ONGC CSR Projects


ONGC provides CSR support to two skill development projects in partnership with Indian Army and REACHA, at Chinar 9 Jawan Club, Baramulla, J&K:

A) Training / Guidance Course to 300 Kashmiri youth in 'Retail Sales' and 'Hospitality' at Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir

B) Training / Guidance Course to 60 girls in 'Fashion Designing’ and ‘Cutting & Sewing’ at Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir

Indian Army has been very active in promoting and running various developmental initiatives in the Kashmir Valley. These efforts are being manifested through a well-developed and regulated project called ‘Operation Sadhbhavana’.

The various programmes being run under Operation Sadhbhavana are aimed at Education, Skill Development, Health Care, Environment Conservation, Infrastructure Development and Sporting Events, wherein holistic development of local populace of Kashmir Valley is being undertaken to wean them away from terrorism, drug menace and anti-national activities. While Army has necessary infrastructure, outreach and management skills for undertaking these tasks, the long-term sustainability of these ventures remains an issue.


As part of Operation Sadbhavana Army has taken up a special initiative for constructive engagement of youth of the Valley to dissuade them from getting involved in the vicious circle of drugs, stone pelting and anti-national activities by establishing a skill development centre in the form of Chinar 9 Jawan Club at Baramulla District. The Club affords an ideal platform for youth to interact, relax & rejuvenate, while also develop their skills for holistic growth, in a stress free environment.

Indian Army in collaboration with ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) Limited and REACHA (Research and Extension Association for Conservation Horticulture and Agro-Forestry), a voluntary organization, have given a platform to youth of Baramulla in the form of Chinar 9 Jawan Club where students can come from different socio- economic backgrounds and can take benefit of job oriented training.

Shaktishi, a CSR training and advisory firm, provides market linkages and placement support to the trainees.

The training which is given at Chinar 9 Jawan Club is segregated under six heads: Hospitality, Retail Management, Fashion Designing, Communicative English, Basic Computer Training and Computer Hardware. In each of the domains about 30 students are enrolled for the duration of about 75 days, except Fashion Designing which is of 6 months.

The Club has an overall annual capacity to train about 750 youth (boys and girls) of which 180 students have been already trained during first, second & third batchs of Hospitality and Retail Management. Besides 60 more students have been enrolled for the next batch for both Hospitality and Retail.

A) Training / Guidance Course to 300 Kashmiri youth in 'Retail Sales' and 'Hospitality' at Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir

Indian Army solicited support of ONGC through community based organization REACHA for skill development of 300 Kashmiri boys and girls through a project of Hospitality and Retail training. Project period is from 31st March 2017 – 30th March 2018. The project plays an important role in shaping talent of youth and engaging them in different fields to make them skilled to earn their own livelihood.

Overview of the project:
Name of the Project: Hospitality and Retail Project for boys/girls - Socio-Economic Empowerment through Skill Development and Enhanced Livelihood Opportunities in Baramulla.

Target Area: Baramulla, J&K

Beneficiaries: 30 nos. each for Hospitality and Retail per batch from economically backward boys and girls from rural and urban areas of Baramulla.

Training in both trades is free of cost - specially designed for skill development of boys and girls, comprising of four parts:
• Hospitality and Retail Management
• Communicative English
• Life Skills
• Basic Computers

Under this programme beneficiaries are trained for Hospitality and Retail Management, Communicative English, Life Skills and Basic Computers for 70-75 days. This comprises honing of their Hospitality and Sales/Retail skills as per market needs. Trainees also gain reasonable command over Communicative English, Life skills and Basic Computers – all of which are essentially needed in our day to day life.

The programme considers underprivileged boys and girls between age group of 18-35 years.

The Project has impacted lives of boys and girls of Baramulla in a significant manner by providing them an opportunity for empowerment. In addition to regular training schedule, they are also counselled on issues related to mental health, hygiene, job placement etc. to condition and prepare them for future.

The training part includes a designated Curriculum which is taught as per guidelines of QP-NOS (Quality Pack – National Occupational Standard) of NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation), a not-for-profit company set up by the Ministry of Finance, under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 corresponding to Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.


The trade domain of Hospitality and Retail Management is segregated under four heads which consist of a Vocational Domain (Hospitality or Retail Management), Communicative English, Life Skills and Computer skills.

Apart from training sub-sections, there is a Student Assembly session where learners get an opportunity to overcome their hesitation, nervousness and stage fear.

Project Duration: One Year (31st March 2017 to 30th March 2018)

Project Partners: Indian Army, ONGC and REACHA have signed an MoU to deliver the project.


Success Story of Arshpal Singh:

Arshpal is a local resident of village Sangri, District Baramulla; a Class X pass student who turned his dreams into reality. He is from a very poor family. His family consists of his father, mother, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. Father is a shopkeeper and the only earning hand in the family. According to Arshpal “He left his studies due to his poor economic background”. He started supporting his father in his shop – this too turned into a loss due to non-availability of goods and less clientele. He was under tremendous distress and frustration because he wanted to do something for his family, but couldn’t do so.

Finally, he came to know about the programmes of Chinar 9 Jawan Club through one of his friend. He said he didn’t take it seriously then, but one day he saw a crowd in his village. He went to see what was happening – there he saw the faculty of Chinar Club giving information related to the vocational courses being run by it at its campus. After getting required information, he decided to join one of them, and took admission in “Hospitality” domain. He is a student of Hospitality 2nd batch from year 2017.

