|Time allowed : 3 hours||Maximum marks : 100|
|Total number of questions : 8||Total number of printed pages : 4|
(Answer Question No.1 which is compulsory and any two of the rest from this part.)
|1.|| I am an MBA (IIM, Kolkata) and an Associate Member of the ICSI with three years experience as a Human Resources Manager in Ananya Screen Printers, Gurgaon (Haryana). It was a medium sized factory with 150 workforce headed by an entrepreneur to whom I reported. We paid special attention to training and welfare of the employees as a result of which production increased four–fold in two years. Labour and management alike appreciated our sincere efforts. But, the organisation could not give me higher salary than Rs. 10,000 per month. So, I looked for a change. |
When the Bharat Oil Corporation – a public sector undertaking – advertised for Deputy Company Secretary–cum–General Manager (HR), I applied for it. I got the appointment on a salary of Rs. 30,000 per month plus perks. My foremost task was to implement an HRD Course for managers, executives and non–executives; and campaign for its success. 6,000 Executives and non–executives spread all over India posed a communication, coordination, scheduling and feedback challenge. As it was a new experience, senior managers were enthusiastic. All the 15 managers were inducted in the task–group to give lectures to the executives and non–executives highlighting the advantages of joining the development programme of the corporation and ensuring compliance with labour laws.
After six months, the campaign was reviewed. It was found that for no apparent reasons, only a dozen non–executives had applied for the course. An area manager left with one year to retire and six executives in their mid–thirties too had applied. Was this programme a non–starter? Were all the managers fully trained and developed to stay out?
In the review meeting, the Chairman, Pramod Sood, IAS, surmised that the lack of adequate motivation may be a reason for poor response. He hinted that three years back, another company too had carried out similar exercise and experienced a similar situation. Later on, with some secret changes in their programme, they had succeeded quickly.
He wanted me to ascertain those changes. But with my best efforts, I could not. The Chairman had also indicated that HRD might sound appealing as promoting harmonious human relations, but not industrial relations. In areas like self–study schemes and heavy menu canteens, sagging productivity was his experience. So, he advised cautious approach.
I am confused as all this is quite contrary to what we learnt in academics. Could you enlighten me on the following points:
|2.||(a)||"HRD is not a mere technical concept, it is a professional innovation necessitated by the exigencies of the situation." Comment.||5||(0)|
|(b)||How do you conceptualise the ’new’ role of HR Manager in the present millennium?||5||(0)|
|(c)||"Six ’whats’ make hiring practices most effective." What are they?||5||(0)|
|3.||Write notes on any three of the following :||5each|
|(i)||Effective team building as morale booster||(0)|
|(ii)||Work–load analysis vs. workforce analysis||(0)|
|(iv)||Principles of wage administration.||(0)|
|4.||(a)||Explain the concept of ’management by objectives and self control’ enunciated by Peter F. Drucker as a method of performance appraisal. How is it an improvement over the traditional methods of performance appraisal?||8||(0)|
|(b)||"Personnel audit refers to an examination and evaluation of policies, procedures and practices to determine the effectiveness of personnel management." Discuss and highlight the objectives and scope of personnel audit.||7||(0)|
(Answer Question No.5 which is compulsory and any two of the rest from this part.)
|5.|| Pearl Plastics Ltd., Ghaziabad (U.P.) produces plastic jars and kitchenware. It employs 250 regular and 58 casual workmen. Its Accounts Executive, Arvind, M.Com., BBA (Personnel Management) handles all the company cash for which he has given combined cash–in–transit fidelity insurance bond for Rs. 5 lakh. Besides usual accounts and audit work, he attends company meetings to advise on accounts procedures. Two clerks work under him, but for all orders and decisions he has to report to the Company Secretary, Gopaljee, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). |
In August, 2005, the company’s Assistant Personnel Manager, Ms. Shiney, retired. As she too was reporting to the Company Secretary, Arvind was asked to take over her charge for performing all the HRM functions. Two more clerks were put under him. An honorarium of Rs. 4,000 per month was added to his salary of Rs. 9,000 per month. Arvind continued to report to Gopaljee for all the decisions and sanctions.
In your considered opinion, discuss whether the appeal should be allowed or dismissed as per the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. Cite case law, if any.
|6.||"Effective grievance redressal is a sure antidote to industrial strife – yet largely ignored in India." Discuss and work out the outline of Model Grievance Redressal Procedure for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., a public sector telecom company.||15||(0)|
|7.||(a)||What can today’s Company Secretary do for minimizing industrial conflict in the light of Prof. Lester’s observations on conflict of interests of employees and management; and the Economic Policy, 1991?||8||(0)|
|(b)||Can the following be treated as 'industry' under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947:||1each|
|(i)||Fire brigade of Vadodara Municipal Corporation.||(0)|
|(ii)||Delhi University’s department plying buses for staff, teachers and students.||(0)|
|(iii)||Recreation Club, New Delhi.||(0)|
|(iv)||Hi–Fashion Hair Dressing Salon employing 25 hair–dressers in Varanasi (U.P.).||(0)|
|(v)||Slim–Trim Beauty Parlour (only for ladies) with three employees in Patiala (Punjab).||(0)|
|(c)||Does ‘industrial jurisprudence’ refer to ‘industrial laws’? Why?||2||(0)|
|8.||(a)||State, with reasons in brief, whether the following statements are correct or incorrect:||1each|
|(i)||Voluntary arbitration is more suitable for lasting industrial peace in railways.||(0)|
|(ii)||The appropriate government can refer a dispute to the industrial tribunal even without the report from the Conciliation Officer.||(0)|
|(iii)||The registration of a duly registered trade union cannot be cancelled under any circumstances.||(0)|
|(iv)||The standing orders are the foundation of industrial harmony.||(0)|
|(v)||The appropriate government should immediately fix minimum wages @ Rs. 50 per day for workers engaged in ‘woollen carpet’ making industry in Bhadoi (U.P.) as it is employing 750 workers.||(0)|
|(b)||(i)||Is the deduction of Rs. 100 per month for Prime Minister’s Relief Fund (approved by the Central Government) from the wages of Imtiyaz Khan, a cleaner, getting wages of Rs. 1,035 per month in the Kolkata Transport Company (a tramway public utility) a valid deduction, simply because it is being deducted from the wages of all other employees?||1each||(0)|
|(ii)||Is Peter getting a salary of Rs. 3,500 per month as a manager in Government Polytechnic, Patna, employing 22 persons, entitled to get bonus under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965?||(0)|
|(iii)||Babul is laid off by his employer because of a strike in another part of the establishment. Is Babul entitled to layoff compensation?||(0)|
|(iv)||Whether the income–tax needs to be deducted at source by the employer from the amount payable under the voluntary retirement scheme?||(0)|
|(c)||What is meant by ’quality circles’? Mention the objectives which quality circles seek to achieve.||6||(0)|