Voltas ties up with GMRVF for community development initiative
Voltas' Electro-Mechanical & Refrigeration Business Group (EM&RBG) are now allied with GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the grass-roots change agent of GMR Industries, as partners in Corporate Social Responsibility.
The specific initiative undertaken is the introduction of a Certificate course in Refrigeration & Air conditioning, at the Centre for Empowerment and Livelihood (CEL) at Shamshabad. The project brings into play the invaluable experience gained by EM&RBG volunteers engaged in Voltas' Core Competency Project at Mumbai's Joseph Cardijn Technical Institute over the past 5 years. An MOU signed with GMRVF has resulted in a shared pursuit of responsible corporate citizenship through a similar community service agenda.
The project commenced in May 2008, and since then has achieved several significant milestones, such as the valedictory function for the first batch of student pass-outs; and the setting-up of a fully equipped AC&R laboratory at CEL. The second batch training is in full swing, with classroom sessions and laboratory practicals followed by on-the-job training, all to be completed by mid-February 2009.
In the words of M Gopi Krishna, Sr VP (Operations) at Voltas, in his letter to G M Rao, Group Chairman of GMR: 'We regard this as an opportunity as well as a rare privilege to be associated with GMR, in our common pursuit to be a responsible Corporate Citizen by our commitment to serve the community.'
It's worth mentioning that Voltas' EM&RBG had previously worked with GMR on yet another landmark achievement, namely the MEP project for Hyderabad's outstanding new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Now that same proven synergy is being channelled into a worthwhile social cause.