In early 2000s Wipro started a set of deliberate initiatives deriving out of its idea of Good Citizenship and a belief that a corporation is a thriving social system of people coming together to make life better – for themselves and for the world around. Wipro’s Social and Community Initiatives are a direct reflection of these ideals. We chose school education as one of our primary areas of focus as we believe that education is a critical enabler of social change. Wipro Applying Thought in Schools (WATIS), one of Wipro’s social initiatives, has consequently been engaged in building capacities for school education reform in India for close to 15 years.
We believe that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have a significant role to play in bringing about systemic change in school education and that for a country of India’s size and diversity there needs to a large number of capable organizations engaged in this task. Over the past years, we have thus engaged with about 60 organizations of diverse kinds working in different parts of the country, many of which have made significant contributions to school education over the last decade. We further believe that it is through years of focused and sustained work that organizations achieve the deep understanding, expertise, maturity and credibility required to influence and create systemic impact; and also recognize the continuing dearth of such organizations in various parts of the country.
Wipro’s Seeding Programme for Educational CSOs thus supports the creation and development of new educational organizations that can contribute meaningfully to Indian school education; by supporting committed and capable teams and individuals who share our vision of good quality education being available to every Indian child, through a 3-year Founders’ Fellowship – to set up effective educational NGOs, in geographies of their choice.
Wipro’s Programme for Seeding Educational CSOs has 3 Stages:
The Seeding Programme endeavours to offer the following*
In a country such as ours achieving quality education is an extremely challenging task and it becomes imperative for the three critical stakeholders – the government, civil society organizations and the corporate sector, to work together in unison to face this challenge.Chairman, Wipro Limited
Over the years we have realized and learnt that a corporation’s survival and progress is a function of three key vectors – the corporation itself, the society in which it operates and the environment that envelops all of these. By design, these are also the vectors that form the crux of our corporate citizenship philosophy and the base of all our sustainability initiatives, both internal and external.’’Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited