Women’s Day Celebration
Voltech Celebrated Women’s day at Eco-Tower on March 8th, to commemorate and pay homage to the women who have made Voltech into what it is today; and to pay obeisance to all the women across the country and the world who tirelessly work each day to make the world a better place. The day began with an invocation to God, and a welcome address delivered to the audience by the MD’s mother, Mrs. Valli Murugesan and the Director, Mrs. U. Kalaivani.
The day witnessed a flurry of games and events with its focus on building women-centric leadership, strengthening bonds between female workers, building self-esteem and confidence, and to raise awareness of the many problems women face in the present world, both at home and at the workplace. The games and events witnessed much joy and laughter, and many memorable moments shared in the spirit of friendship and ‘upwomanship’.
The objectives of the International Women's Day are:
To celebrate the struggle for women's rights in the economic, social, political, and cultural domain;
To reaffirm women's solidarity in the struggle for peace;
To show what women have achieved.
Voltech celebrated the 46th National Safety Day on 4th March, 2017 at Eco-Tower with an array of games and activities to improve employee awareness on Safety, as well as imbibe best safety practices at home and at work, through interactive puzzles, games, quizzes and information placards.
The Ceremony also witnessed the presentation of ‘Safety Man Award’ to senior executives, for outstanding safety practices, as well as preventive and precautionary steps adopted in the field to stay abreast of new hazards. The corporate practice of “Near Miss reporting”, involving documenting and acting upon near-miss incidents possibly leading to injury and fatality, in the safety programmes to mitigate possible future incidents arising in similar conditions, was an important pre-emptive measure adopted by the Safety Team of Voltech’s HR Dept. The conclusion of the event was solemnized with a joint pledge taken by all of Voltech’s employees in the presence of the MD.
The Annual Sports Day of Voltech was held on the Jain College Grounds on 21st January 2017, and witnessed ensemble participation across the board and rank of Voltech. A day of fun and frolic, that witnessed sportsmanship, camaraderie, competition and many memorable moments, it brought the Voltech family together, along with their children and spouses. The Voltech Tournament pitted 4 teams against each other: Phoenix, Murray, Shockers and Avengers.
The day started off with an ode to the Tamil motherland, and the flag hoisted by the MD in the presence of the 4 Group Captains. An adrenaline filled morning witnessed the Cricket tournament and lively commentary interspersed with both linga and fraca, and some smashing hits from all the teams. The day’s events were also blessed with fair weather and pleasant climate. The afternoon session saw engaging play in the Volleyball, Shuttle and Tennikoit of either sexes. The sprint events were for all practical purposes a one man show, with the medal tally swept up by Voltech’s own grinning Usain.
One cannot but notice the levels of enthusiastic participation from all across the company. Vice-Presidents and Staffs served on same teams, played side by side, sweated and engaged in a persevering spirit, and were blessed by the presence of the MD and his family. The Tournament was ultimately grabbed by the Phoenix team, who lifted the trophy by winning the highest margin. The medals were distributed by the MD, in the presence of his revered father, and the day was concluded by singing the Indian national anthem.
GIFTING OF PERSONAL CONVEYANCE TO SENIOR CORPORATE STAFF MEMBERS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO VOLTECH GROUP
The Managing Director of VOLTECH, Shri. M. Umapathi, presented vehicles as personal conveyance to senior staff members in recognition of their meritorious contributions, long standing commitment and loyalty to the company. The ceremony was marked by the handing over of the keys and a valedictory affirmation of Voltech’s gratitude by the MD, in presence of the staff members at VOLTECH’s corporate Headquarters in Ayyapanthangal. The felicitated staff members received ceremonially blessed and sanctified top-specification models of the finest automobiles available in the Indian market, which were manufactured and designed exclusively for the Indian market. The symbolic interpretation of the ceremony affirms Voltech’s commitment to be at the forefront of manufacturing and research, and its continued and relentless efforts to lead the manufacturing revolution in India. These presented vehicles included Hyundai Creta, Toyota Etios, Suzuki Ritz and Volkwagen Vento.
INDEPENDENCE DAY EVE SPORTING EVENTS
The eve of India’s 70th Independence day, was commemorated by a solemn flag-hoisting ceremony, as well as indoor games organized at the Corporate headquarters to uphold the spirit of one-upmanship and sportsmanlike camaraderie, while not compromising on its strong Indian ethos, application of problem-solving abilities, and its continuing efforts to fostering a culture based on equal-opportunity and meritocracy. The day brought together different departments of Voltech’s corporate HQ, transcending traditional corporate barriers, in games of wit, intelligence, strategy and skill, while fostering a light-hearted bonhomie, brotherly affection, and a spirit of healthy competition.
