HCL Foundation organizes symposiums for capacity building of NGO’s

HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies today hosted the tenth symposium in the series at IIM B Management Development Centre in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru21st May : Theday-long event was attended by eminent personalities such as Maqbool AhmedSiraj, Hindu Columnist and Former BBC World Reporter; Aroon Raman, Former CIIPresident, South India & Managing Director, Telos Investments &Technologies ;Prof. Usha Manjunath , Ph. D. , Director, IIHMR Bangalore and Dr.Sangeeta Mansur, Founder Catalyst Bhairavi Business and Consultancy. 

HCLFoundation hosted the various sessions where NGO’s working in the areas ofhealth, environment, education, Livelihood etc. attended the sessions andshared their experiences and challenges. 

·         Thesymposiums in series so far at Hyderabad, Jammu, Pune, Bhopal, Ranchi,Coimbatore, Udaipur, Vadodara and Dehradun, received a tremendous response interms of NGO’s coming forward and showcasing their work models towards thedevelopment of the society.  

·         115participants, 95 NGOs from Bengaluru attended the event representingmany parts of the state .

·         Thesymposiums are part of capacity building initiatives that HCL Foundationstarted in 2017.

·         Inyear one, 11 symposiums were held in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna,Raipur, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Imphal, Jaipur, Vijayawada and Bhubaneshwar amongstother.

About HCL Grant : 

 Through HCL Grant, HCL Foundation will awardup to ₹ 5 Crores ($0.8Million) per category, per NGO, against a well-defined 5years’ project. HCL Grant, through Edition I, II & III has alreadycommitted ₹ 35 Crore (US$5.4Million) towards high quality projects in the years2015-16, 16-17 & 17-18.

·         Throughthis commitment, the HCL Grant supported projects selected during Edition 1, 23 & 4 aim to cover 9,11,736 people in 3,567 villages in 26 districts across12 states of India of which the projects have already covered 2,07,121beneficiaries. These projects are already operational in the states of Bihar,Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh,Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Nagaland.

·         HCLGrant awards the winning NGOs in each of the categories of Education, Healthand Environment ₹ 5 crore for a 5 years project. From this year, the Grantwould like to reward the other finalists too, who are doing great work in theirown right. So the 2 other finalists in each category will receive ₹ 25 lakhsfor a 1 year project which will be mutually agreed with HCL Foundation afterthe final Jury meet. Thus, the total committed fund for HCL Grant is ₹16.5Crores for the year 2018 – 19.

·         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.

As part ofthe capacity building initiatives, panel discussions and open house sessionswere conducted with local NGO representatives and civil society experts onthemes 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 02 other locationsnamely - New Delhi and Itanagar.

Ms. NidhiPundhir, Director - CSRand Head - HCL Foundation, said, “Today’s event marks tenth in the seriestowards our PAN India Symposiums. We hope that through the symposiums we willbe able to positively contribute to capacity building of our NGOs working inremote rural locations and share ideas and solutions. The objective of thesenation-wide symposiums is to drive inclusive development models that areinnovative, add equitable value and help NGOs gain better understanding of thesector.”

Note ofHCL Grant: 

·         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, undeservedand underdeveloped rural communities in India, and work jointly to achievesustainable socio-economic development.

· In its 4th year now, HCL Granthas opened application for HCL Grant 2019. The last date to submit entries isJune 4th 2018.

· The third edition of HCL Grant witnessed anoverwhelming response from the participants and it received 3449 entries in allthree categories from across the country, representing almost every Indianstate, as well as union territories. Through edition 4, the HCL Grant envisionsto identify another set of NGOs doing phenomenal work.

·The NGOs will be shortlisted by entrusted eminent jurypanel through a transparent selection process which is focused on both the“Idea” as well as the NGO’s ability to transform those ideas into implementableprojects that sustainably brings about positive rural transformation. Theapplicants fulfilling the eligibility criteria are required to fill the onlineapplication form and project proposal form. Scalability, sustainability,relevance, innovation and financial modelling are some of the key attributesthat become qualifying criteria for HCL Grant besides the eligibility criteriathat apply. To know more or apply and check the eligibility criteria, pleasevisit http://hclgrant.hcltech.com/home. In case of any queriesplease write to hclgrant@hcl.com

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