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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru to strengthen PSEs by broadening their horizon through effective capacity building and skill enrichment aligned with international benchmarks. The MoU intends to undertake joint studies, research, workshops, training programs on pertinent subjects including corporate governance, economics, ethics, legal complexities, global best practices of PSEs etc.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad (IMTH) to conduct a research-based study on ‘Digital Transformation in PSEs.’ The MoU was signed virtually by Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Dr. K Sriharsha Reddy, Director, IMTH, in the presence of Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary I&C and IT, Govt. of Telangana; Dr. S. K. Joshi, Advisor, Centre for Sustainability & CSR, IMTH and Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Telangana; and Shri O. P. Singh, Director (Technical & Field Services), ONGC & Chairperson, SCOPE Committee on Digital Transformation.

Shri Atul Sobti emphasised that digitalization is one of biggest differentiators in an organisation’s performance today, and stipulated that the study aims at moving beyond data analysis and understanding internal efficiencies, external components of digitalisation and ways to accelerate digital transformation in PSEs.

Dr. K. Sriharsha Reddy said that as PSEs are major contributors in all strategic sectors of the economy, therefore this study aims at decoding PSEs’ readiness to leverage emerging technologies.

Dr. S. K. Joshi congratulated SCOPE and IMTH on undertaking this ambitious study with PSEs, who are not only strategic partners in country’s economic growth but also trend setters in imbibing emerging technologies.

Shri Jayesh Ranjan stated, that as the pace of technology has increased manifold, in this era of perform or perish, PSEs must aim for rapid adoption of new technologies.

Shri O.P. Singh, highlighted the importance of the study for the PSEs, to better comprehend the need for digital efficacy.

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17th February, 2021
Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized its 31st National Meet 2021 virtually on the theme ‘New Normal: Opportunities and Risks’ for Public Sector women employees. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL & Chairman, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Ms. Atishi Marlena addressed the participants during the inaugural session. Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairperson, SAIL and Ms. H.K. Joshi, CMD, SCI addressed the subsequent sessions in the presence of Ms. Kirti Tiwari and Ms. Sanchita Banerjee, President Apex, WIPS and other WIPS members. The program was attended by around 1000 participants located across the country.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar inaugurating the e-National Meet said that as the country is treading towards ‘Make for the World’, women employees have an indispensable role in achieving self-sufficiency in all industries. He highlighted the need for creating a motivated and secure workspace for women to help achieve gender equality.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address saluting the spirit of women employees in these times of crisis stated that displaying grit and determination, they meticulously transformed crisis into opportunity. He emphasized that women employees must focus on being more assertive, confident, aiming for higher goals and reiterated the role of WIPS in empowering women.

Ms. Atishi Marlena said that while COVID 19 created a unique prospect of ‘Work from Home’ for women employees it also renewed challenges in creating work life balance.

Ms. Soma Mondal in her address commended that amidst the blurring of boundaries between work and home, women employees have risen to the challenge and shown true resilience by adapting efficiently to the ‘New Normal.’

SCOPE Academy of Public Sector Enterprise (APSE) recently conducted Executive Development Program on the theme ‘The Career Journey to Personal Effectiveness and Leadership.’ Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE inaugurated the weeklong program designed to create a talent pool of PSE executives in today’s highly competitive business scenario. Mr. D.K. Patel, Director (HR), NTPC and Member, SCOPE Executive Board addressed the concluding session of the program. Participants from 13 Public Sector Enterprises of diverse sectors from across the country attended the program.

Emphasising on leadership as an important ingredient of success in one’s career, Mr. Atul Sobti said that power is not only delegated but also assumed and to truly accumulate power, executives must own their responsibilities and be representative of their organisation’s purpose. He also suggested that after the challenging period of the pandemic, SCOPE APSE’s program was one of the first programs being held in person and participants must utilize it as an opportunity to accrue and exchange knowledge and create a network of peers to share best practices.

Mr. D.K. Patel during his address in the concluding session said that participants must adapt to the learnings of the program for personal development and to ascend to greater heights in their career.

