New Delhi: With a vision to empower underprivileged children, Modicare Foundation constructed the K.K. Modi Khwabgah Block at the Delhi Nagar Nigam Pratibha School in Jasola. The newly developed Municipal Corporation of Delhi school block was inaugurated by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, and Samir Kumaar Modi, Vice Chairman of Modicare Foundation on February 8, 2023. The other dignitaries present during the inaugural ceremony included Shri Gyanesh Bharti, MCD Commissioner; Shri PK Tripathi, Former Chief Secretary of Delhi, Shri Amit Kumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Central Zone., and Smt Neetu Chaudhary, MCD Councillor.
Modicare Foundation was set up in 1996 by Samir Kumaar Modi, in memory of his beloved grandfather Rai Bahadur Gujarmal Modi, with the overarching vision of empowering children, adolescents, women and the underprivileged. Following a holistic approach to child development, Modicare Foundation has lent extensive support to upgrade the infrastructure of the schools to build a conducive learning environment where these students imbibe new ways of learning and development.
Congratulating the Foundation on the inaugural, Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena commented, “It brings me immense pleasure to inaugurate this newly constructed sustainable and environment-friendly school block by the Modicare Foundation. It is heartening to see the detailing and the endeavour put in by the Foundation’s Vice Chairman, Samir Kumaar Modi, in constructing this block. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has always been willing to support such CSR initiatives by corporates that bolster a direct impact on nation-building. Since education is one of our key agendas, the MCD is effectively working towards providing quality education to improve the infrastructure of multiple schools across Delhi. Going forward, I am sure that these young minds would bring about a positive change in society.”
Commenting on the inauguration, Samir Kumaar Modi, Vice Chairman of Modicare Foundation, said, “With the Modicare Foundation completing 25 years of public service in 2021, we wanted to commemorate the occasion by developing a school block with amenities unparalleled in any public or private school. I strongly believe that it is crucial to ignite the change at the grassroots level to create a long-lasting impact and propel young minds toward nation-building. By virtue of our work at the Modicare Foundation, our vision is to create a conducive learning environment by modernizing the infrastructure and amenities to attract students and thereby improve attendance across the schools. We are grateful for the support extended by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and I hope this association is an example to the world of how good partnerships can bring about a positive change in the education ecosystem.”
The K K Modi Khwabgah block is highly functional with unique construction elements that make it world-class. The building is constructed using the traditional terrazzo technique, which is both sustainable and eco-friendly. With a specific focus on student requirements, the building has double-wall insulation to ensure that the classrooms are warm in winter and cool in summer. The building is made of structural steel, making it resistant to earthquakes and thereby increasing the safety standards for the students. The roof of the school structure is built in the traditional vault technique with guna tubes.
Additionally, to boost the teaching levels, the school has been equipped with newly trained teachers, interactive co-curricular activities, learning tools, medical facilities, maintenance, security, and ergonomic state-of-the-art furnishings, which will further help in a facilitative learning environment for the children. This avant-garde school block made with the latest technology can act as an inspiration for others to collaborate with the government to build high-quality infrastructure for students in MCD Schools to help nurture their aspirations.
The Foundation has been working with the erstwhile South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) since 2014 to provide guidance and education to underprivileged students. In the past, the Foundation partnered with an SDMC school in New Friends Colony where it upgraded the infrastructure, provided trained teachers, and increased the enrolment and teaching levels, before handing the school back. Currently, the Foundation works in four schools of MCD. This is a live example of how government and non-government organizations can come together for the public good.