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Social Responsibility and Community Development

RIL's contribution to the community are in areas of health, education, infrastructure development (drinking water, improving village infrastructure, construction of schools etc.), environment (effluent treatment, tree plantation, treatment of hazardous waste), relief and assistance in the event of a natural disaster, and miscellaneous activities such as contribution to other social development organisations etc. RIL's CSR teams across its manufacturing divisions interact with the neighbouring community on regular basis.

Education

A network of nine schools caters to 13,251 students spread across geographies in India. CSR teams from RIL's manufacturing divisions and E&P operations work ardently to support the educational requirements of the community and schools in the neighbouring region benefiting thousands of students from the underprivileged section of the society.

RIL plays a pivotal role in supporting Government's initiative towards education of girl child. In Gujarat, under the project "Kanya Kelvani", RIL's Dahej Manufacturing Division has extended financial assistance towards education of girl child in the state.

RIL has created a platform for computer learning in many villages. Its manufacturing divisions have provided computers to primary and secondary schools under the Company's computer literacy initiative.

RIL continues to provide support to school run by Lions Club of Naroda Charitable Trust. The school renders quality education in English medium to children of labourers working in GIDC, Naroda area, who are economically and socially backward. Jamnagar Manufacturing Division constructed a school building for village Kana Chikari of Lalpur taluka in Gujarat. Hoshiarpur Manufacturing Division has adopted village Mangrowal- Nari primary school. Annually free uniforms, books, shoes and school bags are given to students and also free electricity is provided to the school.

RIL's CSR teams continue to provide uniforms, books etc, to students of neighbouring villages of manufacturing divisions and E&P operations. Further, continuous monitoring is being done in local schools for improving the performance of students. Regular counseling sessions are also being arranged with experts in personality development and psychology for motivating the children to achieve better results.

To encourage school children from neighbouring villages in their learning process, Nagothane Manufacturing Division and the MADER Foundation provided school uniforms to the tribal and underprivileged students. Eleven schools were selected for this initiative, out of which seven Zilla Parishad schools are located on a hilltop near the manufacturing division. Further, meritorious students were felicitated with an objective of encouraging them for higher studies.

RIL's Project Jagruti, the project to tackle dyslexia in Surat, is setting the pace for the community's response to the social dogma of the mentally underprivileged children. More than 8,800 hours have been spent by 35 trained teachers and more than 1,000 hours by RIL volunteers to uplift and bring the dyslexic students from the underprivileged segment into the main stream. RIL employee's spouses are supporting this activity and many teaching aids have been developed. NIOS registration has been initiated for Academic Year ("AY") 2011-12.

Partnership with similar associations across the country and UNESCO / BBC has been initiated to spread awareness and benefit the students with latest training aids. Awareness stall was put up that attracted thousands at the national book fair organized by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Membership of Maharashtra Dyslexia Association and International Dyslexia Association has been taken to make the project more focused with proven scientific practices and to get availability of resourceful experts, sourcing global knowledge / resources and best practices / models in the LD/Dyslexia space. Focus is on early identification of learning disability in child and procuring various screening tests for the same.

Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Protsaham Scheme

The Scheme, launched in AY 2008-09, continues to supportpoor meritorious students. Recipient students of Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Protsaham Scheme got admissions in junior colleges of their choice. With admissions of AY 2010-11, the total strength of students receiving support under the scheme has gone up to 656. The first batch of the Protsaham students passed out the intermediate examination held in March 2010 with flying colours and from AY 2010-11 onwards, RIL is providing financial aid to the toppers for pursuing their higher studies in engineering and medical streams.

Mumbai Indians Education for All Initiative

Mumbai Indians took on the mandate of education as a primary social issue. It launched its Education for All Initiative during the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2010 to create a movement to support efforts to provide quality education to all children. This initiative was the brainchild of Mrs. Nita Ambani, a passionate advocate for the cause of education. Through this effort, Mumbai Indians supported five NGOs carting out outstanding work in the field of education - Akanksha, Nanhi Kali, Pratham, Teach for India and Ummeed. As part of this initiative, Mumbai Indians helped create awareness for the cause of education and the work of these five organizations through official Mumbai Indian videos, TV commercials that ran through the duration of the IPL, sale of Mumbai Indians Education for All wristbands as part of the merchandizing and awareness creation through its radio partners and instadium announcements during games.

