July 03, 2014

Tata Power's JV company Maithon Power organises 'Padho Badho' programme in Dhanbad

Dhanbad: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, is committed to the inclusive development of children and women living in and around its area of operations. In line with this philosophy, Maithon Power, a 74:26 joint venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), in association with Whiz Mantra, conducted the ‘Padho Badho’ program under its ‘Vidya’ initiative. The ‘Padho Badho’ programme was organised over a period of seven months in three special education centres of Palarpur, Madandih, Dombhui village of Dhanbad.

The objective of this initiative was to improve the quality of education in the age group of 5-14 years students by encouraging them to adopt innovative learning methods. The students who enrolled in the programme underwent a five level Learning Enhancement Program (LEAP) that included 48 classes in which the children were provided innovative learning support through books, audio visuals, special grooming and motivation sessions for self-improvement.

The learning programme has been designed to develop the students’ confidence and engage them in various experiments for better learning and understanding. The students attended special training programmes combined with computer aided learning sessions, science labs, group discussions and logical reasoning for various subjects. Parent and Teacher conferences were also organised across each special education centre for active involvement and support from the parents.

Speaking at this initiative, Mr. Bhaskar Sarkar, CEO, Maithon Power stated, “We at Tata Power have always endeavored towards comprehensive development of the community and have implemented various programmes for inclusive growth. We would like to thank the community leaders, the villagers and the children for their enthusiasm and support for making the program a huge success. We are extremely delighted with the response and will continue to organise such programmes in future for the welfare of the community.”

Mr Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Station Head, Maithon Power said, “We believe that children are the future of India and it is highly imperative to provide them with a strong educational foundation. We have received an overwhelming response from the participating students for the summer camp organised under ‘Vidya’. We would like to thank all involved for making this event a great success”.

This programme provided training not only to children but also to more than 50 women in each region through its special women’s club ‘UMEED’ under its ‘Kalam Pakdo Abhiyan’. As a part of their learning process they were introduced to computer and audio-video learning aids. Along with basic education, women were also trained on etiquettes and self-grooming as an important part of the curriculum for the students of ‘Umeed Club’.

The Company also conducted ‘Naye Sapne’, a three day summer camp for over 300 school students of the village education centre. The summer camp saw enthusiastic participation as it adopted various fun filled methods to improve the learning levels of the children. The activities included; art and craft making, science expeditions, storytelling, dinosaur stories, flower show, bird show, bow and arrow shooting, etc. Mr. Prashant Kumar, District Collector, was the chief guest of the event and distributed the prizes to the winners of the competition.

Mr. Prashant Kumar also appreciated the Maithon Power Plant’s Community Relations team for successfully organising the summer camp. He requested the team to continue their good work for the society and increase the number of remedial centres across Maithon. Mr. B.B. Singh, District Superintendent of Education along with senior officials from Maithon Power Plant were also present at the event.