For many decades, Essel Group has been a leading business conglomerate with a strong presence across Media, Entertainment, Packaging, Infrastructure, Education, Precious Metals, and Technology sectors. With worldwide operations and a workforce of over 10,000 employees, the group has grown substantially. The guiding principle followed by Essel Group is ‘Faith in innovative and organized growth’. Sh. Laxmi Narain is the Chairman of Suncity Projects (P) Ltd and Vice Chairman of the Essel Group of Industries. It is under his leadership, Suncity Projects has scaled new heights in the real estate sector.
Shri Laxmi Narain Goel is considered one of the most dynamic business leaders and a social activist among his peers. He is known for his outstanding contribution towards the society and Ekal Abhiyan is the most important of all. The movement has made its mark in the field of rural education and empowerment. He is the founder and Chairman Trustee of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP), which works as the resource powerhouse of EKAL ABHIYAN.
The Action Group has always held the leading position in the footwear industry in India. Later, it diversified to other fields, such as Chemicals and Plasticizers (API), Computer Monitors and Peripherals, Power Back Up/Inverters (MICROTEK), Housing Projects (SUNCITY), and Health Care (SRI BALAJI ACTION MEDICAL INSTITUTE). Now, the group has ventured into Steel and Power Generation sector. Shri Subhash Aggarwal is the Managing Director of Action Group and is known to place society’s interests above everything else. Soft spoken and friendly, he is one of the most sought after members in Delhi’s business and social circles.
For the past 20 years, he has devoted a lot of time to EKAL Abhiyan and is the master fund raiser of the organisation. Also, he is the founding Trustee of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP). Shri Aggarwal strongly believes in the Ekal movement and continuously works towards inspiring others to join it. He says, “Whenever I attend a marriage or a social gathering, I make it a point to eat dinner with someone new. This habit gives me a chance get one more donor or supporter for EKAL.”
Alomax, a Group Company of ANALCO GROUP, is a leading manufacturer of Aluminum Panel Sheets (ACP) in India. It markets ACP for the façade industry, and other construction material, such as Burma Teak, Italian Marble, imported ceramic tiles, wooden flooring, and furniture.
Shri Om Prakash started his business of construction and building material in 1956, which a few decades later came to be known as the ANALCO group. Today, it is one of the most sought after companies in the field of construction material for residential and commercial projects. Over the years, ANALCO has formed a strong relationship with construction magnates, leading architects, and renowned interior designers. In 2002, the group took a giant leap with the manufacturing of Aluminium Composite Material. It has a state of the art manufacturing plant in Roorkee.
Shri Om Prakash Singhal is a member of the Trust Board of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP). The first time he learnt about Ekal was at a Gurudakshina meeting of RSS where heard about the activities of Ekal Abhiyan from Shri Shyam Gupta Ji. A sentence in particular spoken by Shri Shyam Ji touched Shri Singhal Ji’s heart, “Urban mothers beat their children because they refuse to drink milk while mothers in tribal areas beat their children because they ask for milk”.
Lohia Group has business interests in multiple sectors, such as Real Estate Development, Stainless Steel Cold Rolling, Brass Coil Manufacturing, Wind Power Projects, Warehousing, and Automobile industry, which include Electric Two Wheelers, Three Wheelers and Diesel Three Wheelers. The group also deals in Retail Home Improvement and Home Décor Products, which are supplied to retails chains in the USA, Europe and world over.
Shri Vineet Kumar Gupta plays a key role in the Lohia Group of Industries and under his leadership the group has achieved new heights in the business world. Born and brought up in the holy city of Haridwar, he found himself fully immersed into spirituality at a young age of 40. Shri Vineet Kumar helped his father in setting business in Moradabad at a young age of sixteen.
Shri Gupta is a member of the Trust Board of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP). He believes in the philosophy of Ekal Abhiyan. He said, “In addition to providing basic education, Ekal schools are also giving children cultural and ethical education. It is wholesome education.”
Shri Naresh Kumar is the Chairman Dynamic Offshore Ltd./Deepwater Drilling & Industries Pvt. Ltd. These companies are engaged in the highly technical area of offshore Oil and Gas drilling for Exploration and Production Services. Sh. Kumar is an eminent business leader with an experience of more than 40 years.
Shri Naresh Kumar is former member and the first Asian to be nominated on the prestigious Executive Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) USA. A highly respected entrepreneur, he has many honours to his credit, such as,the first Vice Chairman of South Central Asia Chapter of IADC, His philanthropic ideas got a different perspective when he was introduced to the idea of Ekal Abhiyan by Shri Subhash Aggarwal (Action Group) and Shri Laxmi Goel (Essel Group). Impressed by his enthusiasm and thought process, Shri Naresh Kumar was invited to join the Trust Board of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP). With regard to Ekal Abhiyan, his own words are, “My biggest satisfaction is that I am part of a unique movement like EKAL. I am thrilled to discover that the inmates of EKAL villages due to Ekal’s curriculum are also turning health conscious and quitting bad habits like alcoholism. Clearly, they are working more actively towards improving their financial status as well.”
Vineetaz Exports Pvt. Ltd. is a merchant export firm established in 1991. For over two decades, the company has maintained its leading place in the field of Shawls, Scarves, Stoles, Bandanas, Ladies Garments, Pareos, Sarong Bags, and Night Slips. Some of major clients of the company include countries like USA, Canada, South America, Europe, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. Vineetaz Exports is a pioneer in silk and pashmina madeups industry and have set benchmarks of high turnover with unmatched quality, service, and price. The company was awarded with gold trophy for being the highest exporter of silk made-up items in the year 2003-2004. “
Dr. Mawandia inspired Mr. Vinay Sadh to join Ekal Abhiyan as a Shatakveer. Dr. Mawandia’s compassionate nature reflects in his passion for EKAL. He started as a donor but his dedication towards the organization soon earned him the position of a Trustee. In his free time, Dr. Mawandia loves playing Table Tennis and other sports, which reflects in his confident smile and agile movements. He also enjoys spending time with friends and watching movies. Although he is known as the Silk Man of India, his heart remains with the poor and underprivileged. It reflects in his commitment and involvement in EKAL activities.
