ACC Trust’s DISHA initiative provides 100% placement with 102 job offers at ACC Chaibasa Cement plant

ACC Trust through its CSR programme DISHA (Skill Development) has successfully placed 100% trainees with 102 job offers at its Chaibasa Cement Works plant,

The centre has achieved this feat in technical trades of “Automotive” and “Electrician” with a blend of “Life Skills Development” offered with the highest package of ₹1.84 LPA by MNC companies such as Motherson Sumi Systems, Yazaki Motors, Minda Corporation, Bangalore and Grofers, Ranchi. The batch comprising 49 girls and 53 tribal boys aged between 18 to 30 years including High School drop outs.

The candidates for the training were selected after extensive consultation with the community and the village heads by factoring all the genuine aspects and relevant criteria specific to the needs of the young boys and girls from this tribal region covering nearby 10 villages.

Mr. Sridhar Balakrishnan, CEO & MD, ACC Limited said, “It is a proud moment for ACC to provide jobs in remote place with multiple challenges. We have worked diligently towards addressing unemployment, one of the major concerns in the world through ACC Trust’s initiative, DISHA. We will ensure and continue to make more and more youth employable from this region with our collaborative efforts.”

Female participation under such programme has not been witnessed before.  This is the first time girls from this region have moved out of the low productivity agricultural and household sector and have shown interest in technical training, which is definitely a breakthrough in overcoming the gender stereotype.

With the support of local Community Service Centre they have been registered with Government & Social Security Schemes, like SHRAM Card and Zero Balance Jan Dhan Bank account. The trainees are excited with their great achievement and are eager to start their career with the esteemed organization and work in their dream cities- Bangalore and Ranchi.

Vedanta’s BALCO Medical Centre leads the vision of a cancer-free India

Vedanta’s BALCO Medical Centre,  has emerged as one of India’s top cancer hospitals, and central India’s most preferred cancer care hospital. The BALCO Medical Centre (BMC) is a state-of-the-art 170-bed ultra-modern, multi-modality diagnostic and therapeutic facility hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The hospital is sought-after for its advanced medical care facilities, renowned oncologists, and affordable & compassionate care to the patients.

BALCO Medical Centre has already made a difference to the lives of lakhs of people, dedicating itself to the three important pillars of prevention, screening and treatment. It is one of the most preferred facilities in the country for advanced radiation therapy, brachytherapy, nuclear medicine, surgeries, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, blood-related disorders, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and pain & palliative care. The hospital offers many latest technologies in cancer diagnostics and treatment like PSMA & DOTA scan, virtual planning and 3D modelling in head & neck cancer surgeries, CRS & HIPEC, advanced microvascular surgeries, lutetium therapy and allogeneic bone marrow transplant.

The hospital has one of the most modern linear accelerators, the largest day-care unit for chemotherapy, and a full-fledged nuclear medical department equipped with the only SPECT CT machine in Chhattisgarh, enabling it to provide precise diagnostics and the best treatment.

With its substantial and impactful work, the hospital is on a mission to help create a cancer-free society, dedicating its expertise and resources to address the country’s massive demand-supply gap in cancer treatment, low awareness, lack of infrastructure and shortage of oncologists. Sharing BALCO Medical Centre’s vision, Mrs. Jyoti Agarwal, Chairperson of BMC, said, “While cancer treatment capabilities in India have increased over the past few decades, most facilities are concentrated around urban pockets. Looking at the rising incidence of cancer as a health threat and lack of quality cancer care centres in tier 2 and 3 cities, Vedanta established BALCO Medical Centre at Naya Raipur to provide affordable comprehensive cancer care to all the sections of the society. We are also leveraging partnerships with like-minded philanthropic organisations and influencers to reduce the treatment burden on people belonging to economically weaker sections.”

BALCO Medical Centre is NABH accredited, a testimony to the quality of its services. Along with cancer treatment, all patients at BALCO Medical Centre also benefit from psychological, nutritional and physical therapy, as well as membership of various patient support groups for emotional support.

“I am very satisfied with the work, attitude, behaviour, knowledge regarding their work and professionalism demonstrated by the BALCO Medical Centre team. They provide medical services and patient care in a very helpful and diligent manner, following proper protocols. Wishing them the best,” says Dr. Neevraj Singh from Chhattisgarh, whose mother Mrs. Priti Singh was treated at the hospital.

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the hospital re-dedicates itself to be in forefront of fight against cancer, one of mankind’s most dangerous disease, and continue to serve humankind with utmost care and compassion.

MG Motors – Drive Her Back

Many times women do not get supported when they join back work after taking a long sabbatical. To assist women who will like to restart working, MG Motor India announced ‘Drive Her Back’, a programme that enables experienced and qualified women to return to the workplace with
dignity and pride.

This returnee-ship programme aims to create a diverse pool of highly talented women who can excel in any field. The ones that showcase skills that can cater to the needs of MG Motor India have a favourable chance of recruitment as well.

Under this programme, MG Motor India offers women access to coaching to help them regain corporate vigour and strike a favorable work-life balance. Through the ‘Drive Her Back’ campaign, MG Motor has been assisting women who are looking to reclaim their space in the corporate
corridors. Diversity and inclusion are the fundamentals of a successful business and as an organization, MG endeavours to build a culture that supports these two critical aspects.

The ‘Drive Her Back’ program was launched in 2019 and enclosed are the past 2 year summary of Drive Her Back Campaign –
Applications received
· Season 1 DHB : 250-300 Approx.
· Season 2 DHB : 450-500 Approx.
Application who got shortlisted through season 1 & season 2 at MG
· Season 1 DHB : 16
· Season 2 DHB : 26
How many got placed in MG as permanent employees –
· Season 1 DHB : Offered 4 DHBs
· Season 2 DHB : 7 DHBs are offered jobs

Other support provided by MG:
· Provide references to MGI Sourcing Partners
· Recommend them to other companies

Post 2 successful seasons, MG motor India is coming up with the 3rd Season of Driver Her Back.

The applications be sent via:



The Resort Hotel, Mumbai, found an innovative way to celebrate Martyr’s Day on 30 January. Their team went out to the Sneha Sagar Ashram at Marve Road, Malad, and interacted with the 22 children housed there.

The children, aged between four and fifteen years, are all from underprivileged backgrounds. They are mostly orphans and are cared for by the sisters of the Sneha Sagar Society. The sisters provide them with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and education. The mission of the society is to take care of the poor and needy.

For the first time, the kids were introduced to a concept that they had never come across in their cloistered existence: capacity building. They were taught the art of unique Ukrainian embroidery by expert Mrs. Avani Kotwal. They were encouraged to practice their newly acquired skill in their spare time, with the dream of being able to make a profession out of it — with honesty and perseverance. Those who preferred other vocations could still pursue the art of embroidery as a hobby.

Mr Satyajit Kotwal, General Manager, Resort Hotel, said, “Kids brought up in a home such as Sneha Sagar are well cared for and provided with all their basic needs. But it is rare for them to be exposed to creative hobbies that add value to their lives. This is what we attempted to do on 30 January. We felt we must move beyond the customary two minutes’ silence that we are used to observing as a mark of respect to the Father of the Nation. We are thankful to the sisters of Sneha Sagar Ashram for providing us with the facilities to conduct this CSR activity.”

The youngsters were visibly thrilled with the chance to experiment by creating patterns on fabric with various coloured skeins and needles. With very little access to mainstream education, they enjoyed the opportunity to express themselves through this brief art workshop.

The Sneha Sagar Society was founded by Reverend Sister Martha Mondol. It is a registered charity, currently run by the Helpers of Jesus Sisters. It was founded in Mumbai on 29 August 1999.

A Nobel Initiative by H. R. College to get Students and Faculty Vaccinated

As education institutes are ready to re-open as per the government guidelines, there is a higher risk of being exposed to the virus due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai. Thus, to ensure minimal threat (in case of exposure) and safer travels, the Rotaract Club and the NSS Unit of H. R. College of Commerce and Economics, decided to shoulder the responsibility of encouraging students and faculty to get vaccinated.


Witnessing the spike, Mumbai’s one of the prominent colleges under the HSNC Cluster University, observed the necessity to be fully vaccinated. For seamless operation, H. R. College conducted the vaccination in collaboration with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the college premises.


Commenting on this initiative Dr. Hemalata Bagla, Vice-Chancellor – HSNC University said, “This was attempted to move towards a COVID free India!” She supported this statement with Henry Ford’s quote, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”


This organized effort was undertaken on 21st January, 2022, where all the unvaccinated students, teachers and staff members were encouraged to take the shot. More than 100 people benefitted through this noble initiative!

