Innovative initiatives

IPC - Industrial Promotion Cell

It has come to the knowledge of state government that during nascent stage, the new projects in kutch are facing teething problems mainly in land revenue and other procedural matters. This slows down the project implementation process considerably. It was felt that the existing and upcoming huge industrial investment should be provided single window mechanism at district level to solve their problems. To provide necessary information and guidance to upcoming industrial projects in the district, state government has conceptualized an idea of Industrial promotion cell under Kutch Collectorate.

Mission statement

• To provide single window mechanism to existing and new industrial projects in the district to address their issues in given time frame
• To market the industrial potential of the district to the entrepreneurs across the globe
• To create authentic database of the industrial activities of the district
• To channelize the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities in proper manner to create a sustainable impact on society
• Special emphasis is given on addressing the issues of SME units and educate them about the opportunities available to them

Vision statement

• To bridge the gap between industry and government through regular interaction for timely implementation of industrial projects, thus providing the district an edge over other part of country, world for industrial investment
• To facilitate the percolation of industrial development to the last man of the district, achieving 360 degree development of the district

IPC Details

• This body is disseminate information regarding resource availability and entry procedures. The Industrial Promotion Cell is provide prospective investors the necessary information such as required scrutiny of documents, Checklists etc, while purchasing land for the project. The cell is also educate the entrepreneur the minute aspects of the industrial policies, amendments in the policies and its impact on their projects. Thus, the entire process of setting up a new project in Kutch is be made efficient, effective, and investor friendly.
• The Kutch Collectorate has set up IPC at First floor, District Industries Center, Bhuj, with an appx area of 1000sq ft. The cell is having an ultra modern conference room for twenty persons. The cell also has visitor room, administrative room and pantry to serve the industrial fraternity of the district. The cell is having wi-fi facility for internet connectivity. The general manager of the district industries center is the nodal officer for the cell. To ensure the professional and effective functioning of the cell, the collectorate has partnered with Federation Of Kutch Industries Associations (FOKIA) as knowledge partner. The functioning of the cell is be as per the ISO-2008 certified management system.
• IPC has taken initiative and released Coffee Table Book on Kutch Runn of Opportunity, highlighting Kutch Industrial activities, to attract more industrial investment in the region. This will provide handily, all the information and authenticate data about Kutch to new Entrepreneurs.
• The then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat state Smt. Anandiben Patel had be kind enough to inaugural the IPC and unveil the Coffee table book at Gandhinagar on 5th Jan, 2015.

Project Blue Revolution - A Journey From Water Scarce To Water Surplus District

Kutch is known as water starved district since thousands of years. The limited and irregular rainfall in the district, made the district drought prone.

To fetch drinking water from the limited resources is a big challenge even today, in the scenario; the agriculture activity in the district is irregular /unreliable.

Till year 2001, there were very little industrial activities in the region and hence the water requirement of the industries was not a worry. Post earthquake (year 2001), the announcement of fiscal incentive to the new industries triggered the huge industrialization in the district. The water requirements of the industries also shoot multifold. The industrialization in the district caused reverse migration to this water scarce district.

Thus, the district with limited water resources was under stress to fulfill the demand of water consumption centres like drinking, animal husbandry, agriculture and industry.

Since, the water is a natural resource, as a responsible patron of the society, FOKIA decided to undergo in depth study of the present and future water consumption centres of 900 villages of the district covering all the segments of the society. The study also focused on exploration of new waters sources, enhancing the water storages, water harvesting, re usage of sewerage water and water management.

M/s Excel Crop Care Ltd. And Agrocel Ltd. Funded the research project to the tune of Rs. 50 lacs Arid Communities and Technologies headed by his captain Dr. Yogesh Jadeja did the research work for twenty four months and prepared a micro planning of all the villages of the district, including the action plan for each village, block and the entire district.

KCSRF - Kutch Corporate Social Responsibility Forum

Federation of Kutch Industries Associations (FOKIA) has been instrumental in working for the overall development of the region, resolving the policy related issues and increase the pace of socio–economical development of Kutch district much before the devastating earthquake in the region. The main objective of this sec 08 company is to explore the avenues of industrial development in Kutch and to address the policy related issues of the industries in Kutch. With the recent change the face of Indian corporate business" Companies Act 2013 (Companies Act) has introduced several new provisions which change the face of Indian corporate business. One of such new provisions is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ministry of Corporate Affairs has recently notified Section 135 and Schedule VII of the Companies Act as well as the provisions of the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (CRS Rules) which has come into effect from 1st April 2014.

