Education holds the key to a healthier & better society

Overview

Wipro’s initiatives in education in India are almost 15 years old and the approach is multi-stakeholder focused and long-term. The educational initiatives address diverse
stakeholders ranging from colleges from which Wipro recruits a large pool of its human resources to the larger society. It includes local educational institutions,
engineering colleges, universities, educational and other civil society organizations, schools, teachers, students and parents.

Over time these initiatives have achieved significant scale in terms of Thousands of schools and colleges and more than a million students impacted directly or indirectly. It has also
built partnership networks and thus created value through capacity building. Such value though needs to be seen at different levels:

The direct value received by someone receiving school education
The indirect value in the long-term to society through the capacities that are created, and
The indirect value to Wipro in working towards a more democratic and humane society

WIPRO APPLYING THOUGHT IN SCHOOLS

An initiative since early 2000s, which has been working consistently to address issues of systemic reforms in school education

We have associated with 60 educational organizations at different levels & supported 67 projects so far.

Worked with around 2,300 schools and 13,250 educators across 17 states reaching around 1 million students. The indirect reach of our work, through our partners, is manifold these numbers.

We have supported 18 people on Wipro Education Fellowship since 2007

We presently work closely with a network of 35 of Indian’s foremost educational organizations.

This report is an annual update of all the projects within Wipro Applying Thought In Schools. A compilation of the project and initiatives with various partner organizations in 2013-2014 is now available.

WIPRO SEEDING PROGRAMME

Wipro’s Seeding Programme supports the creation and development of new educational organizations that can contribute meaningfully to Indian school education; by supporting committed and capable individuals and teams who share our vision of good quality education being available to every Indian child, through a 3 year Founders’ Fellowship.

MISSION10X

Mission10X is a not-for-profit trust of Wipro, launched on September 5, 2007, with an aim to enhance the employability skills of engineering graduates in India. It aims to achieve this by collaborating with academicians & leading educational institutions across the country. The Mission10X Learning Approach empowers engineering faculty with innovative teaching techniques using which they can help learners in imbibing higher level of understanding of subjects, application of concepts learned and development of key behavioral skills.

Empowering Faculty
Developing transformative Academic Empowering Faculty members to use Mission10X Learning Approach (MxLA) Mission10X has reached out to over 1,300 colleges across the 29 states in India and has empowered over 27,482 faculty members.

Developing Transformative leadersLeaders to build institutions of excellence

Leveraging TechnologyDeploying Unified Technology Learning Platforms (UTLPs) to bridge the gap between industry and academia

SANTOOR WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP

Wipro’s work in education is driven by the belief that education is a key enabler of social change and a better society. We believe in a social vision of democracy where each citizen is not only capable in an individual sense but also sees the ethic of equity, the essentiality of diversity, the ethos of justice, and is thus driven by social sensitivity.

One of the global issues faced by society today is the unequal status of women. Research shows that education goes a long way in correcting this disparity, leading to better outcomes in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women. However, many girls and young women are at a disadvantage because they lack access to education. The problem is more acute in developing countries and states with a low human development index.

In our country too, we find young women struggling to overcome multiple challenges imposed by social and cultural factors. For some who succeed, it is the lack of financial resources that ends their dream of pursuing higher education. This leaves them vulnerable to early marriages, increased poverty and further disempowerment. The cycle continues, increasing the socio-economic gap between their families and those who are more fortunate.

It is in this context that we offer the Santoor Scholarships for economically underprivileged young women who wish to pursue higher education.

EARTHIAN

Earthian is a environmental sustainability program for schools and colleges.

  • Enthusiastic nationwide participation from 2000 schools and colleges

  • 30 institutes across India:
    Part of the 3 year Continuing Engagement Program (CEP)

CEP is a three phase sustainability program in which each phase has defined educational goals.
The 3 phases are:

  • Introductory modules and
    workshops

  • Curricular interventions

  • Advanced/experiential field
    immersion

“earthian” is Wipro’s sustainability program for educational institutions across the globe. The vision of earthian is rooted in the challenging task that humanity faces of
finding solutions to several sustainability issues like Climate change, Water scarcity, Rapid Urbanization, Biodiversity loss etc. Wipro believes the students in schools and
colleges today will be our future policy makers, technocrats, administrators & educationists who will lead this change.

Wipro Science Education Fellowship

Program in the U.S.A.

This is one of our key social initiatives in US, in line with school education as a key area of our work as well as with the US government’s identified priorities in Science and Maths education. It focuses on contributing to improving Science education especially in schools that primarily serve disadvantaged communities, in select US cities. It was initiated in March 2013 and is now running in 15 districts of Greater Boston, Northern New Jersey and Greater New York. We are partnering with University of Massachusetts Boston; Montclair State University, New Jersey and Mercy College, New York for this program. UMass Boston is the lead institution.

The initiative’s main intervention is around teacher development for which it works in close collaboration with 5 school districts in each region, to choose teachers who go through a 2-3 year fellowship and continuous engagement, with intense support to develop their capacities to be better teachers and change leaders. The district administrators are an important part of the program. Teachers are chosen from all disciplines of Science across all grade levels (primary, middle and high schools) through a rigorous selection process with defined criterion. They then go through 1 year of capacity development and 2 years of continuing engagement in the field. Participants are provided with a stipend based on 125 hours annually of work in years 1 and 2 of the program, consisting of structured learning assignments, interaction with peers and instructors and project planning and implementation in their classrooms – closely mentored by the partnering institutes’ College of Education team.

While one of the primary goals of the capacity development is to improve teaching capacity and promote STEM education in the teachers’ respective schools; there are also specific mechanisms and activities for each of the teachers to institute change and involve other teachers at their schools, as well.