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CSR Spending in India Rise up by 14%

 

CSR Spending in India Rise up by 14%

CSR Spending in India Rise up by 14%
CSR Spending in India Rise up by 14% – Crisil Foundation

Indian corporations increased their CSR spending, which has seen 14% rises over the last two fiscal years, despite a moderate growth in net profits. Crisil Foundation based the finds on an analysis of 1,186 eligible and listed companies. “Over the past two fiscals, the amount spent on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has surged at a compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent, despite a lukewarm 5 per cent growth in net profit,” the survey showed. It said more numbers of corporate are using non-government organisations (NGOs) as implementing agencies for CSR spending. “As many as 74 per cent of the eligible companies, including two-thirds of the small ones, used implementing agencies (NGOs) last fiscal when spending on CSR,” it said.

Mr. Ramraj Pai (Crisil Foundation’s President) quoted, “An increase in the limit can ensure a more direct involvement of companies by helping them build bigger teams for CSR. Also, as the use of implementing agencies is inevitable for execution, steps can be taken to promote bench-marking of NGOs to gauge their execution capability and usher in standardisation,”

The survey, however, indicated that almost two-thirds of the respondents had less than five dedicated personnel for CSR activities, indicating companies have under-invested in building their own capacity to provide strong oversight. It said the stipulation that overhead costs cannot exceed 5 per cent of the total CSR spend could be one of the key drivers for companies dedicating a small team for CSR.

Even before the Act came into existence, companies recognised they need to think about more than just profits – and did so. However, since CSR has become mandatory, companies have embraced social causes with fervour. They now apply the same rigour to causes as diverse – as hunger, poverty, healthcare, education, environmental sustainability, and rural development, as they bring to their business.

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CSR

Isn’t CSR becoming the hot topic in business in recent years? But does anyone exactly understand why?

Because we need it. Our society, environment, community in which all the organizations work and are flourishing, they need to be taken care of. Corporations are using resources faster than nature can replenish them. This means, we are in resource debt, living as if we have many more planets to support our endeavours. But actually we have only one.

Our eco-system needs it because the corporations are harming our environment. There are a lot of organisations whose businesses are eventually resulting in contaminating air, water and our surroundings. So the least these organisations can do is to account for these kinds of externalities in business decisions.

A third and important reason that CSR has become a hot topic is that it is good for business! A properly implemented CSR concept can bring along a variety of competitive advantages, such as enhanced access to capital and markets, increased sales and profits, operational cost savings, improved productivity and quality, efficient human resource base, improved brand image and reputation.
We all want to feel good about the work we do to make money and the companies we support when we spend it. So it’s no surprise that when companies commit to do something good in the world. It is eventually brings a lot of benefits for them. It has been realised by the organisations that if they want stable future than they must contribute in creating one.

That is why CSR is still not having any impactful effect on the society. For which it must be understood by the corporations that they literally owe betterment towards the society as a lot of challenges are being faced because of them.

 

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CSR : L&T Technology Services organises Science Quiz & Model Making Competition

 

CSR : L&T Technology Services organises Science Quiz & Model Making Competition

Science Quiz & Model Making Competition Felicitation

Competitions improve one’s knowledge of things. They are designed to promote, a fun way to study and in the process helps improving one’s general knowledge. These competitions enable students to think from different angles or simply “to think out of the box”. Some educational institutes use it as a brief assessment or tool to measure the growth in the knowledge, abilities and / or skills of their pupils on either a general level or restricted to specific fields for instance, science, mathematics etc.

On 20 March 2018, L&T Technology Services and STEM Learning conducted a Science Quiz & Model Making Competition Gala event – Under “Naya Savera – A CSR Initiative of L&T Technology Services” at NMMC School No. 76, Ghansoli. Total 480 students from three schools participated in the event. Ms. Aruna Ranganathan- CSR Manager, L&T Technology Services graced the occasion. In felicitation event, she emphasised the importance of Science & Technology education. She encouraged the students to pursue Engineering and join L&T.

