Indore has been ranked as the cleanest city in India for the fourth consecutive year by the Swachh Survekshan survey. Considered the fourth largest centre of cotton textiles in India, it is also regarded as the industrial capital of the State of Madhya Pradesh. Indore accounts for one-third of the total ‘namkeen’ snack production of India.
Apart from the textile industry, Indore has an oil seed extraction industry, confectionery, paper and straw board, factories for asbestos products, machine tools and accessories, electrical machinery and appliances. Indore has one of the largest trans-shipment centres for truck transport. So rampant is the trade and industry here, the residents refer to Indore as Mini Bombay.
Here are the top projects for CSR in Indore.
Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) Smart Class
Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) has been running the Smart Class Program, a CSR initiative to drive overall educational development of underprivileged children, in 10 government schools in Indore since 2018. HGS has associated with the NGO YUVA Unstoppable for the programme.
Children aged below 14 comprise 28% of India’s population and are always curious to learn. However, owing to lack of proper physical and technological infrastructure in government schools coupled with shortage of teachers, most of the students drop out immediately after completing their primary education. HGS’ Smart Class Program is expected to play a crucial role in transforming and improving the overall student learning outcomes and teacher effectiveness in the schools adopted by the company. The CSR programme aims to ensure that children in the secondary standards take part, continue and complete their secondary school education. It is tied in with India’s developmental agenda of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Digital India to ensure wider reach and impact among the less-privileged children.
As part of the technology-led educational programme, the traditional rule-based model of education is replaced with interactive, fun, innovative and easily comprehensible teaching methods. The programme uses K-Yan technology that incorporates the features of computer-based learning into a high-resolution, high-luminosity portable projector along with various built-in features, including internet connectivity and showing multimedia content to the students. The Smart Class programme is not a replacement to the existing teachers but acts as an additional aid to them, as well as trains them to teach in a more effective manner.
Mitsubishi Electric – Water Ecosystem
It is Mitsubishi Electric’s vision to be part of CSR in Indore by supporting its social initiatives in addition to the business network presence it already enjoys. Mitsubishi Electric India extends support to three government schools in Indore including Government Higher Secondary School, Government Hindi Madhyamik School and M S Bajarang Nagar Government School. The water ecosystem installation included water RO, water Cooler, water tank and water drinking bay for the students.
IIM Indore School Adoption Programme
School Adoption Programme (SAP) is an initiative by Pragati, the social sensitivity cell of top management institute IIM Indore. The aim of SAP is to improve education, and provide infrastructure facilities to selected government primary schools. Under SAP, IIM Indore has adopted 5 government schools in the district.
The main concerns of Pragati revolve around enhancing the facilities and infrastructure of the government schools to improve the quality of conditions in which students learn. Another function of the team is to conduct donation drives that not only provide materials to the underprivileged ones but bundles of happiness too. Unlike other donations wherein people give away discarded or only necessary items, Pragati provides the kids with new goodies and toys. Think teddy bears, crayon sets, volleyball and sports kits. SAP conducts distribution drives throughout the year, wherein sweaters, bags, shoes, stationery items are distributed. They undertook the construction of a water tank and separate washrooms for girls and boys in EG School, Pigdamber.