Petroleum minister flags off ONGC Everest Expedition 2017

The move is aimed at preparing a team of ONGC young employees who had no formal knowledge or skills in mountaineering craft to attempt scale the highest peak on the earth

GN Bureau | March 29, 2017


#Everest expedition   #petroleum   #ONGC   #PSU  
In what could be seen as a first of its kind initiative by any corporate to scale Mount Everest, petroleum minister of state, Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off the ONGC Everest Expedition today at at India Habitat Center in New Delhi. 
 
The entire team of ONGC has been trained for this herculean task by experts from IMF, an ONGC release said. 
 
The attempt is aimed at preparing a team of ONGC young employees who had little or no formal knowledge or skills in mountaineering craft to attempt scale the highest peak on the earth. 
 
The genesis of ONGC’s Everest expedition began two years ago in October 2015 when ONGC Everest successfully completed the trek to Everest base camp (17,000 ft) with a team of 21 climbers. From here began a mission to scale Mount Everest in 2017. 
 
Over 150 Everest aspirants underwent a strenuous selection process before the final team for the Summit was identified. An official said that 11 out of over 150 employees have completed the stringent eligibility criteria for this programme. 
 
The entire selection and training took nearly 15 months and had an eight stage elimination process which tested the physical and mental endurance levels of the participants. 
 
A coffee table book titled ‘JUNGLE!  The Forests of India’ authored by renowned wildlife photographer Sunjoy Monga was also released by Pradhan. The book is a first that captures all the forests of India, right from Himalayas to the Andamans. ONGC has been associated with the publication of the book, which captures the rich biodiversity of our country and spreading awareness about protecting its ecosystem. 
 
CMD, ONGC D K Sarraf said “The expedition of this nature needs enormous courage, conviction and discipline. These are also the basic needs for a company like ONGC where we have to live with and defeat uncertainties”. He further added that the team that is going for this expedition has already displayed sheer courage and confidence and most importantly team spirit. We have also planned to train and send teams for Everest Expedition every year. 
 
Director HR D D Misra, who is the driving force behind this initiative, outlined various stages of training programme those have been imparted to the participants in the expedition.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Gig workforce expected to expand to 2.35 crore by 2029-30

The gig economy has arrived in India, as the Covid-19 pandemic has propelled a flexibility of employment. As many as 77 lakh workers were engaged in the gig economy, constituting 2.6% of the non-agricultural workforce or 1.5% of the total workforce in India. The gig workforce is expected to expand to 2.35

How Antyodaya Saral is simplifying everyday life in Haryana

From obtaining an electricity connection to a driver`s licence, ration card, or old-age allowance, delivery of government schemes and services is an aspect of governance that impacts citizens at various points throughout their lives. The Haryana state government provides over 600 such schemes and services.

A blueprint of India’s economic future: From a former RBI governor

From Dependence to Self-Reliance: Mapping India’s Rise as a Global Superpower By Bimal Jalan Rupa Publications, 184 pages, Rs 695 Bimal Jalan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has been one of our finest commentators on econom

Carbon neutrality: distant dream or a possible future?

While many countries have been chasing to reach the carbon neutral status, only a few seem to be living up to their pledges as of now. The famous ’Paris Agreement’ of 2015 was glorified and celebrated that finally 196 countries have united with an intent to mitigate and reduce the greenhouse ga

Agnipath: benefits and challenges on the path ahead

The government this week announced the Tour of Duty or `Agnipath` scheme for the recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces. Under this scheme new soldiers will be recruited only for four years. This radical and far-reaching scheme has attracted mixed reactions from various quarters. While some officials

Connecting credit card with UPI: What it means for you

UPI has become an integral part of our daily lives now. We use it to buy groceries, we use it to send money to friends and family, we use it to purchase tickets, book shows, pay the cab driver, and a whole host of other things due to the ease and availability of such a platform at our fingertips. The best

Visionary Talk: Sanjay Pandey, Mumbai Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter