From (L-R) Vellayan Subbiah, Ganesh Chella, PK Mohapatra, TT Ashok, S Nagarajan and G Venkatesh at the launch of new services by CII-SR in Chennai. Photography: M Sathyan.
The Confederation of Indian Industry yesterday launched two new services such as Business Mentoring Service and Senior Expert Advisory Service for the benefit of SMEs in southern region, besides signing agreement with Coaching Foundation of India.
TT Ashok, Chairman of CII - Southern Region and Ganesh Chella, Vice Chairman of CFI formally signed and exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding. According to the agreement, CFI will provide coaching service to CII member companies through their panel of experts and mentors.
While elaborating on the rationale behind the agreement, Ashok said: " The two new services launched were part of the ongoing initiatives of CII aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs. The Business Mentoring Services launched in partnership with Coaching Foundation India Ltd (CFI) would offer SMEs with benefits like leadership excellence, competitiveness, capacity building besides mentoring support to realise their true potential in moving towards the next tragectory of growth".
The Senior Expert Advisory Service would provide handholding service to enhance technical skill through an empanelled group of experts. The experts would extend support and guidance to SMEs in the areas of Total Quality Management (TQM), Lean Manufacturing, Green Technology, Energy Efficiency, Quality, 5S and Kaizens.
PK Mohapatra, Chairman, CSR – Social Development and Community Affairs Sub-Committee, CII-SR said: "The Indian organisations of every form have had a long and rich tradition of transmitting wisdom - from one generation to the other, from seniors to juniors, from gurus to sishyas. In this context, the partnership between CII and CFI would go a long way in preparing the nextgen CEOs, who are ready for the change and transformation towards building a new India".
S Nagarajan, Head of the CII – Southern Region Core Group Committee on Senior Expert Advisory Service and Advisor, TAFE Ltd said: "The SMEs over the years, have been facing enormous challenges. The new services for SMEs launched by the CII would help SMEs to move up the value chain to become global companies from the current status of Tier-II and Tier-III suppliers".
Vellayan Subbiah, Managing Director, Cholamandalam Finance and Investments Ltd, Murugappa Group and Dr G Venkatesh, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, SASKEN Communication Technologies Ltd shared their experiences as beneficiaries of Coaching Foundation of India (CFI).