Dr. Alka Mittal: Know All About The First Woman To Head ONGC As CMD

Alka Mittal has become the first woman to head India’s largest exploration and production company, ONGC.

Bhavishya Bir
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Alka Mittal has become the first woman to head ONGC as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the company. She became CMD by replacing Subhash Kumar who superannuated on December 31.

Prior to this, Mittal was Director of Human Resources (HR) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. She took over as director in December 2018 and was also the first woman to become a full-time director on the board of ONGC.

ONGC didn’t appoint a full-time CMD since March 2021 after the retirement of Shashi Shanker. Nine candidates were interviewed in June for the top post by the Public Enterprises Selection Board. However, none of the candidates were selected, instead it was announced that a search party would be set up to find a new CMD for ONGC.

Alka Mittal’s Appointment As CMD

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This development happened two days after Subhash Kumar, the Director (Finance) retired on December 31, 2021. She is the first woman to lead the energy giant, according to the news agency ANI. Alka Mittal was assigned this additional duty after incumbent Subhash Kumar retired at the end of December.

Who Is Alka Mittal?

Alka Mittal completed her higher education from Delhi’s (lesser known places in Delhi) Jamia Milia Islamia in 2001. She got a degree of doctorate in Business/Commerce and Corporate Governance. Before this, she did her Masters in Economics from Dehradun’s M.K.P.P.G. College in 1983.

Alka Mittal joined as Director (HR) of Oil and Natural Gas corporation Limited in 2018. Along with this, she was the first woman to hold the charge as a full-time Director in ONGC’s history.

Alka Mittal’s Career

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  • Before joining the HR department, Alka Mittal held the post of Chief Skill Development (CSD) at ONGC.
  • During that time, she was credited with facilitating the activities and bringing in uniformity in the working of the Skill Development Centres of the OGC.
  • Along with this, she is also known for implementing the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in the ONGC, while engaging more than 5000 apprentices across all work centres.
  • Previously, she had worked as the Head CSR at Corporate Office and took up major CSR projects across India.
  • She also had the HR-ER functions in various capacities across regions including Delhi, Mumbai, Vadodara and Jorhat. Mittal was also the Head of Corporate Communications of the ONGC in 2009.
  • She was also ahead in ensuring a safe working environment (how to throw eco-friendly wedding) especially for women workers and engineers deployed at offshore platforms and remote locations.

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Oil and Gas Corporation (ONGC) is an Indian government-owned crude oil and natural gas corporation which was founded on 14 August 1956 by the Government of India. ONGC is under the ownership of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

Being the largest Government owned oil and gas exploration in the country, it produces 70% of India’s crude oil and about 84% of the country’s natural oil. The company got the status of upliftment from Maharatna to ONGC in November 2010.

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It was found out in a survey by the Government that it was the largest profit making PSU in India in the year 2019-20. Along with this, it has managed to obtain the 7th rank among 250 Global Energy Companies by Platts.

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