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Top 10 companies funding education CSR projects in India

By Akshay Bhole On 15 May 2017
Top 10 companies funding education CSR projects in India

1. Reliance Industries Ltd

Project Details: DA Scholarships, Community Development, Reliance University, Initiatives Digitisation of education initiative, Education – Partnerships, Education- at manufacturing locations.

Implementation By: Reliance Foundation

Amount spent:  INR 215 Cr

Location: Across India


For Reliance, education and skill development are the cornerstones of a progressive society and it has continuously provided quality education.

Reliance seeks to provide quality education, training and skill enhancement to improve the quality of living and livelihood. The Company focuses on promoting primary and secondary education, enabling higher education through scholarships, promoting higher education through setting up and supporting universities and skill development through vocational training.

a. Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme

The Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship (DAS) Programme aims to fulfil late Shri Dhirubhai Ambani’s vision of providing opportunities to the youth and empowering them towards becoming future leaders.

b. Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Protsaham Scheme

Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Protsaham Scheme supports financially poor and meritorious students (Class X pass-outs).

c. Education For Specially-Abled Children

Reliance has set up an Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Centre in Thallarevu, Andhra Pradesh to facilitate and enhance the development process of children with speech and hearing impairment.


Estimated Impact:  687 meritorious students were given scholarships to pursue higher studies (over 12,000 since inception). Quality education was provided to 85,000 students through six ‘Education for All’ NGOs (70,000 students and 13 Reliance Foundation Schools (15,000 students). Student from marginalised communities got access to better education and skill development. 687 meritorious students were given scholarships to pursue higher studies (over 12,000 since inception).


2. Wipro Ltd.

Project Details: Education and Community 

Implementation By: Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Shikshamitra, Shiksharth, Digantar Khelkud Evam Shiksha Samiti, Digantar Khelkud Evam Shiksha Samiti, Olcott Education Society, Community Educational Centre Society (CECS), Door Step School (DSS), IIM Bengaluru, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Ahmedabad, V-Excel Education Trust.

Amount spent:  INR 108.13 Cr

Location: Across India 


Wipro Education:

Engineering education- Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) program. The Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) program helps Science graduates to study for a Master’s degree in Software Engineering (M. Tech) run in partnership with the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India, and this unique program blends rigorous academic exposure with practical professional learning at the workplace. There is a program called WISTA in collaboration with Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) for science graduates without a mathematics background. Wipro has supported and enabled more than 25000 students to graduate from the WASE and WISTA programs with an MS degree in Software Engineering. During 2015-16, the total number of new entrants into the two programs was 1810 while the aggregate strength across four years was 13805.


Mission10X is a not-for-profit initiative of Wipro Limited which was started on September 5, 2007 towards enhancing the employability skills of engineering students by building capacity of engineering education infrastructure. The first phase of Mission10X focused on training teachers on pedagogy while the second phase has focused on “SMALLER and DEEPER Engagement” philosophy where a set of selected Engineering colleges have been given a deeper educational interventions. 

Wipro’s increased participation reach to 2,000 schools, 1,500 colleges and 2,200 teachers in 45 districts across 21 states. Sustainability quiz was successfully launched at the IIM-A and IIM-B – 227 teams and 681 students participated.

Estimated Impact:

• Wipro Applying Thought in Schools supported 113 projects so far and associated with 69 organizations at different levels.

• Wipro-earthian (Sustainability programme for school and college) benefited of over 3,000 schools and colleges.

• More than 250 selected teachers go through an intensive 2 year program in building improved teaching competencies as part of Wipro Science Education Fellowship.


3. Bajaj Auto Ltd.

Project Details: Financial support to educational institute infrastructure.

Implementation By: Directly (in collaboration with college/ school)

Amount spent:  INR 75.84 Cr

Location:  Maharashtra


Bajaj auto spent part of their CSR funds on Up gradation and construction building in educational sector.  More than 20 activities were conducted by Bajaj auto in educational sector.

Few of major activities are enlisted here,

a. Up gradation of the Mechanical Engineering building (College of engineering pune).

b. Expanded the pune public school building by 8 classrooms.

c. Constructed administrative building for Nagpur University

d. Upgraded the schools in PCMC area (Pune)

e. Constructed building for school, research laboratory and Library at Aurangabad Police Public School.


Estimated Impact: Improved the poor condition and infrastructure of educational institutes. 


4. Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd

Project Details: Smart Class, Samsung Technical School, Digital Academy

Implementation By: Direct (On site implementation undertaken by agency)

Amount spent:  INR 50.51 Cr


1. Smart Class: Across India

2. Samsung Technical School: Industrial Training Institute at Patna, Jaipur, Cochin.

3. Digital Academy: IITs at Delhi, Kanpur and Hyderabad.


Samsung India is at the forefront of empowering India’s youth with education through technology. Today, Samsung Smart Class present in Navodaya Vidyalaya across rural India. Each Samsung Smart Class consists of the latest audio-visual tools, like Samsung Tablets (41 tabs per class), interactive smart board, printer and other devices. These classes also have learning apps for Computer Science, Mathematics, English and Science. These latest technology tools help students to learn complicated concepts easily. Samsung Smart Class also enables teachers in retaining the students’ attention due to this modern and interactive learning environment. Samsung technical schools across the country established to provide hands-on industry training.


Samsung Digital Academy, offers young students a skill development course based on the Tizen OS platform. 

Estimated Impact:

Samsung smart class reached 398 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya across rural India and more than 2 lakh students has been introduced to modern learning through this initiative. 


5. Infosys Ltd

Project Details: Helping hand to distant school, Nurturing higher education, Build better and learned India.

