Mr. Subhash S. Runwal founded Subhash Runwal Education Foundation in the year of 1983, a public charitable trust registered with Charity Commissioner - Greater Mumbai Region, Maharashtra under the registration no. E9349 Mumbai.
The Trustees Of the Foundation
Following are the trustees of the trust:
The Main Objectives of this Trust are:
- Providing education assistance by giving loan scholarships for higher education.
- Hostels for boys and girls
- Providing medical aid
- Charitable objects of the general social responsibilities.
The Groups CSR strategy straddles across Education , Healthcare and Community building and Women empowerment.
Here are a few efforts that exemplify their strong desire to give back to the society and nation for an inclusive growth:
Education is the most powerful tool that can change the world. Anchored in this sentiment are the Group’s contributions towards the education of deserving students by way of providing scholarships, donations, and facilities.
To facilitate access to quality education to children from the less privileged backgrounds ,Mr. Runwal has founded the Subhash Runwal Education Foundation that operates as a public charitable trust. A slew of projects have been undertaken by the foundation over the last few years .Chanda Subhash Runwal Educational Institute has been set up at Dhule to educate girl students. The foundation extends scholarships to over 750 meritorious students each year. It is also associated with the Jain Jagruti center to help students on a larger platform, donating Rs 51 lakhs for scholarships for deserving students. Mr Subhash Runwal has generously donated to students pursuing IAS, IPS, etc, and also to those choosing higher education overseas.
Every year, the Group gives scholarships to over 150 students and to date, has reached more than 500 students through Rs.5 crores. It is also a key contributor at UN Raisoni Vidyalaya in Jalgaon, where more than 2000 children receive education every year.
The Group has built the R-Girls’ hostel , sprawled across 15,000 sqft in Thane in 2008, which accommodates more than 120 girls. The R-Boys’ hostel, spread across 24,000 sqft, has also been established at Nerul for 170 students with amenities such as wi-fi, gym, library, indoor game room, etc in 2013. Both these hostels provide facilities at highly subsidized rates and the Group ensures its smooth function and maintenance. They ensure that the Jain way of simple living is instilled in the youth.
Along with JATF, a division of JITO, the Group assists students appearing for Civil Services Exam through facilities such as boarding, lodging, coaching class fee, etc. Mr. Runwal is Chairman of JATF and Scholarship for Empowering Education and Development (SEED) to enable better education for the needy.
Community Building & Women empowerment
‘Without a sense of caring, there is no sense of community.’ For sustainable and holistic community development, the group clearly recognizes that society’s economic competitiveness is linked to its social health.
One to always enable his people and community, Mr. Runwal was President of Bharat Jain Mahamandal. In his capacity as a leader and influencer, he helmed the celebration of Bhagwan Mahavir Swamiji’s 2600th birthday. The occasion was graced by former Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Chief Guest. Also present were former Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. Alexander and former CM, Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Since 2006, it has been conducting the Shri. Sammedh Shikarji Yatras every year, which are free of cost and are exclusive for those who cannot afford this sacred pilgrimage. Over 1700 Jains have benefitted through this initiative so far. Further, the Group has constructed a Jain Sthanak in Dhule.
The Group represents their support and timely contribution to various other organizations such as MargDarshak, Lions Club, JITO, Bharat Jain Mahamandal, Akhil Bhartiya Jain Sthanakwasi conference, Oswal Utkarsh Mandal, and more.
Mr. Runwal had been blessed with the rare opportunity of honoring the function of the 201-day fast for Tapasvi Samrat Sahajmuniji MS in Khar, Mumbai as Swagat Adhyaksha.
Mrs. Chanda Runwal, too, actively participates in the betterment of the community. Her firm belief that women need to participate equitably in the economic progress has led her to contribute immensely in the upliftment of women. She is the first President of the Jain International Women’s Organisation (JIWO), where she empowers women in the Jain community, and strives to make them independent. Further, she is active in the Jain Sakhi Manch, a women’s organization, which enables and empowers women.
She was President, Lioness Club of Vasant Vihar and helped the enablement of the disabled and physically challenged. She is also associated with in Lions Club and Lioness Club activities, Isha Foundation (a Times of India NGO), All India Sthanakwasi Jain Mahamandal (Ladies wing), Indian Merchant Chambers, and Rajasthani Mahila Mandal.
As a part of her several initiatives to uplift and empower women, she donated sewing machines to ladies. Support was also extended to the handicapped by making provision for over 200 tricycles.
Runwal Developers is conscious of the imperative need for contributing to improved healthcare services especially for the poor and needy patients. The group has been providing preventive and curative healthcare facilities to the underprivileged sections of the society.
Born and brought up in Dhule, Mr. Runwal has never forgotten his Janmabhumi. The Group donated a cardiac ambulance, equipped with machines imported from Germany, to the region. It traverses the remotest tribal areas to bring about timely intervention. In 2012, the first-ever ‘Vision Vehicle’ was donated to the Mahavir International Foundation Trust, Dhule, to serve the people of the region along with Nandurbar and Jalgaon districts. The vehicle is equipped with the most modern instruments and is manned by experienced doctors, who conduct eye camps and perform surgeries at the nearest hospitals. Consecutively, 2 more were rolled out. They also provide spectacles and medicines to those in need. School children and the elderly are specifically assisted to ensure that none of them become victims of labor due to poor vision. Dhule Netra Chikitsalay tied up with Sharda Netra Chikitsalay through Mahavir International to facilitate this campaign. The Runwal Developers donates Rs 5 lakh for the upkeep of this activity every year. Another Vision Vehicle was donated to the Lions Club of Mumbai which is attached to Dr. Wavikar’s Hospital.
