Mukesh Ambani – Profile

October 25th, 2010 - by admin
Mukesh Ambani - CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Mukesh Ambani - CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani – business tycoon, industry icon, respected leader… Many are the adjectives that can be associated with the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest private sector company.

FAMILY
Born on April 19, 1957 in Yemen, Mukesh Ambani is the elder son of the legendary Dhirubhai Ambani. He grew up with 3 siblings, Anil, Dipti and Nina. The passion of their father was balanced by the softness and love of their mother, Kokilaben and the prudence and practicality of Mukesh Ambani’s wife, Nita. In subsequent years, daughter, Isha, and sons, Anant and Akash, were beloved additions to their home.

EDUCATION
Mukesh Ambani did his schooling from Abaay Morischa School, Mumbai and went on to earn a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from UDCT, Mumbai. His choice of education reflected his father’s philosophy of investing in businesses of the future.

To prove to the world that Mukesh Ambani could do whatever he put his mind to, he applied and got accepted by some of the top universities when he applied for their Master of Business Administration course. Eventually, he chose Stanford University as his alma mater, but his growing entrepreneurial instinct urged him to drop out and help his father with his polyester plant.

Even while pursuing the challenging chemical engineering course, Mukesh Ambani was actively involved in his father’s company. As soon as he joined the company formally in 1981, he became one of the main impetuses for the company’s gargantuan progress.

EMERGENCE OF THE ENTREPRENEUR
Reliance’s backward integration from textiles into polyester fibers and further into petrochemicals was Mukesh Ambani’s brainchild. Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery in Gujarat, which is now the world’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery, was directed under his watchful gaze. He was the force behind the creation of 51 new, world-class manufacturing facilities encompassing diverse technologies that increased its annual manufacturing capacity from less than a mission tons to over thirteen million tons. Currently, the refinery has a manufacturing capacity of 60,000 barrels per day.

Dhirubhai’s dream project, Reliance Infocomm, which is looked after by brother, Anil Ambani, after the company split in 2005, was also entrusted to Mukesh Ambani in its earlier stages.

Mukesh Ambani’s next strategy is to take a giant leap into the retail with stores across the country.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOLADES
Mukesh Ambani’s popularity clearly shone forth in 2007, when he was selected as Businessman of the Year by a public poll conducted by NDTC. In the same year, he was presented the United States-India Business Council (USIBC) Leadership Award for Global Vision in Washington D.C., USA as well as the Chitralekha Person of the Year Award by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi. The same year also saw him recorded as India’s first trillionaire.

Rewinding his life, Mukesh Ambani was chosen as Economic Times Business Leader of the Year in 2006 and ranked 42nd among the World’s Most Respected Business Leaders and 2nd among the four Indian CEOs featured in a survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and published in the Financial Times, London in 2004.

He was also conferred with the World Communication Award for the Most Influential Person in Telecommunications by Total Telecom and chosen Telecom Man of the Year by Voice and Data magazine in 2004. He ranked 13 in Fortune Magazine’s Asia’s Power 25 list of the Most Powerful People in Business and topped the Power List published by India Today for the second consecutive year.

LOCAL KING
In spite of managing the country’s biggest private sector company, Reliance Industries Ltd., Mukesh Ambani’s sight is currently on the Indian market alone. His vision is clear – he wants to expand rapidly within the country and change the lives of its people for the better. However, his focus extends beyond merely size increase to value generation and upscaling.

The MODERN INDIAN PHILANTHROPIST
Mukesh Ambani is regarded as the ‘modern day philanthropist’, whose paragon actions have inspired and cultured a socially sound community today. As the saying goes, ‘A man’s true wealth here-after is derived by the good he does in this world’; Mukesh Ambani has persistently held social welfare through corporate social responsibility (CSR) and charitable deeds in high esteem. He believes in industrious innovations that transform society; and that unless a business has a larger purpose that serves the millions readily, sustainable growth is impracticable.
The Reliance Foundation, spearheaded by Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani, is one of India’s largest corporate run social organization that addresses social development imperatives of India; namely quality, formal and vocational education, affordable high-quality health care, meaningful rural development and urban renewal, and protection and promotion of India’s priceless heritage of arts and culture.

The VALUE CREATOR

Mukesh Ambani run Reliance Industries Limited has been accorded with the second position in the list of world’s 10 biggest ’sustainable value creators’. By generating the largest shareholder value in terms of market capitalization, Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Industries Limited, both, are held as the finest corporate entities of the world today.