Arshpal was a good student - he was punctual and dedicated towards his studies. He said the day he took admission in Chinar there was a ray of hope – he could see himself soon becoming a helping hand for his family. It was a dream experience to be the part of the Club where he received training under experienced and qualified trainers.

After completion of training he faced a Skype interview at Hotel Taj Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi, and in the very first attempt he was selected. This was truly a dream come true for him! He said he is thankful to the faculty of Chinar Club for training him in such a way that he got a job after being trained for only three months.

His parents are very happy, relieved and feel proud of their son. They also thanked the faculty of Chinar besides they are very grateful to ONGC, Indian Army, REACHA and Shaktishi for taking such a great initiative, especially for unemployed youth. The father is happy for the son who has got an opportunity of a lifetime at a place like Taj, under the house of Tata’s – that too in his very first attempt! Arshpal would now be able to contribute to the family income and become an important support for the father.

Arshpal has joined Hotel Taj Diplomatic Enclave and is happily working with them. He feels positive being a part of such a big organization.

Chinar Club has walked the talk – a Kashmiri unemployed youth has got an opportunity to build his career….and life! We wish him all the very best.

Success Story of Chandi Ram

Chandi Ram, is thankful to Chinar 9 Jawan Club for supporting him in getting employment in Brew Buddies. He is from Haryana, and was doing odd jobs at a doctor’s house in Rafiabad, Kashmir, for many years. One day he came to know about vocational courses at the Club through one of his local friend. According to him, “it felt like a good opportunity was knocking at his door.” He requested his master to allow him to get admitted in one of the courses.

The boy was interested in Hospitality Sector as he had some experience in cooking and serving. He took classes regularly and was curious to learn new things. It was a wonderful experience to be a part of this Club where he was skilled not only in his interested field but also acquired reasonable command over communicative English, Basic Computers and Life skills.

His outlook changed within a short period of time, and the 70 days training made him confident and capable of adjusting in the real world. “Chinar 9 Jawan Club is the only source through which he came to know the reality of the outside world”. He further admits that he could dream for a job only after getting trained here.

The boy faced an interview in “Brew –Buddies” a restaurant located in Gurgoan and in his first attempt was selected. He felt elated as this also brought him closer to his near and dear ones and he can now also earn more as compared to his previous job in Kashmir.

He expresses his heart felt gratitude towards Indian Army for creating a genuine platform for empowering unemployed youth in Kashmir. He has also thanked ONGC and REACHA for being wonderful funding and training partners respectively, having worked closely with the army to make this project a reality.

Success Story of Supinder Kour

Supinder Kour, student of Retail Domain in Chinar 9 Jawan Club Baramulla, Kashmir, is very thankful to Indian Army, ONGC and REACHA for providing such a great platform where mainly unemployed and needy people are getting benefited.

Supinder Kour, a local resident of Baramulla, is only a 12th grade pass student. She is from a middle-class family which consists of five members - her parents, two elder sisters and herself. Her father is a farmer, mother a house wife and sisters are studying in school. According to Supinder, she left her studies to help parents and wants to let her them feel proud through her hard work.

She came to know about programs of Chinar 9 Jawan club through one of her cousins who is also an ex-student. She recommended Supinder to join.

Supinder joined Retail domain – batch 2, 2017, where she displayed attributes of obedience, hard work and punctuality.

After completion of training she gave an interview to SBI LIFE and in the very first attempt was selected. This was like a dream come true. She said all credit goes to her trainers who helped her all the way in raising her confidence level and making her a better speaker. As a result, she got a job only after being trained for three months.

Her parents are very happy and feel proud of her success in getting a job with SBI Life. They are also thankful to Indian army, ONGC and REACHA for such a wonderful initiative.

Supinder has joined SBI Life and is working there. She feels happy being part of such a wonderful organization.

Success story of Jasmeet Kour

Jasmeet has learnt many things at Chinar, and is now earning and has made herself independent.

She is just a Matric pass student who was confused about what to do in life. During mobilization, she came to know about the various courses running at Chinar 9 Jawan Club Baramulla through Indian Army in collaboration with ONGC and REACHA, which came as a ray of hope for her. She belongs to a poor family and has a desire to settle as soon as possible to help her family since her father is the only earning member in the family.
Jasmeet got herself enrolled in Retail trade, which she now says was the turning point for her. She was punctual, dedicated and honest towards her studies.

She is extremely happy after being selected to work for such a large organization like SBI Life.

Success Story of Aqib Ayoub Khan

Aquib is one of the students of Retail batch – 2. He wants to thank Chinar 9 Jawan Club, Baramulla for shaping his career towards employment.

He is a 10th grade pass student who belongs to a very poor family. There are 6 members in his family. His father has passed away, due to which he has more responsibility towards his entire family. Aquib could not continue his studies due to this financial crisis.

To give a start to his career, he got information related to the courses at Chinar 9 Jawan Club through one of his friends. He took admission in Retail domain after proper counseling.

Aquib was serious towards his training from day one, and wanted to learn as much as possible. His dream was to become an earning hand to his family. His family feels proud to see the tremendous change in their ward. Before training, Aquib was very shy, and was not able to express himself properly. After completion of the course, he faced an interview in “Brown Baking,” a renowned restaurant in Bangalore and was selected in his first attempt. He feels happy after getting employed in his first attempt, and has thanked his faculty for helping him getting such an opportunity.


B) Training / Guidance Course to 60 girls in 'Fashion Designing’ and ‘Cutting & Sewing’ at Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir

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