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Educational Initiatives

About BJS

About Bhartiya Jain Sanghatana

Established in the year 1985, Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) has been in the forefront of addressing national concerns in the areas of Disaster Response, Social Development and Educational Initiatives. Having its head office in Pune, BJS is a non-political, non-profit, professionally managed Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a nationwide footprint working towards the benefit of all.

Over the years of its existence, BJS has practiced and perfected its approach and processes in the chosen areas of its work. It has rich and multi-dimensional experience of working at the grassroots as well as contributing to policy-level thought processes and decision making. BJS has worked with Central and many State governments and NGOs to implement many of its projects.

BJS works in progressional steps to achieve optimum and lasting impact - identifying issues, researching the needs, developing solutions based on practical experiences, implementing them sizable pilot projects to validate scalability, after analyzing the pilot results, and taking the modules countrywide roll-out and implementation.

The foundation of Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana is the Volunteers’ Network that is built very meticulously since day one. BJS has a nation-wide network of volunteers actively carrying out BJS responsibilities with relentless commitment. This volunteers’ network is the real strength of the organization. Having such a committed network till grass-root level serving for the social cause, BJS demonstrated the power of executing projects or many seemingly uphill tasks with speed and scale.

BJS has active volunteers’ network in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana. At many locations across all these 11 states and at few dispersed locations in other parts of India, BJS implements Social Development programs through its specially trained volunteers.

BJS has participated in Disaster Response activities in all major disasters since 1993 major earthquake of Latur - Osmanabad in Maharashtra. There onwards, BJS worked in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) earthquake – 1996, Gujarat earthquake – 2001, Akola (Maharashtra) floods – 2002, Andaman & Nicobar tsunami – 2005, Jammu & Kashmir earthquake – 2005, Bihar floods – 2008, and Maharashtra drought – 2013 & 2016.

BJS focused on educational rehabilitation of disaster affected children since 1993 earthquake. From Latur & Osmanabad, BJS rehabilitated 1200 students and took complete responsibility of their education from standard 5th till their graduation. BJS established a permanent facility - Wagholi Educational Rehabilitation Center (WERC) near Pune in 1997. WERC has been hosting tribal students from Melghat (Amravati) and Kosbad (Thane) of Maharashtra since 1996. From November 2015, BJS took responsibility of rehabilitating children from suicide affected farmers’ families of Maharashtra. In 2016-17 academic year, 287 tribal boys and 653 boys and girls of farmers’ families are hosted at WERC for their education where all facility for their co-curricular development, sports and especially physical and mental health are provided with utmost care.

About Founder

Shantilal Muttha was born on 15th August 1954, in Dongarkinhi, a small village in Beed-a backward district of Maharashtra in a household with modest means. Raised and schooled without a mother whom he lost when he was only six months old, he had a difficult childhood experiencing the hardships that come with a migratory lifestyle. During his stay in a Jain boarding school from Std 8 to 11th in village Kada (dist. Beed) he closely experienced the stark social disparities and the exploitation of the marginalized at the hands of the rich. This left an indelible mark of anguish and compassion for the less fortunate on his young mind.

He subsequently went to Ahmednagar for his XII and Pune for graduation in BMCC; his first major exposure to the ways of city life. He had to fend for himself in the big city. He did odd jobs to fund his education and forged new relationships by networking with various NGOs & by working for the Jain community. Although after graduation he worked for different organizations he was constantly in pursuit of identifying the means to work for social causes due to the discomforting childhood experiences. He realized his inability to pursue his social goals by working under other people and for other NGOs. He figured out that in order to sustain his social work in a way and the scale at which he wanted, he had to have his own money. Hence he resolved to start his own business to gain financial independence for the larger cause of social development. He decided to put his social pursuits on the backfoot till he’d acquired sufficient financial capital.

From 1978-1985 he gradually established and greatly flourished in the business of real estate development. However at the age of 31, when he was at the peak of his business he radically decided to pursue his heart’s calling and foray into the realm of social development with an initial focus on family related issues. The impact of the malaise caused by regressive, inter connected practices like dowry, female foeticide and extravagant wedding expenditures had left deep imprints on his mind and this area was but a natural choice for him to venture into. He refrained from criticizing these traditional practices directly and instead chose to offer feasible, progressive alternatives to these deep rooted traditions and social norms. In order to champion for this cause he started an informal association Akhil Maharashtra Jain Sanghatana to mobilize people for supporting him in the years to come. In its wake, concepts like mass marriages, vadhu var parichay sammelans were offered and propagated as solutions to the wrongful practices of dowry and marriage extravaganza, similarly remarriages of widows/divorcees were brought to the fore.

In 1993 with the Latur earthquake, Shantilal Muttha ventured into disaster response. It is then that Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana was formerly registered as an NGO and a formalized structure of office bearers and volunteers fell into place. Subsequently under his leadership BJS also moved beyond education rehabilitation towards working for quality improvement in schools with a strong focus on values education.

His constant endeavours to delivering impactful, replicable solutions at the grassroots over last 30 years since 1985, have brought BJS in the reckoning for its work in social development, disaster response and education at the national and international level. Under his leadership BJS won the 2005 WANGO (World Association of NGOs) Education Award, the Qimpro Platinum Standard 2010 for Education and the ICHL 2013 Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Action in the category of Post-Disaster Relief Operations, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, instituted by IIM Raipur. The work of BJS during the Latur earthquake found a special mention in one of the proceedings of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha. Similarly a special reference to the phenomenal work done by BJS during the J&K earthquake was made in the Lok Sabha proceedings in a statement made by the Ministry of Home Affairs in dated 28th November 2005.

He is a recipient of various awards for his exemplary work like the 1992 National Youth Award from Indian Institute of Youth Affairs in honour of Late Indira Gandhi, 1996 'Yuva Pune Gaurav Puraskar' given by Yuva Bharati, Pune at the hands of Mr.T.N.Seshan, 1998 Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Award from the Diwaliben Mohanlal Charitable Trust at the hands of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Life-time achievement award , 2012, instituted by CREDAI.


To collectively contribute towards Nation Building through Holistic Development of Society.