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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

V.V.S. Laxman inspires people of Karnataka to be Shiksha Superheroes

 May 31, 2017, Bengaluru: Having built and supported over 1,000 schools till date that will impact the lives  of over 10,00,000 underprivileged children, P&G’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program P&G Shiksha continues to march forward with the motto ‘Padhega India, Badhega India’. Now in its 13th year, P&G Shiksha continues to make critical infrastructure and learning interventions by building and supporting schools across the country thereby providing underprivileged children with access to education.

Taking the programme ahead this year, P&G Shiksha kickstarted ‘Shiksha Superheroes’ a campaign to acknowledge consumers, the real-life superheroes who make a simple brand choice of buying P&G products and contribute to this noble cause impacting the lives of thousands of underprivileged children. Joining the movement this year, former ace cricketer and one of the greatest batsmen of all times, V.V.S. Laxman donned the avatar of ‘Shiksha Superhero’ for the students of a P&G Shiksha School in Bengaluru. Laxman emphasized on the importance of education in the lives of children. He encouraged the people of India and Karnataka to be Shiksha Superheroes by simply choosing P&G Products and contributing to the education of underprivileged children. During the event, he also shared his school memories with the children and emphasized on the importance of sports and extra-curricular activities for their holistic development while teaching them a few cricketing strokes. He also encouraged them to take up sports while maintaining a good balance with their academics.

 During his visit to Bengaluru, Shiksha Superhero V.V.S. Laxman remarked, “Today, with the P&G Shiksha School students in Bengaluru, I was nostalgic reminiscing my school days. It felt amazing to interact with these young kids who have a bright future ahead of them. This is the first time I have associated with P&G Shiksha and I am delighted to witness the difference that this movement has made by building and supporting more than one thousand schools that will impact the lives of more than one million children across India. I feel strongly for this cause as Education has played a vital role in shaping my professional and personal life.”

 He further added, “I realized today that it is very easy to be a Shiksha Superhero in real life; a simple act on your part can improve the lives of underprivileged children and make a big difference to their future. Everyone can become a real-life Superhero, all you have to do is choose P&G products and become part of the P&G Shiksha movement that will enable you to contribute towards the education of underprivileged children. Like me, I want to encourage the people of India to be ‘Shiksha Superheroes’ by making this simple choice. It is a simple act and a very small contribution from our end but has a large impact on the lives of these children.”

 V.V.S Laxman was impressed to see the difference P&G Shiksha has made via infrastructure interventions in many schools. With the help of its NGO Round Table India (RTI), this campaign in Karnataka has been instrumental in changing the lives of many underprivileged students by supporting 44 schools in Karnataka itself that has impacted the lives of more than 9,500 children. With the objective to holistically improve the lives of underprivileged children, P&G Shiksha is working extensively to provide necessary amenities from building classrooms to building toilets, from providing clean drinking water to setting up playgrounds across India including Karnataka.

P&G Shiksha has over the years received generous support from many thought leaders and celebrities such as Anil Kapoor, Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson, Irrfan Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Anupam Kher, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Anil Kumble, Rani Mukherjee, John Abraham, Abhay Deol, Farah Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sameera Reddy, Huma Qureshi, Sushmita Sen, Sharmila Tagore, Konkona Sen, Neha Dhupia, Soha Ali Khan, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jatin Das, Shaan, Chitrangada Singh, Soha Ali Khan, Aditi Rao Hydari, Ajinkya Rahane, Priya Anand and many more.

 P&G Shiksha also allows consumers to share in their support and thereby become a Shiksha Superhero. This can easily be done by buying any P&G Product such as Tide, Ariel, Whisper, Pampers, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Vicks, Gillette, Oral-B & AmbiPur and part of the proceeds will go towards building and supporting schools. Embodying the motto of ‘Padhega India, Badhega India’ - P&G Shiksha believes that the bright minds of today lead to a brighter tomorrow.