Mukesh Ambani has for long regarded ‘value-addition’ process as primal to any business establishment. He affirms that unless a business admits value; in regards to its products, services, work force, shareholders and end users, a business’s worth is futile. With the influx of this belief into tangible action at RIL, Mukesh Ambani’s conviction has been proven true as Reliance climbs high on prosperity charts, becoming India’s most trusted and value-rich brands today.

THE STORY WITH NO END
Mukesh Ambani dons a cap with many feathers, but he carries them with grace and panache. At 53 years, his sheer energy is enough to take one’s breath away. Having achieved so much, Mukesh Ambani remains hungry for more. So, he continues to create, continues to build and continues to shine brightly on India’s business horizon.

The Reliance Digital store at Moments Mall Kirti Nagar, in the city of Delhi is all set to welcome actor Imraan Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar today(5th September 5, 2011) at 5:00 PM. The actors and their team will visit the store for the promotion of their latest flick Mere Brother ki Dulhan. The cast is expected to interact with the crowd and media at the promotion event.

This Reliance Digital Store is the latest addition to the electronics chain. The store was launched on 3rd September. As a part of special launch festivities, Reliance Digital has put in place exclusive launch offers which range from price-offs and discounts to exchange offers. As a part of the ‘Mismatch Exchange’ scheme, customers can bring in their old refrigerators, washing machines and television sets in exchange for any of the latest electronic product from the store. Reliance Digital is also offering a special purchase scheme where customers can take home any product of their choice at an easy EMI of just Rs. 51. And every purchase will be backed by Reliance Digital’s customer support team at ‘Reliance resQ’, available 365 days a year.

About Reliance Digital:
Reliance Digital is a one stop shop with cutting edge technology for the entire range of household electronics, appliances, computers, gaming and telecom products. Reliance Digital Stores house over 150 international and national brands and over 4000 products. The range at Reliance Digital spans, Audio and Video products (TV’s, DVD players, Car Audio players), Electronic Musical Instruments and Digital Cameras, Gaming Consoles, Computers and Peripherals, Mobile and Fixed line instruments, Durables like, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Water Purifiers, Kitchen and Home Appliances.

Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani has been invited to join the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas: MD Anderson Cancer Center. In its 70 years of operations, this centre has invested significant resources towards cancer research and patient care.

Fighting the War of Cancer

Nita Ambani is the first Indian and the second Asian to be invited to join this Board. While extending the invitation, Chairman of the Board, Melvyn N. Klein, said, “By giving your time, talents and treasure, you will help advance the institution’s mission to eliminate cancer – and ultimately make a significant difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.”

Upon accepting the invitation from the cancer center, Nita Ambani said, “I feel privileged to join the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and look forward to both learning from and contributing to its exemplary mission of making cancer history. Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre will draw on the expertise and capabilities of this remarkable institution, and work towards providing better care for cancer patients in India and bringing about ground-breaking research to eventually defeat cancer.”

Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s premier cancer centers, its 20,000-strong workforce endeavors to rapidly translate scientific knowledge into enhanced therapies and prevention strategies for the purpose of creating improved quality of life for patients and survivors.

Collaborations with Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center

Sir. H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center was re-inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 25th in Mumbai. A project that is extremely close to the heart of Nita Ambani, this hospital considers oncology its thrust area. The facility has invested significantly in the latest medical technology and equipment that aids in early detection and cure of cancer. In addition to this, the availability of nuclear medicine infrastructure will help doctors treat cancer patients much faster, causing minimal pain and discomfort.

The University of Texas: MD Anderson Cancer Center along with Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation and Research center will be collaborating to work in the area of oncology and introduce within India the latest research findings and discoveries that equip medical experts to deliver high-quality treatment and care to patients.

Reliance Foundation’s Endeavor towards Social Development

Under the stewardship of Nita Ambani, Reliance has played a critical role in addressing a number of development challenges faced within India. With the help of sustainable and innovative solutions, the foundation focuses on its 5 core pillars that include health, education, rural transformation, urban renewal and promotion of India’s arts, culture and heritage.

Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center is a part of one such endeavor that aims to deliver standardized and high-quality treatment to patients at all levels of the pyramid.

Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, is set to become the first medical facility in the country to make use of Google Glass in its everyday operations. The project is currently in its pilot phase and will be deployed hospital-wide within a month.

Using Google Glass to Access the Hospital’s Information System

The Google Glass will be connected with an application called We Care. Developed by SAP India, it will host the hospital information system, which allows doctors to pull out an array of medical reports and information by simply tapping on the Glass. Furthermore, instead of scribbling notes on loose pieces of paper, medical practitioners will be able to use voice-activated systems, through which the Glass will take notes for them.

Mukesh Jain, the Chief Information Officer of the hospital, said, “This remarkable app has the potential to bring patient care to new heights.” He added, “SAP has blended perfectly with We Care solution, smooth clinical workflow and the smartphone hands-free format of smart glasses for the potential use of any physician anywhere.”

How will it Work?

The Glass will first be put to use in emergency care, where trauma doctors will be able to gain immediate access to the past record of any patient who is brought in. It is expected that leveraging this technology will simplify collaborations with other departments when a patient arrives into the casualty ward.

Data will be stored centrally and doctors will be able to pull out everything from blood work reports to x-rays and other radiology reports from the past to take informed medical decisions.

Andy David, Healthcare Director at SAP APJ, said, “With the help of the Google Glass, doctors can attend to multiple patients, engage with them and see almost twice as many patients during the rounds. Doctors can take accurate notes on the Google Glass itself.

The data is stored automatically and can be accessed when required.”

We Care is expected to soon become available to hospitals around the world. The application runs easily on smart phones and tablets, making it a lot more accessible and cost-efficient.

The Acceptance of Google Glass in Healthcare

Initially seen as an uncomfortable piece of wearable technology, the Google Glass is now seeing a variety of applications across industries. Within healthcare, Dr. Pavan Kumar, the Head of Cardiac Surgery at Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, used this equipment to record an entire surgery. The hospital, too, is working on developing an application that will make use of Google Glass for the purpose of providing telemedicine services.

Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center is already creating buzz about its technologically advanced medical infrastructure and preventive approach to healthcare. The inclusion of Google Glass is expected to further enhance service delivery for its doctors and facilitate high-quality medical care for all.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the largest private company in India in terms of income, assets as well as profits. For the 5th time in a row, the company has topped the Business World Real 500 rankings.

In reference to the unparalleled track record of creating value, Chairman and Managing Director of RIL, Mukesh Ambani said, “Over the past 37 years, Reliance’s assets, revenue and EBIDTA (earnings before interest, depreciation, taxes and amortisation) have grown at a compound rate of 27 per cent.”

In the last financial year alone, the company posted a record income of INR 4,43,461 crores and an asset size of INR428,843 crores. These figures have gone up by 9.5% and 18.35% respectively when compared to the previous year.

The Role of the Jamnagar Refineries in RIL’s Growth

The relentless growth witnessed by RIL is justly attributed to its twin refineries and petrochemical complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat. The refineries have an aggregate capacity of 65 million tons per annum, generating a revenue of INR 3,61,970 crores. This accounts for 78% of the total revenue of RIL.

The second biggest contributor to RIL’s revenue is the petrochemical business that generated about INR 96,465 crores this year.

Performance of the Exploration and Production Vertical

While the year has been mostly optimistic for the company, it wasn’t without some glitches. The Exploration and Production (E&P) vertical of the company suffered a setback where the revenues in FY 2014 went down by INR 11,182 crores when compared to FY 2013.

According to Investment Strategist at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, V.K. Vijaykumar, the reduction in gas production from the KG-D6 field along with the delay in price revision of gas are concerning. As a result of this, the government too, is taking a cautious approach on the revision of gas prices. RIL has thus not been able to take a decision on making investments towards the development of R-series, MJ1 and satellite fields.

On the other hand, RIL has been able to limit the impact of reduced revenues due to the KG-D6 crisis by posting a substantial growth in the sale of shale gas. Revenues from shale gas in FY 2014 went up by 45% within a year at $893.3 million.

Overall Market Sentiments

RIL was among the various other companies that was having a hard time this year. FY 2014 is deemed to be especially difficult for emerging markets. This is because a combination of high inflation, large current account deficits and low growth which resulted in extreme volatility in exchange rates.

RIL’s Path Ahead

RIL is planning to deploy cash from its traditional ventures into the broadband and telecom industry along with the retail sector. After posting its first profit since its inception in 2006, Reliance Retail exhibited a business growth of 34% with revenues at INR 14,496 crores.

