Celebration of 125th Anniversary of Shepherd Memorial Church of North India, Chetak Circle, Udaipur

During the first dozen years of Dr. James Shepherd’s ministry and work in this region, the little Christian community had grown to only some 50 souls. There was as yet no Church building and Dr. Shepherd, longed to have one, not only in interest of reverent worship but as a visible witness to the Gospel in the Mewar State. On 4th August 1889, a suitable piece of land was secured as a gracious gift from the Maharana Fateh Singh, 73rd Custodian of House of Mewar.  Dr Shepherd, regarding money for the Church building construction, he writes in one of his letters, “Our friends in the station are most helpful and ever willing to do what they can do us in the way of helping on the work”.  The then, state Engineer, Mr. Campbell Thompson took keenest interest in it. The building, though not a large one, is of exceptionally beautiful design. This church was opened on 5th July 1891.  In token of the respect and friendship, there was a large gathering at the first divine worship service, with which the Church was opened.  Maharana Fateh Singh and many of the leading nobles were present besides a humble folk. The worship service was conducted in the vernacular by Rev. John Traill.

Since then, this church continues to serve as a pivot for Christian community in the city for growing spiritually and collectively. At present, more than a thousand attend praise and worship of God on each Sunday and participate in Lord’s Supper and other religious sacraments regularly. In addition, church also extends his helping hand to poor and marginalised people in nearby villages through its social outreach from time to time. Currently, the Church is supervised by the presbyter in-charge Rev Raimson Victor under the overall administration of the Rajasthan Diocese of Church of India (CNI) which is located in Ajmer. Besides, the church remains opened throughout the weekdays for meditation and prayers for believers. The Shepherd Memorial Church also attracts many visitors to enjoy and appreciate its beauty and its architecture.

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The Shepherd Memorial Church of North India is celebrating its 125 years of consecration on 5th July 2016 and the celebration started on 3rd July 2016. It is a shining example of how an open door policy towards new ideas and concepts can help build and sustain a city; how dedicated professionals can be given space and time to serve the needs of a citizenry; and how a humane environment can be created where respect and love among people grows.

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Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar and Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation attended the celebration on 3rd July 2016 at Shepherd Memorial Church of North India, Udaipur. He was welcomed by The Most Rev. P. K. Samantaroy, Moderator – Church of North India along with Rt. Rev. Warris K. Masih, Bishop – Diocese of Delhi & Moderator’s Episcopal Commissary, Rt. Rev. Collin C. Theodore, Former Bishop – Diocese of Rajasthan and Rev. Raimson Victor, Presbyter In-Charge, Shepherd Memorial Church, Church of North India, Udaipur.
“In commemorating the 125 years of Shepherd Memorial Church, we are paying homage to our collective past and sharing the living heritage of Mewar with the new generations of today,” said Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, humbled as he is by the achievements of his illustrious forefathers.

HRH Group of Hotels diversifying into IT with Business Software Services

Launches Information Technology Company (HRH InfoTech) for Hospitality, Healthcare, Education and Leisure Industry

HRH Group of Hotels, India’s only chain of Heritage Palace-Hotels and Resorts under private ownership announced the launch of its new line of business (LOB) in the Information Technology segment. This segment will offer Software & IT Services to Hotels, Museums, Educational Institutions, Healthcare and Leisure industry globally.  Having multiple years of experience and a dedicated team of IT professionals combining inherited domain expertise from the parent group; a four decade old conglomerate that runs end-to-end hospitality business, HRH Group of Hotels has now decided to enter into the Software and IT Services market to serve Large and Small-Medium-Enterprises (SME) in the above segments. This venture is  being mentored by Mr. Ajay K. Dhir, Chairman and Founder, Oranda Global, APAC (Asia Pacific) CXO Forum and MENA (Mid East and Africa) CXO Forum for Strategy, Branding, Talent, Processes etc. and to create reach and visibility for its Software products & services in India as well as Asia Pacific & MENA region.

In the recent past, the competence of HRH  IT Division has been endorsed by various technological platforms as a winner of various awards including “CIO Asia-100” at Singapore, “CIO Leader – APAC CXO Forum” at Bangkok, EDGE Awards – Information Week,  etc. It has gained magnificent attention of international and national, technology as well as hospitality industry media.

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According to Mr. Vijay Choudhary, Head of IT, “HRH Group of Hotels, with its dedicated team of I.T. professionals, has developed world class IT solutions in- house, for various verticals of the industry. The innovation is based on what the industry needs and is a driving force for creating better presence in respective markets to serve. With the vision of our Chairman Shriji Arvind Singh ji Mewar, we are always focused on understanding critical aspects of the business and its pain areas, and then fix it using technology solutions as a key driver.”

“We plan to diversify with our foray into software and IT services especially to serve Hospitality, Leisure, Travel, Tourism & Education industries for their different needs of process automation and achieving greater agility in their businesses. The domains would cover Hotel Management System, Central Reservations System, eCRM & Sales Force Automation, Human Resources Information System, Museum Management System and School Management System etc. As the global economy is opening doors for many more markets to serve, where industry really needs high quality and domain specific agile solutions, which should support business and align technology with business objective,  our solution’s USP would be Software Solutions – by the hospitality industry, for the hospitality industry; we understand your business software requirements better !” continues Mr. Choudhary.

On this auspicious occasion, Shriji Arvind Singh ji Mewar, Chairman and Managing Director of HRH Group of Hotels has also inaugurated the company’s exclusive website www.hrhinfotech.com  and wished the team of HRH InfoTech a grand success.

Mr. Ajay K. Dhir, Chairman & Founder, Oranda Global, APAC CXO Forum and MENA CXO Forum says – “It is an honour and a matter of real pride for me to be associated with HRH Group as a mentor and advisor in this path-breaking initiative of transformation of an in-house IT Department into a Strategic Business Unit, serving the needs of the Hospitality, Healthcare, Education, Travel and Leisure Industry, globally. In the times to come, HRH InfoTech will be a force to reckon with and we shall make it the preferred choice for the discerning customer globally”.