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CSR Project By:  Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Project Budget: INR 36.00 Cr


Training and Education

Project

Training and Education  (2018-19)

 
 
Project Sector  : Eradication Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition
 
 
Implementing Partners:  Agastya International Foundation, TATA Trusts, Avasara Leadership Institute, TCS Centre for Entrepreneurship, , , Advanced Computer Training Centre (ACTC) ,
 
 

Project Description

TCS’ ‘Lab on Bike’ program provides children from low income, disadvantaged communities and their teachers with fun learning opportunities that foster a scientific mind-set. The Lab on Bike instructor travels to government schools with a set of science experiment kits through which he conducts experiments in physics, chemistry and biology. The Lab on Bike program has been implemented by TCS in 12 schools around Bengaluru and 10 schools in Ahmedabad, in association with Agastya International Foundation.

In partnership with Tata Trusts, TCS has set up science and mathematics laboratories in remote tribal areas of Odisha, to provide children access to quality education. Mobile science labs housed in vans with GPS trackers, visit different blocks of Odisha to provide hands-on training in basic science. These labs are fitted with audio-visual equipment, solar panels to provide backup power support, library books to promote reading and provide a source for referencing for students and teachers alike. Launchpad and InsighT are two such initiatives. Launchpad, started in 2016, introduces secondary school students (aged 10-13 years) to coding logic, using C++ and Python. It is a gamified approach that helps children develop logical thinking and learn programming methods. InsighT, launched in 2006, is an IT awareness and enablement initiative for senior school students (aged 15-17 years) that aims to provide an understanding of programming, IT and its applications. 13,546 students benefitted from these programs in FY 2019 (9,964 in FY 2018).

TCS supports the Avasara Academy, a residential school for underprivileged girls in Pune, through the ‘TCS Centre for Entrepreneurship’, to develop leadership potential among the students. This building is being actively used as the main academic and administrative block.

TCS’ BridgeIT is a unique program that uses IT as a key enabler in school education, adult literacy program and the creation of entrepreneurs in rural villages. Technology is effectively utilized to educate rural communities and provide a platform to develop ideas and skills that can help increase employability and the standard of living.  BridgeIT has been implemented in 265 villages across 9 states, covering 36,044 students, 5,077 adults and 236 entrepreneurs, since inception. To bridge the employability skill gap, TCS runs IT and BPS Employability programs, which seeks to enhance the employability of students from rural colleges by training them in business and technical skills, general aptitude, business English and corporate etiquette. 2,528 beneficiaries from the IT and BPS Employability programs, have joined TCS in FY 2019. 

Through its flagship Adult Literacy Program (ALP), TCS has been instrumental in augmenting the efforts of the Indian Government to achieve functional literacy. The program uses an internally developed computer-based software to enable non-literate adult learners to read, write and do arithmetic, at the end of the course.  The software is available in nine Indian and three foreign languages and takes approximately 50 to 55 learning hours to complete. TCS partners with local governments, jail authorities, NGOs, corporates and others. In FY 2019, the program was implemented across 18 states in India and 365,411 adults were made literate, a 110% growth in the number of beneficiaries over prior year.

The Research Scholar Program (RSP) seeks to support scholars who are pursuing full time Ph.D. courses in computing sciences in India. The FC Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS) was established at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT Hyderabad) with funding from TCS, to promote research, teaching and entrepreneurship A majority of training centres for the visually impaired across the country provides vocational training in crafts. To help them participate in a technology driven world, TCS Maitree has pioneered a one of its kind Advanced Computer Training Centre (ACTC) in India, which offers courses that are designed around specific industry profiles, equipping  them with the domain and technology skills necessary to be gainfully employed.

 
 
Project Location:   pan india-pan india,
 
 

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