In addition, Mumbai Indians also invited 700 children from all the NGOs to see each of the Mumbai Indians home games. The Mumbai Indians team joined Mrs. Ambani at the presentation ceremonies and worked with the media to ensure adequate coverage of the work of such groups. Mumbai Indians also organized a briefing for the cricket team to interact with children and staff of all the NGOs.

Through the sale of the wristbands and additional support, Mumbai Indians was able to gift Rs. 11 lacs to each of the groups at the conclusion of IPL 3. This collaboration continued through the year with an invitation to the groups to send children to attend the Mumbai Indians games at the Champions League matches in South Africa.

Community Health Care

RIL has developed Community Medical Centres near most of its manufacturing divisions to provide comprehensive health services covering preventive, promotive and curative health care services to the community from neighbouring villages.

The manufacturing divisions conduct regular health checkups for children in schools of their respective neighbouring regions. Doctors advise children and their parents on various health care issues and personal hygiene. Medical camps were organized by all sites benefitting patients from nearby villages and tribal areas. All patients are given medicines free of cost. As required, all sites have provided ambulance support to roadside accident victims to shift them to hospitals / nursing homes. Patalganga site has conducted a series of health awareness programs in local schools and nearby small scale industries.

Drishti

A unique joint initiative of RIL and National Association of Blind, Project Drishti has undertaken over 9,000 free corneal graft surgeries for the visually challenged Indians from the underprivileged segment of the society. It is the largest corneal grafting surgery project enabled by a single corporate entity in India.

The initiative to combat TB, HIV / AIDS is a unique publicprivate partnership program between the Government, NGOs, several agencies and RIL. It extends from creating awareness to providing care, support and treatment including free of cost treatment to those who cannot afford the same.

Hazira Manufacturing Division's DOTS HIV / AIDS Centre is one of the largest Anti-Retroviral Treatment Centre (ART Centre) in the country. A 22 bedded hospital for HIV / AIDS patients has been commissioned recently. Manufacturing divisions at Jamnagar and Patalganga too have ART Centre facilities. The initiative was expanded to other manufacturing divisions; activities are largely in the advocacy and awareness area. A special initiative of awareness campaign on 'Prevention of HIV/AIDS' targeted at drivers and cleaners of all product transport vehicles has been undertaken at various sites. Awareness lectures on prevention are conducted and condoms have been distributed.

Dahej Manufacturing Division commenced Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre (ICTC) for HIV/AIDS at Dahej in partnership with Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) in FY 2010-11. This initiative is aimed at addressing the health of the increasing number of migrant workers in the region resulting from the industrial growth planned under Dahej SEZ and PCPIR Zone. Objective of the initiative is to create necessary awareness amongst workers to prevent HIV/AIDS.

Jamnagar Manufacturing Division runs 'Project Balkalyan', with an objective to provide nutritional support to children affected with HIV infection. Nutritional kit is distributed to all HIV positive children when they visit the Centre for monthly follow up. Hazira Manufacturing Division, through Reliance Ladies Club (an association of spouses of RIL employees) has a similar ongoing child adoption programme – 'Project Hope', at Hazira to take care of nutritional requirement of HIV positive children.

The Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Dahej, Bharuch district, adopted by RIL under the National Rural Health Mission Programme caters to the community health needs of 23 surrounding villages.

In 2004, RIL established the PHC at Gadimoga. The PHC has six member medical staff with all the amenities such as two-bed nursing room. Medicines are offered free of cost. Further, RIL runs two sub-centres of the PHC at Bhairavapalem and Laxmipathipuram. RIL is also constructing a new 30-bed PHC and the existing PHC will be shifted to the new building.

Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital at Lodhivali, Maharashtra continues to play a significant role in improving the quality of life in surrounding communities. It extends prompt and specialized services to the Mumbai-Pune highway accident victims. Trauma patients are provided free lifesaving treatment. Besides taking care of hospitalization requirements, the hospital provides poor patients and senior citizens subsidized treatment - both in the outpatient and in-patient departments. ART clinic, a public-privatepartnership initiative between RIL, CII and NACO, offers free of cost treatment to HIV/AIDs patients. In association with the Lions Club, the hospital conducts cataract surgery camps annually.

