CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
The Company has an innate desire and zeal to contribute towards the welfare and social upliftment of the community. The Company continues to support the following CSR initiatives:
• Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School at Thane, Maharashtra and the Kailashpat Singhania High School in Chhindwara, M.P., having overall strength of around 6000 students, provide quality education not only to the Raymond employees’ children, but also to the children of the local populace;
• Raymond Embryo Research Centre for cattle is a centre set up at Gopalnagar, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh and its ceaseless efforts and endeavours have made several significant achievements in Embryo transfer. Raymond was the first organisation in India to introduce Embryo Transfer in Sheep;
• J. K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana (JKTGVY) launched in 1997 helps transfer of the technical expertise gained over three decades to the grass-root level. The mission of this initiative is to significantly improve the quality of life in India’s rural areas through a “Cattle Breed Improvement Programme”. This initiative operates in a network of over 700 Integrated Livestock Development Centre in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh; and
• Raymond Rehabilitation Centre has been set-up for the welfare of under-privileged children at Jekegram, Thane. This initiative enables less fortunate children to be self-sufficient in life. The centre provides free vocational training workshops to young boys over the age of 16. The three-month vocational courses comprise of basic training in electrical, air-conditioning & refrigeration, plumbing, etc.
-- Pg 7 of Annual Report
The CSR Activities mentioned on the website as on 1/12/2010 are the same as the previous year.
Raymond Embryo Research Centre for cattle and J. K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana
Raymond Embryo Research Centre
Raymond’s association with animal husbandry dates back to three decades when Raymond Limited established a sheep breeding farm at Dhule in Maharashtra for research in various aspects of sheep management and reproduction in 1970. Raymond was the first organization in India to introduce Embryo Transfer in Sheep (1977).
Chairman Emeritus, Raymond Limited, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, is actively promoting cattle development, an issue close to his heart. He encouraged the development of and propagation of Embryo Transplantation Techniques for the up gradation and breeding of high milk-yielding cattle.
During 1983 a well equipped ‘Raymond Embryo Research Centre’ [RERC] for cattle was set up at Gopalnagar near Bilaspur in Chattisgarh state. The laboratory continued the extensive research in Embryo Transfer in cattle. The significant achievements of Raymond in the field of embryo transfer have resulted into birth of thousands of Embryo transfer Lambs and hundreds of Embryo transfer Calves.
Besides, the centre has produced quality bulls by embryo transfer technology for semen production. The RERC was also successful in freezing and sexing the embryos and produced calves out of these frozen and sexed embryos. This centre has gained national & international recognition due to the pioneering and extensive work in the field of Embryo Transfer in cattle. It is the only Embryo Transfer laboratory in India which is accredited by The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of India.
J. K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana
With the objective of transfer of the technical expertise gained over three decades to the grass-root level, J. K. Trust Gram Yojana (JKTGVY) was launched in 1997. The mission of JKTGVY is to significantly improve the quality of life in India’s rural areas through a “Cattle Breed Improvement Programme” (CBIP) that achieves the following goals,
* Reducing Infant Mortality and Malnutrition: Surplus milk generated by high milk yielding cows helps to reduce infant mortality (especially caused in age group of less than 12 months) and reducing malnutrition among children.
* Creating Employment: To provide employment opportunities for rural educated unemployed youth.
* Alleviating Poverty: Increased milk production by the participating farmers effectively supplement their income by sale of surplus milk.
The main objective of this programme is to Upgrade/Crossbreed the local indigenous low milk-yielding cows and buffaloes by breeding them through Artificial Insemination [A.I] with the use of high pedigree frozen semen of indigenous/ exotic breeds. The resulting upgraded/crossbred progeny with an improved genetic make up will have better milk yielding capacity.
Integrated Livestock Development [ILD] CentreThis is achieved through a special programme called “Cattle Breed Improvement Programme” using an innovative concept of “Integrated Livestock Development [ILD] Centre”
The programme operator, “Gopal”, who monitors each centre is an unemployed youth extensively trained for six months to carry out A. I. in cattle and buffaloes, by qualified Veterinarians at Raymond Embryo Research Centre, in Gopalnagar. The Gopal is provided with a motorcycle to perform A.I and provide other veterinary services like veterinary first aid, castration of scrub bulls, deworming and preventive vaccination against various diseases at Veterinarian monitors the workthe doorstep of the farmers. Activities of these programme operators are supervised and monitored by qualified veterinarians. One veterinarian monitors the work of 10 ILD Centres.
