National, December 06, 2018: IndiGo, India’s largest airline, today inaugurated its school adoption
programme in Vadodara. The airline has partnered with SRF Foundation to improve
the quality of education in 15 government schools in the city. Through this
programme, IndiGo aims to impact the lives of 20,000 students by adopting 60
schools across four cities – Indore, Dehradun, Vadodara and Greater Noida. The
airline launched this initiative from Indore in September this year.
The program is aimed at holistic advancement of the
adopted government schools through physical infrastructure development,
academic transformation and access to digital technology. As part of
infrastructural development, the schools have been repainted, repaired and
re-constructed with necessary school amenities such as drinking water
facilities, toilet block, library, science lab and sports facilities like
badminton court. IndiGo has also introduced a modified computer lab – GetSmart
Digital Mobile Bus – to ensure students’ exposure and effective
interaction with technology on a rotational basis. IndiGo is also conducting
teacher training programmes to ensure better delivery of education and
conceptual learning for students.
Ms. Summi Sharma, Vice President, ifly – Corporate
learning academy, who also leads CSR initiatives for IndiGo said,“We are grateful to have this opportunity to improvise
education standards across 60 government schools in close collaboration with
SRF Foundation. We believe good quality education is a must for the development
of any town or a city. Through the School Adoption Program, our ambition is to
elevate the education standard for about 20,000 children by the end of this
year and we are proud to have started this programme from Indore and now
bringing it to Vadodara”.
Ms Sharma further added, “As
part of IndiGoReach team, I thank all our colleagues and partners who have
worked relentlessly to make School Adoption Program go live”.
The ceremony was held at the Government Primary
School, Harni, Vadodara (Harni Primary School). The event witnessed the
presence of government dignitaries including Ms. Shalini Agarwal, District
Magistrate, Vadodara; Ms. Vibhaben Patel, Chairperson, District Education
Committee, Vadodara; Dr. M. N. Patel, District Primary Education Officer,
Vadodara; Ms. Kalpnaben Patel, Corporator extended their best wishes for the
School Adoption Program.
Education being one of the four focus areas of CSR
initiatives undertaken at IndiGo, the airline has impacted the lives of more
than 33,000 children since 2015.
IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing low-cost
carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer fares that are
low, flights that are on time, and a courteous, hassle-free travel experience.
With its fleet of 200 aircraft including Airbus A320 and 12 ATR, the airline
offers over 1300 daily flights and connects 49 domestic destinations and 14
About SRF Foundation
The SRF Foundation as CSR arm of SRF Ltd., a leading
multi-business entity engaged in textiles, chemicals, packaging films, and
engineering plastics operating in the sphere of development since 1982.
Articulating its program objective as “holistic transformation of schools and
children”, Foundation has launched the education program in 19 locations of
nine states – Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu,
Kartanaka, Uttarakhand & Assam, Uttar Pradesh with win-win
partnership management through Govt. & various corporate agencies while
covering 240 Govt. Schools/villages, 3110 teachers & 71800 students. And in
the sphere of skill development, the Foundation runs vocational skills program
on Basic Electrician Training, Spoken English, Fork Lift & JCB Operator,
Office Automation, Backhoe Loader training while impacting 5000 underprivileged
youth in four location Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.