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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.

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.

Unravelling the Union Budget 2022, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a webinar on ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2022.’ Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), FACT, addressed the webinar. A comprehensive presentation on various aspects of the Budget was shared by senior partners and subject matter experts from Deloitte. About 400 participants, including board members and senior officials from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Addressing the participants, Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy deliberated upon the macro perspectives of the Budget and said it unveils a roadmap of the economy for the next 25 years with renewed impetus to growth and development issues. He also spoke about the strategic role of PSEs in achieving sustainable growth and making the nation a 5 trillion economy.

Calling the budget growth centric, Mr. Atul Sobti said that as the focus of the Budget this year is on infrastructure development, digital ecosystem, skill development, energy transitions, and Ease of Doing Business 2.0, PSEs being present in core sectors will act as catalysts in the overall growth of the economy. He also added that SCOPE will continue to make concerted efforts to offer a platform for dialogue and capacity building for PSEs.

Mr. S. Sakthimani, in his address, while appreciating initiatives undertaken by SCOPE, emphasized that PSEs can be strategic partners in the country’s high trajectory growth by propelling digitalisation and start-up ecosystem.

SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises compliments the Hon’ble Finance Minister in presenting a visionary & progressive budget focussing on the long-term agenda of growth by developing an international infrastructure through ‘new-age’ announcements. While appreciating the Budget, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE said that the Budget is inclusive and has given the right impetus to infrastructure while balancing it with penetration and building new digital ecosystem. “Overall, a futuristic budget with increased capex, new schemes, incentivising domestic industries, impetus on digitalisation and skill development, thereby bolstering the upward trajectory of growth”, he added.

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a Symposium on ‘Transformational Leadership in Governance – The Gandhian Way’ to commemorate the 74th Martyrs’ Day. The occasion was addressed by Shri Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary, Consumer Affairs; Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Veteran Gandhian; Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, CMD, Cotton Corporation of India Ltd. and Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE.

Shri Rohit Kumar Singh, in his address, enunciated Gandhiji’s vision of Governance being citizen centric, decentralisation of power to the grassroot levels and treating customer as supreme. He highlighted areas of conflict resolution, envisioning India 2047 and democratisation of information where Gandhian principles of transparency and ethics are most relevant to strengthen the country and prepare for the future.

Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna in her lecture highlighted the global presence of Gandhiji as a moral leader. She also discussed his quest for positive change to ensure social and economic well-being of people. She reiterated the various traits of Gandhiji that are most relevant for a transformational leader in the present dynamic business environment which would help in overcoming various social and ethical dilemmas.

Shri Atul Sobti said that SCOPE through its dedicated forum has been exploring Gandhian principles while creating awareness among PSEs of its application in the modern times. Amidst rapid change, he added, there was a rising need for leaders to adopt Gandhian virtues today so as to instil positivity and self-belief in the people.

Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal while paying tribute to the Mahatma, accentuated the need for leaders of today to create trust and influence people as manpower is the most essential component of any organisation.

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) hosted its 47th Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was chaired by Smt. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL & Chairperson, SCOPE and was attended by Shri Sanjay Kumar Jain, Joint Secretary, DPE; Shri Pradip Kumar Das, CMD, IREDA & Vice Chairman, SCOPE; Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Executive Board Members of SCOPE; CMDs, Directors and senior officials of member Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). The meeting was held through the physical and virtual mode.

The AGM, highlighted SCOPE’s endeavour of developing into an impactful organization and its synergising efforts to enable PSEs to play a vital role in the national and global economy. A series of initiatives undertaken by SCOPE towards policy advocacy, representation on national and international forums and collaborative efforts towards research, were also showcased during the AGM.

The meeting also reflected upon the future vision of the apex body, intending to carve a niche for PSEs in the global economy.

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

Calling the Right to Information (RTI) Act a landmark legislation that has withstood the test of time, Mr. Y.K. Sinha, Chief Information Commissioner, CIC addressed Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE)’s symposium on Right to Information Act. Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Ms. B.K. Sokhey, Director (Finance), NBCC and Mr. O.P. Khorwal, Consultant, SCOPE also addressed the concluding session of the two-day program, which saw large participation of senior officials of various PSUs from across the country.

Mr. Y.K. Sinha said that the RTI Act has brought about a huge change empowering the common man and enunciated the need for proactive and effective grievance redressal mechanisms in PSUs. He further added that Public authorities must go for voluntary disclosure to expedite the process, file timely returns while sticking to guidelines to enable effective transparency audits.

Mr. Atul Sobti addressing the participants called RTI Act the cornerstone of corporate governance enabling efficiency and transparency in processes. He added that SCOPE with the support of Central Information Commission has been continuously organising symposiums and workshops on RTI Act for capacity building of PSEs.

Ms. B.K. Sokhey shared that the symposium encapsulated important aspects of RTI Act with regard to CPSEs which will be a great learning for the participants.

The secret to infinite potential lies in the depths of our awareness and consciousness and accentuating this, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) hosted a discourse  on ‘The Nature of Reality- Unleashing the Infinite potentials’ with world icon of Wellness  and personal transformation, Dr. Deepak Chopra from USA. Dr. Naresh Trehan, CMD, Medanta: The Medicity graced the event as Guest of honor. The virtual program was also addressed by Dr. H.K. Chopra, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Medanta Moolchand Heart  Institute and Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE. Dr. Deepak Chopra was felicitated with ‘Gyan Jyoti Award’ by SCOPE for his contribution in converging Science and Spirituality.

Demystifying self-awareness, Dr. Deepak Chopra spoke about the intersection of spirituality and science, enunciating the need for deeper connection between ourselves and the larger cosmos to unleash life’s true reality. He shared seven pillars of well-being that may help in realizing reality and strengthening oneself to identify diseases as predictable, reversible so as to achieve longevity of a healthy life.

In his address, Dr. Naresh Trehan said that human beings are connected in multiple ways to the universe and must remain cognizant of the link between spiritualism and medicine. He emphasized that spiritualism and science cannot be dealt in isolation and hence we all must holistically look at the entire ecosystem and bring it together for the benefit of humanity.

Mr. Atul Sobti shared that this webinar with the esteemed panel was a historic moment in SCOPE’s endeavor to organize programs for the overall wellness of society and aimed at reverberating the two fundamentals of human life – Science and Spirituality, which if achieved can do miracles.

Dr. H.K. Chopra conducted the program, reiterating the prominence of higher-level consciousness and encouraged participants to learn the secret to a fulfilled life from the seer, sage, saint and scientist all in one, Dr. Deepak Chopra.