Apr 21
Empowering Endeavour
Empowering Endeavour
Prayas  Trust,  the L&T-run non-profit organisation, recently built and commissioned some facilities at two government schools and a shelter house in Bengaluru. The Trust’s president Ms Meena Subrahmanyan inaugurated the facilities on 20 March.
The facilities include a renovated building at Govt Kannada Primary School at Akkithimmanahalli, a dormitory at Shankara Boys’ Home built with CSR funds from L&T Construction Equipment Ltd, and bunker beds for 99 residential students at the Govt Primary School in Sriramapuram.
During the inauguration of the facilities, Prayas Trust president was accompanied by Ms Sandhya Garg, president – Sparsh Ladies Club, which functions as the Bengaluru arm of Prayas.
The renovated school building at Akkithimmanahalli can seat 80 students. On the sidelines of its inauguration, Ms Subrahmanyan distributed stationery items to the students. A plantation drive on the campus followed the inauguration of the dormitory at Shankara Boys’ Home.
The Prayas Trust president also visited the L&T Construction & Mining Machinery business (CMB) headquarters in the city and was accompanied by Mr Arvind Garg (Sr VP & Head –CMB). Ms Subrahmanyan offered tips to women employees on career development and gave away prizes to women achievers.
During the day-long tour, Ms Subrahmanyan also interacted with self-help group members benefitting from the L&T-founded Vocational Training Centre in Bengaluru. Women empowerment and child welfare are among the thrust areas of Prayas Trust.
Apr 21
Enabling Education
Enabling Education
L&T’s CSR booster for rural schools in three states
Across the years, Larsen & Toubro has undertaken several initiatives that have augmented the efficiency of rural and tribal schools in marginalised areas. In the short term, it benefits the students – and in the long term, it moves the next generation on to a higher trajectory of literacy.
Here are a few recent CSR projects that L&T has undertaken to make learning effective and enjoyable for the underprivileged.
Smart School – Navsari

On 20 February, L&T Smart World & Communication (SWC) and L&T Public Charitable Trust (LTPCT) launched the ‘Smart School’ programme at KVS High School at Kharel in Gujarat’s Navsari district. Incidentally, this humble village school produced the industry doyen L&T Group Chairman Mr AM Naik.
Digitising many of the school’s systems, the smart school programme enhances the classroom experience for students through enhanced interactivity through multimedia, comprehensive development of school pedagogy, and making smart use of the state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, such as interactive display, network connectivity, and smart attendance systems.
These will help the children improve learning abilities, familiarise themselves with technology and understand critical concepts through interactive digital leaning methods in which their teachers have been trained.
The programme went live in the presence of Dr Viralkumar Desai (Principal – KVS High School & MNN Higher Secondary School), Ms Ketki Desai (Principal – Smt Shantaben Rambhai Haribhai Patel Primary School), Mr Kuldip Katariya (Sr Project Manager – SWC) and Mr Vatsal Desai (ITES Coordinator – Anil Naik Technical Training Centre, LTPCT).
Infrastructure Upgrade – Moradabad

Basic facilities and beautification of schools play a crucial role in increasing attendance. Keeping this in mind, SWC undertook a school development project at Manoharpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district.
The Composite School at Lodhipur Rajput was structurally strengthened, its roof was renovated and made leak-proof. Attractive educative graffiti made on the school walls help children visualise what they study, thus aiding recall.
Modern and inviting, the newly renovated school is witnessing a rise in attendance as the children enjoy studying in the vibrant environment. In fact, since the renovation, the school has seen a fresh enrolment of 400-odd children.
School Facelift – Chengalpattu

Down south, at Mukundagiri village in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu district, SWC has given a complete facelift to a 100-year-old Government Primary School.
The school building was renovated, the classrooms digitised, and new toilets constructed, benefiting over 100 students and teachers.
The Chengalpattu District Collector inaugurated the renovated school premises on 2 February.
Apr 21
Rural Rejuvenation
Rural Rejuvenation
Under a CSR drive, L&T MBDA Missile  Systems Ltd   (LTMMSL) has given a complete facelift to a dilapidated rural school at Kittampalayam in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district.
The move came after a survey by an NGO revealed  that  the  poor  infrastructure of Panchayat Union Primary School at Kittampalayam’s Vinoba Nagar was the topmost concern of the local people and they were desperate for a solution.
The school, with over 60 students in Standards I-V, was functioning from a single-room building and needed proper sanitation facility and a midday meal room.
Stepping into the scene, LTMMSL not only renovated the old school building and midday meal room but also constructed additional classrooms and a toilet block. It provided classroom furniture and sports items besides carrying out landscaping on the campus, which has greatly enriched the school experience for both the students and teachers.
On 3 March, LTMMSL Chief Executive Mr Ravi P Kataria formally handed over the renovated school building to the chairman of Sulur block and the president of Kittampalayam Panchayat. The BDO of Sulur block, local elected representatives, and residents were present at the handing-over ceremony.

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