With a strong focus on stakeholder value creation, Aditya Birla Group has been big in people’s lives in many ways. The main areas of focus are education (Aditya Bal Vidya Mandirs, Balwadis for elementary education), livelihood (4,500 self-help groups created with an overall view to empower women, partnership with industrial training institutes, vocational training through Aditya Birla Rural Technology Parks, watershed development), social change (dowry-less marriage, widow remarriage, de-addiction programmes),Aditya Birla CSR Centre of Excellence and Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development and performance management(developing plans for the development of the marginalized).
Moving on to sustainability in the way they work, Novel is the world’s largest recycler of used beverage cans and Idea Cellular launched the ‘Green Idea’ initiative with Aditya Birla Group aiming at reduction in carbon dioxide emission. There is also a continuous endeavour to reduce carbon footprint, reduce water consumption and conversion of waste to raw material.
The year is 2014. I have recently taken admission in B. Tech in ICT (Information and Communication Technology). I was excited to start my college life and also learn all the popular technical skills to be a pro. But soon after the 1st semester started, I realized that only being excited was not enough. I found myself struggling with the norms of coding. No matter how much I try, I wasn’t able to remember the syntax and other rules of the C language. After some time, I developed a disliking for coding. I had a very negative perspective of coding, which, as a result, lead to excuses for avoiding it altogether. This resulted in me getting an ’F’ grade in that course.
I felt really low and was very angry with me. I knew that in the end, this was my fault. I knew that If I had gone that extra mile in my efforts, I could have understood it. But I didn’t lose hope. I thought that I still had a chance in the supplementary exams, which were 45 days away. I decided to start preparing right away but came across a hurdle even before I can start. There were many family functions aligned in the summer of 2015, which I had to attend. So I had to go to Palanpur (my hometown) and study amid the chaos that comes with marriages. It was difficult because there was a lot of work to be done there and you have to help as well. I wasn’t able to cover much of the syllabus there. But as soon as the functions got over, I moved back to Ahmedabad in my P.G. and started preparing again.
10-12 days after I got back, I got the news about my grandfather's untimely death. I was really shocked and depressed after hearing this as I was very close to him. At this point, the exam was only three days away. I knew that I would have to again go to Palanpur and travel from there for a day to give my exam. But I didn’t backdown. I took this as a challenge upon myself. In the end, when the results were announced, I had passed the exam with a “B-“ grade. I know that this is not such an impressive grade, but for me, it was an achievement. That was the moment when I realized that you could succeed against all odds if you show the will to never backdown.