Monday, December 05, 2005

XLRI ties up with Accenture

Jamshedpur, Nov. 25: The Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) has entered into a collaboration with Accenture, the international consultancy firm for setting up a human resources (HR) academy.

The HR academy, the authorities claim, shall be the first of its kind in the country. It will provide training on human resource exclusively for those employed in the IT and the BPO sectors. .

Sources in XLRI informed that a memorandum of understanding was signed between both the authorities earlier this week.

The director of XLRI, Father N. Casimir Raj, confirmed this and said the nitty-gritty of the training schedule and course curriculum is being worked out so that training may begin at the earliest.

“The objective of establishing the academy is to improve the HR skills of IT and BPO employees. These sectors are fastest emerging sectors in the country,” he said.

The academy will provide a two-year certificate course on the subject, which will cover various facets of human resources including organisational behaviour, rewards and compensation as well as outsourcing. The certificates on HR management will be jointly issued by the XLRI and Accenture.

Sources in XLRI informed that a senior professor of organisational behaviour and strategic management, Madhukar Shukla, will be coordinating the affairs of the academy.

In the first phase, a training programme will be undertaken for about 34 employees of Accenture. Significantly, XLRI is known for its world- class faculty in personnel management and industrial relations (PMIR). PMIR faculty members will assist in the academy training .

Meanwhile, keeping with its tradition, XLRI is all set to organise its 15th annual JRD Tata Oration on business ethics at the Tata Auditorium tomorrow.

The theme for this year's oration is “Corporate ethics and the bottom line: why fighting corruption matters for business.”

The oration on business ethics, which is one of the sought after event on the XLRI calendar, will be delivered by Peter Eileen, founder and chairman of Transparency International (Germany).

The event will be graced by Sarosh J. Ghandy, professor, of the JRD Tata ethics chair. Last year, the oration on business ethics was delivered by James J. Spillane the professor of economics at Sanatan Dharma University, Indonesia.

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