Sunday, 22 January 2017


   Q.    How was your experience collaborating with ABV-IIITM, today we had a workshop, so how do you feel being a part of it?                                                                                      
   A. It is the second time I am coming to this campus and it is always great to be here. You have areallybeautiful green campus. Anurag Srivastava is a great host and we can’t deny if he requests. But being here is a great opportunity since it doesn’t happen everywhere that we have such long sessions extending till midnight and even further. The program gives a chance to interact and learn new things and its more about distributing knowledge. In research field,people tend to keep everything confidential, but here things are different and we always get to learn new things.

    Q.  Sir, science is a subject which requires practical knowledge, but in India, students are more focused on the theoretical side. Why do you think this happens and is this a possible weakness of our country? 
        A.  Coming to the research field is a challenge because of less funds especially for labs. Today, students after their schooling prepare for competitive examinations, mostly they are not interesting in even seeing their school’s practical labs. Practical classes in schools become a formality. So we need to improve on the point.

    Q.   So do you think that science education in India is inadequate?
     A.   Competitive exams and theoretical studies are all important but basic training is also required. School should not be just for attending classes. You should have a bit of practical knowledge. Today’s students know what a screw gauge is, what a Vernier caliper is, they know its least count, but don’t know how to use it. Theory is very much important as we cannot try everything practically. So if we have a computational method, we can take the idea and use it to see the output, if it is acceptable, then we can go to the experimental side.

    Q.   What do you think is the importance of these kinds of conferences or workshops in promoting science education and research? 
         A.  This kind of workshops are great sources of knowledge. There are many costly software and programs unavailable to common research scholars.But here they get to learn to use it and get hands-on experience with otherwise unavailable resources.

    Q.  Sir, being in a good position now in this field, what was the inspiring factor which brought you here?

     A.  I did my PG from Banaras University, which is now IIT-BHU. So, there we could find faculty staying long after office time to work on their researches. This inspired us to work more and try to learn more so that we could also publish papers. It is really inspiring to find your research paper getting published and I think that is what motivated me to this path. 


Q. HR is a very important resource for a company. What are the essential requirements for being a HR?
A. HR is a very unique position in a company. It is totally different from other sectors in the company. HR is a multilevel sector which covers all because it deals with human as a resource. Gone are the days when being a conventional HR would be alright. Now you have to deal with different & diverse business outcomes. You have to fulfill the wishes of Manager or CEO. You should be innovative & must bring values.

Q. What are the role of HR summits for HRs & students?
A. HR summits play a crucial role for both of them. It is a interactive session in which both students & HRs learn from each other. HRs also learn from other HRs. We get a lot of innovations on using different themes for doing our work each year. In HR sector everything involves people. We have to employ the most valuable resource of the company.

Q. What are the various things you consider while recruiting?
A. Basically we have to recruit individuals which are suitable as per the company requirements which we consider using various data analytic methods. Both the competency & academic skills also matter for recruitment. We value individuals on the basis of attitude, communication skills & conceptual clarity. We also see the individual’s ability to work inside our organization. CGPAs matter but not so much.

Q.  Do college name really matters while conducting interviews in the on campus selection?
A. First of all before conducting on campus interview, we see whether we require  a fresher or an experienced person? We usually prefer Tier 2 colleges as the students there are both skilled & less expecting . Most of the Tier 1 college students are more expecting  & their dropout rate is also more. This we came to know through various techniques of data analytics.

Q. You have a lot of experience . What are the various places that you had worked in the past?
A. From the very beginning I had an inclined interest towards an unconventional sort of job. I had worked in factories, as a HR in banking industry and also in steel & software industry. I have worked in IBM where I managed thousands of employees. I also worked in design & development project at HCL though I didn’t have any prerequisite knowledge of that field. Stable & easy jobs were not for me. I had worked as head HR for many countries at a time & that too in multiple firms.

Q. What are the qualities that young HRs should have for a good career in HR field?

A. They should be humble & must have a learning orientation. HR job should be their passion. They should have good leadership qualities & ability to work with people. They should not do favor for a particular person due to their personal interests. You should treat everybody equally & act as mirror to them.


Q. What does quality mean to you?
A. I am giving you an example. We all know about Mercedes cars and tractors. But can we run a Mercedes on a field or a tractor on the road efficiently? The answer is ‘no’. Tractors are meant to travel on coarse roads and Mercedes on plain flat roads. Hence quality is very subjective. It is just about perception. People have to be satisfied with the product that they have got. This is my perspective of quality.

Q. What do you have to say about the arrival of foreign companies to India? They have got technologies that we don’t have.
A.  There are many things that we have but they don’t . It is not good to compare. We have to ourselves fill the gap that is left between us. One thing that we can do is to learn from them and bring reforms in ourselves.

