ASSOCHAM Karnataka CSR and Community Development Forum in collaboration with Sattva Consulting organised a webinar on ‘Collaborate and Co-create a CSR Ecosystem for challenges ahead’. The webinar was moderated by Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, Director – Sustainability, Brillio. The other speakers for the session were Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj, Group Head CSR – Dalmia Bharat Limited and CEO – Dalmia Bharat Foundation; Mr. Ashwini Saxena, CEO – JSW Foundation, Mr. Deepak Prabhu, Global Head – Cognizant Outreach and Mr. Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy, Co-Founder and CEO – Sattva Consulting.
The opening remarks were delivered by Mr. BV Naidu, Chairman – ASSOCHAM Karnataka. He stressed on the need to create a detailed CSR roadmap for the state. He highlighted the state of Karnataka’s contribution to the national direct taxes as well as the importance of ensuring that CSR funds reach the remote areas. He also said that there should be a rating system for NGOs for their part in implementation.
Mr. Narayan Prasad, speaking on behalf of Mr. Pradeep Prabhakar IAS, Commissioner of Collegiate Karnataka and Secretary to Hon’ble Deputy CM and Minister for Higher education (Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan), represented the governmental initiatives and requests. He urged the CSRs to develop more programs for field exposure for both students and teachers. There are 430 Government degree colleges across the state and CSRs should consider donating computers to take education online or adopting the college under its care.
Mr. Deepak Prabhu, showcased the ‘Education for Employment’ program by Cognizant Outreach which is an employee volunteering program. This initiative has been developed in collaboration with the state department of education. He spoke of how students are developing themselves by focusing on life and employability skills, through the program’s impact hiring and workshops. The teaching faculty can develop their digital, technical and 21st century skills as well. Colleges can be transformed through ownership or partnership.
The panel discussion threw the spotlight on the Covid19 situation as a significant disruptor there by forcing everyone to think differently. The need of the hour then is for the development sector to pivot and be nimble. There will be a push towards digital empowerment andcustomisable solutions. Return on Investment will be very important for Non Profits going forward.
The panelists also agreed that agriculture as a sector needs to be strengthened owing to reverse migration. The partnerships between CSRs, CSOs and Governments should aim to develop initiatives to revive agriculture for the economy and to improve nutrition. The areas of health and sanitation need to see change