BEL Performance Highlights of 2016-17

Press Release

Bharat Electronics Limited
Empowering the Nation’s Defence Forces

Performance Highlights of 2016-17


Turnover (Rs.Cr)
Profit Before Tax (Rs.Cr)

Profit After Tax (Rs.Cr)


Export (US $ Million)


Turnover Per Employee (Rs.Lakh)


Value added per employee (Rs.Lakh)


Order Book Value (Rs.Cr)
(as on 1.4.2016)
(as on 1.4.2017)
Expenditure on R&D (Rs.Cr)



        Registered a turnover growth of 17% over previous year
        Export turnover of  65 Million USD
        Induction of Weapon Locating Radar to Army
        Supply commenced for major projects:
Ø  Integrated Air Command and Control System
Ø  Hand Held Thermal Imager with Laser Range Finder
Ø  Electronic Fuze
Ø  Low Level Transportable Radar
Ø  Ship Borne Electronic Warfare System (Varuna)
        Excellent “MoU” Rating for 2015-16
        Turnover from indigenous technology is 87%
        Sales from Defence business is 88%


Some of the significant orders executed during the year include supply of the following products / systems:

·       Akash Weapon System
·       Fire Control System
·       L70 Gun Upgrade
·       Integrated Air Command & Control System
·       Low Level Transportable Radar
·       3D Tactical Control Radar
·       HHTI with LRF
·       Radio Relay Frequency (LB)


Some of the new products / systems introduced during the year are:


        Weapon Locating Radar
        Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail Mk 2
        Beacon  Mk III
        Missile Two Way Data Link
        Gigabit Ethernet Based Ship Data Network
        Advanced Composite Communication System
        Ship Based EW System (Varuna)
        Battle Field Surveillance System - XR
        Hull Mounted Sonar (New Generation)
        Submarine Sonar Suite (USHUS 2)


During the year 2016-17, the Company received many orders. Significant among these orders include:

·       Long Range Surface to Air Missile with MFSTAR
·       Advanced Composite Communication System for P17
·       Electronic Voting Machine
·       L-Band Static Tropo Upgrade
·       Electronic Warfare Suite (Shakti & Nayan)
·       Giga Bit Ethernet based Ship Data Network for P17
·       Hand Held Thermal Imager
·       Low Intensity Conflict EW System
·       Home Land Security
·       ALG Communication


        Achieved Export sales of US $ 65 Million
        Major products include Coastal Surveillance System, CoMPASS, VHF Radio Bharti, Advanced Composite Communication System, Ship Borne EW System (Sanket), Electro Optic Fire Control System, Electro Mechanical parts etc.
        Participated in 3 International Exhibitions to showcase products & capabilities
        Export order book of US $ 82 Million as on April 1, 2017; includes Offset order book of US $ 15 Million
        Excellence in Exports under the category “Electronics & Communication (excluding IT / BT) - Medium and Large” from the Government of Karnataka during last 6 consecutive years

        New Advanced Night Vision Products Factory at Nimmaluru to expand the Night Vision Devices Business
        Strategic alliances with Defence labs, OFB and global OEMs for emerging businesses
        Dedicated Business Groups to address Homeland Security and Smart City Business
        Thrust on exports and offsets. Focus is on Build to Print, Build to Spec and Buyer Nominated Equipment
        Plans to diversify / expand business in both Defence and non-Defence sectors


        3-year R&D Plan for 2017-20 released with enhanced focus on collaborative R&D
        20 patent applications were filed and one patent was received
        91 technical papers published by R&D engineers in national and international journals
        Chief Technology Officers appointed in the areas of Communication, Electro Optics & Laser, Radar & Weapon System to focus on development of projects
        Knowledge Management Portal is upgraded and over 400 e-books are available across company as part of knowledge sharing
        Product Development and Innovation Centre (PDIC) Lab recognized by DSIR