A well-equipped community medical centre with four observation bed facility at Jamnagar continues to offer free-of-cost, round the clock with comprehensive health services. Manufacturing divisions offer free medical services including free medicines to the neighboring villages.

In tribal villages surrounding Nagothane Manufacturing Division, villagers are deprived of medical facilities in the region because of absence of proper approach road to the villages as they are located on hilltops. The manufacturing division realizes the health problems faced by the tribal's and it took a major step towards providing free OPD (out patient department) treatment on weekly basis to the tribal people staying at hill tops. Moreover, the manufacturing division developed the road and even made it motorable up to village Gangawane. Every week a doctor with medical team and medicines visits tribal hamlet and provides OPD services to tribals.

Hazira Manufacturing Division along with an NGO have launched an orthopedic hospital with ultra-modern facilities and one rehabilitation centre. Both facilities have become operational in March 2011. Hospital building was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat.

RIL's manufacturing divisions offer free medical, diagnostic and therapeutic services including free medicines to neighbouring villages. Mobile Van Clinics – Health-on-Wheels, which are specially designed mobile dispensaries equipped with doctor accompanied by a nurse, visits neighbouring villages on a scheduled basis all through the week.

RIL has established an Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Center for supporting the mentally challenged children living in Tallarevu Mandal and Yanam Union Territory. This center is being run with the technical support of NGO Uma Mano Vikasa Kendram, Kakinada. At present, children from the region having different disabilities have already been enrolled.

Safety initiatives for community

Road Safety System is most cost effective and easy to use tool for improving public safety and thus offering a life-line to humanity. Hazira Manufacturing Division has institutionalised road safety training and has reached out to over 158,000 tanker / truck drivers who visit the plant for pick-up and dropping feedstock / finished goods. The training focuses on safe operation of fleet vehicles by eliminating unsafe driver and driving behaviors and reinforcing aspects of save lives, reduce injuries, prevent crashes, control driver performance, minimize risk and liability. A centre dedicated for training truck drivers for transportation of hazardous goods has been established for round-the-clock training. No driver is allowed inside complex without training.

To provide emergency and trauma care to victims of highway accidents, Hazira Manufacturing Division has tied up with an NGO, 'Life Line Foundation' and adopted 110 kms stretch on the State Highway in Gujarat starting from Sachin to Bharuch and the state highway via Hazira Olpad Hansot Ankleshwar.

Further, for the first time in State of Gujarat, the local RTO has been supported by installing a multimedia based training facility to render safety awareness to all license aspirants.

Environment initiatives for the community

A zero garbage campaign has been launched in Reliance Townships to propagate the concept of solid waste (dry and wet waste) management. This is a part of cleanliness drive for a disease-free environment at employees' township, the surrounding villages of Hazira Manufacturing Division and also Surat city in Gujarat.

To reduce plastic litter, as part of its commitment towards responsible care and product stewardship intervention, Hazira Manufacturing Division in partnership with an NGO is working for social and economical security of woman rag-pickers. Under the programme, direct sale of waste PET bottles to processing units is facilitated, thus eliminating channel of waste merchants and promoting, woman rag pickers' group. This program is being extended to over 350 slums of Surat and also various other RIL locations in Gujarat and other states.

Further, RIL in partnership with Gujarat Engineering Research Institute (GERI) and R & B Department constructed a 900 meter road stretch using 5% plastic waste. RIL's CSR team used unattended / non-recyclable plastic waste in construction of tar road which reduced construction cost as well improved road life and reduced road maintenance cost. Unattended and non recyclable plastic waste sourced from rag pickers' cooperative group also dead stock seized by Surat Municpal Corporate was used. Awareness and sensitization programs about the technology and its benefit to community have been undertaken to benefit the population of neighbouring villages of Hazira.

