BALCO conducts month-long Knowledge & Skills Camp for government school students
Over 250 students from five different government schools benefitted from the camp
Balconagar; 27th June, 2022: The Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium Business, conducted a month-long Knowledge & Skills Camp 250 students hailing from five government schools in the region. Conducted under the company’s ‘Project Connect’ CSR initiative, the camp included sessions on various topics like STEM learning, personality development, self-management, computer education, cybercrime, life skills, law session, communication, motivation, sports education, diet education, career counselling, dance, music, art & craft, animal rescue. The initiative was driven by employees of BALCO who volunteered to teach and share their experiences on diverse subjects with the students and motivated them to pursue their ambitions.
Speaking about BALCO’s initiative, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, said, “At Vedanta, sustainable livelihood development is a key pillar in our community development endeavors. With the right skills and education, our youth can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Chhattisgarh and India. Through these initiatives, we aim to foster skill development among 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.”
Expressing her views, Mrs. Manokanta Paul, Principal, Government Boys School, said, “BALCO is playing a pivotal role in the developmental journey of the students of Korba. The company’s initiative to conduct a month-long special knowledge camp for the students of government schools is praiseworthy. Such programmes play a crucial role in the holistic development of the younger generations, adding to their academic studies. I am especially thankful to the employees of BALCO for volunteering to drive this camp.”
Initiated in the year 2016, Project Connect is aimed at 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 creating an enabling environment for improving students’ grades, capacity building of teachers and career counselling, through employee volunteerism. In FY’22, 1447 students benefitted from regular and remedial classes for 9th – 12th class on SEMA subjects.
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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