The Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd. (ULCCS) hails from a rural pocket in Kerala in India. Acknowledged as the best Labour Co-operative Society in India by Indian Co-operative Congress 2013, National Co-operative Federation of India and National Co-operative Development Corporation, ULCCS has redefined the role the working class in national development, while emerging as a global model in this segment. International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has shown its appreciation by giving a membership in their sectoral organization CICOPA. By religiously following the ideals of social harmony, inclusion and selfless service that bonded the initial members of the union, ULCCS has grown to be the biggest Labour Contract Society in the State, providing direct employment to more than 6000 workers from rural areas.
ULCCS is a model co-operative society in India staying true to its objective of uplifting and empowering the poor workers and backward sections of the society. Staying true to its objective, the Society has always undertaken activities that not only provide employment for the time being but also create new opportunities in the long run. It is this futuristic outlook that has stood the Society well in its long history of 93 years. Its guiding principle has always been the welfare of its members and public. Its management and control are vested in the members themselves who function with the utmost transparency and simplicity. ULCCS undertakes civil construction work in Infrastructure development in Kerala and is one of the most preferred organizations for development of roads, bridges, buildings and allied infrastructure. Major clients of the Society include National Highways Department for Highway projects, Public Works Department of Govt. Of Kerala, Central ministries such as Ministry of Panchayat Raj for rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), several state government ministries such as Local Self Government, Co-operation, Tourism etc., and a host of reputed private enterprises. The Society has completed over 6500 major projects and is currently implementing over 350 projects worth Rs 2000 crores. The primary objective of the Society has always been job creation. ULCCS employed many generations of workers in the construction sector by providing manual job till the 90’s, with the rising economic status of the members, it was observed that the new generation of youth were highly educated and had different aspirations. They were more interested in specialized jobs requiring higher education, rather than unskilled/semi-skilled work in the construction sector. Acknowledging this shift in the employment landscape, ULCCS took the bold decision of diversifying into IT and other related sectors and set up various verticals - UL Cyberpark, UL Technology Solutions, Sargaalaya Arts & Crafts Village, UL Education and UL Care.
ICA Asia and Pacific and the EU partnership
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA or the Alliance), established in 1895 and currently headquartered in Brussels (Belgium) is the global umbrella organization that represents, unites and develops co-operatives across diverse sectors of economy influencing 1 in every almost 7 humans on this planet. The ICA represents 300 plus apex level federations and leading sectoral co-operative enterprises from over 100 countries. ICA Asia and Pacific, the regional arm of the Alliance was established in 1960 in New Delhi (India), services 96 Alliance members from 30 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The ICA AP regional board comprises of 11 elected members nominated by national co-operative movements across the region, and 1 co-opted member each from the Asia-Pacific Committees on Youth, and on Women. ICA is the custodian of the International Co-operative Identity Statement (Definition of Co-operatives, Values and the 7 Principles). In March 2016, the ICA and the European Union signed a Framework Partnership Agreement to implement a development programme aimed at benefitting and advancing co-operatives worldwide. The ICA AP implements the programme in collaboration with Alliance members and partnerships with co-operative actors in the region. The ICA-EU partnership is envisioned to strengthen the institutional aspects of the Alliance viz. members and movements across the world.
Indian Institute of Management - Kozhikode (IIM-K)
The conference is being held at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), Kerala, India. IIMK is one of the top ranked management institutes in India established in 1996 by the Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Kerala. It offers Post graduate programmes in Management for students, working executives and has a vibrant doctoral research programme. IIM Kozhikode is located in Kozhikode, Kerala, the ‘God’s Own Country’, and is 15 km from Calicut Railway Station and 38 km from Calicut Airport. The Institute Campus has been developed in the scenic ambience of lush green hillocks in the Kunnamangalam locality of Kozhikode. The panoramic view from the hilltop is a visual delight and conducive for learning and contemplation. The design of the Campus is aimed at preserving the existing ambience, and incorporates the strong architectural traditions of Kerala.
UL Technology Solutions (ULTS)
ULTS, the IT wing of ULCCS Ltd., has been striving towards technological advancements since its existence. ULTS handles multifarious activities in the IT sector and other areas as well. Geographic information system, Information Management Systems and Application Development are the three major verticals exercised at ULTS.
In the year 2011, four engineers started ULTS. From the beginning the company was founded on the principle of building and implementing great that drive progress for clients and enhance lives through enterprise solutions. Undertaking both public and private sector projects, ULTS has become a sole solution provider for most public sector companies exactly like its parent company the ULCCS Ltd. At ULTS, we believe our responsibilities extend beyond business. The GIS unit of ULTS aims towards integrating a multilevel course of action into a single intelligent property mapping system (IMPS). ULTS incorporates vehicle tracking system for enterprises, keeping transport systems in line. Innovative IT solutions are served through complete ERP solutions as well. Things are made easy for public sector enterprises through intelligent e-governance solutions, ameliorating the governance at the same time.
Application development at ULTS delivers superior level mobile and desktop applications for enterprises, tailored to meet their requirements. ULTS is constantly working towards increasing its capacity in all possible aspects to become the future leader in all its new and existing ventures.
Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM)
KSUM is the implementing agency of the Government of Kerala for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in Kerala. KSUM was formerly the Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI), a society under the Travancore Cochin literary, Scientific and charitable Societies Registration Act XII of 1955 and started the incubation programme in the name of Technopark Business Incubation Centre (TBIC) in 2002. TBIC had been incubating IT &ITES companies starting from 2 seaters. In 2005, Technopark set up Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI), with the support of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt of India for incubating technology start-ups in various thrust areas like Electronics, ICT and Mobile Technologies. KSUM is also the implementing body for the Kerala Technology Start-up Policy that supports start up ecosystem by means of 9 components such as Infrastructure, Incubators and Accelerators, Human Capital Development, Funding, State Support, Governance, Public Private Partnership, Scaling Existing and Establishing New Incubators and Start-up-Bootup-Scale up model for moving fast from ideas to IPO.