        New Radar Assembly Hangar at Ghaziabad unit for Assembly, Testing and Integration of Radar & Antenna Systems
        "Blowing Sand & Dust Test Facility" at Bangalore for testing of Abrasion resistance of sub-systems mounted externally on aircraft
        Pulse Current Injection Test Facility (PCI) for High Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) / Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse (NEMP) test of various system level projects at Bangalore Unit
        Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) Chamber for system level testing facility at Bangalore
        The Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition equipment of the IC Wafer Fabrication Facility upgraded to handle wafers from 4 to 6 inch diameter at Bangalore
        Automated Transmit / Receive Module Assembly Line consisting of die-attach & wire bonding lines to increase the X-Band TR Modules production capacity


        All Units / SBUs certified for ISO 9001 QMS & ISO 14001-2004 EMS standards
        Seven Units / SBUs certified for AS 9100 Aerospace standard
        Central Software Department Group at Bengaluru Complex is CMMi level 5 certified and Central Research Laboratory at Ghaziabad is CMMi level 3 certified
        ‘Quality Recognition Award’ scheme introduced
        Six Sigma projects, Suggestion Scheme and Quality Control Circles to take BEL’s Quality movement forward
        Total 191 engineers certified as CRE (Certified Reliability Engineers) and 141 engineers certified as CQE (Certified Quality Engineers) by American Society of Quality (ASQ)
        75 PMPs (Project Management Professionals) were certified by Project Management Institute during 2016-17

        88% of Sales Revenue from Indigenous technology
        BEL is focusing more on core areas and R&D, all non-core areas are being outsourced to Indian Industries including MSMEs
        Outsourcing and Vendor Development Policy has been released
        IDDM Clause incorporated in Procurement Manual in line with DPP
        “Make in India” Display Cells established in all Units of BEL
        Nodal officers for Outsourcing & Vendor development nominated
        Procurement from MSEs has been increased to 20%
        BEL’s Test facilities are being provided to Private vendors


        Companywide per capita training man days was 5 during 2016-17 as against 4 days in 2015-16
        Structured Executive Development programmes at premier institutes
        Change Management Program and Executive coaching for senior executives
        Programmes on Enterprise Risk Management, Outbound Learning, Strategy Building, Strategic Innovation and Competitive Intelligence
        Advanced Management Programme for General Managers
        Gender Sensitisation Programme (SAMMAN) & Women Leadership Workshop (DEEPSHIKHA)
        Launched Theater Based Workshops, Blended Learning Workshops and Dedicated Initiative for wellness through Yoga and Meditation Programs


•        All 9 Units of BEL are ISO 14001 and ISO 9001-2008 certified

•        Bangalore Complex and Ghaziabad Units certified for OHSAS 18001: 2007

•        Well-established Environmental Management System with pollution control measures, Waste Water Treatment, Zero Effluent Discharge, Rainwater Harvesting, Energy Conservation and proper disposal of Hazardous Waste

•        With a total capacity of 13.9 MW wind energy plants, 238 Lakh units generated has been wheeled during 2016-17

•        Green energy generated during 2016-17 is about 243 Lakh units

•        Green Building concept has been introduced in all new buildings, and all future buildings will meet Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) rating compliance
•        BEL has taken up sustainable development projects in the areas of Air Conditioning, Air Compressor, Lighting Management System, Natural Daylight Harvesting



·       BEL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy has laid down the following broad areas for providing benefit to the stakeholders: Health Care, Education, Rural Development, Environment Protection and Conservation of Resources. Some of BEL’s CSR initiatives completed during 2016-17 were:

·       Construction of public conveniences, bus-stops, footpaths, railings, medians, solar streetlights etc, in and around Bangalore Unit

·       MoU signed by Bangalore Unit to facilitate upgradation of infrastructure & supply of essential tools, equipment and machinery to Government ITI, Gowribidanur, in Chikkaballapur district

·       Construction of wards, mortuary room, toilets, renovation of existing OT and labour room, providing ACs, solar lights, furniture, DG set, ambulance and medical equipment at Primary Health Centre, Mahagaon Cross, Gulbarga

