Nagpur: HCL Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HCL Technologies, today organized a CSR Symposiums on Socio-Economic Developmental Challenges and Solutions in the city. The symposium was inaugurated by Smt. Nanda Jichkar – honorable Mayor of Nagpur. Other eminent members of the community like Dr. Murlidhar Chandekar, Vice Chancellor, Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University, Amravati; Dr. Mrunalini Fadnavis, Principal, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, (Author and Economist) also participated in the symposium. Smt. Nidhi Pundir – Director CSR and Head, HCL Foundation, Shri. Sanjay Gupta – Senior Vice President – HCL Technologies at the event.
Addressing the gathering Smt. Nanda Jichkar – Mayor of Nagpur said, “This is a commendable initiative by HCL Foundation and we will give them the support they need. It is my personal experience that for effective solutions to challenges faced by communities various constituents like development sector, Government, private enterprise need to work together. Therefore programs like the HCL Symposium offer a good platform for initiating a multi stakeholder dialogue.”
Speaking on the occasion, Nidhi Pundhir, Director CSR – Head, HCL Foundation“We at HCL are delighted to spread our wings across the country. With the proposed HCL Technologies campus in MIHAN coming up early next year, this is the opportune time for HCL Foundation to initiate a dialogue with local communities and civil society to better understand socio-economic challenges faced by urban communities living below poverty line and propose projects that address the developmental needs.”
“The creation of the HCL Delivery Center in Nagpur is in line with HCL’s strategic vision to expand and create opportunities in tier-II cities across India. We are committed to the socio-economic development of Nagpur and through the HCL Foundation we hope to implement programmes that will positively impact the Nagpur residents. Nagpur has emerged as a significant talent hub over a few years and at HCL, we are excited to start operations in the city. This effort from HCL will offer locals an opportunity to develop global careers right in their own city, without having a need to migrate from their home town,” said Sanjay Gupta – Senior Vice President – HCL Technologies
• The symposium was attended by NGO’s working in the state.
• HCL Foundation envisions creating models of socio-economic development and the deliberations of the symposium will show the way towards creating efficient strategies of formulating such model projects. These symposiums have been designed to cover wide ranging topics that impact NGO’s like section 135 C of the CSR Law, to sectoral gaps, insights and opportunities across Education, Health and Environment amongst others. These would help enable more awareness for maximum reach and deeper penetration into the rural areas, thus strengthening the fifth estate – the NGOs and thus contribute to nation-building.
• HCL Technologies, now geared to start its operation in Nagpur, would usher in an IT revolution in the city, creating multiple jobs and bring Nagpur up on the developmental radar. In the true spirit of a responsible corporate, HCL Foundation would also commence community development programmes in Nagpur to cater to the development needs of the lesser-privileged communities in the region.
• Urban Community Development is one of the flagship programmes of HCL Foundation, through which the Foundation has been working tirelessly towards understanding the issues of the urban-poor. The mission is to achieve integrated community development through Education, Health, Livelihood and Environment projects. Gender transformative programming and inclusion form the underlying principles of HCL Foundation’s work. The programmes are largely targeted at achieving inclusive development through Integrated Community Development Approach (ICDA).
HCL Foundation (HCLF), established in 2011, as a not-for-profit organization, seeks to engage with various stakeholders to bring about developmental changes in a holistic manner. The Foundation was formed on the belief that every HCL employee can make a difference and is funded through employee and organizational contributions.
Community-based programs and activities are planned with a keen focus on sustainability and employee engagement. Over the years, the Foundation has expanded its focus and activities and plays a significant role in realizing the overall sustainable agenda of the company.