62 philanthropists felicitated for `27cr donation to schools
JAIPUR: Sixty-two philanthropists, each of whom donated over `10 lakh to government schools in Rajasthan in the past year, were felicitated on Tuesday at the Birla Auditorium in Jaipur.
The 22nd Bhamashah Samman Samaroh, organised by the department of school education, was presided over by the state minister for school education, Vasudev Devnani, and Rajasthan assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal was as the chief guest.
The Bhamashah Award is a state award instituted to recognise selfless sacrifice, astute financial management and devotion to duty.
At the function, Devnani recounted the contribution of Bhamashah, a general who gave all his wealth to Maharana Pratap when the latter was short of funds during the war for Mewar’s independence.
Naresh Pal Gangwar, secretary, school education, said in all `27 crore was donated in the past year. Apart from the 62 philanthropists, he also acknowledged the contribution of others who made smaller contributions.
The biggest contribution, of `2.44 crore, was made by Havells India Ltd. Anil Sharma, Alwar plant head, received the plaque on behalf of his organisation. The second biggest contributor was Hindustan Zinc Ltd, which donated `2.39 crore for government schools in Bhilwada district.
JK Jajoo’s NGO, Jagriti, donated `1.03 crore to schools in Jaipur. Jajoo, chairman of Shubhashish group of companies, has so far adopted nine schools in slum areas and funded the construction of buildings there. The NGO spends about `1.5 crore every year on the maintenance of these schools, and also pays the salaries of teachers and bear the expenses on libraries, computer labs, drinking water, toilets, books and uniforms for students.
Inspired by his cardiologist father who treated patients for free after retiring, Jajoo hopes to extend education opportunities to every underprivileged child in Jaipur and support them until they are gainfully employed. He said the organisation adopted four more schools this year and hopes to add the same number every year.
KC Parwal and Banshidhar Parwal donated `1.17 crore for the construction of the Sanskrit Mahila Mahavidyalaya in Sikar. The brothers said the college was a dream of their father’s, Ganesh Narayan Parwal, who was also present at the function. KC Parwal, a Sanskrit aficionado, said his father had a special interest in Sanskrit and girls’ education.
Alka Mittal, GM-CSR, ONGC, accepted the plaque on behalf of his organisation for donating Rs 25 lakh to eight schools in Alwar district for the development of smart classrooms.
Also among those honoured for their contribution was Mohammad Imran Khan of Alwar district who has developed 50 educational mobile apps, which are available for free. The organisers said his apps had 3.3 million downloads and were estimated to be worth over `3 crore.
Philanthropists being facilitated at 22nd Bhamashah Samman Samaroh by assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal and education minister Vasudev Devnani on Tuesday. PRABHAKAR SHARMA/HT PHOTO