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Seminar talk by Mr. Rajesh Jha, Executive Director – Projects, Jindal Steel & Powers

Topic: The Steel & Power Industry: Challenges & Prospects

Date:July 26, 2010

Speaker Profile :

Mr. Rajesh Jha is working with JSPL as Executive Director. He is responsible for the entire Angul project of 12.5 MTPA Steel plant & 2000 MW of Power Plant and also handling all the project conceptualisation, facility size planning, technological selection. He obtained his Engineering degree from IIT Roorkee in the field of Metallurgy with distinction & highest marks along with gold/silver medal for highest proficiency in extractive, physical metallurgy and heat treatment in the year 1988. He started his career from Tata steel in the year 1988 and after that he was deputed to Tata Metaliks in 1994 as chief of operations. After that he joined Usha Martin as head of Blast Furnace in 1995. He joined JSPL in 2001 and played key roles in many projects.


Mr. Rajesh Jha –Executive Director –Projects Jindal Steel & Powers Limited delivered his electrifying and encouraging speech to the students of KSOM.

Through the topic “The Steel & Power Industry: Challenges & Prospects” Mr. Jha spoke about industry life, work environment of industries and the changes that have occurred over the years. He said today’s workplace is different, diverse, and constantly changing. Innovation is taking place at each and every stage. Many Industries had started their journey at the same time but now there is a big gap between them. The only one thing that has created this gap is the level of the commitment of their team. He emphasized on how this commitment is very important for all of us if we wish to grow. Ambition alone doesn’t take you higher but input is also required.

The typical employer – employee relationship of old has been turned upside down. Various factors have created an environment where the business, needs its employees more than the employees need the business. In this changed scenario, corporate houses can aspire to achieve excellence and sustainable development through optimum utilization of resources.

The difference between haves and haves nots, between rich and poor is not that of resources but it’s about managing them to the best of its advantage . Challenging the situation and improving it is what takes you apart.

Mr. Rajesh also interacted with the students on various topics raised by them about the steel and power industry in general and JSPL in particular.