Mysore Oodabathi Manufacturers’ Charitable Trust was established in the year 1973 by the members of All India Agarbathi Manufacturers’ Association. This trust was established as a charitable institution with the aim of improving the welfare of workers. This has been instrumental in supporting the education of children of members associated with the Agarbathi industry.
All India Agarbathi Manufacturers’ Association (AIAMA) along with Mysore Oodabathi Manufacturers’ Charitable Trust is currently encouraging the children of their employees to opt for higher education by funding their higher studies and college education. The trust introduced Vidyabhisheka scheme in the year 2002 to help the children of the workers of the member units to fulfill the children’s education. This facility is currently available to all the children without any precondition.
From the year 2009-10 onwards the trust introduced a new Scholarship assistance scheme for higher studies to outstanding students who have secured more than 75% marks in their SSLC, II PUC examination, and other professional courses. Since the establishment of this programme, it has motivated more children to come up to avail these benefits. Currently, the Trust is helping about 650 students every year and the amount has reached the level of Rs. 35 to Rs. 40 lakhs.
To avail the support, employees associated with Agarbathi industry need to send the request to the Trust through their employer (AIAMA member). The School fee receipt for the financial year or the quarter needs to be submitted to Mysore Oodabathi Manufacturers Charitable Trust. Once paid, 20 to 50 percent of the fee is then reimbursed via the manufacturer’s channel for school education. In case of professional education, grant of special scholarship amount Rs. 50,000/- is made every year by the Trust on submission of required documents. This scholarship scheme has helped thousands of children and they have taken up professional education such as medical engineering, graduate and postgraduate courses.