Q. How far do you think new projects like Make in India can go?
A. This thing depends on us. How passionate we are towards it. In the past we had started borrowing things from China. Our demands increased and and so did our dependence on them . It is due to this that we had to launch a project like this to increase the production in India. If we stop that past trends of borrowing things from other countries then we can surely see these projects being successful.

Q. How can we increase the quality in projects like Make in India?
A. This can be done through honesty and integrity. We have to follow every specification that we are instructed to. We don’t have to corrupt it. We have to be self-disciplined.

Q) In what ways does India need to work to catch up with the foreign companies? 
A.  We have to get into a structured value system. Every good company has got a value system associated with it. We have to create our own principles and stick on it to catch up with them.

Q. What is your value system ?
A. I have a value system. I call it RINEW. R which stands for ‘respect for self and others’ , I for ‘integrity’ , N stands for ‘non discrimination’ , E for ‘excellence’ and W for ‘well being for everyone’.


Prof. Rishikesh T. Krishnan is the Director and Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management Indore. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania and at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He was listed among the Thinkers50 of India, the most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and he jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). He has more than 140 publications including two books on innovation: From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India (2010) and 8 Steps to Innnovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar,2013). The latter won the Best Book Award 2013-14 from the Indian Society for Training and Development.  

Q. How has this first day of the HR Summit been for you?
A.It has been very good so far. Thank you.

Q.You were here earlier in January. How different is it now from then?
A. In January, my visit was really short. I had just come here for a couple of hours. I could not meet much people. But this time, I have been able to do something in the campus and interact with more people. In that way this might be a more fruitful visit.

Q. Tell us about your involvement in social works?
A.Overtime, I have been associated with many social organisations.But right now in my current job as director, I don't have so much time. So, I have reduced my involvement in other activities. But  I continue to be involved with one organisation called Foundation for Excellence. It basically is an organisation to provide scholarships for engineering and medical undergraduates. Those students who do well in their 12th boards but whose families don't have enough resources to provide them higher education are given scholarships. Currently the organisation gives around 10 crore worth of scholarships. We have a proper selection process and also provide them mentoring support and support to develop their communication skills. This is a nationwise program and I am one of the trustees of that trust.

Q. You have gone so far in the management and technology sector. With so much experience, suggest us some important things in order to achieve success.
A. To achieve success, one thing that we should do is that we should build our own strengths. We should have a subject in which we have interest and further go deeper into it. We should build our own own expertise so that people look to us as an expert in that area. What is important is to focus and to be distictive in our field.
Second thing is that you should be aware of what is going on. One thing that I find in managerial students is that they don't keep track.They dont visit those various business related websites. But when it comes to placements, companies particularly don't want to see a guy who has been immersed in textbook in all these years. Thay want to see a person who knows the current challenges and trends. They want to see the interest in you. If you have gone to the interview without any special interest, then it is very difficult to fake with them around.

Q. You have talked about urban upgradation and logistics. Could you please provide us more details?
A. If we look anywhere in the world, urban centres are often the most important part of economies. In India, most of the economic activities take place around big cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai,Pune etc. So urban areas are generally the core areas for industrial development. So economic  activities in the urban areas should be supported. In India, historically, most of the politics has been supportive of the rural areas. The logic was that most of the poor people are from the rural areas and therefore, we should invest there more. This thing neglected the needs of the cities. In about 6-8 years back, the government of India started the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. I read from somewhere that it was the first nationwise program for urban development initiation. So, after more than 60 years of independence, reforms were being tried to be made in the cities. If we look at the city management system in most of the cities, it is very poor. Municipal Corporations are not run well. These things reduce the ability of businesses to run. No country in this world has developed without urban development. Hence we should look after this as a challenge and do something towards it.

Q. With this topic of urbanisation in mind, what needs to be done?
A.  The problem is our entire planning cycle and execution needs to be faster. For exmaple, in Bengaluru, they are building metros. This metro was planned 15-20 years back. During the last 20 years, Bengaluru has completely changed. Today all the major economic hubs of the city are in the surrounding areas and in one paricular part of the city. When the metro was planned, all those areas were almost non existent. So the metro does not run in any of these places. Hence, here we see the effect that a delay has had on the effectiveness of the programme.

Q. You have concerns on technology getting more and more involved in our day to day lives. Robots becoming affordable and threatening at the same time.
A. (Chuckles) The problem comes when something that is exceptional starts to become general practice for us. The problem becomes more severe when it becomes economically viable and acceptable. For example, robots are getting affordable. They are also becoming easily programmable. This is a dangerous thing. This might create job insecurities in the future. The things that human beings are doing now, if they get started to be done by robots, this would create a scarcity of job opportunities.

Q. Regarding technology, do you have something in mind that you think should be present but is hampered by today's technology?
A. Technology is greatly required in the election process. Today, it is very costly. In democracy, we need to get people involved in order to get new ideas. Technology helps us to get people participate who otherwise would not have been able to participate. Therefore, to make the democratic processes more efficient, we need a more advanced version of the technologies that we have.

