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To 5G and Beyond

Tech Mahindra has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Business Finland, a government agency directed by the Finnish Minister of Employment and Economy to set up a 5G and 6G innovation lab in Finland. This lab will develop, pilot and implement state-of-the-art digital products and services to foster growth, productivity, and innovations in the area of 5G and 6G technologies while acting as a platform for collaboration with key universities, research institutes, government and corporates in Finland.

Jagdish Mitra, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Growth, Tech Mahindra, said, “The Finnish technology ecosystem is one of the most progressive in Europe. Their strategic focus on building ‘technologies for the future’ has been the cornerstone, and the initiative towards developing 6G technology and further working on 5G use-cases aligns well with our TechMNxt charter, which is our global initiative to leverage future technologies to solve real business problems.”

5G and its associated technologies have the power to transform our digital lives with their immense speed and capabilities.

Tech Mahindra already has a three-step approach to 5G, providing solutions for communications service providers to help with the network roll-out and upgrade enterprise applications across industries like manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, and logistics, and device enablement. This collaboration with Business Finland and the newly set up Innovation Centre will further enable Tech Mahindra to leverage their expertise in this space and establish themselves as a globally recognized leader in the 5G and 6G segment.

Finland is one of the important European destinations for the Mahindra Group. Apart from Tech Mahindra, Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland is owned by Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. that makes the Company the largest vacation-ownership firm outside the US. The Mahindra Group has also acquired stakes in Finland- based Sampro Rosenlew that develops, markets and manufactures high quality combine harvesters and forest machines reaffirming their commitment to the region.


Smart Recognition

The Financial Times has awarded, Mahindra World City, Chennai and Mahindra World City, Jaipur with the prestigious fDi Magazine Free Zones of the Year Awards 2019. These global awards recognize the most promising free zones across the world.

For this year’s awards, fDi had invited free zones, government entities, and investment promotion bodies to complete a short survey detailing their zone’s attractiveness, facilities and incentives offered to investors.

With over 85 free zones from around the world considered in this year’s awards, Mahindra World City was awarded two 'Bespoke Awards' in categories that are critical to improving and growing MWC’s thriving special economic zones -

  • Mahindra World City, Chennai won the award for ‘Deployment of Technology’:
    For developing a unique app for the city that offers real-time information to companies and their employees on essential services like cab bookings, handyman services, train and bus times, emergency contacts and ambulance support.
  • Mahindra World City Jaipur won the award for ‘Sustainability’:
    For introducing a public bicycle-sharing service, a fleet of 50 bicycles is now available at convenient docking stations for shared use by associates and visitors. A highly efficient irrigation management system using 100%recycled water has been implemented to reduce water consumption and maximize coverage at a minimal cost. Street lights are also being retrofitted with smart LED lights to ensure less energy usage that in turn will reduce the zone’s carbon footprint.

As per studies, buildings are known to cause between 30% and 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. In India, 70% of all buildings needed by 2050 are yet to be built. The transition to green buildings where energy consumption is reduced by more than one-third is very critical. Mahindra Lifespaces has, since its inception, only built green buildings. It is a pioneer in this respect and continues intrepidly on this journey.

The Mahindra World Cities at Chennai and Jaipur show what sustainable, integrated cities in India can be like. Built on the philosophy of building a harmonious blend of ‘Livelihood, Living and Life’ these developments together span 4,600 acres, house over 137 reputed global companies that have invested more than Rs 74 billion, employ around 49,000 people, generate exports of more than 104 billion and provide tremendous economic opportunities for the neighbouring communities, both, rural and urban.


Kabiressence

Jaati na poochho sadhu ki
Poochh lijiye gyaan,
Mol karo talvar ka
Pada rahan do mayan

The saint’s caste or lineage is not what you should concern yourself with; worry about his vast reservoir of knowledge. Is the sharpness of the sword more important than the fanciness of its sheath?

Almost in celebration of this philosophy of inclusiveness that revered mystic-poet Kabir preached and practiced throughout his life, the iconic Shivala and Guleria Ghats of Varanasi reverberated with soulful strains of music with the 4th edition of the Mahindra Kabira Festival.

From November 22-24, the rugged riverbanks of Varanasi played the perfect host to historic melodies by leading artistes, heritage walks down mysterious city alleys, literary talks and discourses, dreamy boat rides on a timeless river, and local food tastings that are intrinsic to the city’s ancient culinary traditions.