Science Quiz – A CSR Initiative of L&T Technology Services

Mr. Ashutosh Pandit, Managing Director STEM Learning made the occasion overwhelming by his presence. He quoted, “We are always there to help students & teachers. We encourage students to use technology to the fullest. There are plenty of career opportunities in basic Science & I students to check them out.”

Students from Ghansoli thanked L&T and STEM Learning for conducting the competition and for motivating them to perform well in other such events. Teachers there were so grateful for the initiative taken by both the teams and mentioned that earlier there was less exposure to practical learning but because of Mini Science Centre & Competitions, students are exposed to the real practical competitive world.

L&T & STEM Learning put the efforts to kindle scientific temperament among underprivileged students. L&T Technology Services is committed to promoting a culture of caring, trust, and continuous learning, while meeting the expectations of all stakeholders and the world at large. They undertake several transformational initiatives that contribute towards community empowerment and all-round societal development.

Model Making Competition – A CSR Initiative of L&T Technology Services

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You need to be a genius to choose Career in Science – Reality or Myth?

 

You need to be a genius to choose Career in Science – Reality or Myth?

You need to be a genius to go into Science – Reality or Myth?

In a recent global survey of the state of Science, they tracked the efforts different countries are putting into science training. The survey was conducted in 14 different countries comprising both developed and developing economies. On the developed side, there’s Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, UK and the US. Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa were also surveyed to provide a picture of the attitudes in emerging economies.

The research included the information regarding how the public viewed science. The results were pretty encouraging, as it was noticed that despite of cultural differences, people consistently feel that science has an overall positive impact on global society. About 90% of people were hopeful about the technology they felt science would enable, and 87% found its results fascinating. Similarly, more than 90% felt that science drives innovation.

But there is no rose without a thorn i.e. there are some areas of concern which does not understand the importance of science. Most people don’t recognise the impact science has on their daily lives & younger ones view themselves as sceptical of science. There is a common myth that science is only for geniuses. The majority still believe that the ability to understand science is proportionally equivalent to the one’s IQ level. The other problem is the attitude of parents. They may want their kids to get a solid science education, but if they’re indifferent to science themselves, their encouragement probably isn’t going to stick.

A strong majority viewed scientific progress as being important to society as a whole. But far fewer said that science was important in their daily lives, and most said they simply never think about science. Not surprisingly, these individuals are more likely to view science as boring and rate themselves as knowing little about it.

We at STEM Learning believe that Science & Technology is the real future. These are the tools which will help mankind in beautifully carving the future of the world. We have the vision that every child must be aware of the basic concept of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Every possible step is taken at STEM Learning so that we can spread interest about science among youngsters and an ecosystem can be built around science.

For developing the interest for science among underprivileged students, we provide them with Mini Science Centres which comprises of 65 tabletop plug & play models 33 colourful backdrops. By partnering with like-minded corporate through CSR, STEM Learning provides quality science education to students in the remotest corners of India. We opted for teaching students practically so that they overcome the fear of mugging up science concepts. And we believe that when they experience learning practically, the concept adheres to the mind effortlessly.

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CSR: Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning

 

CSR: Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning

Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning
Kalpataru Power Transmission empowers the Teachers with Hands-on Learning

No education system in the world has excelled without making a significant investment in building a cadre of quality teachers. Yet teacher’s training is one of the weakest links in the education system. Teachers, especially those who serve in the poorest of rural and urban areas need to be trained & prepared to deal with extremely diverse classrooms of mostly first generation learners.

On 16th March 2018, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. made an alliance with STEM Learning & conducted a CSR activity of Teacher Training Program in Baliyanagar Manekpur Primary School, Manekpur, Gujarat. The session went off very friendly and total 7 teachers were trained.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Kalpataru Power Transmission believes that sharing a success with the larger communities and societies is both a responsibility as well as an opportunity to bring difference and betterment in the lives of people and help them become part of the mainstream development.

