Business Wire India
- Extends scholarships to meritorious girls from economically challenged backgrounds pursuing Engineering degrees across the cities of Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad
- The program offers 200 merit-cum-need-based scholarships to these girls for pursuing education and careers in STEM
- Focuses on holistic development of these potential future leaders through up-skilling interventions to make them industry-ready
ABB India in partnership with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF), has strengthened its ongoing merit-cum-need based undergraduate engineering scholarship program. This holistic program supports the higher education of meritorious girls from economically challenged backgrounds, providing them with an opportunity to pursue their ambitions in the field of technology. The number of scholarships has been doubled from 100 to 200 over the last 3 years. Through these scholarships, the selected girls will complete BE or B. Tech degrees in the field of their choice.
Lila Poonawalla Foundation’s holistic merit-cum-need based scholarship and skill-building program is aimed at making these students future-ready by providing varied technical and soft skills training and mentorship which complements their academic learning. Towards this, ABB India employees volunteer to impart technical sessions covering topical subjects like Cyber Security, Data analytics, industry 4.0, leadership talk, design thinking, digital marketing et cetera. So far, over 1200 hours of virtual technical training have been imparted by ABB’s Subject Matter experts over the past year. A similar mentorship program too has been kicked off to handhold the girls for their future careers.
To award scholarships to this year’s students (2021-2022), a scholarship award function was organized by the Lila Poonawalla Foundation in Bengaluru in the presence of Sanjeev Sharma, Country Head and Managing Director, ABB India.
“Education and skill enhancement remain one of the main focuses of our CSR projects locally. This collaboration with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation is a step towards enabling young women to become future technology leaders. This is not only a reflection of our Sustainability 2030 goals but also helps take the culture of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity beyond the organization. We’ve doubled the number of scholarships this year, looking at the overwhelming response; and we aim to scale this up even further going forward, ”said Sanjeev Sharma, Country Head and Managing Director, ABB India.
“We are glad that we could support academically talented girls from economically challenged backgrounds in partnership with ABB. We thank ABB for supporting us throughout the last two years and extending this partnership. As a valued partner, ABB has not only financially supported these girls but also engaged holistically through the Employee Volunteering and mentoring program to enhance their employability and corporate readiness skills, “said Lila Poonawalla, Chairperson, Lila Poonawalla Foundation and a Padma Shri awardee.
ABB India is making concerted efforts for more inclusive growth, both within the workplace and for the larger society, through a variety of community development activities in the fields of its operations. Globally, ABB also sponsors a scholarship program called the Jürgen Dormann Scholarship, which aims to encourage students from underserved backgrounds to pursue careers in engineering by removing impediments that prohibit them from doing so.