The Flat World Continues:
TISS ties up with US-based Human Resource Society
By PaGaLGuY News ServicePublished: February 16, 2008
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) opened the first student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) outside the United States, known in India as Strategic Human Resource Management.
The inaugural ceremony of the SHRM chapter of TISS was held at TISS itself. Ms Nina Woodard, Executive Director, SHRM, pointed out that American industries didn’t yet understand how to do business in India and SHRM would be the platform that would bring about a transfer of knowledge, both to and from India and the US. TISS’ own Professor Vijay Kumar will be the dedicated faculty for the chapter.
What is SHRM?SHRM is the body of Human Resources, founded in 1948 by a group of human resource professionals in the US, who aimed to change HR from just a job to a profession. In fulfilling this attempt and advancing the profession, the organization provides current and comprehensive research and information on best practices of organizations, arranges conferences to facilitate transfer of knowledge among industry professionals and also provides certifications. It brings out an online HR magazine, weekly e-bulletins and regular pod casts and web casts. Today, it has 225,000 members of which 85 percent are in the US. Many Indian HR professionals are a part of this body and students too can join. Besides the reduced membership fee and complete access to resources, they can avail of access to other members in the global community, buy discounted books and attend conferences at special rates.