Implementation By: Infosys Foundation 

Amount spent:  INR 43.6 Cr

Location: Across India


In 2015, Infosys foundation renovated seven schools in Arunachal Pradesh and two schools in Assam. Infosys foundation has partnered with number of academic institution across India to institute chair professorship. For supporting higher education Infosys launched TFI fellowship.


Estimated Impact:

• Renovation of school directly benefited at least 3000 students and staff.

• Under the objective of promote excellence foundation has instituted 11 chairs across eight academic institute 

• TFI fellowship programme for higher education befitted more than 1000 students. 


6. Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

Project Details: Promoting education 

Implementation By: Through various Implementing agencies like (K. C. Mahindra Education Trust & Naandi Foundation, Children's Movement for Civic Awareness, Myrada, Centre for Human Empowerment through Education Related Services and ESOPs, J C Mahindra Memorial School and others )

Amount spent:  INR 33.41Cr

Location: Across India

Mahindra and Mahindra implemented number of CSR projects in education sector. Projects are like MAHINDRA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UWC STUDENTS, RESEARCH PROJECTS OF THE INDIAN COUNCIL ON GLOBAL RELATIONS, providing infrastructure, MAHINDRA SAARTHI ABHIYAAN, Undergraduate engineering students are provided with a platform in the form of a project that allows hands on experience in all aspects of automobile engineering, Supporting 28 English medium MCGM schools from KG to 7th Grade, Quality education provided to underprivileged children.

Estimated Impact: 

  • Provided education to population from socially and economically disadvantaged communities,
  • Provided a variety of scholarship programs, which range from providing opportunities to low income group families 

7. Tata Steel Ltd

Project Details: Promotion of education including special education

Implementation By: Direct/ TRDS/ TCS

Amount spent:  INR 29.93 Cr

Location: Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Chatttisgarh


Various CSR project implemented from elementary school education to the high school level with an aim of equitable and quality education. Tata granted two fellowships viz., the Jyoti Fellowship and Moodie Fellowship to over 2,800 meritorious SC/ST Students from economically-challenged families in Jharkhand and Odisha.

The Tata Steel Scholars initiative helped 83 bright SC/ST students from low-income families realise their academic dreams. Tata’s preparatory coaching initiative has helped nearly 5,500 underprivileged school students in classes 8, 9 and 10 to hone their skills in subjects like English, Mathematics and Science.


Estimated Impact:

• 1,960 children brought back to schooling through Bridge Courses, another 4,547 children brought back through direct enrolment (Total 6,507 students were benefited).

• Learning Enrichment Programme (LEP LEP set-up in 150 schools, school libraries set-up in 400 schools.

• Training of School Management Committee (SMC) – provided SMC training to 733 SMCs, covering 4,252 SMC members


8. ITC Ltd.


Project Details: Education (Creating Future Capabilities)

Implementation By: ITC Education Trust

Amount spent:  INR 23.25 Cr

Location:  Across India


ITC's Primary Education Programme addressed the lack of quality primary education in rural communities. Aiming to strengthen the government primary schools' vast network by stemming drop-outs, increasing enrolments and improving learning outcomes, the Programme puts in place mutually reinforcing interventions that are coordinated to support a move towards child friendly schools.


The Education Programme provided access to children from weaker sections with focus on quality and retention. The Primary Education Programme focused on retention and improving learning outcomes in government primary schools. Primary schools were provided infrastructure support comprising boundary walls, additional classrooms, sanitation units, and furniture. 

Estimated Impact:

The programme covered 45,823 children while 164 government primary schools were provided infrastructure support. This takes the total number of children covered under the programme to date to 4.60 lakhs while a cumulative total of primary schools supported stands at 1,322.



9. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone

Project Details: Educational Assistance and Support (14 Projects)

Implementation By: Adani Foundation

Amount spent:  INR 21.94 Cr

Location: Across India

Adani Foundation believes that Education represents the stepping stone to improve the quality of life, especially for the poor and the vulnerable. The ideology behind the education initiatives lies in the essence to transform Lives through the continuous enhancement of knowledge and empowerment. The objective behind the education initiative is to provide ‘quality’ education to all, along with a unique learning experience to young minds.


Company also provided “Free of Cost” quality education to the deserving young minds coming from the weaker economic backgrounds.  DPCL DAV Public School, Dhamra supported by Adani Foundation is providing quality English medium education at a subsidized cost to nearly 300 students from the periphery villages.

Estimated Impact:

• Project Udaan, an inspirational exposure tour has benefitted 7,869 students.

• Company has initiated and implemented several other educational programmes benefitting nearly 9,940 students

• Total of 7,827 students from 27 schools completed the M-KEN project successfully.

• The career guidance programme, Disha, benefited 2,797 students from 21 government schools of Mundra (Gujarat) and 131 students from three high schools in Tiroda (Maharashtra).



10. Jindal Steel & Power Ltd

Project Details: Community Education
Implementation By:  Direct

Amount spent:  INR 12.01 Cr

Location: Angul, Barbil, Tensa (Odisha), Raigarh (Chattisgarh), Patratu, Jeraldabaru (Jharkhand)

The company recognises education as one of the building blocks of any nation and consider it as a priority area for its CSR activities. The aim is to nurture young minds and educate them, so that they contribute to the nation’s development. Realising the importance and relevance of education, a number of initiatives have been undertaken in this respect like establishing a global university, specialised institutes and schools. All these initiatives have been undertaken to benefit the communities the company is operating in, by helping to increase the literacy levels of these areas.

Estimated Impact:

The company is running co-educational schools at Raigarh, Nalwa and Tamnar in Chhattisgarh, Angul in Odisha and Patratu in Jharkhand, where quality education is being imparted to over 10,000 students.

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