On Tuesday, the Infosys Foundation, the corporate social responsibility and philanthropic arm of Infosys, announced that a fund with a total value of Rs 39.6 crore had been extended to social organisations in order to promote the empowerment of women in the country through education and employment opportunities.
In order to support women’s empowerment in India, the Foundation has, according to a business release, “struck Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) in this financial year, with Avanti Fellows, Nirmaan Organization, and Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre.”
The purpose of these strategic agreements is to give women who come from disadvantaged communities around the country the opportunity to participate in high-quality educational programmes and find jobs.
Over 10,000 female students in government schools in the states of Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, North-East regions, and Delhi are eligible to receive free engineering and medical test preparation thanks to a grant of Rs 25.7 crore from the Infosys Foundation. This grant was awarded to Avanti Fellows.
Nirmaan Organization has been awarded a grant in the amount of Rs. 4.9 crore in order to provide meaningful livelihood opportunities for more than 5,000 illiterate women who come from underserved regions. Another grant in the amount of 9 crores of rupees has been awarded to the Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre in order to fund the development of a hostel for female students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We believe in the continuous need to give impetus to women’s empowerment in India and to keep the cause of women’s education and employment at the forefront,” said Inderpreet Sawhney, Trustee, Infosys Foundation. “At Infosys Foundation, we believe in the continuous need to give impetus to women’s empowerment in India.”
“Our work at Avanti Fellows focuses on eradicating intergenerational poverty by assisting young women in pursuing meaningful jobs in Science, Medicine, and Technology,” stated Vandana Goyal, co-CEO of Avanti Fellows.
Mayur Patnala, Founder & CEO of Nirmaan Organization, said, “Nirmaan is devoting all of his time and energy to the development of a community that is empowered in a variety of different ways.
“This collaboration strengthens the collective mission of Infosys Foundation and Nirmaan Organization to build a society that values its women, especially those who hail from disadvantaged communities, and gives them the opportunity to reach heights of success by equipping them with appropriate knowledge and skills,” says Nirmaan Organization. “[T]his mission is to build a society that values its women and gives them the opportunity to reach heights of success by equipping them with appropriate knowledge and skills.”
According to Nileshbhai Mehta, who serves as the Managing Trustee of the Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre, “One of the most gratifying experiences for us has been making a positive difference in people’s lives, particularly the lives of those who have been marginalised or who are in danger. We are grateful to the Infosys Foundation for their participation in this initiative, which will allow a large number of young women at the grassroots level to obtain a quality education in an environment that is both constant and comfortable.