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Hero Cycles Marks a First; Hires 90 Women Employees at its Ludhiana Plant

Ludhiana, 10 March 2017: In a bid to become a more gender equitable organization, the world’s leading bicycle manufacturer Hero Cycles has for the first time hired as many as 90 female employees to operations at its manufacturing plant in Ludhiana.

Hero Cycles Marks a First; Hires 90 Women Employees at its Ludhiana Plant

This is the first time, women have been recruited to work at the Ludhiana plant, which remains Hero Cycles’ largest manufacturing hub, producing almost 20,000 bicycles every day.

The women have been hired and trained to work across multiple dimensions including mainstream assembly operations, precision monitoring and design.

“We are proud to announce that women have marked a splendid entry into our workforce at the Ludhiana plant. To begin with, we have hired 90 women employees and we are sure they will bring about a paradigm shift in our plant’s operation and working procedures. We have hired women not just for frontal office jobs but also for mainstream operations positions at the plant. Assembly operations are a manpower intensive work that require high degree of precision, alacrity and eye for detail. The ladies have picked up those skills very fast, and are already manning the operations,” says Mr. Pankaj Munjal, Chairman and Managing Director of Hero Cycles.

At the plant, the line output as per industrial engineering norms has already been achieved within short time of their joining the workforce.

Hero Cycles is the world’s largest manufacturer of bicycles, and its Ludhiana plant remains its leading manufacturing facility. Hero Cycles has other manufacturing units at Ghaziabad and Bihta in Bihar.

“Women across the country are breaking new glass ceilings every day. Yet, there continue to be areas of work that do not hire women due to certain unwritten rules. We believe it is a myth that women cannot work effectively in manpower intensive jobs such as decal operations and assembly. In fact, women add greater diversity to the work force and bring in additional approaches of problem solving,” adds Mr. Munjal.

Having turned their Ludhiana plant pink, Hero Cycles is now looking to hire more women in multiple dimensions across the organization.

About Hero Cycles

Incorporated in 1956, Hero Cycles Limited is the largest bicycle manufacturer by volume in the world. The company has a manufacturing capacity of 7.5 million bicycles per year, with its units in Ludhiana (Punjab), Bihta (Bihar) & Ghaziabad (UP). It has a highly integrated plant in Ludhiana which produces 19,000 bicycles every day. It also manufactures automotive rims and various other precision-engineered auto components.

Hero Cycles posted a turnover of around Rs 3000 crores during the financial year 2014-15 with a production of around 5.5 million cycles. It is the leader in both the standard and specialist bicycle segments in India, with an overall market share of about 41 per cent. Hero Cycles has been aggressively driving growth by clocking a robust 11% growth in the Indian market.

With its recent announcement of entry in the European market and acquisition of Firefox in India and Avocet Sports in UK, Hero Cycles aims to grow by Rs 8000 crore by 2018. The company has also recently acquired a majority stake in Sri Lanka’s leading bicycle manufacturer BSH Ventures, further boosting its manufacturing capacity.

In December 2015, Hero Cycles registered a phenomenal sale of over 6 lakh units, making it the highest one month sale in the history of the bicycle industry by any cycle company in India. Riding on strong sales in rural and semi urban areas, and strong growth in the premium cycles segment, the company witnessed 20% growth in month on month sales in December 2015.

With state-of-the-art infrastructure and the most modern machinery, the company entered the premium bicycle segment with the launch of its new brand, UT Edge, in February 2012. A wide distribution network with over 3000 dealers and the favourable location of its plants near its vendors, supports its operations, and facilitates the competitive pricing of its bicycles. Hero Cycles also exports to various countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Launches Women and IT Scorecard report in partnership with The Open University at NASSCOM Diversity and Inclusion summit 2017

Bengaluru, 27th Feb, 2017: With focus to accelerate the diversity and inclusion across the technology industry at large, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today organized the 10th edition of NASSCOM Diversity & Inclusion Summit 2017 at ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru. On the side-lines of the summit, NASSCOM launched a report in partnership with The Open University (UK) titled “Women and IT Scorecard – India”, in order to comprehend the profile of women in the Indian IT-BPM industry.


The report aims to determine and understand the differences in participation rates between women and men in the IT-BPM workforce in India, and also benchmarks these within an international context. In 2017, it is estimated that the number of firms that have more than 20% women at senior level will increase to nearly 60%, and nearly 51% of firms will have more than 20% of women at C-suite level. Overall, the report unveils that the Indian IT sector is heading in the right direction toward recruiting and retaining more women in leadership roles. The efforts of the companies and stakeholders have been a contributing factor in achieving the growth in the number of women in India’s IT sector. Furthermore, specific HR policies and practices such as conveyance, flexible working hours, parental leave, anti-harassment, healthcare, and an emphasis on recognising and supporting women’s needs have led to the positive trend.

