Samsung launches ‘Guru Shiksha’ Programme to train ITI teachers
Samsung announced the launch of its ‘Gum Shiksha’ program, to train teachers of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) located in Delhi NCR. Selected teachers trained as part of this initiative will get an opportunity to partner with Samsung and teach Samsung’s Advanced Repair and Industrial Skills Enhancement (A.R.I.S.E) program that the Company plans to run at Samsung Technical Schoolsbeing set up in ITIs in New Delhi. The Samsung Technical Schools and the A.R.I.S.E program have been set up by Samsungin collaboration with the Department of Training &Technical Education to provide ITI students technical training and hands-on industry experience.
Mr. Daniel Park, Senior Vice President, Samsung India, and Mr. V.P. Rao, Director (lAS), Department of Training & Technical Education — Delhi, formally launched the program in the presence of senior Samsung officials, principals of the participating ITIs, and teachers. The Guru Shiksha program is part of Samsung’s Creating Shared Value platform, whereby the Company is seeking to enhance the skill levels of the ITI students.
Mr. Daniel Park said, “The Guru Shiksha program reinforces Samsung’s commitment to using technology to open newer possibilities for people. In an environment where technology is rapidly evolving, the Samsung Gum Shiksha program that we are initiating today serves to upgrade the skill level of all the teachers in line with our advanced technology Consumer Electronics and Mobile products and at the same time complements the A.R.I.S.E Program that we are running at the ITIs for the students.”
The first training session will be held at the Samsung CS Academy, Greater Noida and will include 57teachers from 17 ITls in Delhi. The company plans to hold similar sessions in Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, with an aim to reach out to l50teachers. Each course, spanning 4- 8 days, will be conducted by qualified Samsung regional Customer Satisfaction Academy trainers. The teachers will be taught to repair, troubleshoot, provide demos and install products such as mobile phones, audio/video devices, refrigerators, air-conditioners and other home appliances. Upon successful completion of the course, teachers from the selected ITIs in which Samsung Technical Schools will be set up, will participate in the Samsung ARISE Program in the institute.
The first Samsung Technical School has been set up at ITI Dheerpur in September 2013 and the Company plans to set up Samsung Technical Schools in several more ITIs in Delhi/NCR in this year.
Samsung places substantial focus on providing quality education to underprivileged children in the country, through its CSR programs. The company is in the process of setting up Samsung Smart Classes at Navodaya Vidyalayas in different parts of the country. This initiative is helping bridge the digital divide in the country while at the same time improving the quality of education being provided in these schools.
PAN India cleanliness drive by Tata Power
APAN India initiative, cleanliness drives were carried out in 6 cities, including Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Mundra, Haldia, Jojobera and Dhanbad. More than 600 Tata Power employeesparticipated in the cleanliness drive and sensitized over 2000 people to adopt a ‘green approach’ as an integral part of their day to day life and be responsible citizens towards society and the environment. Greenolution is a Tata Power Connect initiative that is participative in approach and encourages all stakeholders & public at large to be a part of it. It promotes conservation of environment for a greener tomorrow.
Commenting on the success of the campaign, Mr Anil Sardana, Managing Director- Tata Power said, “We, at Tata Power are aligned to the vision of our founder Mr. Jamshetji Tata and believe that sustainable growth and development are imperative in developing economy like India. Our strategies are aligned towards Sustainability and are in tune with our commitment to ‘responsible growth’, demonstrated by our focus on producing clean and green power. These small steps taken by us today will reap greater results tomorrow, thus helping our ecosystem for the coming generations. The hard work put in by Tata Power employees and volunteers is commendable and demonstrates their commitment towards this Green cause.”
Tata Power employees are involved in a number of volunteering activities covering various social and environmental causes throughout the year; which benefits the society and demonstrates a positive organizational culture. The sustainability model at Tata Power focuses on four key elements – Care for Environment, Care for Community, Care for Customers, and Care for People. The Company practices the mantra of 3R — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and encourages its employees to contribute their green opinions. Tata Power was recently honoured as the winner of the CII-1T C Sustainability Awards 2012 which recognizes companies which have successfully instituted sustainability in their business element.
Tata Power organizes Safety Awareness Program for Kite Flying Day under ‘Jan Jagruti Abhiyaan’ in Mumbai
Jata Power, India’s largest integrated power player has been undertaking initiatives to spread awareness on safety as part of its ‘Jan JagrutiAbhiyaan’ program. In line with Company’s values of ‘I Trust and Care’, Tata Power conducted ‘Electrical Safety at Home’ and ‘Hazards of Flying Kite’ programs to increase safety awareness amongst people who fly kites around high voltage transmission lines.
