Chennai, 13th July,2022:Saint-Gobain India and Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram have signed an MoU today to award merit scholarships to girl students pursuingB. Tech program at IIITDM Kancheepuram.In line with Saint-Gobain India’s, Gender Diversity Agenda, this MoU is an initiative under its industry- academia partnership to attract and retain more girl studentsintomanufacturing from institutions of national importance.

Through the scholarship, Saint-Gobain India has committed to donate INR 2.29 crores and support the education of 40 girl students over a period of 8 years. The scholarship will encourage aspiring girl students from underprivileged background to seek admission and pursue B.Tech in Computer Science, Electronics, and Mechanical engineering among others.

Mr. P. Padmakumar, Executive Director- Human Resources& Head-CSR Saint-Gobain, India said, “Within the global framework of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Saint-Gobain Group in India focuses on specific priority actions under each of the six broad areas – one of which is linked to Community Development. In this endeavour, we are happy to associate with IIITDM Kancheepuram to grant scholarships to girl students in the academic program.As a part of the scholarship andfor the benefit of the students, there is also an element, to pursue an internship, in any of the Saint-Gobain businesses in India.”

Prof. DVLN Somayajulu, Director, IIITDM Kancheepuram said“Government of India is taking all required steps to enhance the enrolment of girl students at all levels specifically in higher education. As per the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), the overall enrolment of girl students in higher education has consistently been increasing over years. One of the options even recommended by the Government of India is granting more scholarship programs to supplement the cost of education and the implementation of the scheme is expected to enhance the enrollment of more girl students at IIITDM Kancheepuram. This institute is planning to approach other nearby industries for grant of a similar scholarship scheme for girl students.”


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