Living through Techtonic Changes

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The Second M.L Mehta Memorial Oration was organized in joint collaboration by M.L Mehta Memorial Foundation and HCMRIPA recently at B.S Mehta Auditorium, HCM RIPA (OTS) on “Living through Techtonic Changes”.

The key note speaker, C.P. Gurnani, CEO, Tech Mahindra and Chairman NASSCOM stressed on the need to bridge the gap between the India & Bharat. According to him, India is witnessing a technology divide. There is need to link the booming, bits-and-bytes of Urban India with the stagnating rural India, so that the knowledge-driven sector serves as an engine of growth that pulls along the rural economy. In his oration, he spoke on the way technology has transformed human lives for the better by not only facilitating faster communication, diffusion of ideas but also providing smart solutions to the problems.

He was of the view that while most of India’s technology and back-office outsourcing firms operate in urban centers, some of them are starting to set up offices in small towns and villages to take advantage of untapped human resources. Such moves—still rare in the industry—are helping India’s rural youth find jobs without the hassle of moving to distant cities.

Gurnani is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History – the acquisition and merger of Satyam. He has been honored with many prestigious awards like CNBC Asia’s ‘India Business Leader of the Year’, Dataquest ‘IT person of the Year’ – for the year 2013, Business Standard ‘CEO of the Year’ 2014, ‘Best CEO of the Year’ at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2015 and ‘Asia One Global Indian of the Year – Technology’ 2016.

The oration was presided by O.P Meena, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan.

M.L Mehta Memorial Awards instituted by Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) were also given on this occasion. This year the awards were given to two female entrepreneurs working in RKCL network. Vandana Parihar of Rajasthan Institute of Information Technology, Jodhpur and Vibha Sharma of CST Institute, Nayapura, Kota received the awards from the distinguished guests. Gurjot Kaur, Director General, HCMRIPA shared her memories of working with Shri. Mehta. Dr Rashmi Jain, Managing Trustee conducted the programme and also proposed a vote of thanks. A short movie on the life and works of Shri Mehta was also shown on this occasion.  Late Shri Mitha Lal Mehta, former Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan was a stellar example of pro- people civil servant. His career was marked by sterling integrity, humanism, high dedication and deep concern for the poor and downtrodden. As Secretary Policy Planning in 1977, he authored and shaped the famous scheme of Antyodaya which brought the last man in the row to the centre. This program provided a concrete shape to Gandhiji’s ideas of poverty eradication. He pioneered people centric schemes of participatory development like Apna Gaon – Apna Kaam, Gopal, Rajlaxmi and Jan Mangal which received wide acclaim. He also contributed significantly to the innovative schemes of Shiksha Karmi, Lok Jumbish and Praveshotseva. After his superannuation, he devoted himself to building institutions like Eye Bank Society of Rajasthan, Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, Sumedha and many more like this.  He was honoured with Padma Shree posthumously for social work in April 2015.

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