I have begun reading a really good book called Bangalore Tiger and have become very impressed with the closing of the fifth chapter and second section called People Principals to Lead By.
This book is about Wipro, one of India’s great IT companies. This chapter concluded with an overview to their companies’ social responsibility initiatives and volunteer efforts in India called Wipro Cares:
The education program provides training for teachers, administrators, and parents –with the goal of fostering more creative and analytical curricula in pubic schools, rather than rote learning. In an effort that targets underprivileged children, Wipro volunteers spend two hour every Saturday tutoring and encouraging these kids…..The Azin Premji Foundation is an attempt to help transform Indian society through improving public education. Premiji established the foundation in 2000 and it became operational in 2001. To date [Azim Premji] has contributed $125 million in Wipro stock –and has pledged to keep replenishing as money is spent.
The main focus is on convincing education that they need to retool their approach to education and on giving them the tools to do it. So far, one Indian sate has agreed to switch to analytical learning……”What we’re focused on is quality education,” says Dileep Ranjekar, a former head of HR who is now CEO of the Azim Premji Foundation. Premji’s charity. Unless India fundamentally addressed the quality issue and the shifts from rote learning to analytical learning, it can’t realize its dream of becoming one of the world economic superpowers.”
There’s obviously a crucial side benefit for Wipro. Unless the Indian public education system improves dramatically, Wipro won’t be able to fulfill what it sees as its destiny – becoming one of the world’s great companies by offering up India’s brainpower to the world.
America needs this type of innovative company that can lead change in our education system. As Intel’s CEO has stated many times America will continue to graduate more masseuses than engineers. At some point this will catch up with us. And by the looks of it when that time arrives India will be prepared to step in.
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