ROOFTOP SOLAR POWER-PLANT INAUGURATION
The Director of VOLTECH, Smt. U. Kalaivani, inaugurated the 20KW Rooftop Solar Power-Generation unit that is intended to supplement the power requirements of the Kovur factory, to underline Voltech’s efforts to reduce its Carbon footprint. The 20KW Solar power-generation unit is a small part of Voltech’s giant strides in the fabrication and cutting-edge research in renewable power generation sources, and its continuing efforts to explore new vistas in seeking to make the world a better place to live in. These efforts assume greater significance in light of India’s commitments at the Paris Climate Agreement to make stringent and ambitious efforts in reducing its carbon footprint, and to make its manufacturing sector more environmentally friendly, while adopting and implementing sustainable practices over the long term.
The Ayudha Pooja Pandigai were held at the VOLTECH Group Corp Headquarters on the 7th of October 2016, in the revered presence of Shri. Murugesan, the father of the MD, Shri. M. Umapathi.
Ayudha Pooja is the holy ceremony in Hinduism to sanctify the tools with which the worker earns his living. It is also a solemn occasion when artisans and craftsmen thank the creator for their skills and talents, and for the tools that bear fruit for their toils.
Voltech has undergone a remarkable transition from an organization with very humble beginnings to a Global Conglomerate and Brand that receives recognition and respect from the titans of the industry. The ceremony was conducted with the utmost reverence and prayerful thanksgiving by the Staff and the Directors of Voltech, for the wonderful past financial year, and the rich fruits it bore for the staff and their families.
The Voltech Corporate Headquarters observed Vinayaga Chaturthi pooja in August, with the MD, Director U. Kalaivani and all senior staff members of the corporate headquarters being present to offer their prayers and thanksgiving for the past financial year, and connoting success and goodwill created by Voltech Group within the community as well as its national and international clients.
The Goddess Bhairavi (Meaning the Fierce Goddess) is Hindu goddess associated with the Mahavidya's (Great Wisdoms of the Hindu Purana). She is the consort of Kala Bhairava. Bhairavi is the sixth of ten Mahavidyas. She is also called Tripura Bhairavi. "Tri" means three, "Pura" means fortress, castle, city, town, etc. Tripura Bhairavi conveys three different stages of consciousness i.e active, dream and deep sleep. She is in the form of all triads and once these triads are transcended, the Brahman is attained. In other words, once a devotee solicits her grace, he/she can realize Shiva consciousness. Hence the Goddess Bhairavi is called Tripurabhairavi. The Third Eye perceives a dimension beyond the physical, graciously giving arms that bestow infinite Grace to all in need.
Unique in her manifestation in the form of a Linga or Lingam (An aniconic representation of the Creator, the Preserver, the Transformer, and the Destroyer, God Shiva), the eight feet tall Devi was consecrated by Sadhguru is a powerful energy form with a solidified mercury core. The consecration of Linga Bhairavi was conducted through prana pratishtha, a rare mystical process that uses life energies to transform mere stone into a deity.
The Linga Bhairavi is an earthly representation of the divine Feminine. It is an encapsulation of an absolute woman of ultimate proportions, fierce and compassionate at once. Representing the creative and nurturing aspects of the universe, she is the ultimate manifestation of the Mother Goddess – powerful and all-encompassing. Whether a devotee seeks to acquire, enjoy, or transcend the physical and material aspects of life – Devi is the Ultimate Giver of all that and more.
The energy of Linga Bhairavi strengthens the three basic chakras in the human system; thus stabilizing one’s body, mind and energy system. For all those who seek to live life intensely, Devi’s Presence and Grace will assist in the process. If one allows her Grace to function, life will happen in such exuberance that the longing to transcend the physical and touch the spiritual will naturally arise. For those who aspire for spiritual wellbeing, the benevolent Goddess helps in overcoming obstacles on the path and delivers them to the realm of Ultimate Liberation.
It was Sadhguru’s emphasis for human beings to live in consecrated spaces and the transformation it brings in people’s lives and in the way they function. The Bhairavi Yantra’s and Gudis which are powerful forms of the Goddess Bhairavi is a divine presence that one can take home and constantly feel her presence.