Mr Dineshchandra M Vaghela, Science Teacher, Baliyanagar Manekpur Primary School quotes, “Mini Science Centre Models are very simple and easy to handle. Teaching will become easy and it will save the energy and time of teachers.”

Teacher's Training Programme in Manekpur Primary School
Teacher’s Training Programme in Manekpur Primary School

We at STEM Learning are not only concerned with providing students with access to inquiry-based learning but we also empower teachers with easy teaching aids so that their teaching proves to be efficient. We collaborate with corporate India for setting up the Mini Science Centres & conducting Teachers Training Programs in underprivileged schools as it creates the tremendous impact on the lives of students.

Teachers are not only the building block of our education system but also the stepping stones towards a brighter future of our nation.

 

 

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CSR: Monsanto India aims to transform Educational opportunities in Marathwada

 

CSR: Monsanto India aims to transform Educational opportunities in Marathwada

Monsanto India inaugurated 11 Mini Science Centres in Marathwada
Monsanto India inaugurated 11 Mini Science Centres in Marathwada

Education is the passport to the future, tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. And to prepare the underprivileged children for the competitive future, it is necessary to enlighten them with the fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

A move made by Monsanto India Limited in partnership with STEM Learning and United Way of Mumbai (UWM) will bring a drastic betterment in the life of underprivileged children in Maharashtra. 20 Mini Science Centres will be established in Government schools across Marathwada region at Maharashtra. The aim is to benefit over 10,000 school children over a period of two years between 2017-19. Monsanto is an agriculture company and hence chose drought-affected region- Nanded for the establishment of MSC.

The concept of Mini Science Centre was introduced by STEM Learning, in which students have access to 65 hands-on tabletop plug & play models and 33 colour coded backdrops. All these amenities help to make learning a fun and interesting process. Through these models, students learn quickly and they don’t find studying boring.

11 Mini Science Centres had already been established this year on 9th February, the remaining would be launched in the coming year. Prachi Nautiyal, Director of Corporate Partnership UWM; Pratapsingh Kale, Territory manager, Traits- Monsanto graced the inauguration event with their presence. It was an overwhelming experience as they came to visit an area like Nanded which is far from metros like Mumbai & Pune.

CSR & Sustainability Lead, Monsanto India, Dhanalakshmi Ramachandra quoted, “Science is a fascinating subject. The concepts taught using textbooks often limit students understanding and consequently reduce their interest to learn more. Setting up of MSC’s will enable children to explore concepts and also provide a better understanding of Science”

Peer to Peer Learning at Mini Science Centre – CSR Initiative of Monsanto India

The concepts taught in the MSC are NCERT and Maharashtra state board approved concepts, providing practical knowledge for the students of class V to X. The models, backdrops and manuals are in local languages which help students as well as teachers to understand concepts efficiently.

The enhancement provided by Monsanto India & STEM Learning in the learning process will eventually end up in benefitting not only the students but the entire country because a whole new group of underprivileged children will also be the bright part of this competitive world.

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CSR : HINDALCO Inaugurate Mini Science Centre at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh

 

CSR: HINDALCO Inaugurate Mini Science Centre at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh

IAS officer Mr Rituraj, SDM Devsar Inaugurating STEM Mini Science Centre at Singaruli

Corporate Social responsibility is a company’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment in which it operates. The term generally applies to think out of the box and choosing the most appropriate way for social welfare. And “an investment in education pays the best interest.”

HINDALCO believes in “Winning smile… touching hearts.” Long before CSR found a place in the corporate lexicon, it was already textured in the group’s value system. For over 50 years, HINDALCO has worked in the hinterlands of India to better the quality of life of the underprivileged sections of society.

