Annual Outbound Training cum Excursion for the Staff Members
Introduction: Learning is at the very heart of our Institute, not only for the students but for the entire BIMTECH community. The HR department helps the staff members to enhance their work efficiency through various learning activities that best meet their needs.
An outbound training cum excursion was organised for the staff members in the month of May 2017. Fifty staff members participated in the same Outbound training programme in two batches. First and second batch were comprised of 30 and 20 staff members respectively.
The first batch departed on 22nd May 2017 from BIMTECH campus at 9:30 PM and came back on 25th May 2017 around 11 PM. Second batch went on 30th May 2017 and came back on 2nd June 2017 at night.
Location: The training location was scheduled in the lush green serene surroundings of nature in Dhanaulti and Kanatal. Dhanaulti is located between Mussoorie Chamba roads under Tehri Garhwal district at the height of 7500 feet from sea level . The trainees reached there in the morning and stayed at the camp. The camp was surrounded by green trees, giving scenic view of river in the valley and the glaciers of bandarpoonch, and Gangotri of great Himalayas.
After a stay of one night at Dhanaulti the staff members went to Kanatal. Picturesque hills of Kanatal are situated 32 kms from Mussoorie at an elevation of 8500 feet above sea level.
It was an excellent getaway for the trainees from city stress – the tented jungle camp offered complete outdoor experience, camp games, adventure activities, solitude, campfire tales, trekking, bird watching, and with lip smacking food.
Out Bound Training (OBT): The theme of training was Personality Transformation and Team Building. It was to help a working group evolve into a cohesive unit by focusing on following points:
- Accountability of each team member
- Trust building
- Dealing with pressure
- Effective Communication
Trainer and the Techniques used for OBT: Mr. Punkesh Chawla imparted the training to both the batches. Different games and activities e.g. Flying Fox, Burma Bridge, suspension Bridge etc. were the part of the training programme. Not only the male staff members but the female staff members also participated in all the training activities with full enthusiasm. According to the participants the experience was exhilarating.
Take-ins of the OBT:
- The tranquil and informal environment and the presence of external trainer paved the way for making staff members to become more introspective for their individual development and attitudinal changes required.
- After spending few days in an outdoor situation and working together in different training activities staff members created a deeper team bond which is not possible in formal office work environment.
- In the unfamiliar environment and unpredictable situations trainees learned to stretch beyond their comfort zone and shed their masks and became more receptive to learn about their trouble areas and solutions for the same.
Feedback of Training: Initially some staff members were having their own reservations and inhibitions about Outbound Training. However, after going through the rigorous but very motivating and interesting sessions of training the staff members were having only one wish that HR dept. must organise more such outbound trainings as it was an life time experience for them.
Other Places Visited by the Staff Members:
Sarkunda Devi Temple: The staff members visited Sarkunda Devi temple which is located at the altitude of 10000 feet. It is surrounded by dense forests and affords a scenic view of the surrounding region including the great Himalayas to the north, and certain cities to the south like Dehradun and Rishikesh. After 2 km of tiring trek participants reached to the temple and received the blessings of Sarkunda Devi.
Tehri Dham: It was 54 kms from Camp Site. This was a must visit site to know the gigantic and speculate creation of men.
Rishikesh: The last visiting place was Rishikesh which is also known as River Rafting Capital of India. Here the few young and adventure lover staff members took part in river rafting and they learnt to overcome their fears and to stretch their mental and physical capabilities.
Neel Kanth: The another section of participants who were more interesting in receiving more divine blessings decided to go to Neelkanth temple which is easily accessible from Rishikesh. Encircled by the hills of Manikoot, Vishnukoot and Brahmakoot, Neelkantha Temple is to be found at a height of 1330 meters. The way to this shrine was quite a thrilling one. The steep and narrow roads, taking above the lush green hills, where river was flowing on one side, sent chills down to the spine. Positioned at the union of Madhumati and Pankaja rivers, Neelkantha Temple is placed between the picturesque hills of Uttaranchal. The way to this temple provided some of the most beautiful sights, one has ever seen.
Conclusion: According to the staff members who attended the OBT, the Outbound program was carefully designed and executed efficiently.