Over the past issues of Premier Today, we’ve brought you highlights of our divisional and technical achievements, none of which is possible without a key resource—our people! In this cover story, we bring you the hidden gems of Premier. These are stories of employees across the board who have consistently contributed to, helped and supported countless community initiatives, each other, achieved mastery over skills and even some of our very own childhood prodigies. Meet the stars!
A strong believer that one should not live the life of a common man, Mr. Patil firmly believes that one should set their life goals and try to become successful in life. During his professional education at ITI, he heard someone say that “workers become lazy or idle after their work”. But he decided to change this mindset. Till today he remains an active member of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Save Girl-Child Drive, AIDS, Education For All, etc. Considering all his social, sportsrelated and environmental activities, Maharashtra Kamgar Kalyan Mandal has felicitated him with the ‘Gunavant Kaamgar Award’ for the year 2014-2015. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has also felicited him for the same.
Kishore Bangar’s story started when a former colleague, Shashikant Makarand suggested that they contribute some new clothes to the Bhosari orphanage as a goodwill gesture during Diwali in 2011. What started as a humble contribution of Rs. 1,500 from Pritam Kale, Kishore Bangar, Shashikant Makarand, Akarsh Sharma, Sachin Awate, Kiran Kamthe, Ganesh Salunkhe, Suresh Padwal, Gajanan Katyare, Prakash Mali, Chandrakant Kamble, Bapu Ghorpade, Pranesh Muddapur, Gajanan Dubbal, Sadanand Dighe, Arvind Salokhe, Sushma Ghope and Shantaram Kumbhar went on to become a structured Trust called ‘Takshashila’. Supported by Premierites this operation grew, attracting more benefactors. Funds started pouring in from over 50 Premierites, who formed a fund-raising group called the ‘Bachhe Man Ke Sachhe’ group. Later, they also went on to adopt the ‘Vikas Orphan Trust’ in Chikhali, where they support over 70 children.
Kabir Ansari has become the go-to guy to help senior citizens in need. It began in 2014 when he received an S.O.S call from his friend asking him to help an old lady—Ruksana Mulla—from his village Nagaj (Sangli), who was ailing and had been abandoned by her family. Taking help from four other friends, Kabir helped her with medical assistance, food provisions and also helped oversee her recuperation. Kabir and his family have been travelling to the village for over 6 months to look after Ruksana—whom they fondly refer to as ‘dadi’—and to spend time with her. Looking at the efforts he has made for Ruksana, Kabir has been approached by another group to help a lady from Pune, who was recently widowed and has children to support.
Though an engineer by profession, 26-year-old Satish has been passionate about acting and has also acted in several short films since childhood. He performed in school plays, nurturing his passion for the performing arts. He joined the ‘Choice Film And Television Institute’ and simultaneously worked at Premier. This was his mantra for attaining ‘work-life balance’. Till date, Satish is proud of his role in the acclaimed short film named ‘What’s Your Religion?’ His family has stood by him and shown their appreciation as he pursues his passion along with this work. He has also acted in two other films, both of which are slated to release shortly. “I loved dancing more than acting. But my family resisted the idea of me pursuing a career in dance. Instead of giving up, I fortified my mind and took up every opportunity to act, because my family was okay with that,” says Satish Nanaware.
Passionate about math and science since a young age, Hariprasad Raut has always enjoyed solving
Sudoku puzzles, with initial attempts made in Lokmat’s daily puzzles.
Intrigued by how it works, he was motivated to not only solve them but also create them. A lot of backtracking was required while formulating the puzzle to ensure that it was based on logic and not chance. Finally after a week of hard work and heavy algorithms and permutations, Hariprasad formulated his first Sudoku and now forming one such puzzle is a stress buster for Hariprasad rather than a task.
Rohidas was brought up by his mother under extreme financial constraints. Due to this, an extremely intelligent Rohidas
was compelled to leave his studies to take up a job and support his family. But this did not deter Rohidas; he pursued a job
inspector course while working in a small company and later joined Premier in 1981, where he continued to pursue his education
and completed his graduation.
He constructed a public water irrigation project covering 25 hectares of land, which not only helped hundreds of farmers in their fields but also helped villagers during times of drought and water shortage. He was made a Special Executive Magistrate by the local Zilla Parishad for his active participation in community upliftment initiatives and was elected member of Premier Employees Co-Operative Credit Society & General Secretary of the Premier Employees Union.
Joseph Shashikant Chavan’s journey started in Annmary Jayasuriya’s house when he was brought there from Sangamner Orphanage. Abandoned by his own family because of a brain abnormality, he was accepted with open arms by Annmary’s family and continues to be an irreplaceable part of it. She helped him hone his talents and overcome his disability. Joseph grew attached to the family and in time, slowly picked up domestic skills and started assisting with garage jobs as well. As gratitude for his sincere work, he gets paid a monthly income which gets accumulated as his savings. Annmary has been patient in understanding Joseph’s need and in turn, he has showered her family with love and stood by them during testing times.
Mr. Salunkhe receiving his
certificate in Karate.
Mr. Salunkhe joined Karate class in 1996 at Shito Rio Karate Do Association, where he earned a Brown Belt. There he participated in three competitions held all over Maharashtra where he won a silver medal and obtained a certificate in the competition. In 1998, he also participated in an International Championship that was held in Nepal, which served as very good experience for him.
Mr. Bhase completed his D.M.E in 2011. In 2008, during his college days, he played the Ashwamegh Cricket Tournament at the District
Level and achieved the runners up position. He was also a winner in the Intra-University Cricket Tournaments in 2010. In addition to
being an opening batsman and good off-spin bowler in his team, he was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ title at the
University and District Levels twice.
Along with his passion and interest in Cricket, he also played carrom and participated in kho-kho at his college.
Mr. Godbole and his friends have experienced very thrilling adventures on their two-wheelers in 1988, from Pune (Chinchwad) to Kanyakumari. This journey spanned 15 days on three bikes with six members. Though the trip was exciting, they also encountered many difficulties. In order to make this trip successful, Rs. 5,000 was given by Mr. Pravin Singh Pardeshi, Commissioner, on behalf of the Pimpri Chinchwad Corporation and Special Leave was granted by Cooper Engineering. “I will remember this exciting two-wheeler trip my whole life,” says N.M. Godbole.
During his school life Mr. Chavan participated in Marathons and won prizes. In 1984–85 he participated
in the Pune District Sports Competition — 4x100 meter Relay (junior group) — and came second. In the same
year, he competed in the 4x100 meter Relay organized by Pune District Winter Sports Competition Haveli and
On 14th October 1984, he participated in the Pune International Marathon and Road Race.
The Quality Department at Premier is the customer’s representative ensuring that product delivery is to the customer’s standards and satisfaction. Premier Ltd. has always emphasized quality standards in the manufacturing of machine tools. It has an ISO 9000:2008 certification since August 1993.
Some key tasks of the Quality Team include the following: