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HCL Foundation announces winners of fifth edition of HCL Grant

  • Three winning NGOs in categories of Education, Healthcare & Environment felicitated by Mr. Kapil Dev

    · Winners received a grant of ₹5 crore each (US$ 2.1Mn)

    HCL Foundation (HCLF), the company Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of HCL Technologies, today announced the recipients of the fifth edition of HCL Grant within the presence of Padma Bhushan, Mr. Kapil Dev, a legend within the global world of cricket and former captain of the Indian Cricket team.

    HCL Grant is one among the most important and most coveted institutionalized CSR grants in India that aims to acknowledge the increase of the Fifth Estate - the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) - and support their breakthrough projects reaching bent the agricultural communities within the country.

    The evening was also graced by Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL, Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Vice Chairperson of HCL Technologies and therefore the Chairperson of its CSR committee, and Mr. Prateek Aggarwal, Chief treasurer , HCL Technologies along side senior dignitaries, officials, NGO-partners and HCL leadership.

    HCL Grant 2020 witnessed three NGOs across the categories of Education, Healthcare and Environment receiving a grant of ₹5 crores each. The remaining six finalists across the three categories also received ₹25 lakhs each, taking the general Grant to ₹16.5 crore.

    The finalists and therefore the winners were selected by an eminent jury, which was chaired by Ms. Robin Abrams, Member of the Board, HCL Technologies.

    Recipients of HCL Grant 2020:

    Environment- The 2020 HCL Grant winner during this category Under The mango Society. Initiated in 2009, the organization is promoting beekeeping with locally available indigenous bees to enhance its presence
    Project Title: to boost awareness about the role of indigenous bees for agriculture and biodiversity in tribal communities

    Project Location: 4 districts (Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh)

    Healthcare- The 2020 HCL Grant winner during this category is Operation ASHA. Established in 2006, the organization is functioning with National Tuberculosis (TB) programs, providing detection, treatment, education, awareness and advocacy about TB through various technology applications
    Project Title: To detect and supply whole shebang to each tuberculosis patient

    Project Location: Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)

    Education- The 2020 HCL Grant winner during this category is Bal Raksha Bharat. Established in 2004, the organization is functioning with a saying of leaving no child behind to make sure that children get the proper start to realize their full potential
    Project Title: to market a culture of peace and harmony and a secure school environment for the foremost marginalized children of J&K and Ladakh.

    Project Location: Leh (Ladakh) and Budgam (J&K)

    “It is extremely important to bring equal opportunities to people coming from every strata of the society. Health, Education and Environment are one among the foremost important pillars towards India’s development goals and that i am highly impressed with the type of impact these NGOs are bringing within the rural communities. Also, the robustness of the identification process are some things I even have not witnessed before. I congratulate both HCL also the winners and finalists for the exceptional work they're doing in their respective fields,” Mr. Kapil Dev said while addressing the audience at the event.

    HCL Grant began its journey in 2015 and over the years witnessed some remarkable work being done by the supported NGOs to strengthen grass root and sustainable development. Excluding the present grant, HCL Grant has already disbursed ₹51.5 crores (US$ 7.4Mn) to profit nearly 500,000 people and its supported projects aim to hide over 1,000,000 people spread across 7,500 villages across 13 States and one Union Territory within the country.

    “HCL Foundation is our long-term commitment for social development and today it's improved over 1.5 million lives across our country. Our collaborative model allows us to support communities with critical concerns needing immediate attention and HCL Grant may be a prime example of an equivalent i'm proud to mention that today the improvements we've been ready to drive along side the HCL Grant partner NGOs isn't just in terms of immediate impact on beneficiary lives, but also about ensuring long-term sustainable change by influencing state and government policies.” said Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Vice-Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Chairperson, CSR Committee, HCL Technologies.

    Speaking on the occasion Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director HCL Foundation, said “This may be a very special year for us as we complete half a decade of empowering the NGOs that are committed to ushering change. This annual HCL Grant event may be a culmination of our year-long efforts to spot partners who have the potential to realize the utmost impact through their social development projects.. We are truly honored to possess received applications from all parts of the country and my heartiest congratulations to the winning NGOs for giving us the chance to partner with them and support ideas for impactful positive change.”

    During the event, HCL Foundation also released the compendium of the previous year’s finalists and winning NGOs, named “Fifth Estate – NGOs Transforming Rural India in Environment, Health and Education”.

    Briefing the media on the connection between Holi and Ayurveda, Dr. Chauhan said that consistent with Ayurveda, illnesses are a results of disturbances of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and water within the body. The imbalances end in three doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Among the main factors that cause these imbalances are changes within the seasons. Hence, Ayurveda prescribes certain seasonal regimen (Ritucharya) to stop health problems.

    He said that Holi may be a a part of the regimen for the season of vasant (spring), the start of warmer days. The sudden rise within the temperature, along side the increasing humidity, in spring melts the kapha (phlegm) within the body and may cause many kapha-related diseases. The Holi festival was originally conceived to urge the body obviate liquefied kapha and to revive the three doshas to their natural states.

    The highlight of Holi is twiddling with colours. Colour powders were traditionally prepared from Ayurvedic herbs like neem (Azadirachta indica) and henna (Lawsonia inermis) for green, kumkum and raktachandan (Pterocarpus santalinus) for red, haldi (Curcuma longa) for yellow, jacaranda flowers for blue and herbs like bilva (Aegle marmelos), amaltas (Cassia fistula), marigold (Tagetus erecta) and yellow chrysanthemums for various other hues. These colour powders have kapha-reducing properties.

    Spraying the herbal and water colours, help the medicinal components to enter and detox the skin. Dr Chauhan urged the general public to use only organic, herbal colour powders to reap rich health benefits.

    Talking about safety precautions people can fancy protect their eyes and skin, Dr Chauhan said, “Most colours available within the market today are chemical-based and unsafe. they will leave rashes on the skin. it's important to use mustard oil everywhere the body each day before Holi. this may keep the skin protected and also allow you to get rid of the colors with ease. One also can apply many copra oil . This acts as a protecting agent and prevents colours from penetrating deep into the roots.

    If there are rashes, we will apply multani mitti on affected areas. Another good home remedy is to form a paste by mixing gram flour, vegetable oil and milk cream in perfume . Applying this paste on the affected areas cures rashes.”

    Dr Chauhan said that since people enjoys tons of fried snacks and sweets on the day of Holi, it can cause constipation or gastric discomfort. Hence, additionally to caring for the skin, it's important to make sure digestive health. Fruit and vegetable-based meals are better fitted to the transitional weather . Staying hydrated is additionally vital . The pre-Spring sun and dryness in air absorbs moisture faster than people realize. Keep alittle sipper of water with you and take a sip or two once every while.

    Based on its innovation leadership, Covestro was chosen as partner by Toyota Boshoku Corporation, a car component manufacturer of the japanese Toyota Group, for jointly developing a replacement polyurethane material for the new electric concept car “LQ” developed by Toyota Motor Corporation. the fabric is predicated on a mixture of Covestro's advanced Baypreg® F NF technology and Toyota Boshoku's expertise in using kenaf fibers, and offers a light-weight and sustainable solution. within the “LQ”, the new product is employed in door trims, where it makes its performance during a car model of this manufacturer.

    Kenaf may be a member of the hibiscus family and is growing in regions like South East Asia, Bangladesh, India and Africa. The fiber is obtained from bast fibers of the kenaf plant and has recently attracted increasing attention as an economical staple with good mechanical properties. within the automotive industry, the plant fibre is additionally attracting increasing interest as an alternate staple .

    Light and stiff

    The kenaf fiber-reinforced polyfoam composite is characterized by a really low area density of but 1 kg/m2 and high strength, making the door trim made from the fiber-reinforced kenaf polyfoam 30 percent lighter than that produced from conventional materials. The lighter the fabric , the further the car can travel on one gas or battery charge.

    The new material was developed in close cooperation between Toyota Boshoku and Covestro's recently renovated Japanese Innovation Center. “Our joint development makes a crucial contribution to the planning of particularly lightweight and sustainable vehicles,” says Hiroaki Ido, Head of Polyurethanes Application Development for Transportation at Covestro's Japanese Innovation Center. “It is additionally an honest example of our company's specialise in using alternative raw materials and establishing a circular economy.”

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