Mukesh Ambani says, “I am confident our growth initiatives will create significant value for our society, our customers, our employees and our shareholders, continuing the Reliance tradition.”

As on September 30th, RIL’s outstanding debt stood at INR 142,084 crores. A major part of the borrowings in foreign denominations is for building the broadband vertical and for the expansion of capacity in its petrochemical plants.

Reliance Jio Infocomm has struck a $10 million three-year Operation Support Systems (OSS) deal with Swedish telecom gear manufacturer, Ericsson. As per this deal, Ericsson will provide service fulfillment software solutions that consist of 9 suites, including Catalog Manager, GIS-based Network Engineer and Granite Inventory, to Reliance Industries Limited’s telecom unit.

What is OSS?

OSS essentially consists of software applications that support the back-office activities of telecom operators and maintain customer services.

Considered to be the world’s largest network gear maker, Ericsson’s service fulfillment solution provides to telecom operators high levels of service agility across various processes such as planning, provisioning and activation. With the help of these solutions, operators are able to create products demanded by customers at a faster rate.

Ericsson’s Involvement in India’s Telecom Sector

In addition to the latest orders received from Reliance Jio, Ericsson has also signed other software solution deals with India’s leading operators, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.

Bharti Airtel receives prepaid self-care solutions from the Swedish company, which covers the operator’s night store. The companies also joined hands for the supply of base stations and other equipment for Bharti Airtel’s FDD-LTE-based 4G network that uses airwaves in the 1800 Mhz band.

Additionally, Idea Cellular uses Ericsson’s services for real-time charging for its post-paid subscribers and Evolved IP Network solutions.

Ericsson had also signed a 5-year deal with Vodafone India to manage their pre-paid charging system for the 75 million customers that are spread across 5 critical circles in India.

Reliance Jio’s OSS and BSS Deals

All the solutions that will be provided to Reliance Jiocome from former OSS service provider Telcordia that was acquired by Ericsson in January 2012. The deal has been signed under the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) model for a period of 3 years. Sources said that the annual maintenance contract (AMC) model of services will be applicable at the end of 3 years.

Reliance Jio has also partnered with a number of other vendors to optimize its OSS as well as business support systems (BSS), which help support customer interfacing activities such as customer relationship management, call center automation and billing. These vendors include the likes of Cisco, IBM, SAP, Cognizant, Hewlett-Packard and Subex.

Launching 4G Services in India

Reliance Jio is the only telecom company to have a pan-India license for 4G services. In addition to this, it is also the newest entrant in the country’s telecom sector. The company has been gearing up to offer 4G services early next year. It will compete with rivals such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India amidst ever-increasing data usage by mobile phone users.

While the field trials are in progress, its 4G services are expected to commence in phases in the first half of 2015. As the only telecom operator to own 2300 Mhz bandwidth in all 22 circles in India, it will be offering its 4G services on the TDD-LTE standard.

Just months before the launch of 4G operations in Reliance Jio in 2015, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has hired a high-profile professional as the Chief Products and Innovation Officer for the venture. Rainer Deutschmann will be heading all major product and service innovations at Reliance Jio after relocating to Mumbai from London.

Getting to Know Rainer Deutschmann

Rainerhas often been attributed as the individual that drove digital transformation for over 10 years at Deutsche Telekom, more popularly known as T-Mobile. A German national, Harvard Business School alumnus and PhD in Physics from the University of Munich, his greatest professional achievement comes in the form of the role he played in turning around T-Mobile’s UK operations in his capacity as the Chairman of its Board of Directors.

After a stint in consulting firm McKinsey as an engagement officer in telecom and technology, Rainer changed industries in 2005. Since then, he has held a number of senior strategic and operative positions within the 60 billion euro German telecom company.

As the custodian for all innovations across digital, mobile, broadband and technology, Rainer will be responsible for devising market strategy while bringing together a number of key elements such as mobile Internet, content and software.

Sources aware of this development said that he will be directly reporting to Mukesh Ambani along with his trusted lieutenant, Manoj Modi. In addition to being the CEO of Reliance Retail, Modi is also currently spearheading RIL’s re-entry intro telecom.