Speaking at the occasion, Ms. Sangeeta Gupta, Senior Vice President, NASSCOM said, “India’s IT-BPM industry currently employs nearly 3.9 million people, of which over 34% are women (~1.3 million). The idea of this report is to bring to the forefront, measures and policies supporting women’s progression in at the workplace and the need for the entire industry to come together provide opportunities and support required for their successful career advancement within the sector. This report can be used by the IT-BPM industry as a scorecard to benchmark their gender inclusive policies and practices”.

Mr. Peter Horrocks CBE, Vice Chancellor of the Open University UK, said, “We are pleased to present the women in IT Scorecard India report at the NASSCOM Diversity and Inclusion Summit. With this initiative, we hope to learn from the Indian experience where the proportion of women is much higher. We also hope this report will support the implementation of gender equality policies and practice in numerous organizations”.

The report gives an analysis of women’s representation in the IT-BPM workforce in India and also includes an overview of the participation of women in Computer Science and IT related subjects in Higher Education. With ‘Crystal ball gazing: D&I in 2020 and beyond in a connected world’ as the core theme, the summit witnessed thought leaders, policy makers, CEOs, HR heads and professionals sharing insights on diversity in the technology industry workforce worldwide. With sessions focused on nurturing women leaders in the workplace, the opportunities, issues and challenges, this year’s summit witnessed speakers from all walks of life talking about the organizational initiatives that encourage diversity and inclusion across the industry.

NASSCOM® is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industry in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 2100 members, which includes both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM's member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPM, e-commerce and web services, engineering services and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs about 3.5 million professionals.
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Biocon Foundation Holds Free Cancer Screening Camps for Vidhana Soudha Women Employees

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India: January 18, 2017

Biocon Foundation, the CSR arm of Asia's premier biopharmaceuticals company, Biocon, joined hands with the Government to hold screening camps at the Vidhana Soudha for early detection of Cervical and Breast cancer as a part of its drive against cancer, aimed at sensitizing women on the need of early detection of this disease which can enable early treatment and better outcomes.

Cancer screening camp by Biocon Foundation
Cancer screening camp by Biocon Foundation

Dr Suchitra Bajaj of Biocon Foundation explaining about the cancer screening camp to KB Koliwad, Honorable Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly_
 Dr Suchitra Bajaj of Biocon Foundation explaining about the cancer screening camp to KB Koliwad, Honorable Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly

Dr Suchitra Bajaj of Biocon Foundation led the initiative of organizing this health camp, held at Vidhana Soudha on Jan 16 and 17, 2017, where over 150 government women employees were screened with support from medical teams from Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre and Narayana Health (NH). Biocon Foundation has been holding screening drive for early detection of Cervical, Oral and Breast cancer as a part of its healthcare initiative across various districts in Karnataka.

An expert medical team conducted ‘Pap smear’ test for cervical detection and iBE (Intelligent Breast Exam) for breast health examination, followed by a ‘Mammogram’ test for relevant women conducted at the mobile mammogram unit of NH.

The two day screening drive is a part of Biocon Foundation’s sensitization program aimed at creating much needed awareness on the significance of early detection of cancer among women personnel.  

Talking about the initiative, Mr KB Koliwad, Honorable Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly opined, “I am extremely grateful to Biocon Foundation for rendering diagnostic screening services to women at Vidhana Soudha. This initiative by Foundation has certainly created awareness about lifestyle changes to be adopted by women to lead a healthy life. We need active participation of more NGOs and corporates to come forward and actively engage in providing preventive healthcare services. I extend my best wishes to the Foundation for providing similar services to more underprivileged sections of the society.

Mr. MURTHY, Secretary, Karnataka Legislative Assembly said, I gratefully acknowledge the invaluable service rendered by these two foundations by carrying out critical cancer screening test for women employees of Karnataka Legislative Assembly.”

Ms Rani Desai, Head of Biocon Foundation said, “We have seen that a delay in diagnosis due to lack of awareness and social barriers leads to the advancement of disease such as Cervical and Breast cancer in women. At the Foundation we have been addressing this issue through our screening camps. We are glad to conduct this screening camp for Vidhana Soudha women employees. It is heartening to see a large no. of them undergo the screenings. Biocon Foundation has conducted more than 100 cancer screening camps for the underserved communities, so far. More than 30,000 people across Karnataka, Rajasthan and Nagaland, have undergone screenings at these camps for Oral/Cervical/ Breast cancer.”