This time HINDALCO collaborated with STEM Learning and introduced Mini Science Centre at Shishu Mandir School, Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. The Mini Science Centre will help to develop hands-on learning among 250+ underprivileged children. The vision was to provide underprivileged students with the opportunities as other normally get. They wanted to enlighten students from remotest areas with the fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The event became gracious with the presence of Mr Rituraj – IAS officer, SDM Devsar. HINDALCO HR Head – Mr Vishvanath Mukherjee, CSR Head – Mr Yashwanth Kumar, Rusen Kumar – Editor of India CSR Network, Marketing Manager of STEM Learning Mr Sadanand Shetty, also made the occasion overwhelming.

Mr Yashwanth Kumar quoted, “previously these kids were forced to go to the school but now the same kids are representing their state in various competitions.” While Mr Rituraj mentioned that “the place I belong to did not even have electricity, still I used to study for extra 6-7 hours after school under the lantern. Hard work always pays off, and today I am standing in front of you as an IAS officer.”

Chief Guest Mr Rituraj further thanked STEM Learning for coming up with the idea of Mini Science Centre. He asked students to take full advantage of the facilities that have been provided to them by HINDALCO and STEM Learning.

HR head, HINDALCO, Mr Vishwanath Mukherji believed that India will now get Engineers, Doctors and Scientists from Singrauli too. The interests show by the students in the region is so great that surely they will make their parents, region and the whole nation proud one day. Mr Russen Kumar, on the other hand, made students to take an oath that they will study 8 hours a day.

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Upgrading Education in Himachal Pradesh through CSR

 

Upgrading Education in Himachal Pradesh through CSR

Upgrading Education in Himachal Pradesh through CSR
Priyanka Negi, Student from Government High School Nichar, Himachal Pradesh Handling STEM Model

Himachal Pradesh, the state well known for its beauty is covered by lower Himalayas’ all over. The high mountains seem to protect the state from the four corners. Moreover, they stand so bold and firm motivating people. Likewise, the students of Govt S.S. School of Urni & Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, will become an ideal for other underprivileged students. Because STEM learning & JSW foundation provided them with Mini Science Centres (MSC), which succeeded in upgrading the learning system.

STEM Learning reached out to the remotest areas of Himachal Pradesh (Urni & Kinnaur) where students walked for 2-3 kilometres to reach schools. We installed Mini Science centres in these schools through CSR with the aim of reaching out to the students. In MSC students have access to hands-on tabletop plug & play models and colourful backdrops which make learning easy and interesting.

Mr Suhas Diwan, Principal of Govt. S.S. School, Urni said “the Mini Science Centre that has been established by STEM Learning has all the working models so it has become easier for the Science teachers to explain the basic concepts to students” he further added “I heartily thank STEM Learning & JSW Foundation for providing such a wonderful facility to both the teachers and the students because of which the learning level of students has upgraded.

STEM Mini Science Centre

Priyanka Negi, a student of Govt. S. S. thanked MSC and said “it has given us such great optics to understand Science in a better way. She even told that beforehand the students just had to imagine the DNA and its working, but now they can study it through 3-dimensional models which make it easier to understand.

The journey from where we started and where we are is full of obstacles and difficulties. We can’t just provide the schools with MSC; we even have to train each teacher so that they can effectively teach the students. Also, people do not tend to have so adaptive nature, so it takes time for them to understand our vision and then to adapt it. A little progress each day adds up to the success.

This is not just our success. This couldn’t be possible without the support of our mission partners like JSW, who contributed their CSR funds towards the mission to promote science education among the rural & remotest areas of the country. An appreciation by media or government obviously makes us feel better but when we witness students reaching heights, the pride we feel is unmatched. When a student who is scared of science, when taught theoretically but creates their own innovations when provided with practical models and facilities, that is what our real success is.

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Larsen & Toubro inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Navi Mumbai

 

Larsen & Toubro inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Navi Mumbai

Larsen & Toubro inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Navi Mumbai

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being a man. This makes the fact obvious that science plays a vital role in every aspect of life. On the occasion of National Science Day, Larsen & Toubro and STEM Learning collaborated to inaugurate STEM Mini Science Centre. A CSR Initiative was taken by Larsen & Toubro at N.M.M.C. School No.44, Talavali, Navi Mumbai on 28th Feb 2018.

