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Utkal Alumina bags IDA Award-2015 for Excellence in CSR in Education

UAIL1Rayagada, Sep 17: Utkal Alumina International Ltd.(UAIL), a part of Birla Group of Companies at Doraguda, Tikiri, Kashipur has been conferred with  prestigious and coveted IDA Award-2015 for Excellence in CSR in Education – providing access to quality education for underprivileged class of society, at an all India level competition.

‘IDA Awards’ is a presentation of India Didactics Association, the premier trade association for the Indian Education and Training fraternity engaged in improving learning and teaching. Facilitating Inspiration, Knowledge-Sharing and Experience in Innovative Solutions and Practices, the IDA Awards celebrate and reward excellence in educational products, resources and services among the education and training fraternity.

In all, twenty eight companies pan India participated in this competition in the category of CSR in Education and out of which, four Corporates  viz., Utkal Alumina, Hero Motor Corp, Dabur India, Essar Group reached finalists stage and were invited to participate in the Awards function on 10th September, 2015 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru. At a glittering ceremony graced by a large number of National and International delegates, Utkal Alumina was adjudged as the Winner of the Award.

The Trophy along with a Certificate of Award was received by Sri M.Ramesh Kumar, Sr. Vice President (HR, Admn., & CSR) and Sri Siba Mahapatra, AGM (CSR) from  the Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan, His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Thneibat.

Utkal Alumina’s entry came in for a lot of appreciation by the juries, wherein a very comprehensive coverage about Utkal’s various educational & vocational training initiatives for the underprivileged class of society was showcased viz., setting up an ITI at Kashipur and providing artisan training to the nominees from Displaced & Project Affected persons,  imparting vocational training to locals and thereby providing employable skills, offering employment to most of these trained artisans and transforming them into a productive workforce, initiatives in delivering quality education through Aditya Birla Public School, setting up Balwadi Centres & Adult Education Centres in the periphery of UAIL, supplementing teachers in Govt. Schools in the company’s vicinity, etc.

From a humble beginning made 5 years ago when UAIL started its CSR initiatives in the remote corner of Orissa in right earnest (from ground Zero) and now taking it to a recognition at a national level,  Utkal Alumina has  come a long way and it’s indeed an incredible journey for Utkal fraternity. This has been possible with the keen effort of the Utkal CSR team under the leadership of Sri Ramesh Kumar who pioneered the CSR work in a sustainable manner.

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