Ms Vinisha Nero, MLA AND Chairman of Women and Children Sub Committee stated, “Women’s health is of prime importance to a family, a community, a state and Country.  We intend to expand this kind of initiative with the support of Biocon Foundation and aim to eliminate the stigma encircled around this disease due to lack of awareness. Early detection and preventive care is the only way this killer disease can be controlled to a great extent.”

A delegation led by Ms. Vinisha Nero, Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Ms. Shashikala Bhat, Joint Secretary, Karnataka Legislative Assembly Secretariat and Mr. Murthy, Secretary, Karnataka Legislative Assembly Secretariat facilitated the screening camp in Vidhana Soudha for their women employees.

In India, Cervical Cancer ranks as the 2nd most frequent cancer among women. With the highest global burden of Cervical Cancer in India, the need is to expand the quality screening coverage across the country to save women suffering from the disease. As per NFHS 4(2015-16), only 13.7% of the urban women and 17% of the rural women have undergone cervical examination in Karnataka. According to the National Cancer Registry Data, 92,731 cases of cervical cancer were reported in India in 2013, a figure that is projected to go up to 1, 00,479 in 2020.

India is experiencing an unprecedented rise in the number of breast cancer cases across all sections of the society. It is the most common cancer among women in India. In 2015, an estimated 1, 55,000 new cases of breast cancer were detected and about 76,000 women are expected to die of the disease, as per WHO.

Biocon Foundation has been making an enduring impact in enabling social and economic inclusion through its health, education and community development programs, for over a decade now. We have endeavoured to create a comprehensive and integrated ecosystem that can deliver affordable and effective healthcare to underserved rural and urban communities in India. Our efforts in education have been directed at improving the quality of education primarily in rural schools. As a part of community development, we have built townships and schools besides providing sanitation and water supply facilities that can fulfil the basic needs of rural communities. In doing so, we have created a smart Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model that is viable and scalable.

About Biocon Foundation:

Biocon Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Biocon is relentlessly working to empower marginalised communities since 2005. We believe, our corporate social responsibility lies in creating a comprehensive ecosystem that can deliver effective and affordable healthcare solutions. We also support education initiatives that can impart better learning to the underprivileged students in rural schools and empower communities by providing proper infrastructure for self - sustained villages with health centre, community center, schools, sanitation, water and source of light. With a vision of reaching the unreached, Biocon Foundation in 2016, scaled up its programs to newer geographies, in Rajasthan, Assam and Nagaland. The success of providing affordable healthcare solutions in Karnataka, led Biocon Foundation to collaborate with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan, to run three of its Primary Healthcare Centres, with an aim of improving the primary healthcare facilities for the under privileged communities. We plan to make the PHC a smart health centre by introducing eLAJ, an electronic health record system introduced this year by Biocon Foundation. Visit:

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EMC India Centre of Excellence salutes its women employees, celebrates “Women’s week”

March 09 2016,  18.57 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

EMC India Centre of Excellence salutes its women employees, celebrates “Women’s week”

EMC India Centre of Excellence (COE) today acknowledged and celebrated the spirit of womanhood by saluting its women employees for their valuable contribution to the company. On the eve of International Women’s Day, the company lauded the efforts of its women employees in making it a great place to work. To celebrate women power at EMC India COE, the company is celebrating the entire week as “Women’s Week”, with an interesting mix of career development as well as team building activities.

There are several interesting programs planned during the week. The India Chapter of Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) organized a ‘Walk of Solidarity’ around the company’s Bangalore campus. Numerous employees exemplifying the spirit of EMC’s women employees, along with the India COE Leadership Team, walked for the cause of celebrating womanhood. Lakshmi Rebecca, the famous talk show host, director and producer led the Walk.

WLF which also ensures growth of woman leaders of India COE is facilitating sessions with the senior leadership team under its Speed Mentoring program, however this session is meant for both men and women at EMC. Employees of any rank can meet multiple leaders as part of Speed Mentoring. To promote the growth of women in the organization and add value to their careers, special Learning and Development Programs for Women will be conducted during the week.

Adding to the fun element of celebrations was the Super Woman Kiosk wherein all the ladies of the organization clicked pictures. Incredible experiences were shared and all their happy faces added a new meaning to yet another colorful day at EMC India COE.

All in all women employees at EMC are looking forward to a great week!
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