RIL’s Global Hiring Strategy

A spokesperson said, “Given our huge growth aspiration, we believe we have pursued a very aggressive talent strategy and have nearly a hundred senior leaders across over 20 nationalities working for us in India itself. In a true way, Reliance represents a global microcosm on its leadership profile while being in India.”

RIL has significantly intensified its focus on broadbasing its talent pool ever since it ventured into consumer-centric businesses such as telecom and retail. Industry experts are optimistic about RIL’s decision to leverage global talent for its new ventures.

This move is critical today especially since most telecom companies around the world are working hard to become future-ready. The world shifting from the conventional telecom-dominated ecosystem to a more Internet-dominated one.

Referring to Rainer, Vinay Menon, London office Head and Global Co-Lead-Technology, Communications & Industrial at Positive Moves Consulting says, “Given his track record, Rainer finds himself amongst a unique pool of global telecom candidates who have the ability to play a transformational role as a global, innovation-driven business builder. He has consistently demonstrated the ability to create technology platforms that cater to evolving business needs – be it in Mobility, Applications Services.”

He adds, “The transition is best managed by those operators who have reorganized their leadership on the technology front and put in place technology and innovation leaders who have a blend of business key performance indicators (KPI) and technology KPIs with a strong go to market/customer orientation.”

Reliance Jio is currently in its final stages for deploying next-generation LTE and fiber-to-home network for broadband and voice communication services across India.

With an aim to bring all its telecom related operations under a single entity before the launch of its 4G services next year, Reliance JioInfocomm Limited is merging its two subsidiaries with itself.

Infotel Telecom Limited, one of the two merging subsidiaries is the one that owns the long-distance telephony licenses while the other, Rancore Technologies acts as the R&D Unit. Reliance Jio currently holds the unified license for 4G services in India. The merger with Infotel a Telecom will allow Reliance Jio to conduct national as well as international long-distance business with a single license.

Pending Approvals

Already registered with the Registrar of Companies, Infotel Telecom had previously received the company court’s approval for the merger. Now, it is seeking an approval for amalgamation from the Department of Telecommunications. Close sources disclose that the department is yet to issue a formal written consent.

Even though the approval is pending, the merger between the two companies is considered effective September 1, 2014. Reliance Jio is yet to submit details with regards to the minimum paid-up capital of the company along with the minimum net-worth details of both companies to the Department of Telecommunications.

Sources say that the department has requested some details including certificates that highlight the Indian and foreign equity held by Infotel Telecom along with the details of minimum paid-up capital. The department has recommended that the Telecom Ministry’s wireless planning & coordination wing also take a look at the proposal. This is because Reliance Jio holds 20 MHz of broadband and wireless access spectrum across 22 circles within India.

Reliance Jio has sought similar approvals for the merger of Rancore Technologies with itself.

What to Expect with the Launch of Reliance Jio’s Services

The company currently holds 1800 MHz spectrum across 14 circles and 2300 MHz in 22circles. With the much awaited launch of 4G wireless services in 2015, it is expected that a number of customer woes will come to an end.

For instance, after having crossed a major technical hurdle during its testing phase that began a few weeks ago, it is expected that customers will soon be able to enjoy same data speeds even when they move from one state to another while roaming on the 4G network.

A senior Reliance Jio executive belonging to the network team explained, “When a customer is roaming, the critical issue is continuous connectivity. Operators have struggled, when the subscriber moves from one circle to another with problems such as call drops, low connectivity or even no connectivity. With our vast network agreements, it has become possible and tests have shown 99.95% success.”

Reliance Jio has also signed infrastructure sharing agreements with companies like RCom and Bharti to share infrastructure, and tower sharing deals firms such as GTL Infra, Indus Towers and Ascend Telecom. The aim is to keep cost down during various stages of service deployment. The company aims to lease out about 70,000 towers and install about 30,000 of their own. This includes smaller cell sites on individual poles.

After the successful start of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), the joint venture between the International Management Group (IMG) and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has started exploring another sport. The promoters of ISL have started promoting grassroots level basketball by launching two leagues along with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI).

By launching two properties, namely the Indian School Basketball League (ISBL) and the Indian College Basketball League (ICBL), IMG-Reliance along with BFI intend to instill basic knowledge of the sport at the grassroots level. The long term goal of this initiative is to cultivate talent that adheres to national standards.

Chief Executive Officer of BFO, Mr. Roopam Harish Sharma said, “We need to catch the players young and train them. The idea to start this league is to identify the best players and train them for international level.”

