62 phi­lan­thropists fe­lic­i­tated for `27cr do­na­tion to schools

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Rajasthan - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

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