RALP: An Ambitious Program by RIL to Encourage Aspirants

RIL (Reliance Industries Limited), India‘s Largest Private Sector Company, had recently attained the feat of employing more than 50k employees. Considering the huge employee base of the company, it deems it as its responsibility to harness talent among skilled employees.

A company‘s human resource serves to be its asset and is irrefutable for a behemoth like RIL. Comprehending with this importance, it introduced RALP (Reliance Accelerated Leadership Program) as an initiative to create a pool of skilled executives among its employees. Encouraging talent is essential for the company to keep accelerating its growth and keep up with the pace of changes. This initiative has been dynamic in nature and has proved to be a life turning point for many individuals including Robin Cherian who is now a part of the training program that introduced him to company’s key functions , which he was never aware of, as a procurement expert, before . In addition, another group of youngsters including Anindya Sundar Ghosh, Pramod Yadav and Sameer Mehta, who worked behind the scenes headed by Manoj Modi, is now a part of the most esteemed Reliance Infotel 4G project and among the first ones to belong to the first batch of RALP.

McKinsey mapped out this business transformation program for RIL in 2010-11 to leverage its operations, resulting in a process and system driven work culture that is followed in multinationals where every executive has a specific pivotal role to play. Hitel R.Meswani, Executive Director and Reliance Board Member says “RALP intends to satisfy the quest and intellect of young talent by providing them with the right opportunities.” He mentioned that unlike before when age and experience was considered the determining factors, the present market values competence more than anything was. In addition, he stated that, youngsters today are smarter than people at their age used to be then, and by providing right raw materials and ingredients, they can be groomed and trained to suit the needs of the company.

It has comprehended that changes are quick and growth is tremendous, which makes it essential for them to plan for the years ahead, to prevent being a laggard. This is why the company has refrained from its earlier model of cadre that constituted of in – house managers or former public sector employees. The company deems the objective of RALP to identify talent, guide them as they get the grip of the company’s working and culture, give them power and later an opportunity to build an enriched Reliance. RALP manifests Mukesh Ambani’s attitude by having a far-reaching people vision and the company’s philosophy by enabling them to define new frontiers.


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