MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems delivers on its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitments by partnering with SNS Foundation (SNSF). Since the enforcement of the CSR Law in 2014, Promoting Quality Education in government and govt. aided schools, along with extending scholarships to matriculate female students for engineering education, has been the primary focus of MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems CSR. The company undertakes initiatives around its two manufacturing locations of Chakan (Pune, Maharashtra) and Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu).
Promotion of Quality Education in partner govt. / govt. aided schools is carried out through two main approaches –
- Appointment of additional teachers in partner schools who coach students lagging behind in learning outcomes to bridge the gap and bring them to the desired grade level results
- Infrastructure Development to improve standards of safety & security, health & hygiene and optimum learning environment
Under its CSR mandate , one of the key initiatives during 2014-15 was the renovation of a century-old primary school building in Talegaon, Pune with a strength of 250 students. The foundation stone of the said school Paisa Fund Primary School was laid down by Indian freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak . Currently, it is being run and managed by Nutan Maharashtra Vidya Prasarak Mandal (NMVPM). However, with the infrastructure falling apart and the premises being declared unfit for any kind of activity, NMVPM was close to demolishing this heritage site. However, the timely intervention of SNS Foundation and MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems in 2014 gave a new lease of life to the 100-year-old institute.
In recent years, while schools were closed in times of the pandemic MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems and SNSF initiated its engagement with four new schools around its manufacturing unit in Chakan and filled essential gaps in their infrastructure needs.
- Zila Parishad Primary School, Majgaon: With no kitchen for the preparation of mid-day meals and washrooms in a dilapidated condition the school authorities struggled to provide the 20-odd students studying from Classes I to IV an optimum learning environment. Making good use of the time during lockdown a new kitchen and washrooms for both boys and girls have been constructed. Thus the academic year 2022-23 offers a brand new start for the students and teachers of this school.
- Zila Parishad Middle School, Koregaon B.K.: Essential repairs and much needed facelift was undertaken in this school having 90-odd students studying in Classes I to VII. A new washroom was also constructed for the girl students.
- Zila Parishad Middle School, Brahmanwadi: The school has 80-odd students studying in Classes I to VII. Much of the school building has been declared unfit for use by govt. authorities. Efforts of govt. authorities to provide the school new infrastructure were matched by MATS and SNSF with the addition of one new classroom and washrooms for girls and boys. The school did not have any washrooms prior to intervention of MATS and both students and teachers were subjected to open defecation.
- Zila Parishad Primary School, Kondiwade: The school’s infrastructure was affected by the cyclone Nisarga. The school has 50 odd students studying in Classes I to IV and its adjoining Aaganwadi (early childhood care and education centre) has 60 children in the age group of 0-6 years. To mitigate the losses due to the cyclone the school has been extended support with a new Aaganwadi (hall, washroom and pantry) one new classroom and washroom for girls and boys.
Students in above mentioned partner schools around Chakan and in 19 odd partner schools around its Chengalpattu facility were at risk of dropping out due to prolonged school closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited or no access to equipment needed for online classes coupled with poor internet connectivity among the target population made continuance of quality education in pandemic conditions a distant dream.
Hence to tide over the situation teachers of SNSF adopted different measures when severe lockdown restrictions were not in force.
- Conducted community classes i.e. classes are held in open spaces within communities where students reside
- Visited students in their homes and extended individual teaching inputs
In FY 2021-22, against the target of providing education to 100+ school students around Chakan MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems CSR has been able to reach out to and provide education to 256 students (168- primary, 88- Middle). At Chengalpattu, against the set target of 700+ school students, 892 government school students were taught through a mix of online and offline means (community teaching).
MEDHAVI Scholarship Programme:
MEDHAVI scholarship scheme brings together MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems’ objectives of employing a large number of women on the shop floor and its corporate responsibility of promoting education and skill development. MEDHAVI, a Hindi word, means a genius, intelligent female. As the name suggests, MEDHAVI is a scholarship programme only for matriculate girls from underprivileged families (annual income less than ₹2 lacs) willing to pursue diploma in mechanical/automobile engineering. Post completion of the diploma, MEDHAVI scholars are supported with job facilitation in manufacturing companies.
Supporting meritorious students to pursue higher technical education, enhances their employment opportunities. Earlier in 2016, the CSR implementing team of SNSF partnered with Nutan Maharashtra Vidya Prasarak Mandal (NMVPM) Polytechnic College for the enrolment of the scholarship awardees. In 2018 Nutan Maharashtra Vidya Prasarak Mandal decided to close the polytechnic division and Marathwada Mitra Mandal Polytechnic college was selected to continue the MEDHAVI scholarship programme.
Till date out of the 52 enrolments at both institutes, 9 students dropped out, 21 graduated, and 22 are pursuing their diploma. In the last three years, there have been no dropouts. Out of 22 Graduates, 15 Students were placed in jobs and 11 are currently working (2 at Gabriel India Limited, Khandsa, 2 at Bajaj Auto, Akurdi, 2 at Magna International, 2 at Continental, 1 each at TVS Lucas, Steelcase, and Tata Motors).
A MEDHAVI graduate joining employment increases the family income by nearly 150%.
The Company also responded during the second wave of the pandemic by supporting local government health facilities around the MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems, Chakan plant, with supplies of medical equipment, safety gear, and hand sanitizers. The five facilities include Primary Health Centers of Pait, Karanjivihire, and Sub Center of Chimbali in Rajgurunagar Block and Primary Health Center of Adale and Kamshet in Maval Block of Pune District. Across the five government health facilities, 125 litres of hand sanitizers, 500 N95 and 1000 surgical masks, 350 PPE kits, 2700 hand gloves, 160 face shields, and 27 oximeters were donated.
Annually, these health facilities serve a population of 2.29 lacs living across 110 villages of Rajgurunagar and Maval blocks.
MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems CSR also supports the operations of a tailoring unit in rural Talegaon, which trains adolescent girls and women under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) aligned job role of “Self-Employed Tailor”. During the first lockdown in 2020, mask stitching orders from the ANAND Group companies were secured for the alumni of this tailoring centre to support them as they lost out on other livelihood opportunities. A total of 44K+ cloth masks were stitched by 13 alumni of the centre with total earnings of ₹1.78 Lacs.
Till date the centre has trained 200+ young female adults and women in tailoring skills. 75% of them are self-employed.
With the above broad initiatives, for the year 2021-22 MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems CSR stands aligned to three main UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, UN SDG 4: Quality Education, UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and UN SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
The key impacts of MAHLE ANAND Thermal Systems CSR for the year 2021-22 against the above four UN SDGs are as follows: