JSPL Foundation, which spearheads the CSR initiatives of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL), is led byMs. Shallu Jindal,a versatile, charismatic and accomplished personality of subtle elegance and sophisticated style.As the Co-Chairperson, Ms. Jindalworks towards buildingIndia that will empower its youth to unleash their potential; build bridges between its rural hinterland and urban economy; strive for a higher quality of life for people in and around the areas of JSPL’s operations; leverage the power of education and vocational training; pay utmost attention to healthcare for the underprivileged; celebrate India’s values, arts, culture and traditions and preserve its heritage.
Under her leadership, JSPL Foundation aims to fulfill the Founder Chairman, Mr. OP Jindal’s dream to inspire and facilitate transformative change and build an inclusive India.The Foundation aims to catalyze sustainable development in India across the core pillars — rural transformation, education, vocational training, health, environment, livelihood, livestock and sports, arts & culture. Ms. Jindal takes active interest in architecture and interiors of various townships under development for Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand & Odisha. The townships include housing complex for workers, Schools (C.B.S.E. affiliated) hospitals, parks and health clubs.
Focus on education and health is a natural adjunct to Ms. Shallu Jindal’s commitment to youth welfare. The priority areas for her in CSR are Girl child development, women empowerment, vocational training and providing health and sanitation facilities to people in and around the 200 adopted villages of operational areas of the company in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh.
Taking forward the Chairman, Mr. Naveen Jindal’s initiative on skill development, Ms.Shallu Jindal is overseeing the OP Jindal Community College that will generate employment by providing vocational training — a necessary and important ingredient for a nation where 35% of the population is under 15 and more than 50% is under 25. During the last two years, over 8,000 students have completed technical training programmes from OPJCC. The job placement rate is over 70%, with 100% placement in civil trades such as masonry, carpentry, bar bending, plumbing, electrical works and welding.
Directed by her, Asha–The Hope, a rehabilitation centre for differently abled children came into existence in Raigarh with the aim to create an inclusive model for empoweringthose with disabilities. This centre is
benefiting scores of special children in the district. Various services like Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Special Education, Speech therapy, Audiometry, Computer training, Music and Recreational therapy, Counseling and guidance are being provided here.
Being a renowned Kuchipudi danseuse, Ms. Jindal has beenenthusiasticallyencouraging local tribal art, culture and sports in the local communities in and around the areas of operations of JSPL. Under her inspiration, the company pro-actively supports initiatives with a motive to nurture and sustain local form of fine arts and dance.
Ms. Jindal performs the Indian classical dance with rare distinction, immense artistry, brilliant intensity and a passion very profound and visible, as expected of seasoned and front line classical dancers of the day. She has performed with much acclaim and alacrity, both nationally and internationally including at Ellora, Khajuraho, Hampi, Elephanta, Monte, Kinkini, Chidambaram, Chakradhar Samaroh, Krishna Gana Sabha, Natyanjali, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Chowmahalla festivals and many recitals at various venues in New Delhi.
In support of raising awareness for cancer, Ms. Jindal was part of a group of nine people who scaled the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in October 2012. Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and the fourth highest summit amongst the seven continents.
Ms. Shallu Jindal is also the Chairperson of the prestigious National Bal Bhavan (NBB), which is a pioneering children’s institution since 1956. The NBB continues to provide children with opportunities for development that may not be available to them otherwise. Her mission, as the Chairperson, at the NBB is to add further value to the activities and opportunities already provided here and to turn it into a state-of-the-art children’s institution which is then emulated across the country.
She wants the National Bal Bhavan to be the benchmark in the country for children’s institutions in the country which is dynamic and in touch with the realities of today and providing children with opportunities to equip them for their future
Ms Jindal is also an author of repute and has recently written a book for children titled ‘India: An Alphabet Ride’ which was launched by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The book makes the children understand the various nuances of India through visuals in a fun, interesting and innovative way.
She has also compiled a pocket book titled “Freedom” which brings together the words and ideas of a nation as diverse as India. The concept of the book, its unique size, and design make for an ideal souvenir from India. The book encapsulates India’s rich history and architectural heritage, as well as its vast literature and poetry and blends it with the wisdom of our spiritual gurus and political leaders.
Ms. Jindal has also brought out an international standard Coffee Table Book, “TIRANGA – A Celebration
of the Indian Flag” which is the single largest photographic project on the Indian Flag and the National Colours. This book is a coffee table book which contains photographs of the Tiranga, contributed by various Indian photographers — amateurs as well as professionals in different context; and views on the Tiranga, by celebrated personalities from various walks of life.
Her motto in life: Whatever we do, our time on earth should be meaningful.