Home CATEGORIES Education and Skill Training NMDC Receives Platinum Award for CSR Project Shiksha Sahayog Yojana
NMDC is India’s largest iron-ore miner,and a Navaratna public sector enterprise. The BIOM Kirandul Complex of NMDC has won the Platinum Award in metal & mining sector from Apex India Foundation for its CSR initiative Shiksha Sahayog Yojana.
The award was presented to NMDC for their education-led CSR initiatives in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Shiksha Sahayog Yojana is a Scholarship Scheme for the students of 7 districts of Bastar to help them continue academic pursuits beyond 8th standard upto Graduation in Engineering and Medicine.
Under this scheme, NMDC CSR grants scholarships to students from class 9 onwards till graduation. The amount is paid through their individual accounts in Post Offices / Banks. NMDC had started the scholarship scheme in 2008 to promote education and ensure inclusion of tribal students in systematic education and to reduce their dropout rates. Over 18,000 students from marginalized sections of society have been benefited from this scheme so far.
Education has been a key initiative of the CSR programme of NMDC. Given its large-scale operations at remote, socio-economically backward areas, inhabited by large tribal population, NMDC operates institutions ranging from primary schools to professional institutions like polytechnic in a single campus including Aastha Gurukul – residential schools with the capacity of 1200 students and Saksham – a 100% specially-abled children friendly residential school. This opportunity for education is being provided to students of insurgency-affected areas and to the local tribal children.
Sumit Deb, CMD, NMDC said “Education shapes the future of the country. We are glad that we are able to contribute to the cause and the award is a recognition of NMDC being a responsible citizen. We are committed towards the development of Chhattisgarh and its people, and will continue to work in that direction.”
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