November 18, 2008 | The Telegraph India

Tata Steel bags award

Jamshedpur: Tata Steel added yet another feather to its cap as it bagged a certificate of honour for “best establishment” from President Pratibha Patil.

The steel major was awarded the President’s Trophy for the overall good performance at the All-India Apprentices Competition held in November 2007.

The directorate of general employment and training, which functions under the Union ministry of labour and employment, had organised the contest in various trades twice a year. In the 79th All India Competition for Apprentices held at Advanced Training Institutes in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Howrah and Kanpur, three trade apprentices of Shavak Nanavati Technical Institute (SNTI), a technical institute promoted by Tata Steel, were declared winners and three others were declared runners-up.

Three out of the six trade apprentices were girls. The apprentices are now employed with the company. Tata Steel chief of corporate affairs and communications Sanjay Choudhry said that while the winners of the competition would get a merit certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each, the runners-up would get a merit certificate and a cash prize of Rs 5,000 each from the Centre.

“Based on their performance of the apprentices, the steel company was awarded the President’s Trophy for best establishment,” he said, adding that it was for the first time the company received the award.

According to Mr Choudhry, the company is proud of the achievements of its young apprentices. “The company, known to promote and nurture talent of youth, is always willing to provide opportunities and platforms to aspiring professionals to lead a self-sufficient and independent life,” he added.

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