Meet Bhavika B Pansuriya, Essar’s Everyday Champion
Apr 6th, 2018
I still remember the day I interviewed for Essar via campus placement. I had appeared for my 12th class exams and was keen to join Essar as a diploma engineer. At that point, it did not matter that my family was staunchly against me pursuing a career in the manufacturing sector and that working at a steel plant was not perceived as an ideal career for women.
On being selected for the graduate trainee program, I knew my first hurdle would be to convince my parents. My father is a small-town business man and my mother is a homemaker. They had a limited outlook of the steel industry and were unwilling to send me to a bigger city, to become an engineer. At the end, I managed to convince them and also assured them about my safety.
I joined Essar Steel on 3rd August, 2006. In a few days, I was given accommodation at NN hostel (at Hazira campus). On 7th August, barely a few days into my joining, Surat city was submerged in floods. During this period, the Essar admin team took great care of the new joinees and notified our parents about our safety.
Our batch’s training started at ESSAR ACEDEMY, where we sharpen our knowledge about the industry and picked up various skill sets. During our time at the academy, we had the inspiring opportunity to meet our beloved Chairman Sir, Shree Sashi Ruia. After completing our training in academy, I got placed in Essar Steel’s Pipe Mill facility. During that time, the Pipe Mill project had just started and it gives me immense happiness and pride to have had this wonderful opportunity to work on the project.
For the past 12 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my work life every day. The work culture is motivating with emphasis given on learning and development, personal safety and guidance by seniors. My seniors have always supported me through their encouragement and guidance. When one can speak up and share ideas, without any hesitation, it does feel like working with a close knit family!
Working in the steel industry does not only mean that you will be involved in the development of the most exciting materials of tomorrow, it also gives you a host of opportunities for developing yourself and your skills. As an engineer in the steel industry, you can choose to work in many related and equally interesting fields. In my spare time, I enjoying working on project costing and estimations.
Each day, I face new challenges to arrange some spares or services for smooth operation of the plant and its machinery. As I mentioned earlier, the steel industry thrives on innovation and development. The iron and steel industry is one of the most important industries in India. During 2014 and 2015, India was the third largest producer of raw steel and the largest producer of sponge iron in the world. The industry holds a lot of scope in the technical domain as well as the corporate domain.
My mother, Mrs. Bharti Bhut, has been my role model. She has inspired and motivated me to grow inspite of the obstacles. She motivates me to looks at life as a challenge and wholeheartedly grasp every day.
She not only helped me whenever I needed her support, but also taught me to help myself. I hope to encourage the next generation with equal zeal!
– Bhavika B Pansuriya,
Pipe Mill, Essar Steel
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