy, Director (HR), NTPC, Mr. Gautam Chainani, Group President (HR), JSW, Mr. N. Venugopala Rao, CEO, Reliance Power, Mr. Pushp Joshi, Director (HR), Hindustan Petroleum, Mr. Ravi P. Singh, Director (Personnel), Power Grid Corporation, Mr. Sabih Kidwai, Director (HR), Schneider Electric, Dr. Ashok Balyan, CEO - Oil & Gas Business, Reliance ADAG, Mr. Alok Misra, Executive Director (ER), ONGC, Mr. S. K. Biswas, Director (Personnel), THDC, Mr. V. C. Agrawal, President - Corporate HR, R.P.-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Mr. Vijay Sinha, Sr. V.P. (HR), JSW Energy, Mr. Virjesh Upadhyay, General Secretary, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Dr. Sarat K. Acharya, CMD, NLC India, Mr. Debabrat (Debu) Mishra, Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting, Mr. Gautam Vivek, In-charge, World Energy Council, Mr. K. N. Subramaniam, CEO, Moser Baer Solar, Ms. Pia Khanna, COE Leader, Talent Management, Dupont, South Asia, Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director-Group HR, Jindal Steel & Power were the panellists for the session spread over one and a half day long summit.

The CEO panel was chaired and moderated by Mr. R V Shahi, Chairman Energy Infratech. It was followed by the sessions revolving around the theme of Transforming and Nurturing Talent, Building Leadership Pipeline, Employee Relationship and Engagement - The New Imperative and Future Strategy for Innovation - Role of HR.

The Summit was conducted under the leadership of Prof. K K Sinha, Dean (Development) BIMTECH and guidance of Dr. H Chaturvedi, Director BIMTCEH. Padma Shri Dr. Pritam Singh, Chairman-LEAD Centre was the chief mentor of the Summit. Mr. Dhananjay Singh Director General NHRDN was a key support and very significant partner of the Summit.

The deliberations and discussion during the Summit, threw light upon the crucial role that HR needs to play in shaping and redesigning the practices of Talent Management and Retention in energy sector. It also brought forward the immense opportunities available in the sector that is going to be the future of energy in the country by way of innovation and creativity.

One of the suggestions of the CEO Panel was that HR and organization must develop institutionalized mechanism of scanning the future business environment and strategy on a continued basis, analyzing the impact and for developing new, innovative and bold HR solutions forward, pre-emptively. HR need to look internally in the organization to access the available opportunities and their development regularly and at the same time the required/new capabilities(culture and core competence) for meeting the challenging and high speed  future changes. It has to keep bold and new decisions experimentation through various processes like benchmarking, best practices, assessments and more particularly the future requirements/expectations from HR and ensure future practices with simplified system and processes, avoiding creating technology fatigue.

Some of the Panellists strongly felt and deliberated that essence of success is not only knowing the goal or plan but its passionate execution, for which HR will have to develop a culture of planning resource management and development including people and related processes particularly. A greater emphasis and orientation to contributions, results and execution therefore, are more critical to business success rather than only developing rich awareness and knowledge.

The valedictory address was delivered by none other than Padma Bhushan B K Chaturvedi, Former Cabinet Secretary and Member Planning Commission. The Summit was a true amalgamation of experience and wisdom in the area of human capital utilization and development of the energy sector.

HR Summit 2016

National Summit on Power Sector Transforming HR

From 21 – 22 January, 2016
Venue: The Ashok, New Delhi

Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater Noida and NHRDN, in association with Power HR forum and Deloitte, organized The National HR Summit on the theme “Transforming HR in Indian Power Sector” at the Hotel Ashok, New Delhi, on 21-22 January, 2016. The objective of the Summit was to examine and deliberate some urgent and important HR issues in order to re-align HR, focusing on the much needed transformation to meet the emerging changes and challenges in Indian Power Sector of today‘s dynamic VUCA world, in the coming decade. This summit was attended by the HR professionals from leading companies of the power sector like NTPC Ltd, Power Grid, THDC, NSPCL, Human Capital Consulting, Energy Infratech Pvt Ltd, Central Electricity authority and many others.

The Inaugural Session of the summit started with the welcome address by Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH. He extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, speakers and other delegates. The Contours of this Summit was given by Mr. U P Pani, President - Power HR Forum and Director (HR), NTPC Ltd. He gave a clear cut vision on the theme of the summit along with a brief overview of the power sector. He talked about the increase in growth rate of 8.5% from 2014-15 to 2015-16 followed by his thoughts on the immense opportunities available in the power sector due to the generation of new projects by Central and the state government. He also mentioned how the power sector is going through a major transformation due to the emphasis of power generation through renewable sources of energy such as solar energy and wind energy. This has also led to a number of technological changes that have happened in the last few years.

