CSR in Education in India is a worthy cause to contribute to!
Updated: Mar 29, 2018
“Good quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.” – Desmond Tutu
Education is the backbone of every society in this world. But what matters the most is the quality education- a dream for many. In India, out of the 229 million students enrolled for class I – XII, only few receive quality education with good teachers and teaching aids. According to UNICEF specialist, 40-50 per cent of the children from 15-18 years age group are dropping out of schools. These drop-outs become child-laborers denying themselves access to quality education and professional skills.
Thankfully, the Indian Government is taking initiatives to improve the situation. In 2013-14, the government had allocated a huge amount of Rs .65,869 crore and Rs.70,505 crore for the year 2014-15.for the total education outlay.
Important milestone in Government’s measure to offer education for all is the “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” which has been in operation since 2000-2001. It promises to offer free and compulsory education to children of 6-14 years. The late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K.Kamaraj, was the pioneer in introducing mid-day meal scheme for schools in the year 1962 to encourage parents to send their kids to schools and reduce dropout rates.
To improve quality while providing access to secondary schools at the same time, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA, 2009) scheme was brought into action. Sakshaar Bharat Mission was launched in 2001 to prevent alarming drop in female literacy. On the infrastructure side, District Information System for Education (DISE) reported in 2012 that more than 91% of primary schools have drinking-water facilities and 86% of schools built in the last 10 years have a school building.
But that is not enough because the challenge is huge and not only government but everyone has to take efforts towards imparting quality education. This will not only deliver workers but thinkers, innovators & leaders to the society. Like government, Indian corporate sector can play a big role in improving quality of education. As per government mandate corporate with at least 5 crore revenue have to devote 2% of its annual revenue to Corporate Social Responsibility. That is where corporate can contribute to this worthy cause.
CSR in Education in India
Several private organizations are joining hands with the Government to make that ultimate dream of offering quality education in India come true. As an important part of it, the role of corporate with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India is crucial in improving the educational conditions in India.
Let us see the CSR activities of some of the best companies in India.
CSR activities of TATA Group in Education sector:
Tata group leads from the front with a whooping 1000 crores budget on CSR for the year 2013-14. Among which Tata Steel is the highest spender. It aims at launching 1,000 schools project in Odisha, for improving the quality of education in government primary schools.
Tata Education Excellence Program, is an award winning education program in Pune, launched by Tata Motors. Every year it identifies 600 boys and girls, enrolled in secondary schools. This program has helped improve the pass percentage of students to 98% and reduced the drop-out rates from 35 to less than 5%. According to Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resources Officer of Tata Motors, the company supports 11 schools in Jamshedpur, Asha Kiran a special-needs children school and many municipal schools in Mumbai. They also organize coaching classes for weak students and provide scholarship assistance to meritorious students.
Tata Teleservices is also doing its best by providing education for students from underprivileged community in government schools. They have Teacher Training programs to enhance the quality of education being imparted to students studying in Government schools.
CSR activities of Wipro in Education sector:
Wipro’s “Applying Thought in Schools” is a part of its CSR initiative “Wipro cares”. This program has brought together 1000 schools, 10,000 educators and 30 social organizations across 17 states in the country to create a complete reform in the field of education. Wipro also supports workshops and seminars that empower teachers.
CSR activities of ITC in Education sector:
ITC Limited was ranked number 1 for the second consecutive year in the CSR category in the Nielsen Corporate Image Monitor 2012-13. ITC’s Primary Education Program has benefitted over 300,000 children. ITC in its rural endeavor provides primary education in order to address the problem of economic weakness rural families. Their initiatives aim at improving infrastructure in Government schools, providing supplementary education to support children with school learning, building community and parental involvement with school education. It also has a network of 353 libraries, resource centers, Roaming Laptops program and mobile library services covering 310 schools.
CSR activities of Indian Oil Corporation in Education sector:
Indian Oil Corporation rewards over 2600 scholarships to meritorious students every year as their CSR initiative in the field of education. They reward students from all walks of life, especially girls, physically handicapped and students from J&K.
CSR activities of Aditya Birla Group in Education sector:
Aditya Birla Group fulfill their CSR responsibilities by concentrating on awarding merit scholarships for girls to pursue higher education and technical education for boys to make them industry-ready. Aditya Birla Schools are spread over 11 states along with Balwadis and Aditya Birla Vidya Mandirs providing education for every genre of kid. They also promote computer education and distance education for schools all over the country.
CSR activities of Maruti Suzuki in Education sector:
Maruti Suzuki’s CSR initiative in the field of education takes a technical education-oriented route. They have adopted over 10 state-run ITI colleges in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa and Haryana to transform them into centers of excellence in their respective fields.
CSR activities of Reliance Industries in Education sector:
Reliance Industries partakes in CSR activities by constructing & renovating school buildings, providing free note books and text books to students, rewarding the meritorious with scholarships, building remedial centers and spreading awareness about the need for computer education in rural India.
CSR activities of Canon India in Education sector:
As a part of its CSR responsibilities, Canon India has adopted 2 government schools in Ferozepur Namak village and Maharaja Katta Village. They take care of these two schools by improving the basic infrastructure, building resource centers and libraries, providing training for the teachers and equipping the schools with sports kits.
CSR activities of Tech Mahindra in Education sector:
TMF is a CSR player within the Mahindra Group is a leading social organization at a national level. Tech Mahindra’s social initiatives are carried out by Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF), its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm. It has worked tirelessly towards the vision of ‘Empowering through Education’ with a budget of INR 35 Cr for 2015-16. The Foundation is running 150+ projects in ten locations of India. More than 50 schools where the Foundation intervened in 2014-15 have shown better performance on academic, social, organizational and infrastructural domains.
Corporate in India have already seen the opportunity in spending their CSR share in Education in India. And there is a scope to do more. Corporate can look at innovative CSR ideas in education to reach remote areas. One such innovative Corporate Social Responsibility idea is Mini Science Center.
Mini Science Centre for CSR activities
A Mini Science Center includes 60+ interactive table top science and math working models along with informative backdrops. The Mini Science Center includes working models for subjects like biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geometry and mathematics. These working models are often based on textbook syllabus of class 5th to 10th of SSC, CBSC and ICSE boards. These are available in English as well as regional languages.
Science models of Mini Science Center help to explain theory concepts of Math & science with practical applications. They not only simplify understanding of complex theory subjects but also encourage students to come up with theory applications in day to day life. Activity based learning with Mini Science Center models are effective in improving quality of education and encourage science learning among students. Emphasis is on thinking and doing rather than rote learning.
Recently Maharastra State Government Resolution (GR) has approved the installation of Mini Science Centers in Government, Aided and Local Self Governing schools. Government is planning to sponsor these Mini Science centers through MLA funds. Once installed Schools will be responsible for maintaining the center and monitor the effectiveness through self assessment. Corporate can also pick this government initiative and sponsor Mini Science Centers to government schools in India through their CSR share.
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