SAIL has established about 146 schools in its steel townships to impart modern education to more than 69,000 children. Every year more than 200 students from SAIL-run schools are admitted into professional courses being offered by premier institutions of higher learning in the country such as IITs, IIMs, NITs, medical schools, etc. Many students from SAIL townships are among the top rankers in the entrance examinations of these institutes.
Besides, the company provides assistance in the form of construction of additional rooms/boundary walls/toilets, provision of stationery/sports items, etc., to over 286 schools with around 14,000 students. Apart from its own schools, SAIL also supports other public schools, managed independently and opened primarily to support the growing demand for education. Consequently, in terms of completion of primary education (up to class 5), SAIL-managed schools have the distinction of having a survival rate of 93.12% and 90% in secondary education. The schools have maintained a girl:boy ratio of 1:1 for all levels of education. SAIL is now targeting to achieve 100% literacy in its townships.
SAIL has started free schools in each of townships of its integrated steel plants for underprivileged children. These schools provide free nutritious midday meals, uniforms, textbooks etc. Scholarships for bright children belonging to weaker sections of society as well as Scheduled Castes/Tribes have also been provided. In addition, Bhilai has adopted 225 tribal children while 14 tribal children belonging to the nearly-extinct Birhore tribe have been adopted by Bokaro Steel Plant and free schooling/education, boarding and lodging facilities are being provided to them.
To enable availability of vocational avenues to its communities, SAIL has set up an ITI at its Gua Ore Mines recently. The foundation stone for an ITI at Samastipur in Bihar has also been laid.