Swami Sadhguru introduced Bhairavi Punya Pooja. This is a specially structured powerful pooja by Sadhguru for house warming ceremony, the Grihapravesam which is a very minor form of consecrating the space and a process that makes the space alive. Although structured for new homes, this pooja is performed for old homes, office spaces and any kind of structured buildings. For people who are unable to take home Bhairavi yantras, this pooja is a blessing.??
The pooja involves a certain yagna with chants that invoke her presence and grace, an elaborate abishekam for the Devi, fixing various consecrated Bhairavi forms at specific spots of the house and attaching a Maangalya bala sutra to the house. This is a sutra that strengthens (bala) all that is auspicious (mangalam), which we offer at the Linga Bhairavi, seeking her grace for wellbeing. This sutra is consecrated in a certain way and fixed to your house along with a small form of Devi. A certain process is done with neem for cleansing and energizing along with other organic and traditional materials. A very vibrant form of worship followed by chants enable all that are present to connect and relate to Devi and become more receptive to her grace.
The Bhairavi pooja also is performed entirely by women and is open for all beyond caste, creed, religion, race or nationality.
The Bhairavi Pooja was performed at the 5th floor Atrium of VOLTECH’s Corporate HQ in Porur (Ayyapanthangal) on 29th July 2016, with the MD Shri M. Umapathi leading the Staff of VOLTECH in the ceremony. The VOLTECH Corporate HQ employs close to 350 staff members, comprising of more than 160 Female staffs, and around 180 Male staff members. The Pooja was performed for the Employees’ welfare, providing them with peace and tranquility, and also invoking the blessings of the Goddess upon their familie sand relations. The sanctification ceremony provided stability and strengthened the mind, body and the energy system of the employees of VOLTECH.
A human being deserves to live in a consecrated space. A human being should live in a space which is charged with a certain energy which will naturally push him upward. Not something that traps him into the ways of life, but something that constantly helps him to transcend.
Disclaimer: This information has been elicited from the Official website of Swami Sadhguru, Linga Bhairavi and Wikipedia, consistent with the Fair Use policy of VOLTECH’s internet portal. The information has not been altered in its content or character, or rephrased, considering the religious solemnity of the ceremony, and the sacrosanct character of the performed chants)
VOLTECH paid homage to Mother Earth on June 5th 2016, by planting 501 saplings at Cheyyar and Kattupakkam. The planting of the saplings were assisted by all heads of VOLTECH’s divisions and the employees, with one sapling for each employee of VOLTECH’s offices in Cheyyar and Kattupakkam.
VOLTECH also actively supported the World- Environment Day celebrations online through the Twitter Hashtag #worldenvironmentday. An awareness programme was also given due importance, with the World Environment Day (WED) and concerns over Poaching and illegal Wildlife trade being highlighted in the Apr-Jun 2016 edition of VOLTECH VISTA.
The MD of VOLTECH also distributed hundreds of Saplings to the staffs at VOLTECH Technopark and VOLTECH Eco Tower (The HQ).
Powder Plant for Flameproof & Weatherproof Coating
The Powder Coating plant was Installed and Commissioned by M/s. PON Engineers Pvt. Ltd. at VOLTECH’s Kovur Facility. The plant was inaugurated by the Directors, Shri. M. Umapathi and Smt. U. Kalaivani on the 6th of June, 2016.
The commissioned plant will serve as an in-house facility for doing powder coating on Flameproof and Weatherproof Equipment, while also providing it with an aesthetic appeal for the International Market.
Republic Day Celebrations
India’s 65th republic day was marked at VOLTECH HQ by a Solemn Flag-Hoisting Ceremony by the MD in the presence of all Senior Heads and Staffs of VOLTECH.
Competitive games and events pitted the skills of VOLTECH’s employees against one another, while also promoting the spirit of camaraderie and kinship, providing many moments of light hearted banter and joy.
HR Caucus 2015
The 5th Edition of the VOLTECH HR Caucus was held on the 19th September 2015 at The Hilton Chennai. The HR Caucus organized and hosted by VOLTECH serves as a platform to invite the best minds of the Industry and Academia in promoting, adopting and exploring new paradigms in HR Policies and Processes to improve Employee Morale and Productivity, while emphasizing on sustainable, ethical and fair practices across the Industrial Sphere.