·       Supply, Installation & Commissioning of 10 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant at Doddabommasandra Lake, Bengaluru

·       MoU Signed with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for the vocational skill development of 700 rural youth in Palasamudram (Ananthapur District) & Machilipatnam (Krishna District) in Andhra Pradesh

·       MoU Signed by Ghaziabad Unit to facilitate creation of smart class, upgradation of infrastructure & supply of essential tools and machinery to Government ITI, Noida, Ghaziabad, UP

·       Ghaziabad Unit has adopted Maharajpur village in Ghaziabad district, UP, for undertaking developmental work in the village, like construction of Government primary & middle school buildings, providing clean drinking water, sanitation & sewage facilities and organising awareness camps on health & hygiene

·       MoU Signed by Navi Mumbai Unit to provide heavy equipment like lathe machines, welding machines & DG set to Government ITI, Panvel, in Raigad district, Maharashtra

·       Civil surveying equipment being handed over by to the Principal of the adopted Government ITI, Panvel, in Raigad district, Maharashtra

·       MoU signed by Pune Unit for skill enhancement of students by providing required tools & machines to Government ITI, Mulshi, in Pune district, Maharashtra

·       Motorised sewing machines handed over by Pune Unit to the Principal of the adopted Government ITI, Mulshi, in Pune district, Maharashtra

·       Construction of Government Senior Secondary School building, CC roads & panchayat platform, providing clean drinking water & sanitation facilities at Mandhana village in Panchkula district, Haryana, by Panchkula Unit

·       MoU signed by Panchkula Unit to facilitate upgradation of infrastructure, capacity building of faculty & students & supply of essential tools and machinery to Government ITI, Raipur Rani, in Panchkula district

·       Construction of Government Senior Secondary School building, installation of solar street lights, desilting of pond at Azhividaithangi village in Thiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu, by Chennai Unit

·       MoU signed by Chennai Unit to facilitate upgradation of infrastructure & supply of essential tools and machinery to Government ITI, Guindy, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

·       Construction of water tank, yatri-shed, installation of solar street lights & awareness programmes on health & sanitation at Uday Rampur village in Kotdwara district, Uttarakhand, by Kotdwara Unit

·       MoU signed by Kotdwara Unit to facilitate upgradation of infrastructure & supply of measuring instruments & accessories, essential tools and machinery to Government ITI, Kotdwara, Uttarakhand

·       Construction of CC roads, overhead tank, water supply lines, borewells & pumps, water filtration system & installation of LED street lights at R N Agraharam village in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh by Machilipatnam Unit

·       Installation of Street Lighting & Surveillance System at IALA Industrial Estate by Hyderabad Unit

·       Construction of borewells, storage tanks, water distribution pipelines and RO drinking water plant at Chowdammagutta Thanda village in Mehaboobnagar district, Telangana by Hyderabad Unit


        RM Award for Excellence in Performance, Export, Import Substitution & Design Effort
        Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Award 2016 in Electrical & Electronics category
        Dainik Bhaskar India Pride Award for the year 2016-17 in the ‘Defence’ category
        India Skill Award - 2016 in recognition of augmenting skill development process from the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
        ‘PSE Excellence Awards 2015’, in Operational Performance Excellence, R&D, Technology Development and Innovation, Corporate Governance and HR Management Excellence from  the Indian Chamber of Commerce


·       BEL to continue indigenisation efforts in line with ‘Make in India’ initiative
·       Radars, Missile Systems, Communication & Network Centric Systems, Tank Electronics, Gun Upgrades, Electro-Optic Systems and Electronic Warfare & Avionics Systems to drive BEL’s growth
·       Capacity enhancement and creation of new test facilities for Defence business
·       Company pursuing business opportunities in Solar Energy, Homeland Security, Smart Cities, Smart Cards and Telecom 
·       Strategies and action plans in place to face competition, maintain technological edge and retain leadership position in strategic electronics