Jamshedpur April 28: Tata Steel has been conferred with the prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award for its breakthrough educational initiative in Camp School at Noamundi. The award was received by Tata Steel at the CSR Community Initiative Awards 2017-18 during the CSR Leadership Summit held at New Delhi on April 27, 2018.
On behalf of Tata Steel, the award was received by Smita Agarwal, Head Education, CSR, Tata Steel and Pervez Alam, Senior Executive, Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Noamundi, Tata Steel from Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Author, Thinker, Secretary General, Indian Steel Association and Former DG & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and Rusen Kumar, Founder and Managing Editor of India CSR Network.
Tata Steel received this award for Camp School at Noamundi in the “Education” category. In 2005, Tata Steel at Noamundi initiated a concept of Camp School to bridge the poor and deprived drop-out students to the mainline education system. Over 100 drop-out school girls are selected every year, who are educated and groomed over the period of 11 month and connected to the mainstream education system. As on date, total of 1096 girls have been educated in Camp School at Noamundi since inception.
Speaking about the focus on education as part of CSR, Sourav Roy, Chief CSR, Tata Steel, said, “We are committed to the sustainable well-being of people in our operational areas, and believe that connecting girls to the mainstream education system is a priority in this endeavor. Our bridge schooling programme focuses on identifying school drop-outs in rural areas of Jharkhand and Odisha and provide them a safe space to reconnect with the learning process. This award would not have been possible without the trust placed in us by the communities we work with and we thank them for this.”
Expressing happiness on receiving the award, Manish Mishra, General Manager Ore Mines & Quarries Division of Tata Steel, said, “Tata Steel has been serving the community in diverse ways by simplifying problems and synergising skills to build a better community around our areas of operation. This award is a recognition of our work done towards education for girls and encourages us to bring out the best in people empowering them to script a better tomorrow for the society.”
This annual CSR forum provides a unique opportunity to the leaders and organizations with their operations in India, to talk and showcase the work being carried out in CSR domain and how it forms an integral part of the company’s contribution to society. The Summit is designed to celebrate five years of CSR Law of India and with the deep belief that business responsibility has immense potential to transform the society, said a company statement.