Krishnagiri: Automobile major, Ashok Leyland not only helps girls to continue their education, but also appoints teachers in schools where the existing teacher vacancies have not been filled so far.
It is one among other remarkable works of this corporate, here in the remote villages, which will minimize the shortage of teaching staffs in the government schools.
“Till date we have appointed 260 teachers through our CSR programme in Thally, Shoolagiri and Kelamangalam blocks where the government schools are managed by single teacher. Their salaries are paid by us” R.Venkata Subramanian told DC.
The senior manager for the Ashok Leyland CSR initiative added, “during the year of 2015-2016, our corporate house, jointly with the state government has decided to work in the area of improving the standard of government-run schools in the neighbourhood of our manufacturing units at Hosur.”
He continued, “initial survey and analysis showed low literacy rate, teacher shortage, and lack of infrastructure, migratory and poor economical situation of the students in government schools.” With the appointment of the teachers, not only the knowledge of students has improved, but also the literacy rate of each school, which earlier recorded poor pupil population. Another “remarkable work” of the corporate house is providing nutritious breakfast for the children. The providing of hot breakfast, first of its kind in the state, was implemented in Samanapalli government schools and later extended to another 70 such schools having 7,400 students population. “We have partnered with ‘The Akshya Patra Foundation (TAPF)’ for this breakfast initiative. As many as 7,400 children in 70 schools in three blocks of Krishnagiri district benefits from this,” Venkata Subramaian said. According to him, the breakfast programme was started because the first meal of the day is very essential for children to be healthy and energetic to stay focused in school.
This also brings social equality among students in the remote villages where Ashok Leyland works with the aim of providing interventions of social development. Venkata Subramanian, explaining the food preparation method in the TAPF’s kitchen said, “the work of preparing food starts in the early hours and then cooked food is transported to the remotest villages. Our team’s hard work pays off when the cooked food finally reaches the plates of the beneficiary children and their happy smile.”...