The Trust is currently operating a network of 723 Integrated Livestock Development (ILD) Centre in 33 Districts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh. Through these centres, we are providing Veterinary services to about 7000 villages in these states.
On March 13th 2007, an agreement was signed at Gandhinagar between the Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Gujarat and J.K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana for establishment of 300 Integrated Livestock Development (ILD) centres in the districts - Surendranagar, Jamnagar and Dahod with a total project outlay of Rs. 18 crores over the period of 3 years. With the establishment of these 300 ILD centres in Gujarat, our services will reach to additional 3000 villages.
The Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India has sanctioned “Special Project under Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) for setting up 120 Integrated Livestock Development Centres in 6 districts of Bihar namely Araria, Katihar, Kishanganj, Purnia, Saharsa and Supaul. The total project cost for a period of 5 years is Rs. 13.97 crores. With the establishment of these 120 ILD centres in Bihar, our services will reach to additional 1200 villages.
On 10th April, 2007 Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Rural Development, Government of India, handed over the sanction order of this project to Dr. Shyam Zawar.
Dr. Shyam Zawar- Secretary, J.K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana receiving the Sanction order from Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Rural Development, Government of India, Dr. Asheesh Ganju – Regional Project Manager (North India) was also present.
We have initiated our activities under Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project (APRLP) in Anantpur and Kurnool districts by establishing 35 ILD centres in both these districts.
The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh has also sanctioned a project for establishment of 500 Integrated Livestock development (ILD) centres in 8 districts of AP with a total project outlay of Rs. 35 crores over a period of 5 years. This is the biggest project sanctioned in a state at a time. With the establishment of these 500 ILD centres in Andhra Pradesh, our services will reach to additional 5000 villages.
The districts and corresponding no. of centres allotted to us are as follows:
Sr. No. Name of District No. of ILD centres
1 Cuddappa 60
2 Adilabad 132
3 Prakasam 44
4 Nellore 47
5 Mahbubnagar 38
6 Medak 83
7 Nizamabad 55
8 Khammam 44
Under the Innovative Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY), 176 Integrated Livestock Development Centres have initiated their operations since November 2006 in 12 districts of Madhya Pradesh.
During the first week of November 2006, 32 Integrated Livestock Development Centres have become operational in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh under Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY).
Since our inception in 1997, we have produced over 2.28 lac upgraded / crossbred cattle and buffalo calves and provided various other veterinary support services to more than 42.5 lac cattle and buffaloes.
These ILD Centres have not only created conducive environment for dairy activity as a sustainable income generation activity but also have played a prominent role in elevating the socio economic status by improving the livelihoods of households in about 7000 villages.
The operational area of the Trust in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh was visited by a team of Senior Govt. officials from Planning Commission, Government of India, Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Fisheries, Government Of India, Delhi. The officials were impressed by the impact of our programme at grass root level. Based on the report of this team, Planning Commission, GOI sent written recommendations to all the state governments of the country to adopt the Trust’s Integrated Livestock Development Centre model for sustainable and replicable intervention.
Trust’s programme has been visited and appreciated by many dignitaries including his Excellency the President of India – Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
The success of Cattle Breed Improvement Programme in creating employment, alleviating poverty and reducing malnutrition has received the attention of various State Governments of the country. Accordingly the trust plans to expand its operations in various states such as Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir and Maharashtra.
Besides the Cattle Breed Improvement programme, the Trust is also participating in “Integrated Rural Development Programmes” namely Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Programme [MPRLP] in M.P., Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihood Programme [APRLP] in A. P. which are funded by Department For International Development (DFID), UK. The Trust is also participating in Chhattisgarh District Poverty Reduction Programme [CGDPRP] in Chhattisgarh funded by World Bank.
Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School
Offer equal opportunities to all so that they could rise to their full potential.
- Shri Gopalkrishna Singhania
The Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School was founded by Shri Gopalkrishna Singhania in the fond memory of his wife Late Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania. Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, a linguistic minority managed by the Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School Trust has on its rolls 4200 students. The school is affiliated to the ICSE Board and has classes till the 12th Std. i.e. ISC. The school has now completed 37 years of meritorious services to the noble cause of education
Headed by Dr Vijaypat Singhania, Chairman Emeritus-Raymond Ltd.
