Article originally authored by Sonakshi Nandy, SAP.
In addition to being one of the few software product engineering companies that have been consistently investing and growing in the research and development efforts in India, SAP has been the front runner in engaging with the young IT talent.
Top Engineering and Business Management universities in India are the major stakeholders for SAP’s success and growth. SAP Faculty day gives us the opportunity to interact with the senior faculty members from these institutes. It provides a platform to share their thoughts about the rapidly changing space of Information Technology and the various opportunities that play a role in its transformation in India.
For the third year in a row, Faculty Day at SAP Labs India was held on June 20, in the Labs Bangalore campus. This year, the central theme of the event was “Empowering the Millennial”. The day-long event was attended by over 150 Professors from the top-40 Universities in India comprising of Engineering, Management and Design Engineering disciplines.
The event witnessed a number of key note sessions where SAP Labs India leaders got a chance to interact and engage with the erudite audience. From VR Ferose, SVP & Head of Globalization Services, Dilip Khandelwal, Senior VP, Bhuvaneswar Naik, VP & Head of Human Resources, Ann Rosenberg, VP, SAP University Alliances Program,Mangala Seshadri, VP & BI Head, SAP Labs, Rohit Bhalla,Head of Channel & University Business for SAP Education, Shivaram T, Director & Head of HR for Labs India, Anil Warrier, Head & Director Talent Acquisition India, Dinu Nanjappa, Early Talent Program Lead APJ, to Rahul Sachdev, Manager – India University Alliances Program each leader had the audience enthralled.
The topics addressed in the key notes were varied, as the leaders touched upon, and showcased aspects pertaining to customer engagements, people agenda, and employee engagements. The importance of hiring graduates for SAP from the premier universities in India was also one of the key themes.
For the first time, a separate session was also conducted with the faculty from top Design schools in the country. This special session, held on June 19, was attended by more than 15 Design Faculty Members schools like IIT, NID, Srishti and MIT.
The star of Faculty day, was a session by Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief, Times Now. Given his popularity within the media, this session was left open to all SAP Labs India employees, and it was streamed live at the coffee corner sessions. Using his own life experience as an example, Arnab gave the audience his take on the secrets to success.
Arun Prasad, President & CEO, 1-Enterprise, also delivered a remarkable note on Entrepreneurship and how to inculcate it to the millennial.
The aim of Faculty day, is to give these “influencers” a taste of the lives their students will be experiencing at SAP. The day ended with the alumni of these institutes getting a chance to interact with their faculty members. This event was a step towards building up SAP’s equity in these Universities. This will enable SAP to ensure that the best talent gets recruited every year in a consistent and sustainable model.
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