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8th February, 2021
Mulling over the impact of the Union Budget 2021, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a webinar on ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2021.’Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor, Bengaluru Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University; Mr. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL & Chairman, SCOPE and Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE addressed the webinar. Detailed presentation on the impact of the Budget provisions was made by senior partners and subject matter experts from Deloitte.About 500 participants including board members and senior official from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Addressing the participants, Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthystated that the Budget will accentuate the growth by invigorating the economic and infrastructural developmentof the country. He said that fiscal policy shall take a lead to enable overall macroeconomic stability of the country.

In his address, Mr. Rakesh Kumarsaid that the Budget stimulates strategic sectors and reflects on renewed impetus to green initiatives. While highlighting key aspects of the Budget, he reiterated on the constructive role of PSEs in the overall economic development of the country.

DG, SCOPE while appreciating the Budget said that infrastructure, social sector and policy reforms shall prove catalytic for growth. He added that in light of ease of doing business and conciliation mechanism announced, SCOPE Forum of Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA)can play an important role in the new landscape.

28th January, 2021
The growing complexities of business has magnified the need for a dynamic and resilient HR function in order totransform workplaces. Deliberating on this, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised aSymposium on ‘Strengthening HR strategies in Emerging Business Environment’. The webinar was addressed by Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairperson, SAIL; Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Director(HR), IndianOil and Mr. Atul Sobti,Director General, SCOPE. Deloitte team comprising of Mr. AnandorupGhose and Mr. Mohinish Sinha, Partners, Human Capital gave an insightful presentation into the changing paradigms of HR and measures to advent to the modern HR practices.Over 650 participants including senior official from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

While addressing the participants, Ms. Soma Mondal called HR as the backbone of every organisation and ‘Change managers.She highlighted the need for safety & well-being of employees,embracing technology by mappingdigital quotient of employees, building resilience and leadership development as key issues to pave way for self reliance and ensure business continuity.

Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra resonated the need to treat the ongoing crisis as a lesson and adopt a multifocal approach of agility, adaptability and aligning with business to revive and thrive in business. He highlighted the role of HR in ensuring effective communication to bring the organisation together especially in challenging times.

DG, SCOPE in his address said that as SCOPE’s webinars have become its most sought after capacity building programs. Speaking on the subject, he said that role of HR has undergone a massive change especially in the pandemic. He also highlighted that new role of HR should be one systemic thinking that would enable adaptability, agility and strategy and effective utilisation of workforce.

30th January, 2021

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a Symposium on ‘Gandhian Perspective for Value Based Governance’ coinciding with 73rdMartyrs’ Day. On this occasion, Shri Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, Secretary, Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications; Prof. J. S. Rajput, India’s Representative to UNESCO's Executive Board; Smt. ShobhanaRadhakrishna, Veteran Gandhian and Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE spoke about espousing the ideals and teachings of Gandhiji, especially in these times of predicament.A large number of participants including senior executives from various PSEs attended the webinar.


18th January, 2021
In view of the critical role of fair market and competition in promoting consumer welfare, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a webinar on ‘Competition Law’ in association with Competition Commission of India (CCI).

Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairperson, CCIdelivered the key note address. The webinar was also addressed by Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Mr. A K Tiwari, Director (Finance), GAIL; Dr. K. D. Singh, Director (Law), CCI; Mr.Ashok Kumar Juneja, ED(CC&M), NTPC and Mr. K.R.M Rao, ED (C&P), GAIL.Over 500 participants including senior official from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta complimented SCOPE for organising the webinar and reiterated that such interactive sessions play a vital role in promoting greater understanding of the law and need for transparent public procurement system that ensures quality, price and service delivery. He added that since public procurement forms about 25% of our GDP, even small savings shall go a long way in making fiscal savings. He also apprised about CCI’s efforts towards development of efficient and competition compliant procurement processes at both Central and State Government level through its enforcement and advocacy roles.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address stated that while SCOPE has been reinventing itself in the present scenario, this webinar has been organised with an aim to provide clarity in area of public procurement while maintaining competition in businesses for PSEs.

The webinar also discussed salient features of the Competition Law and deliberated on issues pertaining to proactive measures for better compliance of Competition Law, best practices, key initiatives and challenges of public procurement in the public sector.

30th April 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) successfully organised Webinar on Future of Work in the New Normal (CPSE Perspective)’ in association with Deloitte. The webinar, 5th in the series of SCOPE Webinars, aimed at making various strategies that organizations would need from a people and process standpoint to ensure they thrive in the present situation of COVID 19 and thereafter. Special e-issue of SCOPE’s monthly magazine Kaleidoscope encompassing PSEs contribution to economy and the role being played by them in Fight against COVID 19 was released on the occasion.

The webinar was addressed by Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Mr. Sunil Kumar, Director (HR&EB),MTNL, Mr. AnkurWalunjkar, Partner, Human Capital and Mr. Pratik N. Mehta, Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte India presented the role of virtual office spaces in the present times and also discussed the need for organisations to revisit their work, employee relevance in digital workspace, alternative workplace models, work from home policies and requirement of new skill sets required by employees. The webinar received an overwhelming response of over 500 participants including several senior members of the Public Sector fraternity.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address highlighted that every challenge presents with a new opportunity which can be replicated in the present crisis. He also added that while Work from Home may become the new normal in times to come, but there would be equal number of challenges associated. However, by developing nimble and agile operating models and adopting new ways of working, the same can be resolved.

Mr. Sunil Kumar complemented SCOPE for conducting webinars on subjects most relevant to PSEs and highlighted the need for organisations to be agile in adopting the new work forms.

26th April 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of public sector enterprises (PSEs) in continuation of its endeavour for creating a conducive policy and business environment for PSEs organised an interactive webinar with Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) on ‘Ease of Doing Business Initiatives & Business Continuity Measures undertaken by MCA during COVID19’. Mr. Manoj Pandey, Joint Secretary, MCA interacted with participants on steps taken to sensitise and facilitate corporates to meet the challenges arising out of COVID 19 besides new initiatives to make business in India corporate friendly and simplified. The webinar was also addressed by Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, NLC, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance) CCI. The webinar was attended by over 260 participants including several senior members of the public sector fraternity.

Mr. Manoj Pandey highlighted the business continuity measures of the Government during the lockdown in the form of virtual offices, regular interactions with industrial bodies, use of online platforms to handle grievances etc. During the presentation, he also highlighted the Government initiatives to provide a simplified business platform to corporates. He explained the use of new Web form - Spice+ whereby multiple compliances for registration are done through a single window system, electronic filings and settlement through e-office etc.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar in his address to the participants said that the global slump in demand and limited resources can decelerate growth and PSEs role therefore becomes important. He also said that Government’s constructive role and investor friendly schemes can help the country become a preferred destination for investment. He also encouraged PSEs to adapt innovative platforms like digitalization and utilize opportunities like these webinars to progress their learning.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address expressed the significance of rising virtual platforms which offer greater access to a wider audience and a great opportunity. Taking cue from Hon’ble Prime Minister, he said that this pandemic has taught us to be self-reliant and self-dependent and PSEs can play a vital role in the country. Mr. Sobti also said that India has achieved a significant leap in Ease of Doing Business rankings with the efforts of the Government and PSEs must make best use of the facilities offered.

Mr. S.Sakhthimani said that while COVID is a global pandemic, it offers multiple opportunities to PSEs for excellence in performance.

21st April 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised the 3 rd webinar of the SCOPE Webinar Series 2020 titled ‘Economic Impact of COVID- CPSEs Perspective’ with Deloitte as knowledge partner. SCOPE has recently introduced live webinars on relevant topics imperative for capacity building of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). Based on the overwhelming response, SCOPE will continue to host webinars to enhance competitiveness in PSEs.

