TAFE Access Limited (TAL) inaugurated new showroom for TATA Motors at mettupalayam, the inaugural session started with welcome address by P.S. Surendiran, GM, TAL, followed by inauguration of the showroom and a keynote address by K. Vijay Menon, Regional Manager (South-II) TATA Motors. The service facility was also launched in the presence of P. Shanmugasundaram, Regional Manager, Customer support (South-II) TATA Motors, followed by the vote of thanks delivered R. Ramamoorthy, Head – Projects. The ceremony concluded with the handing over of car keys of new TATA Nano cars to the customers.
– Spearheaded Raithu Dinotsavam to strengthen role of agriculture in India –
TAFE successfully conducted ‘Farmer’s Day’ in Ongole on Feb 25, 2012, aimed at reaching out to the farming community and enabling them get the best out of their farms through direct interactions with various agri-experts all at one platform.
Farmer’s Day is one of the unique outreach initiatives undertaken by J Farm and an outstanding example of Corporate Social Responsibility by TAFE. The thrust of this event was on farming & pest management practices and farm mechanization for improving production of pulses, cotton and rice. The event saw participation of over 300 farmers from Ongole and neighborhood areas.
The eminent speakers at Farmer’s Day at Ongole included Dr. Bhaskar Rao, Associate Dean of College of Agricultural Engineering; B. Ramesh, State Head, Tractor Loan, HDFC Bank; and Mr. SK. Allu Bakshu, RTO, Ongole. The sessions at the one-day event were complemented by demonstrations and displays of the latest techniques and scientific practices in farming and related areas like seed bed preparation, introduction to hybrid varieties of seeds, methods for efficient irrigation, agri-credit, crop protection, harvesting, storage and other farm related practices. Experts from State Department of Agriculture and other agricultural universities shared their expertise based on the specific crop cultivation pattern of the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. SS Nagarajan, Vice President (Agri Research) of TAFE said- “Through this Farmer’s Day event, we would like to encourage farmers to accelerate the pace of agricultural development in fulfilling the national task of achieving self reliance in food production. Through consecutive successful Farmer’s Day events organized in the past, J Farm has been able to considerably enhance the content and knowledge takeways for this Ongole event. “Our mission at J Farm is to lead farming communities at the local and national levels towards sustainable, organic stewardship of land, food and fiber while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.”
Officials from financial institutions and government bodies also shared information on agricultural loans, subsidies and policies available to farmers and provided clarifications for their queries and concerns. Progressive farmers of the area were recognized and honored and encouraged to share best practices with the rest of the farming community. The first Farmer’s Day event was held in Madurai, at TAFE’s Kalladipatti plant in May 2006. The practice has been observed every year since then and is celebrated across varied geographies and cultural mixes in India.
A Graduation Day celebration for Diploma Engineer Trainees was organized on January 10, 2012 at TAFE Product Training Centre. They are essentially trained in the customer support function of TAFE & TMTL
32 trainees were trained in PTC on product ranging from 63 days – 45 days. They were trained in Service Process by the TVS training institute for 20 days and in Service aspects like Warranty Management, Parts, Customer Focus Group / Quality for 15 days.
SEVA is an annual event organized at TAFE’s Product Training Center to recognize Diploma Engineering Trainees of TAFE & TMTL. They are grouped into teams with the names Mahaan, Challenger, Mahashakti, Gajraj (TAFE) and Varun, Bengal Tiger (TMTL). The graduation day event commenced with the TAFE Anthem, followed by the lighting of the lamp by SS Nagarajan, VP – Agri Research, PC Dash, AVP – Service, SK Gupta, Senior DGM – Training and Diploma Engineering Trainees from TAFE & TMTL.
PC Dash, AVP – Service was the Chief Guest. SS Nagarajan, VP – Agri Research, K Srinivasan, Agri Scientist (J Farm), Bhukhari (Mentor Trainer), Zulfeqar Ali and Murugesan (TVS Training Institute), SK Gupta (Senior DGM PTC) , Venkatesh K (Service) , Jayaram Iyer, Regional Manager – Sales TMTL, Murali, Regional Manager – Service TMTL, Meenakshisundram, PTC Instructor, Sanjay Kumar, Head – HR and members of the HR Team also attended the event.
‘The Best Performance Award’ was presented to trainees from TAFE & TMTL and was awarded to ‘Mahan’ in TAFE and ‘Varun’ in TMTL. It was followed by a cultural performance by the trainees, Hindi songs by TMTL teams and a short Hindi play “Goverdan ki Ajab Gazab Kahani”, on service theme – Door Step Installation.
A training program on ‘Receipt and Storage of Parts’ for the supervisors of Receiving Area of spare parts warehouse, C & F was conducted by TAFE Parts Department in January. The program was led by A. Guruparan, Senior Executive (Parts).
The program was inaugurated by V. N. Prabhakar Rao, Senior Manager, Parts and was attended by various Parts warehouse personnel. Though a small event, the training program generated tremendous interest and was attended by over 20 people.
The sessions aimed to educate personnel about effective operations of a warehouse and the steps and process to be followed in receiving operations. Initiated as a part of continuous improvement in Warehouse Operation, the organizers are positive that this training session will help increase productivity by increasing efficiency and also ensuring error free supplies.
M. Paul Anderson, AGM – Marketing and S. Sivakumar from The Daily Thanthi, leading Tamil news daily visited J Farm on January 5, 2012. They visited the Implement Park and vegetable fields and recorded their views in the visitor’s book maintained by J Farm, which read, “A great visionary, S. S. Nagarajan, a pioneer in paddy crop, in whom I could see the reflection of a great personality like M. S. Swaminathan”. Mr. S. S. Nagarajan, is the Vice President – Agricultural Research at J Farm.
Also, students from the American International School, Chennai, along with their faculty member Lakshmi Vijayaraghavan, visited J Farm on February 6, 2012. Expressing her views in the visitor’s book, Lakshmi wrote, “It was a very productive trip. As a teacher, I felt my students got a real life experience in a fun way. It was a memorable visit for us and was highly informative. We always thought technology in agriculture was limited to developed countries, but it was a pleasant realization to know that everything is here, in India too.”
BIMA, the new initiative by IT, was successfully launched for Vendor Portal applications in December 2011. The new technology of WebMethods will now cater to Vendor Portal applications including Advance Shipping Notification (ASN). The project was initiated in August 2011 and went live successfully in December 2011. Seen here are some pictures during kick-off meeting and launch.
TAFE participated in an AutoFair held in Madurai along with a regionally based stockist.
G. Sivakumar, Regional Manager, South, represented TAFE at the Autofair. TAFE Parts Department displayed products like TAFE Genuine Oil and highlighted our range of genuine parts and oil to all customers and retailers who visited the stall.
R. Dinesh, Managing Director of TVS & Sons Ltd. inaugurated the AUTO FAIR and visited our stall and lauded TAFE for the increased availability and product reach in the market.