DAF in Nita Ambani’s Responsible Hands

Much of what the top corporates do in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility is an extension of sharing the success with society in which they work. India’s biggest network, Reliance Group is among the most illustrious corporate which have a tradition of thinking beyond business goals. Reliance treats the world as a family and works towards the greater good of the country. According to Nita Ambani philanthropy is one of the firm planks on which civil society can be structured. With a powerful and responsible guiding light like Nita Ambani, Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation is surely in safe hands. Mrs. Ambani’s role in creating this foundation cannot be overlooked and she feels that in today’s time we need to move ahead the dictionary meaning of philanthropy because love and humanity are two terms that have a deeper significance only felt by those who have truly known it.

The Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation is a way to tell the world that Reliance thinks beyond business. Reliance always encourages and funds numerous initiatives related to education, health, human capital and infrastructure. The Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation (DAF) has instituted many awards and scholarship programmes over the years. One of the longest running scholarship programmes is the Dhirubhai Ambani SSC Merit Reward Scheme that helps meritorious students from various districts of Gujarat, Goa, Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Maharashtra to pursue higher studies. The scheme was introduced in 1996 along with Dhirubhai Ambani Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme.

The Reliance Kargil Scholarship Scheme was launched to support 383 children from the martyrs’ families. On the silver jubilee of the company’s listing on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholars Scheme was announced in 2003. Under this scheme, 900 meritorious students of Reliance shareholders are selected for the scholarship. Talking about the social responsibility in general, President Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, Ms. Nita Ambani said, “I believe all of us can and do give in varying degrees. Sadly, it hasn’t been enough. Poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, infant mortality, illiteracy and unemployment continue to be the scourge of our times. We also do not have the luxury of choosing one over the other. There is no hierarchy of suffering. The claims of the homeless on our time and resources are as urgent as those of the hungry.”

DAF is also associated with different health care initiatives including the collaboration with Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Hospital and Research Centre in 1997. The deal was to restructure the hospital and to employ state-of-the-art technology for better treatment.



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