Mr. Kishore Rungta, CMD, FACT and Vice Chairman, SCOPE and Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE also addressed the webinar that was attended by over 250 participants including several senior members of PSEs. Deloitte team comprised of Mr. Romal Shetty, President, Consulting and Mr. Nitin Kini, Partner who addressed implications, opportunities and Issues for PSEs with regard to COVID, how to strengthen India’s position as a strategic export , supply chain partner and shared practices adopted by SOEs around the world.

Mr. KishorRungta said that organisations need to adopt the latest trends to stay adrift in times of crisis and PSEs always formulate strategies to face any crisis which has helped them in playing a major role in the economy. He also encouraged the attendees to take maximum benefit of these webinars as they provide a great learning opportunity.

Mr. Atul Sobti stated that COVID 19 is bringing a major change in business models globally. He emphasised that organisations that expeditiously change and adopt the new formats are the ones that will emerge stronger and added that SCOPE will continue to host webinars on specific topics that are most relevant in present environment.

Dialogue with Globally Acclaimed Medical Experts from USA and India
28th June, 2020
Expanding its horizons in capacity building with an array of distinctive topics, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised its 11th webinar titled ‘Enhancing Corporate Health during Corona crisis’ with globally acclaimed medical experts from USA and India. Dr.Navin C. Nanda, Distinguished professor, Medicine & Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Alabama, USA, Ms. Mona Jauhar, Chief Functional Nutritionist, Founder President, Mechanism Wellness, New York, Dr. H.K. Chopra, President, World Wellness Foundation & Chief Consultant Cardiologist ,MoolchandMedicity Hospital, Mr. Atul Sobti DG,SCOPE and Dr. Anil Pareek, President, Medical Affairs and Clinical Research, IPCA addressed the participants. Around 2500 participants with their families joined in the interactive session LIVE through various platforms of SCOPE & IPCA. The webinar will also be telecasted on Tata Sky Famhealth channel for people to take continued benefit of the advice by medical experts Dr. Nanda, also known as face of Cardiology emphasised on Indians being at high risk of heart diseases. With the renewed risk factors amidst COVID times, he asserted the need for dietary management, good nutrition and physical activity to improve wellness of the heart. Calling sedentary lifestyle the new cancer, he advised all to be constantly on the move and base diets on plant based food.

Dr. Chopra besides giving various health tips to fight corona stated that a positive mindset is the biggest weapon against the disease and therefore optimism is true prevention.

Mr. Sobti stated that this crisis has brought awareness of health to the forefront and spoke about the paramount importance of overall wellness of employees at this time. He also highlighted the relentless support of Public Sector Enterprises during the crisis and assured the continued efforts of SCOPE in capacity building.

Ms. Jauhar discussed the interconnectedness of the human body and gave tips to build immunity and resilience through eating right. She signified the impact of a good balanced and premeditated diet to achieve overall fitness of the body and mind. Dr.Pareek in his address encapsulated the salient points deliberated and suggested all to follow them for a healthy life.

3rd March 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), an apex body of PSEs, organized a program on ‘Management of Contract Labour, Compliance of Labour Laws with special reference to Code of Wages 2019’. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment inaugurated the program. Shri HeeralalSamaraiya, Secretary (L&E), Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Shri Ravi Peiris, Senior Specialist, ILO and Shri Inderjit Singh, Former Chief Labour Commissioner also addressed the participants during the inaugural session.

In his inaugural address, Shri Gangwar spoke about the initiatives taken by the Government to simplify and transform labour laws in the country. He emphasized that not seeing labour as a commodity will result in reduction of labour disputes and enhance economic growth and better working conditions in the country.

Shri Samaraiya spoke about the need for safeguarding workers in the country. He added that simplified labour laws will enable right to minimum wages, timely payment and social security to majority of the working population of the country.

Shri Sobti said various reforms, policy initiatives taken by the government has led to India’s improved ease of doing business ranking to 63 from 114 for the year 2014. The ongoing labour reforms will further improve this ranking.

The program saw the presence of a large number of representatives from 32 PSEs.

