HCL Grant Edition VI Symposium – CSR for Nation Building, Pondicherry

Date: 6th March, 2020
Venue:  Seminar Hall, Department of Earth Sciences, Pondicherry University

Organization: HCL Foundation

Event Date: 6th March, 2020

Location: Pondicherry

The HCL Grant Pan-India Symposiums is an effort by HCL Foundation to bring together NGOs, Government, corporates, and policy makers on one platform, across India, such that they can interact, develop regional as well as sectoral understanding about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and deliberate upon how it can contribute towards Nation Building. CSRBOX is the co-host for these symposiums.

Through these symposiums, the Foundation aims to inform the NGOs about HCL Grant, which is one of the most coveted institutionalized grants available in India, which identifies NGOs doing path-breaking work in rural development through an independent, robust and democratic process. 

This is the 6th consecutive edition of HCL Grant where the total committed fund is INR 16.5 Crore. for projects in the thematic categories of Education, Health and Environment. With a commitment of INR 5 Cr. being awarded to the winning NGO in each thematic category for a 5 years project, the grant also rewards two finalists in each category with INR 25 lakhs for a 1-year project.

Please note that the grant application process will be open from the month of March, 2020. Visit either the websites of HCL Foundation or NGOBOX for the details related to HCL Grant, eligibility criteria and application process.

To participate in the HCL Grant Symposium in Pondicherry please fill the registration form by clicking on the below link and filling the form:


Venue: Seminar Hall, Department of Earth Sciences, Pondicherry University

Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/k8Q7d7UMxvhKV7ZD8

You can nominate maximum two delegates from your organisation including CEO/Director/Top leadership.

Agenda for the Symposium: 




09:30-10:00 am

Registration and Welcome Tea

10:00-10:10 am

Welcome Address by Academic Host Institution


10:10-10:40 am

HCL Technologies and Foundation Overview

Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation

10:40-11:25 am

Evolving Compliances in CSR and NGO and Data and Figure on current CSR and NGO expectations

Mr. Nikhil Pant, Chief Development Officer, REACHA and Former Chief Programme Executive, National Foundation for CSR, IICA

Mr. Bhomik Shah, Founder and CEO, NGOBOX & CSRBOX

11:25-11:55 am

Interactive Discussion and Q&A with Participants

12:00-01:30 pm

HCL Grant Overview, Eligibility Criteria & Application Process

HCL Foundation Team

01:30-02:30 pm

Networking Lunch

02:30-03:30 pm

Panel Session on Policy Frameworks (Environment, Health, Education)


Moderator: Mr. Nikhil Pant, Chief Development Officer, REACHA and Former Chief Programme Executive, National Foundation for CSR, IICA
Dr. B. Ramakichenin, Director of Department of Agriculture and Animal Welfare, Government of Puducherry
Mr. Thiru P.T. Rudra Goud, Director of School Education, Government of Puducherry
Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation
To be announced

03:30-03:45 pm

Q&A with Participants and Panel Members

03:45-04:30 pm

HCL Grant Session – Selection & Non Selection Criteria

HCL Foundation Team

04:30-04:45 pm

Power of Fifth Estate – Experience Sharing by HCL Grant Recipients


04:45-05:15 pm

Q&A with Participants

05:15-05:30 pm

Networking Coffee/Tea

Please note

· There is no fee to attend this session.

· Participants have to carry valid government identity proof with them

· We encourage you to share this mail within your network of NGOs such that they can take advantage of this opportunity.

Full address: Seminar Hall, Department of Earth Sciences, Pondicherry University

For any queries related to this symposium, please write to us at vaidehi@csrbox.org, mark a cc to grants.hcl@gmail.com. You may call us at 8130050215