Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation (JBF-Foundation)
In 1976, the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation was established to promote Gandhian constructive programs and assist constructive workers devoted to the national cause.
The Foundation gives four awards annually, of Rs. 5 Lacs each. Of these, three are given to individuals in India for outstanding contribution in the fields of constructive work on Gandhian lines, application of science and technology for rural development, and upliftment and welfare of women and children. The fourth is an International Award given to individuals other than Indian citizens from foreign countries for their contribution to the promotion of Gandhian values outside India.
Other charitable activities
The Foundation has given donations to various Institutions/ NGOs from time to time to strengthen their various community welfare activities and charitable objectives of welfare of general public utility based on Gandhian philosophy and ideals. Special mention must be made of the Foundation’s project to provide financial assistance to widows of farmers who had committed suicide in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.
Janakidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha (JBGVS)
Rural and community development activities and empowerment of women
The group continued with its rural development activities through JBGVS in Pune, Aurangabad and Wardha districts of Maharashtra and Sikar district of Rajasthan. JBGVS aims at integrated development of 75 villages, to be carried out by the villagers themselves, and under their own leadership by forging partnerships with the Government, local institutions and NGOs.
JBGVS has started working in 90 villages of Wardha district in association with local NGOs on specific need based projects such as natural farming, sanitation, etc. JBGVS implemented several programs to strengthen primary education and primary health care, improve socio-economic conditions, and develop the environment. Out of a total of 39,000 beneficiaries through our programs, about 75% were from economically weaker sections. Of these, 16,400
beneficiaries belong to socially backward sections (5,900 Scheduled Caste & 10,500 Scheduled Tribe), 2,600 to Nomadic Tribe and 5,560 to Other Backward Classes. The focus of all the initiatives has been to provide support to the economically weak and socially neglected communities, i.e., schedule castes, scheduled tribes, and families below the poverty line.
Primary education has been the major area of concern in the villages. Support has been provided for infrastructure development in primary schools and anganwadis (pre-primary schools). School rooms have been repaired and furniture and equipment have been provided to both primary and pre-primary schools. Special efforts were taken to check malnutrition by conducting awareness and training programs for mothers on the importance of breast feeding, nutritious food using local materials, special check -up camps, supporting VCDs, etc.
Non-formal educational programs for children in primary schools were organized by involving secondary school students from the villages. These programs are aimed at generating interest in education among children. Through various short programs, teachers and parents were motivated to actually participate and improve the quality of education. Special programs on health related issues and HIV/AIDS were organized for adolescent boys and girls in the schools.
Primary health care
JBGVS attaches a lot of importance to its community health initiatives and follows the philosophy ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Programs such as Mother & Child Health (MCH), health check-up camps, mobile clinic service, hygiene and sanitation programs, etc. were organized with the help of trained village level health workers.
In the JBGVS villages of Aurangabad, six-health check-up camps were organized for BPL families only, in association with Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital, Aurangabad; 305 patients were examined in these camps. The idea was to screen and detect complicated cases and provide free treatment at Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital. 32 patients have been provided this benefit under these programs, 30 HIV/AIDS awareness programs were organized, in which 1,250 women participated.
Agriculture is the main occupation in the villages where JBGVS works. Programs like soil testing, demonstration plots for improved variety seeds and fertilizers, improved agricultural practices, natural farming, promotion of horticulture, etc. were implemented in all the project areas. Various types of farm and non-farm based vocational training programs, such as dairy, poultry, two wheeler repairing, fashion designing, etc. were organized. A few such programs were organized exclusively for 34 SC/ST youths.
Of the 34 youths participating in the two-wheeler repairing course, 12 were sent to Om Sai Service Station, Pune for onsite training. In Wardha, JBGVS has been working in partnership with Magan. Sangrahalaya Samiti to promote natural farming. This will help reduce the cost of inputs in agriculture. 750 farmers registered to start natural farming. In Kasi ka bas village of Sikar district, a revolving fund of Rs. 1,05,000 has been created with support from JBGVS, 90 women have taken loans of Rs. 9 lakh for various income generation activities, like grocery shops, tea stalls, trading of incense sticks (agarbatti), etc. The focus of all economic development programs has been to generate gainful self-employment amongst youth and women at the grass-root level.
Under this programme, soil and water conservation, plantation, and horticulture-based livelihood development amongst tribal families have been implemented. The Central Government supported DPAP (Drought Prone Area Programme), started in 2003- 04 came to an end on 31 March 2012. During the year, various treatments like continuous contour trenches, farm bunds, cement nala bunds, Vanaraibandhara, etc. were carried out on 2,525 Ha. of land to increase productivity.
Under the Aamrai project, supported jointly by National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) and JBGVS, 448 tribal families were benefited. A total of 393.5 acres of wasteland was brought under horticulture plantation. In Bhojankheda village, Wardha, water conservation work was carried out in a nala, which resulted in higher storage capacity (around 6TCM) and increased water level up to 5 ft. in five wells downstream. This will help solve the drinking water problem in the village and irrigate about 60-70 acres of land.
Local leadership plays a very important role in the development of villages. JBGVS organized various types of leadership development programs for local youth, women, and adolescent girls and boys. Under the youth programme, support was provided for sports competitions and sports equipment.
Support was also provided to promote local culture and celebrate various festivals. Women Self Help Groups (SHG) were formed and motivated to take up village development activities in
addition to their regular saving and credit programs. 15 new SHGs consisting of 160 women were formed.
Samaj Seva Kendra (SSK) is the Urban development wing of JBGVS. It has a total membership of 1,050 families. SSK provides facilities for social, educational, cultural and economic development to the residents of Akurdi, Nigadi and adjoining areas. Various types of programs were carried out, such as pre-primary classes, balbhavan, literacy, tailoring, yoga, karate, tabla and harmonium, classical and western dance, senior citizen programs, etc.
The summer camp for school children got a very good response, with 374 children attending in two batches. A library was also started with an initial stock of 550 books on subjects ranging from fiction and autobiographies to tailoring, nutrition, health care, etc. In future, the library will be developed as a resource centre, catering to the needs of school children, youth, women and senior citizens. A few vocational training programs like beauty parlour, basic tailoring, fashion designing, and mobile handset repairing were also conducted. About 100 youth, mostly women, benefited from these programs.
Group Trusts for Colleges
Founded in 1914 by Late Shri Jamnalal Bajaj, Shiksha mandal, Wardha runs seven colleges in Wardha/ Nagpur, with around 10,000 students. These include colleges for commerce, science, agriculture, engineering (polytechnic), and rural services. Shiksha mandal’s mission is to provide high quality education at an affordable cost. It was set up to develop human resources for national development and it strives to fulfil its mandate. All the colleges are in the throes of development, both academic and infrastructural. Its affiliating University recently rated Ramkrishna Bajaj College of Agriculture as ‘A’.
ASTN Engineering Polytechnic has invested Rs. 1.6 Crore to double its space and upgrade its laboratories. JB College has a new Biotechnology and Microbiology Lab, and a Girls’ Hostel. Ten Shiksha mandal faculty members received project grants in the year FY2012, as against three last year. Almost 30% of the faculty in the colleges are Ph.Ds. During FY2012, they produced over 68 papers in journals and 15 books. The topper in the XII Commerce Board Exam from Vidarbha was from its GS College, Nagpur, as was the topper in Nagpur University’s MBA course.
Guidance for appearing in the Common Proficiency Test of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India was started at GS College, Wardha and a 50% result was achieved in it, compared to 20% nationally and 2% in Wardha. Similar results were achieved at GS College, Nagpur. A vegetable vendor’s daughter and an auto rickshaw driver’s daughter were amongst the qualifiers. Meritorious students from low-income families are given full remission of fees.
In FY2012, three of its students won medals in power lifting at a national level. Over 40 students represented the University and 30 students represented Maharashtra in various sporting events.
Shiksha Mandal has a very strong National Service Scheme (NSS) culture, and camps are held in villages. Students built a house for a destitute woman during one such camp this year.
Eminent alumni of Shiksha mandal include Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Harish Salve, Justice Ravi Deshpande, Shri Udayan Sen (CEO Deloitte India), Shri Ramesh Chandak (MD KEC International), and Shri Jaydeep Shah (President ICAI).
A new Bajaj Institute of Technology is being planned at Wardha. It is expected to cost Rs. 50 Crore, which is being funded by Bajaj Trusts. A retired General Manager from Bajaj Auto has been given responsibility for its development. The Institute is expected to set new standards in developing industry-ready students. Bajaj Group Trusts have donated Rs. 13.5 Crore to Shiksha mandal in the last four years. Refer web link: www.shikshamandal.org
Bajaj Science Centre
Functioning for the last five years, Bajaj Science Centre (BSC) nurtures a culture amongst school children for learning science through experiments. Its value is now clearly understood. For its 230 vacancies this year 1,160 students gave the entrance test compared to 835 students last year. BSC had 486 students participating in its programs during FY2012; some of them won prestigious scholarships/awards.
Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Ex-Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Chairman, Rajeev Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, visited BSC to understand its functioning and explore the possibility of establishing similar institutions at the district level in Maharashtra.
A new four-day training programme for science teachers, aimed at improving the teaching of science in schools, was started; 20 teachers from various schools, mostly outside Wardha, participated in it. Bajaj Trusts spent Rs. 20 Lacs on BSC during FY2012.
Institute of Gandhian Studies (Gandhi Vichar Parishad)
During the year FY2012, Institute of Gandhian Studies (Gandhi Vichar Parishad), Wardha organized:
(a) Post Graduate Diploma Course in Gandhian Thought for students from different parts of India and abroad
(b) Orientation Camp Classes on Gandhian Thought for Medical Students
(c) University Students’ Camps at the regional and national level
(d) International Non-violence Day and Related Programs
(e) Ravindra Varma Memorial Lecture on Gandhi and Contemporary Non-Violent Action
(f) Inauguration of Silver Jubilee Year
(g) Inter Religious Study Course on the Concept of Love in Religions and its Practical Applications
(h) Special training programme for Gandhi International, France
(i) Publications, and other programs.
Marathwada Medical & Research Institute (MMRI)
The Bajaj Group gives substantial financial support to this institution, which runs the Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital, and Kamalnayan Bajaj Nursing College (KBNC) for B.Sc. Nursing degree course.
Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital
MMRI has established Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital at Aurangabad in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, and is providing super specialty and tertiary care medical facilities not available elsewhere in this region. The hospital has expanded its capacity to 250 beds, with advanced facilities and equipment; a major part of the expansion has been for general category patients. Annually, the hospital has been providing relief for close to 55,000 patients on OPD basis, and close to 7,000 patients admitted to the hospital for various treatments. It also has an intensive care unit and cardiac care unit, with a capacity of 22 beds, and an occupancy rate of more than 95%.
The Hospital also runs a programme to provide relief through free/subsidized treatment to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) persons. With the help of an NGO, the Hospital has conducted camps in 309 villages in Aurangabad district, where more
than 18,700 patients have been checked and given treatment and free medicines; of these, 5,538 patients needing further treatment were treated totally free as in-patients at the hospital at a cost of Rs. 1.67 Crore.
Kamalnayan Bajaj Nursing College (KBNC)
Kamalnayan Bajaj Nursing College (KBNC) was established in 2010 by MMRI Trust, which is managed by the Bajaj Group as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. KBNC offers a basic B.Sc Nursing four-year degree programme with an annual intake of 50 students. It is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik.
KBNC has invested over Rs. 10 Crore in excellent infrastructure facilities of international standard, including state-of-the-art laboratories, a library with computer lab allowing free Internet access, and hostels for boys and girls.
The College has a well-qualified teaching staff with high profile degrees in nursing and management. KBNC has plans to start P.B.B.Sc (N) and M.Sc (N) programs, a research centre for allied health sciences, and short-term training programs for health care professionals. KBNC offers several types of scholarships with support from the Government of Maharashtra, Social Welfare Office, and MUHS, Nashik.
Fuji Guruji Memorial Trust
Fuji Guruji Memorial Trust has established Bauddha Mandir, Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Wardha to promote the thoughts and teachings of Lord Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, and other such preachers, in a bid to propagate the message of world peace, love, non-violence and equality of all religions. It has also established Bal Sanskar Kendras for the benefit of poor children below the age of six years from small villages in Wardha District.
Kamalnayan Bajaj Charitable Trust
Kamalnayan Bajaj Charitable Trust runs Gitai Mandir, Pujya Jamnalal Bajaj Exhibition and Vinoba Darshan Complex, Audio-video Hall at Wardha. It also runs a library with literature and books on Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Pujya Jamnalal Bajaj, Smt. Jankidevi Bajaj, and other freedom fighters.
Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust
Soon after the demise of Jamnalalji in 1942, as per his wishes, the first charitable trust, Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust was established with an initial corpus of Rs. 5 Lacs.
In 1960, on the suggestion of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, the Trust purchased about 400 acres of land on the outskirts of Bangalore to establish the International Sarvodaya Centre – Vishwaneedam for the promotion of agriculture, dairy development, rural development, and training in self-employment for local women and youth.
The Trust has also been promoting arts and culture through Kamalnayan Bajaj Hall and Art Gallery. Exhibitions, handicrafts displays, corporate meetings, conferences and seminars are held at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Hall. The art gallery is used to display the artistic works of painters and sculptors. It also provides budding artists an opportunity to showcase their talents.
The Trust has continued to run seven balwadis, i.e., Bal Sanskar Kendras in rural areas for poor children below six years of age.
The ‘Hamaara Sapna’ project initiated by the Trust endeavours to uplift the slum residents of
South Mumbai. The project involves imparting skill training along with overall knowledge and hands-on experience to foster a better tomorrow.