CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Ever since Jindal Aluminium Limited was founded in 1968, its Corporate Social Responsibility activities have remained as one of its core activities.
In order to do this, JAL established Sitaram Jindal Foundation (SJF), (erstwhile S.J.Jindal Trust), as a charitable Trust in 1969. Today the Foundation is a leading philanthropic organization in India that has gone beyond the traditional charitable activities to serve society through strategically designed initiatives that maximize the impact to the deprived.
Over the years, several lakhs of people belonging to the weaker section of society along with a host of charitable schools, colleges, vocational training institutions and other educational institutions, hospitals, old age homes, orphanages etc. have benefited throughout the country pursuant to the financial/other assistance rendered by our trusts.
The key areas of focus of JAL’s CSR activities are health, education, rural development and vocational training for women.
Jindal Naturecure Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka
In 1979, we established ‘The Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences’ now known as ‘Jindal Naturecure Institute’ to provide cure by drugless therapy based on Naturopathy and Yoga. The new regimen followed Indian Naturopathy that believes in both the curative power of Nature and the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself. A great deal of emphasis was laid on therapeutic Yoga, discipline, diet and ambience. The diagnostics were kept in line with modern medical science. Specific diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, migraine, all abdomen/liver problems etc. were taken up for treatment without administering drugs and phenomenal results were achieved. Starting in a humble way, the Institute today has a bed strength of 550 patients, including free wards for the weaker section.
Manav Charitable Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka
Established in the year 1990, this is a full-fledged allopathic charitable hospital solely created to meet the medical needs of the weaker section of the society. Nearly 2000 patients avail the out-patient facilities daily, free of cost. It is a well-equipped hospital having qualified doctors, para-medical staff and the latest diagnostic equipment’s like CT Scan, 2-D Echo etc. apart from a full-fledged modern laboratory. Several thousands of people living in neighbouring villages who were so long deprived of basic medical facilities now have nearby access to modern yet free allopathic healthcare. It also conducts eye operations regularly, free of cost, and even provides glasses and IOL at no cost to the eye surgery patients.
Jindal Charitable Hospital, Bangalore (urban), Karnataka
Started in 1987, the hospital is run by Jindal Hospital Society at Rajajinagar, Bangalore, a location predominantly comprising of urban-poor and lower middle class. On average, 1000 out-patients are treated daily at JCH, free of cost. A team dedicated doctors and para-medical/other staff provide free treatment facilities in the hospital.
Manav Charitable Hospital, Dabaspet, Karnataka
The hospital was started near the Dabaspet Works of company for the benefit of Dabaspet factory employees and the poor people living in the surrounding areas. On an average, about 150 patients are availing treatment in this hospital daily, free of cost. MCH (Dabaspet) has a team of 2 full-time general doctors, dentist, physiotherapist, consulting specialists in skin care, gynaecologists and paediatrics to serve the varied medical needs of patients. There is a plan to expand this to a full-fledged hospital with modern medical equipments along the same pattern as Manav Charitable Hospital (Bangalore).
Mobile Dispensaries (mobile vans)
Manav Charitable Hospital (Under SJF trust), is rendering free medical services at the doorsteps of the economically weaker people in villages within a radius of 50 km from the hospital, through its 4 mobile medical vans and 2 dedicated eye and dental vans. These mobile vans cover almost 150 villages in a week and treat about 1000 patients daily free of cost at their door steps. Further, nearly 150 patients per week avail the facility of 2 dedicated eye and dental vans free of cost.
H.S. Bansal Charitable Polyclinic, Delhi
Established in 2001 near Vasant Kunj, Delhi, it is a day care polyclinic providing ECG, eye testing, dental, X-ray, physiotherapy and laboratory facilities. Medicines and consultations are provided free of cost to all patients. Daily around 300 patients avail the facilities at this polyclinic, all being from poor financial conditions.
Health Education Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
This is a pioneer in Health Museum on drugless healthcare, in the country. Started in 2011 at Bangalore, it has 12 individual zones explaining all parts and processes of the human anatomy. Visitors are educated about various ailments and their redressal methods through working models and educative movies. It is highly popular among students of medical colleges and patients coming to Jindal Naturecure Institute. Entry to this Centre is free for visitors. At the centre, there is a model of a human body digitally controlled showing the major function of body- system thru filmic clips.
Sushtrutha Trauma Centre, Delhi
Constructed on a plot of around 1.5 acre on Metcalfe Road, Civil Lines, Delhi worth over Rs. 50 crores, this hospital was donated to the Government of N.C.T. Delhi where a trauma centre is being run by the Government free of charge for the poor.
Jindal Public School, Bangalore, Karnataka
Started by Jindal Education Society in 1968, it is a charitable school recognised by the State Education Department. It caters to the needs of the children from neighbouring area. It offers classes from Nursery to 10th Standard in English medium. The present strength of the school is 1750. Since its inception, the results in the 10th Standard (SSLC) Board examinations are 100% pass with more than 95% in 1st class. Fees charged in the school is very nominal – less than 50% of fees prevailing in other nearby schools. Students belonging to poor families are granted freeship and substantial fee concessions.