Social infrastructure is indispensable for progress; L&T, as India’s leading builder of major infrastructure projects, is equally committed to developing projects that will contribute to the quality of life. This includes schools, hospitals, skill training institutes, water supply & distribution and sanitation facilities. And this time they aligned with STEM for benefitting underprivileged students in upgrading the education process.

STEM Learning focuses on making fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) available to underprivileged children. The initiative of introducing Mini Science Centres to the children of remotest areas will be proving as a great asset for the country.

The MSC will help children to develop hands-on learning among 550+ underprivileged children. In MSC children have access to 65 plug & play models and 33 colour coded backdrops which help students in enquiry based learning. It also resulted making learning process interesting and children having access to MSC now take keen interested in knowing more about the science concepts.

Larsen & Toubro inaugurates Mini Science Centre at Navi Mumbai

The inauguration event was graced by Mr.Anand Kurien- Head CSR, Dr Rajesh L. Patil – Head administration Control & Automation, Mrs Suvarna – CSR Coordinator along with other key stakeholders from L&T team. Mr Sandeep Sangve, Educational Officer, NMMC dignified the inauguration as a guest of honour along with Local Corporator, Mr Bhoir.

The step was taken by STEM Learning and Larsen & Toubro will be helpful in making STEM education available to everyone. Because knowledge is a must for every human being.

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63 Moons organised Inter-School Science Quiz Competition at Sindhudurg

 

63 Moons organised Inter-School Science Quiz Competition at Sindhudurg

63 Moons organised Inter-School Science Quiz Competition at Sindhudurg

Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world. – Malcolm X

Education is the only weapon through which we can win better future. And in the whole aspect of education, Science & Technology has always played the important part. Science & Tech concepts help a person to solve the problems that are faced every day or may come in near future. So for accelerating interest in STEM education in underprivileged students, a quiz competition was organized by STEM Learning under the CSR initiative of  63 Moons Technologies in Sindhudurg District.

At 63 Moons, they are committed to building strong social values and contributing to the welfare of society. Chairman Emeritus Jignesh Shah believes in giving back to society. As responsible corporate citizens, 63 moons have always expressed the concern and care by initiating and supporting deserving causes.

Likewise, we at STEM Learning help Corporations to allocate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efficiently for the education of underprivileged students. We believe that every child, no matter rich or poor has a right on education. Our focus is that all children from the remotest area must know the fundamental concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Inter-School Science Quiz Competition 2018, Sindhudurg – A CSR Initiative of 63 Moons Technologies

Under 63 moons CSR initiative, STEM Learning installed Mini Science Centres in 30 schools in the month of June 2017. On 15th November 2017, a scientist lecture was conducted where an eminent scientist Dr. Jayant Joshi -(BARC) Mumbai guided the teachers on the topic “Day to Day application of Science”. He explained why it is necessary to teach science with the help of exhibits.

Taking the journey further, The quiz competition was organized on 14th -15th February 2018 in which 675 students from 27 schools participated. The final round was held on 16th February 2018 comprising of 75 finalists from 17 schools competing with each other. 75 champions from 10 schools got felicitated by 63 Moons, which made them happy and acknowledged. The gala event was graced by Mr. Ketan Kothari, Vice-President, 63 Moons Technologies Ltd. & Mr. Vaidynathan, Advisor – 63 Moons Technologies Ltd.

STEM Learning is continuously succeeding in achieving its first and foremost goal that is spreading the magic of education in the most fun and frolic way and definitely reached this level by crossing all the obstacles with their spell of determination and enthusiasm where science is no more a boring subject and quiz are not terrifying and kids who were far from the privilege of being a part of our education system are now preparing themselves to contribute in India’s growth.