The partnership between these two organizations includes a 30 year commitment where IMG-Reliance will help develop this sport all over the country. In addition to this, BGI has granted IMG-Reliance commercial rights for sponsorship, advertising, merchandising, broadcasting, film, intellectual property franchising and new league rights as a part of this partnership.

Off to a Favorable Start

These two leagues were conceived in Delhi and Indore after which a series of matches were played in cities such as Hyderabad, Raipur and Dehradun. The league matches started in Mumbai on October 17th and are currently being played at the Khalsa College. Divided into sub leagues, namely Premier and Challenger, the ICBL will be played in 9 tier 1 and 9 tier 2 cities. The ISBL too, has been divided into two sub leagues.

Referring to the progress of the league, Mr. Roopam Harish Sharma said, “Mumbai is a very active city, full of life and energy. We are looking forward to an exciting display of matches as ICBL and ISBL. The response received so far has been positive from the end of all teachers, students and parents. I am very confident that a revolution will soon be created in the history of basketball in India.”

According to the Chief Operating Officer of IMG-Reliance, Mr. Ashu Jindal, India is currently witnessing a revolution with regards to sports. Considering that basketball is the second most popular sport in the world, he believes that it deserves a fair share of support and push. He added, “These two leagues are being played across 22 cities, designed to provide the youth a platform on pan-India basis.”

The ICBL currently consists of more than 450 colleges and over 6000 participants. It is expected that 700 schools from across the nation will participate in this program. The city champions from the ICBL premier league will move on to play in the national championships that will be organized at the end of this year in New Delhi. In the boy’s category, Podar College was beaten by Jhunjhunwala College while VJTI College won the match against Vaze College in the girl’s category.

The winning teams of the championship will their basketball courts completely refurbished while the first and second runners up will receive a prize of INR75,000 and INR50,000 respectively.

On Saturday October 25th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai for the inauguration of the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center. Founded in 1925, the hospital has been re-built by Reliance Foundation under the leadership of its Chairperson, Nita Ambani. Last Thursday, PM Modi accepted an invitation from her and her son, Anant Ambani, to inaugurate the hospital.

The Historic Significance of the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital

Formerly known as Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Hospital, it was the first general hospital in the city and is located in the heart of South Mumbai. Its long history included witnessing the Second World War as well as India’s struggle for freedom. Mahatma Gandhi was among the frequent visitors of this prominent medical facility.

The Silver Jubilee of this facility was celebrated with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the Chief Guest while Jayaprakash Narayan was present at its Golden Jubilee celebrations. Currently in its 90th year, its new avatar will be inaugurated by India’s current Prime Minister.

State-of-the-Art Medical Facility

The new hospital consists of a modern 19-storey tower along with two heritage wings. Through collaborations with John Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the University of Southern California, the hospital intends to deliver high-quality healthcare.

Furthermore, the facility will also be equipped with infrastructure for robotic surgeries and online conferencing for consultations with specialists from around the world. This state-of-the-art facility will be spread over 8 lakh square feet and will consist of the all the latest clinical technologies across a number of core specialties including diagnostics and imaging.

The current outreach program covers over 310,000 individuals that receive preventive and primary healthcare at virtually no cost by leveraging digital platforms. In addition to this, the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital has also charted out necessary steps to adopt local areas as their commitment towards the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. The general wards of this facility plan on delivering standardized and high-quality treatment even for those citizens that are at the bottom of the pyramid.

Dreams turned Reality for Nita Ambani

With consistent involvement in healthcare, education, urban renewal as well as rural development, the philanthropic arm of India’s largest private sector enterprise has been able to achieve significant goals under Nita Ambani’s leadership. With the help of a team of top-notch professionals that help her to execute a diverse basket of initiatives, there are few projects that intimidate her. For instance, the Hero Indian Super League that is currently successfully running its first season is another vision by Nita Ambani, initiated to connect the Indian public with the world of sports. Now, the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center will add another feather in her hat.



Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation and wife of industrialist, Mukesh Ambani, is among the many leading personalities from Maharashtra who were named Goodwill Ambassadors of the Swachhata Abhiyan in the state. Other names include Bollywood actor, Abhishek Bachchan; playback singer, Sunidhi Chauhan; and Marathi film star, Makrand Anaspure.Director of Aditya Birla Group, Rajshree Birla; shooter, Anjali Bhagwat; and great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Tushar Gandhiare also included on this list.

