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"Beacon 2024: VJIT Hosts Groundbreaking HR Conclave to Shape Future-Ready HR Professionals and Engineers"

On a promising Saturday at Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology (VJIT) near Appa Junction, Chilkur Road, Hyderabad, Beacon 2024 brought together students, faculty, and HR leaders for a half-day conclave focused on future-forward engineering. This HR conclave, organized in partnership with the non-profit WOW HR, aimed to create a “WoW” factor among HR professionals and students through skill development.

"Beacon 2024: VJIT Hosts Groundbreaking HR Conclave to Shape Future-Ready Engineers"
"Beacon 2024: VJIT Hosts Groundbreaking HR Conclave to Shape Future-Ready Engineers"

The event kicked off with a fireside chat on the "Future of Work in Engineering," moderated by M. Venkata Chalapathy, Senior Director & Head HR at Virtusa. He addressed economic cycles, underscoring the importance of preparation and exposure in navigating industry recessions. Debashish Ghosh, Senior VP & Head HR at Berkadia Group, countered the negative narrative about IT layoffs, noting that the majority of employees retain their positions due to their skills, thus modifying the old adage to "where there is a skill, there is a way."

Dr. Reena Das, CHRO at Keolls, discussed the value of T-shaped skills, combining deep expertise with cross-disciplinary competencies. She emphasized the need for self-awareness, clear thinking, and impactful communication. The moderator stressed learning from failures and maintaining resilience, while Ghosh added that communication skills are crucial for standing out in the job market.

The conclave featured two panel discussions: one on "Guiding GenZ - Power of Coaching" and another on "Empowering Students: Navigating Disruptive Technology." Panelists noted the rise of Global Capability Centres (GCCs) in India, which now house over 1,580 centers and employ over 1.66 million people, projecting a need for 4 million more jobs. They encouraged students to build long-term capabilities in GCCs, which have become the new goldmine for top talent.

Industry experts from Epam Systems, Disney Star, Virtusa, ServiceNow, Siemens EDA India, and other leading firms contributed to the discussions, engaging 200 participating students.

Among the attendees were Dean of Accreditations and Ranking Dr. Padmaja, TPO Shika Kaushal (Convenor), and Dr. Praveen Kumar, Manager of Training & Placement, ensuring the event’s success in fostering a robust dialogue on the future of engineering and HR.


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