CMD Dr Alka Mittal launches ONGC-supported General Duty Assistance labs in Ahmedabad

ONGC CMD Dr Alka Mittal virtually launched the new General Duty Assistance (GDA) laboratory in the Skill Development Institute of Ahmedabad on 11 January 2022. The ONGC-supported new GDA laboratory, founded in collaboration with Aspire Disruptive Skill (ADS) Foundation, will be facilitating general healthcare assistance courses from April 2022 to create livelihood for 120-150 youths in the healthcare sector. ADS Foundation is a leading vocational and employment oriented organization focusing on holistic interventions in vocational skill development for tribal and unemployed youth.

CMD Dr Alka Mittal noted that the General Duty Assistance laboratory and the training programs planned through it are more relevant at the present time, when amidst the pandemic there is more need for healthcare and sometimes the number of doctors are limited to treat the increasing number of patients. Mentioning that as per the present schedule 120 youths will be trained for the healthcare sector in 4 batches during 10 weeks, Dr Mittal insisted that more batches can be added as imparting the general healthcare assistance skill is needed across the country.

ONGC CMD Dr Alka Mittal during the launch of the laboratories of General Duty Assistance
ONGC CMD Dr Alka Mittal during the launch of the laboratories of General Duty Assistance

Dr Mittal said that the idea of the program also makes business sense as creating skill development will facilitate employment. She mentioned that though ONGC’s primary focus is Exploration and Production of oil & gas, the energy major is simultaneously committed to skill development at any sector whenever needed. The CMD said she is optimistic that the project will create skilled personnel in the healthcare sector to save the lives of several in the times to come.

During the launch of the GDA labs, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between SDS Ahmedabad of ONGC and ADS Foundation. The MoU was signed by Secretary SDS DK Singh on behalf of ONGC and Manoj Pundir from ADS Foundation.

Secretary SDS DK Singh and Manoj Pundir from ADS Foundation exchanging the MoU
Secretary SDS DK Singh and Manoj Pundir from ADS Foundation exchanging the MoU

Vice Chairman of ADS Foundation Maheswar Sahu reiterated that the GDA lab and courses will be helpful in training personnel to be deputed in hospitals especially during the pandemic. He lauded CMD Dr Alka Mittal for gracing the launch despite her busy schedule at ONGC. Mr Sahu stated that the whole-hearted participation of Dr Mittal in such activities reflects her seriousness towards skill development.

Vice Chairman of ADS Foundation Maheswar Sahu (Left) and Executive Director of ADS Foundation Dr Chandan Chatterjee addressing the virtual gathering
Vice Chairman of ADS Foundation Maheswar Sahu (Left) and Executive Director of
ADS Foundation Dr Chandan Chatterjee addressing the virtual gathering

Executive Director of ADS Foundation Dr Chandan Chatterjee said that the healthcare sector is the only sector that has grown massively during the pandemic and it is the need of the hour to impart healthcare skills to more youths of the country. He said that it is overwhelming to receive not just encouragement but also involvement of ONGC CMD and the entire team in projects like this. He assured that the project is in a noble cause and asserted to soon place expectations to a level of satisfaction.

Secretary SDS DK Singh delivering the Vote of Thanks
Secretary SDS DK Singh delivering the Vote of Thanks

Delivering the Vote of Thanks, Secretary SDS D K Singh asserted that as suggested by CMD Dr Alka Mittal one more course will be added to the program to facilitate the training of 150 youths. He said that these courses will go a long way to create livelihood opportunities in the healthcare sector.