ONGC launches ‘Urjasvini’ - leadership development module customized for the Maharatna’s women

ONGC has launched a digital leadership development module customized for the women of the Energy Maharatna. The women with leadership potential in ONGC will go through a six-month activity-based experiential journey to get groomed for senior leadership positions in the national oil company. The program will be implemented in partnership with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), which has a presence in 165 countries in this field.

Launching the much-awaited program coordinated by the ONGC Academy in a digital event on 23 June 2021, Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal said ONGC values women and is keen in empowering them to move forward. Addressing the participants, she said this structured program ‘Urjasvini’ will have a lot of impact and will help women feel empowered and to move forward. “As women, we need to take the plunge and rise up to senior leadership roles. My dreams will come true through each one of you participating in this course.”

Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal inspiring the participants to make the most of this unique program ‘Urjasvini’
Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal inspiring the participants to make the most of this unique program ‘Urjasvini’

Dr Mittal asked the participants for their involvement to make it a good experience. “More than time, your involvement is vital.” She emphasized that all the participants should make an effort to make the most of this program, “to ensure that by the end of this year, each one of you will be a new person in a new avatar.” She said more Directors of ONGC will be joining some sessions of the program later.

Head ONGC Academy Manoj Barthwal welcoming the participants
Head ONGC Academy Manoj Barthwal welcoming the participants

Earlier, welcoming the participants, ED - Head of ONGC Academy Manoj Barthwal said this is going to be an excellent program for the overall development of women as they play an extremely important role in society. In his usual elegant way, the Academy Head advocated for the holistic role of women by charting the growth and power of women since creation. “The whole family is dependent on women for emotional needs and daily chores”. He quoted the example of Director (HR) who has become an inspiration to many women by becoming the first-ever woman Director on the Board of ONGC.

GGM (HR) Shashi Rajan introducing the program
GGM (HR) Shashi Rajan introducing the program

Giving a brief introduction of the program, GGM (HR) Shashi Rajan opined that while there is no structural barrier in leadership by women in corporate sphere, it is possible in circumstances that women systematically underestimate themselves as society teaches boys to succeed, and to be liked to girls. Expressing optimism about the efficacy of the current program, he added that there have been many initiatives in the area of diversity and inclusion after Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal joined the ONGC Board. She has been deeply involved in choosing the brand name and deciding the logo for ‘Urjasvini’- which is a unique experiential program in many ways.

The program has been conceived with the following objectives:

  1. Grooming ONGC women executives to occupy leadership positions in ONGC
  2. Developing competencies such as Strategic Orientation, Team Leadership, Planning and Decision Making, Developing self as well as others, Result Orientation, etc in line with ONGC’s competency model, and
  3. Groom them to become role models, coaches and mentors for other women executives in ONGC

‘Urjasvini’ is planned as a six-month long program with 25 participants at E5 to E7 level. All major disciplines have been represented. The program starts with diagnostics on psychometric tools to capture areas of strength and areas of improvements among participants. Pedagogy of the program will include lecture sessions, group coaching, individual coaching, debates, reading material sharing and interaction with industry leaders. The program will have certification of SHRM at the end.

SHRM Associate Director Dr Puri during her address
SHRM Associate Director Dr Puri during her address

SHRM Associate Director Dr Vandana Puri congratulated all the participants of the program. “You must have demonstrated qualities to lead, that’s why you are here today. You are beacons of light for more to join this program over the years.” She shared that according to a research by Harvard, women outscore men in many dimensions of leadership, but less than 5 per cent of CEOs of Fortune 500 are women. “I congratulate ONGC for being recognized as a one of the Best Employers among Nation Builders by ‘Great Place to Work”.

SHRM Program Director Ashissh Kaul presenting the course structure
SHRM Program Director Ashissh Kaul presenting the course structure

SHRM Program Director Ashissh Kaul gave a detailed brief of the program. He said that from day one, SHRM knew that when it comes to ONGC, the course quality has to be nothing less than the best. “That is why this course has been designed different from other leadership modules and courses, it is customized for each participant of ONGC. The program has been developed with a focus on activities, one-on-one coaching and digital experiences have been built into the program as simulations.”

Snippet from the presentation
Snippet from the presentation

The specially-designed ‘Urjasvini’ logo was unveiled by Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal
The specially-designed ‘Urjasvini’ logo was unveiled by Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal

Mr Kaul added that the online program promises a holistic development journey including wellbeing, with a balanced mix of various elements including those like dressing and talking.