In response to this in the month of January 2015, FOKIA came out with an innovative thought of establishing/formulating a Kutch level Managing Committee and Sub Committees to strengthen the present activities and to prepare a roadmap for the future 360° development of the region.


The role of corporate by and large has been understood in terms of a commercial business paradigm of thinking that focuses purely on economic parameters of success. As corporate have been regarded as institutions that cater to the market demand by providing products and services, and have the onus for creating wealth and jobs, their market position has traditionally been a function of financial performance and profitability. However, over the past few years, as a consequence of rising globalization and pressing ecological issues, the perception of the role of corporate in the broader societal context within which it operates, has been altered. Stakeholders (employees, community, suppliers and shareholders) today are redefining the role of corporate taking into account the corporate’ broader responsibility towards society and

environment, beyond economic performance, and are evaluating whether they are conducting their role in an ethical and socially responsible manner. As a result of this shift (from purely economic to ‘economic with an added social dimension’), many forums, institutions and corporate are endorsing the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The business organizations are now getting involved actively in CSR activities that benefit the communities living around and others. The activities address the unmet needs in the area of health & sanitation, education, livelihood generation, Infrastructure, Inclusive Growth and Natural Resources Management.

Increasing risks are threat to “business continuity” in many ways and the business sector need to develop a strategy to address the emerging issues. Exploring possibilities to integrate to the CSR portfolio could be one way of starting the process.

The title of this paper itself states about the rationale behind this i.e. “Making the Connections” which serves as an interactive platform to bring together eminent industry thought leaders and experts to share their learning’s on the best practices on Corporate Social Responsibility, facilitate dialogue about CSR related matters and share experiences on innovative practices in the sector. The long term vision of this forum is to identify & address regional development issues, sustainable sub committees with focus to resolve community conflicts, enhance networking for funding, support in understanding the regulations etc…


Environmental, economic and social well–being for today and tomorrow
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  1. the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  2. The idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."


1. Shared perspective on Regional Development:
2. Develop a Corpus for addressing Regional Development
3. Facilitating members to achieve CSR goals.
4. Fund Raising for Regional Development
5. Liaison with Government on developmental issues with particular reference to CSR

Required Conditions

1. Corporate to have a shared viewpoint on the;
  a) Community Engagement
  b) Government Partnership
  c) Partnerships with NGO’s and bilateral/multilaterals
2. It is imperative that FOKIA as an industrial platform cannot be selective on Sectoral interventions; particular Government requests have to be responded.

Road Map

1. Technical Committees to be formed represented by members of FOKIA. The technical committees will be formed by FOKIA management each committee will have one chairperson and a member secretary with two other members. The technical committee would meet quarterly to discuss concurrent issues. Some of the suggested technical committees are;
  A. Liaison with Government for leveraging funds
  B. Thematic subject areas (Livelihood Linked Ecology, Infrastructure, Basic Needs)
  C. Corporate Community relationships
  D. Partnership and Fund Raising
2. Monitoring and Review meetings to be held bi–monthly or quarterly wherein CSR activities of individual companies, based practices, key achievements and other issues may be discussed.
3. Monthly meeting with District Collector on thematic issue to be discussed. These meetings should aim to achieve intra corporate partnership rather than reporting on progress.

CSR Project Broad fund allocation guidelines for Kutch Industries

30% for CSR projects with collaborative efforts
  1) G K General Hospital run by Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Science Bhuj (GAIMS)
  2) LLDC (Living & Learning Design Centre ) – an initiative by Shrujan
  3) Project Blue Revolution a journey from water scarce to water surplus district ( Please click here to see presentation)

30% for Customised projects
  1) Fodder sustainability in Kutch District ( Please click here to see presentation)
  2) CSR for Salt pan workers – AGARIYA CHILDREN OF THE DESERT( Please click here to see presentation)
  3) Swachchh Bharat

40% as per your company priority

Landmark Projects in Kutch

LLDC - 'Living and Learning Design Centre'.

In January 2016, Shrujan inaugurated its most ambitious project so far : The Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC), it is located in a nine-acre campus in Ajrakhpur, Kutch. It is a multi-dimensional crafts education and resources centre that will preserve the crafts heritage and strengthen all the 22 crafts to make them relevant in today’s worldwide market. It will also provide skill training and crafts education for economic empowerment. What makes LLDC unique is that its diverse components and activities are rooted in the rural environment, serve rural needs and, at the same, reach out to learn from and to impact the worldwide crafts community.

