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15th November 2022

BALCO conducted felicitation ceremony in commemoration of Children’s Day

Balconagar; 15th November, 2022: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, celebrated Children’s Day with great verve and fervor, under the aegis of its project ‘Connect’ in partnership with Sarthaj Jan Vikas Sansthan.

The event featured celebration of young minds and their exemplary achievements in academics through felicitation ceremonies conducted at five different intervention schools namely, Govt. Secondary School, Rumgara, Adarsh Higher Secondary School BALCO, Kanyashala Girls School BALCO, Govt. Higher Secondary School Godhi & Govt. Higher Secondary School PWD, Rampur. During the felicitation ceremony, the students from class 9th -12th standard in SEMA subjects (Science, English, Mathematics, Accountancy) were encouraged and motivated to continue the outstanding performance and were provided with books as a token of appreciation.

Speaking about BALCO’s endeavors, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, said, “With the right skills and education, our youth can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Chhattisgarh and India. Through different interventions in education, we aim to support the local youth, helping them avail opportunities to learn, and explore their respective domains of interest. BALCO believes in enabling each individual in the community with the resources they need to empower themselves, and our various community development programmes are aligned to that vision.”

Appreciating the initiative, Mr. AK Rathore, Principal, Adarsh Bal Mandir, said, “BALCO is transforming young lives through its flagship project ‘Connect’. Ceremonies like these play an impactful role in boosting the self confidence of students along with motivating them to put their best efforts in academics.”

Shivani Rathore, a student of Kanyashala Girls School BALCO, said, “The felicitation ceremony was extremely encouraging and has further bolstered our commitments to excel in our respective fields.”

Ritu Sahu, a class XI student, said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to BALCO for not only supporting us but also acknowledging our achievements.”

Project Connect initiated in the year 2016, is supplementing the community’s needs for quality education especially in Science, English, Mathematics and Accountancy (SEMA) through field instructors and volunteers from amongst BALCO’s employees. The Project mainly focuses on improving the learning environment in government schools by working on improving students’ grades, capacity building of teachers and career counselling through employee volunteerism. Strengthening students’ academic and extracurricular performance the project intervenes through a four fold strategy of conducting regular classes, remedial classes, working with dropout students and organizing summer and winter camps. The regular classes have benefitted over 2500 students through direct intervention in six government schools on SEMA (Science, English, Math & Accountancy) subjects. The remedial classes have benefitted over 200 students from neighbouring communities through regular doubt sessions in evening.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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