Guiding Force Behind KJ Bajaj Foundation (From L-R) Kushagra Nayan Bajaj Trustee; Shishir Bajaj- Chairman, Apoorv Nayan Bajaj. Kamalnayan Jamanalal Bajaj Foundation has been founded by Bajaj family, Shri Shishir Bajaj, CMD (Bajaj Hindusthan ltd). & Mrs. Minakshi Bajaj. After completing his MBA from New York University with a major in finance, SHRI SHISHIR BAJAJ joined the Group Company in 1974 and has since then been shouldering the overall responsibility of the Group's Companies. Social responsibility is built into the DNA of the Bajaj Family and hence, established the Kamalnayan Jamanalal Bajaj Foundation. It was the profound conviction of our farsighted founder, Jamanalal Bajaj that the wealth of a business enterprise was bequeathed to it in sacred trust by society. The mission and mandate of the business organisation was to deploy this wealth for the social good. The essence of this trusteeship, a concept firmly anchored on Gandhian philosophy, has always been the guiding principle for us at KJB Foundation. This guiding philosophy has, if anything, only grown stronger and firmer today in KJB Foundation. We in KJBF are deeply and humbly conscious of our social commitment. Our sense of responsibility for India's rural poor is always uppermost in our minds
Wardha is the land of prominent personalities - Gandhiji, Vinobaji and Jamnalalji Bajaj. Once, Gandhiji said about my grand father Jamnalalji -“Jamnalalji is the man of the people – a fisher of men who had the knack of gathering people around him and inspiring them with his idealism.” Very active during India’s freedom struggle, Jamnalalji was a philanthropist who delighted in donating most of his wealth for worthy causes. It was the profound conviction of my grand father, that the wealth of a business enterprise was bequeathed to it in sacred trust by society. From the beginning, Jamnalalji was always more involved in social and philanthropic activities rather than business. Jamnalalji made Wardha the centre for Gandhiji’s economic and social development programmes. He persuaded him to start a branch of his Satyagrah Ashram in Wardha. Gandhiji brought in Vinoba Bhave to start this branch in 1921.We not only take pride in our roots in Wardha but still feel as a part of family members of the Wardha district. With a view to commemorate the memory of my father Shri Kamalnayan and grand father Shri Jamnalal, we have established the Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation to express our gratitude and to support the cause of socio- economic development with human values in Wardha district. Looking at the grim and deteriorating socio-economic conditions of the agrarian community, particularly in the Wardha district and the Vidarbha region in general, we are committed to provide support to the rural community of Wardha district. We seek cooperation from all the development players to work together to really make Wardha a socio-economically developed and a truly Gandhian district.
Profile of Trustees
KJBF is greatly indebted to the Board of trustees who have been a source of inspiration and have guided the foundation well. KJBF is governed by a five members Board of Trustees headed by
Shri Shishir Bajaj is the founder member and Chairman of the foundation. After completing his MBA from New York University with a major in finance, Shri Shishir Bajaj joined the Group Company in 1974 and has since then been shouldering the overall responsibility of Chairman cum Managing Director of Bajaj Hindusthan Limited.
Smt. Minakshi Bajaj co-founder member of the Foundation as obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Calcutta University and is a director of Bajaj Trustee Company Private Limited and Roop Sugars Private Limited.
Shri Kushagra Nayan Bajaj is a Trustee of KJBF and has also been shouldering responsibility as vice chairman of Bajaj Group limited. Mr. Bajaj is a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Political Philosophy and Finance from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA: he earned his Master of Science in Marketing from the Northwestern University, Chicago. USA. He is the moving force behind the social responsibility initiatives of the foundation.
Shri Apoorv Nayan Bajaj the Executive President of Bajaj Corp Ltd., is also a Trustee. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. Socio Economic and Spiritual Development of the Community is his passion.