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31st July 2021

BALCO raises the bar of quality education at Korba

Korba, Chhattisgarh, July 31, 2021: Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, is committed to improving the standard of education in Balconagar, Korba. The company has been running many stellar education programs in the region and assisting over 15 schools in Balconagar, whose students are excelling in every field today. The results of the students from Delhi Public School, Balconagar for All India CBSE class 12, highlighted the fruits of the efforts of all those involved.

In all about 79 students appeared for the class-XII examinations. Out of the total students, 26 students scored above 90%. The school result is 100% in first division. The feather in the cap is that the lowest percentage is 70%. The exemplary performance of the students has made the entire BALCO family proud.

Extending his congratulations to the students for their academic performance Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO said, “Education makes us aware of our rights and duties. BALCO has invested heavily in the development of educational facilities since its inception. The journey of five and a half decades of BALCO is not just a journey of expansion of an industry but it is a journey of continuous strengthening of unwavering resolve of all the stakeholders. Education is one of our primary focus areas for socio-economic interventions in community, for we believe that access to quality education can bring about a sea-change in grassroots. Since inception, BALCO has invested heavily in education and we are happy to see our efforts have been fruitful in transforming the education landscape in Balconagar, positively affecting the lives of thousands of students and youth in the region.”

With the support of BALCO’s management, Bharat Aluminium Employees Education Society (INTUC) is providing education free of cost to students at Bal Sadan Higher Secondary School, a majority of whom are from marginal households. The chairman of the committee, Mr. Jaiprakash Yadav, says that the school has been operating for almost three and a half decades. Bal Sadan school is making excellent contribution to provide excellent education to the children of needy families. Mr. Yadav says that the operation of the school is an example to be replicated across the country.

Mr. Hitanand Agrawal, Councilor of Ward 35 of BALCO, expressed his happiness over the excellent academic performance of the schools of Balconagar area in the board examinations for the academic session 2020-21. He applauded the effort of BALCO management in bringing not just economic reforms but to equally work towards the fields of education, health, self-reliance, infrastructure development etc. in rural areas. The expansion of BALCO has increased employment opportunities for the regional citizens in the last two decades. Today, the students from various schools run in collaboration with BALCO are bringing laurels.

Mr. Shiv Agarwal, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, Balconagar, said: “BALCO’s investment in the field of education is instrumental in making the future of the country bright.

Since 2001, Vedanta Group has redefined progress by investing in BALCO. We are certain that continuous progress of the education will continue with BALCO’s contribution.

BALCO is also running ‘Project Connect’ under its community development programme to support students from marginal communities who do not have access to expensive tuition. The BALCO Vedanta therapy and rehabilitation center, managed by Inner wheel education society, is working to improve the lives of differently abled children in the periphery by making physiotherapy, speech therapy, work therapy and behavior therapy available to them.

In 2019, the company started Chhattisgarh’s first skill training center for the blind and deaf youth at Divya Jyoti Hostel premises in Korba. This center provides training in beautician courses, hospitality, basic computer skills as well as tailoring. Vedanta college and rehabilitation centre for deaf and blind, is also playing an important role in making differently abled youths financially independent.

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. Vedanta Limited is the world’s the largest producer of aluminium in India. 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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