Tata Steel opens Non-Residential Bridge Course Centres at Deojhar and Kohlahundula village

India CSR News Network

JODA (Odisha): The OMQ (Ore, Mines & Quarries) Division of Tata Steel opened two Non-Residential Bridge Course (NRBC) centres at Deojhar and Kohlahundula village of Joda block on October 22, 2016.

Rebati Naik, Vice Chairman, Joda Block inaugurated these centres in the presence of  Pankaj Shrivastav, Senior Manager,  Amit Dubey, Senior Manager and Mr Chintamani Behera, Senior Manager of Katamati Iron Mine.

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), the CSR wing of Tata Steel, as part of its comprehensive primary education initiative has started ‘1000 Schools Project’. Under this project, the company tries to increase access of school to every child through different initiatives, one of which is NRBC. Those children who are never enrolled or drop out and are engaged in some other kind of work will study in these centres.

tata-steel-opens-non-residential-bridge-course-centres-at-deojhar-and-kohlahundula-2There were several rounds of counselling sessions in the villages for understanding the need for setting up NRBCs. The guardians and parents showed keen interest to send their children to these centers after they could smell a sense of great future for their children. As per baseline study, 23 children from Deojhar and 34 children from Kohlahundula village will study in these NRBC centres.

Speaking on the occasion, Naik said that the centres will definitely help in bridging the education gap. She urged parents to send their children to these centres and thanked Tata Steel for setting up these centres. NRBC centres will run in the morning from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and will teach subjects such as Mathematics, Odia, English and General Knowledge. TSRDS has engaged a leading NGO called ASPIRE to implement this project.