As kite strings conduct electricity, when they come in contact with the transmission lines they allow high voltage current to pass through them. This in turn can pass on heavy electric shock to the person who is flying the kite and could be fatal. In order to avoid such fatal accidents during kite flying, Tata Power conducted programs in the vicinity of Extra High Voltage (EHV) Lines. In the current year, training programs have been conducted with more than 6800 people and over 4100 students across Mumbai. There are more such upcoming sessions to sensitize the maximum number of people. An interactive question and answer session and an animated film explaining the hazards were shown to help students to clear their doubts and misconceptions regarding electrical safety.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr. V K Chourey, Head-Transmission, Mumbai Operation, Tata Power, said, “We at Tata Power are not only concerned about our employees’ safety but also about the community at large. This initiative is aimed at ensuring the well-being of citizens by educating them on electrical safety measures to be taken especially around the high voltage transmission lines. We will continue with these awareness drives and spread safety message pertaining to transmission lines to reduce accidents. We wish all our consumers and community a very happy and safe MakarSankranti.”
Jan JagrutiAbhiyaan is aimed at increasing awareness amongst citizens regarding the hazards of carrying out unauthorized activity in the vicinity of High Tension Lines. These sessions include a presentation and a short film on the hazards of unauthorized construction of structures, flying kites, TV cable stringing, drying clothes etc in the vicinity of High Tension Lines and dos and don’ts to avoid any related hazards. In addition to this, Tata Power organizes a special safety awareness program (street plays with the help of NGOs) in the vicinity of High Tension lines under its Jan JagrutiAbhiyaan initiative. The objective is to spread the message amongst as many citizens as possible to reduce the electrical accidents that can be caused while living in areas which are close to high voltage transmission lines.
A Water Health Centre (Community Water System) was inaugurated by Union Minister for commerce and Industry Mr Anand Shama in Rangareddy Distric on January 2, 2014, where he emphasized the need of implementation of CSR in Water harvesting.
He was speaking in the event organized by Jaladhara Foundation, an organization which aims to create awareness and spread the significance of safe drinking water, hygiene practices and health outcomes.
He stressed the need for more such initiatives in public private partnership (PPP) mode. He said that four percent of the children in India suffer from water borne diseases and there is need to address this problem; therefore private companies should initiate safe drinking water measures as part of their CSR activities.
Though India economy is fastest growing but still people in rural areas are going for open defection and hoped that by 2020 the country would be free of these unhygienic practices, he added.
US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell along with celebrities from Hollywood including Jon Cryer, Lisa Joyner, Gretchen Cryer, John H Williams, former US Ambassador to Indian Richard Celeste, his wife Jacqueline Lundquist, Lee Cullum, Boflywood personalities including Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, DiaMirza and others were present.
TPDDLs Pay Bill & Win scheme winners
Jata Power Delhi Distribution announced the winners of its Pay Bill and Win lucky draw scheme on January 15.The scheme was launched in November 2013 to motivate consumers, residing in various JJ clusters in Tata Power Delhi Distribution area of operation, to pay their bills within the stipulated time frame. The scheme was open to all JJ clusters consumers having zero arrears as on November 30,2013.
IOU launches Skg [PG cIinders
hi yet another initiative to enhance customer service,a scheme for the sale of 5 kg LPG cylinders at a commercial price with a minimal documentation has been launched by T.S.Khwaja, General Manager (I/C), Delhi State Office,Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.This scheme will serve the emerging segment of new consumers like IT professionals, BPO employees amongst others who want LPG cooking gas, but in absence of proper proof of address cannot get the same through regular LPG distributors.
Indian Oils Pipelines Division organized a HR Conclave 2014,with the theme Leadership for Sustainable Growth.R.C.Bhargava,chairman,Ma ruti Suzuki India Ltd., delivered the keynote address. Suneel Sethi, Executive Director (HR),delivered the inaugural address.
COMCO seeks pau revision
Confederation of Maharatna Company Officers (COMCO) met with Kusumjit Sidhu, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, government of India, with a request to issue the directions to the board members of the Maharatna companies and respective ministries, to initiate the process of pay revision for officers of PSUs from January 2012,considering the periodicity of five years.