The Theme alignment was given by Mr. Ajit Mathai, Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. With his innovative presentation, he covered three important areas, viz. “Challenges of Changing Power Sector Scenario”, “Working for Talent Management”, and “Building Leadership Pipeline for Delivering Success”. He concluded his thought provoking speech with an open-ended question - How would the power sector be in the future? The Keynote Speaker, Mr. R. V. Shahi, Chairman, Energy Infratech Private Ltd. and Former Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India gave his enlightening views on “How HR can shake and bring success for any company”. According to him, HR transforms the people and personality of the organization. HRM is behind each and every thing in the company. He also mentioned that in the last decade, India has managed to significantly improve the power generation capacity, which is in line with India’s aim to become the 3rd largest GDP in the world by 2030. Though, in order to achieve this, substantial improvements still have to be made in efficient execution of projects.

The Inaugural Address by Chief Guest, Padma Shri Dr. Pritam Singh, Chairman, LEAD Centre Former Director, IIM (L), MDI, Gurgaon and Director General of IMI, New Delhi, gave a new direction to the summit. He emphasized on the fact that the name of HR should be changed to Organizational Development. Further, he suggested the next conference to be from the Energy Sector. He also expressed his views to replace “Make in India” with “Innovate in India”. He concluded his address by saying that it is time for the HR to demonstrate to the entire organization that, “You need us”. The first session concluded with a formal Vote of Thanks by Mr. Kamal Singh, Director General, NHRDN. According to him, no business is possible without people and when an organization recognizes its people, only then it can be successful. He also promised to consider the request of Dr. Pritam Singh to organize the next summit for the energy sector

The second session started with a panel discussion on the topic “Challenges of Changing Power Sector Scenario”. The panel comprised of Dr. Anil Sardana, MD, Tata Power; Mr. A K Jha, CMD, NTPC Ltd.; Dr. Ashok Balyan, CEO - Oil & Gas Business, Reliance Group; Mr. Atul Sobti, CMD, BHEL and Mr. S K Chaturvedi, Chairman, Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission. The Chairman and Moderator of the session was Mr. R. V. Shahi. The panel discussed various problems and their possible solutions pertaining to different areas of HR in the power sector. Distribution system is an important part of the power sector. The panelists came out with a viewpoint that privatization is not the only solution to every problem. The panelists were unanimous in their view that, “Holistic approach is the need of the hour”. They discussed that HR changes and challenges are cross-cutting, impacting all the sectors of the economy and industries. Any integrated Power sector planning has to take into account different scenarios and also the strategies to deal with them. Similarly, any HR Policy has to accommodate the HR implications of the different Power scenarios. The panelists agreed on the fact that attracting talent in the power sector is a major concern as attraction towards public sector enterprises has declined substantially over the years. The new generation of workforce, also called the Millennials, expects a dynamic workplace, a strong culture and a diversified profile. The transformational changes taking place in the sector would require employees to be well trained. Skill development becomes a critical part of the development process for the existing workforce. A culture of innovation needs to be built in order to imbibe the same within the employees. This is required as the sector is witnessing innovation in every aspect of power generation. The discussion was followed by a Q&A round by all the delegates present in the summit. It was a very healthy discussion focusing on the important facets of the changing power sector.

The third session comprised of the theme “Working for Talent Management” wherein the panelists were Mr. Vinod Behari, CEO, Power Sector Skill Council of India; Mr. Deepak Bharara, CHRO, LANCO InfraTech; Mr. V. C. Agrawal, President-HR, RPG Enterprises; Mr. R. K. Verma, Chief Engineer - Distribution, Central Electricity Authority and Ms. Meenakshi Davar, Executive Director - HR, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.. The Chairman and Moderator of the panel was Mr. Ajit Mathai, Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. The underlying strand of the session was that attracting people to the power sector is a challenge. Out of the top 25 best places to work, there is no power company. People no longer perceive it as a great place to work. This sector provides job satisfaction, cordial relationship and work life balance, but the talent is not willing to join the sector. They discussed the following points;

  • Gen Y and millennials – the HR have not innovated enough in the sector. The HR mindset is not aligned to the new challenges of the sector. 75% of population in Tata power is millennial. HR should understand new generation challenges and aspirations of the new generation workforce.
  • The sector is not perceived as a great place to work by young talent. One of the reasons behind the same is that the power companies have a rigid structure and follow the same business model even in the changing business scenarios.
  • Finding new skill is very difficult especially when government has requested to add 175000 MW solar requirements and around 2.5 to 3 GW of nuclear power every year.
  • Need to recruit people who have an aptitude for change, especially as the sector undergoes significant changes day in and day out.
  • Power sector has 90% of employees who are with a background of engineering technology. Current talent is so focused on their core technical area e.g. turbine engineering, they are not willing to think from a business perspective. Building business perspective in the employees is very critical for talent management.
  • 66% of employees from power sector belong to power distribution. Skill Council of India is addressing the skill gap between the education provided by institutes and what is required by industry. Overall process includes setting the skilling standard for all jobs, get them verified by industry, put in public domain for validation. And then implement along with credible learning providers. HR should actively participate in these initiatives by Skill Council of India.

