UPL Ltd.: Cultivating Healthcare Professionals and Community Wellbeing

Established in 2003, SSCN stands as the first self-financed college in south Gujarat, set up by UPL Ltd, offering B.Sc. and M.Sc. Nursing programs


VAPI, GUJARAT : UPL Ltd., a leading global provider of sustainable agricultural solutions, has a deep-rooted commitment to fostering positive change beyond the fields.  Their dedication to education and holistic community development is exemplified by the Sandra Shroff College of Nursing (SSCN) in Vapi, Gujarat.

Established in 2003, SSCN stands as the first self-financed college in south Gujarat offering B.Sc. and M.Sc. Nursing programs.  With its world-class infrastructure and a mission of “Service to Mankind,” the institute has empowered 637 aspiring nurses so far, with plans to educate an additional 575 in the coming years. Notably, around 70% of these students come from underprivileged backgrounds, and many alumni are now thriving in esteemed healthcare institutions across the globe.

UPL’s commitment to social progress extends beyond legal mandates. Their CSR initiatives in Vapi encompass four key pillars: Education, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Local Area Needs.  This comprehensive approach underscores their vision of building a more inclusive and prosperous society.

UPL Ltd.: Cultivating Healthcare Professionals and Community Wellbeing

“At UPL, our vision extends far beyond business success,” says Sandra Shroff, Vice Chairman of UPL. “We strive to be catalysts for positive change, uplifting communities and nurturing educational opportunities for all. Our CSR initiatives reflect this vision, where every step contributes to building a brighter future.”

Underlining this dedication, Rishi Pathania, Vice President of CSR at UPL Ltd., elaborates, “Our CSR initiatives underscore our unwavering commitment to sustainable development and social progress.”  Beyond the nursing college, UPL supports institutions like Smt. Sandraben Shroff Gyan Dham School and Gyan Dham Eklavya Model Residential School, ensuring quality education for underprivileged tribal students.

Prof. Samuel Fernandis, M.Sc. Nursing and Principal of SSCN, shares his experience, “Our college ignites the aspirations of future healthcare professionals, guiding them on a transformative journey.” Recent advancements include increasing the student intake for graduate nursing programs, introducing a new General Nursing and Midwifery course, and establishing an Advanced Simulation Skill Laboratory for practical training. Collaborations like the one with the Burns National Conference for Nurses further enrich student development.

UPL’s impact extends far beyond the walls of classrooms. They have empowered women through the formation of over 153 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) with more than 2,000 members engaged in various small enterprises. This initiative has fostered financial inclusion, with a cumulative saving of over INR 8.5 million across these groups.

Demonstrating their commitment to local needs, UPL has constructed 58 sanitation blocks across six states, benefiting over 15,000 students.  Additionally, they have undertaken school infrastructure improvements and organized awareness sessions on sanitation and waste management.

UPL Pragati, another CSR initiative, empowers farmers by facilitating the formation of Farmer Producer Companies. These companies provide essential training, such as legal compliance and business development skills, while connecting farmers to government schemes and markets.  UPL actively collaborates with over 10,500 farmers in Vapi and Dang, working to enhance agricultural productivity and technology adoption.

Through its multifaceted approach, UPL Ltd. is nurturing not just crops, but also a thriving and empowered community. Their commitment to education, healthcare, and sustainable livelihoods is a testament to their vision of a brighter future for all