RIL's manufacturing divisions continue its green energy drive by making the rural folks aware of alternate energy, efficient energy usage. An NGO called GAIA Initiative from Japan is working with Hazira Manufacturing Division for this project. Some of the projects that have been initiated are: installation and commissioning of solar-microwind combined power system at HIV DOT Centre, Mora village, Surat, installation and commissioning of Solar-Micro-wind combined system (2 kW) at J H Ambani School, Surat, installation and commissioning of solar AC (1.7 TR) at Orphanage, HIV DOT Centre, Mora Village and training on "house-hold energy conservation / efficiency measures" conducted for all village in the vicinity of the manufacturing division.

To bring out the innovative spirit of young students of Surat / RIL employees and also to acknowledge / reward the ideas that can contribute to improving the environment, Hazira Manufacturing Division announced a 'Green Idea Award Scheme' in 2010.

RIL organised programmes of industrial, academic, historical and environmental importance such as Chemical Industry-2020 Vision and Action at Ankleshwar; Global Bird Watchers Conference at Jamnagar; Van Mahotsav- 2010 at Palitana; International Conference on Global Warming at Gujarat Vidyapeeth; Conference on Synergy with Energy; Conference on Gujarat's Maritime History by Darshak Itihas Nidhi. Further, tree plantation activities were organaised at many locations. Awareness of cleaner, greener environment and global warming issues are made at schools and also to villages from the surrounding region.

Community Development

Reliance Rural Development Trust

In FY 2010-11, Reliance Rural Development Trust (RRDT) undertook 797 works in 760 beneficiary villages of 125 talukas under 24 districts of Gujarat to create rural infrastructure under the Gokul Gram Yojana (GGY) of the Government of Gujarat. Total 608 facilities got completed during the year. The completed facilities include 478 Anganwadi buildings, 58 Cement Concrete Roads, 61 underground RCC sumps and 05 Check Dams and 06 other works with the total expenditure of Rs. 24 Crore in FY 2010-11. The Check Dams completed in FY 2010-11, will have total water storage capacity of 8.7 mcft and would cater to about 1,065 Hectares of rural land. RRDT, since its inception in 2001 till March 31, 2011, across the State of Gujarat, has completed 7,306 various rural infrastructure facilities with an expenditure of more than Rs. 270 crore.

Further, RIL's manufacturing divisions supply free potable water to the neighbouring villages especially during water shortage periods. They also contribute to the development of various village infrastructure such as developing, bus sheds, roads, street lights, installation of solar street lights in number of villages, free supply of blankets etc.

Livelihood Support Programmes

RIL has always been at the forefront in implementing initiatives especially for the welfare of rural women and youth of surrounding villages through various self-help groups (SHG).

Continuing with the services and keeping up the tradition, Hazira, Vadodra, Nagothane, Gadimoga and many other manufacturing divisions offer training programmes through various SHGs help the rural women and youth to be "self sustaining" and generating income for themselves and supporting their families. It is a matter of great pride that many of the beneficiaries of these training programmes are earning a decent amount of livelihood and are financially supporting their families. For the womenfolk, courses are offered for dress making and designing, beauty culture and health care, hospital attendant (Helpers for Hospital and Nursing Homes); while for the youth of the surrounding communities, courses such as plumbing and hand pump repairing training, computer hardware repair, motor vehicle driving, mobile repairing and doormat making etc. Further, training in horticulture cultivation and fruit saplings are also given to the farmers of the adjoining villages.

Jamnagar Manufacturing Division continues to serve the villages around the refinery complex, the city of Jamnagar and the community at large. RIL's local community welfare cell constantly remains in close touch with the villagers.

Numerous infrastructure developments in villages adjoining and neighbouring the Jamangar Manufacturing Division such as development of cement concrete roads, drainage, crematorium and also supply of water construction of Haja Dada temple at a neighbouring village, Sikka were undertaken in FY 2010-11. Fodder for cows of neighbouring villages was supplied by RIL's CSR team working at Jamnagar.

In FY 2010-11, RIL initiated several village infrastructure development projects such as construction and renovation of community halls, burial ground and school compound wall in Gadimoga Panchayat. RIL promoted Organic Aqua culture with the technical guidance of National Center for Sustainable Aqua culture (a sister concern of MPEDA).

