Mumbai: HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies, in partnership with Masoom NGO, inaugurated the ‘Tech-on-Wheels’ initiative in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The event was attended by Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation and Dr Pravin Joshi, Prerna Seva Mandal, HCL Foundation team members, officials from Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Trustees of Night Schools, NGO partners and teachers.
Tech-on-Wheels is a unique platform through which education and learning opportunities will be provided to youth and children from underserved communities. Tech-on-Wheels bus will be equipped with computers, online resources and innovative educational material. Designed like a classroom on wheels, Tech-on-Wheels will provide computer access to 28 students per batch. The curriculum also includes video game development, graphic designing, 3D printing, web designing, computer courses and mobile application development. This will cater to students from five-night schools, 19 NMC schools and will slowly extend to five slum communities at Nagpur.
In the next year, this initiative will be able to provide education, growth and development opportunities to over 500 students between the age group 12-16 and aspiring youth between age group 18-35. The classes will be run in batches. There will be a day as well as night classes so that youth from communities who are engaged during the day can also attend these classes at night. The students will be able to access a pool of references and study material related to STEM education.
Responding to the request from Education Department, the bus will augment the need for a computer lab for the 19 Nagpur Municipal Corporation Schools in the first phase.
HCL Foundation (HCLF) was established in 2011 as the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. It is a not-for-profit- organisation, that strives to contribute towards national and international development goals, bringing about lasting positive impact in the lives of people, through long term sustainable programs. The foundation aims to alleviate poverty and achieve inclusive growth and development. Active community engagement ensures optimal long-term gains and upward accountability. HCL Foundation works through Life Cycle Based, Integrated Community Development Approach with a thematic focus on Education, Health, Skill Development & Livelihood, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction & Response. Child protective strategies, inclusion and gender transformative approaches remain central in all initiatives of HCL Foundation, thus ensuring comprehensive development.
Presently HCL Foundation is implementing five flagship programmes, namely HCL Samuday & HCL Grant – Rural Development programmes; HCL Uday & Clean Noida – Urban Development programmes; HCL Harit (The Green Initiative) – Environment Action programme and 4 special initiatives – Power of One, Sports for Change, HCL Foundation Academy and My E-Haat.