HCL Foundation organizes symposiums for capacity building of NGO’s on the theme of “CSR

The day-long event was attended by eminent personalities such as, C Ramakrishna, Executive General, Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), Prof. Narendranath Menon, Senior Professor, Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Prof. R R Prasad, Former Professor, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) and Ms. Dipak Gala, Senior Editor.

The day-long event was attended by eminent personalities such as, C Ramakrishna, Executive General, Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), Prof. Narendranath Menon, Senior Professor, Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Prof. R R Prasad, Former Professor, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) and Ms. Dipak Gala, Senior Editor. 

NGO’s working in the areas of health, environment, education etc attended the sessions and shared experiences and challenges.

 _________participants attended the event representing many parts of the state.

The symposiums are part of capacity building initiatives that HCL Foundation started in 2017. In year one, 11 symposiums were held in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Raipur, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Imphal, Jaipur, Vijayawada and Bhubhaneshwar amongst other.

As part of the capacity building initiatives, panel discussions and open house sessions were conducted with local NGO representatives and civil society experts on themes such as - Strategizing CSR to achieve Sustainable Development Goals: Global to Local and Challenges and Opportunities for local area development: Education, Health & Environment.

 

The Symposiums will also be held in 11 other locations namely - Jammu, Pune, Bhopal, Ranchi, Coimbatore, Udaipur, Vadodara, Dehradun, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Itanagar.

 

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Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director - CSR and Head - HCL Foundation, said, “Today’s event marks the beginning of our PAN India Symposiums. We hope that through the symposiums we will be able to positively contribute to capacity building of our NGOs working in remote rural locations and share ideas and solutions. The objective of these nation-wide symposiums is to drive inclusive development models that are innovative, add equitable value and help NGOs gain better understanding of the sector.”

Startedin 2015, the HCL Grant is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment byHCL, through HCL Foundation (hyperlink), to strengthen and empower NGOs, engagewith them, as well as recognize them for their path breaking work. Currentlyfocused at rural development, the HCL Grant is awarded in three thematiccategories, namely Environment, Health and Education.

TheGrant is designed to support breakthrough award winning projects to NGOs, thathave a proven track record of evident impact, high credibility and distinctability to deliver. NGOs that reach out to marginalized, isolated, underservedand underdeveloped rural communities in India, and work jointly to achievesustainable socio-economic development.

Inits 4th year now, HCL Grant has opened application for HCL Grant 2019. The lastdate to submit entries is June 4th 2018.

Thethird edition of HCL Grant witnessed an overwhelming response from theparticipants and it received 3449 entries in all three categories from acrossthe country, representing almost every Indian state, as well as unionterritories. Through edition 4, the HCL Grant envisions to identify another setof NGOs doing phenomenal work.

TheNGOs will be shortlisted by entrusted eminent jury panel through a transparentselection process which is focused on both the “Idea” as well as the NGO’sability to transform those ideas into implementable projects that sustainablybrings about positive rural transformation. The applicants fulfilling theeligibility criteria are required to fill the online application form andproject proposal form. Scalability, sustainability, relevance, innovation andfinancial modelling are some of the key attributes that become qualifyingcriteria for HCL Grant besides the eligibility criteria that apply. To knowmore or apply and check the eligibility criteria, please visithttp://hclgrant.hcltech.com/home. In case of any queries please write tohclgrant@hcl.com

ThroughHCL Grant, HCL Foundation will award up to ₹ 5 Crores ($0.8Million) percategory, per NGO, against a well-defined 5 years’ project. HCL Grant, throughEdition I, II & III has already committed ₹ 35 Crore (US$5.4Million)towards high quality projects in the years 2015-16, 16-17 & 17-18.

Throughthis commitment, the HCL Grant supported projects selected during Edition 1, 2& 3 aim to cover 8,09,906 people in 3,567 villages in 26 districts across12 states of India. These projects are already operational in the states ofBihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, AndhraPradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Nagaland.

Thefirst three editions of HCL Grant have been endorsed by senior most leadershipof the country, Former President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, HonorableMinister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitely and Honorable HomeMinister, Mr. Rajnath Singh who felicitated the recipients and complimented HCLon the institutionalization of a mechanism for Corporate Social Responsibilitythrough CSR.


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