Shri Subhash Chandra through his many philanthropic and social initiatives over several decades has stood testimony to his principle of being a responsible citizen first and then a leader. With every initiative, Subhash Ji recognises the immense potential of the youth has to better the society we live in, and through these initiatives provides the much needed mechanism quintessential to achieving this. With a firm conviction in the concept of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', every initiative involves, and works inclusively to address problems and provide solutions collectively.
Apart from investing in the economic infrastructure, Subhash Ji wants to invest in social infrastructure of India. Through the creation of The Subhash Chandra Foundation, he wishes to inspire thousands of self-reliant people who can contribute to nation-building. The objective of the foundation is to help create and support models across sectors spanning from the mainstream to the niche sectors that provide for an equitable and sustainable society.
Subhash Ji has pledged a corpus fund of Rs. 5000 crore to the foundation. He envisions an India that is self-reliant and not dependant on government or on subsidies. The fund by The Subhash Chandra Foundation is neither a loan nor a donation, but a simple capacity building model.
Subhash Ji’s dedication towards the cause of educating the torch-bearers of the future of India can be clearly seen through the work done by the Ekal Global. By running one-teacher schools or Ekal Vidyalayas, the grass-root movement focusses on taking quality and inclusive education to in the remotest parts of the country. It takes off from the valuable words of Swami Vivekandaji – ‘If a poor child cannot come to school, the school must come him’.
Started in 1989, Ekal Abhiyan presently runs more than 70,000 schools across India and 1900 in Nepal. It has so far reached the lives of around 1.9 million children, especially in the Naxal hit areas. And, it envisions of starting 1,00,000 school by 2022.
Taking the concept overseas, Ekal has also spread its unique literacy program to ten other countries becoming the largest grass-root NGO literacy movement in the world.
SABKA Development Association is working towards integrated rural development of the six villages adopted by Subhash Ji in Hisar district in Haryana.
The association is established for the holistic development of these villages. It has undertaken several initiatives including developing a plan for smart village development, providing access to sustainable energy services, creating awareness about importance of education and healthcare facilities, promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and promoting sports among children and youth in the villages.
By connecting ‘change seekers’ to ‘change makers’ “Sarthi” which translates as the one who drives in the right direction, gives the tools to those who wish to bring about change for the betterment to their lives. Sarthi, which is among the initiatives of the the Subhash Chandra Foundation, aims to create a domino effect of positive change by building a well-informed and empowered nation. It does so by facilitating citizens to become aware of their rights and understand their duties, give them the tools to raise their voice against the issues faced by them and in turn provide the right channel to address and resolve them.
Through this initiative, Subhash Ji has taken a big step towards initiating and accelerating the process of social and economic freedom for every citizen of India.
The principle of giving back to the society transcends in to every aspect of Subhash Ji’s work. In 1995, TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) was set up to make accessible quality education via distance and open learning.
The Taleem Research Foundation today has over 150 projects in 17 states covering over 20,000 respondents. The foundation focusses on addressing issues of national concern like over population, environment preservation and fair access to education, health services and income generating skills. Social science research, capacity building and alternate learning initiatives are its three main areas of interest.