Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has floated a girl child education programme, giving away books and stationery to a hundred meritorious students from Delhi schools as a token of appreciation. Started by its Social Responsibility Club - Koshish, the scheme aims to benefit disadvantaged, meritorious girls.
The students were felicitated along with their teachers. Also present at the function were delegates from non-governmental organisations and the corporate world. The distinguished speakers shared their experiences on CSR. Educational videos on rain water harvesting and saving electricity were also screened. K T Chacko, Director, IIFT, said, “The regions with higher female literacy rates like the North East and Kerala also do well in the Human Development Index (HDI) while regions like rural MP which trail behind in HDI do not do well in girls’ education.”
At the speaker series, Deepak Dobriyal from Cognizant shared the company’s CSR initiatives. He emphasised how small steps at the informal level go a long way in addressing society’s problems than the CSR efforts mainly focused on creating publicity.