Chennai: In an endeavour to supplement the evolving educational and learning needs of school students, DLF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of India’s real estate giant DLF Ltd, distributed electronic tablet devices to over 69 school students from underprivileged quarters of the city. The distribution of these devices took place at an event held at DLF Cybercity, Manapakkam. These electronic tablets were provided to school-going students belonging to the age group of 8 years to 17 years. The primary objective of this initiative was to facilitate the diverse educational requirements of students, especially in the wake of the pandemic. In the new normal, online classrooms have not only become predominant but also a dire necessity. To that end, owning smart devices has become imperative for all students.
Amongst the dignitaries present on the occasion were Shailesh Kumar Yadav, ADGP Welfare, Chennai, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, and was accompanied by Dr Yashwanth Kumar Venkataraman, Honorary Consul of the Republic of El Salvador as a special guest. David Amalraj, Senior Vice President – Operations South, DLF Ltd, Julian Pradeep Francis, Assistant Vice President, DLF Cybercity, and Ravi Gokulanathan, Assistant Vice President, City Head – DLF Cybercity, Chennai and other senior officials from DLF were also in attendance on this eminent occasion.
Shailesh Kumar Yadav, ADGP Welfare, Chennai said, “I appreciate DLF Foundation’s initiative of distributing free electronic tablets to the school children. This will definitely facilitate their online classes and help them continue their education.”
The electronic tablet distribution drive was organised under the DLF Foundation’s flagship education programme DLF CARES. This programme was established with the vision to help every child realise their right to quality education. The primary objective of this initiative has been to nurture students through sustained and continuous mentoring support, so that they may realise their highest potential and become productive and responsible citizens of tomorrow. Under this programme, DLF Foundation Awards Scholarships to deserving students up to Class XII. Since the inception of the programme in 2011, close to 1700 students across over 670 schools from 19 States have been supported in their educational needs, and over 300 have gone on to pursue higher education.
David Amalraj, Senior Vice President – Operations South, DLF Ltd, commented on the said, “In today’s day and age, education has been digitalised and teaching has now become an online exercise. As we look towards building our nation, it is imperative that we provide every student, hailing from every community, with the resources he or she needs to realise their highest potential. To this end, we remain steadfast in our commitment to hold the hands of every student as we nurture and cherish them. We understand, however, that not every student has access to the basic hardware needed to realise this commitment. Hence, we undertook this humble drive which envisages helping those students in need by bringing the best education to the palm of their hands. With the electronic tablets we distributed, we are confident that new doors and boundless opportunities will open for our students going forward. It is our belief that India is its children. And when we support our youth, we are shaping the very future of our nation.”
One of the beneficiaries, N. Hariharan, a student from Class III of Aiyeesha Razzac Matric Hr. Sec. School, Porur, Chennai, beamed with joy as he expressed his heartfelt gratitude upon receiving his first smart tab. He happily expressed that attending online classes would be more convenient for him.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks where DLF Foundation expressed that it would continue to persevere towards its ultimate objective of facilitating every student, so that they may one day proudly contribute towards our nation’s growth and prosperity.