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Remembering Udai Pareek - Father of HRD

March 9, 2016

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9 March 2016: HRD, OD, and Institution Building: Essays in Memory of Udai Pareek was released at an event in New Delhi by the Chief Guest, Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, in the presence of Mr Kiran Karnik, former President, NASSCOM (the guest of Honour), editors of the volume, Prof TV Rao, Dr Anil Khandelwal and Mr Vivek Mehra, Managing Director and CEO, SAGE Publications India.

To honour the memory of the “Father of HRD” in India, Dr Udai Pareek’s family and other dignitaries from the HRD fraternity in the corporate and academic fields were in attendance at the event. The book published by SAGE is a tribute to Dr Udai Pareek, one of India’s most influential social scientists of yesteryears who changed the thought process of many organizations and individuals.

In his opening remarks, Mr Vivek Mehra spoke about SAGE’s 50 years journey globally and his mission to continue the legacy of Sara Miller McCune (Founder of SAGE) in disseminating knowledge. The latest being the introduction of SAGE Bhasha, the Indian language publishing program. To make the content SAGE publishes available to a wider audience all across the country in the vernacular space. He also spoke about SAGE Response, the business books imprint, which has successfully completed 20 years of its existence in India. He fondly recalled the contribution of stalwarts such as Prof Udai Pareek to the business books list and the continued association of luminaries like Prof T V Rao since its beginning years and Dr Khandelwal more recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal congratulated the editors for bringing out such an informative volume which has contributions from luminaries in the field of HRD and OD highlighting Dr Udai Pareek’s invaluable contribution to institution building. He stressed upon the fact that if the people of India think differently and are willing to innovate then we can make a significant difference and change in Insitution building. He cited the example of Coal India which used to give an average growth of 2% a year annually and has grown to 6.7% last year and slated to grow beyond 7% this year. He mentioned that good HR practices and integrity of purpose would help the country go a long way and we need to realize and appreciate the significance of HR as an integral part of the growth of an institution and its bottom line.

In his address Mr Kiran Karnik applauded the editors for putting together the learnings of Dr Pareek’s in the volume in a coherent manner which will serve as a valuable guide to leaders in all walks of life ranging from industry to education and social development. He also paid his tribute to Dr Pareek and his contributions in HRD, OD, and institution building in India stating that he was a visionary who was ahead of his time.

Remembering Dr Udai Pareek, Prof T V Rao said that even after he spent close to forty years with him, he was still a mystery to him. He chanced upon a journal Prof Pareek co-published many years ago, which was way ahead of its time as it talked about the subject ‘beyond management’ a topic unheard of in those days of IIT’s and IIM’s.

Dr Anil K Khandelwal further added that Dr Pareek was a mentor to him and his concepts have helped him effectively use human resource development/organizational development (HRD/OD) concepts in transforming two large public sector banks. He explained how Dr Udai Pareek’s work had practical significance and eventually gave rise to building HRD movement in India.

Rendering the vote of thanks, Dr Rajeshwari Narendran, Director, Academy of Human Resource Development, talked about how the two great luminaries have brought out a fascinating volume which will continue to inspire and guide all those interested in growth and development beyond management.


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