Around RIL's on-land operations in the Coal Bed Methane project areas in Madhya Pradesh, the Company continues to give medical support to the villagers through a mobile medical van.

To help farmers buy the correct and high yield variety of paddy seeds, a 'Kisan Mela' was organized by MADER Foundation. Several varieties of paddy seeds, and fertilizers were made available to farmers. On the purchase of first bag of paddy seeds, financial assistance was given by MADER Trust as subsidy. Farmers are also encouraged to cultivate vegetables in the winter season making them available host of vegetable seeds and a financial subsidy from MADER Foundation on the purchases.

Improving quality of agricultural produce

RIL conducted several programmes and participated in farming related exhibitions to propagate advanced technologies in the production, handling, storage and distribution of agricultural products. Use of Leno bags made out of polypropylene (PP) was extensively promoted amongst farmers. Leno bags are immensely beneficial to farmers as it reduces handling losses in fruits and vegetable products.

RIL demonstrated use of advanced farming techniques by use of plastic in enhancing producitivity, reducing losses and increase in earnings and distributed promotional materials. Filling, storing and transportation trials were conducted with PP leno bags to help remove apprehensions of users in adopting advanced packaging solutions.

RIL also had a targeted solution for the banana growing farmers, those who are involved in export of their produce, in the States of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Usage of PP nonwoven material as skirting bags for bananas helps in growing spotless fruits of uniform size. This helps in 10-15% increased yield and in uniform ripening across the bunch, while allowing air, water, pesticide to pass through while giving protection from insects and pests attack. RIL has been working with the farmers and with Krishi Vigyan Kendra to create awareness of the concept in order to improve the quality of the produce across the country.

Reuse of well site water to the crops is demonstrated through irrigation in an experimental farm for enhanced utility of resources available for the upliftment of quality of life of the living communities around manufacturing divisions and E&P operations.

Skill Up-gradation for Plumbers

RIL's Polymer team conducted training programmes and workshops for plumbers on advanced technology in plumbing systems with PPR pipes. Advanced techniques of welding to prevent leakage and ensuring hygienic and safe drinking water to the users were taught at these events. Brochures, training manuals and installation guides were made available in various vernacular languages. Plumbing kits were also distributed to plumbers selected by our customers. Installation of PPR plumbing system takes less time for installation and reduces physical labour thus leading to higher earnings for the plumbers. Through these programmes local plumbers are kept abreast with advanced and modern technologies in plumbing.

Heritage Conservation

Development of Dwarka and other places of religious and spiritual significance is a passion for RIL. The construction and beautification at Temple Parisar in Dwarka has been completed.

The newly developed facility at the temple square is ready for dedication to devotees of Lord Dwarkadheesh. We are now poised to take up construction of Sudama Setu, a pedestal bridge connecting two banks of river Gomati.

In FY 2010-11, resurfacing and strengthening of 'Dhirubhai Ambani Marg, a by-pass road leading to the temple from the national highway was completed. Refurbishing of the temple premises such as construction of ceiling in adjoining area of the main temple premises, reinstallation of CCTV based camera security system etc. was completed in FY 2010-11.

RIL continues to support social, educational, cultural and spiritual activities of Shardapeeth of Jagadguru Shankaracharyaji, Dwarka. Also, financial assistance was extended to Shree Somnath Trust for construction of Kokila Dhirubhai Ambani Sagar Darshan Dham (a place of accommodation for pilgrimas and furniture was provided to Dhirajdham at Nathdwara Temple. RIL also extended support to publication of 'Shraddha Setu'-a coffee table book on Gujarat's pilgrimage centres.

Supporting Indian Culture

During the traditional Navratri garba festival, gifts to girls were distributed individually by RIL. Several institutions organizing Navratri festival at Jamnagar, Chorwad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, etc. were given financial assistance. RIL sponsored a state level navratri festival under the banner of Gujarat Industries Navratri Festival Society. Unlike other commercial Navratri venues, the entry here is free for all; modern and classical garba competitions as well as traditional street-garbas are performed and the whole venue is developed for nine days in such a way that one gets a total feel of Gujarat's culture, cuisines and crafts at one place.

