Aurangabad in Maharashtra has the distinction of housing two world heritage monuments. Apart from the world-famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Daulatabad and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, the district is rich in monuments of historical and religious significance. This is why Aurangabad is called the Tourist District of India. Over the centuries, it became a melting pot of cultures since the district is centrally located on the map. It has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties such as the Setavachanas, the Vaustokas, the Chalukyas, the Rastrakutas, the Yadavs spanning 15 centuries till the advent of Muslim rule at the end of the 13th century.
Top CSR Initiatives in Aurangabad
Corporate social responsibility programmes in Aurangabad city and district centre around quality education, skill development and rural infrastructure. Here are some of the most successful CSR projects in Aurangabad.
Canpack – Design for Change
Canpack India Pvt Ltd manufactures metal packaging solutions for food, beverage, and chemical industries. Children are exposed to rote-based learning and old school teaching methodologies in their school classrooms. These practices do not equip them in essential life skills necessary for wholesome education. Canpack’s CSR project Design for Change aims to address the lack of holistic development among school-going children. The objective of the programme is to shift a student’s attitude from ‘can I?’ to ‘I can.’
It encourages students to take charge of their environment and act accordingly to instil leadership skills in them. Their classroom sessions are built on four pillars – feel, imagine, do and share. This approach helps the student develop an evolved thought process that prepares them for the future. Several training programmes are conducted for teachers to enable them with the skills to lead classroom sessions effectively and be prepared to handle the unique problems that the students may face. Kids learn innovative thinking, communication, and teamwork through the programme. The sensitisation of students to be able and responsible citizens of the future is a key takeaway from the project.
Canpack-Agastya Mobile Science Lab
Schools in India lack the proper infrastructure for students to get a hands-on learning experience. Most schools require science laboratories, computers, and internet facilities. Lack of resources coupled with old methods of teaching has led to an absence of analytical or pragmatic skills among students. As part of Canpack’s CSR initiative, they partnered with NGO Agastya International Foundation to address these issues for rural students from 5th-10th grades.
The programme is implemented in selected under-resourced schools. A mobile science van reaches these schools once in 15 days, accompanied by two enthusiastic Agastya teachers, to explain scientific and mathematic concepts using the 110 science models and low-cost experiments. This model helps reach students in remote areas. Teachers are equipped in delivering these classes through planned teacher-training sessions. By catalysing local schools and educators, the objective is to improve the classroom’s learning environment to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and instil confidence in the students. Through the efforts of Agastya with the support of Canpack, gaps in the regular school curriculum are filled and teachers undergo a process of professional development.
CARPE Campus Club
Headquartered in Aurangabad, CARPE (Centre for Applied Research and People’s Engagement) designs and implements solutions to civic and environmental challenges in collaboration with government, NGO and funding partners. CARPE Campus Club aims to provide graduate students with job-relevant soft skills necessary for them to procure jobs.
Students are expected to be skilled in diverse domains before they start working, but there is no avenue to prepare them. Hence, Campus Club is a product of extensive research done to underline the requirement to provide exposure and experience to ease the transition of graduates into the job space. College graduates are provided skills essential for professionals, by creating a dynamic environment that enhances their communication, employability and professional skills. This is done through a structured experiential training and mentoring programme that is imparted in a course of eight months. The focus is on soft skills development, and the graduate should feel empowered and ready to join the professional workforce after course completion.
Campus Club is a mutually beneficial project for both employers and students. Students get to work in teams and gain hands-on experience during their stints with live projects, and employers get students with suitable and desired skillsets at the time of recruitment. Students have witnessed a remarkable change in themselves; they are more aware of their surroundings and feel more ready to perform appropriately.
The CSR initiative by CARPE laid down a robust framework on community upliftment to address the problem of migration among farmer families. The issue of income insecurity in the region led to a movement in the area. With Sanjeevani Institute for Empowerment and Development (SIED) as an implementation partner, alternative livelihood, environment, and health were the critical areas addressed through facilitation camps and provision of amenities.
The Thakarwadi initiative empowered farmers through the means of large-scale agronomic interventions, water conservation programmes, animal husbandry, primary education, women’s empowerment, as well as health and sanitation programmes. It involved the community in interactive and instructive ways by spreading awareness about critical issues using audio-visual aids, promoting dialogue among people, and trained important individuals to take up responsibility and leadership. Interventions in farmers’ training, crop demonstrations, soil and water conservation treatments, and tree plantation considerably contributed to the community’s measured approach towards self-reliance and prosperity.
A transformation was seen in their daily lives while instilling in them a sense of pride and independence. As a result, 10,000 community members reaped the sustainable benefits, and multifaceted development across themes brought forth a tremendous change.
Endress+Hauser web-based engg training
Endress+Hauser is a Swiss-based globally operating process and laboratory instrumentation and automation supplier. The company has a plant in Aurangabad that manufactures and supplies electromagnetic flowmeters, Coriolis mass flowmeters, vortex and ultrasonic flowmeters. Initiated back in 2012, the company runs a successful CSR project in Aurangabad that aims to provide web-based training to engineering students. The training familiarises them with the latest technologies and principles used for measuring physical parameters such as level flow pressure temperature, water quality analytics etc., for enhanced understanding and implementation of technical training.
General classes include classroom teaching of technologies, but there is an imbalance observed in the application of such programmes. The programme is based on a self-learning process, where various web-based training modules on different technologies, principles, and their applications in major industries such as chemical, life sciences, food and beverages, oil and gas are made available to the students. They can self-learn through the programme according to their convenience and sit for an online test after completing the module.
After completing all the modules, the students receive a certificate from Endress+Hauser. This training method helps them to enhance their knowledge about the latest technology, and use it in future. The programme has helped students understand how new developments can be practically implemented. They are also provided with the opportunity to visit the factory to witness manufacturing processes and get to know the application of various technologies. The certifications have helped students avail a larger pool of job opportunities.
Endress+Hauser Vocational education
Conventional classroom training does not give the students an opportunity to enhance their practical knowledge, leading to a gap in employability even after certified coaching. Industries need to further invest in training the employees to make them work-ready. Another successful CSR initiative by Endress+Hauser started in 2018 aims to bridge the gap between the available workforce and the need for specific skill sets by providing hands-on training to students with necessary industrial qualifications.
A set of trainers and experienced professionals certified by IHK, a German agency certifying dual education trainers, trained eight students in the first batch towards the creation of skilled manpower who can directly contribute to the shop floor. Innovative methods like web-based training and modern hi-tech workbenches were used to impart education to help towards improving the quality of products and productivity of the industry. This CSR initiative had led to improved employability of students and contributed to the skilled workforce of the country.
Liebherr MIDC Shendra
Liebherr is a German-Swiss multinational equipment manufacturer based in Bulle, Switzerland. The company improved access to water, development and landscaping of the Shendra Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Aurangabad.
Shendra is an industrial area that has many visitors and passengers that use the highway. The area along the road was not maintained and was an unpleasant sight for visitors and passersby alike. It lacked a provision for safe drinking water for a stretch of five-six kilometre. People had to either buy packaged water or consume unhygienic water at local hotels. Under the initiative, the east and west side of the highway junction was landscaped with a 260 sq.m. lawn at the entrance of the Shendra area. The lighting of the area was also improved under the CSR initiative, catering to the safety norms during dark hours.
Access to drinking water was enhanced through the installation of an RO system at the highway junction providing visitors and passersby with free, clean drinking water 24 hours. The maintenance of the highway junction and the landscaped area is regularly undertaken by Liebherr.