In a record of sorts, aviation major
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) ushered in the largest batch
of over 500 Management and Design Trainees on to its fold in
Bangalore on Monday.
The formal induction ceremony, held
at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, saw young devotees of aviation
in technical, human resources and materials management streams
taking a pledge to propel the Company forward.
In his inaugural address, HAL’s
Director Personnel Mr Sanjeev Sahi said that never in the past
had the company inducted so many youngsters at one go. “Working
in HAL is a service to our Nation, a proud factor only few
youngsters in this country can boast of. Your ideas today will
become the driving force of our Nation tomorrow,” Mr Sahi said.
Outlining the performance of the company, Mr Sahi said:
“HAL has joined the elite group of billion dollar companies in
the year 2004-‘05. Our profits have surpassed the Rs 1,000 crore
per year mark. We now have 16 divisions and nine R&D centres.
Two more divisions are in the making. We have been delivering
good results continuously, and by 2012, with our combined
effort, we will make HAL a 3-billion-dollar company.”
Congratulating the new batch, Director LCA Mr Yogesh Kumar
said the future of HAL is safe in the hands of the young
talents. Sharing gems from his own vast experience in various
projects related to the history of aeronautical engineering in
said: “The first batch of management trainees were inducted into
the company in 1968. Those batches comprised of merely 30 to 40
trainees. Now, almost all divisions of the company are headed by
members from the first batch.”
Mr Kumar said the 60-plus-year old company had blossomed
Mecca of engineering in the country. “For any fresh engineering
graduate, HAL could be a dream workplace because nowhere else
could one find such a large number of functional projects in the
high-end technology sector,” he added.
Two of the former management trainees from the
Academy, Krishnamurthy and Prekshit Sharma, shared their
experiences with the new batch of trainees.
HAL Management Academy (HMA) Dean Mr Ananth Agasthya and
General Manager (Personnel and Administration) Mr Sudhakar Rao
also spoke on the occasion.
These trainees selected from over thousands of aspirants
will now undergo a one-year training programme with HMA. On
completion of the training programme, the trainees will be
posted to various divisions of HAL.