ONGC received Golden Peacock Award for corporate social responsibility for 2013.It was handed over by Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar to the ONGC Head of CSR,Vaneeta Kumar.
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) has been awarded the title as the Best Employer India 2013 by Aon Hewitt. REC has been making conscious effort to adopt cutting edge HR practices and trying to be a model for benchmarking in the industry across all the sectors
At the l5’ National Summit on Accelerating Business Transformation – Best in Class Practices and Culture, Ravindra Nath, Director (Finance), NSIC, received excellence award for financial leadership in recognition of formulating strategies and policies for the development of MSMEs in
India and abroad.
Engineers India Ltd.(EIL) has been conferred with the Golden Peacock Award for corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the year 2013 by Institute of Directors. Veena Swarup, Director (HR), ER, received the award from Nikhil Kumar, Governor of Kerala, at the 8th International Conference on corporate social responsibility.
SJVN’s flagship 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station has been selected for silver shield for the year 2012-13, and bronze shield for the year 2011-12.The awards will be presented by the Minister of State for Power (I/C) JyotiradityaScindia in New Delhi.
Aleading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) services, WNS has been recognized with the prestigious Golden Peacock Global Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for the second consecutive year. This award ceremony was organized in Mumbai recently. WNS received this award for its ongoing ‘Community Development and Outmich Pmgram’ under the auspices of the WNS Cares Foundation (WCF).
Since its inception in 2011, WCF has helped “Educate, Empower, and Enrich” more than 38,000 children across 57 schools and 20 locations, The foundation has rolled out many impactful programs, including the establishment of libraries and computer centers; book, dictionary and laptop donation drives; reading programs; sports activities; and e-mentoring programs.
“WNS has won this esteemed award for the second year in a row, reflecting our ongoing commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. This recognition is a result of the dedicated efforts of the entire WNS family towards achieving our mission,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS. “Among our many other activities, ‘Mobile Library’ is one of the most recent and unique initiatives. Through this program, we will work to ensure that underprivileged children get a chance to learn and read even if he! she cannot afford to attend a school. We have piloted this program in a few localities of Mumbai, India, and intend to globalize this initiative soon,” he added.
Globally, the Golden Peacock Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility are given to organizations that effectively manage social and environmental concerns in addition to economic goals, and are able to balance financial profits, economic value addition and social good.
Navjyoti India Foundation has initiated an altruistic way to welcome the New Year 2014. The organization, founded under the aegis of Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, DrKiranBedi- IPS Retd., and General Secretary, Navjyoti India Foundation, celebrated its 26 Foundation Day on January 5 at Rajiv Gandhi Sadium, Bawana.
Over 25 years of existence, Navjyoti is still serving the society with the same goal of making the society crime free and making people self reliant. To celebrate this journey, the organization commemorated its foundation day with its beneficiaries, volunteers, donors, community members and all those who have been an integral part of its journey and whose association has helped Navjyoti to bring transformation in the lives of the underserved. It was an opportunity for Navjyoti to express gratitude to all the volunteers and donors for their benevolent support all these years. The event also, endeavored to promote the JOY OF SHARING and caring, wherein the beneficiaries got an opportunity to share the platform with their mentors. Sharing in the form of time, or resources such as waste paper, toys, stationery items, books, musical instruments, sports equipments, teaching learning material etc. was encouraged. People from all walks of life contributed in their own ways.
Acknowledging the great work done for the upliftment of the community, ShriGugan Singh Ranga, MLABawana, attended the event as Chief Guest. The much acclaimed RJ Akanksha, from Radio Mirchi, also attended the event along with his team, who interacted with Navjyoti beneficiaries and community members and spread the joy to the maximum.
The event witnessed a gathering of more than 3000 community members and volunteers, which turns out to be one of the biggest altruistic events in India wherein MsSagarika Deb, an ace singer, who has won accolades internationally too, performed live with the students of Navjyoti India Foundation. Apart from this, several race competitions such as frog race, sack race, blindfold race, lemon n spoon race, relay race etc. for girls, boys, women and men were organized to motivate and sensitize the beneficiaries and community members to take part in sports activities. The founder and torchbearer, DrKiranBedi also ran in 400 m relay race, symbolically guiding all on this beautiful race track of “Sewa’. Representatives from reputed institutes, such as, Keshav Mahavidyalaya (Delhi University), Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (GGSIP University), Shyam Sunder Vats Charitable Trust etc. participated in the races and winners were felicitated by none other thanbutDr. KiranBedi.