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Published on: Aug. 30, 2020, 3:08 p.m.
Nath group's charitable schools are changing lives
  • Girls’ education is one of the primary activities for development

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

The Godavaribai Kagliwal High School in Hingoli, 225 km from Aurangabad, provides free education to about 400 girl students from socially and economically weak sections in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region. The school, a CSR initiative by the Aurangabad-based Nath group, is in addition to the high-end Nath Valley School on the outskirts of the city with around 1,000 students, which is affiliated with CBSE and is recognised as one of the leading public schools in India.

The group, comprising parent company Nath Pulp and Paper Mills and other companies, has a couple of other charitable schools, too: the Nath Niketan Vidyalay at Paithan nearby, which it describes as a full-fledged high school providing quality education to about 1,000 students, and the Anand Ashram school at Walmi in Aurangabad, with an objective to provide wholesome quality education in natural surroundings.

Its Apna Club, set up around 25 years ago as an experiment for children in the age group of 7-14 with the objective of inculcating ethical values in youngsters at an early age through the medium of stories, poems and field visits, now has 15 chapters spread all over the region.

In healthcare, Nath group has a Trust, the Marathwada Medical & Research Institute, to establish a multidisciplinary hospital with modern diagnostic facilities. The Trust now runs the famous Kamal Nayan Bajaj Hospital in the city.

In the field of agricultural research and development - a natural corollary of group company Nath Biogenes which is a big player in the Indian seed industry and has served farmers for more than four decades, developing and supplying quality hybrids seeds – it has established an Agricultural Research Foundation for development of improved seeds through research work in genetics plant breeding. It also has a pioneering agri-biotech centre for transgenic research in field crops, vegetables and medicinal crops.

The Marathwada Sheti Sahay Mandal (MSSM), a trust established in 1970, undertakes integrated development of rural areas. MSSM, which has adapted 24 villages in Marathwada, uses a holistic approach to water and soil conservation comprising afforestation, nala bunding, drip irrigation and education. It also provides agricultural extension services to the  farmer.

As a separate CSR initiative for social development, the group regularly hosts the Aurangabad International Film Festival and the annual Kavya Sandhya to honour the late poet Shri B. Raghunath.


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