Even after getting the minority status on 27th January 2014 from Central Government, our field experiences showed us that there’s lack of information about the rights and benefits that minority community members get through various schemes. BJS took systematic efforts to collate all information about various schemes that offer benefits to students, women, individuals, educational institutions, religious organizations and trusts and about the procedural parts of applying for minority status and for availing the benefits. BJS simultaneously created multiple channels to disseminate this information through set of published books for lay persons in very easy to understand and follow manner, making these books available online for easy download, help line through mails and phones and training speakers to conduct general awareness sessions at places to places. BJS also designed a one-day workshop for Educational Institutions to specially make them aware of the advantages in running and establishing minority institutions. BJS is one stop resource organization for community for any queries related to minority matter and received special accolade from the then Minister of Minority for organized efforts by an NGO like BJS in a very small span towards Minority cause.
A child today faces a no of challenges due to the rapid advancement in technology and its effect on daily life, information explosion & consequent overload, increasing exposure to media through print & electronic modes, and overall fast pace of changes in the environment. A child’s intelligence & abilities to day are regularly put to test to survive this onslaught. On the other hand, parents are many times found wanting in assessing the physical, social, emotional & intellectual growth of the child in this challenging milieu, due to their own inabilities ranging from time constraint to they themselves being not adequately equipped to handle this onerous but important task.
There is no denying that assessing the talent, aptitude & potential for development of a child is a prime requirement for charting the appropriate path of growth in life. It also needs to be done at the right time so that necessary action plan to guide / assist the child can be drawn up at the right time for his development & progress.
BJS with its experience of working with children for over 25 years felt the need to develop a tool which can fulfill this need for the child as well as the parents and teachers. Its in house team of professionals embarked on this task, and developed SAP (Student Assessment Program) test after in–depth research and in consultation with an expert committee.
The students are at a crossroad when they complete their school level studies, especially at the level of Xth & XIIth standards. Today students have far too many options before them, but lack of expert professional guidance makes them unsure of their career plans. It has been observed that many students blessed with a high IQ look out desperately for proper guidance on career related questions & issues at this stage, & with the right guidance they can steer their career towards the right path.
The career guidance process helps the students to identify their strengths and needs and builds a plan based on their personal profiles. It gives the students an access to information and empowers them to achieve their potential, and experience success and gratification from whatever they choose.
This year too, as part of the Maharashtra Drought Free Movement (MDFM), BJS has decided to work on making Maharashtra drought-free. It is heartbreaking to witness people committing suicide due to the prevailing drought in Maharashtra. The drought is adversely affecting the overall life of the people, leaving them with a painful question - whether to continue to struggle or to die. In handling this dilemma, many villagers become helpless and choose to die. The remaining members of their families then become even more helpless, the mental suffering compounding their financial troubles.
To improve this tragic scenario, BJS has decided to be a helping hand to the villagers of Maharashtra. This year, BJS is joining hands with the Paani Foundation, founded by Aamir Khan. The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Competition, conceptualised by the Paani Foundation in 2016, has taken on the ambitious task of solving the water crisis in Maharashtra, while also infusing in its villagers a sense of pride and confidence. For the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Competition 2018, BJS is pitching in by providing JCBs (earth-moving machinery) to the villages who complete ‘Shramadaan’ (voluntary manual labour). To realise this, we have bought 134 new JCB/Poclain Machines to help make the soil fertile, increase the water level, and assist in building watershed structures even in difficult topographical conditions.
BJS aims to make Maharashtra drought-free through its projects in drought relief. Help us in our endeavour to restore hope and happiness to thousands of households in Maharashtra.
With the evolution in society & the changes in thoughts, beliefs, ethos and ways of living encompassing the Indian society over the century, the Jain community could not & did not remain immune and isolated from the social changes. The age-old practices relating to marriage were not able to provide adequate answers to the emerging challenges before the community. BJS under the leadership of Mr. Shantilal Muttha, the visionary social entrepreneur, delved into the challenges facing the community in this particular arena affecting families & particularly the younger generation, and came up with a no of initiatives which proved to be effective, practical & implementable solutions in pursuit of one’s goal for a happy, contented & successful family life.
Lack of appropriate and timely guidance is a serious concern for the entrepreneurs of this country. BJS understands the importance and the need of this national issue and has taken a step ahead to work on it by way of ‘Business Development Program’. It is a great platform for small, big retailers, wholesalers, traders, dealers, distributers, manufacturers and women entrepreneurs to have a revolution in their own business. In this Business Development Program, participants can discuss their business concerns and get mentoring support by an expert in business management. One thought, idea, action can bring enormous growth. The next 25 years are of great opportunities for this country, & BJS believes that it is better to be an active part in the process rather than watching from afar & let opportunities slip away to grow & prosper & become obsolete in the process.
Empowerment of Girls has become a critical imperative in our quest to have a happy and successful future for our girl child by creating awareness in them regarding the multiplicity of the challenges faced in today’s society in transition. The concept of empowerment flows from the word ‘POWER’. It is vesting of power where it does not exist, or exist inadequately. In this context, Empowerment of Girls would mean equipping them to be economically independent, self-reliant, possess positive esteem to enable them to face, cope, and stand up to any difficult situation / challenge. oday there is a plethora of legislations with the objective of providing protection and effectively dealing with the risk factors in the external environment. However, requirement for taking recourse to law comes up in most of the cases post any unwarranted incident only, and can therefore be an instrument for post-incident redress at best. The approach here is essentially punitive, and as our experience shows, is preventive only to a limited extent. On the other hand, being a teen ager today is a risky business. The risks are several, and includes problems ranging from communication gap and distance from family, addiction to TV and internet / mobile etc., undesirable friendships, academics getting affected, to problems as critical as alcohol and drug dependency, harassment and physical abuse, violence etc. The problems facing youth are so immense, many adults throw up their hands in frustration, and the young children are written off as ‘unsalvageable’. Adolescents and young adults are however, recognised as the last best chance for communities to ensure that the youth have the coping mechanism in place, to identify the potentially vulnerable areas by themselves, and are able to select the most appropriate behavior needed to face up to the challenge. Obviously, no parent can afford to give up and let the child go on wrong path. Our thought processes, initiatives and ameliorative systems have to undergo a re-orientation from being a punitive to preventive through enabling the girl and strengthen her faculties to be able to face the environment and its complexities, and cope with the challenges.
One of the major programs of BJS has been the medical camps and plastic surgeries for the persons born with congenital Facial Deformities. Starting these camps from 1990, BJS has restored smiles on the faces of over 200,000 such persons comprising children, youth and old from different parts of India by operating on them and giving them a normal physical look to lead a normal life overcoming physical deformity and social stigma. Medical surveys show that amongst 962 babies born in India, one is born with a deformity. Children born with Cleft Lips, Squint eyes or Facial scars form a high percentage of total deformities. The only method to treat such deformities is to undergo a plastic surgery or corrective surgery. Given the advancement in medical system, and with the spread of medical and health care program in India from rural to semi-urban & urban level, one would think that there are adequate expertise, facilities and the required infrastructure for such deformities to be taken care of through surgical procedures and appropriate medical care. But, unfortunately the reality is different.
Education is the only key factor that can bring in social transformation. BJS has worked in education from three perspectives, contributing with a set of interventions for students’ learning, improving quality and providing intervention programs to educational institutions and contributing to social cause through these educational institutions. BJS began working with a strong focus on education initiatives with all these perspectives in the first decade of 21st century after its core work in disaster response and social initiatives. During and after disaster response having created a niche in rehabilitating disaster affected children for their education since 1993 and having established a permanent Wagholi Educational Rehabilitation Center (WERC), BJS decided to work on School Education for improving Quality of education. With this idea, Mr. Shantilal Muttha initiated a basket of programme called EDUQIP (Educational Quality Improvement Programme) addressing the need of different stakeholders like students, teachers, principals, governing bodies and authorities. In 2003, Shri. Shantilal Muttha launched a new initiative of BJS - Federation of Jain Educational Institutions (FJEI) to unite thousands of Jain educational institutions under one umbrella for collective strength, with the vision to collectively contribute to Nation Building and with the objective to collectively strive for transforming these charity institutions to quality institutions. Based on the experience of long years between 1985-2015 and all education related work done through BJS and FJEI, having the belief and complete conviction to do a fundamental contribution to the domain of education and to bring in revolutionary changes in school education with the objective to transform the school educational system of India, Shri. Shantilal Muttha founded a not-for-profit organization Shantilal Muttha Foundation (SMF) in 2015. SMF focuses on up-scaling BJS educational initiatives across the country especially for integrating them in the government system.
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Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana founded by Shri. Shantilal Muttha in 1985 launched a new initiative of Federation of Jain Education Institutions in 2003 after a proven work in social development, disaster response and educational rehabilitation. Having its presence all across india because of various projects and extended volunteers network, BJS came in contact with many educational institutions owned and managed by Jains.
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