Late Shri OP Jindal
(7 August 1930 – 31 March 2005)

Late Shri OP Jindal Ji (our beloved Bauji), a true son of the soil was born in Hisar, Haryana

He was the legendary figure who started his industrial career with a humble bucket-manufacturing unit. By sheer hard work and exemplary business acumen he went on to build a multi-billion-dollar industrial empire with the motto ‘growth with social conscience’. He was a man of steel who could talk to machines. In short, he was nothing less than an engineering genius. Recognising his outstanding contribution to the Indian steel industry, he was conferred the prestigious “Life-Time Achievement Award” by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry in November 2004.

Bauji who is remembered for his business excellence and social responsibilities alike, was a leader of the masses, someone who would often champion the cause of the poor and downtrodden. He believed that without the upliftment of the weak and the backward sections of the society, a nation can never prosper. He created thousands of jobs in backward areas, built schools and hospitals and was deeply admired for his philanthropy. His journey from a humble origin to being a successful industrialist, former Member of Parliament, a philanthropist, a politician and a leader, will be a great source of inspiration for generations to come. “Where others saw walls, he saw doors” – that is how his vision has been expressed. He had a vision for a progressive state where men and women would be equal to each other and in their equality lay the secret for the state’s advancement. The result of this vision was the birth of Vidya Devi Jindal School, an all girls’ residential school set in serene and calm surroundings. 47 acres of spacious campus accommodates 700 plus students and 300 plus staff members and their families. It was the maiden venture of the Vidya Devi Jindal Rural Development Trust established in 1981 by Shri OP Jindal. The school was granted affiliation by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and became functional in July 1984. Since its inception, VDJS has been a pioneer in bringing a resounding change in ‘Women Empowerment’. The motto of the school is enshrined in the Sanskrit words ‘Vidya Jyoti Jeevan Jyoti’ which means ‘the light of knowledge is the light of life’. All efforts are directed towards the achievement of this objective considering that education is a social vehicle, which must drive you to forge ahead and be a carriage for new ideas. VDJS is a model for learning and leadership development that focuses on improvement and awareness in five areas: emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual. All five areas are essential to the success of the student, when a student takes the steps to develop into a complete, well-rounded person she is on the “trail to success”.