An evaluation of the Survey conducted by the Dept. of Social Work, Amrita University has been done in the dept. on 6th February, 2013. The officials from HML arrived at the campus to interact with the S4 MSW students who had participated in the employment engagement survey conducted by the company. The programme started at 2.30 pm at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus. The session was attended by the faculties of the department of social work Dr.Renjith R Pillai,Mr.Rajeev M M and Mr. S Kochukrishna Kurup. Mr Prasanth (Manager, welfare and IR), Mr Ravindran (seniour consultant for HML) and Mr Rajeev were the representatives of the company who were present. After a brief introduction of the officials, the students started sharing their experiences at the estate and plantation.
The students had conducted the survey at Wayanad(Mr.Arun B R,Ms Amrutha A V,Ms Anitha S,Mr Prageesh E P,Ms Lekshmi Vimala,Ms Fathima,Ms Sandhya S Mani and Mr Prasanth P),Trichur(Ms Sukanya Vijayan,Ms Parvathy V and Mr Anoop P Joseph),Munnar(Ms Arathy Aravind,Mr Vishnu Raj R and Mr Vishnu K Santhosh),Punalur(Mr Deepak S and Ms Ashwathy Ashok) and Pathanamthitta(Mr Vishnu S and Ms Mekha M S).Each team presented their report on what the workers had told during the focus group discussions. The HML officials clarified their doubts regarding the same.
The focus group discussions had tried to find the opinions of the workers regarding certain aspects such as career and personal growth ,compensation, rewards, work environment ,communication etc at the company. After the presentations by the students, the company officials were able to get a better understanding about the conditions at the plantations and estates and also about the grievances faced by the workers.
The programme concluded at 5.45 pm with the HML officials thanking the students for their effort and commitment.
Report: Lakshmi Vimala