Letters to the editor
IT in HR
Apropos of the column “Embracing IT for sustainable HR models” (FE, November 30), it is true that while human resource management (HRM) has been a crucial component of any organisation’s functioning, of late its importance has been rising, especially with the confluence of disruptive technologies. The application of IT in HR, in fact, has improved the performance of HRM by shifting its focus from mere administration or personnel management to even strategic functions. However, it is only forward-looking and multinational organisations operating in India which are truly embracing IT in HR. It has been increasingly seen that recruiters in such organisations not only scan the profiles of the right candidates, but also assess their fitment for the jobs, even before meeting them or talking to them. Unfortunately, several small Indian organisations still rely on traditional methods such as posting jobs in print publications and getting prospects for open positions.
Rishi Bajaj, Gurgaon
Apropos of the news story “Mark Zuckerberg and wife to donate 99% of Facebook shares to charity”, Zuckerberg will put his Facebook Inc shares, currently worth about $45 billion, into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality. This is good news. While this will inspire various other corporates of similar standing to “give it away”, there have been several other examples of the same. Stock market sage Warren Buffet had pledged to donate a total of $43.6 billion in 2006 to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and three other foundations. n India too, top corporates have been known to be extremely generous when it comes to giving to charitable causes. The few who deserve a special mention are Azim Premji who donated $2 billion from his estimated $18 billion net worth towards education; Shiv Nadar who donated R580 crore; Anand Mahindra who donated $10million; and Ratan Tata who donated to one of the top universities in the world, Harvard University. May the breed grow.
Ravi Sharma, Mumbai
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