The Launch of Swachhata Abhiyan in Maharashtra

The announcement was made by Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao just after the launch of this initiative in the Raj Bhavan and the Mantralaya on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, made an official announcement on his Twitter account.

The Governor said, “I am sure their involvement with the campaign will inspire many people to work for cleanliness in the society. We have to turn this campaign into a mass movement.” He stressed upon the need to sustain the enthusiasm of the movement for cleanliness. “Lot needs to be done, both in Mumbai and Maharashtra to emerge as the cleanest state in the country. Maharashtra has made pioneering efforts in cleanliness campaign in the form of Sant Gadgebaba Abhiyan. We have to give a major impetus to the campaign under the leadership of the Prime Minister,” he added.

Rao believes that the focus should be on public places such as hospitals, offices, marketplaces and railway stations. In addition to requesting the Chief Secretary and the Mumbai Municipal Commissioner to make the campaign participatory and visible, his own involvement was announced in the form of a visit to the JJ Hospital scheduled on October 18th as a part of a cleanliness drive.

Rao further added, “I have asked them to involve citizen groups, NGOs in all districts and housing societies in cities in the campaign. I have told them to identify selected public places which need urgent cleaning and lead the effort from the front.”

Nationwide Acceptance of the Initiative

Wielding the broom, on October 2nd 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country’s largest ever cleanliness drive. Other states,too, have responded rather favorably to the initiative and have participated with much enthusiasm.

In Madhya Pradesh, for instance, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the campaign by also wielding a broom in Bhopal. He urged the citizens to devote at least 2 hours each week towards cleanliness. Furthermore, local MP and Union Minister of Water Resource, Uma Bharti, pledged that she would devote 300 hours a year towards the mission.

In Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, made a similar plea to the public. He said, “We will make India clean by 2019. When the country is clean then only it is healthy. In 2014, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we take a pledge to dedicate a ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) at the feet of Bapu.”

The enthusiasm towards this drive was felt far and wide = from Kerala to Jammu & Kashmir and from Mizoram to Rajasthan.

After a successful 38-year history as India’s largest private sector company, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has formally launched an international constitution by the name of Reliance Management Services (RMS). The new framework was unveiled on October 6 before 150 top executives at an event hosted by Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh Ambani, at his South Mumbai home, Antilla.

The 7-hour-long event included Senior Vice-President of British Petroleum, David Oxley, setting the tone by putting forth questions to Mukesh Ambani on reasons behind initiating this change. A source aware of the developments on RMS said, “Oxley asked simple and quick questions. Mukesh Ambani presented his views.”

What RMS Entails

The new system defines critical policies, processes and execution measures for a number of segments such as HR management and risk management. It spells out what is required to be done within a specified period of time. The new framework comes with guidelines of delegation of authority and clearly highlights how it should flow from top to bottom. It also highlights various processes that need to be executed to indentify risks in a quick and easy manner.

Focus on Employee Welfare

As a part of RMS, the company has announced a series of human resource programs that involve taking necessary measures to simplify various policies and to encourage the wellness of employees.Oxley is also overseeing an HR transformation program at RIL. It is worth noting that British Petroleum has a stake in RIL’s hydrocarbon blocks.

The implementation of this new management system is expected to accelerate the pace at which contemporary HR practices are executed. In addition to implementing a 5-day work week policy last year, RIL has also been able to set in motion a number of fresh initiatives that are being spearheaded by Prabir Jha, Chief HR Officer at RIL. Jha joined the human resources function at RIL from a similar role at Tata Motors.

In addition to simplifying policies and encouraging wellness, these changes also intend to support education and reward talent across levels. Among various significant modifications announced, the most important ones include discontinuation of service bonds and the extension of maternity leave to 6 months.

Sangeeta Singh, Partner at HR consultancy firm, Sanguine Consulting, says, “This level of change will have a significantly positive impact on employee morale, buy-in of the larger organizational vision, individual productivity and most of all, a sense of belonging with the company.”

Mukesh Ambani believes that the average life of the 100 businesses as per Standard & Poor’s list is about 30 years. The inception of RMS is intends to boost RIL’s ability to re-invent itself in this rapidly changing business environment. Furthermore, the formal launch of RMS also intends to institutionalize systems and processes while the company is at the cusp of expansion, diversification and adding more young talent into its workforce.