Vijayanagar Works, located in Bellary district of Karnataka, has achieved the capacity of 6.8 (7) Million tonnes of steel. JSW leadership firmly believes that a large extent of business is dependent on society for its growth and prosperity and that the islands of prosperity will not survive for long in the vast sea of poverty and unfulfilled basic needs. This faith reflects the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, an idea that is presently the guiding force of the organization that looks beyond mere profits. JSW undertakes a host of activities that gives a social perceptive to all its business activities.
Its eco-friendly approach has also led to the development of Vijayanagar into a modern township. Enveloped by acres of greenery and maintained by JSW, Vijayanagar is prospering by leaps and bounds. Be it education, career opportunity or women empowerment, the Company's initiative has gone a long way in making Vijayanagar the success story that it is today.
The plant is situated near Toranagallu Village, Sandur Taluk, Bellary District, Karnataka. It is just about 40 kms away from Hampi, the famous World Heritage site. Sandur is one of the important taluks in the district where industrialization is taking place rapidly. The taluk comprises of 89 villages with population of 1,91,166 and literacy rate of 53.30%. The normal rainfall is 806.8 mm and the major crops grown are bajra, maize, cotton, jowar and sunflower. The local Lambani tribal are engaged in embroidery work, which is very popular with tourists visiting Hampi.
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English Medium Schools:
The JSW Foundation runs two English medium schools named Jindal Vidya Mandir and Jindal Adarsh Vidyalay at Vidyanagar. The schools run classes from lower kindergarten to 12th class. In its efforts to encourage female child education, the school provides 50% subsidy in their fees. To ensure maximum attention to students, the student teacher ratio is maintained at less than 35:1.
Rajeev Gandhi Institute for Steel Technology (RGIST)
In collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, JSW has taken the lead in forming RGIST (Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Steel Technology), an institute that has been setup to offer post-diploma courses as per the need of the domain steel industries.
Providing avenues for employees’ further education
With a view to give JSW employees’ an opportunity to enhance their qualification and keep pace with technological demands, JSW has entered into a tie-up with India’s premier engineering institute – BITS Pilani for BS in Process Engineering.
Mid- day Meal for School Children
To attract school dropouts and retain them in the schools, JSW Foundation has associated with the Akshaya Patra Trust to provide hygienic and nutritious mid-day meals for nearly 1,20,000 children from 445 Govt. Higher primary schools in and around Bellary District. JSW employees have been encouraged to contribute by sponsoring children.
Computer Aided Learning Centers (CALC)
To make the learning process more exciting and enthusiastic to school children and there by to attract out of school children to school, CALC centers have been set up in 25 Government schools (with 107 computers) in co-ordination with Azim Premji Foundation, Govt. of Karnataka and the School Development & Monitoring Committee.
To provide a pre-school atmosphere of joyful learning and enable children to learn social skills and gain self-confidence, balawadis have been set up in 16 villages.
Children Mobile Libraries:
To encourage and sustain a reading habit among children, Children Mobile Libraries in 20 villages for the age group 6 to 14 years in 20 villages have been started. Wide array of children books are being provided on return basis to the children members.
Village Child Learning Centers:
These centers have been established in 20 villages to assist school dropouts to get mainstreamed into schools and to improve the performance level of slow learners in the schools.
The surrounding schools also being supported through scholarships to meritorious students, organizing exposure visits and summer camps, sponsoring school sports and cultural competitions, also provision of school uniforms, notebooks, additional teachers through honorarium support etc. have been made available.
General Health check-up camps
Jindal Sanjeevani Hospital conducts general health check-up camps every month in the surrounding villages. The screened patients are being given free medication and cases with severe illness are referred to the District hospitals or specialty hospitals.
Free Cataract Camps
Free cataract camps are organized at Panchayat level once in a month. Identified cases are then brought to the Jindal Sanjeevani Hospital. The cataract operations are made free of charge besides providing food and stay free of cost.
STI /RTI Camps
Every month, one camp is conducted for women in surrounding villages in coordination with MYRADA an NGO. Patients are screened every month and suspected cases of HIV and TB are being referred for further treatment.
Street plays are being held by the professional artists in the surrounding villages to create awareness on HIV/AIDS. To promote condom usage, condom vending machines have been installed in key places.
Rural BPO Center (Data Halli)
To create employment opportunities for rural girls, who are only high school pass outs, a non-voice BPO (Data Halli) has been setup. Basic training for computer skills and work on data entry and processing jobs are handed over to them. Presently, 300 young women are employed at the BPO. This non-voice BPO has potential to provide employment to earn an average monthly income ranging from Rs. 3000 to Rs.5000
Mahila Dairy Development Group (MDDG)/Self Help Groups (SHGs):
MDDG, a registered Society managed by the village women has been facilitated by JSW Foundation. They are being provided with revolving fund and linkage services for income generation activities. The groups also act as a forum to discuss all social issues related to women.
Women in male dominated jobs:
To provide more earning options by breaking the barrier of gender division of jobs, women are being trained and placed in other unorthodox jobs like power-tiller operation, pump operation, mechanical & electrical maintenance, driving job etc.
Training Center for Textile & Apparels:
The surrounding village women are being trained in tailoring and later in the production unit and incentives are being paid apart from piece basis stitching charges.
Village Garbage Management (Shuchi Grama Yojane)
To make the surrounding villages free from garbage by using appropriate garbage handling mechanism, 5 villages are being selected for the programme. Introducing recycling and reusing technologies, creating awareness among the villagers about the importance and their role in keep the surroundings free from garbage are the key components of the programme.
To demonstrate models by showcasing a village for integrated development to create ripple effect among the other panchayaths, a village called Vaddu is selected. To protect the environment planting of trees all along the roads, improving the roads & drainage system etc. are being taken up.
Art & Culture
The Foundation is working on the restoration of 2 temples within the Hampi World Heritage site-. Krishna temple and the Chandramouleshwar temple, in collaboration with various agencies, including the World Monuments Fund and the Global Heritage Fund. The Foundation hosted a major international conference at the World Heritage site in early 2008.