The HR Caucus was a grand success, witnessing over 500 registrations from HR Practitioners across the leading Corporate Houses and MNCs in India. The Theme of the Caucus, “The Journey Beyond The Best Practices To The Next Practices” focused on emerging challenges and opportunities in HR for improving Employee Engagement, Innovativeness, Improvement and Change Management practices. The Programme invited thought leaders in the field, such as Mr. K. Ramesh (VP, Delphi TVS Ltd.), Mr. Srinageshwar (VP- Group Industrial Relations, Simpson & Co Ltd.), Mrs. Rujutha Rammohan (Sr. VP & Country Head- AMP Tech), Mr. Rakesh Gupta (HR Head- Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Co. Ltd.), Mr. Presanna Rao (Sr. VP HR- Shapoorji Pallonji Infra), Mr. Amaldoss (Director HR- TEMPEL Precision Metal Products Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Ganesh Kumar (Ex. CEO- RANE Engine Ltd.), Mr. K. C. Joseph (AGM & Head HR- Reliance Retail Ltd.), Mr. Shyam Sunder (Sr. GM HR- Brakes India Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. B. Kandaswamy (Exe. Director- Kavitalayaa Productions Pvt. Ltd), Mr. T. V. Subba Rao (National VP- Indian Society of T&D) and Mr. G. D. Sharma (Advisor- Voltech HR Services Pvt. Ltd.).
The visionary director of VHRSPL, Mr. Dinesh K. Babu hosted this prestigious event that served as an important date in Chennai’s corporate calendar. A broad number of themes formed the crux of the Event, with special emphasis provided in the areas of Transparency, Control, and Career Velocity.
The illustrious MD of Voltech Group, Shri. M. Umapathi presented a lifetime award to Mr. K. Pandia Rajan of MA FOI Consultants Ltd. An insightful talk by Shri A. Aravamudhan, the Ex-CEO of LUCAS TVS Ltd. provided for much though and deliberation. Shri. A. Aravamudhan received special recognition for his efforts, leadership and contribution to the field by the MD, Shri. M. Umapathi. The program also felicitated up and coming HR practitioners in the field under the Budding HR Hunt Event.
The success and publicity that the event received in the days that followed provided a huge impetus to the monumental efforts of the HR Team of VOLTECH, whose 5th anniversary of the Caucus could not have seen better prospects. The event also marked the auspicious launch of the ambitious in-house newsletter, the VHRS Trumpet Magazine,
Safety Mock Drill
The Staff of VOLTECH Corporate HQ took part in a Fire Safety and Mock Drill on October 1st 2015, which discussed Fire Hazards, Fire Stages and Emergency Response Behaviour, Fire Triangle and Fire Extinguishing methods.
The 1-day training programme also focused extensively on the different classes of Fire, the different types of Fire Equipment used to contain and mitigate such Fires, and also a number of staged events to prepare the employees to handle contingencies and emergencies. The mock drill involved an evacuation simulation from the corporate HQ that houses all the divisional heads, and also employs over 350 employees.
Fire Prevention techniques were discussed along with tips and techniques for maintenance of the equipment and periodic inspection. The training programme also discussed the Do’s and Dont’s of Fire safety.
Towards the latter half of the programme, the importance of Emergency Rescue teams (ERT), and planned evacuation procedures were drilled into the participating staff members. The Practical drills specifically focused on Rescue Techniques, Evacuation Drills, Fire Mock Drills and a Fire Hydrant Drill.
The event was a great success that witnessed active involvement from all levels of VOLTECH’s staff members, and was exemplified by active and serious participation from all the divisions of VOLTECH. The respective division heads provided valuable leadership and mentoring in preparing the staff members for such contingencies.
Vazhur Bhoomi Pooja
The Bhoomi-Pooja for Vazhur Village, which was adopted by VOLTECH as part of its CSR initiative, was performed in the sacrosanct presence of the parents of the MD, Shri. Murugesan and Smt. Valli Murugesan. Vazhur Village is slated for a huge impetus to the growth of its infrastructure, with VOLTECH’s proposed upgrades in its Schooling System, Sanitatition Facilities, Healthcare Services, access to Water and Innovative Energy initiatives.
The Bhoomi Pooja is the holiest act of divine incantation in order to bless the soil and the land, invoking the name of the Almighty. The Bhoomi Pooja at Vazhur was consecrated on the 7th of June, 2015