The Group has contributed significantly to the construction of a cancer hospital in Amravati. Along with Akhil Bharatiya Marwadi Yuva Manch and Global Marwadi Charitable Foundation, it has donated Cancer mobile van, along with investments in mobile dialysis centre. With JITO (Ghatkopar), the Group has set up a dialysis center in Rajawadi Hospital. It has also partnered with the Shraman Arogyam wing of JITO, which caters to the medical facilities for over 14,000 Jain Sadhus and Sadhvis.
Supporting the government
The Group has also substantially contributed to the Prime Minister’s relief fund, the Chief Minister’s drought relief fund, and the Mayor’s fund that impacted the lives of millions in the hour of need and beyond.
Runwal Developers’s Social Scorecard / Flagship Initiatives/CSR at a Glance
- More than 2000 children receive education every year at UN Raisoni Vidyalaya in Jalgaon.
- Scholarships worth Rs 5 Cr given to over 500 meritorious students
- Built the R-Girls’ & R Boys’ hostel, sprawled across a total of 39000 sq ft to accommodate around 300 students
- Donated Vision Vehicle in Dhule that conducts Eye Camps
- Donated Cancer detection van to carry out cancer screening and detection
- More than 1000 Tricycle Wheelchairs have been donated to support the handicapped.
Accolades and Recognition
Over the years, the Runwal Developers has been recognized for its efforts towards leaving a dent in the world of real estate and society. A few of the awards it has received in the recent past are:
- Mr. Runwal received the Samaj Ratna Award by former President Pratibhatai Patil for his contributions towards various social activities for the upliftment of the needy, in the year 2012.
- Mrs. Chanda Runwal has been the recipient of several recognitions like Nari Ratna Award by former CM Prithviraj Chavan, Janki Devi Award, and Dr. Manibhai Desai Award for her service to the Jain community. She has also received the Mayor’s Award and her efforts have been recognized and appreciated by The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
- Mr. Subhash Runwal was conferred with Jain Samaj Ratna in the year 2013 by former CM Prithviraj Chavan.
- Mr. Runwal was felicitated with the G D Birla Lifetime Achievement award in the year 2014.
- In the year 2013, Maharashtra Gaurav Award for social work was given by Maharashtra Gujarat Samaj Mahamandal.
- Received Jain Ratna Award in 2010 from former Prime Minister , Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- Samaj Bhushan & Saraswati Bhushan award received from Jain Kelwani Mandal in 2011
- JITO Excellance award from Ajit Rangnekar , Dean of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2012
Mr. Subhash Runwal is the Managing Trustee of Subhash Runwal Education Foundation. His primary aim is to promote and assist in the Education, Medical and Social services. Through this Foundation, every year, education scholarships are given to around 400 to 500 needy students, all over the country.
Since 2008 the Foundation has established the R-Girls' hostel at Ghodbunder Road, Thane, where 80 girls are residing and there is always a waiting list for taking admission. In 2013 the Foundation has constructed the R-Boys’ hostel at Nerul – a 4-storeyed building having a total area of more than 20,000 sq. ft, to accommodate 150 students. Both these hostels are run on a No-Profit basis. On the contrary, the Foundation is contributing heavily for the running and maintenance of the hostel.
In co-operation with the Lions 'Club the Foundation has opened a Dialysis Centre at the Lions' hospital at Koparkhairane.
In Dhule, from where Mr. Runwal hails, he has donated a Cardiac Ambulance with all the equipments imported from Germany. A vision vehicle has been donated for Dhule, through Mahavir International. Through the Lions’ Club, a vision vehicle has been donated for Mumbai. The Trust has generously donated for the Cancer hospital at Amravati. For the Cancer hospital the Trust is donating a cancer detection vehicle which will conduct every test related to cancer including mammography. The cost of the vehicle is around Rs.2 crores for which the Foundation will be giving Rs.1 crore.
The Samed-shikharji yatra – a piligrimage for the Jains, is provided free by Mr. Runwal, since last 8 years. Every year at least 150 Jains visit the Samed Shikarji, free of cost. Till now, more than 1500 people have availed this facility.
The Subhash Runwal Education Foundation has contributed Rupees One Crore fifty lacs to Shraman Arogyam of JITO (Jain International Trading Organisation), which provides free of cost of medical care to around 14,000 Jain Sadhus and Sadhvis. Likewise, the Trust has also contributed Rupees One Crore fifty lacs to JATF (Jain Administrative Training Foundation).
The Foundation also generously donates to various charitable activities for the needy people.
Shri Subhash S. Runwal presents the SHREE SAMMEDSHIKARJI YATRA in the loving memory of his father Late Shri. Suganlalji Ratanlalji Runwal. Over 150 people have been privileged to be a part of this Yatra and have fulfilled their wish to complete the Yatra of Sammedshikarji. Every traveler have had great experience in being a part of the Yatra.
The Yatra is being mainly organized for anyone who is 50 to 60 years old, whose financial background is poor and, also the ones who have not done the Yatra.