The appx capex for the project is INR 35 Cr.

Please click here to see presentation on LLDC - 'Living and Learning Design Centre'.

VANDEMATRAM - India's First 4D Museum

The Vande Mataram Memorial is India's 1st 4D memorial dedicated to Indian Freedom Struggle. Kutch, Bhuj, Gujarat. It is a unique national Monument seeking to immortalise the most momentous episodes in India’s freedom struggle from British Rule. Vande Mataram uses a combination of art, architecture and technology to create an immersive experience which helps us re-live the journey to independence first-hand. India’s journey to independence and the sacrifices of our countrymen to attain it cannot simply be relegated to the pages of history; they need to be experienced, to be re-lived and to echo in our hearts and souls for eternity – that is what the Vande Mataram Memorial has set out to achieve. Vande Mataram is a once-in-lifetime and a must-do experience for every Indian who is keen to reconnect with his roots and who seeks to renew and restore his sense of national pride and belonging. The Vande Mataram Memorial is located over a 12 acre complex at Bhuj, Gujarat and is a non-profit initiative of the Ashapura Group; the primary structure of the museum admeasuring over 100,000 square feet is modelled on the likeness of the “Sansad Bhavan” (the Indian Parliament Building) and was constructed over 4 years with a mélange of inputs from prominent historians, architects, sculptors and artists.

The appx capex for the project is INR 60 Cr.

Please click here to see presentation on VANDEMATRAM - India's First 4D Museum

The only district hospital (teaching) and medical collage of this scale managed by a corporate as a PPP model.

Functioning of district general hospital in Bhuj was handed over to ADANI group in July 2013. Pursuant to an MOU signed between Govt of Gujarat and ADANIGroup in 2009 with twin objective of setting up medical college in Kachchh and upgrading the health care facilities in district general hospital at Bhuj. ADANIbroughtthe expertise of a private enterprise and efficiency in performance without compromising on the avowed objective of this unique Public Private Partnership – ‘Patient Care’
• Revamped infrastructure and set up new OPD area. Revamping of wards, emergency and other areas is underway.
• Equipped hospital with most sophisticated diagnostic equipment like- 16 Slice CT Scan, 1.5 testla MRI Machine, Mammography etc.
• Set up unit for Dialysis and Thalassemia treatment.
• Blood component separation unit set up, being the first of its kind in the entire district
• Engaged more and more specialists doctors for treatment of patients.
• Engaged professional agencies for skilled manpower for house keeping and patient care assistance.
• Daily Out Patient no increased from 579 in 2013-14 to 904 in 2016-17 with highest OPD crossing1261.
• Daily admission increased to 99 and daily average Indoor Patient count increased form 144 in 2013-14 to 242 in 2016-17.
• Set up recognized Medical College for under graduate (UG) and post graduate (PG) teaching by converting a district general hospital in to a teaching hospital and providing residents and internee doctors for effective patient care round-the-clock
• Post-graduate courses granted by MCI to GAIMS in different clinical and para-clinical branches like Pathology, Microbiology, General Surgery, Ob &Gy, ENT etc.
• Awarded Best District Hospital in Category I by CNBC TV-18 ICICI Lombard.

Till date, Since taking over from the Government , GAIMS has infused INR 100 Cr. towards Capex (the process is still on ) and is spending INR 1 Cr. / annum towards Opex.

Please click here to see presentation on GAIMS - GUJARAT ADANI INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, BHUJ

CSR Activities in Kutch

KIAF - Kutch Industries Academia Forum

FOKIA has taken first of its kind initiative in Gujarat and set up Kutch Industry Academia Forum (KIAF) - Promoted by Kutch Collectorate, KSKV Kutch University, with an objective to bridge the gap between Industry and Academia. We believe that frequent interactions between Industry and Academia will provide better employment opportunities for Local students. The Industries in Kutch also prefer employment from Local education institutes to reduce the operational cost and manpower turnover. The forum comprises of senior industrial executives, senior academia representatives and students from each colleges. KIAF is a contact point for various ITIs, KVKs, polytechnic, degree engineering, graduation and post graduation colleges, under KSKV university, GTU and Technical education board. Under the KIAF, FOKIA has also initiated Deendayal Upadhyaya Employability Enhancement programme (DEEP).