Financial assistance and support was given to festivals such as Durga puja, Utkal dival, Shivratri, 150 years of Swami Vivekanand, Sardar Patel's birth anniversary, and other cultural/voluntary organisations in FY 2010-11.

RIL in partnership with a regional magazine sponsored a convention of Gujarati Poetry and Music during the year. This was one more contribution to strengthen and consolidate RIL's association with Gujarati community at large. Also, the activities of the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj; Swarnim Gujarat celebrations etc. were supported and promoted during the year.

Promoting Sports and Sportsmen

RIL continues to promote and support sports and sportsmen. The Company extended support to Reliance Inter-Cricket Tournament, G1 Cricket Tournament, affiliated MPCA's All India Cricket Tournament, Central Board of Cricket, etc. Financial support was given to International Tournament for upcoming chess-players; Gujarat State Chess Association for conducting under-09 chess tournament; as well as to one upcoming chess-player. Support was also given to Gujarat State Football Association and Jamnagar District Football Association for players' coaching fees, uniform and their daily allowances as well as to the publication of a special handbook on the Football World Cup. Third Gujarat Major Ranking Badminton Tournament at Ahmedabad, Hockey League Night Tournament at Rajkot, Tennis Tournament of Government Employees at Ahmedabad, Table Tennis Championship Tournament at Vadodara, Kabaddi Tournament of Maharashtra Krida Mandal, Shuttle Tournament at Kochi and Sports Carnival at Bhopal were some of the major sports-events that were supported during the year.

Mumbai Indians (MI), the Mumbai-based IPL franchise owned by IndiaWin Sports Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary company of Reliance Industries Limited is led by Sachin Tendulkar. MI registered the most number of wins in Season III of the Indian Premier League, and reached the finals. MI has been the most followed team in the IPL and enjoys a huge global fan base.

IMG Reliance Private Limited (IMGR), the equal joint venture between IMG and RIL, forged partnerships with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Basketball Federation of India (BFI). Through its partnership with AIFF and BFI, IMGR is set to revolutionize the Indian Sports scenario. IMGR will work with the Federations to improve the standard of game in India by participating from grassroots to professional levels.

IMGR has initiated "IMG Reliance Scholarships for India" to identify and train young athletes in India. The first batch of "IMG Reliance Scholars", is undergoing training at IMG Academies, at Bradenton, Florida. IMGR also operates India's premier lifestyle event, "Lakme Fashion Week"; "Aircel Chennai Open", India's only ATP level Tennis event and "Avantha Masters", the professional golf tournament on European and Asian Tour.

Acknowledging and supporting talent

'Real Heroes', an initiative of CNN-IBN in partnership with RIL honors the silent warriors of change. In its fourth year, 'Real Heroes', acknowledges the extraordinary contribution from ordinary citizens in the fields ranging from 'Women's Welfare' to 'Social Welfare', from 'Youth' to 'Education and Children' and from 'Health and Disability' to 'Sports'. The Real Heroes are felicitated at a grand event with a trophy and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each.

RIL partnered with the Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business for creation of the 'Reliance- Dhirubhai Ambani Undergraduate Scholarship Fund' as well as 'Reliance Dhirubhai India Education Fund' with the aim of identifying and supporting promising Indian students with financial need for higher education. The 'Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows' receive full financial support for education of Stanford.

RIL instituted 'NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Awards' covering both 'Physical and Biological Sciences', in partnership with National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). Backed by an endowment from RIL, NASI recognizes scientists for their significant contribution for application-oriented innovations and research.

In December 2006, jointly with UDCT Alumni Association (UAA), RIL instituted 'UAA-Dhirubhai Ambani Lifetime Achievement Award' for innovative and outstanding contributions in the field of chemical sciences.

To commemorate the 78th Birth Anniversary of RIL's Founder Chairman Dhirubhai Ambani, in December 2010, district level quiz competition (RDHA Quiz 2010) was organised, where more than 500 schools in East Godavari district participated.

