Social Responsibility
The Barwale Foundation
‘A better world is the responsibility of all’

The driving force behind Mahyco, its Founder-Chairman, Padma Bhushan Dr.B.R.Barwale is a visionary and a philanthropist. Under The Barwale Foundation, Dr. Barwale has founded several institutions that address the socio-economic challenges of our society. The effort from The Barwale Foundation clearly indicates that education and health are not just the privilege of the rich. Schools, colleges and a hospital in a region that lacks basic metropolitan facilities are some of the tangible achievements of The Barwale Foundation. The work of The Barwale Foundation is focused on food security, healthcare and human resource development. For attaining sustainable and enhanced crop productivity, the foundation conducts multidisciplinary research for the improvement of major crops. This includes strategic and applied research projects for crop improvement, production, protection and quality seed production through biotechnological techniques.

The Barwale Foundation's programs are divided among the following areas:

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Golden Jubilee School
‘A better world is the responsibility of all’

The Golden Jubilee School was started in 1998 by a group of citizens in Jalna who saw the need for an institution modeled after leading public schools in the Country. Their aim was to establish a full-day school that would provide individualized education for all round personality development of students. The school employs innovative methods centered on a philosophy of 'no satchels and no home work’ for lower grades.

The school aims to give every student an education that nurtures intellectual, physical, moral and emotional growth. While fostering strong values in students, it will also encourage independent thinking and adaptability in the face of challenges.

With these goals in mind, the school endeavors to develop the following in each student:
  • Mastery of communication skills
  • Ability to think clearly, logically and independently
  • Awareness and appreciation of cultural, scientific, economic and political happening
  • Good health and physical fitness enabling every student to lead an active and productive life
  • Appreciation of ethical and social values

The school is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and follows the national curriculum framework. With classes starting from LKG to XII, the medium of instruction in the school is English with Hindi as the second language (up to Class 10) and Marathi as the third language (up to Class 8). The school also has a nursery wing, called Jubilee Kids.

The students complete most of the assignments during school hours under the guidance and supervision of subject teachers. Classroom size is restricted to 25 to facilitate individual attention. Teachers recognize that each child has a different learning style and they adapt their teaching methods to accommodate variations. Individual attention is not restricted to academics but to every aspect of education - sports, extracurricular activities, life skills, discipline or value education.

Badrinarayan Barwale Mahavidyalaya
‘A better world is the responsibility of all’

The Badrinarayan Barwale Mahavidyalaya in Jalna was established in 1993 based on the inspiration of Dr. Badrinarayan Barwale and the late Shri Vasantraoji Deshpande. Founded on the belief that literacy can enable social and economic transformation, the institution imparts quality education to the underprivileged sections of society. The institution has a sprawling 7-acre campus on the Jalna-Aurangabad highway.

With the motto of “Excellence through Education”, the Badrinarayan Barwale Mahavidyalaya considers students as a focal point of its educational activities. Healthy communication between parents, teachers, management and the government is encouraged.

The institution introduced Computer Science and Microbiology as optional subjects as far back as 1993. A post-graduation course in Biotechnology was started in 2001.

Badrinarayan Barwale Mahavidyalaya runs a pioneering program known as “Earn and Learn”. Under this program, 10 -15 deserving students from economically disadvantaged families are selected every year. Students are encouraged to earn their own “pocket money” by performing tasks and responsibilities that help the college community. The main objective of the 'Earn and Learn' program is to give underprivileged students access to quality education and opportunities for success. The program has been very successful since its inception.

Sri Ganapati Netralaya
‘A better world is the responsibility of all’

Shri Ganapati Netralaya is a super-specialty, premier eye care centre that renders state-of the-art services. It consists of a specialized eye hospital with associated facilities spread over 7.5 acres. With infrastructure that includes 10 operation theatres, 141 beds, and a well-equipped laboratory, Shri Ganapati Netralaya is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Maharashtra. It is also the only hospital in western India where facilities to treat complex retinal disorders, glaucoma, squint and corneal transplant are available.

Shri Ganapati Netralaya has a well-established track record in eye surgery and related procedures. On a daily basis, approximately 50 surgeries are performed as well as 400 outpatient procedures.

For patients who cannot afford its normal costs, Shri Ganapati Netralaya provides care at no charge. Approximately 25% of all its surgeries are performed free of charge while discounts are also offered for other services. Free eye check-up camps are held in remote rural areas where patients do not have access to quality medical care. Transportation, food, medicine, accommodation and treatment are provided free of charge to patients identified through such camps.

A 24-hour, eye bank facility is available at Shri Ganapati Netralaya. Hospital vehicles ferry patients from villages to this facility for transplants. Public education programmes are conducted regularly to create awareness regarding eye donation.

Shri Ganapati Netralaya is accredited by the Diplomat of National Board (DNB) in New Delhi to conduct a three-year, Post-Graduate (diploma) course. The hospital also offers a one year fellowship course. Comprehensive practical and theoretical training is imparted to trainee doctors on a daily basis. It also runs a College of Optometry where students can complete a three-year degree course (BSc, Optometry) affiliated with Yashwantrao Chavan Mukta Vidyapith, Pune.

Dekhon - Hindi for "to look" or "to see" - is an initiative of Shri Ganapati Netralaya aimed at treating conditions of blindness that are especially prevalent in rural areas of India. Backed by Shri Ganapati Netralaya’s top of the line infrastructure, Dekhon seeks to expand throughout under-serviced regions of Maharashtra.

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