The Academy of HRD ( http://www.academyofhrd.org/ ) in India predates its namesake in USA by 4 years at least, and in that sense is a pioneer. Initially an offshoot of the National HRD network, it continues to stay consistent with its core identity of promoting academic vitality to the profession of human resources development (HRD). Founded in 1990 by National HRD Network with the support of a few professors of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, including Dr. T. V. Rao, Dr. Udai Pareek, and Dr. D. M. Pestonjee, it is a place several intellectuals assemble to propel the professional’s advancement through research. It was later registered as a trust and society. Its flagship program today is its Fellow Program for working professionals in HRD.
The Sumedhas Academy for Human Context (http://sumedhas.org/), is a ‘Not for Profit’ institution registered under 25C of the Indian Companies Act, 1956 and is dedicated to fostering learning of human processes. A research and educational body founded by behavioural scientists with diverse backgrounds and a shared discipline in the field, there is a strong influence of traditions set in the initial years of the ISISD (Indian Society for Individual and Social. Development (ISISD). In Sumedhas ideology is the belief that all human beings carry with them conviction, dignity and compassion along with deeper feelings about identity, human and social processes, and of late – phenomenological dimensions of subjective experience.
Well, there’s that tip of iceberg feeling I have about the last fortnight’s learning. Glad to have been invited to both AHRD and Sumedhas. We are a blessed society. We have a throbbing intellectual climate. Our culture for science needs deepening though. e.g. We realized that we cannot take western academic thought at face value (http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/2166.html). We also realized that we need to do differently to redeem our own theorisation and practice. I look forward to many more practitioners wanting to understand the nature of human beings in the workplace. I am also interested in the methods by which they reach the truth about these phenomena.