Supporting Institutions

Dahej Manufacturing Division extended financial assistance to 'Swajaldhara Scheme" organized by Water and Sanitation Management Organization (WASMO), Government of Gujarat, for developing drinking water facility by laying pipeline in the neighbouring villages.

RIL also extended financial support to students and educational institutions such as: Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Consumer Education and Research Council (CERC), Pt. Deendayal Petroleum University, MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gramshree Trust, Patan especially engaged in vocational training of needy women. Premdhara Shishu Vihar, Gandhinagar was given a special financial support for the slum-children school run by it. In another such unique assistance, financial assistance was given to Shri Vidyamrut Varshini, Valsad, a 100 year old school known for its Sanskrit teaching. The School had even impressed Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba when they visited it.

Similarly, RIL has extended financial assistance to development of Dhirubhai Ambani Vanijya Bhavan - the new premise of Jamnagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and for repairing and refurbishing Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial at Shahibaug, Ahmedabad.

Reliance Foundation

Reliance Foundation, envisaged to become one of the foremost professional philanthropic organizations in the world, was incorporated in 2010. The Foundation focuses on five core pillars: education, health, rural development, urban renewal, and promotion and protection of India's art and culture. The Foundation embodies corporate systems and processes driven organization operating on a not for profit basis, with the overall aim to create and support meaningful and innovative activities that will address some of India's most pressing development challenges.

In October 2010, Reliance Foundation launched Mission BIJ, its flagship program focusing on supporting smallholder farmers. BIJ, which stands for 'Bharat India Jodo' (BIJ) aims to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas. Its overall goal is to make farming a profession of first choice by empowering smallholder farmers. Starting in over 6 geographic sites spread across four states, Mission BIJ will provide support to smallholder farmers along the supply chain through input support, technical assistance, post harvest and marketing support. Initially envisaged as an agricultural focused program, Mission BIJ will eventually work with farmers and communities on a comprehensive rural development strategy, including education, health, and infrastructure and community development.

Reliance Foundation has also launched an initiative to set up a world-class multidisciplinary university in Maharashtra as well as revamping and creating a world class tertiary care hospital in Mumbai. Reliance Foundation is also planning interventions in the space of education and health services that aim to address the service delivery challenges on the ground in rural India.

Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation

Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation (DAF) has Education and Public Healthcare as its focus areas. The Foundation's "Dhirubhai Ambani Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme" has been motivating students excelling at the +2 level and assisting them to pursue higher education. Similarly, the Foundation's "Dhirubhai Ambani SSC Merit Reward Scheme" has been recognizing and rewarding the Board toppers at Std X exams. The Schemes also makes special provision to reach out to the Physically Challenged Category and the girl child.

On a district-wise basis for the State Education Boards and state-wise basis for CBSE, the Schemes are in implementation in several states, viz. Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and the Union territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli.

In the rest of the states and union territories, the scheme rewards the physically challenged category of the State Boards and the top five students per state per year are given the Scholarships and the Rewards. With a sustained follow-up, DAF has now succeeded in taking its Schemes for the physically challenged to 19 other states which have State Education Boards. This has benefited additional 232 physically challenged students, 129 rewardees and 103 scholars. Till date the Schemes have benefited 8,153 students, 1,389 of whom are physically challenged.

Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Hospital and Research Centre

Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Hospital and Research Centre (HNHRC) is a renowned institution in South Mumbai, having rendered quality healthcare to the society for more than 85 years. It is a multi-specialty tertiary care hospital with some rare specialties like Oro-facial Surgery, Onco-Surgery, Paediatric Hematology and Paediatric Endocrinology. It is one of the most renowned institutes for transplant surgeries and eye donations. Strengthening and renovation work was carried out in the HNHRC building. Intensive care units and operation theatres have been upgraded. HNHRC has periodically conducted programmes like free health camps and public education sessions on prevention of diseases. Free health checkups and screening programmes for senior citizens and physically challenged were also organized. HNHRC has started B. Sc. Nursing course which will help to generate more graduates in the field of nursing. The construction of new hospital has started and is in full swing.

Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Medical Research Society

Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Medical Research Society (HNMRS), a non-profit research organisation based in Mumbai was established with the sole aim of undertaking scientific research in the area of biomedical sciences and allied disciplines. The HNMRS has undertaken over 150 research projects on a wide range of topics, most of which are of national importance in the areas of the preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative aspects of health. Several high-budgeted research projects, of considerable medical and scientific relevance to the community, have been completed and are also on hand currently at the HNMRS. Most of the studies done at this institute have the potential for translation into tangible benefits for humanity, and several of them have already found expression in terms of new inventions or innovations which have empowered doctors in the difficult task of decreasing the mortality and morbidity of disease. Upgrading of scientific knowledge and infrastructure is done incrementally in HNMRS. It is poised for further paradigm upgradation of its capabilities in the area of Applied Research.

Dhirubhai Ambani International School

Dhirubhai Ambani International School recognizes the imperative of imparting an educational experience that is world-class in every respect and which prepares children for global citizenship. The School's vision is to provide a learning environment that encourages children to bring out the best in themselves and which supports their allround development, through discovering the joy of learning, awakening and illuminating their intellect in multidimensional ways and instilling abiding values in themselves.

Building on the School's excellent track record all these years, across all its three streams - the ICSE, the IGCSE and the IB Diploma - our students have achieved impressive results in the examinations held in 2010. As against the average score of 36 (out of the maximum possible score of 45) achieved by the first five batches of our IB students, the sixth batch, the Class of 2010, attained an average score of 37, compared to the world average of 29.8 points. And 2 of them earned the perfect score of 45 points, a score that was only achieved by 86 children worldwide in the previous year. For the fourth year in a row, our ICSE children have achieved excellent results - earning an average score of 94.06%, with 45% of them scoring 95% and above and the topper scoring 96.80%. 85.3% of all IGCSE grades achieved were A* and A grades, as compared to the world average of 35% and the Indian average of 34%. Some of our children have topped the world in several subjects while some have been national toppers. For the fifth year in a row, one of our children received the 'Best IGCSE Student in India' award from the Cambridge International Examinations.

The School's performance on the university placement front continues to be excellent. The IB Class of 2011 has earned admission offers from the world's top universities. 4 students were accepted at Oxbridge, 15 at University College London, 7 at Imperial, 9 at King's College, 1 at University of Edinburgh, 3 at University of Bristol, 8 at University of Manchester, 19 at Warwick and 6 at London School of Economics, among others. Amongst the Ivy League and other leading universities, Yale has accepted 1 student, University of Chicago 5, Princeton 1, Columbia 4, U-Penn 3, Stanford 3, Michigan 2, Cornell 3, Northwestern 1, UC Berkeley 9, Carnegie Mellon 11, University of California LA 19, Brown 1 and New York University 19. Other reputable universities that have offered admission to our students include McGill, British Columbia, University of Toronto and University of Hong Kong. Students who applied to universities in other countries and those who plan to study in India are expected to do equally well when their admissions are finalized.

The School's students are involved in several service activities. They work with NGOs like Advitya, Akanksha, Muktangan and Pratham. Through the 'Across the Road' neighbourhood service initiative and education and health programmes, our students reach out to community members in Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. The Empowering Villages Everywhere (EVE) initiative provides solar lamps to villages where electricity is scarce. Our students are enthusiastically continuing their work to construct houses and roads in Hassachipatti (a village near Matheran) and also provide educational opportunities for children there; through a fete they raised substantial funds to support this initiative.

In 2010, our School hosted the Round Square South Asia and the Gulf Region Junior Regional Conference at the School, DAIS Study and Activity Centre at Matheran, with participation of 20 Schools from Bangladesh, Jordan, Sultanate of Oman, UAE and India. The theme of this conference was water conservation. The School celebrated its Annual Day on the theme 'Chirstmast'. It consisted of a musical 'The Gift', showcasing the School's talent and reinforcing the spirit of giving and the Chirstmas Carnival, which was organized by our students to raise funds towards community service. The Annual DAIMUN (Dhirubhai Ambani International School Model United Nations) Conference 2010 deliberated on the menace of corruption and how it could be addressed with the urgency it deserves. 'Paigaam' Peace Conference, which fosters a harmonious relationship with people from across the border, was another highlight of the year at the School.