Best Practices 2020-21

1. Title of the Practice :

An online panel discussion on “Workforce Challenges and Opportunities for Hybrid and Remote Working Environments: Indian and Global Perspectives”

2. Objectives of the Practice

  • To enhance the visibility of PTVAIM globally.
  • To enhance the possibility of global recruiters knowing about PTVAIM.
  • To facilitate interaction between the staff and students of PTVAIM with the global HR experts.
  • To facilitate better learning about the current challenges and opportunities faced by HR professionals due to COVID pandemic.
  • To prepare the students of PTVAIM to successfully face such challenges and capture the opportunities.

3. The Context

COVID 19 threw unexpected challenges globally in all sphere of lives. At the same time it also opened up new opportunities in different areas touching multiple aspect of our lives. It actually made us look at our lives from different perspectives which we never imagined. Among many major areas which witnessed revolutionary changes in this context, was also the way organizations and people carried out their work. Due to lockdown when people could not reach their respective organizations, the new trend of Work from Home, gained momentum. This meant that either people were working from remote places and/or they were working adopting hybrid model. Both these working model came with challenges and opportunities. PTVAIM thought it is important to make their students and staff members aware of these issues. Online panel discussion on these issues was successfully organized on May 8, 2021 by PTVAIM in association with HR Shapers.

4. The Practice

Taking cognizance of the extended hybrid and remote working culture being adopted globally, PTVAIM in association with HR Shapers, a global HR Networking Platform organized an online panel discussion on “Workforce Challenges and Opportunities for Hybrid and Remote Working Environments: Indian and Global Perspectives” on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

There were two panel discussions, one focusing on India with Indian HR stalwarts as panellists and the other focusing globally with renowned Global HR practitioners as panellists. The purpose of having these two different panels was to facilitate better understanding among students and staff members about the challenges and opportunities which are unique to the Indian business scenario and global business scenario. The points to be discussed in these two panels were decided mutually based on the kind of information that must reach the management students’ community specifically.

The esteemed Indian panellists participating in the discussion were:

  • Mr. Shourya K. Chakravorty, CHRO – Quality Kiosks 
  • Dr. Prashant Salgaonkar, CHRO - Shapoorji Pallonji E & C
  • Mr. Satish Mohapatra, VP & HR Head - Smart Infrastructure at Siemens
  • Ms. Neha Singh, Head HRBP - Pidilite
  • Mr. Ashish Gakrey, Founder - HR Shapers

The esteemed Global panellists participating in the discussion were:

  • Mr. Sukumaran Mariappan, Vice President - PX Global Transformation & People Analytics (Country: USA)
  • Mr. Kunal Wadhwani, CHRO - Choithrams (Country: UAE)
  • Mr. Sandeep Chanana, HR Head - Optimum Solutions (Country: Singapore)
  • Ms. Siny Raghunathan, Sr HRBP Market Leaders - ING (Country: Netherlands)
  • Mr. Anuuj Tiwari, Global TA Leader , Ex TA Head with Landmark (Country: UAE)

This online panel discussion was initiated by Dr. Tejashree Deshmukh, Dean-Academics of PTVAIM and the Placement Cell of PTVAIM under the able leadership of Dr. Harish Kumar S. Purohit. The online panel discussion saw a participation of about 190 HR professionals from industry and PTVAIM students.

It was a good opportunity for PTVAIM to showcase its talent and infrastructure to Indian as well as global HR leaders who can be the potential employers of our graduating management students.

5. Evidence of Success

The online panel discussion saw a participation of about 190 HR professionals and PTVAIM students. Our placement team is in touch with all the esteemed panellists of this event for various purposes ranging from possibility of placements for our students to career guidance to these students to sharing their professional knowledge with the students. We get updates from a few of these HR experts related to various events they organize which if found suitable, are forwarded to our faculty members and students for their benefits. This event definitely led to better visibility of PTVAIM globally.

6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required

As the event involved the presence of HR experts from around the globe, the major problem encountered was that of deciding the time and schedule of this online panel discussion on “Workforce Challenges and Opportunities for Hybrid and Remote Working Environments: Indian and Global Perspectives”. However, all these leaders were eager to share their knowledge and insights with the budding management professionals and all of them made sincere efforts to make themselves for this event.

1. Title of the Practice:

An Online Campaign Creation Competition #LetsFightOnlineHarassment

2. Objectives of the Practice

  • To create awareness among students about cyber safety.
  • To sensitize students towards the perils of online harassment.
  • To promote responsible online behaviour among students.
  • To inculcate among students a culture of cyber hygiene.
  • To encourage students to speak about any form of online harassment.

3. The Context

Rise in usage of technology and our interactions with it have surged vulnerabilities in cyber space like never before. Cyber-crimes against children and adults have broken records, online distress has hit all segments of society. Threats of cyber space hold neither economic, social, geographic boundaries nor barriers. Children are easily accessible to predators online, and hence vulnerable due to lack of information and awareness about online safety protocols. Cyber safety education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe in online environments. It involves acknowledging the benefits and opportunities offered by the online world, while understanding the risks and avoiding potential harms. Thus, with the aim of sensitizing students towards online harassment and empowering them about online safety, PTVAIM took the initiative of joining hands with Mumbai Cyber Crime branch & Responsible Netism to hold an online campaign creation competition #LetsFightOnlineHarassment.

4. The Practice

As a part of Centenary Celebration of our parent trust Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Association, PTVAIM organized a “Cyber Safety Activity” in association with Mumbai Cyber Crime Branch and Responsible Netism. This activity aimed to create awareness among school and college students about “Cyber Safety”. A week-long online campaign creation competition named #LetsFightOnlineHarassment with students of PTVA run colleges viz. Mulund College of Commerce, Sathaye College, M L Dahanukar College of Commerce and PTVAIM was conducted for generating virtual content to spread information about online safety for children and adults. Faculty team working for this activity was assigned one of the aforesaid colleges. The faculty team had the responsibility of liaising with one faculty co-ordinator from each of the colleges to facilitate smooth participation form their respective students. The registrations for the competition began from February 1, 2021. The faculty co-ordinators from each of the colleges sent their 15 entries which were then presented in front of experts to fine tune their content with respect to the theme . The final content was presented in front of the Judges Mr. Sachin Gurav and Ms. Shilpa Chandilokar - Branding and Communication Professional and Director, iTales Studios Pvt. Ltd who shortlisted the first three winners out of final 8 shortlisted entries on February 16, 2021. The week long competition culminated in a panel discussion involving experts in Cyber Safety on February 17, 2021. The panel comprised of eminent people from the field of cyber-crime and safety, mental health and cyber law.

The eminent panellists participating in the panel discussion were:

  • Dr. Rashmi Karandikar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Cyber Crime Branch,
  • Dr. Milan Balakrishnan –Consulting Psychiatrist, at Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre.
  • Advocate Khushbu Jain Supreme Court of India, Advisor Maharashtra Cyber,
  • Mr. Sachin Gurav - - Director, 24EightyOne.

The panel was moderated by Ms. Sonali Patankar – Founder President Responsible Netism. The panel discussed on various thought-provoking issues ranging from Cyber Bullying, Online Sexual Harassment & Being Mindful Online. The first three winners of the online campaign creation competition #LetsFightOnlineHarassment were awarded prize money of Rs.3000/-, Rs.2000/- and Rs 1000/- respectively by the mentor of PTVAIM, Dr. Snehalata Deshmukh, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai and Board Member, PTVA in her personal capacity.

5. Evidence of Success

The best way such educative competition can be termed as successful is its sheer impact it has on creating a ripple effect for other students to follow suit. Content generated through this competition are used by PTVA run schools to educate their students about Cyber Safety and being responsible citizens online.

6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required

This novel initiative conducted during the challenging time of Covid 19 pandemic required seamless co-ordination amongst the Organizing team and the colleges run by PTVA to motivate their students to come forward and present their ideas in a campaign. This was achieved by speaking to the principals of these who suggested a faculty co-ordinator who were instrumental in disseminating the motive behind the online campaign creation competition and empowering the students to think differently and creatively to come up with good content.

7. Notes (Optional)

Cyber Safety and inculcating Cyber hygiene are the most important areas which every HEI should strive to achieve by conducting orientation sessions or workshops for their students and staff. Such workshops would propel responsible online behaviour amongst all and make help us interact safely in the cyber space.