Education is the mirror to society. The Foundation believes that quality education broadens horizons, creating choices for children to achieve their dreams.
Several schools in the area are in abject need of intervention. The Foundation partnered with a specialist NGO and undertook the development of Zilla Parishad schools in Kundachapada, Chambharshet, Pimpalshet, Akre, Devgaon, Kharonda and Hedichapada, two Ashram (Residential) Schools in Chambarshet and Ozar and one girl’s ashram school in Gorthan.
The schools also hold camps for summer and winter with crafts, street-play training, superstition eradication and games. The Foundation also provided a solar powered ICT bus on wheels, and continues to train teachers, while conducting regular community education surveys to further its cause in areas of need.
In-School Programs - Since good education is dependent on the quality of teachers, the Foundation offered after-school support that helped 1242 children. The Foundation initiated in-school programs, providing learning support for children from the underprivileged communities. The Foundation is helping 3,875 students from 10 schools over a period of 6 years to achieve better academic proficiency.
After-School Programs - The Foundation holds after-school programs for 1542 community children from 10 villages and 50 hamlets.
Training for Teachers - 69 teachers and 10 principals from 10 schools received extensive mentoring, professional development and training of curriculum delivery.
Skill Enhancement for Students - The Foundation strengthened the cognitive skills and provided classes to improve the spoken English of the students for holistic development.
Wellness Sessions for Students - The Foundation also ran programs on hygiene and sanitation, health and nutrition, physical and emotional development, and personality development.
ZP Kundachapada School - The Foundation is currently overseeing the renovation of the main classrooms, while additional classrooms, an assembly area and stage are still being built. The Aanganwadi located in the school premises is also being renovated as it is in poor condition. Toilets and water provisions have been completed.
ZP Pimpalshet School - Renovations have been recently completed with the help of the Foundation, and an e-learning interactive board/smart board was also fitted.
Ashram School, Chambharshet, Jawhar - The Foundation spent Rs. 1.86 lakhs to provide school text books to 435 students from class 9-12, as curriculum books are not provided by the government.
The Foundation is in the process of upgrading the Worli School, with two class rooms already redone – a Computer Lab and an E-Learning Lab with an interactive board/smart board for the benefit of the children. MCGM approval has been obtained for a ‘Gyan Shakti Program’.
Dharam Hinduja merit-cum-Means scholarships. The scholarships were instituted in 1991, the International Year of the Girl Child. The scheme is based on an objective and transparent system of selection aimed to recognize and reward outstanding but needy school–leavers backed by the financial support of this scholarship, to pursue further studies. While the merit criteria is derived from pan-India State Board Merit lists, need is assessed on an objective basis on the basis of financial status of the family assessed through documents provided. Priority is given to orphans, children from women-headed families and marginalized families like labourer's etc. The Merit lists are forwarded by the State Education Boards and shortlisted students are informed to apply and include details of academic achievements and information of family income. Direct applications to the Foundation are not required.
Three Scholarships are awarded from each state annually of which at least one must be a girl. Scholars are awarded a continuing scholarship from Std XI till first Graduation whatever the field — engineering (4 years), medicine (4 1/2 years + 1 year of internship) or regular graduation (3 years). The Scholarship is continued subject to the scholar maintaining a laid down academic standard annually and character endorsement from the institution s/he is studying in.
There are about 340 Hinduja Scholars presently studying under the Programme covering 21 States including North-East states. Allied with the main Scholarship scheme are scholarship schemes run for Group companies, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai and K.P.B Hinduja College, Mumbai.
The Foundations supports talent and excellence in the field of education. It supports several scholarship schemes to help those individuals who are passionate about improving their knowledge and those living in constrained environments.
The Foundation provides Hinduja Foundation Scholarships for Wards of Employees of Ashok Leyland and Ennore (Hinduja Foundries). The Scheme offers 16 scholarships every year. The scholarship is available to meritorious student for professional courses.
The Foundation awards a total of 54 scholarships to meritorious school-going students studying in standards V, VI, VII, VIII, IX and Xth.
A scholarship scheme in collaboration with Loomba Foundation was started in May 2012 to ensure assistance for the children of needy widows with verifiable need-based norms and parameters. Annually, a substantial contribution is made to provide scholarships to the affected children, who are monitored for scholastic progress.
Nanhi Kali is a project which endeavours to extend opportunities of quality education at school level to those disadvantaged girl children who do not have access to education. Hinduja Foundation supports this endeavour by sponsoring 30 Nanhi Kalis.
The sponsorship under this programme creates a positive and enduring change in the lives of underprivileged children. Hinduja Foundation has adopted 25 boys and girls and supports their education.
This scholarship is for the students of SOS Children's Villages of India in the cities of Chennai, Pune and Raipur catering to 215 boys and girls between Standards I to IX.
This scholarship is for the students of SOS Children's Villages of India in the cities of Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkatta, Pune and Raipur catering to 60 boys and girls studying in Standards X and above for vocational courses of their choice.
In 1944, the Founder started a school at Charni Road in Mumbai, which over the years has developed into the renowned KPB Hinduja College of Commerce.
From a student strength of 400 in 1974, it has reached an astronomical figure of 7100 while the number of teachers has increased from 12 up to 125, with 67 full-time and 58 visiting faculty. Today, besides being a Ph.D. Centre, the college offers 26 courses which include 25 professional courses.
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The Foundation donated generously towards building the Seth P. D. Hinduja Sindhi Model Secondary School in Chennai.
The Foundation endeavours to broaden and enrich the educational experiences of children in India and abroad both. The Foundation makes a number of donations to deserving institutions and NGOs annually. It has played an increasingly influential role in education in India and abroad, and has also supported the following educational related endeavours.
The Foundation offers educational resources for students to support education for the nation's progress. It has donated 8500 books valued at US $ 425,000 to educational institutions in Tier II and Tier III cities to provide access to educational content and bridge the woefully inadequate library and internet resources in majority of our universities.
More than 90% of the books are new text-books at the university levels by well-known US publishers covering all disciplines.
The Foundation has also supported the following publications: