ONGC has been awarded the prestigious Bhamashah State Level Award 2016 by the Government of Rajasthan for setting up of smart class rooms in 8 government schools in the Alwar district of Rajasthan.
This CSR initiative is part of Project Ekta. Under this project, a PPP model has been adopted to strengthen elementary education in Alwar, Rajasthan to achieve the target of Universalization of elementary education and enhance Gender Equality in Education. Project Ekta is being run and implemented by District administration and District Education department. Already over 300 schools have been adopted under the project by various corporates, NGOs, social organizations, individual donors, etc.
As a part of its CSR initiative, ONGC extended a financial support of Rs. 25 lakh to Project Ekta for setting up of one Dr. Abdul Kalam Smart Class Room (Teachnext solution) in each of the eight Government schools in Alwar district. The project shall strengthen the education in the educationally backward areas by making quality education available, thereby enabling nomination & retention of students especially girl child.
Director (HR) and Director (Onshore) complimented Team CSR for this unique initiative and desired that such type of initiatives which enhances Gender Equality in Education in rural areas specially for BPL families should be implemented as proactive CSR initiative.
Dr. Alka Mittal, GM-Head CSR received the award on behalf of ONGC from Shri Kailash Meghwal, President Rajasthan Vidhansabha, Government of Rajasthan and Prof. Vasudev Devnani, Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Rajasthan during the award ceremony recently held at Birla Auditorium, Jaipur. The award comprises of a citation and a plaque.
The Bhamashah award was instituted by Government of Rajasthan in 1995 and is named after Bhamashah - the loyal and trusted treasurer of Rana Pratap. His responsibility was to keep the treasury secure and provide funds for battles, whenever required. It was in this capacity that Bhamashah came to the rescue of Rana Pratap on a number of occasions, when the protection and honor of Mewar was at stake.