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Director (Exploration) R K Srivastava and Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal rolled out the much-awaited subscription of the International Petroleum Industry Multimedia System (IPIMS) e-learning platform on 19 August 2021. IPIMS is a corporate solution for building competencies of E&P professional, developed by International Human Resource Development Corporation (IHRDC), a world leader in training and development for upstream petroleum technology sector. The kick-off meeting was virtually attended by key executives from various work centers of ONGC and team IHRDC from Netherlands, including Vice President of IHRDC Cherry Locke.

Director (Exploration) and Director (HR) launching the IPIMS e-learning platform
Director (Exploration) and Director (HR) launching the IPIMS e-learning platform

Developing human resource is the most important factor for survival and growth of any organization. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, new strategies have to be adopted to move from classroom-based education to online education, in a very short time. With the continual advances in information technology; e-learning has emerged as a very potent tool to bring about a revolutionary change in mindset of managements worldwide. It has in fact provided an avenue for high-quality and cost-effective skill development available for greater number of people at a time.

Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal complemented Director (Exploration) and his team for the successful launch of IPIMS, with the help from IHRDC. Director (HR) noted that Director (Exploration) is passionate about learning and is himself the architect of similar modules. She stated that while the pandemic has taken a toll on the normalcy of operations, the 1500 e-learning courses designed by IHRDC came as a blessing.

Director (HR) delivering her address at the launch of IPIMS
Director (HR) delivering her address at the launch of IPIMS

Dr Mittal exhorted all levels of employees, from GTs to experienced executives to take equal opportunity of learning through IPIMS. She noted that a major part of experienced ONGC workforce has been superannuating and the knowledge to run business must be updated. “This e-learning opportunity is very important for our core business. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I assure that the second leg of this initiative is being looked forward with a lot of interest,” said Dr Mittal.

Dr Mittal said that the Annual training calendar of every institute has evolved and e-learning will be the new normal in the years to come. “The Executive Committee is also undertaking e-learning modules. We are burning midnight oil for learning and appearing for the exams. I am certain that e-learning will benefit all our ONGC professionals,” she added.

Stating that the launch of the IHRDC-designed e-learning platform will bring only positives to the table, Director (Exploration) R K Srivastava asserted that the initiative will empower ONGC officers in terms of knowledge. “The platform will facilitate identification of skill gaps and mentoring by seniors and align with learning and corporate objective,” he added.

Director (Exploration) speaking on the significance of the e-learning platform
Director (Exploration) speaking on the significance of the e-learning platform

Director (Exploration) mentioned that the e-learning platform is well-designed and cover courses of different domains. “The structured platform will enable our ONGC officers to expand their domain knowledge. The designed modules are customized to the requirement of ONGC and we need to bring out the maximum benefit out of it. We will try to incentivize all employees to leverage this platform,” said Mr Srivastava. Mr Srivastava also noted that the pandemic restrictions have escalated the need and usage of virtual learning and e-learning will be of utmost importance in the near future.

Vice President IHRDC Cherry Locke presenting key features of IPIMS
Vice President IHRDC Cherry Locke presenting key features of IPIMS

Vice President of IHRDC Cherry Locke appreciated the collaboration of ONGC in the e-learning journey and assured continuing support in the future. Through a detailed presentation, Ms Locke explained that there are over thousand courses in the portal and the content is getting update regularly in accordance to industry standards. She mentioned that IHRDC has been associated with e-learning since 20 years and ONGC is using the platform since 12 February 2020.

Stating that the pandemic has made the trend inclined towards virtual learning, Ms Locke said companies should be re-inventing and re-thinking strategies to improve learning. She noted that ONGC took use of the pandemic to expand its learning curve and asserted continuous support to ensure that the platform is valuable to ONGC’s corporate objectives.

In-charge Special Project ED Vijay Sharma
In-charge Special Project ED Vijay Sharma

In his opening remarks, ED In-charge Special Projects Exploration shared the project details with the house and apprised the management about the progress of the project and targets for the forthcoming year. He also requested all the Key Executives for the close monitoring of the usage by the concerned users at the work center level. He stated that learning plays an important role in every discipline so that integrate approach towards development can be adopted. “Structured learning platform for 24*7 is crucial. Top executives should push the officers under them to use this platform. We need to double the usage of the platform to 90,000 hours,” said Mr Sharma.

Knowledge Management Group at KDMIPE
Knowledge Management Group at KDMIPE

Head Knowledge Management Dr Sanjay Jain said that ONGC is playing a pioneering role in facilitating e-learning for employees. He mentioned that during the pandemic 300 users took advantage of the platform to virtual learn for 45,000 hours. The ceremony was organised with the support from Office of Director (Exploration).



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