Akshaya Patra's 16th Year Anniversary

Akshaya Patra's 16th Year Anniversary

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Akshaya Patra - Not just a NGO but a Knowledge Enterprise too

In the recent past Akshaya Patra has been awarded for maintaining hygiene, cleanliness and employing food safety measures in implementing the mid-day meal programme. It has also been awarded for the various continual improvement measures like Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen employed in all its kitchens. During the 9th CII National Food Safety and Quality Summit on 2nd December, 2014 two Akshaya Patra kitchens namely Hubli kitchen and Vasanthapura kitchen received CII National Food Safety Awards 2014. The Hubli Kitchen received the second highest award of 'Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement in Food Safety' and the Vasanthapura kitchen received the highest award of 'Outstanding Performance in Food Safety'. 

During the 3rd Annual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma, Akshaya Patra’s Gujarat team won the Platinum award for its case study on the theme 'Lean Six Sigma for Global Competitiveness'. It was the only NGO to take part in this competition and excelled ahead of about 40 case studies that were presented by leading manufacturing companies. Participating in the 5th National Convention on Operational Excellence by Kaizen Institute of India (KII) - Indizen 2014, Akshaya Patra won in the category of 'Continued Commitment to Operational Excellence' for its case study designed around a Six Sigma Project on Optimization of Cooking Gas Cost in its Surat kitchen.

Akshaya Patra has not only employed innovative technologies but it has also conducted knowledge sharing sessions for trainee IAS officers and also for cooks who are involved with the mid-day meal scheme across India. In the recently held Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Knowledge Summit 2015 in Bangalore on 19th and 20th March, the Foundation received the Asian MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise) Award from the CII. This year’s summit theme centred around establishing pathway to a ‘Digital India’. The Asian MAKE is a platform to identify organisations that are founded as well as headquartered in Asia. It identifies organisations that create or increase stakeholder value by utilising either existing or new knowledge to improve their products or services. The panel of judges who were knowledge management and intellectual of Asian-based Fortune Global 500 adjudged the winners through a three level process and ranking them against the eight knowledge performance criteria of the MAKE framework.

Of the total 68 organisations nominated, only 20 organisations were entitled as winners of the 2014 Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise. With Akshaya Patra being the only non-profit organisation, some of the other winning Indian organisations were Wipro Limited, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Limited. Read more about this award at Winner of Asian MAKE 2014 Award by CII.

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