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE inaugurating the SCOPE APSE program and Mr. D.K. Patel, Director (HR), NTPC and Member, SCOPE Executive Board addressing participants during the concluding session
Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE inaugurating the SCOPE APSE program and Mr. D.K. Patel, Director (HR), NTPC and Member, SCOPE Executive Board addressing participants during the concluding session

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) & GIZ, Germany launched a comprehensive report on ‘Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Pathways for Indian Public Sector Enterprises- Training and Capacity Needs Assessment’ to address the ways and means for building capacities for developing climate resilient pathways. The report was released in the presence of Mr. Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC; Mr. Agrim Kaushal, Adviser, DPE, Ministry of Finance; Dr. Steffen Koch, Minister & Head of Economic Department and Globalisation, German Embassy; Mr. Mohamed El-Khawad, Cluster Coordinator, GIZ India; Mr. O.P.Singh, Director, ONGC; Mr. Santanu Roy, ED, GAIL India Limited and Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE. The launch was attended by several Senior officials of PSEs from across the country.

Given the fact that PSEs are involved in hard to abate sectors creating an inherent impact on the environment, SCOPE has collaborated with GIZ to raise awareness and creating capacities of PSEs towards global Climate Change Mitigation through studies & research, workshops, pilot initiatives and e-certification course.

Mr. Gurdeep Singh stated that Climate Change is invariably one of the most pertinent topics today and enunciated that though PSEs are undertaking individual actions, there is need for synergised efforts for which SCOPE can create a confluence of ideas by PSEs towards achieving various sustainability targets as a nation.

Mr. Agrim Kausal addressed the participants by appreciating SCOPE on the apt timing of the study as Climate crisis is among topmost concerns globally and encouraged participants to analyse and prepare pathways for a green plan.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Atul Sobti emphasised that this study is a game changer and not a mere a desk study. He emphasized that besides skill enhancement, a pipeline of activities in the form of Compendium and short features to highlight the innovations and initiatives towards reducing carbon footprint by PSEs is also being developed.
Mr. Mohamed El-Khawad stated that as Climate Change impacts the triple bottom line of business which is economic, environmental and social so PSEs need to be involved strenuously for which this study is an important referral point.

Calling GIZ-SCOPE collaboration an imperative step in Indo-German partnership, Dr. Steffen Koch said that PSEs through efforts like low Carbon emissions have been meeting strategic climate targets but as they are strategic for the nation’s climate agenda more needs to be done.

Giving the closing remarks, Mr. O. P. Singh, congratulated SCOPE for the launch of a very critical study and emphasised on synergising efforts of PSEs.
Mr. Santanu Roy delivered the vote of thanks and complimented SCOPE on a very important study.

SCOPE –ILO study provides a very useful starting point for Guidelines and policy on WfH: Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, MoLE

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) & International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva released a comprehensive study on ‘Impact of Working from Home’ (WfH) on Women Executives and Managers in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in India with Guidelines for a Gender Sensitive WfH Policy in PSEs.  The report was released virtually in the presence of Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment; Ms. Dagmar Walter, Country Director, ILO; Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL and Chairperson, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE; Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra, Chairperson, Director (HR), IOCL & Chairperson, SCOPE HR Committee and Ms. Sanchir Tugschimeg, Senior Advisor, ILO, Geneva. Dr. Malika Basu, Consultant, ILO gave a presentation of the report. The launch was attended by about 366 participants.

On the occasion, Ms. Anuradha Prasad complimented SCOPE-ILO on undertaking the study on a very topical subject. She further shared that while the Govt. has notified Draft Model Standing Order 2020 under the Industrial Relations Code for Service Sector in which specific provisions have been made for Work from Home(WfH) subject to specified conditions and as detailed guidelines need to be evolved, SCOPE –ILO study provides a very useful starting point for such guidelines and policy.

Ms. Dagmar Walter stated that the study is a landmark moment in SCOPE- ILO association and has reiterated the need for creation of an inclusive workplace to upsurge women participation in workforce.

Calling it a proud moment for SCOPE, Ms. Soma Mondal said that PSEs have time and again instantaneously responded to the transformations at workplace and the pandemic was no exception. She added that the report gives an optimised insight into how women workforce are managing this new normal.

Mr. Atul Sobti stated that this is a path breaking study where highest number of public sector women employees participated. He added that the report is an important step towards developing Gender inclusive work policy in PSEs that facilitates equal opportunities to women workforce. He called for creation of better opportunities to encourage more women at work and also advised senior management to gain insight from the Study and Guidelines launched.