Q. One of the big problems of today's world is that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. How can we overcome this problem?
A. A lot of it has to do with the modelling. It also has to do with taxation. The best way to understand this problem is  to follow the US presidential elections debate. The Republican Party does not believe in the concept of redistribution. The same is different in the Democratic Party. They believe that there sould be an equal division of resources among the people. So, everybody has a different view on that. People who do not believe in the concept of wealth creation, they more or less depend on the trickle down effect. This means that as people get richer, some part of them will go down to everybody. For people who don't believe in it, they purposefully make sure that the wealth gets more evenly distributed through taxation.

Q. Any words for us that would motivate us to have a future in management?
A. I think that today in India, there are a lot of challenges but at the same time, there are a lot of opportunities. And I hope that you would contribute us towards those challenges. You should pick a career where you not only can do good for yourself but also do good for the country. Sometimes it will happen that people are so much towards doing good for themselves that they only chase money. Now, here I am not saying that money is not important. What I am saying is that there are enough jobs available where you can do something good for the country,society, etc. and take care of yourself  too. We hope that this institute will produce a lot of people who choose that right combination.

Interview of Mrinalini Deshpande

Q. What message do you want to convey by IWCCMP?
A.The message that we want to convey is the need to bring together the scientific and technical community in order to share their knowledge in the recent trends on the advanced materials.

Q. What is the significance of this conference at global level and how is it beneficial for people?

A. This conference is one of the means to develop scientific temperament and develop economies of countries worldwide. People get aware of the developing technologies and happenings in the field of science. I feel that this somehow increases their inquisitiveness and interest and even if they are not able to contribute in a direct way, there support do help us in some roundabout way.

Q. Why are students doing Ph.D. are not much involved in research work? Where are we lacking and what advances should be made in this field?
A.  Well, it is not completely true. Students do get involved in research work but the output is definitely less. The main reason behind this is the lack of understanding of basic concepts. For example if I ask you the definition of ionic bond you will not be able to answer it at this very instant in technical terms. You will have to think and frame the answer in your mind which again is the result of messy basics. Students mug up the answers a night before their examination and get their degrees with a shiny CGPA of 9. This has become the trend of this era.

Q. Referring to your previous answer, in India, there is not much providence for recruitments of students involved in research field. What are your views regarding this?
A.  Yes, there is surely a need to reform our education system. To have a secure future in research field you need to give your cent percent into it. Hard work and patience are the keys to success. If you are dedicated enough you automatically will have good opportunities knocking at your door. You will have ample of funds to lead a well settled life.

Q. What according to you should be done to solve this problem on the basic level?
A. I will answer this question with an example. Suppose you perform badly in one of your tests. So in order to cover up the lost marks in next test, you start mugging up more rigorously without even clearing the last concepts. This is where efforts should be made.

Q. To end this interview on a light note, which part of the research work do you like the most?

A.  Well.. I actually like the aftermath most when our research works get published and we receive views, both critical and non-critical, from our readers and fellow researchers.  

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Interview in IWCCMP conference

Q. How did you feel being in our campus?
A. Obviously it is an excellent campus, its greenery makes it worth praising. It gave me opportunity to have words with great researchers.

Q. Our College is specialized in Information technology branch. What are positive points of a IT student?
A. IT branch is one of the most required branch in the coming future. IT engineers have a knowledge of every field and can also compete students of CS branch. Talking broadly, whichever the branch may be, if you study it deeply with proper logics and concepts, you can succeed in the field.

Q. Do you think our education system is lagging in some aspects?
A. Yes, system of our education is not going good. A student excellent at math but poor at chemistry may not be studying in great college like IIT can explain education situation.

Q. Our College is organizing a fest MOM, based on theme of Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhyan. Being an IT students what contribution can we give to promote this?

A. Nature always takes its revenge and the best solution to this problem is caring nature like planting trees and reducing population. But you being in IT department can think of model which can be used in situation of emergencies. Like few days’ back Delhi suffered from smog badly so if you can think of any device to reduces this, it will be a memorable contribution from IT.

