Vedanta Foundation enters Odisha education sector
Vedanta Foundation Thursday said it has inked an agreement with the Odisha government to help impart quality education to 2,00,000 students in the state's tribal dominated districts.
The students from 6th to 10th standard who read in the schools run by state's scheduled tribe and scheduled caste development, minority and backward classes welfare department will benefit from this initiative, foundation spokesman Gaurav Sharma said in a statement.
As per the memorandum of understanding, the foundation will provide hardware as well as software solutions like light-emitting diode (LED) pico projectors with memory and battery backup and textbook-based educational software and e-content based on course curriculum in the local language (Odia).
The foundation will also provide training to teachers on how to use the material.
The support will be provided to the children under the foundation's E-Shiksha programme, he said.
The agreement was signed between Vedanta Foundation chief executive officer Ravi Krishnan and Sushil Kumar Popli, director of the scheduled tribe and scheduled caste development, minority and backward classes welfare department, he said.
Vedanta Foundation claimed it reached out to around 2.70 million people in 550 villages across India through various initiatives, with an investment of Rs.1.80 billion last year (2010-11).