Post-Event Press Release
Xavier School of Human Resource Management’s Business Conclave – Kshitij
August 26, 2018
Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR) in collaboration with the HR
Association of XAHR (XIMAHR) of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) hosted its
annual business conclave, Kshitij, on August 26th, 2018. The conclave aimed at providing the
students of Human Resource Management (HRM) a comprehensive view of “Agile HR”, which
was the theme for the event.
Attended by the enthusiastic and erudite batch of future HR managers, the gathering was graced
by the presence of eminent leaders from different industries. The speakers for the session were
Ms. Upasna Nischal (Global Head – Talent Management, ACC, Evalueserve) Mr. Rajesh
Hurkat (Head HR, Mattel India) and Ms. Annapurna A (Director – Human Resources,
Inspirage). The speakers, along with Dr. Sasmit Patra (Associate Dean, International
Programmes), Dr. Andrew Dutta (Associate Dean, XAHR) and Dr. Arup Roy Chowdhury
(Assistant Professor, XAHR), inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp and
elucidated briefly how the theme is important and should be widely discussed.
Dr. Andrew Dutta opened the forum with his welcome address by stating that Kshitij is a
prestigious, student-driven HR conclave which aims at the creation of finest HR stalwarts. Prof.
Arup Roy Chowdhury also addressed the audience by defining the need of a robust HR system
in the present-day complex and ambiguous nature of the industry. He expressed Agile HR as a
function of anticipation, innovation, responsiveness, collaboration and execution of HR
Dr. Sasmit Patra, the moderator of the discussion, in his address called for shifting the
panel was Ms. Upasna Nischal, who stressed upon the need to go beyond classroom
education. She also iterated that technology, political scenarios and demographics have been
the “movers & shakers” of the HR industry. She reinterpreted the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain,
Complex, Ambiguous) world as VUCA – Vision, Understanding, Collaboration, Adaptability
for success. The second speaker, Ms. Annapurna A focused on developing curiosity,
humility and collaborative abilities in an HR manager. She also endorsed the inclusion of design
thinking as an essential course in every MBA college’s curriculum. Mr. Rajesh Hurkat spoke
next about how to overcome the hindrance of laws and regulations while executing Agile HR
strategies. He also suggested that one should customize their own Agile framework instead of
following any template.
The session was followed by an interactive and enriching Q&A round, that helped the students of
Human Resource Management clear their doubts regarding how organizations adapt and apply
Agile HR methodologies. This event also marked the release of the 12th edition of “HRXpert”,
an annual magazine by XIMAHR. All the guest speakers were presented with a token of
appreciation and the conclave concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Shivam Sharma, the
student coordinator of XIMAHR.