Jindal Aluminium Limited (JAL) has since its establishment in 1969 recognised its Corporate Social Responsibilities and has been carrying out various charitable activities for the benefit of the poor.
JAL established Sitaram Jindal Foundation (SJF) (erstwhile S.J.Jindal Trust) as a charitable Trust in 1969 with the objective of providing succor to the poor and downtrodden section of the society. Today the Foundation is a leading philanthropic institution in India that has moved away from the traditional charitable activities to provide professionally managed philanthropic activities.
Over the years several lakhs of people belonging to weaker section of the society and a host of charitable institutions, schools, colleges, vocational training institutions and other educational institutions, hospitals, old age homes, orphanages and other such institutions have benefited throughout the country pursuant to the financial/other assistance rendered by JAL/associate Trusts/Societies.
The key activities of JAL and the associate Trusts/Societies established by it are promoting health, education, rural development, vocational training for women, provide financial and other support to charitable institutions, institution of awards to recognise significant contribution of individuals and institutions and assist them financially in their ongoing projects for upliftment of the poor. The key activities are outlined below in detail as follows:
In 1979, the Founder of JAL, Dr.Sitaram Jindal created a Trust, and started a charitable hospital in the name and style ‘The Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences’ now known as ‘Jindal Naturecure Institute’ to practice and provide cure by a drugless therapy based on Naturopathy and Yoga. The Institute is spread over an area of 120 acres. The new regimen placed great importance in traditional Indian Naturopathy that believed in the curative power of panchamahabhutas (the great 5 elements of nature) and the inherent will of self preservation of life, and its capacity to heal itself in natural conditions. 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 drug and achieved phenomenal results.
At a time when Naturopathy was not taken seriously and considered as the last resort either for the poor or saintly, and certainly not for the no-nonsense middle class or the urban rich, the Institute started its crusade with an approach which was humble, yet firm, based on faith, wisdom and science. Gradually other drugless modalities, like physiotherapy, colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture were added. Today, Jindal Nature cure Institute has bed strength of 495 including 50 beds in free ward and another 200 beds meant for economically weaker sections of the society.
The need for research in the field of medical efficacy of Naturopathy, and also in Yoga is a neglected subject so far. Dr.Jindal himself being a naturopath and an academician took the matter up and started a Research wing wherein research on various diseases is conducted.
This is a full-fledged allopathic charitable hospital established to meet the medical needs of poor people in rural areas. Nearly 1200 patients avail the out-patient facilities daily free of cost.
It is a well equipped hospital with latest and sophisticated diagnostic equipments like CT Scan, 2-D Echo etc. apart from full-fledged modern laboratory. Medical and para-medical staff who are well trained and qualified render services in various specialties like eye, ENT, dental, skin, orthopaedic, gynaecology etc. Several thousands of people living in neighbouring villages who were so long deprived of basic medical facilities are benefited. The hospital conducts breast cancer surgery and eye operations regularly free of cost. Even the spectacle and IOL are given free of cost to eye surgery patients. All the facilities in the hospital including medicine, consultation, surgery, accommodation etc. are provided free of cost. The establishment of this hospital has averted the travel (40-50 km) of poor villagers residing around the hospital.
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 an average 500 out-patients are treated in this hospital daily free of cost. A team of 40 dedicated doctors and para-medical/other staff provide treatment facilities in the hospital effectively and efficiently without any charges. This hospital is also equipped with modern facilities like in Manav Charitable Hospital to serve the poor.
This is a full-fledged allopathic charitable hospital established to meet the medical needs of poor people in rural areas. Nearly 1200 patients avail the out-patient facilities daily free of cost. It is a well equipped hospital with latest and sophisticated diagnostic equipments like CT Scan, 2-D Echo etc. apart from full-fledged modern laboratory. Medical and para-medical staff who are well trained and qualified render services in various specialties like eye, ENT, dental, skin, orthopaedic, gynaecology etc. Several thousands of people living in neighbouring villages who were so long deprived of basic medical facilities are benefited. The hospital conducts breast cancer surgery and eye operations regularly free of cost. Even the spectacle and IOL are given free of cost to eye surgery patients. All the facilities in the hospital including medicine, consultation, surgery, accommodation etc. are provided free of cost. The establishment of this hospital has averted the travel (40-50 km) of poor villagers residing around the hospital.
Manav Charitable Hospital (established by JAL), is rendering free medical services at the doorsteps of the poor people in the neighbouring villages within a radius of 50km 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. Further, nearly 150 patients per week avail the facility of 2 dedicated eye and dental vans free of cost.
Established in 2001 near Vasant Kunj at Delhi, it is a day care polyclinic providing ECG, eye testing, dental, X-ray, physiotherapy and laboratory facilities. Medicines and consultation are provided free of cost to all patients. Daily around 300 patients avail the facilities at this polyclinic.
First Health Museum of its kind 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.
Constructed on a plot of around 1.5 acre at Metcalfe Road, Civil Lines, Delhi worth over Rs. 50 crores, the 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.
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 villages. It is imparting education 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 I 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 concession.
Many girl students hailing from the rural areas were not in a position to pursue their education further as they could not afford high fees and travel all the way to nearby town and cities. In order to assist the rural children, Dr.S.R.Jindal started the Jindal Pre-University College where rural girl students are able to pursue pre-university education in science, computer science and commerce stream at nominal fees. Nearly 600 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 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.
Started from the academic year 2010-11, the degree college is meant purely for girls wherein at present students for degree courses in B.Com, BCA, BBM and B.Sc. are admitted. Nearly 600 girl students are studying in this college. It is our belief that by educating women, the whole family benefits which leads to building a strong nation. The provision is for 900 students including post graduation. Post graduation courses have also been introduced. The college is affiliated to Bangalore University. Fees charges from the students is highly subsidised. It is less than 50% fees being charged in nearby colleges. Besides, employees children of JAL and its institutions are given 50% to 75% concession based on income of their parents.
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 Satsag Beas, a spiritual organisation doing yeomen service to the benefit of general public.
The Book Bank Scheme introduced in 1991-92 has supplied valuable reference books to nearly 250 colleges and polytechnics situated in rural areas all over India. Since introduction of the Scheme in 1991-92 , by SJF books worth Rs.50 lakhs have been given to nearly 300 schools, colleges and polytechnics situated in rural/semi urban areas all over India. Under this scheme, each college is donated books ranging from Rs.15,000/- to Rs.50,000/- depending upon strength of the students and requirement of the school/college. These books are issued to the students on read and return basis and enables them to refer to important reference books which they cannot normally afford or which are not readily available.
Jindal Aluminium Ltd. and SJF have so far instituted 55 gold medals in 28 Universities/Colleges throughout the country amounting to Rs.88.45 lakhs, which gives encouragement to the students for achieving excellence in education. More such medals are being instituted every year.
Sitaram Jindal Foundation established by JAL grants/disburses scholarships to poor deserving students for carrying on their higher studies since its inception in 1969. Scholarship is granted for pursuing courses such as graduation, post-graduation, agriculture, veterinary science, engineering, medical etc. Scholarship amount varies from Rs.500/- to Rs.3000/- p.m. depending upon the course of study. At present nearly 15,000 students from all over the country are availing scholarship from this Foundation without any discrimination of caste, creed and colour. SJF is spending nearly Rs.5-7 crores per annum on awarding scholarships to the poor and needy.
Six institutions (Degree Colleges and ITIs) at Village Nalwa, Haryana have been set up long back by JAL spending huge sum of money.
This institute was set up in 1990 and is imparting free of cost training in tailoring, embroidery, fashion designing, typing , shorthand, computer education, adult education, beautician course, tie & dye course, English speaking course etc. for such category of women who are totally helpless, destitute and economically backward so that they may become independent and use the training gained to earn their livelihood. A stipend of Rs.300/- p.m. is also given to students taking training in tailoring and textile designing. Around 1000 poor women get benefits of the facilities provided by this institute every year. This institute is also donating sewing machines to deserving poor women to earn their livelihood in villages.
On the occasion of its Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1995, Jindal Aluminium Ltd. (JAL), constructed school buildings for facilitating imparting of education to rural children in about 155 villages adopted by JAL 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, providing infrastructure etc. This is a continuous activity for JAL & SJF. Every year 8-10 school buildings are constructed in different villages.
Total amount spent on construction of these schools in the past 3 years is Rs.5.50 crores and during the current year, i.e. 2016-17, an amount of Rs.4.58 crores has been spent till now.
During 2016, JAL & SJF have introduced 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.
JAL & SJF have been giving donations to several charitable organisations liberally in crores of rupees Under Section 35 AC, 35(1)(ii) and 80G of Income Tax Act. During last 4 years, the amount of donation given is as follows:
2012-13 : Rs.1270.65 lakhs
2013-14 : Rs.1453.81 lakhs
2014-15 : Rs.1485.72 lakhs
2015-16 : Rs.4960.65 lakhs
2016-17 : Rs.1573.20 lakhs
SJF is also giving recurring and non-recurring donations to more than 630 such institutions Large amount of non-recurring donations are considered to various institutions for construction of hospitals, school buildings, medical equipments etc.
JAL is relentlessly spreading the campaign in a big way against various evils like smoking, alcohol, pan masala, zarda, and drugs especially amongst the younger generation in India.
In order to recognise and encourage individuals/organisations doing exemplary work so as to catalyse social upliftment in the country, SJF established by JAL launched a perpetual prize scheme in 2011 to be funded from the proceeds of a corpus fund of Rs.125 crore invested in safe bonds and securities. The prize of Rs.1 crore each is in the following seven categories :
Development & Poverty Alleviation
Health including Drugless Healing
Education with emphasis on Moral Upliftment
Science, Technology and Environment
Peace, Social Harmony and Rural Development
Crusade against corruption
Eminent jurists and persons will form an elite panel, who will scrutinise all the nominations both by the public and also by award secretariat. The scheme has been discontinued since last 2 years due to outside pressure.
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