L&T Electrical and Automation’s Metering and Protection Systems (MPS) business completed 25 years recently and to mark the occasion held a function in Mysuru. The event saw senior L&T-ites including CEO & MD Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, Mr. Amit Kumar, Head - MPS, and Mr. S.C. Bhargava, former Sr. VP, E&A, joining staffers in the festivities and applauding the efforts of all those who had made vital contributions to MPS’ success.
Welcoming everyone to the event, Mr. Amit Kumar, Head of MPS, noted that having entered the business as recently as the mid-90s, it was the team’s inner belief, passion, and the vision offered by the leadership that enabled MPS to reach the heights in such a short period of time.
The idea of solid-state electronic energy meters first came about in the 90s and L&T began manufacturing the same at Mysuru in 1994 on a small scale. However, over the next few years the business – essentially a start-up – grew rapidly and turned into a leading brand thanks to its focus on quality, customer, and continuous innovation. With MPS’ indigenously designed single phase and poly-phase meters, panel meters and relays, the business boasts of a rich experience in design, manufacturing and supply of electronic electricity meters in the Indian utilities market.
Today, L&T is a market leader with a robust design and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with capacity of more than 1 million units per month.
Thrilled to a part of the celebrations, L&T CEO & MD Mr. S N Subrahmanyan congratulated the MPS veterans and members of the present team for their invaluable contribution. In his address, he stressed on the need to envisage new geographical boundaries, explore the potential in the allied products space and focus on new technologies to further consolidate its position as a market leader.
A number of MPS employees, retired and presently working, were felicitated during the event. The dignitaries also unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the silver jubilee year, on the occasion.
Mr. Yogi Sriram, Senior Vice President - Corporate HR and Member of the Executive Committee has been awarded the YP Singhania HR Excellence Award. The award honours HR professionals for outstanding contributions towards organizational excellence by constantly innovating, evolving and improving people strategies.
Mr. Sriram, only the second recipient of the honour, was presented the award by Mr. Raghavpat Singhania, Special Executive - JK Cement on behalf of Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU), Udaipur, at a "Conclave on Inclusive Leadership: Creating Employee Centric Organizations" held in Udaipur on March 2, 2019. The Conclave was initiated by a troika consisting of SPSU, NHRD – Delhi & NCR chapter, and JK Cement Ltd.
The SPSU was established through an Act (Sir Padampat Singhania University Act, 2008) of the State Government of Rajasthan. SPSU is recognized by the UGC, and has been ranked as ‘A’ by NIRF, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
L&T Group General Counsel Mr. Hemant Kumar has been awarded the ‘GC Influencers India 2019’ by Chambers and Partners, a London-based research firm specialising in providing a guide of top lawyers and legal firms across the globe.
Chambers and Partners’ GC Influencers 2019 ranked the most influential General Counsels presently working in the Indian market. The ranking drew from the extensive independent market research carried out by its professional team of researchers. While selecting the name of GC, the team identified the following key areas in which GCs have displayed substantial influence:• Effective management and development of an in-house team.• Navigation of substantial business projects such as M&A or strategic business change.• Development of litigation strategy and understanding the pressures faced within industry.• Bringing diversity & inclusion and CSR to the forefront of industry. • Ability to influence and respond to regulatory change.
Mr. Kumar received the award at a function held in Delhi on February 14, 2019.
This past February, L&T’s Head of Capability Development, Dr. Swatee Sarangi was invited to USA to speak at the Michigan India Conference 2019, an annual gathering of students, academicians, business leaders, and policy makers which deliberates on the latest trends and opportunities in India. Held at the famous Stephen M. Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), the theme for this year’s event was ‘Moving Beyond Emerging’ which set out to explore ways in which the discourse around India could evolve past the ‘Emerging Economy’ label.
One of the ways in which India and Indian companies can shed the emerging tag is organisational excellence, explained Dr. Sarangi. In her address, she shared insights about pursuing organisational excellence from a strategic standpoint and familiarised the audience with her 5i Model – Inclusive, Inspire, Integrity, Innovation, and Invincible – for nurturing a culture of excellence and growth at both organizational and national levels.
She presented a fresh perspective on how efforts to lead change at the microeconomic level can contribute to India’s growth story. Members of the audience added that the talk gave them valuable tenets into how businesses and people in organizations can be leveraged.
Dr. Sarangi, also interacted with a number of high-profile speakers and dignitaries attending the event. Chief among them was Sadhguru of Isha Foundation.
On November 13, 2018, the inaugural workshop marking the beginning of L&T’s integrated community development project in Gudiyatham was held at JBR Palace in Madhanur, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Under the project a slew of initiatives around watershed development are planned to help improve the lives of villagers spread across 11 villages. With the aid of NGO partner DHAN Foundation which undertakes development activities by engaging and training educated professional and serving disadvantaged communities, the L&T’s CSR team will implement measures that will help farmers treat degraded land and adopt sustainable agricultural practices. Besides, the project will also promote agricultural and livestock farming activities and encourage villagers to adopt healthier lifestyles. All the programs will be implemented with active participation of the villagers and the community.
The project was formally launched in the presence of a number of senior government officials, representatives of DHAN Foundation, Board of Directors from Gudiyatham Farmers Producer Company, and over 250 farmers. Among those present were, Mrs. C Subbulekshmi, Joint Director Agriculture, Vellore, Dr. T Santhakumari, Joint Director Animal Husbandry, Vellore, Mr. S Raman, Deputy Hydrologist, TWAD, Vellore, Mr. Viswanathan, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Gudiyatham, Mr. Venkatesh, Assistant Director of Agriculture for Watershed Development, Gudiyatham, and Mr. K Balaji, Block Development Officer, Gudiyatham. From L&T, Mr. Gautam Kar, Head, Corporate Infrastructure & Administrative Services, along with members of L&T’s CSR team Ms. Mable Abraham, Ms. Swati Pongurlekar and Ms. Mitali Naik attended the inaugural event.
Mrs. C. Subbulekshmi, Joint Director of Agriculture, Vellore, thanked L&T for supporting the small and marginalized communities of Gudiyatham and Pernambut taluks and appreciated DHAN Foundation’s work in the region.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Gautam Kar noted how L&T’s integrated community development projects in some of the other parts of the country have positively affected the lives of tens of thousands of people. He appreciated DHAN Foundation for its continued work and said that L&T had found a great partner in them for implementing its ideas in the region.
Project leader Mr. M Palanisamy from DHAN Foundation thanked all the participants of the workshop and requested the government officials to extend their support for better implementation of the project.
After the workshop, L&T and DHAN members travelled to Parvathiyapuram village of Goodanagaram panchayat to perform the Bhoomipuja for a borewell project under which nine borewells are to be constructed to cater to the drinking water needs of nine villages in the area.