Shri Lahiri shared Global Best practices in drafting, preparing and winning arbitration and encouraged the participants towards understanding and adopting settlements before going to arbitration to save time and resources.

ED (Law & HR), GAIL shared his view on the need to understand and learn from Global best practices to efficiently overcome the challenges in the field of arbitration.

14th February 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a program on International Arbitration and Global Best Practices at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. Shri ShouravLahiri, renowned international arbitration lawyer, Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Dr. S.B. Mitra, ED (Law & HR), GAIL addressed the participants. The seminar was attended by several senior executives of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and empanelled arbitrators of SCOPE Forum of Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA).

Speaking at the seminar, DG, SCOPE said Arbitration plays a major role in making a country an investment hub as faster resolution of disputes can help achieve investor confidence. He emphasised that with the increased volume of International trade, PSEs need to constantly update their knowledge of International arbitration.

4th February, 2020
SCOPE organized program on “Implications of Union Budget 2020” to familiarize Public Sector executives about the Budget, which was also Webcast live. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Mr. S.K. Gupta Director (Finance), IOCL ,Prof. N.R. Bhanumurthy of National Institute of Public Finance & Policy and Mr. SumitSinghania, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP. addressed the inaugural session.

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE in his address appreciated Government’s strong impetus to both investment and consumption - the key drivers in boosting the economy. Calling the budget inspirational, Mr. Sobti said the focus on all sectors has given Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) a more imperative role in contribution to the overall economy.

Mr. Gupta, Director (Finance), IOCL laid emphasis on Direct and Indirect Taxes as tax management is a very important topic leading to savings in organisations.

Prof.Bhanumurthy gave the macro perspective of the Budget and said that it addressed several issues while aiming to make India $5 trillion economy. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP., the knowledge partner of the program gave presentations on various aspects of Union Budget 2020 during the program, which was attended by a large number of senior officials of PSEs.

30th January 2020
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a programme on ‘Ethical Governance: The Gandhian Way’ coinciding with 72nd Martyrs’ Day.

On this occasion, floral tribute was paid to Mahatma Gandhi by Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Smt. ShobhanaRadhakrishna, Eminent Gandhian, Dr. H.K. Chopra, Chief Cardiologist, MoolchandMedcity and Mr. Atul Srivastava Director (Personnel), SAIL. They spoke on Gandhian philosophy and ideals, still relevant in today’s time. Special Issue of SCOPE’s monthly magazine KALEIDOSCOPE titled ‘Ethical Governance: The Gandhian Way’ was also released on the occasion. Large number of senior executives from public sector enterprises attended the programme.

20th December, 2019
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a national seminar on Challenges & Management of Arbitration which was inaugurated by Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises &MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal. Former Secretary, Law, Shri P K Malhotra; Director General, SCOPE, Shri Atul Sobti; Mr. Sunil Kumar, CMD, MTNL and Dr. S B Mitra, ED (Law & HR), GAIL also addressed the inaugural session. On this occasion, the hon’ble minister also released Special Issue of SCOPE’s KALEIDOSCOPE magazine on Arbitration.

In his inaugural address, Shri Meghwal said that Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 and 2019 by the Government of India are clear indications of the Government’s vision to make India a hub for arbitration. He congratulated SCOPE for conducting the seminar and urged Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) to create more effective arbitral mechanism which would also help India in further improving its ease of doing business ranking.

Former Secretary, Law in his keynote address advised to expedite arbitration procedure and expressed his pleasure about inclusion of arbitration in contracts of PSEs. He also said that institutional arbitration should be given more importance than ad-hoc arbitration and for that to happen we need to increase the confidence of corporate.

DG, SCOPE in his address expressed concerns on number of pending cases and said that arbitration can not only save time but also money of PSEs. SCOPE Forum for Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA), he added, is an apt, cost & time efficient platform for PSEs to pursue their arbitration and conciliation matters. He also said that enforcing contract is key concern for PSEs.

CMD, MTNL proposed the Vote of Thanks and highlighted the growing challenges in the field of arbitration. Dr.Mitra presented the program perspective.

