CSR of Balco: Awadhesh becomes a Continental Food Expert


He took training in Hospitality Trade being taught in Vedanta I.L. & F.S. Skills School managed by Balco. Ready to work in a Cruise Liner Ship.

IndiaCSR News Network

KORBA (Balconagar): The present season is for different competitive examinations. After passing Class 12, some students are planning to go to I.I.T or to some other big engineering institution whereas some are preparing hard to appear for the ‘All India Medical Examination’, so that they can secure a seat in a good Medical College.

CSR of Balco in Chhattisgarh Awadhesh from Budhwaari Bazaar Basti becomes a Continental Food ExpertOut of these some will succeed and some may not. There will be some students who never liked studying. They did their Class 12 by hook or by crook and even if they did pass Class 12, they don’t have any plans for future studies. It is important to understand here that those students who fail to make it in competitive examinations or who lack interest to study any further beyond Class 12 need not despair.

The government as well as lot of industrial houses are assisting in skill development of the youth through various schemes. The self-confidence which the youth are getting from the schemes will definitely take them to newer heights, but how? If you wish to understand this, then you must read the story of Awadesh Sharma, a resident of Budhwari Bazar Basti in Korba in Chhattisgarh.

Today, Awadesh is working as a continental cook in a five star hotel in Nagpur. He has expertise in cooking Italian, Mexican, Fusion, Lebanese, Mediterranean and Amercian cuisine. A lot of people have become his ardent fans in the city of Nagpur. Another five star hotel in Nagpur has given him an attractive offer, but he is more interested to work on a cruise where some of his friends are already working. That’s why he wants to shift to Mumbai. Awadesh proudly reveals “Even the starting salary in Cruises is Rs. 52,000 per month”

Till 2012 even Awadesh did not know about his various skills. He was never interested to study. He somehow managed to pass his Class 12 in Commerce from Rampur’s P.W.D. School. His family’s financial condition was never strong. His father, Arjun Sharma is a carpenter and his mother, Shoba Devi, a home keeper. Awadesh has a younger brother and a sister. His father gets miscellaneous small time corporate work through tenders and somehow manages the family.

After passing Class 12, Awadesh had thought about doing business. However, he had no idea how business could be done. From an early age his interest lied in cooking different dishes. That’s why he wanted to do a course related to the hotel industry. However, his family’s low income background did not permit him to go out or bear the expenses of further education. This posed a big challenge to him.

vedanta LogoOne day while roaming in Korba, he learnt from a friend about Vedanta I.L.& F.S. Skills School being run by Balco. He came to know that this school offered  free training, free lodging and boarding and free conveyance facility. On hearing this, Awadesh visited the Skills School and immediately completed the registration formalities for the hospitality sector. In 2012 after completing his training, he got an opportunity to work in a prestigious hotel in Raipur.

Awadesh shares, “ I was a steward in a hotel in Raipur, Capital of Chhattisgarh. I used to serve food to the customers. Since, I was more interested in cooking, I befriended the Chef from the hotel. The Chef gave me an opportunity to work with him. Through him, I came to know about a hotel in Bhilai where I got an opportunity to work in the continental department for six months. After completing six months, I returned to Raipur to work in big hotel. I worked with the Chef there to learn about continental cooking and fine points about its decorative display and serving. Following this I got an offer from a five star hotel in Nagpur.” Awadesh further shared “I made continual progress over three years. When I was in Bhilai I was at Comi-3 level as per Hotel Business hierarchy. I got Comi-2 level in Raipur. At the moment I am in Comi-1 level in Nagpur. My present position in common parlance is that of a  ‘continental expert’

Awadesh came to his home in Korba in April, 2016 for his passport verification. You cannot work in Cruise Liner Ship without a valid passport. Awadesh now wants his younger brother, Kamlesh to also get training in hospitality in Balco’s Vedanta I.L & F. S, Skills School. Awadesh tells, “My friends in Budhwari Basti are today also loitering here and there. My family is very happy with my job. Once in a while, I prepare pure vegetarian dishes for my family at home. My friends who have tasted food cooked by me don’t stop praising me.” Awadesh further tells “I often think about starting my own business. When I have saved a considerable amount of money, I will start my own restaurant.”

Awadesh’s story is very motivating for thousands of youth who are not interested in studies but want to do some good work .Success does not depend on the grades you received in school. If you wish to learn something new then you can achieve your goal by hard work and determination.

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