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Top CSR Projects in Chandigarh

CSR in Chandigarh is big on education and women empowerment
The land where milk and honey flow freely, Chandigarh is the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana. It has the distinction of being a Union Territory at the same time. Chandigarh was the dream city of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. The expansive city was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier, and remains one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture of the 20th century. However, for such a thriving region, female literacy here is low, and so is women’s economic progress. This, along with other challenges that accompany the rapid development of a region, qualifies Chandigarh to be deserving of CSR spending by companies.
In FY 2021-22, the Union Territory of Chandigarh received Rs. 50.19 Cr. in CSR funds from 96 companies. The top three spenders in the UT include ICICI Bank Limited (Rs. 34.02 Cr.), HDFC Bank Limited (Rs. 3.33 Cr.), and Mylan Laboratories Limited (Rs. 1 Cr), according to the National CSR Portal. The top three areas of focus for the CSR initiatives were Rural Development, Education and Health.

Top CSR Initiatives in Chandigarh

Chandigarh is emerging as a regional hub in the areas of service industry, education, health, information technology, food and vegetable processing etc. Chandigarh’s plan priorities clearly focus on the targets and objectives contained in the National Common Minimum Programme. With a number of hospitals and healthcare companies based here, healthcare gets major funding from CSR in Chandigarh. Here are the top CSR initiatives in the city that have proven to be the most impactful.

CSR of Indian Oil and Chandigarh Police against drugs

Chandigarh Police in collaboration with Society for the Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM ) and the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd runs an intervention programme called ‘Urja: Ek Nayi Kiran’. The programme aims to create child-friendly and drug-free communities for vulnerable children in three identified areas of Chandigarh including Dadumajra, Maloya, Dhanas, Badheri, colonies of Sector 25 and 54. Under this programme, more than 1200 children have been enrolled in four batches, with each batch consisting of 300 children. The programme is running since 2022.

‘Gyandeep Initiative’ by Swaraj Tractors

‘Gyandeep Initiative’, a CSR programme of Swaraj Tractors was launched by Mohali district administration near Chandigarh in January this year. Swaraj Shakti scholarship programme and mobile learning labs for government schools – these two programmes are a part of this initiative.
The mobile learning lab initiative aims to address the opportunity gap in education through scalable and hands-on experiential learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. The programme will benefit students of classes 6 to 10 in Mohali.
The scholarship programme is for girl students of classes 10 and 12. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have secured at least 55% in the previous class examination and should belong to a family whose income is less than Rs 4 lakh per annum.

Max India – Free Immunization Programme

The Max group of companies’ Pan-India Free Immunization Programme has been a major project since July 2008. Good health starts with correct and complete immunization. Surveys undertaken for children between 0-12 years of age by grassroot level NGOs all over India made it evident that although many government projects are in place, immunization is reaching less than 50% of children.
The purpose of the Immunization programme is to protect children from life-threatening diseases by providing them with vaccines of BCG, DPT, Measles, MMR, Hepatitis B and Typhoid. The camp also forms the basis for a general examination of each child. A number of children who miss out on Government immunization programmes benefit from Max India’s camps.

Ranbaxy – Maatra Shishu Swasthya Sewa

As a part of their CSR in Chandigarh, pharma giant Ranbaxy introduced the mother and child welfare initiative Maatra Shishu Swasthya Sewa in the year 2011. The objectives are reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS and malaria. Mobile healthcare vans with a dedicated group of trained doctors and paramedics are part of the project.
CSR of Ranbaxy trained Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) for providing home-based neonatal care, which is an effective intervention for reducing neonatal mortality. A pool of trained ASHAs from over 100 villages are dedicated to this activity. The ASHAs are not leaving any newborn in these villages deprived of essential neonatal care.
As per repeat population-based sample surveys, there is a significant improvement in the general health profile of the community in respect of their knowledge, attitude and practices for antenatal care, institutional deliveries, breastfeeding, immunisation, prevention of malnutrition and family planning etc. No maternal death has been reported from the project area since the start of the initiative in 2011, making it one of the top initiatives for CSR in Chandigarh.

IDS Infotech – ITI for Girls

In the year 2007, IDS Infotech adopted an ITI (industrial training institute) at sector 11, Chandigarh as a project Centre of Exellence under a government scheme in public-private partnership mode. The goal was to empower young girls in our society. IDS has contributed significantly in introducing job-oriented courses to ensure job placement to the maximum number of candidates. This CSR project trained more than 800 young girls out of which 650 are employed with reputed companies within the Tri-city. Almost 150 have opted for higher education in their respective fields.

CII and Graycell Technologies – Yi Vividha

Team Graycell Technologies is closely involved in the Yi Vividha Learning Centre in Kaimbwala, a village near Chandigarh. The learning centre, situated next to a school has been set up under the Yi Vividha project of the local Tricity chapter of the Young Indians (Yi) Group which is a part of the CII.
The CSR project is aimed at promoting education and child development among underprivileged children through a combination of workshops, books, games and other learning aids. The children have access to the Centre facilities and library which are free. GrayCell has been an active promoter and has been providing monetary and non-monetary support to the various centre activities.

Nectar Polytechnic for Women

The CSR wing of Nectar Lifesciences opened an institute under the name of Nectar Polytechnic for Women (NPW) in 2009 in Dera Bassi, a satellite city of Chandigarh that is surrounding by 90 villages. NPW provides vocational education to underprivileged girls from these villages who want to study but can’t do due to insufficient earnings. It focuses on enrolling girls belonging to poor families, backward classes, migrant labourers and those living below the poverty line.
The young women enrol in courses for Fashion Design & Technology, Textile Design, Beauty & Skin Care, Jewellery Design, Nursery Teachers Training, Stitching & Sewing. NPW is taking trade learning to the women who cannot go to the institute. The faculty is going to the nearby villages of Dera Bassi and providing 6 to 8 month-long certificate courses like Dress Designing and Embroidery Art, Computer Applications and Skin Care as per the interest of the villagers.
CSR in Chandigarh closes the gap between education and economic empowerment in this prosperous city.