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Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal accepted the Golden Peacock National Training Award 2021 conferred to ONGC Academy in Oil Production Category for its efforts in creating the torchbearers for the nation’s future. The award was formally conferred by the Institute of Directors (IoD) during the Award Session of a virtual event titled “Global Virtual Session on Board Leadership and Risk Management” on 17 August 2021.

Director (HR) accepting Golden Peacock National Training Award 2021
Director (HR) accepting Golden Peacock National Training Award 2021

Accepting the Award, Dr Mittal said it is a privilege to acknowledge the receipt of this award. She lauded Head – ONGC Academy Manoj Barthwal saying he has led the Learning & Development initiatives at ONGC very efficiently and effectively. She highlighted that over the last 12 months, ONGC has trained 13,500 of its around 30,000 employees and logged 91,000 hours of training L&D efforts in online mode.

The Director acknowledged the choice of jury and IoD’s effort for encouraging ONGC L&D Team to keep doing better. She said that ONGC Academy looks forward to receiving many more such accolades.

“I have observed over the last 18 months the kind of work that has been done at ONGC Academy. When the pandemic struck, we were in the midst of a situation where our L&D efforts were going all in classroom mode. But ONGC Academy immediately adapted and rose to the challenge.” She said that the efforts of ONGC Academy led to a sense of hope and positivity amongst the employees, who were otherwise facing the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. When we were busy learning, we were busy understanding that the future is for us, she remarked.

ONGC Academy was conferred the award in Oil Production Category
ONGC Academy was conferred the award in Oil Production Category

Dr Mittal said that ONGC Academy is working day and night to make a difference to the way the activities of ONGC are carried out and added that more progress will be visible in the years to come. Pointing out that the E&P Sector is undergoing a big crew change as seniors are superannuating or passing on the baton to the youngsters, the sector needs a lot more capacity and capability building right now. Therefore, a lot of experience sharing, case studying-based learning, machine learning and simulator-based learning is required so that hands on people are able to carry on operations well, she added.

Speaking to ONGCReports after the award, ED Head ONGC Academy Manoj Barthwal said that the whole ONGC Academy team has worked very hard and deserves the award. “The documentation done by Shashi Rajan, Suman Sharma and Vibhav Kardam helped us promote that hard work”. He added that the Academy is committed to uphold the elegance of nation’s energy giant through the training of energy warriors and build-up a strong army of professionals for ensuring energy security of the nation. Academy runs over 200 programs in a year targeted at all the phases in an executive’s career, viz, onboarding, mid-level, leadership level and even superannuation. In addition to the traditional training programs through best-in-class faculty, it also conducts experiential programs as sustained initiatives like Simulator based Offshore Emergency Management, Mentoring, Coaching, Business Games and other engagement exercises.

The Golden Peacock Award, instituted by the Institute of Directors, is regarded as a benchmark of corporate excellence worldwide. It has been recognizing the achievement of well performing organizations for the last 30 years. The Golden Peacock Certification Exercise has enabled industries to think, prepare and march ahead for changing future of work environment, learning process and economy. The jury deciding the award was headed by the former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice MN Venkatachaliah and included several senior bureaucrats and subject matter experts.

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