Jindal Pre-University College, Bangalore, Karnataka
Focused on uplifting the girl children of deprived and poor economic status, we established Jindal Pre-University College in the year 2003. Many girl students hailing from humble backgrounds in rural areas are not in a position to pursue their education further as they cannot afford the high fees and travel costs. Here, they are able to pursue pre-university education in science, computer science or commerce stream at nominal charges. Nearly 800 girl students are availing education in this college. The college has also been conducting a series of guest lectures by a variety of professionals such as scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, GKVK, ISRO, ISSEC and the Bangalore University at the college, which has inspired its students to explore areas beyond the syllabus. No donation is taken from the students and the fees is 50% of prevailing fees in other surrounding colleges.
Jindal Degree College for Women , Bangalore, Karnataka
We strongly believe that by providing education to women, her entire family benefits and this lays the foundation for a strong nation. Started in the academic year 2010-11, the degree college is meant purely for girls to pursue degree courses in B.Com, BCA, BBM and B.Sc. Nearly 900 girl students are studying in this college which, is affiliated to Bangalore University. Fees charged from the students is highly subsidized.
Sawan Public School, Delhi
SJF established this residential school in 1975 called ‘Sawan Public School’ at Chattarpur Road, Delhi. This school was run for the poor but owing to its high academic standard, the children from better off sections were also attracted, resulting in great demand and pressure for securing admissions. Recently, this school with building and nearly 20 acres of land was donated worth Rs.200 crores to Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a spiritual organisation doing yeomen service to the benefit of general public.
Book Donation Scheme
SJF introduced the Book Bank Scheme during early 1990 under which numerous reference books on different subjects are supplied free to a number of schools and colleges for the benefit of the poor students. This book Donation Scheme is managed by the college / school authorities themselves. SJF has so far donated books to 300 schools / colleges and polytechnics worth Rs. 50 lakhs and is targeting to donate to 1000 institutions worth Rs. 2 Crores.
Gold Medal Scheme in the Universities for Excellence in Education
Jindal Aluminium Ltd. and SJF have so far instituted 101 gold medals in 52 Universities/Colleges throughout the country amounting to Rs.158.92 lakhs, which gives encouragement to the students for achieving excellence in education.
SJF has been disbursing scholarships to poor and deserving students for carrying on their higher studies, since its inception in 1969. Scholarships are granted for pursuing courses such as graduation, post-graduation, agriculture, veterinary science, engineering, medical among many others. The scholarship amount varies from Rs.500/- to Rs.3000/- per month depending upon the course of study. At present nearly 12,500 students from all over the country are availing scholarship from this Foundation without any discrimination of caste, creed and colour, for which SJF is spending nearly Rs. 7-8 crores per annum.
Mahila Arts & Crafts Charitable Institute, Bangalore
This institute was set up in 1990 and is imparting free training in tailoring, embroidery, fashion designing, typing, shorthand, computer education, beautician course, tie & dye course, English speaking course and many more, to helpless, destitute and economically backward females so that they can become financially independent by using the training gained to earn their livelihood. A stipend is also being given to students taking this training. Around 1000 women are provided training in the facilities of this institute, every year. This institute is also donating sewing machines to the deserving women to earn their livelihood in villages.
RURAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Six institutions (Degree Colleges and ITIs) at Village Nalwa, Haryana have been set up, long back, by JAL.
Adoption of nearly 181 Villages in Karnataka
On the Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1995, we had constructed school buildings for providing education to rural children in about 155 villages adopted by us for meeting their three basic needs, i.e. education, potable water and medical facilities. These school buildings were handed over to the village panchayats on due completion of construction. As a continuous process, every year 8-10 school buildings are constructed in different villages. Total amount spent on construction of these schools in the past 5 years is about Rs.25 crores.
Donation of Computers
During 2018, JAL & SJF have introduced a scheme of donating computers in government colleges. So far, 95 computers have been donated in 4 colleges costing Rs.33.25 lakhs. As and when any request is received from any college, the same is considered favourably.
In 2018, SJF has set up “Jan Bhojanalaya” adjacent to Manav Charitable Hospital, Bangalore. Herein, people from the surrounding poor villages get free healthy, nutritious and balanced food/meals, free of cost. Daily approximately 1000 poor people are coming to the Jan Bhojanalaya for their meal.
JAL & SJF have been giving donations to several charitable organisations, under Section 35 AC, 35(1)(ii) and 80G of Income Tax Act. SJF is also giving recurring and non-recurring donations to more than 630 deserving institutions. Large amounts of non-recurring donations are given to various institutions for different activities such as – construction of hospitals, school buildings, purchase of medical equipments etc.