Tata Steel Archives Completes 25 Glorious Years
The Tata Steel Archives, housed at the Centre for Excellence today completed 25 years. As part of the celebrations, a one day conclave with an interesting keynote address followed by panel discussions took place at the Centre for Excellence. The event was attended by India’s top archivists, senior leadership and executives from Tata Steel as well as other Companies.
Ms Ruchi Narendran graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion Ms Narendran said; “The Archives are something which we are extremely proud of. Through our Archives we tell several stories with evidence. Archives have to lead the constant endeavor to capture history in the making”
Mr Rajendra Prasad Narla, Archivist, Tata Central Archives delivered the keynote address on behalf of Zubin Mistry, Vice President, Finance, Tata Services on the topic “The Importance of Corporate Legacy in Today’s Dynamic Business Environment”. While delivering the address he mentioned that legacy is defined as anything that comes from the past. Legacy grows with each new experience and idea we are courageous enough to deploy. Speaking about J N Tata he said that his approach towards business ideas, strategies and ethics for business vision for the house of the Tata’s and his legacy has continues influence subsequent generations. He left a legacy not merely of opportunity but also of responsibility.
The first session saw a panel discussion on the topic ‘Role of Business Archives in Building Bridges to the Future’. The discussion was moderated by Mr Vrunda Pathare, Chief Archivist, Godrej Archives. The panelist for the session were Mr Rajendra Prasad Narla, Archivist, Tata Central Archives and Mr R Hoom, Chief Archivist, SBI.
The second session saw a panel discussion on the topic ‘Contribution of Archives Towards Effective Stakeholder Engagement’. The discussion was moderated by Mr Sourav Roy, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel. The panelist for the session were Mr Abhik Ray, Former DGM, SBI and currently a Historian and Writer and Ms Suchismita Mantry, Superintendent, Odisha State Archives.
The third session saw a panel discussion on the topic ‘Creating Archives of the Future: Trends & Developments’. The discussion was moderated by Mr T R Doongaji, Former Managing Director, Tata Services. The panelist for the session were Ms Sanghamitra Chatterjee, Co-Owner, Past Perfect Heritage Management and Ms Oindrila Raychaudhuri, Archivist, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
A Thematic Exhibition capturing the 25 years’ journey of Tata Steel Archives was also inaugurated during the event while a new set of interesting legacy documents were displayed at the Archives to mark the occasion.
Tata Steel Archives is one of the first in the country to be set up by a private organization to preserve letters, photographs, reports, maps and charts of historical importance for the Company. The Archives is a rich treasure trove of reports, letters and maps which document the early evolution phases of the company as well as more recent developments spanning more than eleven decades.
Over the years, Tata Steel Archives has been attracting visitors from all walks of life, namely employees, locals, students and researchers as well as legendary personalities like Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President of India), Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus, world renowned artist Padma Bhushan Jatin Das and a host of other stalwarts from across the world.
Over 1 lakh of documents have been digitized as of now to facilitate easy and accurate retrieval of data. The Archives have also facilitated a plethora of research efforts through access to its holdings.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2018. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Tata Steel retained Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel was felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2018) and ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018). The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the sixth time (2018), Steel Sustainability Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2017 & 2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2017) as well as 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.
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