Corporates Paving the Way for Educated India
By Choudhary Sandeep
With the education in India acquiring a new definition each passing year, there is a strong need to uplift education standards at large. A big section of the corporate is today focused on empowering the youngsters in a real manner by making learning interesting and relevant for years to come.
Corporate – A Vital Instrument of Hope and Innovative Approach
While various organisations are known to be working on social issues, a growing section of the corporate feels their members or leaders can be handy in employing innovative approach for an effective education delivery for those who need it desperately.
Through various mechanisms like encouraging volunteering, special camps, establishing interactive programmes with foreign faculty or students or special workshops of specific days or organising study tours to any historical place for students, can be a few methods to make learning interesting.
India Needs Its Distinct Education Model
India has to think of new ways to improve its education system and come up with its own model of improving quality in education, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said it during an interaction hosted by a daily.
Meaningful Education Delivery — The Corporate Way
Instead of donating food or clothes or doing artificial help of the needy people, a number of corporate and the NGOs are focused on building a knowledgeable society through educated youth. Thus, their focus is to take education to the last-mile and also impart information or perform an enabler’s role in an impactful manner.
The intention is to deliver something which remains relevant years after receiving it instead of turning obsolete.
According to Priyadarshini Nigam, Director and Head-CSR, Newgen Software, we believe that Corporate Social Responsibility is not charity or mere donations but a way of doing business as usual while creating shared values and contributions for social and environmental good. We have taken the education route to contribute to the society. Remember Nobel Laureate and anti-Apartheid Leader Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“Newgen’s CSR journey commenced 12 years ago, in 2006 and Sadbhavna was set up to support the education of less-privileged children and equip them with basic life skills. It later encouraged us to start our core CSR initiative, Newgen Digital Discovery Paathshala (NDDP)”.
“Started in 2016, NDDP is Newgen’s flagship CSR initiative. It’s a program being implemented for the students of some of the Government Schools in Delhi to imbibe digital literacy, using i-Pads, amongst the target students and provide them with a life-long skill to survive in the fast paces technological advancements,” Nigam added.
NDDP was designed to develop research oriented skills amongst students studying in government run schools and to impart them knowledge through web-based technology. This stems from the company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Diwakar Nigam’s vision to transform classroom sessions into fun-learning activities and to make the learning more meaningful.
The objective behind it is to stimulate young minds through modern-day IT innovations, like iPads and the internet. The facilitators use various methodologies to impart knowledge such as role plays, quiz sessions, movies, and presentations while conducting the sessions.
F.C. Sondhi Charitable Trust
Another notable organization is F. C. Sondhi Charitable Trust, existing since 1978, it offers grants to the needy and scholarships and books to students, enabling individuals to realise their dreams.
As shared with The Bridge India by Neena Sondhi, Director CSR, FC Sondhi Charitable Trust it distributed – Rs. 11,31,800 as scholarship to 248 students, and Rs. 16,07,360 as grant to 370 beneficiaries. It is also promoting scholarship to sports & differently abled people and also gives 10 sports scholarships to encourage budding talent.
Its parent company F.C. Sondhi & Co. (India) Pvt. Ltd. looks after its employees and their children and provides scholarships to everyone as — For School-goers (up to class 10th), For College-goers (from class 11th to Graduation), For Technical Courses like diploma, Professional Courses & Post Graduation.
The SBI Foundation aims to be the leading institution for promoting growth and equality in the country. One of its focus areas is education. It has undertaken various programmes such as SBI Foundation has partnered with Education Support Organisation (ESO) to further the common goal of providing quality education to slum children.
SBI foundation has also started 200 BETI PADAO KENDRAs (BPK) in association with IIMPACT, an NGO started by alumni of 1978 batch of IIM Ahmadabad. These Beti Padao Kendras are aimed at imparting basic education (up to class 5th) to girl children in remote rural areas where there are no formal schools.
It has also started 50 “Digital Class” in Government schools in Telangana’s Medak district to provide digital technology to rural poor children studying in Government schools. The digital class consists of a projector, which doubles up as a computer provides A/V converted curriculum. Complex theories and concepts become easy to understand via video content.
Also, Bodh Shiksha Samiti’s Bodhshala project is in alignment with the SBI Foundation’s Focus area of providing and promoting education to underprivileged section of the society in rural India.
Dell has dedicated funds, technology and expertise globally to further empower and enable interested youth from around the world to explore STEM fields.
Among its partnership programmes with American India Foundation –nearly $600,000 were donated to the foundation, which enables technology-based classroom teaching methods across six states in India. The in-person programmes benefit over 90,000 youths, and satellite programmes benefit nearly 1,90,000. Part of this donation included product donations of Dell’s Latitude laptops as well as Precision tower desktops.
In essence, with a section of the corporate focusing on boosting education sector in India, there seems a big light illuminating at the end of the dark tunnel of ignorance and deprivation. Certainly, it seems a good omen for building a New India.