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Philanthropists to raise 1m pounds for children edu in India

Above 200 philanthropists including eminent Indians like L N Mittal, M F Hussain, G PHinduja, have donated 5,000 pounds each to help educate underprivileged children in India.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2009 13:12 IST
H S Rao

London, June 30 (PTI) Above 200 philanthropists including eminent Indians like L N Mittal, M F Hussain, G P


Hinduja, have donated 5,000 pounds each to help educate underprivileged children in India.

"Only through education can we bring India's poorer communities out of poverty. Education breaks through the awful cycle of poverty. It opens new horizons, it brings confidence, knowledge and most importantly, expertise", said G P Hinduja,
President of the Hinduja Group at an event organised here by Pratham, an NGO for underprivileged children in India.

"The biggest challenge that India faces is educating the masses. If India wants to become a truly global player, it
must reach the same figure as the rest of Asia," he added.The guest list included Indian steel tycoon L N Mittal,
renowned artist M F Hussain, British directors Stephen Frears and Gurinder Chadha, writer Hanif Kureshi, head of Global
markets Deutsche Bank, Anshu Jain; Lord and Lady Mitchell among others.

The philanthropists also pledged to raise one million pounds for Pratham to educate 100 million children in India.

Hinduja who opened the donation said "What Pratham is doing is a subject at the heart of the Hinduja family and
Hinduja Foundation. Our father believed health and education is the birth right of every human being."