The panel also gave the information that the government is designing state specific action plan for power sector companies which help in building 24*7 electricity network. These state specific action plans will help in estimating the manpower needs in power sector. HR should look proactively at these and make a strong talent plan.

The fourth session of the summit was on the theme “Building Leadership Pipeline for Delivering Success”. The panelists for this session were Mr. U. P. Pani, Director (HR), NTPC Ltd.; Dr. Asha Bhandarker, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behaviour, IMI; Mr. S. K. Biswas, Director (Personnel), THDC India Ltd; Mr. Chetan Tolia, CHRO, Tata Power and Mr. Raj Kumar Roy, President (Head), LANCO Solar. The Chairman and Moderator for this panel was Mr. S V Nathan, Sr. Director and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte. The panel focused on “What are the challenges in building a leadership pipeline?” Many perspectives were explored which included the fact that stakeholder buy-in is necessary for HR, without which no policy can be implemented; so the ability to convince senior leadership is extremely important. A rigid Performance Management System can be an issue, especially because if not implemented correctly, leadership pipeline will suffer as people might get promoted not on the basis of their performance but on other factors (such as tenure, age, etc.). This results in a weak middle management who is incapable of handling bigger responsibilities and roles. Hence, succession planning suffers. Leadership development depends on how much committed the leaders are towards their goals. They must own the system, processes and policies as well for it to succeed over a long term. A strong vision is critical to build character among the employees as only leaders with a strong vision would be able to build a leadership pipeline

The second day of the summit continued on 22 January 2016 with its fifth session on the theme “Building Employee Relationship and Engagement”. The panelists for this session were Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director - Group HR, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.; Mr. D. Bandyopadhyaya, Director HR, BHEL; Mr. K. S. Patro, Director (Personnel), Eastern Coalfields Ltd.; Mr. Paritosh Mishra, VP HR, AES India and Mr. S Dev Roye, National Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions. The Chairman and Moderator was Dr. Sarat Acharya, CMD, Neyveli Lignite Corporation. The presentations and discussions were centered on the trends and challenges in employee engagement and leveraging the Lok Adaalat for out of court settlement. The panel discussed on grievance handling schemes such as “Samadhaan”.  They also talked about employee participation and the formation of committees (health canteen) at Unit, Area and corporate levels. A point was also made on the bottom-up approach in communication and the utilization of Balance scorecard at unit, department and organization level and to promote participative decision making. The various trends and challenges in Employee engagement were discussed along with the methods of leveraging shop councils, plan council and trade unions and create a successful dialogue through Freedom of association, representation, recognition and grievance handling. The panel also mentioned the need to adopt the conventions 87 and 98 on freedom of association and collective bargaining and to seeing employees as people and not just labour.
The two day HR summit ended with a Valedictory Session in which the summary for the whole summit was presented by Ms. Sucheta Hota, Director Human Capital Consulting from Deloitte, followed by the Valedictory Address by Mr. Atul Chaturvedi, IAS, Former Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board. Mr. Chaturvedi shared his experiences, both as a leader and as the Secretary, Power, of U.P Government, of transforming the power business into a successful and performing model. His comment on the national economy that ‘there can be no growth without power’ was quite appreciated by the audience. Mr. Chaturvedi mentioned certain incidents during his tenure about dealing with recalcitrant elements and how he managed to get them to function. He also reminisced about the various practices that he had implemented when he had been handling the power sector.

Prof. K. K. Sinha, Dean – Development, BIMTECH, proposed the vote of thanks. In his address, he advised that HR should not just become a crystal gazing sorcerer, focusing only on the long term planning, but should also plan and execute in sync with timely requirements. They should be aware and should assess the technological changes imminent in short span of time of five to ten years (like the greater use of Solar Power, powering 90% of the globe with sufficient battery based storage). They should also be able to understand and envision newer methods like making power distribution wireless like internet and He also suggested, however, that in these radical but imminent changes in the sector, HR must be ready to implant and implement these changes without losing sight of the human aspect. At the same time, he cautioned that HR should not become like geeks causing future tech fatigue through new HR practices, for the users in the organization.

In the Summit, as part of BIMTECH’s CSR initiative, the organizing team decided to contribute, on behalf of all the guest speakers, a token amount to the Ranganathan Society for social welfare and library development. The summit was highly appreciated as quite timely and prescient by the delegates.