World’s one of the biggest car manufacturing company, Volkswagen (India) has joined hands with the Lila Poonawala Foundation. Both the organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday (9th May) to promote the education of girl students in India.
Lila Poonawalla Foundation
Placed in Pune, Lila Poonawalla Foundation is an educational Trust, whose vision is to contribute the empowerment of Indian women by supporting academically outstanding and financially deserving girls, through scholarships to pursue higher education. Since, its inception in 1996, over 23,000 scholarships have been granted to nearly 8,000 deserving girls.
The organisation run various training and other developmental programmes to train girls for professional fields.
The MoU is signed between Gurpratap Boparai- Managing Director Volkswagen India; Jan Frydrych- Head, HR and Admin Volkswagen India, Lila Poonawalla- Chairperson Lila Poonwalla; Priti Khare- CEO of Lila Poonawalla Foundation.
“It gives me immense pleasure and pride that we are part of this association that is helping the deserving girls fulfil their dreams. The ‘Girl Child Education in India’ programme is inn line with our commitment at Volkswagen towards the region and its people. At present there is a need for more girls to be able to pursue higher education so that they grow up to be confident citizens and are independent. Enabling girls to be professionally qualified may set in motion a virtuous cycle that will help many families,” said Gurpratap Boparai.
This is not the first time when both the organisations have come together to cater joint efforts to promote girls’ education. Since 2015 the company is supporting the institution particularly when the institution initiated to enable academically bright and financially deserving girls pursue engineering degree. Till the year 2017, 40 girls have been granted the sponsorship with an investment of Rs 78 lakhs from the company.
In this particular year 40 girls are to be granted sponsorship for their studies with an additional investment of Rs. 84 lakhs.
Volkswagen India’s social presence
Volkswagen India’s CSR framework is based on four pillars namely Education, Skill Development, Road Safety and Water Management. Volkswagen India had been honoured by the Zilla Parishad, Pune earlier this year (2019) for their initiatives towards the social development of the society.