The Learning and Organisation Development (L & OD) Roundtable organised a Seminar and Awards Ceremony on 7th June 2012 in Mumbai, India, and invited BRAC to participate in the competition, “The Best Learning Organisations of Asia Study, 2011”. In response, BRAC Learning Division (BLD) submitted a write-up in early August 2011 following L & OD’s prescribed format and joined as one the finalist organisations. The Award was given in two categories: Large and Medium/Small Businesses/Enterprises.
BRAC won the Winner Trophy in Medium/Small category; while Tata Motors Ltd. received the Winner Trophy in Large category. Interestingly, apart from BRAC, the other 8 finalist organisations were mainly business organisations and they were all from India. Bangladesh was the only other country, beside India, selected amongst the Asian countries; and BRAC was the only development organisation who received the award. Mohammad Abdur Rahman, Program Coordinator of BRAC Learning Division, spoke in the magnificent event as one of the panellists amongst the presence of 300 delegates.
The selection of the participating organisations followed a rigorous scrutiny process by a distinguished Jury, Chaired by Dr. T V Rao, commonly referred as “the Father of Indian HRD”. A list of 9 finalist organisations out of 28 submissions, from different Asian countries, was presented. The Jury included luminaries such as Robert Whitman, Global Chairman of the Board and CEO, Franklin Covey, US, Sarah Cook, author of the Essential Guide to Employee Engagement, and other books, UK, Kishore Dash, Associate Professor of Global Studies, Thundered School of Global Management, US, Ganesh Natarajan, CEO, Zensar, and Adil Malia, Group President – HR, Essar Group, India.
Founded in the year 2009, the Learning and Organisation Development Roundtable is a not-for-profit society driving the cause of Learning & Organisational Development (L & OD) across India and Asia. Based in Mumbai, L & OD Roundtable serves as a knowledge-sharing and networking platform for practicing L & OD professionals in Asia. A pioneering initiative in its own right, the Roundtable is committed to help L & OD practitioners build scalable and sustainable Learning Teams and Organisations. (Source:www.lnodroundtable.com)