Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha

Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha

Established in 1987 and named after Padma Vibhushan Smt. Jankidevi Bajaj, the Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha (JBGVS) single-mindedly works towards bridging the divide between urban and rural India by focusing on integrated rural development activities.

The Sanstha is now actively ushering in change in over 100 villages in Pune, Aurangabad and Wardha in Maharashtra, and Sikar in Rajasthan through various programs. All JBGVS programs are designed in consultation and active participation of the villagers for better acceptability and effective implementation. JBGVS’s integrated rural development work is aligned with the guidelines of United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The five major focus areas are Economic Development, Education, Health & Hygiene, Social Development and Environmental Development. Periodical surveys are carried out every three years to measure the rate of development achieved through the implementation of these programs.


Economic Development

  • Imparting knowledge of modern, economic and organic agricultural practices through activities like demonstration plots, poly house farming, organic farming and mini irrigation
  • Increasing the scope of animal husbandry and dairy farming in income generation. Under Kamdhenu cow project, JBGVS in partnership with Rotary Club of Poona North distributed 250 cross breed cows in the last 5 years. By 2012 the number of cows has increased to 800 and is generating yearly income of Rs. 52.5 million.
  • Nurturing young entrepreneurs by giving educational and training support in vocational activities
  • Implementing Aamrai, a seven year horticulture project, in partnership with NABARD for mango and amla orchard development by tribal people on their wasteland. The project covers 1000 tribal families in Pune district. The project will bring 900 acres of waste land under green cover.


  • Increasing adult literacy through 'each one teach one' method where a school-going child teaches one illiterate older relative
  • Providing infrastructure and teacher's training support to government-run primary school
  • Conducting an informal program called Rural Education and Information Network (REIN), one-hour before or after school through senior boys and girls.

Health & Hygiene

  • Supporting a government-run comprehensive reproductive and child health program for adolescent girls and expectant mothers
  • Organising periodic health checkups and immunization for anganwadi children
  • Monitoring the quality and quantity of food served to anganwadi children
  • Educating lactating mothers on the advantages of breast feeding
  • Actively assisting the Village Child Development Centre (VCDC)
  • Arranging mobile clinics and health checkup camps for the remotely located villagers
  • Training midwives to handle medical emergencies
  • Conducting intense awareness campaigns to promote construction of proper sanitation facilities and separate sanitation complex for girls and boys in schools
  • Organising health check-up camps and HIV/AIDS awareness programs

Social Development

  • Conducting Panchayat Raj training for elected members
  • Creating leadership opportunities through mahila melava, mahila mandal, self help groups, exposure visits etc.
  • Encouraging youth/sports clubs to inculcate camaraderie and spirit of sportsmanship
  • Forming bhajan mandal for senior citizens
  • Conducting vocational training programs, specifically for women and creating a fund for self help groups

Environment Development

  • Implementing government programs and international projects for water and soil conservation
  • Educating people on waste water disposal measures like making of drainages and soak pits
  • Undertaking tree plantation

Economic Independence

Kashi-ka- bas, a quaint village in the Sikar district of Rajasthan and the birthplace of Jamnalalji, has felt the winds of change with JBGVS. Since 2010, JBGVS has implemented various programs in health care, education and women empowerment in 10 villages in and around Kashi-ka-bas. The Sanstha has redefined life in these villages by:

  • Recruiting people from a socially disadvantaged background and ensuring there is no discrimination against them at the workplace
  • Conducting vocational training programs specifically for women and creating a fund for self help groups
  • Facilitating the procurement of goats and buffaloes for poor and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families
  • Repairing school buildings and construction of sports facilities at the Jamnalal Bajaj Senior Secondary School
  • Supporting the construction of low cost houses approved under the Indira Awas Yojana
  • Organising health check-up camps and HIV/AIDS awareness programs
  • Periodical surveys are carried out every three years to measure the rate of development achieved through the implementation of these programmes via use of social indicators

Social Welfare

Samaj Seva Kendra (SSK): It works for the upliftment and welfare of people inhabiting the areas around the Bajaj Auto plants at Akurdi and Nigdi in Pune. SSK conducts:

  • Basic tailoring and fashion designing courses for women
  • Short term courses like mehendi, rangoli, catering, glass painting, frame making, cloth painting etc. which enable women to explore their creative talent and earn
  • Skill development camps during summer vacations for young girls
  • English medium nursery class where the all round development of kids, through extracurricular activities and competitions, is the prime motive
  • Two batches of literacy classes regularly in association with Jan Shikshan Sansthan
  • Extracurricular activities like karate, yoga, music, dance, hobby classes at the sports and children’s club
  • Senior citizen programs where the elderly meet and sing bhajan and share life experiences
  • Music classes where kids are trained to play Indian musical instruments, as well as in classical and western dance
  • Family planning programs, medical checkups for kids and HIV/ AIDS awareness rally
  • Teachers training program and certified beauticians diploma course

Environment Protection

  • Participating actively in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs' Green Initiative for paperless compliance