KIAF Objectives:
1. To institutionalize available industrial and academic strength for generating pool of capable manpower, who can serve as good employee or an entrepreneur.
2. To have a guiding force providing an opportunity for global source.
3. To update mutually through constant interaction.
4. To provide platform for free fair interaction of ideas.
5. To build research library to serve as knowledge centre.
Thus KIAF aims at bringing the academia and industry closer by way of various forms of interactions like industrial visits for academia, academia visits by senior executives from various industrial visits, arranging various theme based seminars for students to improve their soft skill and hard skill, update the students about the changes arriving in industrial environment of the district, to educate and inform the students about global benchmarks created in various industrial fields, technological up gradation in various industrial segments, review and analyse present syllabus in constantly changing industrial challenges, to create a supplement-complement module to improve the employability of local pass out students.
Action Plan:
1. Monthly meet may be named as “Theme Meet”.
2. To organize workshops, seminars leading to free fair knowledge.
3. To inculcate competitive strength amongst students and junior teachers through planning of competitive programs
4. To invite motivational speakers of national/international repute to deliver the lectures on current subject

Dr. C B Jadeja Vice Chancellor KSKV – Kutch University & Chairman, KIAF

‘I appreciate the initiative of Federation of Kutch Industries Associations (FOKIA) to help bridge the gap between industry and academia by establishing the Kutch Industry Academia Forum (KIAF). I am happy to note that the various activities done under this banner will help in creating better job prospects for students in our region. I believe that if youth of Kachchh will get good opportunities in their hometowns it will help decrease employee turnover in the industry. I wish to congratulate KIAF team for their sincere efforts in this direction. My best wishes to FOKIA for starting this quarterly e-magazine.’

DEEP - Deendayal Upadhyaya Employability Enhancement programme

In pursuance with the objectives of Kutch Industry-Academia Forum (KIAF), promoted by Kutch collectorate, Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachchh University( KSKV Kachchhh University) and Federation Of Kutch industries associations (FOKIA), first of its kind in the state of Gujarat, KIAF has initiated Deendayal Upadhyaya Employability Enhancement programme (DEEP) in the district of Kutch ;

The Primary Objective of the Programme:

To enhance the employability skills of all the students of Kutch district studying in various Industrial Training Institute (ITIs), Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras (KVKs), Polytechnic, degree engineering, graduation and post graduation colleges, under KSKV Kachchhh Uinversity, Gujarat Technological University (GTU )and Technical Education Board

The Ancillary Objective of the Programme:

Under the programme, the industry will associate with academia for various educational and research projects and the academia will facilitate the industry for conducting campus interviews for the placement of the students.

Target Students:

Final year/semester students of graduation and post graduation programme

In the recent times, the technological changes and innovations are happening at brisk pace in the corporate world. The academia across the globe is trying its level best to update their syllabi to catch with the changes taking place in the industrial sector. Whilst, the gap between industry and academia is widening day by day causing discomfort among the job aspirants and job providers in particular and society in general. It has been rightly put forth by the academia that it will not be possible for them to change or update the syllabi at the pace of technological changes taking place in the industry and hence we should explore the new ideas to bridge the gap. After lot of deliberations it was thought of inviting the executives, heading various verticals of the industry to the educational institutes of the district to deliver lectures and enlighten them for the application of theoretical knowledge and latest developments on various fields of the industry. Thus, enhancing the employability skills of the students to the optimum level and cutting down the orientation period for the new recruits.
We shall ask the industry in the district to provide the KIAF a list of the executives offering to take lectures at various educational institutes (preferably nearby educational institute), their core expertise and brief profile. The provided details will be synchronized with itinerary of the educational institute to ensure at least two lectures/week/department by the industry people to the particular educational institute.
The motivational speakers and the corporate trainers of international and national repute, the entrepreneurs, and senior bureaucrats of the country will also be invited for employability enhancement programme. The one/two day programmes with a concept of FINISHING SCHOOLS will also be arranged for the students to enhance their employability skills and the participating students will be awarded the certificates for the participation. Under the programme, the industry will associate with academia for various educational and research projects and the academia will help the industry in selecting the right talent from the campus interviews.
Funding/Budgeting for the Programme:
The visiting faculties from the industry will not be paid any remuneration by the educational institutes it will be covered as part of their job in the particular industry. The educational institutes will provide basic infrastructure at the institute.
The cost of inviting speakers of international/national repute and for arranging more programmes to attain the objectives of DEEP will be borne by Kutch Collectorate /KSKV Kachchhh University and FOKIA.
The Appraisal and Impact Analysis:
The impact of the Deendayal Employability Enhancement Programme (DEEP) will be appraised on yearly basis by all the stake holders viz Government, KSKV Kachchhh university, industry and society.

List of KIAF Activities : Click Here