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
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.