Cultural and Ethical value systems.
Excellent results in ICSE & ISC Board Examinations with 100% success rate since commencement.
Landmark achievements in the field of science and quality education. The school has also won several prizes in state scholarship exams, national debates, science related competitions, aviation quiz, Intel International Science Fair, International Science Olympiad etc.
Has been selected for the International School Award (ISA) from the British Government through the British Council. This award is the highest award in the UK for all British Schools and is awarded only to very select Indian schools.
Rich intellectual capital comprising of professional and well qualified staff who are innovative in their approach.
Excellent teaching methods to teach the new curriculum in an application oriented way.
Contemporary in-house curriculum which includes learning for life.
Pioneering the One textbook policy for students under the guidance of the Principal, Dr V Ravi.
Infrastructure- State of Art Laboratories, Activity room, Carpentry & Engineering workshop facilities, music rooms, art rooms, audiovisual rooms, Indoor Gymnasium, large playgrounds, Healthcare centre etc.
Computer aided learning in every class.
Specialized History, Geography Lab and Maths Lab for children.
Emphasis on sports and related activities.
Extra curricular activities like Military Training, NCC, Scout & Guides etc.
Specialized Individual Education Programme started for children with learning difficulties.
Highly successful Alumni.
Spread over 10.6 acres of land amidst lush greenery in the heart of Thane - 2 sprawling buildings with all the modern amenities.
We are a learning society dedicated to the cause of education as a labour of love. Learning society is a liberating society which encourages creativity, innovations, research blend of academics, aesthetic skills and other extra curricular activities while upholding rigorous educational standards. The school embraces all its students in each and every activity of the school. The larger reason being to promote an element of confidence, maturity and courage in students… thus preparing them for life. The mission is to see Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School as a consortium of learning, loving and living.
Kailashpat Singhania School
It was the vision of our Honourable Chairman Emeritus- Dr.Vijaypat Singhania that saw the launching of Kailashpat Singhania High school on 4th July 1994 in Chhindwara district, M.P. The mission of our school is to provide quality education not only to the Raymond employees’ children, but also to the children of the local populace who were yearning for an opportunity to get quality education in this remote region.
Our school is co-educational in nature, with classes ranging from Junior KG to Secondary stage and has already occupied a prominent place in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The school is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi and has a students’ strength of 1300. Built on an area of more than seven acres, the school complex is equipped with all the modern amenities required for providing quality education. We have a vast playground, a spacious auditorium, library and activity rooms in addition to well-equipped Science laboratories and a modern state-of-the-art computer lab.
We are continuously engaged in the task of upgrading the existing Academic standards in order to give our children the best possible learning environment. Our vision is to create not only good scholars but also ideal citizens bestowed with the qualities of humanism. Besides classroom teaching, we lay emphasis on the development of the different facets of a child’s total personality by providing ample opportunities to our students for participating in various sports and co- curricular activities. This ensures that all the children here get their chance to receive a wholesome education.
Raymond Rehabilitation Centre
As a company that has always been socially responsible, Raymond has displayed an innate desire and zeal to contribute to the welfare and social upliftment of the community. Our CSR initiatives in education prepare children for life and equip them to take on challenges of tomorrow’s world.
Class RoomThe Raymond Rehabilitation Centre for the welfare of under-privileged children was inaugurated on 3rd July, 2006 at Jekegram, Thane. The centre was inaugurated by our CE, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania and is the result of initiatives taken by CE as part of other similar projects for the welfare of common man, under the aegis of the Sheriff of Mumbai..
With an intention of making less fortunate children independent and self-sufficient in life, the centre provides free vocational training workshops to young boys and girls over 16 years. The three-month vocational courses will comprise of basic training in electrical, air-conditioning & refrigeration courses, tyre puncture and repair, plumbing etc.
At the end of the training period, these children will be awarded certificates and a tool-kit, making them independent to start practicing the skills acquired from the centre. These courses would be conducted by the finest faculty from Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), set up under the Directorate of Vocational Education and Industrial Training, Government of Maharashtra. The Centre will work in close association with select NGOs for the vocational training courses.