BHEL, Tiruchi, plans to spend Rs.1.5 crore towards CSR (corporate social responsibility) activities during 2012-13.

The focus will be on education, infrastructure, and health and hygiene, according to the Executive Director of BHEL, Tiruchi, A.V. Krishnan.

Of the expenditure of Rs. 1.1 crore incurred for CSR activities in 2011-12, Rs. 33 lakh was spent on construction of a new school building with four classrooms and two more rooms at Devarayaneri hamlet of Thirunedunkulam panchayat. A majority of students in the school belong to Narikuravar (gypsy) community.

Similarly, six classrooms and a compound wall were constructed for the panchayat union middle school, Tiruverumbur, at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh. A similar gesture for construction of four classrooms was extended to the Government Girls' Higher Secondary School for the Blind at Puthur.

For the industrial training institute, Tiruverumbur, new toilet facilities were created for boys and girls at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh. A compound wall to a length of 750 metres was also constructed, according to officials.

The other infrastructure activities included construction of compound wall for Adi Dravidar Middle School at Cholamadevi, construction of toilets and compound wall for the Tiruverumbur panchayat union primary school at Ellakudi panchayat, and building repair works in a few other schools in surrounding villages including Krishnasanuthiram.

Furniture, books, and sports materials were provided under the scheme to the needy schools. BHEL, Tiruchi, had also promised to establish a computer centre in Thuvakudi for training rural women. BHEL's placement assistant cell (PACE), formed to benefit the BHEL trained apprentices and wards of employees, could find jobs for around 611 ITI, diploma, and degree holders during the year.

As part of the CSR activities, the BHEL, Tiruchi, has sponsored the feeding cost for an elephant at Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai. During 2011-12, BHEL, Tiruchi, provided steel wheels and axles for 66 temple cars.

Outside the State, 252 water purifier units were provided to 52 public health centres at Latur in Maharashtra, official sources added.

Promises to establish a computer centre in Thuvakudi for training rural women