Jay Shah, Vice President, Head - Cultural Outreach, Mahindra Group, said “The ethos of the Mahindra Group centers around bringing about a positive change in the lives of the people and communities we engage with through our businesses and initiatives. In addition to this, respect for the dignity of the individual is one of our most important core values. The Mahindra Kabira Festival helps us further these ideas and reinforces our commitment to the arts.”

As the first rays of the sun touched the sky turning it orange, the two-day event began with stirring musical performances by renowned sitar-player Neeraj Mishra and Delhi-based Hindustani classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar. Perfectly accompanying the serenity of the early morning at the ghats, the waft of sitar and notes of Bhajan gave way to literary sessions in the afternoon that delved on rational spirituality and if Kabir helps us articulate it.

This was followed by a heritage walk that took one along the narrow winding roads into the heart of Kabir’s residence and to places he frequented to help understand the beauty of the landscape he dwelt in. The bustling ghats, the rich aroma of flowers and incense sticks, the deep sound of the conch shell enveloped the ghats making it a perfect venue for the evening music program featuring a ‘Flute Symphony’ by Pt. Ajay Shankar Prasanna and a masterful sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri.

The second morning had an equally splendid line-up with flutist Rakesh Kumar collaborating with Indian classical violinist Sarada Prasan Das for a unique recital that fused classical violin and flute. Renowned Kabir-panthi Shabnam Virmani and musician Swagath Sivakumar also explored the challenge of love in the voice of Kabir and other mystics, through folk songs. Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and a tradition of music that is steeped in history, the Mahindra Kabira Festival saw a spectacular collaboration between neo-folk fusion band Kabir Café and Mooralala, a Sufi folk singer from the Janana village of Kutch in Gujarat. As the event came to a close, the ghats came alive with the distinct flavor of an ancient tradition: ‘Vaani’, folk songs on Kabir from Rajasthan’s heartland and songs on love and peace from around the world.

Whether under makeshift tents by the historical ghats of the Ganges, along the winding lanes of the charged city, over fragrant, cooling Benarasi thandai, or beside writers talking about their favorite anecdotes, the Mahindra Kabira Festival delved deep into the timeless wisdom of Kabir that celebrated the spirit of spirituality and inclusiveness.


Culture of Giving

At the close of yet another year, everyone at Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) is thankful to be working for a company that celebrates giving back to the community in a sincere and soulful way.

With a great track record of giving back to the community, some of MANA’s best work has been through our Urban Agriculture Grant Program. It is only fitting that Thanksgiving, which originated as a harvest festival in the US, is the day when MANA looks back at how they sowed the seeds of an urban farming revolution 5 years back in Detroit, North America.

MANA has given well over a half-million dollars in cash and Mahindra equipment to ensure that residents in this region can grow and have access to healthy food. These grants have been directly responsible for more than 1.5 million pounds of fresh food being grown for disadvantaged SE Michigan residents and disbursement of over 100,000 seeds and seedlings to more than 1,500 individual gardens in the city of Detroit. This has also helped in building equipment sheds and community resource hubs, and a prototype irrigation system designed for small gardens. Mahindra has also donated 3 tractors and 3 off-road vehicles (including a ROXOR) to wide-reaching groups including the City of Detroit and Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market.

Thanking employees who made this possible, Rick Haas, President and CEO, MANA, said, “Since our founding, more than 6 years ago we've been growing a world-class automotive operation, but just as importantly, we are committed to doing good by people, to helping better our community and to giving back. I give thanks every day that we have the sort of team who take these responsibilities and commitments seriously, and I take great pride in everything we do here, whether it be designing world-class products, building the ROXOR business, or your community service. In everything we do, it seems to me that everyone is going the extra mile to make all of this successful and I hope this is a pride point for you and your families. The kindheartedness you routinely show to our community and our business partners is really heartwarming to see. We have an excellent reputation here, and it’s everyone who works here that makes this impression a reality.”

Click here to watch a video that commemorates the 5th year of MANA’s Urban Farming Grant Program.

  Tweet of the Week

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group

Just look at those energized faces. Thank you, Team @tech_mahindra for an initiative that will turbocharge the scientific talent in this country. And thank you @MyStemLab We may one day have a Nobel prize winner from amongst the kids who discover the joy of science on that bus!

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