HP announces to invest US1 Million for education in India

Expanding its commitment to education, Hewlett-Packard (HP) on Friday announced plans to invest US$ 1 million to support a new Education Innovation Challenge Fund for India, led by a consortium of leading education organisations in India.

The fund will grant public and private (not-for-profit) education institutions the opportunity to pursue novel approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning for the 21{+s}{+t}{+ }century.

Madhav Chavan, CEO and president of Pratham Education Foundation, Ashok Kamath, Chairman of Akshara Foundation, and Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Education Initiatives, are serving in an advisory role as the fund gets established at an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO). The goal is to operationalise the fund by August 2011 and encourage other private sector organisations to support and promote innovations in STEM education through similar donations of cash, equipment and expertise.

“HP is committed to empowering students and teachers globally and improve the models of STEM education to enable them to address some of the bigger social challenges around the world and in their communities. The Education Innovation Challenge Fund is meant to motivate institutions and students to think out-of-the-box for solutions and ideas that are both collaborative and creative in furthering STEM education in India,” said Jeannette Weisschuh, Director of Global Education Programs, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the first ever HP Catalyst Summit in Delhi, which brought together over 100 global education leaders from 11 countries, Indian policy makers and government representatives, to address critical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education challenges in India and globally.

Co-organised with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the HP Catalyst Summit Delhi explored topics such as the effective use of tablet PCs for teaching and learning, cloud computing in education and converting textbooks into social media platforms for conversations and assessment. Agastya International Foundation will also be conducting a hands-on mobile science learning event to families and students in Delhi.

Courtesy: The Hindu