IIFL Home Finance Ltd. (IIFL HFL) in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB), launches 1st event from the flagship Kutumb series to promote green affordable housing in India

IIFL Home Finance Ltd. (IIFL HFL), in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB), organised its flagship event Kutumb which is an initiative to promote Green Affordable Housing in India. The event took place at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on December 14th, 2021 with the presence of Mr. S.K. Hota (MD, National Housing Bank) & Mr. Nirmal Jain (Founder & Chairman, IIFL Group) as chief guests. The event also had speakers from development finance institutions (DFIs) such as Asian Development Bank and Proparco (an arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group).

Under the project ‘Resilient & Green Affordable Housing for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low-Income Group (LIG) categories in India’, IIFLHFL, with the support of ADB, will be hosting series of it’s flagship event ‘Kutumb’ at various locations across the country. The objective of Kutumb is to enable and support the green building ecosystem in the affordable housing sector in India. Kutumb, Delhi Chapter, titled ‘Climate Resilient & Green Affordable Housing in India’ focussed on affordable, low-carbon and resilient homes. The programme witnessed over 120 attendees, a mix of housing developers, financiers, subject matter experts and consultants.

Mr. Monu Ratra (ED and CEO, IIFLHFL) said, “The pandemic has brought in high consciousness towards green and sustainable construction amongst the developers, as well as the homebuyers. Also, considering buildings contribute around 35% of carbon emissions and with the vast majority of housing stock yet to be built in India, it is imperative to hold platforms such as Kutumb to build an ecosystem to foster green, sustainable and affordable housing in India.”

Sharing her views, Ms. Susan Olsen, Senior Investment Specialist for South Asia, ADB said, “Building climate-resilient and sustainable communities begins by giving access to affordable and green homes, particularly for lower income groups that are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. IIFL HFL is our partner in broadening the scope of green affordable housing in India.”

The event witnessed discussions and deliberations between industry experts such as Priya Sunder (Senior Investment Officer, Asian Development Bank), Diane Jegam (Directrice Régionale PROPARCO Asie du Sud chez Proparco),  nationally renowned architect Ashok B Lall (Principal Architect, Ashok B. Lall Architects), Mohua Mukherjee (Economist & Green Finance Professional, Independent Director, IIFL Home Finance Ltd.), Dr. Sejal Patel (Professor & Chair, Faculty of Planning, CEPT), Ravi Aggarwal (Co-founder & MD, Signature Global Group of Companies), and Saswat Bandyopadhyay (Project Director, CEPT). The event was conducted in a panel discussion format supported by presentations. The panels focused on subjects ‘Sustainable Finance in Affordable Housing’ and ‘Importance of Climate Resilience in Affordable Housing’ in India.

In the series of Kutumb, the next event is likely to be scheduled in Ahmedabad, in the first week of February, where IIFLHFL and ADB aim to bring together the affordable housing developers, planners, architects, consultants and potential homebuyers on one forum and address subjects relevant to green affordable housing in the area.


About IIFL Home Finance Limited:

Incorporated in 2006 and registered in 2009 with the National Housing Bank (NHB), IIFL Home Finance Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IIFL Finance Limited. The Company is one of India’s leading housing finance companies and is a preferred choice for affordable home loan requirements. Through our affordable home loans, IIFL Home Finance makes people’s aspirations of owning a home a reality. As a technology-driven housing finance player, we endeavour to make our customer experience as seamless as possible. We have made the entire life cycle of our housing loans i.e., from origination to closure, completely digitized. We have managed this through our state-of-the-art IT infrastructure which has helped in reducing costs, enabled real-time analysis of customer data, and improved our control and underwriting functions, while increasing customer reach and distribution capability.

We operate a financially inclusive customer-centric lending business and strive to ensure that our business model contributes significantly to the upliftment of the EWS and LIG segments. As of March 31, 2021, 74.90% of our live accounts were from customers who belonged to the EWS and LIG segment. Through the provision of loans for the purchase of homes to a customer segment that is not serviced by the mainstream financial services sector and our employment of personnel in rural and semi-urban locations across India, we are fulfilling an important social objective of economic upliftment for these segments of the Indian economy.

We offer our customers a range of mortgage-related loan products, these include (i) housing loans, for purchase of ready built residential units, under-construction property by approved builders, self-construction, home improvement on pre-owned property, and purchase of land for construction of residential property; (ii) secured business loans, for primarily meeting working capital requirement, business use and purchase of commercial property; and (iii) affordable housing project loans, to meet construction expenses of affordable housing projects of reputed developers. For more details, please visit