An Awe-Inspiring Visit to Jain Valley (JISL), Jalgaon

by on June 24, 2018

Had the most INSPIRATIONAL visit to Jain Valley, Jalgaon, Maharashtra with my co-sisters. The credit goes to VISIONARY entrepreneur Padmashri Bhavarlalji Jain (1937-2016), who was the founding chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. (JISL). Currently the second largest micro-irrigation company in the world, the company has followed his motto of “Leave this world better than you found it” since its inception. Today, it is his four sons – Mr. Ashok Jain, Mr. Anil Jain, Mr. Ajit Jain, and Mr. Atul Jain – who keep their father’s legacy alive and take his vision forward.

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At the Presentation Hall – A Glimpse into the Vision & Work of Padmashri Bhavarlal Jain

JISL is spread over an area of approximately 2,000 acres and adheres to the Jaina principles of Ahimsa and Aparigraha, and Gandhian ideals. Cleanliness and aesthetic beauty mark every corner of this sustainable and eco-friendly terrain, and we had the good fortune to look over their many fantastic undertakings during our stay, ranging from farming, agriculture, greenhouses, irrigation, and pipe factories to many other ventures.

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At the serene and green Jain Park

We were particularly fascinated by their Drip Irrigation Project (2nd largest in the world) and Jain Farm Fresh Foods.Jain Irrigation practice and theory is part of the curriculum in graduation courses in agriculture across the country. They are also recipients of 10 International, 144 National and 40 State awards for their outstanding performance in Fair Business Practices, Entrepreneurship, Research and Development and Exports to date.

Amidst Nature in Jain Valley, Jalgaon

Amidst Nature in Jain Valley, Jalgaon

Among Jain Valley’s many ventures, is KISAN GURUKUL. An estimated 60,000 farmers come here every year to attend short courses.

We visited the ANUBHUTI SCHOOL, where Nishaji, wife of Mr. Anil Jain, is in charge of the school’s daily running. What dedication! Truly, I wanted to turn back time and become a young schoolgirl again so I could return to school when we visited this place!

We also watched a fabulous audio-visual presentation at the GANDHI TEERTH (Gandhi Research Foundation), which is a dedicated research institute and museum run by the Jain family on site.

Gandhi Teerth Jalgaon - Stunning Audio Visual Presentation

Gandhi Teerth Jalgaon – Stunning Audio Visual Presentation

With JISL’s continued adherence to Jaina and Gandhian principles, as the foundation of its business model, all youngsters must visit this place at least once. Witness how aspirations and dreams can become an awe-inspiring reality.

An inspiring sculpture of Shri Bhavarlalji Jain & his wife

An inspiring sculpture of Shri Bhavarlalji Jain & his wife

With a work force of 10,000 staff, the company taking utmost care of its employees by providing them all with lunch daily. Food is delivered to the farmers wherever they might be, and we enjoyed the same delicious sattvik meals prepared for them during our stay. The company also takes an active role in supporting the health and wellbeing of staff members working to erase the consumption of alcohol, gutka, and drugs. An honourable feat! Visit their facebook page.

The lovely pathway from our rooms to the dining hall - JISL, Jalgaon

The lovely pathway from our rooms to the dining hall – JISL, Jalgaon

Invited for tea one evening to visit the Jain family in their beautiful home, we were deeply touched by their warmth and hospitality. Meeting the bhabhis was truly a pleasure, and the wonderful way they spoke of their family ideals and the respect they had for their father-in-law, was extremely moving. It was a humbling experience to say the least!

Many thanks, indeed, to Chandraprakash Chordia for inspiring us to go on this trip and to Sadhana for taking care of all the nitty gritty details. Also, our gracious thanks to Anilji Kataria & Ashokji Kataria for such a pleasant and wonderful stay.

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