Ms. Sanchir Tugschimeg commended the active and consistent effort of SCOPE and ILO encouraging deeper insights into this new reality at work.

Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra said that PSEs may circulate and look at active adoption of the guidelines customised to their organisational needs s WfH is a perennial reality today.

As the pandemic has been catalyst in adopting WfH arrangement, the SCOPE ILO study offers detailed insights about advantages and challenges of WfH after administering surveys including key informant interviews (KIIs) and one-on-one interviews with Senior Management including CMDs, Heads of HR and other executives. A record number of 1969 women executives in PSEs were interviewed to reckon the ground reality of the situation. The report also proposes a set of recommendations streamlined into guidelines for gender sensitive work from home policy in PSEs.

In continuation of its endeavour towards gearing the Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) towards Climate Change agenda, an MoU has been signed between Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director, GIZ, a German public-benefit federal enterprise, for supporting the PSEs in playing a critical role in the national agenda of climate change mitigation. Mr. M. V. Iyer, Director (Business Development), GAIL & Chairman, SCOPE Committee on Sustainable Development; Dr. Ashish Chaturvedi, Director, Climate Change, GIZ India, other senior officials of GIZ, SCOPE and Public Sector were present during the signing.

While the earlier association was more centric towards building capacities in PSEs, the present MoU signed by SCOPE and GIZ seeks to explore and support implementation of studies and pilots in Public Sector Enterprises on climate and sustainable development related issues. Signed virtually, the collaboration shall engage in a series of activities in the areas of SDGs, carbon markets and climate finance amongst other issues pertaining to climate change mitigation.

National e-Meet of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) was addressed by Smt. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women; Smt. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL and Chairperson, SCOPE; Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Smt. Alka Mittal, CMD, ONGC; Smt. Vartika Shukla, CMD, EIL and Smt. H. K. Joshi, CMD, SCI in the presence of Dr. Dharini Mouli, President APEX; Smt. Nanda Kulkarni, President, Western Region and other members of WIPS. The program was attended by around 900 participants from across the country.

18th August, 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and International Labour Organisation (ILO), a tripartite U.N. agency signed an understanding for a Joint Study on “Women Empowerment - Adoption of Work from Home Model”. Mr Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Ms. Dagmar Walter, Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India signed the understanding virtually.

The key objective of the study is to analyse and train women in Public Sector in order to empower them and motivate them to aspire to positions of leadership and management by addressing challenges faced by them at work. The study succeeds an earlier study of SCOPE & ILO whereby a team of Network of Champions was developed to train women in Public Sector on different aspects.

7th August, 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL),USA, engaged in learning and development with focus on effective leadership development, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a study on ‘Developing Future Fluent Leaders in PSEs.’ The MoU was signed between Mr Atul Sobti, Director General SCOPE and Mr. Muniinder Anand, MD-India & South Asia, CCL.

The MoU aims at conducting a study on assessing the prevailing leadership gaps and curating a learning module on developing effective and efficient leaders in the Indian Public Sector. The study shall adopt a qualitative and quantitative research methodologybased on responses and experiences of the present leadership which would be further analyzed to identify relevant skills, mind sets, and experiences for future-fluent PSE leader in India.

11th February, 2020
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Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized the 30th National Meet in Hyderabad on the theme ‘Power to Transform- Decision to Action’ for Public Sector women employees. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telegana in the presence of Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, who also delivered the keynote address.

The program was attended by more than 600 women employees from PSEs located across the country. In her address, Dr. Soundararajan commending the role of WIPS said women born with the inherent power to transform into different roles all through their life must also prioritize their health and well being to attain ideal work-life balance.

Mr. Sobti in his address stated that empowerment of women has gained top priority across the globe and though women constitute a significant part of the labour force in India, efforts need to be made to escalate their representation, especially at senior level positions.

27th January 2020
SCOPE
SCOPE Academy of Public Sector Enterprise (APSE) has commenced the Executive Development Program on the theme “The Career Journey to Personal Effectiveness and Leadership’’ at SCOPE Minar, New Delhi. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) inaugurated the program. Participants from 14 public sector enterprises are attending the program.