For over 25 years, Prominent Agro Industries has been a renowned name in the Indian plastic industry. The company produces master batches for different types of polymers, such as LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, PP, PVC, ABS, PS, PET, PC, and EVA. Prominent Agro Industries, is considered a leader in white, color, and additive concentrates and performance solutions for plastics.
It was in 1974 when The Aggarwal Sabha of Tri Nagar in North-West Delhi was going through an unfortunate sequence of events which eventually culminated in breaking up of the unity into two rival organizations. When all efforts to bring the warring factions together failed, it was Shri Sat Narayan Bandhu who decided to take to the Gandhian course. He sat on an indefinite ‘anshan’ (hungerstrike) declaring that he would break his fast only when the two sides would bury the hatchet and rehabilitate the unity of the community. Finally, two days of his fast forced the community to sit up and take action.
Shri Sat Narayan Bandhu, Trustees of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP) and was the first President of the Executive Committee of BLSP when it was founded in 2000. Of late, he has handed over his entire business responsibilities of Prominent Agro Industries Group to his two sons Shri Rakesh and Shri Mukesh in order to dedicate himself full time to BLSP and his other social commitments, mainly RSS. Shri Bandhu derives his moral and social strength from his deep roots in Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. Always Shri Bandhu’s great hero is Swami Vivekananda for his zeal towards spreading education among the Indian society. “Swamiji was of the opinion that if someone wanted to have ‘darshan’ of God then instead of going to temples one should go and serve the poor and the needy as God lives in the spirit of service to humanity. That was the spirit behind the start of the movement of “EKAL VIDYALYA” says Shri Bandhu.
Surya has emerged as a vast conglomerate by being the largest player in the steel segment and second largest in the realm of lighting. The group has ventured successfully into various other fields like fans, cold rolled strips and PVC pipes etc. Today, Surya is one of the largest business group of India.
India has no dearth of successful entrepreneurs. But there are very few who have lived their life beyond business and established new benchmarks in the fields of corporate social responsibility, social transformation, and social emancipation. Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal belongs to that select club of business leaders of India. At SURYA he has given a unique motto to his team: “Brilliance in Everything”.
Among his most significant social contributions is his active role as a founder Trustee of the Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP). His association with EKAL more than 20 years ago, when he travelled to remote villages of Ranchi with Bapu Madan Lal ji. “I was amazed to see the quality of work they were doing. They were reaching out to those tribal and rural communities of the society who had been practically left out of the national development process”, this is how he explains his first exposure to EKAL.
Jindal Group of Companies is a combination of various trading houses and companies engaged in a variety of business activities including domestic and international trading of bullion, spot and future trading in agro commodities, base metals, energy, financing and investment in mutual funds, debt market instruments, capital markets etc. The group has won more than 30 awards for its outstanding performance in International Trade, mainly exports.
He is actively involved in many Chambers of Commerce and business associations. He is Chairman, Investments & Capital Market Committee of ASSOCHAM, Managing Committee Member of ICC, Vice President of Delhi Export Association and Delhi Bullion Association. He is also actively associated with Committee of NCDEX and Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) as an Executive Member. Among his peers Shri Jindal is known for his aesthetics, meticulous planning, and his charming personality.
“I find a great parallel between the EKAL Vidayalaya and sowing of paddy saplings. Children are like paddy saplings which are grown in bunches in a nursery. During this initial growth period each sapling acquires its basic strength by staying together. Later when it is sown in its own place in the field, it can take all the pressures of the climate and grows into a bountiful plant. EKAL schools are like this nursery where they learn the art of learning and imbibe the strength of their cultural roots.” Shri Jindal ji express his views about Ekal. His association with Ekal for more than 8 years. He has been devoting a lot of time in the progress of Ekal Abhiyan activities for the welfare of downtrodden society of India.
Jainco Buildcon Ltd is considered to be a leading player in the field of town infrastructure development, especially water supply, sewage, drainage, sewage water pumping stations, water treatment plants, and sewage treatment plants.
Shri Naresh Jain, Chairman cum Managing Director of Jainco Buildcon Ltd, is one of the most credible person to provide technological resources to civil agencies, such as Delhi Jal Board, National Highway Authority of India, Delhi Metro, and a host of other national and regional agencies looking after the external development work in metropolitan cities. He is a dynamic person who is known to successfully manage his business as well as social responsibilities.
Shri Naresh Jain’s first tryst with Ekal took place in 2002. He was inspired by Lala Mange Ram Action Group who strongly felt for the social need to educate rural and tribal children for a better future. A strong and unbending commitment for Ekal, earned Shri Naresh Jain the designation of National Treasurer of BLSP from 2002 to 2009. Later, he was appointed he National President of BLSP from 2010 to 2016. He believes that the organisation’s policy of not accepting funds from the Government has worked well in Ekal’s favour. Shri Naresh Jain says, “In our villages people are always keen to learn and find a solution to their problems.
All they need is a genuine friend and Ekal has filled that gap for the villagers. Other organisations seek help from the government, but EKAL is capable of helping the local government by providing aid in the remote areas.” Although he has never been an avid traveler, but his responsibilities towards Ekal has taken him to remote villages and tribal areas across India. Now, Shri Naresh Jain regularly travel abroad to inspire people to contribute towards this social cause. In his free time, he enjoys reading books.