Reported By-Yatharth saxena & Vishakha Gupta
Photographer-Nikita Sharma

Interview of Mr Saurabh Kaushik (Founder of Peopleist India)

Q.Sir,who was your GURU and what were your achievements?
A.My guru to start with is my parents .It is because of them I could see anything further.And then there have been a lot of people.Mr. Richard Ford,from whom I got perfection and motivation that I’m gonna do a great job.And then there is Mr. Suprabhat Banerjee,who is director and HR at ST. Regis Mumbai and who is the guiding force for me and my career.The most important achievement of mine according to me is being humble and getting the opportunity to learn.Being grounded,being honest and being a good human being is a gret achievement,but not awards.They will come and go and you can get them with money.So the biggest achievement is being a good human being.
Q.What inspired you to form this organisation i.e. Peopleist India?
A.I had left my job and I really wanna do something.I wanna start HR consulting company.I was thinking to do a job which will always be at the mercy at someone.I wanna do something that is big and is valued to society basically.We knew that we could do HRs really well,trainings and that we could bring about a change in people’s lives.What next do you want after money?You wanna do something nice,wanna make a change in the society.With that thought came the idea of Peopleist India and one more thing I got great people like Ankit Chamoli and my parents.My father was the one who was the values in this vision and when you have a great team all goes smoothly.
Q.What were the features  that lead to the trust among your teammates?Your friendship or your leadership?
A.I’m kind of a boss to them and a great friend too.We don’t mix the two.When I’m a boss I’m a boss and as a friend I’m a great friend.You can’t even imagine how much we trust each other. I think that I’m privileged to have friends like them.They are more like a family to me.
Q.Being a consultant,what strategy do you follow to analyse someone’s problems and to solve them?How challenging is it for you?
A.How Peopleist India solves problem is we first look at the root cause and not the effect.Let’s say that our company has a turnover of around 30-40% ,very very high and we want to get it sorted.We don’t just look at how we can save people or how can you help retention.We look at why is that happening and why people are leaving.We wanted to correct the cause why people are leaving.We found that in most of the cases they were not having right kind of people in the first place,so we wanna check that and in most of the companies I remember we wanted the turnover to happen as it was the strategic requirement of the owner and they had it too.The turnover can go up and down.It basically depends on having  the right people in the company and on the communicating to them what you expect from them and clearly getting what they want,as in both ways.How we work different is that we believe in honesty and integrity,authenticity,clarity,communication in the sense that we generally deal with business owners,so if their problem is retention or the quality needs to go up or they want to make more money or have more sales,more revenues ,we understand first and then try to give a solution.We don’t give best practices of the world.We’re authentic and we understand what your real problem is and tell you,even if you like it or not and then you can decide what you have to do.

Q. Sir as you said earlier, you should do what you want to do and what you love to do but according to you is there any difference between hobby and professionalism?
A. Yeah, there is a difference in both but if your hobby gives you enough money then your hobby is taken up as professionalism. So my idea is to marry the two, if you have your hobby to make money for you, that’s best feeling in the world. Let’s take an example of legend Sachin Tendulkar, if he would go making money then it’s possible that he would be great accountant or general manager somewhere instead of living his hobby. If you love doing something go ahead with it but my idea is first get sensible guru or your parents whoever trusts you. Your parents are best career guiders to you, they are the only ones who tells you honestly. If i am your parent i have seen you through the years and know what’s the best in you. This advice is only for you first year people, if you are in 6th or 7th std then my advice could be somewhat different, but my only advice is to you that follow your passion, don’t follow money. Do something which you can do at level best , even best in the world.
Q. Sir as a first year student, we really like to know that should students start their ventures in the college itself or after gaining experience in a particular field?
A. Depends upon the ventures, because i think if you start a venture then there is going to up a lot of energy and in the college i don’t think you would be able to put that energy, that is why people dropout of college then do it. If you seriously going for a venture , you have to give it your all. Indian students are not self dependent as foreign students, foreign students are very self dependents genuinely, i am not saying indians are not good. There are many schools in india which are giving very good schooling, some indians are far more aggressive. If you going to take up a business , you have to give priority to it.
Q. Everyone wants to become a successful person but not everyone is successful  personality. Should that person ends his life by loosing hopes?
A. Not everyone wants to become successful. Let me give you an example, find someone who is not successful in his life and ask him “yaar aapko kya chahiye duniya me, vo bolega meri do waqt ki roti nikal jaye , ghar chal jaaye mera, fir dekho usko vo mil raha hai ki nahi, mil raha hai”. Whatever you want can happen , you have to think like successful person. 100% you will get what you want.
Q. Sir how does it feel to be in a position better than friends as you mention?
A. Better also is relative you know , bad and better doesn’t exist. You can be good in some areas but you cannot be good in all areas. Look at the example of lord buddha, everything was finished, but everyone knows who he was. Look at sachin tendulkar, you know what he got in life.
Few lines from Mr. Saurabh Kaushik about our fest “MIND OVER MATTER” based on the theme of 'Clean India'.

There are so many issues reference to cleantech in india. Technology plays a big role in helping india like to improve air quality, water quality and floor cleaning machines and many more like that. But india is a very big country , indian railways have the major issues in cleanliness. I know everyone doesn’t have access to technology like in villages, but you have to clean your own part, and it will become automatically a neat and clean country and your college is going to play a big role on the theme of clean india and i think you guys will do great job.
Reported By- Daksh Berry & Riya Khandelwal