Mr. Sobti in his inaugural address informed that the long term vision of the SCOPE Academy is to create a talent pool and a PSE cadre of its own for better succession planning. He emphasized that corporate executives must understand current market and operational challenges and avail the emerging opportunities in transforming existing capabilities into competitive advantage in order to create value for their organizations.

DG, SCOPE said business organizations operating in the competitive environment have to devise and execute competitive strategies to survive and grow. This capacity is contingent on their ability to invest, develop and utilize human capital which is now widely regarded as the primary driver of organizational performance, Mr. Sobti added.

11th December, 2019
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A joint declaration for Promotion & Expansion of apprenticeship in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) was signed and exchanged between Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Ms. Sunita Sanghi, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in the presence of Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister, MSDE; Mr. R. K. Singh, Minister of State, MSDE & MoS (I/c), Ministry of Power; Dr. K.P. Krishnan, Secretary, MSDE and Mr. Sailesh, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE). The joint declaration took place at a National Seminar held to spread awareness and participation in apprenticeship programme organized by MSDE in collaboration with SCOPE and DPE.

The aim of the declaration is to sensitize the benefits of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) amongst PSEs for active participation and engagement of apprentices. SCOPE and MSDE shall work together toward maximizing the benefit of apprenticeship and also help DPE in creating a database in this regard. The seminar was attended by a large number of senior government officials and delegates from PSEs.

29th October 2019
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An MoU was signed between Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director (India), GIZ, a federal enterprise of the German Government, to work on climate change, carbon markets, Sustainable Development Goals and climate finance.

The objectives of MoU seeks to align Public Sector Enterprises with the national mission of environment protection and enhance their capacities in various areas and approaches related to climate change including identifying alternatives for Single use Plastic. The MoU also seeks to explore possibilities of working with other Asian countries to exchange best practices and promote the cause of greener environment.

16th September 2019
SCOPE
In a major women empowerment initiative, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in association with the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched ‘Network of Champions’. Mr Atul Sobti, Director General SCOPE along with Ms. Dagmar Walter, Director-India, ILO awarded Certificates to twelve Champions from various sectors of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) thereby entrusting them with the responsibility of being ‘change agents’ to encourage gender diversity and address gender issues in their respective organizations.

While addressing the participants, DG SCOPE raised concerns over reduction in proportionate employment of women in PSEs and said that this issue can be resolved by key aspects of ‘Attract, Retain and Engage’. He said that organizations need to change their mindset and utilize woman’s capability of team dynamism and multitask to the benefit of the organization and society at large. He opined that need of the hour is to strategise towards effective engagement of women at the work place thereby encouraging them to be efficiently employed. He reiterated that policies such as flexible working hours, matching job profile with requirement and aspirations of the women employees etc. would encourage women to effectively contribute to the organization. He concluded by saying that organizations need women more than women need organizations.

The program perspective and preview was given by Mr. Ravi Peiris, Senior Specialist Employers’ Activities and Dr. Malika Basu, Consultant of ILO. The event was attended by senior officials and employees of PSEs, SCOPE and ILO.

29th August 2019, New Delhi
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SCOPE Academy of Public Sector Enterprises (APSE) has commenced the 9th Executive Development Program at SCOPE Minar, New Delhi. Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE inaugurated the program in the presence of Shri Ashok Bhat, Director, Mindshare HR Consultancy. Participants from 17 public sector enterprises are attending the program.

Shri Sobti in his inaugural address stressed upon the need to prepare executives for the volatile and disruptive market environment. He also spoke on various management skills and traits that are required to excel in one’s professional career. DG, SCOPE opined that hard work, constant learning, thinking out of the box and behavioural aspect are four key parameters to become an asset for the organisation.

SCOPE APSE has been conducting several Executive Development Programs. It has been set up to serve as a central institution to address the training needs of member PSEs.

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14th October 2019
SCOPE
Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), Mr. Atul Sobti welcomed Mr. Roberto Saurez Santos, the Secretary General of International Organization of Employers (IOE), Geneva at SCOPE Headquarters. IOE is the representative of global employers in ILO, across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums advocating in the areas of business in social and employment policy. During the meeting, which was attended by senior representatives from Public Sector Enterprises, fruitful discussions were held on various employment and policy issues. SCOPE and IOE have mutually agreed to work in future on areas of common interests.