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Make your staff practise yoga, Venkaiah tells IT firms

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on July 27, 2018 Published on July 27, 2018

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Cyient Executive Chairman BVR Mohan Reddy at the 26th HYSEA annual awards in Hyderabad on Friday   -  KVS Giri

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked the IT companies to encourage their employees to practise yoga every day to beat the ill-effects of their sedentary lifestyle.

“Apart from making the youngsters learn yoga, it is also important to create urban infrastructure that is pollution-free and commuter-friendly,” he said.

The youth are falling prey to backaches, heart problems, depression and orthopaedic problems due to their sedentary lifestyle. “This calls for a huge focus on ensuring the physical and mental wellness of employees,” he said.

Naidu was addressing top IT honchos and employees here on Friday at the 26th awards function of Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA).

Citing the growing concerns on job losses in the IT industry, he said the industry could tackle this by focussing on upgradation of skills. “The only way to stay on top of the technology wave is to constantly innovate and develop new technologies and solve business problems in multiple verticals using these newer technologies,” he said.

Keeping in view the importance of skilling the youth, the Centre launched the Skill India programme. “The IT industry should contribute significantly in this area. Educational and corporate institutions need to ensure that skill upgradation is a continuous process,” he pointed out.

Leadership skills

“It is also important to develop leadership skills to succeed in a global environment. Regular focussed programmes will help develop leadership skills of the employees,” the Vice-President said. He felt that the IT companies should not see CSR (corporate social responsibility) programmes as a mere fulfilment of the government mandate. “You must consider it a moral commitment to the communities and regions where they are operating,” he said.

Award for Cyient chief

Former Nasscom Chairman BVR Mohan Reddy has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA).

Mohan Reddy, who is the Executive Chairman of engineering services company Cyient, has been selected for the award for his “contribution to the growth of information technology and IT-enabled services industry.”

He received the award from Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. Incidentally, Cyient has been chosen for the Top IT/ITES Exporter Award in the ₹1,000-crore IT Exporter Category. Mohan Reddy’s son and Chief Executive Officer Krishna Bodanapu received the award.

Mohan Reddy founded Infotech Enterprises (later changed name to Cyient), which emerged as a global player in engineering and geospatial services, over the last two decades. The company employs over 15,000 people in 47 locations in 21 countries. He headed Hysea several times in the early years of IT growth in Hyderabad.

Published on July 27, 2018
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