About Anandilal Podar Trust
In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation called on the nation to donate Rs. 1 Crore to the ‘Tilak Swaraj Fund’ - to help liberate India. Due to British oppression, there was considerable apprehension to make donations. It was then Shri Jamnalal Bajaj approached Shri Anandilal Podar, a noble-hearted businessman, to help drive the initiative. Shri Anandilal Podar readily donated Rs. 2,01,00 to the fund and this formed the foundation for the Trust.
To contribute to education in a young India, great visionaries and philanthropists: Pandit Madan Mohan Malviyaji, Shri Jamnalal Bajaj and Shri Anandilal Podar came together to establish the Anandilal Podar Trust in 1921. It is of utmost pride that Mahatma Gandhiji himself, was the Chairman Trustee of the trust. Anandilal Podar Trust is honoured to be the only private trusteeship that Bapuji ever accepted during his life dedicated to Independent India.
Following in this noble vision, the Trust has been committed to giving back and providing quality education to learners in rural and urban areas across the nation. The Trust has established over 37 charitable schools, colleges, management institutes, hospitals, vocational training centres across India - including the first Institute of Management in Rajasthan, bearing the Podar name.
Currently, over 30,000 students are studying in these institutions as the Anandilal Podar Trust continues growing to enrich more lives and contribute to lifelong learning.