The seminar was attended by over 80 senior executives from 30 PSEs.

17th December, 2019
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with GIZ, Germany (A German public benefit federal enterprise) organized a national seminar on Climate Change. The seminar was inaugurated and addressed by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Other key speakers in the inaugural session included Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director, GIZ India, Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, Senior Specialist, ILO, and Mr. Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM), RAILTEL. This comes at a time when the Indian Government is poised to play a leading role in mitigating global climate change crisis.

The Seminar saw a host of sessions on understanding Indian Climate Change Policy & International negotiations; low carbon growth and decarbonization of key sectors; carbon pricing and carbon finance among many other interesting topics. PSEs are adapting to new ways of business in the changing ecological balance of the world, adapting new technologies to not only ensure it's sustainability but also act as a role model for society to deal with climate change and saving planet earth for future generations.

December 3, 2019
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in association with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) organized an Interactive Program on “Recent Changes under the Companies Act 2013”. Mr. Ranjeet Pandey, President, ICSI, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI addressed the inaugural session. The session was attended by a large number of senior executives from over 50 public sector enterprises from across the country.

Mr. Ranjeet Pandey, President, ICSI discussed the way process for good corporate governance in PSEs. He focused on the usage of artificial intelligence in the compliance management as well as compliance monitoring.

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE mentioned that the new Companies Act makes the corporate model citizens of the country with equal importance to ‘good’ profit and governance. He outlined that amendments in the Companies Act attempts to strike a balance between ease of doing business and corporate governance.

Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Fin), CCI emphasized on rules and regulations relating to Companies Amendment Act, 2019 including independent directors.

Sobti also addressed the gathering. While appreciating the act as the most progressive legislation, Mr. Sobti pointed out that PSEs need a level playing field in the current volatile business environment.

Director (HR), NTPC and Member, SCOPE Executive Board, Mr. Saptarshi Roy; also presented his views on RTI Act. The interaction was organized by SCOPE which saw the presence of a large number of representations from 43 PSEs.

11th November 2019, New Delhi
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a national workshop on ‘Succession Planning for Board Level Positions’ in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), Mr. K D Tripathi inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Mr. M.K. Gupta, Member, PESB and Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE. The workshop was organized to develop an appreciation of the Challenges and Opportunities inherent in the Board level appointments in Public Sector in a Globally Competitive & Complex Environment and enhancing understanding of the selection framework for Board Level positions.

Chairman, PESB while inaugurating the program said that the board is the most important part of an organization in order to meet its goal and objectives. Mr. Gupta while addressing the workshop said that integrity and over all competency are key for succession planning. Talking about future readiness, Mr. Sobti said that leadership readiness is the most important aspect of it.

The two-day workshop was addressed by eminent speakers and attended by senior level executives of PSEs.

29th October 2019
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in order to promote health awareness about prostate cancer amongst the employees of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs), invited renowned oncologist, Padma Shri Dr. P. K. Julka at its headquarters. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE welcomed Dr.Julka. Dr.Julka explained the cause, prevention and cure of Prostate Cancer with Public Sector employees.


2nd October 2019

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. On this occasion, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and also planted saplings at SCOPE Headquarters.


22nd August 2019, New Delhi
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with IIM Calcutta organized Advanced Global Leadership Program (AGLP) for top level executives of public sector enterprises. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE inaugurated the program which was also addressed by Dr.Saugata Ray of IIM Calcutta. The program is being attended by senior level executives from thirteen organizations such as NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, NMDC, REC, Oil India etc.

Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE in his address said that AGLP is a flagship program of SCOPE which has been creating global leaders in public sector enterprises. The Program aimed at capacity building of leaders at strategic level who are responsible for accelerating industrial growth of CPSEs in a globally fast changing business environment.

Mr. Sobti said there are challenges confronting the CPSEs today and we must proactively address them in order to keep our CPSEs competitive and in sound health. He urged CPSEs to identify strategic opportunities and risks, and steer the strategy execution process with focus on discipline and effectiveness.