One of the key elements of TAFE’s CSR strategy is the rehabilitation of the
differently abled. The core idea behind JRehab Centre at Alampatti near
Madurai, is to empower the differently abled and help them lead a life with
Engaged in the production of wiring harnesses, JRehab, the dream of A.
Sivasailam, the former chairman of TAFE, was established in 1980, in the
memory of his father, S. Anantharamakrishnan, the founder chairman of
the Amalgamations Group, to help orthopedically challenged women. It was
his dream to support the physically disabled, by helping them earn a good
living with dignity and self esteem, and to make them self-sufficient and
Today, JRehab has an all-women work force, which makes wire harnesses,
fender harnesses, battery cables, trailer sockets and toolkit bags for tractors
and other automobiles manufacturers. This unit is run as a regular business
and has its targets and plans, which have been consistently achieved.
In 2000-10, around 62 women were benefited by this scheme. The women
employed here are provided with appropriate transport and other amenities
like food, medicines and personal assistance to make their work ambience
conducive. They are also provided with calipers once in a year, without any
This unique initiative of TAFE has won the National Award for the Best
Employer for People with Disabilities in the year 2000. The State Government
of Tamil Nadu also conferred JRehab with the Best Employer State Award for
providing maximum number of employment opportunities to persons with
disabilities in the same year.