National, January 09, 2014
~Supports unique initiatives such as ‘Project Sujaan’ and ‘UTKARSH’ ~
~Spreads the light of knowledge by bolstering educational infrastructure in villages~
Tata Power, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL) has always been committed towards the holistic development of the community living in and around its areas of operation. In line with this philosophy, Tata Power has adopted a multi-pronged approach towards the inclusive growth of all neighbouring residents of Tunda, Vandh, Modhva, Tragadi Bunder, Mota Kandagra, Nana Bhadiya, Nani Khakhar, and Moti Khakhar villages in Mundra and Mandvi Taluka.
As part of the several initiatives to improve educational facilities for the children in and around its areas of operation, CGPL launched Project ‘Sujaan’ which aims to empower the future generation through value added computer aided literacy under which 5 computer learning centres were set up in schools. This project is executed through an agreement with ‘Hole–in-the-Wall Education Ltd’ (Hiwell), a Joint Venture of NIIT Ltd. and the International Finance Corporation in 2011. The program trains and orients children in three key areas – Mathematics, English, and Computers and allows them to observe, understand, and apply their learnings through interactive methods of teaching.
Speaking on how these initiatives have helped the community, Mr Mukesh Chavda, Principal of a school in Nana Bhadiya said, “The Sujaan project computers are a blessing in this area for education advancement. This project has the ability to provide remote and underprivileged communities access to previously unavailable ICT resources. I have been in Nanabhadiya for 12 years and feel that CGPL has helped create employment in the area and allowed people to set up animal husbandry professions in their homes. CGPL has always been in dialogue with us for participatory educational approach for the community. We are deprived of technology and infrastructure in education but with CGPL we now see tremendous scope and potential for enhancing these essential facilities.”
After achieving tremendous success and appreciation from the community and teaching fraternity, CGPL decided to take this innovative system to a higher level and signed a MoU with Learning Delight (a partnership firm incorporated under The Indian Partnership Act, 1932) to expand this project to 27 schools of Mandvi block. The extended Project ‘Sujaan’ will benefit the students in number of ways as the new ‘Learning delight software’ installed is more student and teacher friendly. It also focuses exclusively on the syllabus prescribed by the Gujarat State Education Board and enables various other features for the benefit of the teachers and students. The project also provides strong motivation and support to the teachers throughout the ongoing interactions and workshops.
Tata Power has partnered with the Government of Gujarat under their Kanya Kelvani Program to create awareness amongst the community members and parents to admit their children in school. This unique program is aimed at increasing the enrollment of children especially girls in primary schools, reduce drop outs, and ignite educational interest in students. CGPL also set up an Adolescent Girls Learning Center (AGLC), under the ‘UTKARSH’ program which motivates drop out girls between the age groups of 12 -18 years to re-enroll themselves in schools and expand their learning.
Speaking on these initiatives, Mr K K Sharma, CEO and ED, CGPL, Tata Power stated that “Tata Power understands the importance of education for development of the nation. We constantly aim to improve the education practices in the villages surrounding our plant areas by training our teachers through workshops which impart useful methods of teaching and management, research and administration related topics. We firmly believe that imparting education and knowledge to a child creates a solid foundation that allows him to go out in the world and achieve his/her dreams. We would like to thank all our partners and the community for their unrelenting support in helping us realize our vision of a sustainable future.”
The Company aims to provide children with the opportunity to improve their practical skills and has developed concepts which are helpful in enhancing easy learning techniques. As an extension of these initiatives, Tata Power organized a Science Fair (Vigyan Mela) under its ‘Shiksha Sarathi’ program at Vandh Primary school in Mundra. The program spanned 83 schools across 50 villages in Motikhakhar, Nanikhakhar, Bidada, Tragadi and Gundiyali of Mundra and Mandvi Block. The program also identifies budding talent through its science club in each school. The initiatives were highly appreciated by the community and teaching fraternity.
‘Hole–in-the-Wall Education Ltd’ (Hiwell) has been tested and used in rural and urban areas by the State Government under the “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan” of the Central Government and internationally in places like Cambodia.