HCL Foundation Organizes HCL Grant PAN-India Symposium for NGO’s in Odisha
BHUBANESWAR: HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies, organizes HCL Grant PAN-India Symposium for NGO’s in Odisha of the 6th edition of HCL Grant at the KIMS Auditorium, Campus 5, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) recently.
The event theme was ‘CSR for Nation Building 2020’ the symposiums also will provide details on HCL Grant 2020 -2021 to NGOs and aimed towards providing training to non-government organizations in and around and Odisha was the second of a series of symposiums which HCL Foundation plans to arrange across India.
Around 115 NGOs with 169 delegates from across Odisha attended and took part during a discussion. The day-long events were hosted by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and attended by eminent personalities Dr. Aurobindo Behera, Former Secretary in Government of Odisha for Disaster Management, Forest & Environment, Rural Development. Mr. P K Jena, Additional Chief Secretary, and MD Odisha Disaster Management Authority, a Former UNDP Asst Country Representative, Mr. Sourav Bhattacharjee, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Odisha Field Office, Mr. Jitasatru Mohanty (retd. IFS), Prof Anurag Das, Director, Academics, KISS and Robin Sarkar, Project Director, Shiksha Initiative, Shiv Nadar Foundation.
There was a session on ‘Power of Fifth Estate’ during which recipients of HCL Grant shared their experiences of how HCL Grant helped them cause the specified impact. within the last 4 editions of the HCL Grant, 625 registrations are received from Odisha. This was the fifth consecutive year that HCL Foundation conducted the symposium in Odisha.
As per a fact, HCL Grant has seen a big increase within the number of registrations coming in, from the primary edition in 2016 to the fifth edition which concluded in 16,365 NGO registrations from Pan India. within the 2019-20 edition, over 5000+ registrations were seen, of which, 27% registrations were unique NGOs. the thought of HCL Grant isn’t only to acknowledge the work of NGOs contributing to the nation’s growth and development but also to remain engaged with them to realize the specified impact.
HCL Grant Pan-India Symposiums may be a CSR initiative conducted to possess an enticing discussion with the NGOs on strategizing corporate social responsibility (CSR) to realize Sustainable Development Goals. In the upcoming months, many symposiums are going to be held in other locations namely – Pondicherry, Jaipur/Kanpur, Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bangalore, and Delhi. within the last three years, symposiums are held in 32 cities which witnessed the entire number of 2900+ NGOs and 4000+ Participants. As they share a platform for a discussion on the challenges and opportunities within the local area development within the thematic areas like Education, Health and Environment with the assistance of various presentations, case studies, etc.
HCL Grant is going to be awarded within the categories of Education, Health and Environment, with a commitment of Rs. 5 Crore for a five-year project in each category. The Grant would also reward two other finalists with Rs 25 lakhs for a 1-year project. the entire fund committed for the sixth edition of HCL Grant is Rs.16.5 Crores.
HCL Foundation aims to teach and communicate the finer nuances of CSR mandate to all or any NGOs. Special effort is formed to teach NGOs on the way to develop impactful development projects as a part of Schedule VII of the businesses Act, 2013 that relates to Section 135 on Corporate Social Responsibility. It also addresses NGO’s challenges and opportunities within the local area development, proposal writing, and project management and encouraged them to use for HCL Grant 2020-2021.
HCL Foundation aims to teach the NGOs about HCL Grant, one among the foremost coveted institutionalized grants available in India, which identifies NGOs doing path-breaking add rural development through an independent, robust and democratic process.
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