Education is the right of every child and facilitating primary education is an essential responsibility of every citizen as well as the corporates. Corporate social responsibility programmes have been tremendously helpful in facilitating education to the underprivileged in recent years. Vedanta Limited, an aluminium supplier plant in Lanjigarh, Orissa seems to be doing a good job with its CSR programme.
Being successful in the Matriculation examination has been very important both for the students and parents across the country irrespective of their background. The students in the remote areas of Odisha that come from financially backward classes find it even more difficult to understand and excel in the matriculation curriculum and the growing competition is adding to their trouble. The low marks earned in matriculation makes a student a mere certificate holder of the class tenth but an academic future that is bleak
A major chunk of the students from these remote areas are the only ones to attend school in their family and hence it becomes even more difficult for them to succeed. Vedanta limited, an aluminium plant at Lanjigarh, has come up with a flagship programme called ‘Siksha Sambal‘ as a part of its corporate social responsibility. Under the initiative of ‘Siksha Sambal‘, they are providing a tutorial class for the pre-matric students mainly in subjects like Mathematics, English, and Science. These tutorial classes are mainly for the seven government schools that are in and around the Vedanta Plant.
The tutorials are mainly aimed at the 1100 students that are from class eight to Matric. The senior employee volunteers along with the CSR team members from Vedanta Ltd recently visited the schools for a programme. Their visit was to provide encouragement to the students that are appearing in the board exams for the current school year. Rakesh Mohan, COO Vedanta Ltd., Lanjigarh recently mentioned that the company is doing its best to improve the education scene in the area.
The Vedanta DAV International school situated in Lanjigarh is playing a vital role in providing education in the English medium. It is also making it affordable for the students in and around the areas of Lanjigarh and Muniguda block in the district of Kalahandi and Rayagada. The COO also added that government schools need a good support system to improve the competency and confidence of the students.
The ‘Siksha Sambal‘ was a pilot project that was initiated in 2015 for the Government High School of Lanjigarh and SSD school Ashrampada Lanjigarh (also a government school). This programme was an excellent initiative and improved the results of students passing in first division from 25.5% to 48% from 2015 to 2018 respectively. There have been students that scored more than 80% and 193 out of the 203 students have successfully cleared the matriculation examination for the last school year. Since the pilot project was very successful, the company decided to add a few more Government schools.
The programmes like the ‘Sikhsa Sambal’ and many more like them initiated by various corporates are a welcome change. However, there is a lot more that needs to be done in the education scene of rural India. We need more corporates to take ownership to take up the CSR programmes to improve the quality of education in the remote areas of the country.