Attributes India's growing influence to passion for knowledge Indians have immense potential, says HR maven Attributes India's growing influence to passion for knowledge HYDERABAD: India is where it is today 'emerging as a leader' because Indians are willing to learn and have the dedication and passion for knowledge, said Hanneke Frese, an independent HR consultant and an active 'think-tank' researcher. The Dutch national, who lives in Zurich, was in Hyderabad to deliver a talk on 'HR in Knowledge-based Industry', on an invitation by the NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) at its CEO Forum. Ms. Frese spoke of global trends in the area of HR and how, from merely dealing with personnel functions, it had emerged as a function shaping the future of work, leadership, employee value proposition and making next generation leaders. If you are not curious and willing to learn, there is no growth in this line of corporate activity, she told a gathering comprising top-level managers, including quite a few CEOs. The HR consultant, with about three decades of experience in the financial world spanning five nations, said it was because Indians attached importance to education that they were able to be so flexible and open to new vistas of learning. She wondered if Governments would introduce systems whereby people could save money tax-free, for use at a later date for furthering their education. “Most people I find here are bi-lingual. Knowing two languages gives a person a broader perspective in dealing with everyday situations, she said. In Switzerland, where she has spent a number of years, a majority of the people were tri-lingual with working proficiency in English, French and German, Earlier, the regional director, NASSCOM, Col. S.V. Ramachandran, welcomed the gathering and introduced the speaker. The Hindu Logo