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Tata Steel’s Aakansha project records impressive result

Jamshedpur, July 10, 2020

Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society takes pride in announcing the result of 4 students (3 girls and 1 boy) from Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (Birhor) community supported through "Aakansha" Project for their success of passing boards examination with flying colors.

Project Aakansha comes up with a unique initiative in the area of education, The project focuses to support the PVTG (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group) who are considered as the extremely backward tribes and are on the verge of extinction. The people of these tribes have their education level close to 'NIL'. With an objective to make this tribe survive and develop the first and foremost need was assessed to be the education of their children. In 2011, Project Akanksha was initiated by taking 10 children and getting them admitted into residential schools. Every year this number has been increased and many more schools have been roped in to take children into their fold.

Currently there are 262 students from Sabar, Birhor and Paharia tribes who are the 3 prominent PVTGs in the vicinity of the Tata Steel’s manufacturing base of Jamshedpur. These children are enrolled in 6 different residential schools. For the knowledge of all, it is worth mentioning here that they are first generation learners. The elders from their villages, the parents of children in particular, are taken to the residential schools from time to time so that they can interact and encourage their children to yearn for higher objectives in their lives.

This year the first batch of 4 children appeared for the JAC (Jharkhand Academic Council) Board Matriculation Examination. Authorities involved with the Aakansha project were keeping their fingers crossed for the results. All four students, who did not leave any stone unturned, passed their exams with flying colours.  With this rare achievement, entire Tata Steel family is jubilant about the success of these young ones. The names and results of these students are:

3 students from Carmel School, Chakradharpur (West Singhbhum):

  1. Ms Balika Birhor, scored 82.8 % D/O Subodh Birhor, Village - Chota Banki
  2. Ms Rohini Birhor, scored 71 %, D/O Sunil Birhor, Village - Chota Banki
  3. Ms Sonamuni Birhor, scored 71.2 %, D/O Dhoniram Birhor, Village - Chota Banki

1 student from Siddhu Kanu Shiksha Niketan School, Dimna (East Singhbhum)

  1. Mr Karan Birhor, scored 63.4 %, D/O Subodh Birhor, Village - Chota Banki

Tata Steel family hopes for still better results next year when many more children of these PVTG families will take the board exams. Now these children will be shifted to another residential school for their plus two education and wish them all the luck.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel was recognised as DJSI steel sector leader in 2018 and has ranked fourth in the steel sector in 2019. Besides being a member of the worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, among several others.

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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel