NATIONAL HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter
History and Milestones
Narrated by Mr. D.R. NAGARAJ
(President of Bangalore chapter from 2001-2003)

National HRD Network is an association of professionals committed in promoting the HRD movement in the country. It is a non-profit organisation registered under Registration of Society Act, 1860, and Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950; and is dedicated to development human resources through education, training, research, and experience sharing.

The National HRD Network believes in co-existence and it always strives to bring together various management associations in the country to avoid duplication of work in the field, and provide a variety of activities to professionals, irrespective of their membership.


Many participants of the 1985 national conference had volunteered to be the contact persons in various cities for forming this Institution. Madras was represented by S. Chandrasekar, Manager (P&OD) E.C.C. (L&T), and P.V.R. Murthy, Deputy Manager (HRD) Sundaram Clayton; Delhi by S. Raghavan, Senior Manager (P) Maruti Udyog Ltd., and P.K. Sarangi Senior Manager (HRD_IOC, Bangalore by K. Prasannan, Senior Manager (P), Ind-Suzuki Motor Cycles Ltd., and K.S. Rao, Manager (P&A) Madura Coats; Baroda by Dr. Rajen Gupta, Manager (HRD) Jyothi Limited, and Mr. S.A. Dixit, Manager (HRD) Petrofils Corporation Ltd., Bombay by T.P. Raman, Chief Officer (HRD) State Bank of India, and Dr. D.F. Pereira , Deputy General Manager (HRD)L&T.

The National HRD Network’s office in the initial years was housed in the premises of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and it also provided administrative facilities for the HRD network. Subsequently the Centre for HRD at XLRI functioned as the Secretariat of Network.

With the active association of members of the Centre for HRD, XLRI, and other volunteers in various in cities, the first Executive Board was formed in October 1986, and the Network has formally registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, on 6th December 1986.

In the initial stages of formation of National HRD Network, there was no membership fee/ form, and the HRD Newsletter, jointly published by the Centre for HRD, XLRI, was sent to around 800 HRD professionals, which included some prominent industrialists, practicing HRD professionals, academicians, and other persons interested in the field of HRD, free of cost, for disseminating the knowledge in the field of HRD.

The first Membership fee structure was developed in 1987 with an Annual Membership of Rs. 100 and life Membership of Rs. 1000 for individuals, an annual membership of 1,000/- and a permanent membership of Rs. 10.000 for Intuitions, and a student membership of Rs. 25/- (the fee structure has been revised w.e.f. 1992, based on recommendations of the Executive Board meeting held at Hyderabad on 7th February, 1991. The revised fee structure is: Annual Individual Membership fee: Rs.200/- life Membership fee: Rs. 1,500/- Annual Institutional Membership fee: 2,000/-, Permanent Institutional Membership fee: Rs, 10.000/-, and student Membership fee Rs. 50/- per annum)


The underlying philosophy of the Network is that every human being has the potential to do remarkable things. However, organisations often fail to tap human potential due to their preoccupation with short-term results. The HRD movement has been started to focus the attention of organisations and concerned individuals on how to optimize human resources

In the organizational context, HRD is a process by which employees of an organisation are continually helped in a planned way;

To acquire capabilities required to perform various tasks associated with their present or future roles;

To develop their general capabilities as individuals so that they are able to discover and utilize their inner potential for self and organizational growth;

To develop an organizational culture where superior- subordinate relationships, teamwork and collaboration among different sub-units are strong; and contribute to organizational health and individual well-being.

In the national context, HRD is a process by which people are helped to acquire new competencies continuously so as to make them more self-reliant; and simultaneously develop self esteem and a sense of pride in their country.

Such self-reliance, self esteem and sense of pride can be developed through a variety of interventions at national regional and organizational levels. The National HRD network functions through local Networks at the regional and area levels and through its Executive board and its office at Ahmedabad at Apex level. A local Network may be started in a region or city where there are not less than ten interested members. Local Networks function as autonomous groups and have to register themselves as a Society under required statutes in their respective places.


  • To help stimulate positive forces for humanizing systems and organisations in national life and enable people contribute their best.
  • To augment knowledge and skills relevant to HRD, it philosophy, processes and implementation, through exploration and experimentation.
  • To generate, acquire and continuously develop new knowledge and skills related to HRD through research and development.
  • To build a rigorous, scientific storehouse of knowledge and skills for HRD.
  • To disseminate HRD knowledge and skills among HRD professionals and practitioners, and share information and experiences relating to HRD
  • To strengthen the HRD movement in the country by:
    • Drawing the attention of chief executives of different organisations, agencies and Government departments to HRD
    • philosophy and processes and their benefits; and
    • Assisting organisations and agencies in designing and implementing HRD systems, evaluating the impact of HRD systems and processes, and feeding back the results for improvement
  • To break new ground for the HRD movement in terms of coverage of different human systems and organisations based on national needs as well as innovative approaches and technologies
  • To develop and maintain standards of professional excellence in HRD
  • To act as a clearinghouse for all referrals related to HRD activities in the country.

Bangalore HRD Network: Mr. K.S. Rao was the earlier president Mr. R.R. Nair (Vice President –HR, Brooke Bond (I) Ltd) took over the Presidentship of the Bangalore Network from 4th February 1991.

National HRD Awards:

Organizations increasingly use HRD as a means for managing change. Many new and innovative HRD systems and practices are being generated and implemented in Indian organisations. The Executive Board of Network felt that the organisations and individuals contributing to HRD should be recognized and felicitated. It is with this view that the National HRD Network has instituted, in the year 1989, National Awards for those making outstanding contributions to HRD.

Best Chapter Award: Dr. Udai Pareek, President of the Network has instituted the "President's Best Chapter Award" to be awarded annually to the chapter which contributes the maximum towards furthering the objectives of the National HRD Network.

In the year 1992, a committee consisting of Mr. K.K. Nohria, Mr. R.R Nair, and Prof. T.V. Rao, went into the details of various activities undertaken by the chapters and recommended the “Bangalore Chapter” for the award, which was approved by the National Executive Board.

HRD Newsletter: In the beginning, it was felt that it is useful to bring out a journal in the name of "Human Resources Development" and in order to bring out the journal; an Editorial Board was formed in the year 1985 with Prof. T.V. RAO and Udai Pareek as its Editor and Fr. E. Abraham, M.B. Athreya, S. Chandrasekhar (cases and experiences) Ishwar Dayal, Pradip Khandwalla, V. Krishnamurthy, K.K. Nohria, D.M. Silvera (interviews), V. Subbiah, Keith D’souza (HRD Biblioscene), Abid Hussein, Anil Khandelwal, B.L. Maheswari, B. Ratnakar, Dharni P. Sinha, J. Veeraraghavan, Anil Boradia, Rajen Gupta(Book Reviews) Jerome Joseph (HRD abroad), Suresh Krishna, M.R.R. Nair, (Organizational Profiles), P.K. Sarangi(Network news) S.R. Subramaniam, Yugandhar, Anil Sachdev and Ginil Shirodhkar as its members(Brackets indicate the responsibilities or the individuals)

Bangalore HRD Network

A two-day workshop on "Selection and Interviewing skills" was organized on July 7and 8at Hotel Windsor Manor. About 30 participants from various public and private sector companies attended the workshop.

1989: Organisational Response to a changing Society: Implicational for OD and HRD – Prof. Keith D’souza. Open House Sessions in Bangalore: Topics covered (members are asked to make presentations) were: there is no such system as an objective performance appraisal system. (ii) Career planning and Development. Some other topics discussed during evening meetings were Values and Attitudes of trainers (b) HRD through Yoga (c) Behaviour technology in the Management of People.

1992-93: Discussion on HRD implications of Exit Policy, Computerised Skill Gap Analysis Technique by K.K. Swaminathan, and Global Perspectives of HRD by R.R. Nair.

Bangalore chapter organized programme on : Problem Solving & Decision Making: A team based approach by John S Hamilton, Managing Director of Cargil Seeds India Private Limited “Human Dimension of Turn-around: A case of Packeting Tea Div., Tata Tea Limited. By Dr. Nirmala Srinivasan; “Measuring Internal Customer Satisfaction’ by Mr. Ashok Kumar, General Manager, Design and Automation Division of Texas Instruments (India) Pvt. Limited Bangalore.

In 1993-94, not many activities were held.

In 1995, the chapter organized elections and Dr. Rupande Padki, a Management Consultant, who was closely associated with the earlier activities of Bangalore chapter has been selected as the new president of the Bangalore Chapter in an Annual General Body meeting held on 8th July.95. Mr. L. Selvam George of Birla 3M Limited has been elected as Secretary. Some of the other office bearers are: Mr. D.R. Nagaraj, Nagaraj Management Services; Mr. Murali, ABB, Mr. K. Vittal Rao; Mr. S.N. Gopinath, Creative Consultancy Services; Mr. N.S. Ravishankar, Corporation Bank; and Ms. Annapurna Jain, Airfreight Limited.

The New president has introduced a novel method of bringing new members to the fold of Networking: A surprise gifts the "Lucky Member". The chapter also managed to get a research grant of Rs. 15.000/- from three companies to conduct a study on “the Emerging Role of the HR Manager” to submit the same at the National Conference. We hope other chapters too will take lead from Bangalore chapter, and conduct studies on contemporary issues adding value to the profession.

The Network was registered in December 1986 with the help of few others who singed the document of registration and joined the list of Founder Members. This includes Anil Khandelwal (Bank of Baroda Staff College), Prof. D.M. Pestonjee (IIMA), G.K. Ghosh (alba Group), Dr. Kakoli Saha (Bank of Baroda), and J.K. Parikh (SBI) among the founder members from the 1985 seminar, Fr. Abraham, KK Verma and T.V. Rao are the ones who singed the document also become the first formal members of the Executive Board.

Some Examples are two workshops on the "Role of the HRD Manager" and on “Strategies of Coping with Employee Turnover” organized by the Bangalore chapter.


The Bangalore HRD Network conducted a discussion on HRD implications of Exit Policy in August 1992. In September 1992 the Chapter members were addressed by Prof. K.K. Swaminathan on Computerised Skill Gap Analysis Technique. In the same month Mr. R.R. Nair addressed the members of the Chapter and Bangalore Management Association on Global Perspectives of HRD. The Annual General Body Meeting held on May 21, 1993, the Bangalore HRD Network has elected Mr. D.T. Devare of Grindwell Norton as its next President Mrs. Rekha Menon was elected as Honorary Secretary-cum Treasurer of the Chapter. The newly formed Executive Committee of the chapter consists of Dr. Rupande Padki, Dr. K.B. Akhiliesh, Prof. S.R. Bijoor Mr. A.S. Vasudevan, Mr. S.V. Rao, Ms. Gayathri Krishnamurthy, Ms. Sandra Mahadwar and Ms. Kalpana Hombali. We wish the new team all the best and hope that they will keep up the good work the was doing under the leadership of Mr. R.R. Nair. In a good move the new President has formed an Advisory Committee that includes all past presidents of the Chapter. In addition Mr. S.R. Sharma, Mr. D.R. Nagaraj and T.B. Muddanna were also being requested to be on the Committee.

The members present in the AGM suggested that the Chapter should try to have its own premises and also plan some major events.