The Mehta Group has a remarkable history of serving the nation. While the founders of the Group were noted leaders at the forefront of our freedom struggle, they have also been recognised as the helmsmen of the nation's development, post-independence.
A strong Corporate Social Responsibility is one of Mehta Group's most important core values. Our aim is to touch everybody's lives, without losing sight of our obligations to the resources of our world and its people. We realise that fostering openness and communication with our stakeholders is the key to sustainability in our business.
- Educational and Healthcare initiatives
- Arya Kanya Gurukul
Nanjibhai imbibed Gandhiji's doctrine of trusteeship and founded several social and educational institutions in India and Africa; amongst them Arya Kanya Gurukul occupies pride of place. It aims to educate the girl child in a modern educational environment.
It has now grown to be a premier institute of education in Gujarat. Set up in 1936, the girl's school is a rich blend of ancient Vedic teaching and modern educational system. Over 25,000 students have been educated and have graduated from the school.
The students of the school have been blessed by honoured dignitaries Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Radhakrisnan, Giani Zail Singh, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Smt. Indira Gandhi, Shri Morarjibhai Desai, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and more recently, our current President Mrs. Pratibha Patil.
- Gurukul Mahila College, Porbandar
- Santokba Vidyamandir, Porbandar
On 12th June 2006, the Shri Santokba Vidyamandir was inaugurated in memory of Santokba, the wife of our founder Shri Nanjibhai Kalidas Mehta, under the auspices of the Arya Kanya Vidyalaya Trust. This school caters to the primary education - kindergarten to Class VII - of children of Porbandar and surrounding areas.
Whilst the Gurukul is a boarding school for children from class V and above, the Santokba Vidyamandir is a day school and has buses with caretakers to ferry the children back and forth. Bright and cheery classrooms and state-of-the-art educational facilities ensure that quality education is imparted to these young minds.
- NKDAV Public School at Gujarat, Sidheegram
GSCL, Sidheegram has constructed a well-equipped public school which is managed by DAV Institutions to impart quality education in English up to Class 10 to children from the GSCL colony and nearby areas; this school is affiliated to CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). Over the years the school has built a good reputation. Currently around 550 students from Veraval town and nearby villages attend the school.
Emphasis is laid on the overall development of the child in addition to providing quality education. It is an ongoing endeavour of the Group to maintain and improve upon the quality of education offered.
- Sidhee Health Care Centre at Sidheegram, Gujarat
A Medical centre and Dispensary is provided at the residential colony campus of GSCL, Sidheegram & SCL, Ranavav for the benefit of employees as well as people from nearby villages. The medical centres are equipped with a few in-patient beds, ambulances, qualified doctors and support staff. Medical camps are organized periodically in the campus as well as nearby villages on various health related issues to benefit the local populace.
- Other initiatives
- Kirti Mandir: The Birth place of Mahatma Gandhi
The idea of Kirti Mandir germinated when Gandhiji was Nanjibhai's guest at Panchgani in 1944. Shri Nanjibhai was keen that the birthplace of Gandhiji be preserved as a National monument.
The monument was designed by Shri Nanjibhai himself.
It enshrines Gandhiji's thoughts and philosophy. Kirti Mandir stands 79 feet high representing Gandhiji's life span of 79 years. The canopy and its superstructure over the life size images of Gandhiji and Kasturba symbolize the blending of all religions that make up the country.
- Planetarium and Bharat Mandir
In addition, Nanjibhai, who always kept pace with technological developments, established the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, the Bharat Mandir and the M. Dayanand Science College at Porbandar. The planetarium was the first in Western India. The Bharat Mandir is a unique edifice housing the cultural history and heritage of the country in paintings and in quotes on the surrounding walls and pillars and with a relief map of India in the centre.
The Mehta Group provides housing and free medical facilities to 40,000 family members of the employees. We have a dedicated 60 bed hospital at Lugazi, in addition to 10 Dispensaries at various locations to provide basic healthcare to all workers and their families. The medical services provided are basic maternity services, hospital treatment for illnesses such as malaria, minor surgery and out-patient services. Counselling is also provided to families – mainly mothers – on matters of hygiene, managing child health and similar topics. A basic pathology laboratory provides testing for malaria and a few other basic tests.One clinic manned by a nurse is set up in almost each camp.
We operate 2 Nursery Schools, 13 Primary Schools and 1 Secondary School to provide education for more than 6,000 children from within our staff as well as the local population. With an aim to support meritorious students meet their career goal, Dr. Savitadidi Mehta Foundation was established in 2008, to provide scholarships to needy students. Our commitment towards environment has always kept us moving. We have planted more than 500 hectares with trees.
Cane Growers and transporters form a major part of our family of stakeholders and we support them wholeheartedly to be self sufficient. We assist more than 1,800 cane growers financially through subsidized loans and also provide technical assistance on land preparation, cane growing and supply of seedlings. We maintain roads covering close to 1,000 km through our estates and to nearby villages; often the roads we maintain are the only roads to these remote villages!
Lugazi Town and the district of Mukono thrive on SCOUL's community support. As part of our social responsibility, we work hard to mitigate disease and promote healthier living through educational and social programs. We sensitize workers on a continuous basis on HIV/ AIDS. An ongoing initiative of our commitment to people is a rehabilitation program for affected people and families. Not the least, sports is always meant for us, a way of life. We have built a sports stadium and we do encourage people to play and earn a name for themselves in different discipline of sports. That keeps us moving!
Citizens of Mombasa are justifiably proud of the fact that it was in Mombasa that the very first nursery school in East Africa was founded in the year 1934.
The school was built on land generously offered by the Kenyan government on Kuanda Avenue (then known as Cliffe Avenue) and was named SANTOKBEN NANJI KALIDAS MEHTA NURSERY SCHOOL, in appreciation of the highest single donation given by our Founder, Nanji Kalidas Mehta.
The school was completely renovated, refurbished and updated in the year 2006 at a cost of US$ 180,000 and is known as SANTOKBEN NANJI KALIDAS MEHTA NURSERY SCHOOL & VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE for ladies. It also offers a special class to teach and train physically challenged children and has state-of-the-art facilities including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, playground and a well equipped kitchen. . The current Board of Trustees comprises of Mahendra Nanji Kalidas Mehta, Sunayana M. Mehta, Kanubhai Pandya, Rasikbhai Kantaria and Nanalal Sheth.
To this day the school remains an outstanding centre of learning and carries forward the principles on which it was founded.