Special Correspondent

VELLORE: A group of 33 executive students of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme from the Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA), University of Colombo, got an exposure to Indian industry and management education at a workshop at the VIT Business School of the VIT University here from April 26 to 30. Six faculty members led by IHRA Director V. Vijaya Kumara Hirimburegama and Coordinator Hema Kumara accompanied the team.

The workshop covered topics such as recruitment, selection, training, motivation, cross-cultural issues and compensation management.

Apart from classroom sessions by both internal and external resource persons, factory visits and management games were organised to give a well-rounded exposure, said C.M. Ramesh, Director, VITBS.

K.S. Gopalakrishnan, vice-president, HR, Brakes India, Sholinghur, who inaugurated the workshop, said that today's managers face the dual challenges of offering their employees a competitive salary and yet reducing the overall costs incurred in the production and services in order to survive in the competitive market. D.P. Kothari, Vice-Chancellor, VIT University stressed that MBA students need to know the close similarities and shared interests between India and Sri Lanka. Richard Regis, Division Leader, Human Resource Division of VITBS briefed on the programme outline.

The students visited the CMC Hospital to study HR issues in the health services sector.

Factory visit

The team also visited the factories of Hyundai Motors in Sriperumbudur and BHEL in Ranipet for a look at how the private and public sectors functioned in India.

They witnessed the satellite-based teleconferencing interface between a legal expert and women of the remote rural village at the Resource Centre of VIT in Jamunamarudur in Javvadhu Hills.

The team also visited the Golden Temple in Sripuram near Vellore. The Sri Lankan HR professionals interacted with their Indian counterparts, as part of the meeting organised at the VIT campus by the regional chapter of the National Institute of Personnel Management.

Sankar Viswanathan, vice-president (Administration), VIT University presided and presented certificates to the participants.

G.S. Srinivas, Manager-HR, Nutrine (Godrej Hershey Ltd.), Chittoor stressed that personnel managers need to protect their employees and their organisation through strict adherence to the provisions of labour legislation. Anand A. Samuel, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, VIT, Chennai campus said that managers should identify positive traits in their employees in order to handle them effectively. R. Subashini of VITBS presented an outline of how such international workshops bring about advancement in the competence, commitment and culture among HR professionals.